SHOP ALL WEEKEND: BEAUTY ON A BUDGET

With so many makeup products on the rise, it’s only natural that you feel like a child in a candy store whenever you visit Sephora. You just want anything that highlights, contours, and conceals, to make you look like a million bucks. But nowadays, if you want the best of the best, you most definitely have to pay for the price. Makeup products can be on the pricey side, and with the amount of money in your bank account, I’m sure you want high quality products to serve you, for a decent price. E.L.F Cosmetics is probably one of the most underrated makeup brands on the market today. They have a wide variety of products, with a majority of items no more than $10. E.LF products can be bought from their online site, and many times, they offer their free shipping promotion. So here are some of my favourite E.L.F products that you can purchase without breaking the bank.

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

Before applying your face makeup, it’s always good to apply a nice face primer. Priming your face is not necessary, but for the best results, it makes a difference. It not only reduces the size of pores, but it also helps foundation last longer, and makes the application process so much smoother. The E.L.F Blemish Control Face Primer, is a gentle primer that helps prevents further breakouts. This primer is perfect, as it does not make the skin oily, and feels really light on the face.

Price: $6.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

Continuing with the face, the E.LF BB Cream with SPF 20 is one of the top rated products for the company. It has received many great and positive reviews, as being a tinted moisturizer with fantastic coverage, matches the skin to the tea, and blends easily. It is also probably the cheapest bb cream on the market.

Price: $6.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

Applying eyeliner, and trying to get the most precise cat eye can be tricky. If you are a beginner, the E.L.F Intense Ink Eyeliner in blackest black, will make the application process easy as pie. Because it comes with a nice felt tip, attempting the cat eye should be no problem. You will get a  sleek bold line, that will last all day.

Price: $3.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

If you love dressing up your eyes with eyeshadows, the E.L.F Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette is perfect for you. The palette comes with beautiful shades that are highly pigmented, and suits every skin tone. You can wear the lighter colours for a soft, daytime look, and the darker colours for a more sultry, evening look.

Price: $10.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics
Photo Credit: ELF Cosmetics

The last product on the list, and probably my favourite, is the E.L.F Moisturizing Lipstick in Bordeaux Beauty. This lipstick is infused with Shea, and Vitamins A, C, and E. It not only gives your lips a beautiful deep red colour for the fall season, but it also helps moisturize the lips if it’s lacking any hydration.

Price: $3.00

Where To Buy: http://elfcosmetics.com

SHOP ALL WEEKEND: BASIC BRUSHES

When applying your favourite beauty products and makeup, you want it to look crisp and clean on your face. You want your skin to end up having that beautiful airbrushed look. To get the most out of your products and to give your skin a precise, clean finish, it’s all about the brushes you use. There is a huge difference between applying makeup with your hands and applying makeup with applicators. Brushes help buffer, and even out, any harsh or fine lines. A very popular set of brushes are the Sigma Beauty Brushes. They are top of the line applicators, and are favoured amongst many beauty bloggers, and Youtube beauty gurus. If you are new to the makeup scene and don’t know which brushes to start off with, here are the three I think every woman should have in their makeup case.

Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty
Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty

The first brush that is an absolute must is a simple powder brush. Applying foundation or powder onto your face is the base, and you want the application as neat as possible. The Sigma F10 Powder/BlushBrush is very sturdy but soft, and will blend out your foundation and powder perfectly. This brush can also be used when applying bronzer or your favourite blush. It will give your skin the most perfect rosy hue, without looking too harsh.

Where To Buy: http://www.sigmabeauty.com

Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty
Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty

The second brush is a blending brush. A blending brush can be used to help conceal blemishes and under eye circles, apply eyeshadows, and highlight the brow bone. The Sigma E32 Exact Blend Brush, has a small, fluffy head, for precise blending. Because it is so small and flat, it is very useful for getting right into the crease of the eyes.

Where To Buy: http://www.sigmabeauty.com

Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty
Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty

The last brush is an angled brush. An angled brush can be used to clean up the eyebrows, apply gel eyeliner and can even be used on the lips for a more accurate application. The Sigma E65 Small Angle Brush is perfect with its variety of usage. Just like the blending brush, it is best for tweaking certain areas for a more precise finish.

