Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sephora Haul and Tokidoki Blush Brush

End of March, Sephora had 15% off sale both online and in stores. I bought some stuff.
I bought Tokidoki Blush Brush, YSL Glossy Stain, and Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. With my online order, I got three samples that you can see in the picture. I will review one of the three products I bought.
Product Review: Tokidoki Siberia Blush Brush

Where to purchase: Sephora stores or sephora.com
Price: $25

Made in China

Description from site: Finally, tokidoki style has arrived to help you highlight your cheeks! The Siberia Blush Brush provides easy and precise application, contouring your cheekbones for a beautifully pronounced glow. The ultra soft and luxurious synthetic brush hairs are white with glowing pink tips-and they're naturally anti-bacterial.
Thoughts: When this came out, I knew I had to get it! It had to go with my matching Tokidoki Pittura Brush Set. I already reviewed the brush set so feel free to read it. :) I love my Tokidoki brush set! I still use it to this day especially the eyeshadow and eyeliner brush. The hairs are soft, dense, and the hairs do not split and stray. Since they were finally having in store sale, I used the gift certificates I received to buy the blush brush.

It comes in a cute packaging! I love the box that it comes with. They have such cute characters on it. You can use the packaging for other things. For example, you can put beads into the packaging and use it as a brush holder.
Each brush comes with a character. For the blush brush, it's Siberia. She's part of the royal family. To be honest, I don't know much about the characters. I just think they're cute! :X

Compared to the other brushes in this line, the blush brush is top heavy!!! It took me several weeks to get comfortable using this.
The synthetic hair is white with pink tips. It matches with the ferrule, metallic pink. It's so feminine and adorable. One thing I love about the hair is that it never sheds, as well as, it doesn't split and stray. I have a lot of brushes that split and stray after some months. It hurts the face, as well as, pointless to have a brush only for couple of months.

The blush brush is angled and I think it's great for contouring. I actually use it more a contour than a blush. I contour my cheekbones and jawline with a bronzer. It works really well! It's great as a blush too especially if you're travelling. You can use it as both as a contour and blush. It saves the trip to carry more things than you need. ;)

Pros:
* Tokidoki; love the characters.
* Cuteness!
* Comes in a cute packaging.
* Synthetic hair.
* Tip of the hair is colored.
* Soft.
* Dense.
* Does not shed.
* Hair does not split or stray.
* Great for contouring.
* Universal brush; blush and contouring.
* Only need this brush to travel for blush and contouring.

Cons:
* Comes with a character on top; makes it difficult to put in a cup.
* Top heavy.
* Bulky.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Lotion

This is the second of the Positively Nourishing Body Lotion from Aveeno. I already reviewed the first one, Aveeno Positively Nourishing Energizing Body Lotion.
Product Review: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Lotion

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandiser, or online at aveeno.com
Price: $5.99-$6.99 for 7 oz/ 198 g

Made in Canada

Description on the back: This luxurious body lotion with lavender and chamomile envelops your skin in lasting moisture while its relaxing scent soothes your senses.

Powered with ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal, the natural ingredient most recommended by dermatologist to maintain healthy looking skin.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: Since I had such great experience with the Aveeno Positively Nourishing Energizing Body Lotion, I was hoping for the same. It did not let me down! The only thing I was not keen on was the scent. As time went on, I actually did not mind the scent. Don't get me wrong I still like the Energizing better, but the scent was fine after awhile. I cannot distinguish if lavender or chamomile was stronger. Since I'm not a floral person, I don't know my scents. :X
The consistency of the lotion is semi-thick. It looks thick in the picture, but it's a lot creamier than you think. When applying the lotion, it's smooth and melts in your skin. It kind of reminds me of The Body Shop Body Butter. I like that it's not extremely thick that it's hard to spread on your skin. If you have extremely dry skin, it will take couple usage before it moisturizes your skin. If you're semi-dry, I think this lotion is perfect!
One thing I like about the body lotion is that it comes in a tube! I like the concept knowing it's sanitary safe and the germs cannot go into the lotion. I also like that you can carry this tube around without worrying it will burst in your bag for example. I hate traveling and putting the products in a Zip Lock bag fearing it will burst. I don't have to do that with this lotion. The lid is very sturdy and it is impossible for it to open.

Pros:
* Aveeno; brand that uses natural ingredients.
* Comes in a tube; sanitary safe.
* Easy to carry.
* Lid does not easily open.
* No fear of it bursting.
* Creamy consistency.
* Semi-thick.
* Melts like butter.
* Moisturizes semi-dry skin.

Cons:
* Floral scent.

Would repurchase: Yes, but probably in the other scent.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws


Not only is Aveeno environmental friendly, they even help out individuals or organizations that is making a difference in this world.
"This year, the Aveeno Brand is launching the Be An Active Natural Fund to award more than $300,000 in grants to individuals and organizations that create positive change in this communities.

