Monday, March 26, 2012

Wedding Dresses and Shopbop Giveaway

Shopbop is an online store that sells ladies' products anywhere from clothes to accessories. They sell designer brands like Badgeley Mischka shoes.
Runway fashion like Doo.Ri.
They even have wedding dresses.
I could go on about the different brands, but it'll be endless.

Shopbop has been kind enough to give one of my readers $100 to spend on their website. How nice is that! :)

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. You need to provide valid e-mail address.
3. It's open to everyone including international.
4. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
5. The giveaway will end in two weeks, April 8, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).
6. 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.

Extra entries:
1. Following my Facebook page. (+2)
2. Following my Twitter. (+1)
3. Re-tweeting the giveaway daily. (+1)
4. Liking my blog post. (+1)
5. Posting the giveaway on your blog. (+1)

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Thank you Shopbop for the giveaway!!! :)

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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Makeup Show LA 2012 Part 2 and Physicians Formula Palette Winner

This is continuation of Part 1 of The Makeup Show in LA. So Saturday and Sunday was the convention. I only attended Saturday, March 17. Everywhere you looked, you saw makeup. It's definitely a playground for beauty bloggers like myself! :)
The first booth I checked out was Inglot. I've been curious about their products for the longest time! Since they're no where close to me, I was happy to see them. :) After buying the things I wanted at Inglot, I felt more at ease just walking around and enjoying the environment.
The Glimmer Body Art had a decent line waiting to get their own body art. I took a picture of one of the artists from the booth. She had four-leaf clover to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on her hand and a lip on her chest.
I got my own body art inside my arm. It's a simple design, but I like butterflies. :) It's been 4 days and the body art is lasting a decent amount of time. I'm pretty impressed!
At this booth, Marinello School of Beauty, I stayed a good amount of time. While I was getting my nails done, I saw them do their work of art on some models. Here's one of the models and the artists.
Here's the other models after their makeover.
Now to my nails that I got done there. They used Minx, the same concept as Sally Hansen Salon Effects. The only difference is that Marinello School of Beauty uses light to soften and smooth onto your nails.
The artist at the European Body Art was doing his work on the model.
Here's two models for the South Seas. They were showing their bronzed tan.
Here's the same model for the cocktail party for Mehron. This time they painted her body.
Dinair is a popular airbrush company, and it's best on brides because they will look flawless.
I had to take this picture of the artist while at work at the Ruby Make Up Academy. Unfortunately, I was not able to see the end result but I bet it came out nice!
Here's the other models for the academy.
The last booth before I headed home was Make Up For Ever.
He's a random guy just shopping around, but I had to take his picture. He did an amazing job!!!
Here's what I got at the convention. It's not all Make Up For Ever. :P It's mostly Inglot and I threw everything in the Make Up For Ever bag they gave us. I will review them in the future posts! :)

Thank you The Makeup Show!!! :)

Now for the Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway Winner...
It is...
Congratulations to TiFF TuMS!!! :)

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.

Disclaimer: The product, Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette, 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.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Makeup Show LA 2012 Part 1

This weekend was The Makeup Show, March 17 & 18, in LA. I've heard about this event/convention the last several years. I finally got to attend it and I was not disappointed! I met great people, attended the party, saw beautiful work of arts, saw professional makeup artists, got swag bag, and best of all makeup everywhere you looked. It was exciting and fun!!! :)

It started early, March 16, with blogger preview and cocktail party. This post is dedicated for that night. For the blogger preview, famous makeup artist Pati Prema Dubroff answered questions and applied makeup on her assistant.
She's a well known makeup artist who have done pages of Allure, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and so on. Her clients include Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc. Unfortunately since I was sitting in the back, I was not able to take any good pictures. They all came out blurry. For that reason, I took her picture from her website at

She gave great makeup tips. Here's some of the tips that really stood out for me.

Tip #1: When she does red carpet, she says she matches the makeup to the jewelries they wear. For example if they're wearing golds, she would do warm makeup and cool for silver jewelries.

Tip #2: She recommends good foundation and the one she's using is from Suqqu, Japanese brand.

Tip #3: She also recommends Hakuhodo brushes, another Japanese brand. It's well-made and light with the hand.

There were many more tips and I wrote them on my Twitter page while listening. Then they went into the swag bag and what we received.
Here's the goodies bag we received. I actually was pretty impressed they gave a well-made bag instead of a gift/plastic/brown bag. I'll definitely have a blast with the goodies, as well as, review them in the future posts.