Where To Buy: http://www.sigmabeauty.com

SHOP ALL WEEKEND: SKIN CARE 101

When it comes to skin care, it is essential to look after the condition of your face and body. With the transition of seasons and weather, your skin may start feeling and looking a lot drier than usual. It is also key, to try and work with products that match your skin type. Everyone is prone to a specific skin type, and although it may get quite frustrating, using the right products can initially help control the oily, combination, or dry skin that you have. I have always been prone to having quite oily skin, and sometimes I carry around blotting sheets to take away the shine. However, Yves Rocher has an amazing skin care system to help combat each skin type. The Sebo Vegetal cleansing gel, toner, and moisturizer, for combination to oily skin, aids in controlling the amount of oil your skin may produce, and minimizes the size of pores. Take a look at each product from the three step system, that will probably become part of your everyday routine. 

Photo Credit: Beautezine
Photo Credit: Beautezine

The most fascinating aspect about the Yves Rocher line, is that their products are made with all natural ingredients, and are typically gentle, and soothing to the skin. You want to avoid harsh scrubs that will irritate the skin and make it worse. The Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Purifying Cleansing Gel, is a gentle cleanser that will wash away all impurities, leaving your skin extra soft and ultimately oil free. Your skin will also be left smelling like fresh cucumbers, which is definitely a plus.

Where To buy: http://www.yvesrocher.ca

Photo Credit: Makeupmadness
Photo Credit: Makeupmadness

When people go out and purchase scrubs or moisturizers for their skin, they tend to forget about purchasing a toner as well. Using a toner is just as crucial as any other product within your skin care system. Toners are used to shrink pores, it helps restore your skins pH balance, and is especially essential for oily skin. The Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Purifying Micellar Water 2 in 1, will give your skin all those benefits, as well as moisture and hydration.

Where To Buy: http://www.yvesrocher.ca

Photo Credit: Donnamoderna
Photo Credit: Donnamoderna

Even though you may have combination to oily skin, it does not mean you shouldn’t use a moisturizer. Yes, a toner does add moisture and hydration, but it only lasts for so long. This is because toners take off the oily layer of skin, and after a while, it will leave the skin feeling drier than usual. A quick fix solution is to slap on a gentle moisturizer. The Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Gel Cream will revitalize your skin with its creamy and thick consistency. By continuously using this three step skin care system, it will have your skin feeling, less oily, fresh, and looking absolutely flawless.

Where To Buy: http://www.yvesrocher.ca

Your Fall Survival Kit

Rise above basic bitchdom this fall with these handpicked necessities

Laura Slack’s skull truffles aren’t not your grandma’s Halloween candy. These little beauties are filled with creamy dulce de leche and infused with sweet black garlic (trust me, the weirdness is wonderful). It’s a true indulgence — ’tis the season, right? — and you can also savour the fact that they’re locally made (Laura’s a Toronto-based chocolate artist). Find them at Laura’s shop, Maisonette, in the Distillery.

Instagram: @maisonettegifts
Instagram: @maisonettegifts

Balzac’s take on the PSL: I’m just going to come right out and say it, this version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte trumps Starbucks’. This one, called the “Harvest,” is healthier and tastier because it’s made with real pumpkin puree and whatever. I mean, it’s just as expensive, but at least it’s a better investment.

Instagram: @coffeeandjam_ldn

 

T.O. ‘hood hats: Maybe it’s a bit corny. But that won’t be on your mind once you’re trudging through the brisk breeze with one of these knitted numbers by Tuck Shop Trading Co. warming you up. Plus, they’re an adorably cosy way to rock your neighbourhood pride (those pom-poms!!!). Find them at Blackbird Vintage Finds in the Distillery.

Instagram: @blackbirdvintagefinds
Instagram: @blackbirdvintagefinds

 

Jax Coco’s adorable mini coconut oil: Coconut oil is all the rage right now, but it’s one of those trends that should really stay forever. It’s like the universe has given us a single magic elixir with which to solve all our lives’ problems, whether they be skin issues or cooking-related calamities. Jax Coco‘s tiny little coconut oil is perfect for tossing in your purse or school bag so you can have this trusty must-have on you at all times.

