Reviewing Valentia Natural Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

Hi all! Today I’m reviewing a new moisturizer by Valentia Natural, the Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer. I have had skin issues and acne my whole life—chronic dry skin, a field of blackheads, oily skin, the works. Recently, a combination of cold cream, twice-daily moisturizing, and a couple of dermatologist-recommended products have made a huge difference, but because I’m perpetually on a budget, I hardly stray from drugstore moisturizers. Until Valentia Natural. Keep reading to hear more about their Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer.

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DIY coffee scrub, 3 different ways!

DIY-coffee-scrub All my life, I’ve had very dry skin, and to add to the frustration, I rarely remember to moisturize daily. Even when I do, it’s clear that just a daily moisturizer isn’t enough to deal with my chronic dry skin, so I’m always on the lookout for an all-in-one solution. Recently, my sister turned me onto a coffee body scrub, and I seriously have never been so impressed with a DIY, at-home solution for so many skin conditions. Here’s why.

Coffee body scrubs are so effective because they do so many things: the caffeine in the coffee grounds are supposed to minimize the appearance of cellulite, for starters. Cellulite is notoriously difficult to get rid of, and even though exercise is one of the most effective ways to break it down, caffeine also helps.

Secondly, coffee scrubs can be combined with other kitchen items to make one product that can do a lot of stuff in one step. Here, I’ve put together three different formulas to target what you may need in a body scrub, from cellulite reduction to exfoliation and more.

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Custom shampoo by Function of Beauty—a review

Beauty review today! I was recently asked to try out customized shampoo and conditioner by Function of Beauty. Here’s what I thought.

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In case you’ve never heard of this new brand, basically, Function of Beauty is a service that gives customers fully customized shampoo and conditioner sets based on their exact hair needs. You can pick almost everything about your particular formula based on your hair’s texture, and even pick what color and scent you want it to be! If you’re interested, use this link to get $5 off your order! Read More »

Beauty Review // DevaCurl Delight, styling cream, Deva Towel

In case you didn’t know already, I am ALL ABOUT the DevaCurl. I credit DevaCurl and a dearth of heat styling with transforming my hair when I decided to stop straightening it circa 2011, and again last year when I fried my hair by dying like seven colors into it. Recently, I was gifted a new range of DevaCurl products called “Delight”—a shampoo and conditioner. I also received a styling cream and a microfiber towel, and here’s what I think about them!


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New glasses, featuring GlassesShop + coupon code!

For a good five to seven years, I didn’t own glasses. My eyes have been out of whack since I was in first grade, so the first chance I got to ditch glasses and get contacts, I took it. And ever since I graduated high school, I haven’t even owned glasses, which made my life a little more difficult—always having to make sure I had extra contacts handy in case of emergencies, never being able to do anything without sticking my finger in my eyes! So I figured it was about time to make sure I had good quality glasses as a backup, just in case my eyeballs ever reject my contacts and I need to see (my eyesight is terrible, FYI)!

That’s where GlassesShop came in. They offered a pair of prescription glasses for my review, and here’s what I thought. I received a pair of eyeglasses with a prescription of -7.00 (yes, I’m blind).

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Beauty // How DevaCurl made my hair curly again

A totally unsolicited beauty review today, guys. As you may know, I used to swear by DevaCurl a few years back, and I credited the Low-Poo and the One Condition specifically with getting my natural wave/curl back after my years of high school-era straightening. Now, I seriously splurged on this stuff, since at my local discount store it was still $18 a bottle. I stopped using it in favor of other products like Shea Moisture, but I’m now a re-convert. Here’s why.

Last April, I went and dyed a bunch of colors in my hair, and then spent the next six months heat-styling it into ringlets to show it off. Afterward, I cut my hair into a pretty blunt cut to get rid of the faded color, and then I dyed over it a deep brown. There goes my natural curl.

The lack of shape in my hair plus the coating of dye made my hair limp and lifeless, two things that are pretty terrible for natural waves. I don’t like styling my hair and I loved my curls, so I was considering a full-on perm. Then, my cousins gifted me Deva Curl products for Christmas, and I was SHOCKED to find that my hair started curling again!

