Monday, May 30, 2011

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer

Don't forget to enter my giveaway. It ends on June 12, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Before I start my review, Happy Memorial Day! I hope you're having a great one. I feel blessed to have spent it with family and friends. :)

Since it's summer time or at least some days (having weird Cali weather), I started using the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer because it has a bronzer in it. Before I review the product, you might want to check out my other Too Faced reviews. I reviewed The Bronzed & the Beautiful (doesn't it sound like a soap opera show). I think it's perfect timing for summer bronze. It has a great bronzer and highlighter in one kit. I also reviewed Full Bloom & Lip Creme Color. It's a great, versatile creme product you can use on the lips and cheeks. Now for the review...

Where can you purchase this: stores that sell Too Faced and online at
Price: $30

Made in USA

Description on the back: This bronze-tinted, smoothing face primer was scientifically formulated to wear under powders, foundations or alone to achieve the look of flawless skin with a sun-kissed glow!

Vitamins A & C, Mulberry Extract and Retinol virtually banish pores while SPF 20 offers optimal sun protection.

The sheerly-tinted formula makes foundations versatile by adding a bronze boost for an effortless winter to summer transition.

Skin appears fresher, younger and barely bronzed.

Color stays true and in place all day.
The active ingredients are Octinoxate 7.5% and Octisalate 5.0%. They're both used for sunscreen.
My thoughts: When I first saw this, I thought how cool to have a tinted face primer. Other than that, I didn't have much expectation going into this product.. Before I talk about my thoughts on this product, I want to mention that Too Faced will donate 15% of the net proceeds to the Melanoma Research Foundation if you buy this product. I think it's great that a company care about prevention of skin cancer!!!

Speaking of skin cancer, I also think it's great that it doesn't have skin causing chemicals oxybenzone and avobenzone in this product. Most sunscreens or products with SPF tend to have those chemicals. I feel blessed in a way that I'm allergic to those chemicals so I can avoid them.

I wasn't too sure what to think about putting bronzer/tinted product on my face. Most bronzers tend to turn me orange instead of tan. :/ To be honest, this product also turned me orange but it actually worked to my favor. Since I use BB Cream and most BB Creams are for pale people, this primer actually made the BB Cream darker on my skin.
Here's how the primer looks on my skin. You only need a little bit to apply on your face. This is a good amount. :)
Here's how the primer looks when blended. It turns the skin a little orange or at least it does on me. I hope you can see it. It dead center on the picture.

When I first applied this product, I was shocked how orange I looked! I was too scared and wanted to wash it off, but decided to apply my BB Cream. It's a good thing I did. Whenever I apply my BB Cream, I have to apply pressed powder afterwards to darken the BB Cream. With this primer, I actually am okay after the BB Cream. Also after you apply the face primer, you might want to wait a minute for it to dry. It oxides the face which will make it less orange, but still orange on me. ;)

Other than the product giving you a bronze tint, it's actually pretty decent. It's very light weight and you don't feel like you're wearing any makeup at all. It's also very silky and very easy to apply onto your skin. When it comes to covering your imperfections, I don't know about that. It will cover small pores but I doubt it will cover big pores.
Here's how the makeup looks on me. By the way, I have nothing on my face other than the primer. I know it's pretty scary, but you take it the way I love. :P

* Too Faced donates to Melanoma Research Foundation.
* It comes in SPF 20.
* It doesn't carry the cancer causing chemicals oxybenzone and avobenzone.
* It comes in a tube, sanitary safe.
* Tinted primer.
* It's great for BB Cream. It turns the pale product darker.
* Lightweight.
* Silky smooth and easy to bend on the skin.
* It oxides onto your skin to make it less bronze and in my case, orange.
* Covers small pores and imperfections.

* It turns me orange.
* Probably would not cover big pores.

Would I repurchase: Yes and no. Yes, I think it's great for the summer. No, not for the winter weather. For that reason, I think it's best to get regular primer.
Rating:  3.5/5 Tobey's Paws

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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

WEN Sweet Almond Mint Styling Creme

Don't forget to enter my giveaway. It ends on June 12, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

This will be my second review of WEN products I received from a wonderful PR. The first review was WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. I definitely recommend that product if you need a natural, chemical-free cleansing product. I also was fortunate to attend the Chaz Dean and Genlux Magazine Event thanks to wonderful PR people I have met! :)
Before the review, here's the products I received from the PR.  I received three Sweet Almond Mint products. I already reviewed the Cleansing Conditioner. Now for the review for the second product...

