Thursday, February 28, 2013

Zipper Nail Art

Born Pretty Store is most well known for their nail art products. I had an opportunity to choose any products I like to review. While searching their website, I fell in love with their Zipper Nail Art Sticker.

Where to purchase: bornprettystore.com
Price: $2.99

Description on the back:
Thoughts: The sticker comes in two colors, silver and gold. I decided to get silver.
Here's a close-up of the sticker. I like that it comes with a variety of designs and sizes. It's great for different sized nails and knowing no two nails will be alike.

If you look at the "Description on the back," it will show you how to use this product. You cut around the zipper you like. Then soak it in water for a minute. I actually wait until the backing becomes flimsy. Then I grab the sticker with a Tweezer and apply it to the area on the nail. Don't forget to apply your favorite nail polish before you do this. I don't even use a towel to dry it. It just dried within couple of minutes. Then I topped it off with a top coat.

Here's a look I did with the sticker...
I used two coats of OPI nail polish in I Have a Herring Problem. Then applied the zipper sticker and topped it off with a top coat. I wanted to use a nail polish close to a jean color that I have in my collection. OPI nail polish in I Have a Herring Problem was the closest. The nail polish comes with tiny, silver glitters. That's why I thought the silver zipper would go best with it.

Now for my overall opinion... First of all, I love the nail art. It's gorgeous, adorable, and cute in all! :) I've been getting a lot of compliments. It's insane the amount of compliments I've been getting. I even had strangers in the elevator asking if they could see my nail art.

Secondly, I was worried about the sticker. From my experience in the past, stickers don't last that long on me even if I top it with a top coat. I'll be lucky if it last longer than a day. For that reason, I hardly apply any stickers on my nails but I couldn't resist trying this one out. I'm glad I tried it. :) It's been a week now and I still have the sticker on my nails. There's no budge, fading, and it looks brand new like the first time I applied it.

Lastly, it's really easy to use. You don't need to submerge in water that long. It also comes off the paper easily. I thought if I touched the back of the sticker it wouldn't apply on the nails. It actually still works. Once you top it off with a top coat, it's set. I also like that the clear part of the sticker doesn't show once you set it with a top coat. I highly recommend this product. It's fun and adorable!

Pros:
* 3D; it looks like a real zipper.
* Don't need to submerge in water too long.
* Comes off paper easily.
* Easy to use and applies smoothly.
* It's fun, cute, adorable, and hip.
* Long lasting.
* Does not budge and fade.
* You get a lot of compliments!

Cons:
* None.

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

Born Pretty Store was kind enough to give me a code, "ALL91", for my readers. You get 10% off any purchase. I am not affiliated with this store. I will not get paid if you use the code. I do promise you though if more than 10 readers use this code, they will sponsor a giveaway or contest on my blog. I do not benefit from the giveaway/contest. It's all for my readers!

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

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Metal and The Makeup Show

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I love Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo (read my review) so when the Metal ones came out, I was really excited to try the product!

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandiser, and maybelline.com
Price: $6.99 for 0.14 oz/ 4 g

Made in USA

Description on the website:
Cream gel eyeshadow for long-lasting shimmery metallic shades
Smooth, Bold Metallic Shades
24HR wear cream gel formula for smooth application
Thoughts: From the metal collection, I was drawn to all the colors but only bought two. The silver, Silver Strike, and gold, Gold Rush, looks like they have a lot of glitters. I'm not too keen with glitters in cream shadows. Cream shadows with glitters are only good by itself. They don't make great base color in my opinion. It's hard to layer eyeshadow because the glitters peak through. The blue, Electric Blue, is gorgeous but that's the one color I cannot pull off on me. I've been told I look like a clown when I wear blue makeup. :/ For that reason, I only got pink and beige.
This is Inked in Pink. It doesn't look pink in the pot but it is.
This is Barely Branded. It's a gorgeous beige.
Here's a swatch of the cream shadows, Inked in Pink and Barely Branded.

