Saturday, June 11, 2016

Get your skin glowing for summer with Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask

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The weather is getting warmer, layers of clothes are coming off, we are shaving our legs again (come on gals, let's not be shy about that lol), and out beauty routine is looking for lighter alternatives.  Once those degrees start rising, I begin looking for skincare that will continue to treat me, as my winter routine does, but in a much subtler way.  A part of that routine is a weekly clay mask and thankfully Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask is hitting the high marks!

Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask is one of Valentia's newest products featuring a pretty sweet array of ingredients!
"Kaolin Clay - Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother, firmer skin.
Plant Stem Cells - Naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soothe the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.
Spirulina - A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrate the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.
CoQ - Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating healthy collagen production.
Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers - Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles." - c/o Valentia
Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask

4 fl.oz / 120ml of Clay Mask contained in a plastic, screwtop tub.  Mask retails for $25.00 USD.  Can be purchased on and Valentia's website.

Granules in clay mask
Texture is that of a more wet clay mask.  Really cooling and easy to spread on the skin.  The granules are a bit bigger than I would like, but as long as I am careful, they get the exfoliation I need done without hurting/scratching my skin.  This mask is pretty scented, so those sensitive to scents may want to test first.  It is really fruity, heavy on cherry notes, and really wakes you up!  The scent does not linger on skin once removed.

Mask stays wet for longer than most clay masks to aid in allowing you to exfoliate.  Once you are dong applying the mask to your skin, it does dry down.  I found it nice that this mask did not get super hard and I was still able to move my face.

Once removed, skin GLOWS!  And is super hydrated.  I had the added benefit of those granules at work that gave me a super smooth feel to my skin.  Skincare I used after this mask sank in better and makeup application was smoother and looked less cakey and textured.  Pores were cleaner, this really does a nice job at drawing out impurities without drying the skin.

If you are one to turn clay masks away, please give Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask a chance.  A clay mask that helps with drawing our impurities, helps with texture and also hydrates?  Sounds good to be true, but it is with this lovely mask!

To learn more about Valentia and their range of products, go HERE

To purchase Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask, go HERE

Visit them on Facebook HERE

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Moisture and radiance with Valentia's Royal Rose Hydrating Serum - review

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As Spring is about to make its entrance...we leave behind the layers of clothing, sweaters, boots, etc.  But there are some who also like to make a complete switch of their skincare routine to something a little lighter.  Well, here's another option from Valentia to help hydrate your skin with the help of the lightest serum!

Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum
 Valentia Royal Rose Serum aims to hydrate and nourish your skin naturally.  Let's check out some specs first...
1.18 fl.oz/35 ml of serum contained within a glass bottle with pump dispenser
Sturdy packaging and easy to press pump
retails for $35.00 USD

"Royal Rose Hydrating Serum - a lightweight serum that boosts moisture and resilience while soothing and calming the skin.  This hydrating and nourishing serum will deeply moisturize skin, provide antioxidant protection, soothe and nourish dry skin, smooth skin tone and texture and boost skin radiance.

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimal results:
Rose Damascena - One of the most nourishing and skin friendly natural oils, providing balance, moisture and a variety of vitamins and minerals to the skin.

Niacinamide (vitamin B) - This potent vitamin has been clinically proven to fade away hyperpigmentation, sun spots, acne.

Rosehip Seed Oil - Naturally rich in vitamins C & A, these essential fatty acids work quickly to lock in skin's moisture.

Evening Primrose Oil - Provides light, non-oily moisture to the skin, never clogging or irritating the skin.

Bearberry - Reduces melanin production, thereby lightening the skin, revealing a brighter complexion.

Lavender - Heals the skin, treating pimples, wounds and sores." - Valentia

Royal Rose Hydrating Serum - ingredients
I am in the process of researching the ingredients that are currently in my skincare routine so that I have a more thorough knowledge of which ingredients may be causing a flare up, or that my skin just does not react well with.  If you type "skin ingredients database" into Google, you will find a few.

Royal Rose Hydrating Serum texture
The texture of this serum is fantastic.  An opaque liquid, once blended into the skin, turns into a clear and very lightweight, very slippy texture.  What's really amazing is that this light serum moisturizes as heavily as it does.  It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves behind not a shred of a film and skin looks and feels bouncy and fresh!  As I introduced this into a pretty lengthy and involved skincare routine, it was nice to see that it played nicely with my other items!  No changes, piling, etc.  This is pretty heavily scented like roses, do note that it does wear away and you are left with a subtle rose scent after dissipation.  Those that are really sensitive to scents may want to note that.

Freshly moisturized and feeling awesome!
Once applied to the skin, again, skin drinks it in without any film left on the skin.  I have forgotten primer and applied my makeup base over just this and it works wonderfully.  It has not oxidized my concealer or foundation.  It instantly hydrates and over the time frame of a month, I have noticed dark spots due to acne scarring fade slightly, which is a huge plus!  Perfect hydration for the spring into summer months!

To learn more about the Royal Rose Hydrating Serum and other awesome Valentia products, go HERE.

