THISWASFOREVER | Fashion and Beauty Blog by Emily Chan

OLAY FRESH EFFECTS SWIRLED MATTIFIER REVIEW

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Instantly reduces the look of blemishes, shine, and pores and neutralizes the appearance of redness with a subtle green tint that absorbs into skin for colorless coverage. Our {Swirled Mattifier!} offers 10 fresh benefits in one:

1. Diminishes oil
2. Reduces look of redness
3. Minimizes look of breakouts
4. Primes skin for makeup
5. Decreases look of pores
6. Smoothes skin’s surface
7. Mattifies skin
8. Brightens skin
9. Evens out skin tone
10. Hydrates skin
 
INGREDIENTS
Water, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide*, Isopropyl Isostearate, Titanium Dioxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Kaolin, Talc, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Panthenol**, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Mica, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Ethylparaben, Decylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Propylparaben, Stearic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract^^, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract***, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract^^^, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract^, Chromium Oxide Greens. *Vitamin B3, **Pro-Vitamin B5, ***Citrus, ^Mint, ^^Chamomile, ^^^Green Tea
 

FOR BEST RESULT
• Apply to face after using cleanser and acne treatment for a matte, fresh-faced look!
• May also be used as a smoothing primer before makeup application.
 
WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
If you’re a fan of any of the Olay Fresh Effects products, you’ll definitely enjoy this Swirled Mattifier. It’s a really unique and fun product; if you look closely at the photo, you’ll notice the white and green swirls in the bottle. Let’s start with the packaging. The product comes in this little bottle along with a pump, which is very convenient. But keep in mind that it only comes with 40 mL of products, which is very easy to get through if you use this everyday.

Now, let’s talk about the effects of the product. I find that it really does mattifies my face and reduces redness within a minute of application. It’s AMAZING! The green in the product really balances out the redness around my nose and on my acne spots. I think the mint in the product also calms the redness as well. The texture is extremely smooth as well.

However, why I “like” this product and not “love” it is because it’s not moisturizing enough. I personally don’t see this as a moisturizer but more of a primer for sure. (It does say that it can be used as a primer) I guess because it’s supposed to mattify the skin and thus, it has this effect. So, if you’re looking for a good primer to reduce redness, then this product is superb but don’t think it’ll give your skin any moisture.
 
Price: $7.00-$9.00 CAD

 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

DROP IT

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From Hong Kong top, H&M x Comme des Garcons drop-crotch pants, Lavender Moon Eternal earrings (buy here), Target Mossimo flats & watch

I took out this beloved drop crotch pants from the H&M x Comme des Garcons collection (circa 2008) for a spin this past weekend. I regret not grabbing more from that collection because looking back at it now, every single piece is just so unique. Rei Kawakubo, is without a doubt, one of my favorite designers. Speaking of designers, who’s attending the World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto?

3 NEW OLAY PRODUCTS THAT I’VE BEEN LOVING & A GIVEAWAY!

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I am really happy today that I get to share some of my new favorite products from Olay. Being a huge skincare addict, I’m always on the search for new, innovative products and Olay has just that. And guess what? One lucky Canadian reader will win all 3 of these products! So stay tune until the very end of this post to find out how you can win!
 

Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask Gel Moisturizer
Unlike a typical peel-off mask, this gel-based mask absorbs into the surface of the skin throughout the night revealing bright, pearlescent-looking skin.

Formulated with vitamin B3, mulberry extract, and humectants, it helps to brighten and even skin tone over time. Hydrate your skin while you sleep and try Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask.

Features:
-Hydrates skin overnight
-Gel-based mask absorbs throughout the night
-Formulated with vitamin B3, mulberry extract, and humectants
 

Sleeping mask is not something that is new in the Asian skincare market. However, I am really happy to see it slowly venture into the Western hemisphere. This Olay Overnight Mask Gel Moisturizer is super quenching and very lightweight, since it’s made out of gel. The gel cream absorbs very quickly into my skin and gives my skin a very nice glow instantly. It creates a fine film over the skin to prevent the fact from losing moisture throughout the night. Within a week of usage, I definitely notice the change in my skin; it feels more soft and luminous.
 
Around $40.00 CAD – Available now at your local department and drugstores
 

Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil
Lightweight and non-greasy, this naturally derived facial oil is designed to work with your skin to protect against moisture loss and preserve balance. It also conditions skin to smooth the texture and even tone, and it brings a surge of hydration to nourish dull, dry skin.

