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Hydrated and Glowing Skin for Spring with Valentia

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Spring has sprung and we are all ready to slough off the dry, tired skin from Winter and move on into the warmer weather with softer, smoother, hydrated and glowing skin. Valentia is helping me with this task and I'll share with you just how. 

Valentia Skin Care Plumping Mask and Eye Cream

Step one is to cleanse and thoroughly exfoliate my skin. I like a good, down and dirty hardcore manual exfoliation on a regular basis. My skin is very dry, I have high cell turn over and my face can get flaky, fast so I have to stay on top of things to keep my skin smooth and looking fresh. Once my skin is cleansed and exfoliated, I reach for a deeply hydrating masque. One that has been in my arsenal, lately is the Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. With a blend of Amino Acids and Hyaluronic Acid, this mask can step up to the task.

Valentia Plumping Hydrating Mask

A loosely gelatinous formula contains a Silk Protein Amino Acid blend, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and CoQ10 to deeply hydrate, firm, soften, increase collagen production and plump the skin while helping to reduce the signs of aging by fighting fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

I apply this mask by scooping out a generous dollop with an impeccably clean synthetic foundation brush onto the back of my hand then from there, I smooth the mask all over my face with the brush. As the mask settles on my skin it gives off the most pleasant, not at all uncomfortable "cool burn." The sensation lasts a few minutes then fades away. There is a rather overt herbal/"mustardy" scent. It dissipates as the mask dries but if you are scent sensitive or dislike fragrance in your products, I'd suggest passing on this one. I apply this pretty close to my sensitive eyes and I had no trouble with irritation. The directions say to leave it on for fifteen to thirty minutes. I like a bit thicker layer and leave it on much longer. What can I say, I'm a rebel. And I enjoy this stuff so...  When it's time to remove, a soft, wet face cloth sweeps the mask away to reveal soft, hydrated, plumped up looking skin.

Valentia True Glow Eye Cream Review

After applying my favorite serum (or three) it's time for eye cream. I use a one-two punch. I start with a long time favorite Retinol treatment them I go in with a lovely, hydrating eye cream. Valentia True Glow Eye Cream is a silky, off white lotion rich in Vitamin C, Rose Hip Oil, Astaxanthin drops into the delicate skin around the eyes to hydrate, brighten and firm.

Valentia True Glow Eye Cream Review Details

A sanitary pump and deep amber glass bottle protect the active ingredients from light and air so that this eye cream can do it's job of diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firm and tighten while it brightens the eye area, overall.

  • Astaxanthin Is a powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths and increases elasticity.
  • Resistem Natural plant Stem Cells protect and repair the skin from environmental pollutants and stress related aging.
  • Vitamin C Visibly brightens making the eye area look well rested and more youthful.
  • Organic Rosehip Oil Deeply hydrates to plump fine lines and wrinkles for smoother skin.
  • Arnica A natural inflammatory that is purported to soothe, restore and diminish the appearance of dark circles. In my personal experience, this eye cream does nothing for my dark circles, I wish like you wouldn't believe that it did! Alas... I doubt that there is an eye cream anywhere on this planet that will lighten the deep, dark pools under my eyes. 
Life is expensive, busy and complicated. How lovely is it to be able to easily source affordable, effective skin care that really works? Results matter. That is my number one requirement for any skin care product or line and so far, Valentia Ultra Plumping and Hydrating Mask and True Glow Eye Cream are doing their jobs quite nicely and my skin is the happier and better for it. 

If you dig a stimulating, hydrating mask experience and a lovely, gentle yet efficacious eye cream, I encourage you to give these a whirl as I think that you will enjoy them and appreciate the results. 

Have you tried any Valentia skin care products? I've just started test driving a serum that is promising. More on that, at a later date. 

Hydrate and Plump with Plumping Mask and True Glow Eye Cream

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L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss | My Notes and Lip Swatches

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L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss | My Notes and Lip Swatches Review

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss is new for Spring and Summer. L'Oreal says that this hybrid formula offers high impact colour, a velvet matte finish and all day comfortable wear. Available in ten shades, I have five to share with you, today.

