Review: Marie Veronique Treatment Serum sample

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Zits.  Pimples.  Acne.  How I hate you.  If you suffer from severe acne, you have to believe I know how you feel.  From the age of 11 when my first huge red one surfaced in between my eyes until I was 19 when they had fully encompassed my t-zone and rapidly expanding to my cheeks, looking in the mirror every morning was heart sinking.  Huge cystic acne literally piling over each other because there was no room left.  That was me.  I thought acne was only a teenage thing and it would run its course by the time I was an adult.  Terribly wrong.

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Going Green & Gettin’ Clean

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I’ve read in various articles that our skin absorbs 60-70% of what we put on it.  Yeah, that’s A LOT.  Therefore I’ve recently become more interested in clean green cosmetics.  That is, products with as many sustainable natural organic ingredients as possible.  Those ingredients having been ethically sourced or wild crafted, and of high quality therefore potent.  Products that use packaging made from recycled materials or is recyclable.  I had converted a long time ago to natural shampoos, conditioners, body washes, face cleansers and toners from the health food store (all without sodium lauryl sulphate in particular because I found it dried me out unnecessarily), but had yet to find something that worked in every other area – namely moisturizers and make-up.  I basically forgot about it until now – I think I’m becoming more aware since having a child.  It’s a great time to think about green beauty because over the last little while, it looks like a bunch of high quality luxury green products have made their way into the existence.

My first order from Fresh Faced arrived Monday night from Toronto – I am crazy excited to try everything out.   Continue reading…

Review: Nature Republic Super Aqua Max watery cream for combination skin

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Korean cosmetics have had so much press lately I couldn’t help but look into it myself and purchase a few things to try.  I scoured Soko Glam, a Korean-American curated online store, and picked out a few things.  Admittedly I didn’t purchase my products from them; I found my products a little bit more economically priced with shipping costs in various other places.  As a side note, shipping to Canada from the US is generally getting better priced.
I bought IOPE’s Air Cushion foundation which didn’t do too well with me (review here).  The second product I bought was Nature Republic’s Super Aqua Max for Combination skin.  If you read my January Favourites post, then you know I have thing for sleeping masks/packs/facials/whateveryouwannacallit.  Basically intense hydrating moisturizers meant to be put on at night so you wake up to beautiful dewy soft supple skin.  Let’s talk about the Super Aqua Max.

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Tutorial: A lil POP of colour

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Purple is my favorite colour, as well as many of yours I’m sure.  When Pantone announced Radiant Orchid was THE 2014 colour, I squealed inside a little bit, and my mind started racing with all the purple possibilities I can adorn on myself.  Think of all the purple makeup!!  Shadow, liner, mascara, blush (a light lilac is real nice), lippie, nails…and hair!  Think Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne.  What a wonderful excuse to wear purple EVERYTHING (not that I need any).  The only problem is…one can end up looking like a certain purple dinosaur.  At least your teeth would look very white.

As an ode to the colour typically associated with sophistication and royalty, I wanted to do a tutorial where purple was ok to wear every day.  Purple doesn’t have to mean heavy and it doesn’t have to mean evening glamour.  It can be fresh, fun and surprisingly natural!  Purple hues look amazing on every skin tone and with every eye colour, though green eyes in particular really stand out like my friend K’s here.  Let’s get started: Read more…

Veronica Lake inspired Oscars 2014 Hairstyles

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Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Tara Lipinski

I don’t know if I’m subconsciously missing my long hair from 6-7 years ago, but as I watched the Oscars this year (on Monday morning, thanks to the PVR), I was enthralled by all the Veronica Lake inspired do’s.  The deep parted, side swept, brushed out curls were incredibly beautiful this year.  I think it’s a beautiful option for a wedding, grad, or simply a nice dinner out!

