I always try to find natural makeup products (usually free of parabens and talc) but it can be hard to find things reasonably priced, that are the right colour and natural. My go-to natural makeup brand is Physician’s Formula but since it’s been winter in Canada FOREVER and I haven’t been outside, most of their skin products are not pale enough for me. So I ventured out to try new products and I’m very happy with what I got!
I find skin makeup quite confusing, do I want powder, BB cream, tinted moisturizer, foundation or just concealer? I decided to try powdered foundation because I had read it’s great for sensitive skin and I like the ability to build it up for more coverage without looking cakey, but having the options of it not being heavy for days when I don’t need a lot of coverage. And I also got a concealer to cover dark circles, pimples or any other blemish.
This powdered foundation is honestly magical. You tap a little bit of the powder into the cap and use a big fluffy brush to distribute it all over your face. Then after the first layer, you can add another layer to places where you want extra coverage. With just a little bit of product, it covers so well. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing makeup at all and it also doesn’t come off while sweating. Both concealer and the foundation have lasted hard workouts and looked better than any other skin product I’ve used. The only downside is that if you apply it and you’re wearing a dark colour it might become a little powdery. But that’s not too bad for the benefits of this product! Before applying, cover your face in moisturizer and wait for it to absorb in, then that way the powder has something to stick to and you get the hydrating of moisturizer.
The concealer I often find is too yellow or orange toned for me but this one is a great fit! The coverage is also very good and it can be added on top of the powdered foundation for maximum coverage and a flawless look. Marcelle products are on the higher end of drugstore but definitely worth it for natural products that are gentle on sensitive skin.
This instalment of the Seeking Style Series will be on how to streamline your outfit choices and make sure you’re using all of the clothes you own.
Get everything out and ready
The first thing I do is take all of the clothes out where I can see them so I know what I’m working with. It’s pretty messy and could probably be done in a neater way, but this is what I do. I find that I often forget things that I have or there’ll be a shirt that I don’t enjoy wearing, but once it’s put together with something else I might like it a lot more and start wearing it often. The main point is to get the most out of what you own.
Putting things together
Once everything is out, it’s time to start putting outfits together and taking pictures. I start with outfits I usually wear and from there switch a piece out and see how it looks, sometimes trying on the new combos to see how it feels and if I like it. This way you can get more outfit options out of what you have. I will also look up things like “how to style utility jacket” to get more inspiration and ideas for things to go together that I would have never thought of.
Once there are some outfit combinations, I lay everything out and take pictures of them. Then I create a secret Pinterest board where I pin all of the photos I’ve taken of my outfits. The board can be sorted by season or weather to make finding outfits even easier. With a bit of initial time commitment, you can have quick and easy outfits and not have to think about them!
For most of my teenage years, I’ve found it hard to find clothing that I liked. They were either not in my style ( I didn’t really know what style I liked until recently ), they were poor quality or too expensive, so I ended up leaving stores empty-handed or returning purchases shortly thereafter. I came up with a plan ( Seeking Style! ) for myself to find clothes that were 1) reasonably priced, 2) fit in my style and I would actually wear, 3) looked good and were not terrible quality. This has been the most successful shop in awhile and I’m very happy with what I bought!
T-shirts for summer when it’s hot and I mostly wear sweaters so I needed something a bit cooler for the warmer months. I tried to get more classic patterns ( can never have too many stripes! ) to go with my style and give a bit of a vintage feel. Floral is everywhere right now and I’m so happy about it. Lemons because why not?! ( also like Lemonade ) And stripes because you can never go wrong with stripes.
There is nothing better than an oversized, warm and cozy sweatshirt. It’s like a constant hug. The red one is for everyday wear and says “true happiness” along the back, which I think is letting you know that it would bring happiness. The black one is not as heavy so I got it for wearing post-workout over my workout tanks.
