Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hauls and Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway Winner

During these last weeks or I should say months (including Black Friday and Cyber Monday), I've been buying a lot of cosmetics *sigh*. It's a good thing I've been getting them for cheap but do I really need these? Probably not! :X Now onto my hauls and they do not include the new products out from drugstore *sigh*...

Sasa:
I bought three boxes of masks, sheet and eye, online. The two sheet masks are My Beauty Diary and the eye mask is My Scheming. I will review these in the future.

Missha:
They had this promotion for new users to get a sampler BB Cream set online with a purchase. I've been curious about the BB Creams so it gave me a good opportunity to try them. The stupid person I am I thought I ordered the full sized BB Cream, but I ended up with a travel sized. :/ I will review these too.

AskDerm:
I purchased Clarisonic Mia online when they had the 30% discount and free bag with a head brush. For years, I told myself I did not need Clarisonic and that it would be too rough on the skin. I changed opinion. :X

Sephora:
When they had the holiday discount, I could not resist the offer. To be honest, I really did not know what I wanted. After seeing swatches of these eyeshadows and lipsticks in person, I could not resist especially the container. You can use the container for other things once you're done. :)

Milani:
When they had the sale online, I could not resist the blushes and pencil I've been wanting to try for some time. Yeah pencil not pencils. I ordered one pencil, black, and two blushes. When I received the package, it only came with one blush and two pencils. I called the customer service and they sent the other blush I ordered and told me to keep the silver pencil. How nice of them! :)

CVS Clearance Sale:
I've been wanting to try the Revlon eyeshadow palette, as well as, the Maybelline concealer. This was a good opportunity to get it, as well as, heard good things about the Physcians Formula powder/bronzer set.

I told you I bought way more than I should had, and these do not include the new drugstore products that came out *sigh*. :X


Now for the Aveeno Hair Kit Winner...
it is...
#23...
Spankedelic.

Congratulations to Spankedelic! :)

You have 48 hours to contact me with your name and address. E-mail me at aly_4realz (at) hotmail (dot) com. If you don't contact me within 48 hours, I will draw a new winner. If you did not win, do not worry there will be more giveaways in the future. Thank you all for joining the giveaway.

Thank you Aveeno for the wonderful giveaway! :)

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

Monday, December 26, 2011

Adore Me Lingerie

Please don't forget to enter my Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway. It ends December 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


I want to wish everyone a very happy, Merry Christmas!!! I guess when this is posted it's belated, but still wish for the best. I hope you were surrounded by good people with tons of food. :)


In November, I introduced Adore Me. If you don't recall Adore Me, it's a monthly lingerie club that comes to your door. You can check out my introductory post or the website. I was fortunate to receive a lingerie from Adore Me so I can fully review the process of the club, as well as, review the lingerie.

The first thing I did is take the quiz. It took a good 2-5 minutes depending on how quick you are. There were times I had to think about the answers.
They ask all types of questions relating to lingerie to your style. Some of the questions were, "What's your favorite lingerie fabric?" which I took the picture from their quiz, another is "Which Gossip Girl style fits you best?", and so on. One thing I really like is that you have choices from pictures. You just click on the picture you like and then move on. That's how simple the quiz is.

After you take the quiz, the stylists compute your answers to get the perfect lingerie for you. For some odd reason, I thought the showroom would be done in a minute or two. I believe it took a good night to morning process. I waited for the showroom, but I didn't get it to the next morning. One thing great is that they e-mail you that the showroom is ready. That was nice!
Here's my December showroom.
Not only do they only have lingerie, but they have babydolls & slips.
They also have hosiery. I printed the screen of my December selection. If you don't like any of the ones they posted, you can check out your friends and choose from there. I choose something from my selection. ;)

Once I chose the item I wanted, the ordering took a couple of minutes. They also sent an e-mail confirmation of the item you ordered.
I chose Hannah. It's a simple lingerie for my style. :) It costs $39.95 including shipping and handling. Pretty good price I might say. By the way, I did not pay for mine. It was free to review on my blog.