  • 302 Fuchsia Amnesia is a bright, blue based pink. 
  • 304 Rebel Rose is a delicate medium rose pink.
  • 308 Shanghai Scarlet is a bright, clear red.
  • 310 Forbidden Kiss is a rich berry.
  • 312 Rouge Envy is a soft, muted rose red. 
L'Oreal describes this formula as an intense, high pigment whipped matte gloss. And... That is where they lose me a little. Matte. Gloss. Huh? Don't get me wrong, the formula is actually quite lovely and the colours are gorgeous and wearable but this liquid lippie is not really matte nor is it truly a gloss. 

 Packaged in a slim, hourglass shaped tube, there is 0.21 fl oz. of product and it retails for about $10.00 give or take, depending on where you purchase. 

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss | My Notes and Lip Swatches Wand Detail

Delivery is via a wand with an elongated, slightly flexible spade shaped flocked applicator. The sharp tip allows for a precise application of the product along the lip line. There is a dip in the applicator to hold a little extra to make repeat trips back to the tube less necessary. Pro Matte Gloss goes on smoothly, evenly and I to get an opaque, perfected finish in just a few easy strokes.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss | My Notes and Lip Swatches Lip Swatches

Swatches! As you can clearly see, this lippie doesn't go on mate. It starts off a satin/gloss and, over time and with wear mattes down, somewhat. The lip colour doesn't dry down completely and remains flexible and colour true for hours. There is some transfer, but once it mattes down, I don't glop up drinking vessels or my husband. Comfort is... Not too bad. I can wear one of these for a few hours, now and again as long as I balm up well, first. If your lips aren't as idiotically sensitive and prone to dry out as mine, I honestly believe that you will find this formula to be quite comfortable and wearable.

Bottom line, L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss is beautiful, affordable, comes in a nice array of shades and tones so that just about everyone can find something that they will like and are widely available.

Have you tried these hybrid matte glosses? What do you think of them?

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss | My Notes and Lip Swatches
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Juvi Mask Hydrating Facial Sheets | My Notes

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I love a good sheet mask. They are hydrating, refreshing, relaxing and satisfyingly creepy looking when I catch a glimpse of my paper/fabric covered face in a looking glass. A sheet mask I recently received an opportunity to try is Juvi Mask Hydrating Facial Sheets with coconut water and aloe vera.

Just what is Juvi Mask? From their website:
I'm a 100% silk-based sheet mask that hydrates your skin & helps you get rid of that tired look. I'm bathed in gentle ingredients like coconut water, aloe vera, rice extract, and willow bark extract.
  • coconut water helps to naturally hydrate your skin
  • aloe vera soothes and moisturizes
  • rice extract is rich in vitamin E & antioxidants 
  • willow bark extract works as a natural exfoliant to visually minimize your pores.
Paraben free, mineral oil free, & with no added pigments, so you can use me whenever you need a quick refresher.

Juvi Mask takes care of you, so you can take care of business.
Juvi Mask Hydrating Facial Sheets | My Notes Review

Juvi Mask Hydrating Facial Sheets come in a pack of three for $15.00 and shipping is free. If you place larger orders, the shop offers a discount so if you love these masks, you can stock up and save a little moolah.

And, I have to say, gentle reader, I think that you will love these masks as much as I do.

Juvi Mask Hydrating Facial Sheets | My Notes Details

Each Juvi Mask Hydrating Facial Sheet is a non woven silk fabric mask deeply steeped in a mixture of Coconut Water, Aloe Vera, Rice Extract and Willow Bark Extract. There is a very generous amount of "juice" in the packet so make sure that you keep it upright and open it carefully. Put down a towel or smooth this mask on over a sink. Seriously, guys, there is a lot of liquid good stuff in each packet and this is a good thing! I didn't take pics of the mask, it's self, we all know what a sheet mask looks like and I was so busy enjoying the thing on my mug that honestly, it didn't even occur to me to pick up a camera and go in for the glamour shot while it was on. Maybe that was not so bad...

