While grateful for a mild Autumn so far, I’ve been hit hard by the change of seasons, and have spent more than a few weekend nights keeping cosy at home instead of going out to party. That’s not to say I haven’t been enjoying myself though, so I’m sharing what’s been bringing me warm and cosy feels as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler!
Instead of counting the daylight hours, count all of the beautiful colours the season brings, indulge in hot drinks, berry lips, moody hues and all things cosy.
I like to refresh my make-up for the cooler months with a darker, plum or berry lip, and added depth to my eyes with moody matte colours. I was recently invited to be part of Estee Lauder’s Lip Remix Love launch, encouraging us beauty-addicts to get creative and customise our own shades with at least two shades at a time. Apply one shade on top lip, another on the bottom – press lips together and blow a kiss to blend.
Partially thanks to the return of ’90s era style, matte make-up is having a resurgence, and it’s natural that our make-up is less glowing in cooler months. Matte beauty is the easiest way to pull off an edgy glam look, and I’m loving the finish in deep, dark shades. Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow palette by The Balm includes nine hues in velvety smooth textures. Matt Borski is my favourite!
To balance the more dramatic eye and lip make-up, I opt for a lighter skin finish to avoid looking overdone. For truly “barely-there” makeup, MAC Cosmetics’ Next to Nothing foundation/skin colours are a creamy, super-lightweight option. Worn alone, or as a primer under make-up, Next to Nothing’s micro-light boosters guarantee radiant skin without covering it all up and looking over-done.
For fuller coverage, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light is still a sheer coverage while offering super longwear like the original. If I need slightly heavier cover on any particular areas, I’ll add a touch of Double Wear or Double Wear Cushion stick.
It’s around this time of year that my skin also starts feeling especially dry and dehydrated. I’m heading to Vancouver this weekend, so while trying to beat the flu, I’m also giving my hands, face and hair a hydrating boost, to protect it against getting totally dried out.
Lack of humidity in the cabin air can quickly lead to dehydration if you’re not careful, and a 14 hour flight will do just that. If anything’s going to prevent skin dehydration in-air, it’s a generous layer of Atzen’s Night Recovery Cream. With peptides (including a botanical alternative to Botox), ingredients are natural or organic but pack a powerfully hydrating punch.
I’m guilty of completely disregarding the rest of my skin during Autumn and Winter, but given that I’ll be arriving in the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, I’m trying to give my legs a little attention too. I have recently been using Katherine Daniels nourishing hydrating balm with brown seaweed osmolyte, moisturising butters and avocado to help prevent skin dehydration.
For my hair, new botanicals safflower nourishment by L’Oréal Paris is sustainably sourced, with the rich in omega oil safflower originating from the ancient Island of Crete – the softening ointment can be applied to damp or dry hair and left on to continue conditioning.
You may have already seen my insta-stories using Le Mini Macaron gel manicure kit, the most adorable way to get a salon-worthy manicure. I’m still working on longevity, having only been able to get a few days’ wear out of the gel, but it’s so cute I don’t mind reapplying a nail or two every couple of days.
Pour a glass of red wine, don something snug (I’m living in Jockey cashmere cardi’s like gorge Matilda) and stay cosy babes! Warm nights in are of course ideal for wedding planning too so check out the index and the little white book!