THISWASFOREVER | Fashion and Beauty Blog by Emily Chan

[TUTORIAL] – HOW TO CREATE KOREAN GRADIENT LIPS WITH FASHION MAGAZINE BEAUTY PANEL

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My current favorite way to rock the ombre style is on my lips. More specially, I love the gradient or also known as bitten lips. These lips are very popular among Korean actresses and I love how this type of lips can easily create a young and innocent look. This style can be created with just 4 easy steps.
 

1) Apply a nude lipstick or dap a bit of lip concealer on your lips. It should cover your entire lips.
2) Take your favorite pink/red shade of lip stain and apply it to just the center of your lips.
3) Smoothen the lip stain out a bit by rubbing your lips together. Another good method is to dap your lips with your fingers. Remember you don’t want to rub the colour all the way to the outer corners.
4) Finally, top the look off with a clear lipgloss or a lip balm to prevent your lips from drying out.

 
Products Used:
1) HEAVY ROTATION Lip Concealer in 02 Nude Biege
2) MAYBELLINE SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss in Pink Flush
3) MAYBELLINE Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Too Cool
 
 
Original post on Fashion Magazine website can be found here.

SAILOR MOON 20TH ANNIVERSARY OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE REVIEW: MINI TOTE BAGS CRYSTAL STAR BROOCH & SAILOR SENSHI

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Many of you probably already know, but I’m the biggest Sailor Moon fan. So of course, when Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary arrived, I know I had to stalk up on their official merchandises. And if you’ve seen some of my posts on Instagram, then you’ll know that the boyfriend has helped me ordered a lot of the official Sailor Moon goodies. (Thank you boyfriend for always spoiling me!) Also, please note that if you want to buy these products, I suggest you get them ASAP because not only are they limited edition, but they sell out very quickly as well. I promised that I would do some reviews of all the products that I bought…so here is the first post on these very cute mini tote bags.
 

The mini totes can be carried with a shoulder strap, there’s a clear compartment where you can use your smartphone while it’s still in the bag! Very convenient to carry other small items like money or cosmetics. Yes, the tote bag is very small but I really like it. Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards smaller bags because it’s just such a hassle to carry so much stuff around.
 

Each tote retails for 2,100 yen, which is around $25 CAD. But most websites will sell them for a bit more. It comes in 3 different styles: Crystal Star Brooch, Sailor Senshi and Luna and Artemis. It was scheduled for release back in May 2014.
 

My boyfriend ordered both style for me, but I love the Crystal Star Brooch one the best because of its classic Sailor Moon design. It’s very recognizable. Plus, it stands out so nicely with any outfit. It fits my iPhone, a compact, cash/credit cards, keys and I’m ready to go.
 
You can still purchase these mini totes on YesAsia, most other websites have already been sold out. If you’re interested in other Sailor Moon products, I suggest visiting this site to see more items.

DENIM MIDI SKIRT FROM CHOIES

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Choies High waisted denim midi skirt (buy here), Zara top, Vintage backpack, Soludos espadrilles, Swatch watch
 
Move aside mini and maxi skirts, it’s time for the midi skirt to shine. Lately, everyone’s been drawn to the in-between length of these skirts. They can end anywhere from just below the knee to even a few inches above the ankle and these midi skirts are this season’s easiest piece to put together. Take this denim midi skirt from Choies for example, it can be styled with causal wear so it’s very fitting for everyday. (I wore this combo when I went shopping with my girlfriend, Rica, last night). Plus, a midi skirt is perfect for the chilly fall temperature because of its length. It can even be paired with a pair of knee-high boots so no skin will be exposed. Finally, unlike mini-skirts, you’re virtually free from having a wardrobe “malfunction moment”. Check out more midi skirts from Choies here and most of them are currently on sale.

