Beauty Roundup: Staff Beauty Picks

September 06, 2016

As summer slowly comes to a close, we enter a season of new beginnings.

Kids are back to school, vacations are coming to an end, and there's a chill in the air hinting of pleasant autumn days to come.

Things are changing at the Encircled Headquarters, too. We're working on new products, rearranging our office space and recently welcomed a new member to the team (hi, Tina!)

With the upcoming changes of the season, it's a perfect time to re-evaluate your beauty routine. For us, this means simplifying our routine and finding ways to be kinder to the earth, and our skin.

We've rounded up our favourite beauty products that we discovered this summer. From head to toe, these will also make great transitions into fall beauty.

 

Living through many dry Canadian winters, a must-have is a rich and moisturizing hand cream. My pick is the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream. It’s made from 100% pure argan oil, in a shea butter base. The scent (which is delicious!) is Vanilla Apricot and perfect for any season. It’s hydrating, and contains no synthetic fragrances, parabens or sulfates. Also, Josie Maran’s products are cruelty-free, recyclable and the company supports sustainable argan oil harvesting, and the Natural Resources Defence Council Polar Bear SOS Initiative. Lastly, there’s a hidden positive message on every bottle - this one says 'Be Joyful'.

Traveling often has made me a hand sanitizer addict. I love this lavender-scented hand sanitizer by Dr. Bronner for a few reasons. First it’s in a spray bottle (so it lasts longer), it’s travel-sized, and certified fair trade/organic. As it doesn’t have toxic ingredients in it, and uses a natural base, it’s safe for using also as an air freshener or deodorant — as well as on kids. Definitely a must-have for travel, or keeping in your drawer at work or purse.

I was always skeptical of dry shampoo products, especially having dark hair but safe to say I’m now addicted. 'No Drought' from Lush really works to combat all that humidity and pollution in Toronto’s air. I find even if my hair is clean, putting this in adds just the right amount of texture and volume, all while smelling like a grapefruit cocktail - so refreshing for summer.

 I can’t get enough of the smell of lavender these days. It’s so relaxing and reminds me of being at a spa. Lavender essential oil is a stress reliever, and apparently helps repel mosquitoes. This essential oil by Ble Lavande is made in Quebec.

I love this little set of perfume minis from the Eau So Lovely Fragrance Collection. They are easy to throw in my makeup bag or purse, and the scents are very summery. Watermint and Coconut Milk Mango are my favourites.

A number of years ago I purged everything I owned, down to my beauty essentials. I kept a small collection of Essie nail polishes and continued to grow it with 2-4 new ones a year. This summer I’ve been into muted tones such as 'Chinchilly' (a taupey granite grey) and 'Bangle Jangle' (a subdued purple). Two wearable neutral tones. 'Blanc' in the white always looks great on hands and feet, especially tanned skin. Lastly, my most recent addition to the collection, 'Off Tropic" is a lush deep green that will be a great transition into fall and winter.

I recently fell in love with Wilderness Soap Co., an eco-brand from Collingwood, Ontario. I was able to meet Laura (owner) at an event in Toronto who was very friendly and passionate about what she does. All Wilderness Soap Co. products are small batch, vegan and 100% natural. I bought two bar soaps that day - then went back for one more. My favourites include the Activated Charcoal soap which has been great for my somewhat problematic skin and smells like black licorice, Lavender which puts my mind at ease, and The Camper soap which smells like Citronella, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. My boyfriend and I both love The Camper - it reminds us of living in a cabin in the woods.

My favourite hand/body lotion right now is all natural Vanilla Bean by LoveFresh. It's thick and luxurious without being greasy, has a naturally vanilla scent (sweet but not sickeningly sweet) and bonus - it's made in Toronto.

Skin Essence Facial in a Jar has been my go-to face product this summer. It's an all natural exfoliant and softening mask. It arrives in powder form which you add water too creating a consistency which can range from thin (I use this as an overnight mask) or thick (for a nice scrub). It's improved the clarity of my skin, and leaves me feeling super soft afterwards.

We just discovered Nomaterra Fragrances - natural perfume inspired by different travel destinations. Cape Cod is a favourite at the office - we love the notes of bergamot, grapefruit, rose, and French lavender and the rollerball is great to throw in your bag for travelling.

What are your fav beauty must-haves?

I'd love to hear what you're coveting this fall - leave us a comment below.

With gratitude,
Brittany

Encircled

 





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Encircled Size Charts
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The Chrysalis Cardi

Size
Garment Length (Laid Flat) Garment Width (Laid Flat) Bust 
(inches)
Waist 
(inches)
Hip 
(inches)
Height 

Regular

(xs - xxl)

38" 39.5" 32"-41" 25"-34" 35"-44" 5'2"-6'0"

Petite

(xxs - m)

35" 34.5" 27"-35" 23"-28" 30"-38" <5'4"

Maxi

(xl - xxxl)

43" 41.5" 41"-52" 33"-45" 44"-56" <6'0"

Fit Advice: The Regular Chrysalis Cardi is a one size fits most garment ranging from sizes XS-XXL or 2-14. It can be easily belted in multiple ways, however the Regular is not recommended for petite or shorter woman due to the volume of fabric - See Petite Cardi. The Regular is also not recommended for curvier/taller women due to fabric pulling around the bust or bottom - See Maxi Cardi.

