Shabby Apple Jewelry Giveaway

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My friends like to describe my style as "froofroo".  I love girly girl dresses with lace, bows, and ruffles.  I suppose this translates to more of a "young" style, and unfortunately I found I'm getting a bit too old to be dressing so girly.

BUT!!!  I recently discovered a store called The Shabby Apple.  They have GORGEOUS dresses that satisfy my "froofroo" needs, but at the same time are more conservative and "adult."  I especially love the vintage and sailor inspired collections!  And don't worry if you're decidedly un froo froo -- they have dresses to suit every style!

I picked out a few of my favorite dresses -- how unbelievably cute are these??  And if you see something you like, The Shabby Apple is offering 10% off your entire purchase with check out code: "lipglossloveaffair10off"


The Shabby Apple also carries a wide variety of unique jewelry and accessories -- many of which are "Alice in Wonderland" themed.  AND!!!  They have generously sponsored a piece for Lipgloss Love Affair readers.  I picked out my three favorites and the winner can choose the one they like most!


  • Gun metal multi-chain bracelet with gun metal charms and lobster clasp closure.
  • Charms:  clock, scissors, hour glass, cross, and various sized gun metal heart lockets.
  • Materials: gun metal hardware and charms.
  • Measurements:  8” inches at furthest link.
  • Handmade in the USA.


  • This beautifully crafted pocket watch necklace is made of etched antique brass metal.
  • Glass front opens to reveal clock.Glass face is diamond cut in a lovely shade of golden brown.
  • Necklace is 24” long
  • Handmade in the USA


  • Antique brass vintage reproduction skeleton key suspended on a 24” long chain.
  • Skeleton Key 2" x 1/2"
  • Handmade in the USA


How To Enter:
The following is mandatory and counts as one entry:

Bonus Entries:
  • Post this giveaway on your Facebook Status (1 extra entry)
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3 total entries possible!
  • Giveaway ends Friday, August 19th
  • Sorry this giveaway is only open to US Residents.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org
  • Good luck!

Tony Moly Cappuccino Cream In Scrub Review

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So I received quite a few questions about this product from my recent Sasa Haul.  Not to mention every time I have friends over, they see this in my bathroom and ask me about it.

Tony Moly is a Korean cosmetics company known for their cute and fruit/dessert inspired packaging.


I have to admit I myself was a bit confused the first time I saw the Tony Moly Cappuccino Cream In Scrub.  It looks like a delicious cup of coffee, but it is in fact a facial scrub in disguise!  Leave it to the Koreans to come up with such a cleverly cute idea.
The lid twists off to reveal the jelly textured scrub inside.  It smells amazingly of espresso!

The "spoon" pops off the lid and is actually a spatuala to dip into the scrub.


So how do you use this stuff?  Apply a small amount onto wet face and massage.  The coffee flavored jelly contains little beads that heat up and exfoliate for a nice "facial".  The color actually changes from brown to white to let you know how long you should massage.

The scrub contains enriched caffeine to moisturize and accelerate circulation as well as milk protein extracts for exfoliation and reducing of wrinkles and fine lines.  Some advertise it as a "Natural Botox" but I wouldn't go that far haha.  Although I will say it leaves the skin incredibly soft and I just can't get over the lovely coffee smell as I use it!  It's a pretty mild scrub so you could probably use it daily.

And if you aren't quite convinced, did I mention that Tony Moly is endorsed by the likes of Kim Hyun Joong and Song Joong Ki?




How To Reuse Your Face Sheet Masks + Giveaway Winners

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Who doesn't love cloth/sheet masks?  They're especially refreshing in the summer heat.  What I don't love are the prices and the pain of having to order them from Asia.  So I've figured out a way to really stretch your mask and your buck!

Call me cheap -- I know many masks are only a buck or two a piece, but you have to admit most companies over do it on the essence.  There's usually enough for at least 2-3 applications -- I always rub the excess on my neck or hands but there's STILL so much thrown away -- a dollar or not, it's still a waste!  And there are plenty of masks that still go for $5-20 a piece -- believe me for those I plan on using EVERY last drop of essence!

Here's how to get 2-3 uses out of each mask:


1) Open your mask, remove the backing, and gently squeeze the excess serum into a zip lock bag.  Make sure to leave enough on your mask for your first application!  Some of the essence will run down your hands so pat your face with it before applying the mask.

2) Don't forget to pour in the excess from the package.

If there's a lot, you can divide this into two zip lock bags.

3) Apply the mask as usual.  You'll notice that there's still plenty of essence to soak into your skin!

