Monday, January 30, 2012

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush and Super Perricone Winner

Please don't forget to enter Zoya Nail Polishes Giveaway. It ends February 1st, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


I'm on a row reviewing Maybelline products! I'm going to review their new cream blush.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Maybelline Baby Lips and Nail Polishes

Please don't forget to enter Perricone Super Giveaway. It ends January 29th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Please don't forget to enter Zoya Nail Polishes Giveaway. It ends February 1st, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


It's been awhile since I reviewed a product *sigh*. Whenever I want to take pictures on the weekend (I can't on the weekday since I work), there's no sun. :/ My reviews might be late, but it's better now than never or at least I like to think so! ;)
Product Review: Maybelline Baby Lips in #25 Pink Punch

Where to purchase: drugstore, retailers, online
Price: $3.99 for 4.4 g/0.15 oz

Made in USA

Description on the site: No more basic lip balm.
Lip renew formula and 8-hr hydration for visibly renewed lips in 4 weeks.
Clinical care for baby-soft lips.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: The first thing I do with SPF products is check the active ingredients. Thankfully, it only has octinoxate and octisalate. I try to avoid the ingredients oxybenzone and avobenzone. I'm allergic to either ingredients or both. That I'm not too sure about, but I will find out soon enough when I play around with some products that only have one of them. :X Now that I knew I wasn't allergic to the product, I had to get one. To be safe, I decided to only get one and I'm always like that with SPF products. Once I try them out and I'm okay, no allergic reaction, I tend to buy more if I like the product.
For the packaging, I thought it kind of looks kiddish. It reminds me of something I would use in elementary/middle school. That's my own opinion. You don't have to agree. :P Even with the packaging, I still wanted to get one.

It smells like fruit punch. It smells heavenly!!! :) Unfortunately, I don't smell the fruit punch while putting it on my lips. I smell something fruity, but it's not specific. I still like the smell.
It's a sheer, light baby pink color. The more you layer on your lips, it gets a little bit brighter or at least for me. It's hard to say since I have naturally, light pink color. I tend to show more color on my lips than most people. I also heard it's the most tinted one from the Baby Lips.
Here's how the color looks on me. I actually like the color on me! :) The color lasts for some time on me until I eat or play with my lips. Then it will fades.

Now for the most important factor, does it hydrate my lips for 8 hours and make it baby soft? My lips feel better after several hours of wearing this especially during this winter weather with my chapped lips. Would I say it's hydrating for 8 hours? I wouldn't say that. I think it hydrates like any moisturizing lip products. Does it make my lips baby soft? I wouldn't say that unless I wear it throughout the day on daily basis.

Pros:
* Maybelline; I tend to like their products.
* SPF 20.
* Does not contain oxybenzone and avobenzone.
* Packaging is kiddish; make me feel young again.
* Smells like fruit punch; fruity.
* Sheer, light baby pink color.
* Hydrated a bit.

Cons:
* Not UVA; protects the inner layer of the skin.
* Packaging is kiddish.
* Color will probably not show up on darker lips.

Would repurchase: Yes, for this color. Possibly a maybe for #15 Cherry Me.
Rating:  3.5/5 Tobey's Paws


I've been obsessed with nail polishes this month *sigh*. I need to stop buying, but I'm loving the glitter and flakes that you put on top of a base color.
Revlon in #761 Scandalous. Since I missed out the first dupe of Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Revlon in Faucets of Fuchsia. I had to get this one when I saw it.
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in #150 Glass Slipper. I first saw this on a blog and wanted it badly! I'm so obsessed with flakes and knew I had to get it. Only thing is it came out months ago, and was extremely hard to find. For some lucky reason, I found it at my local Rite-Aid. Not only did I find one, I found three and bought all of them. :X
Here's my NOTW. I'm wearing a dark blue with the Glass Slipper on top. For some odd reason, the blue is lighter in the picture and you can hardly see the flakes. :/ The flakes look like diamonds in person; very sparkly and bright.
Finger Paints in Twisted. It's a gorgeous, multi-colored flakes. Love it!!! I'm a little sad that my co-worker spilled half the bottle, but she replaced it with an OPI nail polish. I'm hoping my Sally's will replace these so I can get another one.
This was my nail last week. Black with Twisted on top. Love it!!!
Orly in Frisky. I needed a good cream, light blue color for a nail art I'm planning on.
Orly in Shining Star. I saw this in the clearance bin so I had to grab it. I thought it would make a great top color.
OPI in Black Onyx. I was shock I did not have a solid, dark black color so I got one.
OPI Crackle in Blue Shatter. I only own a black one and suppose to have gotten a silver one for Christmas from a friend. I haven't seen that friend in awhile so no clue when I'll get my gift. :X I had to buy one when it's on sale at Ulta.
OPI in Save Me. It's from the Nicki Minaj Collection, and my replacement nail polish from the co-worker. I love it on top of black and cannot wait to try this out!