We recommend watching the how-to wear videos to see how much fabric drape and length you would like in your finished garment. If you are in between sizes, it is best to size up and the garment can always be tailored shorter to better suit your look - you cannot add more fabric, unfortunately!

The Petite is best suited for women 5'4" and under with a smaller frame, although it will also work on women above this height (depending on preferred length when styled). 

The Maxi is best suited for all women under 6’0” with a curvier shape to eliminate any uncomfortable fabric pulling, although it will also work on women who are a bit less curvy (depending on preferred length when styled).

*If you have any questions on sizing, please contact us - Remember it is best to provide us with your height and size range of garments that you already own! 

 

The Dressy Sweatpant

WHEN WORN AT NATURAL WAIST

Worn higher up to sit at your natural waist - straight leg tapers from the hip to ankle opening.

Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16)
Waist (inches)
23" - 25"
25" - 28"
28" - 32"
32" - 34"
34" - 37"
Hip (inches)
32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
44" - 47"
Inseam (inches) 26.5"

Fit Advice: We recommend staying with your usual size if you are in-between sizes. The cut on The Dressy Sweatpants is more generous and the fit is meant to be drapey and slightly loose. 

 

The Essential Long Sleeve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14-16 (XXL)
Bust 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 33 - 36" 36 - 39" 39 - 42"
42 - 45"
Waist 23 - 25" 25 - 27" 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 34 - 36"
36 - 38"
Hips 30 - 32" 33 - 36" 36 - 38" 38 - 41" 41 - 44"
44 - 47"
Front Length / Back Length 24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"

Fit Advice: The Essential Long Sleeve Top fits a bit larger than our usual tees. We suggest to order true to your normal size, however since the styling is more flowy than our other Encircled tees, it is suggested to size down if you prefer a tighter look. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Evolve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M)
10 - 12 (L)
14 - 16 (XL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
Waist 20-22" 23-25" 26-28" 32-34" 35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Fit Advice: The fit of The Evolve top is drapey but tapers towards the hip and tends to fit large. We recommend for you to size down from your normal size if you are unsure. The fabric on The Evolve top has a natural stretch that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

The Flipside Legging 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam 28" 28"
28"
28"
28"

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing up if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The modal fabric on The Flipside Leggings is not as 'taut' as synthetic fabrics like polyester, so if you prefer a snugger fit in the waist area for your leggings, size down. The Flipside Leggings are pre-shrunk. 

 

 The Minimalist Legging + The Minimalist Crop Legging

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The bamboo fabric on The Minimalist Leggings is tighter than the Flipside Leggings. The Minimalist Leggings are pre-shrunk.

 

The Nomadic V-Neck

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Retrograde Kimono Dress

Size
XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) 
Bust (Inches)
28 - 32"
31" - 34"
34 - 37"
36 - 40"
40 - 49"
Waist (Inches)
23" - 25"
24" - 27"
27" - 30"
30" - 34"
35" - 40"
Hip (Inches)
30" - 34"
34" - 37"
36" - 39"
39" - 44"
44" - 49"
Length (Inches)
At longest, 30"
At longest, 31"
At longest, 32"
At longest, 33"
At longest, 34"

Fit Advice: The Retrograde Kimono Dress runs larger than our other Encircled designs and is our most "oversized" piece in the collection. We suggest to order true to your normal size to get the intended look. If you prefer a slimmer or tighter look, we suggest choosing a size down than your usual Encircled size.

 

The Reversible Pencil Skirt

Size
XS (0-2)
S (2-4)
M (6-8)
L (10-12)
XL (14-16)

Waist (inches)

23" - 26"
26" - 29"
29" - 32"
32" - 34"
35" - 37"

Hip (inches)

32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
45" - 47"

Length Total (inches)

20"
21"
22"
23"
24"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Pencil Skirt fits true to size, but it's suggested to size up if you fall between sizes. The pencil skirt offers a smooth silhouette that slightly tapers from waist to hips and down through to the hem, hitting just at knee length. A pencil skirt should smoothly skim your curves, so to get a perfect fit, first identify your largest measurement then choose the size offering that range while still allowing for some stretch. The fabric on The Reversible Pencil skirt has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

 

The Revolve Dress II + The Sleeveless Revolve Dress

 
Size
0-2 (XS)
4-6 (S)
8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL)
Bust (inches)
30.5 - 32.5 "
33.5 - 35.5 "
36.5 - 38.5 "
39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44 "
Waist (inches)
25-26 "
28-29 "
30-31 "
32-34 "
35-37"
Hips (inches)
33-36 "
37-39 "
40-42 "
43-45 "
46-48"
Length (inches)
At longest, 34.5" Adjustable
At longest, 35.25" Adjustable
At longest, 36" Adjustable
At longest, 36.75" Adjustable
At longest, 37.5" Adjustable

Fit Advice: The Revolve Dress is designed to fit drapey that tapers towards the hip. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. If your hip measurements are above the guide, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. The fabric on The Revolve Dress has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Wanderer Sleeveless T 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5"
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Wanderer Sleeveless T fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Reversibe Bandeau Bra  

Size
(XS/S) (M/L)
Bust 30 - 33" 34 - 37"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Bandeau Bra fits true to size and the wide elastic band provides light to medium support. To ensure proper fit, measure your bust and check our size guide.