I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, autumn is my favourite season. I know it’s so ‘in’ to like autumn now, but truly I’ve always loved it. I’m not a summer person at all – hot weather is not my thing – two weeks on holiday in the sun is plenty for me, and after that I’m ready for tights, cosy socks, blankets, candles, hot chocolate… you get the idea.
I love to change up practically everything in my routine once the colder weather sets in and my holidays are over – I nearly always go away in September, and it’s like I leave during summer and arrive home to autumn having begun. So I thought it’d be nice to share a mixture of the treats I’ve been enjoying this year.
A lot of my perfumes are very summer orientated, as I do love a citrus and a floral when it comes to scents, so switching out to something deeper and heavier with a more spicy or musky twist really denotes the change in seasons for me. I’ve been wearing YSL’s black opium as a day to day fragrance this autumn, and really like the warm, musky vanilla-floral scent which also combines pink pepper and coffee. I also adore the packaging in copper and burgundy hues with a sprinkle of glitz – it even looks like autumn!
Any excuse for a nude or greige nail polish and I’m on it. Not only am I a sucker for the more ‘boring’ neutral colours, but they’re so much easier to apply too. I know burgundy shades are a more traditional autumn option, but I’ve been into much more muted nail colours this year, and these two from KIKO are just perfect. I’d already tried the new power pro formula in the summer in red and pink hues, and really liked how it applies and wears, so picked up two more shades in 30 taupe and 29 pink gray.
One of the few things I dislike about autumn, is the side effects of the colder weather on my skin. Everything becomes altogether drier, and skincare needs to be beefed up to provide extra hydration. My hands are always the first to show the signs of winter skin, so this year I'm trying out the Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve which is a heavy duty hand cream for really dry hands. The real test for this will come during winter, but so far so good - I like how it applies, and it's a similar product to the Ultra Facial Cream, which is my favourite moisturiser.
Dadi'Oil 95% organic nail treatment (available in salons nationwide)
Talking of dry hands, I also get really dry cuticles, and nails too. I like having perfectly painted nails, and dry cuticles really spoil the look, so I like to always have something in my handbag to apply throughout the day to keep things moisturised. Nail oils like this one from Dadi'Oil are a great thing to use before taking a photo of your nails too (okay I know not everybody does that, but I do!) - it's best to make sure it's all absorbed, otherwise your cuticles might look shiny and oily, but once rubbed in, this can give a great temporary perfecting fix for rough cuticles, as well as repairing them over time.
Now this wouldn't be an autumn related post without talking about a berry lip would it? I've been wearing these two Intensely Lavish lipsticks from KIKO's Rebel Romantic collection in a muted berry (04 mild sangria) and a more brown toned red (02 - pretty mauve). These lipsticks are really easy to wear considering they're deeper shades, they're really creamy, and very comfy on the lips.
Is it just me, or do you also crave chocolate more in the colder months? I think it’s the whole comfort food thing, and there’s nothing more comforting that chocolate, other than perhaps chocolate and a cup of tea. We’ve been munching on these new chocolate orange flavour Lindor truffles lately, and let me tell you they are amazing! I love Lindor and Lindt chocolate anyway, and the new orange combination is seriously tasty. I’ve also spied a new milk and white chocolate flavour in the supermarket that I think I might need to indulge in next.
As much as I wish Bath & Body Works would pitch up on our shores, I sometimes wonder if the novelty would wear off if I could get these candles on my local high-street - hmmm. I’ve been a bit of a B&BW addict for the last few years, and luckily when I’ve not been going to the states, someone in my family has, so I have a pretty constant supply chain going on. I’ve bought quite a few of the B&BW autumn scents before, but I think this layered trio is new. It’s called We Love fall, and the three scents are sweater weather, sweet cinnamon pumpkin and pumpkin apple. Also from B&BW and just peeking into the first shots are some of the cute shea butter animal socks. I have the foxes here, but they always have lots of cute animal designs, and they’re the comfiest, snuggliest socks ever, and I like to wear them with my pjs in autumn and winter because I’m oh so cool.
What are your favourite autumn treats?