Beach Essentials

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‘What would you take with you on a deserted island?’ I must have heard that question a million times before. To be fair, it is a puzzler. What would you consider important enough to take with you on a deserted island? Now imagine, rather than a deserted island, you’re on an idyllic private beach at a 5 star resort in paradise. Perhaps not the same thing, but it’s close enough; which explains the dilemma that I encountered on my recent travels.

I’m a firm believer that the contents of someone’s beach bag have a strong correlation with their personality. Being the obsessive, compulsive, slightly over bearing freak that I am, I tend to take everything but the kitchen sink with me. However this time round I tried my very best to be good, taking only the ‘essentials’. I use the term ‘essentials’ very loosely as I probably exceeded the amount of products that a normal person would take. However, the products listed below are genuinely what I need when I’m sunning myself on a tropical beach. Me, high maintenance? Never…

Garnier Ambre Solaire Ultra Light Dry Mist Protection £8.50

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I cannot stress enough how important sun protection is, even for women of colour. I know plenty of sunscreen-phobes who genuinely believe that if they don’t have pale skin, they don’t need sun protection – WRONG! Darker skin contains higher levels of melanin; which protects the skin against effects of the sun such as skin cancer and premature ageing. However, our bodies only produce an SPF factor of up to 13.4; which is far too low to protect us from sun damage. Wearing a sunscreen of SPF 30 or above with UVA and UBV will ensure that your skin stays as healthy as possible.

From creams to lotions, I’ve tried many different formulas available on the market. However, I had yet to find one as easy to use as the Garnier Ambre Solaire Ultra Light Dry Mist. As the label suggests, the formula is super light and absorbs instantly into the skin. I hate the sticky/greasy feeling that most sun protectors give you, but this spray feels very skin like and is pretty much transparent. The icing on the cake is that it’s water proof; which is perfect for someone like me who never thinks about reapplying their sun protector once I’ve had a dip in the pool.

LA ROCHE-POSAY Thermal Spring Water £7.00

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This is one of those products which seems indulgent, but once you start using it you’ll wonder how you ever went through life without it – a bit like what my husband first thought of me (I joke). Developed with micro-droplets of the brand’s unique water, this spray provides you with a refreshing burst of instant calm for skin that craves hydration, soothing and cooling. Suitable for men and women of all ages and skin types, it contains a high concentration of selenium to give you protection against free radicals and the environmental damages.

I can understand that some will think that £7.00 for what is essentially a water spray is ludicrous, but this spray contains vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals and trace elements; which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only is it a life saver when your skin is feeling the effects of the sun, but it also works great as a makeup setter/refresher.

Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25 in Medium £30.00 / Benefit Posiebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm £14.50 / Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara £5.99

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Makeup on the beach has always been a slightly taboo subject. Many women shudder at the thought of piling on the makeup when at the beach; which is perfectly acceptable, you do you boo! I however, need a little something on my face so that I don’t scare the fishes away. I’m not talking cake face here, just a few little cosmetic tweaks.

Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25 in Medium gives me beautifully even toned skin with added sun protection. Unlike traditional BB creams, the formula isn’t greasy or runny; which is a bonus point for me as I want something that will ‘stick’ to my skin during the heat. It feels more like a luxurious cream rather than a face base as it promises to revitalize dull complexions. The colour selection isn’t great (Light, Medium and Dark), but the formula blends easily into the skin and gives you a very natural finish.

Benefit’s Posiebalm is an oh-so-cute poppy pink tinted lip balm; which provides hydration and a sheer wash of colour. Containing mango butter and sodium hyaluronate, your lips feel smooth, soft and glossy. The packaging is faultless, but then again, that can be said about all of Benefit’s products. The stick formulation makes it easy to apply on the go and eliminates the possibility of it melting in the sun like most potted lip balms.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara is the waterproof alternative to the famous original formula. Adding a few coats of this wonderful mascara to your lashes ensures that you look wide awake and ready for all those selfies on the beach.

Compact Mirror price unknown

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Fact of the matter is, everyone needs a compact mirror at all times. It’s all fine and dandy when you have a £30.00 BB cream on your face, but if you’ve got a smearing of sand across your forehead, you’re going to look pretty stupid. Compact mirrors ensure that you’re embarrassment free at all times.

