Saturday, October 22, 2011

Chunky Bling Swarovski Ring Review and Giveaway

I got a Swarovski crystal ring in Scarlet from Chunky Bling for review this week and I am so excited to share it with you ladies! I've worn it several times this week so I had enough time try and test it to provide a feedback for this product.



The ring is handcrafted and made of silver plated beads, rhinestones and Swarovski crystals.




Pros
- The Swarovski ring is made of stretchable cord which makes it flexible and comfortable to wear. It can fit up to two sizes. Since this is made of a durable stretch cord this have a tendency to get a little loose over time so I suggest that you get one size lower than your actual ring size.
- The design is very simple yet classy making it easy to wear with. I like it specially when going out at night since the effect of light hitting it is so pretty. Normally I get compliments from other women about something I wear but this ring also got attention from men. :)
- The ring is only $12.95 so it gives you a cheaper alternative to owning your very own Swarovski jewelry. Normally Swarovski rings cost about $90 and above so you get an elegant looking jewelry for a very low price.
- This ring comes in a variety of colors and styles.
- The Swarovski in the ring makes it look very elegant since the brand is considered as the highest quality crystal in the world so you get the brilliance and sparkle of a genuine Swarovski jewelry.

Cons
- The stretchable cord may loosen over time. It is very durable but the wear and tear could make this unwearable over time. I've had jewelries with the same type of durable cord and it lasted for years so for the price, it is still worth it :)
- They only have one design available for now. I think, aside from an option between different colors of either crystals or pearls,  it would be great for them to have other designs available to choose from in the future.
- If you are acidic, the silver beads have tendency to tarnish so put a little extra care on the ring. It doesn't concern me much since the attention is often directed to the crystals.

The rings are available at www. chunkybling.com :) The site also allows you host an online jewelry party giving you opportunity to get FREE chunky jewelry

Coupon Code
For a limited time, you can purchase any of their watch sets for only $24.95 if you use the coupon code MIYO193. These watch sets are priced from $32-65 so the coupon code gives you a really great deal. The code will only be available from October 22-November 12, 2011.

Giveaway

On top of the free product they sent me for review, Chunky Bling is also very kind enough to giveaway one Swarovski crystal ring to you guys! Below are the mechanics on how to join the giveaway.

Mandatory Steps to enter:
1. Like my facebook page, Makeup by Miyo, and Chunky Bling.
2. Visit their site, chunkybling.com, and select your favorite watch band and face combination.
3. Post your selected combination on my Facebook page wall tagging Chunky Bling page on your post.
4. On November 5, 2011 I will select a winner of 1 Swarovski crystal ring. Selection would depend on the watch band and face combination that I like best so be creative ladies :)
5. You can post as many combinations as you like but only limited to one combination per day.

Other options of winning a Chunky Bling:
Participate in the site's Name that Bling contest.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (to my international readers, don't worry I will be hosting another giveaway for you). The winner should be able to provide their full name and email address and Chunky Bling will directly contact you on how to claim your prize.

Good luck everyone! ;)

*I am not affiliated with Chunky Bling and the product was sent to me for free.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hot Finds for Fall

So the temperature is going down which tells me it's time to shop for fall :D Apparently it isn't as easy as I thought since I found these great stuff which, if I buy all of them I would be broke for another month. *sigh* So damn hard to be a girl, would you agree?

So here are some of the great stuff I found online which you might also find interesting and probably would consider buying. :)

Shoes - I am a big sucker for shoes.. I rather go out on a tacky dress, messy hair and no makeup as long as I am wearing bad ass shoes nobody can ever find :D So here are my top picks for fall.


Ratkovich - These 5-inch heel booties are on clearance in ALDO which is now only $60 (from original price of $120). What I like about this is its unique style. Also available in dark brown but I feel that black gives more classy look. I see myself wearing this with a pencil cut skirt or skinny jeans.



Hoganson - The faux-fur on these glamorous high heel booties really caught my attention. I honestly don't know why I like these so much but there is just something about its design that makes me want to wear it. It is a new Aldo collection sold for $100.








