Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wet n Wild Palette in We're Blasting Off, Masks, and Giveaway Winner for Victoria's Secret Eyeshadow

If you're wondering about my blogroll, I had to take it down. One of the links had malware, but I wasn't too sure which one. For that reason, I have to redo my blogroll. If I don't add your blog quickly, I apologize. I will add as time goes on and it might take months. :X

A month ago my Rite-Aid had the Wet n Wild Dream Weaver collection. From that collection, I bought two trio eyeshadows.
I bought We're Blasting Off and Dancing In The Clouds. I will review Dancing In The Clouds later. For this post, I will review We're Blasting Off.
Product Review: Wet n Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Palette in We're Blasting Off

Where can you purchase this: drugstores
Price: $2.99 for 0.12 oz/3.5 g

Made in China

Description on the back: Coordinating shades take the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look.
* Beautifully enhances any eye color
* All-day crease-resistant color
My thoughts: Recently, I've been a big fan of Wet n Wild eyeshadows. I think they're extremely pigmented especially for a drugstore brand. I also think they have pretty good staying power. The best part of these palettes are the price! $2.99 for these trios is such a good deal. They're like a dollar an eyeshadow. ;)

When I saw the new collection, I knew I had to pick out the ones I like. I usually don't go for pinks and purples. I'm more a neutral brown and gold type of person. The eyelid color, the bottom, drew my attention. It's a light pink, taupe-y color. It's so rare to find that mixture of a color or at least for me. I thought the other two colors were okay and I didn't see myself using it much. :X
Here's a swatch of the palette. From left to right is eyelid color (my favorite), crease, and browbone.

When I first got this palette, I didn't realized how similar it was to their other Wet n Wild Eyeshadow palette in Silent Treatment that I have. Of course, they're is some differences but not by much.
The top three eyeshadows are from Silent Treatment and the bottom three from We're Blasting Off. If I have to choose the palettes, I would choose We're Blasting Off because of the eyelid color. I like it better than the darker purple, taupe-y color from the Silent Treatment. I'm not a big fan of the crease color from both palettes though. They're really dark and extremely pigmented. You need to have a gentle hand to use the crease color. If you get too much, it's hard to remove on the eyes. The browbone colors from both palettes are nice, but I wouldn't use either for the browbone. I tend to like matte, off-white color. I would use the browbone color for other things like lid color.

Now going back to We're Blasting Off... The crease color is very powdery. Just putting a dab of brush in the crease color, I can see it all over the palette. :/ I honestly think a lot of darker shades from the Wet n Wild palettes tend to crack and break easily. I don't know why *sigh*. :/ Other than that for a cheap palette, it's not bad.

I tried to do a look with the colors from the palettes.
I used the eyelid color on the top lid and bottom. The crease color on the outer v and crease. I blended the crease color with the browbone.
Here's how the eye look looks semi-closed.

* Cheap, $2.99 for the trio palette.
* Both shimmery and matte colors.
* Pigmented.
* Good staying power.

* Crease color is powdery and I can see it cracking if not used gently.
* Don't see myself using all 3 eyeshadows.
* Brush and sponge is useless.

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

I've been very blessed to receive masks to try. :) The first two are given to me by my friend that I knew since third grade.
This is by Hannule. I have never heard of this brand and was shocked to open up to a beige sheet mask. Most masks are white from my experience. It didn't have any scent from what I recalled. It was an alright mask. I'm not too sure if I would purchase this since for one thing, it's hard to find. The other reason is I'm not too keen on beige mask. :X
I'm not too sure what the name of this brand is, Sampar or Urban Advance? This is an interesting mask. It's a gel mask where there's two pieces, top and bottom half of the face. You have to take the gel mask out of the package and put it on your face. You have to be careful or else it will rip. I don't know if it's just me, but I noticed gel masks tend to smell like you just permed your hair. You know when they use this chemical on the perm, there's an odor for several weeks or maybe it's just me. :/ Thankfully, the smell disappears after you take the mask off. Other than the odor, I noticed this mask really plump my face. I have mixed feelings about gel masks.

The next sheet masks were given to me by Luna.
They're both from Nature Republic. The one on the left is Tiare Flower and the right one is The Bamboo of Damyang. Tiare Flower, no clue what tiare is, smelled flowery. I was excited to try the one on the right, The Bamboo of Damyang (no clue what Damyang is too but I'm guessing a place) because of the popular Korean group. I know it's a foolish idea. :P They're both good masks.