Where can you purchase this: Chaz Dean Studio or online on his website at
Price: $24 for 6 oz.

Made in USA

Description on the back: WEN Stying Creme adds the perfect balance of moisture, shine and body to the hair. It acts as a leave in conditioner, polishing gloss and light gel, all in one.
My thoughts: I was excited to try this product since I have never used a styling creme before. I know as a beauty blogger, I'm not the most experienced when it comes to my hair. :P I like simplicity when it comes to hair since I have naturally, straight hair. I don't have to do much. I'm very blessed in that way.
I noticed just like the Cleansing Conditioner, the Stying Creme is creamy in texture. The only difference in my opinion is that the Styling Creme is more clearer than the Cleansing Conditioner.
Here's a picture of the Styling Creme on a cotton pad. Thanks to a blogger buddy I know how to take pictures of products and make it look clear. Thank you! :)

The direction on the back says after cleansing with WEN Cleansing Conditioner, apply 1-2 pumps of WEN Styling Creme to the mid-shaft and ends of wet hair. Style as desired.

Thank goodness you don't need to use that much pumps! I cannot imagined using so many pumps for the Styling Creme like the Cleansing Conditioner. Even with my long hair, 2 pumps is good enough. My hair goes down to my waist. It won't be that long as soon as I get a hair cut. I'm just too lazy. :X Since you only need to use a little amount, this product will last a long time.

When you apply this on your hair, it has a very strong minty smell. It's much stronger than the Cleansing Conditioner. Even if you don't like the smell, it doesn't last that long about a few minutes. They also come in other flavors like Fig, Cucumber Aloe, and Lavender (I received this one from the event).

I hate to admit this, but I have an OCD when it comes to my hair. Whenever I am stressed or alone, I tend to pull my hair. I know it's a bad habit, but I can't seem to stop *sigh*. Since I pull my hair, I have a lot of baby hairs. It's very noticeable especially on the top of my head. When I was using the Styling Creme, it flatten my baby hairs and mixed it in with my normal, straight hair. It looked really good! :) I also noticed after you use the Styling Creme, your hair is softer and shiner than usual. The best combination is to use it with the Cleansing Conditioner. Your hair feels great afterwards. It also says on the back it's a great heat-protected product. You can use this before you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair. The hair stylist at the event blow dried my hair after they cleansed my hair and used the Styling Creme. My hair felt great with the mixture of WEN products. I also heard from other people at the event their hair grows faster when they use the WEN products. ;)

* It comes in a pump; easy to use.
* Not harsh on the hair.
* Only need a little; 1-2 pumps.
* Product will last a long time.
* Versatile product; for styling, leave-in-conditioner, heat-protection, etc.
* Smells like mint.
* Smell doesn't last long.
* Tames the free away hair.
* Makes the hair shiny.
* Hair is softer.

* Strong smell.

Would I repurchase: Yes, but I don't have to. I have the Lavender one waiting. Plus this one is lasting a long time. :)
Rating:  4.5/5 Tobey's Paws

Thank you Chaz Dean for the products!!! :)

If you want to check out Chaz Dean Studios, his address is...
Chaz Dean Studio
6444 Fountain Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-6444

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given for 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.

Monday, May 23, 2011

500+ Followers Giveaway

I never thought I would reach 500 followers. Thank you for the people who follow me and hopefully, like my blog! :) I always wanted to have giveaways on my blog but I wasn't able to with issues in my personal life. Since things are getting better and I reached 500, I decided to have a small giveaway. I thought having several small versus one big one is better. I could be wrong on that! :P

Now for the giveaway...
I am going to give two NYX palettes. I will have one winner for each palette.

Giveaway #1:
One of the winners will get the NYX Luscious Lip Gloss Pallet in Dance In Africa. By the way, I know palette is spelled wrong. That's what it says on the cover. :X I do not take the credit on getting this product. I received this from the Beautylish Event. I do not wear bright colored lip products. Whenever I wear bright colored, I've been told by many people to take it off. I just cannot pull it off. :X Instead of just having it in my room, I decided to give it away. I hope that's okay.

Giveaway #2:
The other winner will get NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette from The Runway Collection in Jazz Night. I did buy this one! I thought the colors are gorgeous and heard it's a dupe of one of Kat Von D's eyeshadow palette. It comes in a versatile color from purple to gray.

