As we move through seasons, it’s a really great opportunity to de-clutter your beauty product shelf and consider tweaking your skincare routine and makeup styling.
The change between sunny days to staying indoors more and cranking up the central heating can play havoc with skin. The change in environmental conditions can cause breakouts, dryness and dehydration and that’s not even factoring in the new ultimate fashion accessory of 2020 - the face covering. Hello “maskne”…
The upside to seasonal changes is the fun you can have with fashion and makeup. The comfort of the chunky knit and the sass of a rich plum lip screams autumn babe. I am ready to embrace the exchange of a sunny day for crispy leafy walks in the park and the milky hot chocolate to warm up on an evening.
So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my autumn beauty and self care favourites with you. With lockdown 2.0 now in commencement, you shouldn’t feel bad about indulging in some treats to cheer yourself up. Infact, I firmly believe it’s a necessity… now more than ever we need to feel good during these challenging times and if that means buying a gorgeous new lip to wear on your trip to buy the food shopping or buying a fabulously fragranced luxury candle to burn while you curl up and read your book just go for it!
Pat McGrath - The Celestial Divinity Collection
Ok, let’s start with some serious glamour and luxe beauty… the MTHRSHP MEGA: Celestial Divinity Palette is a makeup lover’s delight. Let me tell you, this is a purchase you will not regret - the application from brush to skin is a dream. This palette has 18 highly pigmented eyeshadows, including several stunning jewel-toned and rich dark colours perfect for this time of year - mixed with either a glitter, matte, shimmer or irridescent finish. I promise the price tag is worth the depleted bank balance if you are a makeup junkie.
Available from www.patmcgrath.com - £74.00
Filorga - Global Repair Essence
The Global Repair range targets and improves all of the visible signs of ageing. Jam packed with ingredients such as super nutrients, meso-factors and cellular boosters all working to restore skin suppleness, revitalise skin, boost skin defences from environmental nasties, plump and replace volume and brighten uneven skin tone. After clinical trials, women observed dramatic skin improvements 93% saying their skin felt instantly nourished. This is a great product to boost your skin while it’s battling against the central heating, weather changes and face coverings!
Available from www.lookfantastic.com and www.feelunique.com - £60.00
Too Faced - Melted Matte Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lipstick
This super cute liquid lipstick is a rich formula which applies like a gloss but dries to a matte finish. Unlike some longwear liquid lipsticks, this doesn’t crack or dry the lips out after application which is definitely a huge selling point if you are specifically looking for a long lasting application. It contains avocado oil and vitamin E which are very nourishing for the skin and hyaluronic filling spheres which provide a non-stinging plumping effect… and best of all, it actually smells like pumpkin spice!
Available from www.selfridges.com, www.debenhams.com
and www.toofaced.com - £20.00
MOR Correspondence - Kashmir Petals Body Cream
Replenishing the skin with moisture after a hot bath or shower is super important but it can feel like a chore when you just want to throw your clean clothes back on. I recommend buying yourself a luxurious cream with a fragrance you love - you will be more tempted to take an extra 5 minutes to drench your skin in a nourishing cream before getting dressed again. This body cream is contains lots of gorgeous hydration ingredients such as Rosehip, Coconut Oils, Rooibos, Pomegranate and Camomile. Rich in vitamin E, this cream will really treat your skin to a little TLC as well as smelling delicious.
Available from www.waitrose.com - £14.00 350ml
ESPA - Winter Spice Deluxe Candle
There is nothing better than lighting your favourite fragranced candle and grabbing a book on a gloomy evening. This luxurious candle is hand poured and has a seriously inviting aroma created from sweet orange, cinnamon, ginger and clove. This distinctive winter fragrance will fill your home with a real luxury vibe and your guests will never want to leave.
Available from www.espaskincare.com - £55.00 410g
If you are still looking for inspiration, here are some other autumn hero product recommendations from beauty professionals from around the UK…
Natalie Willingham, Makeup Artist, Yorkshire loves Dr Lipp - Original Nipple Balm
“The only thing that soothes and nourishes sore, dry lips. Versatile little wonder product that can be used anywhere, to moisturise, plump and shine."
Available from www.lookfantastic.com - £12.00
Lauren Garfitt, Hair and Makeup Artist, London loves Arbonne - Pollution Defense CC Cream
“This is my favourite product right now. It is really hydrating and gives a lovely medium coverage. It also has Broad Spectrum SPF 30.”
Available from www.arbonne.com - £34.00
Laura Porter, Makeup Artist, Aberdeen loves ICONIC - London Prep Set Glow
“This product is my personal favourite in my kit and in my own personal makeup bag all year round. My not-so secret weapon as I tell everyone about this illuminating spray. It adds that perfect “glow from within” look and it smells absolutely amazing.”
Available from www.iconiclondoninc.com - £22.00
Grace Lydia Muir, Hair and Makeup Artist, North Yorkshire loves Weleda - Skin Food
“It is cruelty-free, vegan and organic and adds instant hydration and nourishment to very dry skin. It’s natural so perfect for sensitive skin and amazing for chapped lips. There is also a light version for those with very oily skin.”
Available from www.hollandandbarrett.com - £12.50
Yvonne Aucott, Makeup Artist, Leicestershire loves Daniel Sandler - Watercolour Blush
“While my skin is dry and adjusting to the cold, harsh weather outside and the dry central heating inside, the Watercolour Blush gives a healthy glow that brings back instant summer radiance. It’s so versatile, comes in lots of colours (so I can use for eyes and highlight or just change up depending on mood/outfit) and I’m just in love with how easy it is to use.”
Available from www.danielsandler.com - £29.00