The shipping took a good one week or even less. I cannot remember the exact day, but it was pretty quick from what I recall. Now onto my review...
The lingerie is packaged inside a box. The box itself did not come alone, but in a big envelope. For that reason, the corners got bent. In all honesty, I don't think it matters about the box but what's inside.
Once you open the box, you see a cute wrapping with a letter from Adore Me.
Here's a picture of my lingerie set. It's a lot pinker than the picture but I actually like it better in person. :)
Here's how the bra looks like. The wire is secure, sturdy, and well made. I love how it has laces on the top part and it isn't the cheap kind. The bow in the center is an added cuteness to the bra.
Here's the back of the bra. I love how it has three button/strap area. Most bras I own only have two. Three gives it more a security and sturdiness or at least I think so.
This is so unique for me!!! I have never seen the inside of the bra like that; how it has different bumps of padding. At first, I was not too sure why. Now that I tried this on, I understand it. It gives the added push especially for the women who are not blessed in that area. ;)
Here's the pantie. It's striped pink and lighter pink vertical (up and down).
It has laces all around and a matching bow from the bra.
One thing about the fabric is that it's see through. I put a sample product I received from somewhere else to show you how see through the fabric is. It can be sexy in some way, at the same time, protect you. ;)

Overall, I am happy with my lingerie and I think this a great idea! Nowadays, who has the time to go shopping at the stores. You can just choose from online, and with the ease get it delivered to your place. I highly recommend Adore Me!!! :)

Thank you Adore Me!!! :)

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.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

L'occitane Hand Cream, Sheet Masks, and TFSI Winner

Please don't forget to enter my Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway. It ends December 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


L'occitane were giving away, I cannot recall, hand creams. I got myself one and decided to try this famous hand cream I hear about all the time.
Product Review: L'occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream

Where can you purchase this: L'occitane store or online
Price: $10 for 30 mL/1 oz.

Made in France

Description on the back: With a very high content of Shea Butter, this hand treatment protects, nourishes and softens our hands.
Ingredients:
My thoughts: For the longest time, I've been curious about this hand cream. The only reason that held me back from buying is knowing I have so many creams/lotions that need to be used. I wanted to use all the products I have before buying. When they were giving away free hand creams, I couldn't refuse and get one. :P

I had mixed feelings about the packaging. I think it's great it comes in a tube so you can squeeze the product out. Unlike some tubes, this one is easy to squeeze. I also noticed at the store they sell this plastic thing that helps you squeeze it so you get more quantity. I also like that it's easy to carry around. You can just throw it in your bag.

Now for the smell, it smells like shea butter. It's an alright scent for my nose. I tend to like fruity smell. ;) At least, the scent doesn't last long.
I also noticed the cream is on the thick side. It might be too thick for oily skin people. People like me who have dry skin it's perfect. It's extremely moisturizing and helps my dry cuticles. I've seen improvements on my hands. This is a product I would only wear during the winter or nights before I head to bed. I cannot see myself wearing this during the summer. It'll be too thick even for my dry skin.

Pros:
* L'occitane; natural ingredient brand.
* Comes in a tube; easy to squeeze and carry.
* Not long lasting fragrance.
* Thick product.
* Extremely moisturizing.
* Helps the cuticles.

Cons:
* L'occitane; hard to find store.
* Comes in a tube; cannot get all the product.
* Shea butter scent.
* Not recommended for oily skin people.

