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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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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DERMA E is back: Same Amazing Formula, Brand New Look!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are 100% my own.

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Hi everyone! If you are looking at the picture above thinking “Gosh I wish it was still summer!”- well, so do I!!! One of the reasons summer is my favorite season-other than I love going to the beach- is because my skin is happiest in the summer! As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I have dry skin, and as the weather cools down, my skin begins to get dry and itchy-insert sad face here.  Fortunately, DERMA·E is always here to save the day- now with a brand new packaging design! DERMA·E will be rolling out the new packaging until 2017. Their skincare line is available in many of your favorite retailers and pharmacies, including Whole Foods, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Ulta, to name a few.

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DERMA·E has been one of my favorite skincare brands since I discovered it last year when I was selected to review the Hydrating Day Cream (for more information read my review here:https://chicprettyfun.com/2015/11/06/love-fall-but-hate-dry-skin-derma-e-is-here-to-save-the-day/ ). Here is some information about the company:

Ethical Beauty

Since 1984, our passion for health, wellness and
environmental sustainability has grown strong.
We have high ethical standards and never
compromise on skin health and safety. Our
100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not
contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates,
petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten,
soy or GMOs. Now that’s honest-to-goodness
skin care.

Purchases support global communities and the
environment.

One of my favorite  DERMA·E products is the Hydrating Night Cream – it’s the only night cream I use now during the Fall/Winter months. Here it is below, with the new packaging design.

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I love the new design! Compared to the old one (see picture below), the new packaging has a lighter feel to it. In my opinion it is also more elegant and gives the product a top of the line appearance, which is what you will get with any DERMA·E skincare product. The lotus represents beauty and efficacy, a stamp of commitment to eco-ethical quality. The font is also easier to read, so can quickly identify which product you is best for your skin type.

To learn more about the brand, and to receive information about sales and special offers, go to www.dermae.com

Additional Product Information

DERMA·E is 100%:

  • Paraben-Free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-Free
  • Dye-Fre
  • GMO-free
  • Vegan
  • Recyclable
  • Wind Energy Certificate

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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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Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask by Valentia Natural

Hello lovelies and Happy Summer! I hope that you all had a wonderful and a relaxing July 4th! This last month was stressful, so I took a little break from blogging to enjoy some much needed R&R at the beach! One way I try to relieve stress when I have a busy day (or week!) is to try to find a few minutes to pamper myself. Even during the course of my busiest week, I can usually find 15 minutes to do a face mask. I encourage and challenge everyone to do the same! You can watch your favorite trashy TV show while the mask is actively nourishing your skin! Or, if you’re really pressed for time, you can work at your computer or do chores (cleaning can also be a stress-relieving activity- well it is for me anyway!) and still reap the benefits of a face mask.  Which brings me to the latest mask I’ve been testing: the Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask by Valentia Skin Care!

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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!)

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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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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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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