Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Starlooks December Starbox Review

 
   If you have been following the past two months then this is the one you have been waiting for! The December Starlooks Starbox was just as glamorous as you would imagine a palette this special could be! The $99 shadow palette definitely had fall/winter written all over with gorgeous browns, mauves, and metallic shimmers perfect for any holiday party!
   With a perfect mix of mattes, shimmers, satin and glitter finishes to please any shadow lover, it was also filled with fantastic highlighting shades, blending shades, and an amazing silver and gold! This palette truly had everything I could possibly want in a pinch for a party. 
   With 15 shades ranging from cream to black, I found they blended rather easily and had little to no fallout. The shadows themselves had pretty good pigmentation that could easily be sheered out, or packed on for a more intense colour. I am sure if you are daring you could even try applying wet, but be warned that can sometimes ruin some shadows. 
     I can easily see tons of pairings from neutral looks, to smokey, to amazing sparkly looks for nighttime outings. I have the perfect idea of what I would like to be wearing tonight when the clock strikes twelve!
    Starlooks really hit it out of the park with this one! And to top it off they have a brand new reward system in place for all of you who are signed up to their monthly service! Beginning now, Starbox subscribers will automatically receive a free continuous- subscriber exclusive gift valued at $35 every 3 months! With a subscription as awesome as Starlooks is, I don't know how any makeup lover could seriously pass this up! 
     To get in on the action sign up at Starlooks or you can also check them out on their Facebook and their Youtube channel!

FTC: I was provided the product shown for review, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Twisted Wide Width Round Toe Ava Platform Pump w/ Gold Stud Review

   Twisted Shoes is another gem. Who doesn't need that perfect pair of heels that go with every outfit? These Round Toe Platform Pumps are just the thing you need! Made of faux leather, they have a fantastic, soft, textured finish to the outside. The round toe really makes them more comfortable than a pointed toe and the fact that it is also a peep toe makes it super cute!
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      If the nude/taupe isn't your shade they are also available in black. Personally if the nude colour suits your skin tone properly then go for it to achieve a longer looking leg! The studs and cone spikes are in a really pretty gold tone and are perfect for when you want to incorporate more gold into your accessories. I have always favored silver so these do just that without going overboard for me.
     The shoes have about a four inch heel with a one inch platform making these probably the most sensible heels I currently own, but that also means they are a much more comfortable shoe to walk in.
     They come in a wide width, which is nice if it is something you need.
Typically I find normal heels on the narrow side and end up being painful, the only downside with these was the width was too wide for the size I chose. I typically order a size 10. I wear a 9 1/2 but I could have easily gone down to a 9 and they would have fit a little better. The more you wear them the more they will stretch out, and the width of the shoe allowed my foot to slide forward making the back of the shoe pop off my heels. Easily could have been fixed with a smaller size.                    
         All in all these are really fantastic and I couldn't be happier! They will certainly come in handy when I need a fabulous pair of heels to dress up any outfit for any occasion!
   If you love what you see be sure to check out Twisted Shoes on Amazon and pick up a pair for yourself or check out their huge selection online!

                       
    FTC: The products shown were provided for review purposes, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Twisted Women's Faux Suede Skull Studded Loafer Ballet Flat Smoking Shoes Review

 There is never a wrong time to add more shoes to your collection! I have another review from the fantastic line of Twisted Shoes for you. These Skull Studded Loafers are a really wonderful casual shoe. The faux suede means that they are incredibly soft and the studs give them just the right amount of edge to keep them funky.
     Available in black or gray, these would be the perfect shoe to wear with a dress for a more casual look, or paired with jeans and a tee for running a few errands, or visits with friends.
     I am a huge fan of ballet flats, and these have the ballet flat feel with the style of a loafer. They are insanely lightweight and the studs are attached really well. There is a slight heel on the sole so it's not perfectly flat but when you have them on you feel like you aren't wearing shoes at all! It gives a really nice barefoot feel.
    The only thing I foresee being an issue is that I am really rough with my shoes and tend to drag my feet a lot, and the lightweight construction may not stand up to normal wear and tear from me, but if you aren't a total barbarian with your shoes like I am I think you will be just fine.
   If you love the casual look and feel of the ballet flat loafer combination then these truly would be a perfect fit for your wardrobe. I absolutely can't get enough of them! I think they would look perfect with the gray dress I recently added to my collection.

    If you love what you see be sure to check out Twisted Shoes on Amazon and pick up a pair for yourself or check out their huge selection online!

