Pearl’s Wedding in Canmore

Canmore makeup artist | Asian bridal makeup | Natural wedding look |Rocky Mountain wedding | Winter destination wedding | Banff | Joelle Chan makeup artist | Calgary Alberta Canada | Photography by Nina & Wes | Snippet & Ink

I’m so excited to share these beautiful pictures of Pearl, who had a destination wedding in Winter Wonderland, otherwise known as Canmore, Alberta. It was just after New Year’s and bitterly cold here in Alberta (-25C or so). Pearl has a beautiful soul and I am so honoured to have been a part of her wedding day. Congratulations again Pearl! I wish you an extremely long, fruitful and joyous marraige :)

Canmore makeup artist | Asian bridal makeup | Natural wedding look |Rocky Mountain wedding | Winter destination wedding | Banff | Joelle Chan makeup artist | Calgary Alberta Canada | Photography by Nina & Wes | Snippet & Ink
Canmore makeup artist | Asian bridal makeup | Natural wedding look |Rocky Mountain wedding | Winter destination wedding | Banff | Joelle Chan makeup artist | Calgary Alberta Canada | Photography by Nina & Wes | Snippet & Ink
Canmore makeup artist | Asian bridal makeup | Natural wedding look |Rocky Mountain wedding | Winter destination wedding | Banff | Joelle Chan makeup artist | Calgary Alberta Canada | Photography by Nina & Wes | Snippet & Ink
Canmore makeup artist | Asian bridal makeup | Natural wedding look |Rocky Mountain wedding | Winter destination wedding | Banff | Joelle Chan makeup artist | Calgary Alberta Canada | Photography by Nina & Wes | Snippet & Ink
Canmore makeup artist | Asian bridal makeup | Natural wedding look |Rocky Mountain wedding | Winter destination wedding | Banff | Joelle Chan makeup artist | Calgary Alberta Canada | Photography by Nina & Wes | Snippet & Ink

Photography by Nina & Wes | First published on Snippet & Ink

Lust List: Valentine’s Edition

Lust List Valentines 2015 | Stila Convertible palette Diptyque Rosafolia candle Hourglass Atmosphere modernist shadow Kahina travel basics Tarte Amazonian Clay shadow palette Nars Domination blush palette Tatcha Ritual discovery kit | Joelle Chan make-up artist | Calgary Alberta Canada

Whether you’re spending your Valentine’s Day with a loved one or spending it as Happy Single’s Day soaking in a tub with a good book and a glass of wine, I think the occasion is the perfect excuse to indulge a little in yourself. It’s important to love yourself a little, y’know?

Here’s what I’m itching to get my little hands on:

STILA Convertible colour palette
Possibly the best known product in Stila now comes in a palette?! Shut up. I happen to be a huge sucker for palettes. Now you don’t have to use the same colour on your cheeks and lips. Now you can change up the colour every day according to your mood. Now you can MIX THEM. Is the artist in you freaking out yet??
Plus it looks like candy.

TARTE tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte shadow palette
We’ve covered the fact that I get weak in the knees for palettes. I’ve also got a thing for matte shadows and matte shadows palettes are a very rare breed. Here we have 12 powdery soft shadows in rows of warm browns, plums, and cool browns/smokey. It’s gorgeous.
Tarte | tartelette matte shadow palette 2015 | Lust List Valentine's Edition | Joelle Chan make-up artist | Calgary Alberta Canada

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek palette
Sometimes I just don’t want to apply blush with my finger, for whatever reason. If I have a dry spot there, cream blushes tend to accentuate it, no matter how much people say cream blush is for dry skin. This palette also has the one thing I wish my beloved Tarte blush palette had: a highlighter. With a highlighter, 3 pretty shades of pink and coral and a bronzer, I’m not sure what more you can wish for.

HOURGLASS Modernist eye shadow palette
This is actually too beautiful to be used. But IF my hand was forced, it would be a toss up between Atmosphere and Graphite.

TATCHA Ritual Discovery Kit
I really look forward to my morning and night skincare routines. It’s ME time. It’s relaxing and really good products certainly make it more enjoyable. Tatcha products are inspired by centuries-old geisha beauty routines. I have a pack of their blot paper and it is a game changer. If they can do that with just blot paper, imagine the magic in all their other products.

