Friday, October 21, 2016

Travel Beauty Essentials

Well folks, I'm officially off on a plane to Europe as you read this right now! This trip has been a very long time in the making, and I'm so excited to travel Italy, Switzerland, France and England with some of my very best friends for 3 weeks. I'm not going to lie, I have been meticulously planning the contents of my suitcase for months, from outfits all the way down to my beauty essentials. As much as I'd love to bring my entire wardrobe and beauty cupboard with me, I can only pack so much in my carry-on.

I remember very well the feeling of getting off an 8 hour plane, after sitting in stale air for hours, smelling awful, and knowing my skin could use a serious pick-me-up. So this time around, I made sure to pack some essentials to make sure I could avoid as much of that un-comfortableness as possible. If you're travelling too in the next while, check out these tips for what to bring along!

e.l.f. Studio Eye Refresh (available at London Drugs)

This little roller is perfect for waking up your peepers! Just roll some underneath your eyes to help alleviate puffiness and dark circles. It's infused with pomegranate, rosemary, green tea, cucumber and grape to hydrate and nourish around the eyes. I love how compact it is: I'm throwing it in my carry-on so I can pop it out right before the flight lands.

Racinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc SPF 25 Protective Lotion

This little lotion is the perfect size for travel! Obviously, you may not need the SPF25 protection while you're on a plane, but this little bottle also provides all-day moisturization and brightens the complexion with a healthy glow (and believe me, my dull skin could use some moisture and brightening after a long flight).

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray (available at London Drugs)

This is great for giving yourself quick spritz mid-flight to refresh your face. The formula contains soothing and softening properties to treat your skin to some much needed pampering!

Dove Go Fresh Anti-Perspirant Stick in Enegerizing (available at London Drugs)

Remember what I said about smelling awful? I don't know what it is about flights - probably a combination of the rushing around the airport, sweating away, and then sitting in the stale air of a plane for hours on end in the same clothing. I always want to burn whatever I was wearing when I get off a flight. So this time, I made sure to pack a 48-hour anti-perspirant in my carry-on. That way, I can re-apply if necessary to make sure I still smell fresh when I get off the plane. I really like the smell of this particular one - it's nothing floral or overbearing, just a nice fresh scent!

Lancome La Vie est Belle - Travel Spray

Once I get off the plane, a quick spray of my favourite perfume, La Vie est Belle, makes me feel more put together. The scent is quite light, with top notes of pear and blackberry. I received this mini spray bottle of La Vie est Belle in a gift set I purchased from Holt Renfrew a couple of years ago. I know you can buy the roller-ball version, which is also a great size for travel, from Ulta! Another idea is to take a tester sample with you. I have a couple I've accumulated from beauty counters. It's worth popping by your local beauty department to see if they have one!

Revlon Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette in Seductive Smokies (available at London Drugs)

Everything, all-in-one! This is literally the perfect makeup palette for travel. In the last half hour of the flight, touch up your makeup all at once: choose from 6 eyeshadows, 4 lip colours, and there's even a nice neutral blush, and small brushes and applicators included. You'll step off that plane feeling like you're ready to take on the world!

Don't forget to take a sleep mask along too, so you can use the long flight to catch some beauty sleep!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, October 17, 2016

Find a Chic Suit on a Budget

Oh man, when I saw this BCBG MaxAzria suit in Salvation Army, it was love at first sight. Do you ever have that moment when you find a thrifted clothing item that looks amazing, and inside your head, you're freaking out thinking "What if it doesn't fit? This has to fit. This is literally so amazing I am going to MAKE IT WORK somehow, even if it doesn't fit!" And then you cross all your fingers and toes as you try it on, hoping it will just fit like a glove? Yeah all of that went through my mind when I found this suit. Thankfully, this was one of those times where the stars aligned and it actually did fit perfectly!

Everyone should have at least one good suit in their wardrobe, and a few pieces of workwear, but it can get really expensive really fast. A good suit or the perfect pair of nice dress pants can run you quite a lot. I'm not one to splurge on stuff like that, so every once in a while, I'll scour my local Value Village or Salvation Army looking for good finds. This whole suit ended up costing me only $24.99!! I've found some great thrifted dress pants and blazers over the years too, from brands like Banana Republic and Judith & Charles. Most items were $8 and under, with some of the more expensive items being only as high as $30.

My biggest piece of advice when thrifting suits, blazers and dress pants: if you're not sure, just try it on! Grab a bunch of different sizes and brands. Sizes fluctuate between brands, so you might be surprised what fits. And don't get hung up on the length, you can always get that tailored if you really need to.

You never know what you'll find. The only way to find the gems like this is to start thrifting!

Suit - BCBG MaxAzria (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Purse - Richmond Night Market | Heels - Aldo (thrifted via Salvation Army)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, October 14, 2016

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Harley Quinn Suicide Squad

This is a Halloween costume that's particularly great if you're a beauty lover: Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad! I teamed up with London Drugs to re-create this super fun beauty look using all drugstore makeup and hair products. It was so much fun to turn into Harley for a day (mind you, there were definitely some stares on the way home). Sometimes I definitely wish I could do more with my makeup, but feel a bit shy to go all out on any given day. Halloween is a perfect opportunity to go nuts and really play with your makeup!

