Monday, February 27, 2012

Missha Mask, More Masks, and Physicians Formula Giveaway

When I ordered from Missha end of last year, they gave me a sheet mask. I decided to review it not only for my readers, but for myself as well. I have a tendency not to remember how I felt about the sheet masks. Being able to look at my reviews on my blog helps me to either to order some more or not. I hope it helps you as well! :)
Product Review: Missha Real Essential Sheet Mask

Where to purchase: Misshaus.com
Price: $2.99 for 25 g

Made in Korea

Description on the back: Pure cotton sheet mask enriched with Ceramide ingredient, makes you delicate skin calm and soft.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: I love receiving sheet masks, because it gives me an opportunity to try things I really wouldn't have. Sometimes I'm blessed to find new products I love, and know to order it for the future. I'm thankful for the opportunity to try this mask.

First of all, I will start with the size of the sheet mask. I'm not too sure why the width of the sheet mask is so wide (ear to ear). It covered my hair on the side of my forehead, as well as, the side of my face. Since it covered the hair, a minute or two into wearing the sheet mask it would fall and not grab onto the hair. It was extremely uncomfortable since I was doing stuff on the internet while wearing the sheet mask. This mask is made for people who lay on their bed resting. It's definitely not made for someone not resting like myself. :X

The length of the nose part is also short. It did not fully cover my nose which is shocking since I do not have a bridge. I have the typical, flat Asian nose.

Other than the size, I'm pretty content with the fabric of the sheet mask. Some masks leave residue from the fabric. I can feel the cotton on my face once I'm done with the sheet mask. This did not!

Secondly, I will talk about the feel of the sheet mask. It's very refreshing, cooling and I can feel the essence. Some masks are dry even from the start because it does not have enough essence. That's not an issue with this mask. It lasted the whole 30 minutes of using this mask. I was even able to pat the essence left over from the sheet mask onto my skin. The only thing is a lot of masks have essence left over in the package. You can use the left over essence on your neck and chest. The package did not have enough to pat it onto my neck. If I can wish for something, I would wish it had a little bit more essence so I can use it for my neck and chest.

Lastly, I was pretty content with the result. My skin felt soft and glow-y right after the mask, as well as, the next morning. It also hydrated my face.

Pros:
* You need to lay down for the mask; get real rest.
* Good fabric; does not leave residue.
* Good enough essence for the face.
* No scent.
* Leaves skin soft.
* Hydrating.
* Skin looks glow-y.

Cons:
* Width of the mask is too wide.
* Length of the nose is too short.
* Does not stick on the hair.
* Not good for multi-taskers.
* Not enough essence left over in the package.

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


Speaking of sheet masks, I received some from a friend and family that I got to try out.
Luna gave me My Scheming sheet masks in Camellia Japonica Hydrating (beige),  Bulgarian Rose Whitening (pink), Bird's Nest Collagen (light blue), and Puli Ginjo Sake Kasu (yellow). I've been curious about My Scheming masks. I heard great things about this brand, and now I can understand why. They fit great on the face, hydrating, and lots of essence to work with.

Thank you Luna!!! :)

My sister-in-law got me this, ESL Essence Mask Pack in Coenzyme Q10. I've been curious about this since I've seen this frequently at the Korean market. There's 10 masks inside the packet. I noticed it's dry on top and it gets more moist as you get closer to the bottom where the essence is. It's an alright mask, but I wish it was moist from top to bottom. It also fits well to the face and I can feel the hydration.

Thank you sis-in-law!!! :)


I received this Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette from the Beautylish Event I attended last year.
I debated back then if I should keep it or not. The colors are gorgeous and I heard this one is extremely pigmented. It sounded good, but on the other hand I hardly use purple. :/ I forgot all about this until recently. I think it needs a better home than with me. For that reason, I want to give this away to one lucky reader who will use it more than I ever will. :)
The palette opens sideways and comes with a sponge.
Here's a closer look of the colors. It has different ranges of purple with one green.

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 to everyone including international.
3. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
4. You must answer the question, what improvements would you like to see on my blog?
5. The giveaway will end in three weeks, March 18, 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 my Facebook page, give me the username you are using to follow. (+2)
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)



Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are freebies either given with purchase, gift, or in a swag bag. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow and The Makeup Show

Happy Valentine's Day!!! I should say Happy belated Valentine's Day. When this is posted, Valentine's Day will be over. I hope you had a good one and doesn't mean you need another person to enjoy it. You can enjoy it with friends and families. :)


I've had this product for months now, but I haven't had the chance to review them. I kind of debated since so many blogs already reviewed this product. I guess one more won't hurt. ;)
Product Review: Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in #05 Too Cool, #25, Bad to the Bronze, #30 Pomegranate Punk, & #45 Bold Gold

Where to purchase: drugstores, retailers, online
Price: $6.99

Made in USA

Description on the site:
Dare to wear our longest-lasting shadow.
Our ink technology creates super-saturated color.
Cream gel smoothes on for vibrant color that does not fade.
Thoughts: I had a mixed initial feelings about this product. I loved that it reminded me of MAC Paint Pots, as well as, it's with the trend of cream shadows. On the other hand, I was scared because it was a cream shadow. My experience with a lot of cream shadows including department stores have not been the best. Since I have oily eyelids, a lot of products including MAC Paint Pots can crease on me even though I use UDPP beforehand.

