Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Trends

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There’s much to love about the upcoming fall and winter season, including a little 1990’s inspiration, beautiful coats, amazing boots, great pops of colour, and even a little muted colour. Who would have thought that even we would love the pale pinks that hit the runways? Designers threw prints into the mix, and the much beloved midi length skirt. 

Beauty by the B are much in love with a lot of these trends, so it was difficult to pick a few, but we finally managed to pair it down. We also put together one outfit that drew from a combination of the upcoming trends, so enjoy and have fun with your style this Fall/Winter! 

Here are our top fashion picks! 

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This skirt length is sexy and sleek, and can be done in many colours, shapes, textures and fabrications. Love! 

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We can’t quite imagine winter without a little fur, so here you go! You can do a little or a lot of fur, and can even experiment with colour as Tom Ford did. 

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The 1990’s was all about Hole and Veruca Salt for us, and a lot of interesting style choices. We can’t help but love this trend coming back around, so dust off your Doc Martens and put a fresh spin on a decade that was full amazing music and cool duds. 

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We need to address this year’s coat options, as there are many great shapes and styles available. Play with classic shapes, colour, capes, collarless options, leather detail and colour blocking. Since you wear your coat daily, make this piece a statement and invest in something that will excite you each and every day! 

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We love the above trends so much, we decided to put them all together and have a little fun. Why not mix your classic winter coat and layer it with a leather bomber? Throw in a little fur, a 90’s beanie toque and a bright coloured midi skirt to really make your outfit pop this Fall/Winter. 

AZZARO CHROME UNITED

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It’s been some time since we’ve highlighted mens products, but it was all made right with the perfect timing of the recent release of Azzaro Chrome United.

Seen as the fragrance of friendship that represents adventure, freedom, unity and escape, the scent is the perfect mixture of fresh and spicy, with a little woody and smoky added to the mix. The Eau de Toilette is fresh and absolutely perfect transition fragrance from summer to Fall/Winter 2013!

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Olfactive family: fresh, woody musky
Top Notes: Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper & Coriander

Heart Notes: Ceylon Black Tea & Violet Leaf

Bottom Notes: Cedarwood & White Musk

This fabulous Eau de Toilette is available at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

  

Makeup Trends Fall/Winter 2013

Fall is our favourite season, and not only for the fashion, but also for the beauty. This is when makeup trends tend to get a little bolder and darker, and we love every second of it. 

This season is no exception, with statement eyes and bold eyebrows. Here are three trends that we love, including a few product recommendations to boot! 

Statement Eyes

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Create your statement with distinctly made up eyes using dark purples and metallics. 

  1. Donna Karan
  2. Jason Wu
  3. Gucci

Beauty by the B Recommends:

MAC Cosmetics Pigment 

Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Does not streak or cake and is easy to blend, and has a long-lasting formulation. 

Use the MAC 242 brush to apply pigment directly to the eye, lightly tapping off any product beforehand. It’s better to start with less and add more as you’re going. The 242 is nice and stiff and will spread out the pigments beautifully.

Once you’ve created definition follow with the MAC 217 brush to blend and get rid of any hard edges.

Brows

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Penciled, groomed, neat, strong, combed!

  1. Rochas
  2. Jean Paul Gaultier
  3. Stella McCartney

Beauty by the B Recommends:

Anastasia 5 Element Brow kit

Includes:

Precision Tweezers, Brow Powder Duo, Brow Stencils (Set of Five Shapes), Mini Duo Brush #7 and Anastasia’s Best-Selling Clear Brow Gel. 

The Anastasia brow kit has everything you need to achieve this brow trend. Whether you want a penciled, groomed or just combed look this kit is filled with the essentials. If you have thin, sparse brows the brow stencils are a great tool to achieve a flawless and perfect brow.

Matte Satin Skin

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Matte satin finish will help you look healthy, flawless, and absolutely perfected. 

  1. Victoria Beckham
  2. Chloe
  3. Balmain

Beauty by the B Recommends:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

BENEFIT: 15-hour staying power

COVERAGE: Medium, buildable

FINISH: Natural, Semi-Matte

This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, and non-stop activity. It won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes, while feeling lightweight and comfortable. 

FORMULA FACTS

  • Oil-free
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Fragrance-free

Stila Hydrating Finishing Powder

This finely milled powder is ideal for all skin types. It is formulated to absorb oil and protecting the skin while providing supreme translucency for lightweight sheer coverage. It contains micro-encapsulated ectoin for time-released hydration, as well as meadowfoam seed extract to condition the skin.