Make-up - I honestly thought that coming to US would make me splurge on makeup. WRONG! For some reason I never got too excited about seeing so many products to choose from. It's either I got so overwhelmed or just figured out what I need and not. However when I saw the new Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV, I can never resist a limited edition makeup right?

The new BOS IV is the first to have a portable speaker with it and how to videos that you can view from your phone. How cool is that? :D On top of the lovely packaging, it includes 16 shadows, waterproof liquid eyeliner, eye primer potion, and a travel size mascara.









Another limited edition from Urban Decay that I have been eyeing was the limited edition lipstick cap which is sold for 15 dollars and comes for free if you buy a lipstick. So I found this really nice shade of lipstick that would look really great to complete your fall look. The Jailbait has a nude shade which gives you natural look without the dullness. Fall is about looking flawless and natural. :)

Lingerie - Lately I have been obsessed with the Victoria Secret collection hahaha. OK don't ask me why I just feel that you have to look good inside and out, and that includes a great pair of underwear :D They released a new collection, Unforgettable.

 The cheekinies are sold for $11.50 to $12.50 but you can get them for 3 for $30. These have a very feminine feel and I think that anyone wearing this would feel very sexy :) These come with a matching demi brassiere which is sold for $45-$55.
This particular print is my favorite. I prefer wearing nude colors since nudes are great to wear with white and light colored fabric. Not sure if you can see the details but this specific design have small beads so I find it unusual.. and anything unusual to me is appealing :D








So there goes the stuff that I have been thinking about getting. I am not sure which to get first or if I should get them at all. What do you guys think?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sigmax Face Kit Review

Here is my review of the Sigmax Face Kit. I forgot to mention that for the past months that I have been using these brushes, I haven't experienced any shedding yet. The only thing that I don't like much about the brushes, which I forgot to mention in the video is that they take a long time to dry when washed. Since it takes a long time for these brushes to dry up, I suggest you either purchase the Sigma Dry'n Shape with it or purchase a second brush which you can alternately use whenever you wash the brush.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Day Spa Experience

It's been almost 2 months since I had my last facial treatment and moving to a new place where climate is unfamiliar to me caused me terrible breakouts. I haven't had skin issues before except for occasional pimple that appear on my face. I usually just get it one at a time at a rate of like once every 2 or 3 months. When I came to Minneapolis, I felt my adolescence period was delayed and had its peak this year haha! My skin was getting worse each day! Since I haven't had issues before, I am not aware of what I need to do to stop it.

I have been wanting to go to a dermatologist but being new to MN is not even helping. I've so many hesitations as well whether paying more or less $100 is worth it. Good thing my roomies Jan and Kat were also thinking about getting a facial treatment. Thanks for their effort in researching for a nearby spa we are able to get an appointment yesterday morning at The Day Spa in Edina :)

At first I have an impression that I am risking my money for the sake of discovering whether getting a facial in the US is all worth it. I am glad that I did it. The experience is so amazing. I'd say it is all worth it!

When we came in, their attendants are so accommodating and friendly. They instructed us to sit by the waiting room where we can have coffee or tea. Even when I never really enjoy coffee, I appreciate that they have this available for their guests.

Then our estheticians came to greet us and introduced themselves. My esthetician is Greta Mraz and she led me to my room to get changed for the session.

I really liked that they actually do treatments in a private room just like Clarity and House of Obagi, where I frequently go to, in Manila.

Greta took time to ask me where I want her to concentrate on and what my concerns are so she can customize the treatment based on my needs. Just like House of Obagi's facial treatment, The Day Spa does not only concentrate on the face but also the neck and chest which equally require care and maintenance. The entire experience was so relaxing. The room was properly lit and scented, and the ambient music was soothing.

With the facial, is a short neck, shoulders and arm massage which is so good! Honestly I was hoping the session won't end the entire time :D One thing unique that I experience in the facial is that Greta applied eye cream and lip conditioner on me. I never get that in any spa that I've been to so it is a big plus. :) My skin feel so supple and in perfect makeup ready condition too after the session.

After my treatment, Greta escorted me back to the reception and even handed me a cup of water. How pampering isn't it? I LOVE IT! She was also kind enough to assist me in choosing the right product for my current skin condition. She suggested that I change my cleanser and toner, but she said to continue using my Origins moisturizer and cream.