In the beginning I wanted to be on the safe side, so I only bought two. I bought Bad to the Bronze and Bold Gold, my typical colors.
It's a simple packaging, glass container with black lids. Most cream products come in glass container to help it not dry out. The glass, as well as, how you store it will help the moisture circulate better inside the product. I actually store it like the picture above. The moisture will be at the bottom and it will circulate up keeping the product more moist. If you have the black lid on top, the moisture on the top will only circulate on the top and not go towards the bottom of the product. I hope that makes sense. Other than storing it that way to help lessen the drying effect, it also helps you distinguish the color of the product.
I fell in love with these cream shadows that I ended up buying another color, Pomegranate Punk.
Here's a swatch of the three colors I had at this time. The one on the left is Bold Gold, the middle is Bad to the Bronze, and the last one is Pomegranate Punk.
The last one I own at the moment is Too Cool. I'm not too sure if I would buy others but there's a good chance I might *sigh*. I need to hold myself back. :X
Here's a swatch of Too Cool. It's such a gorgeous, shimmery white.

Out of all the cream shadows I own before Maybelline, MAC Paint Pots has been the best. Before I use any cream shadows, I still apply UDPP. I've had creasing with a lot of the cream shadows even Paint Pots. There are days it will not crease and there are days it creases. I hate to admit this but I've had less creasing, actually hardly any creasing, with the Maybelline Color Tattoo! That's how much I am in love with this product. :)

Other than not creasing, there's different textures. Some of the cream shadows have glitters like Bold Gold. There are some matte which I don't own any. There's also shimmery products like Too Cool, Bad to the Bronze, and Pomegranate Punk. They have good color choices, but I wish there were more. :X

Now for the looks I came out with...
Bad to the Bronze:
I apply UDPP and let it dry before applying Bad to the Bronze all over the lids. It's the most simplest shade to wear. You can layer over the cream shadow, but it's alright by itself. This had to be my favorite color I own. :)
Bold Gold:
I apply UDPP and let it dry. Once it's dry, I apply Bold Gold and right away layer an eyeshadow on top. You can use Bold Gold by itself, but you need to layer a thick amount for it to show. Since it has glitters, I layered an eyeshadow with glitters to stand out more.
Pomegranate Punk:
I applied UDPP and let it dry before applying Pomegranate Punk. This color made me look sick! :X I'm not a big fan of this color on my lids.
I tried it as an eyeliner to see if I like it. You can hardly see it with the naked eyes.
Too Cool:
I apply UDPP and let it dry. Once it was dry, I apply Too Cool and apply eyeshadows. I wanted to see how much more the eyeshadow stood out with the white base. I think white base will be great with blue eyeshadows since it'll make it less gray on the eyes.
I also used Too Cool in the inner corners of the eye and the inner, bottom. I'm pretty impressed with the staying power.

Pros:
* Maybelline; a brand I trust.
* Simple packaging.
* Versatile textures; glitters, shimmery, and matte.
* Easy to use; fingers and brushes.
* No scent.
* Good staying power.
* No creasing.
* Can be used alone.
* Easy to apply eyeshadow on top.
* Easy to use as an eyeliner.

Cons:
* Not sanitary safe if used with fingers.
* Need more color choices.

Would repurchase: Heck yeah!
Rating:  4.5/5 Tobey's Paws



It's that time of the year for The Makeup Show. If you're in LA around that time, it's not too late to get tickets. :)

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lashem Measurable Difference Lash Gel

I received two products from Lashem to review. I already reviewed one product, Lashem Double Trouble Mascara. Please check out my thorough review on the mascara. :) For this post, I am going to review Lashem Measurable Difference Lash Gel. It's the most well known product from Lashem!

Where to purchase: Lashem.com
Price: $69.99 for 0.123 fl oz/3.5 mL

Made in USA

Description on the back: A revolutionary, high performance and gentle eyelash conditioner that promotes healthier, longer and fuller lashes without the irritation, clinically tested and dual patented, the Lashem formula contains a patented lipo oligopeptide and conditioning complex which fortifies lashes, masking them appear healthier and stronger.

Lashem also contains panthenol (pro-viatmin B-5), biotin, cranberry and goji berry extracts to nourish your lashes and make them appear glossy and shiny in texture.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: I was extremely excited to receive this product!!! The first time I heard about this product was during a commercial. An actress mentioned how her lashes grew with this product. Ever since then I wanted to try this product, but did not want to pay for a product I did not know if it worked or not. Given the opportunity to try it, I could not refuse.

