Strand On Beauty’s top 5 beauty picks from the John Lewis autumn fashion magazine

John Lewis have released their fabulous Autumn Fashion magazine online! The magazine covers a fantastic variety of fashion and beauty items and I’ve been asked to pick my top 5!

Now John Lewis is a brand that I think of as being dependable and high quality and of course fair  – they always match prices so you get the best deal.  But to be honest I don’t usually think of them as inspiring but looking at their beauty feature is making me want to spend! Their take on the AW14 palette is a modern refresh of classic shades –  dusty blue eyeshadow, muted red lips, ballerina nails and gleaming skin.

So what about my top 5? In reverse order:


NARS Duo Eyeshadow, South Pacific

This is a brand that is fast becoming one of my favourites. I”ve recently purchased the Sheer Glow foundation. This NARS duo eyeshadow  in South Pacific is definitely on my wish list. It costs £25.00 here.



Lancome Grandiose Mascara in black. With my stubby straight lashes I’m always looking for a magic solution. This product promises “Fanned-out lashes, divine curves. Lancôme reinvents its mascara and unveils a new application technique that effortlessly creates perfectly open, full and even lashes.” It’s got rose cell extract too so I’m sold! It cosrs £24.50 here



Buy Liz Earle Signature Lip Colour Online at

There are a multitude of different shades of red lipstick and I think that there is the perfect shade out there for everyone. This,  mynumber three pick, is by the lovely Liz Earle. Not only is Liz Earle Signature Lip Colour, 02 Hibiscus the perfect shade for this transition from summer to autumn but it’s enriched with a blend of natural source vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter. If this is your kind of lippy then you can buy it for £14.00 here.


Buy John Lewis COLOUR Nail Polish, 10ml Online at

For my runner up I’ve chosen a slightly girly pink nail polish from the John Lewis Colour range. I know it’s autumn but I just can’t bear to leave summer shades behind. It’s John Lewis COLOUR Nail Polish, 10ml, English Rose. This nail polish is made in the UK  and with a 2-in-1 formula it offers extended wear, and a glossy and chip resistant finish which is water and detergent resistant. Its also Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free. It ticks all the boxes.  It costs just £7.50 here.


Buy Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25, Fresco, 30ml Online at

If you’ve been following me for a while you won’t be surprised that my top pick is from Estee Lauder. It’s the Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25. This innovative product provides makeup with serum technology. They claim it brightens and perfect and reduces the look of lines.What’s not to like? It’s a little more expensive than I’m used to but with foundation and serum in one and a SPF25 it may just be worth it. It costs £37.00 here.

So what do you think? Would you have picked a different top 5? Take a look here and let me know what you would choose.


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