Friday, October 2, 2015

Quo Fall 2015 Collection and Quo Fall Dance Party Collection 2015 nail colours: A quick review

Quo Fall 2015 Collection and Quo Fall Dance Party Collection 2015 nail colours: A quick review

What it is: A fall beauty collection that includes dreamy eye shadows, shimmery highlighter/bronzer sets, a palette to make your brows wow and saturated lip crayons to take our makeup bags into the cooler months — and beyond.

Plus, nail colours that are dramatic and bold — featuring deep, saturated colours that are perfect for the autumn shift.

Beauty bonus: The chubby lip crayons give a good pop of colour that goes on super smooth and even. And at $10 each, they're pretty much the steal of the season.

Beauty bummer: While we loved the shade choices for the shadow palettes, we were a bit disappointed with the colour saturation. A base is definitely required if you're looking for a hit of hue.

Overall: Quo's Fall Collection hits all the major trends happening in makeup this season.

From liquid liners and contouring palettes to brow-defining sets (because it's still all about the brows!) this collection lets us dabble without the huge price tags.

Our faves were the highlighter/bronzer set and the lip colours, both of which provided pretty colour and smooth application.

The polishes were glitter-free, letting us mix up our compilation with sleek, jewel tones and fun confetti. Perfect for the holiday party season to come.

Who knew a drugstore brand could be so much fun?!

Would recommend? Yes! The product quality for the price is spot on.
Price: $10-$50
Where to buy: Exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart 
—Review by Covet and Acquire Beauty Editor Kirsten Harris

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Feline fringe

Sanuk Kat Fringe shoes Vancouver blogger

How fun is fringe right now?

This season, the fringe-tastic trend has caught on in a big way among the style set — myself included.

To date, I've picked up these casual slip-ons, this fringe bag and a as-yet-unrevealed black suede jacket from The Kooples (stay tuned!) in order to make the most of this Western-inspired trend.

And I don't regret my decision to fall head over heels for fringe one bit.

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

Shoes: Sanuk 'Kat Fringe' c/o | Sweater: J.Crew | Jeans: Gap | Bag: Chanel
Sanuk Kat Fringe shoes Vancouver blogger

Monday, September 28, 2015

The new LC

Le Chateau Italian yarn poncho, culottes and turtleneck blogger Vancouver
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love it when brands surprise me. And lately, Le Chateau has been doing just that — and more.

The Montreal-based brand kicked off the fall season with a whole new look, and a whole new campaign.

But in addition to the super stylish ads and that adorable commercial that we've all now seen featuring the feisty "Filou" (if you've been living under a rock lately and have somehow missed it, check it out below), the retailer has seriously stepped up its style game this season, too.

I mean, made-in-Canada culottes? Chic black turtlenecks? European-made blanket scarves? Hello Le Chateau, is that really you?

I've been a big supporter of this company for a while now — basically since it began winning me back with its on-trend shoes and boots. (See my LC love here, here and here!), but the fall "Le Chateau of Montreal" campaign (see the pics below!) and collection seems to signal the successful overhaul of the Canadian company is here.

And I've got to say, I like what I see.

Happy Monday and thank you, as always, for stopping by.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Best bomber

Bomber jacket fashion outfit idea blogger Bench Canada Daysplash jacket

Fall has arrived here in Vancouver, so it seems appropriate that we start thinking about jackets.

While finding a classic duster or trench coat is usually a breeze — especially this season as these two styles seem to be abundantly available — certain other silhouettes aren't quite as simple to find.

I've long been wanting a bomber jacket that didn't look too boring, and a puffer jacket has also been on my style radar lately. One that doesn't make me look too, well, puffy.

So imagine my surprise when I spotted this jacket from Bench.

It combines the style of a bomber with the warmth and detail of a classic puffer. (i.e.: the best of both worlds!)

I'm looking forward to seeing how many ways I can style it this season. Stay tuned.

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!

Jacket: Bench | Turtleneck: Le Chateau | Pants: Plenty c/o | Shoes: Nike | Bag: Aritzia | Jewelry: Tiffany and Co., Movado and Birks

Bomber jacket fashion outfit idea blogger Bench Canada Daysplash jacket

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Vichy Normaderm BB Clear Balm: A quick review

Vichy Normaderm BB Clear Balm: A quick review

What it is: A one-stop Beauty Balm system that conceals and reduces the appearance of imperfections on skin — while also boasting acne-fighting properties that will help banish blemishes.

Beauty bonus: Having battled longterm acne scarring as well as ongoing breakouts, the addition of pimple-fighting properties is a HUGE bonus!

Beauty bummer: Although this cream claims to conceal, be prepared to have a backup plan if a pesky pimple pops up. This BB cream is indeed light coverage, which means your skin secrets are not fully in the witness protection program.

Overall: This BB cream has a light, fresh scent that is invigorating and calming.

It succeeds in blurring imperfections while being non greasy. When worn on a good skin day, this cream will give you a non-cakey finish that lasts all day.

But as mentioned in the beauty bummer above, this cream offers relatively light coverage, so a spot concealer was required on especially bad breakout days. 

Would recommend: Yes, but the slightly expensive price tag and the light coverage mean this balm may be best saved for only the best skin days.

Price: $19.85
Where to buy: Vichy and other mass retailers

—Review conducted by Covet and Acquire Beauty Contributor Jodi H.

Monday, September 21, 2015

NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 recap

Lacoste Spring/Summer 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week Vancouver blogger

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I spent the better part of the last two weeks in New York City for fashion week.

While I shared most of my experience on social media and in the local newspaper, there were a few photos that I didn't share from my seven days in The Big Apple.

Here are some of my top shots — and accompanying top thoughts — from the Spring/Summer 2016 shows.

Oh, and check out my NYFW coverage including stories, galleries and videos for The Vancouver Sun here.

New York City bridge
I took the long, long way back from the Tommy Hilfiger show.