Its naturally derived blend is made of coconut, apricot kernel, grape seed extract, sunflower, evening primrose, sesame, jojoba, babassu, and mimosa oils. Reveal your radiance to the world with Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil.

Features:
-Hydrates skin to reveal an instant, luminous glow
-9 enriched natural oils instantly nourish dull, dry skin
-Absorbs quickly to instantly hydrate and balance skin
 

Can you believe this is the first facial oil that I’ve ever tried? One of the reason why I delayed in my experience with facial oils is the fact that I’ve always scared to have oil on my face without washing it off. Maybe it’s because my skin is naturally so oily to begin with. However, this facial oil has changed some of my views. Though it’s suggested that we use this product both in the AM and PM, I personally wouldn’t use it in the morning. Yes, it’s fast absorbing and doesn’t really feel super oily on my skin, but my natural oil on my face during the day does not mix well with this product. (If you have dry skin, then you’ll definitely love this product for both AM & PM!) I prefer to use it at night after my moisturizer and work it into my skin until everything is absorbed. It’s perfect in the drier season because it keeps my skin really stays hydrated throughout the night. However, I’ll probably be leaving this item on the shelf during the summer, when my skin gets more oily.
 
Around $40.00 CAD – Available now at your local department and drugstores
 

Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Spot Zinger! 2-in-1 Acne Spot Treatment
Zap spots in their tracks with Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Spot Zinger 2-in-1 Salicylic Acid Acne Spot Treatment.

This acne spot treatment improves the look of blemishes in just 10 minutes with it’s fine tip that lets you to target blemishes individually to instantly treat and blur. Formulated with 2% salicylic acid to treat acne, it also contains beautifiers to instantly improve skin’s appearance.

Features:
-Dermatologically tested, oil-free and non-comedogenic
-Infused with the essences of citrus and mint
 

This product is such a life-saver for those stubborn and spontaneous acne spots. After cleansing, simply apply the treatment directly to any blemishes that arise and massage in to instantly battle and blur acne. What I love the most about this product, besides the fact that it’s effective, is that it doesn’t sting or irritates the skin. Even though it has 2% salicylic acid, my skin is not dried out by it. I also can’t help but fall in love with the citrus and mint essences that gives a fresh feeling to my senses. If you’ve tried any of the other Olay Fresh Effects product, I’m sure you’ll recognize the scent!
 
Around $12.00 CAD – Available now at your local department and drugstores
 
 
GIVEAWAY TIME!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will be open from MAr 22nd – Mar 31th (12:00am) and will be open to Canadian Residents only. The winner will be announced via the Rafflecopter on Mar 31st, 2015. Good luck everyone!

L’OREAL PARIS INFALLIBLE 2-STEP NAILCOLOUR REVIEW

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
-Sleek new hybrid gel-laquer delivers up to 12-days of colour and shine perfection that rivals a salon UV manicure
-The Silicon and Flex-Resin formula optimizes wear and resists chipping
-12 gorgeous fashion-forward and on-trend shades ranging from deep reds to ultra-feminine pinks to delicate neutrals
 
FOR BEST RESULT
STEP 1: Apply the high colour, long-lasting base coat.
STEP 2: The gel activator top coat creates a mirror like shine and plumping effect.
 

WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
This colour is called Always A Lady, and it’s a blackened burgundy. This 2-step system comes in a really interesting package – two mini bottles containing the polish that are connected by a black tube. With two coats, you get the full coverage of the vampy deep red shade. What I also love about this polish is the full size brush, which makes it very easy to apply. The polish runs smoothly and blends easily. Additionally, I enjoy the topcoat, which adds a tremendous amount of shine and really brings out the red in the original polish colour. The polish dries quickly and lasts for more than a week with very minimal signs of wear, which is AMAZING!
 
Now, here are some of the things I didn’t enjoy about the polish. First, I really dislike the packaging. I understand that it’s supposed to be a 2-step system and thus, the 2 bottles. However, I find the black tube connector to be excessive. On top, I don’t really need a top coat with every single bottle of polish I purchase. I love my Seche Vite one already and don’t see the need to have any more. Thus, I do feel that it’s a gimmick to be able to sell the polish for the SRP of $10.99 CAD.
 