How to enter:
1. You must be a public follower of my blog with a Google username. PLEASE do not just follow for the giveaway and then once the giveaway is over, stop following. It's just not polite!!!
2. Open to all including 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 12, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).
5. The winner will be drawn with a random number generator. You have 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 use to follow my blog.
2. You have a choice of entering Giveaway #1, 2, or you can enter both. I will draw and you will only win one prize.
3. If you follow my Facebook page, give me the username you are using to follow. (+1)
4. If you follow my Twitter, give me the username you are using to follow. (+1)
5. If you re-tweeted the giveaway on Twitter, give me the link. (+1)
6. If you added the giveaway on the side bar of your blog, give me the link. (+1)
7. If you added a post but is on a separate giveaway page, give me the link. (+1)
8. If you added a post and is on the main page, give me the link. (+2).

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for the NYX Lipgloss Palette. I received that from an event and know it will go to a better home. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Black

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

I heard so many people rave about Physicians Formula Eye Booster, therefore, I had to get one for myself and try it out. Who wouldn't want to try a product that lines your eyes, at the same time, lengthens and thickens your lashes.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chaz Dean and Genlux Event

I don't know what happened to my Thursday scheduled post. I know it was up in the morning but at night time, poof it was gone. Blogspot was having maintenance Thursday night to Friday. When we were able to log back onto our dashboard, it was back to what we had on Wednesday. For that reason, I rescheduled for another day. ;)

This past Thursday I was fortunate enough to attend Chaz Dean and Genlux Event. Chaz Dean remodeled his studio and they decided to have a celebration, as well as, a collaboration with Genlux Magazine. For the people who don't know who Chaz Dean is. He's a professional hairstylist to the celebrities, as well as, the creator of WEN products. I was fortunate to meet him at the last Beautylish Event. Of course, he doesn't remember little old me but the wonderful PRs from Mannfolk does. :) They were kind enough to invite me and I, of course, couldn't decline.

Before I talk about the event, I need to apologize! I usually take a lot of pictures, but this time around I wasn't able to. Most events I have other bloggers and we share my camera. When I'm getting my hair or per say makeup done, I let the other bloggers use my camera. This time around since I didn't have any blogger friends with me, it was myself taking the pictures. :X

I actually showed up before most of the people came and was able to check out the studio. The first thing I noticed were the cute cupcakes from A Sweet Design.
They had mini cupcakes on the bottom four layers. The top piece, WEN Products and Genlux, are actually a cake. Aren't they adorable!?!? I was fortunate to receive cupcakes from A Sweet Design to review on my blog. Please check out my reviews and if you're around the area, I swear you need to grab some. They're delicious! :)

A Sweet Design
17801 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 363-9825

Then I noticed three skinny, large size Labrador Retrievers. They were on the side playing with each other. I found out they're Chaz Dean's dog. I must say he has good taste! :) He has two black ones and one yellow lab.
I had to take pictures of the black labs. They reminded me of skinnier, darker, and taller Tobey. The girl is in the front with the red collar, and the dog sleeping at the doorstep is a male. They're so adorable. :)
I had to take a picture of this. The green liquid is green tea cucumber lemonade. Oh mi goodness, that thing is delicious! Who would have thought a mixture of all these flavors would make a delicious, yummy drink! As I write this, I'm drooling and wanting some at the moment. :X

The sad thing is these were the only pictures I took that day. :X After getting the drink, I went into the studio to get my hair washed and blow dried. Both washing and blow drying took longer than most of the other people. I got the best people working on my hair! Theresa, an assistant of Chaz Dean, washed my hair. She was amazing because not only did she shampoo my hair, she gave me a great neck massage! :) Shiri (I hope I spelled her name right) blow dried my hair. She made sure it was blow dried, as well as, curled on the ends. I had the best experience on my hair. I definitely recommend Chaz Dean's Studio in Hollywood.

Chaz Dean Studio
6444 Fountain Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90027
(323) 467-6444

I wish I had more time, because I would had taken pictures with the celebrities who were there like Petra Nemcova and Josie Maran. Next time I hope!
I did come home with a swag bag of WEN products and Genlux Magazine.
This is what was inside the bag.
Here's a closer look of Genlux Magazine. Petra Nemcova is gorgeous on camera, but I have to say she's more in person! I was blown away by her angelic look. :) I will review WEN products throughly in the future posts. I did review WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. Please check that out.

Thank you Mannfolk for inviting me to the event, as well as, Chaz Dean for having one!

