Designer Fall Collabs Every Fashion Lover Should Be Excited For

Looking to revamp your fall wardrobe without having to spend time digging through your local H&M and Zara for something entirely original and 100% you? Well, you’re in luck: Never has there been such an influx of designer collaborations for fashion lovers to get their wanting hands on before now. Fall seems to be the go-to season for collaborations among some of the world’s most relevant and in demand fashion designers. And with designer collabs now transitioning into every aspect of the consumer market, fashion lovers around the world get first pick on some of the most exclusive designer brands for a fair price.

L’Oreal Paris x Balmain

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Coming this fall is one of the most anticipated designer collabs to have come out in a while. Iconic Parisian makeup mega brand L’Oreal is teaming up with Balmain Paris to create an exclusive line of three lipsticks that double up as jewelry. The three jewel tone lipsticks come in brilliant and rich sapphire, emerald, and onyx hues that are sure to look as stunning on the lips as they do in their casing.

Erdem x H&M

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H&M has a long standing history of collaborating with some of the world’s most important brands. With the likes of VersaceLanvin, and Balmain on their roster, H&M is no stranger to sourcing out the world’s most in-demand brands to collaborate with. This fall, H&M is set to release its much-anticipated collection with Turkish-Canadian designer Erdem, whose last few collections have stirred up an astounding amount of buzz for the brand, catapulting it into the fashion spotlight this year.

Jeremy Scott x UGG

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Say what you will about the current creative head at Moschino, but the man has a knack for knowing exactly where to place his eggs, and it’s almost never in one fashion basket. Launching September 13th, Jeremy Scott’s collaboration with UGG Australia is bound to have lovers of his flashy and garish designs as well as lovers of the comfy boot flocking to stores for a chance at scooping up the limited edition boots.

Moschino x Sephora

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Set to makes its official launch in Canada in just a few days (August 25th to be exact) Sephora’s limited edition Moschino collaboration has already sold out in the U.S.. And that comes as no surprise, as the collab comes complete with an adorable “This is not a Moschino toy” teddy bear that opens up to become an eyeshadow palette and an array of pretty lip glosses that encompass everything Moschino stands for.

J.W Anderson x Uniqlo

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One of the most highly anticipated designer collaborations for fall is undoubtedly the collab between Japanese mega brand Uniqlo and, arguably the most important young designer of our times, Jonathan Anderson. The collab is bound to be the single most fought over collection of the year, with predictions of pre-sales and opening day sales to sell out within minutes.

Superga x Charlotte Simone

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Italian shoe brand Superga is teaming up with accessories brand Charlotte Simone for a bright and uber girly collab that perfectly mirrors fashion’s current obsession with faux fur. The shoes themselves balance Superga’s iconic tennis shoe style with Simone’s keen eye for bright sherbet coloured faux furs. And best of all, most of the shoes come in a perfectly sweet platform style that’s sure to excite the modern club kids of the world.

Ashish x River Island

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This is definitely going to be a good year for British brands River Island and Ashish, who are teaming up to launch an affordable collection at London fashion week this fall. The 15 piece limited edition collection seems to be Ashish’s first foray into the mainstream fashion market, but the buzz is already building up, and his colourful and often outspoken designs are bound to sell out worldwide. The collab will open new doors for those who’ve never heard of the designer outside of the global high fashion circle.

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Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2016

Christmas will officially be upon us in only a few short weeks, so it’s crunch time if you haven’t already put a dent in your holiday shopping. Everyone needs a little help when it comes to gift giving. If you’re unsure what to get the beauty guru and makeup junkies on your shopping list, have no fear, Novella is here to help. From makeup to skin care, to scents and body treatments, we’ve got gift or stocking stuffer ideas for everyone on your list. These treasures are sure to please the beauties in your life.

Mèreadesso Clear/Tinted Lip Treats

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These are an awesome gift for someone who loves lip colour and chap sticks. Not only are they lightweight, but they are also a great primer for any lipstick, gloss, or liner. Plus, they’re perfect for the winter because they are super moisturizing! Can someone say mistletoe?

Available at Nordstrom: $28

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

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This powder is the holy grail in the world of beauty bloggers. If the YouTube beauty guru in your life doesn’t already have this, it’s the gift that will make their Christmas.

Available at Sephora: $47

The Good Bar Soap “Goodie Bag”

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This little bag of body treats contains the perfect variety of soaps and body care to give your special someone the chance to dabble in a variety of Good Bar Soap products (so they can pick their favourite). Not only are The Good Bar’s soaps handcrafted, and all-natural, but they are also made in Toronto.

Available at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto or at TheGoodBar.ca: $12

L’aromatica perfume “Dapper” Eau de Toilette

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This is the ideal gift for the tomboy in your life who doesn’t necessarily wear a lot of makeup or use a lot of beauty products. This unisex scent is one of L’aromatica’s most popular. This fragrance is masculine, woodsy, and spicy, but sexy nonetheless.

