Valencia Revitalizing Serum Review!

Hello Beauties!

I was approached by Valentia to review their Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum. I was pretty excited as I’d never heard of the brand before and was interested in their products. I quickly learned that Valentia is all about bringing the best organic and natural ingredients into your skin care products, thus giving you the best results. There has been a major revolution in the beauty industry to make organic cosmetics and skin products more available to the masses. I’ve recently delved into this world of non-chemical face washes and moisturizers, and I’ve been very pleased with the results! Honestly, it all makes sense: Your skin soaks up what you put on it, so why kill it with chemicals?

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On to the actual product. First impression was that it was a small bottle, but knowing that higher-end products are normally very potent and don’t need to be in giant amounts, this didn’t phase me. The label is very simple and elegant, well advertising ingredients like Gotu Kola and Argan Oil that help to erase scars and help skin maintain its elasticity.

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The product comes out of a pump (I prefer this) and has a creamy consistency to it. It smells absolutely beautiful, and when applied it spreads out and sinks into the skin very quickly, so there really no need to use a lot of the stuff.

While this product seems to be marketed to an older audience, as it helps reduce wrinkles, a lot of its properties are perfect for younger skin as well. Helping correct skin tone is definitely appealing to those who suffer from acne scarring, and it deeply moisturizes skin for those who suffer from intense dry patches. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to jump on the anti-wrinkle train early!

Personally, I’d recommend this to anyone who suffers from acne, dryness, fine lines, or possibly combination skin. I’ve gotten the oily side to my skin under control so I’m not sure how it would react with people who suffer from extreme acne, but I was not affected by the deep moisturizing properties. I would apply it at night after my cleanser but before my moisturizer. I’m excited to see the long term results, but for now I’m happy!

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Thanks for reading guys! I’d strongly recommend reading into the company– it’s completely run by women and is totally vegan!

*This was a sponsored post by Valentia and conducted through BrandBacker. All of my opinions on this product are completely my own.

Look out for an Italy Trip Post as well as a REVISED Skincare Routine!

What a Teenage Girl Wants for Christmas, From the Perspective of a Teenage Girl

We’re confusing things, I’ll admit it. Unless I so much as blatantly point it out, I have no clue what I’m getting for the holidays. While everyone and their potato chip is writing about gifts for him and gifts for her, I’m gonna tell you 10 Things A Teenage Girl Wants (present wise).

1. Fuzzy Socks: Highest priority, no doubt about it.DSC_0022

2. A gift package from the Body Shop, preferably in her favorite scent, which you should know by now.

3. Gift Cards from Forever 21, Lulu Lemon (I’ve heard, not a fan myself), and American Eagle. She will adore you.DSC_0025

4. Literally anything from Lush

5. A scented candle from Anthropology– We don’t like to let others know that we’re stinky…

6. A new iPhone case. Or a new iPhone. Or honestly just an iTunes Gift Card.DSC_0029

7. A boy, preferably (but not limited to) a teenage one, with happy eyes and a drop-dead gorgeous smile.

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8. Or a girl, depending on the person and their preferences.rs_1024x698-150223155815-1024-jennifer-lawrence-dior-campaign.jw.22315

9. A Starbucks gift card— I don’t actually go there or even drink coffee, but shout out for those that do! *EXCEPTION*: DO NOT get her this if she is openly, and for whatever reason, against the new Red Cups. I don’t get it either, but I’m saving you from a world of hurt here.

10. Whoever you are in her life– A significant other, a parent, a friend– Just show her that you love her. That’s the best gift that she could ever get this year, especially if she’s a stressed-out senior. Just show her you care.DSC_0011

 

Until next time…

Marin

Get The Look: Hepburn Edition

Hello Beauties!

In the last post, we reflected on going back in time to a more peaceful place. For both Marin and I it has been a very hectic week. Now it’s time to organize and unwind.

How about we go back in time with a vintage-glamour inspired casual look?

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This look is perfect for some quick day trips or an outing, and not so heavy you want to take it off as soon as you get home. Not only does it look fairly natural, it has a subtle sleekness. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn and the pure elegance of the decades past, this look is achievable for all.

