Monday, 20 October 2014
Autumn Make Up.
It's that time of the year when I start reaching for anything that promises to give my skin added moisture, beautiful nude blush shades replace the corals, and I attempt to find a bold lip colour that I like. Here's a few of the things I'll be using a lot over the coming weeks...
My favourite day time moisturiser is part of the Aqualia Thermal range from Vichy and adding the serum* from the same range to my routine has done wonders for my skin already. The combination of the two is something I'll be continuing to use throughout the cooler months when trying to keep my skin hydrated can be difficult.
During the night time I'll be reaching for oils even more than usual. A little while ago Boots sent me a little parcel of some of their top selling products and the Botanics Facial Oil* is by far my favourite. It's incredibly hydrating but not greasy or heavy like some facial oils can be, so I think that this would be great for a lot of different skin types.
When it's cold, priming is a step I can't skip if I want my foundation to apply smoothly. Hydraluron* is a serum designed to be used before moisturiser that boosts moisture levels in the skin. I've put it in the prime category even though it isn't really one because when I use it, I've found that I don't need to then go in with a dedicated primer too. I'm not totally sold on it yet, but I think if you've been eying it for a while it's worth a try.
The Laura Mercier primer is really new to me but I think the gel texture is a little unusual in the world of primers and I like how smoothly my foundation applies over the top. One I've been reaching for consistently over the past couple of weeks is the Max Factor FaceFinity All Day Primer. I can't vouch for any oil controlling properties and although it claims to mattify skin I actually think it gives a really nice satin finish, which is why I really like it.
When it comes to blush in the Autumn I either go very neutral or very pink. I have two neutral picks, one powder and one cream. NARS Penny Lane cream blush is one of those extremely reliable colours. When I reach for it I know that it's going to apply evenly and that it's going to last the whole day. My neutral powder option is one of the very affordable Rimmel blushes in the colour Santa Rose. Whilst this isn't quite as long-lasting as a NARS blush, it does stick around for most of the day and at under £4 I think that's pretty impressive.
My pink choice is from Lily Lolo and it's one of their mineral blushes in Ooh La La*. This is a colour that can either give a hint of pink or an intense, more statement look. I mostly like to wear it with a nude lip and lots of mascara, so I do tend to be a bit liberal with it. What can I say? I just love blush!
Lips & nails.
Bright lip colours still intimidate me a little, which is odd because two of these are shades that I used to wear a lot. Bold colours seem to make me look a lot older than I am now, so I have to be a little careful with how I apply them in order to feel comfortable. I have been starting with this Pixi Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry* to ease me back into the wonder of brights and I love it so far. Topshop All About Me is a stunning pink with a hint of red and Revlon Cherries in the Snow is just such a classic.
Lastly Burberry Storm Grey is the only nail colour I want to wear right now, perhaps with a little Essie A Cut Above over the top for a bit of sparkle sometimes. Lovely!
Are there any make up changes you make to your beauty routine in the Autumn?