As we emerge from lockdown, it might be the first time a lot of us are starting to wear makeup again. Hurrah! There are lots of new products to try, from amazing mascaras to seasonal scents to handy palettes – and of course, lots of fantastic autumn beauty products to get your skin and hair back to tip-top condition. Here is a list of our favourites so far.
Sculpted by Aimee Full Face Edit Palette
This is just out and already I take it everywhere with me. It’s a nifty eyeshadow, blush and highlighter kit all in one – a mixture of powders and creams. They’re really high quality and long-lasting and it’s perfect for all your on-the-go needs. The colours are both flattering and suitable for every occasion, be it a quick touch up at work or something more dramatic for the evening. It’s the hero product for Irish makeup artist Aimee Connolly whose ethos is to “simplify make-up for the everyday woman”.
Available from Sculpted by Aimee, £32
Potion Paris Collection Set
The packaging of this elegant perfume brand alone is super sumptuous. There are seven fragrances to choose from and all come in 10ml refills that fit in a stylish vial, reminiscent of historic perfume houses in 18th century France. The scents all differ, obviously, but what they do have in common is their musky deliciousness. Potion Paris is all about sustainable luxury too and to encourage you to refill and repeat, when you return 10 empty fragrance bottles to them, you’ll get a free one. Bliss.
Available from Potion Paris, £120
Dr Lamia 24 Hour Anti-Age Luxurious Cream
Created by top Knightsbridge cosmetic practitioner Dr Lamia Eltohamy, this newly launched moisturiser is superb. Rich, delicately scented and absolutely packed with vitamin E and other ingredients to increase skin cell life, it’s a must for those on the go (or to lather on at home, of course). It comes in a sophisticated gold and cream pot and is the epitome of “guilt-free glamour”.
Available from drlamia.co.uk, £150
delilah Alibi Fluid Foundation
This is one of our favourite make up brands of the summer beauty. delilah cosmetics are sleek, full stop. Long-lasting foundation is a tricky product – you want it to stay but without feeling like cement. delilah has nailed it with this sweat-proof, water-proof, weightless cover-up that glides on. You only need the tiniest amount too, so it will last for ages. The light-diffusing pigments help to give a blurred natural matte effect to the skin — this is a winner.
Available from delilah, £34
Beguile Beauty Box
This is like getting a little birthday present – a collection of full-size beauty products delivered to your door and the best bit, its contents are a surprise. But all top quality, never fear. Ours included a fabulous Armani eye shadow, a box of Pretty Little Lashes and Dr Botanicals Lemon Superfood Rescue Butter. A great selection of both makeup and super useful beauty aids. And it all comes in a fun, stylish eco-friendly box. You can order a one-off or subscribe monthly. Perfect for a gift or a treat to yourself.
Available from Beguile Beauty Box, starting at £40
SUQQU Moisture Rich Lipstick
This fabulous Japanese brand – which we’ve just been introduced to – is the height of discreet luxury. We love the simple but elegant packaging. Their autumn/winter collection is inspired by the “ancient Japanese technique of meticulously crafting glass balls or beads with patterns embedded” resulting in a sublime shine. Their lipsticks are also light but longlasting – like a turbo lip gloss!
Available from SUQQU, £30
La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift
La Prarie is synonymous with both luxury and game-changing skin science. The Swiss skincare and beauty giant has reimagined its legendary caviar-infused face serum and we couldn’t wait to try it. From its super chic packaging to its heavenly smell, this potion is the real deal. After just one week of using it, we can definitely see some “gravity-defying” results. It’s the ultimate investment.
Available from La Prairie, £550
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
This little gem is absolutely perfect to fit in your purse and as we know, anything CT is a winner. The cocoa-scented product plumps skin while the creamy polymers moisturise. It’s super versatile and can be used on cheeks, lips and even eyes and was inspired, very fittingly, by the island of Ibiza.
Available from charlottetilbury.com, £30
Dr. LEVY Switzerland’s 3Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser
This ace cleanser means business. And we love the subtle, medi spa packaging. The micro surfacing element adds a slight exfoliation aspect to the cream which can be intensified by applying straight to dry skin. Dr Phillip Levy is a laser and wound-healing specialist so you know his products are going to be the real deal. No flowery packaging and perfumed scents here — this cleanser leaves your face feeling fresh and very clean.
