Winter Skin Care

Our skin is at its thirstiest in the winter months and definitely needs an extra amount of TLC. We all *try* to stay committed to our routines; whether it’s about fitness, work, home, lifestyle or as simple as a skin ritual. BUT let’s be honest after a week, we all end up going to sleep with our makeup on and regret it every.single.time!

We need to use products that keep our skin hydrated and moisturized all day without a lengthy process or a never-ending list of creams and serums. This week, we are rounding up our favorite skin products to keep you glowing even if the sun isn’t.

DON’T WAIT TO EXFOLIATE!

A lot of us forget that exfoliation is key to having a great complexion. Exfoliation helps by removing a layer of dead skin which in return reveals a brighter more younger looking skin. It is best to exfoliate 1-2 times a week with a product suitable for your skin type.

Tulasāra™ radiant facial dry brush  $52  – This brush is available at Aveda and is specifically “designed to sweep away dull surface cells for instant exfoliation”. This really is a game changer in skin care which makes exfoliation easy and fast.
Botanical kinetics™exfoliant $36 – This product will help you get a “smoother, clearer more refined complexion” and it is one of the best sellers designed for all skin types. It is scented with organic lime, geranium eucalyptus and pure flower essence.

WHY JUST MASK WHEN YOU CAN MULTI-MASK

One of the biggest issues in winter is that our skin tends to get dry in different spots while the T-zone still stays oily, so the best way to deal with that is to use specific masks for specific areas. Below is a list of masks that are especially designed to combat all issues in one go.     

 

Pumpkin is the latest in skin care and Bath and Body Works has a whole line of sheet masks that contain pumpkin enzymes and many other useful ingredients to prepare you for those harsh winter days. As always, you can Mix n Match any masks for just 5/$10.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Face Peel $25 – This dermatologically tested peel gently removes impurities and dead skin cells to keep your skin looking smoother and more youthful.
LUSH Oatfix $9.95 – Skin tends to be extra sensitive and irritated in the winter. This mask is a perfect blend of oats, banana and ground almonds to soften your skin while taking off the flaky and dry parts off.

CREAM BEFORE YOU DREAM

The best time to moisturize your face is right before you go to sleep because it helps keep the product in place for maximum amount of time. Make sure you cleanse your face thoroughly before bed and finish by applying a layer of moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated until morning.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream Sale: $19.20 Reg.$24 – It will not be wrong if this one product is called THE HOLY GRAIL product for winter or actually all seasons. This cream is enriched with Vitamin E which intensively hydrates your skin overnight and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. This can be applied all over your face and is made for all skin types. With regular use, it diminishes the looks of fine lines and blemishes as well.
LUSH Skin Drink  $26.95 – Skin feels extra tight during winter, and you can quench it by using this cream all over your face and neck. Its packed with ingredients like rose petal extract, fresh avocado, and calming aloe vera extract. This cream will keep your skin soft and moisturized by improving the texture.

We hope this list helps you stay fresh and put your best skin forward this season. All of these products are available at the above retailers right here at Kingsway! So, try adding these products to your winter routine and let us know how you glow!

FALL INTO FASHION

The weather here in Edmonton has everyone wondering if they should take out a trench or a parka- the struggle is REAL.  It’s not even Halloween and we are getting ALL the Christmas feels. Even though we would have been just fine without the white stuff, we can’t ignore that the calendar does not say winter for another two months! Which means we can still get our FALL FASH-ON!

We have gathered our TOP 4 hottest trends that will transition from fall right into the winter months. Keep reading to see our picks and get them in stores while they are trending!

The 80’s are back Ladies

The most divisive fashion era is making a comeback this year, and we are totally here for it! florals, neons, bold prints, mom jeans and oversized suits are all making a return and can be found right here at Kingsway.                                  

(From left to right: Dynamite Maxi floral Wrap Dress $20, Garage Mom Jeans $56.95, Le Chateau Crêpe Oversized Blazer $89.95, Aldo Neon Shoes $30)

No Cringe Fringe

Fringe is one of the most versatile trends of the season! It can be found in jackets, boots, and purses. It adds movement and dimension to anything you’re carrying. 

(From left to right:  Ardene Black heeled microsuede booties $44.90, Forever 21 Faux suede fringe poncho $44.90, Le Chateau Suede Fringe Pouch $39.99)

Know Your Camo

This hot trend looks good on everyone and it can be dressed up or down! It comes in tees, tanks, sweatpants, jackets and even skirts which can be paired with a pair of knee highs for a structured look.

