4 Beauty & Skincare Essentials For Your Autumn Handbag
With autumn just around the corner, there are more things to look forward to than just cooler weather, falling leaves, and rich colours. As mentioned in a previous post, autumn is also the perfect time to declutter your wardrobe and take your summer clothes out of their rotation. But aside from searching for the best knits, sweaters, and coats for layering, this season also calls for the right handbag for the season.
While you can dust off your trusty purse from last season, it never hurts to look for a bag that’s equally functional and trendy. The best ladies’ handbags strike the right balance between style and practicality. You can pick from quilted shoulder and cross-body bags in line with this year’s puffy bags trend to black leather tote bags that are perfect for those on the go. Of course, regardless of which handbag you go for, what matters is it matches your fall-friendly outfits and contains the following beauty and skincare essentials.
1. Lip Balm
As the weather gets colder, your lips need extra care and attention so they don’t get sore or dry. The NHS recommends using a lip balm containing petroleum jelly or beeswax, as these ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe dryness or irritation. I Love Cosmetics will soon be releasing a Juicy Watermelon Hydrating Lip Balm that you can keep in your handbag to keep your lips healthy and hydrated throughout the day. You can then pair this balm with other lip care products like the Coconut Cream Exfoliating Lip Scrub and Fudge Brownie Nourishing Lip Butter for plump, nourished lips.
2. Lipstick or Lip Stain
Autumn is also the ideal season to bring lipsticks with new, exciting shades to add a pop of colour to your otherwise neutral palette. Christian Louboutin’s Matte Fluid delivers a vivid red with a matte finish, while the Velvet Blush (True Velvet Lip Colour) from Lisa Elridge is slightly pink with warm undertones. If you want something more subtle with a stain effect, Bobbi Brown has the Crushed Lip Colours in various shades like coral/orange, pink/rose, reds, and plums. The previously mentioned collection of lip products from I Love Cosmetics also includes the Morello Cherry High-Shine Lip Gloss to add a lustrous finish to your lips and the Soft Mint Volumising Lip Plumper for a natural pout.
To match your face to your painted lips, you can also carry a compact or liquid blush for easy and effortless application. In an article in The Guardian, Sali Hughes rounds up the best options for blushers with deeper and more flattering colour palettes. Among these is Chanel’s Water-Fresh Blush, with the luminous, light peach as the most fitting shade for fall. Meanwhile, NARS Oasis Powder Blush remains a staple, with its cool-toned dusky rose blush and golden shimmer that leaves you glowing as you spend your day outdoors.
4. Hand Cream
Just like your lips, the delicate skin on your hands will also be extra sensitive to the cold autumn weather. When choosing which hand cream to carry with you at all times, consider browsing I Love Cosmetics’ Naturals Collection of hand creams, which are all naturally moisturising and expertly formulated with organic ingredients and essential oils. The Rose & Argan is perfect for those who like floral, feminine scents, while Tonka Bean & Myrrh has a more earthy, woodsy blend.
As the season changes, you can also opt to revisit not just your wardrobe and handbag essentials but also your full self-care routine. In this light, I Love Cosmetics has a lovingly crafted wellness collection where you can pick out the best bath salts, body oils, and pillow mists. The brand will also be launching four pampering face masks for purifying, cleansing, exfoliating, and detoxifying — ultimately prepping your skin for the change of season with vegan and dermatologically tested ingredients. Explore the website to learn more about our offerings.
Prepared by: Jane O’Brian