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Experience natural luxury with the Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum


Hi friends! As you know, some time has gone by since my last review. This Spring has been a whirlwind, I have been so busy that I had to put blogging on hold for a couple of weeks. I also wanted to take some time to test new skincare products, which allows me to see the long term effects. The product I’m reviewing today is the Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum.  Valentia has become one of my favorite natural skincare brands ever since I reviewed the True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask (to read the review, click on this link https://wordpress.com/post/chicprettyfun.com/1216).

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*(scroll down to the end of my review for information about a special discount for my reader)

Here is the description of the product as posted on www.valentia.com: “This luxuriously revitalizing treatment is formulated to bring out your best self. Infused with a unique blend of botanicals, essential oils, and vitamins, this serum supports circulation and reoxygenation. Your skin is left hydrated, more even, and resilient to future damage.  Valentia’s Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is a transformative addition to any skin care routine.”

Applying a serum is an essential part of my daily skincare routine. I  prefer to apply a serum at night. After cleansing and removing my makeup, I apply the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum first, then after  a few minutes, I apply a night cream. Some of the results  I’ve experienced since using this serum are: brighter and better skin tone, less visible fine lines, better skin elasticity. In addition to that, the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is also very moisturizing (always a plus for people with dry skin like myself!). Unlike other serums I’ve tried in the past, this one is not thick or heavy, so you can use it all year round. Finally, it smells delicious! It has a very light natural citrus smell. 

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Make Beauty review (with special discount code!)

Make Beauty review (with special discount code!)

Happy Spring everyone! After taking a short break from blogging, I’m back today with my review of Make Beauty. I was one of the lucky bloggers selected to review two of their products. Before I get into my review, I’d like to share  some information about the brand.

Make Beauty is a hypoallergenic beauty and skincare brand  and all their products are made in NYC. Here is a description of what this beauty company does:
“We develop products to spark your own irresistible desire to create. Professionally formulated but user friendly, every product is designed for personal experimentation –wear wet or dry, alone or layered, subtle or super-pigmented. The collections for lips,eyes, cheeks and skin offer rich formulations and rare palettes for an unconstrained range of colors, finishes and textures. Whether the look is a perfect no-makeup makeup or modern minimal alongside a more pigmented finish is entirely up to you.”

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Voulez-Vous Petit Vour?

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

Hello everyone and Happy Spring!!! When Spring arrives I always feel the need to de-clutter and re-organize my closet and my makeup. As I was organizing my beauty products, I realized it was time to review some of the amazing skincare and makeup that I’ve received from a vegan subscription box called Petit Vour (according to their website, the name is Frenglish, it derives from “petit four”).  www.petitvour.com/pages/faqs.

Over the course of the last few  years I’ve been trying to switch over to more natural skincare and beauty products. So I received this subscription as a gift from a family member for Christmas and I really love it! Please read below for my review of the samples I’ve received in the first two boxes.

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From the left: French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish (sample size), Evelyn Ion Gel Liner + Brush (sample size), S.W. Basics Mini Cream and Kaia Naturals Bamboo Tapioca Beads (sample size).

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Valentia Eye Cream and Hydration Mask. Indulge your skin.

Disclaimer: all opinions are 100% my own

Hi there! While we are only a couple of weeks away from Spring, it’s still  cold here on the East Coast -well, some days anyway, it’s been a  crazy Winter! With the cold comes dry skin, which means I’m in desperate need for hydrating skincare products. I was one of the lucky  people selected to try a hydrating skincare line by a new company called Valentia. The timing could not have been more perfect!

Valentia was the Roman Goddess of healing and she relied on what nature provided to heel the citizens of Umbria.  She would help farmers heel their damaged skin from the sun with natural ingredients, such as berries and herbs. Similarly to the goddess that inspired it, the Valentia skincare company uses natural ingredients that can help repair sun  and wind damage, and prevent wrinkles and dark spots (paraphrased from http://www.valentia.com/pages/about-us).

I received two products for testing: the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask and the True Glow Eye Cream. I tested both of them for about 2-3 weeks. I’m going to review the hydrating mask first.

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NYFW: Zac Posen Fall /Winter 2016 at Spring Studios

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

As many of you know, fashion week just ended here in NYC. This year I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Zac Posen Fall/Winter 2016 show at Spring Studios in Tribeca. This  was a fan moment for me, since he is not only one of my favorite designers, but also one of my favorite judges on Project Runway.

