Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hauls and Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway Winner

During these last weeks or I should say months (including Black Friday and Cyber Monday), I've been buying a lot of cosmetics *sigh*. It's a good thing I've been getting them for cheap but do I really need these? Probably not! :X Now onto my hauls and they do not include the new products out from drugstore *sigh*...

Sasa:
I bought three boxes of masks, sheet and eye, online. The two sheet masks are My Beauty Diary and the eye mask is My Scheming. I will review these in the future.

Missha:
They had this promotion for new users to get a sampler BB Cream set online with a purchase. I've been curious about the BB Creams so it gave me a good opportunity to try them. The stupid person I am I thought I ordered the full sized BB Cream, but I ended up with a travel sized. :/ I will review these too.

AskDerm:
I purchased Clarisonic Mia online when they had the 30% discount and free bag with a head brush. For years, I told myself I did not need Clarisonic and that it would be too rough on the skin. I changed opinion. :X

Sephora:
When they had the holiday discount, I could not resist the offer. To be honest, I really did not know what I wanted. After seeing swatches of these eyeshadows and lipsticks in person, I could not resist especially the container. You can use the container for other things once you're done. :)

Milani:
When they had the sale online, I could not resist the blushes and pencil I've been wanting to try for some time. Yeah pencil not pencils. I ordered one pencil, black, and two blushes. When I received the package, it only came with one blush and two pencils. I called the customer service and they sent the other blush I ordered and told me to keep the silver pencil. How nice of them! :)

CVS Clearance Sale:
I've been wanting to try the Revlon eyeshadow palette, as well as, the Maybelline concealer. This was a good opportunity to get it, as well as, heard good things about the Physcians Formula powder/bronzer set.

I told you I bought way more than I should had, and these do not include the new drugstore products that came out *sigh*. :X


Now for the Aveeno Hair Kit Winner...
it is...
#23...
Spankedelic.

Congratulations to Spankedelic! :)

You 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. If you did not win, do not worry there will be more giveaways in the future. Thank you all for joining the giveaway.

Thank you Aveeno for the wonderful giveaway! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for the Aveeno. Aveeno is sponsoring the giveaway. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Adore Me Lingerie

Please don't forget to enter my Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway. It ends December 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


I want to wish everyone a very happy, Merry Christmas!!! I guess when this is posted it's belated, but still wish for the best. I hope you were surrounded by good people with tons of food. :)


In November, I introduced Adore Me. If you don't recall Adore Me, it's a monthly lingerie club that comes to your door. You can check out my introductory post or the website. I was fortunate to receive a lingerie from Adore Me so I can fully review the process of the club, as well as, review the lingerie.

The first thing I did is take the quiz. It took a good 2-5 minutes depending on how quick you are. There were times I had to think about the answers.
They ask all types of questions relating to lingerie to your style. Some of the questions were, "What's your favorite lingerie fabric?" which I took the picture from their quiz, another is "Which Gossip Girl style fits you best?", and so on. One thing I really like is that you have choices from pictures. You just click on the picture you like and then move on. That's how simple the quiz is.

After you take the quiz, the stylists compute your answers to get the perfect lingerie for you. For some odd reason, I thought the showroom would be done in a minute or two. I believe it took a good night to morning process. I waited for the showroom, but I didn't get it to the next morning. One thing great is that they e-mail you that the showroom is ready. That was nice!
Here's my December showroom.
Not only do they only have lingerie, but they have babydolls & slips.
They also have hosiery. I printed the screen of my December selection. If you don't like any of the ones they posted, you can check out your friends and choose from there. I choose something from my selection. ;)

Once I chose the item I wanted, the ordering took a couple of minutes. They also sent an e-mail confirmation of the item you ordered.
I chose Hannah. It's a simple lingerie for my style. :) It costs $39.95 including shipping and handling. Pretty good price I might say. By the way, I did not pay for mine. It was free to review on my blog.

