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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

REVIEW: Valentia Skincare Even Glow Vitamin C Serum


Hello everyone!

Today, I wanted to share with you a new product I've tried this summer: Valentia Skincare Even Glow Vitamin C Serum! Firstly, let me just say that this product smells like summer in a bottle! It has a vibrant and lively citrusy scent that is reminiscent of eating sweet oranges on a hot summer day! Before I get started on this review I want to first mention that I've been using The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost for the longest time, and I didn't really notice much of a difference with my skin, except that it worked as a really nice primer that had a light orange scent. When I tried this serum out, I can honestly say that I do notice a difference in my complexion! My skin feels supple and although it isn't intentionally used for clearing up acne, I have not broken out at all the past weeks and I highly believe it is because of this serum. Even the acne scar above my brow has faded!

"Our skin is damaged each day due to environmental pollutants, oxidative stress, and chemical laden cosmetic products. The amount of free radicals waging war on the skin quickly depletes our natural protective resources." -Valentia Skincare


Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum  1.18 fl oz.
$35.00+free shipping on amazon.com!
Made in the USA!

95% natural ingredients!
Dispenses from a dropper
Gel/serum consistency...smells amazing by the way!

On amazon.com, 5/5 star rating out of 303 real customer reviews!

The Claims
"Our premier formulation is backed by scientific research into the efficacy of each of the natural ingredients we have carefully selected. 

Our proprietary blend of *skin super oils compliment our 20% Vitamin C base, leading to a powerful antioxidant treatment. Each natural ingredient was chosen to support and enhance Vitamin C’s efficacy on the skin, leading to more well-rounded serum to add to your daily skin care ritual.

Our Even Glow Serum will repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror."
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SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS:

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin. 

***Our additional Key Ingredients below were all selected for their ability to enhance and support Vitamin C's effect on the skin. 

ORGANIC ROSEHIP SEED OIL & ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL - These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) - This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) - Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.
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98% Natural Ingredients (see below for a description of our Key Ingredients chosen specifically to enchance Vitamin C efficacy on the skin)

EVENS SKIN TONE: Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration with this new generation Vitamin C Serum. Quickly refresh uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.

INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE:
Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.

ABSORBS RAPIDLY:
Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.

BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION:
The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil to support Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.

REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES:
Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.

Source: valentiaskincare.com

Vanessa's Opinion

Like previously stated above, I did notice a difference with my facial complexion. I mean, I didn't really wear much face makeup for the past weeks! My skin is soft, even and appears radiant. This product didn't make me breakout, and surprisingly, my acne has disappeared! I applied it once in the morning after cleansing, before moisturizer, and the same routine at night. I did feel as if this serum was a bit sticky when first applying, but when it dried the sticky feeling was gone. I'm so happy I found this product because it works so much better than the Body Shop Skin Boost which did nothing for my skin in the longterm.


So, you're probably asking yourself...."Where can I buy this miracle serum?" "Is it too expensive?" I can answer those questions in one easy sentence: You can buy it on amazon.com for only $35.00+FREE shipping! Most serums that my mom, my sister and I have purchased at beauty counters or Sephora range from $50-$150, so this serum is not only one of the best I've tried, but best in value too! This product is sold only here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJD8NLY and Valentia Skincare also backs up their product with a 90 satisfaction guarantee.

For more information, please visit www.valentiaskincare.com 

Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa

Also, Sigma has a new August code for 10% your purchase and Free Shipping on orders $50+: AUG2014 
CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO SIGMABEAUTY.COM

Disclaimer: Valentia Skincare was kind enough to send me their product for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

REVIEW: PONDS Luminous Finish BB+ Cream

Hello everyone!

I hope your summer has been just as amazing as mine! Thank you for all the sweet emails and blog post suggestions! They are well appreciated! Today, I wanted to do a review on a lesser known BB cream that I just found at a glance when I was at Target the other day. It is the POND's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream.

POND's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in Medium
(Mine came with a free extra!)
$10.99 at drugstore.com 
So, I got mine at target for around the same price as drugstore.com ($10.99).