Then it followed with the cocktail party. Some of the brands at the event/convention did makeup on models and they displayed their work.

I loved the lipstick on the girl on the right! If you're curious to know what she's wearing. She's wearing Be Legendary Lipstick, Melondrama, Honey Nude Lip Pencil, Light.


Instead of the makeup, the model stood out for me. She's such a gorgeous, exotic looking woman!

T3 Micro:
Her hair is so gorgeous!

MUD (Makeup Designory):


Crown Brushes:
This guy was hilarious! He really stood out because of his personality. :)

The makeup was one of my favorites of the night!

Make-Up For Ever:
This was my other favorite! They had nothing on but tiny panties. :X
Here they are again with their makeup artist.

Thank you The Makeup Show for an enjoyable night!!! :)

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

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum

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 my Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway. It ends March 18, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).

I was fortunate to receive a product from Reviva Labs, they are known for their breakthrough in anti-aging skin care. It's great for aging skin, as well as, people who are preventing age.

Monday, March 12, 2012

February Favorites and Finished Products, and The Makeup Show

Please don't forget to enter my Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway. It ends March 18, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).

I apologize for not updating last week. For some reason my computer would not upload the pictures from my camera. Thankfully, it finally worked and I can update my blog. :) I also want to thank the readers who have entered the Physicians Formula Giveaway, and gave suggestions on what improvements I needed for my blog. I loved the honest answers, as well as, I have taken advice to your suggestions. I have updated my background, and I hope this one looks better and is more manageable to read. What do you think about the background? It would be great to hear honest opinions. :)

Anyways, now for February Favorites. It's kind of late, but better now than later.
February Favorite Products
Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush in Natural: I'm a big fan of Physicians Formula. I think they have great quality products, and this definitely does not fail the brand name. I definitely do not agree with the pH Matchmaker. It does not match or change the blush to your natural pH. It just has one solid color from the moment you apply the blush to the end of the day. Other than that, it's a high quality blush that is long lasting and looks great on the skin. It also comes with light which is helpful especially at nighttime when you need to reapply the blush or any makeup.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream: I already reviewed this product, and am still in love with this. It has helped my dry hands, as well as, improved the texture of my hands. It's also easy to carry in your bag/purse. This is the hand cream I carry all the time. :)

Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum: I will review this product pretty soon. It's a refreshing serum that is suppose to help the prevention/fight aging skin. I love the texture of the product, and how it melts into your skin. It feels hydrating, as well as, you can use this both morning and night.

L'oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronze Taupe: I'm such a big fan of taupe/brown eyeshadows, and this does not fail. It's a gorgeous color, easy to use, and looks great by itself. It's one of those colors you apply and you're done. I love the simplicity with great quality product.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny: When I first got this bronzer, I was not a big fan. I'm not into orange bronzers, but more into taupe/brown bronzers. For some odd reason, I'm really digging this bronzer. Maybe I have changed my taste, but it actually looks great on my paler winter skin. I definitely cannot wear this during the summer since I need more color. It's great for the winter, paler skin.

February Finished Products
Nivea Visage Moisturizing Toner: This has to be one of my favorite toners! I love that it does not have alcohol. For that reason, it does not dry up your skin and keep the moisture in. I also love that it cleans your skin. Whenever I use this, I can see some dirt on the cotton pads which did not get fully cleaned from cleansing.

Would repurchase: Yes!

Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum: I used this every morning which is light and refreshing. It's a great way to start the morning. I especially love that this product prevents aging which is something I definitely need. I reviewed this product so please feel free to read the review.

Would repurchase: Yes.

LacVert All Round Sun Block: This was my holy grail sunblock I used in daily basis. It's light, melts into the skin unlike a lot of US Sunblocks (they only cover the skin), prevents UVA and UVB, and it did not have a scent like a lot of US Sunblocks. If you can tell, I love this sunblock!!! Now I can see why so many people are into Asian sunblocks versus American brands. I'm definitely a converter for Asian sunblocks.

Would repurchase: I already did!

Lashem Double Trouble Mascara: I reviewed this mascara, and still stand with the same view point. I think it's a great mascara for someone who's blessed with naturally, curly lashes. For myself who has straight lashes, it was not worth it. It did not hold my curl, as well as, darken it.

