Monday, March 26, 2012

Wedding Dresses and Shopbop Giveaway

Shopbop is an online store that sells ladies' products anywhere from clothes to accessories. They sell designer brands like Badgeley Mischka shoes.
Runway fashion like Doo.Ri.
They even have wedding dresses.
I could go on about the different brands, but it'll be endless.

Shopbop has been kind enough to give one of my readers $100 to spend on their website. How nice is that! :)

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. You need to provide valid e-mail address.
3. It's open to everyone including international.
4. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
5. The giveaway will end in two weeks, April 8, 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. Following my Facebook page. (+2)
2. Following my Twitter. (+1)
3. Re-tweeting the giveaway daily. (+1)
4. Liking my blog post. (+1)
5. Posting the giveaway on your blog. (+1)

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Thank you Shopbop for the giveaway!!! :)

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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Makeup Show LA 2012 Part 2 and Physicians Formula Palette Winner

This is continuation of Part 1 of The Makeup Show in LA. So Saturday and Sunday was the convention. I only attended Saturday, March 17. Everywhere you looked, you saw makeup. It's definitely a playground for beauty bloggers like myself! :)
The first booth I checked out was Inglot. I've been curious about their products for the longest time! Since they're no where close to me, I was happy to see them. :) After buying the things I wanted at Inglot, I felt more at ease just walking around and enjoying the environment.
The Glimmer Body Art had a decent line waiting to get their own body art. I took a picture of one of the artists from the booth. She had four-leaf clover to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on her hand and a lip on her chest.
I got my own body art inside my arm. It's a simple design, but I like butterflies. :) It's been 4 days and the body art is lasting a decent amount of time. I'm pretty impressed!
At this booth, Marinello School of Beauty, I stayed a good amount of time. While I was getting my nails done, I saw them do their work of art on some models. Here's one of the models and the artists.
Here's the other models after their makeover.
Now to my nails that I got done there. They used Minx, the same concept as Sally Hansen Salon Effects. The only difference is that Marinello School of Beauty uses light to soften and smooth onto your nails.
The artist at the European Body Art was doing his work on the model.
Here's two models for the South Seas. They were showing their bronzed tan.
Here's the same model for the cocktail party for Mehron. This time they painted her body.
Dinair is a popular airbrush company, and it's best on brides because they will look flawless.
I had to take this picture of the artist while at work at the Ruby Make Up Academy. Unfortunately, I was not able to see the end result but I bet it came out nice!
Here's the other models for the academy.
The last booth before I headed home was Make Up For Ever.
He's a random guy just shopping around, but I had to take his picture. He did an amazing job!!!
Here's what I got at the convention. It's not all Make Up For Ever. :P It's mostly Inglot and I threw everything in the Make Up For Ever bag they gave us. I will review them in the future posts! :)

Thank you The Makeup Show!!! :)

Now for the Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway Winner...
It is...
Congratulations to TiFF TuMS!!! :)

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.

Disclaimer: The product, Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette, mentioned in this post is given to me. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Makeup Show LA 2012 Part 1

This weekend was The Makeup Show, March 17 & 18, in LA. I've heard about this event/convention the last several years. I finally got to attend it and I was not disappointed! I met great people, attended the party, saw beautiful work of arts, saw professional makeup artists, got swag bag, and best of all makeup everywhere you looked. It was exciting and fun!!! :)

It started early, March 16, with blogger preview and cocktail party. This post is dedicated for that night. For the blogger preview, famous makeup artist Pati Prema Dubroff answered questions and applied makeup on her assistant.
She's a well known makeup artist who have done pages of Allure, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and so on. Her clients include Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc. Unfortunately since I was sitting in the back, I was not able to take any good pictures. They all came out blurry. For that reason, I took her picture from her website at

She gave great makeup tips. Here's some of the tips that really stood out for me.

Tip #1: When she does red carpet, she says she matches the makeup to the jewelries they wear. For example if they're wearing golds, she would do warm makeup and cool for silver jewelries.

Tip #2: She recommends good foundation and the one she's using is from Suqqu, Japanese brand.

Tip #3: She also recommends Hakuhodo brushes, another Japanese brand. It's well-made and light with the hand.

There were many more tips and I wrote them on my Twitter page while listening. Then they went into the swag bag and what we received.
Here's the goodies bag we received. I actually was pretty impressed they gave a well-made bag instead of a gift/plastic/brown bag. I'll definitely have a blast with the goodies, as well as, review them in the future posts.

Then it followed with the cocktail party. Some of the brands at the event/convention did makeup on models and they displayed their work.

