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Friday, 23 September 2016


In my last post, I wrote about new shades of makeup for a beautiful Autumnal look.  I always like to be able to suggest hypoallergenic alternatives for those of my readers who are allergic or sensitive to many brands of cosmetics.

Often, I mention NATorigin, an award-winning firm based in Banbury in Oxfordshire, who offer gentle products made from natural and, where possible, organic sources.  Their cosmetics and skincare range are made by Contapharm in France. 

Following on from my Autumn Makeup theme, the NATorigin range includes an excellent eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, lipstick and nail polish, all available in a good selection of colours. 

For this season, I would suggest:-

NATorigin Powder Eye Shadow in Golden (97) or Bronze (93), as below.  There is also Brown (89), which could work well with this look.  This is a soft and gentle eye shadow made with ultra-micronised shells of organic argan nuts from the Tree of Life and extracts of pomegranate.

Golden (97)

Bronze (93)

NATorigin Pencil Eye Liner in Brown 700) or Black (701) to outline the eyes and

NATorigin Lengthening Mascara in Brown (200) or Black (201) to lengthen, thicken and deepen the eyelashes.

Both of these products are very comfortable to wear and stay on well.

NATorigin  Lengthening Mascara and Pencil Eye Liner

NATorigin Lipstick is sheer and shiny with a soft and smooth texture.  Good colours for Autumn:

Fig (50 BIO) (Plummy Red)
Copper Rose (54 BIO) (Nude Brown)
Coral (51 BIO) (Brick Red)

Finally for Nails - NATorigin Nail Enamel in: 
Salvia 1407 (Bright Red)
Peony 1408 (Dark Red)
Free from the toxic ingredients contained in some brands of nail varnish, NATorigin Nail Enamel is easy to apply and stays on well.

To learn more about NATorigin and to view all their products and shades, please click on


You can order straight from their website and I have found their delivery service to be really good.

Recent News From NATorigin: Most of the NATorigin range of cosmetics and skincare products are now registered with The Vegan Society (with the exception of mascaras, pencil eye liners and lipsticks, which contain beeswax and lanolin).

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


September seems to have come round very quickly! Now the Fashion Weeks are on and even though we are having an Indian Summer here, it's certainly time to be thinking about new trends for Autumn.  I always begin with new makeup, which gets me into the mood for the season. 

I love CHANEL's "Le Rouge" Autumn makeup collection.  Shades of red, ranging from orange-red and intense reds to burgundy, combine with brown and copper to create a perfect autumnal palette. 

I was looking for a bronze or copper toned eyeshadow, an eyeliner and a red lipstick.

The collection includes two new shades of eyeshadow:

ILLUSION D'OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Rouge Brûlé (128) - copper/orange

ILLUSION D'OMBRE VELVET Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow
Rouge Contraste (132) - chocolate

Although I thought Rouge Brûlé was a beautiful and exciting colour, I thought it would be too bright for my colouring and I opted instead for their ILLUSION D'OMBRE in Mirage (95), a golden bronze with a metallic glow.  This eyeshadow has a silky, cream texture with a lovely shimmer.  it comes complete with a little brush and can actually be used as an eyeliner as well as a shadow.

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long-Lasting Eyeliner is a waterproof eye pencil complete with integrated sharpener.  There are two new colours for Autumn:

Eros    (928) - burgundy
Agapé (929) - reddish brown

I chose Eros as I thought the burgundy suited my grey-blue eyes and looked really good with the golden bronze eyeshadow.

I generally go for shiny, semi-sheer lipsticks or lip glosses but I thought that I should at least try one of the new matte lipsticks.  ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lip Colour is luminous and really does have a lovely soft velvety feel.  There are four new colours for autumn:

Rouge Feu (57) a bright orange/red
Rouge Vie (58) crimson
Rouge Charnel (56) a flamboyant red
Rouge Audace (59) burgundy with a hint of chocolate brown

Although I was very attracted to Rouge Audace, I decided that I needed a brighter shade and that Rouge Feu was the right colour for me.


There is also a beautiful nail polish in the collection - LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Puissant (528), a deep red shade.  I resisted the temptation to buy this at the moment because I do have three nail polishes on my dressing table in ideal colours for this Autumn's look.

Hypoallergenic makeup for Autumn: My next post, out shortly, will suggest some lovely makeup for those of you that suffer from allergies or choose to wear products made from natural and organic ingredients.