Review: Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

Last week we had a few activities around the office; some allowing us to ‘be the consumer’ and others more focused on usability, including an aging simulation. Gloves to simulate tremors, an extra 55 pounds of weight, ear plugs, glasses to simulate retina detachment or something (I could barely see) – it was kind of awful, but super interesting at the same time. Aging can be scary, especially if you don’t take care of yourself while you’re young!

So…what does this have to do with reviewing a skincare product? Your skin ages too! And while wrinkles may not be physically debilitating like the tremors or loss of muscle mass I experienced last week, keeping your skin healthy (and out of the sun, cough cough) is still super important. Besides, who doesn’t want to look their best! 😉

Enter: one of Valentia’s newest products, the Night Revive Retinol serum (or, nighttime serum from here on out.) I’ve been using this serum before bed for a couple of weeks now, and I have seen no changes. BUT THAT’S OKAY. I don’t have any wrinkles to get rid of, and my skin is pretty great, all things considered. I didn’t expect the serum to immediately make my face as soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom! Thad said; I DO feel confident that by using this product in my 20s and beyond, my skin will thank me as I get older!


Okay, now let’s get into the details (supplied by Valentia.)


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.


As with all Valentia products, this nighttime serum is made of all natural, organic ingredients. It is unscented, and doesn’t leave a gross, greasy residue after application. (That’s probably my favorite part, yay!) You can find this serum, as well as the other Valentia products I’ve reviewed on their website and on Amazon.

Take care of your skin, y’all! (and Happy Halloweekend!!)


Review: Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

Disclaimer: I was sent these products from Valentia with no compensation other than the product to test and review. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!

You might remember the Valentia Royal Rose serum review I posted a couple of weeks ago – yes? Well Valentia provided me another serum to review, this time for daytime use instead of night! In case you need a little recap on the brand, Valentia is an all-natural and organic skincare brand, designed to repair and protect skin.

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

From Valentia:

The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria…Valentia used berries, herbs, barks and other natural ingredients. We also rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative and corrective powers.

As someone who is helping design for a start-up brand currently, I love when brands have a good story to back up their name – it makes everything seem much more thought through (which I’m sure it was!)

I’ve been using this serum before moisturizer just about every morning for the past week and a half, and while I’m not noticing any immediate visual differences in my complexion, my skin is definitely feeling softer and less dry. The serum doesn’t make my skin feel sticky; it absorbs quickly, allowing me to get on with my morning routine fairly quickly…which as a non-morning person I can definitely appreciate. If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a thing against products that cause hair to stick to my face after applying it. No thank you!

I remember my 100 year old+ great great great Aunt Marian swearing by Ponds to keep her face looking young; who knows, maybe I’ll be thanking Valentia in 75 years! (As well as keeping my face out of the sun whenever possible, of course.) 🙂

You can find Valentia on Facebook and Instagram, and the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum here!



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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