Tuesday, January 7, 2020

5 of the Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin This Winter

Growing up, I feel like my skin never changed that much from season to season. Now though, I see a very noticeable shift when winter arrives. My hands and cuticles get dry and chapped, my face feels tight and dry, and even my eyelids get dry and scaley sometimes (WTF???). Not fun. I've been on the hunt for the best skincare products to handle all these dry winter skin issues, and now that I've narrowed things down, I thought I'd share my curated list with you here! Best of all? You can find them all at your local London Drugs! Keep reading below to check them all out.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Light Cream

If your skin is starting to feel overly dry and scaley due to the cold weather, the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Light Cream will be a total lifesaver! I've been using this cream for years, and it really is the best. Now, be forewarned, this formula does have a pretty strong perfume-y scent to it, but I actually quite like it now. It's very lightweight, and not at all greasy on the skin (which I find many heavy moisturizers are).
This isn't an eye cream, but because it's so effective, I've been known to use it on below my eyebrows and on my upper eyelids, where I sometimes get dryness and scaling during the winter. It works like a charm! Use at your own risk there though, as it's really necessarily formulated for the eye area.

Burt's Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub

A lip scrub is an absolute must-have for me during the winter. I love wearing bold, dark lipsticks, and a good lip scrub helps make sure they don't get all gunked up with dry skin. The Burt's Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub is what I use.
I just wet my lips, apply the scrub and gently massage into lips, and then wipe off with a wet cotton pad, before then dabbing with a dry cotton pad. The scrub is gentle enough that it won't do any damage to your dry sensitive lips, while still effectively sloughing off dead skin. Bonus: it's 100% natural, made with honey crystals!

Burt's Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment

I always follow up after my lip scrub with the Burt's Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment. It's the best way to ensure you wake up with moisture-rich lips. The formula is 100% natural and is made with natural ceramides that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. I'm not as concerned about the fine lines, but I do find that my lips look nice and healthy in the morning.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Dry hands and cuticles are also major issues during the winter months. Cuticles especially for me. Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is an all-purpose cream that you can use for pretty much anything - the bottle recommends even using it to shape your brows and revitalize shine. But chapped, peeling skin is what I primarily use it on. If you want to give your hands a real deep conditioning, try applying over your hands and then wrapping each hand in a warm towel for 10 minutes. It's a great way to pamper yourself on the weekend.
One extra tip: this actually also works great on my winter flyaways! I always have the worst flyaways this time of year, thanks to all the on-and-off of hats and toques, and my super fine hair. I apply a really small amount to my fingers, before dabbing it onto my roots.

Elizabeth Arden Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15

While the Burt's Bees Lip Treatment helps keep my lips moisturized overnight, the Elizabeth Arden Lip Protectant Stick is what I use during the day. Just because it's not summer, doesn't mean you don't need to protect your lips from UV exposure, which is why it's great that this stick also has SPF 15. It also works great under my lipsticks, so I can lock in moisture, while still being able to wear my favourite bold lipsticks!

With these in your arsenal, you'll be 100% set for the winter season ahead.

Happy Winterizing! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Festive in Plaid for the Holidays

Plaid is my favourite pattern to wear in the fall and winter. And it just so happens, that it also works great for holiday outfits. Plaid often comes in festive colours like red or green, which makes it easy to style the pattern for holiday party outfits.

This beautiful red and navy plaid skirt was actually gifted to me by friend and publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, Helen Siwak. She also happens to be a super talented thrifter. I love the tea length of the skirt, and how it has the leather fastener at the hip. The fabric is nice and thick, so it's actually really nice and cozy! This one is made of polyester and viscose, but if you find one that's made of wool, it would be even cozier - perfect for parties this winter.

Sure, you could probably find a plaid skirt at the mall or online, but if you want a good quality tartan skirt like this, your best bet is to hit up your local thrift store. I've seen quite a few of them on the racks over the years. Take a peek at the tag inside to see what it's made from, and where the brand is from. This particular one is by St Michaels and made in Canada, 70% polyester and 30% viscose. I also have a real Burberry tartan-style skirt that's made in Scotland and is made of wool - also thrifted. You never know what you'll find! The nice thing is, the identifiable plaid print makes them pretty easy to spot on the racks.

