Arkansas Cheerleader Looks Tiny

Maybe it's just a weird angle, but she looks like she's about 4'10". Not that there is anything wrong with that!

CLOSED - Giveaway: Voda Swim Envy Push Up Swimsuit

If you have enjoyed my review on Voda Swim Envy Push Up String Bikini, now here's your chance to win the swimsuit of your choice!

The prize: any swimsuit from Voda Swim

  • This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (sorry!)
  • You have to be a follower of Gaby's Beauty Blog
  • Blogs made solely for giveaways will be disqualified
  • This giveaway ends on June 14 at midnight 

To enter (mandatory):
  • Fill out the Google document form at the bottom of this post

Extra entries (optional):

  • Post my giveaway on your blog, either in a blog post or in your sidebar, and include the picture above and the link to my giveaway +5
  • "Like" Gaby's Beauty Blog on Facebook +2
  • "Like" Voda Swim on Facebook +2
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet about my giveaway (be sure to include @GabyFauchon and the link to my giveaway) +2
  • Follow Voda Swim on Twitter +2

Possible entries total: 14

Good luck!!!

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Voda Swim.

Texas State Cheerleaders Assume The Position

There are way to many jokes to make here, so I'm just going to let you guys do it for me.

Southern Illinois Cheerleaders From A Great Angle

Damn, I totally should have been a photographer!

Voda Swim Envy Push Up String Bikini

1 to 2 Cup Sizes Bigger!  
  • Looks just like a regular bikini
  • Gives breasts amazing cleavage, lift and support
  • Very low water absorbency
  • No sagging when wet
  • No under wiring
  • Patent pending    
Be Envied and let that amazing cleavage you have always desired! 
Voda Swim's patent pending Envy Push Up® bikini top is a marvel of engineering and design. It is made to maximize the subtle curves of a smaller bosom, creating a natural looking cleavage, and making breasts look up to two cup sizes larger. There's no stiff padding and no underwire but there is more going on than meets the eye. 
A unique material that doesn't absorb a lot of water helps the Envy Push Up® bikini top retain it's extraordinary fit even when wet. Other bikini tops loose shape, swell up like airline flotation devices, and look like sagging water balloons after the briefest immersion in water. 
The Envy Push Up® bikini top is also designed for action, and Voda Swim urges its wearers to do more than sunbathe. Voda Swim promises that women will get their share of admiring glances whether they're surfing, swimming or sailing.

I wouldn't say I'm complexed by my average breast size (I wear A and B cups, depending on the model of bras), but I do wear padded and push-up bras often. I think it just makes my boobs look prettier, and it's always nice to show a little cleavage.

I've never been concerned by the look of my breasts in a swimsuit, but when I first heard about padded bikinis, of course I was curious... and sceptical. When I was kindly given the opportunity to try Voda Swim Envy Push Up Bikini, I jumped at the chance without hesitation!

Pearl Envy Push Up® String Bikini
Crave sexy? Skin is in with this sexy string bikini! Voda Swim's original and still #1 Most Popular bikini style.

  • End caps are 14K gold plated and chlorine and salt water resistant
  • Body: nylon/spandex, lining: polyester/spandex
  • Fully lined
  • Top: ties at neck and back
  • Bottom: low coverage, classic cut or Brazilian cut
  • Made in USA

I chose their original String Bikini, but Voda Swim also carries lots of other styles such as One Piece, Tankini and Monokini.

The bikini came wrapped in a pretty purple silk paper

Here's a comparison of the claims from the Voda Swim website, along with my results:

Claims from the website

My results

As you can see, the results are pretty amazing! I still can't believe it!

There's something I must say though, I think I should have ordered a slightly larger size, but looking at their fit guide, I wasn't sure if Small or Medium would suit better as I wear almost all of those bra sizes. Well, as it's a swimsuit, I thought it would be better too small than too large, so I ordered it in Small, but sometimes I feel my boobs are a little squeezed in the cups. Nothing major, it's my mistake anyway, but I just thought I would warn you if you plan to order a Voda Swim swimsuit.

The end caps are 14K gold plated, which adds a touch of luxury to the bikini. They are also chlorine and salt water resistant.

However, I have only one bad thing to say about this swimsuit...

