Monday, January 31, 2011

Future Review for WayFair

WayFair is a website that has more than 200 online stores where you can buy anything from a handbag, a corner TV stand, pet item, to a cookware. I have worked with WayFair in the past and their delivery is amazing. The quickest delivery I got was within a day! I am thankful to work with them again to review products from their website. Here are some items from their website that stood out for me.
The puppy is so cute! He looks sad with those cute puppy eyes. If I put this on Tobey, I know for sure he will kill me... lol~ :X
I never was a huge fan of Hello Kitty growing up. I thought it was overrated. Now that I'm older, I just adore Hello Kitty! This is such a cute hair dryer!
I'm a huge fan of puzzles. I've always been and I think it's great for the brain. I think this would make a great piece to put together. Who doesn't love Noah's Ark!?!?
How gorgeous is the bed set! It's so simple, reminds me of spring, and it's blue (my favorite color).

I can go on, but it will be never ending since they have so much items! I will stop at that. I'm not too sure what  I'm going to get, but you will find out when I review it! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are taken from WayFair website. This is a pre-review before I receive my free items to review. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara

September of last year, I received a free Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara from Sephora inside JCPenny. I've been using this mascara for the past three months. I think it's about time I review it... hehe~
Product Review: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

Where can you purchase this: Sephora
Price: $18 (I got mine for free)

Made in USA

Description on the back: Our amazing, antioxidant-rich mascara intensely volumizes lashes up to 300%. The vitamin-enriched formula deepens, darkens, and thickens from root to tip.

Our curvy, talented hourglass-shaped brush ensures every single lash is evenly coated with our silky, clump-free formula.
Ingredients:
My thoughts: I wasn't too sure what to expect from this mascara... hehe~ The first thing I noticed is the interesting brush shape.
It's curvy being thin in the middle and fatter towards the end. I am not too sure why, but it doesn't hurt to try different shaped mascaras... hehe~ I thought it would bother me or feel weird trying this shaped mascara, but it wasn't either. It actually was pretty comfortable.

Other than the shape of the mascara and to be honest, I was worried since it doesn't say anywhere it's waterproof. Having Asian lashes, non-waterproof mascaras tend to weigh my lashes down. I was pretty impressed it didn't weigh my lashes down at all!... yippie~ It actually kept it pretty curly which is a big plus. It also darken and made my eyes look like I have more lashes than I do... yippie~
See how curly they are?
The makeup on both pictures are Too Faced Baked Eyeshadow in Amber Asteroid. They're taken at different days with different style of using the eyeshadows... hehe~

Since it's not waterproof, I was worried if it would smudge throughout the day. I was pretty impressed it didn't smudge much. It did smudge a little but barely noticeable... hehe~

Pros:
*Bare Escentuals.
* Antioxidant.
* Curve shape which helps to coat every lashes.
* Clump-free.
* Holds up the curls.
* Doesn't weigh the lashes down.
* Darkens and thickens.
* Easy to clean since it's not waterproof.

Cons:
* Not waterproof.
* Smudges a little.

Would I repurchase: Maybe, but it is kind of costly. I strongly believe in drugstore mascaras... hehe~
Rating:  4.5/5 Tobey's Paws

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post I got free from Sephora inside JCPenny; they have a monthly freebie. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Princess Lee False Eyelashes and Eye's Chic Glue

I recently received false eyelashes to review on my blog from KKCenterHK. Not only do they sell different brands of falsies, they sell other things from makeup to shoes. The company is located in Hong Kong, but the delivery time is pretty decent. I received my package in a week and a half... hehe~
The PR gave me the opportunity to choose the falsies I would like to try. I wear falsies during special occasion, but it's really seldom... hehe~ The only reason I hardly wear them is because they're uncomfortable. :X Being a newbie in this area, I researched before I choose the falsies I would like. I noticed Princess Lee falsies got good review which interest my curiosity... hehe~

Where can you purchase this: KKCenterHK
Price: $17.60

Made in Taiwan

My thoughts: When I was given a chance to review falsies on my blog, I was really excited! I keep hearing about Asian brand falsies and it intrigued my curiosity. The only falsies I have tried are American brand, Ardell, and Korean brand, Darkness (I know these are Asian brands... hehe~). They are both on the thick side when it comes to the band. When I received the Princess Lee, the first thing I noticed is the band and how thin they are!!!
Here's a picture of the Princess Lee versus Darkness; both Asia brands. Do you notice the thickness of the bands? Another thing I noticed about the thickness of the band is that it relates to the stability of the lashes. Princess Lee is more sensitive and flexible. Darkness, on the other hand, is sturdy and already shaped.

Now I was curious, how it would feel on my eyes... hehe~
I grabbed one of the falsies and had to cut on the ends to the shape of my eyes. Luckily for me, I only needed to cut the part with no lashes... hehe~ The band felt like I was cutting a string. You know how you cut a string and the ends kind of flatter off or am I making no sense... lol~ :X Anyways, it felt like I was cutting a string... hehe~
After cutting the ends, I grabbed the ends with two fingers of each hand and shaped it to an eye shape... hehe~ This is how it looked after I shaped it.
I used the eyelash glue they sent me. I will review this at the end... hehe~ I waited 30 seconds for it to dry before applying the falsies on my eyes.

