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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum for More Beautiful Skin

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//product provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchasing through affiliate links help to support this website// Valentia Skin Care , a company committed to offering quality, affordable complexion care made with high quality, natural ingredients offers  Night Revive Retinol Serum . If you have always wanted to try a Retinol but have been wary of the possible side effects of dryness and stinging this serum may be just what you've been looking for! Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum  is a lightweight, silky smooth serum enriched with Retinol, Vitamins C and E and buffered with Squalane to help hydrate and soothe the skin while providing additional anti aging properties. Retinol is one of my skin's "Power ingredients." I have been using it to good effect for years and when anyone asks me what I use on my skin, the first thing I tell them is, "Retinol!" Not only does this miracle worker brighten the complexion and lighten discolourati

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer | My Notes

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//product provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help to support this site// It has been my pleasure to try a few products from Valentia Natural Skin Care  and I have had good results so I was excited to try a new to me product. If you need a lightweight, hydrating drink of water for your face,  Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  my be just the refreshment your skin is craving. Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  offers all day hydration with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Ginseng, Safflower Oil and Shea Butter to moisturize your complexion while Kojic Acid, vitamins and antioxidants replenish nutrients to your skin, brighten and fade dark spots. This lightweight formula is housed in a dark amber glass bottle that is both air and light safe, a pump dispenses the precise amount you want.  Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  smooths across the skin and drops in to leave it feeling soft and not at

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick | Souffle

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//affiliate links in use//shopping through affiliate links helps support this site// BITE Beauty is a brand with which I fell in love when I tried their  High Pigment and Matte Creme Lip Pencils . I love the formula and colours and the lovely, comfortable wear of them so much so when I started reading rave reviews of the  BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick  by my fellow bloggers, I knew that I had to try it out, for myself and see if it lives up to the hype and the quality and beauty of the BITE lip pencils. BITE Beauty is committed to creating lip products that are as beautiful as they are kind to humans and this big, blue globe that we all share. BITE uses nourishing, edible oils, triple milled pigments and naturally pressed fruits to create their creamy, colour saturated lipsticks in small, hand created batches. Packaged in a drippy lip print embellished outer box,  BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick  has a soft, round, matte black tube with an angled top and a discreet, shi

Lorac Rose & Revelry Limited Edition Holiday 2016 Mega Pro 3 Eye Shadow Palette

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For the third year in a row, Lorac has released a Holiday themed, limited edition Mega Pro Eye Shadow Palette and I, in my infinite wisdom and desire to have all of the things have purchased their latest offering. Was it a well advised purchase or should I have broken the chain? Continuing in a theme of colour and metallics, this year's Mega Pro is the typical Lorac slender, sturdy paperboard palette wrapped in their signature, tactile finish in white with rose gold printing. Last year, we were treated to deep blue with silver and year one was a rich, burgundy red with gold font. Lift the magnetically sealed lid and you are greeted by a mirror that is big enough to serve your every primping need. The thirty-two eye shadows are laid out like typical Lorac Pro palettes; the top two rows are sixteen matte shadows, the bottom two, sixteen shimmer and metallics. There are two repeater shades in this palette, the rest are new and, if I remember correctly, exclusive to this offe

Never Neglect your Neck | StriVectin-TL™ Advanced Tightening Neck Cream and Serum

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I am forever grateful to my mother for one of the best pieces of beauty advice she gave to me in my youth. That advice? "Never neglect your neck." Wise words, indeed from a wise woman. The skin on our neck is thin, delicate and highly susceptible to showing early signs of aging. The neck is highly mobile and in near constant motion and thanks to our love affair with our smartphones, is flexed even more often and for longer periods of time than ever before. These factors can add up to lines, wrinkles, crepeiness and of course, the ever-so-fabulous wattle that we all love so much. //products sent for consideration//affiliate links in use// Happily, there is help for the skin below the chin. With NIA-114 ™    and Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex ™   ,  StriVectin-TL™ Tightening Neck Serum Roller  and  StriVectin-TL™ Advanced Tightening Light Neck Cream  join their sister product  StriVectin-TL™ Advanced Tightening Neck Cream  - which, coincidentally,  I reviewed in this

Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush | #04 Peony

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//self purchase//affiliate links in use//items purchased through affiliate links help support this site// I don't know how and I don't know why but  Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush  in #04 Peony lured me in and made me buy it. Was it the cachet of the name? The beautiful plaid etched gunmetal grey packaging? The fact that I'm a sucker? I don't know but I don't regret my purchase even a little tiny bit. Feast your eyes on  Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush  in shade #04 Peony; a pretty, girlie pink with a gently radiant glow.  Pressed with the same plaid design as is etched on the compact, this ultra fine powder is silky smooth and almost creamy to the touch. Burberry Light Glow Blush  is so easy to wear and it applies and blends in like a dream. This blush can be sheered out for a soft whisper of colour on the cheeks or built up to beautifully enhance any skin tone. Swatched. A swipe and blended out with a brush to show how it can be built up or

