Polarbelle: retinol
Showing posts with label retinol. Show all posts
Showing posts with label retinol. Show all posts

Monday, November 28, 2016

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review


My favorite skincare ingredient is retinol, with Vitamin C running second.  Imagine having both of those anti-aging incredients in one product!  I was so happy to find out  Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum, (1.18 fl oz / $35), has both of these potent ingredients and more.  It is a cruelty-free, vegan friendly, USA made brand and is formulated with natural ingredients.  I've enjoyed other items from the brand and was really happy to sample this as I was completely out of retinol.  I'm pleased to report that I really like this product and I'll tell you why.


This retinol serum is housed in a dark glass bottle, which keeps it protected from light.  It is delivered with a dropper to control how much serum you wish to use.  The retinol serum is a white fluid which is a conditioning formula.  I could tell from the first touch that it would be a moisturizing type of retinol serum.  I really, and I mean really, like that kind of retinol delivery because it's safe even for sensitive skin.


The ingredients include:
Retinol, (Vit A), which works at the cellular leval to reduce wrinkles, increase collagen production, manage breakouts and evens out skin discolorations.

Vitamin E, a moisturizing ingredient that provides intense hydration to help reduce the drying effects of retinol.

Vitamin C boosts the effects of the retinol.  It is also a powerful anti-oxidant which works to reduce free radicals left by the environment, and helps prevent pre-mature aging.

Squalene, which happens to be derived from pure natural olive oil and helps to moisturize the skin.

The full ingredient list is as follows:
Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil Squalene, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (sunflower based Vitamin E), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid,  Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol

Valentia says this serum will diminish wrinkles, stimulate collagen, improve skin tone, manage breakouts and condition the skin.  It is my opinion, from using this serum, that the Night Revive Retinol Serum ABSOLUTELY delivers on the claims.  I've been really pleased with it and I find it does everything that it says it will.

It takes very little product to be effective so it's going to last you a long time.  I'm really happy with it.  The only suggestion I would make to the company is to put this in a pump top type of container so that it is light free on administration.  Please use sunscreen always, but especially when using a retinol product.

You can purchase the Valentia Night Revive Retinol serum on Amazon. and the Valentia website.  You can check the website for more information and skincare products.  Be sure to follow them on Instagram.  Valentia backs all their products with a money back guarantee - they are that sure of their products....and I am too!!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is NOW Open for 2014!!


Here we go, people!!!!  Are you ready!?!?!?!  Today the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for Fall 2014 officially launches!!  I'd love to help you shop since I've been doing active investigations since the pre-sale.  Be sure to read my MUST HAVE ITEMS post where I've got pictures of my very top few favorite finds.  But don't stop there, let me show you mooooooooooorrrrrrrre!!

Philosophy, Clinique, bath

We know Nordstrom carries all the best skincare brands, right?  They even sell Algenist now!!  Unfortunately, it's not in my local store but, no matter, it's easily accessible online.  I wasn't looking for skincare products when I went to the exclusive pre-sale event for cardholders, but one set really jumped out at me.

 My TOP SKINCARE BUY from the 2014 Anniversary sale is THIS set by Dr. Dennis Gross. Your skin can be refreshed and renewed up the wazoo with all the peel and all the retinol!!!  This is a fantastic value at $107 for the five products, (which would normally cost  $178).  If you only get one item from the sale, do your face a favor and purchase the set of Dr Dennis Gross' Anti-aging bestsellers.

skincare, facial peel, retinol, eye serum, beauty

While you're on the first floor, check out some of the beautiful makeup palettes that are being offered this year.  In my previous post about the sale, I showed you the LORAC Skinny Eyeshadow Palettes., which are my MUST HAVE top makeup values from the sale.  Nude Skinny is on backorder online, but it's possible some stores may still have a few and have your favorite salesperson do a merchandise search for it, if you really want it.  (And hello, $15 for a great nude shadow palette?!?!?!  Who wouldn't want it???!!!?)