I bought this little 3D rose shaped compact from Beauty Base many moons ago. Not sure if they still have them or what the price was, but you can pick up something fairly identical from eBay. Super cute and super functional.

Victoria’s Secret Coconut Passion Fragrance Mist £8.50

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What would a holiday be without the tropical scent of coconuts; which is the reason why I opted for Victoria’s Secret Coconut Passion Fragrance Mist. Notes of coconut, vanilla and lily-of-the-valley are blended together to create this super sweet, almost good enough to eat fragrance. I’m a huge fan of the Victoria’s Secret Body Mists as they’re long lasting, but don’t overpower you like a strong eau de perfum. The bottle is fairly chunky and perhaps not very travel friendly, but the plastic bottle does make it slightly easier to transport. I love spritzing this whilst I’m on the beach to invoke my inner VS angel, but mostly to rid myself of the mosquito repellent smell.

The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray £6.00

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Much like the LA ROCHE-POSAY Thermal Spring Water, this spray is designed to cool and refresh tired feet. Containing extracts of peppermint oil, this perfectly sized bottle is a life saver when you’re in a hot environment.

I don’t know about you, but my feet tend to swell slightly under the hot sun. Super annoying and it makes for a slightly uncomfortable squeeze in my heels, but spritzing some of this cooling foot spray, especially when I’m sunbathing, ensures that my feet stay refreshed, cool, odor free and intact of its normal size. It works just as well on plane journeys when your feet are feeling slightly parched and in need of some hydration.

Soap & Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel £2.50

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Not just my beach bag, but any bag that I own harbors a small bottle of this in their deep, dark crevices. Hand sanitizers are a must, especially when you’re going from beach to pool bar/restaurant. It kills 99% of bacteria that you naturally accumulate throughout the day and although it contains alcohol, like most hand sanitizers, it’s non-drying and quite moiturising in fact.

As with most Soap and Glory products, there’s a wonderful citrus smell; which is not overpowering by any means.

Havaianas Top Metallic Rose Gold Flip Flops £20.00 / Primark Black Crochet Floppy Hat £4.00

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Havaianas Top Metallic Rose Gold Flip Flops were destined to be mine as soon as I set my eyes on them. I love anything rose gold and that goes for shoes too! So comfortable to wear and looks great against tanned skin.

Primark’s Black Crochet Floppy Hat was the ultimate bargain. I found this gem during a random Primarni browse. At a mere £4.00 I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to purchase it, even though I had no where to wear it to at the time! Sun hats are perfect for keeping cool whilst on holiday and protects the delicate skin on your face from sun damage.

Prada Oversized Minimal Baroque Black Gradient Sunglasses £241.00

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Much like my flip flops, I fell in love with these sunglasses from the first moment that I saw them. I mean, they’re so over-the-top and fabulously camp they’re almost offensive. So of course I needed them in my life. They certainly make a statement…and if they didn’t…I made sure they did!

Papaya Gold PAWPAW Moisturising Balm £5.99

Massive epic fail here – I forgot to take a product shot of this. I know, I know, bad beauty blogger! Nevertheless I can promise you that this product is by no means lesser than any of the other products mentioned (it’s the small red tube in the bottom right of the first image of this post). This is a multi use product; which cures a enormous amount of aliments at a mere swipe. Enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+, this waxy balm soothes, relives and moisturises dry, sensitive and irritated skin. Use this on sun burns, chaffing, cuts/grazes and even chapped lips. You only get 25g in a small handbag-sized tube, but it certainly goes a long way. I used the tiniest of drops on my peeling, sun burned shoulders and sure enough, my skin was right back to normal the next day. So impressed by the wonders of this product, it has now become a permanent resident in my handbag – you know…for all those sun burns I get in London *pulls a sarcastic face*.

What are some of your beach bag essentials? Comment below!

Evening Skincare Routine | Winter 2016

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I thought it only fitting that as my first blog post for 2016 I should dedicate it to my first true love – skincare. Although I am a self-confessed makeup lover, skincare has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Not just the products themselves, but the routine that they require thrills me. I love nothing more than wiping off the slap and treating my skin to some much needed R & R.