Exuviance Retexturizing Treatment for Softer and Smoother Skin Below the Neck

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//product sent for consideration//affiliate links in use// We all know that Glycolic Acid is the gold standard for treating the skin on our face to make sure it is soft, utterly silky smooth and beaming with that good Glycolic glow. But what about our body? How do we deal with Winter dry, flaky skin and the rough, bumpy skin on our arms and legs? Take heart, gentle reader because now, Exuviance , the company that offers preeminent complexion care offers next generation care for the skin below our neck. Formulated with powerful 10% Glycolic Acid,  Exuviance Retexturizing Treatment  encourages cell turnover to reveal brighter, smoother skin on the arms, legs and body and can improve Keratosis Pilaris with consistent, twice daily use. A PHA/Bionic Blend, Shea Butter and Vitamin E lightly hydrates skin, leaving it feeling smooth with no oily or sticky after feel. Contained in a light/air safe plastic tube that protects the active ingredients is a lightweight lotion that spre

Dior Addict Hydra Gel Core Mirror Shine Lipstick #871 Power

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//affiliate links in use//shopping through affiliate links helps to support this site// I can't believe that I haven't shared this lipstick, yet. I've had it for a while, now and just realized that these photos were languishing, unloved in my files. I get that it is Fall and this is not exactly the rich, deep matte everyone is loving, right now but it's a gorgeous lippie and deserving of it's moment. I find beautiful, juicy coral lipsticks hard to resist so when I saw  Dior Addict Hydra Gel Core Mirror Shine Lipstick  in #871 Power, I had to have it. Encased in a heavy iridescent plastic tube with a silver knob on one end, this lipstick feels weighty in the hand and it is so pretty to look at. The hydra-gel core formula is silky soft and smooths onto my lips in a few quick swipes. The finish is semi-opaque and delightfully glossy but not sticky or gloppy. Wear time is shockingly good, for a hydrating, shine formula lippie. I don't have to touch this

Sample Saturday | My September Play! By Sephora Box

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I am finally getting around to showing you the contents of my latest Play! By Sephora box. This month's theme was " More Than (Just) a Lipstick."  September's box had some nice stuff in it and six products, this time around. Shall we have a look see at the goodies? Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Vert Eau De Parfum : 1.7 oz. $95.00. Tiny vial spray sample. Fresh, soft, slightly green, a tad floral. Ever so slightly sweet. This scent is lovely. I am a huge fan of Tory Burch fragrances and I'd love to have all of them in big, beautiful bottles. Dr. Jart + Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer : 3.3 oz. $36.00. My sample is a 1 oz. size. This claims to deeply hydrate dry and sensitive skin with Hyaluronic Acid, one of my skin's power ingredients.  I'm dying to try this! I can't find a comprehensive ingredients list but the label doesn't boast sunscreen protection so it's probably safe for me to use. Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick #14 Love

Treat Yoself to Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery Face Mask Sampler

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//product provided for consideration// If you are in the mood for a delicious little treat for your complexion or you have been craving some of  Farmhouse Fresh  best skin rejuvenating treats, I have something special for you, today! Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery 3 Piece Face Mask Sampler  is the perfect treat for your skin and your senses. Three snack sized jars of Farmhouse Fresh's yummiest, skin loving masks that pack a big results punch for a wallet friendly price. Pudding Apeel , the tapioca dream with glycolic acid to exfoliate and enhance your glow. And does this smell delicious? If you love sweet, creamy and rich, this mask is for you! I own this in full size and it is a cherished member of my masking family. I reviewed Pudding Apeel in  this post  if you would like to read my thoughts on this brilliant product. Splendid Dirt - Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin Puree  is a spiced delight for your face! The luscious scents of pumpkin, cream and rich, war

Bargain Beauty Finds | My OGX Favorites

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//products provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help support this site//  Beautiful hair doesn't have to cost a fortune and while salon products are lovely to have and to use, they aren't necessarily wallet friendly. It's nice to know that when the budget is tight, there are good hair care and styling products at an affordable price right at my fingertips.  OGX  is Beauty, Pure & Simple. And all of the products go for well under ten dollars, each. I've pulled together some of my current  OGX  favorites to share with you. Got dry hair like I do? Ya need leave ins, Doll. Trust me, your hair will thank you. OGX Hydrate + Repair Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter Leave In or Rinse Out , $8.99. Right after washing, I like to tap my fingers lightly on the top of the product, rub my hands together to warm and loosen it up and then work it through my lower length and ends. This product is deeply hydrating

Just Another Mani Monday | Elegant Black Nails & Textural Nail Art

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//press samples//self purchased// Elegant black nails kick off the month of October. Wait. What? Black nails are elegant? Well, yes. Actually, they are. I thought, for a long time that black nail polish was off limits, except as a base for nail art at Hallowe'en. But I came to realize that I wear a lot of deep, vampy, nearly black polish all of the time and it wasn't a big leap to rocking the deepest and vampiest shade of all. To pull off black nails with aplomb, I make sure that my nails are nicely shaped, I apply a couple of generous coats of base coat to not only help protect my nails from stains, but to be sure that the surface is lovely and smooth. My favorite black polish is, believe it or not good old Wet-n-Wild Black Creme. It's about a dollar a bottle (less, on sale!) deeply pigmented, goes on like a dream and is opaque and perfectly smooth is one coat. Clean up matters. Precise, crisp, clean application is important when wearing such a strong colour. Top

Random Stuff Sunday | Apples

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My husband brought home some big, beautiful Honeycrisp apples and I couldn't resist taking pictures. When I started editing, I went a little wild, playing with light and saturation. I hope that you like the results. Happy October, gentle reader. Have a lovely Sunday.