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 :)