Thursday, January 31, 2013

Aveeno Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming Eye Cream

I've been using Aveeno eye cream end of last year, 2012, and I'm almost to the end of this product. I better review this product before I finish it.

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandiser, and online at aveeno.com
Price: about $17.99 for 0.5 fl oz/ 15mL

Made in Canada

Description from the back: A moisturizing eye cream that works with your unique skin and is clinically shown to
* visibly lift and firm skin around the eyes
* reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles
* visibly reduce dark circles and brighten appearance of eye area
And because it's from Aveeno it's gentle enough for even sensitive skin.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: When I first received this product, I was excited to try an eye cream to prevent future aging. Before I talk about the product, let's talk about the packaging. I want to apologize for not taking many pictures of this product. I also want to apologize for not the greatest quality first picture. I took it long time ago before using this product. I honestly think I take better pictures now.

Now for the packaging... I'm not too sure if this is an older version of the eye cream. On the box, it says "NEW!" but the picture from the Aveeno website is different. So I really cannot say. If this is a newer version, I actually like the packaging. It reminds me of a lotion in a smaller version, mini-size. It's so cute and I hardly see eye creams in a pump container. Most eye creams come in a tube or a jar. I tend to like my eye creams in a tube and now pump container. It's just sanitary safe. I also like that we have full control of the amount the product pumps. Sometimes the pump squeezes a certain amount which you have no control over. It can pump more or less of what you need. There is no issue with this product.

Now for the scent... It smells like most Aveeno products, sweet and fruity. If you don't like fruity scents, you don't have to worry. You hardly can smell the product while using it on your eyes.
Here's a swatch of the eye cream. It's on the thicker consistency with a slight yellow tone.

Now for my opinion.... This eye cream is definitely meant for people who want to prevent aging around the skin. For that reason, the consistency is thick and it moisturizes the area. If you have oily lids, it can be on the heavy side. If you have dry lids and under eyes, it will hydrate it. I wouldn't say it's the most moisturizing product out there, but it's decent. I also like that it's easy to apply and sinks into your skin. It's very quick and you do not have to wait a long time for it to absorb. Like I said, it's good to prevent aging. If you already have wrinkles and dark circle, this product isn't for you. I have wrinkles or my co-worker would say I have a lot of laugh lines *sigh* and slight dark circle. After using this product, I have not noticed any difference or any improvements.

Pros:
* Aveeno; a brand that uses natural ingredients.
* Cute packaging; a mini-size lotion.
* Comes in a pump.
* Full control of the amount it pumps.
* Sanitary safe.
* Sweet, fruity scent.
* Scent isn't noticeable on the eyes.
* Easy application.
* Absorbs quickly.
* Prevents future aging and dark circles.

Cons:
* If you have oily lids, can be on the heavy side.
* Will not improve already seen wrinkles and dark circle.

Would repurchase: No.
Rating:  3/5 Tobey's Paws

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me. I am an Aveeno Ambassador, but I am not getting paid to advertise. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

NIVEA Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss

When I heard Nivea was coming out with flavored lip products in a tin, I knew I had to get them. So when I saw these at my local drugstores, I grabbed two out of the four they came out with.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystals

Beginning of this year, 2013, I was blessed to receive a package from Mont Bleu. If you don't know Mont Bleu,

"Mont Bleu Ltd Company is one of the world leading suppliers of glass nail files. Our glass nail files are made of high quality Czech glass; they are decorated by patterns, or by Swarovski crystals. At present our company is growing, and we became one of the main producers of the accessories decorated with original Swarovski crystals in Europe."

