THISWASFOREVER | Fashion and Beauty Blog by Emily Chan

ESSIE FOREVER YOUNG – A TIMELESS COLOUR TRIO NAIL POLISH GIVEAWAY

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I love this gift set by Essie; it’s called the Forever Young – A Timeless Colour Trio. It has the 3 colours, that I think, are key to every girl’s nail polish collection, which are Forever Yummy, Ballet Slippers and Chinchilly. Today, I’ll be giving away this gift set to one of my lucky reader from anywhere in the world.
 

Here are the details of each of the polishes:
1) Forever Yummy (Born in 2008) – eternally gorgeous, positively delicious creamy tango red lacquer is always ready for action
2) Ballet Slippers (Born in 1987) – an eternal manicurist and and fashion stylist favorite, essie’s classic pale pink polish is graced with a subtle, sheer finish. This beloved award-winning essential is an iconic colour for all seasons.
3) Chinchilly (Born in 2009) – jet set cool, a sleek granite gray polish that positively radiates urban chic and subtle sophistication
 
Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter this giveaway.
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NOTE:
-This giveaway is open internationally! (I will be shipping the product out myself)
-This contest runs from Sept 29 – October 21, 2014 (11:59pm) EST
-You must be over 18 or have your parents permission because if you win I am going to need your address.
-The winner will be chosen randomly
-Questions? Email me at day–dreaming@hotmail.com

AVON STARDUST NAIL ENAMEL REVIEW (MY FAVOURITE POLISHES AT THE MOMENT)

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Star-Studded Fingertips! Crystallize your nails. Gorgeous colour contains various sizes of glitter for a unique 3-D effect and sparkling textured finish that makes your nails stand out in brilliance. 12 ml
 
INGREDIENTS
BUTYL ACETATE/ETHYL ACETATE/NITROCELLULOSE/ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER/ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE/ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL/SILICA/STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER/STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER/BENZOPHENONE-1/DIACETONE ALCOHOL/TRIMETHYLPENTANEDIYL DIBENZOATE/PHOSPHORIC ACID. SHIMMER SHADES MAY ALSO CONTAIN: POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE/SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE/CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE/POLYURETHANE-33/STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE. MAY CONTAIN: ALUMINUM POWDER/CI 77000/TITANIUM DIOXIDE/CI 77891/IRON OXIDES
 
FOR BEST RESULT
Shake well. Apply first coat to each nail, let dry and apply second coat. Cap tightly.
 
WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCT
I posted around a month ago on my Instagram about these Stardust polishes from Avon and my love for them have grown tremendously. All the polishes not only came out beautifully, but they are very long lasting since it does have glitter in them. I can wear them for 10 days without seeing any chips on my nails. On top, they dried SO quickly without needing a topcoat. The polishes are easy to apply: 2 coats is enough for full opacity. Plus, the colours are absolutely stunning! I feel like a fairy tale princess! I will start with my favorite colour to the least favorite one.
 
Jewel Blue

This is my favorite shade because I feel like a mermaid when I have this on. It’s a really gorgeous dusty blue with textured glitters. It goes on very smooth and opaque with just two coats. The glitter is noticeable without being too chunky as some other glitter polishes.
 

 
Crystallized Pink

This is a soft, pale pink that looks very elegant, which I think makes it suitable for weddings as well. Once again the texture is really smooth and the glitters really sparkles in the light. The drying time of this is the fastest out of the 3.
 

 
Black Sequins

This is my least favorite out of the 3 colours because the texture is a bit different. It has really small silver glitters rather than the larger hexagon glitters that are in the other 2 polishes. This one is also even smoother in texture than the other 2 and seems more mundane to me. Also, as you can tell from the photo, it’s not as eye-catching as the other 2, thus, being on the bottom of my list.
 

 
Overall, I have nothing but positive things to say about this line of nail enamel. As for removal, yes they don’t come off with regular nail polish remover, but if you use this contraption that I found in Target, it comes off so easily! For $6.99 per bottle, I think they are a great alternative to higher end polishes like OPI or Essie. Avon products are available online through an Avon Representative.
 

