Valentia : True Glow Eye Cream #Review #ValentiaBeauty

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Next on the Valentia beauty line, comes the True Glow Eye Cream for review. I use eye creams and serums on a daily basis and twice a day because I find this area tends to reflect signs of aging sooner than the rest of my face. My goal is to always keep this area hydrated and moisturized at all times because of this!

Valentia’s True Glow Eye Cream comes in a glass bottle with a pump action top. The product advertises as being an Intense Corrective Eye treatment, which not only works as a preventing regimen but also aids with current issues. The eye cream helps with:

  • Reducing Fine lines and Wrinkles
  • Restoring Radiance by helping repair and nourish the delicate skin around our eyes
  • Hydration from oils to Anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce puffiness that may further diminish the appearance of aging skin.
  • Tightening the area around the eye by aiding with elasticity and targeting dark circles. which can make a person look tired and cause an irregular skin tone/color effect to the area.

Ingredients (as listed on the package):

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Retail Price Point: $25.00 via Amazon for a 1.18 ounce glass bottle with a pump action top.

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Verdict:
I always give myself about 3 to 4 weeks when it comes to trying any beauty creams and serums. I need to know if the effects I experience belong to the product I am testing or they are just the remaining benefits from the one prior. I can then also get an idea how well a product performs! The first week of trying the eye cream from Valentia, I noticed the product tends to linger longer on the skin than my former eye cream. As much as I love quick absorbing products, my prior eye cream left no residue but also no hydrating protective layer. It would just vanish within four hours and if the day was even breezy in nature, I could feel that tight feeling your skin gets when it’s drying out too much. The True Glow Eye Cream from Valentia left a protective layer that kept my skin looking smoother longer through out the day. I used the product twice a day and experienced zero irritations from use. The thin layer allowed for make-up application after and no odd little rolled up residue balls formed hours later, or worse, when your make-up separates making it look like you forgot to blend. None of that happened! I did not notice fine line repair by week three, but I can state that the product is phenomenal went it comes to working as a prevention aid. I looked more awake because the skin in that area was smooth and naturally plump, not swollen from my seasonal allergies! My eyes water at night and when I sleep, creating what I call “teary eyes”. I get red streaks from the irritation if I forget to apply eye cream or applied a poorly formulated one. I can state the Valentia’s True Glow Eye cream prevented any red marks from setting in, so I woke up looking fresh and not like I have been weeping! This is an eye cream I would continue to use but also along with the Ultra Plumping Hydrating Mask from Valentia. These two products help each other out and I get a balanced appearance that is noticeable with this duo.

 

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Valentia. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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PMD: Personal Microderm Microdermabrasion Device #Review

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The new year means I am keeping with the trend of trying at home beauty related devices, to see if they deliver better results. I have tried so far laser and a glass unit that was more cumbersome as time went on. So far, laser has been the technology that I feel has delivered visible results at a lower price point than what you get at a spa facility or even out of several jars of beauty creams!

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My new unit is from PMD, a company that makes several Microdermabrasion devices and also has a skincare line. I have seen these units at Ulta, Sephora to even Costco. At Costco, the PMD representative allowed me to handle the unit and see how it worked, which is always a plus because the other beauty stores have the unit as an “on-line only” purchase. I noticed the unit was easy to handle, ergonomic in shape, which made it easy to maneuver and even though the abrasion technology used has a spinning motion, the unit did not vibrate so much that it made it awkward to hold. The technology used makes sure the user is able to just focus on the skin, versus a device that sometimes can be unwieldy. So, I had already a positive mindset when it came to using PMD tools. My only question was, does it work? Will I see a difference that justifies ownership and investing in refills?  Hey, I get upset when fragrance refills get changed and I they expect me to buy all new units!

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I did not want this to be like printers of the past, where the ink makes you never, ever want to print in color and only printing in “fast-econo mode” when you print anything else, because a refill breaks the bank. Not bringing in another machine into this house that makes me feel guilty for using it! I first looked at refills and that fear was easily put to rest. Each disc is easily differentiated by a color coding system:

The cost was something I had to do a double-take because it was actually (dislike using this word) cheap, so let us say cost effective :). I know. I wanted an excuse before the unit was out of the box to convince myself that exfoliating was something that I was doing fine with by using a mask and/or scrub. Six individual refills costs $20.00. Okay, but what does that bring to the table? Well, one disc has a lifespan of 3 to 4 treatments. You do one treatment a week……..well, this is actually cheaper than my scrub that I use every 3 days, not counting the daily one! What the heck! I had to redo the math and somehow PMD found a way to not “get you” with the refills like so many other companies tend to do. This is why I do not use my facial scrubber machine because I do not want to kill the rechargeable battery and/or buy another refill. In the end, I am trying to make my face scrubber last longer by not using it! Yeah, no logic in that!

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Retail Price Point: The starting price for PMD tools (units) start at $159.00 and go as high as $199.00.  Visit here to compare the devices and the differences, plus see what tools suites your needs best.

So, I am past the refill fear and get this, this device requires no charging or batteries. As I was reading the manual, I plugged in the device thinking I would get somewhere in the manual while reading it, where it would state how long to charge for, or unplug when whatever light turns green. I had a laughing moment when I read you just plug it in and go. Okay, PMD……you are making me like you!

