October 14, 2016


 image property of Fabfitfun

Happy Friday gorgeous readers! My long time subscribers know that I usually find brands to collaborate with for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in honor of my aunt Olympia, however, this year my time is limited and I have not had a chance to keep up with all my usual blog activities. Still, I could not let October pass by without posting some beneficial info on BC prevention so below you will find tips and advice for yourself and to share with all the women in your life. In addition, the subscription beauty box brand, FabFitFun, did an awesome job of detailing Think Pink products where your purchase will help raise money for the cure. I'm adding that link below so please make sure you visit Fabfitfun and buy a pink item because it's for a great cause! Share this link with your friends so they can stay informed. Enjoy your weekend! Stay beautiful! XOXO

More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests. In this section you can learn how to help lower your chances of getting cancer, plus what screening tests the American Cancer Society recommends, and when. Can breast cancer be prevented? There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things all women can do that might reduce their risk and help increase the odds that if cancer does occur, it will be found at an early, more treatable stage. The information here is provided by the American Cancer Society.

Lowering your risk: You can lower your risk of breast cancer by changing those risk factors that can be changed. Body weight, physical activity, and diet have all been linked to breast cancer, so these might be areas where you can take action. Both increased body weight and weight gain as an adult are linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause. Alcohol also increases risk of breast cancer. Even low levels of alcohol intake have been linked with an increase in risk. Many studies have shown that moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked with lower breast cancer risk. A diet that is rich in vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products has also been linked with a lower risk of breast cancer in some studies. But it is not clear if specific vegetables, fruits, or other foods can lower risk. Most studies have not found that lowering fat intake has much of an effect on breast cancer risk. At this time, the best advice about diet and activity to possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer is to:

Get regular physical activity
Reduce weight gain
Avoid alcohol intake

Women who choose to breastfeed for at least several months may also get an added benefit of reducing their breast cancer risk. Not using hormone therapy after menopause can help you avoid raising your risk. It’s not clear at this time if environmental chemicals that have estrogen-like properties (like those found in some plastic bottles or certain cosmetics and personal care products) increase breast cancer risk. If there is an increased risk, it is likely to be very small. Still, women who are concerned may choose to avoid products that contain these substances when possible.

If you are a woman at increased risk for breast cancer (for example, because you have a strong family history of breast cancer, a known genetic mutation of a BRCA gene, or you have had DCIS, LCIS, or biopsies that have shown pre-cancerous changes), there may be some things you can do to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer. Before deciding which, if any, of these may be right for you, talk with your doctor to understand your risk and how much any of these approaches might lower this risk. Many women may have relatives with breast cancer, but in most cases this is not the result of BRCA gene mutations. Genetic testing for these mutations can be expensive and the results are often not clear cut. Testing can have a wide range of consequences that need to be considered. It should only be done when there is a reasonable suspicion that a mutation may be present The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that only women with a strong family history be evaluated for genetic testing for BRCA mutations. This group represents only about 2% of adult women in the United States. The USPSTF recommends that women who are not of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish heritage should be referred for genetic evaluation if they have any of the following:

2 first-degree relatives (mother, sisters, daughters) with breast cancer, one of whom was
 diagnosed when they were younger than 50

3 or more first- or second-degree relatives (includes grandmothers, aunts)
 diagnosed with breast cancer

Both breast and ovarian cancer among first- and second-degree relatives 

A first-degree relative diagnosed with cancer in both breasts

2 or more first- or second-degree relatives diagnosed with ovarian cancer

A male relative with breast cancer

Women of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish heritage should be referred for 
genetic evaluation if they have:

A first-degree relative with breast or ovarian cancer 
2 second-degree relatives on the same side of the family with breast or ovarian cancer 

Other medical groups have different guidelines for referral for genetic risk evaluation that your doctor may follow. For example, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines advise referring women 60 and under who have triple negative breast cancer. If you are considering genetic testing, it is strongly recommended that you talk first to a genetic counselor, nurse, or doctor qualified to explain and interpret the results of these tests. It is very important to understand what genetic testing can and can't tell you, and to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of testing before these tests are done. Testing is expensive and may not be covered by some health insurance plans. Most cancer centers employ a genetic counselor who will assess your risk of carrying a mutated BRCA gene, explain the risks and benefits of testing, and check with your insurance company to see if they will cover the test. See more at links below.

