The 50 Best autumn beauty buys

From fine fragrances to industry-secret lotions, Beth Dadswell has buffed, blow-dried and spritzed herself silly to keep you looking and feeling great

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Miller Harris La Fumée Arabie

£110 for 50ml,

Lyn Harris created this new limited-edition fragrance after the runaway success of its smokey predecessor, La Fumée. It contains new notes of cardamom, coriander seed and cumin, which give it a spicy Moroccan flavour. Presented in a bottle printed with 23-carat liquid gold.

Liberty Geranium bodywash

£20 for 400ml,

Liberty is a name that has come to symbolise a certain gentrified style, so it was about time that it launched its own brand into its world-renowned beauty hall. Sensibly priced and beautifully packaged, this will soon be popping up in stylish bathrooms across the globe.

MAC Desert Camouflage


Carine Roitfeld, former editor of French Vogue and thoroughly sexy 50-something, has collaborated with MAC on her very first make-up range. To emulate a little bit of her "just got out of bed" chic, get yourself down to a MAC counter quick smart and get hold of this Desert Camouflage eye and blush palette.

Vaishaly Night Nourisher

£75 for 30ml,

Lavender, geranium and peppermint organic essential oils make this the perfect bedtime treat for your skin. It nourishes your skin without leaving it feeling oily and smells divine. Makes the bedtime routine a little bit more luxurious, too.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

£26.25 for 150ml,

If your hair is looking rather lacklustre after a summer of chlorine and sun, treat yourself to a bottle of this miracle worker. It's not cheap, but it really can transform straw-like locks into silky tresses in a matter of minutes.



Natura Bissé Ceutical Tolerance Enzyme Peel

£99 for 40ml,

Don't be fooled by the complicated name or price, this product is really easy to use and is brilliant at rejuvenating post-summer skin.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

£41 for 30ml,

Massage this serum onto your face before bedtime and it will help repair your skin. It also protects the skin from smoke, pollution and UV light.

Boots Botanics Ultra Calm night cream

£4.66 for 50ml,

If you have sensitive skin, try this affordable skincare treatment from Boots. It contains marshmallow which helps to soothe and calm.

Sisley Sisleya Eye & Lip Contour cream

£109 for 15ml, 020 7591 6380

Sisley is donating 10 per cent of the sales of this cream to the Kids Company charity, so you can feel good whilst looking great this winter.

Aromatherapy Associates soothing treatment mask

£48.50 for 100ml,

Give your skin a moisture boost. Licorice and millet-seed extract help to soften lines.

Elizabeth Arden Gentle Hydrating Cream

£32 for 50ml,

If you have started to notice fine lines and wrinkles, now is the time to invest in a proper moisturiser. This new range is ideal for everyday use and is aimed at 30-to 40-year-olds.

Clarisonic Mia 2


This new travel version of the Mia sonic-cleansing system should be on your packing list. The sonic-pulsing brush has a micro-massage motion that stimulates and cleanses your skin, leaving it glowing.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Mask

£39.90 for 100ml,

Changing seasons can wreak havoc on your skin. This mask will infuse your face with circulation-boosting oxygen and vitamin C.

Elemental Herbology Oil Control Starter Kit

£20 for 4x15ml,

Oily patches and spots can be tricky, and expensive, to treat. So if you want to take a gentler approach, try this starter kit from Elemental Herbology.



Ojon Restorative Blowout Perfector

£21.50 for 125ml,

If you suffer from frizzy, dry hair that needs to be blow-dried every time you wash it, try this protective, nourishing cream that is activated by the heat of your hairdryer or straighteners.

Wella Velvet Amplifier

£8.95 for 50ml,

This concentrated serum is ideal if you want to add shine to your hair without leaving it feeling greasy. Add one pump to your palm, warm it up, then run through to the ends of your hair.

Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Deep Treatment

£4.99 for 250ml,

An inexpensive alternative to leave-in conditioning masks, this treatment leaves your hair feeling softer and smelling delicious.

Molton Brown Deep Conditioning Mask

£25 for 200ml,

Using a mask can improve the condition of your hair and leave, takes 15 minutes once a week. Apply to towel-dried hair, then wash off and style.

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curl Beach Hair

£5.10 for 200ml,

If you have naturally wavy hair that looks best unstyled, treat yourself to a bottle of this salty spray for the "just rolled off the beach" surfer look.

L'Oreal EverStrong Conditioner

£5.99 for 250ml, 0800 0304032

The inclusion of rosemary, juniper and mint oil give this conditioner a lovely botanical scent that is often missing in cheaper conditioners.

Jo Hansford Illuminoil

£29 for 50ml,

If you only buy one haircare product this autumn, invest in a decent oil. They restore the condition of your hair, can be used as a finishing product and also treat dry skin.

Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner

£16.55 for 250ml, 0800 310 1133

Containing 30 per cent active ingredients, this conditioner's blend of vitamin E and vegetable proteins smooths and nourishes dry hair.

Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo

£18 for 200ml, 08700342380

The change of seasons can negatively impact on your scalp leaving dandruff. This product removes the build up of sebum and nourishes dry skin.