Khloe Kardashian, Kate Hudson, Ashley Greene - Veronica Lake inspired hairsytyle Academy Awards 2014 - side swept deep parted brushed out curls - Joelle Chan Makeup artist Calgary Canada

Khloe Kardashian, Kate Hudson, Ashley Greene

My personal favorite is Sandra Bullock’s – it’s perfectly coiffed, and her very subtle highlights shine through.  Makeup wise, most have them have opted for a mostly nude face and TONNES of lashes, but Miranda Kerr’s poppy lips and coral cheeks are sassy and sexy, and Khloe Kardashian’s raisin lips give it a bit of drama and edge.

Miranda Kerr, Anne V, Jennifer Garner - Veronica Lake inspired hairsytyle Academy Awards 2014 - side swept deep parted brushed out curls - Joelle Chan Makeup artist Calgary Canada

Miranda Kerr, Anne V, Jennifer Garner

I’m also loving the look with big statement earrings that some of the ladies sported.  Which one is your favorite?

February Favorites: Beauty

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February Beauty Favorites

Hey guys, I just joined Bloglovin!  I didn’t know what the heck it was until a few days ago.  Basically you use it to see the latest blog posts from your favourite bloggers from all different platforms in one easy go, as opposed to visiting each site to see if they have a new post yet.  It’s super easy to sign up, just plug in an email and a password and you’re off and running!  If you use it, follow me please :)

Anyway, it’s that time of month again when I get to talk about my skincare and makeup faves – yay!

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Review: IOPE Air Cushion XP Foundation C23

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In my last post, I mentioned that my tube of Missha BB cream has lasted me almost 2 years, and as much as I love it, I’m looking for the next greatest thing to replace it when (if ever) I finish it.  Cue in the next amazing Korean foundation import: the Air Cushion foundation.  Formulated with 30% mineral water, it promises moisturize the skin, which is insanely important to me.  On top of that, it has an SPF 50, vitamins B5, P and E derivatives, and will not darken as you wear it throughout the day.

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January Favorites: Beauty

Are you nosy?  I AM.  I love perusing other blogs and checking out what other beauty junkies are using.  It especially helps when I’m shopping for a new product.  Don’t you want to know what works for other people?  Granted it doesn’t mean it will work for you, but there’s a good chance!

Anyway, I have decided to jump on the bandwagon and post my beauty faves for January :D  I know, it’s already February, but it was Chinese New Year, and there was too much going on…(but everyone who knows me knows that I’m always late, heh).

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January Beauty favorites

I have combo skin.  Oily/dehydated.  Lovely stuff.  I know that it’s the lack of hydration that makes me oily, and this damn winter is NOT helping.   Read more…

Mani Monday

thunder bolt mani

One of my favorite memories of Music History was studying late with my friends at my piano teacher’s house when thunder storms rolled in.  We studied in the kitchen which overlooked rolling hills and endless sky, and when the storms came in, we would shut off the lights and watch the lightning flash across the sky.

The thunder storms are one of the things I miss about Houston as well.  I thought Calgary had pretty wicked storms, but they pale in comparison to Houston’s torrential downpours.  For our first storm, hubby and I rolled up the blinds and sat on our area rug with popsicles and watched the sky for 30-40 minutes.  There wasn’t a single beat between the bolts of lightning – they just overlapped one another continuously.  It’s amazing and terrifying at the same time.

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Mani Monday

Matte manicure magenta nail polish

A number of years back, I bought a fluorescent yellow Essie polish (Funky Limelight), not knowing it was a matte finish.  I love Essie, but this was just awful.  As you know, I’m not an expert polisher, and this particular finish just killed me.  No matter what I did, it just streaked and streaked.  However, it opened my eyes to the possibility of matte finishes and I’ve been rather enamoured by it ever since.  Skeptical about matte finishes though, I vowed not to buy a matte polish for over $10.  This Orly matte topcoat fit the bill!

Though it is a matte topcoat, I’d have to agree with other online reviewers that it gives more of a satin matte as opposed to a super flat matte.  I’m digging the look though, and so does my mom!  In these pics, I tried to give you a fair idea of how matte and gloss finishes compare next to each other.  This is what I did: Read more…