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This year's Father's Day, I did not have any plans with my family because they're 7000 miles away.  So I went to the Garnier pop-up tent at Luminato.  It's not the first year that Garnier had participated in the Luminato festival.  This year, they were offering hair colour diagnostics, skincare analysis, and hair styling!

Hair Colour Diagnostics Station
Skincare Analysis Station
Hair Styling Station
Nathalia from Garnier showed me around the tent.  My first stop was the Hair Colour Diagnotisc station.  Everyone who visited the tent was given a pamphlet to help them take notes and see what Garnier products would suit them.

The hair colour specialist used the hair colour diagnostic tool that you can also find on the Garnier website to help you identify which colour would go with your skin tone and eye colour.  For me, my natural hair colour is Level 200, and the lady told me I can go up one or two level (that's level 300 or 400) if I want to see result with semi-permanent hair dye.  Of course, if I was looking into permanent hair dye, I could go a little higher too.  However, I would like less damage done to my hair, so she recommended me to try the HerbaShine ones.

Hair colour diagnostic tool!  You can try it out here
Garnier hair dyes are my go-to when I used to dye my hair every 6 months.  I need to try their semi-permanent ones!

Garnier @ Luminato Experience: Take Care of You!

June 28, 2012 • 0 comments
Today was the day that I have waited for so long... We went to IMATS LA!!! OMG!!!

I'm at IMATS LA!!!!!!!!!

I was so excited today that I didn't even feel tired at all.  We woke up at 6:30 in the morning, which is like 9:30 back home so it was all good.  Here's my little OOTD for IMATS:

Excuse my morning face...

Blouse: Wufenpu night market in Taiwan
Shorts: Hollister
Wedges: Hong Kong
Bracelet: from my aunt when I was 13.
Necklaces (not shown here):  Wufenpu night market in Taiwan and Etsy

The Travel Chic: IMATS LA OMG!!!

June 24, 2012 • 8 comments
Hello all from California!

IMATS LA at Pasadena Convention Centre!!!
I am currently in Pasadena, CA with a few of my girlfriends (Stacey from StaceyBrennan on YouTube, Jessica and Pascale from Beautezine).  We're here to attend the annual IMATS LA at the Pasadena Convention Centre!  We will also be doing some sightseeing and shopping around LA too.  I'm really looking forward to this weekend!

It is our first day in Cali today, and it did not start off great.  First, I slept in and woke up at 6am when my flight was at 6:25am.  It scared the crap out of me and got my girls worried about me too =(.  But things start to get better once I got on another flight and go to LA.  Luckily, there was an 8am flight to Chicago, connecting to LA.  I still got there at 12:45pm, which is only 45 minutes later than the original one.  I'm so glad that American Airlines have great services and frequent flights!  So glad that I am here now!  Anyway, then the day got better when we start browsing around the city.  Look at all the city views... clear sky, palm trees, loveeee!!

A little street mall near IMATS LA
macy's! Not that exciting, I know... lol

Chef's school

The Travel Chic: Off to the LaLaLand...

June 23, 2012 • 4 comments
It was the day that I came back home from the MARCELLE/ANNABELLE Beauty Unveiling, when I asked my boyfriend to take some pictures of my outfit. I realized I have not done an OOTD for a while now. My apologies. But here it is, my outfit I wore to the Beauty Unveiling event!

Mint Cardigan: Lowry's Farm
Peachy Nude High-Low Dress: Forever 21
Belt: Comes with another dress from Forever 21
Bag: Miu Miu Lux Vitello Bow
Shoes: From Hong Kong


June 19, 2012 • 11 comments
If you live in the GTA, it's very likely that you have heard of or been to Luminato.  Luminato is a Festival of Arts and Creativity that happens every year in June for 10 days in Toronto, Ontario.  This year is their 6th anniversary and it is happening right now (June 8 to June 18)

Maybelline Pop Up Tent at Luminato

This year, Maybelline has set up a tent offering touch ups, an instant photo booth, and a free lipstick for everyone who stopped by!

Waiting lounge
Pretty editorial!
Another one!  Look! It's Doraemon =D
A free lipstick and a coupon for everyone who stopped by
The beauty blogger in me told me I should swatch all the colours!

Kiss N Tell Wall

Maybelline MUA in action!

That's the kind of vanity I want lol
I headed down there on Thursday after work to catch the Maybelline Summer Trend workshop by the one and only Grace Lee!  Grace is the Maybelline Lead Makeup Artist in Canada.  She did two demos on two beautiful girls form ROI relations.  First, Grace created, as one of the beauty editors there like to call it, the mermaid look...

Maybelline Summer Trends at Luminato with Grace Lee

June 17, 2012 • 7 comments
Last Wednesday (June 13, 2012), I attended the MARCELLE and ANNABELLE Beauty Unveiling Event at Andrew Richard Designs in Toronto.  I had an awesome time chatting up my fellow Toronto Beauty Bloggers (#TOBB).  As well as checking out some of the new products from the two companies.

First, let's talk about MARCELLE.

You all probably know I love the MARCELLE BB Cream, so when I know they're coming out with two other BB Cream, you can imagine how excited I got!  One thing that many bloggers wished that the original MARCELLE BB Cream has is SPF.  I think they actually heard us and their new Anti-Aging BB Cream comes with SPF 20! According to the lady who I was talking to, what makes this one different than the original one is that it has got a Liftessence Nature Complex.  This innovative ingredient provides an instant lift to the skin, hence the anti-aging BB Cream!

MARCELLE 10-in-1 Anti-Aging BB Cream
MARCELLE 10-in-1 Anti-Aging BB Cream
MARCELLE Original 8-in-1 BB Cream
MARCELLE 8-in-1 BB Cream-to-Powder

Another new addition to the MARCELLE BB Line is the BB Cream-to-Powder.  I must admit, I am most excited about this product because of the cream-to-powder formulation, of which I am a huge fan.  I have tested the texture, it's much more smooth and silky than the original or the anti-aging one!

MARCELLE 8-in-1 BB Cream-to-Powder - packaging
MARCELLE 8-in-1 BB Cream-to-Powder
MARCELLE 8-in-1 BB Cream-to-Powder

Like the Anti-Aging BB Cream, it came with two shades: Light-to-Medium and Medium-to-Dark.  I asked the lady about the difference between this and the original one.  She said it's basically the texture and finish, other than that the benefits are the same.  However, she thinks that the original one will provide slightly better coverage.  She also recommended that one can try using both together to get a fuller coverage.

MARCELLE ANNABELLE Beauty Unveiling (Pic Heavy)

June 15, 2012 • 10 comments
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It's in our human nature that we want more than we need.  This is certainly the case with my current want for the Sarah Potempa BEACHWAVER Rotating Curling Iron.

What makes it different than the other curling irons on the market is that the curling iron actually does all the work for you.  You'll just have the put the ends on the clamp and press GO, then this curling iron will rotate and curl your hair for you!  It's a convenient hair gadget.  Before you press GO, you'll still have to choose L or R, which basically curl your hair outside from your left or from your right.  So if you wanna create different types of curl on the same side, you can still do it! =)

I'm quite lazy when it comes to hair, so I'm all about convenience and this is spelling convenience for me =P.  But I'll admit, I do have curling irons of the same width, so I don't actually need it.  I don't know... if it comes out with different width, maybe I'll get it.  For now, it stays on my wishlist until I can justify buying it.

What's currently on your wishlist right now?  Let me know!

x Rica

Weekend Wishlist: Sarah Potempa BEACHWAVER Rotating Curling Iron

June 2, 2012 • 2 comments