Tis the season to say goodbye to bright summer shades and hello to my two favourites: burgundy and hunter green. At the end of November I plan to revamp my wardrobe and fill it with classic greys, beige and black pieces to keep me going in the Winter but in the meantime I’m stocking up on some more affordable, seasonal additions. From hair shade to sunglasses, below are a few of my favourite autumn/winter style changes.
For the last month I’ve been eager to say goodbye to my blonde, balyage and light brown locks. It was time to go back to my roots (literally) and evolve over to a darker shade. I took myself down to the L’Oreal Academy to be a student’s guinea pig and as usual they did a fantastic job of transforming the colour and the finish of my hair.
First they worked an Inoa colour in 4.15 – a Mahogany, dark brown (almost black) and finished off with a chromatic colour in chocolate. To add the strength and shine of my locks they finished it off with a smart bond treatment. Here it looks black/blue but in the light it’s a beautiful sparkle of reddish black.
I was beyond excited when I spotted this in Fleur’s 7th YT Birthday goody bag (which also contained birthday cake – WHAT a doggy bag!). I have to commend MAC for this new line of intensely pigmented but creamy lipsticks. Sure it’ll be all over your other half in seconds, but it looks and feels utterly luscious on the lips. This shade is Smoked Almond and I adore it. I live to find new and different shades and I can assure you, you wouldn’t be disappointed with this autumn leaf shade.
I know the expected thing to do is opt for a deep, oxblood shade for the new season but I made it a mission of all my beauty loving friends to help me find a luxe dupe for L’Oreal Paris Make up’s Julianne’s Red. Guys, I’m not a snob but I just love a sexy, metal bullet with a magnetic click. It’s my biggest vice, cut me some slack.
Anyway I found it! Yves Saint Laurent’s The Mat’s Lipstick in 216 – Red Clash (see below for it on). It’s a bold red with a hint of pink. Traditionally what you’d consider a summer shade but a bold, red hippie behind a black, chunky scarf – yep. Perfection.
Tom Ford sunglasses
I have forever wanted a pair of Tom Ford glasses (£195). A huge thank you to Smart Buy Glasses a) for making me realise that designer sunglasses and specs can be affordable, and b) sending me this stunning pair of Anoushka shades by the legend of classic style himself.
I’d forever lived in my Ray Bans so it’s so nice to finally have a pair that feel a little more grown up to match my changing style. This outrageously large frames make me feel like a diva (I swear I’m not) and possibly make me channel my inner J-LO.
Man I FU-reaked out going to the Mulberry sample sale. I don’t think I went bananas (I picked up three items) but I had been on the hunt for the perfect wallet and struggled everywhere. I needed something low maintenance (don’t laugh just yet) and by that I mean just a simple wallet style purse that could hold only my cards and most importantly my oyster card. I’m always in a rush and running around so need to get around the city quickly without faffing around with my wallet at the turnstiles. For £60, this leather number in green offers just that. Simple and sophisticated 🙂
Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations
Since I started working for Kiehl’s I’ve surprised my beauty junkie self by turning my entire routine to one brand – with the exception of my Body Shop and GlamGlow masks. I can truly and genuinely say Kiehl’s has the best, most effective skincare I’ve ever used. I’ve put aside my Chanel serum and my Shiseido moisturisers since my skin has been *transformed* by Kiehl’s.
One of the best additions to my routine has to be this bespoke serum I’ve been using for the last three months. Available at Selfridges and Harrods, a detailed consultation will lead you to find two of the five complexes to chose from and add to your highly concentrated base serum. The latter containing a high level of vitamin C to help aid in skin clarity and brightness, and squalene (derived from olives) to offer intense hydration.
The complexes include; brightening, line reducing, texture refining, pore reducing a redness reducing. My two were brightening and texture refining. Both of which I’ve seen a huge improvement to since using it.
Essie has to be my favourite brand for classic and unusual shades, When it comes to Autumn the first thing I’ll do is change my nail colour. It’s noncommittal, amiright? I’m not the biggest fun of summer time anyway so as soon as I can get the chance I’ll lacquer my tips with the deepest, darkest shade of burgundy (obviously).
My go-to choice every year is Essie’s Wicked – sometimes almost black, this deep and rich shade oozes a sassy ‘I mean business’ level of class. I really do think there’s something to be said about perfectly polished nails…
The neutral shade that I’m introducing in to my routine is Essie’s Chinchilly. Another classic and favourite shade, it’s a muted, earthy grey that undoubtedly will go with all your autumn/winter outfits.
That’s a wrap on my epic autumn/winter favourites. What are your latest beauty and style additions?
Let me know @remagouyez!