I spent, $110 ($85 service + $25 tip) for the treatment. I normally don't give more than 20% tip but I was very satisfied and happy with the service :)

Oh before I forget, they use the Clarisonic Cleansing System too with their facial! On the side note, having tried this convinced me even more to purchase this product! :)

Anyway, I would definitely go back to this place.. and the best part is, the spa is actually situated in the same park where I jog/walk during afternoons yay! :)

If any of you need Edina who are interested in trying out their services, check their website http://adayatthespa.com/ ^_^

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sigmax Face Kit Giveaway Winner Announcement

Hi everyone, thanks for joining my giveaway. I used random.org to choose both platform and winner. The platform where I will choose the winner from is........ Facebook Page!

The winner is: Shanice Wynter
Edit (06/01/2011) : OK girls, Shanice did not contact me within 48 hours so I will be drawing another winner this weekend. I will announce the winner on my Facebook page. Thanks! ♥ Miyo


Edit (06/04/2011) : The winners are....
Sigmax Face Kit - Suzy Bernier (Facebook Page)
Sigma Lip Brushes (1 each winner)
1. ASIAGRIFFIN12 (Youtube)
2. Che Acosta (Blog follower)
3. @KrispyTinCan (twitter)

Please send me an email to miyosia[at]gmail[dot]com with the following details:
Name
Address
City
State (if applicable)
Country
Zip Code
Phone Number.

You have 48 hrs to send your details. If I do not get an email within this timeframe, I will draw another winner.

^_^

BONUS: There will be 3 lucky winners of the Sigma lip brush, which I will select from Twitter, Youtube and Blog followers (one winner each platform). Please note that I will announce the winners in my Facebook page, Makeup by Miyo, so check it out this week :)

♥ Miyo

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Haul

Here's some of the stuff that I bought this weekend since everything seems to be on sale (I know I am a SALE freak) I just made a video to them all. Sorry for the poor quality, I am using my iPhone :D So what did you guys get for yourselves this holiday?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Makeup Tutorial - Simple No-makeup Makeup :)

Hi guys! It's been a while since I posted a tutorial, and I want to share with you this look that I wear almost everyday. It only takes about 15 minutes so it is perfect when you are in a rush. This is a very simple and natural look but you can easily convert this to a more glam and dramatic look in seconds.

Here are the steps to achieve this look:
1. First, it is very important to prime your face. Since this look would look best with light coverage, having a good base would be essential. I used my Paul & Joe moisturizing primer. My skin got really dry from the cold weather so if you have very dry skin like me, I suggest you load your skin with moisturizer night before you apply your makeup. This can give your skin time to restore back moisture so it looks supple and healthy in the morning. My moisturizer isn't enough so I use petroleum jelly instead (not sure if this is ok but it works for me). I suggest you do a skin test to make sure that you are not allergic to it. Also, don't forget to prime your lips :)

I also would want to add that if you have very dry patches, make sure you exfoliate regularly.

2. Once the skin is ready, I applied MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC35 (I got pale so I think I would be switching to NC30 since NC35 look darker on my skin lately, before it was an exact match) with my Sigma flat top kabuki. I just applied very little amount and lightly buff it over my skin to even out any discoloration on my face.

If you have marks on your skin, spot conceal. Try not to layer too much foundation on your skin since we are aiming for a very natural look. Using my Urban Decay multi-tasker brush, I applied the same foundation on specific areas where I need maximum coverage. I blended out the edges so it feathers out naturally. I applied very light amount and add light layers until I get the coverage that I need. I also applied additional layers around the crease of my nose and under my eyes.

If you have even skin, I suggest to skip this step and instead apply a very light layer of loose powder.

3. Next is to shape your brows. It is imperative that you groom your brows since this frames your eyes and totally give you a different look. If you notice, different shapes and shade can change the way you look. Remember that wearing a very pretty eyeshadow without grooming your brows will just defeat its purpose.

