Thursday, September 15, 2016

Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner Review

 Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner - A skin soothing elixir that rehydrates and refreshes, while balancing natural pH and shrinking pores.
 - Balance pH level
- Shrinks enlarged pores
- Seals in moisture
- Banishes impurities
- Refreshes stressed skin

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.- Nano Structured Water: Balances skin's pH level and clears away unwanted impurities.
- Witch Hazel: Minimizes enlarged pores and seals in skin moisture.
- Vitamin C: Refreshes stressed skin and provides protection against damaging free-radicals.
- ALA + AHA: Supports skin cell renewal and calms facial redness.
- Tea Tree Oil: Keeps skin clear of unsightly sports and blemishes.

Directions for using Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner:
Spritz on face and neck area after cleansing and before serums. Can be used several times
throughout the day to refresh the skin. Shake before each use.

This toner works to give your pores a clean feeling and since I started using it my face looks clearer more refreshed. I am in my late 30s and my skin is starting to look tired and my pores look bigger. This toner has helped improved my skin appearance significantly. This toner has a very light and refreshing citrus scent. I use other Valentia product and they work well on my skin. The packaging always reflect the unique brand loo with the white box and gold trimming. The bottle sprays a very fine soft mist and it's a reasonably big bottle. The toner dries quickly and you can use it several times throughout the day. I personally apply this toner after cleansing my face in the morning and night before my moisturizer/serum.  I really like that this toner because it helps my face to keep clear from my adult acne and I've been noticing less break-outs. I highly recommend this calming toner. My skin is oily and it works in my skin type without any irritations or redness. I will be continuing the use of this product for a while as he bottle is big enough to last me a while and its; working on maintaining my skin clear and refreshed.  #toner

Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner is available on Amazon:  Here

FTC Disclaimer: I received this product for free or at a discount for my honest evaluation, all opinions are 100% my own!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer review

Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is activated by water on freshly-showered skin and penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface to heal dryness, for soft, healthy skin you can only imagine.

The instructions say to wait at least a week for the results to show. I love how it is not greasy and the skin absorbs the cream right away. The scent is mild and not overbearing. A small amount goes a long way and it seems to absorb easily when applied in the shower.

 I kept the Curél Hydra Therapy right there in the shower, applied it immediately before drying off and my skin was moisturized. My favorite feature without question though was how it absorbed immediately and was not greasy. However, I don't think there was a lasting feeling of being moisturized later into the day. Also it is a little slippery in the shower so be careful

Overall, a pretty good product and I would definitely recommend to anyone who struggles with dry skin.

I was provided a sample of this product for reviewing purposes by Crowdtap. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Oak Leaf 2 Set of Micro 30 LEDs Super Bright Cool White Wire Rope Lights

These lights are bright and vivid and the wire is thin and flexible. I purchased the cool white lights. The quality is great and the lights look fantastic in any project. The wire has a moldable shape -- the copper wires are flexible and easily mold into any shape that you desire. The pack brings a set of LED lights and has an on/off switch that is battery operated. Only 2 CR2032 batteries (included).

 The lights nor the wire get hot. Overall, I am very pleased with this set of string lights. They looked better than I expected in my craft project. I will buy in other colors for Christmas.

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Available on Amazon: HERE

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

L'Oréal EverPure Repair & Defend System Voxbox

The description below was taken from the L'Oreal Website:

EverPure Repair & Defend™ is our first sulfate-free color-care system for damaged, color-treated hair. Formulated with our exclusive Antioxidant Complex – Acai, Goji and a UV filter – our system helps repair damaged hair while protecting from daily color aggressors. Hair is stronger, more resistant and helps color stay pure wash after wash. No Sulfates. No Parabens. No Harsh Salts. 

The complete 4 step system (Shampoo, Conditioner, Mask, Leave-in). 

Hair Expertise: EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo

I have frizzy, curly, color treated hair and after a single wash my color hasn't faded or felt dry at all. My hair feels clean and refreshed after washing it with this shampoo and it smells good.  The consistency is thick and creamy and lathers really well. My curls felt hydrated and still looked great. I love that it is vegan, free from sulfates, animal cruelty free and free from parabens.

Hair Expertise EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner

This has to be my favorite product from the EverPure Repair & Defend system.  I enjoyed the minty smell and my hair was noticeably smoother and softer after just one wash. Its thickness makes my hair feel soft using just a little bit and without weighing it down. I was impressed with how a little went a long way. I was actually able to run my fingers through my hair and how my hair untangled easily. I really enjoyed this product and will be buying it again after I run out of it.

