Beauty in Brief – Autumn


Scented Delights

WHILE our hearts sink as the autumn rain beats on the window panes, Cire Trudon’s latest candle Bartolomé transports us to the tropics. Taking inspiration from a 16th Century Spanish fleet arriving at the New World island of Hispaniola in the 16th century, the scent is a soft breeze of saffron, cypress, nutmeg and cedar (£60, Cire Trudon Boutique, +44 207 486 7590). And for any jet-setting beauty junkies, Kai’s hair and body Travel Kit (£39, Cult Beauty) is probably the sweetest smelling we’ve ever encountered.

Each product is infused with jasmine, gardenia and a hefty dose of creamy tuberose and the shampoo and conditioner have managed to imbue our hair with a healthy shine in the bargain.

Lastly, if you prefer your body lotion with a hint of musk as opposed to something overtly floral, LUSH have infused their Sikkim Girls fragrance into a Body Lotion (£24.95, LUSH). It contains a blissful blend of jasmine flower, vanilla pods and Darjeeling tea, together with cocoa butter to revive parched winter limbs.


The Make-Up Edit

Autumn’s new crop of make-up delights have included several hero products which haven’t left our make-up bags all month, starting with Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen (£42, Selfridges), which has been a godsend to us liquid liner addicts here at Glass. The liner has an applicator at each end for a thinner or more of a statement line, the colour stays true from dawn till dusk and the formula glides on easily for that perfect cat’s eye-flick.

And as the weather turns colder, we desire a flush of colour to restore our drained complexions; Bobbi Brown’s limited edition Berry Blush (£19, Bobbi Brown) packs a satisfying raspberry-hued punch – ideal for those fond of a “statement blush”.

We’re also fans of Bobbi’s new Smoky Eye Mascara (£22, Bobbi Brown) which instantly makes lashes stand up and be counted with a natural blend of gums, waxes and oils – delivering volume with minimal clumping.

Lastly, if you want your foundation with a side of anti-ageing, look no further than By Terry’s Terrybly Densiliss Wrinkle Control Serum Foundation (£75, Space.NK). It contains a patented active ingredient derived from the seeds of Hibiscus Abelmoschus to boost collagen by 23 per cent according to an in vitro assessment. It delivers a gorgeous dewy texture and impressive coverage too.

Palette Perfect

As an antidote to summer’s neon hues, two of our favourite palettes for autumn adopt a softer approach – and do wonders at warming up the complexion. First up is Illamasqua’s Reflection Palette (£34, Illamasqua) from their Sacred Hour Collection, comprising a quad of taupe, graphite, dusky lemon and toasted bronze which are all incredibly wearable for day or night.

The cream to powder texture of each shade is perfect for finger dipping and hurriedly blending the go when one doesn’t have an array of brushes at their disposal.

The other is Aerin’s Fall Colour Palette (£45, Harrods) whose chic gold square compact is covetable in itself. But it’s the two true blues in this palette – one sparkling and one matte shade – which are the main attraction, looking as striking on the eyes as they do in the pan. The palette’s dusky rose blusher also adorns cheeks with a pretty petal hue.

Complete Cleanse

Regular readers of Glass will no doubt have heard me waxing lyrical countless times about choosing a good cleanser – which I believe is paramount to a successful skincare regime. Those investment anti-aging creams and serums won’t be able to do their jobs if you haven’t properly cleansed in the first place.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel not only cleanses effectively (removing the most stubborn of mascaras) but it smells every bit as delicious as the brand’s popular Renaissance Mask.

It’s full of delicious skin-loving ingredients too, such as nourishing and restorative Vitamins A, C&E, together with pumpkin enzyme to give those pores a thorough cleanse and lift away dead skin cells. £32.50 for 150ml available at Cult Beauty.

by Viola Levy

Illustration by Valeria Escalona 


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