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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Metal in Inked in PInk and Barely Branded

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.

Please don't forget to enter AVEENO® Valentine's Day Giveaway. It ends February 27th, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).


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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

b.liv Mask in Immerse Me

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.

Please don't forget to enter AVEENO® Valentine's Day Giveaway. It ends February 27th, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).


This is my fourth and last box of sheet masks from b.liv.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

VOV Show Case Ball On Cheek and JustFab WanderLust

Please don't forget to enter AVEENO® Valentine's Day Giveaway. It ends February 27th, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).


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 in Light

Please don't forget to enter AVEENO® Valentine's Day Giveaway. It ends February 27th at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).


I was fortunate to receive L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream from SheSpeaks/L'Oreal.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mariah Carey's Liquid Sand Collection by OPI

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

Please don't forget to enter AVEENO® Valentine's Day Giveaway. It ends February 27th at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).


I know I'm kind of late, but this is the biggest trend at the moment, textured nail polishes. The first I saw was velvet nails, check out my post on Flocking Velvet Nail. Then I saw OPI Liquid Sands which I will talk about in this post. Now I see Milani Texture Creams and Zoya Pixie Dust.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

AVEENO Valentine's Day Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day!!! 
I hope you have a great day. :)


AVEENO® Celebrity hairstylist, Patrick Melville, shares DIY looks for this Valentine Day. Before I show you the DIY looks, let me introduce you to Patrick Melville.


"Patrick Melville is one of the most sought-after hairstylist in the world, having created signature looks for everyone from celebrities to super models to everyday women. With a career that spans 30-plus years, Patrick is sought-after and well-respected for both his expertise and his creativity."

I got the information from his website, Patrick Melville Salon. If you're around his area Rockefeller Center, NY, you should check out his salon.

Now for his easy, step-by-step instructions that will give you a salon styled look at home!

Va-Va-Voom Half Updo:

1. Tease the hair on the root to create a little volume (not too much just enough to add a little boost)
2. Use the AVEENO® Pure Renewal™ Dry Shampoo to add hold
3. Flip hair upside down spray a little more dry shampoo to add texture to the hair
4. Flip the hair back, breaking up the strands with your fingers
5. Grab the hair from the ears and secure at the crown with a bobby pin
6. Once secured you will have height on top and break up with your fingers

Sleek High Bun:

1. Pull hair away from the face and put into a very high ponytail
2. Take a tail comb and tease the sections of the ponytail
3. Smooth over the top of the hair with a brush and twist into a top bun
4. Pin in with bobby pins to secure
5. Break up the hair with your fingers so it isn't a "perfect look" (this look is great with a high collar top... a nice combo of loose and sleek)


AVEENO® is also kind enough to offer one lucky reader to win an AVEENO® Pure Renewal™ Dry Shampoo to achieve any of the above looks!
Giveaway Dates: February 14, 2013 at 12 a.m. PST to February 27, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Time)

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. Open only to the people living in the U.S.
3. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
4. The winner will be drawn with a random number generator. You have 48 hours to contact me at aly_4realz@hotmail.com or else a new winner will be chosen.

Extra Entries:
1. Follow AVEENO® Facebook page. (+1)
2. Follow my, Ahleessa, Facebook page. (+1)
3. Follow my, AhleessaC, Twitter page. (+1)
4. Re-tweeting the giveaway daily. (+1 daily)
5. Posting the giveaway on your blog. (+1)


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Thank you AVEENO® for the giveaway!!! :)

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is a picture taken from AVEENO®. I am an AVEENO® Ambassador and not getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder

When I was approached to review Billion Dollar Brows (BDB), I was pretty excited. I love trying new brands, as well as, know the importance of eyebrows. Even if your face is perfect but you have not the best eyebrows, it really does stand out. It is especially important to me since I have Asian eyebrows, hardly any hair. That's why I'm so excited to review their Brow Powder.
Product Review: Billion Dollar Brows (BDB) Brow Powder in Taupe

Where to purchase: billiondollarbrows.com
Price: $16 for 0.07 oz/ 2 g

Made in USA

Description from the website: Powder Perfection!
Our brow powders go on smooth and natural, giving your brows a brilliant sheen of color. Every shade has been rigorously tested at our Beverly Hills salon to ensure absolute quality and color accuracy.

* Blonde: Very blonde hair
* Light Brown: Warm blondes & redheads
* Taupe: Light to dark brunettes. Our most popular color!
* Raven: Very dark hair color and dark skin tone
Ingredients:
Thoughts: Out of all the products I received from BDB, I was most excited to review the brow powder. Since I have sparse hair and need a lot of color, I know brow powders work great on me. They're really easy to use, works well, quickly put color on my brows, and they last a long time on me. Before I review this product, let's talk about the packaging.
It's a simple, circular container. It actually reminds me of the brand Senna except this one doesn't come with wax. It's easy to open and at the end of closing, you feel the tightness. It's great for traveling. I know it will not open and get ruined while moving inside the bag. I also like the packaging will not easily get scratches and fingerprints.
Here's a closer look at the taupe brow powder. It's great for my skin tone and hair color. It's dark but natural looking.
Here's a swatch of the color. I actually used an eyebrow brush to swatch the color on my hand. For that reason, it's not dark. If I used my finger, it would be darker.

Now how it looks on me...
Before:
Natural eyebrow.

