Friday, August 26, 2016

Budget Beauty Favourites: Makeup Revolution Palettes

Brace yourselves palette lovers! I have been head over heels for Makeup Revolution, ever since London Drugs introduced me to this makeup brand at their annual #LDBeauty event in Vancouver, earlier this year. I love London Drugs' budget beauty brands NYX Cosmetics and e.l.f. Cosmetics, and now I'm adding Makeup Revolution to my list of favourites now that they've officially launched in stores!

Let's take a peek at some of my favourite palettes from Makeup Revolution so far:

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Blush Queen (available at London Drugs):

I almost didn't want to dip into this palette, it's so gorgeous! Each of the blushes is shimmery and beautifully marbled. I'm a little unsure of how I'm going to use some of the deeper shades yet, but the softer pinks and purples are perfect, and I have been using the top right as a shimmery highlighter along the tops of my cheekbones.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette Unicorns Unite (available at London Drugs):

I love makeup, but I've never been super creative with my eye looks. I do love my neutrals. But this palette is perfect! They've already paired the shades together, and I really like that they've included matte shadows in the palette as well. A good assortment for a compact little palette! The colours aren't super pigmented, but I'm okay with that, since I don't like to go too bright and bold with my eye looks. This is an especially great palette if you're just getting into makeup. PS. The palette is called 'Unicorns Unite' can you not want a palette called that??

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Powder Palette (available at London Drugs):

This is a great budget contour palette! I find that a lot of contour palettes don't have good shimmery white highlights. Usually it's pretty yellowy and only has a hint of shimmer. Unlike those palettes, this Makeup Revolution Contour Palette has 2 beautiful baked highlighters, one of which is a nice bright white. I've been using this one non-stop as my highlight along my cheekbones lately, and I'm finding the second shade from the left on the bottom row is perfect for my contour.

Makeup Revolution Flawless 2 Palette (available at London Drugs):

Phew, this is a lot of eye shadows in one palette! And it's super compact! It's got a fabulous range of neutral and smokey shades for everyday eye looks that you can amp up for an evening out. Plus there's a good mix of shimmery and matte shades, which is a must-have for me.

Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette in Iconic 3 (available at London Drugs):

So I may have saved the best palette for last here. Love rose gold? Then this is your palette. It's actually a great dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, with it's range of neutral, rosy and dark hues. As I mentioned earlier, I tend to go for more natural eye looks, so I was pretty excited to give this palette a try, as it's just a big fancier than my average neutrals palette. I am head over heels for the first 3 shades on the left especially!

Which Makeup Revolution palette are you most excited to try?

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Diner en Blanc 2016

Another Diner en Blanc has come and gone in Vancouver, and it was a magical evening! If you aren't sure what this whole Diner en Blanc thing is all about, you can check out my earlier post here, or my post from last year's event, which was my first time attending. But to give you a very quick rundown, it's a giant al fresco picnic where you dine with thousands of other locals, who bring their entire dining set-up and meal with them, all dressed in white. The venue remains a secret until the very last moment, when your assigned group makes their way to the special spot!

The secret venue ended up being a plot of land near Telus World of Science, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It would have been ideal if we'd been on a piece of land that wasn't basically a parking lot, but to be fair, it's pretty hard to find an open space in Vancouver to seat 6,000 people. Yep you read that right: 6,000 people! The organizers did a fantastic job of making the most of the space they had, and had stages for music and performers, a lounge area with a view of Science World, a faux-grass area for croquet, and lots more.

For my own Diner en Blanc outfit, I ended up making a few adjustments since I posted my 'what to wear' blog post here. To add a bit of colour and fun to the outfit, I added a ethereal floral headband as an accessory. As I said I would, I brought a pair of white heels along to change into once we arrived, but with all the craziness of setting up our tables, and wandering around people watching, I actually ended up wearing my white flats the whole night. Seeing as how I was sitting half the night, and it was dark for the rest, it didn't matter much at all, not wearing my heels!

