Can you feel it in the air?
There’s a definite chill beginning to swirl after dark and with crunchy leaves underfoot by day, we can finally say that autumn has arrived.
A time for hibernation and cosy nights in, oversized scarves paired with Sunday strolls, hot drinks and (hopefully) some low-key Halloween parties with mates, autumn is all about the familiar, but it’s also a brilliant excuse for trying something new in the beauty department.
From bottled autumn vibes to fall fingertips, here are six seasonal splurges to help you make the most of it:
THE SOAP: Lush Pumpkin Spice Soap
The Halloween drop has landed at Lush on Oliver Plunkett Street, with plenty of new additions among the returning favourites. As well as looking spooktacular, the range is tailored to help aid rest, elevate mood and offer an opportunity for a little autumn self-care.
It’s the season for both pumpkin spice and handwashing; mix the two together and you get Pumpkin Spice soap. Made with pumpkin puree, maple syrup and traditional Halloween spices, this soap’s gentle lathers will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling sweet.
Buy it: Lush Pumpkin Spice Soap: €6, Lush, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
THE LIP: NOTE Mattever lipstick
Whether you’re channelling a character from The Craft this Halloween or you just want to add some instant pep to a pale face, a vibrant lip is a surefire way to make your pout pop. NOTE Cosmetique’s autumnal lip shades are low on cost and big on impact so grab a handful next time you’re in the pharmacy.
The new formula is creamy rich, long-lasting and no-transfer for a perfect matte finish.
Buy it: NOTE Mattever lipstick in ‘Heartbeat Red’, €8.95, pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.
THE SCENT: Maison Margiela Autumn Vibes
Inspired by the rusty-coloured autumn foliage, Maison Margiela’s newest addition to the Replica collection is a new classic for this time of year.
“From the onset I had in mind a forest walk in autumn,” says perfumer Fanny Bal. “In particular, those moments when you feel the dried leaves crackle under your feet. Tree trunks are covered with moss, damp notes of undergrowth float in the air. All you can see is red, brown and yellow leaves, slowly falling to the ground.”
The result is a woody trail of cedarwood blended with a moss accord, fir balsam and labdanum. Spicy notes of pink pepper mingle with green notes of coriander and cardamom and warm notes of nutmeg are softened by the earthy, floral facets of carrot seed, replicating the forest’s moist undergrowth.
Wear with a cosy knit on a Sunday stroll.
Buy it: Maison Margiela Autumn Vibes launches this week at Brown Thomas, Cork, €56 for 30ml, €113 for €100ml.
THE MASK: Patchology Hydrate FlashMasque
It might look like something you might wear to a Halloween party, but these Hydrate FlashMasque®5 Minute Facial Sheets by Patchology are guaranteed to make your skin look decidedly less scary.
Traditional sheet masks take up to 20 minutes to work, but Patchology’s advanced masque material accelerates the delivery of essential ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 to improve elasticity and smooth your skin.
Just whack it on before you settle down to watch a scary movie and it’ll be working before you reach for the popcorn.
Buy it: Hydrate FlashMasque®5 Minute Facial Sheets by Patchology, €22 (four-pack) from Brown Thomas, Lloyds Pharmacy and McCabes.
THE MANI: CND Wild Romantics
It’s time to ditch the beachy pinks of summer and dip your fingertips into something sumptuous for autumn. Happily, the new CND Wild Romantics is dropping at a Shellac salon near you this week.
“This season, we are celebrating our inner spiritual freedom, bringing forth a deeper appreciation for the small moments of serenity we find in nature,” said CND Co-Founder, Jan Arnold.
“Whether you’re taking a stroll in the countryside or sipping a glass of wine by the fire, this warm and earthy collection is inspired by the beauty in calmness.”
Our picks from the autumn collection include Books & Beaujolais, a deep barn red; Wrapped in Linen, a classic neutral; Soft Flame, a sophisticated terracotta; Wooded Bliss, a rich, pink-toned mauve; Candlelight, a goldenrod yellow and Verbena Velvet, a jewel-toned violet.
Buy it: CND Wild Romantics VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polish €14.95
THE EYE: Urban Decay Moondust
A high-performance eyeshadow packed with microfine glitter, Urban Decay’s all-vegan Moondust delivers supercharged colour that lasts up to 16 hours. Made with an extra shot of caffeine to perk up tired peepers, there’s a shade for everybody but we love Moondust in ‘Solstice’.
Apply it using a finger for intense shimmer; or blend the glitter eyeshadow with a brush for a diffused glow.
Urban Decay Moondust in ‘Solstice’ is €19 from Arnotts.ie.