As the weather began to chill and summer disappeared over the horizon, it suddenly occurred to me that I was also beginning to feel more like myself again. Or rather, my favourite version of myself. I was made for autumn colours and being back wearing them on my face and body made everything that little bit better. I'm continually astonished at the impact changing seasons can have, for better or worse.
During the summer I wrote a post about the body and beauty products that made it less insufferable. No such anguish in October. Here are a few of the things that are making autumn all the more delicious.
I'll probably end up writing a full post on my experiences with the Matrix Biolage Full Density hair range once I've had an opportunity to work in each product. I mentioned to a hairdresser that I was struggling to add thickness to my hair after over a year of trying to repair severe colour damage. She recommended Full Density and I've recently started using the daily treatment which works on the scalp, along with the styling spray. It's early days, but after just a couple of weeks my hair definitely feels stronger and less thin. It recommends using the products for three months to see full results. I'll report back then, but I'm optimistic.
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Another unsexy product, but the new Sanex AtopiCare Body Lotion is for you if you're impatient and hate waiting around for body lotions to absorb. It delivers some of the best hydration I've found from any lotion, sinks into the skin especially quickly and doesn't leave behind any of the annoying stickiness body butters bring with them. It's not often I'm stunned by a body lotion, but this one's formula is magic.
I spoke last year about the fact that the Caudalie Divine Body and Hair Oil makes me want to touch myself in warm places. The perfume of the same scent has been doing the same this autumn. It does struggle a little with staying power, but I just can't get enough of its musky, woody, sultriness. The Divine scent does have some rose and vanilla in it, which might explain why I like it so much. But if you're not into florals or the cakiness of vanilla, fear not. The cedar and musk really are the overwhelming notes. I'm grudgingly rationing the very last of the perfume.
For skincare I'm trying out loads of new products at the moment and deciding which I want to keep on permanent rotation. But one of the standout products has been L'Oreal Paris Detox Clay Mask. It's incredibly inexpensive and actually makes a difference to the oiliness and texture of my skin after using it. It's a great alternative if you don't want to splash out on my favourite Caudalie mask for oily skin. You get plenty of product, it smells great and it comes in heavy glass packaging. It's about time there were some decent masks in this price range. I'm looking forward to trying their other two.
On to make-up, I grabbed the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation on a total whim while shopping a 3-for-2 offer. Little did I know how much I'd love it. It's full coverage but doesn't cake up like so many less expensive foundations can. I find I'm wearing it more than my beloved YSL foundation at the moment, which I consider a massive compliment.
Sticking with face products, I was sent some deluxe samples of the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight and a second of the Custom Infusion Drops in Radiance. Being an intense liquid highlight, I fully expected the Enhancer Drops to make my face look like a Christmas tree. Bizarrely, they just add a healthy glow without looking sparkly when mixed into foundation. The hype is real! I've mixed the Nude Rescue Oil into thick foundations to thin them out before, so I was curious to see what effect the Infusion Drops would have as a product designed for exactly this. They certainly lessen the life of the coverage on my skin, but they give a more natural look to make-up. I love both these products. Thankfully, the samples should last a while yet.
For some time I've been curious about Ben Nye's range of face powders. I'm always fascinated by how different film and TV products can be. I ordered some sample sizes (which go a very long way) of the Banana Powder, Buff and Super White. I now understand why they're such regular features in professionals' kits. They're light as air and, using them as a final setting powder either under the eyes or across the whole face, they just give your skin a soft-focus look that I've never been able to achieve with other powders. Game changer!
It wouldn't be autumn without some berries and my most worn lipstick has been MAC On Hold. It's a dark pink with berry tones mixed into it. (I'm wearing it here.) I got it for free when I exchanged some empty packaging under the Back-to-Mac scheme and grabbed it quickly when I was in a rush. Luckily, it turned out to be perfect for my skintone. A gamble that paid off! It looks great with my most worn blush - Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries. It's two colours swirled together and has a bit of glow to it, so I like to wear it quite high on the cheeks. God, I love this season.