September Beauty Favourites 2016: Autumn is Here!

September Beauty Favourites 2016: Autumn is Here!

05 October, 2016 September Beauty Favourites 2016: Autumn is Here!

Last month I shared some of my favourite summer beauty finds and rediscoveries, and in the last 30 days I’ve fully embraced all things autumn, going for a heavier coverage base, a fab warm-nude lip combination, and some super-luxe skincare that’s been lovely to hydrate my skin now colder temperatures have hit.

This makes me sound SO basic, but I love the vibe of autumn – cosy fires, the colours, the makeup tones (berries galore), so it’s nice to take a look at what I’m using every day and adapt it to the changing season.

September Beauty Favourites 2016: Autumn is Here!

No7 Airbrush Away Primer (£16.50)

I’ve had this primer in my ‘everyday makeup rotation’ for about six months, after reading about it in a post by Grace Day – she used to run a fab blog called That Grace Girl, and now is the beauty copywriter for Beauty Bay – so she knows her stuff.

This pore-smoothing primer has a moussey consistency, helps absorb shine, and is also hydrating enough not to dry my skin out, like so many primers aimed at oily skin can often do. It’s a nice compact size, making it great for travel, and I find it to be one of the most reliable and consistent primers in my stash.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation (£38)

This is the foundation that just keeps on giving – I bladdy lave it. Creamy, full-coverage and matte while still making skin look like skin, this is the foundation I turn to when I need to look flawless. There’s no SPF so it’s great for nights out, the tube makes it ideal for travel, and it comes in a pretty decent array of shades – although epic fail alert, I went to get colour matched in Space NK for a lighter colour, and the makeup artist sent me home with the shade I already use. Snaps for Jess.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (£30)

Elemis is one of those brands that people usually have good things to say about, but it tends to fly slightly under the radar. This comforting cleansing milk-cream is great for removing makeup, hydrating my skin, and getting it prepped for the day ahead.

It has a lovely fresh scent and is one of those products that always helps to maintain a good skin day. I wouldn’t use this to remove a full face of makeup, but for a Sunday casual look of mascara, tinted moisturiser and brows, it does the job easily.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£29.50), review here

This beautiful balm is rocking my world right now. I’ve been raving about it for a while (especially on Instagram Stories), and so I won’t go on too much, but make sure to check out my full review. I’ve tried using this as a leave-on mask while brushing my teeth and it’s done a pretty good job.

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil* (£62)

I had no idea how pricey this is until I checked the press release, but after using this for a few weeks I can see why. I have an upcoming brand focus-style post coming up on Dermalogica, as I think they offer some truly outstanding products, and this facial oil has been just the antidote I need when my skin feels tight and stripped of moisture after removing all my makeup.

I usually get home and do a quick micellar water cleanse, and then pop this on to my skin to keep it supple and soft. It’s packed with powerful plant extracts like orchid, camellia and chia seed, it smells divine, and can be used pretty much anywhere on the face and body. It’s also lovely to use as part of a facial massage, as it’s slippy enough without feeling greasy or heavy. A perfect facial oil for this time of year.

Merumaya Treatment Toner (£15.50)

There’s a permanent place in my skincare cupboard for Merumaya, and you all probably know how much I love the brand, its ethos and the fabulous selection of products they offer. From cleansers to masks, I’ve tried them all, and the Treatment Toner does not disappoint. Described as a hybrid between a toner, softening lotion and essence, this little bottle does SO much for my skin after cleansing and before eye cream, serum and moisturiser.

Combining hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and betaine, it refreshes, soothes and visibly brightens my skin, in a way I have never really experienced. It’s one of those products I use every day, and if I miss it once or twice, I really notice the difference. Sneak peak alert: Merumaya sent me their new Retinol Resurfacing Treatment. I won’t give too much away, but it’s incredible – especially for autumn skin. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for a few Stories updates – I’m always raving about it!

