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Earlier this week I had the chance to attend the Almay Playfully Pretty Tea Party.  It was a lovely event on a lovely sunny day, perfect Spring day to have a tea party!

Tea party with Liquid Lip Balm
Beautiful cups and plates ALL THE WAY from England!
One main theme about this event is Mother's Day.  Almay has partnered up with their current spokemodel Kate Hudson, as well as her mother, Goldie Hawn.  The award winning actresses mother-and-daughter-duo is the face of this special campaign feature their intense i-color line.  They have a mother-daughter makeup and makeover station to celebrate this special occasion.


Almay Mother's Day Campaign

Almay Playfully Pretty Tea Party: 2013 Spring/Summer Product Launch

April 26, 2013 • 6 comments
Maybelline Baby Lips
My lips are quite chapped (like my hands and feet are dry), which I never understand because I have oily skin and I thought maybe it'll help with the moisture in my skin.  But instead I just get shiny face and desert looking lips if they're both not conditioned.  Having this problem means that I constantly try new things to find the best lip care product on the market.

Maybelline Baby Lips* has a "Lip renew formula and 8-hr hydration for visibly renewed lips in 4 weeks", according to Maybelline.  It has SPF 20 and it's said to be a "clinical care for baby-soft lips".

Maybelline Baby Lips From L to R: Yummy Plummy, Quenched, Melon Mania
This product has been out since last year.  It's probably quite popular because they come up with new shades every now and then.  Here's the three I have here:

Get Kissable Lips with Maybelline Baby Lips

April 25, 2013 • 9 comments


In celebration of my 100th post, the blogaversary of The Office Chic (which was 4 months ago but I was a little busy), and the new layout of my blog, I am holding an international giveaway for my readers as a thank you for following my blog!

The PRIZE is going to be a brand new Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection!  I have done a review on the palette here.  I have been loving it and using it every single day!  It's such a nice every day palette to have that will take you from day to night (and to the bedrooom, haha).





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GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!


x Rica

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April 24, 2013 • 100 comments
Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection
There was so much buzz about the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection on the blogosphere/YouTubeverse.  I know I probably have too many eye shadow palettes, but I just couldn't pass this up because it looks absolutely amazing in the store, plus I have always wanted to try Too Faced's eye shadow palettes!

According to Too Faced, 

"Our new collection of eye shadows creates looks for the bedroom and beyond. Along with four Boudoir-worthy colors, we added five new shades just for this palette for a total of nine soft and sexy colors."
The shadows

"Be Fiercely Feminine" with Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection

April 23, 2013 • 7 comments
La Roche-Posay is well known with their skincare products (so much buzz about their Effaclar range for oily and acne prone skin).  And now they are expanding their range a venture into makeup, starting with the new Hydreane BB Creme*.
La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Creme
La Roche-Posay states that there are 4 missions they want to accomplish in this 1 skincare-and-makeup-hybrid product:
  • Hydrates for 12 hours
  • Soothes sensitive skin
  • Strengthens skin against free radicals
  • Unifies complexion and Illuminates skin tone without ever caking
But how does it work out for me?
The Before and After (from left to right)
I would agree that this works great for hydrating and soothing my skin because my skin feels comfortable during the course of the day (no tighten or cakey feeling).  I have not noticed if it had helped my skin fight against the free radicals or not.  I do think that it evens out my skin tone and provide a subtle glow to my skin.  You can see that it evens out my redness a little, as well as blurring out some pores.  It does add a slight pinkish cast to my face which is okay when I am putting something else on top.

La Roche-Posay ventures into makeup with their new Hydreane BB Creme

April 22, 2013 • 9 comments
I am on a shopping kick lately.  Actually I think I would blame the good sales going on these days.  And a couple weeks back I went to the Ela Handbags sample sale to add some new bags to my wardrobe.


Ela handbags galore
For those of you who don't know, Ela, co-founded by Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson, is a Swedish/Canadian handbags and accessories brand.  The T.O. duo wants to create a line of accessories that embody the basis of humble luxury.  All their handbags are crafted in Spain with high quality Italian materials.

When I first walked into the sale, I was already overwhelmed by the collection.  I did not expect there are so many choices available, and the prices are unbeatable.


