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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
Made in the U.S.A.
Retails on amazon.com and oznaturals.com for $24.19
Disclaimer: While I received this product in exchange for an honest review, my opinions are 100% my own.
I don’t about you, but I’m always searching for an affordable, natural eye cream that works. Fortunately, I was selected to test the derma e Firming DMAE Eye Lift! With this cold weather, it was perfect timing since my skin gets very dry.
Before I get into my review, here is some background information about this California based company.
In 1984 Linda Miles, co-founder of derma e, stated that “One day, mainstream skincare formulas will look like the healthy formulas we make today.” At the time, people didn’t consider how their internal health affected their outward appearance. And, nobody understood that what you put on your skin matters too. However, derma e® pushed skincare forward in a new direction by fusing powerful vitamins and plants together with modern science, and the results are that derma e® built a passionate following in the natural products industry and beyond, always aspiring to make highly effective, premium skincare formulas but with cruelty-free green chemistry.
Hi everyone! I hope 2016 is off to a good start for you all! While I joined the party a little late, I have become a big fan of subscription boxes. However, there are so many now that deciding which one to subscribe to can become an overwhelming process. Well, I hope to make your decision process a little easier by introducing you to a new monthly subscription service called The Grapevine Box.
How is this subscription box different from all other ones out there you ask? Here is their mission statement as stated on The Grapevine Box website: “We take the work out of searching for that next best thing. Every month, we carefully curate our boxes to contain only the best in emerging beauty and lifestyle brands. We work tirelessly in bringing you the best in undiscovered products”.
Here is a breakdown of what I received in the December box.
Hello everyone! I hope that you’re all having a lovely holiday season with your loved ones. As we approach the end of the year, we want to look our best for the New Years festivities! This includes having fabulous eyebrows! If you’re thinking that you often ignore your eyebrows like I do, you are not alone. I’ve been searching for a product that can make my eyebrows look like a Billion Dollars in a short amount of time, and I finally found it! Billion Dollar Brows is the solution to my eyebrow drama.
I received the following two products to review: 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows and the Best Sellers Kit.
Hi there! I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving! I am very excited to have partnered with Alterre Shoes to bring you this great giveaway!
As the holiday season has officially begun, you may already be wondering what shoes to match to your outfit for the office holiday party, or you may be thinking about what to pack for your next trip.
I don’t know about you, but I usually find the process of choosing shoes to match my outfits to be very time consuming. When I travel finding the space for several pairs of shoes only adds to the stress of packing a suitcase. With Alterre 2-in-1 shoes, you just need one pair, and you can create different styles to match your outfits! (for more information on how this works, go to http://www.alterreny.com or watch the How-to video at the end of this post).
Alterre shoes are so versatile that you can create up to 65 combinations! The Alterre shoe kit also make a great gift for a loved one, and they donate 5% of the proceeds to the women’s abuse shelter Restore NYC! Here is how you can enter the giveaway.