RATING
Product (5/5)
Cost (5/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

AUTUMN COLOURS

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H&M sweater & booties, American Eagle jeans, Urban Outfitters lace dress, Forever 21 scarf, 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag

Pumpkin season is officially upon us. It’s no wonder that I’ve been grabbing anything in my closet that reminds of Fall and just throw it all on together. I went to Urban Outfitters recently and came out with this little dress among some other things. I love it for layering over a pair of jeans and sweater when the weather is cold but I can see it being thrown on top of another fitted dress in the summer. I think every time I go into UO, my wallet walks out with a dent.

L’OREAL WAREHOUSE SALE AUTUMN 2014 HAUL

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I attended the L’Oreal Warehouse Sale yesterday and I just wanted to come here to show you all my haul from the sale. I am very happy to see some new items that they have stocked up but also sad that some of my favorite foundations are no longer available at the sale. I mostly went to pick up some stuff that I haven’t tried before and wanted to for a long time. Here are the items that I walked out with:
 

Maybelline Master Highlight by Facestudio in Pink Rose ($3.75)
Maybelline Master Highlight by Facestudio in Nude ($3.75)
Maybelline Master Highlight by Facestudio in Light Bronze ($3.75)
Maybelline Master Glaze by Facestudio in Nude ($3.75)
Maybelline Master Glaze by Facestudio in Barely Pink ($3.75)
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 220 ($4.50)
Vichy AERATEINT PURE Fluid Foundation in 35 ($5.75)

I was very excited to see the Maybelline Master Highlight by Facestudio there at the sale! Last Spring, they had it as well but it was sold out instantly and thus, I couldn’t get my hands on them. So I stocked up this time around. I also swatched the Maybelline Master Glaze by Facestudio and fell in love instantly. For the price, it’s also a pretty good deal! I also needed a new face powder and went straight to the Fit Me pressed powder since I loved the foundation so much. Finally, I stocked up on the Vichy AERATEINT PURE Fluid Foundation, which is one of my favorites!
 
Some new things that I saw were:
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Heat Protect Styling Spray Waves ($3.00)
Maybelline Babylips Duo ($3.75) – Not many left
Vichy DERMABLEND ULTRA-CORRECTIVE FOUNDATION CREAM-STICK ($18.75) – Not many colour selections
Vichy DERMABLEND CORRECTIVE FOUNDATION ($18.75) – Not many colour selections
 
Overall, I’m okay with the sale this time around. I like seeing some new things available but I am sad that some of my staple items are no longer available. Like Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse foundation or the L’Oreal True Match foundation in W4! I wanted to stock up on those, but no luck this time around.

If you are interested in heading to the sale, you can have a chance to win a ticket on my blog, here. Good luck!

L’OREAL WAREHOUSE SALE AUTUMN 2014 TICKET GIVEAWAY

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It’s that time of the year again when the L’Oreal Warehouse sale is opening around Toronto. As always, I want to thank Merry for providing me with the tickets. The sale actually started today so I can’t wait to check out what they have this time around. If you want to check out my previous haul/review of the sale, you can click here & here & here.
 

Here are all the brands that are featured at the sale and the location as well. Please note that this time around they have stopped taking cash as a method of payment. Thus, you’ll have to bring your plastics! Also, there’s no strollers or plastic bags available at the sale.
 

What: L’Oreal Warehouse Sale (Fall 2014)
Brands: Lancome, Biotherm, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Cacharel, Vichy, La Roche-Posay, L’Oreal Professional, Redken, Matrix, L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline
Date: September 20 – October 12, 2014
Time: Sat – 9am to 5pm, Sun – 10am to 5pm, Wed to Friday – 12pm to 8pm (Closed on Monday & Tuesday)
Location: 342 Wildcat Rd, Toronto (Near York University)
Tickets: Unfortunately, it’s a ticket only event. 1 ticket is valid for 2 people for 2 visits.

 
So if you’re interested in going to the Fall 2014 L’Oreal Sale, you can enter my giveaway below for one (1) ticket. This is a giveaway for my readers, so please enter using the rafflecopter below.
 