Verdict:
It all comes down to results. Is PMD going to give my skin same like results that I can’t achieve cheaper via another method. This is how I break down what products stay and what products go in our home. It’s all about what they bring to the table. PMD discs use aluminium oxide crystals and I started really reading about the material and what it can do. The aluminum oxide crystals are hypoallergenic, so already a plus because there is no chemical or ingredient like in a scrub that may irritate the skin. So, that already takes that worry out of the equation and also no beads that are not only harmful to the environment but also plumbing. The ability for the disc to not grow or spread bacteria is important, because when we exfoliate or do Microdermabrasion procedures at home, we are causing the skin to open (i.e. minor damage) in order for it to heal and resurface a new layer of skin that has a better appearance. You are not going to yield great results if a product has fragrance or welcomes bacteria to the party! There is no scrubbing here, the device just glides (once over each section of the skin) and does all the work. The user is key and that means be mindful that you pass only once over each treated area and the PMD device does all the work. This unit can also be used for the face and body, and again easy as the discs clearly tell you what and where they can be used. I like having that option and choice!  The PMD device also helps circulation, so your skin will increase collagen production and help the skin look plumper and healthier over time.  So, this is more than just discs removing dead skin, this is a total skincare system!

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Final Verdict:
I did as instructed and removed all products that could irritate or really were being replaced by what PMD’s system does for you. Check! No retinol, no acids, no peels, no anything and just allowing PMD be what my skin depends on and getting use to the idea of only using this unit once a week and nothing in between but a good moisturizing regimen to pick up the rest. Doing less in the beauty world is always welcoming but when you have habits and someone tells you do this once a week and you will be more better than fine, like your skin will look and feel better…….well, you get suspicious (or at least I do). I had a few bumps from using a new hair spray, which were beginning to sort of emerge but not fully on the sides of my forehead. I did the PMD treatment and I was done quickly after doing my practice run a few days before that only made sure I got the hang of it, but that I would not experience irritation. I just softly pulled my skin taught where needed and the PMD device did all the work. I was finished with my face in 5 to 7 minutes. No masks or peels take that little time and it was odd not worrying about cracking a mud mask by laughing and not talking for 20 to 25 minutes. The feeling on my face felt like when I do an aspirin mask, that fresh and clean feeling but not over dry. Day three, my pimples submerge. Like with any beauty treatment, this is something I brought to the party and I wanted to see how PMD would deal with it. Hey, I get breakouts here and there and I need a system that knows this and not have a rule that my face has to be 100% clear to use it because it might as well go hang out with the face scrubber! Week two comes by, and my pimples never fully went all angry on me. I always get 2 or 3 when they come out what I call in “island formation” that are going to be pests. No pests and I did not pick (man, that was hard), but I did not want to pick at my face and blame PMD for the ouch. Again, I do another treatment and you can see my skin gets a little red but within one hour the redness is gone and I do the treatment at night.  This is something I always did to allow my skin to calm down. My pimples do not get white heads or clog up. You know how when a pimple pops but then wants to do it again 3 days later (when it gathered more bacteria making buddies)? That did not happen. Healing happened. They did not over peel as I stayed away from anything that would hurry the turn-over process up and cause irritation to the “good skin”. Then I noticed when entering week three, that the pimples I had in week one is all the pimples I have dealt with. The non-pimpled skin is smoother and softer, but remains pimple free. My skin is not missing the daily scrub, masks, peels, and you name it. I then noticed when ending week three that my skin has improved dramatically. I took pictures and I have no scars I will have to work with. Just little peeling skin where the pimple was but no pimple revisiting and I just used one disc to do all this. One disc, only once a week and no battery to charge! That means my one disc costs about $3.50 ($3.33 to be exact) and that is all it took for almost a month’s worth of treatments. This is also the disc price with no coupons as PMD advertises on the site discounts to add that usually take 20% to 25% off, so the deal can be sweetened! The sweeter part is my face. I love it! Scars do come off on me from acne because I thankfully do not get deep ones but it takes 2 months to lighten them up to the point you can’t see them. The PMD device made sure not only did I not develop scar making marks (blemishes, zits, blackheads, white heads, pimples, bumps of unknown origin, ect.) but started to race up my healing periods. I am done with scrubs that tend to over dry my skin and the discs PMD offers means I can just change discs as the weather changes because this means my skin is more sensitive in the Winter months when it is cold. No new scrub I need to get that then will rot under the sink until I need it again 1 year later! The PMD works with your skin, not you needing to work for it!

This Valentine’s Day show your skin some love and Connect with PMD at:

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  2. Use Code HEART20 to save 20% on your next order of replacement discs.
  3. Use code: LovePMD to save on Pink Pro and Pink PMD.

 

 

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EXUVIANCE®: Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel #Review #Exuviance #NeoStrata #SleepOnIt

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My worst holiday horror story usually involves a cosmetic treatment failure. We all try to look our best when cameras will be shining upon us, so I try to make my skin look as beautiful as possible and because I’m adventurous when it comes to trying new beauty routines, this has bit me back…….and sometimes a little too hard.