To begin, I applied Marin’s go-to BB cream with my (CLEAN) fingers. A BB or CC cream is the best product to use when doing something so simple. Not only is it light and hydrating, it gives just the right amount of coverage. Airbrushed skin is not a casual look!

Next I applied some concealer with a beauty sponge to her current problem areas. Common problems being redness and our most beloved stubborn pimples. When applying do not do so heavily. We don’t want a flat, uniform face, but it’s good to even it out overall.

After finishing the base I moved to the eyes. Using a cream-colored, slightly shimmering shadow, I applied it all over the lid and below the brows. Next take a cool, easily blend-able brown and work it into two thirds of the crease and bring it below the eye. Only to right before the inner corner. Now take a shimmering pink and apply it to the center of the lids. Complete the shadow base with a highlight in the inner corner. To line, I used a light black liquid liner. You do not have to use liquid! It smells fear! I applied a very, very thin line with a small flick that complimented her eye and brought in more of the vintage feel. Do whatever you are most comfortable with. Now finish off with your best lengthening mascara.

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Apply highlighter to your cheek bones, forehead, chin, brow bone and nose. We’re mainly strobing here. Use a blush not on the apples of your cheek, but the sides and work up towards the temple. This is how blush was applied a lot of the time in the 50’s.

Brows. Long, boxy, and sleek. Aubrey Hepburn it. I suggest using a very thin brow pencil do achieve this look.

To finish off, wear a light, rose-y tinted lip balm. Natural and hydrating!

I hope you all have fun with this look. Go curl up with some hot chocolate and relax.

Pies, Photos, and Polish Polka,

Avery

Going Back In Time

Hello Beauties!

Recently I’ve noticed that I’ve been completely involved in everything. Whether it’s been school, college, or friend related, I’ve been constantly going. I feel like I’m always working, and when I’m not doing that, I’m just waiting for the next person to text me. I think because of this I’ve been unnecessarily stressed, and I’ve forgotten that this blog is a place for me to destress while connecting with all of you! I love seeing your comments and talking to you guys. It makes me feel so much closer to you!

So let’s all just take a moment, calm down, and be transported back to our favorite place. For me, there is a certain song that reminds me of this moment. Maybe it’s the feeling of wind or the sound of the ocean? Whatever it is, take a moment and reflect.

Now, let’s get into the post.

I was going to talk about Homecoming and share photos and all of that, but you’ve already read it before, so I decided to share this little day trip my mom took me on the last weekend of summer. We went to South Haven, a cute little beach town in Michigan, where we shopped, swam, and read. I couldn’t have come up with a better way to end my summer, so I took photos as to not forget it. Obviously.
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I got the best ice cream known to man. I always get it when I visit…

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… And we went resale shopping where I spent 20 minutes reading old love letters on postcards…

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… Then we went and read on the beach, which couldn’t have been more relaxing except for the Frat boys in the cottage near us…

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… And we finished at our favorite Italian restaurant, Maria’s, where they always seem to run out of tomato sauce and bread sticks. The cannoli was great though!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment and remember your favorite moment. Jot some things down and really focus on the details. It’s like taking you back in time. Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin

IT’S AUTUMN OOTD!

Hello Beauties!

FALL IS HERE! As you can tell, I love Fall. I love the colors and the weather and the sweaters and hot chocolate. I’m a huge fan of Fall. Fall is life. Fall is everything. Autumn is a great word too. Pre-Winter is kinda ominous. Anyways here is my short, and constructive, OOTD for this week!

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For this outfit I wore my H&M knit tights under my favorite PacSun high-waisted shorts. This Autumn will have tons of knee-high socks with dresses and shorts with leggings, which are two things I’m very excited to incorporate into my wardrobe. I grabbed this little bunny-rabbit shirt at the thrift store (it says it’s from H&M) and I finished it off with this mustard sweater from Target as a statement piece. My advice for shoes is to keep ’em simple. I paired my favorite brown heels with this outfit! Quick sidetrack: Lately I’ve been having knee issues so I’m wearing a lot of supportive shoes but when it comes to heels, if you get nice sturdy ones, they won’t really bug me. I guess I felt you should know that. No clue why, it happened. Let’s move on.

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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin