Review – Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

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Valentia’s Night Revive Retinol Serum is a potent blend of Retinol, essential vitamins and botanicals. Retinol works down to the cellular level to stimulate collagen production and diminish even the deepest of wrinkles. Vitamin C helps Retinol penetrate deeper into the skin, while Vitamin E and Squalane nourish and hydrate, counteracting the drying effects of Retinol and maximizing anti-aging benefits. This transformative retinol serum will turn back the clock, giving you visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin. The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer retails for $35 (1.18 fl oz / 35 ml, a 3-5 month supply) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Results:
Short Term – conditions & nourishes skin, manages breakouts and adds luminosity  
Long Term – evens skin discoloration, stimulates collagen production and diminishes fine lines & wrinkles

 

Key Ingredients: 
Retinol (Vitamin A): This clinically proven antioxidant works at the cellular level to stop the formation of wrinkles, manages acne breakouts, and even out skin discoloration. It also helps reverse the clock, for more youth looking and acting skin.
Vitamin C: An essential nutrient that boosts the protective effects of retinols, guarding skin against harmful free radicals and environmental damage to prevent premature aging.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E floods the skin hydration, diminishing the drying effects of retinol as such it adds superior moisture protection.
Squalane: Derived for pure olive oil, this nutrient-rich ingredient softens and conditions delicate skin. It further assists in mitigating the dryness caused by Retinol while reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Full Ingredient List: Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil Squalene, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (sunflower based Vitamin E), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

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How To Use: Apply on cleansed and toned face & neck. Recommended to use every other night initially to determine sensitivity. 

My Thoughts: It is opaque, watery in consistency and very quickly into the skin. It does feel nice on the skin as it is not sticky and do not cause any irritation. So far I have been using it every other night. I do notice that my skin is more radiant the mornings after use. I would have to use up the entire serum before I can truly assess the long-term effects.  I typically like to  I do not wear a separate SPF product the next day as my foundation has SPF20.

It is recommended to use retinol 3 times/week in the 30’s and every other night for women 40+.To maximize the efficacy of retinol products, serums can be combined with moisturizers/cream or used separately depending on one’s skin type.  Retinols are meant to be used only at night as they can make the skin more sensitive to damage from the sunlight. When using a Retinol at night, make sure to use an SPF of 20 or higher during the day to protect your skin.

 

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  

Review – Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

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Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer is packed with brightening power, that lightens dark spots and enhances the complexion. With energizing antioxidants like Ginseng and Kojic Acid to control melanin production, dark spots fade and collagen production is enhanced, revealing a firmer more even skin tone. Skin moisture is replenished and protected with Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Safflower and Shea Butter. Tired and dull looking skin is restored to unveil a healthier, more vibrant glow. The natural and organic ingredients are formulated to provide all-day weightless hydration without leaving any greasy residue. The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer retails for $25 (4.0 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Overall Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer will:
* Lightens dark spots
* Restores skin radiance
* Evens skin tone
* Diminishes fine lines
* Provides all-day hydration
* Nourishes skin

Key Ingredients:
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 can be used both morning and night, and makes an excellent starting base for your makeup application. It is suitable for all skin types and provides superior hydration for both; dry to normal and oily/combo skin types.

How To Use:
Apply on face, neck and decollete. Suitable for use in the AM and PM, after cleansing, toning and essence/serum application.

My Thoughts: This is a very thick, white moisturizer that is easily absorbed into the skin. The bottle comes with a pump that is very helpful. It does not have any specific scent which is a big plus as I am not really a fan of strong scented especially citrus face creams/moisturizers/serums. It is very hydrating which does last all day and my skin is noticeably more radiant.l think I will need to use it for a significant period of time in order to see the other effects such as the reduction in wrinkles and lightening of dark spots.
I love that it is chock full of natural ingredients. In addition to the ones noted above lemon extract, vitamin B5, green tea, aloe, licorice, salicylic acid among others. I am a fan of the Valentia line of products.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  My Amazon review name is BEATS.