I loved the lipstick on the girl on the right! If you're curious to know what she's wearing. She's wearing Be Legendary Lipstick, Melondrama, Honey Nude Lip Pencil, Light.


Instead of the makeup, the model stood out for me. She's such a gorgeous, exotic looking woman!

T3 Micro:
Her hair is so gorgeous!

MUD (Makeup Designory):


Crown Brushes:
This guy was hilarious! He really stood out because of his personality. :)

The makeup was one of my favorites of the night!

Make-Up For Ever:
This was my other favorite! They had nothing on but tiny panties. :X
Here they are again with their makeup artist.

Thank you The Makeup Show for an enjoyable night!!! :)

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post, the swag bag, was given to me. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with honest opinion.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum

Please don't forget to enter my Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway. It ends March 18, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).

I was fortunate to receive a product from Reviva Labs, they are known for their breakthrough in anti-aging skin care. It's great for aging skin, as well as, people who are preventing age.
Product Review: Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum

Where to purchase: Ulta and
Price: $30 for 1 fl oz/ 29.5 mL

Made in USA

Description on the back: Swiss scientists have determined that the stem cell extract (Malus Domestica) from the rare Uttwiler Spatlauber Swiss apple can stimulate skins epidermal  cells. In fact, some scientists regard it as one of the most important skin care discoveries in years!

Special Benefits:
1. Swiss apple stem cells help revive skins own dormant stem cells and can help bring new life and energy to the epidermis. Recharging epidermal cells with our stem cell serum makes skin more responsive to the day or night cream applied over our serum. Overall results are accelerated and remarkable improved.

2. Swiss research showed a major decrease in appearance of lines and wrinkles in 30 days. The study with volunteer aged 37 to 64 determined a significant decrease in crows feet wrinkle depth for 100% of the participants.
Thoughts: Never heard of this brand, but was intrigued by the product. The idea it was made from Swiss Apple Stem Cells was interesting. First and foremost, I had no idea what apple stem cells are. Here's what it says on a piece of paper I received with the product.

'Stem Cells are born in the bottom "basal" layer of the epidermis. Skin scientists claim they are programmed by genes for a specific number of replications (self renewals). Regeneration is affected by sun damage, smoking, injury, etc., but most frequently by chronological aging. With wear and tear and general aging, skins' stem cells gradually lose energy, become weaker and less efficient in creating healthy new skin. That's when signs of aging appear on one's face. However, Swiss scientists have discovered that stem cells from a rare Swiss apple can actually repair and regenerate a human's aging or damaged stem cells, and give new life and a younger look and feel to skin. What's more, they can even extent the longevity of normal, healthy cells and "help keep wrinkles at bay." In other words, the Swiss apple stem cells help human cells act younger and live longer. The result is improved skin texture, reduced wrinkle depth and, ultimately, better looking skin.'

How great does that sound or at least it does for me! :) The first thing I did is smell the product. It does not smell like apple at all. Actually, I'm not too keen on the smell. Even though, I do not like the smell you actually don't smell it unless you're sniffing it. That's the only time I smelled the product. While you're applying it on your face, you don't really smell much. It's actually a doable scent unless you sniff it.
The product reminds me of a lotion instead of a serum. I associate serums with liquid-quality about them. This serum looks like a lotion period. Even though it looks like a lotion, it has a cooling effect. It's very refreshing while you're applying the serum. That's a quality most serums have which lotions do not. I also think it hydrates and melts into your skin pretty well. Most lotion-quality product takes a lot more work to melt into your skin. You only need one to two drops. With one to two drops, it spread well onto the skin and melts easily. I actually like how well it spreads out! :)

Now for the packaging, I like that it comes in a pump. It's sanitary safe, as well as, you can see how much you are pumping with the clear bottle. The pump is pretty accurate each time you pump. You don't pump more or less each time which is a plus to me. I hate pumps where you do not know how much will come out. When more comes out, it feels like a waste. If you get less, you know you need to pump more and end up getting more than you wanted.
I also like that on the bottom of the bottle they have a sticker with the expiration date. Unfortunately, mine was kind of ruined. I actually touched it with a wet sponge. :X You can still see it expires July 2014.

Lastly, overall experience with the serum. I have not noticed any improvements, but it has helped preventing. I have not noticed any extra wrinkles. :P Like most serums, you need to use it at least several months to noticed anything. It's been couple of months of using this product, but I have to be honest. I have not been the most faithful. I strongly believe a combination of this serum and their moisturizer would get a better result. Since I only received this product and used my own moisturizer, it's been pretty decent. I'm pretty happy with my experience! :)

* Comes in a pump; sanitary safe.
* Accurate pumping.
* Comes in a clear bottle.
* Comes with an expiration date on the bottom of the bottle.
* Cannot smell the scent while applying.
* Spreads easily.
* Melts like butter.
* Cooling sensation.
* Repairs damaged or aging stem cells.
* Extends longevity of normal, healthy cells.
* No animal testing.
* No animal ingredients.
* Paraben-free.

