Thursday, November 17, 2016

Valentia Retinol Serum [ review ]

About the Product (as per Valentia):
Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum - A transformative retinol serum that fights wrinkles and provides hydration, for visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin.

This Retinol Serum Will:
- Diminishes wrinkles
- Stimulates collagen
- Improves skin tone
- Manages breakouts
- Conditions skin

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.


- Retinol (Vitamin A): Works at the cellular level to stop winkles, manage breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration.

- Vitamin C: Guards skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging.

- Vitamin E: Provides intense hydration to diminish the drying effects of retinol.

- Squalane: Derived for pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.

My Review:

Valencia products can never do me wrong. I usually never have any complaints about it. This time I am coming to you with a serum. This may be the last product I will be reviewing from this company. I haven't seen myself draw to the 'Valentia' products when I have A LOT of other skincare products on my vanity (just to be very honest). However, if you do want an inexpensive option, these products are very much the products to use. With their natural ingredients and catering to sensitive skin you cannot go wrong. Best part, it is cruelty FREE!!

The serum itself looks very milky and is really fluid in texture. Leaves your skin very supple and moisturized. It is not thick on your skin but a perfect layer underneath your moisturizer. It is a good product, I can't complain. It makes my skin smooth and soft after application.

As for long term results, I'm not sure if I saw a huge difference or even any.

If you are interested see the website here
& you can also purchase it on amazon!


Products have been sent to me by Valentia however, words are 100% my own

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Etude House - Any Cushion Cream Filter [REVIEW]

The cushion hype is real and it's not going away any time soon because they're coming out with more and MORE products! Today I will be giving you a short review about the new 'Any Cushion Cream Filter.' What is different about this one is the packaging. It is not your average sponge with bb cream infused it but there is a netting on top giving you the perfect amount for each application. The sponge may give you an uneven distribution on the product but with the netting it gives you a even thing layer of product.

Now first off, how CUTE is the packaging. It's now a lot more sleek and compact than previous cushions but has the same amount of product. Also, it's PINK!

They did make a make up brush just for this product and it reminds me of the Real Technique contour brush from their metals collection. The brush is very dense but very soft!

  • Natural look
    • light to medium coverage giving you the "I woke up like this" look
  • Has more shades
    • I got the darkest shade "tan" and it works pretty well with my skin tone
  • Dewy finish
    • I have dry skin so this formulation is perfect for me - no dry patches
  • Lightweight
    • you can't even feel it on your face
  • Brush helps with coverage
  • Those sensitive to smell, may not like this product. It has a heavy floral scent to it
    • but me personally I love the smell
  • Light to medium coverage
    • again, this maybe a con to some people wanting a full coverage bb cream
  • Leaves sticky texture
    • I'm sure this is how it gives you that dewy look but it's too much for me.
  • Product transfer
    • this product does transfer on to things, so avoid hugging those with white shirts lol
  • Not sure how it's going to be one the product starts running out. At least with the sponge we would flip it over to get more product, but I'm not sure about the new one. Not sure how we will be able to utilize everything single drop of it's goodness. 
  • It does need time to oxidize 
    • meaning, you will have this white/grayish tint that will eventually go away and blend into your skin tone. 
Overall I give this product 4 out of 5 stars. The formulation can be better in terms of stickiness but I guess you can't help it if you want that dewy finish. I wish the coverage was a tiny bit better than what it is now but I can't complain to much.

Would I re-purchase this? MAYBE. This seems first of it's kind in terms of "packaging" next to the Missha one, so I can only see room for improvement, but I am happy with this product! 

Watch Demo video here

Blends out really well!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

[FROM GRACE WITH STYLE] - Collaboration with Veronique Idea Corp [LYDIA & GRACE]

From Grace With Style*
LYDIA & GRACE - Collab with Veronique Idea Corp
*more info on 'From Grace With Style click here

Our lovely photographer Elena : FLICKR HERE

All jewelry pieces were provided by Veronique Idea Corp.

I had an awesome time doing this photoshoot with these lovely ladies. Although the weather wasn't prime weather, we some how made it work! I learned a lot of things from these girls during this photoshoot. From their faith to what they look for in a guy. I was reminded how important it is to line my goals and vision with God's and that during the times I really can't figure out which direction to go, all I have to do is to really cling on to God and give my entire life to Him and let Him lead me. It was an inspirational weekend. God has given these girls so much talent and I can't wait to see what's next!

On Grace:
Top: Primark
Dress: Primkar
Hat: Top Shop
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Accessories: Veronique Idea Corp 

On Lydia:
Top: Banana republic
Shoes: Top Shop
Accessories: Veronique Idea Corp

On Elena:
Scarf: _______
Jacket: Thrifted
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Steve Madden
Sweater: Forever21

On Lydia:

 On Grace
Shirt: Club Monoco
Tank: Primark
Pants: Banana Republic
Sunnies: ZeroUV
Jewelry: Veronique Idea Corp

On Elena
Earrings: Veronique Idea Corp

Check out more of our photos HERE


Straggler pictures from my own camera