Valentina’s Naturals facial oils have changed my skincare routine in a wondrous way

Valentina's Naturals Ageproof Facial Oil and Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Ageproof Facial Oil and Perfect Cleansing Oil

Once upon a time in the dark ages of my life the idea of using an oil on my face would have had me running and screaming. It just wasn’t heard of to do that. My skin has gone through all the stages since my youth. I’ve been extremely oily, I’ve had combo skin, I went through adult acne, back to combo, and now I’m settling into dry skin. While I’m not ultra dry I definitely notice a difference. I’m happy to report that I lived through that very oily stage and now I realize that it was a blessing in disguise since it kept wrinkles at bay as I grew older.

If I hadn’t caved and starting using facial oils I don’t think that my skin would be in as good shape as it is now. Therefore when Valentina’s Naturals approached me about trying some of their facial oils I was happy to agree.

Valentina's Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil and Ageproof Facial Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil and Ageproof Facial Oil

There are 4 steps in Valentina’s Naturals skincare regimen: Step 1 is to cleanse, Step 2 is toner, Step 3 is the treatment serum, while Step 4 is moisture. There are several varieties in steps 2 and 4 so that all skin can find the perfect perfects.

Valentina's Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Step 1 is cleansing which is in the form of Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil ($18). For all skin types, this cleanser is 100% natural with 4 oils that make up its composition, all of which are organic. It has the most delectable sweet orange fragrance that makes me eager to wash.

Valentina's Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina's Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

It’s so easy to use and leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. It’s almost a shame to move on from this but it’s only step 1. The directions tell us to massage a pumpful onto your face and neck in gentle circles. Towel it off with a warm washcloth. No need to use another cleanser for double cleansing unless you’ve worn very heavy face makeup. I find that between the Perfect Cleansing Oil and a terry washcloth my face is perfectly cleansed.

Next step is to tone and use a serum. I’m in the process of testing a skincare line that has asked me not to use any other products on my skin. As much as I’m seeing a difference with that line what I missed was a richer moisturizer so when I added Valentina’s Naturals Ageproof Facial Oil ($24) my skin cheered me on.

Valentina's Naturals Ageproof Facial Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Ageproof Facial Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Ageproof Facial Oil is the perfect moisturizer to finish off your skincare regimen especially at night. This is their oil for normal or mature skin. I like to think I’m normal but for sure I know that I have mature skin. But if this doesn’t describe your skin you could pick Balancing Facial Oil for Oily or Combination skin or choose Pure Comfort Facial Oil for Dry or Sensitive Skin. Now it may seem counterproductive to put an oil on oily skin but it actually helps open clogged pores if it has the right oil that is.

Valentina's Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Ageproof Facial Oil also contains wonderful oils that are good for your skin. The two standouts are Primrose Oil and Jojoba Oil. The reason behind using Primrose Oil is that it’s rich in skin-nourishing Gamma Linoleum Acid, which is often depleted in our skin as we age. Even though I “think” I know my ingredients, I learned this from Valentina’s Naturals: “Jojoba Oil is actually not an oil at all but a natural liquid plant wax which is remarkable for its ability to mimic healthy skin sebum.” I’ve used many jojoba oil products but never saw the explanation put this way.

Valentina's Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil

Since using Valentina’s Naturals Perfect Cleansing Oil in particular as well as the Perfect Cleansing Oil my skin is fighting the ravages of what winter was doing to my skin. I’m no longer battling dry spots or flakiness. My skin is feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the day. These two reasonably priced facial oils are ones I can wholeheartedly recommend and will purchase them when empty.

What facial oils are in your life? To learn more please join the other Makeup Wars bloggers to learn about their choices but don’t forget mine! —  Marcia




*sent for consideration, used lovingly

 

Makeup Wars – let’s remove that makeup with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

This week’s Makeup Wars is about Waterproof makeup and makeup removers. Since I don’t have anything that’s remotely new in the world of waterproof makeup I decided to write about the cleansers in my life and in particular my newest favorite, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

DHC Cleansing Oil

DHC Cleansing Oil

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If you are keeping up with the latest in skincare then you already know that Asian skincare, in particular Japanese, is storming the market. DHC isn’t a new company but it is an extremely popular one. I’m a huge fan of their products, especially the Silky Cotton Squares which I buy in bulk.