* Does not smell good.
* Does not smell like apple.

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

Thank you Reviva Labs!!! :)

Disclaimer: The product 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, March 12, 2012

February Favorites and Finished Products, and The Makeup Show

Please don't forget to enter my Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway. It ends March 18, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).

I apologize for not updating last week. For some reason my computer would not upload the pictures from my camera. Thankfully, it finally worked and I can update my blog. :) I also want to thank the readers who have entered the Physicians Formula Giveaway, and gave suggestions on what improvements I needed for my blog. I loved the honest answers, as well as, I have taken advice to your suggestions. I have updated my background, and I hope this one looks better and is more manageable to read. What do you think about the background? It would be great to hear honest opinions. :)

Anyways, now for February Favorites. It's kind of late, but better now than later.
February Favorite Products
Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush in Natural: I'm a big fan of Physicians Formula. I think they have great quality products, and this definitely does not fail the brand name. I definitely do not agree with the pH Matchmaker. It does not match or change the blush to your natural pH. It just has one solid color from the moment you apply the blush to the end of the day. Other than that, it's a high quality blush that is long lasting and looks great on the skin. It also comes with light which is helpful especially at nighttime when you need to reapply the blush or any makeup.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream: I already reviewed this product, and am still in love with this. It has helped my dry hands, as well as, improved the texture of my hands. It's also easy to carry in your bag/purse. This is the hand cream I carry all the time. :)

Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum: I will review this product pretty soon. It's a refreshing serum that is suppose to help the prevention/fight aging skin. I love the texture of the product, and how it melts into your skin. It feels hydrating, as well as, you can use this both morning and night.

L'oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronze Taupe: I'm such a big fan of taupe/brown eyeshadows, and this does not fail. It's a gorgeous color, easy to use, and looks great by itself. It's one of those colors you apply and you're done. I love the simplicity with great quality product.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny: When I first got this bronzer, I was not a big fan. I'm not into orange bronzers, but more into taupe/brown bronzers. For some odd reason, I'm really digging this bronzer. Maybe I have changed my taste, but it actually looks great on my paler winter skin. I definitely cannot wear this during the summer since I need more color. It's great for the winter, paler skin.

February Finished Products
Nivea Visage Moisturizing Toner: This has to be one of my favorite toners! I love that it does not have alcohol. For that reason, it does not dry up your skin and keep the moisture in. I also love that it cleans your skin. Whenever I use this, I can see some dirt on the cotton pads which did not get fully cleaned from cleansing.

Would repurchase: Yes!

Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum: I used this every morning which is light and refreshing. It's a great way to start the morning. I especially love that this product prevents aging which is something I definitely need. I reviewed this product so please feel free to read the review.

Would repurchase: Yes.

LacVert All Round Sun Block: This was my holy grail sunblock I used in daily basis. It's light, melts into the skin unlike a lot of US Sunblocks (they only cover the skin), prevents UVA and UVB, and it did not have a scent like a lot of US Sunblocks. If you can tell, I love this sunblock!!! Now I can see why so many people are into Asian sunblocks versus American brands. I'm definitely a converter for Asian sunblocks.

Would repurchase: I already did!

Lashem Double Trouble Mascara: I reviewed this mascara, and still stand with the same view point. I think it's a great mascara for someone who's blessed with naturally, curly lashes. For myself who has straight lashes, it was not worth it. It did not hold my curl, as well as, darken it.

Would repurchase: No.

Avon Naturals Lip Balm in Peach: This is an old lip balm I bought from Avon. I don't recall when I bought this lip balm, but I used it at work whenever my lips were chapped. It had a waxy residue, and it did not melt into my lips. It felt like the lip balm just layered on top which is not the point of most lip balms. It also did not help my chapped lips especially this winter weather. I also was not too keen on the scent. For some reason, I thought I would be since it's a fruity scent. I have another one of this in mango and love that one much more.

Would repurchase: No, and I doubt they make this anymore.

Don't forget to buy your tickets for The Makeup Show! It's happening this coming Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the list of companies that will be there:

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except Aveeno, Reviva Labs, Vivite, LacVert, and Lashem; most of them were given to review and received one as a gift (LacVert). 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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