In general, all the eyeshadow palettes and face sets that I saw this year were beautiful and I could imagine the ease of use of each and every one.  The colors this year go together well within each palette and many come with other items, such as gloss, mascara, eye pencil or shadow brush.  It's well worth checking out each offering.

The Mac Anniversary theme is called Look In A Box.  There are two large palettes and three smaller set.  The large palettes are pictured below and come in All About Beige, (top picture), and All About Plum, (bottom).  They retail for $49 each, (retail value $101),  and include 2 blushes, six shadows, 2 lipsticks in the pan and an eyeshadow brush in each of the sets.  Notice the attention to detail of a plastic covering for the lip items.  YES!!!  Thank you, Mac!!

Nordstrom Anniversary 2014 Beauty Sale, eyeshadow, lipstick, blush

I really want the Laura Mercier Flawless Expressions set.  The face palette from the kit is pictured below in the top photo.  Isn't it great??  It's $85 and includes a shadow stick, mascara and lipgloss as part of the deal.  This is a retail value of $130.  I really want this.....what to do, what to do.....
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty 2014
In the bottom portion of the above photo is a blurry picture of the Bobbi Brown Nude On Nude eyeshadow palette.  It comes in a set with a mascara a gel eyeliner pen in black.  Wait!!!!  Bobbi makes a gel liner PEN???  Sign me up!!  I love the palettes she comes out with for Anniversary and Holiday.  They're always so wonderful.  The colors work well with each other and provide 100 different looks.  This set is just $85 for a $208 value.

I realize that I have far too much to say to make it in just two posts.  There's still shoes, more makeup, accessories, handbags and more and more clothes.......so let's do this....

I'll be showing you more real life pictures and swatches of the makeup soon and especially talking about the item so many people have asked about...the Nordstrom Exclusive Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating .Face Powder.  I know you want to see swatches before you plunk down $80 on a powder, but YES, this is different than previous powders, and yes, if you adore a sophisticated glow, you WILL want this.  Ooooh, and the new Chanel Quads too!!  And the new Armani shadows!!!!

I'll be showing you the Nars sets, the Mac trio sets with the eyeshadow, lipglass and lipstick, Deborah Lippmann Ready for Love nail polish set, pictures of the other polish offerings, lipsticks, shadows, brushes and more.

In the area of clothing, there's some things you HAVE to know about before I leave for tonight.  The lace bottomed tank tops in THIS POST are available in six colors.  I don't see why you shouldn't have them all.  I'll show you real life pictures of the tank colors and the accompanying sweaters that are mentioned and shown in my previous post.

I want you to consider these Halogen sweaters, ($49).  I think they run about a size smaller than the usual Halogen sweaters, just fyi.  But aren't the zippered pockets just totes adorbs?  Umm, yes they are!!

We'll talk about the Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings.  Only the best looking and most comfortable leggings ever.  I JUST WISH they came in more than 3 colors!!!  They're very flattering and hide bumps and bulges.  And don't forget, this is the one time of year they and Hanky Panky are on sale.

More clothes, jewelry, shoes and handbags.  The only things I haven't looked yet is the men's portion of the sale.  With my failing knees and having a jammed toe on each foot, by the time I've fooled around in my areas, I don't have the foot power to go to men's.  Oh I'm probably just making excuses, cuz I'm too busy looking at girly things to go to guy's!!

One quick thing before I go, the first day of the preview for the sale, I braved temperatures that were almost up to 55 with pouring, pouring, pouring rain.  I dressed in my Alaskan Chic.  Jeans, sneakers that I don't care if they got yucky, and an appropriate hoody.  I spied the Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-zip Crossbody bags.  It comes in lots of colors and is on sale for $129.90.  I love all the zippers.  It's big enough maybe for my wallet an cell phone and a lip gloss.  Small.  But I still loved it.  IF ONLY it had come in the hot pink of the Minkoff bag that I'm wearing in the picture, I would have snapped it right up....because, hello??  It matches my chic Alaskan outfit!!!

