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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Skincare | Valentia True Glow Eye Cream

Hello Divas & Gents!

I hope this blog post finds you well. Today's post is another skincare addition. As you may know, I have been testing a variety of Valentia products and so far, I have truly enjoyed all of their skincare products. They all have impressive packaging, and contain natural and organic ingredients that are effective.

According to Valentia, the True Glow Eye Cream claims to do the following and has the following ingredients:

Valentia True Glow Eye Cream - An illuminating antioxidant rich eye cream that helps lock in moisture, repair and tighten skin for a youthful looking glow around the eye area.

This Corrective Eye Treatment Will:
- Diminish fine lines & wrinkles
- Nourish & hydrate
- Tighten the under eye area
- Brighten dark circles
- Reduce puffiness


Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.
- Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line 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.



My Thoughts:

I love the packaging and how cute and compact it is. Also, they give you a significant amount considering that you only need a small amount since the product is concentrated. Most eye creams are in a jar and I love the fact that this one includes a pump which helps controls the amount of product that comes out.

I noticed a difference within the first few uses. I wash my face at night, and then apply the cream under and around my eye and it immediately looks rejuvenated. It's as if the puffiness goes away and the dark circles start to fade. Although the  dark circles do not completely go away,  it does seem to be reduced when you use the product. Perhaps if I used it for the recommended twice a day, I may have noticed more of an improvement in dark circles. The True Glow Eye Cream absorbs into the skin rather quickly which allows you to add the rest of your face products over it. It has always been a pet peeve of mine when I can only add one product to my face and not another. This allows me to do both. The ingredient list contains natural and organic products which is even more of an advantage. I love the fact that they have formulations that don't have harsh chemicals especially because the eye and face are one of the most delicate areas of the body. I would definitely give it a try if you have the opportunity or have been looking for a great eye cream!

If you would like to purchase the Valentia True Glow Eye Cream, you can find it on Amazon.








Also, one neat fact that I forgot to mention in my previous Valentia post is that they are a lab owned and operated by women, which I think is awesome!



Disclaimer: This product was sent to me in an exchange for an honest review, and all opinions are my own! I truly love Valentia products and have never had a negative experience.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

$1.99 NYX Dupes? - TruColor Sugar Butter Lipsticks

Happy New Year Divas & Gents!

A good friend of mine on YouTube recently sent me some lipsticks called TruColor Sugar Butter Lipsticks. I was so in love with the wide variety of colors that I ended up searching high and dry in my area until I finally found a display. They had all types - matte, pastels, nudes, and cremes. I decided to pick up quite a few more. To my surprise, they happen to be dupes to the NYX Butter and NYX Matte Lipsticks for half of the price! Yes, I said half of the price. They are only $1.99 - $2.99 at your local beauty supply store vs. $5.99 - $6.99 for the name brand.

You can check out my video with live lip swatches for more information on these lipsticks. Most of them are pretty pigmented so I definitely recommend that you try them out for yourself. Get a close look at the pictures below.

Video:

Sahara Sands
 
 

Under My Skin
 


 

Wink Pink 








Bubble Purple








Matte Pink










Matte Purple










Matte Red











Matte Plum








 
Matte Wine 








Roasted Coffee








 

What do you think about these colors? Do you think it is a great dupe? Thank you for Watching!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Skincare Additions | Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask & Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub

Hello Divas & Gents!

Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub & Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask

Oh how I love skincare! I always like to say that you cannot have amazing artwork without a clean canvas. Therefore, we must take care of our skin in the best way possible. I have recently implemented two new products to my skincare regimen and couldn't wait to share.


The first is the Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask. The packaging is just beautiful. It is sleek and has an elegant feel to it. The mask is no-fuss and it doesn't have an odd color like some other masks I've tried in the past. The texture is like a regular mask with a few hibiscus and cranberry flowers that give it less of a smooth feel. I absolutely love the fact that the ingredients are natural and organic, which means that you don't have to worry about harsh chemicals damaging your skin. The face is one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and we must treat it as such. It contains kaolin clay, plant stem cells, spirulina, CoQ10, and hibiscus and cranberry flowers. The combination of these products cleanse, firm, tone, detox and clear skin of impurities as well as reduce pore size. It's one product with many benefits.

It's very easy to apply - I simply apply it to a clean face in circular motions and let sit for 15-25 minutes. I then wash off with a warm towel. It leaves my skin so smooth and radiant and it also feels so firm. You can definitely tell that it is removing impurities and detoxing the skin. The only con I have about this product is that it burns/stings when you first apply it to skin. I thought maybe my skin might have been sensitive but it seems to be common in the reviews I read. I believe it is from one of the ingredients and I assume that it is helping to draw out the toxins in your skin which is a great benefit! I tested this product for about 3 weeks in a row, applying about once a week and skin looks great and feels smooth each time.