I found three little defects, one on each cup and another one on the bottom of the swimsuit. They aren't that apparent, but still, for $110.00, I guess I wasn't expecting that. The good thing is that Voda Swim immediately offered me an exchange for that! Talk about great customer service (:

Overall, I'm amazingly pleased with this bikini and I would recommend it to everyone! I'm pretty impressed at how well it gives a natural lift without stiff padding or uncomfortable underwire. Shh, it's a secret, but I even wear it as a push-up bra sometimes =P

Available colors:

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Here's my little gift to you: 

Discount code for 10% off:

Want to try a Voda Swim swimsuit of your choice for FREE? Stay tuned for my giveaway tomorrow!

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review,  I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the product was free absolutely does not influence my opinion. 

Louisiana Tech Dancer Sure Got My Attention

I wonder if you can figure out how.

Mail of the Week (May 23 - 27)

My prize from Mary's giveaway : I was lucky enough to win Mary's giveaway! Here's what she included in my package:

  • MAC purse with original box
  • Juvena of Switzerland Day Cream sample
  • Secret Scent Expressions Antiperspirant in Ooh-La-La Lavender
  • Secret Scent Expressions Body Splash in Ooh-La-La Lavender
  • Clinique Lipstick in Pink Spice
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara sample size
  • Sally Hansen Crease Shadow Brush (I never knew Sally Hansen had makeup brushes?!)
  • Lancôme High Resolution Collaser- 5X intense collagen anti-wrinkle serum 15mL
  • Lancôme Renergie eye anti-wrinkle and firming eye creme .14 oz
  • Lancôme Renergie Double performance treatment anti-wrinkle-Firming Creme 15g

Thank you Mary!!

My prize from Em's Easter giveaway : Look at all these cute products! I'm excited as I never got the chance to try Eyeko products! Here's what I won:

  • Claire's Make-Up Bag (how cute is it?)
  • Claire's Humming Adjustable Bird Ring (OMG! I swear I'll be wearing it every day, it's just so pretty!)
  • Max Factor Diamond Hard 3-in-1 - Crushed Berry
  • Eyeko Posh Polish
  • Eyeko Vintage Polish
  • Eyeko Big Eyes Mascara
  • Eyeko Liptastic Glossy Lip Pen - Hot Lips
  • Sleek Mini Lip Gloss - In Your Dreams
  • LUSH Happy Easter Gift - Hippy Chick Bath Bomb, Fluff Egg Bath Bomb, Avobath Bath Bomb, Easter Knot Wrap (this bundle made the whole package smell delicious!)
  • Marks & Spencer Speckled Eggs

Thank you so much for this great giveaway Em! =D

Coupon for a free tub of Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes

♥ Mr Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan

North Texas Hottie Emma

North Texas has a terribly hot dance squad as we've already documented here, here and most importantly here. And now we can add Emma to that impressive list.

This Iowa State Cheerleader Is Not Amused

I bet she looks like that a lot cheering for Iowa State. Can't be a lot to get very excited about.

Sigma Travel Kit Naughty in Black Giveaway Winner!

First of all, I want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway, I was pretty overwhelmed by the number of entries and it took me quite some time to enter all of them in an Excel spreadsheet. However, I'm sad that some didn't respect the rules. I think they were pretty simple! I asked the entrants to have a blog, and to not have a blog made only for giveaways. I don't remember how many people were disqualified because of that. Yes, that rules may change in my upcoming giveaways, but this time I especially stated it, so I expected it to be respected. However, do you want to know the worst? Someone tried to enter 20 times! 20 times!!! I can't believe it.

Anyway! Onto the winner...

Congrats, please check your emails! =D

Alabama Cheerleaders Ready For Tryouts

Damn I hope these girls make the squad!

Buffs Is Right!

Check out those abs!

Review: Earthen InstantPeel

Created as a natural alternative to glycolic acid peels and dermabrasion, InstantPeel's combination of proteins and enzymes naturally and gently peels away dead skin cells impurities. But unlike most chemical skin peels and facial scrubs, InstantPeelTM is sensitization-tested and proven safe for even the most delicate skin. 
InstantPeel does just what the name implies: it peels off dead skin cells revealing baby-soft skin.
  • Naturally glowing skin
  •  — Clinical results show highly significant improvement in skin's radiance following a single application.
  • Dramatically improved skin texture
  •  — Studies show InstantPeel's natural skin peel action significantly decreases flakiness.

