Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Misikko Dream Gift Package Giveaway

Please don't forget to enter my Senna Brow Shaper Duo Giveaway. It ends June 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern time).

I reviewed Hana Elite 1" Flat Iron long time ago that I received from Misikko. Wow, it's been over 2 years. Time sure flies! It feels like I just reviewed it. I still use my Hana Elite Flat Iron to this day, and I have to say it's my favorite flat iron so far. It out beats my previous one from Costco! I honestly recommend if you need a good flat iron, to get Hana Elite.

When I saw/heard about Misikko Dream Gift Package Giveway, it's posted on their Facebook page, I knew I had to enter! I've been wanting a curling iron for the longest time so this gives me a chance to own one. If I don't win one, it's okay. Maybe one of my readers who have a blog will win something! :)
All you have to do is create a blog post of your Dream Gift Package up to $350 worth of products from Misikko. Then post the link on Misikko's Facebook page by July 4th. Misikko will pick the three best entries and give them their Dream Gift Package. How nice of them!

Now for my entry...

Corioliss Tri Curl Curling Iron:
Like I said, I've been wanting a curling iron. Not any ordinary curling iron, but a curling iron that is without a clip. I heard from friends and family they are easier to use. What attracted me to this curling iron is that it comes with three different barrel sizes, as well as, the tourmaline infused ceramic barrel. I know it will leave my hair soft and silky, at the same time, I can get different tightness of curls.

Hana Styling Iron Cleaner:
I need a cleaner for my flat iron and curling irons. I want to keep my irons in good shape and this will prevent it from getting ruined.

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment:
As a beauty blogger, I've been hearing great things about this product. This will give me a chance to see what their talking about. Best of all from the description, it's a long term conditioning. I definitely need that for my damaged hair.

Moroccan Oil Restorative Gift Set:
This gift set is a top seller and for that reason, I had to read the reviews. The reviews sold me! It's suppose to improved dry and damaged hair. I definitely need that for my wrinkly, damaged hairs.

Good luck to the people who enter the giveaway!!! :)

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

Sunday, June 24, 2012

INGLOT Freedom System Eye Shadow Square

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.

Please don't forget to enter my Senna Brow Shaper Duo Giveaway. It ends June 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern time).

This is my second and final product I bought from Inglot at The Makeup Show.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Senna Double Brow Brush

Please don't forget to enter my Senna Brow Shaper Duo Giveaway. It ends June 30, 2012 at 11:50 p.m. EST (Eastern time).

This is continuation to Senna Brow Shaper Duo.
I'm going to review the Senna Double Brow Brush that I received from The Makeup Show at their Blogger Preview Event.
Product Review: Senna Double Brow Brush

Where to purchase: Senna studios and online at sennacosmetics.com
Price: $20

Made in Korea

Description from site: This multi tasking brow tool is all you need to groom brow hairs, then apply and blend brow colors. 6" long.
Thoughts: When I received the Senna Brow Shaper Duo, I was extremely excited! I've been wanting to try an eyebrow that came with wax. Then I realized I needed a brush and thankfully, they gave us one. To be honest, my excitement on the brush was not as thrilled as the eyebrow kit. I'm not the biggest fan of double ended brushes. The reason is because I store my brushes in a cup. When I have a double ended brush, one end (usually the one inside the cup) usually gets ruined.

Let's talk about the packaging. I love their cute logo! It's a cute female clown I believe. I also love the color of the handle, blue.
On the other side of the handle, it says "Brow 1". I'm not too sure why. :/

Now for the brush...
The hair is extremely soft and it did not shed during washing. It's also not firm. Most brushes that are not firm from my experience, the hairs tend to split easily and fall out of shape. I've washed this brush several times and it's still in it's shape. It definitely does not split! It's actually a pretty good quality hair. I also love how lightly you can use the brush and the quality on my eyebrow is pretty impressive. It comes out dark even with light strokes. I also love that I can dip it into the wax, and the quality of the hair (brush not my eyebrow) does not change. It's a great versatile brush. It can be used dry or wet from the wax.
The other end is the wand to shape the eyebrow hairs after applying the wax. Since the wand hair has thick set of hairs, it shapes the eyebrow hair really well.

Since I've been putting the wand end of the brush in the cup, I'm actually pretty impressed it has gotten ruined. My opinions on double ended brush has changed a bit. I don't mind this one, but I still wouldn't want double ended brushes with both ends being hairs.

* Simple packaging.
* Cute logo.
* Blue handle.
* Good quality hair.
* Soft hairs.
* Does not shed.
* Does not split.
* Need soft strokes.
* Firm/thick wand.

* Hard to find in stores.
* Double ended brush.

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

Here are my reviews I have done on the products I received from Blogger Preview Event for The Makeup Show. I'm still adding onto the list. ;)

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, June 17, 2012

Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale

Please don't forget to enter my Senna Brow Shaper Duo Giveaway. It ends June 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern time).

