“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
This is perhaps a little late in the year to be an autumn edit, so I’ve labelled it winter too as the Christmas lights are up in town, eek! The leaved are still kind of orange, so I guess we’re just about in autumn … I was going to do a beauty edit then realised everyone else is doing those, so here is a bumper edit of the fashion, beauty and lifestyle essentials you’ll need to see you through until spring springs again! (and before you ask, yep I did go out on a leaf collecting mission) So, grab a cuppa because it’s going to be a bit of a long one …
Things start to get a little darker in terms of lips and nails; berry shades lend themselves to autumn and they look awesome. On my lips this year is Revlon’s Black Cherry which is a deep purple-berry lipstick that looks so good worn full on. Kiko’s Intensely Lavish lipstick in shade 06 is the perfect deep raspberry that you won’t want to take off. I’ve been wearing Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish in Celebrity Bash pretty much non-stop recently. It’s a dark red that isn’t too bright it also lasts really well too. When things get a little bit festive, I’ll be popping Essie’s Summit of Style on top of every polish I wear. It’s the perfect glitter and looks so pretty layered over nude polishes!
Even for my every day make up, I’ve been enjoying wearing something a little smokier paired with the aforementioned lipsticks. Kiko’s Long Lasting Eye Shadow Stick in 06 is the perfect quick, no fuss smokey eye. I simply draw it into my crease then blend out up and across the eye with a fluffy brush. The shade is so pretty too: a bronze that works on it’s own or as a long wearing base.
Oils are everywhere right now and after discovering coconut oil, I’m a fan of a multi-tasker. Step in Merumaya Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil*. The name says it all really, this is a do-everything beauty oil! You can use this non-greasy oil on your face, body and in your hair. It contains ALL THE OILS to ensure it nourishes wherever you use it. This includes grape seed oil, jojoba oil and Kahai oil which is rich in vitamins. This has been sitting on my bed side table and it’s great for smoothing into dry cuticles and using overnight on my hands and feet. A must for when the air becomes biting.
Lush always do it for me in terms of products and their new range is no exception. For drier skin (thank you cold weather) the Don’t Look At Me fresh face mask is the best. It contains murumuru butter to help nourish the skin and also lemon juice to help brighten. It’s a scrubby one too so it helps to make your skin look a lot more radiant. For dry winter hands, they do a beautiful Salted Coconut Hand Scrub which makes easy work of dry and dead skin on your hands. Used together with Love & Light Hand Cream, my hands have never felt (or smelt!) so good.
The final beauty bits are small ones that make everyday a pamper day. Lush’s new Yuzu & Cocoa shower gel smells like chocolate oranges and of summer. It’s super moisturising thanks to the oils and just smells incredible! I feel a bit low in the winter thank to the lack of light and so this scent really lifts my mood in the mornings. Body butters don’t get much better than The Body Shop and I love their Honeymania scent! This is a pretty season-neutral smell but the sweetness kind of lends itself to the festive season. Honey is a known ingredient for nourishing skin too so for those with dryer skin, this is a must.
Fashion & Lifestyle
I think autumn dressing is my favourite; I love cosying up in jumpers and scarves and the colours are always so beautiful. My New Look Faux Fur gilet has already proved itself as an essential; it works on slightly warmer days layered over a jumper and jeans. These Brown Suede Ankle Boots from River Island have barely left my feet. They’re super comfy and although simple in style, look great with everything including skirts.
A good hat and scarf are a no-brainer; I picked up this huge tartan scarf from Primark in September and I love it! This one is double sided, with a dog tooth print on one side and red tartan on the other which makes it pretty versatile. Also from Primark is this fur pom pom hat which I couldn’t resist. It was £3 and I needed one to wear for firework season, right?
When I have early lectures, I really want to take my cup of tea or coffee with me but y’know, it’s not practical … until I found this Bodum portable mug! I have a flask but they are a bit heavy to take to uni with me but this holds about a cup and a half of tea. It keeps it warm all morning which means I can sit and sip away in my lectures if I don’t have time in the morning. It’s also a lot more secure than the cheap plastic ones.
Autumn is most definitely soup season! Soup is also the food of students, right? I have been enjoying this wholesome vegetable soup which is a recipe from my Grandma. I believe she found it in the depths of old magazines but I thought it would be a good one to share with you all as it’s cheap and easy to make. Who doesn’t love soup?
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 large onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 carrots
- 1 courgette
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- Chop all the veg up and put into a large pan with the oil. Cook for around ten minutes or until softened.
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook for two minutes.
- Stir in the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for a further ten minutes.
- Remove from heat and blitz with a hand blender.
- Heat for a few more minutes and serve with garlic bread.
I salute you if you made it to the end! I really enjoyed putting together this post – collective edits are fun and are a great shopping list inspiration in my opinion, so apologies if I’ve enabled any purchases. I hope you enjoyed reading!
What are your autumn and winter essentials?