Autumn is well and truly underway, so it's time to share my seasonal beauty favourites...
- SKINCARE -
I'm not really one for foaming cleansers at the best of times, but with the weather getting colder, my skin definitely needs something extra. The Nuori Protect + Cleansing Milk* | £35 | is a perfect compromise. It has a lightweight, non-foaming milky formula that's moisturising but not heavy. It still leaves my skin feeling clean, but also very soft and nourished. It's formulated with moisturising avocado oil and shea butter alongside soothing aloe, so ticks all the boxes for me. It does contain some fragrance, which is fine for me (particularly in a cleanser) but if you get inflammation around this time of year that's aggravated by it; maybe avoid a product like this when you're flaring up.
I'm sure most of the products in the skincare portion of this post come as no surprise to the regulars, but a slightly newer addition I've fallen for is the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief | £34.99. I feel like my skin really suffers during seasonal changes, and a barrier support product like this is really invaluable to use when I get irritation and dry skin. This creamy serum is formulated with tamanu oil to nourish, replenish and repair the skin, safflower and rosehip oil are in there as moisturisers and there's also squalane and ceramides, which are fundamental building blocks for a healthy skin barrier. This stuff really calms my skin and works incredibly well on dry patches. It definitely has a place in my 'trusted' collection of products that I can use even when my skin is very irritated.
Next up: I feel like a parody of myself for talking about this product so much, but take that as a sign is really is that good! It's the Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Cream* | £69. This has got me through some really bad periods of skin irritation and generally; it gives me the 'extra' I personally need when temperatures start to drop, transforming dry, dull skin into the smoothest skin of my life! It's fragrance-free and packed full of good stuff like ceramides to protect and replenish the skin.
Finally, for facial skincare, we have the Sunday Riley Juno Superfood + Antioxidant Oil | £57. I originally bought the mini of this oil for £27 but totally used it up during this year so treated myself to the biggie recently! This is one of those non-greasy, totally luxurious-feeling oils that actually contains no fragrance and a bunch of amazing ingredients. My skin gets so dry and lacklustre around this time of year and this blend of antioxidant plant oils not only nourishes my skin, but helps protect it from the elements.
- MAKEUP -
Just when I thought my makeup routine couldn't get any more minimalist, we were hit with a year of lockdowns and home-working! However, there are a few basics I reach for that tie in quite nicely with the season. First up is the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser | £31. This has been a staple of my makeup collection for many years now; I've honestly lost track of how many tubes of the stuff I've seen off to date! It's an oil-free formula, which might be why it's so long-wearing on me, but don't be fooled: it still brings a gorgeous glow to the skin. It gives a luminous finish as well as evening out my skin's tone and texture for a true 'my skin but better' look that's light coverage but harmonises the appearance of my complexion.
I'm all about cream products; they're just easy and intuitive, plus more flattering on dry or dehydrated skin (which is exacerbated by the colder weather). A beautiful formula and colour for autumn is the Flower Beauty Blush Bomb in Cinnamon | £11.99. I just dab a little dot of this onto each cheek and blend it out with my fingers for a natural, dewy flush of warm rosy brown colour that lasts. On my lips, a newer love has been the Chantecaille Lip Veil in Tamarind | £40. This is a hydrating but not overly glossy sheer lip colour in a rich, warm brown nude colour. Of course, it also comes in Chantecaille's signature super-luxurious and animal-inspired packaging, with this product being in support of Space for Giants, which protects elephant migration paths.
I've barely used anything but my Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette | £38 | when it comes to powder shadows, so it's a good job it fits in with the autumnal theme! I love this palette and have done for a long time; the formula is great and very long-wearing with pigmented, easy-to-blend mattes and soft shimmers. The colours remind me of autumn leaves with these golds, reds, oranges and browns.
- EVERYTHING ELSE -
Finally, I've got some miscellaneous beauty products to talk about. A new launch I'm really enjoying at the moment is the Embryolisse Beauty Oil* | £19. It's billed as one of those face, hair and body oils, but I primarily use it on my body and occasionally on my hair. I have incredibly dry skin all over my body, which only gets worse when it's colder, and this really helps to soften and nourish it. It smells lovely with a blend of shea, apricot, lemon and pomegranate seed oils, which are all rich in replenishing fatty acids. I also love that this has a spray dispenser; it just makes things quicker, easier and less messy!
A gorgeous nail colour for the season is the A Weathered Penny Nail Polish in Sandstone | £16. This is one of those products that Instagram advertised to me and I bought on a bit of a whim, as I couldn't really find may reviews of the formula. However, when it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how opaque the finish was, and how - with a single swipe - it delivered amazing coverage. It's also really long-lasting; I'm normally the sort of person who chips nail polish within about 24 hours of applying it, but this lasts me a good few days. The colour is a beautiful warm terracotta tone.
In terms of fragrance, it just has to be the Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Eau de Toilette | £96. This line of fragrances is designed to evoke memories of certain times and places, and this scent brings a warm fireside feel with notes of chestnut, cashmere, clove and orange flower with an underlying smokiness. It also lasts beautifully on the skin.
What are your beauty must-haves for autumn?