To purchase Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, visit amazon HERE.

Happy skincare, everyone!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Journey to 100! 18 - 22

Hey there guys and is that time again...more empties!  Here are a few more items that I have said goodbye to, maybe why I liked or did not like them   Again, all this is doing is making more room in my stash and also helping me to get to some beloved items!

Starting rt going clockwise:

Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Remover - A good biphase makeup remover...wish these would have been a bit cheaper to acquire.  Did the job nicely.

Pur lisse pur delicate gentle soy milk cleanser - LOVED THIS!  Creamy, gentle, removed my makeup, cleaned my face and did it well.  Had I not a plethora of other cleansers to get through, this would have been my next purchase.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather 24hr eyeshadow pot in Creamy Beige - Great as a neutral base for other shadows or my favorite way...a shadow look all on its own!  A basic beige with some slight shimmer, not enough to constitute this a shimmer shadow.  Does not last 24 hours, but it does last through a very long 12 and a half hour shift at the hospital!

Ayres hand cream in Pampas Sunshine - A super velvety had cream that soaked into skin instantly, never leaving behind a greasy or filmy feeling.  The scent of this was beyond beautiful...sprinkled with notes of lemongrass and patchouli.  Ordering this as of now!

Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid liner - Quick drying, with a slight bit of shine.  Long lasting and deep black, this is my drugstore go to...never fails.  Easy to use applicator.  And surprisingly enough, the bottle lasts a long time.

So many items to get through...but the purpose of this was to push myself to really get through this and try and pare my stash down as much as I could.  What are you guys all using up?  Tweet me, instagram, facebook, get ahold of me and let me know what you are using :)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ultimate skin repair and hydration combo: Valentia True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask

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The weather here in the Midwest cannot make up its mind.  Technically, it is winter still.  But we have been up and down with days that are super cold or unusually warm for the season and it is wrecking havoc on my skin.  Thankfully, Valentia came through with this amazing duo that has quelled the dryness beast!

Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask and True Glow Eye Cream are two powerhouse hydration products from Valentia.  Here are the facts:

Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask:
*contains 4 fl.oz/120ml of mask product
*plastic, screw top jar

True Glow Eye Cream:
*contains 1.18 fl.oz/35ml
*glass jar with pump topper

Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask...let us get to know you!
"Silk Protein Amino Acid blend: These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer, more supple skin.

Japanese Green Tea: Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant effects to the skin.

Aloe Vera: This botanical moisturizes skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness." - Valentia

This mask is nice and cooling on the skin.  When worn for the allotted time, you get a really nice brightening effect.  And this softens too!  Once done, skin is plumper, softer, bright and dewy.  This mask is on the gelatinous side and is easy to spread on the skin.  There is a moderate level scent of facial cream and citrus.  I experienced no tingling or irritation.  Played very well with my other skincare.

Shiny, slightly orange mask goodness!
Now, we can't forget the eyes...can we?

True Glow Eye Cream
"Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.

Resistem: Natural plant stem cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress related aging.

Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.

Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles." - Valentia

This "cream", more like a thicker, opaque serum, is a moisturizing, quickly absorbing wonder.  Water and Aloe juice are high on the ingredients list and your eye area will definitely tell the difference.
Now, I do not know what it is because I cannot find anything else on the ingredients that would constitute a shine/shimmer/glitter, but this stuff really brightens!  It just wakes the under eye area right up!  Once absorbed, the area of application is left smooth and ready for makeup/other skincare.  I am happy to report this also played well with my other skincare and has not caused my various concealers/correctors to crease!  Do note, this cream is also scented, more of a muted citrus scent than the mask, but does dissipate after application.

Creamy, glowy, and oh so nice!
I am really happy with the quality of the products Valentia offers.  Natural ingredients, cruelty free and just effective.  I look forward to seeing what else this company has to offer and hope that they keep releasing amazing products.

To learn more about Valentia, please go HERE...
Check out the True Glow Eye Cream HERE...
Check out the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Reviv Serums Lash & Brow Stimulating Serum - review and giveaway!

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What do we have today?  A product that I am sure we have all thought to help us along the way.  Longer lashes, thicker brows?  Well, Reviv Serums RevivLash Lash and Brow Stimulating Serum is here to help!

From RevivLash - "RevivLash Lash and Brow Stimulating Serum can significantly boost the appearance of eyelash and eyebrow length, thickness, strength and overall health.

RevivLash is the first product of its kind to include award-winning Redensyl(R) from Switzerland based InduChem AG.  Redensyl won In-Cosmetics 2014 Silver Award for Best Personal Care Ingredient.  The ingredient combines two patented InduChem molecules - DHQG and EGCG2 -to target follicle stem cells.

RevivLash is specifically formulated to reduce potential for the irritation that occurs with other eyelash restoration products.  Unlike Latisse(R) and LiLash(R), it contains no prostaglandin analogues, and is a cosmetic that can be purchased by consumers without having to obtain a prescription."

What does this all mean?