The vision behind DHC is rooted in the beneficial properties of virgin olive oil. Found to be one of nature’s finest ingredients for helping to achieve and maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, olive oil became the foundation for DHC’s full line of skin-gentle products.

Japanese products based on Spanish olive oil? It doesn’t get more unique than that. We think our mixed-culture heritage is right at home in the United States, where individual tastes and preferences are celebrated.

 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a makeup remover for your face and can be used on your eyes. It’s the only cleansing oil that I’ve found actually removes the coats of mascara I use along with my eyeliner and doesn’t sting my eyes. I was wary of using it on my eyes at first so I just used it on my face. It did such a remarkable job that I became brave and used it to remove eye makeup too.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

The way you use this is to start with everything DRY. Your hands should be dry when you pump out the remover and your face should be dry when you apply it. The next step is to massage it onto your dry face and let it start working to remove your cosmetic residue. Next add water and watch it transform to a a milky emulsion. This rinses off cleanly and easily whether you just use water or a wash cloth.

What you are left with is a soft, hydrated feeling. It’s not dry, it’s not greasy. I don’t need to double cleanse when I’m using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil since this does everything in one step. That doesn’t mean I don’t double cleanse at times especially because I like exfoliating with a sonic cleansing machine like Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch or the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

  • In a clinical study, 92% of participants agreed Deep Cleansing Oil worked better than a leading cleanser at removing complexion makeup
  • Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly
  • Rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  • Nourishes and hydrates for younger-looking skin
  • 1 sold every 10 seconds worldwide

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is the world’s most popular product in its category. There’s no fragrance to it, it’s easy to get through Amazon or DHC’s website, and it works amazingly well. It’s one stop shopping. From now until July 31, 2017 they even have a fabulous special on DHC. If you are a new customer to DHC then you can buy this for half off, get 4 samples, and free shipping. That’s a total bargain and makes me wish I was new to DHC myself.

Other cleansers in my life at the current time (things change constantly) include

CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

PAULA’S CHOICE RESIST HYDRATING CLEANSER

Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

OSMOSIS MELT AWAY GELEE

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

MARY KAY EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

While DHC Cleansing Oil may be the new kid on my block it’s won me over and can play here any time it wants.  —  Marcia

Let’s see what other Makeup Wars bloggers have to say about this topic!


*some products sent for review, some were purchases

PurErb Essential Oils for skincare sensation

https://www.purerbskincare.com/

PurErb Skincare

https://www.purerbskincare.com/

PurErb Skincare

When your first glimpse of a website looks like this, you know you are in for a unique experience. PurErb Skincare is a brand based on herbology-based care and aromatherapy. They embrace the power of nature with something called NLE (natural liposome encapsulation) that intensifies the ingredients.

Pur Erb Serenity Calming Facial Oil and Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil

PurErb Serenity Calming Facial Oil and Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil

We were sent two products to learn about this newer line that are perfect examples of what PurErb™ is all about.

VITALITY DEEP CLEANSING OIL

The Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil is a clear rinse off cleanser that uses 15 exotic botanical ingredients in its formula. This cleanser absorbs into your skin quickly which helps moisturize and soften it. Start with a dry face, then put a drop onto your fingertips and rub them together. Massage this onto your your dampened face and neck to activate the oil. When you are done just pat it dry to leave your skin radiant, smooth and beautifully refreshed.

Pur Erb Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil

Pur Erb Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil

It contains ingredients like Abyssinian, Moringa, Geranium, Kukui, Frankincense, and Sacha Inchi oils to provide Mother Nature’s answer to calming your skin.

  • Dissolves and washes away surface impurities
  • Helps prevent dehydration and excess sebum
  • Leaves skin refreshed, smooth, and radiant

I love the smell of this and I’m normally extremely sensitive to any fragrance, I mostly smell citrus. It’s not too sweet or too tart, it’s in between and I love it. What is terrific about this is that they sell a 1 oz size (the one I have) for only $9 so you can try out a nice size bottle before investing in the 6 oz. $32 size.

SERENITY CALMING FACIAL OIL

Serenity Calming Facial Oil isn’t a cleansing oil so it’s used differently and has a much stronger aromatherapy fragrance to it. This is considered to be a Meridian Oil which are used often in spa treatments. According to PurErb these oils resonate more deeply than individual essential oils and are better for transporting your senses and enhancing well being.