Available from Cult Beauty, £39
Jillian Dempsey Lip and Cheek Tints
Jillian Dempsey is the go-to makeup artist to stars such as Jennifer Aniston and Kirsten Stewart – who always look fab, don’t they? These nifty little nuggets, that are so compact you can even carry in your back pockets are multifunctional creams that give your lids and cheeks an instant pop and glow with just the swipe of your finger. They can be worn alone for a natural look or mixed with eye shadow for a glossy dimension. They are also vegan and organic.
Available from Jillian Dempsey, £24.50 each.
Escentric Molecule 05 “Cashmeran”
This is a scent with a difference. Escentric Molecules is known as the “anti-fragrance fragrance brand” by innovative perfumer Geza Schoen. His fragrances come in duos (Molecule & Escentric) and are highly conceptual and created from “aroma-molecules” that do not exist in nature. Sounds complicated? It is. But the result is delicious. 05 is the latest in the series and is warm and woody and evokes summer on a Mediterranean island, infused with herbs and aromatic trees. Available as Molecule 05 (the single aroma -molecule – Cashmeran) or Escentric 05 (the molecule blended with other ingredients). Both scents are long-lasting and unisex – so am currently alternating with my husband!
Available from Escentric, starting at £46 for a 30ml.
utan x Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water
Infused with CBD and Scottish lavender oil, this patented formula works as an anti-inflammatory to soothe redness on the skin, as well as its anti-bacterial effects to reduce the appearance of breakouts. But best of all, this pretty potion gives your skin a fantastic and subtle glow. For darker shades, there is a 50% deeper version. Simply spray and go about your day!
Available from utan, £18
Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
The eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay are legendary. They come in a smart case, the powder is creamy and long-lasting and the applicator top notch. I even used one for my wedding day! Naked Honey is a summery, bronzy mix of colours ranging from pale beige for a base all the way to a deep, chocolatey brown – and half the fun is mixing them! Highly recommended for summer beauty and Naked Honey is super versatile too, ideal for both casual day makeup and dramatic evening tones.
Available from Urban Decay, £43.
Pretty Athletic’s Cool Down Cleanser
This is a great one for all you exercise fiends – it soothes and reduces redness after a work out as it’s packed with aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile – all amazing ingredients that help maintain cleansed skin. Pretty Athletic is also brilliant for those who suffer from skin irritation and inflammation with its lavender and green tea extracts. It does the job!
Available from Pretty Athletic, £18.
Jillian Dempsey Kohl Eyeliner
Jill Dempsey is a Luxuirate favourite – and these new eyeliners don’t disappoint. Sometimes a pretty underwhelming part of your makeup arsenal, eyeliners can just be a bit meh. But these are fab. The packaging is really stylish and the colours are deliciously intense with a built-in smudger. They’re all made with organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter and marula oil too for a super smooth application.
Available from Cult Beauty, £18.50
ST Essentials Highlighter and Glitter Gel
These products are perfect for an Ibiza glow with a bit of added sparkle. The highlighter comes in a range of shades and can be used on cheeks, lips, lids and even hair. The brand is named after its founders Sheena and Temi who wanted to “recreate products that brought about that same peaceful feeling of the beach”. They certainly do. Add some We Glow Too glitter gel for extra sass and summer beauty.
Available from ST Essentials, £22.99 for highlighters, £7 per glitter pot.
Lash Boosting 3-in-1 Mascara Gotham Black ARTISTRY STUDIO™ NYC Edition
This bad boy has three wands in one so you can go from subtle to vamp in a matter of minutes. It won a prestigious beauty award last year and contains Calendula flower extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin C to help condition lashes. This mascara doesn’t clump, flake or smudge and lasts all day. The packaging is edgy too.
Available online, £28.65
Label M Diamond Dust
This gorgeous leave-in conditioner by the brand that Toni & Guy swear by is a must for dry hair that has been in the sun all day. It’s even got real diamond particles in it. It’s also ultra-lightweight and leaves your hair smelling divine and comes in a chic gold and black bottle.
Available at labelm.com, £19.25
Douvall’s Lip & Cheek Oil Set
Continuing the lip and cheek theme – so handy – Douvall’s trio pack come in a glossy silver tube and is a light argan-based cream that transforms into a non-greasy moisturising oil resulting in a luscious hydrating look. When used as a light lipstick it lasts all day and as a blusher, is more long-lasting than traditional powder. It’ll be a smart addition to your make up bag.
Available from Douvall’s, £35