ON TREND: THE SOCK BUN

I don’t know about you, but I always have a bunch of socks in my drawer that have no pair (I’m pretty sure an evil sock-devouring troll lives in my dryer). Well, what do inconvenient mismatched socks have to do with fixing a big, beautiful bun in your hair? Everything, as it turns out. Disclaimer: no stylists or fancy products necessary.

Sock bun

The secret to a fat, round, symmetrical bun is simple. All you need is a humble sock. Tube socks, gym socks, even toe socks – it doesn’t matter (as long as it’s clean!) Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create a sock bun.

 

 

  1. Find a clean sock. Unless your hair is long or thick, it’s important that the sock is a similar colour to your hair. Cut the toe off of your sock, then roll it down until it looks like a doughnut.
  2. Fasten your hair in a tight ponytail wherever you want your bun to be centred. If it tends to be frizzy, rub a little serum or OIL on your hands first. Slip the sock doughnut around it, then pull it just a few inches above the ends of your hair.
  3. This bit sounds complicated, but it’s really not! Pull those few inches around the sock, tucking the ends into the centre hole. Remember, you’re trying to cover the sock and hold the hair in the middle. When the ends are tucked in, roll the sock towards you. Continue tucking and rolling, making sure the hair is evenly distributed around the bun.
  4. Voila! When you reach the top of your ponytail, you should have a firm bun.

I love that this bun can last through a long, busy day. This technique takes only a few minutes on my long, thick, and layered curls, so it really is foolproof! But if you’re still having trouble, check out the tips below.

  • Start by trying a side bun, so you can see what you’re doing
  • If you have very curly hair, you might need to straighten it first
  • To smooth frizzy baby hairs, just use a toothbrush spritzed with hairspray
  • Wrap a ribbon or scarf around the base of your bun to secure it – and add some flair!
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LIVE CLEAN – EXOTIC NECTAR CONDITIONER

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review!

Ever wonder why your new shampoo does wonders for your hair for the first few months, but then your hair goes back to being frizzy and dull? You do need to switch shampoos, but not because your hair is getting “used” to  the products as you might have heard before. The silicones in most commercial hair products make your hair temporarily soft and shiny, but over time, they build up and coat your hair shaft and follicles, smothering and clogging your hair. This is where Live Clean comes in.

Exotic Nectar Conditioner

“But Stylesreview,” you may be asking, “what is this Live Clean?” Live Clean is a fairly new Canadian company, committed to producing vegan, biodegradable and organic plant-derived personal care products. They don’t use phthalates, parabens, phosphates, or gluten, they don’t test on animals, and their ingredients lists actually make sense. Best of all, the prices are comparable to the regular stuff!

(The downside, for our international readers, is availability. Canadians, check out this link to see what’s available near you: http://www.live-clean.com/content/where%20to%20buy)

Anyway, on to the actual review! I am currently in love with Live Clean’s Exotic Nectar Conditioner, which features pure argan oil and a moisturising blend of grapeseed and olive oils. I’ve gotten my sister, who has thick curly hair like me, hooked on it as well. My hair is glossy despite the winter wind (and I always wear it loose), and my frizz has calmed down.

The conditioner is thick and creamy, and spreads well so you don’t need a lot. It smells scrumptious, like vanilla sugar! I don’t find it weighty or greasy, but if your hair is not on the dry side you should proceed with caution, as it is quite rich. I’d recommend checking out their other lines, like the Clarifying Apple Cider Vinegar for oily hair – it comes with a finishing rinse instead of a conditioner. It feels great to use a natural product, knowing that you aren’t covering yourself in mysterious chemicals. Give us your feedback if you do try other products, and let us know if you liked this one!

 

**BONUS: I also bought the Exotic Nectar Replenishing Lotion, and it moisturises my medium-dry skin nicely – it may not be rich enough for very dry skin. I mainly like it because it smells just as delicious as the conditioner!

 

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ANKLE BOOT ESSENTIALS

I don’t know about you guys, but I am sick of clomping around in heavy winter boots. In fact, I blame boots for my winter weight gain because they make my thighs look deceptively thin. Forget holiday eating and taking the subway everywhere – it’s the boots.