It's a simple packaging, silver metallic, and it reminds me of a mascara. I sometimes grab it accidentally whenever I'm in a rush to put mascara on. :X
The outside might look like a mascara, but the inside does not. It looks more like a liquid eyeliner, but it's not. At first, it felt weird using this. I was used to using the mascara wands like a lot of drugstores conditioning products. After awhile, I got used to it. If I had to choose between this or a mascara wand type, I say it doesn't matter at this point as long as they do their job.

One thing I liked about this product compared to drugstores eyelash conditioning is that you only need to apply once a day. I did it every night before heading to bed. The drugstores eyelash conditioning from my experience recommended you to use it mornings and nights. Even though it's recommended to use mornings, I still did not. It's because the conditioning product kept my lashes moist making it difficult to put mascaras. I love that this product only recommends you to apply once a day. I think it's best to put it on nights but that's my opinion. :)  I just looked on the website and it recommends you use it twice, mornings and nights. The packaging says, "do not apply more than once daily." I do not know why there's a contradiction between the packaging and the website. :/ Oh well, I still used it once a day and probably will continue.

Edit: The PR told me originally it was recommended once a day, but it is okay twice a day. That's why they wrote that on the website.

I guess before I talk about the product, I should mention what kind of lashes I have. I don't have short lashes, but I do not have extremely long. This one particular biology class in college recommended us to measure our partner's lashes to see if we fit into short or long lashes. I fit in the long lashes but I barely passed. I have the typical Asian lashes, strict straight and on the thin side.

I noticed after couple of weeks my lashes looked longer by my naked eyes. It's also noticeable through my glasses at night. In the beginning, my lashes would not touch the glass. Towards a month, I noticed it would touch and it bothered me at times. I think that's a good indication that my lashes grew. Other than length-wise, I did not notice thick-wise.

Now for my before and after pictures...
Before:


After:


Pros:
* They donate partial proceeds to Think Pink Rocks, breast cancer research and treatment.
* Hypoallergenic.
* Paraben free.
* Fragrance free.
* Not tested on animals.
* Conditions lashes; vitamins.
* Noticed length on lashes.

Cons:
* Brush was uncomfortable in the beginning.
* Confusion about using the product once or twice a day.

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

Thank you Lashem!!! :)

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, February 9, 2012

Born Pretty Four Style Design Nail Art Stamp Template

It's time for me to review the second product I received from Born Pretty, the stamp template.

Where to purchase: Born Pretty
Price: $2.99

Description on the site: 
* Patterns: 5
* Material: stainless steel
* Size: 5.5 cm (diameter)
* The stamper and scraper is not include in this products.
* How to use:
1. Rip off the film on the plate.
2. Put a drop of polish on the pattern you want, then use the scraper spread the nail polish evenly.
3. Press the stamp on the pattern, and then print it on your nails.
Thoughts: The first template I received from Born Pretty I had such a great experience! You can check out my review on the first template. For that reason, I wanted another template and this is the one I got. I was really excited about this template. I love all the patterns. :)
Here's how it looks on the stamper. By the way, the stamper does not come with this template. I got the stamper from the first template I received. It's easy to apply nail polish on the template, as well as, grab onto the stamper. :)
Here's how my nails look with the same design. I did not use the black unfortunately. I know it would had looked better, but my co-worker borrowed the black nail polish I own. I thought it would look good with dark blue, navy color and I think it came out fine. :)

I actually found it harder to work this template except for the two flowers on the side. It had nothing to do with the template, but myself. :X For some odd reason, I could not pattern it on my nails correctly. It was either too high, too low, too to the right, or too to the left. If you know how to pattern it correctly, then you will not have problems. After trying this many times on my fingers, I figured a way that works for me. If it works for me, does not mean it will work for others but it wouldn't hurt to try. ;) It's recommended to move from one to the other side of the stamper. I actually put it right in the middle and move to one side then the other.

I also noticed the edges of the pattern are on the thin side. Whenever I put the stamper on my finger, the edges would not stick on my nail. It just floats in the air if that makes sense. For that reason, sometimes I had to get rid of the edges because I could not work it. Look at the top part of my ring finger. You can see what difficulties I had. I strongly believe with practice you will be able to work it. I just did not have the patience and gave up too easily. With practice it will look good, and I have seen nails that look great with this template!

Pros:
* Comes with 5 patterns.
* Cute patterns.
* Can use any thick nail polishes.
* Gorgeous if mastered the patterns.

Cons:
* Hard to find in stores.
* Need stamper and scraper.
* Edges of the pattern are thin.
* Edges does not stick too well.
* Need a lot of practice.

Would repurchase: Yes.
Rating:  3/5 Tobey's Paws

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

Thank 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 any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.
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