Rudolph, having a glowing red nose is cute, I on the other hand, not so cute. I decided in 2010 to get rid of every clogged pore on my nose and face that year, thinking a dinner event in 3 days is more than enough time and a safe buffer to have. Well, at least the scabs stopped bleeding in 3 days! I looked like a hummingbird came at me and I lost the fight (hey, I’m sure there is a wild pecking Hummingbird in some Amazonian jungle or in Australia) 🙂  . I had pore sized scabs that looked like little dots, I almost added a glitter speck to each one of them hoping I looked festive but thank goodness for concealer that covered evidence of that horrid adventure.

I have learned my lesson and that is for a drastic positive change, don’t take drastic measures anywhere close to an event, holiday or where evidence like picture taking can result. I still want my skin and face to glow from beauty and not from a treatment failure because stress is an all year around occurrence but for me, it goes into overdrive come November. I’m trying to juggle a bird to then be thrown into Santa’s arms in early December to then forget everything jolly, and a week before December is over…….then comes New Year Eve! I’m baking, blogging, trying new make-up and looks, cleaning, decorating, sending cards that by this time I can’t stand anything with glitter on it. Thankfully, the Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel is glitter free!

Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel, is a peel that is friendly to your face and takes the nerves and stress out of getting a peel that may peel more than intended. Exuviance, came up with NeoGlucosamine, a sugar molecule known as amino-sugars. This is a natural occurring molecule that is already abundantly found on our skin and N-Acetyl-d-glucosamine is the one that is found in greater numbers. I was already familiar with sugar based peels and masks, and I’ll take anything sugar that does not equate to the bathroom scale telling me to stop munching on cookies!

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Retail Price Point: $51.00 via Exuviance /Neostrata for a 1.7 ounce jar, and you can also find the product at Ulta for $68.00, currently with a gift with purchase offer. Dermstore has the same $68.00 retail price point but I saw no perks added as a free gift or anything with purchase, just that it is free on the 5th purchase.

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Ingredients (as listed on the website): Aqua (Water), Acetyl Glucosamine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acetyl Tyrosinamide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4).

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Directions (as listed on the website): Remove cap. Depress top with even pressure on both sides of opening. Smooth one to two pumps of Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel on clean skin in an even layer without rubbing. Lightly tap any excess into skin. Wait 5-10 minutes while the product penetrates. Once product feels absorbed, follow with an Exuviance moisturizer such as Evening Restorative Complex.  Does it have to be washed off? No, this is a leave-on peel for all skin types.  How often is it used? It can be used daily after cleansing, before applying a cream (rub gently and let the product absorb for 5-10 minutes first).

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Verdict:
I become less afraid the more I read about how this peel works. The main thing that draws me in, is that the peel is irritant free. No redness or adverse effects that increase the chances of a reaction with an acid based peel. This sugar is kind but still powerful. The non-acid peel provides cell rejuvenation by quickening the turn-over process, so your skin looks better quicker! You are left with skin that is glowing and radiant due to gentle exfoliation. This aids with diminishing any recent acne scars to fine lines and wrinkles. With continued use, the benefits increase and you will look better, which for me that always makes me feel better too!

I tried the peel and it is hard to train your brain to the idea that the Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel can be used daily. Yes, it is that nice and I feel like Christmas came early for me. I had to also remind myself that this is the only peel I can do this with, don’t go applying that idea onto other peels (remember that brain!)! The peel is gentle and no need to wash it off. Yup, you read that right, this is a no-rinse needed peel. I applied the peel, let a few minutes lapse and then applied a gentle moisturizer to my skin. I like that this beauty treatment does not interrupt anything I have planned.  I don’t need to make excuses because it takes very little time to reap the benefits. The first indication this peel is working, was seeing smoother skin that felt soft to the touch. By day 3, I’m loving it because my skin appears clear both from clogged pores and any evidence that a pimple/blemish is trying to join in on the holiday festivities. By week 1, my skin is glowing but this a healthy glow, no redness or any adverse effects. Just healthy skin and I find no need to enhance my beauty routine with any highlighters or shimmering bronzers, or even blush. I just let my skin shine and do the talking on it’s own! Okay, I’m happy and the price is more than I would want to spend but then the skin care nightmares come back, and those are not pretty flash backs to remember. It took money and more experimenting to get my skin to bounce back and look less pecked at, so the price now becomes easier to spend on. New products that work, well they are rare these days and this peel costs as much as my foundation does, but I use less of it because of this peel. December has been the month that I have only used a concealer stick to cover areas around my eyebrow where I tried tweeze-ing out a hair that in the end won by staying, and I added a few red marks as evidence of the battle I had with it. That means Z-E-R-O concealer anywhere else! In December. The month that likes to munch at me with everything stress related and my face looks like I can handle it. Clear and smooth skin that glows radiant because of good care by Exuviance’s Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel, is a great way to welcome 2016!

 

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Lift Care Cosmetics High-Frequency Lift Wand

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We are all battling Mother Nature, the environment and our own genetics to keep our skin and our faces looking their absolute best. Every single tool we can use to assist us in this battle is essential, and while some are beyond most of our means to own or use on a regular basis, some are within our grasp and can be owned for a fraction of what repeated professional treatments could cost. The Lift Care Cosmetics Lift Wand is such a device.

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To start, the Lift Wand is a high frequency machine similar to what you see in high-end beauty salons. Used as an alternative to harsh peels, or painful dermabrasion, or prickly wheels and lasers, it’s being praised by industry professionals for it’s ability to purify, stimulate and rejuvenate the skin, as well as being a safe and gentle alternative. It brings moisture up to the surface of skin, increases blood flow and circulation, and helps oxidize impurities. The sealed glass electrode creates an inert gas (most likely neon from the reddish appearance, though they say it’s argon gas) safely contained withing the glass tubes, and can help minimize the appearance of pores, blackheads and blemishes. There’s virtually no sensation or pain, just a slight tingle with initial contact, similar to a small static electricity zap. There is a slight smell as it oxidizes the impurities on your skins surface, but there’s no redness or irritation after a treatment. The wand is light so there’s no fatigue from prolonged use, and contrary to other warnings I’ve read online, at no time did I feel the glass electrodes were in danger or breaking or shattering while in use, or removing the various electrodes from the wand. You get four in the package, a comb one for hair (to keep it lustrous and healthy-I have yet to try that one), and large one for the t-zone, a “mushroom” one for the majority of the face, and a tiny one for spot treatments. I will say I noticed less breakouts and less oils in my t-zone. I was overall happy with the device’s performance based on that alone, but I saw minimal improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, and no change to scars or stretch marks.

If I had one complaint, it would be the plug. The device isn’t UL listed and isn’t polarized in any way, be it through a larger prong on one side or a third grounding prong, and that could lead to device malfunction and possibly shorting out of the wand. That’s dangerous and should be corrected immediately. Hubby went with a best guess and made sure the writing on the plug was “right side up”, but it’s just that: a guess. Also, one of my electrodes at first seemed to be malfunctioning, but it came on at my last try before contacting the company. It is a 20 watt device, and does include the Argan oil recommended as Step 1 in their 2-step process. In the end I saw some improvement, but there’s also room for improvement with their device as well. I’d stop just short of a 5-star review because of that.

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Tria: The new Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser #Review #Tria

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On my blog, I have reviewed numerous (don’t start counting) of beauty products. Many are anti-aging oriented because when we were little girls, we wanted to look older and of course now that wish has made us rethink and start fighting the hands of time. I don’t want to look stretched out and lose what my real face looks like. My goal is to look my best for my age. Not for anyone else or to compare to the standards set in magazines, I just want to look better because it makes ME feel better!

I was fortunate enough to be included into the Tria Sneak Peek program, which featured the new Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser. It’s a little laser that helps improve your skin’s appearance around the delicate area surrounding your eye. I’m already a Tria fan and own their other laser so I came in with high expectations. I tried the laser as instructed without using any creams, lotions, serums that would blur the true benefits from the laser. I just used a moisturizer to keep my skin healthy.

The Tria Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser features:
A new laser system that is FDA-approved and requires (sit down for it), just 2 minutes a day. That is the same amount of time it takes to brush your teeth! The laser from Tria is a Fractional laser. These type of lasers allow for the user to treat and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It is the same as you would see in a Dermatologist setting. The laser aids with resurfacing the layers of your skin, meaning removing the older layers without damaging and producing a new and smoother looking surface. Such lasers are used to remove skin problems like acne marks, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. You are left with beautiful skin that reflects a better looking you with zero down time. The laser stimulates the skin to heal, by leaving a column when it “zaps”. You are left with chambers that have been treated, with walls (columns) of intact skin to aid in the healing process. This allows the skin to stimulate and creating a more flawless appearance. Fine lines smooth out, skin elasticity improves and cells renew producing a younger look that is still as natural looking as you, so no worries of looking like you had extensive procedures.

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Retail Price Point: $249 for the Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser or you can purchase the “Black Friday Deal” for $259, which includes Prep Cloths and a Nourishing cream (very much worth it for just $10 more).

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Verdict:
I tried the Tria Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser and because I am accustomed to zaps of the other Tria laser I own, this one provided zero discomfort. I came in with high expectations because of the results Tria is known to deliver but also because this is a laser that I was familiar with when it came to performance, even though I had only read about it and not ever had a treatment. When I saw just 2 minutes a day, I was unsure then about what to expect. It just seemed so simple and there are serums I have used longer periods (i.e. months) and have been disappointed. I used the laser and noticed improvement at the 2 week mark! Okay, this is better than anything I have ever used out of a bottle, jar, you name it. My Husband noticed my skin around my eyes was “less squint-y” (his words). When Tria said, “Eye Opening Results”, okay I see what you did there. My eyes looked more awake, brighter and even though I don’t have a lot of fine lines in that area, what I had just went poof! Like gone and no tricks of lighting or creams that reflect this to make that look better. This was real, true results that remained after I washed my face. You don’t get that with products that temporarily plump and smooth out your skin! This is looking good make-up and magic potion free. I continued to use the laser down to the day the trial period ended and reported my results. I was thrilled and did not want to let go of “my precious” laser but part of the agreement was letting it go so I could get one from the final model that would be going into production. I have spent……well, let’s not go there in what I call empty and broken promises that come in bottles, jars, good for the environment squeeze packs and so forth . Nothing delivered as quickly and as well, as the Tria Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser! Being able to look good this quickly and knowing it’s for keeps as long as I keep with the treatments (8 weeks treating with a 4 week break), that is just something I have never been able to achieve. I am 100% satisfied and Tria stands behind the success their products bring. You get a 90-Day Money Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied…….something very few brands of anything beauty ever print on their own packages. You have nothing to lose other than a few wrinkles and fine lines 🙂

