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KIEHL’S // MAGIC ELIXIR

What are you supposed to do when you get the frizzies at the top of your head, and your roots feel dry? Everyone knows you’re only supposed to put conditioner on your ends, so how are you supposed to help the roots get smooth and healthy again?

Kiehl’s Magic Elixir not only hydrates those poor frizzies, but also your scalp. With winter coming, your scalp takes a beating (from the heating, ha!…and from the cold), often getting dry and itchy. Applied directly to the scalp with it’s handy nozzle, the aromatic, rosemary-fragranced oil will hydrate your hair and scalp once massaged it. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes before washing out. Since oils work with oil, it won’t overhydrate your scalp, but will balance it, making it great for those with oily scalps as well.

If you want healthy hair, you’ve gotta start at the roots, which means that the soil (your scalp) that’s feeding your stems (hair strands) better be healthy, right?

FALL FAVOURITES // CRIMSON & PLUM

I’m all summered out. Done. Bring on the cold. Oh, and don’t forget the new Fall shades. This Autumn (and what feels like every Autumn up to date), take the upcoming change of season as a pledge to wear bold shades on your lips. Trust me, it’s so satisfying when people compliment it, and it’ a great transitional accessory during that awkward ‘I have no Fall clothes’ stage at the very end of summer. I’ve chosen two of my favourites from each shade of the season.

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in the shades Rouge Caprice and Prune Desir. This formula is killer– it goes on super smoothly, good pigmentation, not drying on the lips and super long lasting. The Paris themed packaging is beautiful and it has a magnetized top so it will stay shut while it’s being thrown around at the bottom of your purse. These two have a satin finish, which I would say is ideal for the cold weather. They are also infused with vitamin E to hydrate and replenish your pout while looking pretty badass. The, I guess you could say triangular shape of the bullet is extremely convenient when applying– no lip brush necessary. A solid duo.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame is my second mulberry-toned favourite. Keep in mind, this option is much deeper a purple than that of Lancôme, and is slightly more pinky. The colour payoff is crazy, and I mean it. Also a moisturizing formula, this one has jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. This one is slightly longer lasting, however, I found that it was actually more drying on the lips as it wore on. The circular bullet isn’t as helpful, that being said, you still wouldn’t really need a lip brush to apply. Oh, and the hammered chromey-violet packaging is almost as beautiful as the product itself.

Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red is, in my opinion, a perfect basic red–it doesn’t really cross the fence towards an orangey or blue tone. But we just have to talk about this packaging first. The heavy, plaid-adorned, magnetic casing is so luxe and, come on, even the bullet is imprinted with Burberry’s signature plaid. Swoon. Anyways, this formula’s pigmentation is a big stronger than the Absolu Rouge, however it is definitely less comfortable on the lips– typical of a matte-finished lipstick. Contrarily, the shape of the bullet is very similar and applies with ease.

Ah, I really can’t complain about this group, they’re all great products that give great results. I always start off with moisturized lips and lip liner, which will increase the longevity of your colour and precision. I typically have to touch up every 3-4 hours or so, or after eating, with these all-stars.

–Anna Raponi

WANT // FALL & WINTER WISHLIST

For some reason, this Fall, I suddenly feel quite minimalistic, and want to dress in just a few colours–white, black, blue, grey, beige. I’m not so huge on prints right now, but I guess when I think about my closet, I guess I never really that crazy about them. Some may think paring my wardrobe down to a few colours might be boring, but I don’t think so.

Within this colour range, you can play so much with texture, and you will always look put together and classic. Ignoring the “fashion rule” of only wearing white until labour day, I’ve worn head to toe white this week. Regardless of the season, I think white jeans and outfits bring such a freshness to what can be considered the more drab seasons of Fall and Winter.

Fashion blogger, Elin Kling, has this look down pat, and seriously has me wanting everything in her closet right now. Minimal, well-chosen accessories and jewelry, and a simple colour palette with a lean towards menswear. Guess I should pick up some more pants.