The shipping took a good one week or even less. I cannot remember the exact day, but it was pretty quick from what I recall. Now onto my review...
The lingerie is packaged inside a box. The box itself did not come alone, but in a big envelope. For that reason, the corners got bent. In all honesty, I don't think it matters about the box but what's inside.
Once you open the box, you see a cute wrapping with a letter from Adore Me.
Here's a picture of my lingerie set. It's a lot pinker than the picture but I actually like it better in person. :)
Here's how the bra looks like. The wire is secure, sturdy, and well made. I love how it has laces on the top part and it isn't the cheap kind. The bow in the center is an added cuteness to the bra.
Here's the back of the bra. I love how it has three button/strap area. Most bras I own only have two. Three gives it more a security and sturdiness or at least I think so.
This is so unique for me!!! I have never seen the inside of the bra like that; how it has different bumps of padding. At first, I was not too sure why. Now that I tried this on, I understand it. It gives the added push especially for the women who are not blessed in that area. ;)
Here's the pantie. It's striped pink and lighter pink vertical (up and down).
It has laces all around and a matching bow from the bra.
One thing about the fabric is that it's see through. I put a sample product I received from somewhere else to show you how see through the fabric is. It can be sexy in some way, at the same time, protect you. ;)

Overall, I am happy with my lingerie and I think this a great idea! Nowadays, who has the time to go shopping at the stores. You can just choose from online, and with the ease get it delivered to your place. I highly recommend Adore Me!!! :)

Thank you Adore Me!!! :)

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, December 22, 2011

L'Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me. 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 my Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway. It ends December 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


L'Occitane were giving away, I cannot recall, hand creams. I got myself one and decided to try this famous hand cream I heard about all the time.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Born Pretty Nail Polish in Emerald Green Silver Shimmer in #05

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.

Please don't forget to enter Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway. It ends December 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).


I am fortunate to be able to review more products from Born Pretty Store. The first review I ever did was Born Pretty French Stamp Template DIY Kit.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Olay Regenerist Cream and Aveeno Hair Kit Giveaway

Please don't forget to enter my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Giveaway. It ends December 18, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


I bought Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream from Costco earlier this year.
I haven't had the time to review this, but I thought I should. I always say it's better later than never. ;)
Product Review: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Micro-Sculpting Cream

Where can you purchase this: drugstore, retail, Costco, and online
Price: $30 something (I cannot remember the exact price)

Made in USA

Description from the back: Hydrate and firm skin's appearance without drastic measures.

The result of over 50 years of Olay research, this luxurious cream has the highest concentration of our signature amino-peptide + B3 complex infused with intracellular fortifier and a touch of precious marine proteins.

The Results: Intracellular hydration regenerates volume and shape across skin's 10 million surface cells, progressively lifting and micro-sculpting to help:
* firm sagging-prone areas, even the jaw line
* smooth skin's surface
* restore elasticity
Ingredients:
My thoughts: The first time I saw this was when my sister-in-law was using it. I asked for her opinion and she said she loved it. I thought it wouldn't hurt getting one from Costco.

Is it just me but all anti-aging products in the US come in red packaging. Why is that? I also noticed they come in thick bottles. :/

The first thing I did is smell the cream. It smells fruity to me, but I could be wrong. I know some people think the smell is thick, but it doesn't bother me. I actually like the scent. :X If you don't like it, it lasts about 5 minutes or at least it does for me.
The texture of the cream is thick, beige color. If you have oily skin, this definitely isn't for you. I think it's a great night cream for people with normal to dry skin. You can use it during the morning as suggested, but I don't. There's a reason why I don't. I don't know if it's just me but I noticed whenever I wear this cream during the morning and apply makeup afterwards (I do with most moisturizers), it makes my face look like it has dry patches. I don't have dry patches, but I noticed a layer of something moves around. It's so irritating. For the longest time, I couldn't figure it out until now. In my opinion, I think this cream doesn't melt into your skin. Maybe in the beginning it hydrates your skin but if you put too much, it just sits on your skin. I could be wrong, but that's the only thing I could figure out why I have thick chunks of something. It's not like I put too much cream either. After I apply it, my skin looks smooth, but I could feel the consistency of cream on your skin.

