Allison’s Favorite Fall 2014 Trends

I’m always excited for fall’s arrival, but this season’s trends definitely have me getting a little restless for the temperatures in Texas to drop. I’m loving that these fall trends are totally comfortable, but just a slight variation from my usual fall ensemble of knits and neutrals.

S T A T E M E N T  K N I T S

Cloudweight Plaid Pullover, Madewell | Deco Rose Mohair Sweater, Kate Spade | Merino Wool Mixed Media Sweater, J.Crew

When the cooler weather finally arrives, I find myself just wanting to throw on a sweater and head out the door with minimal accessories. A statement knit would be a perfect way to stay warm and cozy and skip any statement jewelry. You would wear these knits with denim, or dress them up for the office with a simple skirt or trouser.

E D G Y / D A I N T Y  J E W E L R Y

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12 Makeup Looks To Try This Halloween

Whether you’re planning on donning a costume or not, Halloween is a great time to have some fun with your makeup bag. If you’ve had cold feet about experimenting with a new look or color, it’s time to shed your inhibitions and go for it! Here are a few great looks to try this October 31.

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I love this metallic eye/berry lip combination. Dark lipsticks can be a little tricky, but Halloween is the perfect time to try something a little darker!

via Ola Rudnicka, HonestlyWTF 

This statement lip with minimal eye makeup really pops, and it works just as well with a statement eye/minimal lip! If you have lighter-colored hair, experiment with a pastel-colored hair chalk to make those colors really pop.

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8 Beauty Products To Wear This Halloween

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I’m a sucker for packaging—throw some neutral colors, floral patterns and good type on something and there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll buy it. And when it comes to my favorite holiday, my wallet doesn’t stand a chance against a well-designed product with a flair for the supernatural. Here are a few of my favorite products that would be perfect for October (or any other time, really)… 

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11 Items From Your Kitchen You Can Use As Skin Care!

I love skin care products as much as the next woman, but I am also a huge fan of creating DIY beauty products at home. It’s pretty amazing how many simple products from our kitchen can actually make a huge impact on our skin. What’s even better is that these homemade treatments won’t contain any of the damaging preservatives or chemicals that may be found in conventional skin care products. Try using one of these 11 common kitchen items on your skin and see if it makes a difference!

Y O G U R T 

Plain yogurt makes a great moisturizing treatment when applied as a mask. Just slather it on, let sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. I personally like to blend mine with blueberries or strawberries for an extra antioxidizing kick!


Lemon juice makes a great toner for oily or acne prone skin and it’s high vitamin C content make it wonderfully brightening. Using lemon as a toner is as easy as swiping a fresh slice across your face!

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Bananas are a wonder fruit when it comes to at-home skin care. They can moisturize the skin, reduce oiliness and prevent wrinkles all at the same time! Mash up half a ripe banana, spread all over your face, let sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse.

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Allison’s Cult Favorite Beauty Product Wishlist

When I’m scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I always see the same products with the same ‘miracle!’ and ‘best product ever’ descriptions. Seeing review after review has definitely led me to believe that I may be missing out on a few products—I mean, thousands of reviews can’t be wrong, right? Here are a few products that I’ve seen floating around that I can’t wait to try…

1. Kiehl’s Soy, Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter | 2. Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment | 3. Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment | 4. Mason Pearson Bristle Brush | 5. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo | 6. Seche Vite Top Coat | 7. Dior Addict Lip Glow | 8. Frederic Fekkai Glossing Styling Creme

1. While I normally just use a bit of coconut oil after I get out of the shower, I am looking for something a little heavier to keep my skin smooth and hydrated before it gets too chilly. Kiehl’s body butter isn’t too thick or sticky, but manages to hydrate and leave skin smooth. An added plus is that it isn’t formulated with parabens, which can be difficult to find with a body cream. Countless reviews have also remarked on how great the product smells—and that’s a wonderful incentive for me to remember to apply it every day!

2. I’ve recently colored my hair, and I’m definitely in need of a great hair treatment that I can use once a week to help repair damage. Living Proof has a wonderful reputation for quality hair products (their hairsprays are top notch), so it’s no surprise that their mask treatment has been so highly regarded. This mask contains PolyfluoroEster, which increases hair’s resistance to breakage up to nine times. I also love that it is sulfate-free, so it won’t dull my color.

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Most Korean Women Use More Than 10 Skincare Products Daily

I’m no stranger to Korean skincare products because my mom has always used them, and I dabbled with Korean skincare and makeup when I was younger. I’ve grown up around Korean women my whole life, and I can attest to the fact that they do have beautiful skin, and they’re very serious about their skincare!

Recently my skin had become so dull and lackluster, and the low-ingredient, natural products that I’d been using just weren’t working. Since the advent of BB Cream a couple of years ago, Korea has rocketed to the forefront of skincare technology, so I decided to give Korean skincare products another try because I couldn’t ignore the buzz around them any longer. When I was at the Korean airport this summer, I picked up three products from the luxury Sulwhasoo line: toner, essence, and lotion. I’ve been using them for about 2 months now, and I can honestly say that this is the best my skin has looked in years! I haven’t had a single breakout, my skin tone is more even, and it’s glowing… even my husband noticed!

The average Korean woman uses at least 10 skincare products. The philosophy behind Korean skincare is to layer products and seal them in. Ensuring that the skin is properly moisturized is key, and products are applied in order of their density — from thinnest to thickest.

The average Korean woman’s skincare repertoire can include:

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Allison’s Fall Favorites

It’s no secret that Lovelyish (and the majority of the female population) are fall enthusiasts. And once the weather starts to cool off here in Texas, I am a well-oiled, hot-coffee-drinking, layering machine: I’m looking for fall gear on Etsy, going shopping for ciders and dusting off my horror movie collection. In addition to unpacking my sweaters and well-loved copy of Hocus Pocus, I’m also preparing my makeup bag, medicine cabinet and apartment for the upcoming season. Here are a few of my favorite fall things…

1. I’m pretty hot-natured, so I need a coat that isn’t too thick. I’ve had my eye on this Kate Spade Deco Dot Dorothy Coat for a couple weeks, and I love the rain coat material and short, vintage-inspired sleeves!

2. While I’m patiently awaiting the arrival of my new iPhone 6, I’m on the hunt for a new case! So far, I think I’ve decided on this Gold Leaf Casemate Case—I love that added texture! 

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