How Do YOU Get Ready For Summer?

Every summer, I have a day that I’d like to pamper myself to get ready for wearing shorts and skirts. So this always calls for a pedicure and I’ll get either another haircut, body wrap/exfoliation, or some other spa service. Depending on where I’m traveling, I like to check out new spas/salons around the country, otherwise I’ll go to my usual places. It’s important to take care of yourself and de-stress from whatever you have going on at work, so I hope that you will all have a wonderful start to a new season! Please take a moment for yourself and enjoy life 😀

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The day started with a pedicure to prep my feet ready for wearing all those open-toed shoes and sandals in the summer. You want to get rid of that winter flaky skin, callouses, and other nasties down there. I won’t speak more (eg. fungus) lol. You get the point.

Then I spent hours getting my hair done. Previously I had these dark caramel highlights on the top half of my head with lighter blonde highlights underneath which gives it a nice “ombré” effect. Then I wanted to try something new and thought about getting red highlights… My stylist thought instead of highlighting the whole head, a red toner might give it a cool effect, so we tried this instead. Result? The first time it didn’t work, the red was barely seeable, so we re-did the job with a more intense red and got the result below. At first I was like… hmm??? Not sure, then I really liked it. The color is what I call “multi-dimensional” because in most lighting, it looks the same as before with some blond/caramel-ish highlights, but under the sun and halogen indoor lighting, the color  turns into a bold fiery color! Kinda cool… no? lol I’ve always loved Disney’s Ariel, I guess this is as close as I’ll ever get to being a mermaid!

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All the pix here were taken outdoors, last one below was in my car stuck in traffic, so I thought I’d take a selfie with my iPhone even though I’m usually against selfies… Anyhow I digressed lol, you can see that the color is really different from every angle and lighting! The haircut also looks really nice with my tortoise Chanel glasses.

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The day was of course not done yet, unless we do some late afternoon shopping! So I went over to Holt Renfrew to check out their “$100 off of $300 sale” on contemporary items – blah nothing interesting as usual. Their CL collection on display was pitiful, but there was a pair of So Kate in patent black leather in size 35 that came in today. Meh, still nothing amazing as most were left overs with odd sizes.

Then I went over to the Chanel cosmetics counter to check out the new Les Beiges Healthy-Glow Multicolour powders. Yikes… 2 sales associates doing makeup application on 2 customers, which is fine, I understand they’re busy, but at least they should smile and make eye contact with me after I stood there for what seemed like forever. I had to call 2 other sales associates from different counters to help because they were all just standing there watching me being ignored. Finally this nice SA from all the way ACROSS the floor came over to help – yes it was THAT BAD!

Alright enough ranting, I decided to still get Les Beiges Multicolour palette 01 which is a limited edition compact highlighter/bronzer/all over powder thing that’s supposed to be the “do it all” which often works out to be a “not at all” deal. The top part has a light soft shimmery color, the middle is like their usual Beiges powder from the permanent collection, and the bottom color is a subtle blush. Use them alone or blend everything together to get a “healthy glow” which I find can be a little too much shine after 2 hours if you have oily/combo skin like me. I use this only on my cheeks now, and continue to use my Chanel Double Perfection compact powder in the T-zone area.

Pros:
– Beautiful packaging
– Nice concept
– Smooth glowy initial application
– Very sheer, not intended to be a foundation

Cons:
– Not suitable for oily/combo skin
– Brush is kinda prickly and kinda cheap?
– May enlarge pores if you apply too much (note this is NOT a foundation, so do not try to pile on more to get more coverage)
– Middle powder does not blend well and is very hard… It does not have the same velvety texture or consistency as the other 2 parts…

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I didn’t buy this lipstick on the same day, but it was a gift to me recently. Might as well add it to this post now. I’m usually not into matte lipsticks as they tend to be drying, but I really like this Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite (43). It’s a very pretty coral-pink color that applies smoothly and comes in a spring-loaded tube. Now this can get technical, so it even comes an instruction manual!

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Lastly, one can’t be ready for summer without FLIP-FLOPS! I found this super cute pair at Aldo and had to have them! Then along came other accessories because they had this 20% off of 3 items, and I’m always a sucker for deals! The phalanges rings are pretty cool inspired by Balenciaga‘s runway. Alright that’s it everyone, have a great weekend and thanks for letting me share again!

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