FTC: The products shown were provided for review purposes, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Twisted Women's Toner Athletic Stylish Shape up Sneaker Review

  Toner Shape up shoe from Twisted Shoes would be a fantastic addition to anyone's closet who would like a little of both. Though I can't attest to the efficacy of the toning aspect of the shoe, I can say it is fabulously comfortable to walk in! That makes this shoe a great athletic shoe to have for workouts. Not to mention the colours of this shoe are absolutely fabulous.
 It's almost a new year, the best way to celebrate is with a new you. I like to accomplish this by adding to my wardrobe. Some like to set goals to lose a few pounds. I think the
    The tread on the bottom of the shoe is good for the kind of terrain I face every day, which is nothing more than a parking lot and some grass as well as three flights of stairs. Dex and I definitely get a work out on those several times a day! I haven't had to walk in icy weather with it, but I don't think I would recommend it just in case.
     The rubber sole of the shoe really gives your foot a rocking motion while you wear them and I notice I have to control my walking or I end up walking on my toes more. I suppose that is more where the toning comes in. I wore them after a day of wearing another pair of shoes that really hurt my feet and they were so cushioned and comfortable that it was a major relief when even walking barefoot was incredibly painful.
    The shoes are super light weight and absolutely adorable that I love wearing them out to walk Dexter. They make going up and down the stairs easy and walking around the parking lot more fun.
     If you love what you see be sure to check out  Twisted Shoes on Amazon and pick up a pair for yourself or check out their huge selection online!

     FTC: The products shown were provided for review purposes, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The IT Cosmetics® New Year, Most Beautiful You 5-Piece Collection

 IT Cosmetics® will feature a worldwide launch of five ALL NEW, must-have IT products on December 28th on QVC’s Today’s Special Valuefor one day only! This 5-piece collection, developed with plastic surgeons and infused with amazing, luxe ingredients, is your 30 seconds to full coverage and airbrushed illumination!

The IT Cosmetic® “New Year, Your Most Beautiful You” 5-Piece Collection includes:
·         Feel the Moment™ Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum
·         Heavenly Luxe™ Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush
·         Celebration Foundation® Illumination
·         Heavenly Luxe™ Double Airbrush Foundation Brush
·         Eyelift In A Tube™ Bye Bye® Under Eye & Hello Light™ Liquid Brightener

The IT Cosmetics® New Year, Most Beautiful You 5-Piece Collection is a one time, limited editionToday’s Special Value (TSV) on QVC and is available one day only on QVC and QVC.com on December 28, 2013! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

StudioGear Makeup Review

     Beauty lovers rejoice because I found some really fun things from a really great brand! If you are new to my beauty world then gather around closely and let me share some new products with you that you may like to try as well.
 
 If you have ever heard of Studio Gear Cosmetics before then why did you keep this a secret from me? I recently ran across the brand and I love what I have seen so far. I had the opportunity to test three products and I love them to pieces!
     My ongoing battle with foundation and concealers has kept me from finding a happy medium anywhere. With my excessively dry skin, and now that I am getting a little older, fine lines (EEK!) I have struggled with finding something that works with my skintone, texture and makes me happy with the results. This made me a little skeptical of the Hidden Agenda Concealer. It comes in five shades so I chose light and hoped for the best and was pleasantly surprised that it matched my skintone. It also contains Vitamin K to help correct dark circles and flaws.
      The concealer is a really nice creamy texture that grabs onto the skin and covers really well. I blended it in with a tiny round top buffing brush from Real Techniques and it applied perfectly. I decided to skip foundation and powder just to see how this held up. I did have some slight issues with it settling into fine lines around my mouth, but everywhere else it held up nicely. I think with a primer or setting with a powder it would be absolutely perfect. Officially my new favorite concealer ever!
     The next product I tried was the Cake Eyeliner in Black. This liner can be
used dry for a smoky mysterious look or used wet that dries matte for a dramatic defined line. I used it dry and loved how it gave a subtle smoky effect to my lash line but still didn't budge after a few hours of wear. If black isn't your thing it also comes in brown and forest green!
      The last product I tried was one of their lipsticks. I chose the Glaze lipstick in Paprika. They have other formulas such as veils, mattes, and frosts among others. I really loved the packaging of the lipstick as it was that black rubberized material that is super smooth and luxe. The liner and concealer had a hard plastic containers which were nice but this was beautiful.
     The lipstick itself was a red/orange with  gold shimmer in it. I was hoping it would have been more orange but it was a nice colour and the gold shimmer wasn't chunky or gritty. The texture of the lipstick was very smooth and not dry or sticky but the downside is it had little staying power and after a few hours of wear doing literally nothing, no eating or drinking, it had smudged. I suggest blotting and setting with a powder then applying another light layer or add a liner for some more staying power. I would absolutely LOVE to try the Matte lipstick but I am not brave enough to pull off that gorgeous bright red as much as I would like to think I could. Maybe one day!
     If you love what you see check out StudioGear's website and see what else they have available! Or you can follow them on any one of their social network accounts! Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram, or Youtube. If you love something and you want to pick it up, use this coupon code for 10% off: YLLWBIRD13 !!
       FTC: The products shown were provided for review purposes, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Natural Balance Value Gift Pack from Chewy.com Review