MAC Creme in Your Coffee and Velvet Teddy Lipsticks (£15.50 each)

Warm nudes and dusky rose-pinks are definitely my ‘comfort zone’ lipsticks, and autumn and winter is the perfect time to wear them – in my view anyway. Two hidden gems I’ve rediscovered in my lipstick stash are Creme In Your Coffee, a rich rose-brown in a Cremesheen finish, and the matte Velvet Teddy – a classic beige-brown pink that seems to pull a little more orange on me. Paired with Spice liner, they both look lovely, and are fab shades to wear for work too.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (£26.50)

I haven’t mentioned this treatment in a while, but I went out EVERY Saturday night in September, and I really noticed the effects of alcohol and late nights on my skin. Once a week, I’ve used this on a Sunday morning, and it instantly refreshes my skin, puts the colour back in my cheeks, and seems to slough away that grey look you can get when you’ve had one too many gin cocktails. I’m now on my third tube and it’s one of those unsung heroes that I should probably shout about more!

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyes Palette (£32)

Another old-time fave for autumn is this fabulous, all-matte palette. I love the selection of cool and warm tones, I find all the shades to be consistently pigmented, creamy and blendable. For everyday wear and at work, I usually go for an all-matte look of Nudie as a transition shade with Cashmere Bunny in the crease and outer corners, and for nights out I’ll pair Honey Butter with Chocolate Cookie, and then pop a shimmery bronze on the lid. It’s such a versatile palette, and, as is the theme of this post, I should probably shout about it more!

Which products have you been loving this month and for the upcoming autumn months? Make sure to check out my recent online beauty haul, and don’t forget to enter my Morphe 35O eyeshadow palette giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!


  • Jasmine Talks Beauty
    Posted at 15:12h, 08 October Reply

    I love Velvet Teddy and the Ren Flash Facial (so good for busy mornings!) I need to get the Too Faced Natural Eye matte palette because I love the original!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:21h, 08 October Reply

      I agree! I just used it actually 🙂 the matte one is great for the mix of cool and warm colours, such a staple in my kit! XO

  • Jennifer Monforton
    Posted at 15:28h, 07 October Reply

    Ooh, Cream in your Coffee and Velvet Teddy are both on my radar! Will have to try them soon. And I’ve been eyeing that matte Too Faced palette for a while- looks beautiful 🙂

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:20h, 08 October Reply

      Go for it! It’s a pretty good price too 🙂 XO

  • Leanne Page
    Posted at 20:57h, 06 October Reply

    Velvet teddy will always be my favourite MAC shade! I’m really intrigued by the No7 primer, I will have to check it out. And the toner sounds right up my street. This month I’ve been loving everything Kat V D, Especially the Lock Concealer xx

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:06h, 08 October Reply

      Need to try that concealer! It’s meant to be amazing – the No7 primer is just too good, you NEED it! XO

  • Katie
    Posted at 00:50h, 06 October Reply

    I’ve been loving Velvet Teddy lately! And that Too Faced palette is perfect for everyday, I love their matte shades x

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:05h, 08 October Reply

      I agree, one of those can’t-live-without palettes! XO

  • Jennifer Helen
    Posted at 16:43h, 05 October Reply

    Really interested in the sound of that Laura Mercier foundation! Will have to pop into Space NK to give it a bash.
    JH |

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:02h, 08 October Reply

      Definitely should! It’s amazing for this time of year! XO

  • kate_winford
    Posted at 16:14h, 05 October Reply

    Creme In Your Coffee is my FAVORITE Fall lipstick from MAC! I somehow have not tried Velvet Teddy so I am adding that one to my wish list 🙂

    Kate |

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:01h, 08 October Reply

      Ah you NEED to try it! Such a versatile shade! XO

  • Dea Andriany
    Posted at 14:12h, 05 October Reply

    The Natural Matte is such a matte-dream, I love how they have every color for every look, they’re very handy too!

    Selene Addicted

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:01h, 08 October Reply

      I agree! Such a nice combination of shades! XO

  • It's Cultured
    Posted at 10:05h, 05 October Reply

    The No7 Primer sounds amazing! I can’t believe I missed it on That Grace Girl’s blog. I’m an avid reader of hers too. I also really want to try the Dermalogica Facial Oil. I’ve been wanting to try their products for a while!

    Sophie | It’s Cultured xx

    • Jessica
      Posted at 20:00h, 08 October Reply

      It’s such a lovely primer and I believe there’s a redness-reducing and radiance-boosting one too. XO

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