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.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Minimalist Style: The Classic Camel Coat

You've probably noticed that my style isn't exactly what you'd call 'minimalist' most of the time. I do love black and white, but colour is always an important part of my outfits, and I love embellishments and eye-catching details.

As I get older though, I do find myself looking for more classic pieces to add to my wardrobe, that I know I'll be able to wear for years to come. One of the items I searched long and hard for this season was a camel-coloured coat: something that would look great with all kinds of basics. I found this perfect one from Shop Maccs, and I love the structural cut.

In the spirit of classic styles, I thought I'd give the whole minimalist look a try; I decided to style the coat with solid black, classic pumps, and a simple and delicate Y-necklace. Usually I'm not a fan of delicate jewellery, but I found that with a minimalist outfit, I actually really liked how it looked! Of course, I still had to infuse a little of my usual style back into the mix, with an awesome Nobis & Grey ear cuff and a bold red lip.

Are you a fan of minimalist style? What classic fashion item is a must-have in your wardrobe?

Outfit: Coat - Shop Maccs | Turtleneck - thrifted | Ear Cuff - Nobis & Grey | Necklace - Aldo (similar) | Pants - H&M (thrifted) | Heels - Aldo (thrifted)

Beauty: Eyeliner - Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner | Mascara - Rimmel Super Curler (via London Drugs) | Lipstick - Rimmel The Only 1 in Best of the Best (via London Drugs) | Foundation - Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 13

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Skincare Review: Bioderma's Hydrabio Line

Anyone else fighting the dry skin fight this winter too? Never has it been as big of an issue as this season! Which is why I was all for trying out a line of skincare whose primary focus is hydrating the skin - this girl can use all the help she can get!

 Bioderma's Hydrabio skincare line features the Aquagenium patent, which stimulates the skin's cellular capacities and reactivates its natural hydration process. Keep on reading to get a closer look at the Hydrabio H20 micellar solution and Hydrabio Sérum and see what they can do!

I'm already a big fan of Bioderma's Sébium micellar solution, which is for oily, blemished skin. Same as the Sébium H20, the Hydrabio H20 takes off all my makeup with ease, and is very gentle on the skin. Even my eyeliner that has my Urban Decay Eye Potion underneath comes off in a swipe! I also love the fact that with a micellar solution, it's a cleanser all-in-one, so if I skip a full face wash, no guilt!

Now this right here, is going on my skincare favourites of all-time list! The Bioderma Hydrabio Sérum has become an essential in my winter skincare routine, and seems to be the only thing that really stops my skin from drying out. Without it, my foundation tends to dry out by lunch. With the serum underneath, my foundation looks great all day! I also recommend mixing the serum right into your foundation for an extra boost of hydration.

Here's what the consistency of the serum looks like when first applied to the skin. It's a clear, slightly watery consistency.

Here is what the serum looks like when lightly blended into the skin. Leave it for a few seconds, and skin feels instantly fresh and hydrated!

Overall verdict: Give it a try!

Micellar solutions are the only makeup remover I use now, and the Bioderma H2O is a great one. But my absolute favourite from the Hydrabio line is their Sérum. I would definitely purchase this when the bottle runs out to keep my dry skin under control during the winter months.

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.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Outfit Inspiration: Cozy Poncho

I almost made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday without buying anything...until I somehow stumbled upon a coat and this poncho on Modcloth...and well, I lost my will power. But I'm so happy I did, because I absolutely love this Cabin Fervor Poncho! And it's gotten quite a few compliments too. It's like wearing a nice, cozy blanket everywhere you go. Especially with a nice cozy cable knit sweater underneath, it was perfect for a chilly afternoon.

Blanket scarves, capes, and ponchos are definitely the name of my style game this season! Have you tried any of these styles yet? They're part of my super easy winter uniform: cape/poncho/blanket, plus sweater, jeans and ankle boots. 

Poncho - Modcloth | Sweater - Dex (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Jean - Urban Planet | Boots - Jules & James (via Zellers)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Skincare Review: Bioderma's Sébium Anti-Blemish Line

I was first introduced to the Bioderma brand while attending London Drugs' Cosmetics Conference back in November, and their Sébium line, made for oily blemished skin, really piqued my interest. Back in high school, I battled pimples and breakouts like any other teenager, and I can remember trying every product I could that promised to keep them at bay. So that teenager in me just had to see it for myself.

It was their Fluidactiv patent that really had me interested. The Fluidactiv complex is found in the products of their Sébium acne-prone line, and acts on one of the main causes of acne: the thickening of sebum in the skin. This patent actually biologically limits the thickening of the sebum and regulates its quality - meaning it prevents the formation of those pesky pimples and blackheads. The visual of a stick of butter (aka thickened sebum) versus liquid oil (aka sebum after the Fluidactiv has done it's job) was pretty powerful - enough to convince me to try it. Keep reading to see what I thought after taking it for a spin!