KAHINA travel basics
Every sample I’ve tried so far from Kahina has been stellar, from their cleanser to their argan oil, eye cream and night cream. This trio is a great gateway into luxurious organic skincare with ample 30mL bottles of their cleanser, argan oil (theirs has the best nutty smell ever) and facial lotion.
Kahina Giving Beauty | Travel basics trio | Cleanser Argan oil Facial lotion | Joelle Chan make-up artist | Calgary Alberta Canada

 

DIPTYQUE Rosafolia
There’s nothing quite like enveloping your home (or just your bathroom) with an amazing scent and the warm glow of candles, especially Diptyque candles which have a history of over 50 years. It transports you from blah to zen. This limited edition scent of Turkish roses with hints of galbunum and geranium is my favorite right now, along with Baie, one of their best-selling scents.

How are you going to pamper yourself this Valentine’s Day?

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January Favorites: Beauty

January Beauty Favourites | Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel Eye Creme | YULI Halcyon Cleanser ME Skin fuel | Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation | Tarte Amazonian Blush palette | Troy Surratt lash curler | Joelle Chan make-up artist | Calgary Alberta Canada
Happy 2015 :)
I attempted to start blogging monthly last year about each month’s vanity favourites but I fell off the wagon after April! So here I am, trying again.

Shall we begin from left to right? The toner I’ve been using the last 2 months is actually Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Soothing Gel. His gel and his toner have very similar ingredients so I bought the gel out of application preference. I figured applying a gel with my fingers is easier than applying a liquid the same way. Note though that this is meant to be a moisturizer, though there’s no way I would be able to use it on my skin without a supplement over top.

I’m a huge fan of Yuli Skincare and I’ve been using their Halcyon cleanser at least once a day for the last 6 months now. 2-3 pumps of this non-foaming cleansing gel is sufficient and will take off my make-up as well. Continue reading…

Restaurant Review: Q HAUTE CUISINE

A few weeks ago, my friend and I had an wonderful experience at Q Haute Cuisine in Calgary with our pre-purchased Dine for Two Costco deal.

I first heard of Q Haute Cuisine through a bride who was having her wedding reception there, and I’ve been so darn curious ever since. But with a toddler in tow who’s not the type to sit through a 2.5+ hour dinner experience, I never thought I’d get a chance to check it out. Yay for girl dates and babysitting husbands!

Formerly La Caille on the Bow, Q Haute is located in the Eau Claire area, right beside the Bow River. There is some parking around the restaurant building, underground parking (for a fee) across the street, and ample street parking around the area. When you walk in the entrance of what looks like a huge house, you walk up a flight of stairs to the second floor where the host staff are waiting to take your coat and lead you to your table. I’m sure the view is very serene but as it’s the dead of winter right now and the sun sets before 5pm, one can’t see much out the windows during dinner.

The interior of the restaurant is a mix of modern and antique – white walls, white modern chandeliers, and dark wood antique-y furniture. Though I’m a big fan of mixing styles, I felt that they should have stuck to one idea or the other – but hey, I’m no interior designer.

The voucher was for a 4 course dinner for two. It was nothing like the menu on the Costco site and that was just fine by me. Continue reading…

Up to 4x Points @ Sephora’s Summer Surge: TREAT Yourself

Sephora Summer Surge August 4-10, 2014 | VIB Rouge 4x VIB 3x Beauty Insider 2x Points| 5 Ways to Treat Yourself | Pamper Splurge makeup cosmetics skincare | Joelle Chan make-up artist Calgary Canada

This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

This is the last post of a 4 part series about what to buy during Sephora’s Summer Surge event that earns you up to 4x the points on all your purchases. Click here to read my other articles: 5 Last Minute Travel Shortcuts, 5+1 Back to School Basics, and 6 Best Makeup for Fall 2014.

Earning more points at Sephora gets you more deluxe sized samples, which is obviously amazing because you get to try a whole bunch of stuff before you decide to purchase! And samples make for fantastic weekend travel sizes. These are the 5 Makeup Splurges I have my eye on and I’ll tell you why: Continue reading…

Up to 4x Points @ Sephora’s Summer Surge: FALL 2014 Makeup

Fall Winter 2014 Makeup Beauty Trends | Lilac Eye Graphic Liner Clumpy Lashes Gold Grey Metallic Colour Pop | Sephora Canada Summer Surge event August 06 2014 nation wide | Beauty Insiders 2x Points VIB 3x Points | Top Fall 2014 Makeup | Sephora exclusive online-only | Swag Gift with purchase bag | Joelle Chan makeup-artist Calgary Canada

This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

As much as I don’t want summer to end, there’s something so darn irresistible about Fall/Autumn. I’m not even talking about the leaves turning colour, though that’s beautiful too. There’s something about Fall fabrics and makeup that I freaking love. The temperature dips a bit and suddenly you’re wrapping yourself up in these luxurious textures and spending more time primping in the mirror. You just feel GRAND.

