THISWASFOREVER | Fashion and Beauty Blog by Emily Chan



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I hosted my bridal shower and our engagement party at the comfort of our home last night. I wanted something simple but yet still matches the rustic-feel of my house. I’m truly thankful and blessed for the most wonderful ladies (and gentlemen) who came out yesterday and showered Jeff and I with so much love and support. I’m going to end with a quote by one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”



Mood [Nervous]
Currently Playing [A Great Big World – Hold Each Other]

Though Summer might be behind us, it is usually around this time that some of us like to enjoy a little Fall getaway because let’s face it, flights are so expensive during the peak seasons. So whether you’re planning for a weekend getaway to somewhere within the country or your dream vacation, you don’t want to forget these few travel essentials from Farley Co. Whether you are looking for beauty enhancers, solutions to a problem or simply personal pampering, their full range of beauty products and accessories include a wide spectrum of answers.

Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Soap & Mending Kit – I’m personally not a big fan of hotel soaps, especially the ones that are right next to the sink. Thus, I usually bring my own soap bar whenever I’m traveling. This specific bat from Baylis & Harding is a pure vegetable soap, which is super gentle on the skin. A mending kit is definitely a “must” in any travel bag of mine. Being such a clumsy person, I can almost guarantee that I’ll tear something on my skirt or lose a button during the day. This cute mending kit includes 6 coloured threads, 6 needles, 2 buttons and 1 safety pin, which will prevent any type of wardrobe malfunctions.

Steripod Travel-Friendly Toothbrush Sanitizer – Not only is it convenient to clip on a toothbrush before putting it in your cosmetic bag, Steripod is a natural antibacterial toothbrush sanitizer. It releases natural germ-killing vapors from a thyme tablet in the pod, which provides up to 3 months of protection!
X3: Clean Pocket Sized Hand Sanitizer – Hand washing isn’t always possible while on a travel adventure, so this sanitizer ensures clean hands when soap and water aren’t available. You’ll always find some kind of hand sanitizers in my purse and this little one from X3: Clean is one of my favorites! It’s so gentle on the skin and it doesn’t have a strong smell.

Velvet Touch Natural Hair Remover – Mid-vacation stubble? Bring along this Velvet Touch Natural Hair Remover, a fast and gentle way to get soft, hair-free skin. This product gently buffs away hair the all natural way and exfoliates leaving your skin silky soft. Note that this product works best with corse hair and don’t buff too hard otherwise it will leave a burning sensation.
COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo – You may have already tried the new COLAB invisible Dry Shampoo formulation, but this Extreme Volume formula is amazing! This range features an extreme plumping powder for instant back-combed volume, texture and life while still refreshing the roots. This dry shampoo is small enough to fit inside your purse and it’s a great way to maintain your volume throughout all your travel adventures.



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This all-new super-rich matte lip click delivers intense, vibrant colour with state of the art pigment technology. Glides on smoothly without drying the lips. It comes with the innovative magnetic case, which “clicks” close. Available in Starlet, Vixen and Siren shades (3g)

For any type of matte lipsticks, I like to use a lip balm underneath to prevent my lips from drying out too quickly.

Lipsticks always excite me, but matte lipsticks are hands down, my kryptonite. These new limited edition matte lipsticks from Mark Avon are slowly becoming staple items for me: I always have 1 to 2 of them in my makeup bag. First off, I love all 3 of these colours. Siren is the deep red, Starlet is the medium pink and Vixen is the dark plum colour. I personally love Vixen the most, then Siren and finally Starlet. Vixen is the perfect colour for Autumn because that purple would look good with any skin tone. I also really enjoy the pigmentation of these lipsticks. One glide, and you get the full richness of colour.

Another thing that is worth noting is the unique and sleek packaging. I really love how it’s a magnetic case and that the cap of the lipstick simply “clicks” close. The packaging definitely reminds me other high-end brands. The tube is also smaller than regular lipsticks, thus, it can be easily stored in a clutch or a small handbag.

There are two things that I’m not liking about these lipsticks: the longevity of the colours and the price point. Those these colours are extremely pigmented; the colour only lasts for around 2 hours before fading starts to occur. I find Starlet to find the quickest out of the three, while the other two colours tend to leave some patchy marks. Thus, reapplying is a must throughout the day. Lastly, I do find $13.00 CAD for one lipstick is a bit steep in my opinion since there are many other drugstore matte lipsticks that are just as good but for only a fraction of the price.