4) Once done, boil 1-2 cups of water.

5) Place the mask in pot and boil for one minute to sanitize.

6) Remove the mask with tongs or chopsticks.

7) Hold the mask under cold running water or place in a bowl of cold water to cool it off.

8) Gently squeeze all the water out of the mask.

9)  Fold up the mask and place inside the zip lock bag filled with essence.  Shake the bag around or squeeze the essence into the mask to let it absorb.

10)  Store the baggie in a safe place or chill it in the refrigerator.  When you're ready to use it, remove from, bag, unfold, and apply like usual.  As good as new!



12) Repeat the boiling process for the mask if you made up a second baggie of essence.

Also, if you don't want to go through the boiling/sanitizing method for the mask, your can buy just the sheet masks in bulk for really cheap!
These are from Bornprettystore.com




And finally the winners for my Cellnique Skincare Set and Artie Style Gift Card giveaways:
The Cellnique Giveaway winner is #232: Lucy Stanton.

The two Artie Gift Card Giveaway winners are:
#56: Tofan Anamaria
#180: Suki Kim

I've sent e-mails to all of you so please respond with the required information.  Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered!  Please check out my current giveaways for more chances at great prizes!

Sigma Travel Brush Kit Review + Giveaway

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Sorry guys I know I promised this giveaway last week but I'm trying to spread all these giveaway posts out before I completely turn into a giveaway blog!

So I'm sure Sigma needs no introduction to the beauty blogging world.  It's one of those innovative companies that market their products primarily through their blog and YouTube affiliates.  A very smart form of advertising that I think more companies should get involved in!  They are known for their quality and affordable brushes and are often compared to MAC.

For this review, Sigma sent me their Travel Kit in "Naughty In Black".  The very first thing I noticed upon opening up this brush set was the size!  Being a travel set, I expected short handles and small brushes, but without directly comparing these to Sigma's other sets, they could easily be mistaken for full size brushes.  The face brushes come with 5 inch handles while the concealer and eye brushes have 4 inch handles.


This kit is perfect for those who travel frequently and need good sized basic essential brushes.  It would also make a perfect starter set for those new to make-up brushes.

There are seven brushes, five with natural hair bristles, while the foundation and concealer brushes have synthetic bristles for better application.  This set also includes a free Duo Fibre F50 Brush which contains a blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

Brushes in this kit:
Duo Fiber - F50 - Specially designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply liquid foundation.  It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades, and loose pigments.  Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.
Pencil - E30 - Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles. 
Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.
Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.
Large Powder - F30 - Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles. 
Large Angled Contour - F40 - The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.
Foundation - F60 - Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.
Concealer - F70 - The rounded, tampered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles. 

My only gripe is that the carrying clutch only contains seven slots for the seven included brushes so if you wanted to insert another brush you would have to switch one out or attempt to squeeze two into one slot.  There isn't even a spot for the F50 brush!   But I guess it's a minor detail for the overall quality kit.

The Travel Kit is currently on sale at Sigma.com for $49.00 and also comes in a cute "Nice in Pink" color!

They also offer Premium Travel Kits for the same price.  I'm not quite sure of the difference -- they include the same amount of brushes and while they have different model numbers, the kits contain similar brushes.  I guess it's just a matter of personal preference.  The Premium Kits come in hot pink, baby pink, black, and silver.  Don't forget to use code: HB2011 for 10% off your Sigma order!

So do you want one yet???!  Well fortunately Sigma is sweetly sponsoring one "Naughty In Black" Travel Kit for my readers!

Same ol' rules as usual.  You just need to be a Lipgloss Love Affair subscriber to enter and of course you can always do the bonus entries to help spread the word!


The Rules
You must be a GFC or Blogger Follower 
and fill out the entry form below (1 entry).

Extra Entries
  • "Like" Lipgloss Love Affair on Facebook by clicking here (1 extra entry)
  • Follow me via Networked Blogs by clicking here (1 extra entry)
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  • Post about giveaway on Facebook Status (1 extra entry)
  • Tweet about this giveaway (1 extra entry) 
  • Write a blog entry about this giveaway (2 extra entries)
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10 total entries possible

This giveaway is international.  
Ends August 14, 2011.
Good luck!


Circle Lens Intro + Neo Cosmo Lucky Clover Review

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So I know practically everyone knows what circle lenses are, but sometimes we have to remember to take a step back and not to take the beauty and blogging community for granted.  There are always a handful of people who don't keep up with every little thing as much as we do and may not have heard of certain products -- especially those ever evolving products from Asia.  As I've mentioned over and over -- the US is behind in EVERYTHING.