By the way if you're wondering about the spoon, Shiny Pretty Things gave it to me. It was so nice of her to send me one! :) I use it all the time, and it's so worthwhile. You don't have to dip into your moisturizer/cream anymore.

Thank you Shiny Pretty Things! :)

Other than the smell and texture, I think it hydrates your skin well. After I apply the cream, my face feels smooth. I don't know about the anti-aging effect, but my skin has looks decent.

Pros:
* Olay; brand I trust.
* Fruity smell.
* Scent doesn't last long.
* Thick consistency.
* Great for dry skin.
* Great for winter weather.
* Good for night.
* Hydrates.
* Your skin feels smooth.

Cons:
* So thick, consistency doesn't completely absorb onto skin.
* Not so great for morning.

Would I repurchase: Maybe, only for night cream.
Rating:  3.5/5 Tobey's Paws


Aveeno is so kind to offer one of my readers a hair kit with tons of products. How nice of them!!! :) In the kit, it contains...
Aveeno NOURISH+ Shine Shampoo and Conditioner
Aveeno Living Color Shine Glaze
Aveeno NOURISH+ Style Fortifying Hairspray
Aveeno NOURISH+ Leave In Conditioner

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. 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 giveaway will end in three weeks, December 28, 2011 at 11:50 p.m. PST (Pacific 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.

Questions and extra entries:
1. You must give me the Google Username that you are using to follow my blog.
2. You must live within the U.S.
3. If you follow my Facebook page, give me the username you are using to follow. (+2)
4. If you follow Aveeno Facebook page, give me the username you are using to follow. (+2)
5. If you follow my Twitter, give me the username you are using to follow. (+1)
6. If you follow my Twitter and re-tweeted the giveaway, give me the link. (+2)
7. If you added the giveaway on the side bar of your blog, give me the link. (+1)
8. If you added a post but is on a separate giveaway page, give me the link. (+1)
9. If you added a post and is on the main page, give me the link. (+3)
10. What do you like about Aveeno? (+2)



Thank you Aveeno for sponsoring this giveaway!!! :)

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

Monday, December 5, 2011

November Favorites and Finished Products 2011

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my money except for Bath & Body works, Kate, Kiss Me Heroine, Face Place, and Body & Earth. 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 my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Giveaway. It ends December 18, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


I swear the months go so fast, and we're reaching the end of 2011. Time sure flies!!! It's that time of the month...
November Favorite Products

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What Suggestions Do You Have For A Blow Dryer?

Please don't forget to enter my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Giveaway. It ends December 18, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


I was fortunate to receive a Karmin G3 Salon Pro Touramaline Hair Straightening Flat Iron. Feel free to read my review. Even to this day, I love my Karmin flat iron.
Out of curiosity I wanted to check out the updated version of the flat iron, and noticed they came out with a pink ceramic flat iron. How gorgeous is the color!?!? It's so girly, at the same time, very classic looking. Other than the pink flat iron, there's hardly any changes from the one I have. I have to admit from my experience, Karmin is a great brand! I haven't had any issues, as well as, overtime I thought there would be fingerprints on the iron but there isn't any. Overall, I recommend the flat iron!

Since I had such a great experience with Karmin, I wanted to check out their blow dryer.

I'm in need of a new one. My old one is ancient, at the same time, it doesn't work properly. If you push the "on" button, it turns off. You have to keep pushing the "on" button to use it. After awhile, your fingers hurt or at least it does for me. :X The hair dryer looks good and it got great reviews, 4.5 out of 5 stars, from 56 people.

What makes a great hair dryer? What should I look for? Any suggestions?

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are pictures taken from Rylees. I am not affiliated with any company, but I am getting sponsored to write this post. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tokidoki 24-Karat Brush Set and Too Faced Shadow Insurance Giveaway

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


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Adore Me

The latest trend is monthly subscriptions, you buy online and it delivers to your place on monthly basis. Who doesn't love coming home to see packages. I know I do! I've seen advertisements for jewelries, beauty boxes, and even groceries. I've seen almost everything, but not something intimate that we need in daily basis. There's a new eCommerce website that is great for females. Lingerie!!!

