Beautycon NY, 2019

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I purchased the ticket to this event

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Happy Summer y’all! I finally have a little time to catch up on my blogging, and I wanted to start by sharing my experience at Beautycon NYC. I went back to Beautycon this Spring,  so in case you’re interested in checking it out, you’ll have to wait until next year. However, if you’re in California, BeautyconLA is happening on August 10th and 11th!

One of the first booths I stopped at was a hairstyling one. I always wanted to try extensions, so I did and I loved the transformation! Needless to say, I purchased them, although they were highly discounted!

Once my hair style changed, I had to stop to get some hair products. Fortunately the Verb booth was around the corner! In addition to receiving a free canvas bag and Ghost oil sample, there was a sale going on, so I decided to give their shampoo and conditioner a try! They also had this fun tub set up for photo ops!img_5109

Bioderma was another brand I was excited to see at Beautycon! I had been meaning to try their cleansing products. I bough a 2 pack of makeup remover wipes for $14.90, and I received a free travel micellar cleansing water with the purchase of a large one. They were also giving out samples of their face cleanser. (See picture below)

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Best Places & Products of 2018

Hi Everyone!!!

Yes, I know, I haven’t “blogged” since December of last year, which is why I thought I should write at least one post before the end of 2018! Speaking of which, you can always find me on Instagram @chicprettyfun.  I’ve been posting pictures of my travels and experiences as well as mini-reviews and unboxing reviews. My New Year’s resolution for blogging in 2019 is to post at least once a month, so here we go, I’m getting a head start 1 day early!

Below are my top places and products and events of 2018 ⬇️

Top Places:

  1. Savannah, Georgia
Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah                                                                                                    (featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)
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2. Lavender by The Bay, Long Island, NY

You can pick lavender on weekdays in June and July, or just buy a bunch from their store. You can also purchase pillow mist and lavender sachets.

3. The Portrait Gallery- Washington D.C.

President Obama’s portrait is the latest addition

4. The Spanish Steps-Rome, Italy (ok, I’ve been a thousand times, but still one of my faves)

5. Abbruzzo, Italy (The Beach)

6. Downton Abbey Exhibit, NYC

Top Products:

  1. Nars blush in Orgasm (you can find at  Sephora for $39 – and it’s worth it!)
  2. Yves Rocher Lavender Lotion and Scrub

Yves Rocher is a brand from France. I discovered it during one of my trips to Quebec over 10 years ago. I’ve only been able to purchase their products abroad, usually in Canada or Europe, but there is (finally) an American website (Yves Rocher), however I’m not able to find the same exact products I’ve found in stores.

3. Kiko Milano- eyeshadow and mascara (In stores and online Kiko).

4. Bite Lipstick and Lipgloss  ($26 at Sephora in stores or online)

 

5. Disney Designer Collection by ColourPop Cosmetics

 

6. My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch Amazon

 

Wishing Everyone a Fabulous New Year’s Eve! See you in 2019!!!

My Best Beauty Secrets of 2017!

Hi everyone! After taking a long break from blogging, I decided to end 2017 with a list of my top ten beauty “secrets” and favorite products for this year. With new beauty products launching every week, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Hopefully this list will help you narrow things down as you start the New Year! Enjoy!

 

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  1. Cala Unicorn brushes! $9.99 @Marshalls

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2. CYO Eyeliners. $4.25, @Walgreens.

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St. Ives Mixing Bar

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Curious about this neon sign? Well, this summer I made a discovery: St. Ives opened a pop-up mixing bar in downtown Manhattan! (Soho to be exact). I’ve always liked St. Ives products, but I kind of forgot about them for a while and this motivated be to give them another try. (Side note: the pop is only open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 30th, so get there while you can!)

When walking into the shop, right away you see the neon sign, the shop is very bright and everything is white, green and apricot-the St. Ives colors! One of the sales associates sent me to an area with sinks to try the products, she also gave me a form to fill out with my preferences. I could choose between a customized body lotion or face scrub- I went with the face scrub (you can also get both). Since I have sensitive skin, I choose the Avocado Honey Scrub, which hydrates and nourishes the skin and is a moderate exfoliant (I would have gone with the mild scrub, but it was sold out).

As I was standing online to hand in the form, I noticed these fun shelves decorated with different fruits that represent the St. Ives ingredients. You can see the watermelon and avocado display below.

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Fab Fit Fun!

Hi everyone! After a long break, I’m back to blogging! I’ve been active on Instagram and Twitter, so you can always find me there in between blog posts. Hope you’ve been having a great summer! Summer is my favorite season, I love going to the parks, the beach and traveling (stay tuned for my future post about my  California trip).

Speaking of which, I decided to try out Fab Fit Fun right before summer began, so I received the Spring box full of summer goodies! I had a discount code of $10, so the box cost $39.99. The regular price is $49.99, but it’s a quarterly box rather than monthly and the value of the box is way above $100!

 

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As you can see from the pictures, it’s a pretty large box! Also when you register you have to complete a profile, so you can tailor it to your preferences. I love everything and have been using all the products, so I’d say  my first box was a success! I also like that the bx contains a mix of different products, unlike other boxes which focus on just one specific area (skincare, makeup etc). See below for more pictures and details of the products inside!

