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Even Glow Vitamin C Serum {Review}

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Lately, my skin has kind of gone back in time about 10 years, and in the worst way.  I look like a teenager again, with horribly uneven skin tone, dry patchiness, and acne!  Eek!  I don’t know what’s going on, since I’m definitely not pregnant and I can’t think of any recent diet changes, but I’ve just got to get this under control.  I’m so glad an opportunity to review a supreme serum just presented itself.  Say hello to my new best friend, the Even Glow Vitamin C Serum by Valencia.

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This product is an exclusive item to Amazon, so you currently can only find it HERE for $35, but that means free shipping regardless if you have Amazon Prime or not!  They claim this to be the only antioxidant facial treatment you will ever use, and you know, I’m pretty comfortable with accepting that statement.  Its pretty wonderful.  The first thing I love is the eye-dropper applicator.  Some days I really appreciate not having to touch my face more than needed, and this dropper allows you to place the serum in exactly the places you want and in exactly the amount desired.

Untitled-2So just listen to the benefits it claims on the front of the box: evens skin tone, increases glow and radiance, absorbs quickly, boosts collagen production, and reduces wrinkles and fine lines.  Sounds like a miracle serum, huh.  Now I’ve only been using this for a few days, but I can honestly say that I can see and feel a difference in the temperament of my skin.  Mostly, it feels less irritated and more hydrated.  I really feel like I’m doing my face good by applying this serum nightly.

IMG_9354Because this product contains 20% Vitamin C, you can bet it smells amazing!  It feels and smells like dripping concentrated orange citrus right onto your face, and it feels wonderful!  Other ingredients it contains are rosehip seed oil and sea buckthorn oil.  I already have a love affair with sea buckthorn and I know about its incredible qualities, so I knew this concoction would be powerful.  It really does absorb rapidly.  It doesn’t feel slimy or sticky at all when applied–it just feels like a very fragrant serum in the way that it melts into freshly washed skin.  The essential fatty acids help to revitalize the skin leave it smoother and visibly brighter.  I can’t say that it completely vanquishes wrinkles or that I glow like a bride, but this IS helping to bring my skin back to a healthy normal, and I will definitely be using this entire bottle, down to the last drop.

Remember to check out this product on Amazon!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Beauty Box 5 {Review}

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Man, I love mail.  More specifically, I love anything that comes in a box.  Bills and clutter come in envelopes.  Only good things come in boxes :)  The most exciting boxes are the ones that are filled with surprises, and surprise boxes filled with beauty products are my favorite kind!  I was so looking forward to receiving my first Beauty Box Five, and just as promised, it was filled with wonderful things!

beautyboxlogoBeauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription plan (but you can order just one month at a time if you’d like) that arrives with five beauty product samples from new and upcoming brands and companies.  Everything is hand-picked, and focused on NEW products and best practices.  I’ll explain below.

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One box is $12/month, but if you order three or more, they are only $10/month.  Join for a year, and your boxes get down to $8.25!  Plus, there is always free shipping.  Each box contains a selection of makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care, fragrances and beauty accessories.  Time for the box-reveal!IMG_7058

My first two goodies: Skiin Shop Smoothing & Soothing Eye Cream and Bella Pierre Cosmetics Celebration Shimmer Powder.  This makeup is gorgeous (and perfect for all skin tones, in my opinion) and the eye cream is SO soothing and tingly!  Its really a treat for my eyes right before bed.  These products might be listed as “sample size”, but there’s nothing sample about the size of this makeup jar, or a full pack of these hair ties.  Typically, the products included will be travel, deluxe and full-size.

IMG_7060See those makeup remover pads?  Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads w/Argan Oil.  Life changing.  Just add water and wipe off your makeup.  There is no rinsing required, and though they just look like cotton pads, there is some serious cleaning agent in these because they are 100% effective with a single pass over my skin.  More than any sample product I’ve been able to try, I am really looking into getting a supply of these.  How fantastic that every box comes with a card of detailed info and prices (and coupon codes) of where and how to get more.  $6.99 for a 50-count.  Count me in.

