Tuesday, August 31, 2010

[CLOSED] My 100+ Followers Giveaway

Hey guys! I usually don't blog during the week but this will be about something different to my other posts. The title of this post pretty much says it all - yes I am holding my very first giveaway :)

First off I would like to say, thank you to all of my blog followers! I honestly never thought that I'd reach triple digits. You are all so lovely, I cannot than you all enough. As corny as this may sound, you've made my blogging experience so worthwhile =') Lots of love s2

Recently I have been in contact with Kiwiberry (an online shop that sells circle lenses and false lashes) and they have offered to sponsor a giveaway. Aw they are so generous.. such perfect timing and very coincidental! They are so sweet and HUGE thanks to them xx

What you can win :

EDIT: THERE WILL BE 2 WINNERS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY!!

2 winners will receive:

1 box of false eyelashes (10 pairs)
You get to choose which box you'd like to win =]
Just go to this page to check out Kiwiberry's range: http://www.kiwiberry1-collection.com/2010/04/false-eyelashes.html


I know many of you guys have commented on the falsies that I've worn for pictures on my blog (especially the criss-cross ones) so now you have the opportunity to have ones like mine or different ones :]

So for this giveaway, here are the rules:

1. You must be a public follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect. After all, this is a giveaway for my awesome readers. New followers are welcome.
2. You must be over 18 or you must have parental permission prior to entering the giveaway
3. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY

This giveaway starts September 1 2010 and ends October 1 2010 11:59PM GMT+9:30
No late entries will be accepted.

Leave a comment on this post below if you would like to enter. Follow these steps:

Mandatory (1 entry):
Be a public follower of my blog, leave your name, e-mail address and specify the box of lashes that you'd like to win by stating the number (e.g. #1) in your comment.

You must do the above otherwise your entry will be disqualified!
Also, I will not be accepting entries from people who have created a blog specifically for giveaways.

If you would like additional entries, here's how:

(+1 entry) Publicly follow Kiwiberry's Site: http://www.kiwiberry1-collection.com
(+1 entry) Write about this giveaway on your own blog, include the above image of the lashes and have it linked back to this post.
(+1 entry) Place a small banner on your blog sidebar with with above image of the lashes, linking back to this post.

If you follow via Google Friend Connect but don't have a blog, you can gain entries if you cannot do the above. Everyone is welcome to do this:

(+1 entry) Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jly_
(+1 entry) Tweet about my giveaway
You can simply copy and paste:

Box of False Lashes Giveaway from @jly_ - http://jlyxoxo.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-100-followers-giveaway.html

and please link it to me in this form preferably! e.g. http://twitter.com/jly_/status/22621680128

You can have a maximum of 6 entries!!

Use this format in your comment if you do all of the above:
Follower: Yes (you must be!)
Name:
Email:
Lashes #:
Follow Kiwiberry: Yes/No
Link to blog post:
Link to blog for sidebar post:
Twitter username:
Tweet about giveaway:

One winner will be picked through random.org and another winner will be picked from the the Fruit Machine

If you have any questions feel free to email me: jlyxoxo@hotmail.com or write a question in the Chatbox.

Keep in mind that if you don't win, I am going to hold a big giveaway for November-December as an end of year/Christmas/thank you/end of my school studies =] I'm still gathering items together for that and I am very excited :D

All I can say now is... GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

xx Jennifer

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with Kiwiberry.

Friday, August 27, 2010

4 Purchased Sale Items - Haul/Review

Okay so these are the products I bought when I went shopping with Cathy on Wednesday.

- L'Oreal Gentle Make-Up Remover for Eyes & Lips
- Revlon Matte Powder Blush in 001 Rose Rapture
- Maybelline Pulse Perfection Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
- Pupa Eyeshadow Compact Eyeshadow Duo (Pale Pink and Crimson)

First item I want to talk about is the L'Oreal Gentle Make-Up Remover. You might be aware, I have included in my Mini Blog Sale the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover. As good as the Neutrogena remover removes eye make-up, it just wasn't the right product for me. Having sensitive skin including senstive eyes was the reason why this product didn't suit me at all. I needed to purchase a new eye make-up remover that stated that it was suitable for sensitive skin. I asked Cathy and she recommended the L'Oreal one.

Just perfect!

As you can see, there are two distinct layers in the solution. On the back of the bottle it says:

the dark layer, rich in gentle oils, effectively removes waterproof and long-lasting make-up.
the light layer is a very gentle lotion which adds a pleasant sensation of freshness.

I won't make any comparisons with this and the Neutrogena make-up remover. Neutrogena one does say that it is dual-phase so it can remove very very tough make-up that probably wouldn't budge with regular removers. My Majolica Majorca mascara requires a dual-phase remover however, this L'Oreal one might do the job :) I'll have to wait and see. If it doesn't remove as well as the Neutrogena one, I promise that I won't complain.