I took the quote from the website, because they said it better than I could. I was fortunate to work with them last year, 2012, and received wonderful accessories. I reviewed one of their glass nail files, and compact mirror. I highly recommend their products. Now only is the accessories gorgeous, they're great quality products! So when I received the package this year, I was shocked with the amount of accessories they sent me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ULTA Holiday Haul 2012

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is bought with my money. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

I know this is late, but I know some of you guys enjoy haul post. I thought I would post my special, not the typical, haul from ULTA. My first purchase was during Black Friday.  I never imagined I would ever go shopping at midnight. I cannot stand crowds, but I couldn't resist.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

touch in SOL Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base

In my August 2012 GlossyBox, I received touch in SOL Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base.
Product Review: touch in SOL Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base

Where to purchase: touchinsolus.com
Price: $20 for 1.13 oz

Made in Korea

Description from the website:
* Honey texture firms and vitalizes the skin helping to promote skin's elasticity.
* Hydro Complex: hydrolyzed collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and honey Extract instantaneously works to improve discolored skin while boosting natural radiance.
* Complex of 4 Flower Extracts helps keep the skin moist while relieving irritations.
* Repair Complex CLR helps improve skin tone.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: My initial reaction was the overall packaging was gorgeous. By the way, I have a sample size of 1.06 fl oz. Now that I looked at the website, the product in itself is gorgeous. It comes with some kind of application from the looks of the picture.
Doesn't it really look like honey? It feels like honey too which I will go into later.
Here's a closer look at the product. If you look closely, you can see little specks. It's specks of gold.

When it comes to scent, it does not smell like honey. I actually never noticed the scent. I decided to sniff the product at this moment while reviewing. It smells like lemon. While you're applying the product, you do not smell anything.
The product I received came in a tube. It's just sanitary safe. I'm not too sure about the real size product. It looks like there's something inside the container. I'm not too sure what type of application they have inside.
Here's a close-up of the product. It's a clear with a tint of honey color and specks of gold. When you apply the product, it goes on smoothly. You will not notice the specks of honey on your face. It's really smooth and sinks into your skin.

Overall, I actually like this product. First of all, it's easy to apply. You only need a nickel size amount for the whole face. I usually spread it with my middle finger and at the end, I pat it with my hand. The only issue I have is that it can be a little bit messy. When you grab honey with a spoon, it has that lingering at the end. This product does the same but not to the degree of honey. It's not much, but there's been times I see some lingering.

After you let it dry, it really protects your skin. It covered my pores especially on my nose. When I apply BB Cream, it looks nice and smooth. That's the one thing I look for in a primer. A primer that covers up my flaw skin and makes my skin look close to perfection.

The website claims that it will improve skin tone, elasticity, and improve discoloration. I cannot guarantee if that's true. For one thing, I do not wear makeup in daily basis. I only wear makeup on the weekends and when I go out. I do not wear makeup to work since all I see is walls around me. Since I don't wear makeup in daily basis, I don't know if the benefits work compared to someone who does. I do know it keeps the skin moist while relieving irritations. I have really dry skin with this weird California, winter weather. When I go to work, I notice irritation around my mouth and nose. My skin is so dry I have to keep applying moisturizer. When I wear makeup using this primer, my makeup goes on smooth and I don't feel any irritation throughout the day.

Pros:
* Gorgeous packaging.
* Cool concept; honey and gold.
* Hardly notice scent.
* Application is easy and smooth.
* Dries quickly.
* Covers pores.
* Smooth canvas; easy to apply makeup.
* Keeps skin moist while relieving irritations.

Cons:
* Hard to find in stores.
* Can get messy a bit.
* Smells like lemon.

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


You can read my other reviews from my August 2012 GlossyBox:

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.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Gloss Stain in Corail Aquatique

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is bought with my money. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Since L'Oreal came out with their Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer (a dupe of YSL Glossy Stain), I thought it's the perfect time to review YSL Glossy Stain. I bought my YSL Glossy Stain end of March 2012 Sephora haul.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Clinique High Impact Mascara

The end of 2012 I've been using the Clinique High Impact Mascara. I received this mascara in the swag bag from the Beautylish event I attended in 2011.
Inside the swag bag, Clinique gave us a makeup bag with goodies. It had two mascaras, one specially for bottom lashes, and one lip product. I know it's late, but I am overwhelmed with the amount of mascaras I have. I'm not the type who tries the mascaras as soon as I get them, and then leave them for later. I just think it's not sanitary safe. That's just my opinion.