Marc Jacobs Dot

£47 for 50ml, 0800 652 7661

Packaging and perfume junkies will love this quirky bottle filled with jasmine, orange blossom and coconut water. It would make a great gift for a fashion-obsessed teenage girl.

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Cologne

£38 for 30ml,

Suitably autumnal, this will appeal equally to men and women. Notes of blackberry, grapefruit and bay are softened with vetiver and cedarwood.

Chloé L'Eau de Chloé

£46 for 50ml, 0800 083 6312

A fresh bouquet of rose petals, peach and grapefruit is subtly blended with warmer notes of cedarwood, patchouli and amber in this youthful new fragrance from Chloé. It will transport you to warmer climes.

Jo Loves Pink Vetiver

£45 for 30ml,

Vetiver has been mixed with pink peppercorn to give it a new twist. The result is quite masculine and will appeal to those of you who like sharing scent with your partner.

Comme des Garçons Amazing Green

£57 for 50ml, 0207 494 6220

Unisex fragrances are often more suited to men than women and can be heavy, smoky scents that cloy. This is a different proposition entirely.

Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilée

£97 for 100ml,

Inspired by a moonlit walk through a pine forest, balsam fir and Siberian pine give this a woody base that is lifted by sweet orange and peppermint.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris pour Femme

£115 for 70ml,

A cosmopolitan blend of Jamaican amyris, Californian orange, Florentine iris and Haitian vetiver for perfume afficionados across the globe.

Tom Ford Café Rose

£135 for 50ml,

With the latest addition to his Private Blend fragrance portfolio, Tom Ford has added notes of saffron, black pepper and coffee to the Bulgarian rose, which sets it apart.

Chanel Coco Noir

£75 for 50ml eau de parfum, 020 7493 3836

It takes its inspiration from Coco but adds a few new ingredients, such as grapefruit and Calabrian bergamot, to give it a modern twist.



Origins Incredible Spreadable Scrub

£22 for 200ml,

Regular exfoliation is they key to soft, clear skin, and this one utilises white and brown sugar granules to buff and polish you to perfection.

Jergens Naturals Original Body Lotion

£3.49 for 200ml,

This body lotion smells like a Bakewell tart – it's fragranced with almond and cherry – leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash

£27 for 500ml,

This huge decanter of exfoliating hand wash contains vetiver root, petit grain and bergamot rind, with pumice to scrub hands clean.

Carmex Lip Balm


The simple ingredients and no-fuss packaging make this lip balm eternally popular. The inclusion of menthol, beeswax and camphor keep your lips soft and hydrated.

Diptyque Precious Oils for Body & Bath

£40 for 125ml,

Scents of the Mediterranean inspired this luxurious body oil – with Florentine iris, sweet almond and argan oils.

Crème de la Mer Reparative Body Lotion

£120 for 200ml,

Twice daily applications of this extra-rich lotion will soon sort out dry skin, if your bank balance can stretch to it.

Parissa Wax Strips


Hair removal can be a painful and time-consuming process if you do it at home, or expensive if you employ an expert. Save time and money by using these pre-coated wax strips.

Korres Fig Body Butter

£12.50 for 125ml,

Korres is a rather underrated Greek brand that produces great products at reasonable prices. Fig extract is rich in vitamins and minerals, an ideal moisturiser for dry areas.

Mitchell & Peach Kentish Cobnut scub


The Mitchell family have been farming in Kent for five generations, which is where the cobnuts in this scrub have been grown. A stylish addition to your bathroom armoury.



Aerin Multi Colour for Lips & Cheeks


Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of Estée, has launched her own range of beauty products, in which everything is beautifully packaged. Dab this compact on for a fresh glow.

The Body Shop BB cream


If you have blemish-free skin, you can use this on its own to add a touch of colour to autumnal skin. Or use it like a primer underneath your usual foundation and it will keep your make-up looking fresh all day.

Clarins 3 Dot Liner

£20, 0800 036 3558

Useless at applying eyeliner?, You will love this new innovation from Clarins. The liner consists of three tips, so you can literally join up the dots to create a perfect line – if you can manage not to blink.

Clinique Even Better Make-up SPF15


If your skin has a tendency to look oily under foundation, this is a great product to try. It has a lovely matt finish that keeps shiny spots at bay, without clogging your pores.

Guerlain Exceptional Complete Mascara

£35 (refill £19),

Connoisseurs will be familiar with the luxurious Guerlain Rouge G lipstick. Now they can apply their mascara in the same elegant style.

DHC Mascara Perfect Pro


Eyelashes look best after a couple of coats, and unlike many mascaras this one doesn't clog. A good mid-range option that won't bankrupt you.

Dior Nail Lacquer in Plaza

£18, 0207 210216

A perky pink nail varnish is a great way to prolong that summer-holiday feeling. Treat toes to a couple of coats and you'll feel less like hibernating.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser


Dark under-eye circles are hard to remedy, but this new concealer might just help by lightening and brightening the delicate under-eye area.

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Uber Nude


Everyone needs a neutral lip colour in their make-up kit and this is one of the best. It looks great worn with minimal make-up. Very flattering.

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