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Sunday, December 21

Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum Product Review

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Valentia Even Glow Serum Vitamin C 20% 
Product Review
Size: 1.18 fl oz 35 ml
Retail $85 On Sale $35

Product Description:
Antioxidant treatment to brighten, protect and even skin tone, reducing the appearance of aging. Alcohol Free - Paraben Free. 

Ingredients: 
Proprietary Organic Skin Tea, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methlsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil), Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Algae Extract, Camelia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Oil), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

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The Packaging:
This item is shipped by Amazon and great care is taken in the safe arrival of this product. The design is well thought out and is highly functional. I love the fact that it has a dropper to apply the serum since the formula is so viscous. Had Valentia chose a different dispenser I'm afraid I would end up dispensing too much product. The dropper gives you the right amount of control when dispensing this product. I've actually been using it for a month now and have barely made a dent in it, so in terms of cost this is a very economical product. The glass, brown bottle also helps maintain the efficacy of the ingredients. 

Directions:
The directions state: "As natural ingredients may separate, shake lightly for 1 -2 seconds before use. Wash and pat face dry. Apply a small amount to face and neck decollete daily. Allow to dry before applying moisturizer. " DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT apply more than once a day or you might experience a side effect which I will detail later in this post.... so keep reading! 

Results: 

I just want to say that the customer service team is phenomenal at Valentia Skin Care. They are very attentive to customer concerns and send out emails to help support you on your skin care journey.

Because of all the hype I have heard around Vitamin C based serums my expectations for this serum may have been a little deluded. With that said, this product did not meet my expectations for it. Please keep in mind that these were just my results, your experience could differ.
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What I liked about the serum:
It has a divine smell. It smells like fresh picked oranges. Once applied the product absorbs extremely quickly and leaves the skin feeling soft & supple even in this harsh NYC weather. The serum is tinted orange so it actually makes the skin appear orange-ish which gives the immediate appearance of a glow.

What I did not like: 
The product dries very sticky on the skin. I suppose this may have had something to do with how my skin reacted; After the first week of using this product my skin broke out really, really bad. Prior to using this product my skin was on its way to becoming clear. Older scars had started to heal and fade with the help of other products. Now I have NEW scars, plus old scars that I have to now use fading products to fix.

I would like to suggest to anyone reading this that if you do intend to purchase this product, do not use it more than once a day.... this may be what contributed to my breakout. I would suggest using it 3 times a week ideally. Since I have dropped my dosage to 3-4 times a week I have not experienced any other breakouts but I don't really see any other benefits. My pores still appear the same. My dark spots have not faded while using this product. Overall, I would say this product is just okay. Had this product been positioned as a moisturizer booster I would have given it a more favorable review. However, because this product claims to even skin tone, reduce wrinkles and tighten pores all of which I did not experience, I give it a

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Monday, November 24

Dermologica Daily Microfoliant

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Thanks to iFabbo I got to try out Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($52 - 2.6 oz). This is a micro exfoliant that is gentle enough for everday use yet powerful enough to encourage cleaner and more supple looking skin.

Product description:
"Gentle, daily use exfoliating powder for all skin conditions. Unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter."

Ingredients:
Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Oxide, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Allantoin, Papain, Salicylic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PCA, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Cyclodextrin, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) , Hexylene Glycol.

The Packaging:
The powder comes in a white shaker bottle that has two small holes at the top.

How to use:
Sprinkle the fine white powder into the palm of your hand. about a quarter size will do then add a lot of water to bring the powder to frothy consistency. Then just massage on your skin for at least 1 minute. Once dry add more water if desired and continue to rub or allow to sit on the skin for a minute more to maximize efficacy. To see this process in action check out their video:



Results:
After using my skin feels soft and velvety. I find that it calms the appearance of acne inflammation-- a problem I have been recently experiencing because of another product I'm also testing out. So it really helps to have this around. I've been using it on my clean face after I've done my cold water rinse.

Cons:
+ Pricey
+ Don't leave it in the bathroom or it will ruin the product
+ So powdery, it floats away if you're not careful
+ Not a heavy duty exfoliant.


Pros:
+ Doesn't dry out skin
+ Helps alleviate redness
+ Gentle enough for daily use and to completely remove makeup
+ Fragrance free



To find out more about this product go here: http://bit.ly/1w9hFHg 


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