Shake well before use until the colour is uniform

Priceline had 20% off all L'Oreal products so this was the perfect time to purchase this :D
Price = $9.83

PROS:
- doesn't irritate my eyes
- very gentle
- removes well
- great amount for the price (125mL)
- suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
- removes waterproof and long-lasting make-up
- snap lid is tight to decrease the likelihood of it opening accidentally
- portion control from the lid

CONS:
- snap lid is a bit hard to open
- not a lot of solution comes through the hole in the lid, have to apply a bit of force
- leaves a bit of greasy/oily film on the skin, but can be wiped off
- when opening the lid, a squirt of solution can come out
- need to shake it before every use

Overall Rating: 4/5
-1 for the lid

The best make-up remover in my opinion.. is a high-end product

Lancome Bi-Facil! I had a sample of this when my mum bought some Lancome things and got a gift pack. Sadly I've used it all up :(


It worked like a dream, it removed every trace of make-up on my face and caused no irritation whatsoever - it's for sensitive eyes :D I would love to purchase this product but I don't like the idea of using something this expensive just to remove make-up :(

Next item is the Revlon Matte Powder Blush in 001 Rose Rapture



The colour is a light pink and it's very subtle on the cheeks. It's not very pigmented and it's hard to do a swatch (it doesn't show up well on camera) however I'd still use this if I want a hint of pink on my cheeks. The texture isn't the best yet at the same time, it is very soft. I think it's good for the price that I paid.

Can you see the little black circle on the right next to the brush? If you're curious, check out what it does when I press it. Watch a video:

video

Sorry my camera's video quality sucks :( No focus, no where close to HD
I so need to buy a new one!

Or just check out this image to see what happened:

I like it! Very convenient

I tweeted about this and I was like wow when I found out what it did. It gave me quite a scare too. The mirror would stay quite clean and won't get all powdery from the blush as it is separated from it. At the front of the compact there's a window so that the blush can be seen. Love the packaging so much =]

In Priceline there are Revlon products that are selling for $4.95 each and this one was discounted to $9.95 which is a great price for a blush. Only this shade was discounted; unsure why. I saw the other shades of these Revlon blushes and they were full price at around $23 each!

PROS:
- compact is great, light and easy to store, sleek
- pressing a button to release the mirror is a great idea
- very soft blush
- case closes well
- sturdy plastic
- window at the front to see the shade of blush clearly
- brush sitting in the compartment
- soft brush with groove in the handle

CONS:
- not enough pigmentation, takes a few coats of blush applied to cheek for the colour to be evident (but could just be for this shade of blush, not all)
- expensive for drugstore blush - RRP $20+
- doesn't say how many grams of blush there is
- when button pressed, makes a very loud alarming noise when the mirror comes out - scares me!

Overall Rating: 3/5
-1 for the blush texture
-1 for blush pigmentation

Next item is the Maybelline Pulse Perfection Waterproof Mascara in Very Black


If you've never used or seen one of these mascaras before, this is briefly what it does. It is a vibrating/oscillating mascara that used a small installed battery and the oscillations are activated by pressing the button on the lid of the mascara wand (the gold part between my index finger and thumb) so it's up to you whether you choose to have the oscillations or not.

Close-up of the wand. It's the perfect size for me

When I apply this mascara onto my lower lashes, I tend to not turn on the oscillations because it gives me a tickling sensation haha. I like it on for my top lashes because it does the 7 things that it says it does:

7 must-haves of lash perfection
1 - Luscious Thickness
2 - Luxurious Length
3 - Smooth Separation
4 - Intense Color
5- Shapely Curve
6 - Healthy Luster
7 - Zero Clumps

Maybe I've experienced 5 or 6 out of the 7 but I can definitely see it working the way I want it to! It might not just be about the oscillation, it could be the formula and/or the brush.

If you want to hear what the buzzing noise sounds like, watch the video:

video

Lancome has an oscillting mascara too, but I definitely haven't tried it before. I only purchase drug-store make-up :) If you have tried it before, let me know what it's like and if it's any different to the Maybelline one.

Cathy pointed out the sale for this mascara! I am so grateful that she did :D I think the waterproof one only came out a few months ago (or less.. or more.. I don't know :[ But I do remember not seeing a waterproof version) which is great because then the formula inside would still be fairly new. On the ticketed price it said that this was originally $23.95 but I only got this for $12.50!! Girls, if you haven't tried this mascara before, I suggest you do.

PROS:
Umm.. pretty much everything!

