fullsizerender-1It’s no secret that winter can wreak havoc on your skin, so just in time for the colder weather I had the chance to try the Night Revive Retinol Serum from Valentia.  I’m already a huge fan of their natural and organic products – and absolutely swear by the Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask – so I was really excited to use the serum which helps fight wrinkles, stimulates collagen, and hydrates the skin to make it smoother.

What makes this product stand out from other serums is its texture and consistency.  It’s more of a milky white lotion that contains, Retinol, Vitamins C & E, and Squalane, which is derived from pure olive oil to soften the skin.  For that reason, you don’t have to use this product every night, and I would recommend that you only need a little bit to go a long way.  Insider tip:  Use this on your decollete area to keep it soft and smooth!

Thank you again Valentia for letting me try another great product!  Learn more about Valentia and following them on social media:

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I am once again partnering with Valentia to share with you another fantastic product – Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer!

We all know the benefits of using a daily moisturizer for hydration, but as we age our skin also starts to look dull and less vibrant.  Dermatologists are now recommending brightening moisturizers to help give you back that radiant glow and even your skin tone.  And that’s exactly what the Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer does.


I’ve been using the product for a couple of weeks now and really love how quickly it absorbs into my skin while still giving me all-day hydration.  My face feels so soft, and the glow it gives means I’m always Insta-ready!

A combination of ingredients like kojic acid, ginseng and shea butter also help prevent dark spots while infusing your skin with vitamins and nutrients.  And Valentia products are natural, free of toxins and paraben-free, so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin.

You can purchase Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer at Amazon for just $25, which is amazing and so generous for this 4 oz bottle of beauty.

I received this product complimentary in turn for my honest review.  Thank you, Valentia, for providing me with another great product!  Powered by Brandbacker.

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I’m so excited to share with you my latest find from Valentia Skin Care.  I had the opportunity to try the eye cream a few weeks ago, and it’s become a staple in my skin care routine.  It’s lightweight enough to wear under makeup, and I’ve honestly noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.  Keep reading for a special offer to save on Valentia products!
So of course I was thrilled when Valentia shared with me one of their latest products, the Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask.  I do a mask treatment on my face weekly — call it spa night at my house — and this one with natural and organic ingredients is the perfect mask solution for warmer weather.  The kaolin clay helps to absorb excess oils and impurities in the skin, and CoQ10 help reduces the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating collagen.  Time will tell on the long term effects, but after using the mask my skin felt refreshed and smooth.
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I’m more and more opting for natural products, and Valentia’s are natural, and free of toxins and paraben.  This product was provided to me free in turn for providing and honest review, and I highly recommend this mask.

For my loyal readers, enjoy 35% off the entire line at through June 1, 2016.  That’s right — everything from masks, serums and scrubs at 35% off with the coupon code REFRESH35.

Thank you, Valentia and Brandbacker for the opportunity to test and review another amazing product!

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Bobbi Brown has been my go-to makeup and skincare line for years.  The quality of her products is outstanding, and the colors are right on trend without being too trendy.  I also love the personal service you get on her website, with style and color experts ready to assist at any time.  You can even upload a photo for advise on attaining the look you want.

If you’re also a fan or if you’ve always wanted to try Bobbi Brown products, now is the perfect time because she’s offering 20% off plus free shipping.  I plan to stock up on some of my favorites, like the Hydrating Eye Cream, though I can’t resist the Refresh, Prep & Perfect Set below that also includes the eye cream.

Sale ends 4/9 at midnight, so start shopping!

Refresh, Prep & Perfect Set

Long-Wear Cream Shadow

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Many of you already know my obsession with eye creams and skin care in general.  I started taking care of my skin at a young age, and was wearing eye cream religiously by my early 20’s.  I credit that and good sunglasses for keeping my eyes wrinkle free.

As I get older, though, it’s more and more important that my eye product is not only effective in reducing fine lines, but also hydrates my drier skin.  I’ve been testing The True Glow Eye Cream from Valentia for the past 10 days, so I’m excited to share my experience with you!

The first thing I noticed when using The True Glow Eye Cream was a visible tightening around my eyes.  My eyes looked brighter and the skin felt moisturized and soft.  The feeling lasted all day, and over the past several days, the skin feels much softer.

I’m also super-impressed with the packaging.  The eye cream comes in a pump bottle, so you’re not putting your finger or a scoop into the product with each use.  I find this much cleaner and easier to get the correct amount of product each time.