* Consumers can also enter to win one of eight $10,000 grans that will be awarded in 2012 by creating positive change in one of the following ways:
- INSPIRE - Inspiring others to see their natural and inner beauty
- EDUCATE - Educating about the values of an active and healthy lifestyle
- PRESERVE - Preserving, restoring and improving the local environment

* Go to the Aveeno facebook page (www.facebook.com/aveeno) for full program details to vote for the Active Natural who inspires you"

I thought I would pass this along for anyone who wants to enter, as well as, vote for your favorite that inspires you! :)

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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara

Beginning of this year, I was one of the fortunate few who won a CoverGirl prize pack from CVS Beauty Club on twitter. You should check out their twitter page. They have giveaways now and then. :)
I won CoverGirl lip product, mascara, and eyeliner. I will review the mascara.

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandiser, and online
Price: $7.99 for 13.1 mL/ 0.44 fl oz

Made in USA

Description on the back: Bold, intense volume meets the biggest brush EVER from CoverGirl, for a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast 24HR gives you bold, look at me lashes that will keep you getting noticed for up to 24 hours.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: I'm a big fan of CoverGirl LashBlast mascaras. I've always had good experience with these mascaras. I reviewed LashBlast Fusion and LashBlast Luxe. So when I received this mascara, I was pretty excited. As soon as I finished my previous mascara, without thinking I wanted to use this one!
Here's the packaging of the mascara. It fits with the LashBlast theme, the shape.
Here's how it looks in natural light. The only thing I did not understand is why is the top half matte, whereas, the rest is shiny. :/ I would have thought the whole packaging would be one texture.
Here's the wand before I put in the mascara. It has different lengths and width of the brush.

Now that I've been trying it for couple of months, I think it fits well with the LashBlast theme. For a non-waterproof mascara, it holds my lashes well. Having Asian lashes, most mascaras would not hold my straight lashes even after I curl it. This holds my lashes which is a big plus to start with! :)

Since it's not waterproof, it does smudge especially on the bottom lashes. My bottom lashes tend to be more watery than my top lashes. For that reason, I can see smudging on the bottom lashes. I also noticed if my lashes take a lot of gunk from the wand it would stain my contacts. I already ruined one contacts from this mascara. That's a big no no! :( Then again I cannot blame on the mascara. It can be how I apply the mascara on my lashes. It only happened in the beginning of usage. Ever since that experience, I haven't ruined my contacts again *knock on wood*.

If you looking for lengthening, this definitely is not. Volumizing is another story. The mascara makes your lashes more bolder and darker. I really like that concept since I don't have many lashes to begin with. It helps my lashes look more fuller, and just plain nice! :)
I don't know if you can see it but my lashes are curled especially in the middle.
My lashes look thicker and bolder in this picture.

I know these aren't the best pictures, but it's the best out of all the ones I took *sigh*. :X

Pros:
* CoverGirl; they tend to have great mascaras.
* Thick wand; quick to apply.
* Different length & width of the wand; can maneuver.
* Holds curls.
* Gives volume.

Cons:
* Not waterproof.
* It smudges.
* Thick wand; hard to apply certain areas.
* Does not lengthen.

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


Adore Me recently contacted me and told me they're having a giveaway on their blog. How exciting is that!!! :) The giveaway ends this coming Friday, April 27th and the winner gets to choose anything she/ he (if you're getting for your girlfriend or yourself) wants. I thought I would pass along to my readers.


Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are either given to me as a prize or review. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Adore Me Lingerie in Hannah

This is my second time reviewing a lingerie from Adore Me. If you don't know what Adore Me is, it's a monthly lingerie club that comes to your door. Every month they have a showroom with a list of lingerie chosen for you. You do not have to buy if you do not want to. It is up to you when you want to get something you like. If you want to know more about Adore Me, check out my introductory post or the website. It has thorough information about the club. You can also check out my thorough post on how to get started on Adore Me from the quiz to an example of a showroom, mine of course.

I was fortunate to receive another lingerie to review. You can read my first lingerie review. I was given a choice of different lingerie, and the one I wanted was for plus size women. Unfortunately, it was too big for me so I went with my second choice. The sad thing is it's the same style as my first lingerie review. The only difference is it's in white! :)
Before I review the lingerie, let me tell you how it was delivered. It comes in a big envelope-style package. Inside the envelope, there's a box.
They have upgraded since my last review. The first time I received the package it only came in the white box, and it was dented. They got smart and put a cardboard around the box. I think it's a genius idea since it keeps the shape of the white box. I guess in some ways it doesn't matter since it's what is in the box that's important. ;)
Here's how the white box looks without the cardboard. I love how simple the box is with a pink Adore Me logo.
This is the inside of the box. I love how the pink tissue paper matches the Adore Me logo.

