The first day of fall has passed and the Mid Autumn moon has risen. You may not be able to feel it in the air, but it is most certainly that time of the year where holidays are on the horizon and Starbucks will soon unveil those momentous red cups. Before we take that leap, let’s just dip one toe in the autumnal water with a few fall shades for your beauty routine. I have a key basic to save chapped lips and I also have a little luxe too for your lust list. Meet October’s Top Beauty Picks!
The shade I’ve been sporting since this little gilded tube landed in my bag is “So Vain” by Tom Ford. Aptly named, it will cause you to take that extra selfie, to pause in the window reflection instead of walking by, and to touch up your lipstick anywhere and everywhere just to show off that square tube with the tiny TF stamp on top. The outer layer is a deep chocolate brown and the lipstick inside indeed smells like a truffle, making it even more indulgent when applied. The scent is actually a combination of soja seed oil, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamelia flower oil. The combined ingredients make the formula glide on smoothly and last a long time, but just so you know it won’t make it through a meal! But who cares when you can apply this decadent dish as your dessert?
Over the past year, every time I’ve used eye liner I’ve ended up adding a wing, but this pencil is changing my ways. Sure you can apply this and draw the perfect cat eye, but I love how it smudges with ease and gives a rolled-around-in-bed-all-night look without losing all that sleep! My favourite way to wear it is to work the pencil into the lash line on the top and on the bottom, then tap my ring finger through it after my shadow is in place. To up the drama, line the lids then apply shadow. Then line them again and smudge. The silky texture means that it works in easily, but it soon dries and stays in place… perfect for a real night of no rest.
At first glance this powder intimidated me a bit. Four shades in one? Should I apply them in different areas of my face? What if one ran out before the others? But fear not, my beauty cadet, this is truly beauty in a flash. Just dip your little powdered pouf into the container and then press to your face. Not only will you apply the perfect amount in one go, but you’ll also be branded with the 4-G logo! Just try not to Instagram that… Simply put one stamp per cheek and on the T-zone, blend, and go. The four shades work together harmoniously to create translucent coverage that mattes the shine but lets your skin show through. There’s no caking here! It also works brilliantly around the eye area as the powder is so fine that it doesn’t settle into any lines. That’s gorgeous – times four!
I’ve been on quite a few shoots with Jamie from Smudge Make Up Artistry (you can see her work here) and I’m always amazed to see this product nestled in among all of her high shelf beauty buys. I’m also amazed at how often I see her use it! Turns out you can use this ointment for a myriad of things beyond chapped lips and nappy rash. Give it a go for setting your brows. Add a dewy highlight to your cheekbones, brow bones, or inner corners of your eyes. You can even apply it to your lashes for a glossy sheen. And if you happen to have a minor sunburn or mild eczema, then dab it on that too. This is one of those super products that will make you wonder how you ever lived without it!
Even in Hong Kong’s humidity I am left with very dull, dry skin on my legs and arms – and the winter months make it even worse. But this year I can fight back with Elemis Japanese Camellia oil! This body oil goes on easily and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin with a hydrated shine. The scent is warm and intoxicating yet somehow calming too. I have a feeling that in the cooler months I may just cover myself from head to toe and hibernate until the Sevens. Victoria Beckham actually tweeted that this was the product she relied on to ward off stretch marks for baby number four. The only downside is that the cap is pretty tiny, and I worry it will slip down the drain. Plus, getting the small cap on after with oil covered hands is near impossible! Still, it’s worth the fuss for such glossy skin!
Next time we chat beauty news, you might need me to find you a great cleanser that will remove all that Halloween make-up… and you might even be thinking about how to add a touch of sparkle to your makeup with all those upcoming holiday parties. Until then, enjoy this cooler weather – and don’t forget to indulge in these warmer shades and healing products.