Thursday, April 28, 2011

Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color

End of March, I attended Too Faced Summer Trend 2011. It was such an exciting event and I feel blessed to have attended it! :) I also posted the collection from the trend. I think it's time for me to review the Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color.
Product Review: Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color in Tea Rose, Sweet Pea, and Prim & Poppy

Where can you purchase this: stores that sell Too Faced and online at TooFaced.com
Price: $21 for 4.5 g/0.16 oz

Made in Canada

Description on the back: Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color blends effortlessly on the cheeks and lips for a natural glow of sheer, radiant color. Layer with a coordinating Full Bloom Ultra Flush Powder blush for a "lit from within", longer wearing, flushed effect.
At the Too Faced event, they gave us sheets of information of the new products. I will post them as I review each product. Here's for the Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Color.
Ingredients:
My thoughts: At the event, I was really excited about this product. For some odd reason, I have been into cream blushes. I feel that cream blushes give that natural, radiant, flush look. It just blends within the skin. Too Faced went beyond the cheek cream and made it also very versatile so you can use it on your lips. ;)
Here's the packaging of the blushes. I love how simple and classic it looks. I also like that it's very lightweight and compact. It's very easy to carry around with you.
Here's how the bottom half of the packaging looks like. I love that this is different than the regular line powder blushes. When you're looking for blushes, you cannot mixed this up with the regular line and you can see the color of the cream product.

The three colors from this line are...
Tea Rose, dusty rose color.
Sweet Pea, sheer berry.
Prim & Poppy, warm coral. I think this one is perfect for the Spring/Summer trend of coral colors.
Here are the swatches of the blush/lip color. From left to right is Tea Rose, Sweet Pea, and Prim & Poppy.
At the event, Too Faced recommended topping the cream blush with a powder blush color. On the left, is the cream blush in Prim & Poppy. The right is Too Faced Full Bloom Ultra Flush Powder Blush in Who's Your Poppy? I topped Who's Your Poppy on top of Prim & Poppy.

When you put your finger into the cream product and swirl it around, it gets softer and creamier. It's very soothing or at least for me. I actually think it's a fun product with wide range of color choices. I actually like all the color choices but if I had to choose one, it has to be Prim & Poppy since that is the trend of the color at the moment. :)
Here's how the blush looks on my cheeks. I only applied the cream product and it's very easily build-able. It lasted all day for me. I definitely recommend it for normal skin individual. I think people who have really dry skin with flakiness, it might not blend well. If you have really oily skin, I think it will look great but there's a good chance it might not last all day. I am not too sure on this since I do not have oily skin. :X

I also tried it on my lips. Here's how the colors look on my lips.
Tea Rose
Sweet Pea
Prim & Poppy

I do not recommend this for dry, chapped lips. It has more a look of a lip stain than a lipgloss. It's not very shiny, but natural looking. If you have dry lips, it will define all your lines and dry it out. I even applied a lip balm before this cream color, and my lips dried out within couple of hours of wearing this color. I also noticed the Sweet Pea one smelled like wax on my lips, whereas, the others didn't. It might just be the one I have. I am not too sure on that!

Overall, I am very happy using this for the cheeks! I love the versatile colors and the lasting power.

Pros:
* Cute Packaging.
* Lightweight and compact; easy to carry.
* Slight different packaging from their powder blushes.
* Can see the color on the bottom of the packaging.
* Versatile colors.
* Product gets creamier as you swirl.
* Pigmented.
* Build-able.
* Long lasting.
* Natural, flush look.
* Looks more like a lip stain than a lipgloss; natural look.
* Doesn't smell.
* Isn't thick and gloppy.

Cons:
* Not recommended for dry, flaky skin; can be hard to blend.
* Not recommended for dry, chapped lips; will show lines and dry out overtime.
* Need a lip balm before applying the product on the lips.

Would I repurchase: Yes.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws

Thank you Too Faced!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me for attending the Too Faced event. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, April 25, 2011

MAC Zoom Lash Mascara and Nail Polishes

Happy belated Easter!!! :) I hope you had a great one. I got to see my niece hunt for hers. I kind of miss being a kid. I want to hunt for my eggs too. :P


I got this mascara free from the MAC store, but I don't remember when that was. :X Whenever you buy anything from the MAC, ask for a sample. Sometimes they give out good samples like free mascaras and there are times they have nothing. It doesn't hurt to ask. ;)
Product Review: MAC Zoom Lash Mascara in ZoomBlack

Where can you purchase this: anywhere they sell MAC product or online at the MAC website
Price: $14 for 9 g/0.31 oz (mine was 4 g/0.14 oz)

