The Beauty Bag: September

Since starting ‘The Beauty Bag’ feature I’ve covered months worth of beauty-based ground from lovely lippies to complexion perker-uppers and pretty much everything in between, so this time round I’ve decided to do something a little different and instead have tried, tested and tossed out the bad and left in the good of the newest launches to land in September. Let’s call this the ‘What to get excited about Beauty Bag‘; featuring the best of the bunch that you can get your hands on over the coming month. Forget the rest, here’s what’s worth a swatch, pump or flick through when you spot ’em:

Bourjois Blush Exclusif* – £7.99 – out 4th September. They did it with their original cream blush formulation and now they’re doing it again. Same texture. Same finish. But in a universally cheek pinching pink that’s supposed to self-adjust to your complexion. Now I’m not sure about those claims, but on me it blends out to a doll-like pink and I rather like it paired with lashings of mascara and a parred down base.

Idiot’s Guide: Making Natural Beauty Products* – £12.99 – out 2nd September. How good is this? With my recent re-found love for cooking up a storm in the kitchen and an influx of recipe book-centric Amazon orders, this couldn’t have come at a better time. On my list of things to bake make: bath oils, sweet feet lotion, winter-dry facial balm and the all their recommended recipes for masks – you know I love a good mask.

AERIN Kajal Liner in Skyline* – £22.50 – out now on Estée Lauder. You may be a little surprised to see an eyeliner in this line-up, but after having a sneak peak at the latest AERIN drop, this is the star of the show. Inky and smudgy but in a formula that sets once you’ve moved it into the appropriate smoke-level and with an applicator that draws on just the right thickness of line; it’s a good’un for liner pros and noobs alike.

Butter LONDON AW13 Colour Clash Collection* – £12 – out September. Trust Butter LONDON to do something miles outside the box for their AW offering – neons so bright you’ll be wanting to keep your sunnies handy. There’s six new shades in total making their way to counter but my favourites are the punchy pink Cake-Hole, creamy tangerine Silly Billy and the opaque white Cotton Buds, which is sort of the black sheep of the collection but is quite bizarrely my favourite – everyone needs a decent white polish in their stash.

Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colours* – £15 – out September. Finally Benefit jump on the ‘chunky sheer lip balm/stick/colour’ train. Though the packaging reminds me somewhat of a PEZ dispenser and some of the shades are a little sketchy, it’s worth giving Air Kiss and Tutti-Cutie a test. They’re just as you’d expect, but the rectangular nibs make them easy to slick on and give them an edge. Quite literally.

Tom Ford Ombré Eye Colour Trio in Into The Pink* – £50 – out mid-September. Tom Ford. Pretty palettes. Shimmer. One of two limited edition trios released as part of their AW13 range (the other being smokier and blue-ier) Into The Pink pretty much ticks all the boxes; a pink-tinged nude offering that serves a day to night eye look perfectly. Pricey as always, but perhaps one to look in to if you’ve always coveted one of their quads.

Living Proof Satin Hair Serum* – £25 – out September. Aside from the odd dollop of Moroccan Oil being smoothed through my locks they rarely see a smidge of moisture so this was a welcome addition to my lineup. Formulated with no oils or silicones – I’d hand on my heart say it’s the best serum-esque product I’ve come across. No grease, no lankness and no ‘damn I have to wash my hair again‘ tendencies.

So there’s a serving with so much newness it’s completely ok to be salivating right now. What’s grabbing my eye the most? Those Butter LONDON polishes – time to stick two perfectly neon manied fingers up to the usual autumn trends.

*PR Samples


  • Coco
  • I’ve been looking for a good white polish for ages, so that one is going on my shopping list! And damn Tom Ford for being so pricey!

  • Anna Blush

    That book sounds great! Think I may have to order x

  • Those Butter nail polishes are gorgeous! And I really like the Benefit lip colours as well!

  • Lauren B

    The Butter London nail polishes look amazing!