The good news is, the snow is on its way out (for now)! And that means it’s finally time to put away the clunky shoes and step out in a pair of ankle boots! Ankle boots are light, but warm enough for the unpredictable spring weather. They’re versatile, too, with loads of styles to choose from.  Here are some must-haves for the season:

 

Black bootOxford booties are casual enough for class, appropriate for the office, and definitely cute enough to wear out in the evening. Pick patent leather with a comfortable heel for a . Bonus: it’s easy to wipe off the spring slush! Pair with opaque black tights and short skirts and dresses, or skinny jeans and your favourite blazer. Pack a more formal dress or top, a handful of jewellery and makeup, and you’re ready for a night out! Wear a BRIGHT COAT for a pop of colour.

 

Brown Crocs

If you’re one of those people who wears Uggs and defends your decision by saying they’re comfy – know that right now, someone somewhere in the world is saying the same thing about Crocs. Enter the moccasin bootie, soft suede shoes with fringes, tassels, bows, and warm lining. They’ll match your midnight-coffee-run outfit of tights and a sweatshirt. But you can also wear them with jeans and a jacket, or even a dress or a skirt! Black suede looks rich, and great with black tights, while soft brown and grey shades are more earthy – made to be worn with a faded denim jacket. For the more adventurous, try an earthy colour like plum, navy, olive, or rose.

 

Pink Combat boots

Combat boots are classic, but that means they often turn into go-to shoes and can sometimes be a little boring. A short boot in a bright colour will look fresh without becoming overwhelming, and can be surprisingly versatile! This is a great way to colour block your outfit right down to your toes, so don’t be afraid to experiment. These can look grungy and punk, as the style gods intended combat boots to be, or high-fashion. For those who prefer to be low-key, go for a maroon or dark blue, or lighter pastel shades for a softer look.

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UPDATE: What’s coming up?

Hi everyone,

There hasn’t been a post made in a while since the admins have unfortunately been busy with real life. We’re gearing up for the changing seasons with a lot of posts about spring and summer fashion, beauty, and more! We’re also working on a layout change to make your browsing life faster, easier, and prettier. Stay tuned!

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COLOURED COATS

The days are getting shorter, there’s a chill in the air, lights are up everywhere – it must be winter already! And of course, with the new season comes new fashions. Getting a winter wardrobe is exciting when you’re looking at all the pretty sweaters and cute wooly tights, but for most of us, the fun stops when we get to outerwear. At this point, it’s easy to just give up and settle for a plain grey coat and black boots.

Don’t worry, you can still brighten up a gloomy winter’s day! Your clothes are hidden underneath your coat, so they don’t have to match. Think of outerwear as a whole different outfit and you can really get creative! Try a chic, unconventional coloured coat.

Yellow Coat

 

With this yellow coat, you won’t miss the summer sun! Yellow matches well with a surprising range of colours. This would look great with any dark or neutral coloured bottoms, but you can also pair them with another hot trend: COLOURED PANTS. Bright red or cobalt blue give you a bold primary colour combination, while pastel shades would look cute and feminine. This cut goes well with pants or skirts.

 

Cobalt Blue Coat

 

This cobalt blue coat is great for those who want a more conservative winter look. If you are still experimenting, this coat allows you to dip a toe into the ocean of colourful clothes! Any neutral bottoms would look good with this, including lighter shades. Stronger colours like seafoam green or most shades of pink make for a brighter combination. Tights and skinny jeans go particularly well with the loose fit of this coat.

 

Double-Breasted Magenta Trenchcoat

 

This one is a personal favourite – I have a magenta peacoat myself! Any neutral bottoms will match this colour well, particularly navy, grey, and camel or tan. Warm pastels like yellow look nice too, as well as patterns like houndstooth or gingham in black-and-white. Florals also work with this pretty colour – why wait for spring? Dresses and skirts look sleek and stylish thanks to this coat’s classic tailored cut.

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THE FITTING ROOM PROBLEM

It’s happened to all of us: the latest fashions look amazing on mannequins in the window display, and you can’t wait to see try them on. But when you step out of the fitting room, it almost looks like you’re wearing different clothes! Why doesn’t the outfit look just as good on you?
Just because something is trendy, doesn’t mean it works for everyone – one size rarely fits all! We all hear about dressing for our body type, but figuring out how to actually do it is a different story. At Styles Review, we’re here to help. Fashion and You is about more than just what’s hot at the moment – it’s about looks that will work for you year-round.

