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Monday, January 31, 2011

BH Cosmetics 120 1st Edition Eyeshadow Palette Review & Giveaway (Closed)










Introducing... The original, First Edition 120 colors professional eyeshadow palette! Step boldly into the world with vibrant eyes with BHCosmetics. Their First Edition 120 Eyeshadow Palette is a must-have for bubbly personalities. Let your imagination run wild with this artistic eyeshadow palette. Create a new electrifying look every day. The highly-pigmented colors are made to last from morning to night. The first edition also comes with 6 unique mix-and-match colors: true onyx and ruby shades, cheerful emeralds and lavenders. There is truly a rainbow of possibilities with this eyeshadow palette. Our elegant eyeshadow feels light and soft to the touch. Each 9” x 6” hard case has two stacked layers contained in a slick and portable palette.










I never tried BH Cosmetics products and I was impressed with the variety and quality of their products. I was given the opportunity to try their 1st Edition 120 Eyeshadow Palette. One palette contains 2 layers, portable and convenient to use. Long lasting, easy to match different make-up styles! With the eyeshadows I use, I only stick with brown and neutral colors. This is something different for me and I can choose to match my style. The 120 palette has really nice bold and bright colors. This edition has a bigger variety of colors.

WHERE TO BUY?
The eyeshadow palette and other BH Cosmetics can be purchase directly from their website at BHCosmetics.com at an affordable price. Their products are never tested on animals.







{THE GIVEAWAY}
One (1) lucky reader will have a chance to win their very own 1st Edition 120 Eyeshadow Palette. Chosen winner will be selected via Random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you win.


This is a mandatory entry:
1) Visit their website at http://www.bhcosmetics.com and tell me in the comment below what is your favorite product.


For Additional Optional Entries (Post in a separate comment for each additional entry.):

2) Follow me on Google Friend Connect (2 entries)
3) Follow me on Twitter @jennieyuen (1 entry)
4) Follow BH Cosmetics on Twitter @bhcosmetics (1 entry)
5) LIKE my Facebook Page at Jen's Reviews and Giveaways (3 entries)
6) LIKE my OTHER Facebook Page at The Art of Jennie Yuen (3 entries)
7) LIKE my BH Cosmetics on Facebook (3 entries)
8) Subscribe to BH Cosmetics YouTube Channel (2 entries)
9) Post about this giveaway on your blog with the URL in the comment. (3 entries)
10) Tweet about this giveaway by tweeting the following. You can RT, but entry is just one time only please! (3 entries):  
Enter to #win your own @BHCosmetics 1st edition 120 Eyeshadow Palette. Gift Ideas Review & #giveaway @jennieyuen http://bit.ly/ftxSpX
 

Contest is open to US and Canadian residents. Contest closes March 1, 2011 11:59pm (PST).


Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products from the PR company or manufacture in exchange for a review of my opinion. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product reviewgiveaway Disclosure..


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Stamping Nail Art

Recently, I discovered about stamping nail art. I never knew or heard about it until I saw it on some of the videos on YouTube. Stamping Nail Art is a new nail-imprinting kit that lets you put designs by stamping pre-designed images on your nails in minutes. I think it's neat and very easy to do.



I ordered a set of image plates and the stamper/scraper via eBay. I didn't get the Konad brand because they costs way more. I just bought the cheaper stuff to try out first. This is another new kind of nail art I am experimenting. I tried my nails with the Hello Kitty design. By the way, I was never into this Hello Kitty thing before but I got used to it (and it is pretty cute). I'll have more designs to show you guys soon!


My hands tend to become really dry during the cold season, but I try to maintain my nails from chipping. It happens.


HOW TO APPLY - These instructions are taken from www.KonadNailArt.com




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AVON Voices: Singing Talent Search



As an Avon representative, I am proud to present Avon Voices, a singing talent search open for submissions until February 13, 2011. Sing For A Chance At A Record Deal!

Through February 13, 2011, women can sing out on a 30-second video clip from the approved song list at www.avonvoices.com and be a part of a global movement. Talented finalists of the year-long program will travel to exciting destinations such as Hong Kong, Hollywood, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris and Nashville. With that comes professional coaching, Avon makeovers and studio time for performance videos.


