Tuesday, July 31, 2012

RIP Tobey

Please don't forget to enter Aveeno Gold Metal Worthy Giveaway. It ends August 11, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern time).


Sorry I have been gone for couple of weeks! I went through a hard, personal time of a roller coaster of emotions. I debated if I wanted to dedicate a post on Tobey. I realized he's been with me since the beginning of this blog, and even though he's not with me, I still want to keep a part of him on this blog. I will keep the Tobey's Paws in remembrance of him.

I do not want to get into details of his passing, and please don't ask me. If you really care about him or me, as a friend/reader you will just be by my side and support me. I want to dedicate this post on the happy times I had with Tobey. He was my joy, laughter, my younger brother (he's actually my dad's dog), my baby, and my best friend (he would just listen and never talk back).

Now in remembrance of Tobey...
When I first learned how to make amigurumi dolls, without a doubt I wanted to make one of Tobey. Here's Tobey modelling with Tobster. I have Tobster on a self in my room.
He really was a great model! Here's him with one of the scarves I made for myself. It looked great with his black fur.
I actually reviewed this pet bed on my blog. While I was taking pictures of the bed, Tobey kept standing on it. He's such a rascal which I loved about him! He added excitement in my life. :)
We had a pipe burst in our backyard and my dad had to replace the whole pipes with new ones. After replacing the pipes, he applied the cement. Tobey would step on the cement every time my dad did a certain amount. My dad had to cover the cement while doing it. He did not want Tobey to step and leave a mark. My dad was so proud of himself because there was no way he can knock down the protection. We had to let it dry overnight. The next morning my dad woke up and none of the protection was knocked over. We were in shock when we took the covering down to find Tobey's paw prints! He left a mark on earth and on our backyard. :)
Here's his reaction after being scold for his naughtiness. His cuteness won over his naughtiness, because we started laughing.
I hardly post a picture of myself on this blog, because I want to stay anonymous in some ways. I'm ending this post with my favorite picture of Tobey and I.

I love you Tobey so much! You truly will be missed!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Aveeno Gold Metal Worthy Giveaway

London 2012 Summer Olympics

Is everyone excited about the Summer Olympics? Who are you rooting for? Which competition are you looking forward to? The Summer Olympics happen every four years, and the athletes endure through a lot to prepare for the Olympics. They have to go through long hours of practices, be diligent, confident, and so on. It's tough on their body emotionally, mentally, and physically. I recently found out that some of the inspirational athletes use Aveeno!












Here's a clip of Mariya Koroleva and Mary Killman of the U.S. Synchronized Swim Team expressing their love for Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer for its effectiveness in helping them overcome dreaded red, blotchy skin or what they call "Pool Face."

Aveeno made a list of some of their gold medal winning beauty solutions. Here they are...
* Pure Renewal 2in1: sulfate-free, easy, one-step shampoo & conditioner that gently cleanses hair for softness and manageability
* Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes: gentle, soft wipes that remove dirt, oil, makeup and even stubborn mascara
- Note: This is a new product! I uploaded a picture that I received since I could not find a picture on the website.
* Positively Nourishing Body Wash: enhanced with anti-oxidants and a fresh, light fragrance transforming your shower into an at-home spa
- Note: This is a picture of their Hydrating formula. They have the body wash in Hydrating, Calming, and Smoothing.
* Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30: hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic with UVA/UVB protection that evens tone and texture while providing light coverage

Aveeno is kind enough to offer one of my readers their very own gold worthy products!

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. It's open to people living in U.S.
3. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parents permission.
4. The giveaway will end in two weeks, August 11, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern 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.

Extra entries:
1. Following my Facebook page (+2).
2. Following my Twitter (+1).
3. Re-tweeting the giveaway daily (+1 each day).
4. Posting the giveaway on your blog (+1).