Like the EyeStudio Color Tattoo, I love the packaging. It's always best to get cream products in a glass container. The glass makes the product creamier and last longer. At times, it will dry out. I highly recommend you store it upside down. The air coolness in the packaging, the bottom, with gravity will travel to the top part of the container if it's stored upside down. I hope that made sense. :/ Another thing I like is that you can see the color of the product on the bottom. Since I store my cream shadows upside down, it's easy to grab the one I'm looking for especially since they all have the same packaging.

Before I talk about the products in more detail, I heard Barely Branded is a dupe of Barely Beige and MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study.
Thankfully, I own all three. :X The one on the left is Maybelline in Barely Beige, middle is Maybelline in Barely Branded, and the right is MAC in Bare Study. It's kind of hard to tell from the picture. They look the same, but a little different. I have to say Barely Branded (metal one) is more on the beige compared to the rest. I think MAC in Bare Study has the most shimmer and is on the pink side.
Here's a swatch of the three different cream shadows. Again, the left is Barely Beige. The middle is Barely Branded (metal one) and the right is MAC in Bare Study. It's hard to tell but Barely Beige has the most pink when you swatch the color. Barely Branded (metal one) has the most silver/whitish. MAC in Bare Study has the most gold/yellowish. I would say Barely Branded is more similar to MAC in Bare Study than Barely Beige. Then again they're not that much different! I would say they're all close in color. If you're nit picky then you will be able to tell them apart.

Other than the colors of all three, they're all shimmery. I would say Barely Branded (metal one) and MAC in Bare Study has the same level of shine. Barely Beige is shimmery but not as much as the other two.

Now going back to the EyeStudio Color Tattoo Metal... Here's a look I did with Inked in Pink and Barely Branded.
I decided to use both colors. I used Barely Branded in my inner half and Inked in Pink on the outer half.
Here's another angle of the look. I used a transition color, MAC in Mulch, on my crease and outer "V". I thought the colors were pretty together.

My overall opinion... I'm a little disappointed with the Metal cream shadows. I was expecting a lot since I love their original EyeStudio Color Tattoo! If you use your fingers, you will have to build the pigmentation. The metal/shine look does not show up initially. It's just a color. That's where the issue comes. Since you have to build the pigmentation, I noticed a lot of blotchiness. The second time around I decided to use a brush. I highly recommend using a brush over fingers for this product. It works better and there's less blotchiness. It applies smoother.

Just like the original EyeStudio Color Tattoo once they're dried, they're set and will not budge. I don't see any creases especially with my oily lids. Great staying power!

Pros:
* Maybelline; a brand I trust.
* Simple packaging.
* Comes in a glass container.
* Can see the colors on the bottom.
* Versatile product; can be used as an eyeshadow, base, or eyeliner.
* Recommend to use a brush.
* No scent.
* Long lasting.

Cons:
* Only comes in 5 colors.
* Not the most sanitary safe if you use fingers.
* With fingers, there's separation and blotchiness.

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


If you're around LA (Los Angeles, California) this coming weekend, there's the annual The Makeup Show.
I highly recommend it if you're a professional makeup artist. They have education classes and exhibit. So many companies will be there from Inglot to Make Up For Ever.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except pictures taken 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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

b.liv Mask in Immerse Me

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This is my fourth and last box of sheet masks from b.liv.
Product Review: b.liv Mask in Immerse Me

Where to purchase: cellnique.com/bliv
Price: $30 for a box (14 pieces)

Made in Singapore

Description on the back: This moisturizing mask engages lavish boost of hydration that replenishes and sustains!