Coat, Aritzia; Boots, Aquatalia; Black Skinny Jeans, Gap; Nail Polish, Chanel; Scarf, Gant; Ballet Flats, Chloé; White Turtleneck Sweater, Aritzia; Grey Turtleneck Sweater, Vanessa Bruno; Clutch, Givenchy.

BEAUTY WOES // AVEDA INVATI EXFOLIATING SHAMPOO FOR ITCHY, DRY SCALP

Well that summer bites the dust. And in comes the chilly weather– and while I can’t wait to bring back sweater weather, the cold weather takes quite a toll in the beauty department, something not really to look forward to. Dry lips and rosy cheeks aside, every time fall/winter rolls around, I get really itchy scalp. Now, a lot of things can cause this dilemma, however, I think the dryness just gives me more dandruff (the effectiveness of this product may differ if your itch is cause by psoriasis or a fungal disease, though I’d definitely give it a go). Anyone who has had itchy scalp knows how embarrassing it is, and well, I was putting my foot down. Actually, my mom was the brilliant one that thought of this one. Then, I knew I had to share my secret to the world of itchy scalp sufferer’s, or even just people with bad dandruff.

I guess this isn’t really a review of Aveda’s Invati Exfoliating Shampoo— although my mother swears by it for thinning hair. It’s really the weirdest texture ever– super runny and brown-coloured. It doesn’t really foam up like most shampoos either (Aveda shampoos don’t really foam up). Oh, and it smells kinda funny (they only use natural ingredients). All quirks aside, this stuff works because it’s an exfoliator (via salicylic acid, a common ingredient in acne products). Sounds weird, huh? Well, we use scrubs and acids to slough off the old skin on our faces, leaving us with smooth, new skin cells. And if dandruff is just flaking, old skin, wouldn’t exfoliating seem like the perfect option? It also aims to nourish dry scalps, further preventing dandruff and the itch. I use this once or twice a week, usually following with a normal shampoo after to get rid of any build up. So fear no longer, itchy scalpers, I have found the remedy.

Anna Raponi

AVEDA // WINTERBERRY LIP GLAZE

Labour Day has come and gone, Fall is back again, and with it comes the new lip shade of the season–Plum! Not the same Oxblood shades from last year–this red errs more on the purple end, but with enough warm tones to ensure that you don’t look like a zombie (take note to avoid cool purple tones).

Aveda’s new Heartlands collection contains a gloss in the shade of the season, Winterberry, with a foolproof way of wearing it–lip gloss! Gone are the matte lips from last season–tricky to apply precisely and without aging yourself 10 years. This “glaze” has a bit more to it than a gloss, almost like a liquid lipstick, but not as thick. Just pure colour.

If you’re the type of girl that is a bit nervous about following this trend, this lip glaze makes it easy to try it out. It’s more of a berry shade, infused with some purple tones and has beautiful shine–and no chunky sparkles to make it look juvenile. Just a sophisticated purple pout.

Looks from the Fall 2013 Runways, clockwise: Diane von Furstenburg,
Anthony Vaccarello, Fendi, Cynthia Rowley (Source)

 

WANT // SWEATER WEATHER

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Last week, the temperature dropped to about 18 and it had everyone freaking out about the ‘Fall weather’ (Where was summer going??, etc.). I, instead, decided to whip out my comfy (and more flattering) autumn wardrobe, and get cozy. Oh, how I had missed my sweaters. While the weather has now gone back to normal, I’ve been mixing my knits with my summer staples (ie shorts, skirts, on top of dresses, etc.). Most look great over-sized, and hide any, ahem, areas that you may not be so proud of. You can’t tease me, Fall. Now, I’m just holding out until sweater weather is actually here (!!!).

From left to right, clockwise: Knitted Panther Spot Jumper from Topshop, ‘Femme Paris’ Design Knitted Jumper from Maison Scotch, Knitted Bear Emblem Jumper from Topshop, Super Long Fluffy Coatigan from ASOS, Fisherman’s Jumper from American Apparel, Big Pocket Cardigan from ASOS.

 

–Anna Raponi