Visit: FABFITFUN for details on BCA products

October 12, 2016


*product was sent to me for my consideration, my review is genuine and my own opinion*

Hello gorgeous readers! Valentia has introduced yet another fabulous item into their growing line of cruelty-free, organic and skin-befitting product collection, the Night Revive Retinol Serum. When you are done reading this review, please feel free to search the sidebar for my past Valentia reviews, under skin products, moisturizers and serums. I promise, once you try this luxurious, yet affordable brand, inspired by the Roman Goddess of healing, you will become an instant fan. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

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. Cruelty-Free.

Formula: Night Revive serum is fluid, creamy and glides on effortlessly with maximum absorption so it works in conjunction with layering on multiple products. Key ingredients are Retinol, Vit. A, to help stop wrinkles on a cellular level, manage breakouts and even out skin-tone. Vitamin C helps to protect against free radicals and premature aging, Vitamin E for intense hydration and combating the drying effects of retinol, and Squalene, made from pure olive oil, makes skin feel softer. After two weeks of use, my skin feels softer and moisturized. In addition to all the beneficial aspects of the serum, I did not experience breakout's, irritation or burning sensation. My skin type is sensitive so a gentle, yet effective product is a must for me. Rest assured that Valentia is suitable for all skin-types and skin-tones, allowing all women to find something that meets their individual skincare needs. Visit the links below to purchase Night Revive Serum and afterwards browse through the brand's social media pages to learn more about their products and mission.

Availability: Valentia, Amazon, Night Revive Serum,  $35

October 6, 2016


 *product was sent to me as part of an Influenster campaign*

Hello gorgeous readers! Today's review is for Make Up Forever Ultra Definition Foundation and Invisible Cover Stick, sent to me from MUF and Influenster. I was greatly surprised that both products match my pale skin-tone perfectly. The shades you see here are Alabaster Y205 for the liquid makeup and Marble 117=Y225 for the concealer stick. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

 Developed specifically for the film and TV industry's most advanced technology, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion—in and out of the spotlight. Invisible under the latest, super-focused 4k lens, this revolutionary foundation features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin. This formula leaves your complexion with the same flawless results that you’d achieve with a flat foundation brush in a tap and stretch motion. It contains hyaluronic spheres to ensure comfortable wear on all normal, dry and combination skin types, and it lasts all day.

shade alabaster Y205

 Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation creates a flawless complexion on camera, and to the naked eye.The revolutionary foundation contains amino acid coated pigments that provide medium-to-full coverage with a lightweight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin. It leaves a natural-looking, radiant finish, and it’s formulated with hyaluronic spheres for time-released hydration that is perfect for normal to dry skin. Ideal for foundation touch-ups and contouring, it can be applied at home or on-the-go for a flawless complexion. 

shade Marble 117-Y225

Formula: The foundation is very fluid and lightweight with a semi-sheer finish. Coverage is light to medium, however, it's buildable since it does not cake. If you have severely blemished skin, this may not provide you with the coverage you desire. The wear time is a good six hours that can be extended with a decent primer and setting spray -- which I highly recommend. I love that it absolutely feels naked on the skin and does not settle into fine lines or cake up. Alabaster Y205 is perfect for fair skin-tones or with a yellow base. There are no red/beige or dirty yellow pigments, it's more on the neutral side. HD foundation makes your skin look natural and fresh. Invisible Color Stick, is perfect for concealing, contouring and covering up little pesky flaws. The formula is also lightweight, creamy and non-caking. Also, it has more coverage than the fluid foundation. The shade, Marble 117=Y225, is slightly darker than the Alabaster but the most suitable one for pale skin-tones as it also does not have any beige pigments. It's a big, fat stick that can be carried around for convenience in a little clutch or purse for easy touch-ups. I rolled the stick all the way to the top so you can see the full amount of product that you will get and it will last you a long time because one little dab is enough to cover a few areas. If you're not into heavy make-up, you will love MUF ultra definition collection.

Get Social! Twitter: #UltraHDGeneration
"Thank you Make Up For Ever for the Ultra HD to try!" 
Availability: Make Up For Ever Sephora, Foundation $43 Stick, $43
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