CONS:
- no idea how to replace the battery if it runs out
BUT I asked Cathy about it and she said that a sales lady told her that by the time the battery runs out, the mascara would already be finished! Hahaha that sounds so true x)

Overall Rating: 5/5
I love it! This is now my favourite mascara, along with my Majolica Majorca

Last but not least, PUPA!


Pupa 50% off sale is still going on as it is a clearance sale. I don't think there will be new Pupa products coming into Priceline but I really hope so because that would be exciting :)

When I showed Cathy the inside of this eyeshadow, she was really surprised. I love how it has that effect on people x) I was like that too when I first opened it, all wide-eyed o_o

I decided to get this one because I think the colours are lovely. Here are the swatches:


I did a simple two-tone look with it and used the Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara :)

My lashes look longer than usual with this mascara. I don't see clumping :)

To add a more dramatic, bold effect to my eyes, I applied some false lashes.

I wish my lashes were actually this long!

Back to the Pupa eyeshadow, I really like it. The sponge applicator is so cute! The eyeshadows are very pigmented, shimmery and there doesn't need a be a lot of it when applying. A little goes a long way. And $7.50 is very cheap. I can understand why the recommended retail price for this item would be $15. Totally worth it.

PROS:
- very pigmented, especially the crimson one
- unique packaging
- handy mirror in the compact
- excellent for the price
- sturdy plastic
- a small brush can fit in the compact and sponge detached or kept on

CONS:
- bulky packaging, could be slimmer/smaller
- the handle of the brush sticks out of the compact
- sponge applicator is hard to use but can be used differently to the instructional way
- packaging doesn't look appealing, very plain

Overall Rating: 5/5
I can't say many bad things about it. The cons were just things that I'd be picky about. I recommend this for anyone who likes duo eyeshadows that can blend easily.

I hope you enjoyed reading my first reviews on cosmetics products.
Thank you

xx Jennifer

Shopping with Cathy

Hey guys, Friday and Saturday seem to be my blogging days :) That's probably because I feel less stressed when it's the weekends and during the week I am very busy!

I finished early on Wednesday afternoon so I decided to go to town for a bit of shopping with my friend Cathy. You may know her from Youtube as cookieyuri or on Blogger/Twitter as cookie093. Many probably didn't know that we're actually school friends :) If you aren't aware of who she is, I suggest you check out her blog and videos!

Anyway, Wednesday's weather wasn't the best. It was cold and very wet outside, it rained very hard but none of that stopped two girls from shopping :D None of us drove to school so we walked to the tram stop which took us to the city. Luckily I had my umbrella or else we would have both gotten drenched!

We went to Priceline first, of course! How could we have not gone there :P We both are very much into beauty products so it was great shopping together and giving each other ideas about itmes that we've tried before or want to try. In our friendship group it's pretty much only us that are really into those sorts of things so when lots of us go to town we normally visit other shops and maybe only go in one Priceline for a bit.
You know what? We went in all three of them! xD

We also went into a shop called 'Morning Glory' which sells Korean things like plushies, stationery items, gift items and more. Here are some pictures we took:

Blue Bear - so cute ♥

Cats with angry expressions


But I posed with the one with that expression haha. I was going to make that face while posing with it but I would've looked silly!

Haha funny expression on the poop. Cathy looks like a Genie

I haven't bought any of theses Glossy Blossom Professional Nail Lacquers yet but I will sometime!

Display of Korean beauty products, how lovely! Little tables with roses sticking out of the drawers.

I love how they colour coordinate their plushies :) Pink section is so cute!
OMG is that Pig Rabbit (reference to the drama You're Beautiful) :O

30% pink section of clothing I think

Two male bears sitting on a wooden bench, naw. It's cute but it would be cuter if one was a girl and one was a boy x) Just saying

Pink wooden frame for display. It's quite nice. There's Cathy at the counter making a purchase hehe

This is what she bought - A pink blanket with a hoodie. So cute! It may look strange how there's a car right behind her x] The shop faces a small street in the city

Now I'm wearing it :)

Buns! They look so delicious xD And real

The rain did eventually stop but for the majority of the time we were in town, it was raining.

Waiting to cross at the traffic light. It was raining heaps but the camera didn't capture the rain fall. Look at the huge puddles.. and Darrell Lea chocolate shop :)

Pedo Van. Nah, I'm just joking haha

The tram and a taxi on the opposite side

We also went to look at some digital cameras as I am planning to buy one at the end of this year :) I really want to be able to take clearer pictures with better focus, zoom, more functions and HD filming. After looking at a few, I'm still unsure which to buy but I don't want an Olympus or Fuji because they don't use an SD card for storage. If anyone has any suggestions of a good camera, please let me know. Actually.. tell me which digital camera you currently own. I'd love to hear from you. Which brands are good and which are not so good?

