My combination skin has been the bain of my existence for years. Sometimes it’s too oily, sometimes I have uneven patches, and sometimes it explodes into a middle school horror show of breakouts. I have tried different moisturizers, but though they keep the combo skin at bay, uneven tone has been an issue I’ve wanted to resolve. Enter Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer, a luxxe cruelty free moisturizer that packs a punch and works on virtually all skin types, including my schizophrenic skin!
Let’s get into the packaging first! I am OBSESSED with the white and gold. And the name? Valentia was actually a Roman Goddess known for sharing her beauty secrets with the citizens of Umbria, and, of course looking fabulous while using all natural ingredients. So between the gorgeous packaging and the brand philosophy of cruelty free nature-based ingredients I was already very excited to try this product!
Now, what’s inside Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer, you ask?
Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.
Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.
Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look.
Safflower Oil: Repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection.
Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.
What I noticed first about Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer was how light it was on my skin. It has a rich, velvety feel and did not make my skin feel heavy even with primer and makeup. It absorbs very quickly and my skin had a nice glow right away. After using Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer for about a week, my skin looked very bright and even and my dark circles were less noticeable along with scarring from past breakouts. Excellent, right? The scent was lemon-like, clean and fresh. And I LOVE using a moisturizer from a pump. For me, it makes the product last longer and it stays nice and neat.
You can currently snag Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer on Amazon for $25.00 or on their website. I haven’t seen Valentia in stores yet, but I’m hoping to see it soon when I shop. Want to stay in touch with the brand? Check them out on their GORGEOUS Instagram and like them on Facebook to learn more!
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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m into essential oils and diffusers. I love candles, but I’ve been looking toward more natural ways of adding fragrance to my home. Essential oils are in almost everything! You truly cannot get more natural. When I first got into them I diffused oils in my office and classroom a lot. I also made some DIY cleaners for the house and read online about other uses so I could get the full effects. New to oils? Here are my top 5 favorite ways to use them!
Freshen up the Garbage Disposal – this is my favorite thing to do because it’s so darn easy. We use our garbage disposal every day, so a lot of nasty stuff gets thrown down it. I used to use harsh chemical cleaners to keep it smelling good…totally gross! Instead I simply use 10 drops of lemon oil with cool water and run the disposal three times a week. Done!
Diffuse based on the seasons. Now that Fall is next up on my season list, I like to use oils like Cinnamon, Clove, or Orange oils for the fall and switch to Lemon and Lavender for the Spring (which also helps with allergies!)
Make my own lip balm. I tried this recipe way back when and it was awesome! I didn’t have any cute bottles or glasses to put it in unfortunately. You can omit the beeswax to make this 100% vegan.
Natural makeup brush cleaner! I wrote this awesome post at Divalicious about DIY Brush Cleaner. It’s so easy! Do it right now and have clean beautiful brushes. 🙂
Cleaning made easy: Hello Glow is my go-to for all of my essential oil recipes. I’m loving Lemon, Peppermint, and Wild Orange for all of my cleansing needs.
What types of natural essential oils do you like to use?
I feel like lipstick means Fall and Winter, and I’m really not that upset about it! I love the summer of minimal makeup, shiny glosses, and bright polishes, but I’m a true vamp at heart. Pacifica Beauty Devocean Natural Lipstick has the shade I’ll wearing daily this Fall and it’s called Beach Goth. But before we get into the awesomeness that is its name. Let’s talk a bit about Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipsticks and why they’re so amazing!
I’ve mentioned before that I’m beginning to add “natural” and “nontoxic” to me requirements of beauty and homecare products in addition to them being animal friendly. I just don’t want all of that extra “stuff” on my skin. Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipsticks are formulated without Animal ingredients (including carmine, beeswax and lanolin), animal testing, FD&C colors, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, propylene glycol, SLS, gluten, and peanut oil! Not to mention it is a women powered company (YAS Feminism!).
