The latter few months of the calendar year has to be my favourite time ever. I love to watch the green trees turn vivid orange, red and yellow and feel super cozy under blankets as the nights draw in early into deep dark skies (very poetic, I know). Plus, I’m probably one of a handful of people who really enjoy the cold weather, especially those rare crisp, cloudless and sunny winter mornings.
With changing seasons, the beauty world shifts into autumn tones and products that are designed to compensate for the drier air. I love how I’m pushed to experiment with new colours, and since I’m a makeup addict and constantly hunting for the best-of-the-best, I’m always finding new favourites that improve my top-shelf collection and everyday routine.
I’m so excited for autumn and I’m really looking forward to sharing with you my favourite products for this coming season!
NATASHA DENONA BRONZE PALETTE
Did the industry really need another bronze eyeshadow palette?! Well, the answer is a big, emphatic YES. Even though there are plenty of bronze and basic brown neutral palettes available, it cannot be doubted that the industry is always progressing: new and better formulas are being devised and colour combinations are constantly improving and becoming more inspirational (well, most of the time).
I’m a new fan of Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow palettes. As soon as I realised that the brand, who are notorious for their huge eyeshadow palettes and extortionate prices, were making a smaller, normal size, eyeshadow palette for £60 (inside of £111), I immediately grabbed one. Her Bronze Palette was the first I picked up, and I’m thoroughly impressed. Yes, some of the metallic shades are fairly similar, but, when used in different combinations they will definitely pull a look in different directions. Plus, the subtle differences allows you to make a bronze eye look that will match your favourite lipstick undertone really well. The matte shades are SO pigmented, smooth and blend like a dream. The metallic shadows are creamy and have the most gorgeous reflective shine.
In short: this palette is perfect for anybody who is a beginner in makeup, anyone who loves collecting products, anyone who wants the best formulas out there, or anyone who just wants to have the least amount of products in their collection as possible. You’ll get top of the range quality while having the shades we all know and love.
NARS ‘TURBO’ AFTERBLOW LIP BALM
If a type of makeup product could be problematic, it would be lipsticks! I always struggle with finding products and techniques that don’t exacerbate (or even create) texture on the lips and settle into creases. However, the Nars Afterglow oil-infused lip balms cannot be faulted. They’re hydrating and so easy to put on, even though they are incredibly pigmented (for a lip balm). You don’t need a mirror for application, and when I tell you they don’t emphasise any texture, I really mean it. The colour Turbo is a classic red perfect for autumn and you can get it on your lips with full pigmentation in seconds – it truly is that easy. Of course, you can pair the balm with a lip liner if you want to make your lips look more structured. If you’re after a glossy red, Turbo is your answer.
ZOEVA CARAMEL MELANGE EYESHADOW PALETTE
The Caramel Melange palette by Zoeva will compliment the aforementioned Natasha Denona Bronze palette beautifully. Really, you don’t need both palettes, so if you’re looking for a cheaper option that is still lovely quality, this Zoeva palette will be right up your street – it just isn’t as brilliant as the Natasha Denona alternative. For an affordable price, the Caramel Melange palette gives you stunning autumn inspired tones. The metallic shadows are really smooth and shiny (my favourite being Liquid Center), and I particularly love the vibrant red-orange matte shade for a fun punch of colour.
PATRICK TA MONOCHROME MOMENT VELVET BLUSHES
For anybody who doesn’t know, Patrick Ta is a super sweet and incredibly talented celebrity makeup artist, and is a personal favourite of the Hadid sisters, Gigi and Bella. Patrick is a huge inspiration of mine as his main focus is on blending the products to make them look as seamless as possible on the skin, while using the least amount of makeup necessary to create the biggest and most beautiful impact. His Monochrome Moment Velvet blushes, of which he has four, have been the first products that I’ve tried out from his makeup line, which is simply named ‘Patrick Ta’. The blushes have been designed so they can be used very sheerly or built up for more colour intensity. The shade I’m most excited about is called ‘She’s Seductive’ as it is this very unique mauve tone that even works on fair skin due to how hard the powder is pressed into the pan (making the product easy to apply sheerly onto the skin), and is perfect for autumn and winter. If you prefer to wear mauve and pink tones on your eyes, this will be a beautiful complimentary blush to complete your look. Plus, as we’ll be getting less and less sun in the UK as the months progress into winter, it’s lovely to have a way to bring some colour to the cheeks and retain that lively summer look. As Patrick’s blushes contain shea butter, they don’t make the skin look powdery and dry either!