Made in Canada

Information on the website: Major drama. Lasts all day. Creamy, velvety formula builds density and conditions. Feels light, supple. Ultra-sculpted brush has three-sided fibres to embrace and separate each lash, hugging every curve. Coats in one stroke from root to tip. No smudging.
My thoughts: I was really excited to try this mascara out since I have never tried a MAC mascara before! Once I opened the mascara, I started having doubts. For one thing, it's not waterproof. I noticed my experience with non-waterproof mascara, it would hold my lashes down. It's probably because I have Asian lashes, thick and heavy. There has been a few that still held my lashes, even though, it's not waterproof (for example Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara).
The next thing I was weary is how gloppy it was. I took the picture the first time I opened the mascara. All the glop was at the tip of the wand. I'm not too sure if it's this mascara or all Zoom Lash are gloppy. :/

After trying this mascara for almost three months, it's still gloppy but less. I noticed the glop dried out a bit and is everywhere on the wand. I cleaned the wand with a tissue hoping it will not get gloppy again. I was wrong on that! The glop was everywhere. I realized I just had to deal with it. :X Because of the glop, my lashes would clump together. Some days it wasn't bad and some days it looked like spider legs. :X

I also noticed smudges throughout the day because the mascara is so moist especially underneath my eyes. I look like I had raccoon eyes.

When it came to holding up my lashes, it was so-so. It didn't held it down like a lot of non-waterproof mascaras, but it wasn't curled like waterproof mascaras.
Here's a picture of my eyelashes with the mascara. Usually it's more curled up, but at least it has some curl. I only coated once because of the glop. The more I coat, the more the lashes stick together. I like the look of natural lashes not clumpy lashes.

Pros:
* MAC product.
* Sleek packaging.
* Doesn't totally weigh down the lashes.

Cons:
* Not waterproof.
* Gloppy.
* Wet.
* Doesn't hold the lashes.
* Clumps the lashes together at times.
* Smudges on the bottom.

Would I repurchase: No.
Rating:  2/5 Tobey's Paws


Two Friday's ago I was lucky enough to spend time with Amy from Amy Naree. This is our second time meeting, we first met at the Beautylish event. I also got to meet her adorable, cute puppy Chewie. Tobey and I adored her. :) Amy was so nice to give me all these wonderful sheet masks and beauty products. I will review them in the future posts after I have tried them out. ;) I took her and Chewie to these beauty supply stores that sell nail polishes for cheap. She's so kind and bought me an OPI nail polish!
This is OPI in It's Totally Fort Worth It! I've been wanting this color after I saw a swatch at the Ulta store.

Speaking of nail polishes, I still have quite a few to post. The next few are a prize I won from a giveaway from Winnie. I won a mini-set Essie for J. Crew.
This is Essie in Prima Ballerina. It's a creamy, naturally pale pink.
This is Essie in Innocent. A dusty dark pink. I wore this color and it's a very pretty color. I actually like this color a lot.
This is Essie in Clambake. A creamy red-orange. I think it'll make a great summer toenail color.
This is Essie in Jelly Apple. A delicious and sweet candied red. For some odd reason, it looks bright pink in the picture. :/

The next set of colors are Sinful Colors. I got them at Walgreens when they had the 2 for $1 sale. These are actually my first colors from Sinful Colors, and I'm still not too sure what I think about them yet. :/
This is Sinful Colors in #959 Fly Away. I needed a solid creamy blue color so I can match it to my China Glaze in Crushed Candy (crackle/shatter polish).
Here's how Sinful Colors look underneath the China Glaze crackle polish.
This is Sinful Colors in #220 Green Ocean. It'll make a great topping color.

The next one I got from Amazon. I needed this one since I missed out on the Sally Hansen nail polish in Hidden Treasure. :X
This is Nubar in #G188 Nubar 2010. This is also nail polish that will make a great topping.

The last two nail polishes I got from the swag bag of the Beautylish event. It's from a brand called CND.
This is CND in #519 Raspberry Parfait. I used this on my toenail recently. One week after painting, I didn't even see any chipping or fading. This polish is amazing! I definitely recommend this brand from what I can tell.
This is CND in #564 Amethyst Sparkle. I think it will make a great topping.

Thank you Amy, Winnie, and Beautylish for the nail polishes!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for mascara (sample), OPI polish (gift), Essie polishes (prize), and CND polishes (swag bag). I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Earth Day - Aveeno

This coming Friday is Earth Day, April 22nd. Is anyone doing anything special to protect/save the earth? To be honest, I didn't think much of it until I got something in the mail today.
I got a wonderful package from Aveeno since I'm an ambassador for Aveeno. They sent me a recyclable bag and seeds to plant. Please check out their Facebook page. They have a lot of great information. Before I go into myself and how I will change a bit to save/protect the earth, I would like to talk a little more about Aveeno.

Aveeno launch Aveeno Be An Active Natural program in Times Square, NY on April 7-8.
They planted hundreds of trees to "encourages people to make small changes in their daily lives that can add up to a positive impact on the environment." You can check out more information about this event, as well as, pictures. You can also "Like" their Facebook page and take the pledge, 50 recyclebank points, Be An Active Natural on the side profile.