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Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask – Review



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“Not your ordinary mask, this clay mask removes excess dirt and oil from the skin caused by makeup, environmental toxins, and everyday contaminants. Kaolin Clay helps pull dirt and oil to the surface, offering a deep cleanse that leaves skin clean and clear. Added Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers make this mask unique, providing an extra layer of skin exfoliation, leaving skin feeling and looking smoother, and softer. This Detoxifying Clay Mask reverses and clears away skin damage, giving you stronger, firmer and healthier skin.”  The Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask retails for $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Key Benefits:
* Draws out dirt, oil & other skin impurities
* Improves skin tone & texture
* Leaves skin feeling instantly smoother & refreshed
* Enlarged pores will be reduced
* Firmer & more strengthened skin
* Clearer skin with less breakouts

How To Use: Generously apply on face carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave on your skin for 15-20 minutes or until mask dries. Wipe it off with a damp cloth soaked in warm water. As the mask has natural fibers use circular motions to remove the mask helping to slough off dead skin and exfoliate.

Key Ingredients:
Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

Plant Stem CellsNaturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

Full Ingredient ListDeionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Kaolin clay, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hibiscus Fibers, Cranberry Fibers, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Cranberry Fragrance, Haematococcus Pluvialis extract (Astaxanthin), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng, Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry extract), Organic Viola Tricolor (Violet), Wildcrafted Prunus Virginiana (Wild Cherry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Organic Rheum Palmatum (Rhubarb), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol.

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My Thoughts: This mask smells delicious. The ingredient list shows quite a few berry extracts and oils that all contribute to its amazing smell.  This clay mask serves a dual purpose (1) As a detoxifying and cleansing clay mask. Nail in clay contains high amounts silica, which is useful in removing dead skin, it pulls out oils and other toxins, purifying and moisturizing the skin. (2) As an exfoliator. Massing in circular motions while applying and removing the mask also helps to remove dry, dead flaky skin.

I am a big fan of clay masks and this one was pleasant to use. The only minor issue was that the oils had separated from the clay and it had to be mixed. In addition to the amazing smell I like that the product had a soft pudding like consistency unlike the typical hard/more firm clay masks. Overall, I enjoyed using this mask.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  My Amazon review name is BEATS.

When ‘The Last Choice’ Sheet Mask Review

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When’s The Last Choice Bio-Cellulose Sheet Face Mask  Perfect for when your skin feels dry and in much need of moisture. This is an all-natural coconut jelly sheet mask made from coconut juice which is gentle enough to treat burn patients. The serum is slightly opaque (not an emulsion), non-greasy, non-sticky and lightweight. It contains hyaluronic acid (a sugar molecule that has the ability to hold moisture and strengthen the skin), saccharide isomerate (water-binding agent and emollient to provide intense hydration) and ginseng extract to keep the skin healthy. Bio-cellulose mask sheet can hold essence 100 times its weight, that is 10 times more than fabric or paper mask sheets. 

Suitable for: All skin types that undergo periods of dryness

What does it do? Moisturizes/Hydrates

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for about 30 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Bio-Cellulose

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Archilea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

Where to Purchase: Retails for $7.00 at the following places Sephora, Ulta Beauty,  Anthropologie (online only), Beautychoice.com (online only), Birchbox (online only), Rickys NYC

Country: Made in Korea

Would I purchase? Yes. It has a slight limeade scent that goes away after a minute. The fit of this mask is better than most gel masks. I did not need to cut the nose bridge and the eye slits are the right size. When masks are not formulated with parabens, sulphate, and phthalates. They are also vegan and gluten-free. The Last Choice mask was very comfortable and my skin felt very moist and soft afterwards.The sheet adheres very close to the skin, which is good as it reduces serum wastage and allows 100% sheet-skin contact. The serum was not sticky and absorbed well into the skin. There is about a 1/4 tsp. if serum in the packet. It comes layered between a paper and a plastic film. 