Would I repurchase: Yes if it's on sale.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws


Here are some of the sheet masks I've been using lately. All of them were given to me as gifts thanks to wonderful people! :)
Luna was kind enough to give me six Silk Whitia. For some odd reason, I didn't take pictures of the other three. They're smaller size in comparison to the packaging of these. I actually liked them, but I cannot recall much. That's why I need pictures; out of sight, out of mind. :X

The three I took pictures of, above, were good. I noticed after removing the sheet masks off my face, I can feel cotton from the mask on my face. I'm not too sure why. :/ The left one is lavender, not too sure what the middle one is, and the right one is pearl powder. I cannot recall if they had scent. Gosh I'm so bad at remembering things that's why I need to write them down quickly or else I'll forget or get them confused with other products. :X
Luna also gave me this faceQ sheet mask. From my experiences with faceQ, they've been great. I think I'm a huge fan of faceQ masks now!!! This one is so unique. It comes with ear and chin part. Basically, you're hydrating your whole face including the neck. We definitely need to hydrate our neck so it doesn't sag as we age. This is Caviar and Hydraulic Acid Moisture Mask. Like all faceQ masks, they do not have scent.
That's not the only faceQ mask I got to try. Shiny Pretty Thing gave me one as well, and it's Ocean Aloe Mask. They're so hydrating, refreshing, and I love the end product of these masks. Unfortunately, I have none left. Hopefully, I'll get some in the future when Sasa has sale on these babies. :)


Now for the winner for Too Faced Shadow Insurance...
it is...
#71...
Stavroula@drugstoreandbargainlover.

Congratulation to Stavroula@drugstoreandbargainlover! :)

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

If you did not win, do not worry there will be more giveaways in the future. Thank you all for joining the giveaway. I did not expect this many entries. Thank you everyone! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me either as a gift, masks, or freebies, hand cream and TFSI. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Born Pretty Nail Polish in Emerald Green Silver Shimmer

Please don't forget to enter my Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway. It ends December 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST. By the time this is posted, my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Giveaway should have ended.


I was fortunate to be able to review more products from Born Pretty. The first time I reviewed French Stamp Template DIY Kit. This time I received two products.
I will only review the nail polish for this post. I will review the template later when I get a good thick, black nail polish. :X
Product Review: BK Fashion Nail Color in Emerald Green Silver Shimmer #05

Where can you purchase this: Born Pretty
Price: $4.74 for 15 mL

Description on the site: Silver Shimmer, long lasting. Perfect color for spring & summer season. Get dry fast in seconds. Green Polish Guarantee. Does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, acetone type solvent, DBP and other carcinogenic substances.
My thoughts: When I first received it, I thought it was a lot greener than I imagined from the website. I wasn't too sure if I liked the color or not. Other than that, I didn't have any other feelings since I knew nothing of this brand.
I was glad to know the brush is thick! I've been using OPI nail polishes a lot lately and I got use to the thick brushes. You only need to brush three to four times on your finger and you're done. It's a lot easier compared to thin brushes which you need to brush gazillion times (a little over exaggeration) to paint your nails.
My first thought after applying the polish on my nails is how green it is. I wasn't too sure but I fell in love with the color the next day when I saw it in the sun. It's a gorgeous Christmas-like green with lots of glitters. It's so sparkling! I received tons and I mean tons of compliment on this nail color. It's probably the most compliments I have ever received on any nail colors I wore! :)

Not only is it sparkling, this nail polish does not chip! Whenever I wear a polish through washing and opening things, they end up chipping some way here and there. I opened a can and heard a click on my nail. I was shocked to see no chip on my nails! This polish is a lot better than a lot of nail polishes I have ever tried.

Pros:
* Shiny, glittery nail polishes.
* Multiple colors.
* Thick brush.
* Long lasting color.
* Hardly chips.

Cons:
* Hard to find in stores; located on the website only.

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

Born Pretty is kind enough to give my readers 10% off with the code "ALYJ61" on your purchase.

Thanks you Born Pretty!!! :)

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. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Olay Regenerist Cream and Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway

Please don't forget to enter my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Giveaway. It ends December 18, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


I bought Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream from Costco earlier this year.
I haven't had the time to review this, but I thought I should. I always say it's better later than never. ;)
Product Review: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Micro-Sculpting Cream

Where can you purchase this: drugstore, retail, Costco, and online
Price: $30 something (I cannot remember the exact price)

Made in USA

Description from the back: Hydrate and firm skin's appearance without drastic measures.

