Welcome to my new column with Caledonista. Each fortnight, I’ll be alternating between beauty and fashion content; sharing my favourite looks, trends and products with you.
Makeup Look of the Month
I think autumn is my favourite season when it comes to makeup. I love the rich, warm tones and the pale skin trends that come around year after year. Now that autumn has officially started, I’ve been wearing this look as pretty much my daytime go-to. I love a simple warm brown, shimmery eyeshadow, dark black lashes, pared-back skin and a matte red lip.
Charlotte Tilbury’s new Hollywood Lips in Too Bad I’m Bad (£24 from House of Fraser) is a gorgeous muted dark rose shade that is so comfortable to wear. I also love the brown eyeshadows in the new Soap & Glory She’s A Natural palette (£14 from Boots) and the new Troublemaker mascara from Urban Decay (£19.50 from Debenhams); which promises to lengthen your lashes and give you over 13X the volume.
New Beauty I’m Loving
Urban Decay’s new Troublemaker mascara has been one of my favourites so far, this month. The plastic-bristled brush really grabs hold of your lashes to lengthen and separate them. You get great curl and definition with this, and it really makes your lashes look fuller. How pretty is the double-walled, holographic tube too?!
Another product that’s stunning on, and has equally as beautiful packaging, is the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Metal Moon (£26 from Harvey Nichols). This sleek white compact from Rihanna’s new brand has an iridescent finish to it, and the powder inside is glorious. It’s a frosty white highlighter with a gold shift, so the finish you get on the skin is almost pearlescent.
I’ve also been loving the new Revlon Youth FX Fill & Blur Primer For Face & Neck (£14.99 from Boots). The applicator on this is a large rubber tear drop that you can use to blend in the primer and ‘lift’ your skin. It has a silicone base with micro-fillers and optical diffusers to smooth out the appearance of lines and wrinkles and have a blurring effect on the skin. This makes my skin look plump and is a great base for makeup.
This is a great time of year for new beauty launches, as everyone is starting to think about Christmas gifting. If you’ve been on social media at all this week, you can’t have failed to notice that cult brand Glossier are now shipping to the UK, and are offering it free when you spend £25. One of their hero products is Boy Brow (£14 from Glossier) – a clear or tinted brow gel that has a tiny precision brush and really keeps your brow hairs in place all day.
Talking of Christmas, Smashbox have just launched their Christmas gift sets. Their Holiday 2017 Collection contains a Drawn In, Decked Out Shadow & Highlight Palette Set (£39 from Smashbox) that you are going to want to get your hands on now, as the shades are perfect for autumn and winter. In it you get two 8-shade eyeshadow palettes in smokey purple tones, as well as a 3-shade powder highlighter palette. The packaging is a collaboration with Brazilian illustrator Ana Strumpf and features a bright and colourful eye motif.
My final bit of news for you is some new releases from French skincare brand Embryolisse. Their Anti-Fatigue Cream (£39 from Boots) is packed full of skin plumping and hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, as well as natural sugars, and is designed to make your skin look smoother and more awake. Their new Crème Riche Hydrant (£29.99) is similar to their best-selling moisturising product Lait-Crème Concentre, but offers an even bigger dose of hydration for dry to very dry skin. This stuff is great as a primer before makeup.