Plus, the best part of thrifting your holiday outfit is that you don't have to worry if it'll arrive in time to wear during the holidays! And then of course, you can jazz up your plaid skirt with some holiday accessories, like gold earrings, and some sparkly gold heels. 

Shirt - Zara (thrifted) | Earrings - H&M (similar) | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Skirt - St Michaels (similar) | Heels - Betsey Johnson

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The $30 Jumpsuit that will Turn Heads This Holiday Party Season

The holidays are my favourite time of year for lots of reasons - from Christmas Markets to cozy cocktails and sparkly holiday outfits. As someone who is wholeheartedly obsessed with sequins and general fancy attire, this time of year is definitely the best. I did end up purchasing a couple new sequinned pieces this year for the holidays, but it's a certain satin jumpsuit that ended up really catching my eye when online shopping.

I picked up this satin green jumpsuit from SheIn for an incredible $32 if you can believe that. The jewel-tone green was why I first was drawn to it, but as someone who also has a deep obsession with fashionable capes, I also was very curious about the one-armed cape it has. As you'll see in the photos, capes are always a good idea (at least when it comes to fashion...I recall Edna from The Incredibles saying otherwise for superheroes...).

I ended up wearing this jumpsuit for the first time to Omega's annual holiday party at their boutique in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and it was a total hit. I went into the washrooms for a last-minute hair and makeup check before the event, and already had received half a dozen compliments on the jumpsuit by the time I left! For 30 bucks, it certainly left an impression!

Unfortunately, the jumpsuit does crease quite easily...but it also has pockets. You win some you lose some. SheIn ships super quick to Canada, so if you're wondering if you can ship it in time for your Christmas parties, the answer is probably yes. I'm wearing a size Medium here, for reference (it just needs a small belt to cinch the waist).

The Omega party was quite the affair - sparkling wine, gleaming watches, tasty treats, and good company. They also hosted photographer Dennis Gocer of The Collective You (you might know him as the photographer who snapped Justin Bieber's wedding pics), who took beautiful portraits of the guests. This was the third year having my photo taken by Dennis, and I love the shot even more than the previous ones! He really has an incredible knack for capturing the most stunning portraits.

Here with Chantale, Lee of LegalLee Blonde, and Alex

I can say for sure, I'm going to be wearing this jumpsuit all holiday party season long! Keep scrolling to the bottom of this post for all of my outfit details.

Jumpsuit - SheIn | Earrings - H&M | Heels - Vince Camuto | Nails - Kiss Nails Gel Fantasy

Happy Holiday Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, December 2, 2019

Video Review: Hot Tools One-Step Blowout Volumizer

I've been seeing videos pop up everywhere lately about volumizing brushes, and thought hey, this sounds like it's right up my alley. I'm a pretty low maintenance hair gal. Then while at the #LDBeauty Event with London Drugs, I got a look at the new Hot Tools One-Step Blowout Volumizer in person, and knew I had to try it - this is what I need to simplify my routine! If I can manage to combine the brushing, drying and styling process all into one, I will 100% do it.

So what's this brush all about? Well, at a basic level, it's essentially a brush and blow dryer in one. But it also does all of this:

  1. Ion Technology (specifically negative ions) leaves your hair looking smooth, while also helping reduce frizz and static for shiny healthy-looking hair
  2. Silkglide Boartech Bristles gently grip your hair to reduce breakage while creating volume and shine
  3. Thermaglide Ceramic Coating helps to give even heat distribution and healthy-looking shine
  4. Refresh Activated Charcoal gives your 2nd day hair a fresh boost, by attracting toxins and dirt
Watch the video below for a full walkthrough of how to use it and my first impressions! And keep reading below for more thoughts...

Usually, I let my hair dry part way, then I'll brush it through (with far too much of my hair getting ripped out unfortunately...), then I'll dry it with my hair dryer before sweeping my flat iron over my dry hair. After using the Hot Tools Blowout Volumizer, I'd say it does a pretty great job of rolling all of those steps into one!

I started off on the 'Low' setting, as that's what was recommended for fine hair, but I ended up boosting it to the 'High' setting part way through because I was a little impatient. The 'High' setting sped things way up, just as I'd hoped! Super quick blowout. There's also a 'Cool' setting meant for setting your style.