 

About the Brand: When, launched by J.C People in July 2011, is a premium face mask brand taking extra care of your skin at anytime, anywhere, in any situations. High-quality and unique, our face masks have been receiving overwhelming responses from overseas buyers. Headquartered in Korea, we have successfully started our international expansion in November 2012 by launching in the US via the world’s largest cosmetics sales channel, Sephora. We have further expanded to reach Europe, China, and the Middle East. We strive to become a worldwide leading face mask brand.

Check out the brand’s Youtube Channel to get the latest on When masks and how to tips:

 

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Disclaimer: This product was received from When and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by When. My Amazon review name is BEATS.

Valentia – True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask Review


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“This nourishing formula works fast to repair and refresh the eye area while protecting skin from the usual suspects of aging. Our natural and organic ingredients work to calm and reduce puffiness in the eye area revealing softer, more refreshed looking eyes. With continued use of this antioxidant treatment, you will start noticing a more rejuvenated, radiant, and brighter under eye area.” (Valentia). True Glow Eye Cream (1.18 fl. oz bottle) retails between $25 – $54.99 on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

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Key Benefits: 
Diminishes fine lines & wrinkles, nourishes, hydrates, tightens the under eye area, brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness.

Key Ingredients:
1. Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.
2. Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress-related aging.
3. Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.
4. Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.

How to Use: After cleansing, apply True Glow gently around the area under the eye dabbing the skin with your ring finger in a circular motion around the orbital bone and moving towards the nose bridge. Apply twice a day.

My Thoughts: I like this eye cream for its texture and the fact that it does not have a strong citrus (Vitamin C) scent. It is very creamy and absorbs very quickly (see images below). I did notice that the area around my eye was softer, well hydrated and moisturized after use. It was a bit difficult to assess the improvements if any of the wrinkles and fine lines as the area around my eyes is very, very dry. I also noticed that the puffiness was reduced when applied in the mornings. Overall, I like this eye cream and will add it to my skincare regimen.

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ULTRA PLUMPING HYDRATION MASK
The perfect answer to your dry skin problems. This hydration mask features a unique blend of amino acids and potent antioxidants, like Japanese Green tea and Aloe Vera, to reduce fine lines, increase collagen production, and fight environmental irritants. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Sea Buckthorn Oil flood skin with vital moisture, creating a softer more supple skin. Treat your delicate facial skin with nature’s most nourishing ingredients, and instantly restore radiance.” (Valentia). The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask retails between $25 – $54.99 (4 oz jar) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Ultra_Plumping_Hydration_Mask_with_BoxKey Benefits: Boosts collagen production, increases skin radiance, reduces fine lines, locks in moisture and reveals softer smoother skin.

Key Ingredients:
1. Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.
2. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid:Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.
3.  Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.
4. Japanese Green Tea:Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.
4. Aloe Vera:This botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness.

How To Use: Apply to face evenly avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and warm water.

My Thoughts: This is not only a very hydrating but very plumping mask. It tingles for the first 5 minutes as indicated on the on the jar. It may be a bit too much if you have very sensitive skin or areas of dry patches (as I did with the latter). This mask can be applied with a brush or the fingers. I prefer to put a bit on the cover (just turn it upside down and shake) and use a brush such as the ELF synthetic foundation brush ($1) so as not to contaminate the jar. Once dried it looks transparent. After removal with a warm rag my face is noticeably brighter and softer. I am happy to add this mask to my mask collection as I do not have one of this consistency and function.

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Overall thoughts on the brand: I am a fan of this brand and am fortunate to be able to try a few products in the line. Valentia uses natural and organic ingredients i.e. the ingredients are simple and effective. Their products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and are made in the USA. 

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  My Amazon review name is BEATS.

derma|e Firming DMAE Eye Lift Crème Review #Noticethelotus

20160106_065625~2_resizedVisibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet with this doctor-developed, multi-action eye treatment crème that contains advanced, clinically proven natural ingredients. DMAE, a widely-acclaimed skin-firming nutrient, is clinically proven to boost collagen for firmer, more resilient skin.  This pro-collagen and pro-elastin blend leaves the delicate eye area firmer, smoother and younger-looking. 