Here are the DevaCurl products that worked for me.devacurl
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What I think about Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit—in ‘Posie K’

On February 29, 2016, the impossible proved…possible. I finally got my hands on the coveted, the much-anticipated, the rare #LipKitByKylie (hashtag necessary). I trust all those Kardash girls when it comes to beauty products, so I absolutely had to try the lip kit. So after watching hella Youtube videos and looking at color swatches and planning my method of attack on the website at launchtime, I decided on the color ‘Posie K,’ the one that looks like a cherry stain. I love berry lip colors but I’d never tried matte liquid lipsticks before. This is my story.

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Beauty Review // A new straightener from Irresistible Me

Today I’m really excited to bring you something that may just be a game changer: This review of Irresistible Me’s Diamond Hair Styler. As you may know, I don’t straighten my hair flat very often (the last time I can remember is October, for my Kendall Jenner Halloween look, and before that? Drawing a blank) but I do style my hair once in a while with “flat-iron curls”—straightening the root of my hair and then flipping the iron to make a curl on the ends.

Sadly, the flat iron I was using since 2006 recently broke in London because of the power conversion (RIP, old friend) so when Irresistible Me offered to present me with one of their irons for review I was like, “yes, please!” Here’s what I thought.

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Beauty // 2 new ways to use turmeric

Recently, I read an article about how turmeric is a magic, cure-all beauty item, and I decided to give it a try. Turmeric is known for a lot of things; it’s a yummy spice in a lot of Indian cuisine, it’s known for its ability to shrink or kill cancer cells, and it’s apparently a great way to brighten your skin. It’s high in antioxidants and can help with skin inflammation—everything from dry skin to eczema and psoriasis. So I tried a turmeric mask.

To start, I combined 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 3 tablespoons of milk, and a couple drops of honey in a bowl and stirred it into a bright orange, gritty mask. I smoothed a little bit over my face—aaaaand looked like an alien:

Be warned: you may have to wash your face after rinsing off the mask because turmeric stains. Not forever, or even for a long time. But your face will be faintly orange if you don’t wash it afterward.

I only put the mask on once and didn’t notice a huge difference, but I’m going to keep using it once a week to try to reduce inflammation and irritation from my very bad, bad habit of picking my breakouts! And there’s another use for turmeric that I want to try: turmeric tea.

Turmeric tea can help stave off seasonal depression, as well as help you sleep better and longer. To make this tea, combine 1 cup milk, ½-1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and 1 teaspoon honey. You heat the milk first in a saucepan and then add the other ingredients.

Apparently, the curcumin in turmeric is an antioxidant that makes your body produce more serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that boost your mood. If you’re looking for a natural way to feel and sleep better, turmeric tea may be the trick. I’ve heard good things about it, and I’m eager to try it out.

I love finding natural health and beauty remedies, like my obsession with all things tea tree oil (because it’s a magical, magical fairy substance) and giving myself steam facials and exfoliating with nutmeg. Looks like turmeric may become my new obsession! Despite the crazy orange face. 😉

Let me know if you’ve tried either and these, and tell me what you think!

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Beauty // Current favorites for hair, skin, and makeup!

I don’t change up my skincare regimen or makeup routine a whole lot, but I’ve been getting back into fabulous beauty trends and trying out some new techniques/products, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites here if you’re like me and have a. combination/acne-prone skin, b. curly/wavy hair, and c. a love for beauty/makeup. Here’s what’s currently working for me and some links to what I used to do in terms of hair/makeup/skincare. Hope you like!

BEAUTY // Missha BB Cream, ELF eyeliner, Estee Lauder lipstick

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For years, I’ve used the Missha BB Cream and I’ve never found a product I like more. I stipple it on using a foundation brush and blend in circular motions. I don’t even have to prime my face, because this stuff is primer/foundation/moisturizer all in one, and because it’s a Korean product, it’s also meant to be good for your skin. Which it is, I’ve found. It’s also mad cheap on Amazon, which is where I buy it. One bottle lasts me about a year, and I use it every single day.

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