Interview: Fall 2012’s Top Beauty Buys and Hottest Hair and Makeup Trends with Beauty Expert Jenn Falik

Believe it or not, fall is officially upon us. I know what you’re thinking, where has the time gone? With the warmest summer in decades on record, it may seem like summer is still in the air, but it’s time to switch up your at-home hair and beauty routine this season, and who better to share the top buys and hottest trends with us than beauty expert Jenn Falik!

Beauty expert Jenn Falik shares the must have beauty buys for hair, makeup and skincare, and shares the latest and hottest trends this season! Photographer credit: Ana Schechter. Image courtesy of






Candace Rose: With fall upon us, what are some of the biggest beauty buys and trends this season?

Jenn Falik: “Fall is really about preparation because the elements are unpredictable, and you want to make sure your hair, your skin is ready to handle whatever is thrown your way. There are great at-home alternatives to things that you used to have to go to a salon to do to get ready for the season.

     The first is for your hair from Keratin Complex. They’re known for their in-salon smoothing treatment, and they also have an at-home collection for all hair types. There are three products that are all infused with natural keratin. There’s a color care shampoo, and that’s going to cleanse the hair without any harsh sodium chloride or sulfates, things that really dull the hair. It’s gentle but it gets a good cleansing. Then there’s the vanilla bean deep conditioner-  you can use it daily, you can use it as a mask. It restores the healthy moisture into your hair but also of course building strength and shine. The final step is called the Keratin Complex Infusium Replenisher, and this you put on your hair when it’s damp. It cuts your blow dry time by 30%, and it’s going to replenish the hair with 12% natural keratin. So as you age natural keratin tends to deplete in the hair and this really puts it back and makes your hair look more youthful. You get smoothing, frizz control and you can get these products at or at fine salons. Even if you don’t have a keratin treatment, this is still going to give you the benefits of a keratin treatment, just not at home every day in the shower.”

Candace Rose: What about at-home skincare treatments?

Jenn Falik: “At-home skincare treatments- to me it’s about having a regimen, a regimen that you can stick to every day, and Elizabeth Arden has launched their Visible Difference of regimens, which give spa-like home treatments for different skin types. There’s options for dry skin, oily skin, combination skin. Two products that really work for all skin types in the collection- first is the Optimizing Skin Serum and this is going to even out skin tone. It’s got vitamin C in there, antioxidants. It’s going to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and then there’s also the Peel and Reveal mask, and this is an exfoliating mask that firms and softens the skin. It’s gentle enough to use regularly and it’s $36 so it’s much cheaper than going to the derm. for an exfoliating service of sorts, and you can find this line at Macy’s and Macy’

     The final piece of the fall beauty puzzle is obviously makeup, and makeup this season (because fashion is so edgy) is you want to keep your makeup a little bit more simple. And while celebrities may have someone with them to give them an airbrushed effect on demand, the rest of us don’t necessarily have that at our disposal but Physician’s Formula has launched Mineral Wear talc-free airbrushed pressed powder that gives you that silky airbrushed finish. It’s formulated for sensitive and break out prone skin in mind, and it’s got ingredients like ginseng, it’s got ginkgo biloba, chamomile, green tea, vitamin C and E. The kabuki brush is built right in so you can apply on the go, and it’s going to give you 16 hours of wear and SPF of 30, and it’s under $14 at the drugstore.”

Candace Rose: What are some of the latest hair and makeup trends this season?

Jenn Falik: “With hair we’re seeing things all over the map. We’re seeing a return to really straight hair, which I think has really gone away for a while in favor of big bouncy curls. The braid is really give way to the twist. So we’re seeing a lot of twists being done and hair accessories are big. The bun seems to be the overwhelming trend for the season- hair wise.

     And with makeup, we’re seeing a little bit of everything. I think the whole overall feeling of the season is very edgy, so we’re seeing a lot of black, a lot of dark reds, a lot of dark purples. On the runway we saw dramatic makeup looks. I think in real life I would err on the side of fashion when it comes to the dramatic part of my look. And then with beauty, keep it pretty and polished.”

Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?

Jenn Falik: “If you want to find out more on anything we talked about today, you can check out”


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