    If you are still on the lookout for that last minute gift for your four legged friends I have the perfect thing in mind! People love gift sets, so why not get one meant just for your pet?
   Chewy never ceases to amaze me with how many awesome products they have on their site! This month I got the pleasure of gifting Dexter the Natural Balance Value gift pack! Containing a bag of Limited ingredient treats in Sweet Potato and Chicken, Ultra Premium Canned Chicken, and Premium Turkey Dog Food Roll at only $5.99 this is a steal!
   The treats are the perfect size little biscuits for Dexter. he was more than happy to take the first one offered and eat it no problem.That is until he realized there was something in that box other than treats. I decided to give him the Dog Food Roll. He has had food similar to this before but not from this brand.  I loved that when I opened it up with smelled like a sausage and not dog food. It had a harder texture like a sausage as well. I cut it up into tiny pieces and went to place it in his food bowl and he started "sitting pretty" so I had to snap a quick picture and give him one. The food roll didn't last long.

  The very next day after playing in the snow for a little bit I let Dexter inside. Typically he bolts around the room trying to get dry, but instead he ran inside and everything got really quiet. I walked through the kitchen and stopped in the hallway to see Dexter standing in the living room in front of the box with the treats in it. He apparently ran right to it and stopped. That's not even the funny part. I took out a treat and handed him one and went to grab another only to see he had spit the first one out. I tried to hand it to him again, he preceded to spit it out again and then walked over and sat next to the box. I then realized my dog had out smarted me and wanted the canned food and not the treats.
   All in all this was a huge hit for the Dex-man, it looks like I know what he will want to have again in the future. Another win for Chewy! If you want to get in on the action check out Chewy to find all kinds of fun stuff from food, to grooming, to flea and tick care for your dog or cat. If you want to learn more, check out their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ to stay in the loop! Or you can enter the giveaway below to be a winner of Chewy credit or prize pack to get your furry friend some fun stuff!

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FTC: The products shown were provided for review purposes, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own. LittleYllwBird is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lurking Fear Toys Walking Dead Figure Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to offer my readers a chance at some Walking Dead Stuff. Even though I was extremely upset at the season finale a few weeks ago, I am still a fan. 

In promotion of the launch of their website, Lurking Fear Toys has generously offered one of my readers the awesome prize below. The item you will win is The Walking Dead Comic Series 2 Action Figure Set. Based off the Image Comics version of the Walking Dead. Each figure is incredibly detailed and comes with a wide array of accessories. Series 2 features the Governor, Michonne's Pet Zombie, Glenn, AND the Governor's zombie daughter Penny. 


For a chance to win , enter the rafflecopter below



Head on over here to their Ebay store and check out all the awesome things they have. Below is just a few of the many gifts and collectibles for everyone. 



The Walking Dead Zombie Hand Table Lamp

Walking Dead Hole in the Head Metal Bottle Opener
The Walking Dead Sheriff Rick Grimes Badge Replica 
 Minecraft Core Zombie Action Figure with Accessory

Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Series 4 The Phantom of the Opera

Hello Kitty Frankenstein Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure

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Open to US residents 18 and older. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is drawn. 

Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for prize fullfillment. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Yellow Pages Prize Pack Giveaway

Do you love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from knocking out your to-do list? You must be a Doer!

YP is the one site and one app for people who wear busy as a badge of honor. Within seconds you can find a hardware store, gardener, limousine service, dentist or bounce house for your child’s birthday party. Search 18 million business listings as fast as you can tap.

But the big question is… do you DO the holidays right? YP has created a fun quiz to help you find out, and learn some fun facts along the way!