Since it is made from alcohol in Oregon, it can’t be shipped to Canada. However, you can find it at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto: $30

Doe Hair Pact “Bora Bora” hair mask

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For the person that is always colouring and changing their hair, gift them with this moisturizing mini escape. The “Bora Bora” hair pact mask contains coconut and avocado oil and is meant to nourish the driest and dullest of hair. Plus, it smells like a mini vacation.

Available at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto, Urban Outfitters, or DoeIt.ca: $17

Kunye Nourish Face Mask

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Known as the “green smoothie for your face, this organic vegan face mask is perfect for the health conscious, all natural, beauty lover. Its gentle formula combined with wheatgrass, neem, spirulina, sea kelp, and Canadian bentonite clay is great for all skin types.

Available at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto or Kunye.ca: $38

L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

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I know drugstore mascara seems like a rather unconventional gift for the holidays, but mascara is arguably one of the most important items in any girl’s makeup bag. This mascara is the gift that keeps on giving, but without the scary price tag.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: $15

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BEAUTY RECAP FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

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Spring is finally here and that means no more frigid weather and snow! So with a new season in our hands, I’m sure we will be introduced to a pile of brand new beauty trends, or even a few reoccurring ones. Just like fashion, beauty is always changing and different looks are constantly being brought on by the trendiest makeup artists, and of course by acclaimed celebrities. But if you somehow happened to have missed the latest beauty crazes from last month, I will be giving you a nice recap of a few of my favourites from April and how to achieve each look!

Dewy Skin

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This year for Fashion Week, when I had the opportunity to interview MAC Cosmetics makeup artist Jane McKay, she mentioned that the go-to makeup look for the runway was natural with a dewy finish. This makeup technique was very minimal and simple, leaving models with a soft, healthy glow to their skin.

To Achieve This Look: Using any setting spray, I highly recommend the MAC Prep and Prime Fix Plus Setting Spray, apply it to your entire face before starting your makeup, and apply it once again after you have completed your makeup. Using it before will help the product stick to your skin, and also allows your makeup to seep through with that dewy finish. Finally, spraying it on your skin once your makeup is complete, will make everything stay in place.

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PRICE: $26.00

Available at: http://maccosmetics.ca

Blunt Lob Haircut With Beach Waves

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I’m not too sure about you, but during cold season I get pretty lazy, especially when it comes to style my hair. A very low maintenance hair look that many celebrities have been sporting is the blunt lob with natural beach waves. “What is a blunt lob?” you may ask. Well it’s a very simple haircut with absolutely no layers. It’s usually cut from collarbone to shoulder length, any shorter then it becomes a bob. The beach waves add a very nonchalant touch to it, making it look effortless but classy.

To Achieve This Look: If you don’t trust yourself with scissors, then you most definitely can get your blunt lob done professionally. If you do trust yourself, then it’s actually quite simple. Grab your hair and put it in a ponytail. Take another hair-tie, and tie it at the end of your ponytail, leaving out about two inches of hair, or wherever your desired lob length may be. Taking your scissors, snip away until all pieces are completely even. Once done, take a beach wave spray, I recommend the L’Oreal Everstyle Texture Series Beach Waves Spray infused with sea salt, and spray it all over your hair. Braid your hair in a few sections, and spray it all over once again. You can leave it like that overnight, or for a couple of hours, but once you take out the braids, you will have the ultimate beach babe hair.

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PRICE: $5.00

Available at Walmart or http://www.amazon.com

Kylie Lip Kit

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The Kardashians are forever in the news with their growing empire, and one member of that clang who isn’t necessarily a Kardashian and more of a Jenner, is slowly building her own dynasty. Kylie Jenner has been winning ever since the release of her lip kits, which includes a lip liner and gloss. However, it can be super hard to get your hands on one of these because they become sold out within seconds! Looking at all the colours, my favourite would probably be True Brown—It’s very universal and suits any skin tone. So here’s a dupe that will help you achieve that true brown look.

To Achieve This Look: Getting this look is easy as pie. Since Kylie’s kits come with the liner and gloss, the liner dupe you’ll want to use is MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Chestnut, and the gloss dupe to try is ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Colour in Limbo. Another nice lip colour you may use overtop of Chestnut is, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Berlin-Medium Warm Brown.

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PRICE: Chestnut Lip Liner $20.00; ColourPop Limbo $6.00; NYX Berlin Medium Warm Brown $9.00

Available at: http://maccosmetics.ca; https://colourpop.com; http://www.nyxcosmetics.ca

Contour

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I feel like the art of contour will never fade, but artists are taking it down a notch by giving it a more subtle and natural look—you don’t want a contour that is too chiseled or defined. You also don’t necessarily need a contour kit to slim down your nose, or to define your cheeks. A nice bronzer actually goes a long way.

To Achieve This Look: It’s okay if you don’t have a contour kit handy, especially since they can get quite pricey. To give yourself the same beautiful results, I recommend the Benefits Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer. Not only is the packaging stunning, but it also comes with a soft bristle brush that will give you that perfect contour look. Just simply dust it along your cheekbones, jawline, the edges of your forehead and your nose for a soft, matte finish.

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PRICE: $36.00

Available at Sephora or http://www.sephora.com