Review: Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

I’m glad Valentia seems to like me as much as I like their products – it’s easy to review what they send because it’s so hard to find something I don’t like!

I try to use a moisturizer every day, especially after learning my great great Aunt’s secret to pretty amazing skin at 100+ years old was Pond’s cream. That said, I notice that my skin has slightly different requirements as the seasons start to change. Joe and I seem to get out and about more often in the Fall, whether we’re climbing dunes, bar-hopping, or sitting around a bonfire for hours; so I need a moisturizer that can stand up to all of that chilly, blowy air!

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The consistency of the moisturizer had me a bit worried at first; it seemed like it would be greasier than I prefer, but it soaked right into my skin and didn’t feel greasy at all, phew. It’s been working well as primer for powder foundation (on the somewhat rare occasion that I use that…) – but I’ve also found myself wearing no foundation at all more frequently! Which I guess isn’t really that crazy for me, but still.

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The main ingredients in this moisturizer are:

  • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize, support skin elasticity, and plump skin from within.
  • Kojic Acid to control melanin production and prevent dark spots.
  • Ginseng to boost skin firming collagen, fight wrinkles, and give the skin a brighter and more energized look.
  • Safflower Oil that repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provides superior skin protection.
  • Shea Butter that infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.

It should go without saying , but I also like knowing I can feel good about putting Valentia products onto my skin. 🙂

Oh, and did I mention I have a discount code for you!? Use code MRNJMRV3 for 20% off of your purchase on Valentia’s website! I still use the Detox mask at least once a week – definitely my favorite product, but everything is fab <3 (ps, the code expires Nov 11.) Treat yo’self!

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Review: Farmacy Honey Potion – Hydrating Mask

Very rarely have I gotten Joe involved in blog-related shenanigans, but a couple weeks ago we had fun filming a video “review” of Farmacy’s Honey Potion hydrating mask! I always appreciate having a reason to break out the nice camera 😉

Review: Farmacy Honey Potion – Hydrating Mask from Wanderings of Claire on Vimeo.

My happy face at the end says it all, right?! My face has definitely felt more moisturized after using this mask – but I did have to figure out how to actually use the product before experiencing those results. Hence the more instructional video rather than a straight up review. That said, let’s rewind a bit.

Review:

I’m all about the unboxing experience, and definitely think this mask’s packaging is worth mentioning. It felt like a premium product from the moment I took it out of the box it was shipped in, and that feeling of being a high-quality product continued as I actually began to unbox the product itself. So good. Oh, and the lid of the glass container is magnetic, which keeps the little metal scooper from getting lost. Brilliant if I may say so myself!

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Buuuut this is where things got tricky for me. Should I use the scooper to apply the product to my face? Should I rub it in, or leave it kind of gloppy? How long should I leave the mask on? Directions were nowhere to be found, so I just ran with my gut. Unfortunately, after winding up with a gloppy smattering of honey potion on my face, it was pretty clear that my gut was wrong. 

I rinsed off round 1 of mask application, applying a smaller amount with my fingers for round 2. And I’ll be damned if it didn’t work out significantly better! The mask got warm as I smoothed it onto my face, turning white with time…instead of slowly dripping off in globs. I can’t wait to use the mask once it’s a bit cooler out; I can picture the warming sensation feeling so nice on a cold day!

Did I mention the mask is all natural? Here is a description straight from Farmacy’s website (where I also just discovered some directions, fancy that!)

An intensely moisturizing combination of honey (a natural humectant used since ancient times), propolis (a healing antiseptic found in beehives) and amino acid-rich royal jelly, it enhances skin renewal for a younger appearance. 

 This super hydrating mask with natural honey sugars is rich in amino acids and essential B vitamins.

It gently warms and transforms into a rich cream as it’s massaged into the face, soothing and revitalizing the skin. 

The ingenious magnetic spatula attaches to the top so you’ll never lose it.  

Needless to say, once I figured out the right way to put the mask on, I was sold. After rinsing the mask off about 10 minutes later, my face felt so smooth and moisturized; I can only imagine how great my face will look and feel after using the mask continuously.

Thanks, Farmacy, for providing this mask for me to review!!

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Review: When Masks


Alright, so full disclosure: I totally wasn’t 100% sober when I tried this mask. Apparently the two 4% abv grapefruit IPAs I had at trivia were enough to do me in on a Thursday night…which is all the more reason to use a mask, right?! I’m relatively new to the mask game – first using one the morning of our first day in Paris last may, after just finishing my senior year of art school. Art school finals + graduation + a 7 hour (?) flight to Paris followed by a full day in Disneyland Paris = a very tired Claire waking up the next day. Luckily I had a revitalizing mask to help my face look a bit more photogenic for photos by Notre Dame and shopping on the Champs Elysees. Since then, I’ve been sure to keep a couple masks on hand at all times…just in case.

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Despite the sunglasses, I promise I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for a fun-filled day in Paris!

SoOoOo, when When Masks offered me a sample of 2 masks in exchange for a review on my blog, I couldn’t say yes fast enough! They have 5 different kinds of masks, all with a soft, jelly like mask sheet made from coconut juice and infused with their respective serums.

Travelmate (When you’re on the road, and your skin has had a bit too much sun, wind, or dry air)

10PM (When you’ve pulled an all-nighter and need your skin to look rested and restored) 

Snow Magic (When you want clear, brighter, and more radiant looking skin) 

Glamour Base (When you want your makeup to look great and last longer)

The Last Choice (When your skin needs that extra glass of water)

We were allowed to pick the two that we wanted to try most, and I requested Travelmate and 10pm. I’m holding onto Travelmate til I feel like I REALLY need it…maybe after a long summer day by the lake…or I might hold on to it until Morocco if I can! (Let’s be real though, it’ll probably get used WAY before December/January.)

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Real talk: I really need Joe (or someone) to invent/design a mask warmer. The absolute worst part about putting a mask on is how COLD it is. No matter what benefits the mask on, putting the slimy, gooey, cold sheet on is the absolute worst. Ugh. I’ve contemplated just getting a baby wipe warmer to solve all of my problems. It’s srs biznss.

Even after the recommended 30 minutes of application, there was still some extra goo on the mask, so rather than letting it go to waste, I decided to share the goodness with my hubby. Every couple has their weird ‘thing’ – right? Welp, I give Joe my leftover masks. He doesn’t even have to deal with the gross coldness of the mask that I do…lucky him 😛 I’m so thoughtful! Heh.

On a more serious note – the mask really did work wonders, and my face looked completely refreshed in the morning, despite my body feeling otherwise. (No, I was not hungover; I’m just not a morning person, ever. In fact, I’ve perfected the ‘get out of bed, showered, and out the door in 20 minutes’ strategy. It is implemented most mornings.) If I could use one of these masks every night, I totally would. Unfortunately my bank account would have to disagree.

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BFF status?

Is it bad that I’m already obsessing over these masks and I’ve only used one? Merp. I might have a problem.

Alternatively, the masks might just be that good. You can find the masks in store and online at Sephora and Ulta, online at Birchbox, Anthropologie, or of course, on When’s website. Woop woop!

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Review: derma e Hydrating Night Crème

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review from derma e, with no compensation other than the product to try out. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!IMG_3645

Like I mentioned in a previous post, thanks to various subscription/beauty boxes, I’ve tried my fair share of facial serums, peels, and creams – many of which don’t seem to be anything special other than maybe a brand name, or high price tag (sometimes a gem sneaks in though) – what can I say? I’m hard to please! (Actually that’s the overstatement of the century, I’m very easy to please, but hard to impress.)

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Yay for keeping our faces moisturized!

With fall in full force (in combination with starting up hot yoga/barre classes, and spending time outside hiking and whatnot,) I’ve found my face feeling a bit drier, so when the opportunity to try/review an affordable, easily accessible night cream, I was excited to give it a go (and share with Joe, because everyone could use a little moisturization. Is that a word? It is now.)

I started using this cream the night I received it, and while I haven’t seen super drastic results, my skin definitely is starting to feel smoother and more hydrated. It is relatively thick, but doesn’t go on greasy, and doesn’t cause breakouts, which sometimes all a person can ask for out of what they’re putting on their faces! I also definitely appreciate the fact that the crème has hyaluronic acid in it – which I promise only sounds scary if you don’t know what it is. In layman’s terms…it helps keep your skin moisturized, which in turn helps slow down your skin’s aging process – and while I’m not seeing any signs of aging quite yet, I’d much rather stay ahead of the game.

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Pros:

  • Skin feeling moisturized
  • Good price point (About $25)
  • Easily accessible (find it at your local Walgreens!)
  • Anti-aging ingredients
  • All natural

Cons:

  • A little thick for my personal preference – I prefer not feeling anything on my skin after applying, this crème you can feel a bit!
  • Nothing else!

Time to get into the nitty gritty (from Derma e’s website):

Thoroughly moisturize and plump skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles with this ultra-hydrating night crème. This extra-rich, deeply penetrating formula delivers the unmatched hydrating properties of nature’s moisture magnet, Hyaluronic Acid (HA). A single molecule of HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, binding moisture to help plump, soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. Ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs richer moisture throughout the night, this crème delivers maximum hydration while helping diminish the signs of aging for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Allantoin, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (Aristoflex®), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Plumeria Blossom Fragrance

If I’ve convinced you to give this night crème a try, you can find a coupon here for $2 off any derma e product at Walgreens – hooray coupons!

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Review: Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review from OZ Naturals, with no compensation other than the product to try out. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!

For as long as I can remember I’ve had somewhat noticeable (dark/puffy) circles under my eyes…and for just about as long, I’ve been trying out different “un-puffing” “brightening” “caffeinated” “cooling” etc. products to try to fight the circles – pretty much unsuccessfully. If I’m being truthful with myself, it’s probably in part because of not getting enough sleep and/or being dehydrated, but I’ve continued the hunt for a product that works like it says it does! Soooo when I was approved to review OZ Naturals Mega Bright Eye Gel, I was super excited to give another product a try!

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