Pur Erb Serenity Calming Facial Oil

PurErb Serenity Calming Facial Oil

This too has oils that are multi-layered and include Baobab, Marula, Bulgarian Rose, Helichrysum, Sandalwood, and Lavender.

With Serenity you first do a precleanse and tone your skin. Dispense a small amount onto your fingertips and rub them together. Then massage this onto your face and neck. You won’t be washing this off. This is the oil you’d use either alone or under a moisturizer. Here are the benefits:

  • Absorbs quickly to moisturize and soften
  • Nourishes and calms stressed skin
  • Ethereal floral notes promote relaxation
  • Helps soothe mental and emotional distress

A full size 1 oz bottle (the size of mine) is 1 oz and sells for $75 while a .3 oz is $28. These contain more expensive ingredients thus the price difference. While both of these oils come in darkened glass bottles to keep the ingredients away from light, Serenity’s bottle is also frosted protecting it even more.

Pur Erb Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil and Serenity Calming Facial Oil side views

PurErb Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil and Serenity Calming Facial Oil side views

Do you use oils on your skin? They are a wonderful addition to your skincare routine with Pu Erb being high up on my list of brands to use.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

Information about some of the essential oils in PurErb Skincare

KUKUI: The Kukui tree was originally valued for its oil used in torches and lamps, from which its alternate name “Candlenut Tree” was derived. The dark nuts, white flowers, and downy leaves of the tree adorn traditional Hawaiian leis and symbolize enlightenment peace, and protection. The rich, silky oil contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins that soothe dry, stressed skin, deeply moisturize, relieve skin irritation, and promote healing.

SANDALWOOD: Prized across the globe for thousands of years, the Queen of Sheba offered sandalwood as a gift to honor King Solomon. Inhaling this scent helped Buddhists maintain alertness during meditation, and prompted Australian Aborigines to focus before the walkabout rite of passage. The slow-growing wood provides a luxurious oil that fades scars, tones, and rejuvenates the skin, while the elegant fragrance creates a sense of clarity, composure, and tranquility.

BAOBOB:  Known as the “upside down tree” of legend, the baobab overflowed with energy and walked across the African plains. Mother Earth decided to plant the baobab upside down to make sure it stayed in one place, and ever since, its root-like branches reach up to the sky. Baobab oil provides a superior source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, promoting softer, smoother, and more toned skin. Vitamins A, D, and E deeply moisturize and nourish dull, dry, and aging skin while encouraging the regeneration of skin cells.

FRANKINSCENCE:  This fragrant resin has been revered by royalty for thousands of years, valued even more than gold. Unguent vases discovered in King Tutankhamun’s tomb contained frankincense, as further testimony of the ancient Egyptian obsession with eternal youth. Known for its healing powers, this anti-aging secret conditions, tones, and rejuvenates irritated, environmentally-damaged skin. The aroma is reminiscent of pine, honey, and lemon, and provides a sense of calm and serenity.

MORINGA:  Ancient Egyptian tombs often contained vessels filled with Moringa oil for use during the afterlife. Today, this deeply penetrating aromatic oil is still valued for its superior antioxidant and moisturizing powers for ageless-looking skin. With a superior oleic acid content of 72%, Moringa oil is deeply absorbed, delivering vital nutrients and restoring moisture to the skin.

Be sure to read Lisa’s review of the PurErb™ Hand Treatment

Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Bombshells

If you have a beauty bombshell to buy for this holiday season, I have ten products that will make you her most favorite person ever. I’ve got five picks for cosmetics and five picks for body products, with something for every budget, whether you want to splurge or save. (Items under $50 are marked SAVE, and those over $50 are marked SPLURGE.) (Some items PR samples; affiliate links)

Paula's Choice

Paula’s Choice

1.  Start with the eyes and go for the Paula’s Choice Nude Matte Eyeshadow Palette (SAVE!  $40). This eyeshadow palette is a perfect choice for EVERYONE.  All the shades are matte and they range from light ivory to deep black, each shade a staple that should be in every makeup stash. This palette takes eyes from morning coffee to evening nightcap. Paula’s Choice teamed with Youtube star Wayne Goss to create this slim, chic palette of truly outstanding eyeshadows – I love this palette so much I’m on my second one, and I’ve purchased several to give as gifts.

