Under $100: Best style buys for February
Under $100: Best style buys for February
Don't let a little sunshine fool you—it's still winter out there and we've got the sub-zero temperatures as proof. But, we are thinking forward to transitional dressing and pops of colour—while still making sure our beauty routine is all about hydration and our clothes are super comfy. Here's what we're buying this month, all under $100.
Walk The Line
Side stripe dress, $50, zara.com/ca.
When we’re shopping for clothing there’s nothing more appealing than finding something that has endless styling opportunities. This dress has just that. You could layer it on top or underneath other items, pairing it with sweaters, jean jackets, white poplin shirts or leggings—we could go on. Another point for this sporty sheath dress is that it’s seasonless—working just as hard in your winter wardrobe as it would in your summer one. - Julia McEwen, fashion & beauty director
Nivea Smooth In-Shower Body Lotion, $6, walmart.ca.
Pretty much everyone I know is suffering from dry skin right now thanks to the tandem team of cold temperatures outside and blasting heat inside. To get a leg up, I'll be using this in-shower lotion which replenishes hydration lost during cleansing. - Alexandra Donaldson, fashion & beauty editor
Vive Le France
Topshop beret, $25, thebay.com.
Last season we saw the return of berets and the style is only picking up steam as we move into spring. Paired with even a simple outfit, this red beret from Topshop easily turns your outfit from plain to Parisian chic. - Murrisa Barrington, fashion & beauty intern
Pura Botanicals Gemstone Face Roller, $54-$64, purabotanicals.com.
The latest in stylish self-care comes in the form of crystal rollers, for your face! Jade, crystal quartz and amethyst are among some of the stones these rollers are made from. Over the last year, it has emerged as the go-to tool to achieve a glowy and healthy complexion. So what exactly do they do? These mini paint rollers massage your face with cooling stones (that’s the roller part) that boost circulation and help with lymphatic drainage to get rid of swelling. - JM
Don't Be A Square
Round crossbody, $31, forever21.com.
If you're going to pick up a new bag this season, make it round. The shape has been gaining popularity and is an easy way to update your wardrobe for spring—but still enjoy your purchase now. We recommend a faux-leather option to keep it multi-season and affordable. - AD
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick, $10, walmart.ca.
If you love a bold lip but hate touching it up all-day, meet your new makeup bag staple. Maybelline’s matte lip lasted me through an entire day of drinks, meals and goodnight kisses. At only $10 a pop, I’ll be stocking up in a few colours. - MB
Softspun dolman sleeve pullover hoodie, $55, gapcanada.ca.
February is notoriously the coldest month of the year in Canada so of course we want things around us that make us feel cozy. Hoodies are that comfortable staple in everyone’s wardrobe, and they can be dressed up or down depending on your mood. - JM
Pyrite Drop Necklace, $68, dolorousjewelry.com.
I'm always on the hunt for simple necklaces that I can layer in any season. While this pick from Canadian jewellery deisnger Danielel Singer is from the spring collection, I'll be wearing it over light sweaters and cashmere until it wamrs up. - AD
Wide but top, $40, hm.com.
Wide-sleeved tops are reigning supreme this season and it seems the bigger the sleeve, the better it is. I love this fringe-detailed blouse from H&M. It’s just the right amount of flirty and extra for my next night-out. Let this blouse be the focus of your outfit and wear it with well-tailored pants and strappy sandals. - MB
Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, $85, sephora.com.
Though this essence has Komboucha in it, don’t drink it, it’s for your face! For those of you who don’t know what Komboucha is, it’s a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. It’s found in this essence because of it’s protecting antioxidant properties. Not sure what an essence is? Essences are traditionally more lightweight and less concentrated than serums. You’re meant to apply after toner to add another layer of hydration, before you apply serum. - JM
Function And Utility
Wide Leg Cropped Pant, $68USD, everlane.com.
I'm a big fan of this socially-conscious and environmentally-friendly brand, so it makes sense that I want pretty much everything they release. Although this particular pick isn't entirely new (it's an updated version of an older style), I will be picking up a pair in green. I already have the style in black and it's a great transitional weather go-to. AD
Glamglow #Multimasking Set, $49, sephora.com.
After trying (and loving) a trial size of Glam Glow’s thirsty mud mask last month I knew I had to test out some of their other products. This multi-masking set lets me try some of their most popular mud masks and comes with tips for which products to multi-mask with to achieve your desired glow. - MB
Back To Basics
Soft Long Sleeve Tee, $32, ae.com.
My next vacation is taking me to Scotland, where I'm told the weather is going to keep me in layers, the cozier the better. I'll be stocking up on these super-soft simple shirts from American Eagle. I already have one, and it's the perfect base layer for sweaters and thermals, but will still look great with a pair of skinny jeans and a red lip for a nicer dinner out. Plus, did I mention it's super soft? - AD
Lano’s Multipurpose Superbalm, $23, sephora.ca.
Though Australian native Kirsten Carriol spent 15 years running her own PR agency specializing in beauty, she couldn’t find a product to soothe her ultradry lips. Inspired by the sheep on her grandparents’ farm, with their lanolin-coated wool (the natural wax hydrates and protects the sheep’s coat), Carriol created Lano, a lanolin-based line of lip, hand and body balms. The brand quickly became a cult favourite among beauty enthusiasts and celebrities. The standout from the collection is Lano’s Multipurpose Superbalm, a dense balm that locks hydration in because it holds up to 200 percent of its weight in moisture. It’s a multitasker, that works on dry cuticles, cracked heels, or dry nasal passages. - JM
Walk The Line
Trousers with stripe, $46, zara.com.
The athleisure trend that cropped up last year is still holding strong in 2018. Refresh your everyday work uniform with a pair of these plaid side-striped trousers from Zara. Take the outfit from casual to corporate by pairing it with a white dress shirt and matching blazer. - MB
Rose Geranium Toner, $40, crawfordskincare.com.
I'm always on the hunt for a toner, mist or essence that can add an extra dose of hydration to my skin throughout the day. This one is alcohol-free and balancing with aloe, lavender and rosewater. Plus, the brand is all-natural and Canadian. - AD