Here is how I like to get my Juvi Mask pampering sesh on: Cleanse my face, exfoliate if needed. Gently pat dry. First, I grab my favorite patch eye masks and place them just as I like them then I remove the sheet from the packet, being careful not to spill the extra solution, inside and I smooth my Juvi Mask on, letting it partially cover my eye patches for even deeper eye area re hydration and get it all smooth and stuck down just so. Now I relax, read a book, play on my tablet, take pictures... Whatever. As my mask and eye patches begin to dry, I pick up more of the juice out of the packet and re wet my mask and eye patches. Any excuse to prolong the enjoyment, I say take it! Confession, if I know I'm not going anywhere, I'll run some of the yummy, hydrating goodness from the packet through the length and ends of my hair and bun it up until I wash it. Why not? Aloe and coconut are great for hair, too!

After I have bathed my face in all of the joy it can take and the sheet is drying, I remove it and my eye patches and gently pat any leftover moisture on the surface into my skin, follow up with my favorite skin care and enjoy my softer, pumped up, happily glowing skin.

Juvi Mask is very gentle and soothing. I experience not even an iota of discomfort. No stinging or redness. There is no irritation to my very sensitive peepers, even when I use the solution from the packet to re wet my eye masks. (And I put those babies close to my eyes.) There isn't much scent, it's just fresh, ever so lightly herbal but not fragranced, if you will. I feel that if you are scent sensitive or don't appreciate scented products, you will still be fine with this mask.

If this was all TL/DR bottom line is: This mask is lovely! It is affordable, very hydrating, soothing and a beautiful benefit to the complexion. I am so happy that I got to try this mask and I am going to place an order for more, soon. I want to have these on hand!

Have you tried Juvi Mask Hydrating Facial Sheets? What did you think of them? Will you give them a whirl, after reading this? Please, do tell.
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#allofthecolours Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe | My Notes and Swatches

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You know how when you buy a really fantastic limited edition makeup item and you think, "I can't wait to show this off on my blog!" Then you leave it lying around and by the time you get to it, it is long sold out and actually showing it on your blog would be a jerk move but you decide to do it, anyway? 

 Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe | My Notes and Swatches Review

Well, guess what?

One of my favorite makeup releases is the Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16 Hour Blush. These beautiful, pigmented, easy wearing blushes stole my heart with their beautiful packaging and flower garland and bunny embossed powders. After trying the two I bought, I knew that I wanted all of the colours but at $26.00 each, buying all six wasn't in my budget. Damned budget, anyway. Then, Too Faced released the Love Flush Wardrobe. I bought it as soon as I could afford it then promptly set it aside and admired it until it was too late to feature it.

What kind of blogger does that, anyway?

This kind. Apparently.

#allofthecolours Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe | My Notes and Swatches

A slim, lightweight paperboard palette with a magnetized lid, some of the most adorable decoration, I mean... Pink and gold and hearts and flower garlands and bunnies! 

#allofthecolours Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe | My Notes and Swatches Product Details

Inside the palette is six heart shaped, gold rimmed snack sized blushes embossed with the Too Faced initials. The blushes are big enough to accommodate a blush brush and there is enough product in each pan to last many uses. As many blushes as I own (and continue to buy) I have no doubt that I will not be using these up, anytime soon.

#allofthecolours Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe | My Notes and Swatches

The formula on these sweet little blushes is as richly pigmented, smooth, silky, blendable and long wearing as their full sized counterparts. So, in a way, I guess that sharing this palette is appropriate because if you were thinking about maybe trying one of the big ones, you will be treated to a look at all of the colours and my stellar (sarcasm alert) swatches.

Yeah. That's it. I'm doing this so that you can decide which of the full sized Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16 Hour Blush shades you want to buy. So rather than being a huge, nasty jerk I'm performing a public service.

Whew! Pulled my fat out of the fire on that one, didn't I?

Do you own this adorable and so useful palette? Any of the full sized version? Which shades are your favorites?

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Pur Minerals Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation | My Notes

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From Pur Minerals, the Complexion Authority comes a foundation that you have to experience to appreciate. Pur Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation has an encapsulated water complex that drops Swiss Alps water into the skin while the lightweight, silky formula offers light to medium coverage that evens skin tone and imparts a youthful radiance.

Pur Minerals Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation | My Notes

Packaged in an elegant brushed silver squeeze tube with a polished silver cap to keep the product fresh and offer sanitary dispensing, there is a window that shows the shade so you can see just what you are getting.

Pur Minerals Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation | My Notes Product Detail

This foundation applies and blends out easily and smoothly. My preferred method, as with any light, dewy foundation is to use a dampened beauty sponge. The Cameo Contour Blending Sponge does a very nice job.

Pur Minerals Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation | My Notes Swatches

Five shades are available. Sadly, Light is a bit too dark for me, right now. I always get a little colour in the Summer and I think that this foundation will work for me, then and the lightweight, breathable formula will be lovely on hot, humid Monsoon days.

With primer and a light setting powder, this foundation lasts the day on my skin. It doesn't cover dark circles and any obvious issues need a bit of concealer but I love that this foundation does a great job of evening everything out while letting my skin shine through. This foundation is free of chemical sunscreen (woo-hoo!) and doesn't claim an SPF rating so be sure to use your favorite sunscreen before application.

If I could have one wish it would be that Pur would offer their foundations in a fair, a bit lighter and more neutral in undertone shade. Then, it would be perfect. Just... Perfect. But that's just me.

Pur Minerals cosmetics are cruelty free.

Have you tried the Pur Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation? What do you think of it?

Pur Minerals cosmetics are available from Pur CosmeticsUlta BeautyKohl's, select Duane Reade stores and Shopper's Drug Mart in Canada. Pur can also be obtained from The Shopping Channel.

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Cyto-Luxe by Glo Therapeutics | My Notes

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New from Glo Professional comes Cyto Luxe Toning Mist and Light Moisture. Clinical skin care created to target an individual's specific skin care concerns. I was sent two of their newer products to try. 

A little about Glo Professional Clinical Skin Care from their website:
 glo therapeutics delivers personalized and professional skincare solutions by incorporating daily regimens with targeted treatments. Utilizing innovative technology and cutting edge research, our formulas are designed with potent concentrations of active ingredients to clinically transform the skin.
  • Targeted skin solutions
  • Paraben free formulas
  • Concentrated active ingredients
Cyto-Luxe by Glo Therapeutics | My

Simple, elegant white or frosted double walled and brushed silver packaging looks luxe on any dressing table or bathroom counter. Delivery is via a fine mist spray and a pump, providing for sanitary dispensing and protecting the effectiveness of the products within.

Cyto-Luxe by Glo Therapeutics | My Notes-Review-Product

With such ingredients as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Cucumber, Coconut Water, Coconut Fruit Juice and Papyrus Leaf Extract this soothing Cyto-Luxe Toning Mist is just the loveliest thing to mist on the face after cleansing and before application of serums and moisturizer or to set my face makeup. May I just say, I am obsessed (a word I don't use often) with this Toning Mist? The light, herbal, lavender scent is intoxicating and the active plant ingredients make my skin feel softer and refreshed. If you are sensitive of skin or dislike scented products, this may not be your cup of tea as it contains several essential oils, including lavender.

Cyto-Luxe Light Moisture combines light oils, Coconut Water, Coconut Fruit Juice, Cactus Leaf Cell Extract, Plant Squalane, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid into a silky, lightweight formula that drops into the skin to hydrate, balance and impart a youthful radiance. This moisturizer is a little light for my very dry skin for bare skin days or overnight but it is gorgeous under makeup, especially when I am using my favorite moisturizer/Cover FX Custom Cover Drops combo. Talk about happy, glowing skin! Sensitive beauties and those who don't appreciate fragrance in skin care need to know that Cyto-Luxe Light Moisture does have a light, herbal/orange scent and contains several essential oils, including lavender. There is no SPF (yay!) so be sure to wear your favorite sunscreen.

Glo Therapeutics Clinical Skin Care is formulated to be effective with live plant extracts and concentrated active ingredients. They are paraben free and cruelty free.

I like these skin care products. I can't get over how much I love the Toning Mist. I guess that is how to get me to use toner. Package it in a beautiful bottle with a very fine mist spray pump and turn me loose. I could wish that the Light Moisture were a bit more hydrating but that's just me and my dried up old hag face talking. I feel that this is good, worthy skin care and I recommend it. I would like to further explore this skin care line and I'd love to try their Mineral Makeup, as well.

Have you tried Glo Professionals? What are your favorites?

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