So many choices... but they were gone so fast!

Bargain alert!
Bucket - $45 (anything you can find in the bucket)
Editor's Pouch - $80
M.I.L.C.K. Clutch - $100
Chibi Lady & Fur - $150
Large Bags - $200

I had my eyes on their M.I.L.C.K. Clutch before I went into the sample sale.  If memory serves me correctly, there were over 20 different things for you to choose from.  So I went a little crazy, and here's a pic of some of the things I grabbed to decide:


In hindsight, so much red and pink lol

Shop Local Designer: Ela Handbags Sample Sale

April 19, 2013 • 13 comments
Maybelline Color Whispers
"I love tinted lip colour. I love moisturizing lip product", I screamed and shouted and let it all out...

Sorry for the bad pun, but if you know me, you know I love a good tinted lip balm or any easy-to-apply lip colour with moisturizing properties.  So Maybelline Color Whisper seems right up my alley.  The Color Whisper range has 20 different colours.  Here are the 5 colours that I have...


From L to R: #15 Some Like It Taupe, #25 Lust For Blush
#55 One Size Fits Pearl, #60 #Petal Rebel, #85 Berry Ready
From L to R: #15 Some Like It Taupe, #25 Lust For Blush
#55 One Size Fits Pearl, #60 #Petal Rebel, #85 Berry Ready

Maybelline describes the Color Whisper range as "Pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel. No heavy waxes or oils. Soft, sexy gel-color."  I have to agree with how light it feels.  While it doesn't really feel like weightless, it definitely does not have a masking feeling or a vaseline feeling on your lips.  It's easy to apply because I can just apply right from the tube without worrying about it looking weird, well, except the bolder shades.

Let the Lips do the talking - Maybelline Color Whisper by ColorSensational

April 17, 2013 • 4 comments
Last week I did a recap on the Revlon 2013 Product Launch and I mentioned that there is one secret product that I can't talk about until after April 15.  Well, now it's pass that, so here we go!


Emma Stone is the face for this mascara, an she's wearing Blak
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara display at the launch
Lash Potion Mascara in Blackened Brown
On April 14, the night of the MTV Video Awards, Revlon revealed its latest innovation in front of millions of viewers on TV.  Available at your local drugstore in May 2013, Revlon Lash Potion is the newest mascara by its Grow Luscious line.  It promises to provide "spell-binding volume and super natural length from the very first application".  Its magic lies within the brush and the formula.  Revlon describes the was as the "Illusionist Wand" that coat lashes with their "formula of strengthening proteins" that gives maximum volume and clump-free length.  They also say that the formula of the mascara "conditions and moisturizes so lashes are less brittle".


NEW! Revlon Lash Potion Mascara by Grow Luscious apparently has Magical Powers

April 16, 2013 • 1 comments
Attention all Sephora Beauty Insiders, Chic Week is happening right now!  This means all Beauty Insiders (BIs) and Very Important BIs (VIBs) will get 15% off their entire purchase from now till April 22, 2013.  I, of course, went on the first day and bought a few things that I have wanted to try!

My Chic Week haul in the Chic tote :P

This time I went a bit complexion-crazy and focused on skincare and face makeup!  First up, skincare:

From L to R: 500 points perk - Ole Henriksen trans4mation skincare sample set,
REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask, REN Get Radiant, Glowing Skin in Just 10 Minutes! Kit
I have wanted to try REN Skincare for a little while because I have read/heard so many British bloggers/vloggers talked about their Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.  I originally did buy the mask on the first day of the sale but then I saw the Get Radiant, Glowing Skin in Just 10 Minutes! Kit on Sephora website for just $4 more, so I decided to go back and exchange for the kit instead because it's just a better value.  I also decided to try their Invisible Pores Detox Mask.  These skincare products are pretty expensive, so they better work!  Haha.

REN Get Radiant, Glowing Skin in Just 10 Minutes! Kit
REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask
I also went ahead and redeemed my points for the Ole Henriksen trans4mation skincare sample set. I have tried the same kit (minus the eye gel) a couple years back, I quite enjoyed it and I want to see if I still like it :).