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

Monday, May 9, 2011

Too Faced The Bronzed & The Beautiful

I was fortunate to attend Too Faced Event in March, as well as, receive the whole summer collection. This is the second item from the collection that I am reviewing. The first review was on the Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color. Now for the review...
Product Review: Too Faced the Bronzed & the Beautiful

Where can you purchase this: stores that sell Too Faced and online at
Price: $38

Made in USA

Description on the back: Join the bronzing revolution and get your 'glow' on with Too Faced's collection of best-selling bronzers! A couture collection containing Sun Bunny - the cult favorite classic bronze, two shades of Snow Bunny - our skin perfecting winter bronzer, Chocolate Soleil - a matte bronzer as well as the exclusive, Powered Sun - an illuminating highlighter. To achieve a flawless finish, we've included deluxe size of our Primed & Poreless SPF 20 Bronze Tint Skin Smoothing Face Primer. You don't have to jet off to the French Riviera to get that perfect tan; just use the enclosed "how-to" cards to achieve your perfect bronze!
My thoughts: When I first saw this, I thought how cool to have a whole kit just to bronze/contour the face. I also thought it was perfect timing since I hit pan on my NYX Blush in Taupe which I use for contouring. I was planning on repurchasing the NYX Blush in Taupe, but I didn't have to since I got this kit.
Before I talk about the kit, isn't the packaging so cute!?!? I'm really digging pink and brown theme. I also love the old fashion picture of the model and the beach. It reminds me of the classical movies from the '60's. Yes, I love old fashioned movies. :P You pull the brown ribbon on the front of the palette to open the top.
Here's a closer look at the kit. I will not talk about the Primed & Poreless spf 20 with Bronze Tint, primer, in this review since I got a full size one. I will review that separately in it's own post. I gave this sample away to a friend. The four colors from this kit from top left, bottom left, top right, and bottom right are...

* Chocolate Soleil = matte bronze
* Powdered Sun = gold
* Sun Bunny = classic bronze
* Snow Bunny = mocha/pink

Here's the swatch of the kit from top left, bottom left, the two colors separately from top right (mixed on top), and the last two colors separately from the bottom right (mixed on top). You probably cannot see the farthest right but it is there. It's just very shimmery.

It also came with three bronzing lesson cards.
* Classic Bronze:
* Glamour Bronze:
* Lose 10 lbs in 10 Seconds!:

Here's how the bronzer looks on me.
I used Chocolate Soleil to contour my cheeks to make me look like I have cheekbones. I have such flat face that bronzers help on me. By the way, I'm not wearing any blush. I took this before putting blush on. Once I mix the blush with the bronzer, it'll look more natural. Out of the whole kit, I use Chocolate Soleil the most. I tend to like the matte over the shimmery bronzers. I'll probably use the others for blush since they're shimmery for the summer.

The staying power on the Chocolate Soleil is pretty good. It lasts all day on me. Let me tell you Chocolate Soleil smells divine!!! Whenever I open the box, I smell hot cocoa. It's suppose to smell like chocolate but to me it's more hot cocoa. It's really fun opening the kit then a whoosh of hot cocoa smell. :)

* Gorgeous packaging; pink and brown theme.
* A kit with all the bronzers in one place.
* Comes with lesson cards.
* Versatile palette; comes in matte, shimmer, and a highlighter.
* Fun palette to try the different bronzers.
* Chocolate Soleil smells like hot cocoa.
* Long lasting.

* Cardboard packaging; mine already had a dent on the side.

Would I repurchase: No, because I only used Chocolate Soleil. Probably would just buy that by itself.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws

Thank you Too Faced!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given for 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, May 5, 2011

April Favorite and Finished Products

I swear time sure flies! I remember doing this couple of weeks ago for March.

April Favorite Products
Too Faced the Bronzed & the Beautiful: I received this from the Too Faced Event, as well as, I mentioned this from their summer collection. I feel blessed to have received this at the perfect timing! I finished my NYX Taupe blush (will be posted in the finished products) which I used as a contour on my face. I tend to like matte, taupe-y color instead of orange as a contour. I think it looks better in my opinion. :X I only used the left, top one in the palette. That's my favorite from the kit. I will review this in the future post so look forward to that. ;)

Cosline Princess BB Cream: Oh wow, I didn't even realized it was in my January's Favorite Product. :X I really like this product to have mention it again. I love how lightweight it is, as well as, grayish tone. It oxides to my skin very naturally. I think it's a great spring/summer product when the weather is hot and you need a lightweight foundation/BB Cream. I was kind of worried about this during the summer and if it will match my tanner skin color. Luckily, I received the Too Faced Primed & Poreless, a tinted primer. The primer darkens my skin which prepares for the BB Cream to lighten to my natural skin. They work really well together. :) I doubt I would review this product since it's kind of hard to find. If you want me to review, please tell me.

