Summer is winding down, but bright colors don’t seem to be going anywhere. In fact it looks like brights (and even neons) will be a huge trend this Autumn/Winter.

As I mentioned in previous post, ColourPop’s newest collab with YouTuber Kathleenlights stole my heart! Particularly, The Zodiac Palette and Super Shock Highlighter in Fire. Even though it is packed with fun colors, The Zodiac Palette is extremely versatile and can be used to create a huge variety of eye looks from super bold to barely-there.

I was immediately drawn to this look by makeup artist @shamelesslydia on Instagram, so I decided to put my own spin on it!

The version I whipped up ended up being a little more subtle and a lot messier than Lydia’s–just the way I like it! I forwent shadow on the lower lash line completely, and opted for a blown-out cat-eye shape. This definitely helped me achieve the carefree, beachy, tropical vibes I was after.

As always, I began with the base. I used GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow (a new favorite) as primer, then Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium instead of foundation. This combo gives me a glow-y and airbrushed finish that is absolutely perfect!

In the crease, as well as on both the outer corner and inner half of the lid, I used a fluffy blending brush to buff a couple layers of The Aries from ColourPop’s The Zodiac palette. Then, I took Slave2Pink Super Shock Shadow on my ring finger and applied two layers to the center of the lid. I used the same fluffy blending brush with no additional product to blend any harsh lines where the two colors meet. Achieving the cat-eye shape is so easy with a little scotch tape! (Just be sure to buff the edges out with a clean soft brush after you remove the tape to get rid of harsh lines.)

To polish off the eyes I swiped Glossier Boy Brow in Brown through my brows, and Lancome’s Monsieur Big onto my lashes. Then, I moved back to the face with BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast in the hollows of my cheeks and temples (instead of a full contour), plus Benefit’s GALifornia blush on the apples of my cheeks. GALifornia is the prettiest hot pink-coral shade that works perfectly with the rest of this look! It was a no-brainer.

Highlight is always a must! I chose ColourPop’s Super Shock Highlighter in Fire (part of the Zodiac collection) on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow and brow bones, as well as on the inner corners of the eyes. Because I absolutely love this highlighter formula, I imagine every shade is gorgeous, but Fire is hands-down my favorite. It is a stunning medium peachy-gold.

Pat McGrath’s Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour makes lining the lips a breeze. I topped this beige-brown shade with Glossier Lip Gloss, a sparkle-free/shimmer-free formula that adds nothing but a delicious glassy sheen to the lips.

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While I am a little very disappointed summer is winding down, fall style really excites me, so there’s that.

Overalls are a versatile layering piece that I wear every season! They make getting ready so easy and give off relaxed L.A. vibes no matter where you are. The best part is that they can be dressed down with knitwear or spiced up with a sexy bra top. A simple pair of overalls can be comfortable, playful and stylish.

During the warmer months I love wearing a baggy pair of overalls with bralette; the contrast between the two pieces is super-flattering and effortlessly cool. But as temps get lower, I always reach for cozy t’s, tanks and knit pieces to add to my overalls for a borrowed-from-the-boys look.

Weather in New York City has been really unpredictable the past couple weeks, so I paired my black denim overalls with a skimpy white tank (with tiny ribbed details throughout) and my go-to block-heel booties (the black ones). Then, I added a red bandana for a little bit of color. I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been all about pops of red lately.

For now I will be wearing these overalls rolled about halfway up the calf (perfect for showing off a cute pair of shoes), but of course I plan on rolling them down and layering boots on top as weather becomes colder.

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Are You Am I swimwear: My obsession with Are You Am I is so real—it has easily become my favorite label over the past year or so. Everything they make is perfect; it was only a matter of time before I tried AYAI swim.

I quickly fell in love with the beautiful mauve-nude color of the label’s latest swim separates. I chose the Keela top (micro coverage with a ribbed texture and feminine ruffle trim) and Zora bottom (a high-rise fit with romantic knot details and a flattering ruched backside). This combo is something I see myself wearing for years to come!

