From fragrant bath oils to rich moisturisers, it’s time to prepare yourself for autumn, writes Melissa Williams-King
There are plenty of good things about winter – roaring fires, hot baths and meals in the slow cooker. Here are some seasonal beauty swaps to look forward to as well.
Fresh gelbased cleansers are just the thing in summer. But, when it’s colder, I’ll be looking forward to applying Nivea’s new Pure Effect Daily Thermal Cleanser, $9.99. It creates heat when it comes in contact with wet skin, to help open pores and remove impurities. Other hot options to try include Shiseido Pureness Pore Purifying Warming Scrub, $47, The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask, $34.75, and Biore’s Warming AntiBlackhead Cream Cleanser, $16.95.
As we lose summer’s humidity, skin can also tend to get drier so it’s a good time to switch to a richer moisturising cream instead of a light lotion.
A fresh new colour is a great way to update your look for the coming season. As was the case last winter, redheads are all the rage, but there’s a difference in shade, says Toni & Guy’s Cinnamon Scholes. ‘‘This season is all about burgundy and plum – really rich, deep red shades. We’re moving on from last year’s fiery copper,’’ she says. Other colour trends include edging detail (‘‘There’s a strength on the edges of hair,’’ explains Scholes, where the colour gives a finishing touch at the tips), as well as natural grown-out looking roots (yippee!) and a more natural multi-tonal look overall.
Lighter summer scents give way to the deeper, richer fragrances that suit winter’s cosy atmosphere. As well as spinning off fresher versions of popular perfumes for summer (sometimes called l’eau fraiche), their opposite, more intense variants, are now on offer. YSL’s latest scent Manifesto has a new L’Elixir spinoff, $110. Lancome’s new Tresor Absolu de Parfum, $162, also springs to mind, as well as Viva La Juicy Noir, $104.
Move on from neon summer colours and choose one of two routes for autumn. There’s the nude-nails trend, with entire collections full of creamy beiges and pale coffee shades. The four polishes in Maybelline’s Color Show Stripped Nudes Collection are a good buy at just $8.49 each. Eau de Rose from YSL’s new Spicy Collection is a gorgeous pinky-beige, $47. You can also take the opposite tack and choose a deep burgundy hue – this gothglam shade is very hot for winter.
YSL Manifesto L’Elixir, $110
The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask, $34.75