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Anti-Aging Serum Combo Pack from Tree Of Life Review & Giveaway!

I feel like my skin has taken a serious beating since becoming a mom. Like, I’ve legit aged at least 10 years within the past two months. Add in the northeastern winters and you have a recipe for dry, dull skin. I am always looking for new products that will mosturize and rejuvenate and if you’ve been following beauty trends, you know that concentrated serums are IN! That’s why I am so excited to share with you, Tree of Life’s Anti-Aging Serums! And with my 30th birthday coming up in a few months, I’ve been looking for some animal friendly anti-aging products that won’t be harsh or pricey. 

Let’s start off with the secret weapon: The Ultimate Age-defying Nighttime Serum ($24.95). This serum packs a punch of Vitamin C, Retinol, and Hyaluronic Acid. It’s basically a smoothie for your skin. I loved using this each night after cleansing and toning. I applied it on my face and neck and it was light, gentle, and did not have a distinct scent to it. This was easily blended with my night creams and did not interfere with my nighttime skincare routine. Excellent! Tree of Life’s Ultimate line offers professional grade skincare. I love that the ingredients are natural, effective, and easy on the wallet.

I used about a dime-sized dollops of the Age-Defying Nighttime Serum and saw a different in my skin within a few days. My skin looked more hydrated in the morning and felt soft and supple. Running on 4 hours of sleep nowadays means I need all the hydration I can get!

Next up? If you’re looking for a streamlined serum regimen, look no further than Tree of Life’s Anti-Aging Combo Pack ($29.95), which includes the Vitamin C Serum, Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and Retinol Serum. I used each of these serums separately depending on what my skin needed for the day. Each of them were light enough to wear under my regular makeup and moisturizers and kept my pores clear and happy. 

The Vitamin C Serum: this serum made my skin feel amazing! You know when you chug that first glass of OJ in the morning? This is your skin’s wakeup call. It left my face ready for the day. The vitamin C made any dark spots fade and left my skin with a more even tone. I would even use this as a double duty product and have it function as a toner and serum after cleansing. 

The Retinol Serum: Retinol is a fancy word, so let’s break it down. This Retinol Serum helps counter the effects of skin-damage to give your skin a youthful shine while making it feel soft and rejuvenated! Kind of like a mini massage for your face. This serum was also light, smooth, and made my skin feel even and velvety. I also used this serum as a primer for my daily makeup. I loved how easy it was to apply and how quickly it absorbed into my skin.

The Hyaluronic Serum: Hyaluronic is one of my favorite skincare ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid is sometimes known as a “super moisturizer,” helping reduce fine lines caused by dehydration. It’s one of my secret weapons when it comes to battling dry, winter skin. However, this serum is also perfect for summer when skin needs an extra boost of hydration. Of all the serums, this one is my favorite. I used it before bed to boost the power of the age-defying serum and also found it works great under makeup!

Stoked? You should be! Because one lucky Curls.nu reader is going to win all four of these serums! Enter below and share with your friends. Get your skin ready for the ultimate beauty smoothie from Tree of Life! Good luck!

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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.https://goo.gl/photos/TZ2heqKmRA1ytZkk6

#NestleSplashofFun Healthy Hydration

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This summer I really tried to up my water intake because I’m pregnant and it was hot! As someone who tries to be eco-friendly, I’m one of those people who cannot give up bottled water. #sorrynotsorry We all have our flaws, right? But water gets to boring and sports drinks are packed with sugar, also not good for baby or Momma! So, when I got a chance to try Nestle’s Splash, I was excited! I love all things citrus (and I’m too lazy to actually infuse my water), so the Mandarin Orange flavor was perfect. 

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 First of all, I scored some sweet shades, an awesome beachball, and a fun bendy straw. As someone who used to work in the promotional products industry, I’m a sucker for swag. The flavor of the water itself was a little sweet at first, but I really ended up enjoying it. I found that it was light and refreshing without the usual calorie pack of Gatorade that I’ve favored throughout my pregnancy so far. Would I try it again? Definitely! I love a good flavored water. Anything to make my hydrating just a little bit easier. Even Myles was a fan!

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What’s keeping you hydrated this month? 

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 with the help of Influenster. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

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!

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

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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!

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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. 

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