L’OREAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE NAIL COLLECTION EXCLUSIVE NUDES REVIEW & SWATCHES

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
What’s next from Paris… now! Your dream colour is now at your fingertips with Colour Riche® Nail Colour. Our formula delivers intense, luxurious colour and up to 10 days of shine. Available in a delicious spectrum of must-have shades, the collection is curated by L’Oréal’s exclusive Colour Designer, Orrea Light, to bring you the most glamorous colours straight from Paris. Our new easy-to-use brush provides ideal coverage for the ultimate chic look. Indulge in the alluring world of Colour Riche® Nail where there’s a perfect hue to match your personality, style and mood.
 

 
INGREDIENTS
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Benzophenone 1, Silica, Diacetone Alcohol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Stearalkonium Hectorite, May contain:, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 34 (CI 15880), Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Black 2 (CI 77266)
 
FOR BEST RESULT
Shake gently. Apply 2 coats.
 
WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCT
Nudes have always been my go-to colours for anything from eyeshadows to lipsticks to nail polishes. Thus, I feel like I will definitely be loving this collection. And, I do! Overall, I am extremely happy with the colour pay-off from these polishes. They glide on really smoothly on my nails and 2 coats are sufficient to get the vibrant colour.
 

The Eva Nude is hands down my favorite from the entire collection since it is a light warm caramel nude. I tweeted it and posted the photo on Instagram when I first tried it and instantly fell in love with it. Remarkable radiance for a sun-kissed effect. This nude really compliments my skin tone and truly captures a glowing complexion.
 

The Doutzen Nude is fresh and feminine. It’s the ideal nude for anyone who likes an elegant pinky colour. It actually have a bit of a taupe colour to it. I can’t imagine this colour not complementing any skin tone. The polish goes on in thin coats and dry time is short.
 

The Liya Nude is a darker nude that leans towards a gorgeous deep purple neutral shade. This colour is really safe and can match any skin tone. But it is still very flattering. The formula is perfect. I used just two coats in my swatches. I can also really appreciate that the colour is still very appropriate for conservative work environments even though it’s a darker polish.
 

The Julianne Nude is classified as a dusty salmon. It’s an interesting take on a nude colour polish. When it’s dried, it becomes a bit darker that I would argue it looks a bit brown. This is my least favorite colour out of the collection just because it doesn’t look too flattering on me.
 
Suggested retail price for the nail colour is $6.99 CAD
 
 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

LANCÔME GRANDIÔSE WIDE-ANGLE FAN EFFECT MASCARA REVIEW

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
This grand mascara reinvents a new application technique with its new Swan Neck Wand™. Grandiose provides length, curve and volume all-in-one as well as access to all lashes from corner to corner and root to tip.
 
SWAN NECK WAND™
-ACCESS TO ALL LASHES FROM CORNER TO CORNER AND ROOT TO TIP
ELASTOMER BRUSH
-PREVENTS CLUMPING
-PRECISE APPLICATION
-HIGHLY GRASPING even for smaller lashes
INNOVATIVE FORMULA
- ULTRA BLACK PIGMENTS
- ROOT TO TIP LASH INTENSITY
- LONGWEAR FLEXIBLE POLYMERS
- 24H NO FLAKING- SOFT & SUPPLE LASHES
 

INGREDIENTS
Water, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates, Copolymer, Cera Abla/Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Carnauba Wax, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Acacia Senegal/Acacia Senegal Gum, Rose Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Disodium Edta, Propanediol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulosed, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, [+/- May Contain CI 77499/Iron Oxides].
 
FOR BEST RESULT

 
 
1) Fan out outer lashes

2) Lift center lashes

3) Extend interior lashes

 
WHY YOU SHOULD SKIP THIS PRODUCT
So before I jump into this review and explain why I don’t like this product, I will tell you that there are a few things that I absolutely love about this mascara. The swan neck wand is hands down, the BEST mascara wand that I have ever tried. Indeed, it does make the application of the mascara very easy. I am able to access all my lashes without any problem; from root to tip, corner to corner.
 