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RevivSerums: TelomErase Serum, Triple Telomere Targeting 6-in-1 Multi-Corrective #Review

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Being able to find products with multiple targeting techniques is not always easy to come by. I don’t subscribe to the one-size fits all mantra and sometimes when a product advertises to do more that 2 to 3 things, it starts not being able to do any of them good enough. So, let’s say I have a critical eye and I expect if a product is revamping the beauty world/ science world, it better mean it!

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I was sent a new product from a company named RevivSerums. It’s a serum called TelomErase, which has a 6-in-1 targeting system. TelomErase serum may help with:

  • Smoothing of skin’s appearance by tightening and brightening
  • Dark circles
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Sunspots
  • Redness
  • Pore size reduction
  • To sagging and bags around the eye area, among other aging and skin related issues, plus being a moisturizing agent.

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That is a lot of power in one vial! If a product can aid with that above, plus help one’s skin rejuvenate and achieve a better looking appearance…….I’m game! I looked over the company RevivSerums and they offer a plethora of serums, just as the name would indicate. You have serums for targeting facial skin, body, healing, hair and scalp, to even eyebrow and eyelash serums. They are not a one hit wonder but does the TelomErase serum deliver on it’s promises?

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Retail Price Point: $149.00 for a 2 fluid ounce bottle, which comes with an airless pump dispenser. RevivSerums is offering 10% off the $149 half-off introductory SALE price to my readers and followers! Use discount code: TIGHT10 at checkout at RevivSerums.com. Limited one per customer/household. This discount code is good through December 31, 2015

 

Ingredients (as listed on the website): Sea Kelp (Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate) Bioferment, Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium PCA, Bisabolol (Alpha), Coconut Endosperm, Algae Extract (and) Pullulan, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Teprenone, Lecithin (and) Ubiquinone (and) Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (and) Tocopherol (and) Vegetable Oil/Huile Vegetale (and) Glycerin (and) Benzoic Acid, Porphyridium Extract, Sodium Acrylate (and) Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (and) Isohexadecane (and) Polysorbate 80, Fucoxanthin, Astaxanthin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Guaizulene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (and) Superoxide Dismutase, Cycloastragenol, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Pentylene Glycol (and) 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, sh-Polypeptide-11 (aFGF Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

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Verdict:

I already like that the product does not start with H2o as it’s first ingredient because that would be one expensive water bottle!  You have a nice list of moisturizing agents combined with antioxidant rich ingredients.  Collagen and acid for nourishing and resurfacing are included, plus proteins derived from Soy and Rice, which help with conditioning the skin.  Rice water has been used for ages in Asia to help with improving scalp health and hair.  The ingredient is filled with nutrients and softening agents that bind well to the surface it is applied on.  You then have about seven proprietary blends (TELOSOMYL®, RENOVAGE™, PEPHA®, EYESERYL®, REGU®-AGE, SYMSITIVE™ 1609, and NANO-LIPOBELLE™).  Some of the aforementioned ingredients are trademark ingredients, so think of it as formulations combined within one unit to produce TelomErase, and I can see why the vial has such claims attached, plus licensed and trademark ingredients makes a cost go higher in production, along with trying to find ingredients that show promise.  I went in with the above knowledge in trying the product and my goal was to see first is it effective and is the product worth the price point?  I will use 6 products separately if they cost a significant amount less, versus the convenience of getting everything from one bottle.

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Final Verdict:

I tried TelomErase serum for a period of 10 days.  Upon first application, you are left with instant softness and a smooth appearance, as serums tend to be lighter and much easily absorbed.  My skin did instantly absorb TelomErase.  I have used kelp based products on my skin in the past, and softening is of the skin’s surface is a result that I usually experience and especially if the product has a good base amount of it.  TelomErase was enriching and moisturizing with just day 1 of applying.  I continued to use the product and this serum does give a smooth appearance with use that lasts all day.  Think of softening agents you use on clothes to avoid wrinkles and retain a better appearance,  that is how I would describe the results I started to exhibit on about day 7 of using the serum.  TelomErase, did not irritate my skin, clog pores, and caused zero blemishes upon use.  So far I was happy, so I continued use.  I reach day 10 and I don’t miss having oodles of bottles and my mind is acclimating to the idea of using one serum, a moisturizer, sun screen and make-up if desired that day.  That is a pretty simple skin regimen!  My fine lines seem to plump out, meaning the saturation of moisture and combination of ingredients seems to flatten the lines out that not even horrible fluorescent lights make my fine lines stand out.  I have baggy eyes in the A.M when I get up and use eye drops because they are allergy related, so they do disappear within 2 hours of taking a decongestant.  It’s the only thing I am lucky when it comes to my skin and no dark circles, so I can’t vouch how the product aids with baggy/saggy eyes or dark circles.  The under-portion of my eye did not puff up as usual even though we got winds, so I can state the claims with reducing inflammation to help give a smoother appearance are true.  The smooth appearance does make your pores look less visible, meaning your complexion looks more flawless, so again TelomErase delivered on it’s statements.  Measuring TelomErase on a 10-day period, I can say I am satisfied with the results and the product did perform as well as the 6 to 7 products I usually use when not testing.  I would like to see how well it softens my fine lines with time (like 3 months use) and continual use, but because I received 2 generous trial sizes, I kept the testing period short.  I had one pump that gave me issues when using, so I jumped and started using the second one and that one works flawlessly.  The pre-measured pumps give you a proper amount of product and eliminates waste.  One pump does the entire areas I wanted to target, so the full size 2 ounce bottle would last a user between 3 to 6 months.  3 months for people that do full coverage and 6 months for people like me, which only applies the serum to “problem areas” I want to focus, target and be-gone!  TelomErase, is a product that is not like other OTC brands because you have that unity of effective ingredients that is only present in this RevivSerums formulation…….that makes it truly unique and why I saw results in just 10 days of use.

 

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NeoStrata GIVEAWAY: Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum (a $78 value!) to 25 Lucky Winners

 

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Serums are one of the greatest invention when it comes to skincare products. It’s a thin solution, which gets absorbed quickly with the user being able to layer other products over the serum to enhance the results.

I have featured NeoStrata products on my blog and you could be one of the 25 (U.S. Only, sorry) winners of their serum called Skin Active Defense. This is a $78 product you could win for free!

The serum you use makes a world of difference because this is the first layer you apply and the product your skin will absorb the most from. I always look for anti-aging properties and extra benefits, other than just moisturizing agents. I want to combat everything from free radicals because prevention is key! Some serums give instant “lifting” results, while others work with long term continual use but many now a days that come from a good brand like NeoStrata, well they can do both jobs with great success.

NeoStrata Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum (as posted by the manufacturer)-

NeoStrata Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum protects skin from future signs of aging and is formulated with 8 powerful multi-action antioxidants designed to combat oxidative damage. The potent combination of Citric Acid and Lilac, Green Tea and Chardonnay Grape Seed Extracts works together to neutralize five different types of free radicals and helps preserve healthy DNA, lipids and cellular membranes. In addition, this super potent source of EGCG Green Tea Extract protects against inflammatory mediators in the skin.

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It’s easy to win by just completing the form and following NeoStrata and interacting via Twitter (@neostrataskin)

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Elba Naturals: N.2 Anti-Acne/Blemish Gel Treatment #Review #ElbaNaturals

When I was in High School, I rarely had any breakouts, so I thought if I got through this stage acne free, I would be safe for life. Wrong! Around my mid 20’s, I started to get breakouts and some pretty bad ones. I changed my diet, drank more water and nothing seemed to do the trick. I then changed my make-up, washed my face more often and even changed my skin care routine and the pimples were just laughing at me. I noticed my acne breakouts fluctuated with stress and some were even connected to medications I was taking. I seized taking certain prescriptions and that help alleviate some of the worse almost cystic-like acne, but I still got breakouts here and there, so I started looking for acne treatments that could help. That ended up being a trip down the longest rabbit hole I have ever encountered! Some spot treatments actually caused more pore blockage while others were so harsh, that I would peel around any healthy skin and the pimple itself would sometimes bleed, so I graduated from having a bump to now having a bump with a scab. Scabby face is not my idea of winning especially when you get one that likes to ooze. Here I was in my mid 20s and had a face of a 13 year old. Not my idea of fun, so I started really reading ingredients and found that 25% of the OTC products work, while 75% my pimples got the last laugh.

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Remarkably, the natural route was the one I never planned on taking but when you are desperate, you will try not only homemade concoctions in addition to anything that resembles them. I found that many of the more natural products that depend on tree oils to extracts derived from plants, tended to work as a prevention measure. I could apply the product and nip most breakouts before they happened.

Elba Naturals is a company that offers a small array of skin care products that is focused on targeting problem areas from aging skin, acne treatment, to eye creams and micro-abrasion. Elba Naturals main goal is finding natural and organic ingredients that are kinder and more gentle to the skin but remain effective. Like the N.2 Anti-acne and blemish solution, which is made up of just 13 ingredients!

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Ingredients (as listed on the website):
(98% Naturally Derived/72% Organic) Ingredients: Deionized Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Carbomer, Arginine, Wildcrafted Salix Lucida (Salicylic Acid/Willow Bark), Colloidal Silver, Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clove Essential Oil), Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Organic Aloe Barbardensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Extract), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).

Retail Price Point: Currently sold-out on Amazon, but when in stock one 1 ounce bottle retails for $35.00.