Instagram: @jaxcocoglobal
Instagram: @jaxcocoglobal

Comfort foods at Levetto: Bye, summer salads. Hi, warm, cosy noodles and pizzas. Levetto, with its five locations (and a sixth one opening in December) is where you’ll want to ease your cravings for classic Italian comfort foods this fall, which in my opinion is the best way to warm up.

Instagram: @levettoresto

Over-the-knee riding boots from Ever New: Aussie brand Ever New just landed in Toronto, opening its North American flagship store in the Eaton Centre. Its popularity is a testament to how obsessed we Canucks are with Australian fashion (we love more than just the accent, people!). This over-the-knee boot (the “Ryder Knee High” in taupe) is a fall staple every year, but this chic, heeled take on the classic look is just… *sexual groan*

Photo Courtesy of Ever New Canada
Photo Courtesy of Ever New Canada

Little cork planters from D’Andrea Design:

These aren’t even really exclusively a fall thing, but STILL. LOOK AT THEM. Love them. The cork planters are handmade by local arts and crafts wonderwoman Julia D’Andrea (who’s only 23, by the way), and they’re such a lovely way to liven up the apartment during the cooler months — since you’ll be spending a lot more time in there instead of the park/patio/beach these days.

Instagram: @dandreadesign
Instagram: @dandreadesign

Novella Team Reveals What They’re Excited About For Fall

After last year’s bitter cold winter, it feels like we blinked and it’s now time for us to start to prepare for fall. As the temperature drops, we can look forward to not only the new colours on the trees, but also to the changes in fashion and events happening throughout the city. Our team at Novella compiled a list of things we are looking forward to this autumn.

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Marina Koslock, Arts & Culture Editor : The thing I am most excited for this fall is the Joseph Mallord William Turner exhibition at the AGO, opening October 31st. This is a massive deal for the Arts community, as Toronto is the only Canadian city that will host J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free, on loan from Tate Britain. The collection of over 50 large paintings highlights Turner’s final works, in a sensational series with emphasis on atmosphere, while playing with bold colours, light, and texturing. If you are going to see one exhibition this season, please let it be this one.

 

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Sade Lewis, Fashion & Beauty Writer : Nude colours are great for anytime of the year, but I feel as if they are best suited for the fall season. Whether you are going some place fancy, or cruising around town, Velvet Teddy by MAC is a stunning nude lipstick with a hint of pink is my fall must-have. It is a warm, delicate colour to dress your lips up with, and the pink undertone adds a beautiful quality.

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Matthew Wong, Contributing Fashion Editor : A pair of boots for fall/winter is essential, no matter if you’re a style conscious or not. If you are looking for a pair of boots that’s trending in menswear, look no further than the Chelsea boot. Made famous in the 1960’s, the boots were a staple in mod culture in London, and were worn by Rock and Roll elite such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. These days you don’t have to be a Rock&Roll lead singer to pull off the pair of boots. The boots blend in effortlessly whether you dress them up for work, or dress them down on the weekend. These Chelsea Boots from Italian shoemakers Common Projects, are on the expensive side, but they’re worth every penny as their crafted with premium leather, and made in Italy with a personalized gold stamped serial number at the heel. 

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Celia Fernandez, Fashion Editor : I learned about Jennifer Torosian’s designs a couple of months ago, and I must say that I was impressed how a couple of up-and-coming designers could create such high quality pieces. Their entire FW2015 collection won’t disappoint anybody, as it is all about versatile yet chic looks that project their sport lux signature. For this fall season, I felt a special connection with the Cardi Coat, which is made in Canada out of blended mohair knit from Italy. It was not only the brick orange colour that captivated me, but also its versatility, as it can be worn early in the season on cooler days, or layered in the winter as it starts to get colder.

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Drew Brown, Fashion and content Director : It’s always a struggle trying to find the right winter coat that will make you look fashionable and keep you warm at the same time. Having to attend a lot of events, I don’t want to be forced to wear some bulky coat for warmth. This Olive waxed cotton with detachable Shearling collar and signature button front closure by Krane is the perfect solution. My Krane coat kept me extremely warm and stylish during the bitter cold last winter, so I can assure you that purchasing a Krane coat is wise decision.