The light jeans are to embrace my inner hipster, sort of like the mom jean trend but I got them in skinny jeans because I like those more and high waisted which makes them more flattering and I think more comfortable. Black leggings with some detail so they don’t look too plain. The fabric is thicker so they don’t end up being see-through or anything and there are zippers on the ankles to make them less plain. Black leggings are a must have since they are super comfortable and can be worn with anything. Denim shorts are the warm weather alternative to the jeans because they’re basically the exact same thing but shorter. These were one of the few pairs that I could find that wasn’t incredibly short or somehow “distressed”. The black shorts I got so my purchase from Ardenes would get to the free shipping minimum, to be honest, but they are actually pretty comfortable and I will always wear new workout clothing!
This is my favourite part of this haul, DRESSES! Summer and warm weather is the best because of summer dresses being so pretty and comfortable. I could not get the maxi dress to unwrinkle so please excuse that, it’s not that wrinkly when it’s not laying down. The maxi dress is my favourite thing that I bought, it’s made from t-shirt material ( super soft and comfy ) with a halter neck and feels like something a Greek goddess would wear. Forever 21 is almost constantly out of stock of these but once you see them I would buy it immediately since their stock goes fast! The red and the blue dress are both made of similar material and both have slightly flowy skirts. They’re very comfortable and cute, I feel like I will only wear these all summer. The T-shirt was soooo soft and easy since you just slide it on and it’s a full outfit. This is the first time I’ve had a romper, I felt like a doll with the puff around the neckline, but it’s great! I have a very long torso, though, so if I were to get other rompers they would probably also have to be off the shoulder in order for them to be comfortable.
I had been wanting a vintage style bathing suit for awhile and had been keeping an eye out for places selling ones that weren’t so vintage that they looked like a costume, but still had the classic feel to them. I noticed aerie had them last year but didn’t get any because I haven’t gone swimming or anything in a while. This year I decided to just get it because it’s not very often that they’re in style and I knew I would get my money’s worth of enjoyment out of it. Also at aerie, I got a bralette which I had heard was really great and now I fully agree, it’s much prettier in person, super comfortable and looks nice enough that it can be worn under things and it’s not a huge deal if you can see straps or anything. I would get about 100 more. Aerie has lots of sales and things are pretty reasonably priced when they’re on sale, I also like their body positive campaign #aerieREAL, it’s also helpful to see how things would look on you because there are so many other people with different body types. The sports bra was on clearance at Forever 21 and I can also never have enough of those for working out.
First things first, let’s talk about what looks good on you. There seems to be so many fashion rules and tips about how to dress your body type, but everyone’s different so rules don’t really apply well. Try on many different styles and things that appeal to you. The key is to just keep trying new things. It helps to bring someone along with you to get an opinion on how these new styles look on you since it’s hard to tell on yourself sometimes. Make sure it’s someone whose opinion on your fashion you value, I’m not going to ask my little brother to come shopping with me and give me opinions on how I look. Wear what makes you feel good!!! Ok, now on to the whole point of this post.
What is a “uniform”?
After going through tonnes of pins and stalking lots of fashion Instagram accounts ( see Seeking Style 1 ) I started to see the similarities in the style and outfits that I had saved and from that came each season’s “uniform”. This “uniform” method makes shopping easier and it’s a good basis for the rest of your wardrobe. The idea of this “uniform” is to have a basic outfit that is your go-to for that season. So, for example, in summer I like to wear a pair of patterned or colourful shorts. And I found out that is the look I like from seeing how many pins I had that were a pair of shorts and a more plain top. I also like skirts and cute dresses so, my summer “uniform” options would be a top, and fun shorts or a dress, or a top and skirt. Then in fall, I like patterned pants as an alternative to the fun shorts, and sweaters because they’re so cozy, I would also wear this in the winter. Skirts and dresses with tights are also part of the fall “uniform” because those are a little too cold for winter.
How to build a uniform
It’s really quite easy. Just go through all of your pins and outfit inspiration pictures and figure out what the main common pieces are, then that’s your uniform! It’s just like dissecting outfits down to the very basic parts.
Keep reading for more Seeking Style posts! And don’t forget to read Seeking Style 1 if you haven’t already!