Since we are going very natural, aim to stick with your natural brow shape.  I used my Paul & Joe eyebrow powder and lightly brush my brows using very light strokes. I concentrated on filling in gaps and defining its shape. I try to avoid making my brows look drawn, so I try not to put too much. If you have very light brows, the powder would still work but if you want a more defined one, you can use an eyebrow pencil but make sure that you use light short strokes and avoid going beyond your natural brow shape. If you happen to have very thick brows, you don't require to use much product and keep it as it is.

4. Next, I used my Urban Decay NAKED palette for contouring my eyes. Don't forget to prime your eyes to prevent creasing. I first applied Sin using my Sigma blending brush and lightly brush the color over my eyelid. Depending on your shade, use a color that is a little bit lighter than your skin. Don't go too light, just find a shade that is very close to your skin color. Sin has a satin finish so be careful and not put too much as it tends to look shiny when applied too much. I applied Naked over Sin to give it a semi-matte finish. Then to give my lids definition, I applied Hustle (a very deep dark brown color) on the outer corners of my eyes using the same brush. I applied very light layers and slowly build up the color until I get the depth that I need. From the outer corner, I blended the color up and towards the mid section of my eyelids, just under my crease. I don't have very defined crease so this gives an illusion of having one. If you want to go for a smokey eye look, you can add another layer of black eyeshadow to make it more dramatic. I skipped the black shadow since I am aiming for a more natural look. Complete the look by adding Virgin eyeshadow as highlight under your eyebrows.

5. Then to make your lashes look thicker and to keep the natural look, I tight-lined my upper lids with Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil. Then I applied very thin line over my lashes starting from the outer corner going towards the center. Depending on your eye shape, and how you want your eyes look, you apply thicker on either the outer corner or mid portion of your eyelids. Since I want my eyes look a bit rounder,  I applied thicker on the outer part of my lids. Using my Sigma small angle brush, I blended out the eyeliner to get rid of harsh edges and let it fade out naturally.

6. I then applied small amount of Chanel blush in Candy over the apple of my cheeks to add color. I used my Suesh blush brush and blended it towards my hairline. Try not to put too much blush, just a little hint of color will do.

7. Lastly, I mixed my MAC Viva Glam lipstick in Satin and Paul & Joe lipstick in #064. I finished the look with my Eyeko Portobello lip gloss.

♥Miyo

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Jewelmints

I've heard so much about this new jewelry line and made me curious since so many people rave about it. So I went to jewelmint.com to get my free style profile. The brand is a collaboration between celebrity stylist/designer, Cher Coulter, and actress/fashionista, Kate Bosworth.

The site basically lets you answer questions for them to know your personal style and be able to suggest pieces that would best fit your taste. The site is a membership type where you sign up and pay $29.99/month and you get a new piece of jewelry. Each month they will give you a personalized selection where you can select a jewelry for the month. The good thing about this is that you can skip a month and you will not be charged if you didn't like any of the jewelries selected for you.

I am very fond of unique pieces and always looking for items that are hard to find and uncommon. Their jewelries are very limited in number so it was perfect for me. Also, the design selections are pretty accurate.

My first purchase is the Charleston Earrings, an Art Deco inspired antique silver dangling earrings with multifaceted amethyst and pave set hematite stones. I was so excited to get them today ^_^ (sorry for the low quality photos)

Unfortunately, to those who might be wanting to purchase the same earrings, these are already sold out. The pieces are very limited and they are handcrafted so you really know that you are getting really unique pieces :) What I like about these kind of jewelries is that it doesn't depreciate since they are not so common. It looks expensive and elegant so you can wear it even in formal occasions.

Another great thing about their site is that they give you suggestions on which type of outfit it would really look good or stand out so it gives you an instant style guide.

Here some of my favorites that I bought from the site.





They ship for free tho it is unfortunate that they only ship to US, Hawaii and Alaska.

♥ Miyo

Sunday, May 8, 2011

1000 FB Fans Giveaway - Sigmax Synthetic Face Kit

Hi Everyone,
I just reached 1000+ subscribers on Facebook 2 weeks ago and as part of the Sigma Affiliate Incentive Program I am entitled once again to host a giveaway sponsored by Sigma. This time, it would be a lot easier. :)

The winner will win the Sigmax Synthetic Face Kit. This is Sigma's synthetic brush line for high definition makeup application. The kit has 3 face brushes are specially designed to apply powder and liquid products without absorption into the fibers. My favorite among the three is the Flat Top Kabuki which use for everyday makeup.