Top: Exfoliating Scrub; Bottom: Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask


I also enjoyed their Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub because it cleanses the skin and the beads feel so good on the skin and smell good too. It leaves the skin smooth and radiant. The ingredients are also natural and are made of organic ingredients including green and white teas, aloe vera, jojoba beads, olive, avocado, and kukui butter. It seems to refresh the skin.


The texture of the scrub is a "jiggly" gel like consistency that slides and has beads in it. I usually apply it in the shower and then wash it off. I have used it a few times a week for about two (2) - three (3) weeks and it does a great job at exfoliating my skin and cleaning out my pores. The smell is amazing and I like that the packaging is nice on this one as well. You can easily distinguish it from the mask because the scrub has a black top which I like. This a great way to never make the mistake of picking up the wrong jar. The only con I of this scrub would be the slight tingly/burning sensation that the mask also had. I definitely recommend trying these two products at least once!


Thank you for reading.

Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for an honest review. These are my honest opinions. You can read more about it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014PJLKJ6

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving & Love with Food

Happy Thanksgiving Divas & Gents!

I hope you are enjoying this time away from work, school, or just our normal busy lives to spend time with those you love! As I was thinking about what to post, something came to mind. I thought about writing about how I was spending Thanksgiving or what I am wearing, or even what I am cooking. I decided that I would rather talk about giving and how others, who may be less fortunate, are thankful by small gestures.

This thought prompted me to talk about Love with Food. Love with Food is a company that I've been patronizing for over a year now. I stumbled across their company when I first started my healthy lifestyle change. I was looking for snacks I could eat that were guilt-free or snacks that would do less damage than the ones I had currently been consuming. I read about the company and fell in love!!!

For EVERY box sold, they donate ONE MEAL to a HUNGRY CHILD. They do this by donating to several food banks across the country, such as Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. They help child hunger, one meal at a time.

I eventually contacted the company to know more and they offered me a chance to review their company and concept. I reviewed Love with Food on YouTube because I wanted the world to know. Since then, there have been tons of reviews floating around YouTube, including several unboxings that I've done. I have been subscribed ever since and renew my membership every 6 months. If you are interested in knowing more, check out their website, www.lovewithfood.com and if you would like a subscription, you can go through my referral link if you are interested in 40% off: My Love with Food Link

A Year Ago:
 

I say all this to say that there are all types of ways to give back to your community. You don't have to physically go out (even though I encourage it from time to time), but you can do it right in the comfort of your home. In this case, you are helping by just a click of a button. Child hunger is something that goes on in our very own backyards. There are plenty of other causes you can help out with as well. Just do a good turn daily.

IN a nutshell, BE THANKFUL for all the blessings you have. Some do not have it. Feel free to check out my box from October and November Below. Thank you for reading, and I am thankful for all of you! 












 November's Thank-FULL box








Monday, November 9, 2015

High End Lippies | YSL Rouge Pur Couture Rose Stiletto (#9) & Fuschia (#19)

Hello Divas & Gents!



Yet another lippie post! I recently got a chance to try out two (2) new YSL lipsticks, #9 Rose Stiletto and #19 Fuschia. I have always wanted to try a YSL lipstick simply because the packaging is beyond stunning. I am sucker for gold packaging with a mirroring effect. Something about it just screams regal glamour! It has a significant amount of weight to it, and is embossed with the YSL logo which is so elegant. You can definitely tell that they put some thought into presentation, which gets five (5) stars from me!

Now on to the actual product....

Both lipsticks are extremely moisturizing, almost as if you were putting on a lip balm except extremely pigmented! It took me awhile to adjust because I've become accustomed to the boldness and dryness of a matte lip. These were definitely a creme finish and very hydrating, but felt great on the lips.

Rose Stiletto (#9) has more of a subtle, "mauvey" nude look to it and I would easily wear this as an everyday type lipstick. Fuschia (#19) is bold and stands out. This one is my favorite because I absolutely love making a statement with a bold lip. It is a beautiful shade of pink and could definitely be worn out on the town or you could even play it down with a nude eye look.

Hand Swatches

#9 Rose Stiletto



#19 Fuschia





I definitely recommend giving these lippies a try. Not too bad for my first high end lipstick adventure!

What is your favorite high end lippie?

Disclaimer: These products were courtesy of Influenster, and these are my honest opinions.