Even though my readers are not male, I want to wish you a Happy Father's Day!!! Go celebrate and show your love to your father. :)

On Tuesday, June 12th, Victoria's Secret started their semi-annual sale in stores. They have it twice a year in January and June I believe. It's always best to check it out the first day. It sells out quickly.
These are some of the things I bought. Yeah, it's not everything I bought. :X The other stuff are gifts.
I bought Mega Makeup Kit. They have 90 must-haves for lips, eyes, and face (64 eyeshadows, 8 lipsticks, 8 lipglosses, 3 blushes, 2 bronzers, 1 luminous powder, and 4 brushes). The packaging comes in black and silver. I bought the silver.
When you open the lid, it's the first layer of eyeshadows. They also have a mirror.
You pull the first layer to the sides and you see another layer of eyeshadows.
The layer after the eyeshadows are lipsticks and lipglosses. The final layer is blushes and brushes. I was not able to swatch the lip products and blushes, but the eyeshadows are extremely pigmented. I wasn't expecting that! I also love that the lip products are in their own layer. I hate when it's with the eyeshadows/blushes. The powder will fall into the lip products, and it just doesn't feel so clean. It might just be me though. :P The only bad thing is that once you apply the lip products, you cannot reapply unless you carry the whole heavy kit with you.
I bought another eyeshadow palette. I wasn't planning on buying it until the salesperson swatched the eyeshadows on me. I fell in love with the five colors on the left not including the purple.
I was extremely lucky with these blushes! I found the last three blushes and luckily they were different colors. I'm not too sure if I'm going to keep one or two, but I will have at least one as a giveaway. I just hope you guys will like them. :)
Finally, the lipstick. I actually was not going to buy this until I swatched it. It was gorgeous on my hands! :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Aveeno Pure Renewal 2-In-1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Please don't forget to enter my Senna Brow Shaper Duo Giveaway. It ends June 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern time).

I usually don't review shampoos and conditioners, because I feel that I'm not experienced when it comes to hair products. Then I realized nobody needs to be experienced in something we use in daily basis, shampoo & conditioners. It's all about what you think at the end. :)
Product Review: Aveeno Pure Renewal 2-In-1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandiser, and online at aveeno.com
Price: $6.49-$6.99 for 10.5 fl oz/ 311 mL

Made in Canada

Description on the back: Discover a new, pure way to refresh and renew your hair. This exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS formula, infused with Balancing Seaweed Extract, gives you weightless softness, shine and healthy manageability.

* Naturally derived cleansers carefully life away impurities without over-stripping
* Conditions and softens without weighing hair down.
* Rebalances hair's optimal moisture levels
* Designed with sulfate-free technology for gentle cleansing

Developed by our expert team of scientists and a leading stylist, our ACTIVE NATURALS formula harnesses the power of nature and science for beautifully healthy looking air.

Safe for color-treated hair.
Thoughts: I've used 2-In-1 products in the past, and I did not have the greatest experienced. I love the concept that you only need to use one product instead of two, shampoo and conditioner, but it dried my hair out. Not only was my hair dried, it was extremely frizzy. For that reason, I was not excited to try this product out but I was hopeful!

Before I review this product, let me describe my hair. I have long, half-way down my hair that's also thick. I have extremely thick strands but not that much hair. I never considered my hair that dry, at the same time, not that oily. It takes a good 4-5 days before I start showing oil on my roots. During the summer, my hair will get oilier like in 2 days.

Now that you know about my hair, it's time for the product. I actually like the packaging. I love how neutral the packaging is with a pop of color, green. It's refreshing and in my opinion, it stands out. I also love how easy you can squeeze the bottle. It makes it easy to squeeze the remaining product in the end. I've experienced in the past with bottles that are hard, you cannot get the ending product unless you leave it upside down for a good amount.
I'm hoping you can see the product in the middle of the lid. It's a creamy, metallic looking product. When I first saw the product, it reminded me of the shampoos and conditioners at hotels. I guess shampoos and conditioners cannot be that different. I also love that the lid is heavy duty and firm! I know if I take this with me travelling, it will not spill in my bag.

It smells heavenly! It's fresh and sweet. I'm guessing it's suppose to smell like a plant, seaweed, but it doesn't to me. It smells more fruity, but I cannot pinpoint the smell. I just like it. :)

Since I've been using this for couple of months, I have mixed feelings. I love that you only need to wash your hair once with this product instead of two products; shampoo and conditioner. It saves time and the amount of product you need to use. I also love that it's sulfate-free without the use of parabens or synthetic dyes. It tells me this is safe, natural, gentle, and just plain good. I think it's comparable to products on the high-end side like Wen.