Immerse Me is a salve for face parched and dry, as it soaks your skin in a jiffy, while ensuring skin's longing hydration will never turn tail. Its charge-carrying essences shoo away the dry spells from within, by alluring to skin cells and burrowing moisture into your deeper skin layer. So, why not make it an everyday affair?
Ingredients:
Thoughts: I've had mostly good experiences with the sheet masks from b.liv. For that reason, I knew this would be good or possibly great. Since this mask gives you hydration, I saved it for last so I could use it for the driest days of winter.
Here's how each individual sheet mask is package. I actually love the color match. Then again my favorite color is blue.
Here's me with the sheet mask on. Pretty scary with no makeup on! :X By the way, this picture is taken from the first mask review, Bright Is Right. All the sheet masks have the same shape, width, thinness, consistency, and so on.

One thing I really like about b.liv masks is that they come wider than most sheet masks I've seen. It's great for all face shapes! You can adjust to your face and know that it covers every possible part that needs hydration. Another thing I like about b.liv masks is that it's extremely moist. With the extra serum in the package, you can use it on your neck or even use it on your face the next day.

Overall opinion... I really did like this mask. It hydrated my face especially with the dryness of this winter weather. It did it's purpose of this product, hydration.

Pros:
* Comes in a variety you can choose.
* Simple, pretty packaging.
* Expiration date on each individual package.
* Lots of serum; apply to neck and chest.
* Dimension of the mask is wide, but you can adjust.
* Thin but sturdy.
* Key ingredients to hydrate skin.
* Very moisturizing.

Cons:
* Hard to find in stores; need to order online.

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

You can check out my other b.liv mask reviews:

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is 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 21, 2013

VOV Show Case Ball On Cheek and JustFab WanderLust

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Back in October 2012, my dad brought back the products I hauled online from Korea. This is my second haul.
I ordered one product from VOV.
Product Review: VOV Show Case Ball On Cheek in #1 Bebe Pink

Where to purchase: Korea, gmarket.co.kr, and vovcosmetics.co.kr
Price: around $5 for 12 g

Made in Korea

Ingredients:
Thoughts: When I saw this online while shopping, I knew I had to get it. I've been wanting to try products with balls. That sounded weird but it's meant in a good way. :P

Let's start with the packaging... I actually find the packaging cute! It's a pink with blue stripes on the side. The container is sturdy and travel-friendly. The top will not come off unless you turn a bit and pull up. I cannot see it open while traveling.
Here's the bottom of the packaging.
One thing I love about Korean blush products, they all come with a puff with a bow. It's so cute and very useful!

When it comes to the scent, it's floral. It's not noticeable unless you put your nose in the container.
Now for the balls... It comes in a variety of colors. There's light pink, brighter pink, blue, green, and whitish-pink. I'm sure it's suppose to be white but with the different balls, it turned whitish-pink or I could be wrong. :X I love the collection of different colored balls. It's so cute and pretty together.
Here's a swatch of the balls together. It's a light pink with shimmers. Depending on how much you apply the product the shimmer can be not noticeable to noticeable. The first time I applied this on my cheeks I hardly noticed any shimmer. The next time I noticed all the shimmers.
Here's how the blush looks on me. It's very light pink color. It reminds me of the actresses in Korean dramas.

Now for my overall opinion... I actually like the product. It's fun, unique, pretty, cute, and so on but it's not long lasting. I would say it lasts for couple of hours before I notice my bare cheeks. Even though, I know it's not long lasting I still like the product. The reason why I like this product so much is because it shows up on me. For the longest time, I've been trying to find a light pink that shows some color on my skin tone. I'm not tan I'm light in color. I would say MAC foundation NC25, but I could not find any light pink color. It's probably because I have some pink in my cheeks naturally. I also think this is a great highlighter if it doesn't show up on the cheeks or you can use both ways.

Pros:
* Cute packaging.
* Unique product.
* Sturdy.
* Travel-friendly.
* Comes with a puff with a bow.
* Scent isn't strong.
* Different colored balls.
* Medium pigmentation.
* Comes with shimmer; not noticeable at times.
* Shows up on my skin tone.
* Can be used as a blush and highlighter.