Avon Voices is the company’s first-ever global online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women in celebration of its 125th Anniversary. At the conclusion of the program, Diane Warren will be providing an anthem to be recorded by up to 10 global finalists alongside many of Avon Voices celebrity judges. The anthem will debut live at the Avon Foundation for Women Annual Awards Gala, scheduled for Fall 2011 in New York City.

This moving anthem, as well as other Avon Voices recordings, will be available for purchase in certain countries, and a percentage of your purchase will help advance the Avon Foundation for Women’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls. Find out more about music purchases at www.avonvoices.com. To date, Avon global philanthropy has raised and awarded more than $30 million directed to domestic and gender violence awareness, education, direct services and prevention programs.

JUDGES
The Avon Voices judges believe in the power of music to bring people together. And, they want to hear YOUR voice. Meet some of the celebrity judges:








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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bling Jewels: The Ultimate Hairstyle Accessory

I recently discovered a cool kind of accessory for hair. I thought it was neat and wanted to try it. I was given the opportunity to review the Bling Jewels hair jewels (diamonds for your hair). I received 2 packs: one is the diamond color and the other is the LT Amethyst. I tried a few for fun and thought I'd save the rest to use for an upcoming occasion (friends wedding).

What are Bling Jewels? They are genuine crystals that attach to a hairstyle with a keratin bond much like a hair extension. They are perfect for special occasions. They can be done at home using a simple flat iron. The jewels can be placed anywhere and will remain through a few washings, but can be removed with simple rubbing alcohol.





The jewels were easy to apply using my flat iron. I had a few comments about it from a few people. They asked me how I attached it and what it was. I explained it to them and told them about BlingStrands.com. So I left it on for almost a week and none of them had fallen out. The only trouble is fixing my messy hair in the morning the next day. I only used it on my front bangs on the side. I have really long hair and to be very careful as I wasn't able to comb that part. Overall, it was pretty fun to style and it's pretty cool to add a bit of sparkle to the hair.


Jewels should be attached to finished hairstyles. Perfect for brides, prom, and formal up-do's and even gives sparkle to your everyday hairstyle.
- Made from multi-faceted genuine Czech crystals
- Bonds to the hair with a flat iron
- Place anywhere in your style
- Easily removed




WHERE TO BUY?
Bling Jewels are available for purchase directly from BlingStrands.com website at $12 each pack of 24. They come in eight different colors.


Disclosure: I received 2 sets of Bling Jewels at no charge in exchange for a review of my opinion. Thanks to It's a Glam Thing and BlingStrands. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SecuraTrac SecuraPAL Guardian GPS {Review}



I was given the opportunity to test out the SecuraPAL Guardian GPS by SecuraTrac.  It's very good idea if you are a busy parent and are traveling with kids to make sure they are safe.  SecuraPAL Guardian GPS locator is durable and perfect for children, seniors, and pets. It weighs just 2.5 ounces and works in 120 countries and comes ready to use. The device can be purchased or rented, depending on your preference.

How It Works

The SecuraPAL (Personal Automated Locator) is a small device that fits into your child's pocket or backpack. It uses the global positioning system satellites and the mobile phone networks to pinpoint your child's location and and report it back to the SecuraTrac network. The Guardian works well for children of all ages and needs.

Parents now have the comfort of knowing that they can find their children should they lose their way. The device has also been shown to work well for those who care for the elderly particularly those with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other conditions associated with memory loss. In addition to loved ones, SecuraPAL's work well for tracking anything that is important to you including your pets, cars, and luggage.

The SecuraPAL proactively and automatically notifies you when it leaves pre-defined boundaries or SecuraFences. These fences are setup with just a few clicks of your mouse and your first SecuraFence comes preset based on your home address.





1 SecuraPAL monitors its location using a network of GPS satellites.
2SecuraTrac will notify you and other designated people of its location at regular intervals or when configured thresholds are breached.