Where to purchase: Sephora, Ulta, Clinique counter, and online at clinique.com
Price: $16 for 0.28 oz/ 7 mL

Made in Canada

Description from the website: Kicks up the volume and length of each and every lash for a  look that's lusher, plusher, bolder. Pure, deep colour only adds to the impact. Wear it once and you'll feel naked without it. Ophthalmologist Tested.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: When I received this mascara, I honestly had no opinion about this product. For that reason, I reached for mascaras I was more curious about. That might be a reason why I reached for it now instead of right away after receiving it.
The packaging is very simple. I like how it's not black like most mascaras. It's dark green with sparkles.
They have their logo on the top.
Here's a picture of the wand. I apologize it's not the greatest! I took this before I started using it. I think I take better pictures now *sigh*. As you can tell, the wand is straight. There's no curve whatsoever.

Here's how the mascara looks on me.
My eyes semi-closed.
Another look with my eyes open. It's kind of hard to tell with the black eyeliner, but you can still see it.

The first time I ever opened this product it was extremely moist/wet. Whenever I open and close my eyes, the wetness from the mascara on my lashes would stain my contact lenses. It drove me crazy, because it's extremely hard to remove. It also weighed my lashes down from the wetness, and it would smudge a little especially on the bottom lashes. After a month of using this product, I noticed the mascara got less moist/wet. It was easier to use and I got better results. It would hold my curl, gave me some volume, and it did not smudge. Overall, it's a good product towards the middle to end of the usage.

Pros:
* Straight wand; easy to feather the lashes with the tip.
* No clumping.
* Later, it held the curl and gave volume. It also did not smudge.

Cons:
* Straight wand; hard to reach lashes close to the eyes.
* Initially, very moist/wet mascara; weighed down lashes and smudge.

Would repurchase: No.
Rating:  3.5/5 Tobey's Paws

Disclaimer: The product 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.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer

This will be my second product from Aveeno's Clear Complexion line. I already reviewed Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads. After using for some time, I decided to give it to my co-worker. Since she has oily skin, it worked better for her. For myself, it was too drying for my already dried skin. It's a good product, but I would not recommend for dry skin individuals. It's great for oily skin. I wouldn't even recommend for normal skin. My co-worker told me she cuts the pad in half. Since the pad is more than enough for one usage, she cuts for two usages. I thought I would pass that along for anyone interested.

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandisers, and online at aveeno.com
Price: $ for 4 fl oz/ 120 mL

Made in Canada

Description on the back: This daily moisturizer has a unique formula with an exclusive Total Soy Complex to help naturally even out skin tone and smooth texture. It also contains salicylic acid to help clear up and prevent blemishes. This fast-absorbing moisturizer is gentle enough for sensitive skin and helps maintain healthy-looking skin and improve your complexion.
Ingredients:
Active ingredient
Inactive ingredients
Thoughts: In all honesty, I was not too sure about this line since I do not have acne whatsoever. For that reason, I did not know what to do with these products. I just told myself I will try it out and review. If I don't like it, I will pass along to friends who will get better benefits from the product.
I like that the moisturizer comes in a pump. This is definitely good for people with acne. People with acne needs to be more sanitary safe, as well as, be careful of what they touch. If you touch something and then touch your face, it can cause more infection on your acne. That will definitely not be fun.
Here's how the moisturizer looks like.

Like with all Aveeno products, it has the same scent. It's very fresh, light floral but at the same time I can smell sweet, fruity scent. It's really hard to describe or I'm just not good at describing scents. It just smells good and it only lasts for couple of minutes.

Comparing to most lotions, this is on the thicker side. If you're comparing this to creams, I would say about the same in consistency. It's on the thick side, but I think it's good for dry skin and acne prone. Since people with acne use products with chemicals to diminish their trouble skin, they would need a thicker moisturizer. I would not recommend this for oily skin with no acne, as well as, normal skin. It also carries the ingredient salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is the ingredient people with acne should look for. The ingredient helps clear blemishes and try to prevent future ones. This product is aimed for teenagers to adults with acne. Overall, it's extremely moisturizing and lasts all day long. It has helped my dry winter skin leaving my skin soft and smooth. I'm pretty impressed with this product!