IMG_7063 This mango-flavored Lip Drench smells fantastic and works great, and lastly, these Fly Ties rock!!  I’ve seen them become so popular, and I’ve been dying to try them out and see just what they’re all about.  They are, indeed, worth some praise.  No pulling or tugging, just smooth containment with leaving creases.  I love these colors, too.

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So I mentioned that Beauty Box 5 picks products that are new and best-practice.  Instead of including a well-known eye-cream, name-brand hair ties, and a face wash, they have chosen to include a unique light-defusing eye cream, hair ties designed to be snag-free and hair-friendly, and facial cleansing pads that are fantastic for traveling and don’t even require rinsing.  I feel like being able to try these out, my eyes have been opened as to what better options are available to me.  I doubt I would have found these on my own, so being introduced to these new products and practices makes me feel like I’m really looking out for my well-being.

Try them out for yourself!  What a fun surprise for yourself or as a gift!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

BrushLove {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Back-to-School isn’t just for the kids!  It also means back to college for a new semester, back to work after a summer vacation, or back to the regular routine of life without kids at home!  All of these sound like great occasions to stock up on new beauty supplies, and what a great time for BrushLove to be hosting a giant giveaway for five Back-to-School Survival Kits!

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BrushLove carries more than just brushes, by the way.  They sell hair care products, cosmetic tools, spa products, accessories, etc.
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There will be 5 lucky winners selected randomly on August 30th.  Each winner will win a Mystery Tote filled with products valued at US$100.
Open for 18+  US and Canada residents only.
To enter contestants will have to visit the BrushLove website (http://www.brushlove.com/) and find the hidden tote.
The tote will be hidden on their home page as well as their sale section, and any of these two answers will be correct.
Happy hunting!

Beauty Stop Online {Review}

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Some days (mostly on Sunday mornings when we’re running around frantic, trying to get the four of us presentable for 9am church) I truly envy the male species and the 2-5 minutes it takes them to do their hair.  Other days I think they really miss out on the opportunity to create a new look with an assortment of sweet smelling products and fancy tools.  Getting ready in the morning is sometimes like an art class, and I love being able to close the door, sit on a cute stool, and pretty up!

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Beauty Stop Online is a treasure trove of makeup, styling tools, nailpolish, hair care, you name it.  Anything you could want when it comes to dolling up, they’ve got it.  Beauty Stop Online gave me the opportunity to review their Hot Tools Nano-Ceramic Tapered Curling Iron Medium 1″, sold for $38.99.  I love this little weapon!

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Take note of the cone-shaped wand, and how it is tapered.  This creates larger curls at the top, and tighter curls at the bottom of the strand.  It can heat up to 450 degrees, and a new Pulse Technology allows the iron to heat up quickly and retain its heat with an “instant heat recovery” feature.  The tip is extra long, so you could really wrap a lot of hair in one twirl.  The temperature dial is easy to turn, but I think it can be budged higher or lower if you’re not careful.

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This tool comes with a heat-resistant glove, which is really a godsend for my frequently burned fingers!  I always seem to touch the barrel even if I’m consciously trying to avoid it, and wearing this glove allows me to style quicker and without feeling so paranoid about placing my fingers in the wrong place!

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What a useful glove!  I hate getting burned!  I think this also saves time I usually spend making sure the next spot I place my fingers isn’t going to fry me.  I just grab the section of hair and go.  This iron is the Medium size, and it tapers from 1″ to 1/2″, but Hot Tools also makes a Small and Large iron, ranging from 3/8″ to 1 1/4″.

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The tapered barrel really creates some fun crazy curls!  They are diverse and natural-looking curls, which are perfect for an updo!  My hair is naturally straight, but used on curly hair, this would control the curls and tame the frizz.

Thanks Beauty Stop Online!  Go check out their abundance of makeup, styling tools, nailpolish, and hair care!

*This posting was sponsored by Beauty Stop Online, but all opinions are strictly my own

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