THISWASFOREVER | Fashion and Beauty Blog by Emily Chan

CRYSTAL STATEMENT

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Mood [Hungry]
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Lavender Moon Clearer Light necklace (Buy here), Lowrys Farm cropped sweater, Abercombie lace dress (current season), Rockport boots, Kate Spade Small Laurel in black

I’d been meaning to update more in the month of October, but with the launch of Lavender Moon and many birthday celebration dinners/coffee dates/bubble tea runs, it just didn’t happen. I hope I’ll get back into the rhythm this week…but no promises. Happy Monday beautiful!

FLASH GIVEAWAY: DEMI LOVATO WORLD TOUR IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO

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Mood [Excited]
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ATTENTION DEMI LOVATO FANS! Though I was invited to attend Demi Lovato World Tour in Hamilton next week, unfortunately, something came up and I will not be able to attend. Thus, I am going to be giving out my ticket to the show to one of you lucky readers! Here are the details:

What: One (1) ticket to Demi Lovato: World Tour (with special guests: Andee, Christina Perri, Spencer West, MKTO)
When: Monday, Oct 20, 2014 07:00 PM
Where: FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON
How: The ticket will be at Will Call Box Office, so your name and telephone number is required upon pick up.
REQUIREMENT: Tag all your photos from that night with @Tampax #BeRadiant. You’ll be taking all the photos on my behalf :)
 

ACT QUICK because the winner will be chosen by the end of today! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter this giveaway:
 
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JET SET INTO FALL WITH REVLON TO STOCKHOLM & A GIVEAWAY!

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Mood [Okay]
Currently Playing [None]


Guess where I’m jet setting off to with Revlon? To Stockholm! Okay, while I really be setting foot in an airplane, my makeup is inspired by the styles and trends of Stockholm. You know what’s the best part of this look? You’ll also get a chance to win everything that I have used to recreate this Revlon look for yourself! (Stay tune until the very end to find out how you can enter)
 

Here is the little passport that Revlon sent me along with the step by step instructions on how to create the Stockholm inspired look. Here are all the products that I used: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Onyx and Bone ($3.49 each), Revlon Color Stay Skinny Liquid Liner in Blackout ($10.49), Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black ($10.49), Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic ($13.59), and Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy in Double Down, Ace of Spades and Diamond Top Coat ($8.39 each)
 

Here is the Stockholm look! I personally am in love with the lip colour! It’s very subtle and can be worn on a regular basis. Here are the steps on how you can achieve the look:
1) Sweep Bone over your entire lid and apply liner from the middle of the lash line outwards. Extend the line straight past the eye’s outer corner.
2) Apply Onyx starting at the inner corner of the eye meeting the existing liquid liner at the center of the lid. Coat lashes with mascara.
3) Glide Stockholm Chic onto lips for a bold finish.
4) Complete the look with Ace of Spades or Double Down before applying top coat.
 

I’m going to briefly review some of the Revlon products that I’ve used. Some, surprisingly blew my expectations out of the waters and others, not so much. Let’s take a look!
 
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic

I am shocked at how much I love this Moisture Stain! Remember I said how much I loved the one by Maybelline before? Well, it has just been replaced! This one not only has the function of a stain but at the same time it’s quote moisturizing. Now, don’t get my wrong, it’s still not a balm/gloss but it’s probably the most moisturizing lip stain that I’ve tried to date. I love it so much that I bought a few more…hopefully I’ll get on reviewing them soon.
 

The wear time is around 5 hours before I need to reapply due to a lack of moisture. However, the colour still stays on my lips due to the stain. Here is the swatch.
 
Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black

This is another product that surprised me. By this time, you probably know my terrible luck with mascaras. With my stubby, straight, Asian-lashes, it’s rare for me to find a fitting mascara. However, this mascara is quite amazing. Not only does it lengthens but my curls are kept curled all day long. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the photo below!
 

I have short lashes, so this is as good as it gets! *wink* No wonder I need false lashes.
 
Revlon Color Stay Skinny Liquid Liner in Blackout

As as avid user of liquid liners, I am impressed by this one by Revlon. The pigmentation is very good and the liner is one of the thinnest ones that I’ve ever used. But at the same time, it is also a downfall because it takes a longer time to create a thicker line. However, if you’re new to using liquid liner, this one is quite easy to get a use to.
 

Stays all day on my eyes without giving me panda eyes…that’s an extra point in my books.
 
Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Onyx and Bone

These are probably the most affordable single shadows on the market at the moment. They are also highly customizable since you can just attach them together with a click or detach them.
 

The downside is that not all colours have the same pigmentation and they are a bit chalky, which makes blending the colours a bit more frustrating.
 
Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy in Double Down, Ace of Spades and Diamond Top Coat

Another brand has come out with a gel-polish that doesn’t require a light. What I have to say is that the Revlon version the gel polish is the longest lasting ones that I’ve tried. I have had mine on my nails for over a week and still without a chip. Plus, the colour choices are much better than other brands.
 

However, the downside is that these polishes take a long time to dry! I had to repaint my nails 3/4 times because it kept on smudging. That can be very frustrating.
 

So this is it! The complete Stockholm look by Revlon. If you want to win all these items that I have mentioned above, you can check out the 2 simple rules to enter the contest:
 

1) Follow THISWASFOREVER on Instagram.
2) LIKE the picture that I have posted about this Revlon Stockholm look with my FOTD

 
 
Note: Contest is open to Canadian residents only; 18 years of age or older. Contest closes on October 17, 2014.

THE LAUNCH OF LAVENDER MOON

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Mood [Indescribable]
Currently Playing [Maroon 5 - Maps]


October 7, 2014 is not only my 25th birthday but it also marks the beginning of a dream. When I turned 24 last year and as I blew out the candles on my cake, I promised myself that the next year was going to be different. I remember coming across this quote: “if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”. Sure, I’ve gone to university, graduated with honors and landed job(s) that will kick start my career. However, my need to be creative continued to press on. Though this blog has always been an outlet for me, but as I got older, I craved and longed for more.

Thus, Lavender Moon is born. I started working on this project with my boyfriend (who’s the graphic designer behind the brand) last year and it has been one hell of a ride. From choosing each jewelry piece, to scouting locations for the photo shoots, to designing the website, I have been immersing myself in every step of the brand’s creative decision-making process.

Autumn 2014 will be the debut collection of Lavender Moon that features 9 unique pieces of jewelry, each with its own story. You can shop the whole collection now, HERE. And for a limited time, Lavender Moon is offering 20% your entire order as a Grand Opening promotion.


Finally, I want to leave you all with this: never give up going after your dreams. Where there is love and inspiration, you can’t go wrong.

EASY SUNDAY

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Mood [Happy]
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Alexander Wang Rockie bag, H&M Divided Men vest, Zara cropped top, Urban Outfitters leather joggings, Converse shoes

If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that I recently picked up one of my dream bags: the Alexander Wang Rockie with rose gold hardware. It was quite difficult to track down the rose gold version, but I’m glad that all the hard work (scouting around the internet) paid off. And I love it to pieces. On another note, this week and weekend has been too hectic. So many festivities and activities happening and so little time left. As you might have heard, I’m launching something very dear and special to me this coming Tuesday. Thus, explains my recent absence from the blog. There’s still some final work that needs to be done before the big reveal…and I can’t wait to show you all.

FIGHT ACNE WITH OLAY FRESH EFFECTS ACNE CONTROL FACE SCRUB (REVIEW)

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Mood [Okay]
Currently Playing [Taylor Swift - Shake it Off]


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Put up a fight every morning, and stop acne in its tracks with Olay Fresh Effects Acne Control Face Wash Salicylic Acid Acne Cleanser with mandarin orange and green tea essence. Experience a deep, refreshing clean that penetrates pores to clear up most blemishes and prevent new ones from forming.

Where does the fighting power come from? Olay Fresh Effects Acne Control Face Wash Salicylic Acid Acne Cleanser is formulated with salicylic acid to help fight breakouts. Plus, it has the fresh scent of mandarin orange and green tea essence. The result is a clearer complexion that will have you looking refreshed and ready-to-go no matter how late you were out the night before. Start every morning with a fight, and stop blemishes before they form with Olay Fresh Effects Acne Control Face Wash Salicylic Acid Acne Cleanser, because when a refreshing, deep clean awaits you, you’ll look forward to every new day.
 
INGREDIENTS
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Peg-100, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Panthenol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.
 

FOR BEST RESULT
Wet face and dispense into hand. Work into a foamy lather adding water as needed and massage over face. Rinse thoroughly. For best results, use twice daily.
 
WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCT
My struggles with acne is not a secret, even as an adult. I have always been a fan of Olay skincare products, so this Olay Fresh Effects Acne Control Scrub is not different. After using this for the last month, I have noticed my clear my pores look and feel. It’s very gentle and doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated. Though it contains Salicylic Acid, my skin still retained moisture, which is very rare for scrubs with this ingredient.
 

It’s oil-free and has these mini micro beads inside that is great for exfoliation. I personally love how this functions both as an acne wash and scrub. What I love even more is the scent of Mandarin Orange & Green Tea. It’s so refreshing to have a face scrub that doesn’t smell like chemicals. It even controlled my menstrual breakouts as well. Overall, amazing product and worth trying out if you have a struggle with acne.
 
RATING
Product (5/5)
Cost (5/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (4/5) – Nothing fancy!