Hair Expertise: EverPure Repair & Defend Mask

This product claims to repair damaged hair, preserve color and make hair stronger.  Since I have color treated and damaged hair I can say that this mask made it feel softer which I like. However, the scent was a bit overpowering and somewhat medicine-y. I would prefer a more subtle scent. After using it a few times, I really didn't notice any significant difference. Overall it's an OK product, however I would not buy it again as I have seen better results with other products.

 Hair Expertise: EverPure Repair & Defend Lotion

 This leave-in treatment does a good job of making my hair look smoother overall. I am not a fan of the scent, for me is a bit strong and not too feminine. The lotion is a bit thick for my liking and not sure if it really repairs. What I really like though is that it keeps my hair from being frizzy or greasy.


Overall, my hair color haven't fade and my hair feels softer and stronger. My hair is noticeably softer and shinier. I've been using this system it for about two weeks and I'm happy with the results so far. I have seen significant improvement already using the shampoo and conditioner since I started using this system. If I have to say one thing I didn't like about the product was the type of bottle the shampoo and conditioner were packaged in. The mask and the lotion were not my favorites and I stopped using them after two uses.


Disclosure: I was lucky enough to receive this product, along with the entire EverPure hair care set (including shampoo, conditioner, hair lotion, and hair mask) this complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum Review

I was very excited to try this hydrating serum by Valentia. I trust this brand because it gives me desirable results and their organic ingredients. Besides the fact that I like the smell of roses I noticed all the great ingredients it contains.

This is taken out of their website
Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.
- Rose Damascena: One of the most nourishing and skin friendly natural oils, providing balance, moisture, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to the skin.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B): This potent vitamin has been clinically proven to fade away hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and acne..
- Rosehip Seed Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamins C & A, these essential fatty acids work quickly to lock in skin's moisture.
- Evening Primrose Oil: Provides light, non-oily moisture to the skin, never clogging or irritating the skin.
- Bearberry: Reduces melanin production, thereby lightening the skin, revealing a brighter complexion.
- Lavender: Heals the skin, treating pimples, wounds, and sores.

This Hydrating & Nourishing Serum Will:
- Deeply moisturize skin
- Provide antioxidant protection
- Soothe & nourish dry skin
- Smooth skin tone & texture
- Boost skin radiance

Directions for using Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum:
Apply 1-2 pumps evenly to face and neck each evening after cleansing skin thoroughly. After absorption, follow with moisturizer and eye product of choice.

This serum soaks into your skin without a greasy heavy feel. I love the very subtle rose scent this has, not overpowering at all. The texture is heavier than I expected sort of like a jelly-ish lotion, however it does not feel heavy on the skin.

I applied Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum every morning/night after cleansing my face. My face feels smoother/softer and hydrated just as it claims. It has not caused any breakouts or irritation due to the fact that it did not clog my pores. This serum gave me a slight tingle sensation when I applied it and it absorbed into my skin without leaving any residue. This serum is also silicone, Paraben, and alcohol free and provides antioxidant protection.

Overall, I think this is a nice product and after using this serum a few times I noticed a difference in my skin.I will continue the use and see how my skin improves over time. I recommended it!

I received this product free or highly discounted for review purposes and an honest and un-biased opinion from BrandBacker.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review for SnackCubby - Multi-purpose Reusable Snack Bag & Ice Pop Mold

This product could be an innovative idea using silicone material to create a snack bag. These can hold pretzels, cereal, trail mix, granola, small crackers, gummies etc. The lid is attached, therefore you don't have to worry about losing lids. It also comes with a separate cap (purple) with a hole in the middle so you can make popscicles. However in my opinion, as a popscicle mold the SnackCubby could be too big.

These are just similar to using regular snack/freezer/storage bags but in a tube form instead.

I like how they are translucent so you can see what is inside. The SnackCubby containers are made of BPA-free and FDA-approved food grade silicone which is also dishwasher safe and freezer safe. These are big pluses if you are into saving or preserving the environment. I enjoy the product because it's a reusable item I have at home. I have to say that these containers are narrower and more flexible than I was expecting. I thought they were harder so the contents inside the container don't get crush easily when I put them in my purse or kids' bags. 
Overall, these are a decent replacement for using disposable lunch bags (Ziplock) for packing snacks. It's nice to pack the smaller snacks, but the contents can be easily crushed since it is so flexible.

If you would like to try them out, you can get them on Amazon here.

*I received this product free or at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review for Valentia Ultimate Skin Repair & Hydration Combo: True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask


Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask  
I was skeptical about using this mask but I was pleasantly surprised. This mask is golden yellow in color and is lightly scented. The consistency reminds me like the one of a (banana) pudding which was not very appealing to me, but I was willing to give it a try because of the of the scent and the natural ingredients it has. This mask contains a mix of natural ingredients like the Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Japanese Green Tea and Aloe Vera. My face felt tingly and had a cooling sensation while having it on my face which was kind of soothing. However, the mask felt somewhat sticky by the end. 

Cleanup was simple and required only a damp cloth and warm water to remove it after 15-30 minutes of application. The first night I used it, I didn't notice much or maybe didn't pay attention to how my face felt but the next morning I definitely noticed that my face was smoother, softer and moisturized. I am using it twice a week at night time after washing my face and I can see a noticeable difference. I have oily skin and I am also glad that it has caused any breakouts which is a major concern for me. I also love that it helps boost your collagen production and decrease signs of aging. The packaging needs improvement though (not the box but the container) as it does not look like a quality product, it is very simple.

                                   True Glow Eye Cream


The eye cream doesn't feel greasy or sticky which is a big plus. It does have a slight citrus scent, but it's not overpowering.  It absorbs quickly in my skin and with no residue. The texture is not thick and it has like a peachy/light orange color.  I like that the bottle had a pump and it gave me a perfect amount of cream to apply. 

I use this cream both in the morning before applying my make-up and in the evening after cleansing my skin right before going to bed. Unfortunately, this eye cream did not lighten/reduce my dark circles at this time but it makes my eye area look refreshed. I will going to continue use for a while and try to see if there is any difference in a few weeks. I am in my late 30s and I do not have any wrinkles so I would not be able to say much about this, however it is always nice to prevent wrinkles. I like that the cream helps my eyes look fresh when I get up in the morning. While I haven't noticed any huge improvement with the dark circles, I have noticed that the skin around my eyes feels smoother and I can apply my makeup without any issues. Also, it doesn't make me break out or give me an allergic reaction.

I received a complimentary bottle of Valentia's True Glow Eye Cream and a jar of Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask in exchange for my honest review/opinion. 

These products are available for purchase on Amazon. Links below:

True Glow Eye Cream
Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask

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Monday, February 8, 2016

QuikFish Swimming Goggles Review

Available on Amazon, here

These anti fog goggles are some of the most comfortable you'll ever wear and so easy to adjust.

I got this Quickfish goggles for my son for swimming lessons. He told me these were so much better than the ones he had before (store shelf ones). The straps are very comfortable, flexible and easily adjustable. No more fighting to get the right fit, it took me seconds and I was good to go. He had zero leakage problems and they don't fog up inside. The silicone is very flexible and left no marks around the eyes like most goggles do. They come in a nice protective case with instructions to keep them safe at pool, beach or in your bag to protect them for scratching. The wide lens design and transparency makes them have great clear vision while swimming.

Overall these goggles are a much than most goggles on store shelves.

I received a discount on this product in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This review is a reflection of my own personal experience with this product and has not been influenced in any way.

Lil Critters Gummy Vites Multivitamins

My boys love L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites because of their great taste! They are cute, chewy and have a nice fruit flavor. I like that they are getting a boost to their daily vitamins & minerals that I don't have to struggle with them to take. They say these taste like candy and they want to take them first thing in the morning. I like the fact that these are USA made and have natural ingredients that aren't too hard to understand.

Give kids the nutrition they need with the L'il Critters Gummy Vites Multivitamin Formula. Each easy-chew serving contains vitamins A, B-6, B-12, C, D, E and more.

The only downside to them is the fact that they stick to each other as we got to the bottom of the bottle. I have to dig in with my fingers to pull them apart.

I received these free from Smiley360 for the purpose of a review, my opinions are my own.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Arm & Hammer plus OxiClean Detergent Sale with coupon

Starting today, Arm & Hammer plus OxiClean detergent will be .99 cents with coupon from Sunday newspaper or you can print from and bring to Rite Aid, CVS or Walgreens. I purchased 2 of them. So hurry and get them before they run out!

Friday, January 22, 2016

eShopMind Universal Cell Phone Clip Holder

This Universal Clip Holder by eShopMind, comes as a bundle with a universal holder and this multi-angle cellphone stand. You can wind it and angle it any way you want. The possibilities are endless.The long flexible arm is very strong, not flimsy which I was worried about. The clip is well made, sturdy, and supports my huge and heavy iPhone 4 with a battery case and my Galaxy S4 without a problem. This is great for watching videos or listening to music, hands free while doing other things. I set mine up where I can see both my desk and my monitor. There are so many uses for this cell phone clip.  I use my cell phone to record some videos. I used this to hold my phone while I recorded a video review. It held my phone well and in placed. It also puts your phone in easy reach.
The phone gripping clamps adjust easily. It's easy to adjust the flexible arm to the desired level.

