We are in the midst of fall, which is a lot of people’s favorite season! It’s not mine (I’ll always be a summer girl), but it’s definitely a close second! Today, I wanted to bring you a roundup of some great books and beauty items that I feel are perfect for fall. Keep reading if you want some recommendations!
If you like spooky vibes and creepy mysteries, you’re going to like this list of books!
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
Even though she doesn’t particularly want to, Mouse agrees to go clear out her late grandmother’s hoarder house out of a sense of family duty. Little does she know the room full of creepy old babydolls will be the least of her worries and she should really be more concerned about the woods behind the house … and what’s inside them.
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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
From Goodreads: What was it like? Living in that house. Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.
Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.
Get the book: https://bit.ly/2S6Q757
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
From Goodreads: A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead … but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!
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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
In 1982, Viv Delaney, the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel vanished without a trace. It took four days for anyone to report her missing and her disappearance was never solved. In 2017, her niece Carly decides to get to the bottom of Viv’s disappearance and finds herself in eerily similar circumstances, investigating the same unsolved murders, working the same night shift, and hearing the same strange noises. Not much has changed in the town of Fell and nothing has changed at the Sun Down Motel. There’s more to the motel than meets the eye and Carly starts to believe that she might be in danger herself.
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The Whisper Man by Alex North
The small town of Featherbank was once haunted by a serial killer who would whisper outside little boys’ windows and lure them to a brutal murder. Twenty years later, when the man supposedly responsible for these crimes is in jail, another young boy goes missing. Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake have moved to Featherbank for a fresh start and find themselves connected to the mystery of the Whisper Man, and to the detectives on the case, in unsettling ways.
Get the book: https://bit.ly/3idxozg
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
The town of West Hall, Vermont has long been the site of mysterious disappearances, dating all the way back to the brutal murder of Sara Harrison Shea in 1908 after the tragic death of her daughter. Today, unsettling things are still happening and they may be connected to the horrifying, unnatural things Sara describes in her diary, which was published after her death. In the present-day, teenage Ruthie finds a copy of Sara’s diary hidden under the floorboard in her house (which just so happens to be the old Harrison Shea house) and soon she isn’t the only one hunting down West Hall’s secrets. Mysterious hiding places, legends of calling the dead back to life, a cursed ring, and ghostly figures in the woods are just some of the creepy elements in this terrifying, unputdownable novel.
Get the book: https://bit.ly/349oeim
The Six series by Samantha March
The first book in this series centers on Kristy, an elementary school counselor settling into her first full time job. Some of the story revolves around her job and the stresses that come from it, but most of the novel is about Kristy’s personal life. She’s in her mid twenties and is starting to get tired of all the bad first dates and one night stands. She makes a bet with one of her friends that she will go without sleeping with anyone for six months. If she succeeds, she will earn herself an all-expense paid trip to Paris. This seems easy until she meets a dreamy stranger who sweeps her off her feet. Readers are also introduced to Kristy’s close-knit group of friends (“The Six”) and the various personalities and problems they have.
I love this series of books from one of my favorite YouTubers/authors Samantha March. I feel like they’re perfect for fall because they’re just cozy, feel-good books. Even when there’s drama or heavy subjects, they’re still easy-to-read books that just make me want to curl up in a cozy blanket with a hot tea while I read about someone else’s problems.s
Get the book: https://bit.ly/3cDbjsS
Let’s start with my favorite — eyeshadow palettes!
The Reign Palette from Sample Beauty
This palette was a pleasant surprise for me! I was browsing Beauty Bay and decided to give a brand I’ve never heard of a shot. WOW am I glad I did! The formula is incredibly easy to work with and the shimmers pop with absolutely no effort.
Get the palette: https://bit.ly/33aUx1f
California Love palette from Colourpop
I’m pretty sure this was a summer release from Colourpop when it came out, but I think it’s perfect for fall! It’s my ideal warm neutral color scheme. It’s full of browns and oranges and mustard yellows that really flatter my coloring.
I did my makeup with it on my birthday. Check it out here!
Get the palette: https://bit.ly/3kKby9d
The Saharan palette from Juvia’s Place
Juvia’s Place has some of the most gorgeous and effortless shadows I’ve ever tried. Their shimmers are pretty much unparalleled in my collection. I think The Saharan is great for fall whether you like ~wearable~ neutrals, bright bold colors, or dark and smoky looks.
Check out my 3 looks, 1 palette video using this palette if you need some inspiration!
Get the palette: https://bit.ly/2FzmWof
90’s Mood palette from Elf
This is the perfect grungy color scheme in one of the easiest to blend formulas I’ve tried! I love these shades for a dark and smoky look this fall.
Get the palette: https://bit.ly/3487Ezo
Now let’s talk lips! Lots of people love a bold lip in the fall, but since I like to go so bold on the eyes, I don’t usually rock a bold lip. So here are a couple of easy to wear recommendations!
Elf Radiant Gel Lip Stain
Lip stains are so underrated! And this lip stain from elf is so underrated that they gave it to me free with my order! I’ve got it in berry and orange and I love both of them. It gives a great subtle wash of a bold color and wears well throughout the day.
Get the lip: https://bit.ly/3b3QE0v
Kokie Light Nude Lip Set
I’d heard Kelly Gooch rave about the Kokie lipliners on her YouTube channel, so naturally I decided to check them out. I ended up picking up this set and I’ve been loving it this fall. It’s a great nude pairing for me and it goes with just about any look I’ve been rocking lately.
Get the lip: https://bit.ly/3i8qlrT
And let’s end with some face products!
Elf bite size face duo in White Peach
I know the name says “white peach” but if you have a similar skin tone to me, the blush in this duo will pull pretty darn orange. While I was surprised by that when I first tried it, I ended up really loving it! It adds a nice warmth to a fall look and I love pairing it with either a similar color story on the eye, or a bold contrast like a dark smoky eye.
Get the product: https://bit.ly/334d8vD
Super Goop Play Sunscreen
Yes that’s right, sunscreen! Lots of people think sunscreen is a just-for-summer kind of product but it’s important to wear it all year round! Not only does SPF help prevent early wrinkles, but more importantly it helps prevent skin cancer. Lots of people spend a lot of time outside in the fall since the weather is nice, but you shouldn’t just wear sunscreen when you’re outside — windows don’t block all UV rays, so if you sit near a window during the day, you should wear sunscreen then too!
I like the SuperGoop Play sunscreen because it’s both a chemical sunscreen and reef-safe, which lets me balance my sunscreen preferences with some environmentalism!
Get the product: https://seph.me/3cGwHh6
What are your fall book and beauty must-haves? Any products I absolutely need to check out? Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!