Now that I am approaching the dreaded 3-0 I have learnt, more than ever, the importance of a good skincare routine. After a certain age consistency and quality are two necessary factors in skincare. Investing your time and money into your skin will benefit you in the long run. After all, who doesn’t want to look young and youthful as the years roll by? The products mentioned below may seem excessive and time consuming, but trust me when I say that it makes the world of difference.

My evening and daytime skincare routines are slightly different. I reserve most of my skincare products for the evening as I tend to have more time to dedicate to my skin. A night time skincare routine is important, because your skin naturally regenerates, repairs and restores itself while you sleep. Cell renewal is significantly higher, your skin is more responsive to active ingredients and your body temperature is higher allowing for faster absorption of products. While you drift into dream land your skin is hard at work so treating it beforehand, with high quality products, will ensure you arise to a plump, smooth and glowing face.

My skin type is dry with a slightly oily t-zone. During the winter months, my skin dries out further and craves nourishment. I am not susceptible to break out or any other skin conditions. I use the products below in the order that they are listed. Each of these products have been tried and tested for several months. I have found that these products are perfect for my skin type. If you have a different skin type or particular concerns then you may want to consider products more specifically tailored to your needs.

Pre-cleanse

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I’m sure you have all heard the cardinal rule that you should never sleep with your makeup on, but how many of us actually adhere to it? I know I’ve been guilty of it in the past. Certainly after a night out I’ve gone to bed (greasy kebab in tow) with a full face of makeup on. However, studies have shown that for every night you sleep in your makeup, your skin ages by three days!

Pre-cleansing is essential for removing the initial layer of grime, sweat, oil and makeup that sits on top of your skin. Some may find this step unnecessary as you’re going to go in with your regular cleanser anyway, but pre-cleansing is the gateway for your regular cleanser. By removing the first layer of dirt, you allow for your regular cleanser to delve further into your skin layers providing you with a deeper clean.

Simple Kind To Skin | Cleansing Facial Wipes 25s £3.25

I use these wipes on days that I’m feeling particularly lazy or when I’m wearing little to no makeup at all. It may seem silly to use face wipes on your skin when you have no makeup on, but you’ll be surprised at how much dirt a wipe will pick up from your face.

I love the size of the wipes. One wipe is sufficient for your entire face and removes eye makeup with hardly any force. As a contact lens wearer I love that the wipes don’t irritate my eyes. They’re free from alcohol and harsh chemicals; which make them very comfortable to use. They’re also perfect for travelling.

The Body Shop | Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil £11.00

I absolutely love cleansing oils. I love watching a silky-soft oil dissolve away my makeup with ease. I use cleansing oils on days where I’ve worn heavy makeup and a facial wipe will not suffice. Removing stubborn makeup such as waterproof mascara, liquid lipstick or glitter eye shadow is effortless with cleansing oils.

Being somewhat of a cult item in the beauty world, The Body Shop’s Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is by far my favourite. I’ve tried a lot of cleansing oils in the past, but the formula of this one is super soft and feels incredible against the skin. It’s also very safe to use on your eyes without irritation; which is perfect for a contact lens wearer like me. Makeup literally ‘melts’ off your face with this oil and once mixed with water, the oil turns into a milky cream-like emulsion.

Cleanse

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If there’s one bit of skincare advice that I could give my younger self it would be that facial wipes and cleansing oils alone are not sufficient for beautiful skin. For years I believed that facial wipes were the only step I needed in taking off my makeup. It wasn’t until I discovered top quality facial cleansers and facial brushes that I realised how deep into your skin makeup and grime can go.

Philosophy | Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser £18.00-£29.50

Named as one of Sephora’s top beauty products of all time, Philosophy’s Purity Cleanser has definitely earned its stripes. The texture is soft and creamy; which is perfect for the colder months when my skin needs a pamper. It’s super gentle and therefore suitable for most skin types including sensitive skin.

As can be expected with a Philosophy product the smell is lovely and clean with infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot. The pH balancing formula dissolves dirt and grime and gives you a deep cleanse without being too harsh on your skin.

Philosophy have marketed this cleanser as an ‘all-in-one’ product, meaning it completely eliminates the need for eye makeup removers, cleansing oils or toners. Whilst the idea of an all-in-one product is great, a pre-cleanse is necessary to remove your makeup along with a facial brush to give your skin the best cleanse its ever had.