Beyonce Knowles

Pear: The muse. As the name suggests, a pear has small shoulders and chest, a slim waist, and generous hips and thighs. This is one of the most common shapes, yet is unfortunately prone to the Fitting Room Problem. The curvaceous pear shape has historically been a symbol of fertility – countless artists have used it to depict feminine beauty. Stunning, Bootylicious, and the ultimate diva, Beyoncé makes it easy to see why!

Scarlett Johansson

Hourglass: The classic. Equally broad shoulders and hips, a large bust and hips with a short waist in between, and long legs. For centuries, women wore corsets to attain the idealised hourglass figure. Few women naturally have this shape, so finding clothes designed to accommodate curves is the biggest Fitting Room Problem. Hollywood’s blonde bombshell, Scarlett Johansson, is an hourglass.

Duchess of Cambridge

Skittle: The athlete. Skittles have a long, slim torso with shorter and fuller legs. Skittles tend to look fit, as they have slender arms, flat stomachs, and developed calves: think of muscular ballerinas and tennis players. They have legs made for heels! Unlike the pear, skittles don’t have wide hips, making them an easier shape to dress. A regal beauty, the Duchess of Cambridge is a fashion icon for the clothes she wears on her skittle shape.

Katy Perry

Vase: The favourite. Vases have equal hips and shoulders, a gently-defined waist, and proportionate legs and torso. They’re an hourglass without the extreme curves, and, like the skittle, this straightness makes them easier to dress. The vase shape is common, and is the best of both worlds – voluptuous without being too hard to dress! Known for her out-there outfits and the body that shows them off, popstar Katy Perry is a versatile vase.

Angelina Jolie

Apple: The baby doll. Apple-shaped women have a large bust, undefined waist, and narrow hips. This shape can certainly fall into the trap of the Fitting Room Problem, with their slender shoulders and legs refusing the same fit as their middles. However, apples are plentiful, and a lot of high-street designs are now made to flatter this body type. Beautiful and talented, Oscar-winning Angelina Jolie is a slim apple shape.

Keira Knightley

Column: The mannequin. The shoulders are straight, and the waist, hip, and bust are similar in size – this figure is straight like a column. They can look statuesque in the right clothes, which, for the versatile column, can be varied. It can be harder for columns to find everyday clothes, particularly pants, since they can carry off so many different high-fashion styles. The lovely British actress, Keira Knightley, is a column.

Adriana Lima

Goblet: The model. Goblets look like they sound – broad shoulders that taper to a narrow pair of hips, all balanced on a long, slim stem. With their squared shoulders and shapely legs, they are a fashion designer’s dream! Like columns, dressing for everyday can cause the real Fitting Room Problem. Plenty of runway and lingerie models have a goblet shape, including the Brazilian supermodel, Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima.

As you can see, no matter what your unique Fitting Room Problem is, you can look glamourous and well-dressed! Check back for articles on dressing for your body shape.

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HOW SAFE IS MODERN BEAUTY?

Every magazine we buy nowadays always has a list of recommended products: for our hair, skin, nails, etc. Wherever we go there’s some ad or person telling us what we should or should not use.

Unfortunately, many companies don’t care about the quality of their products – they use cheap, cost-effective ingredients to maximize profits. The industry is so unregulated that most companies get away with almost anything! In fact, there are several products currently on the market that just aren’t good for you, no matter how well they work.

Here are a few tips for a healthier, more beautiful you!

1. Try to go natural. DIY. Experiment. We are all different; just because it works on your friend doesn’t mean it will work for you! In the future, we plan to post about trying some of these natural alternatives. Hopefully they will help you out!
Warning: some products that are advertised as “natural” can have toxic chemicals in them! Always read the back, if its certified organic then it is the real deal.

2. Do your own research. If you have acne, for example, try to find out what’s causing it, instead of just getting a great concealer. Quick fixes are convenient, but they only work for so long! Remember that beauty isn’t just superficial – glowing skin and shiny hair are attractive because they’re a sign of good health. Feel free to ask us about personal beauty issues, and we’ll post articles of natural solutions!

