Summer Style Wishlist 2016

Summer Style Wishlist 2016

Since summer has finally returned (and with a vengeance), I’ve been thinking about a few ways to update my wardrobe for this season.

Band shirts are always a staple in my closet, so the David Bowie Shirt really was a no-brainer. I picked this up recently but unfortunately, I was way too big- I’m considering ordering a smaller size so I can sport my love for Bowie in the future.

I’ve also been on the lookout for a nice pair of small, simple hoop earrings that just hug the earlobe perfectly. It’s hard finding the perfect sizing as they’re either too small or way too big, plus I want to buy them in a better metal so that I don’t end up with green ears.

I have shocked myself in considering getting a pair of dungarees. I haven’t taken the plunge yet for fear that I look like an overgrown toddler and I still don’t know if a short or long pair would look less ridiculous. If you have any advice on how to style these, I would be very grateful.

And finally, I’ve already purchased a pair of black Vans Hi-Tops and I could not be happier with them. Their easy to pair with any outfit, be it shorts, dresses or skinny jeans and I feel like they’re going to be a staple in my shoe collection for years to come. I remember owning a similar pair during my teenage years and they just take me back to being a punk-loving, all black-wearing emo kid.

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Fall Edit: PF Candle Co.

Trying to make a tiny room in a foreign country feel like home is not an easy feat, but I found that one things that helps tremendously are candles, especially if they give off a nice, welcoming scent.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to scented candles, however, seeing as I am prone to migraines and smells definitely are a huge trigger. I can’t walk past a Bath and Bodyworks without feeling nauseous, so I have to resort to something a bit more sophisticated and, unfortunately, a little more pricey.

While I’ve loved the Diptyque scented candles in the past, which are definitely a beautifully luxe option, I think I have found a good medium with the soy candles by PF Candle Co.

 

PF Candle Co

I usually go for light and fresh scents or autumnal offerings at best, but it’s their woodsy, headier picks that have won me over. Teakwood and Tobacco is their best-selling candle for a good reason. A friend of mine described it as smelling like a clean, sexy guy, and I definitely concur. It’s warm, deep, and inviting and makes for a beautiful scent during these colder months. If you’re into these woodsy types of scents but want a bit more of a smokey feel, I would highly suggest Campfire, which smells just like that, a wood fire in the forest under a starry night sky. 

As I’ve already said, the candles are soy-based, which makes for a clean burn and they throw a nice amount of scent, even when they’re not lit. I also love that the come with a lid, which prevents dust and dirt getting into the wax.

With their retro, artisanal looking labels, the PF Candle Co. candles are understated and chic, which is why I’ll definitely be picking up many more from their collection.

Travel Beauty Tips

With my recent bout of transatlantic flights (and more travel days coming up), I finally managed to corral a succinct beauty routine that kept my skin from freaking out after being exposed to the recycled, dry air in a plane.

If I could narrow it down to one word, it would be this – hydrate.

The most important thing is to keep skin clean and moisturized in order to fend of dry patches and blemishes. Aside from the obvious choices of antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer, here are my top picks.

Travel Beauty

I tend to save up samples for when I travel, so I have little sachets of serums and oils on hand to apply consistently throughout a long haul flight. This time, I relied on the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate to keep my skin supple, but a small selection for different concerns is always a good idea. I even threw in a few packs of the Fresh Lip Therapy Serum in there, which is a good call since (for me) lips are the first place to show cracked, dry skin.

Before I apply serum, I like spritz a bit of thermal water on for some extra hydration and slip. This Avène one is a classic and comes in a convenient size, but I think most companies do them now and there’s not too much of a difference. For oily skin, the La Roche-Posay Serozinc might be a good idea, but the Avène one is great in terms of soothing the skin.

Then I like to carry some sample sizes of regular moisturizer and eye cream to seal the deal. I’m not to fussy here, so I pick whatever is on hand. The La Roche-Posay Toleriane was an amazing pick though, since it provides a good amount of moisture without feeling heavy or containing any irritating scents.

And finally, the most important step is to hydrate from within. As someone who is very prone to migraines, it is my absolute priority to keep on top of my water intake. I picked up this BKR glass water bottle, which, while being a tad heavy, is amazing if you are not a fan of drinking from plastic all the time. It comes with a protecting silicone sleeve, so it is super sturdy and so far, I’ve been loving it. I picked up the opaque grey (London), but it comes in a variety of cool colors and to be quite honest, I am very tempted to pick up another one…

Cold Weather Favorites

Now that fall is truly here to stay, I love bundling up in cozy clothes and treating myself to more rich and hydrating formulas in order to keep my skin supple and healthy during the colder months.

I talked about my style favorites last week, but here you can see two of my absolute must-haves for fall: my huge Asos Blanket Scarf and my Roots Canada Hamilton Toque, which is just about the softest, and coziest thing you can put on your head to stay warm.