NGL NYC Bikini Bites: How fun is this swimsuit with customizable body jewelry?! The best part is that all the hardware is made in the U.S.A. I absolutely *looove * wearing this bikini. The fit flawless, and I always feel like I stand out in the best possible way whenever I am in it.

Louis Vuitton Multicolore Pochette: Bright colors are huge lately, and as someone who wears mostly neutrals, I am surprisingly really into this trend—as long as I limit all the brightness to accessories only. The pre-loved Louis V Pochette I picked up from The Real Real is without a doubt one of the best accessories I have ever owned! It is big enough to fit all the necessities (and then some) while still looking super-cute and tiny. Plus, the multicolor pattern gives me *aaall * the early 2000s nostalgia in the best way possible.

Red boots: There is no better way to elevate an outfit than with a gorgeous statement shoe! The red boots I found at Free People are insanely comfortable and instantly dress-up all my favorite denim, day or night. Red has been my go-to pop of color lately, and these boots fit the bill.

Glossier Lash Slick: Can’t believe that I haven’t properly mentioned this product on the blog yet, because it is hands-down the best mascara I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried A LOT).

No matter what, my mascara always smudges or flakes off quickly, leaving a mess under my eyes–but not with Lash Slick! It got me through allergy season, stressful days at work and countless military homecoming videos without smudging or flaking whatsoever. It’s unbelievable!

I really do love the long, feathery look it gives the lashes. This look works perfectly on “no-makeup” makeup days because lashes look so natural, but it is also allows bold eyeshadow to show through.

ColourPop The Zodiac Palette: If you are a regular Haute Mess reader, you already know ColourPop’s pressed powder eye shadows are my favorite formula ever. And The Zodiac Collection, ColourPop’s newest collab with YouTuber Kathleenlights, is so gorgeous.

Honestly, at first glance this palette doesn’t look all that wearable, but somehow all the shades work together perfectly. I love The Cancer, The Virgo and The Libra for more natural, everyday makeup, and The Aries, The Sagittarius and The Capricorn for intense eye looks.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Fire: Wow—I don’t even know where to begin with this highlighter! The bouncy, gel-like consistency is of course amazing, but that is expected with ColourPop’s Super Shock formula. Fire is an out-of-this-world warm, peachy-gold that gives my skin a magical finish no matter where I apply it. It has the delicious wet look that I love in a highlighter, making it the perfect topper for the cheekbones, brow bones, cupid’s bow and beyond.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Frost in Canary Bling: I started watching Jeffree Star on YouTube earlier this summer, and quickly fell in love with his honest and fun personality. As I learned more about him as a businessman through Shane Dawson’s YouTube documentary, I became eager to try his namesake makeup line.

Liquid Frost was my first pick from Jeffree Star Cosmetics; the ultra-fine glitters and glassy reflects are stunning. My favorite way to wear it is mixed in with my moisturizer and body lotion for an all-over glow. The shade Canary Bling is my go-to pale gold.

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi: The first Drunk Elephant product I’ve ever tried! This multi-tasking formula is great. It has a serum consistency that easily mixes-in with any moisturizer or liquid makeup for a quick glow-y bronze finish (thanks to cocoa extract and platinum peptides). D-Bronzi is also equipped with a mix of vitamins, antioxidants and other good-for-you ingredients that help strengthen the skin and protect it from pollution and other environmental aggressors.

GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow: Sephora’s birthday gifts always blow me away, and this year was no different. I chose the GLAMGLOW box with SUPERMUD mask (which worked wonders on my skin), as well as Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. The light, whipped texture gives me an airbrushed base under makeup—especially when mixed with D Bronzi. I can’t get enough (and I plan on purchasing the full size sometime in the future).