I also tried the eye sheet masks given to me by a sweet, generous reader. I wonder how she's doing!
I believe the brand is from Watsons, but I'm not too sure. No clue what lingzhi means. :/ If you haven't tried eye masks, I definitely recommend it. It's good for aging eyes like mine. I haven't been good about using eye masks, but now I'm a converter to try it once a week. :)

Thank you for the people who have given me masks!!! :)

I know what you guys are here for. The winner for the Victoria's Secret Baked Mineral Shadow Quad in Secluded.
The winner goes to *drum roll*....
Autumn Dream.

Congratulation to Autumn Dream!!! :)

You have 48 hours to contact me with your name and home address. E-mail me at aly_4realz (at) hotmail (dot) com. If you don't contact me within 48 hours, I will draw new winner.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my money except for the masks. They were given to me as gifts. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Face Place Cell Regenerator Moisturizer

Don't forget to enter my giveaway. It ends Sunday, August 28th, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Several months ago, I received a cleanser and moisturizer from Face Place. I think I gave it enough time to review the products. They also have FaceBook so check that out. ;)
The cleanser on the left and the moisturizer on the right. I will only review the moisturizer this time around.
Product Review: Face Place Cell Regenerator Moisturizer

Where can you purchase this: online on Face Place and Face Place locations
Price: $65 for 2 fl oz./60 mL

Made in USA

Description on the website: Provides intensive moisturization and protection, and addresses the appearance of visible signs of aging by helping to rebuild and revitalize the skin. Helps to soften and return elasticity to skin. A complex of natural botanical extracts (grape seed, yeast, green tea, olive) that are rich in vitamins and free-radical scavenging antioxidants. A unique encapsulated carrier system delivers the potent ingredients to where the skin needs them most.
My thoughts: I was really excited to try this since I love trying new products and brands I have never heard of! She told me it's good for my dry skin. :) On the website, it says it's for normal to dry skin.

The first thing I did is smell the moisturizer. I'm not too sure what the smell is but it kind of smells flowery. I'm not a big fan of flowery smell, but the smell disappears within seconds after you apply. It isn't bad! ;)
The color of the moisturizer looks off-white, creamy color. The moisturizer in the tube also looks very waxy, but it isn't once you apply it. One thing I found interesting is when you apply moisturizer, there's always a dent where you scoped it out. With this moisturizer, there's never a dent. It moves back into shape as if it's brand new. I'm not too sure why but I thought it was interesting!

Since it's summer time, I've been applying this at nights only. It's too heavy for the morning. I definitely think it's great for normal to dry skin people to use it during nights, as well as, mornings and nights during winter season. It's really moisturizing and leaves a dewy glow on your face. It looks nice at nights or at least I think so. When I wake up in the morning, my face looks great! I don't see dry patches and it looks dewy. I can actually go out without a moisturizer in the morning, but I still apply a light one. It's always good to apply moisturizer if you have dry skin. You don't want to create more fine lines.

* Trying a new brand.
* Smells disappear within seconds.
* Product moves back into shape; looks brand new.
* Moisturizing.
* Gives of the dewy look.
* Lasts a long time!

* Comes in a container you have to scope; not sanitary.
* Smells flowery.

Would I repurchase: Yes, and no. Yes, because it's a great product. No, because it's expensive.
Rating:  4.5/5 Tobey's Paws

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.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Victoria's Secret Eyeshadow Giveaway and Aveeno Road to Healthy Skin Tour

I don't know if you remember my Victoria's Secret Semi Annual Sale Haul. I posted all the swatches except for one. The reason why I didn't post a swatch for that one is that I got an extra one for one of my readers!
Here's the picture of the eyeshadow, Baked Mineral Shadow Quad in Secluded Lagoon.
Here's how the palette looks open.
You cannot tell from the pictures of the palette alone, but it's huge! I compared it next to one of my MAC eyeshadows. I hope you can see the difference in size.
Here's the swatch of the eyeshadows from left to right. They're really pigmented and gorgeous in my opinion. Then again I can be biased since it's my typical colors. :P

I did two looks with this eyeshadow palette.
Look #1:
Here's how the eye looks open.
Here's how the eye looks semi-closed. I used all the colors in the palette.

Look #2:
Eyes open.
Semi-closed eyes.. I did not do a good job lining my eyes, but it's all good. :X

How to enter:
1. You must be a public follower of my blog with a Google username. PLEASE do not just follow for the giveaway and then once the giveaway is over, stop following. It's just not polite!!!
2. Open to all including international.
3. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
4. The giveaway will end in three weeks, August 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).
5. The winner will be drawn with a random number generator. You have 48 hours to contact me at aly_4realz (at) hotmail (dot) com or else a new winner will be chosen.