F80 - Flat Top Kabuki
The F80 Flat Top Kabuki brush is perfect for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder products onto the skin. The flat surface allows perfect buffing with flawless results. Synthetic Sigmax HD filament.

F82 - Round Top Kabuki
The F82 Round Top Kabuki brush simplifies precise makeup application under the eyes and around the nose. This brush is also perfect for achieving flawless coverage using liquid and powder products. Synthetic Sigmax HD filament.

F84 - Angled Top Kabuki
The F84 Angled Top Kabuki brush is the perfect brush for precise, yet blended application of products on the cheeks. It seamlessly applies cream, powder and liquid products. Synthetic Sigmax HD filament.

Mechanics:
To be eligible to win, you are REQUIRED to do ANY of the following:
1. Like my Facebook page, Makeup by Miyo.
2. Follow me on twitter and tweet "Sigmax Synthetic Face Kit Giveaway! http://www.miyosia.com #makeupbymiyo". You can only tweet once a day.
3. Follow my blog, www.miyosia.com via Google Connect. I have no way to know who is subscribed to me via email, so if you are already following me, you can subscribe via Google Connect to join the contest.
4. Subscribe to my Youtube channel. (I will soon post more haul videos on this so watch out for them)

The winner will be randomly selected via random.org. I will first randomly select which social network platform I will randomly draw the winner. So if you are subscribed to me on all 4 platforms, then you have more chances of winning.
Once I've selected which social network to draw the winner from, I will randomly select the winner from that platform according to this rules:
1. If you liked my Facebook page, no need to do anything. I will select the winner from the fans list.
2. If you follow me on twitter, I will select the winner by checking the #makeupbymiyo list so make sure that you tweet the message above and it appears in the list. Also note that twitter truncates old messages after certain number of messages in the list so make sure you check that your name/tweet appears in the list by end of contest.
3. If you follow my blog, just comment on this post your valid email address so I know where to contact you.
4. If you are subscribed to my Youtube channel, no need to do anything as well. I will select the winner from the subscribers list.

The contest will end on May 30, 2011. I may add more prizes if I feel like it but this is going to be optional :) This is open internationally and Sigma Beauty will be shipping the prize directly to the winner.

Also please do not forget to like the official fan page of Sigma Beauty to keep you updated of their promos and giveaways. :)

Thanks everyone and good luck! ^_^

♥ Miyo

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sigma Naughty in Black Travel Kit Giveaway Winners

Hi Everyone! I would like to thank you for joining the giveaway specially those who really spent so much time and effort to win. :) As much as I want to give something to everyone who joined, I can only give 5 prizes. One of these prizes are being sponsored by Sigma Beauty. So I would also like to thank Sigma Beauty because if it wasn't for them being so generous, this giveaway won't be possible.

Anyway, as I have mentioned in the middle of the giveaway, I will be providing extra prizes and randomly select the winners. So there will be 1 winner gets the Naughty in Black travel kit, 1 winner gets a face brush of her choice, and 2 winners will get an eye brush of her choice. As stated in the original mechanics, the one with the highest number of entries would also win a Naughty in Black travel kit.

After I have tallied the points, I randomly assigned raffle numbers to each entry and used random.org to draw the winners. :) The winners are..... *drumroll*

Prize
Raffle #
Winners
Sigma Eye Brush (random)
1573
Sadia Latif
Sigma Eye Brush (random)
296
Kathleen Cedillo
Sigma Face Brush (random)
1231
Dips A Ch
Naughty in Black Travel Kit (random)
545
Issa Chavez
Naughty in Black Travel Kit (highest # of points) Total: 589 points
N/A
Agatha Kristy Ramos

Here's how I assigned the raffle numbers:

Facebook Name
# of Entries
Raffle Number Range
Mandys Frinè
3
1
to
3
ShopAt SpicyWedding
1
4
to
4
Jenny Mark
1
5
to
5
Kimi Shrivastava
4
6
to
9
Hanh Nguyen
260
10
to
269
Asia Griffin
1
270
to
270
Mehak Sheikh
1
271
to
271
Meera Gurung
3
272
to
274
Kathleen Cedillo
30
275
to
304
Nazrat Naeem
2
305
to
306
Kristina Stone
1
307
to
307
Silvia Martinez
10
308
to
317
Jessica Batres
1
318
to
318
Qiana Coaxum
1
319
to
319
Elisaveta Aleksieva
1
320
to
320
Wyatt Erika
6
321
to
326
Issa Chavez
546
327
to
872
Valerie Carozza
1
873
to
873
Lidija Vajda
2
874
to
875
Fathima Qadir
67
876
to
942
Farida Mutiara
7
943
to
949
Elizabeth Veliz
1
950
to
950
Mara Adame
3
951
to
953
April Bloom
2
954
to
955
Charlotte Brown
1
956
to
956
Zunaira Ali
3
957
to
959
Sakina Ales
4
960
to
963
Sompath Sam Nang Breen
1
964
to
964
Susie Salvatore
2
965
to
966
Ida Pie
1
967
to
967
Kriti Dhir
5
968
to
972
Shang Jay
1
973
to
973
Tina Lane
93
974
to
1066
Karina Michelle Cerda
2
1067
to
1068
Hardeep Takhar
2
1069
to
1070
Chompunoot Adia Braun
1
1071
to
1071
Suzy Bernier
44
1072
to
1115
Zhane Cheyenne
1
1116
to
1116
Anna Huynh
1
1117
to
1117
Isis Maria Gregorio
1
1118
to
1118
Maite Gastesi Carreras
1
1119
to
1119
Mellyssa Bieber Viele
20
1120
to
1139
Ana Lucia Hdz
1
1140
to
1140
Kristina Stone
1
1141
to
1141
Љупка Ѓ.
5
1142
to
1146
Evangelina Ruiz
1
1147
to
1147
Sami-biebss Bieberismylife-Nicølé
2
1148
to
1149
Andrea Lee
6
1150
to
1155
Bhumika Thakkar
7
1156
to
1162
Eirhnh Grigoriadoy
1
1163
to
1163
Jenny Sevilla
2
1164
to
1165
Dips A Ch
148
1166
to
1313
Jiayi Tan
2
1314
to
1315
Rachel Hill
4
1316
to
1319
Stef Loulou
1
1320
to
1320
Mileena Khanthavong
1
1321
to
1321
Farah Yasin Choudhary
6
1322
to
1327
Linny Brooks
1
1328
to
1328
Sheetal Agarwal
3
1329
to
1331
Jinal Patel
11
1332
to
1342
Shanice Wynter
1
1343
to
1343
Sadia Latif
297
1344
to
1640
Michelle McClure
1
1641
to
1641
Alvira Zaidi
25
1642
to
1666
Vicki Sh
1
1667
to
1667
Danielle Sevi
2
1668
to
1669
Sara Ferreira
1
1670
to
1670
Crissy2u20
3
1671
to
1673
Abhishek Duggal
1
1674
to
1674
Elena Rudaya
3
1675
to
1677






I will be sending the name of one of the Naughty in Black winners to Sigma for shipping and will be placing an order to the site to send out the prizes.  The winners must email me at miyosia[at]gmail[dot]com and if I don't get any message within 48 hours, I will be selecting another random winner. I will be giving the winners a secret message via email which they need to post on my page to make sure that I am sending prizes to the valid winners. 

Please note that it takes 3 to 5 business days to deliver in the US and 2-12 weeks to deliver internationally depending on the country. Please post on Makeup by Miyo and Sigma's FB page once you get the items. :)

To those who did not win, please do not feel bad cuz I will have another giveaway from Sigma for reaching 1000 subscribers. I will be posting the mechanics by next week. It would be a lot easier than the previous giveaway and I have considered all your suggestions. ^_^

If you are interested to purchase any of the items featured in the giveaway, please check Sigma Beauty website.

Thanks!
Have fun and stay beautiful everyone!

♥ Miyo