KEY INGREDIENTS: InstaLift® Goji Berry glycopeptides add further firming, lifting and tightening antioxidant power. Advanced peptides Argireline® and Matrixyl® synthe’6® work together to soften facial muscles and synthesize new key components such as collagen, helping smooth wrinkles and discourage new lines from forming. Hyaluronic Acid leaves the skin soft, smooth, tone and rehydrated.

FULL INGREDIENT LIST: Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Coco-Caprylate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propanediol (Zemea®), Lycium Barbarum (Instalift® Goji) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl® synthe’6®), Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline®), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist®Bio-1), Thioctic (Alpha-Lipoic) Acid, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* (0.1%), Caffeine, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

The Firming DMAE Eye Lift Crème is 100% vegan, cruelty-, paraben-, sulfate-, mineral oil-, lanolin-, gluten-, and GMO-free. Prices range from $19.95 to $24.95.

20160106_065559~2_resized 20160106_065616~2_resizedHOW TO USE: Apply a small amount of Firming DMAE Eye Lift onto the fingertips and using light pressure, pat around the entire orbital area after cleansing. For best results, use morning and evening. Can be used under makeup as well.

20151224_195329-2_resizedThe Eye Lift was sent with other derma|e products currently available at target. The Hydrating Night Crème is my current night-time moisturizer. I really like it and may repurchase.  Also included were samples of the Hydrating Day Crème and Firming DMAE Moisturizer. These will be coming with me on my upcoming work trips.

 

MY THOUGHTS: This is a very nice eye crème that easily absorbs does not cause any irritation and does not leave any white residue. I use this twice daily even under my makeup. It does not have any effects on my under eye concealer/powder. I would definitely have to use this for at least a full month or more to really assess its effectiveness. But as of today I have no issues so I will continue to use it.
I extended my review time for this eye crème because I really wanted to use it and experience the changes. I have incorporated it in Am/PM routine but got sidetracked with some so severe dry skin issues since the last week of December 2015. So severe that today [02.01.016] I had to go to an Urgent Care because the dry patches around my eyes (brow, lids and under eye) got so irritated and inflamed that that were swelling out of control and I had to be put on steroids via IV and orally. Because of this can not give a proper review as the before and after pics that I was planning to include in this review are now pointless. The skin around my eyes is comparable to reptile skin 🙁 I am so upset and will have to see a dermatologist to get to the bottom of this.
Overall, I like this eye crème and am interested in other products in the derma|e line especially the facial oils. The oils range in price from $11.50 to $23.50 at other retailers such as drugstore.com and Vitacost. On my Target Shopping list for January was definitely coffee and sugar  [update: got those], to consume as well as to make some DIY scrubs to get the ‘winter’ dead skin off.

 

The Company: Family owned and operated for over 30 years, derma e® has pioneered the development of vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare solutions. The award-winning line features doctor-developed, consumer-tested and clinically-tested face care, body care and treatment products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum. Every formula is cruelty-free, gluten-free and 100 percent vegan. Manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. derma e® pushed skincare forward in a new direction by fusing powerful vitamins and plants together with modern science – we called it Green Chemistry. Continuing to be always aware, derma e® adheres to the highest ethical standards when it comes to animal welfare and our impact on the planet. They built a passionate following in the natural products industry and beyond, always aspiring to make highly effective, premium skincare formulas but with cruelty-free green chemistry.

