Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Obsession: Bluemercury

This morning I stopped in to toast the brand new Bluemercury store on Larchmont, and had the best time checking out all of the incredible brands they stock. Being a beauty editor and expert for years, I have quite a bit of history and knowledge when it comes to almost every makeup, skincare and haircare brand on the market, but I was happy to discover a number of new items this morning that certainly piqued my interest.

I was delighted to discover Bluemercury's own private label brand, Lune +Aster, and can't wait to try out their Moonrise Glow & Contour palette, ther CC cream (with SPF 50!) and their RealGlow Primer. The ingredients in this line are gluten and paraben-free and also not tested on animals. That's what I like to hear!

Of course, I couldn't leave the store without doing a little shopping myself and picked up some new essentials to take me into fall. I snapped up some RMS Organic Beauty products including their cover up concealer, luminizer highlighter and cheek & lip stain (in Sacred, a poppy pinky red), a bottle of NARS eye makeup remover and Bumble & Bumble's dry finishing hair oil.

I also indulged in a mini facial with Kristen of Darphin Paris, and absolutely fell in LOVE with their flower nectar face oil! They have seven (count 'em, seven!) different oils, and after doing a thorough sniff test to see which one spoke to me, it was evident that the Flower Nectar oil (also the most expensive one!) was my perfect match. It smells heavenly. The entire product line is unbelievably gorgeous and I learned so much about each product that proved to be both luxe and effective, which is really all I want when it comes to skincare. I have officially added "get a Darphin Paris facial in Paris" on my beauty bucket list.

Adorable treats to celebrate the new store location! Blueberry cupcakes for breakfast? Don't mind if I do! 
Had the best time playing with products and catching up with my favorite beauty gals in town, like Emily Loftiss. 

Can't wait to test everything out and report back! Be sure to follow my Snapchat @TheJenniferChan for all of the action!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review: Microblading Brows by Tiana Fox

I write this post with utter excitement. You see, I have never known what it's like to have incredible brows. Admittedly, you could say I lucked out in the skin department or even in the hair department, but when it comes to brows, I totally hang my head down low. Until now.

I was recently referred to a permanent makeup artist and brow guru named Tiana Fox in Studio City, and did not hesitate to contact her right away to see what could be done about my sparse, thin brows that desperately needed pencil or powder at all times.

I figured I would always be a slave to a brow pencil for the rest of my life, and I can't tell you how many times I've run out of a gym or a fitness studio hoping no one would see how my brows have disappeared after an intense sweat session, lol. They were truly my biggest insecurity, and I had no idea that microblading could solve all of my troubles in just a few hours.

I made an appointment not knowing what to expect, but hoping that Tiana could deliver.
And boy, did she!

After an in-depth consultation about my brow hopes and desires (let them be visible, let them be permanent, let them be fabulous!) she got to work on creating the perfect shape and arch for my face shape. She was methodical and diligent in making sure they were precisely perfect and symmetrical (but still natural-looking, so not too perfect) and that the color we selected was just right, as well.

When it came time to lay back on her table and let the blade do its thing (essentially cutting the skin and depositing permanent color into the open pores), I have to admit it was painful during the first pass. I didn't bleed (whew!) but I was wincing and tearing up as I got used to the blade grazing over my brows. I've never had a tattoo or anything like that, so this was a first for me.

The pain definitely got better as we went on and the area was gradually numbed as the process went on. Before I knew it, we were all done and I was ecstatic with the end result.

My brows turned out to be everything I've ever wanted them to be, and it's been surreal to wake up and not have to worry about what they look like. I am still in amazement, and I am still getting compliments about my brows everywhere I go!
Before and After: What a huge difference! Thank you, Tiana!

 In terms of after care, you simply have to keep them out of water and sweat and sun completely for 10 days, which was a little tricky for me, but I am on day eight, and doing just fine. My brows still look great, and they gently scabbed over and peeled off, but it was totally easy to deal with and not at all unsightly.