Checking out Fall/Winter backstage makeup is always fun – unlike Spring/Summer where the makeup is a lot about fresh, natural and glowy, F/W always promises a bit of drama. This year it’s all about your eyes: pops of colour, metallics, and graphic lines. Nail art isn’t going anywhere, but nudes are going to be very popular (lucky me!), along with gold and grey metallics. Lips took a bit of a back seat this time around, with shades also on the natural fleshy side. Scroll down for the 6 Best Makeup to get you excited for Fall: Continue reading…

Up to 4x Points @ Sephora’s Summer Surge: 5+1 BACK to SCHOOL BASICS

Sephora Canada VIB ROUGE 4x Points Summer Surge event August 06 2014 nation wide Canada | Beauty Insiders 2x Points VIB 3x Points | Back to School makeup & skincare |Josie Maran Tweezerman Jack Black Butter London Boscia | Sephora exclusive online-only | Joelle Chan makeup-artist Calgary Canada

This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

Experimenting with skincare and make-up tends to start around middle-high school, and the first day of school is when you want to look your best, whether you’re going back to the same school or starting at a new one. Arduous hours and lengthy text conversations are spent trying to pick an outfit + makeup + hair that makes you look a little more grown up and collected, and doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard. My mom always told me from when I was in junior high that when one starts to wear makeup, don’t skimp on quality, even though it’s more money. Always choose makeup and skincare products that perform. That has stayed with me to this day.
So if you’re a teen going into high school, a young adult going into college, or a mom going shopping with her tween, make smart choices when purchasing products that go on your skin. Pick quality, not quantity.

Alright, enough with the lecture (har har)! Here are my top picks for… Continue reading…

Sephora Summer Surge: 5 LAST MINUTE TRAVEL SHORTCUTS

Sephora Canada VIB ROUGE 4x Points event August 06 2014 nation wide | Beauty Insiders 2x Points VIB 3x Points | Best Travel kits | Sephora exclusive online-only | Swag Gift with purchase bag | Joelle Chan makeup-artist Calgary Canada

I know I know, it’s the long weekend and all you wanna do is hang around the great outdoors and enjoy the sunshine before the days get short and the mercury starts to sink. Who wants to think about shopping?? I DO – and I’ll bet a whole lotta you wanna as well when Sephora is practically throwing free points at you!

This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

So what’s the big deal? Continue reading…

Get a FREE Anywhere Essentials kit from PAI Skincare for National Sisters’ Day

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Hey Green Beauty lovers! I’m sure many of you have sisters you love (though may have hated when you were kids) so what better way to celebrate National Sister Day this Sunday with an AMAZING deal from PAI Skincare?? Spend $70 USD or £40 GBP and choose 1 of 4 different Anywhere Essential Kits worth $37! Each 4 piece kit comes with their extremely popular hydrating Cleanser, Tonic, Moisturizer and organic muslin cloth (muslin cloths are a total game changer in my cleansing routine). I’ve tried and used their Geranium & Thistle cream, Chamomile & Rosehip cream and Camellia & Rose cleanser. All of them leave my skin feeling so fresh without a lick of greasiness.

Pai Organic Skincare is a British line proudly made in London, with a task force of about 10 women. It was founded in 2007 by Sarah Brown, a former PR exec who had developed a severe skin allergy and was tired of taking anti-histamines to mask the problem. With £15000 in savings, she quit her job, retrained herself in cosmetic manufacturing amongst other related disciplines, and launched Pai 3 years later, a plant-based organic skin care line for very sensitive skin.
Pai Skincare has been used on the film sets of Maleficent, Les Miserables, Black Swan and Thor.

How to redeem this offer: Continue reading…

BYE BYE Panda Eyes: Smudge-proof Mascara for Little Lashes

Tubing Tube Smudgeproof Water resistant Mascara | Fine Thin Sparse Little Tiny Asian Lashes | Marc Jacobs Lash Lift Too Faced Lash Injection BLINC L'Oreal Double Extend MAC Extended Play CLINIQUE Lash Power | Warm water removal | Long wearing | Oily Skin | Joelle Chan Make-up Artist Calgary Canada

As an asian gal, it’s not surprising that I have fine, sparse and stick straight lashes. The first makeup product I used on a daily basis was mascara and to this day it’s still one of my ‘essentials’. However, I spent a good decade gingerly rubbing under my eyes every hour of every day, to get rid of the mascara residue that gives me panda eyes before finally switching to tubing mascaras. Since then it’s been BYE BYE panda eyes and I’ve never looked back.

What are tubing mascaras? Continue reading…