Nordstrom sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purses

The pink is still a cool bag.  Probably should have gotten it.  So let's have some fun.  What are your must have items from the sale and what are you dying to see real life pictures of?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pevonia Spa Clinica Skin Perfecting 4 Piece Skin Care System Review

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I'd love to introduce you to the four piece skin care system I've been using from Pevonia Spa Clinica. Pevonia is a company that's been in existance primarily at spas for around 20 years. They recently launched the Spa Clinica line with four different 4-piece skin regimen systems to make things simple for those of us that aren't skin technicians. Each 4-piece regimen has a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. Today I'll be reviewing the Skin Perfecting regimen which is targeted for sun damage and aging.  Each of the four products contain retinol.

The Skin Perfecting Cleanser, (4 oz/$23 USD), is a gel type of consistency in a push button dispenser. The styling of the bottle has a retro type feel to me and the push button top reminds of the house in the cartoon the Jetsons. It's got a futuristic type of disc shape. It's really cool. The cleanser smells like honeysuckle to me, reminding me again of my childhood. It's a joy to use.

The primary ingredient in the cleanser is retinol, which is used to rejuvenate skin and restore skin's elasticity.

Pevonia Spa Clinica Cleanser and Toner

Step number two is the Skin Perfecting Toner, (4 oz/$18 USD).  It also smells of tropical florals, in a light delicate scent.  There is a spray top on the bottle that I really like because it negates the clutz factor that sometimes happens when you have to tip a bottle over to get the liquid out.  It is alcohol free and also contains retinol.

The third step is probably my favorite.  It is the Wrinkle Plus Serum, (.05 oz/$39 USD).  The serum is a light yellow substance that has a citrus type scent.  It is to be used once a day and goes on lightly and absorbs instantly into the skin.  The retinol in the serum is to smooth wrinkles.  The serum bottle lasted about eight weeks of use.  I ran out of it before I have the other three products.

Step number four is the Skin Perfecting Moisturizer.  It has the same citrus scent that the serum has.  I love to lavish it on my skin and know that the retinol is working to rejuvenate my skin by reducing wrinkles and restoring skin elasticity.

I've found that using this system, my skin has never looked better.  I am able to use my favorite eye products from Algenist with this system and I've seen improvements that I didn't expect.  The use of the light retinol everyday has made dry flaking winter skin a non-issue, while leaving me with baby soft skin.   It is gentle but effective and I never experienced any flakieness or peeling as you sometimes get with retinol products, while I was still able to view the benefits of the retinol.

My skin isn't particularly sensitive, but if yours is, you could use the serum every other day until your skin got used to it.  I have read reviews from people with sensitive skin who didn't have any problems with the concentration of retinol.  For instance, my friend Christine at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic has a great testimony with sensitive skin.

Pevonia Spa Clinica is currently running a special for a limited time where you can purchase a trial size regimen for just $19!!!  I should have purchased one for traveling on my recent vacation!  (duh moment).   The four complete regimens are:

1)  Anti-Aging Collagen Regimen, designed to
Replenish lost Collagen
Prevent signs of premature aging
Smooth lines and repair wrinkles
Hydrate and nourish

2: Break Out Erase Triple Acting Regimen, designed to:
Clear existing pimples without damage
Prevent breakouts and blemishes
Gently exfoliate using Salicylic Acid
Eliminate excess oil using Lactic Acid
Control bacteria using Benzoyl Peroxide

3: Redness Relief Green Tea Regimen, designed to:
Calm and cool rosacea-prone skin
Combat bacteria associated with rosacea
Relieve redness and sensitivity
Reduce blotchiness
Minimize visible blood vessels

4: Skin Perfecting Retinol Regimen
Promote cellular regeneration
Brighten
Smooth lines and deep wrinkles
Even skin tone
Reduce the appearance of pores

In addition, there are several other serums to target different problems. I'm particularly interested in the two eye serums. Please visit the Pevonia Spa Clinica website to learn more about these products and to read the ingredient lists.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  I have loved using these products!!  Remember that if you try the retinol products, be sure to use sunscreen while doing so.  Your skin will thank you.
(Four piece system provided by PR for my consideration.  Results and opinions expressed are my own honest evaluation.  Please see Disclosure Policy for more information.)



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