I must admit I was sceptical at first, as I have already tried numerous peels, microdermabrasion treatments, exfoliators and such, all without proper results, except leaving my dry skin even more drier, but I was truly amazed at this product!

InstantPeel is really super easy to use, and it's good for use on face and body (althought I have only used it on my face as of yet). You will first have to let your face steam for five minute so that skin is moist and supple (but not wet!). This works best in the shower. Then take a small amount of product on your fingertips and start massaging the targeted area (I personally prefer to do this by area - forehead, cheeks, chin, etc). As you massage the product on your skin, you will start to see peels of dead skin. Continue to massage until the peeling cease and you're done!

I think it's truly awesome to be able to actually see the peels of dead skin, it's like a proof that the product is working. I have never seen something like this before!

This product is great for dry and sensitive skin as it didn't leave my face irritated or even drier. I could feel my skin being softer and smoother.

The texture is somewhat milky and can be a little bit runny and the product itself doesn't really smell something once massaged into the skin, but as soon as I opened the packet, I noticed quite a strange smell - I think "sour" is the only word I could use to describe it. Thankfully, it went away quickly.

The only things I dislike about this product is the price and the packaging. At $10 an application, it can be getting quite pricey! Personally, even thought these are single-use packets, I find that one is good for more than two applications (if you use it on your face). But if you plan to re-use the same packet, be sure to store it properly if you don't want a mess - which brings me to the second point. For $50, I would prefer to pay for a proper packaging, like a bottle or even a tub.

Recommend usage:
Oily skin - use 1x weekly
Normal skin - use 1x every 2 weeks
Sensitive or dry skin - use every 3 weeks
Or simply use as your skin requires

Price: $50.00 for 6 single-use packets Net Wt. 1.05 oz. (30g) at

Recommend? yes

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review,  I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the product was free absolutely does not influence my opinion.

My Sigma giveaway ends tonight at midnight! Don't forget to enter!

Shopping: Wal-Mart

This is a little haul from around three weeks, but I wanted to share with you what I got from my last visit to Wal-Mart.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat On sale for $5.97 I'm about to ditch top coats for good as none seems to work, it's so annoying! Plus, I tend to use them so fast because I like to re-apply another coat every few days. A while ago, I asked for top coats suggestions on Twitter and this one seemed great, as it claims to dry in 30 seconds and promises no-chip shine for up to 10 days. The thing is, it does dry in 30 seconds which is amazing, but no matter which nail polish I used, my manicure absolutely didn't last up to 10 days! Sooooo disappointing ):

Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Care Cream $9.62 and Cetaphil RESTORADERM Eczema Moisturizing Lotion $14.37 Nothing really seems to work for the eczema on my hands, and Karen keeps telling me how great these two lotions worked for her, but I was hesitant to pay that much for some hand lotions as I already have so many. I finally caved in after I got a $2.00 off coupon on the Cetaphil Restoraderm lotion, and I decided to grab the Aveeno lotion as well as I couldn't find it anywhere before. I know it's a little too soon to tell but so far, I'm a little disappointed. I had high hopes for these lotions as they have both earned the Eczema Society of Canada Seal of Acceptance but still, I always have to go back to my cortisone creams. I know eczema won't heal overnight (there is no cure for eczema anyway), but still, I'm so fed up of it!

Glad Sense & Spray Automatic Room Spray Free If you follow my updates on Twitter and on my Facebook page, you shouldn't have missed this coupon! I chose the last Hawaiian Breeze available on the shelf, it smells soooo yummy! I like that it's motion-activated, that way, there's no "waste" of perfume.

I forgot to include this in my Monday post, but I just wanted to wish you a happy National Vegetarian Week (May 23 - 29)! Please try to have a ♥ this week!

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Apothecary Skincare

At APOTHECARY, you'll find natural skincare products that are both lovely and effective.

Our products are crafted using pure essential oils and high quality carrier oils. We selectively combine these functional, botanically-based ingredients to create synergistic blends that treat your specific skincare needs.

