Going back to basics with Kiehl’s and NYX Cosmetics

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Now that we’re well into September, I feel like it’s an appropriate time to start thinking about adapting our autumn beauty routines for the changing weather. I was invited to a Kiehl’s skincare and NYX cosmetics ‘Back to Basics’ masterclass in Oxford last week and I left feeling really excited to try some new skincare and make up techniques.

I particularly liked how the masterclass combined make up and skincare because, to me, both are equally important to feeling good during the autumn months. Let’s face it, without good skin as a foundation, make up won’t look as good. That being said, to this day I am still learning how different make up should be applied for best results.

I feel a combination of hydrated, soft and supple skin paired with light layers of warm-toned make up will be my goal this season. Read onto find out what products I’m going to be using, as well as the changes I’m going to make to my diet over the next few weeks. Good skin starts from within after all!

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I’ve done countless posts on my skincare routine in the past. Throwback to this post featuring the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. Sadly I’m battling with some hormonal breakouts on my chin at the moment but apart from that my skin isn’t too bad.

During the masterclass I had a skincare consultation and the lovely people at Kiehl’s set me up with a routine tailored for my skin type, which is dry/combination.. I found out that even if your skin gets shiny during the day, you can still have dry skin – who knew? Additionally that  you should only use a fingernail sized amount of moisturiser on your face. If you use any more it will just sit on the surface of the skin. I don’t know about you but I’ve definitely been going overboard with mine in the past.

My autumn beauty routine was created to both balance the oils in my skin and infuse some extra hydration into it for the colder months. In case you have a similar skin type to mine, here are the products I was recommended in order of use below.




“A combination of hydrated, soft and supple skin paired with light layers of warm-toned make up will be my goal this season.”



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Make Up

Since I’m looking at investing a bit more in my skincare, the more affordable, but still high quality, make up products the better! I’ve used a few NYX products before but after the masterclass I’m really keen to try this warm neutrals eye palette (the pigmentation is amazing), the Angel Veil Primer and one of their concealers. I’m determined to master an orangey smoky eye this season and if I do you can be sure a YouTube video will follow.

During the masterclass, the NYX make up artists created a natural warm-bronzed make up look for autumn which looked lovely. I’m going to ditch the eyeliner and try defining my eyes more with eyeshadow for a more subtle, smoky look.

For base, they emphasised that light layers are key to a natural-looking flawless base. I’m going to continue mixing my concealers as my main base, rather than using foundation. The artists used NYX’s version of the beauty blender which is such a useful tool, not just for foundation but concealer and contour blending too. I’m going to try and use mine more and always make sure I dampen it beforehand. Usually I just use it dry because I’m lazy – woops!

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As I’m sat writing this post I’m in the midst of a cold like 99% of people I’ve spoken to recently. I’m partly putting it down to the weather getting slightly colder and me not dressing appropriately. Additionally, a couple of stressful things have happened over the last few weeks. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about my body it’s that it always reflects how I’m feeling emotionally. 

In a bid to get as many nutrients in my diet as I can, I’ve invested in this so I can make green juices using our Vitamix blender. I love how energised I feel when I drink green juice so my plan is to make a big batch and take one into work for an afternoon pick me up. A combination of apple, celery, kale, cucumber, ginger and lemon is typically what I go for. Focusing on more veggies than fruit as I have quite a lot of fruit anyway.

I also take zinc tablets throughout the year as I believe they help boost your immune system. I tend to only get ill around this time of year so they seem to work pretty well *touch wood*. I’ll add a spoon of various superfoods to my meals too which I definitely think help my skin look more ‘glowy’ at this time of year. Let me know if you’d like a separate post on that topic!


Will you be taking on any of these tips for your autumn beauty routine? Have you tried Kiehl’s skincare or NYX make up?


Before you go, why not watch my weekly vlog below to see snippets from the event, a walk round Bicester Village and my new hair by April Scott. Don’t forget to subscribe and share this post if you want to help someone glow from the inside out this autumn!



  1. September 25, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Ah I love both brands so much! I’m currently using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Treatment and their oil free lotion, I absolutely love both products. xx


    • ellaryder
      September 25, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Oh I didn’t know they did an eye treatment version! Love the oil-free lotion too 🙂 xxx

    • ellaryder
      September 25, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Me too Hayley! Can’t wait to give more of them a try xx

  2. Jenny
    September 26, 2017 / 10:05 am

    I love the NYX matte lipsticks at this time of year and would love to try more from the brand! Great post and I love the images too! 🙂 x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture X

    • ellaryder
      September 29, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      I’ll have to check them out Jenny, thanks for the recommendation! I’ve used their Butter Glosses and Lip Lingerie before and been really impressed.Thank you for reading 🙂 xx

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