Highlights:

• Ratings, reviews, photos and phone numbers (of course) to help you decide which businesses are right for you

• Thousands of local coupons, deals and discounts from businesses and services near you

• Create personalized collections of your favorite, go-to businesses using My Book

• Find the cheapest gas around with one click

• Search 350,000 menus to find the perfect meal


                   One lucky reader will win a Yellow Pages prize pack that includes:

• Black Cinch Bag

• Flashlight

• Tape Measure

• Notepads

• Pencils

• USB Car Charger

• Gum


                      
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Starlooks November Starbox Review

   
 Starlooks is at it again with bringing the best beauty products from their line in a monthly box for a great price! The November box was another perfect example of why you should get in on this, especially if you have someone who loves make up and you need a holiday gift!
     The November box was filled with fun goodies that were all about the eyes almost as a sneak peak of what's to come next month in their $99 palette.
     If I had to choose a favorite item out of the box right off the bat it would be the angled eyeliner brush. I love makeup brushes and this would make my second Starlooks brush. The first being one I use quite often, this one is just as incredible. Not only was this included to compliment the cake liner included in the box, but I love using angled liner brushes for a multitude of uses including my brows, and the smaller, sharper and finer they are the better they are at applying everything. It doesn't lack in the softness department either so this makes a fantastic brush to add to my collection!
    The perfect compliment to the awesome liner brush is the Infinity Eyeliner in Orion. It is the most beautiful shade of blue green with just enough shimmer to pick up the light that it truly does remind you of the night sky. It stays where you put it, and the little glass jar is just the perfect vessel for holding something so out of this world.
     The eye shadow palette in this box is almost a foreshadowing of things to come next month. With five amazing shades that would be perfect together or mixed and matched you could create an endless amount of looks with this particular palette. If I had to choose a favorite shade out of this entire palette though I would have to say hands down it is that beautiful gold! It could be dressed up for a festive look, or dressed down and still make you look like a golden Goddess! There's NOTHING wrong with THAT!
     Lastly a tool was lovingly placed in this box that most don't even consider on a daily basis, but when you need one there never seems to be one around. Who knew such comfort or chaos could come from a simple pencil sharpener? I know I need one to keep my gorgeous gem liners sharpened! Never know when I will need to break one of those out in a hurry!
    If this looks like something you would be interested in getting in on subscribe to Starbox before December 10th to receive the incredible December Starbox, containing the Starlooks' $99 VALUE, 15 Shade Eye Shadow Palette. Subscriptions are only $15/mo + shipping!
     What part of that doesn't sound awesome? That $99 eye shadow palette would be the perfect gift for any makeup lover in your life, and at only $15 for the Starbox it truly is a steal! If there is something you happen to like out of the box they have everything available for purchase on their website.

You can also check them out on their Facebook and their Youtube channel!

FTC: I was provided the product shown for review, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Blu-ray #MovieMagic GIVEAWAY



You Haven’t Seen Your Favorite Movie Until You’ve Seen the Special Features!


                  

This Holiday rediscover the #MovieMagic behind your favorite films. Blu-ray offers exclusive special features that put you in the filmmaker’s chair, with a behind-the-scenes access to all of the magic: Special effects, talent interviews, alternative endings, unreleased scenes, bloopers, and more!


With a Blu-ray combo pack, you can enjoy your favorite films in high-definition whenever and wherever you want. You can keep the Blu-ray disc in the living room, DVD in the car, and the digital copy on your phone for when you’re on the move!


Grab your favorite movie lover a Blu-ray this holiday!




Highlights:

• With the combo pack you can take your favorite films wherever you go. You can keep the Blu-ray disc in the living room, DVD for the car, and the digital copy on your mobile phone while on the move!

• Blu-ray lets you to watch your favorite movies with unmatched sound and video that is SIX TIMES the quality of DVDs!

• Blu-ray offers the most premium possible in home entertainment experience

• You don’t have to worry about the buffering that happens with streaming videos


One lucky reader will win a copy of one of the following titles (chosen at random from the list below)! Open to US Residents 18 and older. Please use the rafflecopter to enter. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is drawn.



                        

• The Little Mermaid - Diamond Edition
• The Lone Ranger
• Monsters University
• Angels Rising
• Rise of The Guardians
• Despicable Me 2
• Turbo
• Grown Ups 2
• Wizard of Oz 3D
• The Wolverine
• Star Trek: Into Darkness
• White House Down
• Fast 6
• Pacific Rim
• After Earth
• Man of Steel
• Red 2
• World War Z
• 2 Guns
• Weeds: The Complete Collection
• Predator 3D

** Each household is only eligible to win ONE #MovieMagic Title via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



                        

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Castor and Pollux Organix Treats from Chewy.com Review