MY EXPERIENCE:
First, I charged the device while I setup and personalized my account on SecuraTrac website. Setting up and customizing one my profile on the SecuraTrac website was a breeze. I was able to change the device name on the account, but I couldn't the icon when I was given the choice. When I click "change icon", there was no icon list -- just a blank pop up screen.




Also, another disappointing thing is that I had a hard time getting the SecuraPAL to locate the satellites and have it working. I waited at least 30 minutes with the GPS outside, but still couldn't get the map to show my current location in my account on the SecuraTrac website. I took it with me while I was out and haven't had any luck. No response from customer service or tech support so I gave up.




I would use the SecuraPAL Guardian for Brandon if he stays at a daycare or with a babysitter. I want to make sure he's safe whenever I'm not around to watch him. This is where I set SecuraFences. SecuraFences are boundaries that designate your safe havens. You can add additional fences on the website on your account "My Devices" on their website.

The only place I can put the device on Brandon is in his pants pockets (with buttons). He doesn't have many pants that have pockets. There's a strap-hole where I can loop a neck strap or wrist strap, but the device is a bit too big for Brandon because he's very little. He felt uncomfortable when I slipped it inside his outer shirt to hide it.


I think the SecuraPAL device is more useful for children who are older. Older children tend to wander around a lot more and the device is the perfect size for them. Also, they also have a better understanding of how the unit works.

With SecuraTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device, you can use today's ground-breaking technology to make sure you know exactly where your children, elderly relatives, pets and other loved ones are at ALL TIMES.

PROS
- small and lightweight
- long battery life
- allows me to set "fences" and boundary limits
- shows accurate location of the SecuraPAL device
- fast response of notifications and alerts to cell phone/email

CONS
- shipping and product availability took a while
- took a VERY long time (almost an hour) to get the GPS to locate the satellites
- a bit pricey


Disclosure: I received a test unit of the SecuraPAL to try in exchange for a review of my opinion. The device was returned to the company. Thanks to Asylum PR and SecuraTrac. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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Monday, January 24, 2011

Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway - Early Entries

I am participating in the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway Hop hosted by Simply Stacie. Hundreds of blogs will be also in the giveaway. All the prizes are handmade treasures or gift certificates to shops that sell handmade items.

I am giving you (my readers) a chance to enter the giveaway early with this "early entry" post.







Hundreds of blogs are participating in the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway Hop! Each one is offering a themed giveaway - all the prizes are handmade treasures or gift certificates to shops that sell handmade items. There is a linky at the end of this post. After you've entered here, hop on over to the next blog on the list and keep going as long as you'd like! The more you enter, the more likely you are to win. Good luck!




Polymer Clay Charms - Kawaii Sweets 

These are my handmade polymer clay charms. I usually like to make candy and sweets and cakes. The picture here shows the Chocolate Truffle Charm, Cupcake Charm (my fave), and the French Macaroon Charm. Feel free to view my Handmade Stuff gallery



Origami Roses in Mini Jars

I also work with origami crafts and my favorite is making kawasaki roses and stars. The roses are a bit complicated, but it took practice to make a perfect one. Feel free to view my origami and other handmade crafts gallery




The Fantasy Art Collection - Book

This is an 8x10 sized Fantasy Art Book. It consists of high quality pages of most of my digital paintings and digital art. There are 20 pages in total (including the front and back covers).




Here are a couple of preview pages:




WHERE TO BUY?My art prints and handmade crafts are available at my Shop Handmade Store. For products include my fantasy artwork on mouspads, postcards, prints, stickers, magnets, and buttons are available at my Zazzle Store






{GIVEAWAY} 
There will be 3 winners for my handmade giveaway. The prizes will be the above mentioned items.
 
First Prize: My fantasy art collection in a 8x10 photobook
Second Prize: Three (3) of my polymer clay charms
Third Prize: Origami Rose in Jar (winners choice of colors blue, red or pink)

Chosen winners will be selected via Random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you.  

EARLY BONUS ENTRIES:  
This is a mandatory entry: Visit my DeviantART Gallery and tell me in the comments which of my artwork is your favorite. 

