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LET’S REVIEW!

I just noticed I haven’t reviewed anything in a while. Oops! Well we can fix that. I got a bunch of things from Sephora over the last few months. So I’ll talk about a few of them right now, and save some for later. I started using the Farsali “Rose Gold Elixir” and it’s my favorite thing ever right now. The consistency is more of an oil. I generally use it at night and even put a tiny bit on my lips. I don’t actually know if you’re supposed to apply to lips, but I do. Let me tell you, it works miracles! I only use it once a day, so hopefully I won’t die if I continue to use it on my lips. It also does wonders for my skin. My skin feels plump, smooth, and moisturized in the morning. Bonus, there are tiny 24k gold flecks in the oil and you can use it as a makeup primer. Makes me feel so glam! Which reminds me, I need to review the Peter Thomas Roth “24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream” at some point. I’ve been using that in the morning on top of my moisturizer. I think my goal in life is to look as youthful as C3PO? haha!

Next up is the Belif “Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream.” I always confuse Belief with Philosophy, they have similar packaging. I’ve only used this cream a few times, so I can’t say how well it works long-term. I’m waiting to use up my current eye cream before switching. But the consistency isn’t very creamy at all. It’s almost like a gel. So it’s not watery-looking, but a bit heavy. I don’t mind the texture, I actually don’t need a lot so I feel like it will help people use less product. It’s also a bit pricey, so it’s good that you don’t need to use a lot. I did find it moisturizes really well. I only have some fine lines and wrinkles, which are mostly caused from squinting a lot. Oops! I didn’t notice if it helped or not, but I generally only notice the lines when I apply powder makeup, or use a heavy concealer. So I think the heavy consistency will help makeup not settle into lines around my eyes.

I just got the Ciate “Dewy Stix.” I have an addiction to highlighters, so I had to try this. It’s not glittery like a typical highlighter, it’s more of a subtle shimmer. It is supposed to make your skin more dewy. It does that pretty well. It’s good for times when you want a subtle glow, and not look like a show pony. You can also use it to enhance your highlighter. The product can be used under any powder highlighter, which is cool. I haven’t tested this part yet, but I’ll try to report back when I do.

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SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER

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I just realized I forgot to post my fabulous outfit from the weekend. I got it a while back, and totally forgot about it. I actually got it in the wrong size. The reviews said the skirt runs small, so I should have gone up a size. No matter, it’s nothing that an opaque pair of tights or leggings can’t solve. So I finally wore my fabulous feather skirt to my friends birthday party. It was a fun time. My gift of a glowing cat lamp, and a book titled “How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety” were big hits. But Andy stole my gift idea, and shipped a copy of the book to his friend too. His friend got a kick out of it. 

We all enjoyed a yummy dinner at Golden Temple. Then we made our way to the Mos  Eisley cantina (that’s what I call it anyway). It’s the bar area with a dance floor. The DJ was a friend of one of the party-goers so he played all our requests, which was good. The kitty lamp also made an appearance on the dance floor. The moral of this blog post is to not wear a feather skirt to a bar. People will pat your bottom! 😉

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REVIEW: #Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer @brandbacker

Hey guys! I was selected by Brandbacker and the lovely people over at Valentia to review the Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer. I’m so happy I was selected to try it, because I really love this face cream. I was in the market for a new cream, as the one I was currently using proved to be far too heavy for my oily skin. This product is very lightweight, and absorbs quickly. It also leaves my skin with a nice glow, and it doesn’t make my face look greasy by the end of the day. The cream also doesn’t have any strong fragrance and you don’t need to use a lot. Overall, I’m very impressed with this product.
About Valentia:
Valentia products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin. They perform extensive research into what skin care customers find most important. They saw an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and parabens. Natural ingredients with an organic base, have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged skin. Their products help prevent signs of aging. The products reverse signs like, wrinkles, dark spots, and effects of oxidative stress on the skin.
About the Product:
Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer – A lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This Brightening Moisturizer Will:
– Lighten dark spots
– Restore skin radiance
– Even skin tone
– Diminish fine lines
– Provide all-day hydration

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

– Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.

– Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.

– Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives skin a brighter look.

– Safflower Oil: Repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provides superior skin protection.

– Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients, for superior skin hydration.

LINKS:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H582SGI
http://valentia.com
https://www.instagram.com/valentianatural/
http://www.facebook.com/valentiabeauty

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REVIEW: Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask #Brandbacker #Valentiabeauty

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I was selected by Brandbacker and Valentia to try the new Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask. I was very excited to be selected to test out this new product. I love using masks, so I jumped at the opp to use this one. It’s very easy to use, I washed then dried my face, and applied the mask. The clay has a bit of a scent to it, but it faded quickly when it was applied. I like that this mask has scrubbing beads built in, so you can exfoliate while you are rinsing the mask off. I left it on for about 20 minutes, rinsed/exfoliated. My skin tone looked much more even, after one use. I can’t wait to continue to use this mask!
Ingredients:
Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask – Natural and Organic Ingredients – With Kaolin Clay, Hisbiscus & Cranberry Fibers

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

– 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 soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

– Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

– CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health 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.

About the Brand:
The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. People like Matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look, farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks, and other natural ingredients. They rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative, and corrective powers. Just like their namesake, Valentia Skin Care products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin. Valentia listens to their customers, and do extensive research into using natural ingredients in their products. They also are sure to use products that are free of toxins and parabens. 

