Gloomy weather doesn’t need to leave you gloomy.
It’s the time of year for leaf crunching, puddle jumping, knitwear cuddling and deep berry lip kissing.
I think it’s good to have a seasonal clear-out of old makeup and beauty bits. Get rid of the empties, give up on the experiments that just didn’t work and treat yourself to a little something new.
So, back by popular demand, here’s my beauty cabinet favourites that take me from grey to… well, technicolour!
Chunky knit cardigan
Brown belt // Skinny jeans
Starting, as all beauty routines should, with skincare.
I don’t want to overwhelm you with the entire contents of my lotions & potions apothecary, so these are just some of my current favourites.
Malin+Goetz natural deodorant.
Having read so much about just how awful “real” deodorants are for us, I’m giving natural deo a go. I tried a few different ones and this is really the only one I liked.
The eucalyptus is lovely and cooling, smells so fresh and feels really nice on your skin.
I must admit however that for the gym I still reach for the Dove spray on, but the M+G is great for day to day use.
La Prairie Luxe body cream (UK/US)
A real luxury, but I love it so much! It comes with a very handy little scoop, glides on like silk, dries quickly and leaves my skin so soft and glowy. Part of my nightly ritual.
La Mer soft cream (UK/US)
I recently saw a dermatologist to try and cut through all of the marketing out there and find out what’s actually worth the money and what’s just branding.
He swore blind that this face cream is the bomb.
Yes it’s expensive, but a pot lasts me ages and since waving my 20s goodbye I’ve decided to take my skincare a little more seriously.
La Mer Mist (UK/US)
A refreshing mist that adds a little pep to your mornings, amazing for long haul travel!
Mr Londoner borrows it for a cooling spritz after shaving, too.
Glossier lip balm.
Simple, lovely lip balm that comes in fab packaging from a great skincare brand.
Due to launch in the UK in the next few days, so wait rather than ordering now and paying for shipping!
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid
The miracle ointment! When you feel a spot coming, dot some of this on and it’ll be gone in no time.
Cheap as chips, too.
Aerin Evening Rose D’Or (UK/US)
This scent has cast a spell on me. I just cannot get enough of it, I find myself mid-conversation with my face nestled into the neck of my jumper just breathing it in!
Rose based, but not grannyish. It’s deep, complex sexy and spiced.
The ultimate “oh you smell nice!” compliment magnet!
Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant candle (UK/US)
Less skincare, more wellbeing. A lovely, autumnal scent, properly cosy and nice to have on your dressing table.
Now then, make up!
I must admit that I don’t always wear makeup, in fact if I don’t have any events, shoots or meetings than I most definitely won’t. I just go through my skincare routine and leave it at that. For all the younger readers out there who dread getting older, believe the media madness that there’s nothing worse than turning 30… I have good news!
I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin, less worried about how I look or what anyone else thinks of me.
I’m happier, more confident, more relaxed and kinder to myself than I ever was in my early 20s. The world wants you to think that it’s all downhill from 25, but I can tell you that the view is pretty great from up here! Not one of my girlfriends disagree, so y’know it’s not just me. You have a lot to look forward to, though it’s never too early (or late) to start being nicer to yourself.
So. When I do wear makeup, I want it to be pretty great. I don’t want it sliding off in the day, giving me spots or making fine lines into great big canyons!
Here’s what’s in my day-to-day makeup bag right now.
Victoria Beckham for Estee primer
You should really be able to get this stuff on prescription, it is life changing!
Part moisturiser, part primer it’s a healthy post-spa glow in a bottle. It works on all skin colours and just brightens you up for the day ahed. It’ll make your foundation go on smoother, too.
YSL Cushion Foundation
The only foundation I’ll use at the moment. It goes on beautifully, it’s not thick or cakey and it’s easy to use on the go.
Light coverage allows freckles to shine through, it just smooths out any imperfections or funny colouring.
Combined with YSL Touche Eclait under eyes and on any blemishes.
Estee Bronze Goddess Bronzer (UK/US)
The perfect bronzer, gently shimmery and a beautiful natural colour.
Estee Illuminating Highlighter
A swipe of this across your cheekbones and a quick stripe down the middle of your nose will make so much difference, you’ll be amazed.
Rather than the popular heavy contouring that you see across social media these days, this is a very wearable, healthy glow alternative. Rather than a mask of makeup, it just highlights what you’ve already got.
They’ve changed the packaging since I got mine, but it still seems to be the same product.
If you’re looking for makeup brushes, you can’t go wrong with Real Techniques.
Bobbi Brown waterproof eyeliner
Glides on beautifully, doesn’t budge all day. Really all I ask of an eyeliner!
Estee Envy Lash mascara
Designed to be layered. Swipe on a little for work, then build it up for a more dramatic evening look.
Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink
Totally fool proof lipstick! Sort of like a big crayon, it goes on quite sparingly in a creamy, matte finish. Made with shea butter it’s almost a non-sticky, non-greasy balm more than a lipstick. They’ve got lovely dark colours for autumn, but I’m quite partial to the dusty rose for day use.
Trish McEvoy Liquid Lip Colour in Mauve
Beautiful matte lip colour, looks very natural and doesn’t smudge.
This one’s particularly good if we’re out taking pictures, as it just defines lips (which can often disappear in pictures!) without being too bold.
You really cannot go wrong with YSL lip colours. They truly are the masters! The deep, velvety pigments are perfect for evenings and events.
Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool eyeshadow pallet
Great for taking a day look into evening and creating a natural(ish) smokey eye. Easy to throw in your bag, no fiddly little pots required.
Tanya Burr Body Illuminator
I’m a huge fan of Tanya’s products, particularly the nail colours, stick highlighters and lip colours. But if I had to choose just one, this would be it.
A creamy, beautiful, shimmery cream to smooth over décolletage for a healthy glow. It accentuates an often forgotten area, and makes you feel like a firefly at parties!
Gently dab any leftovers onto the cupid’s bow of your lips for more volume in that pout.
That’s it for now, if I come across anything else that I think you can’t live without then I’ll do another post.
In the meantime, stay warm, eat your vegetables, drink lots of water and treat yourself as you would a best friend. It’s amazing how much better you’ll look and feel if you start thinking of compliments rather than put downs every time you look in the mirror!