Sephora 500 points perk - Ole Henriksen trans4mation skincare sample set

Sale Alert & My Haul: Sephora Chic Week 15% Off for All BIs and VIBs from April 11th to 22nd

April 15, 2013 • 0 comments
What are your beauty wishes?  Nice manicured nails at all times?  Fuller glossy Lips?  Flawless complexion with radiance?  Long and luscious lashes?

While these wishes are hard to achieve in natural ways (but if you do have all 3 naturally, I envy you), it's achievable with makeup.  Like Revlon's Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman likes to say, "Makeup can be incredibly powerful... it's a very magical tool."


Last week, I got the opportunity to preview some of Revlon's new products for the year 2013.  It's rather exciting, because I am a big fan of a lot of their products.  "Hi, my name is Rica, and I'm a Lip Butter hoarder."  So it's exciting to see what they have prepared after one awesome year they had for all of their lip products release!

The event was held at Bar Chef in Toronto Queen West area.  They had a theme of "Magic of Makeup".  When you walked in to the venue, they created a slightly mysterious atmosphere with all the  colourful drinks with smokes coming out, dim lighting, candles, and Tarot Card Reader!

After catching up with some of my fellow Toronto beauty bloggers, I immediate got drawn to the nail section!  They were offering manicures, courtesy of Tips Nail Bar.  And also showcasing some of the newer and unreleased products of their nail line.  And I got to reunite with the super sweet Leeanne Colley, the Revlon nail products spokeperson.



Revlon probably has the most extensive nail line among all drugstore makeup brands (not including the solely nail care brands).  Aside from their regular nail enamel that wows us from time to time, they also have 3 new lines of nail polishes that any nail art fanatic should check out!

First there's the Moon Candy collection:


On one side you will see opague colours for you to use as a base that is labeled as 1, and on the other side, it's the moon candy side that is labeled as 2.  The #2 side contains a gel-texture polish with multi colour flakes.  They are like glitter nail polishes but in flakes form, so the pieces are not the same size and are more unique.  Leeanne told me the trick to apply these flaky polishes is to press instead of glide so that the flakes will stick on the nails.

Cast A Spell with Revlon's Magic! 2013 New Products Launch

April 12, 2013 • 6 comments
TGIF!!! Over the Easter long weekend, I've done some shopping.  I know it's not sale season, but I managed to find some great deals here and there!

Thursday

My boyfriend and I hit up Toronto Eaton Centre because I have decided to purchase a MacBook Pro!  I have debated, contemplated, and lusted for so many months, and I finally jumped the gun! Partly because I finally can't stand being computer-less.  Can you believe I haven't had my own computer for a year?  I was beyond excited.  I was going to go straight to the Apple Store, but hey, we were at the mall, might as well shop around!

First place that I made a purchase: Forever 21.  I haven't really bought anything from there since December 2012.  And the reason I went that time was just that I really needed a black blazer.  This time, I was able to find two things through the madness (Forever 21 is like a maze sometimes).



I really wanted a peplum top, and I found this black with white polka dot.  It reminds me of 1980's pin up look :).  I tried on the small size at first but the medium size has a longer cut, but now looking at it, I might need to go back and exchange for the small... We'll see..

I also got this cute bow necklace that only costs me $1.80... That's $2.03 after tax... I can't say no to that :P.


Next stop: Express.  The boy and I passed by Express and saw that EVERYTHING was 40% off.  So we went in to see if we can take advantage of this offering.  Normally, we would walk out empty hand, but little did we know that we would spent so much time and money in there (rolling eyes)...

Well, I didn't really buy THAT much.  I got a striped dress.  Usually I avoid excessive stripes, because they make me look wide and it's not that desirable.  However, this dress, because of the direction of the stripes, it creates an illusion that I am skinnier than I actually am.  It's quite flattering, even the boy said so.


The boy's haul, well, is larger than mine (in Express anyway).  He got a suit and some cardigans.  Not bad, not bad... It makes me feel less guitly though, haha.

Our final stop of the day : Apple Store.  And I walked out with my new love - 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display.  Enough said.

