THISWASFOREVER | Fashion and Beauty Blog by Emily Chan

BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIVEAWAY WITH P&G BEAUTY + WALMART GIFT CARD ($100 VALUE)

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I’m pretty sure I say this every year: summer is almost over! I am proud to say that now that I’m no longer in school, I really love this time of the year. Not only do I like to stock up on stationeries, but how can I say no to the cooler fall season? However, with that being said, I know some of you are still in school so I’ll be hosting this back-to-school giveaway along with P&G Beauty and Walmart to give one lucky reader these amazing goodies!
 
One of my favorite beauty secrets for back-to-school was when I discovered bb creams because these creams were a combination of SPF, foundation and moisturizer all in one. This completely revolutionized my morning routine because I could be out the door in under 30 minutes, which meant more sleep time. Haha!
 

The prizes include:
– CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara
– CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick
– Gillette Venus Swirl Razor
– Pantene Moisture Renewal Shampoo
– Pantene Moisture Renewal Conditioner
– Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 CC Cream
– $25 Walmart Gift Card

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will be open from Aug 18 – Aug 29 (12:00am / EST) and will be open to Canadian Residents only. The winner will be announced via the Rafflecopter on Aug 29, 2015. Good luck everyone!

DISCOVER YOUR WILD SIDE WITH DIXIE OUTLET MALL

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I am so, so excited to share with you all my next partnership on THISWASFOREVER and I have a feeling that many of you are going to enjoy this one. I have partnered with Dixie Outlet Mall, one of Canada’s largest enclosed outlet shopping centers, to complete the “She Who Hunts Finds” challenge.
 

This back-to-school season, Dixie Outlet Mall is inviting shoppers to Discover Their Wild Side by taking their online quiz to find out what shopping persona they are. Do you have an eagle eye for fashion, or are you the leader of the wolf pack? Take the quiz here to find out! (It only takes 1 minute and you get a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree!) Each of the shopping personas reveal what kind of deal huntress you really are when you hit the outlet mall.
 


I just took the quiz and found out that I am The Lioness: Fiercely fashion forward with an untamed sense of style. You’re proud to take care of shopping for the whole family. It’s not hard to see why everyone knows you’re queen of the jungle.

Now that I know my shopping persona, I can start planning for my trip to Dixie Outlet Mall this weekend. In another post coming sometime next week, I’ll be revealing the new outfit that I got from my trip to Dixie Outlet Mall. But if you can’t wait that long, you can get sneak-peeks of the outfit via my Twitter and/or Instagram as I will be updating those during my trip. Make sure to come back soon because there will be a surprise for my followers as well.

IDREAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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H&M dress & purse, Ice Fire sweater, Target sandals, JORD wood watch (buy here), Lavender Moon necklace (soon to be available online here)


If you’re in the market for a photographer based in the GTA, I highly recommend my good friend Jess over at Idream Photography. She’s spontaneous and fun, which makes being in front of the camera less awkward. Today we took an unplanned drive to a familiar spot and we managed to snap these shots just before people came flooding in. I love finding places in the city that makes you forget that you’re actually in the metropolitan area. It’s like a little sanctuary from all the commotion of the city life.

THEFACESHOP CLEAN FACE PRODUCTS FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN REVIEW

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This is my first review post for Canadian Beauty Bloggers network and I am happy that it’s for one of the top Korean brands that’s making their way into the western market. I don’t think much introduction is needed for THEFACESHOP since there’s at least one store inside every mall now. I was sent this trio to test out on my acne-prone skin for the past month: the Clean Face Acne Solution Foaming Cleanser, Clean Face Mild Toner and Clean Face Oil-Free Moisturizing Cream For Acne-Prone Skin. You can scroll down below to hear my thoughts of each product.
 

Clean Face Acne Solution Foaming Cleanser ($15 CAD)
This Clean Face Cleansing Foaming offers you a radiant and even complexion by eliminating the impurities that can clog pores. Enriched with tea tree oil, it helps reduce the appearance of imperfections and eliminates excess sebum. Simply wet face and apply to hands and lather with water. Then you can gently massage face and rinse thoroughly.

I really like the feeling that this product leaves on your skin, which is a squeaky clean feeling without stripping the moisture completely. I actually really enjoy this cleanser because it’s mild and effective. The texture is very similar to the Shiseido White Lucent one, which I adore! The smell isn’t too over powering since it is very gentle. Does the cleanser help to reduce the appearance of imperfections? Very minimal but it does do a great job at eliminating excess sebum for sure.
 

Clean Face Mild Toner ($15 CAD)
The Clean Face toner clarifies skin tone and gives your skin its natural glow. Enriched with tea tree oil, it completes the cleansing process while refreshing skin and eliminating excess sebum. You can apply morning and/or evening with a cotton pad on clean skin. Then I like to tap lightly with my fingertips for full absorption. You can definitely smell the tea tree oil in this product, so if you don’t like that smell, you should stay away from it.

This is very similar to the previous product in that it’s very gentle on the skin. It doesn’t sting or cause any discomfort and yet my skin feels very refresh and clean. However, I prefer toners that gives me skin a little sting because is it weird for me to think that it’s more effective? I’m not sure if anyone else feels the same way, but I find that when a toner gives a little bit of a string, the results are more significant. Thus, this toner is only okay for me. On another note, I especially love the packing on this because it’s made out of glass and has a good weight to it.
 

Clean Face Oil-Free Moisturizing Cream For Acne-Prone Skin ($15 CAD)
This cream offers you an even and flawless looking complexion! Enriched with tea tree oil, it helps eliminate excess sebum and reduces the appearance of imperfections by hydrating the epidermis. This cream can be applied daily in the morning and/or evening at the end of your skin care ritual.