Now for my review of the lingerie...
What can I say other than it's really well made! My mother used to be a seamstress so growing up I knew what to look for. They did a great job on the sewing. I don't see any particular loose thread, threads sticking out, and even the double stitches are close to each other.
The cloth of the lingerie is stretchable, smooth, and well sewn on the pad. The touch of the lace on top matches well with the bra.
I also love the touch of the ribbon in the middle of the bra! It adds a little femininity and cuteness.
Here's how the padded bra looks in the inside. The added bumps pushes and makes it look more fuller.
It also comes with three columns to attach your bra. A lot of bras only come with two, and I like that it comes with three. It's more secure, and you know it might not come off.
Now for the pantie, it's the same fabric as the bra. It's stretchable, well made, and cute!
It has a matching lace and ribbon which I find adorable. :)
I wanted to show the sheerness of the pantie. It's not extremely see through, but it does not fully cover up.

Since I have both white and pink of Hannah, I cannot choose which one I like better. I like both. The white is more classic looking and the pink is more cute. I honestly suggest people to check out Adore Me. They have great quality products and the shipping is extremely fast! I believe my shipment came in 5 days!

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.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush and ShopBop Winner

Sorry I did not post this week! My oldest brother and his kids, my nieces, came to visit this week. It was a last minute decision. Whenever they come to visit, I lose my computer. :/ Now I'm back and hopefully, for good. :)

I've been wanting to review this blush for the longest time, and I think it's finally time too!

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandiser, and online at physiciansformula.com
Price: $12.95 for 0.21 oz/ 6g

Made in USA

Description on the back: 
Makeup Powered by You!
* 1st Ever Blush with pH Power Complex transforms into your perfectly personalized hue.
-Fluorescein Based Dye - senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 sections to created your perfect blushing glow.
- Photochromic Powders - light adjusting pigments adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.

Look Your Best in Every Light!
* LED-powered compact lights up and features a full-size mirror, for touch-ups anywhere & everywhere!
Ingredients:
Thoughts: To be honest, I only bought this blush for the idea that the blush matches to your pH level. I know it's a foolish idea to get a blush, but the concept really drew me in. :X I guess I'm a sucker when it comes to cosmetics. Anyways, now to my thoughts.

For the packaging, it's kind of bulky. It's just a square package with different levels.
Here's how the top looks. It's a shiny, black square with pink logo. The only thing I don't like about the packaging is that I can see my fingerprints easily.
The next level is the blush with the mirror. It's a pink, powdered blush with silver dots around the blush. The silver dots give shimmery specks to the blush. Once you use it all, it's just a pink blush.
That same level has a light that you can turn on. The switch is right above the right light. You can compare the picture above to the one exactly above it. Do you see the light on and off? I hope you can!
The last level has the brush.

Since the packaging is kind of bulky and for another reason, I leave mine at home. I hardly carry mine. I got a loose blush pan in mine. I'm kind of scared to carry mine and have the blush crack. For that reason, I don't carry mine anywhere even when I travel. Once I finish the blush, I might actually carry the container. I think the light will come in handy especially at nights or when you're in a dark room.
I usually don't like the brushes the blushes come with, but this is actually pretty okay. It's pretty soft and does not shed. I did noticed some of the hairs go in different directions, but not many. Even though it's soft, I'll still will not use it. I like the round type of brushes for blushes.
Here's how the blush looks in natural light.
A swatch of the blush on my hand. I don't know if you can see the specks of silver especially on the top from the silver dots.

The main concept of this blush is that it "reacts to light and your pH for your perfect blushing glow" within 60 seconds. Well in my opinion, I don't think it does. Even though I don't notice any changes on the blush as soon as I apply it, I still like the color! It's a natural, gorgeous color and it lasts a decent amount of day.

Pros:
* Physicians Formula; I think they have great products for drugstores.
* Comes with light with a switch.
* Comes with a decent brush; soft.
* Natural looking color.
* Long lasting.

Cons:
* Bulky.
* Mine came with a loose blush pan.
* Compact grabs fingerprints easily.
* Blush does not match to your pH level or light.

Would repurchase: Maybe.
Rating:  3.5/5 Tobey's Paws


I went out of town to Palm Springs with bunch of girls couple of weeks ago. One of the girls did my nails.
I took a picture of my nails once I got home. I received so many compliments! People asked me if they were stickers, and I told them someone painted them. So many people were amazed and thought it was gorgeous.

Thank you April!!! :)


Now for the $100 Gift Certificate to Shopbop,
It is...
#59...
Congratulations to mai!!! :)

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 products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for the pictures taken from Shopbop.com. 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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