Cold Weather Favorites

For my skin, I love a good serum or oil, but as a last step, I love using the Avène Hydrance Optimal Riche moisturizer which is surprisingly light in texture but really packs a punch in terms of hydration. This one is definitely too rich for me in the summer, which is when I like to use the lighter version, but from October to March, this is what I like to use most to keep my skin from getting chapped or dry.

Speaking of chapped, I recently discovered the Body Shop Aloe Lip Care for sensitive skin, which has shot straight to the top of my favorite balms of all time. Now I still love the Nuxe Reve de Miel, especially under lipstick, but this is a beautifully hydrating balm as well that comes in a much more travel-friendly container.

I just squeeze a bit onto the lips (be careful here not to use too much) and spread it with the applicator, which makes for a fuss free, hygienic application. The scent is also very subtle and inoffensive, so it is an all round winner for me.

Zoeva Luxe Cheek Finish

Zoeva brushes are causing quite the stir around the beauty blogosphere and with good reason – great quality brushes at a reasonable price point, this German beauty brand has filled the gap between drugstore and high end beauty tools.

Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish

So in order to see what all the fuss is about, I recently picked up the 126 Luxe Cheek Finish Brush, a real allrounder for face make-up. According to Zoeva, this is a blend of real hair and synthetic bristles which results in an amazingly sift and easily washable brush that has shot straight to the top of my favorite brush list.

Zoeva Luxe Cheek Finish

I use this mainly for a soft wash of blush, but its size and shape make it perfect for bronzer or even powder application as it blends product well and isn’t too flimsy or small. I wouldn’t use this for highlighter though, seeing as it is a slightly bigger tool. I’m really happy with this brush because it has held up so nicely and has become a constant in my beauty routine. I also love that it comes with its own little pouch, which is great for traveling. You could even load it up with a few more brushes and be all set for a quick weekend getaway.

I know that Zoeva also do amazing brush sets, but since my collection is already pretty well-rounded, I’ll be sticking to the single brushes for now. The eye brushes look great too and offer something for every look. If you’re looking for vegan brushes, they do those as well and have recently expanded their collection into make-up too (their felt tip eyeliner is a good pick!).

MAC 227 Eyeshadow Brush

With make-up brushes, as with anything else beauty related, I tend to go through phases. I love a certain blush, lipstick, or brush for a while and then I usually move on to something new and exciting.

There are, however, a few tools and products that have truly stood the test of time, and the MAC 227 brush is one of them. I don’t think this brush is something that you absolutely need, but I have owned for a few years now and I can honestly say that I love having it in my collection.

MAC 227

It is a large, paddle-shaped eye shadow brush that makes it super easy and quick to sweep a color all over the lid. While it isn’t so perfect for blending, it makes applying eye shadow in a pinch a real treat. I even once had a MAC make-up artist apply concealer with this brush, which looked absolutely beautiful. Shape-wise, the 227 would also be great for contouring smaller areas like the nose, or do a really sharp contour on the cheekbones.

What I like most about it is how well it has held up. Unlike some of my other MAC brushes (I’m looking at you, 109…) there has been virtually no shedding with this one and it has remained as soft as ever throughout a shedload of washes.

So, if you own all of the holy grail MAC brushes and are looking to treat yourself, I would say go for the 227. It might not be one for the most intricate eye looks, but it is a multifunctional, high quality beauty tool.

Dry Brushing

While my face is producing a ‘natural glow’ like a champ in this heat, the skin on my body is still as dry as ever and demands being slathered in body lotion and oils regularly.

Being as sensitive as it is, I really have to watch out for added fragrance or harsh ingredients in my body products, so by definition, a lot of scrubs tend to aggravate my skin and turn it an unsightly shade of red or – even worse – produce itchy bumps that feel like something between a rash and a sunburn.

In an effort to forego any dodgy products, I’ve turned towards Dry Brushing, which is, simply, brushing my body down with a dry massage brush before taking a shower.

Dry Brush I came across a detailed post about this by Helena of Brooklyn Blonde, who does an amazing job of explaining both the benefits and the process of dry brushing.

Basically, you just take long strokes towards your heart across the whole of your body (leaving out the more delicate parts obviously) and the rinse the dead skin off under the shower. The first few times, I found the brush to be a bit harsh, but if you adjust the pressure to your liking and take it easy at first, it’s actually a nice ritual and my skin has never felt this soft and taught before. I’m not sure if the claims of reducing cellulite are really true, but I found that the overall texture of my skin has improved a lot. It’s also nice to know that I’m not sending any additional chemicals down the drain by using a scrub and I would think that a brush is the most economic of exfoliating options.

Dry Brush_2

I picked my massage/dry brush up at a health store, but I’ve seen them at the drugstore too, so finding one you like shouldn’t be too big of a hassle. Just make sure that it has a nice grip and isn’t made too cheaply.