However, these Mark. LipClick Matte Full Color Lipsticks are good for what they are: matte lipsticks that comes in a convenient case. These are now available through Avon Independent Sales Representatives and on online here.
Product (3/5)
Cost (3/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)



Mood [Okay]
Currently Playing [Tegan and Sara – Closer]

Yes, surprise! I am getting married in less than a month’s time. It wasn’t really my our intention to keep everything so secretive and under wraps. Both my fiancé (it’s still weird to address him as that) and I are both very intimate people. We have a small group of close friends who we want to celebrate our special day with. We think that sometimes the whole idea of a wedding completely consumes the true meaning of a marriage and we wanted to deviate from that. Jess from iDream Photography really did an amazing job with these photos. I never intended on doing any engagement photos but as destiny would have it, we randomly chose a white dress during our last photo session. What are the chances?
PS, I had a vision for our invitations and the fiancé designed and digitalized it for me. If you’re in a hunt for a designer for your invitations, let me know and I can give you a quote! (Click here)



Mood [Okay]
Currently Playing [Ed Sheeran – Even My Dad Sometimes]

I ventured into Dixie Outlet Mall a few weeks ago to complete their She Who Hunts Finds Challenge. I was given a $200 gift card to the mall and had to create an entire outfit (or 2) with that amount. I didn’t really know what to expect because I had never went to Dixie before. So I was pretty excited to see what the mall had to offer since it is one of Canada’s largest indoor outlet malls.

Urban Planet fridge vest, tank top & tribal shorts, Winners moccasins, Aldo feather necklace & stone necklace

I first thing I did when I got into the mall was to do a quick walk through to see what brands are there. The mall is just one floor so all the shops are together on the main floor thus, making it easy to access all the stores. There were a few brands that were familiar such as Aldo, Winners, Urban Planet, Sirens, Levis, Nine West, Aeropostale and others. For this outfit, I went to 3 different retailers to pull this look together and spent around 4 hours at the mall to purchase everything.

All my clothing were from Urban Planet, a store that I hadn’t shopped in for a very long time because I found their sizes to be very awkward. (I was always in between sizes) It was nice to see that the one at Dixie was not only large in size, but had a large selection of different styles – I’ve been gravitating more towards the bohemian/rustic/indie/mori girl look recently so I’m happy to see that even Urban Planet can cater to my particular taste.

Next, I went to Winners and found this perfect pair of moccasins. What was really unique about this pair was the fur trim, which sold me on them instantly. They are very warm and thus, perfect for the Fall season. I personally didn’t enjoy the Winners at Dixie as much as other locations because the selection were very limited.

Finally, I finished the entire outfit with 2 necklaces from Aldo. The feather necklace is actually Men’s and the stone necklace is from Women’s. I really like the mixture of the materials and colours between these two necklaces. Though the Aldo store was offering a buy one get one on all sale items, I wasn’t able to find another item I wanted from the store. This attest to not only the size of the store, but the amount of inventory it carries.

Here are all of my purchases from the trip to the outlet mall. As you can tell, I didn’t incorporate all of the items into this one single outfit but will do so in a future post. My favorite finds were definitely from Aeropostale because though it was an outlet, I found their stocks to be pretty current. I also loved the fact that I was able to save a total of $94.52!

Lastly, I have teamed up with Dixie Outlet Mall to give one of my lucky readers a chance to go on a $200 shopping spree! You can enter the giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway



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Once in a while I get to review products that are so innovative that I just can’t wait to share with you all. This JORD watch is one of those products. First off, look at how amazing the packaging is. I’m loving all the details, all the way down to the tag that’s also made out of wood. I find it so fitting that a wooden watch comes in a wooden box. It’s a nice touch.

The watch is extremely light-weight and very timeless in design. Since it’s made out of wood, I wouldn’t suggest getting it wet because it can affect the texture. I really enjoy this watch because it works so well with many rusty outfits, which is a style that I’ve been gravitating towards lately.

I would say that the only downside is the size of the watch. I have really small wrist, and though the company resize it according to my wrist, it was a little too tight. However, when I added a link back to the watch, it became too big. Thus, my wrist was somewhere in the middle. So do keep that in mind if you have really tiny wrist as well. The company offers FREE shipping to anywhere in the world. Please note that they also offer a resizing service for an additional $10, so you won’t have to make an extra trip to the jeweler.

There are also a countless amount of colours and hardware to choose from. I personally love all the darker colours! You can check out the entire selection of JORD watches here.



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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!