“For this collection, I had in mind the incredible journey of Princess Elizabeth  of Toro who gained a level of fame around the world in the 1960s for her kind nature, stunning appearance, and exceptional intellect.” -Zac Posen

Mr. Posen’s quote explains where the inspiration for this beautiful, elegant and versatile collection originated. Princess Elizabeth of Toro was the first black woman to get a spread in Vogue Magazine and  one of the first few female attorneys in East, Central and Southern Africa. (source: http://biography.yourdictionary.com/elizabeth-bagaaya-nyabongo-of-toro).  Given the inspiration, Zac Posen decided to cast a majority of of black models for this runway show, which is still rare in the fashion world.

Now onto my report of the runway show. While I anxiously waited for the show to begin, I was able to spot some celebrities, such as Katie Holmes, Carla Gugino, Nina Garcia (also from Project Runway), Coco Rocha, Jennifer Hudson and Miss J Alexander Runway Coach Diva Extraordinaire (you may remember him from ANTM).

 

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From top left: model Coco Rocha, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, runway coach Miss J Alexander.

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500 Followers & Giveaway!

Hey Beauties!

I hope everyone has been having an amazing Valentines day! I received a card from my boyfriend that simply stated ‘have a great day’, i’m not joking! Either way, it must of been a sign of what was to come as I reached a crazy 500 followers today! A great day indeed. It was like the perfect way to start my day, I am so incredibly amazed that even though I have been a beyond terrible blogger these days due to my new job, that I have reached another incredible milestone. So thank you to everyone for your support and I am so beyond happy right now. I won’t bore you with my rambling, as we could be here a hell of a long time. So instead of talking about my appreciation, I have decided to show you instead.

Did someone say give away?! 

That’s right my friends…

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Valentine’s Day Last Minute Ideas: Beauty, Jewelry and More

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you have been in a relationship for a while and are no longer an amateur, you may be the type of person (like me) who likes to make “suggestions” for Valentine’s Day gifts. Or maybe you use Valentine’s Day as en excuse to treat yourself (also like me), a girlfriend or family member, but you can’t make up your mind. Here are some last minute  gift ideas for the beauty & fashion lover in your life (again- that might be you!), that  hopefully will inspire you.

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  1. Too Faced Blush & Bronzer set. Retails on http://www.sephora.com for $25. It comes in a cute little box and it includes: 2 Love Flush Long Lasting 16 Hour blushes (Love Hangover and Justify My Love), 2 bronzers  (1 natural, 1 medium/deep) and a brush.
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The Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16-Hour Blush in Love Hangover.

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OZ Naturals Vitamin C Cleanser with Rose Hip Oil

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Hi everyone! So I’ve been busy testing some new skincare products, and am finally ready to review one of them!

As someone with dry and sometimes sensitive skin, I’m always on a quest for a new cleanser. Most cleansers tend to be too harsh for me and after a while I have to stop using them. Also, I generally prefer more natural skincare products – since they tend to be less harsh and cruelty-free- and I know also look for ones that  have some anti-aging properties. So if, like me,  you’re looking for a natural anti aging cleanser, the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Cleanser is the one for you!

Product Description and Properties

I received this cleanser from OZ Naturals in exchange for an honest review, as I joined their reviewer program. The OZ Naturals Vitamin C cleanser is very gentle and not drying. After each use, my skin always feels soft and smells delicious since it contains Rose Hip Oil. Also it does not strip natural oils from my skin. The Vitamin C cleanser washes off very easily, is clear and has a light almost gel-like consistency (see picture below).

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The OZ Naturals Vitamin C Cleanser is sulfate-free and 72% organic. As you can guess from the name, it contains Vitamin C (which helps fade sun spots and discoloration) as well as Aloe Vera, Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Rose Hip Oil (which has anti aging properties due to the anti oxidants). 

How to use

The OZ Naturals company recommends you use this cleanser daily, in conjunction with a serum, moisturizer and eye treatment in. Please note that this is not an exfoliating cleanser, and therefore you still have to exfoliate after cleansing. Tip: my esthetician recommends exfoliating 3 times a week. For dry skin, cleanse only at night, and wash your face with just warm water in the morning.

Additional Product Information

  • cruelty free
  • 100% vegan
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Retails on amazon.com and oznaturals.com for $24.19

Happy cleansing!

Disclaimer: While I received this product in exchange for an honest review,  my opinions are 100% my own.

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