I have several lens reviews coming up in the next few weeks so I thought I would put out a little information in case anybody wanted to reference back to it.  You can always skip down to the review below!


So circle lenses were developed in Korea I'm going to say 5 or 6 years ago (maybe even longer).  The earlier lenses that came out gave your eyes a shimmer or added a "teary" effect -- something like you would see in a Japanese cartoon or
anime.




As circle lenses evolved, large rings or circles were added around the iris, causing an enlargement of the eyes (thus the name "circle" lens).  Obviously this was meant for our smaller Asian eyes.




This image is from a popular Chinese make-over show.  One eye has fake eyelashes, double eyelid tape, circle lens, and make-up.

Now these lenses are popular all over the world, worn by every type of ethnicity.   Many lenses now just come in interesting colors and do not necessarily have the thick black ring.  There are tons and tons of styles, colors, and designs from various manufacturers.





There have been articles and news reports warning people against circle lenses and their potential for causing blindness.  You should definitely do a bit of research, learn their proper care, and consult your eye doctor before using circle lenses.

I personally do not have much experience with circle lenses.  I purchased two pairs about three years ago (I don't even remember the website) and had a pretty bad experience with them.  One pair was a yellow brown that looked completely unnatural and lizard like.  After soaking for a few days in contact solution the color somehow came off!!!  It scared the crap out of me -- the colors were just painted on!!!


The second pair was a more natural brown but it was SO irritating to my eyes.  After wearing it for a whole day I couldn't even put my regular contacts in for a few days.  I really wish I could remember the website and which contacts I purchased to warn everyone away.


So yes it took two good years for me to jump back on the circle lens horse.  I still don't plan on wearing them for long periods of time.  The good news is there are plenty of
Youtubers and Bloggers who have done the research for you -- you can check out reviews of lenses and reputable stores before making your purchase so hopefully you won't go through the same problems I did!


On To The Review:


Being Korean, I've always considered blue contacts too unnatural for my eyes.  I'm not a fan of super obvious colored lenses as the color "pops" and attracts too much attention.  I normally stick with browns or greys but I have sort of grown out of colored contacts in general as I find them irritating for my eyes.

Another issue I have is my prescription -- believe it or not both of my eyes are -9.5.  Yes I'm super blind!  It's pretty hard to find colored lens in my prescription -- some go up to -10.0 but most only go to -6.0 or -8.0.


Fortunately
Koreabigeyes.com let me know that they had my prescription in the Neo Cosmo 4 Tone Lucky Clover Series as well as the 3 Tone Princess Eyes Series  Upon looking at the the images, I was surprised at how natural all the lenses looked -- mostly because they were "blended lenses" -- mixing 3 or 4 tones together for a natural appearance.



The blue lens actually appeared more grey in the pictures so I thought, heck why not, and picked out my very first pair of blue lens!

I was extremely surprised with Koreabigeyes.com's super fast shipping!  They are located in Taiwan and the package arrived at my home in the US in a week!  I'm still waiting on my lenses from other companies and those were ordered nearly two weeks ago.

The lenses arrived securely bubble wrapped in the usual glass vials and came with a free animal contact lens case (you get one for every pair you order).  

The design consists of different shades of blue, green, and brown in a clover or flower-like pattern.
The colors blended nicely into my naturally medium brown eyes.  Please keep in mind circle lenses look different on everyone depending on their natural eye color.


Comfort wise, the Neo Cosmo lenses definitely held up better than my first circle lenses.  I could still tell they were in my eyes but they were fairly comfortable.  I recommend using eye drops if you plan on wearing them for an extended period of time.

As for the enlargement, I didn't see any with these lens.  You can usually tell by the lens size whether or not they will enlarge your eyes -- for bigger eyes, you should go for a 15 or 16mm lens.  These lenses are 14.2mm in diameter and are not particularly meant for enlargement.  

The
 Neo Cosmo Lucky Clover series retails for $27 per pair at 
Koreabigeyes.com and I definitely recommend them for those of you who are like me and want just a subtle color change.  They are also available in grey, brown, and green.

Koreabigeyes.com
is also having a special promotion where you can purchase a pair of Neo Cosmo Lucky Clover lenses and a Neo Cosmo Dali, Dali 2, or Smokey Black lenses for a total of $45.  Click here for the promotion.

I'm still learning the art of
camwhoring -- you probably noticed I rarely put up self pics.  I don't know how these other bloggers can get such sharp and clear pictures of their eyes!






Disclaimer: These lenses were provided by Koreabigeyes.com for review purposes.  No monetary compensation was received and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.