Ciate’s Guestlist, noted by many as a chocolate-filled dark purple, is understandably part of Ciate’s Bestsellers collection. Now it’s a bit on the luxurious side at £9.00 a bottle, but with 13.5ml of product and a killer brush included, I have no real complaints. I have a couple of Ciate’s polishes and I’m never disappointed; I’m a huge fan of the packaging, with an unusual bottle shape and an uber-cute fabric bow attached, which makes it seem even more special. Berry nails are a safe route to channel during A/W 2013, but the brown tinge within the polish just changes the shade enough to make it unique. (Daring to be different doesn’t have to be drastic, after all.)
I truly am a neutral coloured eye girl at heart. I love the simplicity and the leeway associated with the result (as in you don't have to be super fabulous at applying it, because I’m totally not.) Pixi’s aptly named 'Shade Quartette' shades of taupe work well with so many eye colours and prove that neutrals don’t have to necessarily be basic brown tones. £16 for a quad of colour isn’t too bad when you compare it to other high-end brands either; A bit of neutral eyeshadow, a feline flick and a whip of mascara... Your eyes will look fierce without being too OTT.
Barry M’s Moisturising Lip Paint in Black Cherry is one of my favourite products. The glossy sheen provides a great finish with a strong pigment, avoiding the uncomfortably sticky feeling for the bargainous price of £4.49. It’s not something you could wear all the time, and obvious caution is associated with wearing it, but it's a really great A/W colour that fits in with my inspiration board so comfortably and inexpensively.
I’m still after that perfect liquid felt-tip liner. I had a good stint with one from Collection about a year ago but after misplacing it and never getting round to actually replacing it, a felt-tip liner shaped hole has formed in my makeup collection. Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Micro Liner in Black is a treat at £5.49 and with the tip being ultra thin, one can get away with a few mistakes and alterations before perfecting the cat-eye flick. Having a micro thin tip is a great idea in my opinion, as it doubles up the ways you can wear it (whether it be with simplicity or a la Winehouse.) For me, feline flicks are a beauty trend that will take a while to disappear and even longer for me to master.
The most expensive product on the list and arguably most beautiful (correction: definitely the most beautiful) is Nars’ Multiple in Undress Me. The muted peach shade really can be worn in multiple ways and looks outstanding all of the time, especially when worn as a lipstick. I honestly cannot stop listing uses that it would excel at: just imagine how so damn great it would be as a blush shade, working to finish the neutral eye and berry lip combination. The thought of it is dreamy. The price isn’t.
My beauty to-buy list may have just tripled. (Just maybe.) Has that given you inspiration for Autumn 2013 and beyond?
Written by Thalia Fairweather