The head swivels so you can get the angle you need. My only issue was that it brings no instructions. Although, it is fairly simply to figure out, it could be somewhat problematic to some people. It also came with a neat cell phone stand. This is actually really nice.

Overall, I recommend it though because for the price and for the versatility it brings, you really can't go wrong. It is available on Amazon in different colors to choose from here.

I received the eShopMind Universal Cell Phone Clip Holder at a discount in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ultimate Deluxe Selfie Stick Kit

I was very excited to receive this Selfie Stick Kit because it looked so complete. I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. There is unlimited things you can do with this deluxe selfie stick kit. I was entertained for hours using all the attachments.  

You can use this with iPhones, Android Smart phones, GoPro and Digital Cameras changing the attachments. This kit has a lot of accessories and that's awesome.

The stick has a detachable Bluetooth remote/handle good for 15 Meters.

It brings a tripod, 2 in 1 Fish eye lens, a LED light (with different light settings) that goes on the phone, Rear view finder, cable charger and much more.
                                                                                                   Fish eye lens

Looking at all the pieces that this kit has, at first was a bit over whelming but with in minutes, I was in a roll snapping pictures with all the adapters.

The selfie stick was easy to put together after following some instructions, but it takes a few minutes to figure out how to put each piece together. Unfortunately, the instructions are not that clear/detailed because some come on a paper (inside the box) and the rest on the box (back and sides).

The two things I really did like that were included were the flash and the tiny mirror. The exterior flash is rechargeable and can be placed on the stereo jack to use as a regular flash. This has a button on top that gives you different strength of light.

I also like that the remote is built in and you don't need to hold the stick, there is separate remote in the other part. It makes the photos look better when taking pictures with the front camera of your phone.

 The fact that it has a tripod is great, however I feel that it's a bit unstable to hold some phones. You need to really screw the bottom very tightly to stable the pole while the phone is mounted. I have a iPhone 4 and a Galaxy S4 and it took me a few minutes to place them in the tripod securely. Furthermore, I would not trust this tripod on non even surfaces though.

One thing that I had a bit of trouble figuring out was to get the stick out of the handle. For this, make sure to twist rod at the bottom of the handle and then pull stick up. Then, when extending the stick you need to twist the other way to lock the rods on the selfie stick. 

Overall, I love this kit and the price for all you get can't be beat either.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and reflect my personal experience with this product.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Garnier’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF15 and Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier SkinActive party from Crowdtap

11 samples of Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF15
8 samples of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Regular)
2 samples of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Waterproof)
1 sample of Pack of cotton pads
11 samples of Product Information Card 
 1 sample of $10 Visa gift card 

I was chosen by Crowdtap to host a night with my girlfriends to talk and establish great skincare habits for the new year. I was surprised that I received full sizes of the products and even a debit card to host this event, it which was very convenient to get some supplies like gift bags and drinks.

The girls had a great night. We put on some makeup, talked about the products and used them. We were gladly surprised about the new Garnier products because none of us had tried them before. This is what I thought about the products:

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

A little goes a long way. It was easy to apply and it doesn't have a greasy feeling to it at all which is a huge plus for me. I love that it is oil free because I have oily skin and I haven't noticed any breakouts. After trying Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening Smoothing Daily Moisturizer, I have to say that I love the way it makes my skin feel hydrated and feeling fresh. This is a nice light moisturizer that absorbs well and quickly.It also has a pleasant, light citrus scent that is not overpowering which is characteristic to other products from the Garnier line. The biggest plus in this is that it is a sunscreen. It has SPF 15, and my makeup goes on smoothly over the top.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Pink cap)

This is my first time trying a product like this and I can honestly say that I am extremely impressed. The consistency is like water and it leaves your skin feeling refreshed, soft, and clean. It removes makeup and even mascara, with a few swipes on a cotton pad and I was able to gently remove simple makeup without scrubbing. Application is simple. Apply it to face with a cotton pad, wait a few seconds, and wipe off.
Overall, it doesn't leave oil on your face like most makeup removers, and it doesn't break out your skin.
I was really pleased with the results and will be making it part of my daily routine.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof

This is similar to the pink bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, however this one does have an oil layer, which is what removes the waterproof makeup. I used it to remove a full face of make up (primer/foundation/powder/eye shadow/eye liner/mascara/blush/lipstick). This cleansing water does a very good job of removing most types of makeup. I like it because no harsh scrubbing is needed and the makeup comes right off. After I applied it, I felt like there was a residue that needed to be washed off my face, so I ended up washing it afterwards. It leaves a slightly oily feel on my skin after I use it.

Overall, this cleanser seems to work relatively quickly and easily in removing even waterproof mascara.

I'm a member of Crowdtap and was able to try this product for free. My review is all my own!