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My favourite autumn beauty buys

My favourite autumn beauty buys

Autumn weather is notoriously unpredictable. Rain, wind and spending more time indoors can all play havoc with our hair and skin. Now, more than ever, I need a little helping hand to keep me looking good.

Which means buying new beauty products! I’ve made a few new discoveries lately and I’d like to share them with you.

Pixi glow tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

Instagram is a great enabler when it comes to buying new products – especially when you live in the sticks and get bored with your local branch of Boots. I’d never even heard of Pixi Glow Tonic, but after reading all the rave reviews, I wanted to give it a try too. What is it? It’s an exfoliating toner, which you use after cleansing. It contains glycolic acid, which helps to refine pores. This, plus aloe vera, is supposed to improve your complexion and give you glowing skin.

Does it work? Yes, although don’t expect miracles. The thing I love about this tonic is the genuine glow it gives my complexion. Even on no-make-up days, the overall appearance of my skin is better. I haven’t noticed much difference in my pores, which is a little disappointing – but for the glow alone, I’ll be sticking with this tonic. It’s quite expensive, but the bottle is enormous.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

Mini-miracle eye wand, by Charlotte Tilbury

I’ve been looking for a new under-eye concealer and this one is a bit special. In one end, there’s a hydrating eye cream, and in the other is a clever light-reflecting concealer. You apply the cream first, then apply the concealer over the top. I often find that my under-eye make-up has a dry and caked appearance – with the concealer settling into all the fine lines. This wand claims to solve that problem.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

Does it work? Yes, definitely. After applying this clever duo, I look so much more awake. As you’d expect from a Charlotte Tilbury product, it also feels amazing to apply. The cream soothes my eyes in the morning and the whole area looks revived. I definitely notice the difference on the days when I don’t wear it. This is now a firm favourite. I use shade 2, which suits my skin tone very well.

Schwarzkopf Got2b Styling Oil

My last beauty favourite is a bargain hair oil. I have very thick, wavy hair which does not cope well in autumn. Mists and mellow fruitfulness basically means an uncontrollable thatch of heavy hair. I’ve been applying this oil before I blow dry my hair, and to tame frizzy flyaways between washes.

Does it work? It’s brilliant stuff – my is hair soft and silky, plus it smells amazing. Clearly, no product can work miracles on wavy hair when the air damp, but this stuff is doing it’s best. If I get caught in the rain, it’s definitely looking less hedge-like. And for £4 a bottle, I will be stocking up.

What are you favourite beauty buys for autumn?