Moments after the microblading process! Excuse my smudged eye makeup and messy hair. My brows were a little red right after the initial treatment, but returned to a normal brown shade in the next day or so.
Is this real life? I have BROWS now! Photo taken moments after I got up from Tiana's table and couldn't stop staring at my brows in the mirror.
Ladies, take my recommendation and go see Tiana Fox right away! She has the sweetest spirit ever, and you'll emerge with beautiful brows in no time. I can't stop raving about the whole experience.

SO so grateful and so thrilled with microblading and Tiana's incredible talent for this art.

Five stars all around and totally 100% #JennChanApproved!


Buy, Sell and Trade at The Closet!

These days, I am all about downsizing my belongings and paring down to only items I absolutely love. Working in this industry makes it pretty tough (i.e. impossible) to be a minimalist, and I'm embarrassed to say I've accumulated SO much over the years, that I've been forcing myself to purge whenever possible.

I usually sell my unwanted clothes and accessories at Wasteland or Crossroads, but just recently heard about The Closet Trading Company (locations in Santa Monica, Topanga, Santa Barbara and Agoura Hills) and decided to check it out today.

I walked into the Santa Monica location and decided to consign a few items of my own, and ended up trying on half of the store after taking a peek at what they had to offer.

 The prices were totally reasonable, and the labels were impressive (I spied a vintage Givenchy blouse, a gold lamé pencil skirt by Dolce & Gabbana, an adorable black lace top by Zimmermann and more) and decided on a chic silk dress by Haute Hippie (below) and an embellished top by 3.1 Phillip Lim to take home and call my own.

All in all, it was a successful shopping experience, indeed.
The staff was super helpful and friendly, and the vibe was perfectly relaxed. Be sure to browse through the racks at The Closet and let me know what  amazing secondhand finds you discover.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Falling for Robeez at Au Fudge

I may not be a mom just yet, but I am well versed in the baby arena. Not only do I have three little nephews and one baby niece, but I've also spent a bulk of my editorial career writing countless stories about baby essentials, pregnancy must-haves the best baby gifts inspired by celebrity moms like Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Beyonce, Kate Middleton and more.

Robeez is one of the best brands out there in the baby shoe market, and I've personally gifted a few pairs to the new moms in my life. They have adorable styles that come in both soft soles or hard soles (for when they start walking), and they go all the way up to a size 16!

When the brand hosted a fabulous afternoon event at Au Fudge to preview their Fall collection, I had to go check it out, and more importantly, I had to bring my nephew with me! He'll be walking soon, so we wanted to find a stylish pair of kicks that he could grow into and run with (literally!)

It was Asher's first fashion event, and he did a great job mingling, posing for photos and scoping out the new styles. He proudly wore his pair of Robeez shoes paired with his Pokemon backpack and plaid overalls for the perfect late summer/early fall daytime ensemble.

Au Fudge was the perfect place for the event because it was adorable and welcoming, while keeping the little ones entertained for some time.

And if Robeez is looking for a happy little brand ambassador, I think Asher would be the perfect fit. ;) Proud auntie over here. :)

Thanks for having us!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Perfect City Tote: Tess Handbags

When it comes to handbags, I'm a habit of creature. Despite my sizable collection of purses in all different shapes, sizes, and brand names, there's always only a handful in my collection that are in heavy rotation because I love them so much.

Enter Tess Handbags.

When I spied the sophisticated yet subtle shade of mauve/blush pink leather and the soft gold studs lining the tote, I was totally smitten. It's chic and polished, but the edgy details add a unique twist to a basic bag.

This style is perfect for everyday wear, and even comfortably fits my laptop when I'm on the run and working on the fly. (Which is, like, every. single. day.)

For a mini getaway, I grabbed one (and only one!) handbag for my trip, and am so glad I picked this pretty pale pink number.

Not only did it pair perfectly with all of my outfits (like this flirty printed sheath dress by Adrianna Papell), but it was roomy enough for all of my belongings. Rest assured that organizer pockets keep your things tucked away and easily accessible.

Oh yeah, and the number of compliments I got on the bag just toting it around town? I've truly lost count.

Grab one for yourself this fall--plenty of pretty shades to pick from!