3. Avoid stress – and if you succeed, tell us how! This one is hard in our hectic world, but stress takes a toll on your health. It increases cortisol levels, which can cause high blood pressure, acid reflux, sleeping problems, osteoporosis, and weight gain – it might even reduce collagen in your skin! We’ve learned to put sleep last when we’re busy, but that’s when it’s most important: a good night’s sleep can dramatically reduce your stress levels.

4. Know which products to avoid.

  • Synthetic colouring ingredients
  • Lead
  • Urea (we’re not kidding!)
  • Avoid these chemical compounds as well:
  • Phthalates – found in an alarming number of products, even though their impact on health is still being studied.
  • Toluene – check your nail polish brand!
  • Benzene – highly toxic and can cause cancer.
  • Formaldehyde – used for preserving dead organisms… ick!
  • Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine (DEA and TEA)

More products are listed below.

Remember, your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it absorbs whatever you smear onto it. Sure, it may be less expensive to buy chemical products, but would you eat instant ramen every day just because it’s cheap? Besides, just like eating healthy, natural beauty doesn’t have to punch a hole in your wallet. Check back soon for our cheap and easy DIY beauty ideas, as well as our natural products reviews!

This is a list that contains the most harmful chemicals one should avoid. It fits inside your wallet. It was made by David Suzuki, a famous Canadian environmental activist. Please, print it and use it wisely! If you want some in depth information regarding his research see the following pdf.

If you want to read more about other harmful products check the following website.

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TORONTO DEALS ON BLACK FRIDAY!

Mendocino 20% of sale and in store specials!

Free people Free shipping till Nov 28

H&M

  •  Tops starting at $5
  • Dresses starting at $10
  • Knitwear starting at $15
  • Men’s shirts starting at $15
  • Kids denim starting at $7

Urban outfitters 50% on red line merchandise

La Senza As of now there is only free shipping… however today at 9pm they will reveal their true Black Friday offers!

All Saints 20% of selected styles till Nov 26. Must ender code: thanks when buying online

Anthropologie extra 25% on sale items, both online and in-store. Lasts until Sunday Nov 25

The Bay

  • 40% Off Women’s coats
  • 50% Off Women’s dresses and suits
  • Up to 50% Off Women’s Shoes

Other deals:

Toms 5$ off and free shipping if using this coupon: TOMSTHANKS5

Can order stuff from the american amazon?

Check out this link! It will give you the option to view what is on sale.

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BROWN BAGS vs BLACK BAGS

 Brown Bags vs Black Bags

Can the colour of a purse or bag really change an outfit that much? The answer is: yes, of course it can! A glance at the picture above shows that.

As you can see, there are two different colours for the bags: brown and black. Both are simple, neutral colours that can be worn with pretty much any outfit, but each colour gives your outfit a totally different look and feel!

Black provides a greater contrast between colours, which means it emphasizes them, and gives your outfit a more classy or professional look. Black is more formal, so when going to an elegant event, choose black over brown. This also has to do with the fact that black works better at night. That doesn’t mean black has to be boring or old-fashioned! It looks edgier than brown when contrasted with bright colours.

Brown is an earth tone, so it gives a more relaxed look. It works well for daytime looks because it’s not as severe as black. This also makes brown a great choice for summer and fall, when you want a fresher look. Chances are you wear more colourful outfits in those seasons (unless, of course, you’ve read our article on COLOURED COATS), and black can contrast too harshly.

Note: Black goes with any colour. So when in doubt, go black! If you want a softer effect, try SHADES OF GREY.

Reversible dress $39 - bankfashion.co.uk

Shoulder bag modcloth.com

Victoria s Secret cotton bag victoriassecret.com

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SOME GRAPHIC TEES FOR COLOURED JEANS!!

Graphic tees

These graphic t-shirts will work perfectly with coloured jeans. Check them out! I’m sure it will help you on your quest to embrace coloured pants.

Firetrap scoop neck tee
$59 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Zena beach shirt
$44 - celebboutique.com

Cotton t shirt
romwe.com

Diesel print t shirt
$25 - 7trends.de

Floral top
delias.com

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