Would repurchase: No.

Avon Naturals Lip Balm in Peach: This is an old lip balm I bought from Avon. I don't recall when I bought this lip balm, but I used it at work whenever my lips were chapped. It had a waxy residue, and it did not melt into my lips. It felt like the lip balm just layered on top which is not the point of most lip balms. It also did not help my chapped lips especially this winter weather. I also was not too keen on the scent. For some reason, I thought I would be since it's a fruity scent. I have another one of this in mango and love that one much more.

Would repurchase: No, and I doubt they make this anymore.

Don't forget to buy your tickets for The Makeup Show! It's happening this coming Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the list of companies that will be there:

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except Aveeno, Reviva Labs, Vivite, LacVert, and Lashem; most of them were given to review and received one as a gift (LacVert). I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream

Please don't forget to enter my Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway. It ends March 18, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific time).

I was fortunate to receive some Aveeno products. The first one I'm going to review is Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream. It's been couple of weeks using this product, and I think it's about time I review it.

Where to purchase: drugstores, mass merchandisers or online at
Price: $5.99 for 2.7 oz/ 76 g

Made in USA

Description on the back: As  you age, the cumulative effects of external assaults can cause the skin's protective moisture barrier to bread down, contributing to skin becoming thinner and more fragile over time. Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream has been clinically shown to deeply moisture for 24 hours. This formula with Active Naturals Southernwood helps fortify the skin's moisture barrier, leaving it feeling stronger and more resilient. With regular use, the skin's moisture barrier can be improved over time, leaving skin healthier and younger looking.
Thoughts: Before I talk about my thoughts, I tried taking pictures of the ingredients listed on the back of the tube. Since the shape of the tube goes in, it was hard to get the sides of the ingredients. Therefore, I decided not to post the ingredients since you cannot see it *sigh*. Just know that Aveeno Active Naturals "are ingredients derived from nature and uniquely formulated to reveal skin's natural health and beauty."

First, the packaging is very convenient. It's the perfect size to carry with you in your purse or bag. It's not too heavy, and it's not too small. Some travel lotions only lasts couple of usage. This should last a good month or two depending on the frequency of usage.
It's in a squeezable tube, therefore, it should not leak. It's very well made, heavy duty product. I cannot see it bursting unless it's at the bottom of the bag and you have tons of heavy objects on top of it. Then again who carries all these heavy objects in their bags nowadays!?!? :/ With modern technology, we do not need to carry much in our purses anymore. I know I don't. The top is also very sturdy. It does not flip easily which is perfect for you to carry in your bag or purse. ;)

Secondly, the fragrance. It's hard to pinpoint the scent. Sometimes I feel like I smell flowers. At times it's kind of fruity. I'm not a big fan of flower, but this is pretty decent. I actually like the smell. Plus if you don't like the fragrance, it only lasts couple of minutes.
Third, the consistency of the hand cream. It's on the thick side which is perfect for this dry, winter weather. Even though it's thick, it's not greasy. I don't feel the greasiness at all like a lot of thick lotions.

Lastly, I'm going to talk about the quality of the product. No matter how much lotion/moisturizer/hand cream I put on my hands, my cuticles keep breaking especially on the side of the nails. It got so bad that I started breaking the cuticles with my teeth. :X The reason why I have dry hands other than the dry, winter weather is that I work with papers all day at work. I know in this modern world who works with papers nowadays. Unfortunately, I deal with medical records and they're still not up-to-date with technology. Doctors and nurses use a lot of papers. That's another story. :P Since I deal with papers all day, my hands get dry from rubbing on them. I put lotions on all day throughout work. No matter how much I put lotion on, my hands get dry again. My experience with this hand cream was a miracle!!! I noticed a quick result as soon as I applied the first time. It took longer to get dry compared to the lotions I've been putting on. I also noticed the cuticles on the sides of my nails started getting better. Within a week, my cuticles look healthy and smoother.

* Aveeno; brand that uses natural ingredients.
* Convenient to carry in purse or bag.
* Comes in squeezable tube.
* Top does not easily flip open.
* Decent scent.
* Thick.
* Not greasy.
* Moisturizes.
* Improves cuticles.
* Dermatologist recommended.

* Can't distinguish scent.

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

Thank you Aveeno!!! :)

Disclaimer: The product 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.
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