Under $100: Best buys for October
Under $100: Best buys for October
Things are starting to get chilly—so obviously our fall shopping list is heating up!
October is here are we're settling into fall. Picking up some new wardrobe staples and replenishing some of our favourite beauty picks. As always, these picks are under $100 so you can shop without the guilt.
“Amour” Sweatshirt, $64.50, jcrew.com.
I have more sweaters than I care to admit, but that won’t stop me from adding this cute one to my wardrobe this October. The simple crew neck, heathery grey colour and whimsical design touch have me sold. - Alexandra Donaldson, fashion & beauty editor
Crossover velvet dress, $49.90, zara.com.
Straight up, velvet is the most romantic and sensuous material of the chillier months. Consider it the silk of the fall. If your closet is facing a velvet deficit we highly recommend adding some. We adore this dark and smoky velvet blue dress with lace trim at the sleeves. It will look stunning at a winter wedding but also can be given a casual makeover if you layer it on top or a slim turtleneck. - Julia McEwen, fashion & beauty director
Microfiber Tights, $19, torrid.com.
Being a plus-size woman, I have always had a hard time finding tights. It's so difficult to find a comfortable pair that will stay up. These are my all-time favourite—I will never buy from a different brand again. They look, feel, and fit perfectly and I'll be wearing them under my summer sundresses to transition them to fall. - Madison Dechief, fashion & beauty intern
Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze, $20, thetruthbeautycompany.com.
As I try to add more green beauty products to my routine (and get rid of some less-natural ones), I’m always on the hunt for what’s new in green, clean beauty. The latest on my radar is Clove + Hallow—a high-performance green makeup brand for cosmetics lovers. Founder Sarah Biggers wants to be the MAC of the green makeup world—and she’s well on her way. Pick up the Lip Glaze which is formulated with olive and jojoba oils and shea butter and packs a serious colour punch. - AD
We must rebuild
Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, $75, moroccanoil.com.
If you never skip an appointment with your colourist you’ve probably noticed itty-bitty pieces of hair trickling down—like leaves falling from trees—when you brush your hair. That’s breakage caused by aggressive lighteners, which unfortunately just come with the territory when you lighten your hair. This mask can help. Morccanoil Restorative Mask infuses protein, argan oil and shea butter back into strands that have been damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling. The trick to making this product effective is proper use. First shampoo and rinse then apply this mask and wait 5 to 7 minutes before rinsing and finish with a heavy-duty conditioner. Do not use this instead of your conditioner because it’s a treatment that helps to rebuild the hair, but it won’t leave it hydrated and soft. In fact without a good conditioner it will feel coarser and stiff. - JM
Bewitches bath bar, $8, lush.ca.
It’s finally fall and when the cold weather hits there is nothing better than having a nice warm bath after a day out in the cold. Lush is my go-to place to get my bath products and this year’s Halloween collection does not disappoint with cute monster and pumpkins galore. But this little black cat bar caught my eye, with its rich berry scent and the promise of a witchy black bath water. I couldn’t resist. - MD
Fleece coat, $50, uniqlo.com.
Textured outerwear has been huge this season, so it’s no surprise that faux fur and fuzzy coats have been all over my radar. But, since I’m not about to pick up anything too out there, I picked up this simple black coat with a fuzzy and soft texture. At $50, it feels like a steal for outerwear! - AD
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, $37, sephora.ca.
Though this concealer came out about a year ago I thought I'd write about it because it’s a favourite amongst Canadian beauty editors—myself included. Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes in vast amount of shades (16), and is thin-yet-creamy, matte-yet-velvety which makes it easy to apply and blend seamlessly. In the last year it’s become an integral step in my everyday makeup routine. - JM
Green skirt, $42, unique-vintage.com.
I am a huge fan of high waisted swing skirts, they are super comfortable and are a great break from wearing jeans all the time. I think this skirt is a great piece to buy and wear now but also during the holidays—the festive holiday green just screams Christmas. - MD
Varsity stripe sock, $7, forever21.com.
I love the look of a pair of chunky knit stocks poking out the top of a great pair of ankle boots. This season, my particular favourite pattern is varsity-inspired—and it comes in a bunch of colours. - AD
Jumpsuit with open back, $60, dynamiteclothing.com.
Need something to wear to a fall wedding or special event but looking for a little more coverage then an LBD? Try a jumpsuit. A piece like this has longevity beyond a big event—it can easily be dressed up with heels for work or dressed down with a pair of sneakers for a weekend brunch plans. - JM
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess, $29, narscosmetics.com.
I’m marking the shift in temperature by upping my makeup game a little bit. Even though I’d like to add something new to my look, I’m not interested in anything overly fussy—or anything that’s going to take too much time in the morning. Enter the shadow stick. This eyeshadow glides on my lid so easily, and the shade—Goddess—is a pinky-peach that’s just a touch shimmery. Subtle enough to wear everyday and easy enough to apply in a couple seconds. - AD
Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend, $24, pixibeauty.com.
Have you noticed that the serum you’re using is starting to leave your skin feeling tight before your lunch break? Chances are your skin needs something a little bit more nourishing with the change in temperature. This oil from British brand Pixi can help balance and restore your skin’s luminosity during these transitional months into winter. Sweet almond, rose hip, jojoba, pomegranate seed and rose geranium oils nourish the complexion leaving skin comforted. If you don't want to apply the oil straight to skin you can add 3 to 4 drops in your moisturizer.
Beaded bucket bag, $50, zara.com.
I’m on the hunt for a bag that will go with the dress I’m wearing to be in my friend’s bridal party next month—but also one that I could wear just as easily with jeans and a t-shirt. This textured crossbody meets bucket bag will do the trick! - AD
Lady in leather
Faux leather pants, $40, hm.com.
You might be surprised at how much wear you get out of a pair of faux-leather pants. I wear mine constantly in the winter. They make comfy oversized sweaters look polished and are a nice textured touch when worn with button-downs or under dresses. I’m looking to add this navy pair to my rotation—it’s so much more interesting than basic black. – AD