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Exuviance Pigment Lifting Masque [Mask] Review


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This lift-off masque is formulated with concentrated brighteners to diminish the look of dark spots for a more even tone, leaving skin looking luminous and cushioned with moisture. Treat yourself to a pampering, intensive skin-transforming experience with this unique masque. The concentrated formula is packed with powerful ingredients selected to deliver specific brightening benefits, diminishing the look of dark spots and uneven pigmentation, so skin looks younger.
Specifically designed to adjust to fit any face, simply press the masque on your skin to adhere and lock in the active-rich formula, letting your skin absorb all the benefits of the brightening ingredients. Our patented NeoGlucosamine® gently exfoliates, helping to break up existing dark spots and creating more even pigment and youthful tone. Vitamin C takes the brightening process one step further, helping to diminish the look of existing dark spots and prevent the formation of new spots. The lightly hydrating serum leaves skin luminous and cushioned with moisture. Experience beautiful results when you lift off this special masque. Reveal a younger looking, brighter complexion with more even tone. (Description  courtesy of Exuviance.com)

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KEY FEATURES:
1. Patented NeoGlucosamine® exfoliates skin to help break up existing dark spots, creating more even pigment
2. Vitamin C amps up the brightening process by helping diminish the look of existing dark spots and preventing the formation of new spots
3. Lightly hydrating serum leaves skin luminous, cushioned with moisture
4. Masque is designed to adjust to fit any face so it adheres and locks in the active-rich formula

DIRECTIONS: After cleansing, place the masque over the entire face, gently smoothing the fabric onto skin. Leave the masque on for 10 minutes allowing skin to absorb the potent brighteners. After 10 minutes, remove and discard the masque, massaging excess solution into the skin. Follow with a moisturizer. For best results, use with Exuviance® OptiLight products. Use once or twice a week.

KEY INGREDIENTS: NeoGlucosamine®, Vitamin C.

INGREDIENT LIST: Aqua (Water), Trimethylolpropane Tricaprylate/Tricaprate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acetyl Tyrosinamide, 4-Butylresorcinol, Citric Acid, Phospholipids, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Hedychium Spicatum Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Extract, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Polianthes Tuberosa Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Ceteth-24, Ceteareth-20, Steareth-2, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

THE FIT: So this is not the best fitting mask. Although they say it is designed to fit any face, I did not find that to be the case. The ‘design’ feature I think they are referring to is the many slits around the edges (which is a huge plus). This is something different from the typical Asian sheet mask which I usually have to make slits in order for them to fit properly. I am not sure is the largeness of the mask is due to the idea that the bone structure of Westerners is larger than that of Asians. The lifting edges will make it difficult to sit upright so it is best to lay down or sit in a reclined position. Even then due to the thickness of the mask it does not lay flush to the skin. 

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MY THOUGHTS: Despite my comments on the fit of the masque/mask, I actually think it is working. I have only used a couple of the masks to date because after use I noticed a bit of dryness and peeling. The exfoliating effects of NeoGlucosamine® at work? But I have noticed that my skin looks a bit lighter. I am not using any other whitening/lightening/brightening masks or products so I am quite sure that the difference I see is due to this product. I can only use this once every two weeks (I use soothing and hydrating masks in between) because of the dryness but I am willing to use all the mask in order to see the difference. I will try to post a 12 week update.
Another thing that I noticed is that right out of the packet the masque appears and feels dry. In the Asian mask world this would be frowned upon. However, it is moist to the touch which I find strange and even will the ill fit, after the 10 minutes one does observe the solution [essence] remaining to be massaged into the skin.  The masque also has a light blue color which I thought would transfer to the skin but it did not and as it dried (well to me) the fabric turns white.At first when the description said lift-off masque I thought it was one of those new rubber or modeling clay masks that you would actually have to lift off. But alas this is a sheet mask. 
The masque (6 masques at 0.60 fl oz per masque packette) retails for $65 on Exuviance. A fair price for a well formulated product that works. 

Made in the USA.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Exuviance and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, image, benefits and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Exuviance.

OZ Naturals Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel – Review

Matrix 6 is an highly effective eye gel packed with ingredients that deliver including Haloxyl for dark circles, Matrixyl Synthe’6 to help lift wrinkles, skin-protecting Apple Stem Cells, Caffeine to reduce puffiness and Hyaluronic Acid to attract moisture. This formula covers all eye skin related concerns.

