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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Want your youthful looks back? This antioxidant Vitamin C serum from Valentia might be just the thing...

Valentia Even Glow Serum Does It Work?

As I've said before, I can be a skeptic (a big skeptic) when it comes to facial creams & anti-aging serums that claim to help you turn back the clock. Don't get me wrong, I've found a few products that actually do help out a lot, but the majority of the time that a company claims to have a "miracle product", it's actually about as miraculous as a toad on a log.

Because I especially love reviewing beauty products, I was happy to check this Even Glow Serum (which is an antioxidant treatment) from Valentia. I received my product for free through BrandBacker in order to do my review (because no way am I going to pay for everything I review, that would be silly), but as always, my opinions are 100% my own!

The First Day:

I have had a rough month (I've had a lot of rough months lately it seems like), so when I first got this package my skin was looking about as bad as it can get. I've been sick, I've been sleep-deprived, and I've been working myself to the bone day & night. (Okay so maybe not to the bone, but I've lost 20 lbs in the past two weeks, that should tell you something!)

My skin wasn't full of blemishes necessarily, but it was looking a little "peaked" as my grandma would say. Also, I should point out that I turned 30 this year, and I know that it isn't some super-duper old age to become, but I'm suddenly very conscious of the fact that I'm no longer a 20-something with zero wrinkles. I have wrinkles, I have crows' feet (darned crows...), and I'm even getting some weird shading.

Before Photo of Valentia Even Glow Serum Review

Because I know that a little prevention now will go a long way towards keeping these problems from getting worse, I'm trying out all the anti-aging serums and formulas that I can now, when they can do me tons of good! (Trust me, most products work better at prevention than cure, so even if you feel like facial issues are only a little problem for you, now is the time you want to start working on them!)

While Using The Product:

I'll be honest, for the first week or so, I didn't really notice a difference. I hadn't used an antioxidant serum before, so I wasn't sure how long it would take or what to expect. After about a week and a half, my husband stopped me, looked me over, then promptly told me that I looked different. I asked him what was different and he said (no lie here, ladies!), "You look young... and hot!"

I told him that I'd been using this vitamin c serum for my face and even he agreed that the product was most likely to blame for my more youthful appearance. He said that the antioxidant serum made my skin look younger around my eyes and cheeks, especially near the side of my nose.

I started to notice my face becoming more & more even - not something I would have thought about before, or even pinpointed as the reason behind an aging look! I'm very glad that I used this vitamin c serum because it made me realize that even skin-tone has just as much to do with lookin' good as getting rid of wrinkles does! (Also, it smells like oranges. Gotta love a product that smells tasty!)

Valentia Even Glow Serum, User Review By Alicia Figueroa

After Two Weeks:

I could tell you how much better my skin looks, but we all know a picture is worth a thousand words. Below I've included a side-by-side Before & After for comparison. As you can see, the redness in my skin has evened out and my complexion does appear younger. As a matter of fact, I was carded last week at the grocery store, and that hasn't happened in almost a year! (Funny how that starts to be a big deal as you grow older...)

Valentia Even Glow Serum Before & After, Products To Even Skin Tone

As always, I like to remind people who are using a skin product that consistent use is a MUST. You cannot use a product for anti-aging, brightening, softening, smoothing, wrinkle-removing, skin-evening or otherwise, unless you are using it as recommended. The skin is a fickle beast - sporadic application of products will probably mean sporadic results. (Or in some cases, no results.)


You can find out more about Valentia on their website at www.valentiaskincare.com! Want to make a purchase? You can find them on Amazon! I'd love it if you'd use the affiliate link I've listed below since that will enable me to help keep my blog running, and it doesn't cost you anything extra!

Here's the link to buy Valentia's product!: Vitamin C Serum

What did you think of the Before & After photos? What are your biggest facial worries?
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Monday, September 15, 2014

DRINK PINK! You can support breast cancer research with mike's hard (PINK) lemonade! #mymikesmoment #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for mike's hard lemonade. I received a Circle K gift card to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

As a mom & wife, I'm a 24/7 multi-tasker. If I watch TV, I'm embroidering during the commercials. If I bake a loaf of bread, I'm cleaning the floor while I wait for the dough to rise. And if I'm taking the kids to the park, I'm going to be reading a book or catching up on email while I'm there!

Sometimes at the end of the day I like to relax with a drink, and it shouldn't come as any surprise that I like my beverages to do double-duty as well! A glass of wine helps the heart, a touch of whiskey is great when my throat is sore, and a drink like mike's hard pink lemonade lets me support Breast Cancer Research with every purchase.

Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade Supports Breast Cancer Research

As the daughter-in-law of a breast cancer survivor, I know that this is a problem that affects families nationwide, so continuous research is important. The company has been making the hard pink lemonade since 2009, and they've donated more than $1 million to breast cancer research since then! The mike's hard pink lemonade is a limited edition, seasonal flavor - so get it now before it's gone!

Last week I made a trip out to my local Circle K to check out some of the weekly deals & grab some mike's.

I found some great savings, like a BOGO deal on Gatorade and a Buy 6, Get the 7th free deal on small snacks! They also had some pretty decently priced gas and I was able to snag some premium fuel for less than $3.80 a gallon!

Great deals at Circle K!

If you have a Circle K near you, you can go to www.CircleK.com to find out the closest location for you to get your own Circle K card and start saving some cash on favorite items.

As for the mike's, I had #mymikesmoment at the end of a long (LONG) day, and it was a great way for me to relax and kick back. (I even let my husband share one with me!) I had never tried the pink lemonade before and was pleased to find that the flavor was sweet, yet tart.


You can connect with Circle K on their website; click HERE to find the Circle K website that is specific to your region.

You can check out mike's and everything they have to offer on their website at www.mikeshard.com, or by connecting with them on social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

$50 Amazon or PayPal Cash Giveaway!!

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