Here's how it looks on my eyes...
It looks very natural in my opinion... hehe~ Princess Lee falsies are good for daily wear. It gave me more lashes than I naturally have... hehe~
Here's how the falsies look when you look from the top.
Side-view of the falsies.

After trying these falsies, now I can see why people like Asian brand falsies. The thinness of the band makes it extremely comfortable to the eyes. It's easily bendable to fit to your eyes, as well as, it looks very natural. I highly recommend these bands. Just be careful how you handle the lashes or else you cannot re-use them again... hehe~ ;)

Pros:
* Princess Lee; a well known brand in Taiwan.
* 100% handmade.
* Thin band.
* Flexible lashes.
* Easily fit to your eye shape.
* Looks natural.
* Gives you more lashes than you have.
* Very comfortable.

Cons:
* The lashes are not sturdy.

Would I repurchase: Yes.
Rating:  4.5/5 Tobey's Paws


Not only did I get Princess Lee Eyelashes, they were kind enough to include an eyelash glue for my new falsies... yippie~
Product Review: Eye's Chic Eyelashes Glue in Double Eyelid White

Where can you purchase this: KKCenterHK
Price: $8.30

Made in Japan

Ingredients:
My thoughts: When I first received the package, I was kind of hoping for the black eyelash glue other blogs gotten when they review the falsies. I've always wanted to try dark eyelash glue... hehe~ Oh well, I was still happy to receive an eyelash glue... wheee~ :) I wasn't too sure what to think of the glue since most glues I own are in tube.
The eyelash glue comes with a thin brush. It kind of feels like you're painting your nails, but you're not... lol~ You're painting the band of your falsies with the brush. I wasn't too sure what to think of it it since I have never tried a brush. After trying the glue, I had mixed feelings... hehe~ The good is that it's very easy to use. You just brush the glue onto the band as much as you can. You have full control of how much glue you put on the falsies.... wheee~ When you use a tube, you don't know how much glue you will squeeze out of the tube. With the brush, you have full control. Another good thing is, you don't get your fingers dirty. Without knowing how much you squeeze out of the tube, sometimes you have to use your fingers to clean up the mess if you squeeze too much.

The bad thing about using the brush is that you put the brush back into the container. You're kind of squeezing air into the container when you put it back. PLEASE don't pump up and down which is a big NO NO... hehe~ If the falsies are new, then you don't have to worry about bacteria. If the falsies are being re-used and you still cleaned it, I get scared there might still be some bacteria... lol~ :X With the tube, you don't have to worry about this... hehe~

Pros:
* Comes in two colors, black and white.
* Comes with a brush.
* Full control of the glue on the band.
* Easy to use.
* Fingers don't get dirty.

Cons:
* Put the brush back into the container.
* Pump air into the container.
* Can get bacteria inside the container.

Would I repurchase: I'm not too sure... hehe~
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws

Thank you KKCenterHK for the chance to review false eyelashes and glue!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me to review on my blog. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Too Faced Baked Eyeshadow in Amber Asteroid

Last week, I went to Nordstrom Rack and saw Too Faced Galaxy Glam Collection. I was so drawn to the marbleized eyeshadows... wheee~ I wanted most of the colors, but the ones that spoke to me were the purple (Magenta Moon), green (Moon Beam), bronze (Mocha Meteor), and goldish-brown (Amber Asteroid).
I decided it's safe to just get one since there's no return policy after using it. I thought it was the safest to get Amber Asteroid since it's in my area of color... hehe~ If I like it, I can go back and get more. :X After playing around with it, it's time I review. :D
Product Review: Too Faced Baked Eyeshadow in Amber Asteroid

Where can you purchase this: Sephora, Ulta, anywhere they sell Too Faced products, and Too Faced website (I got mine from Nordstrom Rack. It doesn't mean all Nordstrom Rack carries this. It's by lucky.)
Price: $19.50 for 3 g/0.1 oz (I got mine for $5.97)

Made in USA

Description on the website: Like metallic meteors from outer space throwing sparks of iridescent light across the night sky Galaxy Glam leaps into hyper-drive to deliver the most glamorous eye shadow look this side of the Milky Way. Futuristic Italian opalescent pigments are baked into each silver-domed shadow that mix together to produce a multi-dimensional smoky-eye light speed ahead of any mere earthly cosmetic product.
My thoughts: When I first saw this at Nordstrom Rack, my mouth dropped wanting everything... hehe~ I felt like a child at a candy store. :D After I calmed down and came to realization, I decided to only get one. I really wanted the green and the purple, but the question is when do I wear green and purple!?!?... lol~ :X It's a good thing I didn't get those colors... hehe~ I still want those color at the moment, but I think it'll be a waste since I hardly wear those colors. I, literally, sat there thinking about which brown to get. I even look on Makeup Alley on my cell phone to see what people thought about the colors. I decided Amber Asteroid would be the best fit for me... hehe~
Amber Asteroid is brown with goldish-green swirls. Here is the swatch of the colors. The left is the goldish-green swirls, the middle is just the brown, and the far right is the mixture of the brown and the swirls. It's kind of a dirty green... hehe~