LINKS:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014PJLKJ6

https://www.instagram.com/valentianatural/

www.facebook.com/valentiabeauty

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REVIEW: WHEN MASK PACKS @whenmaskpacks #whenmaskpacks #BrandBacker


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I was selected by Brandbacker to try When Mask Packs. I am reviewing The Last Choice mask. I’ve used a few different brands of sheet masks before. Sometimes they can be a bit tricky, especially the ones made with super thin materials. The others tend to tear, or fold in, making it difficult to un-wrinkle and apply. I was pleasantly surprised with this mask, as it was made from a nice feeling material. It was super easy to put on, and didn’t feel like the serum was going to drip off onto my shirt. These masks are made from a bio-cellulose sheet, made from coconuts.

I guess coconut sheets tend to hold moisture in more. I left the mask on for about 30 minutes before bed. I washed and dried my skin prior to applying the mask. So once I took it off, I rubbed some of the excess serum into my face, then went to bed. My skin felt really soft and moisturized afterwards. I also noticed, it did make my skin texture less red.  I definitely prefer the When masks over the other sheet masks I’ve used, it was much easier to apply, and didn’t drip! I was very satisfied with this product. 

About the Product:

When mask packs are available in 5 varieties:

• Travelmate [Use when you travel]
• 10PM [Use to replenish skin]
• Snow Magic* [Use to brighten skin] (*I tested this one!)
• Glamour Base [Use to prepare skin for make up]
• The Last Choice [Use to hydrate] (* I tested this one)

Product Highlights:

When uses an all-natural bio-cellulose sheet that is made from coconuts, which is gentle enough to treat burn patients. Despite its light weight, the bio-cellulose sheet can hold essence 100 times its weight, that is 10 times more than fabric or paper mask sheets. As much essence as it holds, the bio-cellulose sheet delivers essence to skin with minimum wastage by maintaining exceptional dermal contact.
When masks are available at the following retailers:

• Sephora
• Ulta Beauty
• Anthropologie (online only)
• Bartell Drugs
• Beautychoice.com (online only)
• Birchbox (online only)
• Rickys NYC
• Starboard Cruise Services

About the Brand:

When, launched by J.C People in July 2011, is a premium face mask brand taking extra care of your skin. The product is available to use anytime, anywhere, and in any situations. High-quality and unique, the face masks have been receiving overwhelming responses from overseas buyers. Headquartered in Korea, they have successfully started international expansion in November 2012. They launched in the US via the world’s largest cosmetics sales channel, Sephora. They have also expanded to reach Europe, China, and the Middle East. They strive to become a worldwide leading face mask brand.

LINKS:

http://whenmask.com/

@whenmaskpacks

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INSANE PERSON ACHIEVEMENT, UNLOCKED!

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I probably crossed the threshold into an insane-person in regard to beauty products long ago. But I really went above and beyond today. I had been eyeing this limited-edition eyeshadow palette from Too Faced. But apparently it sold out very quickly online and no news on when/if it would be restocked. At first I wasn’t even going to bother with this palette, but I seem to collect these special Too Faced shadows. Plus I’m a sucker for peachy eye shadow. Eventually my resistance faded, and I began to try to find one on my own.

Leave it to me to decide to finally be on-board with something, after it’s already sold out everywhere. But I noticed on the Sephora site they were going to carry it in stores at the end of the week. I decided to try and see if some stores happen to get it in early. As luck would have it, the store I called near my work had ONE LEFT in stock. The man who helped me on the phone was kindly enough to set it aside for me. It happened to be near my lunch break, so I grabbed my coat and umbrella and made my way to the mall.

It’s not a mall I’m familiar with AT ALL. I’ve only been there maybe 3 times or so. I honestly had no idea where the Sephora was, and their directory didn’t even list it. WTF?! So I Googled the site for the mall and eventually found it, after power-walking the mall. Apparently I picked the parking area farthest away from the store, UGH. But no matter, I got in line and realized I left my 15% off coupon AT HOME. Thankfully since I’m a Rouge member, they hooked me up with the discount anyway. WOOHOO! Afterwards, I made my way back to work with 15 minutes to spare of my lunch break. Despite not knowing where the store was, I’m still a very speedy walker. So I made good time getting back. I can’t wait to use these shadows, they are very prettyful.

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FRIDAY FUN AND MY FAVORITE FACE CLEANSERS

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It’s finally Friday, praise Jebus! I decided to share my favorite makeup removers/cleansers. I checked out micellar water, after hearing so much about it. So what IS micellar water? It’s made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. These balls help to draw dirt and makeup from your skin, somehow. It’s like science or whatever. I was (of course) skeptical, Thinking it wouldn’t really work that well.

But alas, I went to Target, and picked some up. Many different brands offer micellar water, so you should have no problem finding some to try. I’ve even seen it at Ulta as well, in a huge container. I opted for a regular-sized container, thinking I would just use it as an eye makeup remover. I was pleasantly surprised at the results. The water actually removed my eye makeup and regular make up better than a liquid makeup remover. That was pretty amazing to me! It also left my skin feeling soft. This cleansing water is perfect for people with sensitive skin as well, since it’s just water. I also liked it for my oily skin.

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Now onto my favorite facial cleansing wipes. I’ve only used drugstore brand face wipes, and one from Josie Maran. None of these compare to Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths! I know they are fudging expensive compared to drugstore brands, but they are worth every last penny to me. I only need one wipe to get all my makeup off. These wipes always feel very moist and foamy, unlike other wipes that tend to feel dry. I can’t say enough about these. But to save them, I rotate between micellar water and these wipes to remove makeup. Both work great and I refuse to give up one or the other, just to continuously use one product. 

Anyway, I’m so happy it’s Friday. I’m going bowling tonight and will be eating a mac & cheese hamburger. I also have plans to check out a Korean restaurant where we’ll be grilling our own food at the table. I seem to like places where I cook my own food, Andy thinks it’s weird. I don’t blame him, it is kinda odd to pay money to cook my own food at a restaurant. But it can be a fun experience!

 

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