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Thank you Aveeno for a great giveaway!!! :)

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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beauty Box 5

For the past year, I noticed an increase in beauty sampling monthly subscriptions. Let me introduce Beauty Box 5.
It's not well known, but I think it calls for attention! I was lucky enough to receive July, I'm guessing but not 100% sure, Beauty Box 5. Before I show you what I received, let me describe the company.
The website mentioned the subscription beautifully. For that reason, I decided to past the 411.
Here's how the membership works. $12 a month is actually not bad considering the samples they give you are decent size, as well as, well-known brands.
* Monthly = $12
* Quarterly = $30, save $6 from monthly subscription
* Yearly = $100, save $44 from monthly subscription & save $20 from quarterly subscription
If you want to save money, you can definitely get quarterly or yearly. Pretty decent price I must say!

I also want to mention how beautifully the website is, blue and brown. Just gorgeous!!! :) You can also follow their Facebook and Twitter.

Now for my July Beauty Box 5...
It comes in a blue, Tiffany color, box matching their website.
This is what it looks like when you open the package.
The samples come in a cute bag with the information of the samples you received.
Here's a picture of the cute bag with the samples. I also used the brown wrinkly paper it came with. I thought it would make a great background.
I received...
* Comodynes Easy Peeling - Eliminate dead cells, deep clean pores and leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and renewed with these double-duty exfoliating towelettes. Retail: $12.99
* Blum Naturals Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues - Keep shiny summer skin at baby (and leave your makeup in tact) with these powder-free, oil-absorbing facial tissues. Retail: $2.99
Note: By the way, they gave me the full size.
* Blinc Eyeliner in Black - Summer just got a little better with this water resistant, no-smudge, easy-to-remove eyeliner that won't run or flake. Retail $26
* Everyday Minerals Blush in Girl Friday - These mineral-based blushes add the perfect natural kiss of color for that fresh-faced, feminine summer look. Retail: $10.99
* The All Natural Face Vegan Mineral Eyeshadow in Orange Ice Storm - Use these versatile, non-irritating, vegan, mineral eye shadows wet or dry to accent your beautiful eyes. Retail: $3.50

I'm going to review each product thoroughly in future posts. So stay tuned...

Thank you Beauty Box 5!!!

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, July 5, 2012

YoungBlood Luminous Creme Blush

Happy belated Fourth of July!!! I hope you had a great one. One that was restful, but full of fire. :)


At the Blogger Preview Event for The Makeup Show, I received some products of YoungBlood Cosmetics.
They came in a cute, small black bag. I received a lipstick which I will review later, and a cream blush. I'm going to review the blush...
Product Review: YoungBlood Luminous Creme Blush in Taffeta

Where to purchase: studios that sell YoungBlood and online at ybskin.com
Price: $27 for 0.21 oz/ 6 g

Made in USA

Description on the back: This oil-free cream-textured blush combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing color. Can be worn as a cheek color or highlighter, or layered with powder blushes for extra color.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: I actually heard of this brand before receiving these products, but I don't remember where and what I heard. For that reason, I went with a blank state of mind. I did not know what to expect of YoungBlood.

My initial thought was how cute! I actually liked the packaging. It's very classic, simple, sturdy, and very well made. The container is plastic, but it's thick enough to keep the cream moisturized. I've seen thin plastic containers where the cream product will eventually dry out. I don't see that happening with this product. That's a big plus for me! :) Another thing I do to keep my cream products moisturized, I actually store them upside. The moisture at the bottom of the product will be at the top. With gravity, the moisture will fall down keeping the top moisturized. If that made sense *sigh*. :X
Here's a picture of the product with flash. I honestly think this is more true to color than without flash.
Now a picture without flash. Sorry about the bad quality picture taking! Either my camera got worst or my niece changed the setting. I noticed it's not the same as before. :/
Here's a swatch of the color. On the website, it says it's "lustrous bubble gum pink." If you're a pink person like myself, you will love this. It's gorgeous!

Not only do I like the packaging and the color, the product is amazing! I have to say it's one of the best cream blush I have ever used. Since I have dry skin, the positive is that a lot of cream blushes last a long time on me. The negative is that it's hard to apply cream blushes on me. As soon as I dab a spot on me, the color is glued there. It takes a lot of rubbing and forcing it to move. This blush is so different in many ways, but in a good way! For one thing when you dip your finger into the product, you can tell it's a lot more creamier than other cream blushes I have used and trust me I have a lot of cream blushes. It's nothing I am proud of. I love my makeup collection, but I feel like I have way too much for someone who isn't an artist. :X Some other cream blushes would be dry and you have to swirl for it to get creamier. This blush is effortless. You don't need to do anything for it to get creamier. I also noticed it's as creamy as the first day I opened the packaged.