Despite my umbrella wanting to flip the other way while I was using it, overall it was a good and fun day of shopping. We both bought some stuff so it was definitely worth while. I liked having a beauty shopping buddy to point out a few things to try and buy! Thanks Cathy xx :D

Since this post is already quite long, I'll make a new post about the items that I purchased on Wednesday :) Mini haul/review so stay tuned!

xx Jennifer

Monday, August 23, 2010

Are You Interested in Purchasing Pupa Products?

Hey guys, just wondering whether any of you are interested in purchasing any Pupa products from me. I am taking requests so please let me know if you'd like anything in particular. I can't assure you that I can get all specified products as there is currently a 50% off clearance sale in a shop here but I could try my best. Stock will definitely be limited!

The products that I have mentioned on my blog could very well be available but also some things from their website: http://www.pupa.it/ENG/Catalogue/Make-Up.aspx?

Eye Pencils are $5AUD each
Lipstick and Duo Eye Designer are $7.50AUD each
Palettes, Blushes and Foundations start from $10AUD each

Anyone who is interested must have a Paypal account.

For further details, leave a comment or e-mail me at jlyxoxo@hotmail.com
Thanks.

PS: If there are no requests I may still purchase a few items and put them on my blog for sale.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

PUPA Cosmetics and Priceline Beauty Buys

Hello :)

My previous post was a haul and one of the brands that I talked about was PUPA cosmetics which comes from Italy. Priceline is having a clearance sale of 50% off all PUPA cosmetics. I went to a different Priceline store to which I normally go to and this was Priceline Pharmacy. This was also located in the city but this was my first time going into this one. There are 3 Pricelines in the city which doesn't really surprise me - it is a really popular store!

I'm so glad I decided to go to this particular Priceline, but at first I wasn't glad. I was looking around the whole shop for the PUPA cosmetics and I was so devastated that I couldn't find any on the shelves. I picked up a few things from their catalogue sales and just as I was about to leave the counter, I saw a box to my left... and YAY! Instead of being on the shelves as I expected, the PUPA products were in the box! I bought 3 PUPA cosmetics products. I have an early dismissal on Wednesday so I could go back there and buy more if there's any left haha.


Here are my lovely PUPA things:

I previously bought the the rectangle product which is the Duo Compact Eye Designer that I blogged about in my Haul. I didn't re-purchase

♥ Luminys Velvety Baked Blush in 04
♥ 4Eyes Multi-purpose Eyeshadow Palette in 01
♥ New Chic Intense Colour Lipstick in 05

Closer shots of each product:

It comes with a little brush. The brush isn't very soft and it doesn't smell too good so I choose not to use it when I apply this blush



I don't know about you but it kind of reminds me of MAC's Stereo Rose blush. I have never used it before nor have I ever seen it in front of me but judging by the looks of it online, it looks a bit similar to this. I can't say it's a duplicate so feel free to think otherwise haha.


I love these shades of blue! They are very soft
I shall do a look with these colours some time :)


Love the mirror finish of the tube inside the casing

Speaking of which, there's a mirror inside the casing! How handy is that eh?


It looks quite dark but it's actually lighter

It has a very neutral smell so the product doesn't have that bad lipstick smell. It is quite moist. I like it!


Now onto a few beauty buys at Priceline:

Revlon $4.95 Clearance Sale on selected items
I managed to grab myself a Revlon lip product which was a 'Protective Liptint SPF 15' in 000 Pink Rose.

Sorry my camera doesn't have very good focus. I plan to buy a new one at the end of the year.

So much product in this little tube, how awesome

A very pretty pink

Lovely 'tint' - it's more like a very moisturising lipstick! Very happy with this product and so happy to get it at a bargain price. It smells like a raspberry lolly and it makes me want to eat the lippie xD Of course I wouldn't do such a thing for real!


Bourjois 2 for $5 nail enamel
I never paid attention to Bourjois nail polishes. They usually retail for about $5 so this was like a buy one get one free deal. They are so small but so cute :)

Bourjois Nail Enamel in 61 & 56 (L-R)

I think there were only a few other colours to choose from. It's pretty obvious that my favourite colour is pink yeah? Hehe

Above: No flash. Below: Flash

When I applied it, it went on smoothly but I accidentally scratched a bit off before it dried :/ It's not the nicest swatch.. I couldn't be bothered removing it and re-painting etc. because I still had to remove it anyway. School doesn't allow nail polish!


This swatch is better. A very hot pink colour



It probably doesn't seem as though I bought a lot ay? Well I did ;) The rest is for my future giveaway I promise :D

I'll definitely be doing review and looks with the above stuff

Such a long post!

Thanks for reading,

xx Jennifer
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