RevivLash Lash and Brow Stimulating Serum comes in a lip gloss style tube with a soft, doe foot applicator.  Contained within the tube is 8ml / 0.25 fl. oz of liquid product.  This comes in the standard size and usually retails for $100.00 USD, but can be found on their website right now for $49.00 USD.  

Here is a before shot of what I am working with.  Light lashes with a medium density I would say.  Though I am a compulsive eye rubber and that tends to make mine fall off all the time.  My brows have a few sparse spaces and also do not grow on the ends.  I would like a longer brow.  

Let's get to the details...

*RevivLash comes in a nice, sleek, easy to use tube.

*Texture - Really lightweight, feels almost like a serum.  Sinks into applied areas quickly.  Dried clear on my skin.

*Applicator - The doe foot really helps at allowing you to do large area sweeps over the eyebrow area.  The point on the doe foot lets you pin point, in an almost eyeliner style, placement of the product right on the lash line!

*Scent - The scent is extremely herbal, but dissipates once it has dried on the applied areas.  Once dry, it almost has a sweet, half floral, half sugary scent.  It does not linger very long.

*Use - Since the serum is lightweight and the doe foot helps to apply both all at once and in pin point areas, it is very easy to use!  Use it twice a day, on eyebrows, top lash line, and even bottom lash line if you like!

brow application
lash application
I have been using this for 3 weeks, and although I have not seen much in growth, I have noticed that my lashes tend to fall out much less than they did before, even with eye rubbing!  This is a treatment, and as such, I do not expect results quickly.  I am excited to check in at the 6 week mark to see improvement.  I will be photographing a check in for that moment...cannot wait!

There has been no irritation noted on my behalf.  The RevivLash has played well with my current skincare.  I have also worn this under makeup with no flaking, running, or texture changes.  I am happy with the strength my lashes have gotten thus far.  There will be much excitement when I see growth, both on the lash line and to fill the spaces in my brows.  Easy to use, and the commitment is minimal....twice a day!  

Now...let's get to the goods....a GIVEAWAY!  Reviv Serums is giving 5 lucky people the chance at winning a full sized tube of RevivLash Serum, a $100 dollar value!  What do you need to do, be a reader of this blog, follow me on social media and be located in the United States or Canada.  Enter right here...

Discount time!  Reviv Serums is offering 10% off to my readers with the discount code LONGER10 to use at checkout at!  Discount code is good through 2/29/2016. (limit one per customer).

To learn more about RevivLash and Reviv Serums other products and their amazing company, go HERE.

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Journey to 100! 12-17

Here we are again with another empties post!  I am really pushing hard this year to make it through some of my stash.  For your enjoyment...

From top and clockwise...

Epielle Cucumber Cleansing Tissues from Big Lots -  60 sheets, $2 bucks, godsend for cleansing and swatch removal ;)

Urban Decay All Nighter XL - my go to setting spray, this xl bottle is useful for when I want to decant in my smaller, deluxe sample bottle

Too Faced Shadow Insurance - Always have a tube of this, probably on my 5th tube just works.

Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion in Pore Perfecting - this goes way back in my, but what a fantastic primer!

Oz Naturals Age Defying Solar Shield Tinted Sunscreen - Was super surprised by the amount of coverage, and loved how I never experienced a breakout with this (i tend to breakout anytime I use a new sunscreen)

Ahava Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask - This was beneficial for purging and cleansing the skin, all the while being gentle.  Purchased the big size :)

Alright guys, let me know what you guys are using.  If Im using it up, that just means I have more room to put more stuff

xoxo, D

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Let's Get Sheet Faced! A facial mask story...

As I am getting older, I find that I am always on the lookout for new skincare that will benefit my skin and give me results.  From high end to drug store, I tend to try whatever I can to see what best fits into my beauty regimen.  Yes, I am 34 years old, just turned a few weeks ago and though I can thank my mother and father for passing some very good genes down, it also takes work to keep what you have going :).

With that, I have gotten completely obsessed with the Asian skincare community.  From reddit to instagram to blogs, I have been soaking up as much information as I can from fellow beauty lovers out there about what is new, what is worth trying and what works.

From an array of products, I chose to start my foray into Asian skincare with sheet masks.  Sheets masks, in basic terms, are a sheet of fabric (like cotton), gel, or other synthetic that is soaked in a serum or essence, is worn for a period of time to hyper introduce and soak those serums into your skin!

I will have more in-depth posts as my journey with face masks continues, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of what I've used recently.

From Top, clockwise...

Tony Moly I'm Real masks in Clear Skin, Nutrition, Elasticity, Skin Purifying, Skin Purifying - Makgeoll, Skin Soothing  [KOREA]

Absolute New York Exfoliating Foot Mask  [KOREA]

Miniso Moisturizing Stretch Facial Mask - Snail

SNP Animal Otter Aqua Mask  [KOREA]

Epielle Facial Essence masks in Green Tea & Aloe, Firming & Lifting Vitamin C  [KOREA]

Benton Cosmetic Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack  [KOREA]

As stated before, detailed reviews about these masks is coming.  And also the plethora of other Asian skincare I have picked up along the way...

Stay tuned :)