CLAIMS

Flawless in Seconds, + More Even Tone in 2 Weeks!
Even skin tone for a natural, luminous look!
  • Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
  • Natural Looking Coverage
  • Visible Dark Spot Reduction
  • Non-greasy Moisturization
  • Non-comedogenic - Won't Clog Pores
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Hypoallergenic
Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ cream is formulated with breakthrough Tone Perfecting Complex and gives you luminous coverage instantly plus visible dark spot reduction.  Effortlessly reveal your natural, luminous look!"
Source: Drugstore.com

Ingredients List

Packaging claims
Cute shiny bottle
Size comparison with packaging

Shade: Medium
Streaked across hand
Fully Blended



Vanessa's Opinion

I've only been using this product for a week or so, and since I don't have dark spots, I can't really testify about the dark spot reduction. I like how this product contains SPF 15, that way I know my skin will be protected from the harsh sun-rays. I agree that it isn't greasy, and smooths out my skin and pores. The coverage is more light-medium. If you have visible pimples or scars, the will peep through. However, it will even out your unevenness, and smooth pores. Personally, I would recommend using either your fingers, blending sponge, or a Sigma F80 brush for an even application.  I like to put MAC's studio finish concealer on pimples (if any), and then finish it all of with Bare Mineral's Mineral Veil to complete a light, yet flawless look!

I personally think this BB cream deserves more attention because I love how healthy and flawless my skin looks. I highly suggest this BB cream for someone with sensitive skin because it doesn't feel heavy, and did not break my skin out.


Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa 

By the way! Sigma has some awesome new FREE gifts with purchases for the month of July!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FREE Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous Whitestrips Sample+Coupon!

Hello beautiful!

It's been a while since I posted anything and I do apologize for my absence! I've been on vacation for a while and haven't really had time to blog, and tomorrow, I'm actually going to be going on vacation again! Don't worry, I didn't forget about you guys! I have an amazing offer to share with you all so I'm really excited to share it with everyone!

I personally use the Crest 3D 1 hour Express Whitestrips or the Crest 3D Advanced Vivid Whitestrips before I go to a big event or want to do some extra pampering. I'm really excited to try the Luxe Glamorous version to see if there's a significant difference between the different versions! You can try it out for yourself too! Crest is offering FREE SAMPLES of their new Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous Whitestrips! When you fill out the form, you will also receive a $10 off Coupon to use if you choose to purchase a full sized box! All you have to do is follow the simple instructions below!

1. Go to: https://crestflex.safeprocessing.com/landing
The code is: J2L6 
2. Fill out the form
3. Done!

Super easy, and completely free! I hope you all enjoy your free samples and let me know if they worked for you!

Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa

Thursday, May 1, 2014

REVIEW: E.L.F HD Studio Blush (+swatches!)


Hello beautiful!

As some of you may have seen in my previous post, I went a little overboard online at eyeslipsface.com. I am in love with their studio line. They have high quality products that closely resembles products from high-end brands, but are just as affordable as drugstore finds! From that haul, one product that really captured my eye was their HD Blushes. For only $3, you can choose from a couple different vibrant blush shades! Or, if you're like me, you can buy all the shades they offer! The intensity and pigmentation of these cream blushes are incredible. You only need a pin-head size amount to cover both cheeks. A little bit goes a very long way, and the longevity of these blushes are outstanding. I wore the shade "Superstar" to my prom, and even at the end of the night, my blush did not fade! The ELF Studio Line is one of my all time favorite drug store brands because they have a range of products that will not put a shoe in your wallet! I love finding those "diamond in the rough" products, so if you know of any, please let me know!

In the collection, there are 5 different shades. "Headliner", "Superstar", "Diva", "Encore", "Showstopper". I only purchased 4 of them because when I ordered the blushes online, the unfortunately did not have the shade "Diva". One thing that I love about these products is that they're not only cream blushes, but can work as beautiful matte lip creams as well!