Leeanne of Legallee Blonde joined me as my date, and together we prepared a lovely dinner of watermelon salad, quinoa salad, pesto asparagus pasta, and chocolate mousse for dessert. The bottle of wine didn't hurt, either. It's a good thing every table received a bottle of water too, because we were having a bit of a heat wave in Vancouver last week! We had a wonderful time, eating, drinking and making friends with our tablemates beside us. Then of course, there was a chunk of time after dinner to meander around the venue and do some people watching. Between the beautiful and creative table displays (which people brought and set-up themselves), to the stylish and outlandish outfits (er, costumes), it's quite a sight to be seen! One of my favourite parts of the whole evening though, is when all 6,000 guests light a sparkler - it really is so magical to see them all lit up at once, and makes such a lovely send-off.

Have you attended a Diner en Blanc event in your city? What was your experience like?

Dress - via Ross Dress for Less | Headband - Forever 21 (similar) | Earrings - Nobis & Grey | Shoes - Aldo

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beauty Tips: 6 Ways To Look More Awake

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a morning person. If I need to be up in the morning, I will sleep in as much as possible before whipping myself together and running out the door. So over the years, I've curated a collection of my favourite products for making me look wide-eyed and awake in the nick of time!

Here are my 6 tips to look more awake:

1. Reduce dark spots around the eyes
Part of my evening skincare routine includes applying Racinne's Youth Power Serum around the eye area to help combat the signs of aging, and reduce puffiness and dark spots. The serum is packed with highly concentrated anti-aging peptides and antioxidants from fruit and plant extracts. I use the smooth applicator to apply a small amount around the eye socket, and then use my ring finger to dab the serum along the eye socket and upwards towards my brow line. It feels so luxurious! I love that it helps to reduce the dark spots, especially since I have quite a few dark freckles on top of the bags under my eyes that I want to keep at bay. Good skincare is a great start!

2. Conceal
My favourite concealer is Emani's HD Corrective Concealer (available at London Drugs). All it takes is a little under each eye in a triangle shape to help cover up the bags that are inevitably under my tired eyes. The fair shade is perfect for my skintone, and I've never had any issues with creasing. I finish up by applying my Missha BB Cream over top.

3. Give Your Skin a Glow
I find that a nice glow on the skin makes your skin look perkier! I like to apply the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick (available at London Drugs) right along the top of my cheekbones. Then I'll use my fingers to dab it in. It gives a gorgeous sheen that looks natural!

4. Highlight Your Brows
My tried and true way to look more awake has always been to apply NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (available at London Drugs) just below my brows. A lot of people just use a highlighter, but I find the bright white highlights the brow much better, and seems to make my eyes pop better. I draw a line along the brow line underneath the brow, and then use my finger to blend it in.

5. Brighten the Corners of the Eyes
Everyone knows that adding some highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes helps to brighten up the eye area and make you look more awake. The question is: which highlighter do you use? I love Youngblood's Eye-Illuminating Duo Pencil (available at London Drugs). It has a matte pencil on one end, and a shimmer pencil on the other. The shimmer pencil is super pretty and is easy to apply to the inner corner of the eyes. The nude pink shimmer shade is gorgeous!

6. Lengthen & Tint Lashes
To make your eyes as open and bright as possible, long lashes are a must! The thing is, I'm blonde, which means the tips of my lashes are blonde too. Mascara obviously solves that problem, but I'd prefer if they actually looked longer even when I wasn't wearing mascara. That way, I'd look more awake even when I roll out of bed! I've been wearing Rimmel's new Volume Colourist Mascara (available at London Drugs) for the last couple weeks, and I love how the tips of my lashes have now been tinted black! I still rock the full mascara look to look the most awake, but it's great that even when I remove my mascara, I still look bright-eyed!