Finally, I love the texture!  While the product may be called an eye cream, the texture is more like a blend of a cream and a serum.  This helps it absorb quickly, and it feels amazing.  This product is definitely one I’ll continue using.


In addition to the eye cream, Valentia also has an amazing Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask.  I’m not sure how much plumping I need, but I was really excited about the hydrating aspects of this product.  After using the mask, my skin felt softer and smoother, so I can’t wait to see the longer term results.

The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask also has a collagen booster in it, which we start to produce less of as we age.  I’m seeing this in more and more high-end skin care products, so I’m really glad it’s here.

I hope you take the chance to try either of the Valentia products – you won’t be disappointed!


Thank you, Valentia and Brandbacker for the opportunity to test and review these great products!

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The Look: Post-Party Chic How-To: Nina Ricci quite literally shined this season: Everything—the clothes, the shoes, the bags, the runway, the lips—was coated in a sexy, highly-reflective patent lacquer. "We liked the idea of a chic woman who had a really great night and now she's going out onto the street the next morning, so she's put on dark glasses and a slick of lipstick," said makeup artist Aaron de Mey, who wanted to create "a different kind of shine; one that has a 3-D look to it." To...

Paris Fashion Week is the premiere fashion event of the season, with the top designers in the world sharing their vision of what we’ll all be wearing in the coming years.  Just as exciting as the clothing is the makeup trends, and some great themes emerged over the past week.

  • The bold lip.  We’ve seen this for a few seasons now, where either the lip or the eyes are pronounced while the rest of the look is very natural.  I love this, as it’s not an overdone, made up look, but still allows you to add a pop of color.
  • The softly made face.  At Elie Saab (below), the looks were made up but not overdone.  Models wore both lip and eye color, with a soft bronzer to create the perfect everyday look.

The Look: Golden Hour How-To: Sometimes runway beauty gets so black and white—it's either totally minimal or theatrically over-the-top—that we forget about the middle ground, the place where the woman who is never going to skip foundation or mascara no matter how many shows tell her to wants to be. Elie Saab brought us there. The makeup was polished but not too done (this girl is never going to utter the phrase 'glam squad'): Bronze the cheekbones and forehead, tap peachy-gold highlight alon...

  • Semi-goth.  The pale face paired with the deep crimson lip gives an almost goth look without being over the top.
  • The fresh face.  We’ve seen painted on freckles before, but this season they were done in a really natural, sun-kissed way.  As a girl with freckles, I’m all over this!

The Look: Goth Princess How-To: Expect the unexpected, the quirky, the youthful—that's the motto at Miu Miu. Others wouldn't be able to make pigtails and a sparkly crown look anything but adorable; Miuccia Prada gives the headpiece jagged geometric detailing and leaves the screws exposed, then tops the look off with a moody plum lip stain, and suddenly it's spooky.

The Look: Girls of Summer How-To: We've seen faux freckles one or two times each of the last few seasons—not nearly enough to call them a trend and forgivable if you missed them altogether—though we can't help but wonder why they aren't more of a thing. When done right, like at Ungaro, they're charming, summery and realistic enough that you'd never question their authenticity. The key, according to makeup artist Lucia Pieroni, is to apply M.AC. Cream Colour Base in Crevasse first for a natur...



Yes, the holidays may be over… we’re back at work, school, and things are getting back to the day-to-day routine.  But I’m still enjoying my Jingle VoxBox from Influenster!  This was a surprise box for me, so receiving this was extra special.  The contents were thoughtfully put together in holiday, cold weather beauty theme.

I wanted to share a few of the items that I know you’ll love also!  First, the Pure Ice nail polish in Home Run.  I’m pretty much obsessed with this color, which takes on a blue and/or aqua look depending on what color you’re wearing.  It’s a great pop of color for the winter!


I’ve never quite mastered eyelashes, but these from KISS were easy to apply and didn’t feel too heavy.  I love that the lashes are different lengths, which makes them appear more natural.


Also in the box was a deluxe sample of Cetaphil moisturizing cream.  My dermatologist recommends this product because it’s so effective at hydrating extra dry skin.  It’s also paraben and fragrance free, which I love!

Finally, what’s not in the photo is a coupon for Ore-Ida Tater Tots.  I’m not a huge salty snack fan, but when I found some of the great recipes for appetizers, I was hooked!  What an easy and fun snack for a Superbowl party!   The Kraft website is my go-to for recipes of all kinds, like these Chicken Enchilada Totchos:

Thank you, Influenster, for another opportunity to sample and review amazing products!