Easter Haul: I love me some good deals

April 5, 2013 • 8 comments
Ever since I went ombre, I have become really conscious about the "health" or the condition of my hair.  I have never ever take care of my hair like that because I didn't feel the need to when I was younger.  But after being exposed to more and more hair care products/information (thanks to YouTube, Stacey Brennan, and Emily from THISWASFOREVER), I realize I am not treating my hair very well.  So this time, after damaging my hair by leaving hair dye on for a wee bit too long, I am determined to "revive" it, or at least condition it to prevent it from getting worse.  And here's what I'm currently reaching for the most...



"Wow!  That's a lot of hair products!"  I know!  I think so too.  I do use them all but hear me out...  And since this post is going to be VERY long, I have sectioned it up!

1. Shampoo and Conditioner


Left: LUSH BIG Shampoo; Right: L'Oreal Total Repair Replenishing Mask
I used the LUSH Cosmetics BIG Shampoo every day.  Yes, I know, you're not supposed to wash your hair every day but I just can't stand how greasy my hair would get.  My hair gets greasy even at the end of the day even I just washed it 16 hours ago.  It also smells too... yikes!  I think after a whole day of work I deserve some refreshment by just shampooing my hair.  You may think that this small tub might not worth the buck, but a little goes a long way because this lathers up crazy.  I use about a little less than a quarter size amount and that's probably too much.  I massage the product on the scalp and bring the lather to the ends and then rinse it out thoroughly.  I especially like this one because it makes my hair squeeky clean and SHINY.  My hair is not dull per se, but it gives it an extra lift.  Literally!  I do find my hair have more volume after using this shampoo.  I don't think I have used something quite like this and I'm enjoying it!

LUSH BIG Sea Salt Shampoo
LUSH BIG Sea Salt Shampoo
Since I do wash my hair so often, I make sure I do condition it as well.  And my go to conditioner is the L'Oreal Paris Total Repair Replenishing Mask. I have had this for ages but I have never opened it.  It is not until I coloured my hair that I decided to take it out from my cabinet and use it.  My friend Jill from Batting a Lash had talked about using this as her conditioner before, so did Emily, so I gave it a shot.  It makes my hair really soft, silky soft! They probably have changed their packaging since I acquired this one. (I don't even remember when!)  I'm hoping that it works the same because I'm gonna need one when I run out.

L'Oreal Paris Total Repair Replenishing Mask

Hair Products Galore!!! And I Actually Am Using Them All

April 3, 2013 • 5 comments

Last week, you have read my experience on the L'Oreal Paris Féria Wild Ombré dip dye kit (go check out the tips and tricks I learned from L'Oreal Paris Official Hair Colourist Christophe Robin).  Now you can have a chance to win the same kit I used too!  It is most suitable for Medium to Dark Brown Hair, but I heard lighter brown hair girl can do so too (don't quote me though).  But I also got something if you want to go blonde — the L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference LB01.  If you're itching to switch up your hair colour, enter here for a chance to win the follow two hair dye kit.

Prize #1:

1 Box of L'Oreal Paris Féria Wild Ombré dip dye kit in 060 Medium to Dark Brown Hair

Prize #2:

1 Box of L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference LB01 Ultra Light Ash blonde - Blondissime


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Rules:


1. Entrant must be a follower of The Office Chic through GFC and/or Bloglovin' (considering Google Reader will be discontinued later in the year, I recommend Bloglovin' =D)
2. Entrant must reside in Canada (shipping hair dye internationally might be difficult... sorry!)
3. Entrant must be over the age of majority in your province (age 18 in provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan; age 19 in provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut and Yukon)
4. The Prize is awarded “as is” and without warranty of any kind.  No return or exchange or substitution is permitted.
5. The use of the prize, if awarded, is at your own risk.  Please follow the safety and usage instruction provided in the hair dye kit.  The owner and the author of the blog, The Office Chic, bares no legal responsibility should an allergic reaction happen with the usage of the prize.
6. PRIZE CLAIM: Winner will be contacted within 24 hours after the contest has ended.  They will then have 48 hours to respond to the email with their contact information including name and address for the purpose of delivering the product.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

x Rica

GIVEAWAY: L'Oreal Paris Féria Wild Ombré and Superior Preference

April 1, 2013 • 7 comments