Like I said, it takes a lot of work to apply cream blushes on my dry skin. This is easy to apply and I don't see splotches. It's quick and I don't have to force my skin to move in ways it's not meant to be. One thing I love about this cream blush is that it's a product that doesn't require much effort!

When it comes to lasting a long time, I can't say it's better than other cream blushes. All blushes last a long time on me.
Here's a picture of the blush on me. It's taken with flash. I noticed it shows up more on me than without flash. :/

Pros:
* YoungBlood; a mineral based company.
* Oil-free.
* Paraben free.
* Comes in a variety of six colors.
* Sturdy packaging.
* No scent.
* Creamy.
* Easy to apply.
* No splotches.
* Long lasting.

Cons:
* Hard to find stores.
* It's not sanitary safe if I dip my finger.

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

My reviews so far for the products I received from The Makeup Show.


Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post are 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.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

June Favorites and Finished Products, and Senna Brow Shaper Duo Winners

June Favorites
LacVert Everyday Sun Block: This is my second tube I'm going through. That should tell you how much I love this sunblock! Whenever a family member goes to Korea, I ask them to bring back sunblock for me. Since I have sensitivity to certain chemicals in American sunscreens, I try to avoid getting sunscreen from here. I'm allergic to oxybenzone, avobenzone, or both. I'm scared to experiment to see which chemical I'm allergic too. :X For that reason, I just get Korean sunscreens because I know they don't use any of the benzone family chemicals in their products. Plus Korean sunscreens just absorbs into your skin, whereas, Americans just seems to be layered on top of the skin.

MAC SlimShine Lipstick in Bare: It's such a shame they don't make SlimShine Lipsticks anymore! They're shiny, pigmented, and just plain gorgeous. Bare has to be my favorite color and I wear it pretty often. It just goes with everything I wear and put on my face.

Senna Brow Shaper Duo in Ebony Duo: I've been using this since I got this. I haven't even touched the other eyebrow product I have! I wrote a thorough review on this product so feel free to check it out.

Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester, & DMAE Cream: This cream is extremely moisturizing, as well as, gives me a better looking skin. I love how my skin looks in the morning after waking up! I also wrote a thorough review on this product.

Caviar Beads: This is only three of the ten I have. :X I will show you a do it yourself tutorial on caviar nails. I'm testing them out as I speak. So far I'm loving the one I have! :)

June Finished Products
Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Body Cream: It's the travel sized one, and I believe an old packaging. :X I have a lot of travel sized lotion/cream around. I use them one at a time. When I finish one travel sized lotion/cream, I throw a new one either in my bag or car. I use them whenever I have a chance too. For that reason, I don't run out fast. Since most of the scents at Bath & Body Works are fruity, I do not worry about scent. I tend to love most of them. I definitely prefer this one then the body lotion. It's more thicker and hydrating for my dry skin.

Would repurchase: Yes!

L'occitane Almond Delicious Paste: I actually liked the product in the beginning, as well as, around the middle. You can read my review on this product. Towards the end I started changing my mind. I noticed the consistency towards the end started getting gooey and it smelled bad. Another thing that started bothering me is seeing the pieces of almonds in the tub. Even in the beginning, I saw the almond pieces but it did not bother me. I just had to extra clean my tub that's all. After awhile, I felt like I spent more time in the tub cleaning than I should have. :X

Would repurchase: No.


Now for the Senna Brow Shaper Duo Giveaway Winners...
The winner for the Brunette Duo is...
#96...
Congratulations to Nila Kussriani!!! :)

The winner for the Blonde Duo is...
#39...
Congratulations to Krish!!! :)

You guys 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 LacVert, Senna, and Reviva Labs. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Reviva Labs Cream

This time from Reviva Labs I'm going to review their cream. I already reviewed Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum and Reviva Labs Makeup Primer. I've had great experiences with both products! I honestly suggest you read my reviews, as well as, try their products. I went from not even knowing this brand to loving them! Now for my review...

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