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille: Warm and musky scents are definitely my go-to; I am not into anything fruity, floral or feminine when it comes to fragrances. In fact, I believe Tobacco Vanille is marketed as a men’s fragrance. But, that didn’t stop me from picking it up a few months ago. The spicy and not-too-sweet blend of Tobacco Vanille always warms me up on cold and gloomy days. Tom Ford can do no wrong in my opinion, and I will for sure be trying another one of his fragrances when this one is empty.

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Never in a million years when starting this blog did I imagine I would be collab-ing with a brand like NA-KD.com!

I first discovered the site from one of my old favorite influencers Lauren Elizabeth, and now I am so excited my community can learn more about NA-KD from me. Not going to lie–the first thing that drew me to this brand was the name; I am a total sucker for cheeky labels and sayings. But what really kept my attention for the past year or so has been the variety of styles on NA-KD.com.

Ever since Revolve completely turned me off with their dozens of brand trips and events per year, I’ve been looking for an alternative. I will admit that Revolve stocks nearly all my go-to labels, but I made the conscious decision to stop shopping on the Revolve site. Intermix has been a great alternative, but it is a little pricey.

NA-KD is home to favs like Bardot (love their pieces for special events), Free People (been shopping FP since eighth grade), Hot As Hell (killer lingerie and swim), Minkpink (cool Aussie label) and The Ragged Priest (fun denim).

The NA-KD team let me choose three pieces to style for fall, and I decided it would be fun to do a two-part post: one detailing an evening outfit, and the other featuring a daytime outfit.

This past weekend was a holiday that–for all my fellow Americans–marked the unofficial end of summer, so of course I had to get somewhat dressed up. I paired a shiny corset top from NA-KD with knee-length denim cut-offs.

All season long I’ve been loving the longer shorts trend, and what better way to dress up a pair of cut-offs than with a feminine bustier?

To accent the look I added a sparkly necklace and bracelet (both vintage), as well as a fall-ready brown lip (Lippie Stix in Grunge by ColourPop, a favorite formula). I also played around with ColourPop’s new The Zodiac on my eyes (and I will *definitely* be putting together a full post on the shadow palette in the near future). Makeup is one of the best ways to transition summer outfits into fall!

If you know me, you know I almost never fuss with my hair. For this getup I gave myself a middle part, straightened the pieces that frame my face and tousled the rest. Then, I used my hands to brush through my favorite Gisou nourishing oil. Fuss-free hairstyles are my thing for sure.

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As much as I love experimenting with new products, I am hesitant to do so a lot of the time. Many formulas–including those that the rest of the beauty community seems to love–tend to throw-off my skin’s balance, leaving me with break outs.

My skin overall is “normal,” slightly oily at times (but I am definitely not immune to dry spots) and *sensitive*. So, I am more cautious than most when trying new things.

When I invest in something new to try, I always give it a fair shot by using it several times. But whether it breaks me out only the first couple times I try it, or for an extend period of time, the unwanted spots are super frustrating.

Thankfully, all this experimenting has helped me discover plenty of amazing products for my sensitive skin that haven’t caused any break outs whatsoever!

What it’s called: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

What it does: Cleanses and soothes skin, removes makeup

Key ingredients: Poloxamer, an effective “cleansing agent” found in contact lens solution that is gentle on sensitive skin and eyes; soothing rosewater; comfrey root extract, which contains allantoin to relax dry or stressed skin

How I use it: As cleanser with warm water (I keep my bottle in the shower!)


What it’s called: Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water

What it does: Removes dirt, oil and makeup

Key ingredients: Micellar technology that gently “cuts through impurities (even waterproof makeup) while maintaining the skin’s moisture balance”; soothing cucumber extract

How I use it: To cleanse or remove makeup without rinsing


What it’s called: Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder

What it does: Exfoliates and nourishes the skin, reducing the appearance of fullness, uneven texture, fine lines/wrinkles and pores

Key ingredients: Japanese rice bran (“rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nourishing moisturizers”) to gently exfoliate the skin; rice and papaya enzymes (papain), which remove debris and dull, dead skin while supporting “healthy turnover to reveal fresh new skin”; pearl, a hydrator that contains amino acids, collagen and minerals.