Magnitone | BareFaced! Vibra-Sonic™ Daily Cleansing Brush £70.00

If you haven’t got into facial brushes yet, what are you waiting for? Facial brushes have completely changed my skincare game. What can only be described as a workout for your face, it’s become somewhat of an obsession for me. It can be hard choosing the right facial brush as there are so many available on the market. However, when I had the opportunity to test out Magnitone’s double award winning Barefaced Daily Cleansing Brush I fell in love. The rotating brush massages your skin while gently exfoliating dead skin cells. I use a small amount of facial cleanser directly on the brush to deeply clean my skin and extract any grime and makeup left behind.

I love the fact that this brush is 100% waterproof. That means I can use it in the shower without making a mess. The brush also comes with a protective travel case for days that I’m away from home and a USB charger.

Whilst some facial brushes can be harsh and abrasive, the Barefaced Daily Cleansing Brush is gentle enough for daily use without causing any damage. All you need is 60 seconds for your entire face; which makes it a super easy, yet effective, addition to your skincare routine. Once the brush makes contact with your skin, the brush will beep every 20 seconds to let you know to move onto a new area of the face.

Exfolitate

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Exfoliation during the winter months is very important. Harsh weather conditions and low humidity levels in the air means that your skin is deprived of moisture. Skin cells become dehydrated leaving a dry, flaky and lacklustre appearance. Central heating can also contribute to irritable skin.

In order to maintain a healthy, glowing appearance, regular exfoliation is necessary. A gentle, yet effective exfoliant will remove dead skin cells from the surface and speed up cell renewal. As we age, our cellular turnover slows down significantly. Excessive dead skin cells sit on the surface of the skin; which not only clogs your pores, but it also exaggerates wrinkles.

Peter Thomas Roth | Firm X Peeling Gel £32.25

The fact that it’s labelled as a ‘peeling gel’ makes it sound slightly scary. Remember that episode of SATC when Samantha had that unfortunate face peel?! Awkward. However, this isn’t the harsh, abrasive peel you would initially think of.

Utilising multi-action enzymes including pineapple, pomegranate and keratinise, dead cells are gently removed from the surface of your skin. Hyaluronic acid is also used to plump and hydrate the skin, giving it a youthful glow.

Although I love traditional exfoliators and their scrubby bits, this exfoliant offers something completely different. Rather than exfoliating beads to slough off dry skin, this is a smooth gel which ‘eats’ the dead skin cells off of your face. As you rub the gel over your face, you can see residue literally falling off. Perhaps a little gross, but I love it! It’s hugely satisfying to see a product work right in front of your eyes. I use this peel twice a week to ensure my skin stay smooth and bright throughout winter.

Face Mask

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With all that cleansing, you would think that there’s nothing left to clean right? Wrong! Whilst cleansing will remove dirt and grime, face masks actually draw out the impurities deep beneath the top layers of the epidermis. Face masks help with exfoliation, toning, hydration and protection. They also improve blood circulation and leaves your skin feeling smoother and softer. So many people believe face masks to be nothing but a placebo for the skin. Whilst they are utterly relaxing, slapping on a face mask once a week ensures that your skin is in tip top condition. For those who don’t find time for a face mask – if you have 10 minutes to spare, you have time for a face mask. In fact, I put my face mask on while I’m doing the housework or whilst watching tv. It’s called multi-masking! Sorry bad joke…I did mention that I’m getting old.

GLAMGLOW | YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment £49.50

I’ll be honest, I’m not faithful with my face masks. I sway between different brands all the time. However, GlAMGLOW is one of those brands that I keep on coming back to. My favourite pre-event grooming technique is slapping on a GLAMGLOW mask. This mud mask guarantees brighter, more radiant skin in just 10 minutes. Perfect for those who lack the time or the patience. The ingredients list includes french sea clay (fancy), pumice, green tea leaf, chamomile and lavender. I spread a thin layer of this mask with a foundation brush to ensure that it’s spread evenly. Within 10 minutes the mask beings to dry leaving patches of moisture; which is actually the oil and grime being extracted from your skin.

