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Summer Makeup Routine

July 24, 2017

vancouver beauty blogger, how to get the no makeup makeup look, alicia fashionista, half asian blogger

I 👏🏼 actually 👏🏼 put 👏🏼 makeup 👏🏼 on 👏🏼 and 👏🏼 did 👏🏼 my 👏🏼 hair.

I love to be as low maintenance as possible when it comes to an everyday makeup look, especially in the summertime, when skin has a bit of a natural glow and it can be so darn hot out!   This simple look is a slight variation of my no makeup makeup tutorial from last summer.  You can find a more detailed description of the routine there, but this time around, I’ve done a little video of my process for you!  For a complete list of products, be sure to read on below:


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4 Favourite Summer Hair Accessories

June 20, 2017

summer hair accessories, canadian beauty blog, goody accessories, alicia fashionistaThis post is in partnership with Goody.  They’re the best, you should definitely keep reading.

I absolutely love leaving my hair mermaid long in the summertime, but that does mean compromise when it comes to styling.  It’s too hot and often windy to just leave it down.  Plus, I am rather lazy and just end up air drying it instead of heat styling in these warmer months.  But, it’s also silly to just keep throwing it up into a ponytail or messy bun every day.  What’s the point of keeping long hair then, right?  I’m really excited that my second post with Goody brought some really great hair accessories into my life.

See below for my top Goody summer hair accessories that are SO easy to use and won’t break the bank!  There’s also a video tutorial and info about an upcoming Goody giveaway.

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Canadian Style Happy Tour

June 10, 2017

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This past week, I was invited to stop by Chatters Salon to check out their Style Happy Tour.  This Canadiana adventure launched here in Vancouver and will take the Chatters team across this beautiful country, brightening people’s day along the way!  They’ve completely customized this ‘tour bus’ and converted it into a salon-on-the-go.  Wrapped in the sweetest pink, with happy turquoise accents, you can’t help but smile when you see the Style Happy set up!  Their menu included quick hair styles like curls, braids, or a top knot, to help combat those bad hair days.   I opted for a half fishtail braid and some flat iron curls and the entire service only took about 15 minutes.  I mean, could we make this happen every day?  How lovely to get my hair done before a day of meetings and work.  It was really nice being a small part of this cross country journey and to wish them luck as they hit the road!

And so, my fellow Canadians, keep an eye out for the Chatters Style Happy Tour!  If you see this pretty pink van roll up in your area, be sure to stop by and get a free consultation and simple style update.

Tour Dates

The Chatters Style Happy Tour is set to run through June, with the last stop scheduled in Ottawa on June 29th. The Tour is making stops in Vancouver (June 7th), Kelowna (June 8th) Calgary (June 10th), Edmonton (June 12th) Regina (June 16th) Winnipeg (June 18th), Toronto (June 23 & 24th), London (June 26th) and Ottawa (June 28th and 29th).

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Fresh Balayage Vlog

May 18, 2017

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The last time I consistently coloured my hair, I was 19, single, and testing out the theory that blondes have more fun.  And though, I ended up not being able to afford the upkeep, I always felt really confident with the lighter locks and look back at those years with such fond memories.  I’m obviously a natural brunette (those Asian genetics are strong within the Quan family) but truthfully, I feel the most ‘me’ with some lighter colour mixed in there too.  Maybe it even has something deep down to do with my mixed heritage.  I’ve truthfully never considered that until this very moment.

I recently shared what I learned about going golden balayage, but since the lovely Rosie left town, I was desperate looking for a new stylist.  I was so excited when THE Chris Weber suggested that I see him with the help of his friend Ali Eskridge.  You see, Ali just moved back to Vancouver from NYC and is building up her local client base and Chris is technically full and unable to squeeze in new guests.  Teaming up was a brilliant idea, and two senior stylists and 3.5 hours later, they created absolute creamy balayage magic!  If you’re also in need of stylist, Ali is your gal, she was beyond awesome!

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