Aside from the wand, the brush is also great! It is a elastomer brush with high grasping, precise application. The size of the brush is also smaller than most brushes on the market and I really like that. I don’t have big eyes and long lashes, thus, the smaller brush is just perfect for me. I can even use the brush horizontally for my lower lashes as well.
 

So what disappointed me the most about the mascara is the formula. It’s supposed to be an innovative formula with ultra black pigments and long wear flexible polymer that can be wore for 24 hours without flaking. Like most mascaras, it simply does not hold my curls. Once again, I have short, stubby, straight lashes and thus, not many mascaras can satisfy my needs. Sadly, the Lancome Grandiose Mascara is no exception.
 

 
RATING
Product (1/5)
Cost (3/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

 
 
**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes**

NO PAST NO FUTURE

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Forever 21 tank top and polka dot pants, Converse Jack Purcell shoes, ela editor’s metallic stud pouch in silver (buy here), Ardene mirrored wayfarer

I firmly believe that nothing, no matter good or bad, in our lives happen by accident or by chance. Therefore, everything has been intricately planned. There are no duplicate journeys, which makes each one of us unique in our own ways. Our past ultimately points to who we will become in the future. As humans, we are bound to make mistakes. But that’s okay because what’s important is that we learn from them and then we never repeat them again. There’s no need to be ashamed of our past failures and wrongdoings. Try to remember this the next time when life throws you a curve ball: no past, no future.

PURSE REVIEW: ELA EDITOR’S METALLIC STUD POUCH IN SILVER

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I am very happy to announce a new series that I will be launching on THISWASFOREVER. After some positive response on my social media and a few weeks to gather my thoughts together, it seems like many of you are interested in reviews of my handbags collection. I want to start this segment on my blog to help those of you who are contemplating on buying certain designer brands, to better understand your options and choices. I can’t guarantee how often these posts will be up because they do take a huge amount of time to complete. Furthermore, I want to reiterate that I do purchase my own handbags/purses with my own money. I do have a full time job and do save up to a few months before I make a huge purchase. When you buy things with your own hard-earned money, it’s just that much more fulfilling.
 


So here is the first post of my Purse Review series. I decide to start this series with a brand that I have only come to love in the past year, ela. The basis of ela, an accessories brand co founded by Ela and Martin Aldorsson (CANADIANS!), is the idea of humble luxury, where refined and sophisticated silhouettes strive to showcase, rather than upstage, the wearer. From subtle asymmetry to luxe hardware and leather, every design element is infused with a high level of craftsmanship, materials and a signature aesthetic. All ela bags and leather goods are crafted in Spain using premium leather and hardware.
 

Name: Editor’s Metallic Stud Pouch In Silver
Brand: ela
Size: 11″ width, 8.5″ height
Where to Buy: ela website, Holt Renfrew, eluxe.ca
 

Exterior: The exterior of this bag is a silver metallic colour that is made of 100% leather. The studded leather features an etched logo and cute lock/unlock icons. It was also designed by a Canadian duo, and crafted in Spain using top quality leather. It came with a zipper closure to ensure that everything stays in place. I don’t like how easily the the exterior can be scratched, so make sure you store it properly and make sure it’s not at the bottom of your closet. Also, finger prints will be common against the metallic silver exterior.

Interior: As you can tell from the photo above, the interior is of a purple lining. Since the bag itself is flat, it can look very bulky if you put too much item inside. My wallet, cell phone, lip balm and keys are probably all that can fit inside this bag.

Functionality: This is definitely not a “hands-free” bag since it is a clutch.

Weight: Very light since it is a small clutch.

Price: $198 CAD is the retailed price. Just a tip: I would suggest following ela on Instagram to find out when the brand is having warehouse sales in Toronto. That’s how I picked up this clutch for a portion of its price.

Other Things that I Like about this Bag: This standout clutch doubles as a case for your iPad or e-reader. It matches with everything and can make any outfit that much edgier.
 






Forever 21 leather overall skirt & flower tank top, Converse Jack Purcell shoes, ela editor’s metallic stud pouch in silver (buy here), Ardene mirrored wayfarer