(From left to right: Aritzia Alix Pant $85, Bluenotes Camo bodycon dress $19.99, Gap Print girlfriend Chinos $44.95, Forever21 Camo Cargo Mini Skirt $52.00)

Prepared for Leopard

Now this trend is all the roar in the fashion world at the moment, so much so that it has made its way into everything you can think of! Leopard looks best when it’s worn with a subtle look because the print itself is so loud. We have gathered the best ways to incorporate this trend into your daily looks or on a night out!

(From left to right: Forever21  Leopard Print Bodysuit $29.90, CallitSpring: $17.49, Dynamite: Hooded Parka $79.95)

That’s a wrap for all of our Fall favs here at Kingsway! Make sure to stop by and rab your must have items so you can be on trend and fall right into fashion this season! Happy Shopping.

Eyelash Extensions – Keravie Lash Loft

Want to save time in your makeup routine?  Say goodbye to your mascara and hello to Eyelash Extensions! Lash Extensions are synthetic lashes semi-permanently glued onto your real eyelashes, making them look fuller and longer and can last for 3-4 weeks. Lash Extensions are applied to your individual eyelashes, one by one to achieve fuller, thicker lashes!

Keravie Lash Loft is opening on September 3rd, located on the second level near Entrance 7. Keravie will be providing eyelash services such as G.E.L and  Keratin Lash Lifts, and Classic + Volume Eyelash Extensions.

A G.E.L Lash Lift is perfect for those who prefer a more natural look. This technique uses ammonia-free tint which is milder than regular lash tints. Keravie uses medical-grade ingredients made up of keratin, silk peptides and botanicals which are safe, but also nourish and strengthen your lashes with every treatment. Once your lash lift is complete, your lashes will stay lifted until they naturally fall out- the tint lasts about 3-4 weeks, and it is recommended to have your lashes re-lifted every 6-8 weeks.

For those who want a more dramatic look, Keravie will be offering 3 types of Eyelash Extensions:

Classic – If you already have naturally full lashes and you want to add some length, the Classic set is for you! Get the look of mascara without the hassle of using mascara. These lash extensions are single strand lashes that are individually applied to your own eyelashes. 

Volume (Russian) – Volume lash extensions are multiple lashes that are made into a lash fan. If you’re looking for wispy, full looking lashes, this set is perfect for you! Lashes used in the volume sets are thinner, compared to the Classic set which is perfect for building a voluminous, feathery look without weighing down your natural lashes.

Hybrid – The Hybrid set is a combination of the Classic and Volume lash extensions to create fluffier lashes, with a multi-dimensional look.

Here is everything you need to know about getting eyelash extensions:

  • Within 24 hours of your new eyelash extensions – avoid steam showers, swimming and getting your lashes wet.
  • Your lash extensions should last 3-4 weeks, but if you want to maintain full lashes, 2 week fills are recommended.
  • Take care of your lashes – avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling on your lashes while wearing lash extensions as this can cause your lashes to fall out quicker.
  • Avoid oil-based makeup removers and cleansers – use a water-based remover instead!
  • Avoid wearing mascara with your eyelash extensions, but you can wear mascara on your lashes with the Lash Lift treatments.
  • Wash your eyelashes thoroughly at least once every three days – Keravie recommends using diluted baby shampoo (1 part baby shampoo and 3 parts water).

Keravie Lash Loft is having their Grand Opening on September 15th. To celebrate, we are hosting a giveaway where 1 lucky winner will their choice of a Classic Lash Extension Set or Keratin Lash Lift. Make sure to follow our Instagram for more details!

A Wee Bit Irish

Even though St. Patrick is strongly linked to Ireland, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is not actually just an Irish event. The day is an international celebration, which means it’s celebrated all over the world. So whether you’re Irish or not, you can be a wee bit Irish on March 17, 2018.

So why is it customary to wear green on St. Pat’s Day? The tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants, who believed that wearing green made them invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see. Pinching people who didn’t wear green reminded them that leprechauns could sneak up on them at any time.

So whether you choose to deck yourself out in a green suit, like this one from Hudson’s Bay, or shamrock adorned accessories from Urban Planet, American Eagle, Claire’s or Thing’s Engraved, make sure you wear green on March 17 so the leprechaun’s can’t see you!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Kingsway Mall.

On the Beach!