One of the newsletter they sent with the package had interesting facts. It list interested facts about different types of trees. I will mention some here.

Oak Tree: I'm an Oak and I can take in 260 pounds of CO2 a year. I turn it into clean oxygen for you to breathe. By car-pooling to work one day a week, you can save me from having to do so much work, and reduce your CO2 emissions by 8 percent. Thanks to Aveeno, MillionTreesNYC will find a home for me in one of the New York City's five boroughs to help purify the air near a local school, day-care or library this spring.

Did you know that the temperatures of urban areas are 2-10 degrees warmer than surrounding areas due to the prevalence of concrete, asphalt, tall buildings and the absence of trees? The goal of many urban tree plantings is to reduce the urban heat island effect. Trees in New York City remove more than 1800 metric tons of air pollution annually. Thanks to Aveen and MillionTreesNYC, I will be working to help cool the air near a local school, day-care or library this spring.

Blue Spruce: I'm a Blue Spruce, more commonly known as a Christmas tree. I can grow to be 115 feet and live to be 800 years old when left in my roots. Give your Christmas tree a second life by purchasing a live tree that can be replanted after the ornaments come down. Plant it in the backyard, or, if you don't have the room donate it to a local nursery.

Southernwood (silvermound): I am Silvermound, a variety of a Southernwood tree. The Aveeno Active Naturals ingredients Southernwood, is a natural combination of saccharides and polyphenols, which help attract and bind water to the skin while also providing antioxidant activity. You can find it in the new Aveeno Smart Essentials facial products designed to transform the look with Ylang-Ylang and Chamomile to calm and relax your senses while leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.

There's more but doesn't it make you think how important trees are!?!? I never thought about donating/replanting Christmas trees after the season.
I will definitely plant these seeds. I am not too sure what kind of seeds these are. I guess time will tell. ;) It might not be a big deal, but it's a start of helping the planet.

How are you guys doing to help the planet?

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me because I'm an ambassador. I am not getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Eye's Chic False Eyelashes

I was fortunate enough to receive another false eyelashes from KKCenterHK. I was not too sure which one to get. The PR recommended me to try Eye's Chic and she would include three different version. It sounded great to me! :)

Before I review the lashes I received, please check out my review on Princess Lee. If you want natural looking eyelashes, I definitely recommend Princess Lee. It's one of the most comfortable lashes I have ever tried!
Product Review: Eye's Chic False Eyelashes in 461, 805, and 853

Where can you purchase this: KKCenterHK
Price: $13.45

Made in Vietnam

My thoughts: I was really excited to try this since I had such a great experience with the first set I received, Princess Lee. You can read my review on those lashes. As soon as I opened the box, I could tell the difference. Eye's Chic lashes are more on the dramatic side. It's not something I would wear on daily basis. It's more for special occasion where I would like my eyelashes to stand out.

I also noticed how sturdy the lashes are, as well as, the thickness of the wand. With Princess Lee lashes, you can easily bend it and possibility ruin it quickly. Eye's Chic is another story; no matter how much you bend and try to move it, it won't budge. The durability of these lashes will probably last more than 5 usage or at least I think so. These lashes will last a good amount of usage which is a big plus!

Now for the lashes... by the way I used all the lashes with Eye's Chic Eyelashes Glue. You can check out the product on KKCenterHK or my review on the glue.

#461
Eye's Chic lashes in #461 is a cross version with short to long towards the outer corner. Out of the three I received, I thought this looked the most natural to the human lashes.
Here's how the lashes looked on me when my eyes are open.
How the lashes look when it's semi-close.

#805
Eye's Chic lashes in #805 is a cross version with minimum hair in the inner corner half and more towards the out half of the lashes. I was kind of nervous to try this with fear that it might look strange on me. To be honest, it didn't look bad at all. I actually liked it! :)
Here's how it looks when the eyes are open.
Now for the semi-close eyes.

#853
Eye's Chic lashes in #853 is a cross version with the inner and outer corner being the same length, and longer towards the middle. It also had sparse hair compared to the other two. I thought out of the three, this looked the most dramatic since our lashes aren't sparse like this. I still thought it looked good though! :)
Here's how it looks eyes open.
When the eyes are semi-close.

Overall, I actually like these and thought they're pretty fun to wear! It's nice to wear dramatic lashes at times and have fun with them. You just need to work them with wonderful eyeshadow colors! ;)

Pros:
* Thick wand; if you don't wear eyeliner, it can look like you're wearing one.
* Sturdy.
* Lashes can last a few usage; probably more than 5.
* Comfortable but not the most I have experienced.
* Dramatic lashes; fun on special occasions.
* Comes in a range of dramatic lashes; need to order each. It doesn't come in one box like I received.

Cons:
* Thick wand; not easily movable.
* Not flexible.
* Not the most comfortable but it's not bad.

Would I repurchase: Yes.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws

Thank you KKCenterHK for the falsies!!! :)

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