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NOTE:
-This giveaway is open TO CANADIAN RESIDENCE ONLY!
-This contest runs from Sept 20 – Sept 25, 2014 (11:59pm) EST
-You must be over 18 or have your parents permission because if you win I am going to need your address.
-The winner will be chosen randomly
-Questions? Email me at day–dreaming@hotmail.com

OLAY TOTAL EFFECTS CC CREAMS AND ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS REVIEW

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You want what’s best for your skin, and for your life. Total Effects offers seven beautiful results in one place, so you can be your best beautiful and your busy self. How did they do it? After extensive research, Olay identified the 7 attributes that keep skin looking young, and Total Effects’ unique vitamin complex speaks to each one of them. All in a single bottle. The look of lines, pores, wrinkles, and age spots minimized. Signs of damage reduced. Skin is left hydrated, looking firmer, healthier, more radiant, even and smooth.
 
As I’m nearing my mid-20’s, I really need to take extra care of my skin to prevent any pre-mature aging. For me, that’s especially true for the eye area because crows feet are just not pretty, especially if you’re smiling. So I’m really happy to be testing out some Olay Total Effects products that are for the eyes.
 

Total Effects Eye Brightening CC Cream
Total Effects Eye Brightening CC Cream works with your natural complexion to balance and help even skin tone while providing 7 beautiful benefits.

1) Helps brighten the eye area
2) Helps reduce the appearance of eye wrinkles
3) Reduces the appearance of dark circles
4) Reduces the look of puffiness
5) Helps even skin tone
6) Improves surface skin turnover
7) Strengthens skin’s natural defenses against moisture loss
 

I think it’s really important to keep in mind that even though this is considered as a “CC/Colour Correcting” product, it actually doesn’t really have any colour. So please don’t treat this product like a concealer. Now that’s out of the way, I have to say that I am in LOVE with this eye cream. Even though this product is not a concealer, I like how the colour of the cream itself is of an orange undertone, which means it will neutralize the under eye colour.

I place small dots around my eye and take my ring finger to slowly pat it until it’s absorbed. It does take a little bit of time to absorb into the skin because of it’s heavy texture. I also noticed that it works well under a concealer as it doesn’t set underneath the under eye. You can pick this up at your local drugstore for around $20 CAD.
 

Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream
This gentle brush applicator sweeps Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream onto your eye area with precision and provides 7 beautiful benefits for younger, healthier-looking skin around the eyes.

1) Immediately reduces the appearance of dark circles
2) Helps reduce the look of wrinkles
3) Massages to reduce the look of puffiness
4) Hydrates for firmer skin appearance
5) Helps visibly renew skin texture
6) Evens skin tone
7) Provides nourishing moisturization
 

This is a daily tinted moisturizing for swiping under eye to reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. It comes in a pen-like object with a brush at the end where the product is dispensed. Of course, right away I realized that it was going to cause hygienic issues as the brush can’t really be washed. The product comes out at the end with the brush by a clicker on the opposition end of the pen. The bristles are very gentle so it will not hurt the eyes.
 

This is the colour of the Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream. It’s definitely has a little more coverage than the Brightening CC Cream, however, the formula is not as effect as the latter. Since the texture is lighter, I find that it doesn’t do a great job at concealing anything. Plus, I find that the cream sets terribly on the crease of my eye, thus, making my fine lines look even more apparent.
 

Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths
Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step—no lathering or rinsing required. At the same time, they infuse age-defying Vitamins and moisturizers for fresher, younger-looking skin. Total Effects fights 7 signs of aging (look of fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, uneven skin tone, dullness, noticeability of prominent pores, age spot appearance and dryness).
 

I use the Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths to lift away dirt and make-up from my face, neck and around my eyes. In my opinion, these towels have just the right amount of wetness…not too wet but also, wet enough to do its job. I find some cleansing cloths to be too drying, but not these ones! They work really well in removing even waterproof eye makeup but not so well with the glue for my false lashes. Thus, I would still suggest using an eye makeup remover instead of this cloth for your eyes.
 

I do like the size of the towels and they are really soft and durable. It’s much bigger than other wipes on the market and it’s very soft to the touch. I can’t say if it actually fulfill its promise of fighting the 7 signs of aging but if you’re looking for a good, durable makeup wipe, then I would suggest these ones by Olay.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the 2/3 Olay Total Effect products. I would recommend the Total Effects Eye Brightening CC Cream and the Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths if you’re looking for an eye cream or cleansing cloths.