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for Save Me in OPI; that's given to me as a gift. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pittsburgh Salons

Please don't forget to enter my Perricone Super Giveaway. It ends January 29th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


A wonderful PR from Verve 360 Pittsburgh salons is giving one of my readers a chance to win a Zoya nail polish set. How nice of them! They are giving out from the Fall 2011 Collection, Smoke & Mirrors, in Anja and Jem.
"Zoya nail polish in Anja can be best described as: A rich, deep, vampy red-toned wine purple with a glossy creme finish. This vampy shade is both sexy and elegant."
"Zoya nail polish in Jem can be best described as: A dark red-toned purple base with metallic dark pink highlights and subtle gold duochrome flecks. This shade has it all; bold color, vampy drama, bright sparkle and a glam rock persona."

How to enter:
1. You must be a public follower of my blog with Google username (I will check). PLEASE do not 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 U.S. except for Hawaii and Alaska.
3. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
4. You must leave a comment "why do you like Zoya?" Creativity in answer is appreciated, but you don't have to. If you don't have a comment, you are NOT entered.
5. The giveaway will end in 10 days, February 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).
6. 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.

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

Thank you Verve 360 for sponsoring the giveaway!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are pictures and descriptions taken from Zoya website. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hollywood Beauty Event

Please don't forget to enter my Perricone Super Giveaway. It ends January 29th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


LA Glow will be hosting Hollywood Beauty Event this coming April 15-16th, 2012 at Sheraton Universal Studios.

"The Hollywood Beauty Even is the 2-day hands on training event where you learn from the best of the best in fashion, film, beauty, and editorial hair and makeup artistry. Don't miss your chance to experience the event that puts you on the fast tract to success!"

Video 1 - What Is The Hollywood Beauty Event? from LAGLOW on Vimeo.

You can also win 2 tickets to the event! Check out http://www.facebook.com/glowofficial.

Good luck and you don't want to miss this opportunity to attend a wonderful event!!! :)

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. I am just passing along information I received. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Super Skincare & Get Super Perricone

Super Skincare & Get Super Perricone... Have you checked out the Super Skincare line by Dr. Nicholas Perricone? Basically the website says it in one sentence, "the antioxidants found in the world's most powerful Superfoods are combined with time-tested, patented technology for an innovative new line of preventative, protective and therapeutic skin care." Doesn't it sound great!?!? I hear it all the time that antioxidants are good for you to prevent future health problems, as well as, protect. For example, you get antioxidants from blueberries and it's suppose to neutralize the free radicals (unstable molecules linked to development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions). Not only do you get antioxidants from food, it now comes in your skincare line!

For example,
the Crinkle Eraser contains red algae. The "ocean's richest source of minerals that helps maintain skin's elasticity" (taken from the website).

A wonderful PR is willing to give one of my readers a chance to win one product from the Super Skincare line from Dr. Perricone. How nice of them! :)

How to enter:
1. You must be a public follower of my blog with Google username (I will check). PLEASE do not 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. You must leave a comment "which Perricone Super product you will need and why?" Please be detailed about the product and the reason. If you don't have a comment, you are NOT entered.
5. The giveaway will end in two weeks, January 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).
6. The winner will be drawn with a random number generator. You have 48 hours to con tact me at aly_4realz (at) hotmail (dot) com or else a new winner will be chosen.

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

Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway!!! :)

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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum

Last year, I won a Vivite giveaway from SkinCareRx.
It included two Vivite products, Facial Cleanser and Facial Serum. They were nice enough to add a Duwop blush. I will review the blush later.
I already reviewed the Vivite Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. It contains both scrub and cleanser in one. Pretty genius idea I might say since most brands you need two products. Since it contains granules to exfoliate your face, it isn't highly recommended to use more than twice a week. You don't want to be rough on your skin. For that reason, this product lasts a long time. Even after months, I hardly noticed a decrease in the product. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this product! :)

Now I'm going to review the Facial Serum since I'm almost done with the product. :X
Product Review: Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum

Where to purchase: SkinCareRx, online, etc.
Price: $109 for 1 fl oz/30 mL

Made in USA

Description on the back: Exfoliates, hydrates, and protects skin while reducing the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles. Perfect for daily use under makeup.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: I first used the cleanser before I used this product. I had such good thoughts about the cleanser that I went into the serum with high expectations. It's kind of bad to go into a product with high expectations. If they don't meet your standards, you are disappointed by the product. It's better to go into a product without any expectations or at least that's what I think.

There's nothing special about the packaging. It's very simple. I guess it's a good thing since so many companies focus on packaging. Believe it or not a lot of the products cost more because of the packaging *sigh*. The packaging can cost more than the product. :/ For that reason, this product must be good since it cost so much!