E.L.F Studio HD Blush in "Encore"
E.L.F Studio HD Blush in "Headliner"

E.L.F Studio HD Blush in "Showstopper"

E.L.F Studio HD Blush in "Superstar"


Left to right:
Headliner
Superstar
Encore
Showstopper
Note, the shade "Showstopper" appears as a deep purple in the bottle, but when applied and blended out, it is a merlot wine color.

*Also, you can receive 10% off your Sigmabeauty.com orders with the code "MAY2014" at checkout!

Until next time,
xoxo
Vanessa

*Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, I purchased everything myself.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HUGE ELF COSMETICS (Eyes Lips Face) HAUL 2014 PART 2

Hello beautiful!

Here is part 2 of the huge order I made from eyeslipsface.com! To view part 1 click here.

Side note, I also ordered 2 Translucent Mattifying Face powders (Clear and Tinted) that are not pictured.

Both boxes from my ELF Cosmetics orders!
All the items from my second box!
Overview of all the products in box #2
E.L.F Studio Body Shimmer in Blazing Bronze

E.L.F Studio Moisturizing Hydration Stick in Coffee
(I plan on using it as a contouring stick!)
E.L.F Studio Mineral Face Primer
E.L.F Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos
E.L.F Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream in St. Lucia
E.L.F Studio Baked Bronzers in Los Cabos and Maui
E.L.F Essentials Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Flirty & Girly and Pink Umbrellas
E.L.F Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette (Ltd. Ed.) in Natural
E.L.F Studio Stippling Brush
E.L.F Essentials Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit
E.L.F Studio HD Blush in Encore

E.L.F Studio HD Blush in Headliner
E.L.F Studio HD Blush in Showstopper
E.L.F Studio HD Blush in Superstar
E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner in Coffee
E.L.F Essential Nail Polishes in Lilac, Coral, and Mint Cream
E.L.F Studio Matte Lip Color in Praline



Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa

CLICK HERE to purchase my favorite brushes! You get a free gift with any $30 purch!


*Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, I purchased everything myself.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

HUGE ELF Cosmetics (Eyes Lips Face) HAUL 2014 Part 1



Hello beautiful!

As an impulsive shopper of America, I believe that online shopping is one of the best things on this planet (besides Nutella of course). E.L.F (or Eyes Lips Face) is a drugstore brand, mostly found at stores such as Target! They have many lines, but one that I adore is their studio line. If you are unfamiliar with their studio line, I would definitely go and get my hands on a few of their products because they are absolutely amazing! They are very similar to high end products, at drugstore prices! Most come in sleek matte black packaging and range anywhere from $3-$8 as apposed to their regular line that ranges from $1-$3. The slightly higher price is definitely worth it because their products are amazing and high quality!  I did make a purchase recently, and bought 38 different products that I'm excited to share with you! I did make 2 separate orders, but since they had a special "Free shipping on all orders $35+" the 2 separate orders weren't a big deal. This haul is so huge I have to separate them into 2 posts, so stay tuned for the second post!

If you see a product I mention in my haul, feel free to let me know if you want a more in depth review on the product, and I'd be happy to do so!

The first box!
Here's an overview of everything that was in the first box
E.L.F Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection $30.00

(Same as above) E.L.F Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection $30.00
E.L.F Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural $3.00

E.L.F Studio Translucent Mattifying Face Powder $3.00

E.L.F Studio Concealer Pencil & Brush $3.00

E.L.F Studio Warm Bronzer $3.00
E.L.F Studio Corrective Concealer- Erase and Conceal $3.00
E.L.F Studio Eyebrow and Lifter and Filler $3.00

E.L.F Studio Treat and Tame- Deep $3.00
E.L.F Studio Eyebrow Kit-Medium $3.00
E.L.F Studio Baked Highlighter- Blush Gems $3.00

E.L.F Studio Makeup Lock& Set (left) $3.00
E.L.F Studio Makeup Mist & Set (right) $3.00
E.L.F Studio Maximum Coverage Concealer (Oil-Free) $3.00
Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa Tiffanie

*Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Everything was bought with my own money

CLICK HERE to purchase my favorite brushes! You get a free gift with any $30 purch!