PARKSHOW YEG 2015: a meeting of art and fashion

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Edmonton is not, as it stands, a huge fashion city. I mean, it could be worse–we could be Regina–but we still have a long ways to go.

Which is why it’s so cool that PARK, which describes itself as a not-for-profit cultural organization that focuses on supporting and promoting artists and fashion designers across the country, is helping to change that by holding a big fashion-slash-art show in West Edmonton Mall next weekend. Proceeds from the show will help fund programming, educational forums, and mentorship programs for emerging designers, so if you’re free next weekend, you should definitely check it out!


When: Saturday, December 5, 2015; doors open at 7:00.

Where: West Edmonton Mall Level 1, Phase 1, Entrance 32

How: VIP seating – $80 / General Seating – $60 / Standing Room – $30 { buy tickets here }

Plus, if you’re still getting your holiday shopping finished, check out the PARKSHOP Christmas Market in West Ed on December 10th-13th.

I hope to see some of you guys at next Saturday’s show!

PARKSHOW YEG 2015 teaser (1)

BISC Vol.20: ​​What’s your most memorable makeup mishap?

Sunday, November 22, 2015


What’s your most memorable makeup mishap?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

My most memorable makeup mishap? Oh, dude.

Let’s set the stage: this year, I started wearing Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in my brows. I store all of my liners and brow products standing up point-down in a tin together, so it lives next to a gorgeous green Lise Watier liquid liner that happens to have similar packaging…

Long story short, one bleary morning, I gave myself half of a very vivid, very green eyebrow before realizing my mistake, and now I double-check all of my pen-type products before putting them to my face!

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup

I was trying really hard to come up with the answer for this week’s question and I searched my memory really deep. I came to a conclusion that I usually play safe with my makeup because I don’t really recall any makeup mishaps. The only one I can think of is when I was 18 or 19 years old my mom got me for Christmas a beautiful shimmering powder from a Swedish brand Oriflame and since I didn’t know any better (before the times of strobing and highlighting), I used to apply it all over my face, like a regular powder. I can only imagine what my face looked like, all shimmery and shiny like a disco ball! Fortunately, I don’t have any pictures to remind me of that!

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews

I’m pretty sure I’ve never had an epic mishap! Back in the 80’s and 90’s I wore too much powder, that’s for sure!


ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca

The one time I left for Mexico and forgot to close my foundation properly before throwing it in the suitcase! I was left with no foundation for my face and no clean clothes, ready to start a three weeks road trip…

As far as application is concerned, probably assuming that Cleopatra-style eyeliner in teal is the right thing to wear to school for a 17 year old Blonde.

My parents surely believed in personal freedom to let me leave the house like that!

MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe

I can easily think of the pink-toned BB cream I used to wear back in college. I was all for following the Korean beauty trend without first taking into account my own skin tone and skin type. The white cast and the color mismatch are obvious in photos, so I don’t do a lot of throwbacks to that period.

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

When I first got into make-up I was still blissfully unaware of the importance of blending, so I would just apply my eyeshadow without smudging or sheering it out at the edges. Needless to say I looked very panda-esque for a while. And then I also committed some serious beauty crimes when I first started using foundation. Let me tell you, finding the right color took a lot of trial and error. Heck, even now it’s not always easy to get the shade just right. Foundation is one tricky sob!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

This happened to me very recently! It was a very important day but I didn’t plan enough time to do my makeup in the morning. I decided to do a quick and simple eye makeup using the least amount of products possible. I’m usually very careful about what I use to tightline but on that day for some reason I just used the very same glittery liner that I just used to line my upper lash line to tightline, too! Long story short, it was a long and exhausting day of constantly trying to remove the glittery bits from my contact lens! My eyes also watered really badly the whole day!

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FOREO LUNA mini review & Clarisonic comparison | + Enter to WIN a Luna Mini of your choosing!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Foreo Luna Mini vs Clarisonic reviwa

The product: FOREO LUNA mini in Cool Grey

It’s hard for me to tell you everything about the Foreo Luna Mini without just listing off facts. So I’ll do a little bit of fact-listing in a little bit (because when something looks this much like a sex toy but it’s actually for your face, it’s kind of important to know how to use it correctly), but I’m going to start today off with a different list.