When it comes to Harley Quinn, there are some key things to highlight for your beauty look:
  • The pale white complexion
  • The "ruined" pink and blue eye makeup
  • The perfect red lips
  • The signature heart and 'Rotten' facial tattoos
  • The pink and blue pigtails
You can watch the London Drugs Beauty video below to see our step-by-step tutorial. I'll even show you how to get Harley's signature pink and blue hair using Garnier's Colour Stylers (don't worry it's very temporary)!

Like the look? Find everything I used to re-create it here!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thrifted Halloween Costume: Psycho

Halloween may actually be one of my favourite holidays. Oddly enough, it's not even really about going out on Halloween itself, it's more the excitement and fun of putting together my costume. Last year, I was feeling so inspired, I actually ended up creating 3 different Halloween costumes: Liv Moore from iZombieThe Countess from American Horror Story, and Cruella de Vil. I usually like to derive my inspiration from TV shows or movies. This year, I decided to do 2 different costumes! This is the first I'll share with you - stay tuned for the second on Friday.

Bates Motel is a TV show that's gained a lot more attention this year - especially with Rihanna set to star in it, filming right here in my hometown! If you haven't see the show, Bates Motel is a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 slasher film Psycho. So for Halloween this year, I thought it would be fun to re-create the scene everyone knows from Psycho: the shower scene, where Marion Crane is murdered by Norman Bates.

I partnered with Value Village to create the entire costume from thrifted items, and after some searching found the perfect shower curtain and shoes for the look. I did some DIY-ing with some fake black blood and a plastic knife (using only the knife handle and a glue gun), and completed the look with some black and white makeup. Since the movie Psycho is in black and white, I wanted to make the whole costume black and white - hence the black blood and the black and white makeup! It was so easy to pick everything up in one spot, the costume, props and makeup. Plus, it was the perfect place to find a cheap costume: you don't want to spend a ton on a brand new shower curtain for this! I even ended up really liking the white heels I found, so I'll likely get more wear out of those next summer. Now that's a thrifty Halloween costume!

Shower curtain, Fake knife, Fake blood, Shoes & Makeup - c/o Value Village

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, October 10, 2016

Thanksgiving in Preppy Plaid

Black and grey might be my new fall wardrobe of choice (for the most part), but Thanksgiving always gets me all excited about wearing plaids and browns again. It was a full fall weekend, starting with pumpkin spice lattes and the Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley, and then on to Thanksgiving dinner with the family on Sunday, followed by a late Friendsgiving that evening. Needless to say, a lot of eating and socializing took place - what better way to celebrate!

I thrifted this Tommy Hilfiger dress from Salvation Army last year. I'm actually pretty sure it's a night gown, but as soon as I spotted it in the store, I was picturing it style with brown leather boots and a leather braided belt. Finally, a year later, I got around to wearing it! I love the Tommy Hilfiger initials stitched into the pockets, and the preppy plaid print. It pairs so nicely with cognac and camel coloured accents. My parents' house is always freezing (I'm used to a very cozy and warm 500 square foot apartment), so I always make sure to bundle up when I'm there. In this case, that included knit thigh highs and a big waterfall cardigan - another thrifted find.

If you're celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada right now too, wishing you all a cozy long weekend with family and friends!

Dress - Tommy Hilfiger (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Sweater - Peter Nygard (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Necklace - c/o Nobis & Grey | Belt - thrifted via Value Village | Knee Highs - Ardene | Boots - JustFab Ellington Boot

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, October 7, 2016

Burgundy Eye Look for Fall

I'm usually very minimal when it comes to eye makeup. A cat-eye will usually do. But for fall, I do like to experiment a bit more, especially as I find that smokier eye looks bring out my eyes. One colour you may not gravitate towards, but should consider, is burgundy. It's a beautiful shade for fall, and will really make your eyes pop, especially if you have brown, green or hazel eyes.

I kept the technique pretty simple. I used the two shades on the top right of Revlon's ColorStay Not Just Nudes palette in Romantic Nudes (available at London Drugs) and applied them all over my lid. Then I blended NYX's Naked Matte Eyeshadow in Skinny Dip (available at London Drugs) into my lid, starting from along the lash line and up to my crease. I love Real Techniques' skinny little brush for adding eyeshadow along my lower lashline as well.

As you know, I'm a cat-eye aficionado, and let me tell you this NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner (available at London Drugs) is phenomenal! It lasted great all day - on a very rainy day - after applying it for this post (I do always use the Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath too). Then I applied Revlon's PhotoReady Kajal Pencil along my waterline, and sweeped a number of coats of Revlon's Ultra Volume Mascara (available at London Drugs) onto my lashes. All done!

If you give this look a try, show me on Instagram! And I'd love to see what other eye looks you're excited to wear this fall.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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