Wet n Wild Coloricon in Comfort Zone: I received this from Trinh and love it every bit of it. I was expecting only to like the green side, right, but I ended up loving all the colors. :) They're so pigmented and gorgeous. I swear Wet n Wild has improved so much over the years! I will post about this in the future. ;)

Cargo blu_ray High Definition Make-up Pressed Powder in 20: Now I can see why so many people love this product. It's so great! If you're looking for a lightweight pressed powder, this isn't it. It's more medium to high coverage depending on how much you apply. It looks so natural and covers flaws so well. It's also very silky to the touch. I love products like this. I will review this in the future post.

Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color in Prim & Poppy: I reviewed this and you can see why I love this color. It's perfect for the spring/summer coral/orange trend. It's such a gorgeous color! Other than the color, it gives a radiant natural flush look. It blends well and it's vibrant. I would not use this on my lips unless my lips are really moist. :X

April Finished Products
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover: I bought this when it was on sale BOGO free deal long time ago. I finally finished my first product. Amazing! I actually like this product. It's pretty good for a drugstore and it reminds me of the Lancome makeup remover. It removes all my eye makeup really well even waterproof mascaras.

Would I repurchase: Yes, and I'm already using the second one I got from the BOGO free deal.

Cellnique Contour De-puffy Jewel: It's an eye cream which I received to review on my blog. It's suppose to help the puffiness and to moisturize your bags. I honestly did not see anything towards the end. Either I have really deep wrinkles or this product wasn't working. I honestly think it's the first since a lot of eye creams don't work on me *sigh*. I think it's great for beginners who are looking to prevent signs of aging. Other than that, it's such a cooling refreshing gel.

Would I repurchase: Probably not. I need a heavier product.

L'Occitane Almond Apple Velvet Concentrate: I will review this in the future posts. I have mixed feelings about this product. I think it moisturizes the skin really well. The next day my skin looks healthy and plump. On the other hand, I hate that I had to melt the product into an oil and apply it onto the skin. It was messy, and I saw it all over my skin and counter.

Would I repurchase: No.

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Micro-Sculpting Cream: I will also review this in the future posts. I have mixed feeling about this product as well. I love how my skin feels afterwards; soft and plump looking. On the other hand, I felt that it didn't hydrate deep into my skin. I felt it only hydrated the outer layer of my skin. I need to test this product out more.

Would I repurchase: I have another one. I bought mine from Costco and they came in two.

Make Up For Ever HD Primer in #6: I reviewed this product and please check that out. I think much better of this product than I first started. It's a great primer but to be honest, I would get another number. The yellow is suppose to brighten more than anything. I need a primer that fixes my flaws like my redness and large pores more than anything. :X Other than that, this primer really soaks into your skin and looks like you didn't put anything on. Once you put a foundation or BB Cream in my case, it made it look better than no wearing any at all.

Would I repurchase: Yes, in another number.

NYX Blush in Taupe: I used this as a contour more than anything. When it comes to contouring the face, I am more into taupe-y color than orange. I am not too sure why people would contour with orange bronzer to be honest. :X This is a perfect contouring of the cheeks, sides of the jawline, double chin, sides of the nose, and so on. I also think it looks natural on all skin type. It might not work for very dark skin since this would be lighter than them. For Asian skin like myself, it is fine. I also think it lasted all day on me. Most products last a long time on me since I have dry skin. For oily skin, it might last as long.

Would I repurchase: Yes.

MAC Zoom Lash Mascara in ZoomBlack: I reviewed this product and I still stand by my review. I was not a big fan of this mascara! It's very wet and gooey. Since it's so wet, it smudges throughout the day. I would have raccoon eyes especially on the bottom. Not a pretty sight. For that reason, I had q-tips with me so I can wipe the smudges off my eyes. I honestly felt like it was a waste of time to do that, but I am good about wearing the mascaras for three months before tossing them away. I am happy to toss this one away for sure!

Would I repurchase: No!

OPI Base Coat: I find it amazing when I can finish certain products like nail polishes, blushes, eyeshadows, and so on! I cannot believe I finished this nail polish. It's just amazing! This has to be one of the best base coat, and I'm a huge fan of OPI polishes. The reason why I love OPI is that they have such huge brushes. You only need to apply in three areas and you're done. Other polishes you have to apply quite a few strokes to get your whole nail or at least I do. I also think OPI polishes are well made. They're not gooey, streaky, and so on.

Would I repurchase: Yes.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for Too Faced (review), Wet n Wild (gift), Cellnique (review), and MAC (sample). 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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