GRANDElashes

2.  Give the gift of gorgeous lashes with a GrandeLASH Enhancer System that also comes with a free mirror (SPLURGE! $130)  ure, you could go with just a mascara to help that beauty bombshell create long lashes, but why not go even bigger with this trio from GrandeLASH? This set has a 3 month supply of  GrandeLASH-MD to encourage luscious lashes; GrandeLINER to enhance lashes plus give definition; and GrandeMASCARA for major volume and length. Plus, a beautiful GrandeBLING Mirror will help her admire those gorgeous lashes. Even better, right now you can get 20% OFF Any Holiday Gift Set with the Promo Code HOLIDAY20, which is good until 12/31/15.

Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizer

Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizer

3.  A great stocking stuffer for that ‘holiday glow’ is the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer (SAVE! $26)  This is a gorgeous luminizer that gives skin a great halo of radiance. It is terrific on its own, and it turns any moisturizer or foundation into an instant illuminizer. The Champagne shade works with all skin colors, giving a healthy glow that any cosmetics aficionado will love. The Argan Oil is a terrific hydration boost for skin, too.

Cover FX

4. The budget-conscious beauty bombshell will really appreciate the Cover-FX Custom Cover Drops (SAVE!  $44), a bottle of concentrated pigment that turns any moisturizer, serum, or primer into a foundation. She can also add a few drops to turn any tinted moisturizer or sheer coverage foundation into full coverage.
 Kismet Liquid Lipsticks
 5.  Put luscious lips under the tree with Kismet Cosmetics The Succulent Collection:  6 Liquid Lipsticks (SPLURGE!  $120). These highly pigmented, creamy, long-lasting lippies are a lip junkies dream. The Succulent Collection has every color needed from neutral nude to burgundy red. They are highly pigmented, creamy, and long-lasting.
Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil

Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil

6.  She will love the gift of Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil (SAVE!  $48) first because of the exquisite packaging.  Then she will really love it because it’s the best – and easiest to use – cleansing oil out there. Just massage this oil into dry skin, then add a tiny bit of warm water for some lather. It rinses off cleanly and leaves absolutely no trace of makeup behind, yet skin is soft and moist. It’s like a Christmas miracle. Right now, Tatcha has a very cool offer for a free cosmetics pouch when you purchase 3 travel size items. Make the Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil one of the three items (my other recs – Classic Rice Enzyme Powder and Soothing Triple Recovery Cream) and you’ll have a gorgeous travel set for that beauty bombshell.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

7.  Give her the gift of seven days of skin care treatments with this truly impressive skin care collection from Karin Herzog, The 7 Creams of the Week (SPLURGE! $100). Any true bombshell beauty will swoon over this luxurious six-week system that has a different facial cream for each day of the week — kind of like a skin care version of the ‘day of the week’ underwear!

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath

8. True luxury is found with the Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath (SPLURGE! $50). It’s already gift wrapped and holiday ready. Fifty dollars sounds like a lot for a bath oil, but this is a HUGE bottle and ingredients include seaweed harvested from the fresh seawaters off the Brittany Coast of France. The wonderfully clean scented bath oil has 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 42 trace elements and minerals for silky smooth skin.

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

9.  She will love getting a body beautiful with the Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl Set (SAVE! $39 ). Inside the pretty gift box are five fabulous body exfoliators:  Handmade Rainwater, Rose & Cinnamon Soap,  organic rose petals that you can  brew into a bath time tea with the included cinnamon stickSweet Soy, Geranium & Rose Bath & Beauty Oil that mixes with the Cinnamon Rose Body Scrub to make an exfoliating paste that removes dead skin and hydrates wonderfully. This is a truly impressive gift that she is going to LOVE.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

10.  A terrific treat for hydrated, sweet-smelling skin is Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (SAVE! $35). Body butters can be heavy and sticky, but this beautifully whipped concoction is creamy and light. The beauty bombshell will be thrilled with the 100% Pure Argan Oil inside, and your gift will be unique thanks to the unusual scent combinations. I absolutely love Honeysuckle Vanilla, but you can also choose from Vanilla Apricot, Sweet Citrus, Lavender, Red Rooibos, Cucumber Aloe, Jasmine, Ginger, Tropical Orchid, and Apple Crisp.  – Lisa

*PC and Cover FX purchase by me, others PR samples.