I always find Autumn a difficult season to plan for. As the weather in the UK can be quite interchangeable, sometimes it’s gloriously sunny and warm, and others it’s cold, wet and windy.
Now, I’m one of those people who always feels the cold, so there’s nothing I love more than pulling out the blankets and woolly jumpers, and getting all cosy.
Here’s a few of my Autumn essentials to cover all weather types:
Berry toned lipsticks and Gold Eyeshadows – It goes without saying that Autumn and berries go hand-in-hand. There’s nothing I love more about this season than seeing the leaves turn their array of colours, with the berries starting to appear on the bushes. Those golden browns compliment a purple hue perfectly. Replicate with gold shimmer eyeshadows and berry lipsticks. My Nars duo eyeshadow set in the shade Isolde is the perfect shade of golden brown, especially when paired with my Rimmel Kate Mosse lipstick in the shade 30. Gorgeous.
Hand cream – if you’re anything like me, the Autumn/Winter months play havoc with my skin, especially the parts that get the most exposure. I’m pretty good at moisturising, but I really need to amp it up during this time of year. I particularly get dry skin on my hands and knuckles, which can get particularly sore when they start to crack and bleed (ouch!). Because of this, I switch to a thick and nourishing hand moisturiser, and make sure I apply it rigorously. This Crabtree and Evelyn hand moisturiser is a particular favourite and smells divine, but also the Soap and Glory hand food is an affordable alternative. Both do a great job and keeping my hands hydrated, and stop any dry skin from appearing.
Tissues – Goes without saying! Sometimes it seems like I have no immune system, so I pretty much have a continual cold when the temperature starts to drop. I really hate sniffing (Makes me feel disgusting!) so I like to carry a packet of tissues around with me for any emergencies. Also, anyone with small children knows that they’re the messiest people, so tissues and Hand Sanitiser go hand in hand! Again, look to Soap and Glory for some great options, and even the Zoella Beauty latest edition is a great smelling option!
Umbrella – Again, in the UK this is pretty much a necessity all year round. But there’s not reason why I can’t carry a nice jazzy umbrella especially in Autumn. This Radley umbrella was picked up in Bista Village last year, and it’s the perfect size to keep in the bottom of your handbag.
Hot Water Bottle – There’s nothing I love more that getting all cosy in some warm pyjamas with a blanket, hot cup of tea and a hot water bottle. I always have cold feet (cold feet, warm heart as my husband tells me) so this is lovely for putting at the end of the bed ready for when I get into bed. Rather than putting the heating on, reach for one of these. Saves you money, but keeps you toasty warm.
Blanket capes – These are a great addition to any wardrobe! It isn’t always cold enough for a winter coat, but when there’s a chill in the air you need more than a standard cardigan or jacket. Marks and Spencer’s do some great capes, and this one from River Island even has a fur collar for added warmth. All the benefit of a coat, but without any of the weight to carry around.
Lip balm – There’s not much point indulging with the berry lipsticks and matte lips if your lips are all chapped and dry! Especially at this time of year, a good lip balm is a necessity. Look to Lush for some great scented balms made of natural ingredients, but nothing beats good old Vaseline. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, The Organic Pharmacy have a great balm with anti oxidants, and Carmex is always a personal favourite!
Pumpkin – Absolutely everywhere this time of year! Whether it’s a Pumpkin Spiced Latte or a homemade Pumpkin Pie, this lovely sweet fruit has Autumn written all over it. Don’t forget your pumpkin carving!
And that’s it! Let me know your Autumn essentials in the comments, and don’t forget to like and share this post!
I’m off to watch Hocus Pocus!