Put simply, we love making skincare that not only feels great to use, but is good for you too!

Feel lovely, be lovely, with products that are:

Paraben and Sulfate Free. Free from mineral oils and petroleum based products.

Preservative Free
APOTHECARY face and body oils are anhydrous - they do not contain water. Bacteria and mold require water and oxygen to survive and grow. This means we don't need - and you won't find - any preservatives in our natural products. How lovely!

Free from artificial fragrances and dyes.
Nature knows best - and we only use the real deal! Our formulations are crafted using pure essential oils. Enjoy their naturally delightful scents while you benefit from their traditional beneficial qualities.

Hand-blended, in small batches.
We craft each batch with the utmost love and care.
Please contact us for your own specific needs - we specialize in making custom blends to suit unique conditions and concerns. 

I was very kindly sent some products from the lovely Flo to try and review.

Lots of efforts are definitely put in the packaging. How cute is it?

Bright Eyes Firming Oil ($25 for 1 fl oz)
Wake up those soulful peepers of yours with this lightweight, yet nourishing under-eye serum.
Fractionated Coconut Oil is deeply hydrating, yet glides on lightly with a silky finish. Carrot Oil is amazing for smoothing delicate and sensitive areas, while powerhouse Argan, Borage, and Evening Primrose Oils feed the skin with beneficial essential fatty acids. Rose and Neroli essential oils help refresh and rejuvenate sleepy skin.

I'm only 22 so I don't think I need specific undereye cares as of yet, but I do like to use eye creams, and I was thrilled to try this product as it's the first time I tried an eye oil.

The first thing I instantly loved about this product is the glass dropper that allows you to use just a drop of product on each eye. That way, there's no mess or waste of product.

Of course, it's an oil, so don't expect it to not be oily! You really don't need a big quantity of product, but it does take some time to be absorbed in the skin. I personally don't like to use this in the day as it keeps making me blink my eyes, and it can make your makeup messy. However, it's a real treat at night before bed.

Because of eczema, my undereye area tends to be sensitive and dry, but I was pleased to see that this eye oil is really moisturizing and leaves the skin around my eyes feeling super silky.

Recommend? yes

 Good Day Face Oil ($25 for 1 fl oz)
A light and effective blend to soothe and balance sensitive skin. Ideal for daytime use.

Blackcurrant, Cherry and Ricebran oils are rich in antioxidants. Argan oil is an all around powerhouse with anti-aging properties.

This face oil works wonders on my dry patches of skin due to eczema. It's runnier than the eye oil and although the texture is light, it doesn't seem to sink right into the skin so I personally avoid to use it in the day, or if I do, I make sure to use it only on the dry patches of skin.

As for most oil based products, you don't need to use a big quantity to feel your skin being moisturized and super smooth.

Recommend? yes

 High Five Hand & Nail Oil ($20 for 2 fl oz)
A wonderful combination of nourishing oils to protect and soothe dry, chapped and irritated hands - and it's free from nut oils too!

I must admit that at first, I was reluctant to use oil on my hands in the day as I didn't want my hands to be all greasy and slippery, so I first tested this product on my cuticles, but I was happily surprised at how fast this product was absorbed so I used it all over my hands, and I wasn't disappointed! I like to rub my hands together until all the oil is absorbed and then I'm ready to go!

Althought it doesn't seem to have really help the eczema on my hands, it does make them super soft and I hope it will help in the long run.

Recommend? yes

Lip Service ($5 for 0.15 oz)
A lip balm dream come true...

Sheer and smooth, with good staying power. Moisturizing without being sticky. Scent and flavour-free.

This is my favorite item of the bunch! I have constantly dry and chapped lips due to eczema and I have yet to find the perfect lipbalm, so I'm alway thrilled to try new lip products. This one sure didn't disappointed!

It contains beeswax so it won't melt like a vegan lipbalm, but it's not as "hard" as Burt's Bees Lipbalm, for example. It does glide nicely on the lip and it seems to last quite a long time.

I think everybody would be happy with this lipbalm as it's natural, scent and flavour-free, and it's quite affordable, too!

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review,  I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the products were free absolutely does not influence my opinion.