How I use it: With warm water as a quick exfoliating treatment after cleansing once or twice per week.


What it’s called: Lush Tea Tree Water

What it does: Balances oily skin, fights dirt

Key ingredients: Tea tree water to “cleanse, clarify and tone” skin

How I use it: As a refreshing mist throughout the day (I keep one in my bag and one on my top shelf.)


What it’s called: Thayers Alcohol-Free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner

What it does: Cleanses, tones and soothes skin

Key ingredients: “Non-distilled extract from the Witch Hazel shrub maintaining the highest levels of therapeutic tannins”; aloe vera

How I use it: To balance skin after cleanser


What it’s called: Glossier Solution

What it does: Fights and prevents breakouts, corrects dark spots

Key ingredients: Salicylic acid, a BHA that “reduces acne and unclogs pores by breaking oil bonds attaching dead cells to skin”; glycolic acid, an AHA that “breaks water bonds attaching dead cells to skin, improving tone and texture” and brightening the skin; lactic acid, an AHA that reduces the appearance of dark spots; gluconolactone, a PHA that “exfoliates while moisturizing and conditioning”; a blend of “ultra-soothing aloe, hydrating glycerin and calming niacinamide”

How I use it: As toner four to five times per week


What it’s called: Glossier Super Pure

What it does: Treats and soothes breakouts, shortening their lifespan

Key ingredients: Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) a “powerful soother” that almost instantly diminishes redness; zinc PCA to “penetrate pores,” helping “clear out impurities and excess sebum that can cause blemishes. Adding zinc is like giving your skin a calming massage to help it rest, recharge and let go of built-up agitation.”

How I use it: As a spot treatment after toner, before moisturizer


What it’s called: Tarte Maracuja Oil

What it does: What doesn’t it do? This formula balances, moisturizes, softens and helps lock-in skin’s hydration without clogging pores; reduces excess sebum production for oily/acne-prone skin; provides anti-aging and skin-firming benefits; protects with antioxidants from environmental aggressors; leaves a “dewy, radiant finish.”

Key ingredients: Cold-pressed oil from maracuja, a fruit that naturally contains vitamin C and fatty acids to “nourish, protect and feed” the skin

How I use it: As an extra boost of all-over hydration and nourishing benefits before moisturizer


What it’s called: Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask

What it does: Hydrates, nourishes, soothes and refreshes skin

Key ingredients: Vitamin C to brighten and even skin’s tone, “revitalizing” its surface; vitamin E, an antioxidant that “helps rid the skin of free radicals”; sodium hyaluronate to “boost skin’s moisture content, soothe and defend against moisture loss”; arginine, a “naturally occurring amino acid” that serves as the “building block of proteins; ceramides 1, 3 and 6 II

How I use it: In place of my regular moisturizer one to three times per week (no need to wash this mask off!)


What it’s called: Mega Greens Galaxy Pack

What it does: Gently detoxes and exfoliates skin

Key ingredients: A blend of “leafy green” phytonutrients from parsley, spinach and cress sprout extract that “clean and help protect skin against environmental pollutants”; bitter orange peel, a soft exfoliant that “helps promote optimal oil balance”; kaolin clay, a “creamy white clay,” that “gently purifies pores by drawing out oil and build-up; avocado oil + aloe, two natural moisturizers to soften and condition skin; antioxidants from a mix of “vitamin- and omega-rich superfruits” (including açaí, aronia and bilberry) that protect the skin from damage.

How I use it: As a 20-minute mask (after cleanser, before moisturizer) one to two times per week


What it’s called: MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+

What it does: Improves and enhances makeup’s wear while moisturizing, soothing and refreshing skin, leaving it with a “soft sheen”

Key ingredients: Green tea, chamomile and cucumber

How I use it: To wet and set powder makeup products, both before and after application

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