Cons:
* Extremely hard to find in stores.
* Not a variety of colors available.
* Floral scent.
* Comes with shimmer; not noticeable at times.
* Not long lasting.

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

Check out my first haul from Korea that my dad bought back:


I'm going to end this post with my recent bag that I purchased from JustFab.
This is actually my second purchase from JustFab. I bought After Glow Clutch the first time around. You can read my post on the clutch. I love that clutch so much that I had high hopes for this bag. One of the first thing I do at JustFab is read the reviews. 100% of the members who purchased this bag recommends it. WanderLust is an alright bag. I was a little bit disappointed on the ribbon on the front. They wrapped the bag so well that I was confused how could the ribbon on the front not be smooth. Even to now, I still don't know unless they knew it and wrapped it with paper wraps. :/ I also think the handle and the strap is cheap. It's made out of the cloth. I wish it was made out of the material of the ribbon on the front. Other than that, the bag style is cute.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

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I was fortunate to receive L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream from SheSpeaks/L'Oreal.
Product Review: L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Light

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandiser, and lorealparisusa.com
Price: $10.95 for 1.0 fl oz/ 30 mL

Made in USA

Description on the back:
INNOVATION
Discover our 1st Magic B.B. Cream with Beautifying Beads: encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamin C & E.

4 BEAUTIFYING ACTIONS IN 1
PRIMES to smooth skin's texture.
PERFECTS to hide imperfections.
HYDRATES for all day moisture.
CORRECTS skin for a healthy looking, even complexion.

Instantly transforms to your perfect shade for a flawless bare skin finish. Over time, more beautiful skin.
Ingredients:
Thoughts: I was pretty excited to receive this since I have not tried any US version of BB Creams. The only BB Creams I have tried are Asian or to be specific Korean. Since it's been the biggest crave in US, BB Creams, I wanted to know what it was about.
I really like that it comes in a tube with a thin hole. It actually reminds me of an eye cream for some odd reason. I'm used to BB Creams in a tube, but not with a thin, long tip.

I just smelled the product, and all this time of using this product I did not even notice there's a scent. It's very light and not noticeable unless you put your nose on the tip like I just did. :X
This is such an interesting concept. When you squeeze the amount you need, you get a light grayish product with beads.
Here's how the product looks when you spread the product out.
Here's how the product looks on me. Whoa, that's a big picture of my face! :X

Now for my overall opinion... The BB Cream before this has a thin coverage so I was expecting a thin coverage with this BB Cream. Let me tell you it's thinner than the thin coverage. It hardly covers anything. I can see all my imperfections from all the freckles to my acne. This product is definitely not meant for someone who has a lot of imperfections. It aims for people with good to great canvas. If you have good canvas, you can cover it up with concealer before or after the BB Cream depending on how you use it.

I should be NC25 with MAC foundation at the moment. Since I'm light skin right now but not pale, I decided to get Light. Light is the second lightest color and let me tell you it was darker than my NC25 skin. In my opinion, it will fit someone who is NC30 or above. I was also hoping for some kind of oxidation so it will blend into my skin tone. It blended a little bit but not like the typical BB Creams I'm use to.

I guess you can say I wasn't content with this product. It did not do what it says, 4 beautifying actions in 1. It definitely did not prime (smooth my skin texture), perfects (hide my imperfections), I did not have any issue with hydrates (all day moisture), and did not have issue with corrects (healthy looking, even complexion).

Pros:
* L'Oreal; brand I trust.
* Comes in a tube with long, thin tip.
* Hardly any scent.
* Hydrates a bit.

Cons:
* 4 shades; need more versatile selection.
* Does not oxide to skin tone.
* Does not cover imperfections.
* Does not smooth skin texture.
* Will not hydrate really dry skin.
* Does not correct complexion.

Would repurchase: No.
Rating:  2/5 Tobey's Paws

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me from SheSpeaks/L'Oreal. 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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