Tone

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Many people don’t know what toners do and therefore skip this step. I’ll be honest, I used to be one of those people. After constantly hearing skincare experts drone on about cleanse, tone and moisturise; I felt as though I was missing a piece of the puzzle in my skincare routine.

Toners have many purposes for your face. They contain vitamins and antioxidants to help refresh the skin, providing a boost of energy and calm. They can help fight free radicals and rejuvenate the skin by providing a protective barrier that will help your skin retain moisture and maintain the capillary walls. Certain toners contain alpha hydroxy or glycolic acids to gentle exfoliate the skin and tighten pores.

Pixi | Glow Tonic £18.00

Being in the beauty world, I constantly hear the words ‘cult product’ all the time. However, being the skeptic that I am, I always feel that I need to try out the products themselves before I join the fan base. The Glow Tonic from Pixi is one of those products; which sits on the shelves of pretty much every beauty blogger that I know. It’s a gentle exfoliating toner; which gentle dissolves dull skin cells. It also contains aloe to sooth your skin and create a luminous layer on your skin.

As you can tell from the title, this toner provide me with a glow after cleansing and reduces any redness caused by the exfoliating peel and face mask used previously. I lightly soak a cotton wool pad with this toner and rub all over my face.

Facial Oil

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About 5 years ago I made the switch from night creams to facial oils. Not that I have anything against night creams, I have just fallen head over heels in love with the feel of a luxurious facial oil on my skin.

Facial oils have long been a secret of beauty insiders. Not only do they offer intense hydration, but they contain high levels of anti-ageing properties; which trump over any regular moisturisers. Facial oils are also excellent at eliminating many skin conditions such as pigmentation, scaring or psoriasis.

From the age of 25, wrinkles appear due to the skin’s natural oil decrease. The moisture barrier breaks down and the skin dries out. Most night creams contain a small percentage of oil, but not enough to make up for the loss in moisture. Oils are lipophilic (fat loving) and they pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster than any regular moisturiser. Skin appears plumper, smoother, brighter and all round amazing. Facial oils are the best way to moisturise your skin after your cleansing routine as it soothes irritated skin and adds a level of hydration that will last well into the next morning.

Caudalie | Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil £29.00

The ultimate indulgence for a night time skincare routine, it’s my secret weapon for flawless skin. This facial oil is excellent at repairing daily damage. Two drops is enough for the entire face and provides unbelievable moisture. It provides rehabilitation for stressed out skin. It contains antioxidant grape polyphenols to encourage cell regeneration and repair. A ‘detox’ for the skin, this plant-derived elixir helps to fortify its natural defenses, enhancing the free radical-fighting cell pool, to leave your skin better equipped to protect itself against the elements. Neroli works to purify and decongest. Rosehip oil encourages repair, healing scar tissue and strengthening elastin fibres. Lavendar and carrot oil soothes irritation, softens, hydrates and detoxifies.

Eye Cream

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The skin around the eyes are fragile and more pore to dryness than the rest of the face. Your eyes are the quickest part of your skin to show age and fatigue with constant movement and squinting. Fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams soothe the skin with intense moisturisation. A good quality eye cream will smooth out fine line and winkles by stimulating collagen production and promoting cellular regeneration.

As the skin around your eyes are a lot thiner than the rest of your face, it is advised to only use an eye cream in that area and not your regular moisturiser.

Kiehls | Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado £20.00

During the winter months, the area around my eyes get very dry and irritated. Being a contact lens wearer, extreme weather conditions make me eyes stream constantly, causing puffiness around my eyes.

My first impression of this cream was that the creamy consistency was perfect to soothe my dry eyes. The natural ingredients list (avocado oil and vitamin A) meant that it would not sting or irritate my eyes when I wear contact lenses. This eye cream doesn’t promise the world. It doesn’t claim to cure dark circles or deep rooted wrinkles, however, what it does offer is intense hydration; which can actually slow down the process of ageing and discolouration. Upon application the cream turns into an almost gel/water like texture.

What are your skincare tips for a flawless base? I’m forever looking for tips and tricks! Comment below and share the love!

Top Makeup Picks for Autumn

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Now that September is almost up, it’s officially time to pack away your embellished sandals and say goodbye to the Summer.