Now you can hit the snooze button, whip together this wide-eyed look and race out the door!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How to Dress When It's Crazy Hot Out

In light of the heat wave that's about to hit Vancouver, I thought I'd share one of my beat-the-heat outfits! The key is light, stretchy fabrics that aren't tight under the arms (and ideally, a white open back for optimal breeze). I went a little nuts last year and actually bought 3 dresses that fit that checklist from Tobi for a steal. This dress is my favourite though: I've always been a fan of Grecian styles. I thought I'd play up the grecian style with gold accessories too, plus the gold leaf bobby pins keep the hair back out of my face, which is key in a heat wave!

In case you're looking for a couple more great dress options, check out this hot pink one, and this pastel one here too. These will all be in heavy rotation here for the next week!

Dress - Tobi | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Hair pins - c/o Nobis & Grey | Sandals - thrifted via Value Village

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tips for Dressing for Diner en Blanc

Diner en Blanc Vancouver is approaching quickly, on August 18th, and since this is my second time in attendance, I thought I'd share my tips for dressing for the event. If you haven't heard about it before, Diner en Blanc is an al fresco dining event that happens in a variety of cities worldwide, with a dress code and decor of all-white. Diners tote along their own chairs, tables, and dining pieces (and meals if they choose not to purchase) and converge on a secret location which is only revealed moments before the event!

I know a lot of people can find the event to be rather expensive considering you bring everything yourself, including your food, and pay for the opportunity. But I personally just loved the whole idea and the atmosphere, so I was more than happy to pay for the experience. I especially loved the live french music last year, that serenaded us as we ate amongst the thousands of other diners in attendance. It's quite a sight to be seen if you have the chance to attend.

If you were lucky enough to receive an invitation this year (or knew a fabulous person who is bringing you along), then here are a few things that might help while picking out your DEB outfit:

  1. Wear all white, head to toe! It's funny because it wasn't until I started to dig up some options for what to wear this year, that I realized that not everything in my closet that I thought was white was true white. The event calls for a true white dress code, as creams and off-whites tend to stand out and look quite dirty amongst the rest of the attendees in white. So make sure, before you walk out the door the day-of, that each item you're wearing is really a true white!
  2. Pick clothes you'll be comfortable in. I loved the dress I wore last year, but it was quite heavy, I was sweating, and well, I was hiking up the top all night. Not exactly ideal, especially on a hot day when you're trucking around your dining supplies. This year, I'm opting for a light cotton dress that's easy to move around in, and breathes easily. Keep it simple and jazz it up with accessories, that way you'll be comfortable all night.
  3. Focus on accessories. As I mentioned in #2, it's better to keep your clothing simple, and accessorize. I'm going to wear my favourite white earrings from Nobis & Grey, but anything in white, gold or silver will do. Statement pieces are perfect! Even add a hat or fascinator in white if you have one.
  4. Wear comfortable flats. You may end up doing a bit of walking to reach the venue, and remember you're carrying all of your dining necessities too, so comfortable footwear that's easy to walk in is key. Of course, you know me, I'll bring a pair of white heels along to change into once we arrive at the secret location. I didn't have a pair of white wedges, but wedges would honestly be your best bet if you have them. Don't have white shoes? I'd recommend hitting up your local thrift store or Value Village to find a cheap pair! No point spending a lot on a pair of shoes you'll only wear once.
  5. Bring a light sweater. I'm on the hunt for one right now. As soon as the sun goes down at the event, it can get pretty chilly, so it's best to have a layer your can throw over top. I'll be stopping by Value Village to find a cheap white sweater that I can toss in my bag!
  6. Have fun with your makeup! There's one thing that doesn't have to be styled in white: your makeup! Spice things up with a bright lip - orange and pink are favourites of mine. In the photos below, I'm wearing NYX Cosmetics' Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp (from London Drugs). It also doesn't need re-applying (in my experience), so you won't need to touch up throughout the night.
And most of all, enjoy the experience once you're there! There really isn't anything else like it. And hey - if you haven't been able to score an invite yet, why not host a little all-white soiree on your own, with your sweetie or best friends?

Dress - (via Ross Dress for Less) | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Flats - Aldo | Heels - Shoe Warehouse

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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