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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!