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KEY INGREDIENTS:
Haloxyl – an anti-inflammatory that helps diminish and fade the appearance of dark circles with repeated use.
Caffeine – included to reduce puffiness; Hyaluronic Acid attracts moisture, and Apple Stem Cells protect skin and help preserve a more youthful look.
Matrixyl Synthe’6 – known for its wrinkle lifting effects which helps to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and forehead lines.

DIRECTIONS:
Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel should be used morning and evening, and can be applied under makeup. Can be applied around the entire eye area.

Matrix 6 as with all other OZ Naturals products are proudly “MADE IN THE USA” in a state of the art FDA registered facility, OZ Naturals formulates some of the most effective anti-aging products on the market. It retails via Amazon between $19.95 – $21.49.

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MY THOUGHTS: This is a slightly opaque gel that quickly absorbs into the skin. Apart from its quick absorption into the skin, I like that it does not irritate my eyes and that it can be used on all eye areas. This is a plus as many eye gel, creams or serums are limited to the under eye area. Being able to use a product on the lids and around the eye in general will be beneficial as lid skin thins and is prone to wrinkles and the other area lines in addition to wrinkles. After using for the past two weeks I have also noticed that my dark circles are diminishing even more. I can go make up free without worrying about my dark circles being obvious. Matrix 6 has become one of my favorite eye ‘skin care’ products.

 

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Disclaimer: These products received from OZ Naturals and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, image, benefits and ingredients were adapted from information provided by OZ Naturals.

 

SOLVADERM EYEVAGE Age-defying Eye Cream REVIEW

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Eyevage is a multi-action age-defying cream developed by leading dermatologists to address the varied and complex issues that most commonly affect mature skin in the eye area. Concentrated anti-aging serum penetrates quickly to improve micro-circulation in the under-eye zone and lighten unsightly dark circles. Advanced firming complex is infused with healing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to minimize puffiness and render skin better protected from environmental damage and oxidative stress. Ultra-conditioning moisturizers provide intensive skin-softening hydration and work to banish fine lines and wrinkles. Revitalizes and invigorates the entire eye contour to make it appear visibly brighter, captivatingly radiant, and radically younger-looking. Eyevage Anti-Aging Eye Rejuvenation Treatment retails for $74.99 and is available in 0.5 oz / 15 ml.

Eyevage is a clinically perfected eye rejuvenation treatment that works wonders on mature or problem skin. This quick-absorbing cream glides on with ease and has the following benefits:
1. Improves micro-circulation in capillaries to mobilize accumulated fluid, improve brightness and luminosity, and lighten discoloration and dark circles
2. Acts as a potent anti-inflammatory to minimize the appearance and severity of puffiness and bags
3. Deeply moisturizers and plumps up eye area skin to reduce the visibility of multiple signs of skin aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet
4. Exerts a significant firming and tightening effect to improve elasticity, lift and tone skin, and correct skin sagging
5. Protects skin with extraordinary antioxidants that neutralize harmful compounds such as free radicals that can cause damage and age-related skin changes
6. Quenches delicate eye area skin prone to dehydration with nutrient-infused conditioners to make it smoother, softer, and healthier

KEY PLAYERS IN EYEVAGE:
Phytonadione – This skin-perfecting form of vitamin K accelerates healing and repair. It has the unique ability to fade and lessen the severity of bruising, which makes it an effective solution for dark circles. In addition to correcting discoloration in the area beneath the eyes, it boosts elasticity to enhance firmness and tone while inhibiting the formation of wrinkles.

Arnica Montana Extract – An all-natural botanical extract, arnica montana supplements the restorative properties of vitamin K. It is a skin-calming anti-inflammatory that directly targets tissues in the eye area to help eliminate puffiness, swelling, and unsightly bags. This key ingredient also accelerates skin’s natural recovery and renewal process following exposure to a variety of potentially damaging environmental stressors.

