It's that time of year again where the days are slowly getting shorter and the mornings are turning just that little bit chillier, but at the same time there is still a touch of summer in the air. In Ireland, we are experiencing something of an Indian summer at the moment, so even though we are well into the month of September it doesn't feel quite right to fully embrace the rich, darker hues associated with autumn beauty just yet. Instead, I have been slowly incorporating a couple of 'summer to autumn transitional products' into my make-up and skincare routines, and all have been getting a whole lot of loving from me lately.
When it comes to base, I have been favouring more of a fuller coverage look lately, and the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is where it's been at. With it's medium to high coverage, it camouflages a multitude of sins, but still feels incredibly lightweight and comfortable on the skin which is what I love most about it. This radiance boosting base is the perfect one to take me from summer to autumn as it imparts the most beautiful lit-from-within type glow which helps to give the appearance of sun kissed and healthy skin - much needed when sunshine-y days are getting fewer and farther between. The shade is a little too light for my skin tone at the moment so I am still finding myself having to mix it with something like the Bourjois BB Bronzing Cream to get more of a closer match, but nevertheless it is still a base that I have really been enjoying using lately. Blush-wise, I am usually all about those of the neutral toned variety year round, not only when we step into the autumn months, and one of my favourites at the moment is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed. The end of the summer weather means that it's finally time to start stepping away from the bronzer, and lately I have been opting for either this Tarte offering or my Nars Douceur Blush to add a little warmth and colour back into my skin instead. Autumn is a time for experimenting with bolder lip and eyeshadow shades, and so it's important to keep the rest of the make-up relatively toned down - Exposed is the perfect nude shade which won't detract from a smokey eye or berry lip, but will still keep you from looking washed out. My eyeshadow choices don't tend to change much from season to season (strictly a neutrals kinda gal year round), but there is just something about the Nars And God Created The Woman Palette that just screams 'autumn' to me. It's just so darn pretty and perfect for every occasion, and I haven't been able to put it down recently. For a day time eye make-up look I generally go for either Kalahari or Bellisima all over the lid with a little of Alahambra as an inner corner and brow bone highlight, and for night time I like to darken things up in the crease with Galapagos or Coconut Grove. It is fast becoming one of my all time favourite eyeshadow palettes, and I just love how versatile it is.
Autumn is a time of year traditionally associated with the berry and vampy lip trend, and while I fully intend to embrace it as much as possible over the coming months, I think most of us will agree that it's just not feasible to pull off that trend on a daily basis. MAC 'Syrup' is the ideal everyday cloudy pink shade that has a hint of a plum undertone to it which makes it perfect for this time of year. It is a little darker in shade than what I would usually go for, but it does make a nice change and is the perfect 'starter' shade for those who want to experiment with plums but still want something relatively muted and neutral. Though I love experimenting with different autumnal lip colours, I will admit that over the past while I have been opting for just a slick of lip balm more often than not. I'm sure most of you will be aware of my love for the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm by now, but carrying around a pot of the stuff during the day just isn't practical (or hygienic) so I decided to invest in the stick version to take me through the autumn and winter months. It is perfect for use during the day as it keeps my lips intensely hydrated and comfortable without being as heavy in texture as the original version - ideal if you don't want to go lip product free but don't feel like faffing around with drying lipsticks. Skincare-wise, I haven't switched up my routine too much, but I have started to incorporate products which are a little more rich and hydrating. I have been making use of a little sample pot of the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream which I received a while back, and have really been enjoying using it as my night time moisturiser. It is fairly thick in consistency and very hydrating, and I can see it doing a great job in keeping the dreaded dry patches at bay.
What are your favourite beauty products to help you transition from summer to autumn?
Lots of love, Rachael