Questions and extra entries:
1. You must give me the Google Username that you are using to follow my blog.
2. If you follow my Facebook page, give me the username you are using to follow. (+1)
3. If you follow my Twitter, give me the username you are using to follow. (+1)
4. If you re-tweeted the giveaway on Twitter, give me the link. (+1)
5. If you added the giveaway on the side bar of your blog, give me the link. (+1)
6. If you added a post but is on a separate giveaway page, give me the link. (+1)
7. If you added a post and is on the main page, give me the link. (+2)

I'm going end with the Aveeno Road to Healthy Skin Tour that is happening this coming Wednesday, August 10th, and Thursday, August 11th, in Santa Monica.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Tour
How Five Minutes Can Save Your Life
WHO:                   The Road to Healthy Skin Tour Screenings conducted by board certified local dermatologists

WHAT:                 The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid, will be stopping by the area in the Tour’s 38-foot customized RV to offer free full body skin cancer screenings and the latest skin cancer information to the public. AVEENO® sunscreen samples, coupons and complimentary copies of Fitness magazine are also distributed. Screenings are first come, first serve. Local dermatologists that have donated their time will be available for media interviews.  For more information, please visit www.SkinCancer.org/Tour.

WHY:                    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million cases diagnosed annually across the country. Skin cancer is also one of the most preventable and curable form of cancer if it is detected early. The goal of the tour is to save lives by detecting skin cancers early on, and educating the public about skin cancer prevention by means of sun protection and the need for prompt, effective treatment. 

Santa Monica, CA
Rite Aid #5490
2412 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Wednesday, Aug 10th
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Lisa Chipps, MD

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Vicki Rapaport,MD

Santa Monica, CA
Rite Aid #5488
1331 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Thursday, Aug 11th
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Heather J Roberts, MD
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Daniel Behroozan, MD

I will not be attending since I have to work. If you're around the area or can get off work, I really recommend this! You will really benefit from this screening. It's amazing what you will learn. :)

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Too Faced Size Queen Mascara

I feel so bad that I neglected this blog. I apologize!!! A lot has been happening in my personal life that I haven't had the time to blog. I can't promise you but I am trying to be good about posting. Thank you for the people who still read my blog!!! :)

I've been using the Too Faced Size Queen Mascara for three months now. I received this at the Too Faced Summer Trend 2011 Event. I have Part 1 and Part 2 of the event if you want to check it out. I think it's time to review the mascara.

Where can you purchase this: Sephora, Ulta, online at TooFaced.com, or anywhere they sell Too Faced products
Price: $21 for 15mL/0.5 fl oz.

Made in Italy

Description on the back: Our dual-helix brush and keratin-enhancing, curl-setting formula work together to create QUEEN-SIZED, multi-dimensional lashes instantly.

Our exclusive, corkscrew-shaped brush has long, lengthening bristles and short, volumizing fibers to grab, coat and curl for a lavish, layered effect!
My thoughts: The first thing I noticed about this mascara is the huge wand!!! I have never seen a wand this huge in my entire life. I thought it was cool!
It doesn't look huge in that picture but it is in person.
I compared it to the latest mascara I used, MAC Zoom Lash, in the picture above.

After the shock of the size of the wand, I tested it out. I actually did not like it much on the first day. It was too big to coat my short, Asian lashes especially on the bottom. I felt it was more towards non-Asian people since they have longer lashes.

Now that it's towards the end of my three months of using this mascara, I actually think it's okay. I definitely know how to use the wand better than I first did. Instead of using the middle or the end close to the handle, I use the tip to coat my lashes. I still have issues with the wand touching my skin while putting it on, but it's not as bad as before.

Other than the huge wand, it's not waterproof. Most mascaras that are not waterproof tend to weigh my lashes down. This wasn't bad. It actually kept the lashes up which I give a thumbs up for.

I also noticed there wasn't much smudging throughout the day for me. Most of the smudging happened applying the mascara.

Here's how the mascara looks on me.
I only did one layer of mascara.

* Too Faced; they always have cute packaging.
* Huge amount of mascara.
* More for non-Asian lashes.
* Doesn't weigh your lashes down.
* Not much smudging throughout the day.

* Comes in one color.
* Huge wand; hard to use on Asian lashes.
* You need to be careful how you use it or else it will get on your skin.
* Not waterproof.

Would I repurchase: No.
Rating:  2.5/5 Tobey's Paws

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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