For Additional Optional Entries (Post in a separate comment for each additional entry. Counts toward 1 entry each):

* Follow me on Google Friend Connect
* Follow me on Twitter @jennieyuen
* Tweet this giveaway (RT 1x per day): Enter to #win the Handmade With Love Winter Giveaway ~ Early Entries @jennieyuen http://bit.ly/hiadeM #giveaway #hwlg  

Early bonus entry cutoff date is February 1, 2011 at 11:59PST. All bonus entries will be compiled with the entries on the official Handmade With Love Giveaway post. Contest is open to US & Canadian residents.

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Portable Flexible Tripod for Digital Camera Review & Giveaway (Closed)



I take a lot of photos and occasionally I use books or objects to hold up my camera. I had a standard tripod, but it was too bulky to carry around so I rarely use it. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try the Portable Flexible Tripod for Digital Camera that is available from BudgetGadgets.com. Shipping time was reasonable and received it just less than 3 weeks. However, it came without a box or instructions. Instructions and diagrams can be found on their website. It feels very lightweight, yet it is also very sturdy. I have used the tripod with my smaller cameras. With the camera quick release, I had trouble removing it at first. With a little adjustment and twisting, I was able to detach and attach smoothly.





What's neat about it is that it can be wrapped around a tree branch or a pole when I'm outside taking pictures and lets you do self-timer shots at any angle. Say goodbye to holding your camera at arm's length to take a photo of yourself and your friends. Now you can be free to pose however you like!





Features:
* Fits into your purse, backpack, or jacket pocket
* Innovative segmented leg design to ensure secure mounting
* Enables extra security to ensure your camera is safely attached
* Stays connected to your camera for nearly instant setup
* Made of hard plastic, strong and flexible
* Flexible joints bend and rotate 360 degree to form the perfect shape
* Rubber foot grips provide extra gripping and prevent slipping

I also received a Screen Protector film for iPad. This product is for protecting the screen from scratches and glare. The good: It was very easy to apply and it was perfect in size and contour. While I applied it, it had bubbles in it so used a card to push it out to the edges. My toddler plays his games on my iPad sometimes, so the protector film will keep it in good condition. The bad: I originally received it damaged with bents and folds with cuts on the protector film. It was packed with the mentioned tripod in a bubble pack, but was not shipped in a box. I wish they had shipped it in a box together to prevent the protector film being bent/folded. I was able to try it and applied it on my new iPad screen, but it looked like it had horrible scratches due to the damaged parts. It will protect the LCD screen for now.





ABOUT THE COMPANY
BudgetGadgets offer a variety of gadgets and other accessories. They are an online retailer/wholesaler located in Shenzhen, China, dedicated to selling quality electronic gadgets and great service at wholesale price with free shipping to anywhere since 2003.

BudgetGadgets.com is offering my readers a 5% discount on any order. You can use promo code jennieyuen5OFF at checkout to redeem this special discount.




{THE GIVEAWAY}
One (1) lucky reader will have a chance to win the follow two tripods (as pictured below):  
Portable Flexible Camera Tripod and the Mini Portable Flexible Tripod.



Chosen winner will be selected via Random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you win.


This is a mandatory entry:
1) Visit their website at http://www.budgetgadgets.com and tell me in the comment below what is your favorite item.


For Additional Optional Entries (Post in a separate comment for each additional entry.):

2) Follow me on Google Friend Connect (2 entries)
3) Follow me on one of my other 2 blogs via Google Friend Connect - listed below followers on the sidebar (1 entry each)
4) Follow me on Twitter @jennieyuen (1 entry)
5) Follow BudgetGadgets on Twitter @budgetgadget (1 entry)
6) LIKE my Facebook Page at Jen's Reviews and Giveaways (3 entries)
7) LIKE my OTHER Facebook Page at The Art of Jennie Yuen (3 entries)
8) LIKE my BudgetGadgets on Facebook (3 entries)
9) Post about this giveaway on your blog with the URL in the comment. (3 entries)
10) Tweet about this giveaway by tweeting the following. You can RT 1x per day (1 entry):  
I entered to #win 2 camera tripods @budgetgadgets. Review and #giveaway @jennieyuen http://bit.ly/eAwzgq
 

Contest is open Worldwide. Contest closes February 24, 2011 11:59pm (PST).


Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products from the company or manufacture at no charge in exchange for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Interscope Artist: MOHOMBI

Introducing....
New Interscope Artist: MOHOMBI


Mohombi (mo-HAHM-bee) that has been very popular over in Europe (especially France and Sweden). He’s now making his way into the US market with his upcoming debut album that was produced by Grammy-winning producer RedOne (Akon, Lady Gaga), expected to be out in Spring or early Summer 2011. His music is fun, raw and definitely appeals to the ladies!




But don’t let his good looks fool you – this guy also speaks 5 languages fluently, comes from a very large family (has 15 siblings), and is an incredibly cultured young man (his mother is from Sweden and his father is from the African Congo). He escaped the war in the Congo in the ‘90s with his brother and sister, and after working hard through his teens to build his music career, he and his brother rose to stardom in Europe and Africa, eventually winning an African Grammy.

Check out his new music videos here:

Bumpy Ride (current single out now)

Dirty Situation (featuring Akon)

You can also check out Mohombi's Official YouTube channel here.

Follow Mohombi on Facebook and on Twitter.


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Abraham Inc.: Tweet-Tweet

Have you heard about this Klezmer-funk-jazz band called Abraham Inc.? I've never really heard about them until recently when I was told about them and was introduced to their music.

About Abraham Inc.

With Abraham Inc. klezmer clarinet virtuoso DAVID KRAKAUER collaborates with one of the great masters of funk, trombonist FRED WESLEY (known for his work with James Brown, Bootsy Collins and Parliament Funkadelic), and beat architect SOCALLED. Add a three-piece horn section led by Wesley and members of Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness! band and the result is an all-out klezmer-funk dance party! A sold out concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in December 2006 marked the first step in this collaborative venture which was also a hit at Transmusical de Rennes – one of the largest rock festivals in Europe, where it met with a resounding response from the crowds and a rave review in Le Monde. Abraham Inc. then brought down the house at the historic Apollo Theater in May 2008 with a performance that had the crowd dancing in the aisles. U.S. tour and CD release coming soon.

“Abraham Inc is about bringing people together, cultures together, music together -- and it’s just an amazingly great time.” -- David Krakauer

The group has produced their first music video for their title track “Tweet Tweet” and can be viewed on YouTube.






ABRAHAM INC.: (l to r) David Krakauer, Socalled, and Fred Wesley


When I was given the opportunity to listen to their tracks, I thought it was really fantastic. I'm someone who is into upbeat music and techno and I found that every track in the album were very enjoyable. Their music is a combination of jazz, rock, hip-hop, and klezmer with an incredible beat. It got my foot and fingers tapping away. Funky and groovy! If you haven't got a chance to listen to the album yet, I would recommend it.

You can follow Abraham Inc. on MySpace and on Facebook.

Track Titles:
1. Tweet-Tweet
2. Moskowitz Remix
3. It's Not the Same (Figure it Out)
4. The H Tune (Hava Nagila)
5. Trombonik
6. Push
7. Baleboste: A Beautiful Picture
8. Fred the Tzadik
9. Abe Inc Techno Mix

Musicians: David Krakauer (clarinet), Fred Wesley (trombone), Socalled (sampler, piano, organ, vocals), C Rayz Walz (rap vocals), Katie Moore, Matthew Flowers, Joshie Armstead, Alicia Krakauer (vocals), Sheryl Bailey, Alan Watsky (guitars), Jerome Harris (bass), Michael Sarin (drums), Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Brandon Wright (tenor saxophone), Will Holshouser (accordion), Jordan Dare (techno remix)


WHERE TO BUY?
The album is available at local retail stores or on Amazon.com.



Disclosure: I received digital audio files for listening in exchange for my review. Thanks to Absolute Pitch PR and Abraham Inc./Table Pounding Records. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.


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