I’ll have to admit this is my least favorite product out of the three. It has a similar smell to the toner because the tea tree smell is prominent. I do find this cream to be extremely hydrating, but a little too thick for my liking. This is especially annoying during the hotter, summer months. On top, I’m pretty sure that this product broke me out pretty badly when I first started using it.
 

Overall, I find this line of THEFACESHOP products to be only okay. None of them really stood out too much for me. If you’re looking for something that’ll dramatically heal your imperfections, then these products will not do the trick. (Maybe I need more than a month’s time?) But if you want something that is very light, mild and hydrating on the skin, then maybe trying this line will be fitting for you. The prices are also not too bad, considering that each item is merely $15.
 
RATING
Product (2/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (4/5)

MARK. AVON LIMITED EDITION BODY OILS REVIEW

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Get the silky-smooth skin you crave without the weight of a lotion or cream. This fast-absorbing oil lightly moisturizes, leaving no lingering greasy feel. 6.7 fl. oz.
Available in 4 favorite bath & body collection scent: crushing on coconut, sweet on lemon sugar, dreaming of jasmine and passionate for plumbery.
 
INGREDIENTS
(unavailable)
 

FOR BEST RESULT
I would suggest using these right after a shower because it really helps the product to absorb quickly into the skin.
 

WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
I used to cringe at anything that had the word “oil” in them. However, as the market changes and more oil products are being produced, I am finding myself more and more intrigue at the idea of oil-based products. These new limited edition body oils by Mark. Avon are no exception. What I liked right away about these products is the smell. All of them are from Mark’s favorite bath & body collection scent, thus, the smells are familiar. My favorites are dreaming of jasmine and crushing on coconut.

The oils absorb relatively quickly; I would say it’s as fast as a spray lotion, which is still my preferred method of moisturizing. The one thing that I really disliked about these oils is the packaging because 2 out of the 4 bottles leaked. These are not meant to be traveled with because the oils will spill and get all over your bags. These oils retails for $14.00 CAD and are now available through your Avon sales rep or online.

 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (3/5)
Ease of Use (4/5)
Packaging (2/5)

THE PAST INCREASES, THE FUTURE RECEDES

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H&M top & skirt, Target sandals, Foley + Corinna The FC Lady City Tote, Call it Spring sunglasses

“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.” No one really gets the future as right as Japanese contemporary writer, Haruki Murakami. He ultimately points to reasons why I think we should all strive for days where we are doing what we want rather than what we should do. Because, of course, I choose to believe in the beauty of our dreams.

HERBAL ESSENCES WILD NATURALS DETOXIFYING KIT REVIEW

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Unleash a force of nature with the Wild Naturals Detoxifying Bundle Kit. Experience an abundance of lush ingredients, all packed into a wildly different hair care collection that reveals your hair’s pure softness. The kit includes Wild Naturals Detoxifying Shampoo, Conditioner, and Intensive Treatment for truly clean, nurtured, and healthy hair. It’s everything you need for refreshed, luscious locks.
 
INGREDIENTS
The enriching properties of our most precious Cassia ingredient have been used in Eastern cultures for centuries. Deep in the lush forests of India, the Cassia seed is harvested by hand once a year at the peak of ripeness. Then enliven your senses with the invigorating scent of Thai lemon basil while this detoxifying formulas gently nurture and deeply purify your hair. Let the strong, bright lemony scent of Thai lemon basil transport you to faraway lands, to leave you feeling energized and totally clean.
 

FOR BEST RESULT
STEP 1:
Deeply clean and unleash the pure you with the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Detoxifying Shampoo. Our shampoo is formulated with active Cassia and wraps you up in a fresh fragrance. Protect your hair’s natural protein while leaving your hair clean and strengthened against damage.

STEP 2:
Renew and nurture those luscious locks with the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Detoxifying Conditioner. Its serum-infused formula gently renews your locks, giving you touchable hair.

STEP 3:
Follow up with our intensive treatment from Herbal Essences’ Detoxifying Collection for deep conditioning. It deeply protects your precious strands with every dose, keeping damage at bay and frizz away.
 
WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
It’s always around this time of the year when I like to use detoxing shampoos and conditioners because the sun and the heat are a terrible combo for my hair. The first thing you’ll notice once you open the package is the scent. It has a very pleasant and herbal scent and thus, it’s very strong. It’s not your typical shampoo smell since it leans more being herbal than a sweet scent. If you don’t like strong smelling shampoo, then this product is not for you. The product sizes are around the same size as any travel shampoo. Thus, it’s great for anyone who’s on the go. Now onto each of the products:

Shampoo: This is definitely a clarifying shampoo that cleans away any styling product and any hair product residue. What I really like about the shampoo is that it doesn’t overly strip my hair of moisture and yet, I still get a “squeaky” clean hair feel.

Conditioner: This is a lightweight conditioner but I don’t really care much for it. I don’t find it to be anything spectacular. I applied it mostly towards the middle/ends of my hair.
 

Treatment: This is my favorite product out of the 3 because it’s a thick intense treatment for my damaged ends. It’s great to re-moisturize the ends after using the shampoo that’s from this kit. My hair feels so soft after using this product and you can definitely see the difference between using this treatment versus just the conditioner.
 

Overall, I will use this product again but not as a daily regiment. The clarifying shampoo is awesome and I plan to use it once a week along with the intense treatment. I probably will not bother with the conditioner since it’s not anything special to me.

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