Here are my five favourite things about the Luna Mini!

1. The Luna Mini only needs to be charged once every 5 months if you’re using it twice a day… and only needs an hour to make it to a full charge.

Foreo Luna Mini T-Sonic Facial Cleansing Device review

2. Foreo’s cleansing tools (both the LUNA and ISSA product lines) are designed like any motorized, high-quality silicone product: they’re 100% waterproof…

3. And completely non-porous, so they don’t store bacteria the way that nylon bristles do. (Tests show that they’re up to 35 times more hygienic than brush-type cleansing tools!)

FOREO LUNA Mini Cool Grey review


4. The Mini is perfect for sensitive skin. I love my Clarisonic, but it always really hurts to use. Using the Luna Mini, on the other hand, feels like getting the best facial massage of your life (and we all know how great facial massages are for stimulating blood flow and preventing wrinkles!)

5. Because the Luna is so gentle, you don’t have to limit yourself to one-minute cleansing sessions. The device will pulse to let you know when it’s time to switch zones and when a minute is up, but it’s a lot less stressful to use than my Clarisonic, which turns off after exactly 60 seconds.

Foreo Luna review sensitive skin

How it works & how to use it

The Luna Mini is more compact (and cheaper) than the Luna, and it’s made to be a sort of “do-all.” Instead of having one Luna for each skin type, the Mini has smaller, softer touch-point silicone “bristles” for sensitive and dry skin on the front, larger touch-points for oily skin/deep cleansing on the back, and two cleansing speeds for the face and eye area.

Foreo Luna waterproof charging port

Charging the LUNA Mini

To use it, you just wet your face and Luna, apply cleanser (foaming is best, but cleansing milks and oils work well, too — just make sure not to use any silicone-, clay-, or exfoliating cleansers with your Luna), and cleanse with gentle upward and outward strokes.

I always think “facial massage” when I use this one, so I use even pressure and long, curved motions, spending a little extra time making sure the pores in my t-zone get really clean.

Push the button a second time to reduce speed before cleansing the eye area (where I still find the Luna Mini to be extremely comfortable to use), and rinse off your face and device when you’re ready!

Foreo Luna how to

Foreo’s Luna Mini. I really wish it was more grey (like it is on the Foreo site) and less blue in person!

The verdict, a coupon code, and a giveaway!!

Okay, so here’s the really exciting part of this post. I have been loving my time with my Luna Mini (I’ve had it for about a month, and my skin has been just eating it all up — I had my first skin analysis the other day, and it looked great even under the blacklight), and now… I get to share it with you guys!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s right: one lucky reader is going to get a free LUNA Mini in the colour of their choice. The giveaway will be open for two weeks and is open internationally, so enter now using the widget above! (If you’re on a mobile device, just zoom in and back out of the page if the form fields are hidden.)

Good luck on the giveaway!

Availability: $139 USD/$159 CAD through Foreo and Sephora. Use code “TheNotice” for 15% off + free shipping on all Luna and Issa models until December 16th!

FOREO Luna Mini review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions included are my own, and my priority is still (and always will be) to you guys — my readers! 

BISC Vol.19 | ​​Do you find yourself spending more money on beauty products since you’ve become a beauty blogger?

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Do you find yourself spending more money on beauty products since you’ve become a beauty blogger?

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
There was a time when I’d buy anything new, with the excuse – it’s for the blog. This was on top of getting PR samples. So yes, I spent quite a bit. It got out of hand at one point, but since last year, I’ve been reducing. For a few months now, I hardly bought any makeup and I think that’s a feat. I want to continue with this low/no buy trend, and use what I have. It’s tough reminding myself not to chase shiny new things, and reading so many blogs doesn’t help!

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Funnily enough, not really! I’m lucky enough to get a lot of press samples that help me keep theNotice up and running, but as for personal purchases, I spend about the same amount (maybe a little more) each year. That said, I make purchases a lot more sparingly nowadays, so it’s definitely become a quality over quantity type of thing!