My hair wasn't hugely blown out after using the brush, but to be honest, I'm not surprised because my hair is very fine and never gets much volume. That being said, it did give some much-needed volume to the hair around my hairline in the front. I was more excited about how smooth and sleek my hair looked like after using the brush! I usually don't get that kind of sleekness without using my flat iron after I blow dry.

At $89.99 (it's on sale at London Drugs for $79.99 right now!), it's definitely a deal, considering it can effectively eliminate the need for multiple other hair tools!

Have you given a volumizer brush a try? If you've got any styling tips, I'd love to hear them below.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

5 of the Best Lipsticks To Wear this Fall/Winter

I'm a lipstick girl through and through. When it's time for the changing of the seasons, whether it's from winter to summer or summer to fall, I always get excited to pull out my seasonal lipsticks. For fall/winter, I'm all about the mauve nudes, deep vampy shades, and unique shades like 'pumpkin spice'. Looking to try something new? I'm sharing 5 of my favourite fall/winter lipstick shades below!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Out Loud

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte, this year I'll take my pumpkin spice in lipstick form! This is literally my all-time favourite fall lipstick. Smashbox's Always On Liquid Lipstick comes in the most perfect burnt orange shade, Out Loud that is just to die for. Not to mention the formula is insanely comfortable on the lips, and doesn't transfer easily.

If Smashbox's pricepoint is a bit steep for you, I'd also recommend trying Maybelline's SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nude Liquid Lipstick in 75 Fighter (I found it at London Drugs!).

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in 507 Dram'atic

This is a definite 'wow factor' lipstick for fall/winter. This very matte, deep vampy shade from Lancome is just stunning. It's the shade 507 Dram'atic (it looks like it may have been renamed 'Berry'?) in the L'Absolu Rouge collection (mine is from London Drugs). 

I do find it a little difficult to get a perfectly neat line around the lips with the shape of this bullet, but to be honest, the colour is just so amazing that I don't mind spending a little longer cleaning up the lines. (I like to use my e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen).

Burt's Bees Lipstick in 514 Brimming Berry

This year, I went on the hunt for the perfect berry lipstick shade. It was one of the few colours that I really didn't have covered in my existing lipstick collection. Luckily, I had received this sample from London Drugs, and turns out it's exactly what I was looking for! It's the Burt's Bees Lipstick in 514 Brimming Berry. So insanely comfortable on the lips too. If you have green eyes, I also find the berry lip colour really brings out the colour in your eyes.

I've also got to say, I've fallen in love with Burt's Bees lip products in general this past year. That probably seems weird, because I feel like most people grew up using Burt's Bees lip balms. But for whatever reason, I just had never really tried them. I had the chance to test out the Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cucumber Mint and their Lip Shimmers, and both are now staples in my purse. They just feel so good on the lips, and the Lip Shimmers have this fantastic 'your lips but better' look. Every time I walk by the Burt's Bees display at London Drugs now, I can't help but snap up a new flavour or shade!

Covergirl Exhibitionist 24Hr Ultra Matte Lipstick in 620 Risky Business

While previewing all the hot new beauty launches at London Drugs' #LDBeauty Event earlier this month, I spotted the Covergirl's new Exhibitionist 24Hr Ultra Matte Lipstick. I'm a matte lipstick lover, so an 'ultra matte' intrigued me. I also tend to wear more matte lipsticks in the fall and winter. The texture is beautiful - very smooth and not at all drying, considering it's an 'ultra matte'. I haven't tested the '24hr' nature of the lipstick yet, so I'll need to report back on that. But I can't say I ever really need it to last 24 hours.

The shade I'm wearing here is Risky Business, and if you're looking for a nice deep mauve shade to add to your vanity for fall, this one is spot-on. It goes great with pretty much any outfit!

Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit

A light nude/mauve is also a must-have in my fall/winter makeup bag. I feel in love with Tarte's Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit after receiving it as my Sephora birthday gift last year. Once it runs out, I'll definitely be repurchasing the full size! It's extremely comfortable on the lips, and the shade is one of my all-time favourite nudes. It also just happens to pair really well with any burnt orange fall clothes you have.

What is your go-to fall/winter lipstick? Sound off in the comments below, I'm always looking for new ones to try!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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