    Would you like to enter my giveaway?


  • Rachel

    I saw that Bourjours blush in my local Superdrug yesterday, on me it is a true blue toned pink. Not really my thing but a product that got my attention nonetheless.

    Rachel x

  • Maddy Cane

    Beautiful nail colours and I love the look of the Benefit Sticks! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Amy

    I saw that Bourjois blush the other day in Superdrug, it feels so nice and creamy but I didn’t see much of a colour change?! I still quite like it though x

    Amy |

  • N

    Could you please tell me what bag that is? It looks amazing!

  • Heels Forever

    Love the sound of the Living Proof serum, really want to try their prdoucts! xx

    Heels Forever

  • These all sound lovely! May have to invest in that book, I bet there’s some nice recipes that would work well as gifts to save a bit of money (and buy the Tom Ford palette to make up for it haha)

  • The idiots guide to making natural beauty products sounds amazing! x

    Alissia from Ma Vie en R0se

  • WomanBerry Berry

    This book looks really nice 🙂 Can I find it in Germany? 🙂

  • gemma alexander

    I love making face masks, this book seems amazing! And Tom Fords Autumn collection looks amazing, especially the Crimson Noir lipstick, there isn’t one thing that I didn’t like. I can’t wait! This was a really great post!

    Gem. x

  • Maquillage Magic

    so much lovely nice new things! would honestly buy all of those things!! L xxx

  • Hannah

    What beautiful products, love your photographs xxx

  • Anya Cross

    I love the look of the book! Who doesn’t like a DIY beauty stash?

  • can’t wait to get my hands on benefit lippies..looking forward to their packaging, have to appreciate them for thinking out of the box.and especially three formulas..

  • Noisy Rain

    I love the idea of that book, I need to get my hands on it as soon as it’s out! xx

  • Love those nail colors, especially for fall!

  • Film

    I need to check out the book!

  • Lisa

    I’m so excited by the benefit lippies!
    Can’t wait for the to be released!:) xx

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    The book sounds so good! Love the Butter London shades too, especially the orange! x

  • I am very very excited about the new blushes by Bourjois, cream blushes are my absolute fave!!


  • Sophie

    I love the sound of this book 🙂



  • Ada Strauss

    That boooooook! Totally ordering it. Thanks so much for the post!

    Ada | thespianxx

  • The book sounds well good defo want to get my hands on that. The butter london polishes look pretty nice to

  • Emily Allen

    That book is exactly what I’ve been looking for, I love making my own beauty products, I can’t wait to try the Benefit lipsticks and the Boujois blush! xx Emmi

  • DD

    I wish all your picks weren’t PR samples…

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Tarte Tanya

    the benefit lipsticks look very interesting.
    cute post!

  • Lady Indo

    Out of this list, the thing that catches my eye is Tom Ford’s eyeshadow palette. Will have to check it out in stores when it comes out!

  • Hope

    Oh how I want a closer look at that Tom Ford eye palette. But I feel like the Hair Serum would come in more handy for me and my moisture deprived locks. Thanks!! H x

  • Lily Robertson

    Must everything be a PR sample? It makes it so much more relatable when you’ve purchased the products.A good review as always but if next time it could have products that aren’t PR samples that’d be great 🙂

    • Rachel Hodgens

      I’m pretty sure these all need to be PR samples because they haven’t yet been released in stores. Anna’s received them to tell us about them in advance, otherwise we wouldn’t have had this post at all 🙂 Xx

  • PeonyandPeach

    I need to get that book! I love trying to make beauty products!

  • Those Butter London polishes look pretty.
    xx Stephanie (

  • Molly Lyon

    The Tom Ford eye palette is just gorgeous!

    Molly x

    Lyon Notes

  • I wasn’t keen on the benefit lipsticks! The applicator made them really difficult! x

  • I am SO excited for the benefit hydra smooth! The air kiss shade looks gorgeous!