One universal shade and great for all skin types, just apply with brush.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

So you’re probably asking…what is this product? Well, hold on to your seats!

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-purpose dry oil for face, body and hair. 

With 98.1% of natural ingredients, this dry oil is a unique combination of 30% Precious Plant Oils and Vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften in a single gesture.

With its unique concentration of 6 Precious Oils (Borage, St John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut, Macadamia) and vitamin E, this comprehensive formula quickly absorbs, leaving the skin soft and silky and your hair soft and shiny as well. Also, it does not contain silicone, preservatives, or mineral oil. 

The scent is also worth mentioning, as the beautiful formula is filled with white lillies, rose, amber, vanilla and cedar wood.

Ways to use it: 

  • Apply to your face in smoothing strokes
  • Apply in circular motion to your body
  • Apply to ends of hair for instant hydration
  • Mix into your daily moisturizer 
  • Spray onto natural bristle hair brush before brushing your hair
  • Add a few drops into your bath water

Beauty by the B Recommends:

We absolutely love the smell of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse! The product quickly absorbs into your skin and leaves it soft and silky, without feeling greasy. It’s multi-purpose is a fantastic bonus, and we love that you can mix this product into your daily moisturizer, or use it as is directly on the skin. 

Some people may be hesitant to use an oil on their skin, but trust us, this is a product worth trying and including in your beauty regime. 

 

Hair Trends Fall/Winter 2013 


We started with some nail trends for Fall/Winter 2013 last week, and it’s time to hit up the hair circuit. There’s much going on for hair for the season, so here are a few of our favourite trends! 

Trend One: CRIMPED 

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There’s nothing funner than crimped hair to take you back to some serious 80’s action. If a full head of crimped hair isn’t your thing, try a panel or two instead. 

1. Derek Lam

2. Rick Owen

3. Carven

Beauty by the B Recommends:

Conair 2 in 1 Crimper/Straightener

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Create 2 styles with 1 tool with the flip of a switch. The crimp plates add texture and volume, while the straight plates create a smooth and silky look. 

This bad boy heats up in 30 seconds and goes up to some ultra high heat – 400°F. If that weren’t enough, the tourmaline ceramic technology reduces frizz, helps eliminate static, while providing more protection and no damaging hot spots. 

Trend Two: CURLS 

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It’s not just regular curls that are trendy, it’s all about dramatic side parts, flat and straight at the head for a 40’s twist, or big 70’s style curls. 

1. Bottega Veneta 

2. Manish Arora

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs

Beauty by the B Recommends:

L’oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray- Extra Strong Hold

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Don’t be shy and sprits away to keep your curls intact all day long! 

Trend Three: FRINGE 

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There’s nothing like a sexy fringe to take your look to the next level. We love varying lengths and parts, with a softer layered option. 

1. Marni

2. Anna Sui

3. Emilio Pucci

Beauty by the B Recommends: Use the two above products to rock out a seriously amazing and fierce fringe! 

Nail Trends Fall/Winter 2013

As the biggest fans of Fall, and most importantly, Fall Trends, we’ve decided that it’s not too early to get started. We have so much to cover, we’ve decided to break it all up and will be starting with nails. We’ve got texture, metallics, and matte finishes to get you excited, and of course, a lot of great product recommendations that you’re bound to love! 

Trend One: TEXTURE

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1. Libertine

2. Nicholas K

3. Kate Spade

Beauty by the B Recommends:

Ciate Caviar

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Essence Nail Art Decorating Kit

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Trend Two: METALLICS     

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1. Antipodium

2. Nicole Miller

3. Titania Inglis

Beauty by the B Recommends:

Nails Inc STRATFORD MIRROR METALLIC NAIL POLISH in Rose gold 

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Always apply a base and top coat to make sure your polish lasts and doesn’t chip within a few days

Trend Three: MATTE FINISH

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1. Karen walker

2. Tibi

3. Badgley Mischka

Beauty by the B Recommends:

Use any dark hue nail polish in red, black or blue and top it off with a matte top coat to achieve this look. 

Joe Fresh Matte Top coat

Summer Fashion

We are really excited to be introducing fashion to Beauty by the B! After working for many years in fashion retail, styling and personal shopping with clients, photographing and writing about fashion, we have decided to introduce this very huge part of our lives to the mix as well. 

Not only will we be posting about style and fashion, we will also be offering various services through the blog as well, so get in touch if you need help with your personal look. 

So let’s get this style party started with a little summer fashion! 

Even though it feels like we haven’t had much summer happening in YYC as of yet, we remain hopeful that there’s some sunshine and warm weather in our near futures, and so we have picked three summer outfits that will hopefully inspire these last few weeks. 

