My tastes don't change all too much when the seasons change, creature of habit and all that. Of course I reach for my more vampy offerings and I'm always partial to a berry lip and autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for that. I always seem to find myself making much more of an effort in the cooler months and wanting to wear make up a lot more than I did in the summer and here are the products that I'm going to be reaching for:
Nails: Although technically I'm in nail re-hab right now (which is going quite well by the way) I still can't wait to paint on my favourite A/W shades. Essie Bahama Mama* is a cult classic and with good reason, it's the perfect mixture of purple and red. I'm such a big fan of the Essie formulation and brush that I don't mind paying the £8 for them. When I want something a little lighter I go for the Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Huckelberry. Such a pretty mixture between blue and grey, in the past I struggled with the formulation but with the O.P.I Rapid Dry it's the perfect combination. I'm a sucker for greys all year round but the Rimmel Kate Moss Polish in Punk Rock is such a pretty navy toned grey. Another favourite formulation of mine and it is half the price of Essie which keeps my bank account happier.
Lips: The Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in the shade 107 is a classic in the beauty blogging world and with good reason it's a beautiful shade. It's a deep raspberry that can either be patted on for a more understated or can be built up to it's true potential. Although this is a matte lipstick it doesn't try the lips out which is crucial in winter. If I fancy something a little lighter I go for the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, my favourite berry shade. It is so easy to just slick on as it doesn't require much maintenance as they wear so evenly. If I'm not feeling a lipstick than I will go for a balm and the Plum Korres Lip Butter is an old faithful of mine, the pot packaging irks me no end but I can look past it. I like that it hydrates but it isn't overly glossy or slippy as it's a dark shade and you don't want it going everywhere. The Clarins Lip Crayons* have been quite the favourite of mine, the smell alone is just a dream. They are quite sheer on the lips but can be easily built up so when I'm not feeling a full blown red lip the shade Sweet Cherry is perfect.
Cheeks: Every year without fail I dig out my purple toned blushes, against my fair skin and green eyes they are super pretty. Lately I've been wearing the Clinique Chubby Cheek Stick in Plumped Up Peony and it's beautiful, it's a cream blush that leaves a lovely satin finish to the cheek. This is such an easy blush to apply, I dab it along my cheek in an upwards motion and simply blend away. A more budget offering is the Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Charmed, this is really similar to the Clinique offering. If cream blush isn't really your thing and you're more of a powder girl than the Topshop Powder Blush in Dream Phone might be for you, this contains small shimmer particles which really helps to add dimension to the skin.
What are your favourite shades for A/W?