September: not quite summer, not really autumn. As a result, I felt ambivalent in my approach to the things I used daily all month. To be shiny or matte of skin? To play up a tan with bright nails or be seduced by autumnal aubergine? To stick to summery hot water and lemon or switch to a warming tea? A minefield, I’m sure you’ll agree. Here are the key things that I employed in the effort to hang onto a summery vibe while also addressing dryness, damage and, well, the odd sore throat…
– Topshop Gold Earrings, from £4.50 here. Gold jewellery serves the purpose of trying to enhance what little tan I have remaining enormously well. While I’m all for investing in jewellery, on occasion my head is turned by novelty. These turned and have been decorating my head since the beginning of September.
– Lord & Berry Twistick in On Stage, £13 here. I kept seeing models sporting plummy lips during September but just couldn’t bring myself to follow their lead. I imagine model sorts are banking on a sun holiday mid-winter and are therefore less attached to the dwindling rays here but, as my chances of seeing the sun before spring are minimal, I decided to put plum on hold and keep going with this three-in-one bright pinky/red gloss stick. As it also adds a dose of moisture along with the colour, I could just plonk it on and leave it to take care of the condition of my lips, and did this throughout the month, unless I was wearing…
– By Terry Baume de Rose, £38 here. Not only one of my favourite products of September but also one of my top finds this year. This rose balm is textually so pleasing that I scoop out a little to smooth onto my lips far more often than is required (it is deeply moisturising thanks to the lipids, vitamin E, rose wax, pastel oil, shea butter and ceramides that make up some of the 48 active ingredients in this pot – there is therefore no practical justification for the frequency with which I apply it). Once on, it doesn’t only moisturise but also coats the lips in a non-sticky sheen that protects them from further damage. Oh, and if you have any left on your finger after applying just rub it onto cuticles as it will also keep them from drying and cracking.
– Pukka Revitalise Tea, £2.39 here. Yes my thirst for tea is still, quite literally, unquenchable. As it’s been a little cooler, I’ve found myself seeking out teas that soothe a slightly sore throat while aiding digestion and boosting hydration. This organic blend of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger was and still is just the ticket.
– Sisley After-Sun Tan Extender, £97 here. Those of you who follow me on instagram may have noticed I recently decamped to Greece for three days on a press trip. As I suspected the burst of warmth and punishing schedule would take their toll, I decided to bring out the Rolls Royce of after-suns. After-sun = moisturiser, right? Wrong in the case of this one – think of it more as a serum and moisturiser in one for delicate or parched parts of your skin and you’ll start to understand why I am now so attached to it. It soothes, calms, cools, moisturises and enhances the skin’s natural tan (GO Sisley) and also rubs in in a jiffy. I’m obviously fully intending on continuing to use it as a daily moisturiser until every last drop has been absorbed by my skin.
– Liberty Print Cotton Knickers, £25 here. I have no seasonal grounds for this being on this list, they are here as a result of the sheer joy at having found a pair of knickers this good. The scalloped edges. The print. The bottom-skimming, low-slung, elasticy, genius fit. All these things make me want a pair of these for every day of the week.
– OPI Skating on Thin Ice-Land Nail Polish, £14 (as part of mini set) here. As I’ve been excited to wear this polish since its launch, I couldn’t wait for deepest, darkest winter to take hold before cracking it out. It is the perfect deep purple for adding a subtle nod to autumn if you, like me, refuse to pile on knits until first frost has fallen. As the other colours in the pack are also pretty special, I think the Nordic collection in general will be adorning my nails for the foreseeable future.
– Clarins Cream-to-Powder Matte Eyeshadow in Sparkle Grey, £19 here. This eyeshadow is, in reality, only a little bit sparkly. I’d call it a sheen rather than full on going-to-a-disco sparkle. Name aside, however, this is infallible. It starts as a grey haze which can be blended onto lids as a wash of colour and then intensified as you will. Grey is, by the way, an astonishingly wearable colour – try it, you’ll see.
– Napoleon Perdis Peep Show Mascara, here. When my cousin flew over from Australia at the end of August she brought me some Napoleon goodies. I was, truth be told, hoping not to like this mascara quite as much as I did – it is only available in Australia and the chances of my heading there any time soon are even slimmer than those of my seeing sun in the next six months (but… Australia in January would invariably mean exposing myself to some sun… I sense a plan forming…). However, like it I did so for those of you reading in Oz: enjoy this coats-all-lashes-effortlessly-and-never-crumbles offering. And send me some more bits by this brand, please.
– YSL Souffle D’Eclat Sheer and Radiant Loose Powder (02), £38 here. I went on about this in my last My Face On (click here to read) and stand by everything I said then – heavenly, lightweight, oxymoronically glow-making and mattiying powder that I love to apply with…
– Eve Lom Powder Foundation Brush, £38 here. While this brush is designed to be used with Eve Lom’s mineral powder, I find it works equally as well to apply a fine dusting of powder to the face over foundation. As I wanted to run with the youthful sheen look during September while staying on the right side of oiliness, this brush coupled with the above powder was right on the money.
– Dermalogica Ultracalming Serum Concentrate, £47.34 here. Two things of joy here: the packaging – which is a tube that won’t allow the product within to lose efficacy – and the serum itself. A water-based lightweight formula that’s free of colour and fragrance, this is extremely fluid and works best when layered under either another serum or an oil come the evening. As my skin is always a little ruffled post-sun, I’ve been using this morning and evening and can attest to its skin soothing and smoothing skills. Also: no redness did it give me.
– Nude ProGenius OmegaTreatment Oil, £58 here. The little pipette attached to the lid of this oil dispenses just the right amount of oil to cover my face and neck in the evening. I started using this at the beginning of the month when moisture lost over summer became abundantly clear in the form of fine lines and enlarged pores. Its powerhouse ingredients include a blend of antioxidant-rich plant oils and a Rose Damascena oil (this may cause sensitivity in some skin but if you get on well with rose oils and would like to fade scarring, crack on). When using, I tend to really work it into skin to get the most of its skin-smoothing benefits.