Oxido Reductases – Are active enzymes that promote vigorous antioxidant activity to preserve overall health and combat the numerous cellular changes that contribute to skin aging around the eye. Antioxidants limit the amount of oxidative stress placed on skin to minimize or prevent damage due to exposure to harmful free radicals found in the environment.

Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein and Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein – This peptide complex enhances micro-circulation in the skin surrounding the eye. This duo corrects the inadequate circulation in and leakage from skin capillaries, which can cause the development of dark circles in the sensitive under-eye area. 

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – This is a luxurious emollient with quick-absorbing properties. Non-irritating and suitable for all skin types, jojoba seed oil provides hydration to dry skin and also enhances the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture. Its therapeutic compounds soothe and calm irritation and inflammation.

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil – Rich in nutritive fatty acids, this botanical oil helps fortify skin with a protective barrier that seals in moisture. Apricot kernel oil is also packed with vitamins and antioxidants that defend skin against environmental damage and structural degradation due to exposure to free radicals. This all-natural extract promotes optimal overall skin health.

Squalane – This moisturizing extract has a silky, non-oily texture that will not clog pores. A highly effective skin-balancing compound thought to destroy blemish-causing bacteria, squalane provides intense hydration to leave skin dewy and soft. Its ability to penetrate deeply into skin is what gives squalane its wrinkle-fighting and line-banishing effects.

Hyaluronic Acid – A highly sought after skincare ingredient, hyaluronic acid is an ultra-light hydrating compound that actually helps to restore skin’s youthful composition and properties. Thanks to its plumping and softening effects, hyaluronic acid can make skin suppler, perfect its texture, and combat fine lines and sagging.

Eriobotrya Japonica Extract – A nutrient-rich, fruit-based balm, eriobotrya japonica extract is packed with anti-aging antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can fight the unsightly puffiness and swelling seen in under-eye bags. Its ability to boost the body’s natural production of skin-plumping, firming, and softening hyaluronic acid also makes this key component of the Eyevage formulation a remarkable skin rejuvenator.

DIRECTIONS: After washing your face, use a pea-sized amount and dab around each eye, following the orbital bone (eye socket). Apply morning and before bed every day to protect, nourish and maintain hydration.

MY THOUGHTS: I have been using Eyevage twice daily for the past few weeks. I like that it absorbs easily into the skin and although has a number of oils in it did not leave any greasy residue. It smells great almost like very expensive skincare products. I must say that the dark circles under my left eye does look a bit lighter and I will have to definitely use this until it is finished. I am a fan of Solvaderm and am willing to see the product through to the end in order to verify that the claims are true. Although Solvaderm is not on the cheap side I think the products are worth the investment.

 

 Here is a quick YouTube video of Eyevage.

 

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Disclaimer: These products received from Solvaderm Skincare and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, image, benefits and ingredients were adapted or taken from information provided by  Solvaderm Skincare.

Solvaderm Skincare: Stemuderm Anti-Wrinkle Treatment [Review]


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Stemuderm is a concentrated anti-aging solution that addresses all of the troublesome signs of skin aging to literally banish fine lines and restore skin’s youthful properties. Dermatological treatment infused with powerful wrinkle-fighting peptides that inhibit muscle contractions to prevent the formation of furrows and creases. Skin-firming complex increases collagen synthesis to enhance elasticity and perfect tone. Revitalizing formula infused with a proven stem cell complex that can delay skin aging and encourage regeneration and repair. Advanced blend of moisturizers quench and soften skin while providing a plumping effect to fill in surface irregularities. Skin appears ageless and feels velvety smooth.

BENEFITS: The following revitalizing properties of Stemuderm make it an advantageous addition to any anti-aging skincare regimen:
1. Targets facial muscles to reduce repetitive contractions and movements that place stress on skin and keep muscles in a relaxed state to prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles.
2. Stimulates the refortification of the extracellular matrix by boosting the synthesis of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to radically improve skin’s firmness, smoothness, and fullness.
3. Dramatically reduces the volume and depth of fine lines around the eyes, forehead wrinkles, laugh lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
4. Protects and preserves skin with a stem cell therapy complex that delays cellular senescence and accelerates skin healing and repair.
5. Pampers skin with moisturizers and nutritive conditioners to reverse age-related losses in hydration and noticeably improve texture and softness.