If you’re heading south for a winter break, there’s one thing you need to pack multiples of…bathing suits. Here are the swimwear trends that are making a splash this resort season:

  • Deep plunging V-necklines, cut-outs and high-cut legs on one-piecers
  • Asymmetrical ruffles, floral appliqués, and decoration on one side of the swimsuit
  • Extra strings in the form of lace-up tops and asymmetrical accents on swimsuit bottoms.
  • Strappy and front tied monokinis
  • Mismatched bikini sets
  • Retro style two-piecers with a high-waisted bottom
  • A thick contrast belt around the waist or belted onto a bikini bottom, adding emphasis to the waist
  • Embellishments on swimsuits include tassels, metal rings, front ties and suspenders
  • Swimsuits in gingham-print, polka dots, fruit prints, stripes, metalics & velvet
  • Bright colors like marigold, orange, lime green and pink
  • Matching cover-up & swimsuit

And while you’re on the beach and in the sun, don’t forget to slather on lots of sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.  Check out the sun care products available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and the beauty department at Hudson’s Bay.

 

Heading South?

Are you escaping the cold weather and heading somewhere warm? A break to a warmer climate rejuvenates the body and spirit, and makes what’s left of winter tolerable. And it also gives us a chance to slip out of our heavy winter gear and into what the fashion world calls “resort wear”.  Here are a few of the resort wear trends that will have you stylin’ if you’re heading south: 

  • Tropical prints are a resort mainstay for both men and women – in particular hothouse florals & palm leaves.
  • Citrus fruits are the biggest colour stories – clementine, lemon & tangerine.
  • Denim that is bedazzled, embroidered and distressed, but the most popular iteration for resort is a simple frayed edge.
  • Replace the skinny pant leg with a wide legged pant or a bell bottom.
  • Off-the-shoulder tops or one’s that feature small straps that will still bare plenty of collarbone.
  • Footwear trends include flatforms, sandals with a kitten heel and slides. Don’t forget a pedi if you’re wearing open toed sandals.
  • It’s hard to believe but sock-and-sandal pairings are on-trend as long as the socks have a cool-girl vibe.

Wherever you’re headed, travel safe, and stop into Kingsway Mall before you leave. Here’s just a sampling of resort wear that available from our retailers.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

“Love is in the air” and as we approach Valentine’s Day, here are some fun facts about this annual celebration.

  • Approximately 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged worldwide every year, making it the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.
  • The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
  • Every Valentine’s Day the city of Verona, Italy, is flooded with letters addressed to the fictional “Juliet” from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
  • The greatest structure built in the name of love: the Taj Mahal in India. The building was created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife.
  • In Finland Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s Day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

And our final fact is that Kingsway Mall retailers’ are ready for Valentine’s Day with an impressive array of gift ideas that your loved one(s) will fall in love with.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

“Love is in the air” and as we approach Valentine’s Day, here are some fun facts about this annual celebration.

  • Approximately 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged worldwide every year, making it the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.
  • The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
  • Every Valentine’s Day the city of Verona, Italy, is flooded with letters addressed to the fictional “Juliet” from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
  • The greatest structure built in the name of love: the Taj Mahal in India. The building was created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife.
  • In Finland Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s Day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

And our final fact is that Kingsway Mall retailers’ are ready for Valentine’s Day with an impressive array of gift ideas that your loved one(s) will fall in love with.

 

Fitness and Wellness

Happy New Year! An annual tradition of the new year is to make resolutions.  What New Year’s resolutions did you make? Generally the most popular resolutions are health-based with people vowing to take better care of themselves…to lose weight, eat better or get fit. You can see this play out in gyms, which are packed with people in January but in the following months the crowds dwindle off.  And that’s because most people don’t stick to their resolutions.

If getting fit is your New Year’s resolution or fitness is a way of life for you, Kingsway retailers have lots of fitness gear to help you get in shape and workout wear that will have you stylin’ at the gym.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018!

What’s Kate Wearing?

January 17, 2018:  Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, visited Great Ormond Street Hospital to open the latest phase in the institution’s ambitious redevelopment project.

Kate met with young patients and their families to hear about their experiences at the enhanced medical centre. After officially opening the new building, the Duchess gave a short speech saying that she’d been very ‘impressed’ on her first visit to the hospital. The royal family has a long-standing relationship with the hospital with Queen Victoria becoming its first patron after it was founded in 1852.  As usual, Kate was stylishly attired and here are fashions inspired by what she wore and available at Kingsway retailers.