Friday, February 12, 2016

L.O.V.E : A Valentine's Film


People may have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day, but I think we can all agree love can go a long way! This weekend, spread a little love and you just may make someone's day.

Big thanks goes to Samantha Sito of OTISamantha for producing this little film - it was a blast to be a part of it!





Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Snow Bunny Beauty Essentials

We're spending our Valentine's this year up at Sun Peaks Ski Resort, and since it's been a couple years since I've hit the slopes, I'm pretty excited to get my ski/snowboard on!


Sweater - Tommy Hilfiger (similar, similar) | Toque - Aldo (similar)

It also inspired me to put together a curated collection of beauty essentials that will keep your skin looking its best while you're on the top of the mountain. There are 2 key things to keep in mind while you're on the slopes: protecting your skin from the sun (that fresh new powder reflects the sun right back onto you), and keeping your skin hydrated and protected from the harsh cold and wind. And once you're off the hill and thawing out après ski, you'll likely want to get that toque-hair under control, and soothe those tired muscles too.




Hydration:

On a normal day, the cold winter weather often plays havoc on our skin. Now put yourself on top of a mountain and add some whipping winds and snow, and your skin is put under even harsher conditions. To avoid dry, chapped skin, I apply Juviance's Skin Rescue Intense Repair Cream all over my face the night before and morning of to keep dry skin at bay. Same goes for the Bioderma Atoderma PP Baume (available at London Drugs); I apply to spots on my body that tend to be drier in the winter (for some reason this year, that seems to be the inside of my knees and elbows). The formula is an anti-itching emollient balm that will provide comfort all day. I'll keep my Bioderma Atoderm Lips moisturizing stick (available at London Drugs) on hand to apply once we're off the hill too, to soothe and repair my damaged and dehydrated lips. This is my favourite lip chap formula!


Sun Protection:

There's nothing worse than a google tan - or in my case - a goggle burn! Even on a somewhat cloudy day on the slopes, the sun can reflect off the snow and give you a pretty nasty sun burn. My absolute favourite facial sunscreen is the Lise Watier Sun Smart UV Shield (available at London Drugs); its 30 SPF formula goes on super smooth and non-greasy, and makes the most fantastic makeup base too! Your lips need protection from the sun as well, and my favourite from last summer is RoC's Soleil Protexion Plus Lip Balm (available at London Drugs) with SPF 30. 



Toque Hair:

After a successful day on the slopes, once you take off the gear and pull of your toque...it's kind of a disaster under there. My hair is always matted, tangled and frizzy. The best way to prep your hair beforehand is to apply a primer like Frizz Ease's Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer (available at London Drugs) the will help keep frizz at bay during the day. Apply it to wet hair, distributing evenly throughout from mid-shaft to tips: no need to rinse!

If you need a quick fix after you pull off your toque, the Conair Infiniti Pro Ultimate Brush (available at London Drugs) will get rid of any static or frizz in just one swipe! This super cool brush is battery-operated and uses ion technology to eliminate static and frizz as you brush through your hair. I love that it's wireless, so you can bring it pretty much anywhere.


Sore Muscles:

When you haven't snowboarded or skied in a few years like me, you can pretty much guarantee you're going to be sore once you get back out there. If a hot tub isn't within reach, then a balm like Theo10 Heat can soothe your aching muscles. This long lasting muscle rub is also water resistant, 100% natural and lasts up to 12 hours, plus it's compact enough to pop in your pocket. I love the smell too - a strong fresh mint scent.


Now you're prepped and ready to go for your winter getaway! What are your beauty essentials before hitting the slopes?


Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta


Disclaimer: Some of the products reviewed here were provided as samples for review. Opinions are my own.




Monday, February 8, 2016

The All-Grey Ensemble


I've been turning over a new leaf as of late, voting for more minimalist outfits. As I get older, I see the value in have some great basics that are easily mixed and matched. I've always been inspired by Parisian style and their effortlessly chic way of dressing - they have a list of chic staples that can be alternated to create endless outfits.

I've been chipping away at my own 'chic staples' list recently: a camel coat (seen here), black jeans, cat-eye shades, structured grey coat, grey wool coat, pointed leather ankle boots, and a black leather jacket. I went on the search for some of the items on my list last week, and could believe how many I managed to knock off my list at Zara! I have quite a few Zara items I've thrifted over the years, but actually have very few clothing items that I've purchase directly from their store. They had so many awesome basics. I ended up finding the exact leather jacket, grey wool coat, and structured grey coat I was looking for!

All-grey has become a major fashion trend lately, and I've been dying to give it a try, so now that I finally found the grey wool coat I was looking for, I finally felt I could pull the look together. If you're looking to give the look a try yourself, it's easy enough to put together with grey items you already have in your closet, and adding one or two things if you don't have them already. A pair of classy cat-eye sunglasses ties it all together nicely, too.









Coat - Zara Trafaluc | Sweater - Winners | Scarf - Nobis & Grey | Sunglasses - Simons | Jeans - thrifted | Shoes - Converse Chuck Taylor Dainty


Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta


Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Outfit Inspiration


I know that Valentine's Day is met with mixed feelings. Not everyone is a fan of the commercialism and the idea of dedicating a whole day to couples sharing their love. But you know me, I'll never say no to an opportunity to dress up! Whether you're planning to spend it with your other half, or with the best of friends, use Valentine's as an opportunity to feel even more fabulous than usual! That little black dress that's been sitting in the back of your closet, always just a little too risqué for an event? Dust it off and rock it!

I found this super affordable dress at Simons during my first walk through of the new store at Park Royal after it opened. Actually, everything was insanely affordable, but this particular LBD stood out. I tried it on, and knew it belonged in my closet! It has just the right amount of sexiness with the cut-outs and sheer skirt, without showing off more than I was willing to.

