Winter can be a lot for your skin to take what with all that pesky wind chill, freezing temperatures and lack of moisture in the air, so unless you want your face to resemble that of a brillo pad come February, extra attention must be paid. You know the drill— lots of water, regular exfoliating, and moisturizing like your life depends on it... the usual. So regardless of whether you're in the market for some heavy-duty products to try or just need a reminder on how to winter-proof your skin, this post's for you.
First up, let's talk about weekly treatments to help improve your skin's texture and overall appearance during those dull winter months. You're going to want to exfoliate at least once a week to slough off dead skincells and remove any flaky bits that are inevitable this time of year, be that with a physical exfoliant or a chemical one. Everyone will have a different preference with regards to this depending on skin type and sensitivity level, but my go-to lately has been Zelens' Micro-Refiner Bi-Active Exfoliator. It's a super-gentle physical exfoliator that's designed to be used bi-weekly on the face and neck, revealing brighter, softer looking skin. I would definitely recommend this one, but as long as you're using some type of exfoliator weekly, your skin will be miles ahead come Spring. Another treatment you might want to consider adding to your routine this winter is some kind of moisturizing mask. I'm a diehard fan of Glamglow's Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment because it replenishes my skin like no other mask can, but for $80 CAD a pop, it might not be for everyone. I would recommend popping into Sephora and asking them to make you a sample before shelling out for this one— either way, it's totally worth a try.
Next, let's talk about daily steps that can make a big difference to your skin's overall appearance. We all know the merits of using a daily serum, but I would argue that it's all the more imperative to slap one on your face this time of year. I'm all over the map when it comes to serums (the more the merrier), but one I've particularly enjoyed using recently is the Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate from Odacite. It's an all-natural brand that utilizes hand-pressed wild carrot oil from France that's highly active and rich in anti-oxidants. I love it because it sinks in deep to leave skin looking plump and nourished, but by no means greasy... it's dope. Top it off with a good moisturizer with sunscreen (I've been using the Vitamin E Moisture Lotion SPF 15 from The Body Shop on the daily), and your skin will be infinitely grateful. xx
No, this post isn't about getting lit— although far be it from me to turn my nose up at a beer cocktail— but rather about my new favourite colour (and I use the term loosely) combo. That's right, black and tan is the new black and grey around these parts... tell your friends. xx
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The holidays are just around the corner (squeal!), so in preparation for all the parties and various get-togethers that will inevitably ensue, I wanted to get my hair game strong and, let's be real, photo-ready... you know what I'm talking about. Enter Shoppers Drug Mart, my longtime go-to for beauty and haircare necessities. Because my hair is relatively short and limiting in terms of hairstyle options, I like to focus instead on creating loose, casual waves while injecting lots of texture and shine into my lob— after all, less is more right? Exactly. But if I'm going to be completely honest here, the one product I need most during the holiday season is without a doubt dry shampoo. It's a real lifesaver during all the hustle and bustle of the holidays because it helps to seriously extend my style between washes (hands up emoji).
It would be no exaggeration to say that I've tried an obscene amount of dry shampoos over the years, but one that I always seem to come back to is Dove's Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo— the scent is light and fresh while the formula itself leads to some seriously plumped-up locks. There's no chalky residue with this one, and instead my hair feels refreshed and touchably soft; as you can imagine, to say that I'm a fan of this product is a massive understatement. I really like Dove as a brand in general, but this product is definitely the star of the show as far as I'm concerned. If you haven't tried it yet, do so immediately; you won't be sorry.
So after applying dry shampoo to the roots of my hair and massaging it in thoroughly, I pull out my trusty flatiron to create loose curls and lots of texture. I always alternate the direction of my curls for a more natural effect, finger-combing through them when I'm done to create a messy, undone look that's perfect for dressy and casual events alike. From there, it's all about Nexxus® Maxximum® Super Hold Styling & Finishing Mist. This product has a micro-fine mist that keeps your hairstyle intact while giving it tons of bounce and touchability— in other words, it's like party hair in a bottle.
Between this product and Nexxus® Mousse Plus® Volumizing Foam (you know, on days where I actually wash my hair), my holiday hair game is seriously strong... recognize.
These haircare brands— along with cult favourite TRESemmé®— are officially on my "To 'Do List" (get it?) this year for amazing, photo-ready hair. Want in on the action? Hit up your local Shoppers Drug Mart (the Optimum Points® are worth it alone!) and love every selfie this holiday season... and speaking of selfies, why not document your sweet holiday 'do this year with an instant camera? It's so much fun, and you'll have a lasting, tangible memory of the fruit of your labours. Just know your angles and have some fun with it!
Find everything you need to love your look this holiday with TRESemmé®, Nexxus® and Dove at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. To check out more looks like this one and see what else is on your Holiday To 'Do List, visit ShoppersDrugMart.ca/todolist.
I love coats as much as the next girl, but when you happen to live in a winter city, hoarding coats becomes something of an olympic sport; who can source the best colours, the most flattering cuts and so on is a frequent topic of discussion amongst most of my girlfriends (although Anton probably takes the cake for most well-rounded collection), and this forest green beauty from Topshop is definitely up there in terms of being discussion-worthy. It's fairly simple as far as coats go, but it's the deep hue of the forest green and gold detailing that makes it so special. Also the fact that it hails from Topshop means that it also happens to be on the more affordable side of the coat spectrum, which is always a bonus. Let the coat olympics begin! xx