The result of over 50 years of Olay research, this luxurious cream has the highest concentration of our signature amino-peptide + B3 complex infused with intracellular fortifier and a touch of precious marine proteins.

The Results: Intracellular hydration regenerates volume and shape across skin's 10 million surface cells, progressively lifting and micro-sculpting to help:
* firm sagging-prone areas, even the jaw line
* smooth skin's surface
* restore elasticity
Ingredients:
My thoughts: The first time I saw this was when my sister-in-law was using it. I asked for her opinion and she said she loved it. I thought it wouldn't hurt getting one from Costco.

Is it just me but all anti-aging products in the US come in red packaging. Why is that? I also noticed they come in thick bottles. :/

The first thing I did is smell the cream. It smells fruity to me, but I could be wrong. I know some people think the smell is thick, but it doesn't bother me. I actually like the scent. :X If you don't like it, it lasts about 5 minutes or at least it does for me.
The texture of the cream is thick, beige color. If you have oily skin, this definitely isn't for you. I think it's a great night cream for people with normal to dry skin. You can use it during the morning as suggested, but I don't. There's a reason why I don't. I don't know if it's just me but I noticed whenever I wear this cream during the morning and apply makeup afterwards (I do with most moisturizers), it makes my face look like it has dry patches. I don't have dry patches, but I noticed a layer of something moves around. It's so irritating. For the longest time, I couldn't figure it out until now. In my opinion, I think this cream doesn't melt into your skin. Maybe in the beginning it hydrates your skin but if you put too much, it just sits on your skin. I could be wrong, but that's the only thing I could figure out why I have thick chunks of something. It's not like I put too much cream either. After I apply it, my skin looks smooth, but I could feel the consistency of cream on your skin.

By the way if you're wondering about the spoon, Shiny Pretty Things gave it to me. It was so nice of her to send me one! :) I use it all the time, and it's so worthwhile. You don't have to dip into your moisturizer/cream anymore.

Thank you Shiny Pretty Things! :)

Other than the smell and texture, I think it hydrates your skin well. After I apply the cream, my face feels smooth. I don't know about the anti-aging effect, but my skin has looks decent.

Pros:
* Olay; brand I trust.
* Fruity smell.
* Scent doesn't last long.
* Thick consistency.
* Great for dry skin.
* Great for winter weather.
* Good for night.
* Hydrates.
* Your skin feels smooth.

Cons:
* So thick, consistency doesn't completely absorb onto skin.
* Not so great for morning.

Would I repurchase: Maybe, only for night cream.
Rating:  3.5/5 Tobey's Paws


Aveeno is so kind to offer one of my readers a hair kit with tons of products. How nice of them!!! :) In the kit, it contains...
Aveeno NOURISH+ Shine Shampoo and Conditioner
Aveeno Living Color Shine Glaze
Aveeno NOURISH+ Style Fortifying Hairspray
Aveeno NOURISH+ Leave In Conditioner

How to enter:
1. You must be a public follower of my blog with Google username (I will check). PLEASE do no just follow for the giveaway and then once the giveaway is over, stop following. It's just not polite!!!
2. Open only to the people living in the U.S.
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, December 28, 2011 at 11:50 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. You must live within the U.S.
3. If you follow my Facebook page, give me the username you are using to follow. (+2)
4. If you follow Aveeno Facebook page, give me the username you are using to follow. (+2)
5. If you follow my Twitter, give me the username you are using to follow. (+1)
6. If you follow my Twitter and re-tweeted the giveaway, give me the link. (+2)
7. If you added the giveaway on the side bar of your blog, give me the link. (+1)
8. If you added a post but is on a separate giveaway page, give me the link. (+1)
9. If you added a post and is on the main page, give me the link. (+3)
10. What do you like about Aveeno? (+2)



Thank you Aveeno for sponsoring this giveaway!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for the pictures taken from Aveeno. 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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