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
I actually started blogging because I was buying so much makeup that I decided it would be nice to share my collection and thoughts with other makeup loving people. In the first few months of blogging I was definitely buying more beauty products and I felt the need to buy a ton of new makeup that came out to keep my blog current. And I felt like being a blogger justified my excessive purchases. However, soon I discovered that I don’t need to do that and with a little creativity I can still make my blog interesting, even if I don’t review every new item that comes out.


MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe
Come to think of it, yes! But it’s not so much intentionally spending more as it is being more conscious with what I get. I’ve become much more critical of beauty products and services since I started blogging, so I’ve become more willing to try out different things and expand my price range.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
A little bit probably but I was already spending a lot of money way before I started my blog. Now that I’m a beauty blogger, I try to branch out and try new things that I probably wouldn’t if I weren’t a beauty blogger so that there are varieties on the blog. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy every new makeup that comes out, though. I still only buy things that I know I will get a lot of use out of.

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BISC Vol.18: ​​What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you about your blog?

Sunday, October 25, 2015


What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you about your blog and what was your reaction?

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
No one has ever actually said anything bad or mean about my blog – at least not to my face – so I guess I’m lucky! However I did once receive an anonymous email saying that bloggers like me who review products that have been sent to them for free are sell-outs and that blogging about something as trivial as make-up and beauty makes me superficial and fake. I didn’t let it get to me though. I just hit ‘delete’ and forgot about it. Until now, that is, so uhm, yeah, thanks for that, Jaa.

ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
To be honest, only a few selected people in my personal life know that I blog, which is probably why I rarely face negative comments. After all they are friends and family and supposed to be supportive, no?

In an argument, Mr. Loca once told me he couldn’t understand why “Someone as intelligent as I would waste my time on something as superficial as writing about makeup” (my father would probably agree on that), but after we got past the slamming doors part, he apologized. Beauty may be superficial to some, but it is so much more than makeup.

ANGELA | Canada | Do Want Makeup
I don’t know if anybody has said anything negative to me about my blog, to be honest! People tend to be curious rather than critical. Bf has told me that I come across much more cheerful/happy on my blog than I actually am in real life, but I think that is more of a comment on my personality than my blog… ಠ_ಠ  My reaction: of course I’m more cheerful on my blog; I get to talk about stuff that I love and excites me!

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
My experience is very positive, thank heavens. I have received some emails before, saying that I’m ugly and really, I’m secure and mature enough to laugh it off. I don’t know why, but it just cracked me up. I remember a fellow blogger say that you know you’ve made it when you get hate mails. Hahaha! In all seriousness though, my genuine readers have been awesome. I get chats on Facebook, Twitter and even emails, and they’re the sweetest people on earth!


AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
I have never had anyone say anything really bad or hurtful about my blog so I consider myself lucky! However, one of my friends, after he found out I had a beauty blog, said to me that I became so vain writing about lipsticks and makeup. It was a little hurtful but I explained to him that a beauty blog is more than just writing about makeup, it’s a way of expressing your creativity and connecting with other wonderful people who share the same interests as you as well as passing your knowledge and skills to others.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Honestly, no one’s ever said anything really terrible about my blog to my face… But hey, who knows what they’ve been saying behind my back!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
Back when I first started Hello Jaa (only a month into it I think), someone commented publicly that I was trying to be like Temptalia and told me to “be original”. I was slightly upset (since I would never copy anyone ever) but decided to just brush it off. I know what I’m doing and I think over time I have proven that Hello Jaa has its own style in terms of writing, format, and photography. One time I was also told that I used too many English words in my Thai translations so I’ve been improving on that and trying my best to translate every word into Thai. There is also a thread mentioning that my reviews can’t be trusted because I came out of nowhere and started reviewing all these expensive makeup. Trust me, I always disclose when I receive product samples! Other than that, everyone else has been really nice to me and my blog. I’ve even become good friends with so many of my readers.

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