There’s something about Autumn that makes me feel all festive. Not only does it pave the way for the Christmas season, but with Halloween just around the corner, the colder months, for me, are for celebrating!

If you’re anything like me, then the new season brings on new obsessions. My current guilty pleasures are Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, faux fur bed throws and copious amounts of autumnal scented candles (Yankee Candle’s Gingerbread Maple is everything!).

To get in the mood, I’ve put together a list of my favourite makeup products for Autumn. I’m not one for sticking to seasonal colour themes, after all, if I want to rock a burgundy lip during a heatwave in July then I have every right to! However, Autumn generally calls for shades of rich chocolates, deep plums, bronzed metallics and delicious cranberries. Despite my aversion to rules, these shades are very complimentary to my skin tone so it’s only fair that I indulge!

Here are the products in my collection that I reach for when I’m getting in the mood for Autumn:-

1. MAC Cosmetics Eyshadow in Embark – A dark brown, matte finish shadow with subtle red undertones. I mostly use this in the crease or outer ‘v’ of my eyes for added dimension. In my opinion, you can rarely go wrong with a MAC eyeshadow and this shade is a staple; which can be used for various looks.

2. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Diva – This is one of MAC’s most sought after lipsticks. The deep, burgundy hue compliments olive and tanned skin tones beautifully. Despite being a matte finish, the formula is creamy and comfortable to wear, especially in the colder months when lips tend to crack. If you’re looking for the perfect lipstick to help you transition into Autumn then Diva is the one for you.

3. Zoeva Rose Golden Palette – Zoeva is widley known for delivering high quality, yet affordable makeup brushes. However, when I first came across their eyeshadow palettes, I fell in love! The palettes are just as affordable as their brushes and at only £15.50 you definitely get your money’s worth. The Rose Golden Palette is by far my favourite, with 3 matte and 7 shimmering, coppery shades. The colours are gorgeous and perfect for that glamourous, yet natural look for Autumn.

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood – You all know that I’m a highlighter girl and just because the temperature has dropped, doesn’t mean that I will be giving up that glow! Described as being a filter for your skin, this illuminator will give you an ethereal glow. I’m loving this ‘true gold’ shade; which will work perfectly for the party season.

5. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Bitter Bitch – Once Autumn hits, I tend to ditch the pastel blues and florescent pinks in favour of rich, dark shades. Despite having Chanel’s Black Satin in constant rotation on my nails, this colour allows me to change things up a bit whilst maintaining the look of vampy nails. The decadent, chocolatey-brown shade looks almost black, but the red undertones give it an interesting effect when you look at it up close. Can we also talk about the name?! For the utter fabulousness of this product, I will forever have a place for it on my vanity table!

6. Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 78 – A simple cat eye with a bold, sultry lip is generally what I go for when Autumn/Winter comes around. Inglot’s gel eyeliner is somewhat of a cult product in the makeup world. The long-lasting formula is crease and smudge proof; which works perfectly under extreme weather conditions. Add a flick of black to your lids and pair with MAC’s Diva for a sexy, yet effortless look.

7. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Envoutante – Loosely translated as ‘bewitching’, this deep, aubergine lippie is perfect for making a statement. Don’t be daunted by what you see in the tube. The colour payoff is sheer, allowing you to build the colour to your preferred intensity.

8. MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Cranberry – This frost finish shadow is a little bit red, a little bit pink and a little bit purple. The multi-tonal effect that this shadow gives, makes it perfect for a smokey eye look for Autumn. Although it’s sheer it’s easily build-able and is a must have for Autumn.

9. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 7 – There’s something about Charlotte Tilbury’s products; which makes you feel like a Hollywood starlet. This new released foundation has so far ticked all the boxes for me. It gives you full coverage with a weightless feel; which makes it very comfortable to wear and considering the quality of the product, the price is comparable to any MAC foundation. The luxurious cream-like texture is perfect for my dry skin during the colder months.

10. Nars Blush in Seduction – I love pairing this blush with a bold lip. The colour is absolute perfection and looks as glamorous on the skin as it does in the packaging. The deep, wine coloured hue has a hint of shimmer; which encompasses the Autumnal theme perfectly. Be warned – the pigmentation is intense so it’s best to go in with a very light hand.

Comment below with your favourite beauty products for Autumn!

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