Did I mention I really love Pacifica? This shade is packed with a juicy punch of vampy red and maroon. Though I really love all of the Pacifica Beauty Devocean colors, Beach Goth is my all-time favorite that can be easily adapted for your day to night look. During the day, I’d pair this with a neutral eye (Power of Love Palette anyone??) and add dark colors for a smokier look at night.
The best part about the Pacifica Beauty Devocean line is that they are hydrating natural lipsticks! I used to be a gloss girl because I hated how lipstick becomes flakey and dry later in the day. Pacifica has changed the face of lipstick with their innovative use of botanicals and natural ingredients. I love having a blend of a lipbalm and lipstick in my hand. For anyone who has been weary of becoming a lipstick girl, go for it. Pacifica’s Devocean will have you smooth or selfie ready.
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Just because August is halfway over and teachers like myself will be heading back to work doesn’t mean that I’ll stop reading. The next few months are going to be very busy for me in terms of preparing for baby’s arrival, a new school year, and the holiday season. But, I find that it’s so important for me to take the time to read and reflect. I’ve been focusing a lot on new Young Adult Literature, but I’ve also been reading a few pregnancy books to help empower myself come December. What’s on your current list?
Sherman Alexie – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: This is a re-read for me because I ended up teaching it in a summer program. This book is absolutely hysterical, heartbreaking, and happy all in one crazy tornado of Rez Life mixed with spunky cartoons. We had some great discussions about this book, what it means to be a Native American, and what stepping outside the box to achieve your dreams means for some people. This is also one of the few books I read that has a male protagonist! Go me!
J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: This is a no brainer. If you know me, you know that I actually live in the HP Universe and teach part-time at Hogwarts on the weekends. I really dig the play format and would love to do something with this in the classroom. Because what kid doesn’t want to act? I won’t spoil anything though, I know many are still reading!
Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park: I heard this is just charming. I’m looking forward to reading it!
Jojo Moyes – Me Before You: Because the whole Internet is crying and I want to know why.
Garth Stein – A Sudden Light: I fell in love with The Art of Racing in the Rain. Whenever that happens I try out another book by the same author.
Every pregnancy book ever: I’m currently rocking Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy which is…well…cute. And, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth because if I had more gall I’d totally go to the farm to have the baby, haha. I love how empowering the stories are and am channeling that energy so I can put it to good use come December (or November…)
Will I read more? You bet! But these are my priority books for now. Happy reading!
A while ago I posted about some of my favorite masks. I’m a mask junkie. I love trying out new skincare masks for all types of purposes. But, the one type of mask I’ve never tried was a sheet mask. They look awesome, but I always thought that they would be messy or uncomfortable. So, when I found out about Miss Spa Masks (you can get these online or at Ulta and Target!), I knew I had to try them out. They have two types of mask lines, and I will be focusing on the Results in 20 Minutes series. I was able to try Detox, Hydrate, and Exfoliate. The great thing about these sheet masks is that they are convenient, cruelty free, and the company us woman owned (yas). Even more? The Miss Spa Results in 20 Minutes series are under $5.00. Yes, my friends, another budget and bunny friendly product!
Here I am rocking my detox mask! It felt cool and soft and smelled nice. I looked a little funky, but afterwards my face felt amazing. All of the detoxing botanicals are right in the sheet. Before using skin should be clean and dry. After the 20 minutes is up, I used a soft tissue to pat the botanicals into my skin that were left from the mask and air dried the rest of the way. It felt amazing! My skin was glowing and soft. My only gripe? The nose portion is a little tiny. But if you’re not a large honked Italian like myself, you should probably be fine. Furthermore, the masks are free of artificial dyes, sulfates, and parabens.
Interested in trying out these pre-treated sheet masks? I’m giving away to ONE lucky winner, a set of both the Hydrating and Exfoliating Masks. So, take some time for yourself and feel rejuvenated after just 20 minutes. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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