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This small box contains a set of red lipstick, lip cream and lip pencil!

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Funky Earrings

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This round tie-dye beach blank is one of my favorite finds from the box, together with the green bikini bag. I’ve been using both all summer long!
Since I have a monthly makeup subscription at the moment, I decided to cancel my FabFitFun after I tried this one box. However I would consider subscribing for a year in the near future, given the value and amount of products and how useful and fun they all were. I also discovered that after you cancel you can reactivate your account when you wish to continue with the subscription.

I hope that this post was fun to read as well as informative. Until next time!

Valentia Skincare Discount Code and Spongellé Body Wash Review

 

Disclaimer: All opinions are 100% my  own

Hello everyone! I hope that your President’s Day weekend is off to a great start! My post today is a little different from my usual product reviews. I have some exciting skincare news for you!

The first news I want to share with you is  that I can now offer all my readers a special discount for Valentia Natural skincare products!!! If you use my special code, Chic Pretty Fun, you can receive a 15% discount on your first purchase! To receive the discount, click on the following link http://www.valentia.com?rfsn=497912.4369e3 and use code Chic Pretty Fun at checkout. If you’ve never heard of Valentia before, or have read my previous reviews, head over to this link https://chicprettyfun.com/2016/12/04/valentia-night-revive-retinol-serum/ and checkout my review of the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum (picture below).

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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

Disclaimer: While I received this product complimentary for testing purposes, all opinions are 100% my own.

Hi everyone! Fall is in full swing and I’m looking forward to the upcoming holiday season! I have unwillingly taken a break from blogging while I getting over a cold-this crazy weather didn’t help!  However, the upside is that I had more time to test the product that I’m reviewing today! Valentia Skin Care has a new product: the Night Revive Retinol Serum!

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Here is the product description from valentia.com:

“A potent blend of Retinol, with essential vitamins and botanicals specifically chosen to enhance Retinol’s efficacy work together to create the serum your skin care dreams are made of. Retinol works down to the cellular level to stimulate collagen production and diminish even the deepest of wrinkles. Vitamin C helps Retinol penetrate deeper into the skin, while Vitamin E and Squalane nourish and hydrate, counteracting the drying effects of Retinol and maximizing anti-aging benefits. This transformative retinol serum will turn back the clock, giving you visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin.”

After testing this product for several weeks, I have only good things to say about it!

First of all, as someone with sensitive skin, not only does it not irritate my skin, it actually helps my skin recover from irritation! My evening skincare routine is too cleanse and apply toner, then moisturize- I also exfoliate 3 times a week. I’ve noticed that when my skin seems a little irritated  and red after cleansing, the next morning the irritation vanishes if I apply the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum. Needless to say, I am now applying this serum every night!

I also like that it’s a nighttime serum, because I prefer to apply retinol at night since it can increase sensitivity to sunlight. According to the directions “Apply nightly to cleanse face and décolleté, before moisturizer. If irritation occurs, use every 2-3 night until skin adjusts. Use an SPF moisturizer during the day time”

Another bonus is the applicator, which I love because it makes it easy to control the amount of serum I want to use on different parts of my face.

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New Skincare Product by Valentia: Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer!

Disclaimer:  While I received this product complimentary for testing purposes, my opinions are 100% my own.

Hello lovelies and Happy Fall! Well, at least  it is officially Fall here on the East Coast. September has been such a busy month for me, with work, testing new products and planning new  reviews. However, I’ve been very excited about the new beauty and skincare products I’ve tried so far. I’m  also happy I finally get to share this particular one with you today – the Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer.

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Here is the description from the  Valentia website:

“Packed with brightening power, this moisturizer helps to lighten pigmentation marks and enhance the radiance of your overall complexion. With energizing antioxidants like Ginseng and Kojic Acid to control melanin production, dark spots are faded and collagen production is enhanced, revealing firmer more even skin. Skin moisture is replenished and protected with Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Safflower and Shea Butter. Tired and dull looking skin is restored to unveil a healthier, more vibrant glow!”

This is my favorite Valentia skincare product to date! The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer lives up to its name.

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Disclaimer: I received the products featured in this blog complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

Hi everyone! This summer I was one of the lucky people chosen by Influenster to review the Hourglasss Vanish Seamless Foundation Sitck & Brush set!

I’ve never used a stick foundation before, so I was very excited – and a little nervous- to try this! The appearance of the product alone is beautiful (see pictures below) and it received rave reviews on Sephora, but of course I had to test it and see for myself if it really lived up to its reputation.

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Hourglass Vanish Box from Influenster
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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Brush and Foundation Stick

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The Fragrance Outlet


Hi everyone! Hope you’re summer has been great so far! Mine has been pretty fun and relaxing.  Furthermore, I was one of the lucky people selected to receive a sample  of BAMBOO Eau De Parfum Spray from The Fragrance Outlet! Let me start by sharing with you that Bamboo smells delicious! It has a fresh flowery scent, but it is also very feminine and sexy. I also looove the bottle! It’s so pretty and perfect to display on your vanity.

 

 

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