Pros:
* Aveeno; a brand that uses natural ingredients.
* Recommended for acne prone skin.
* Salicylic acid; acne medication.
* Oil-free, hypoallergenic, and noncomedogenic.
* Light floral scent to sweet, fruity.
* Thick is consistency.
* Comes in a pump; sanitary safe.
* Hydrating.
* Last all day long.

Cons:
* Would not recommend for oily skin without acne and normal skin.

Would repurchase: No, because I look for products to prevent future wrinkles.
Rating:  4.5 Tobey's Paws

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me. I am an Aveeno Ambassador, and I am not getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer in Rose On And On

When I heard the new L'Oreal lip product is a dupe of YSL Glossy Stain, I knew I had to get one. On the other hand, I was kind of skeptical. From my experience, most L'Oreal lip products have a scent that I'm not keen on. I thought it wouldn't hurt to try one.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

December Favorites and Finished Products

Time sure flies! This will be my last favorites and finished products for 2012. I just hope I finish the same amount or even more this coming year, 2013.

December Favorites
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion: With this dry, winter weather my skin has been extremely dry. This moisturizing lotion has helped my skin tremendously. I love that this moisturizer doesn't moisture my skin for in-between showers only. It actually makes it better with each usage. I also like that it's fragrance free. I prefer my  body products to be either fruity or not smell at all. I cannot image applying a product that smells like oatmeal.

Vivite Exfoliating Facial Cleanser: I've had this facial cleanser for quite some time. Since I only use a drop size of a dime and exfoliate once or twice a week depending on how much I think I need exfoliating, it takes some time to use up all the product. The reason why I mentioning this is because I just read my review on this product. I've had this tube since June 2011. Whoa even I'm in shocked by that! :X Either I need to exfoliate more often or the amount of product in this tube is worth the cost. Even though this isn't a well known brand, I highly recommend this product. It exfoliates and cleans in one step, as well as, it works well!

N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder: This is the bronzer I bring out ever winter. It fits my pale NC25, MAC foundation, skin. At first, I did not like this product because it was too orange. It actually isn't orange when you apply it. It's more on the bronze color. I also love that it is matte. It makes it a great contouring color for my cheeks which is non-existence, sides of my jaws, and double chin (I will need to lose  weight in 2013).

Smith's Rosebud Salve: I've had this for a long time too! I use this every night before bed, as well as, the first thing in the morning. It's extremely hydrating and the container lasts a long time. At first, I was not too keen on the smell but it actually grows on you.

L'oreal Colour Riche Smokey Eyes in Sultry Seductress: I love the color mixture, as well as, the application. It just blends well together and looks beautiful. I love it! You can read my post and looks I came out with this palette.


December Finished Products
Blinc Brush It On...Slide It Off! Eyeliner: This is a liquid liner that's really easy to use. You glide it on and let it dry. Once it's dry, it will not smudge and last all day. Not only is it easy to apply, it's easy to remove. I still remove it with makeup remover. It comes out like a strip of black tape. You can read my review on this product.

Would repurchase: Maybe.

Nudecos Toner: I used this most mornings. There has been times I forget or don't have the time to use it. :X  This is the first product I use in the morning after cleansing. It adds some moisture, hydration then I followed with a serum. The application of the serum after the toner was smoother. Since I have dry skin, the toner gave me some hydration. If I used the serum without a toner, my skin would sink in and would require more. You can read my thorough review.

Would repurchase: Not this brand since it's hard to get here.

Scented Body Creme in Coconut Lime Verbana: This isn't a well known brand, but it's a great product! You can check out my thorough review. This product is so hydrating for a light product. It's even great for the winter dry weather. It also smells great! You smell more a lime than coconut.

Would repurchase: Yes!


I bought two earrings this past month at Forever 21.
It's a bronze-y green with white crystals. I was drawn to the color, bronze-y green. It's so unique!
This is a simple silver with white crystals.

For some odd reason, I have been into ribbon earrings. :X

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except Aveeno, Vivite, Blinc, Nudecos, and Scented. 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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