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Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer Review

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

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!

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

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.

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

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!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products. Powered by Brandbacker!

5 Cool Things to Do With Essential Oils

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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. πŸ™‚
  • 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? 

 

Pacifica Beauty Devocean Natural Lipstick Review

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!).

Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipstick

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. 

Editor’s note: The products mentioned in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company. I have not been compensated in any way, and all aforementioned opinions are honest and my own.

Miss Spa Mask Review & Giveaway

miss spa review

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!

miss spa

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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Editors note: This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada who are 18 years of age or older. The winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Curls.nu has received no compensation for hosting this giveaway. All product opinions are honest and my own. 

Cool Cruelty Free Kid Must-Haves

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I’ve already started working on my baby registry despite the fact that I’m not having a shower before baby arrives. If people want to give a gift, I’m open to it (and extremely grateful), but I’m looking toward having a Christening/Meet the Baby party afterwards! Obviously, we’re having a cruelty free kid. I want to make sure I’m using safe, nontoxic, and animal friendly products on my baby and usually those three requirements come together in one package. Moms like Sunny and Janine have shown me that living a safe, and chemical free lifestyle can be very doable even with another person to “manage.” Through Vegan Cuts and other cruelty free boxes, I’ve gotten some great previews of cruelty free kid items. Here are my favorites that I’ll be sharing with our Little One come December. 

Of course, I’m thinking about onesies, diapers, and all of the equipment I’ll need, but I’ve been thinking of some fun items too! Cruelty free kid items are not hard to find, and with a little research you can raise your very own nontoxic crunchy granola muncher. Knowing, personally, that I’ll be using safe products on my little one gives me peace of mine. Here are some of the non-essentials I wouldn’t mind if someone got me (in triplicate, haha).

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First up? The Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb (say that three times fast, I’ll wait). I’ve been a longtime lover of all things Lush, and their baby products are no exception. Our nephew loved this bath bomb and I loved the gentle lavender EO which is perfect for winding down at the end of the day…for Momma, Daddy, and Baby (and probably the dog, too). 

Original Sprout is a brand I came to know through the Vegan Cuts Beauty box (and loved that there were cruelty free kid options in it, too!) Moms I’ve spoken to said that multi-tasking products are amazing. OS offers this Hair and Body Babywash that takes care of it all. After doing some research, it seems like bath-time is so important…not just for cleanliness but for bonding! Rosemary, Basil, and Aloe smooth skin while soothing. I used this myself during a very hot, trying summer for my skin and it cured any woes I had. And, the gentle scent is not overpowering!

Earth Mama Angel Baby is a brand I’ve been researching on my own more so for post-partum products. However, when I stumbled upon their bottom balm I knew I had to make sure to put it on my list. When I was a kid we used A+D or Desitin. But, I wasn’t wild about the oils and ingredients (not then…now, haha). I also like that I can use this EO blend on bug bites, diaper rash, or even scratches and minor cuts. 

The next two must-haves aren’t really for my future cruelty free kid, but for me. The Uncommon Goods Cotton Teether Crate is just cute as all hell. And, the Edible Veggie Finger Paints by Wee Can Too are right up my husband’s alley for fun Daddy and Baby art time. 

Crunchy mommas, what else should I be putting on my cruelty free kid list?