        I know that I have written ad nauseam about how Dexter is not a fan at all of crunchy treats. Well this month Dexter decided he wanted to prove me wrong in the most epic way possible.         Chewy.com never ceases to amaze me with their fantastic line of products available and this month was no exception. I received a bag of Castor and Pollux Organix dog cookies and I was of course a little skeptical at first. I really loved that they were organic and wheat free and I thought for sure Dex would be excited about the Chicken flavor. I was right!              When I received the treats in the mail, Dexter immediately started dancing around the room because he KNEW it was something for him. Upon opening the bag and pulling one of the treats out he snatched it out of my hand and tore out of the room like his butt was on fire. I then pulled another out to take a close up photo of it and if you look at the close ups I posted you can see the madness in his eyes. He wasn't okay with me not giving him the treat and it resulted in a series of hilarious photos, most blurry, some resulted in him actually licking the camera lens.
           Castor and Pollux Started 20 years ago when owners Shelley Gunton and her husband Brian Connolly, started a pet food business for Joey an adorable lab/pointer mix puppy rescued from the humane society, to keep him satisfied and healthy. As natural & organic ingredients became more available, Brian and Shelley saw an opportunity to make high quality, healthy food for dogs and cats. As pet parents, they understood how people truly consider their dogs and cats to be members of their family—and are always seeking better quality products for their pets. That was the beginning of Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks.
               I love that Dex had no problems eating them at all, and I get a real kick out of how he bounces into the room and sits in front of them when he wants one now. I love that they are made in the USA and contain only 8 calories per cookie, because sometimes he does get his way and ends up with more than one a day. You can't say no to that face!      The only ingredients in the cookies are Organic Chicken, Organic Peas, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oats, Organic Barley, Organic Chicken Fat naturally preserved with mixed Tocopherols(form of Vitamin E) Natural Chicken Liver Flavor, Organic Flaxseed, and Rosemary Extract! This makes me feel like I know he is getting the best of the best and there is no need to worry about preservatives or ingredients that will be harsh on his tummy.       Looks like I have added another fabulous treat to Dexter's favorites list and will have to purchase more in the future! don't forget to check out Chewy to find all kinds of fun stuff from food, to grooming, to flea and tick care for your dog or cat. If you want to learn more, check out their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ to stay in the loop!
FTC: The products shown were provided for review purposes, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.
 I want to take a quick second to send a HUGE thank you to Lisa, the Chewy Artist for surprising me with this amazingly adorable hand painted picture of Dexter. It literally brought tears to my eyes! I was not expecting anything so amazing to show up at my doorstep! Dexter naturally sniffed every inch of it in approval and it is proudly hanging on my wall.                 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Adoratherapy Mood Boost Spray Review



    One of my favorite things to do when I need to relax is be around something that smells amazing. A lavender scent for when I'm anxious, or fruity scents when I need a pick me up, or something baked in the oven for when I feel like I need to be surrounded with home.
    Aromatherapy is something I have relied on for years and I always love to have sprays and candles and oils and potpourri around to fill this need. But when if I am out and about? Some body sprays are more perfume and less aromatherapy and they don't really serve the same purpose. I want something I can toss in my purse and take with me for when I need a little something extra in particular. This is where I turn to Adoratherapy.
       Adoratherapy is founded upon the belief that the earth holds within its abundant resources, the ability to achieve balance and wholeness within the individual. Since 1998, Adoratherapy™ and its two other brands, Rhiamon Energy Essentials™ and Trinity Spa Essentials™, have supported the quest for stress reduction, personal growth, and overall health and wellness with a vast selection of true adoratherapy products.
      Adoratherapy has a new line of aromatherapy they have developed for On the Go Gals to boost their moods. I received the bottle of Smart Mood Boost with notes of Lemon and Grapefruit.
       The packaging on it is absolutely beautiful! Nestled in foam inside a drawer style box with ribbon pull tab, it looks elegant and is pretty enough to display and sturdy and safe enough to take with you. I love that the inner drawer of the box is bright red and is adorned with the "Adore yourself" motto. It adds an extra touch of thought and really made me smile when I seen it for the first time.
        The scent is beautiful, though I expected it to be more citrus and bright, it was actually a very balanced and intriguing smell that I really loved. The slight bitter scent of the grapefruit really came through subtly as well.
        The Mood Boost line comes in a variety of other scents as well such as, Seductive, Balanced, Awake, inspired, Beautiful, and Peaceful. The product line currently has an indieGoGo campaign running to get off the ground. All the costs will go directly into creating the line and the products to be produced for sale. Donating to the cause in varying increments will not only allow you to help, but will make it so you can pick what you would like to receive; from a red rubber wristband to tote bags, to t-shirts or the entire line of Mood Boost products among other things.
          If this sounds up your alley or you are a huge fan of aromatherapy or know someone that is I suggest checking this out or sharing! Donate if you can to the campaign, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to keep up to date!

FTC:The products shown were sent for review purposes through a blogger program BeautyStat, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.
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