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Verdict:

The directions state to apply the product twice a day for best results, so I substituted the Elba Naturals N.2 Acne product as my spot and prevention treatment. I used nothing else to fight my acne, like no washes with salicylic acid or anything else that would sway the results. When I used the product in the day time, I also tested to see how it works under make-up because this is where I usually find I am more vulnerable when it comes to breaking out. Sunscreens tend to be that friend that comes with a temperament because as much as it is needed to protect my skin, it tends to be the offender when it comes to causing my skin to get clogged pores. I won’t go out without sunscreen, so I have to deal with the results. I applied my skin care products and the Elba Naturals Acne gel treatment to areas I am prone to breakouts, the chin, side of my face and above my eyebrows. I then applied all my skin care products and cosmetics like usual. No issues with application were experienced and my foundation applied without any beading up problems or anything. Through out the day, everything stayed as it did and I was happy that the Elba Natural N.2 acne product was easy to incorporate into my beauty routine. I experienced zero breakouts in my problem areas days after and I continued to use it. I found the Elba Naturals Acne gel treatment to work as well (and even nicer) than my chemical filled counterparts. What I found to be a welcoming sight, was zero peeling of the skin, both from any pimple to the healthy skin around it. It just did not dehydrate my skin like some of the spot treatments on the market tend to do so. The product may be higher in price, as mine is around $10 for a spot treatment but the gel applies smoothly and a very thin film is all that is needed, meaning this product will last longer than a tube of equal size. The gel comes in a brown tinted bottle to help keep the key ingredients effective and because it’s a gel that dries clear, I am not highlighting my acne blemishes with a white cream that even though says dries transparent on the tube…..it never really does. So, Elba Naturals not only was kinder and effective, but it actually works really well at preventing and I prefer avoiding a pimple than trying to just find a solution at treating every bump. I’m all about having the bumps not happen in the first place!

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Solvaderm: Eyevage an Age Defying Eye Rejuvenation Treatment #Review #Solvaderm #Eyevage

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The second product I was sent from Solvaderm targets the sensitive skin around the eyes. Eyevage, is intended for use on “mature skin” and also for people that are experiencing problems in this area.

Eye skin can be tricky and some of us may have drooping of the eyelids, while most tend to want to target the area underneath the eye. This area is where people tend to experience issues from under-bags, puffiness, dryness, fine lines to the ever disliked crow’s feet. In other words, the skin there tends to show the most stress because of it being more sensitive than skin in other areas of your face. This also means a product needs to be strong enough to address the above issues but kind enough to not cause irritations.

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Eyevage by Solvaderm, combats the aging we experience around the eye area and also helps keep the less stressed areas from rapidly showing the signs of aging. You end up with a fresher look that is associated with younger skin.

Ingredients (as listed on the website): Purified Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Phytonadione, Arnica Montana Extract, Oxido Reductases, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eriobotrya Japonica Extract.

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In the list of ingredients, the first few are identifiable so for the sake of not breaking down the obvious, I will address the ones that are usually not listed in eye creams and why Eyevage stands out from other products that are of like kind. Squalane, is usually derived from olive oil and in the list you find it comes after a few other oils/emollients listed. After that you find Phytonadione listed. Phytonadione, is Vitamin K and this vitamin is associated to be beneficial to the blood and circulation. Dark circles is a result of how veins and capillaries appear under the skin. Think of when a sheet of thin fabric is draped over a dark wooden table. The dark wood and it’s pattern is not distinctive through the sheer material but you still get a dark shadow that shows through and more in the areas where the grain is darker and deeper in the wood. This is what the thin skin under our eyes reflects towards the outside. The Phytonadione combined with other powerful ingredients like the antioxidants found in Apricot oil, and this can help diminish that dark appearance.

Retail Price Point: $74.99 for a 0.5 ounce bottle of Eyevage, which comes with a pump action top that allows the product to remain free from exposure to air, bacteria and even light.

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Verdict:

I used Eyevage for a period of 3 weeks to see how well it would perform with the problems I experience. My skin issues in this area are puffiness due to allergies and even though I’m fair when it comes to skin color, my veins in this area do not reflect through to give my eyes a dark circle appearance. It’s the one of the things I have been lucky in and even though my allergies are bad, I never rub my eyes because that can cause the capillaries to become damaged and even break. I just was addressing moisture retention and attempting to avoid fine lines and lessen the one I have under my left eye (yeah, I don’t even wrinkle evenly). The formula is light from Eyevage and again applies easily. My skin absorbed it quickly and eagerly. Week one passes and I am happy with the moisture effect and how it keeps my skin plump and supple in this area. Week two arrives, and I still remain content with the results and I notice improvement towards the end of the second week on texture. My skin looks smoother. I get to week three and I remain satisfied with how Eyevage is performing because the product has kept the skin around my eyes nourished and problem free. The only short coming I can find is the lack of a retinol. I know the eyes are sensitive but in my case I can tolerate a small percentage in this area but I do know others can not no matter how much they attempt to “desensitize” that area. Some people can even apply every other day and experience more negative effects than any positive ones from the retinol because their skin just can’t tolerate it. Mine can, so I will be adding a very low amount of retinol here just to increase the benefit of reducing small fine lines and making sure (an insurance policy) I don’t develop any new ones. This is just a personal choice in my part, I am however happy the Eyevage treatment is a good enough of base product that I find it worthy enough to deliver that little bit of retinol to this area because it’s not something I waste just on any product. The base product has to be good enough on it’s own and Eyevage is!