For Valentine's I liked the idea of wearing black with only a hit of dusty pink, as opposed to full-on red or pink. Plus, I thought it would be cute to add some kisses and hugs in the form of my xoxo bracelet and necklace from Nobis & Grey - subtle, but I love that it fits the theme.

More Valentine's Day outfit inspiration is on the way, so stay tuned!














Dress - Icone (via Simons) | Jacket - TCEC (via Betty Be Good) | Necklace & Bracelet - Nobis & Grey | Heels - 369 Cat (via Value Village)


Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Life of an Instagrammer


If you're on Instagram (and really, who isn't these days), you're familiar with the seemingly perfect flatlays and curated lives of fashion bloggers. But let's be honest, that's not always real life. It can be fun to dress up in fun outfits, do photoshoots, and eat aesthetically perfect food, but there's usually a lot that doesn't get captured in that little Instagram square.

Fellow blogger buddy Samantha of OTISamantha wrote and directed our first YouTube short, to give a peek into the real life of an Instagrammer, featuring yours truly, as well as bloggers Aurora and Miranda of Style By Fire, and Anna of Num in My Tum! The sad part is, we actually did almost every single one of the things in the video, non-ironically, in between scenes without even realizing it. Once we were done taking photos of the Juice Truck smoothies? Yes, we all had to take a photo of them for our Instagram. Did I have to change in a car for another take? Yes, yes I did. Like I said, real life of an Istagrammer!



Some out-takes from our day of filming:





Left: Fashion on the top, comfy on the bottom
Right: When someone has to borrow your shoes, Anna's gloves will keep your toesies warm!


Stay tuned for more fun blogger videos, happy styling! xo

~ Britta




Monday, January 25, 2016

Look of the Week: Tan Waterfall Coat


I haven't been feeling much like dressing up lately, with this cold refusing to subside, so I've been resorting to super cozy jackets and low-heeled ankle boots when I feel the need to look presentable! Doesn't sound so bad, does it? This faux-suede waterfall jacket from Winners is insanely soft inside (seriously, my whole family was petting it yesterday), so it's an obvious choice if I have to actually get out of my pjs.

And these ankle boots? Just enough height to make them more exciting than flats, but still super easy to walk in. If you're going to invest in one pair of fashionable boots for next season, these mushroom/olive suede ankle boots from The Bay are a great choice. They're sold out now, but I've linked to similar ones below. Just don't wear them when you're driving a standard car, it will wear out the back of the heels. Such a sad moment when I realized what had happened...learn from my mistakes, folks!









Coat - Me Jane (via Winners) | Shirt - Brody Myles (via Winners) | Hat - Winners | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Jeans - Urban Planet | Boots - Style & Co. (via The Bay, similar)


Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Skincare Review: Bioderma's Sensibio Line


I've been reviewing Bioderma's 3 skincare lines over the last couple of weeks, and today I finish it off with taking a test run of their Sensibio line for sensitive skin! I've never thought of my skin as particularly sensitive, but with my super pale skin, I must admit, it can be easy for my skin to redden if it gets aggravated. The Sensibio line features Bioderma's Toléridine patent, which inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory molecules, making skin less reactive (buh-bye redndess!).

Below, I take a closer look at some of their popular Sensibio products, including their micellar solution, Sensibio H20Sensibio 3-in-1 cleansing milk, and Sensibio Tolerance cream.




If you're looking for a makeup remover that wipes away makeup, dirt and impurities easily, but also doesn't irritate your skin or eyes, this Sensibio H20 micelle solution is perfect. The solution has no noticeable scent, and a non-oily texture, which is an absolute must for me. The best part? Because it's a micelle solution, it cleanses as well as removes makeup - so if I'm feeling particularly lazy, I don't need to use a separate cleanser afterwards.



This was my first time using a cleansing milk, and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect! As opposed to the micelle solution, the Sensibio 3 in 1 Milk has a thicker, creamy texture, and it seemed a little strange that something with that texture wouldn't need to be rinsed off afterwards. I gave it a shot: I put a few drops on a cotton pad, wiped my eye makeup, and it all came off in a few easy swipes! The coolest thing was that as I swiped, the white milky texture turned transparent, and left no residue behind at all. This girl is now a fan of cleansing milks!


After using a variety of skincare products for acne-prone skin for months now, it was definitely a breath of fresh air to use a cream so light weight and soothing! The Sensibio Tolerance+ cream aims to neutralize cutaneous hypersensitivity, so the formulation is great for intolerant or allergic skin. What I thought was particular interesting about Tolerance+ is that it claims to increase the skin's tolerance level. As I mentioned earlier, I don't have super sensitive skin, but I have noticed that the redness in my face has decreased since I started using Tolerance+ a few weeks ago.

This treatment features Neurocontrol, which reduces the hyperexcitability of the skin's nerve fibres and regulates the biological mechanisms responsible for the intolerance: tightness and discomfort gone!



If you're travelling, the mini bottles of Bioderma's micelle solution are adorable! But let's be honest, for day-to-day, I need that giant 500ml bottle.




Overall verdict: Give it a try!

I thought the texture of the Sensibio 3-in-1 Cleansing Milk was really intriguing, and very effective! I would definitely buy this once my micellar solutions run out, as I found it just as effective. Bioderma actually also has makeup remover wipes (always super handy), but while other people I know love them, they didn't seem to remove my eye makeup much at all.

The Tolerance+ cream is also going to stay in my cabinet for when my skin is in need of a little TLC. I loved the lightweight formula, and when my skin seems irritated, it's great to know I have a cream on hand to keep it under control.

If you're in Canada, you can purchase Bioderma products via London Drugs.


Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta


Disclaimer: Products were provided by Bioderma for review. Opinions are my own.


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