 KEY PLAYERS IN STEMUDERM:
1. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8: This polypeptide made up of naturally occurring amino acids has powerful wrinkle-reducing capabilities.  This is similar to ingredient described in #3 below. 

2. Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate: Also known as SYN-AKE™, acts in a similar manner as the venom from a snake called the Temple Viper. This Stemuderm ingredient, however, is completely safe and contains no poisons nor is it toxic. SYN-AKE™ relaxes facial muscles, which makes it particularly effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle contractions. Syn-ake and similar products are very popular in Korea beauty products especially sheet masks. 

3. Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-1: Disrupts the proteins (primarily the neurotransmitter acetylcholine) that carry messages and interrupt the pathway that leads to muscle contractions. This helps keep muscles in a relaxed state, which can have dramatic wrinkle-reducing and wrinkle-preventing effects. This ingredient is also known as SNAP-8 (not proprietary to Solvaderm).

4. Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: The primary benefit of this peptide is its ability to increase skin’s elasticity and make it stronger so it is better able to withstand stress and resist damage; contains a matrikine, a type of compound that has the astonishing ability to stimulate the repair and renewal of the extracellular matrix. It optimizes collagen synthesis and promotes complete skin revitalization to improve its overall appearance and tone. 

5. Pentapeptide-3 & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 3000): This key Stemuderm ingredient composed of polypeptides has two matrikines that stimulate the production of elastin, hyaluronic acid, and collagen, all of which are found in abundance in youthful, smooth, firm skin. Here is a very informative blog post on peptides in skin care including Matrixyl 3000 

6. Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture: The vital component of this rejuvenating serum is stem cells taken from an extremely rare apple found in Switzerland. Studies have shown these apple cells can protect the stem cells found in human skin, which play a key role in healing and repair. The skin stem cell serum in Stemuderm can combat skin aging, extend the life cycle of vital cells, and make skin appear more youthful. In a scientific study, 100 percent of participants showed a noticeable reduction in wrinkle depth after just 28 days.

7. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: This non-greasy ingredient can help curb excess oil production, clear clogged pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and make skin softer and suppler.

8. Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil: This moisturizer is light-weight, velvety in  texture and does not cause the skin to feel greasy. This silky oil has many benefits for all types of skin. It hydrates, assists in promoting optimal moisture balance, is believed to have a firming and toning effect, and also helps relieve inflammation and irritation.

9. Squalane: Squalane is an extract found in olive oil that can noticeably improve the texture and appearance of skin. Squalane not only helps hydrate skin, but also locks in moisture to keep it looking smooth and feeling soft and makes fine lines less noticeable.

10. Hyaluronic Acid: One of the most powerful moisturizers used in skincare products. Hyaluronic acid has a plumping effect, which helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also improves the look and texture of skin by making it appear smoother and more even.

HOW TO USE: After cleansing and toning, apply to a small amount to face, neck and décolleté focusing on lines and wrinkled areas. Apply twice daily in the morning and night. It is advised to use every other day for the first week and twice daily thereafter.

Stemuderm is paraben and fragrance free. This Anti-Wrinkle Dermatological Professional Strength Treatment retails for $79.99 (1.7 oz / 50 ml).

MY THOUGHTS:  It absorbs well and does not leave a residue. I have been using it twice daily for a few weeks so that I can give an honest review of its efficacy. While I have enjoyed using it so far and trust that it will improve my skin overall and I will see a reduction in my wrinkles and fine lines. I would prefer to use it longer. You can find about more about the clinical and scientific research on the product page.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Solvaderm Skincare and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, image, benefits and ingredients were adapted or taken from information provided by  Solvaderm Skincare.