When I first started using this product, I noticed it did not dry out my hair. I was pretty impressed, but as time went on I noticed I needed conditioner. I realized it wasn't the product but more on my hair. On days my hair is drier than usual, I needed conditioner. When it's neutral, I was fine without a conditioner. I definitely recommend this product for people living in a humid area or during the hot summer weather. During winter when the hair is drier than usual, I do not recommend this product unless you have oily hair.

Overall, it did not weigh my heavy hair down. It felt light and took a good 3-4 days before I saw oiliness in my root with or without using a conditioner afterwards.

* Aveeno; brand that uses natural ingredients.
* Attractive packaging; neutral with pop of green.
* Squeeze-able bottle.
* Firm lid.
* Travel friendly.
* Heavenly scent.
* Two products in one.
* Sulfate-free.
* Parabens-free and no synthetic dyes.
* Light weight.
* Does not weigh hair down.

* Sometimes need conditioner depending on my hair.

Would repurchase: Probably not since I need to use conditioner at times.
Rating:  3/5 Tobey's Paws

Talking about Aveeno, I'm so proud to announce that Aveeno have partnered with Acuvue Contact Lenses. I recommend you listen to this podcast, UV Protection of Healthy vision with Dr. Val Jones, to know the importance of protecting the entire body from the sun's damaging rays. The podcast covers:
* The danger of UV for the skin and eyes.
* The triad of protection.
* Easy steps the whole family can take to protect their eyes and skin 365 days a year.
* How often to see a dermatologist for a total skin check and an eye care professional for an eye exam.


Disclaimer: The products 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.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Senna Brow Shaper Duo and Senna Giveaway

In March, I attended The Makeup Show. It's an experience I will never forget! :) I was very lucky to also attend the Blogger Preview. I learned a great deal about application, new products, and I got to take some home. I already reviewed one of the products I received, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick. Now I'm going to review my second product I received from Senna Cosmetics.
It came in a cute, blag bag!
Inside the bag, I received three Senna Brow Shaper Duo and Double Brow Brush (I will review this next time) with a catalog to Senna Cosmetics. I checked out their website and they carry amazing makeup! They even have beauty classes if you want to attend. :)
Here are the Senna Brow Shaper Duo in Ebony Duo, Brunette Duo, and Blonde Duo.

Where to purchase: Senna studios and online at sennacosmetics.com
Price: $20 for 0.05 oz/ 1.5 g

Made in USA

Description on the back: Boosts brow color, fills in sparse areas, adds the look of fullness and sets brow shape in seconds.
Thoughts: When I received this product, I was pretty excited! I always wanted to try an eyebrow filler with wax. I've only used pencils and eyeshadow-type products.
Here's how Ebony Duo looks in natural light. This is more true to color than the one above taken with flash.
Here's a swatch of the brow filler. The one on the left is only the brow color. The one on the right is the brow color with the wax.

Before I mention more about the brow filler, let me tell you about my eyebrows.
I'm a typical Asian girl who hardly has much hair, and the ones I do have are thick. They're also long so I cut them into shape. I don't really tweeze much. Maybe about three or four that's out of place.
Here's how my eyebrows look with the brow color only. Pretty big difference eh?
Here's the end product with the wax on top of the brow color. In my opinion, I think the color is a perfect match for my hair. I also like how natural I can make it look. If I want more a dramatic look, I can apply more brow color.

I've been using this for three weeks and I'm pretty impressed with the quality. They're really easy to apply, the brow color is extremely pigmented, and it lasts all day long. The only thing I noticed is that the wax does not completely keep my brows in shape. If you notice in the middle of my brow (close to the arch), my hair falls. No matter how much wax I apply, they just fall. Either I have extremely thick hair or the wax isn't too strong. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with this product. Actually I really like this a lot! :)

* Simple packaging.
* Easy to carry.
* Pigmented.
* Easy to apply.
* Versatility of the color.
* Wax darkens the color and shape the brows.
* Long lasting.
* Not tested on animals.

* Hard to find in stores.
* Does not come with a brush.
* Hard to shape thick, heavy hair.

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

Thank you Senna for the Brow Shapers!!! :)

Since I received three Senna Brow Shaper and I don't need the other two (I can use the Brunette if I want), I decided to give them away to my lucky readers. Please only enter if you fit into that category.

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. It's open to everyone even international.
3. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
4. The giveaway will end in three weeks, June 30, 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) come 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)

This is the Senna Brow Shaper Duo in Brunette Duo. Only enter if you fit this category.

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This is Senna Brow Shaper Duo in Blonde Duo. Only enter if you fit this category.

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Disclaimer: The products 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, June 7, 2012

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

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

I was fortunate to receive more products from Reviva Labs. I already reviewed Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum. I'm still using the serum at the moment, not much left, and loving every bit of it! Now I'm going to review their new makeup primer...

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