Adore Me is a new lingerie club that launched this month!!! It all starts with a quiz. The quiz is to help the stylists discover your personal style, and it only takes 2 minutes. Each month the stylists hand-picks a selection of lingerie, and it's uploaded onto your personal showroom. You can access your showroom for free and see the selections. Not only that but you can access your friends' showrooms. If you like any of the matching lingerie, it only costs $39.95. If you don't like any, you do not have to order any. There is no obligations and how great is that!

Here are some of the lingerie I like. They run from cute to sexy. It is up to your style. ;)
It's something you can wear on the daily basis with a hit of sexiness.
I love the pattern on the bra, it's so simple but draws attention.

If you have any questions regarding Adore Me, you can contact them through Twitter or Facebook.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are pictures taken from AdoreMe. I am receiving a set, but not getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Too Faced Retractable Bronze-buki Brush

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've been so bad in reviewing, and I apologize! I'm trying to get better but I think I have more stuff than any normal, non-makeup artist should have. I'm trying to catch up, and the most important thing is I'm trying. Anyways, I think it's time for me to review Too Faced Retractable Bronze-buki Brush. I received this in the first half of 2011 when I attended the Too Faced Summer Trend. If you haven't, feel free to read Part 1 and Part 2 of the event.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

One of the Beautylish event I attended, I had to look it up on my blog to see when it happened (check out the pictures on the event). It was March of this year. In the swag bag we all received, there was a sample Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I heard good stuff about this primer, but I didn't want to use it until I finished my present primer. I usually use one primer at a time so I do not contaminate the product before fully using it. This time I decided to use this primer and put the summer primer away for now. The reason I changed my primer is the summer primer I was using has a bronze tint. I was using Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer. Since I'm paler during this fall/winter weather, I thought I would put away the bronze tint primer. Now that I've been using the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, I think it's time to review it.

Where can you purchase this: Hourglass website, Sephora, online
Price: $52 for 1.0 fl oz/30 mL (I received 0.16 fl oz/5 mL)

Description on the back: Mineral-based primer with SPF 15 developed to even skin tone and prep skin for flawless makeup application. Clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh, while absorbing excess oils and minimizing enlarged pores.
Ingredients:
My thoughts: In all honesty, I didn't have an initial reaction to this. I just heard it's a good product and didn't think more of it than that. The first thing I did is see the ingredients since it has SPF. I'm allergic to certain chemicals in SPF products, and was stoked to know this product didn't have those active ingredients.

Then I smelled the product. You really cannot smell anything unless you sniff directly at the product. It kind of smells slightly like glue, but it's not noticeable.

One thing I found odd is that it comes with a spatula-like top.
There's nothing wrong with it; it's flat on one side and round on the other.
What I found odd is that the spatula-like top has holes. I'm not too sure what the holes does. If anyone knows, please tell me. I would like to know! I have nothing against the spatula-like top, but I would think it's not sanitary safe. You put it either directly on your face which I don't or on your hand. Then you put it back into the container. I wish they made it more a pump or a squeeze bottle. It'll be more sanitary safe or at least I think so.
Can you see from the picture on the bottom part there's like three round swatch of the primer? That's from the holes. :/ Anyways, here's how the primer looks. Even though it's white, it's blends well onto your skin and does not leave a oil-like residue. It actually makes your face matte and smooth. You can feel the texture while you're putting the primer on. It feels different than your natural skin tone. For that reason, I can see it working. It's covering up your fine lines and imperfection, and preparing your skin for makeup.

Overall, I think it's a great product. It does what it's suppose to which is to prep my skin for makeup. Can I say it lasts all day? I don't know about that since I rub my face pretty often. It does what other primers does, but a little bit better. It covers up my imperfections and it comes with SPF!

Pros:
* Mineral product.
* Comes with SPF; I'm not allergic to the chemicals.
* Fragrance free.
* Oil free.
* Water-resistant.
* Paraben free.
* Smooths your skin preparation for makeup.
* Long-lasting.

Cons:
* Comes with spatula-like top; worry about contamination.

Would I repurchase: Maybe, it's kind of expensive.
Rating: 

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me from a swag bag. 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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