On a side note: Unfortunately, the blushes I received (which I ordered from Cult Beauty) both had massive scratches down one edge of front lid of the packaging. The actual blushes themselves were fine. Based on my experience with seeing lots of different packaging, it looks as though there has been a manufacturing or packaging issue at the factory that makes Patrick Ta Beauty. Even though I dealt with Cult Beauty regarding the issue, I did send a quick note to Patrick Ta Beauty via their Instagram, and they were so apologetic and kind. Patrick’s such a lovely person that I’ll continue to support his company anyway, but I know people would like to, and should, know this information!
HUDA BEAUTY ‘JOYRIDE’ POWER BULLET MATTE LIPSTICK
Since I’ve just done a post titled Matte Lipsticks: Dry Or A Dream? Favourites And Techniques, I couldn’t not mention one of the products highlighted in that article. The Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipsticks are really, really nice, especially when you’ve prepped your lips properly (read the article I’ve just mentioned to see my tips and tricks!). The shade Joyride is definitely going to be a firm favourite of mine going into autumn – it has a stunning mauve-brown colour that is very similar to Charlotte Tilbury’s Very Victoria, but it cooler and more brown in tone while still staying in the nude category. You can apply it as more of a tint in light tapping motions and blending it out with your finger with some lip balm, or with full opacity. The formula is pretty fine so I think a lot of people will enjoy these lipsticks – just make sure you use a balm so they feel comfortable.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FINISH POWDER
If you’ve read my blog a lot, you’ll know that I adore the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder…but, I’ve mentioned it many, many, many times recently, though I thought I’d give another powder some airtime! The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder is a favourite amongst people with dry skin, however, since I have an oily T-zone I can vouch for the fact that this powder is also oily-skin friendly too! It is a magnifying powder so you really don’t have to use that much, which means that we can maintain a level of luminosity to the skin going into the cooler months while still tackling problem areas and setting our makeup in place.
NARS ‘REEF’ OIL-INFUSED LIP TINT
The range of oil-infused lip tints by Nars are what dreams are made of for natural makeup lovers. Each shade provides a sheer yet substantial pigmentation to the lips that will allow you to glam yourself up and tie a look together, while maintaining that natural look and feel. Reef is a classic rosy brown, and like I’ve said time and time again, Nars really do create amazing lip products.
JACLYN HILL X Morphe Volume II EYESHADOW PALETTE
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, Morphe really need to clean up their act in regards to their personnel. Being linked to Jeffree Star, despite the endless list of discriminatory and mean words he has vocalised, was a bad move for the company, and I’m glad they’re finally going to be cutting ties with him as they are such a popular and go-to brand for many, many people who love makeup but are on a budget. Jaclyn Hill, unfortunately, has been tied to controversies herself in regards to customer service, and has been hit with claims about being “all for the money”. Personally, even though she could have handled some situations much better, I think she gets an unfair and unjust amount of criticism – she suffers from depression and anxiety, and so her infrequent posting on social media is to be expected. In fact, I don’t blame her for transitioning away from YouTube to product development – the hate on social media is so intense and wrong; I wouldn’t expect anybody to put up with it.
With all that said, it can’t be denied that her original 35-pan palette with Morphe and the Volume II addition, are groundbreaking products within the beauty industry. Even though the original palette is also perfect for the autumn months, I really want to give the Volume II palette some time to shine. This is your go-to palette if you want to experiment with bright purples, oranges, yellows and reds, but still want some basic neutrals for everyday wear. The formula is beautifully pigmented and easy to blend, and there are loads of YouTube tutorials showing it in action.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY ‘STONED ROSE’ K.I.S.S.I.N.G LIPSTICK
And finally, I can’t wait to try the latest bunch of Charlotte Tilbury nude lipsticks that I’ve recently purchased, especially the shade Stoned Rose. I also picked up Yes Honey and Bitch Perfect, as I’ve wanted to own these colours for YEARS, but have just kept putting the purchase off. Stoned Rose can be described as a vampy but natural nude brown, autumnal colour that gives you that “I’m wearing a red, but it’s definitely not a red’ look. It has a warmth and depth to the shade, and it smells kind of like Lindt milk chocolate, so, for me, it’s a win-win.