How My Skin Is Improving


Last year in my skincare routine, I was obsessing over a vitamin C serum by Valentia that was suggested to me from a friend. I was legit raving about it. It was one of my favorite skin care products I've ever used (my curiosity for other products is the only reason why I haven't repurchased yet). I actually was looking for it the other day in hopes that I still had some left, because I was craving that citrus on my face. Plot twist, I didn't have any left. But then something cool happened.


As a blogger, our email fills up with all kinds of offers - to be honest 99.9% of the time I think they're garbage. Out of the hundreds I've opened over the years, I've only ever went forward with one and that was way back in the beginning of my time here in blogland. And that was because it was a brand that I already knew and loved. I despise wasting my time so I imagine other people feel the same way so I've never taken an offer just to take it. No free shit or paypal deposits for me! Hashtag still a broke blogger.


What I'm trying to say is... Valentia showed up in my inbox one day! I was like "whaaaat! am I about to get some free serum?!" No. The answer to that is no. Instead, they wanted me to try out their hydration mask and eye cream. And I was like "OK!" If I loved the serum so much I'm probably going to love these two also. And the verdict is in my friends. I.LOVE.THEM.






ULTRA PLUMPING HYDRATION MASK:

Because of it's gel like formula it reminds me a lot of the the Glam Glow Thirstymud but it's like forty five dollars cheaper. Hashtag winning. I let it sit on my skin for about 30 mins and rinse it off with cold water. I have an oily t-zone and some tiny dry patches in some areas, after a few uses I haven't noticed any dry areas being a problem. As the mask dries on your skin, you will look a little jaundice but that's just because the gel is yellow, it doesn't stain your skin. I feel a lot of the same feelings when I was using the serum last year, my skin looks brighter and younger - I guess the fancy word would be radiant. And it's definitely softer to the touch. I do wish it came with something to scoop out the product just because sticking my fingers in a tub of goo gives me heebie-jeebies.
Main Ingredients: Silk Protein Amino Acid blend, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
Claims: Boosts collagen production, increases skin radiance, reduce fine lines, secure skin moisture









TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM

I've been hunting for an eye cream for so long and I always get let down. If I'm being honest, I really only try out drug store ones because anytime I see something exciting on Sephora.com I refuse to buy it because it's so expensive and if I hate I'll be stuck with it because I'm lazy and won't return it. I am my own worst enemy, I know. Anyways, I apply the Valentia eye cream every morning and night. And I noticed a difference really quickly. I'm not going to say it has reduced wrinkles because homegirl needs fillers at this point - but it immediately made a difference in really hydrating that area. I noticed because my concealer suddenly stopped creasing. I also am starting to notice it brightening my under eye area, drowning away those dark circles. 
Main Ingredients: Vitamin C, Organic Rosehip Oil, Arnica (anti-inflammatory), Resistem (natural plant stem cells), Astanxanthin (powerful antioxidant)
Claims: Reduces wrinkles, nourishes and hydrates, tighten eye area, brighten dark circles 








All in all I feel like in the week or so of using both products together, my skin is looking fresher and healthier. I wonder how much of a difference it will make after a month! Now I just need to repurchase their serum and anything else they have because I am hooked! 


::PROS 
-everything I already said and the smell! It has a strong citrus orange smell which I'm a huge fan of. So if you don't like citrus this may not be pleasant for you.
-Natural/organic ingredients


::CONS
-sticking my fingers in the mask tub seems unsanitary. 



If you are at all interested in trying Valentia products, you can check out their website at www.valentia.com or hop on over to an online shoppers greatest love, Amazon. 

You can also get 20% off if you use the code: SIXONE20



Have you tried these products before? What are your favorite skin hydrating products? 


xox



Disclaimer: As I mentioned, these products were sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review. This opportunity is powered by Brandbacker.com






January Favorites






I know you're just like me and can't believe that January is over already. Wasn't it just New Years last week? Maybe, maybe not. I've been so sick lately I don't even know what day it is. I'm a pro at having and dealing with allergies. But a cold? No idea how to manage, it has knocked me down! And since I was down and taking a sick day from work I finally was able to climb in bed and dedicate some time to get back here to this little blog space of mine. I really need a posting schedule to commit to. Omg this is not what this post is about, I am forever going off track! 


HERE IS WHAT I'VE BEEN LOVING LATELY!


Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water - http://goo.gl/ifIh5k  

I've been a fan of Bioderma for a while now. I raved about it in my Skincare Routine last year. In that post I stated that I would use Bioderma for all eternity. Well, lies. I saw this Garnier water a long time ago in Youtube videos but it wasn't available in the US, not even on Amazon - which is how I came across Bioderma. ANYWAYS, recently walking through CVS I spotted this on a display and nearly lost it! "YES! IT'S FINALLY HERE!"  I love it just as much as Bioderma but it's like $15 cheaper and I can get it in a store, so duh I'm only going with Garnier from now on. Two cotton pads and this micellar water takes off an entire full face of makeup, every bit! I've actually finally stopped using makeup remover wipes, those things that don't actually remove makeup... 


Maybelline Masterfix Setting Powder - http://goo.gl/7Dzei7 

Another new product in the drugstore! I seem to fall in love with a lot of setting powders (Rimmel Stay Matte, NYX Set It Don't Fret It, Laura Mercier, etc) and now I'm adding this one to my list. It's so soft and finely milled, it's perfect. 


Best Damn Beauty Lip Mask  - http://goo.gl/pN3kP7 

Oooh girl! This is stuff is my jammmm! It's super sold out right now, and I understand why! Beauty community superstar Nicole Guerriero created the most bomb lip hydrator I've ever come across. I apply it morning and night and my lips are now so smooth that I don't even need a scrub anymore. Sorry, Lush. 
The Best Damn Beauty Lip Mask is included in the massive giveaway I have going on right now. Go enter to win! 


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter lotion - http://goo.gl/GM7PTi 

Ok so maybe I had this in my Nov faves but including it again should show you how serious I am about it. I straight up have the grossest dry skin on my legs. Like an actual shedding lizard. The only thing that has slightly worked for me is baby lotion and I've been using it for over a decade because it's legit. BUT... it's been awhile now since I snatched this up during an Ulta sale and I AM IN LOVE. First of all, the smell is so over the top incredible I can't even talk about it. But most importantly it really moisturizes my skin so well! 


BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel palette - http://goo.gl/LVwXft 

This palette is not only super cheap ($12.50!) it's just a perfect everyday palette. I've kicked all my other eyeshadows and palettes aside every since I got this. I haven't played around much with the four face colors yet but I've got a go-to eye look for every morning before I run out the door! I just LOVE the plum tones. 
The Carli Bybel Palette is also included in the big giveaway that is running right now!


Q & A a day 5 year journal - http://amzn.to/1JWETJm

I was so excited to finally start this! I honestly wish I had one five years ago! Maybe the year going by so fast isn't such a bad thing because I'm so eager to compare my answers haha. If you're not familiar, this is a 5 year journal that has one question on each day of the year. Each day has a place for 5 answers, one each year. It's a cool way to see yourself grow and what changes in your life and how you think about things. 






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And for those of you that like visuals, I put together a fun little 1 minute favorites video!







Have you tried any of these things? Let me know what some of your current favorites are, what you've been loving lately! And don't forget to enter the giveaway if you haven't already!

xoxo