Micellar solutions have been a hot skincare item over the past year, and for good reason! These wonderful little bottles of H2O Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution are the best makeup remover I've used. Unlike makeup removers of the past, though, the micellar formula cleanses as well as removes makeup (which makes it perfect for lazy nights). The Fluidactiv patent is present in this micellar solution as well, which I loved; it makes sense that if you're going to use an acne skincare line, your makeup remover should help keep those blemishes at bay too! And it's super gentle on the eyes, with no harsh fragrances (it's scented, but very mild).

While technically you can just use the micellar solution to cleanse your skin, I always like to use a foaming cleanser daily, and an exfoliator a few times a week.

The Boiderma Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel is perfect for a quick wash morning and night. The smell remind me of the Bioré Blemish Ice Cleanser that I remember from high school - a nice light, fresh scent. It's easy to get a good foam, and my face feels soft not tight after washing it off. Here's a random fact too: the cleanser can also be used a shaving foam!

The Bioderma Exfoliating Gel is absolutely my new favourite exfoliator! My skin definitely needs a good exfoliating a few times a week, so I've been using this on the regular. The micro beads felt far smaller than what I'm used to, and I really liked that. I felt like they were really giving me a deep clean, while also not being too harsh. Using circular motions, all the dead skin cells were sloughed off and left my face feeling fresh (no more dry, dead skin!). The formula is strengthened with glycolic and salicylic acids, which makes sense why I like it so much. I'm a big fan of glycolic acid for exfoliating the face. This is going into my skincare routine on regular rotation!

Once your skin is cleansed, Bioderma's Sébium line has a large selection of creams to choose from to treat blemishes, depending on what you need most. 

The Sébium Global Intensive Purifying Care is the cream I found was the best fit for my skin. I tend to get breakouts where I touch my face too much (oops!), so all I need is a formula that will keep the sebum at bay so those pimples don't form. That, and I want to combat the blackheads on my nose. This formula is nice and light, not sticky, and actually turns out to be a great base for my makeup too!

The Bakuchiol and Fluidactiv patents are able to retrain the skin to regulate sebum just like healthy skin does, preventing pimples and blackheads. AHA esters, salicylic acid and citric acid also help to clear up the skin. If you're worried about irritation, I didn't have any issues at all. The zinc gluconate, combined with enoxolone soothes and reduces redness.

If blemishes and wrinkles are your concern, then the Sébium AKN Anti-aging Resurfacing Purifying Care is what you're looking for. I don't really have enough wrinkles yet to test out that part of the formula, but it's very similar to the Intensive Purifying Care in terms of texture and effectiveness on blemishes.

I really liked using the Sébium Pore Refiner on my nose after using my Bioré Pore Strips. I love that tingly feeling when you know it's starting to do its magic! It's hard to tell just how productive it was, as I didn't see a physical difference in the pores, but I must admit, it sure felt like the pores were tightening! In this formula, it's the Agaric acid, a powerful astringent, that is what's used to tighten the pores and refine the skin's texture.

While I do have problems with blemishes and blackheads, my skin is actually more dry than oily. But, if you find the need to mattify your oily skin, the Sébium Mat Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid is a good one to add to your routine. I gave it a try under my foundation, and it made an excellent base for my makeup, as well as kept any shine from sneaking in later in the day.

This is a really cool and unique product! The Sébium AI Corrector is a 2-in-1 tinted dermatological treatment that biologically conceals and eliminates blemishes, which I think is the perfect item to keep in your purse for touch-ups on the go. 

On the bottom, pop off the cap and there's a small mirror and green corrector for neutralizing the redness from any breakouts. How handy!

And unscrew the cap completely, and underneath is a tinted moisturizer! The formula still includes the Fluidactiv patent, so it will treat your blemishes while concealing them - a big step up from the usual pore-clogging concealers!

On the left is the green corrector, on its own. On the right, the concealer without using the corrector. At first glance, I figured there was absolutely no way that the concealer would match my skintone, and was a bit perplexed on how this shade could be universal, BUT once I combined the concealer over the green corrector, the colour lightened up really nicely! Yes, I'm super pale, so it's still a bit dark, but for the average person, I think it would be a pretty good fit.

Overall verdict: Give it a try!

I decided to really test out whether the Sébium line was able to make a difference in my acne-prone skin by trying one of my Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips on my nose. I've used them plenty of times before, and know they collect quite a bit (ew, I know), so I was curious to see if using Bioderma had changed anything. I've never been so gleeful to see nothing! The pore strip pulled off almost nothing! While yes, some blackheads were still there, it was much less than there was before. And my usual breakouts were farer and fewer between too!

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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