I couldn't wait to play around with this baby... hehe~ I read on Makeup Alley that the mixture of color is gorgeous on the eyes especially in the sun. Out of curiosity, that's the first I played with... lol~
I used the mixture of color, brown and swirls, on the lids and MAC eyeshadow in Mulch on the outer V and crease. I love how you can see the the dirty green color. I would not mix it with Mulch again though. Mulch is more on the orange-y brown color. Why did I mix it with the dirty green! I have no clue... lol~ :X I'll probably mix it with just the brown the next time I go for this look... hehe~
Here's how it looks when my eyes are closed.
Another angle of the same look... hehe~

I liked the above look, but I felt it was kind of dirty for my taste... lol~ They said the eyeshadow can be used wet or dry. I was curious how the green swirl will look wet.
I used the brown from the eyeshadow on the outer V and crease. I wet the swirls and put it on my lid. It doesn't show on the picture, but it was a metallic light green color. It's pretty in person! :) I also recommend clicking on the picture to see a better version of the metallic green... wheee~

After playing around with the eyeshadow, I definitely recommend it. Even though you only get one eyeshadow, it's very versatile with the different colors. It lasts all day, both wet and dry, and out of curiosity I wanted to know if the swirl was only on the top. I chipped the eyeshadow on the side with a tooth pick to see if there were any green swirls inside. In my shock, I saw a brand new green swirl on the bottom of the brown!... wheee~

Pros:
* Too Faced.
* Simple, cute silver packaging.
* Baked eyeshadow.
* Marbleized.
* Swirls are not only on the top. There's some inside.
* Can use one color or mix them together.
* Can be used dry or wet.
* When used wet, it's metallic.
* Does not crease.
* Last all day.

Cons:
* Scratch in the middle of the top container; cheap quality.
* Minimum amount of swirls.

Would I repurchase: Yes, for other colors.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws


Remember my post on Tokidoki brushes? I wasn't too sure what to do with the cute, cheap plastic box it came with... hehe~
I had this idea before someone (Dao) comment on it, but I thought it'll take up more space than I need... hehe~ I already use the MAC Hello Kitty brush set container for all my brushes. I just didn't want another container around. I got tired of laying my Tokidoki brushes, and decided I'll just use these for those brushes only... hehe~ I cut the plastic on the top, and filled it with the glass rock from Michael's (I had these from long time ago). I only keep the long Stila brushes (I only own two) and Tokidoki brushes. It's better this way than just laying my Tokidoki brushes everywhere... lol~ :X

Monday, January 17, 2011

CVS Clearance Haul and Blog Sale

A lot of bloggers have updated their blog on what they got from the CVS clearance sale. Of course, I was late on this too... lol~ By the time I went to the CVS, a lot of things were gone. I did end up getting two things and for real cheap... wheee~
I got two lipsticks, not that I need anymore, from Revlon and Rimmel. They were both 75% off plus I had a $2 off CVS coupon. What a steal!... wheee~ :)
The first lipstick I got is Revlon in #005 Mauve. In the picture, it looks lighter and pinker. :/ It's actually a little bit darker... hehe~
I compared the Mauve next to the other two lipsticks I own from the Colorburst line, Soft Nude and Peach. The left one is Soft Nude, the middle is Peach, and the right is Mauve.
Here's how Mauve looks on me. It's a little lighter in the picture than in person. :/ Nevertheless, it's still pretty... hehe~

The other lipstick I bought is Rimmel in #070 Airy Fairy. I've been wanting this lipstick for some time so it was nice that it was on clearance. :)
I compared this lipstick with the other Rimmel lipsticks I own too... hehe~ The left one is Airy Fairy, the middle is Pink Blush, and the right is Nostalgia.
Here's how the lipstick looks on me.


Since it's the beginning of the year, I went through my collection and grabbed some things that are not getting much love *sigh*. I'm just selling a small blog sell. I hope people buy them! :)
MAC:
MAC eyeshadow in Magnetic Fields; Neo Sci-Fi Collection
Used 1x, Swatched 3X
SOLD
MAC mineralized eyeshadows in Two To Glow (SOLD) and Fresh Green Mix
Both used 2x
Selling $12 each
Shu Uemura:
Shu Uemura eyeshadows in ME Gold 350 ME Blue 640
Both used 3x
SOLD
NARS:
NARS eyeshadow in Misfit
Used 2x
SOLD

Ordering Information:
If you have any questions or want any of the products, contact me through e-mail at aly_4realz (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Rules:
* I only accept PayPal.
* Shipping and handling in US:
   - $3 with tracking
   - $0.50 for each additional items
* Shipping and handling out of US:
   - $5 without tracking
   - $1 for each additional items
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