September 26, 2016


*product was sent to me as part of a SCENTBIRD ambassador campaign*

Hello gorgeous readers! So sorry for being Missing-In-Action as of late. My life is erratic right now -- to say the least. And can you believe that autumn is already here! Hello pumpkin spice season! Today I'm excited to bring you a review for my pick of the month selection of SCENTBIRD perfum, Lisa Hoffman Japanese Agarwood. You can receive a FREE month's subscription with my link below this post (availability section). Each fat vial contains a full month supply of perfume and the cases are interchangeable so you can change atomizers to match your current color mood of the day. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

vial larger than it appears, contains a full 30 day supply of perfume

Zesty, warm, and invigorating. 
Woody agarwood surrounded by bergamot, 
spiced ginger, amber, and cedarwood. 
Arouses clarity and zen.

Opinion/Japanese Agarwood: I absolutely love this scent! It's different and yet it is slightly reminiscent of Tom Ford Portofino Neroli, which is another scent I adore. I would classify this as an oriental floral type, however, the spice is not overpowering here. Japanese Agarwood is warm, subtley zesty and the dry down is on the woodsy side. You get the sense of having just stepped out of the shower and your skin is enveloped in a soapy fresh fragrance. You can also describe this as one of those more traditional European types of citrus cologne waters, much like the old fashioned toilette's that are sold in artisan chemist shops. I can easily see this as being my new signature perfume. Agarwood is alluring, mysterious, soft, sensuous and I seriously cannot stop sniffing it on my wrists. The wear time is about four to five hours so you'll need an occasional spritz to revive the scent, although it lingers close to the skin even if it's not apparent to others. Click link below and receive a complimentary month with a $14.99 monthly fee thereafter.

Availability: SCENTBIRD, FREE MONTH (click link) $14.99 monthly sub

August 30, 2016


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

Hello gorgeous readers! Up for review today is another fabulous product from the brand that is inspired by -- and named after -- the Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, whom nurtured and healed citizens using herbs and berries. New! Pure Glow Moisturizer is suitable for all skin types and formulated using only natural and organic ingredients. Some key ingredients in the formulation are Kojic acid, Shea butter, ginseng, hyaluronic acid and safflower oil. And of course, Valentia products are always cruelty-free. Read my thoughts on Pure Glow below and feel free to browse the brand's website, as well as shop for the full line at Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer - A lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration. This Brightening Moisturizer Will: Lighten dark spots, Restore skin radiance, Even skin tone, Diminish fine lines, Provide all-day hydration

Formula: Pure Glow has a creamy, fluid consistency that absorbs quickly without any greasy residue. It leaves a semi-matte finish that can be applied day or night over serum and foundation without any interference. The botanical hyaluronic acid and shea butter ingredients in the cream made my skin feel super hydrated and refreshed. The anti-oxidants, vitamins and kojic acid promise to even out skin-tone over time, while ginseng works to boost collagen and firm skin. Plus, you get your money's worth with a generous 4 ounce bottle that dispenses the right amount of product using a mess-free pump mechanism. My skin has a tendency to become rather dry so this moisturizer is a blessing and I feel satisfied knowing that all natural, organic and cruelty-free ingredients are being applied on my body. Valentia products come with a full lifetime guarantee that enables you to have the confidence you need when purchasing from the collection. I highly recommend you try the brand for yourself if you have not already. So far I've tested out just about the complete line of products and they never fail to impress me. Visit the links below to discover the world of Ancient Roman healing in a modern world today.


Availability: Valentia, Amazon, Pure Glow, $25, 4 oz

August 26, 2016


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

Hello gorgeous readers! Recently I was invited to test out an award winning British skincare brand -- one loved by top beauty editor's, such as ELLE magazine. ARK Age Aware Skincare Collection is unique as it treats specific skin issues by age group -- teens-20's/30's-40's/ 50's and up -- in order to ensure that women receive targeted individual care. The reason that you need certain formulas at different stages of aging is to compensate for hormonal shifts in body functions. The brand sent over two full size products from the thirties range, Age Defend Moisturizer and Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque. I have been using the set for over a week now and am ready to share my thoughts, so read more about it below. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

ARK Skincare products uniquely treat skin at every age providing a daily skin regimen that protects, defends, and defys. Created in England, ARK Skincare products deliver professional, salon grade results using the most innovative natural formulations. The result is a highly effective personalized skincare regime for every individual.

easy push top dispenser

Formula: Age Defend Moisturizer: A perfect regime to start in your 30's to 40's, the lightweight moisturizer infuses skin with essential nutrients as well as offering antioxidant protection. This is the stage when fine lines and wrinkles begin to surface, plus throw stress factors into the mix, and you have the ideal time to take proactive steps in order to maintain youthful beauty. Age Defend absorbs quickly without pilling so there's no issue layering over serum or under foundation. I also love the semi-glow finish which makes my skin radiate and appear healthy all day. This is important for me since my skin tends to be on the dry side. Also, my skin becomes red and Age Defend helped to alleviate this issue. Another side note, the jar contains a touch pad that allows you to control how much product is dispensed without a mess. My results so far have been hydrated and nourished skin without any irritations or breakouts.  

Skin Pefector Hydration Masque: This luxurious masque is a combination of a light gel and a creamy lotion with a slight oil finish. This is due to the sugar beet and Abyssinian oil in the formula that restores skin to it's youthfulness. Only a thin layer is needed to cover the entire face and neck area. While it's on the pricey side, you'll get your money's worth since it's a pretty large tube. Skin Perfector drenches skin with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin E, for radiant, smooth skin and protection against water loss. I love that this made my skin feel wonderfully relaxed and moisturized. The duration of the masque can be utilized in different ways. For instance, leave it on 10, 20 minutes or for more mature skin, or it can be left on overnight then rinsed off in the morning. I have had an enjoyable experience with ARK Age Aware and would recommend my readers to try it for themselves. Lastly, the collection is made with natural ingredients and when you sign up for a newsletter, you'll receive 20% off a purchase. Discover more at the brand's website linked below.

Learn more at ARK SKINCARE
Availability: ARK SKINCARE Age Defend, $70 1.7 oz, Skin Masque, $70, 2.5 oz
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