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Solvaderm: Juvabrite Age Spot and Pigment Brightening Complex #Review #Juvabrite

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Solvaderm, is on my list of companies that I welcome to review any product they make or recently released. Why? They work. It’s that simple when it comes to getting listed in my book of companies I enjoy products from. So many and especially in the beauty industry just do not deliver on their claims. Solvaderm does not over hype the claims attached to their products and the ingredients in their skin care lines always support what they are intended to do. I then use the products and I have never been deceived when it came to how they performed because what is listed, is what is included. You may not see Solvaderm being pushed via television ads or flooding magazines with glossy pictures on thick paper stock, however thhey prefer to depend on honest word-of-mouth marketing. I have never been pushed or guided in what to even write when it came to reviewing. It’s literally here’s a bottle and please write an honest review. That’s brave but Solvaderm can be because so far their skin care products are really some of my favorite to to use.

I was sent recently two products to review by Solvaderm and this review will be breaking down the Juvabrite Brightening Complex they included.

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What is Juvabrite?
If you suffer from pigmentation alterations that are caused by age spots, sun damage, acne, or just uneven skin tone, Juvabrite is a product you should consider. I have areas on my face that suffer from such and this is usually caused by an acne breakout. I get a breakout once a month and because it’s hormones induced, there is also limits to the options I have considered. Yes, I can take pills that may aid with this and have but I’m the type of girl that seeks solutions that at least give me good and acceptable results when it comes to percentages. Pills reduced my acne flair up by 25%, and no I won’t take a product that fails me 75% of the time, so I resorted to treating the issue topically. I go for products that will even out my skin’s complexion and will address the problem areas, so a product like Juvabrite fits my needs.

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Ingredients (as listed on the website): Seaweed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Purified Water, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Primula Veris (Primula) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Veronica Officinalis (Speedwell Herb) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Extract, Achillea Millefollium (Yarrow) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.Seaweed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Purified Water, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Primula Veris (Primula) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Veronica Officinalis (Speedwell Herb) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Extract, Achillea Millefollium (Yarrow) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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Seaweed Extract and Hyaluronic acid is listed first in Juvabrite’s ingredients. Seaweeds and Algae are in the same class of family and are ingredients that are full of nutrients and some have cleansing properties, and this is why you sometimes see it listed in things from diet pills to beauty aids. The ability to purge out toxins and the renewal of the surface (i,e, skin). This regeneration is what a company that adds seaweed/kelp to their products wants the user to experience. That “flip-over” process aids the skin’s ability to produce a new layer that may appear less flawed than the layer before. Think exfoliation and the skin’s ability to purge what it suffers from (scarring). Scars and discoloration tend to experience a lightening effect when this process occurs and of course for example when you start drinking more water, the more you continuously use a product like Juvabrite, the results reflect better with time. I have covered anti-inflammatory properties in the past and amino acids, antioxidants, and again these are properties associated with kelp and seaweeds. You will even notice people refer to such as “anti-aging” because using these ingredients help strengthen and protect the skin’s areas that may have no discoloration at the moment, and help prevent or even lessen the effect if it occurs in the future (i,e. blemishes, sun damage, ect.). Hyaluronic acid I have covered many times in the past too and what makes this agent so widely used, is it’s ability to retain moisture. It’s molecular structure allows more water to be held against the surface it’s applied to. You know how flour expands and absorbs at a much greater rate to the point that what you initially used is never how the final product looks. Think cakes and how the batter expands, well it’s the same idea with Hyaluronic acid. A little goes a long way and a few grams result into liters of fluid being held.

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Retail Price Point: $69.99 for a ounce bottle of Juvabrite and the bottle has a nice pump dispenser, which keeps the product clean and less exposed to air and bacteria.

Verdict:
I used the Juvabrite Age Spot and Pigment Brightening complex for 3 weeks. My time span when it comes to usage was limited because I am always testing out new products and will only use one product in a category at a time. I don’t like to blend products because that blends the results! I strictly restricted my use to the Juvabrite complex and used no other brightening system. What I love about Juvabrite, it can be used in spot application. This means if you have acne marks or an area that is experiencing dark spots, you can address just that zone. Yes, the user can control and address their skin’s problem areas as they desire. Love that! I literally picked one spot and awarded it to Juvabrite. It was a pimple mark that I picked at (not proud of that part) and I won at picking at it, but it won back by leaving a brownish colored mark. It was light enough to be covered by foundation but the moment I washed my face…..I’m still here is what I heard. Within 2 weeks, the brown mark became a lighter brown mark and if I moved my face in the light, it began to only be seen slightly in certain angles. By week 3, the mark was gone and reduced by 75% in being able to be visibly noticeable and became one of those things that I knew was once there but no one else could see. The solution is light in texture and because as I mentioned above a little goes a long way due to the ingredients used to make Juvabrite, you are talking about only applying a thin layer. You can apply the product to your entire face and I did this once to twice a week to even out my skin’s tone (color). I then went back to spot treating. I am happy with the results and the ease of use of twice a day. Juvabrite fits into my everyday skin regimen and it’s effective by positively changing my skin’s appearance.

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