Overall, the polish runs smoothly and I do think the colour is stunning. However, the packaging and unnecessary topcoats make me like the polish instead of loving it.
 
 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (3/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (1/5)

LENS VILLAGE GEO FRESH GREY CIRCLE LENS REVIEW

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Disclaimer: These lens were send to me by Lens Village for review purposes, which means that I do not monetary compensation for it. Everything I say about these lens are of my 100% opinion.
 
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The black rim Geo Fresh Grey lens fits your eyes perfectly making them look bigger and attractive. Available in two colors brown and grey, these lenses won’t tire your eyes. On the contrary they would keep them looking fresh throughout the day. With a 14mm diameter and 8.60mm base curve they snugly fit your eyes. At only $19.50 you can get the astonishing look for your eyes that you always wanted.
 
Diameter : 14.2mm
Base Curve : 8.60mm
Water Content : 38~42%
Life Span : 1 Year
Power Available : 0.00 to -7.00
Manufacturer : GEO Medical
 

I am thoroughly in love with these circle lenses. I think from previous experiences, I tend to love Geo lenses the best. Not only are they the most comfortable, but they are also the most natural. I can wear these on a daily basis and to work without bringing too much attention to my eyes. Unlike other lenses, these ones can be worn without any makeup and you wouldn’t risk looking too “alien” looking. However, my eyes look slightly larger and more lustrous. It still has the ability to make my eyes more dolly, which I love.
 

These lenses are yearly disposable, however, I personally wouldn’t wear them for more than a month. They are so worth the $19.50 USD!
 

Want your own pair? ORDER HERE!

TWILL JUMPSUIT

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H&M twill jumpsuit (current season) & faux fur hat, Lavender Moon Arrowhead Necklace (purchase here), Mulberry purse, Nine West slip on

I can honestly say that I’ll never get sick of jumpsuits; they are comfortable and saves time without having to think about a matching top and bottom. Out of all the ones in my closet, this one is currently my favorite. With the zip at the front, it makes it so easy to put on and to remove…washroom problem solved? Plus, the drawstrings at the waist eliminate the problem of losing shape. I can lounge in this all day.
 

GARNIER CLEAN+ MAKEUP REMOVING LOTION CLEANSER REVIEW

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Quick break lotion releases the powerful cleansing agents to dissolve impurities and waterproof mascara. Formula, infused with Plant Extract, leaves skin feeling moisturized and protected. Garnier Clean+ cleansers are specifically formulated for your skin type so your skin will look and feel its best.
 
INGREDIENTS
AQUA / WATER, ISOHEXADECANE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, SODIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, METHYLPARABEN, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, IMPERATA CYLINDRICA ROOT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA FLOWER EXTRACT, MORINGA PTERYGOSPERMA SEED EXTRACT, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-4, LITCHI, CHINENSIS EXTRACT / LITCHI CHINENSIS PERICARP EXTRACT, CARBOMER, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
 

FOR BEST RESULT
Apply lotion to dry skin with fingers. Gently massage into skin and around eyes. Remove with cotton pad or rinse clean with water. Use AM and PM. Clean your sensitive skin on the go with Garnier Clean+ Soothing Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
 

 
WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
Garnier Clean Plus Makeup Removing Cleansing Lotion reminds me a lot of the Pond’s Cold Clean Cleanser. The texture is very similar but just slightly lighter than the cold cream. This product feels super soft to the touch and it’s very easy to use. Just apply onto the face with dry hands and rub until all your makeup comes off. You can either use cotton pads to wipe off the excess or do what I prefer, by rinsing it off with water. It is really gentle and great at remover my face makeup, such as my foundation. But it doesn’t remove eye makeup as well as cleansing oils, which is what I usually preferred. It’s still good at getting rid of face makeup and light eye makeup. Plus, no break outs were caused by using this product.
 
What I don’t like about this product is that my skin doesn’t feel completely clean after using this product, thus, I need a second cleanse. But my skin felt really nice, and I woke up the next morning with soft skin. I think this product will probably be a hit or miss; either you’ll love it or you’ll leave it. Garnier make great skincare products, so I’m sure a lot of you would want to try this out, especially if you have sensitive skin.
 
Check out all the other Crowd Social reviews of this product here!
 

 

 
 


Product has been provided by Garnier Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Garnier Canada