After brow powder:
I filled the brow using a brow brush. It colored in my sparse hairs and then I used a brow gel, BDB Hint of Tint, to put my hair in place.

Overall opinion... I love it! From my experience, I've had the best results from brow powder. In all honesty, I have not tried that many and the ones I have tried they all have been great. I also have to mentioned the ones I have tried are not drugstore ones so I cannot compare to them. I've tried Shiseido, Senna, and this brand BDB. I also love how the color matches me so well! It's easy to use with a brow brush, it goes on smoothly, it gives me depth, and it lasts all day long. What more can I ask for! :)

Pros:
* Simple packaging; will not easily get scratches and fingerprints.
* Travel friendly; tight and will not open.
* Compact powder.
* Color matches well to skin tone and hair color.
* Easy to apply.
* Great for beginners and professionals.
* Does not smudge.
* Long lasting.

Cons:
* Hard to find in stores.
* Cannot test before buying.

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


Check out my other Billion Dollar Brows (BDB) reviews:

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, February 10, 2013

Ulta Haul, Lorac Set

Happy Chinese New Year! In Korean tradition, we eat rice soup. I hope you get some! :)


Last month Ulta had a special promotion, it gave me another chance to get another Lorac Real Life To Red Carpet. End of last year, I got Lorac Close Up: Real Life To Red Carpet Natural To Dramatic Face Tutorial. You can check out my post and see what's inside Lorac Close Up: Real Life To Red Carpet Natural To Dramatic Face Tutorial.
This time around I got Lorac Real Life To Red Carpet Pro Eye Tutorial. They still sell this at Ulta stores and website if you are interested. I've really been into Lorac sets. It's such a good deal. They have great products for a good price!
The set comes with Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Star Power, Double-Ended Brush, PRO Mascara, PRO Cream Eyeliner in Black, and Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.
The tutorial set included this white book/notebook. The other one included a black book/notebook. From what I can tell, each tutorial set comes with a book/notebook. In all honesty, the book/notebook is aimed towards beginners. If you're experienced or know what looks good on you, this book/notebook isn't helpful. If you would like me to take pictures of each page, feel free to ask. I will do so. :)

I will eventually review each product from this kit/set, as well as, the other set.


I'm going to end this post with the last Mariah Carey's Liquid Sand Collection Nail Polish in Can't Let Go by OPI.
I have to say this is my least favorite of the bunch. It doesn't look good on my pale skin.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

January Favorites and Finished Products

Here's the first of the year for 2013.

January Favorites
Lorac Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in LORACstar: I've been testing this out this month and just fell in love with the application. It's so smooth, applies and blend easily, and hardly see any lose powder in the palette. What more to ask from eyeshadows other than I love the color!

OPI in The Impossible, Mariah Carey's Liquid Sand Collection: This is the third color out of four that I have tried from the Mariah Carey's Collection. I have mixed feeling on which one I love the most. I kind of like Stay the Night for the uniqueness, but I also like The Impossible for the hot pinkness. I would have thought I would love Get Your Number the most since blue is my favorite color. I just feel like there's a lot of blue glitter polishes that look like Get Your Number. I hardly see the other two I have tried. I can't wait to try the purple next week.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss: I just love this product! Not only for the flavor, but how moisturizing it is on my lips. If you use this product, you do not need to scrub your lips. It's that moisturizing! Check out my thorough review on this product. It is so worth it!

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder in Taupe: When it comes to drawing my non-existent eyebrows, I tend to like powders. They're pigmented, long lasting, and just look great on my brows. Plus the color is a perfect match and it's easy to use.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer in Rose On And On: This is a great product! I already reviewed this color so please check it out. Not only is the color beautiful, I love how glossy it is and long lasting. Since I love this product so much, I bought two more colors. I cannot wait to try them out!


January Finished Products
Aveeno Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming Eye Cream: I've been using this mostly end of last year, 2012, and January of this year. When I first started using this product, I actually liked it. It was really moisturizing. As time went on, I happen to notice there were no improvements on my wrinkles and dark circle. You can read my thorough review on this product.

Would repurchase: No.

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black: I did not like this product at first. It was extremely wet and would stain my contact lenses. As time went on and the mascara started drying, it actually end up being nice. My lashes looked full of volume. If you're looking for lengthening product, this isn't it but it helps with volume. You can read my thorough review.

Would repurchase: No.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Body Cream: This is a great moisturizer! I first used it at home before reviewing the product. After I reviewed the product, I took this product to work. This isn't the only moisturizer I have at work. I have couple of lotions. Depending on the weather and how dry/moisturized my hands are, I reach for the product that is best suited for the situation. I ended up reaching for this product the most. It's just moisturizing and extremely helpful with my paper cuts. Since I work with papers a lot, medical records, I get a lot of paper cuts. Some moisturizers doesn't help with the paper cuts but this did.

Would repurchase: Yes!


I'm going to end with my latest nail.
This is OPI in The Impossible from the Mariah Carey's Liquid Sand Collection. It's a hot pink with different size glitters. It's a gorgeous color and looks good on my pale hands. I think I'm a NC 25 in MAC foundation now. I've gotten lighter in the past year. :/ It's suppose to have stars but I don't see it in the nail polish, as well as, on my nails.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for Billion Dollar Brows, Aveeno, and Clinique. 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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