Forgive me but I am not a Summer person in the slightest: from dodgy tan lines, being too warm and generally having to bare some level of skin and packed beaches - nothing about the season other than the fragrance launches really appeals to me. Rather I spend most of August counting down the days until I can unpack my woollens, wrap up in several layers and of course burn a candle or ten. It of course goes without saying that I have already composed a wish list of beauty products, ready for the hopefully crisper days.
1, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (£42 vis Space.NK) - I first tested the latest Hourglass foundation launch whilst in New York last month, I decided against purchasing a stick as I was fairly tanned and didn't want a shade that would be too deep within a few weeks, or an altogether mismatched shade. What I did note that the slightly heavier than usual texture, coupled with the creamy consistency might be perfect for drier complexions which tends to happen due to artificial heat, coupled with a colder climate. I think I might treat myself to a stick later this month once I'm able to pop into Space.NK and colour match myself.
2, Diptyque Nourishing Lip Balm (£16 via Space.NK) - I'll admit that I don't need another lip balm and that the fancy, super slick packaging calls to me more than the contents. However it seems that Diptyque Nourishing Lip Balm is more than just a quick way to moisturise the lips - it promises to be light, non-greasy, hydrating and along with being packed with delicious ingredients such as rose, violet, and poppy flower extracts, it protects and primes the lips. If this is anything like the Diptyque skincare range, sign me up!
3, Diptyque Vanille and Eucalyptus Candles (£42 each via Space.NK) - Two candles? Yep, it's my wish list and around these parts what I say goes...kinda. Now I know what you are thinking, surely one candle is enough? Nope, not even close. In a dream world, I would come home and light Diptyque Vanille Candle in the evening and let the soft, creamy notes comfort me. Then the sharp, almost medicinal natural note of Eucalyptus would be reserved for all the dreaded Autumn/Winter colds, to help congest without the need of a sticky balm. Yes, I can justify just about any purchase, it is quite the talent.
4, Byredo Mojave Ghost Soap (£17 via Liberty) - Hear me out...I have a thing for soap. I like nothing more than purchasing cute, precisely cut squares of beautifully scented soap and stashing them in my bathroom. In the past I have purchased from Etsy as I love to support small businesses but since testing out Byredo Mojave Ghost Soap I can think of little else. The one issue is that I think £17 for a chunk of...well soap is ludicrous; after a week, I'll worry it is riddled with germs (ridiculous I know) and then disregard it. Maybe I should purchase something more practical but with the same scent?
5, Byredo Super Cedar Eau de Parfum (£90 via Liberty) - Speaking of beautiful scents, please may I introduce you to Byredo Super Cedar Eau de Parfum. It's modern, ever so slightly "masculine", clean, green, sharp and a little woody. It has the crispness of a morning frost, coupled with the warmth of freshly cut wood - I realise this sounds bizarre on paper but trust me, it is beautiful. Think of it as the wilderness bottled, minus worrying if you brought an umbrella or if you are wearing the correct shoes.
6, Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Body & Hand Wash and Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Body and Hand Lotion (£38 each via Jo Malone) - Last Autumn/Winter/cold season, I neglected my hands and as result they quickly became cracked and down right painful. This year I have vowed to take better care and not only source a moisturising hand wash for all sinks in my house, but aim to add a nourishing hand lotion too. My logic is that if the hand cream is in plain view, I'll perhaps be guilt tripped into applying it. I'm not saying I will splash out on the aforementioned Jo Malone set but I do have a gift voucher burning a hole in my pocket, and I can think of nothing more luxurious can you?
7, Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Scent Surround Diffuser (£62 via Jo Malone) - I can think of no real justification for this divine home addition, other than I really, really want one. The warm, rich and Autumn ready scent that is Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir will make my home that little more cosy and I'll feel hella fancy - do I really need any more reasoning?
8, Too Faced Melted Matte in Naughty by Nature - What is Autumn without a deep, matte lipstick or two? Currently ranking highly on my wish list Too Faced Melted Matte in Naughty by Nature - not quite a nude, not a berry tone but a deep, brown that has all the warmth I need from a lip colour. I can't wait for this line up to launch.
9, In the Autumn I don't tend to wear a whole lot of blush, rather I use bronzer for a warm flush-come-glow. Typically speaking I'm not a huge fan of liquid blushes or bronzers for that matter but there is no denying that NARS are king of bronzers, so if any can sway me, it will be NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer....well here's hoping anyway.
I'm slightly annoyed with myself that I have completed a wish list post with an uneven amount of wishes, so to round the number up I'll finish by saying that no lounge - or Autumn evening - is complete without a Woodwick Candle or two. I plan on purchasing Woodwick Campfire Marshmallow and Woodwick Biscotti candles, a string of fairy lights and a good book. Bliss.
What is on your current wish list?