Outfit One: Printed Pants 

Printed pants are trendy and hot, and a great way to celebrate summer. What’s even better is that you’ll be able to take these into your fall wardrobe, at least for the first few weeks. Pair the pants with a loafer for a laid-back and casual look, or add a wedge or heel to dress it up a bit. A flowy chiffon blouse, worn loose or belted at the waist, completes the look. 

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  • Joe Fresh Printed Pants: $39
  • H&M white chiffon blouse: $49.95
  • Aldo Bone Loafers: $60
  • Forever21 Neon Trimmed Cross Body Bag: $19.80
  • Forever21Belt: $4.80
  • H&M Earrings: $9.95

Outfit Two: Colour 

Teal or any other bright is perfect for the season, so have fun with the hughes available. Chunky and bold accessories are always a Beauty by the B favourite, no matter what it is and in what combination. Here we rock it out with big shades, a bold necklace and a classic rose gold Michael Kors watch. 

A denim jacket is a summer and fall staple for us and we wear it often in a lot of outfit combinations. 

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  • Massimo for Target Dress: $24.99
  • H&M Denim Jacket: $34.95
  • Natural Tote American Apparel: $95
  • Aldo Shoes: $60
  • Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch: $335
  • Aldo Necklace: $35
  • Forever21 Sunglasses: $6.80

Outfit Three: A Little Rock and Roll 

As much as we love colour, especially for summer, you can’t quite take our love of black away…ever! Breaking up your black with a little bit of denim and a white knit sweater is a great way to keep your look summery, yet still edgy. 

Once again, we love us some accessories, so don’t hesitate to pile it on! 

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  • 7 For All Man Kind Jeans, Holt Renfrew: $295
  • Gravity Pope Jillian Chelsea Booties: $298
  • H&M Tank: $17.95
  • H&M Sweater: $24.95
  • House of Harlow 1960 Shades: $135
  • MK Silver Watch: $270
  • Bangles, Bracelet & Necklace from Forever 21: Various $

St.Tropez Self Tanner

As much as we love the sun, there’s no better way to preserve and take care of your skin than by keeping your sun exposure on the down-low and choosing an alternate method to get a little colour. Enter self tanner. And better yet, enter St. Tropez. Read below to find out just why and how this product line seriously rocks! 

ST.TROPEZ SELF TAN BRONZING MOUSSE

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This super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse delivers that ultra-even all-over tan you’ve always wanted. Simply sweep on with an Applicator Mitt for a beautiful and even tan.

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Why is it different? 

Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting color, this innovative Aromaguard™ fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a beautiful subtle and refreshing fragrance. Never orange, St Tropez Tan always gives a beautiful, golden color. Woop! 

ST.TROPEZ GRADUAL TAN EVERYDAY BODY 

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The nourishing body moisturiser cleverly combines skin care benefits with a healthy touch of bronze. This gradual self-tanner will build up a gorgeous, golden glow over time and can be used daily. Simply massage into your body for a gradual tan. 

It cleverly combines skin care benefits with a healthy touch of bronze to make this gradual self-tanner build up a gorgeous, golden glow over time. 

Why is it different? 

Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother, skin while building a gradual golden tan, with a refreshing fragrance at that. 

ST.TROPEZ ONE NIGHT ONLY INSTANT GLOW BODY LOTION

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This lightweight cream smoothes on to give you an instant, even, beautifully golden tan that will wash off whenever you choose. Simply smooth on from top to toe using your palms, an Applicator Mitt or latex gloves for maximum, even coverage.

Why is it different? 

Free from tanning agent, Wash Off Instant Glow Body is transfer-resistant so you can tan and go! A few other benefits include:

  • Does not streak
  • Easy to apply and dries quickly 
  • Does not turn orange
  • Natural looking
  • Hydrating and nourishing
  • Award winning Aromaguard fragrance technology, does not smell

Application Mitt

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The application mitt is a must! It’s soft and spongy and helps evenly distribute tanning mousse, gel or lotion onto the skin for streak-free results. These applicators give even and smooth results. The water-resistant barrier ensures fingers remain unstained as you glide on your product.

How to use:

Pump tanning mousse or lotion onto the mitt, and apply. To clean, soak in soapy water, rinse, and let dry.

Beauty by the B recommends: 

When we first tried it we were extremely impressed with how natural it looked, especially considering we have very fair skin tones. 

The mitt makes it so easy to use and spread around, you literally will not have any streaking at all. 

This is truly one of the best self tanning lines out there, so go ahead and tan away!