It doesn't have any scent which is a good thing or at least for me. It's better than smelling bad.
It's a clear, beige-colored product. You only need a drop or two for the face. It's very cooling to the skin, and I noticed some hydration once you apply it. If you have extremely dry skin, it doesn't hydrate but it will help. As time goes on, I can see an improvement on hydration but it can be a mixture of serum and moisturizer. It's also very light. It doesn't feel like you're' putting heavy products on your face.

When it comes to improvements, I am not too sure on this. My fine lines and wrinkles do not seem to disappear, but it's suppose to prevent future lines and wrinkles. I guess in this concept it does help, but it can be a mixture of products I use on my face (cleanser, scrub, Clarisonic, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer, and sunscreen). I know I use a lot of products, but I am trying to prevent future wrinkles and age spots. I guess overall, I am very lucky I look younger than my age! :)

Pros:
* Simple packaging.
* No scent.
* Antioxidant.
* Daily usage in the morning.
* Light.
* Hydrates.
* Improves the skin.

Cons:
* Not well know brand; hard to find in stores.
* Expensive.
* Not attractive packaging.

Would repurchase: Maybe, if it wasn't expensive.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws

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

Monday, January 9, 2012

Physicians Formula Palette in Nude Eyes and Nail Polishes


Happy belated New Years!!! I hope everyone had a good one. :) Mine was spent with family. Whenever I spend time with family, it takes me a week to get rejuvenated. :X My nieces and nephew take the energy out of me, but it's all worth it. :)


When Physicians Formula Palette in Nude Eyes came out, I had to get it right away. Not because it's only nude (which that's the only thing I wear), but the cute packaging. Isn't it amazing how packaging can sell people!?!? :X
Product Review: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner in #7564 Nude Eyes

Where to purchase: drugstore, retailers, online
Price: $11.29 for 0.26 oz/ 7.7 g

Made in USA

Direction on the back:
Ingredients:
Thoughts: Like I was saying the packaging is one reason this palette sold me! Honestly, it shouldn't be but I am the first to admit I am really into packaging of beauty products *sigh*.
I love the lace on light pink package. It looks so sexy. Doesn't it remind you of lingerie? They added the cuteness with the light pink bow. The lace on the package is definitely real lace and not a picture. You can feel the lace while you rub your fingers on it.
One thing I found interesting about the palette is how it opens. It usually opens on top, but this palette opens to the right. I like how different and unique it is! :) It also comes with a sponge applicator with a tip. The tip is suppose to help you line your eyes if you use the shadow colors, and the side is to use for the eyeshadows. I do not know how good the sponge applicator is since I never use it. :X

Now I need to look at the quality of the palette not the initial attraction. I think the colors are gorgeous! I can see myself wearing all those colors on daily basis except for the far left, black. I'll use black but it's seldom. I also like that it comes with direction of the colors on the packaging, but I hardly follow them. :X I tend to go with the flow.

For the swatches...
The first 5 colors from the left.
The last 4 colors from the left.

I was kind of disappointed the colors were so light when I swatch them. Who knows it might be better on the eyes, and I did not use a primer to swatch these. Using a primer might make a difference.

Now for two looks I came out with...
I used the fifth color from the left on the lid. Then I tried to contour with the fourth color. I noticed it didn't make a difference so I contoured with the second color from the left. I used a primer, UDPP, before the look and it didn't show up much.
Here I used fourth color from the left on the lid. Then I lighted the crease area so it blended more with the highlight color. I used the fifth color from the left. The color showed up more, but I wasn't blown away. It just seemed like a typical brown color.

Overall, I'm not blown away with this palette. If I just want for the outer layer (packaging), this is it. Packaging might sell me in the beginning, but you need something more to last a long time. The colors are light and nothing original.

Pros:
* Physicians Formula; brand I trust.
* Cute packaging.
* Nine colors in one palette.

Cons:
* Not pigmented.
* Primer helps a little bit.
* Typical colors.
* Nothing spectacular.
* Cannot grab certain colors without grabbing the neighbor colors.

Would repurchase: No, not this color palette. The other Physicians Formula Shimmer Palettes I have are good.
Rating:  2/5 Tobey's Paws


I'm going to end this post with some nail polishes I bought. I bought two Essie polishes.
This is Essie in Shine Of The Times. I heard it's a dupe of Sally Hansen in Hidden Treasure. Since I missed out on Hidden Treasure, I had to get this.
This is Essie in As Gold As It Gets. I was not planning to get this until the cashier told me this was more a success than Shine Of The Times. After getting this, now I can understand. I'm so into flakes at this moment. I want to get their white one now. :X

I also got one OPI polish.
This is OPI in Peach-A-Boo! I saw it in the clearance section at Ulta. I thought it was a gorgeous color and being on sale, I could not refuse.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money. 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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