April 18, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts......

Hello, Beautiful!

I'm terribly sorry for the lack of blog posts. I've had a very packed schedule working two jobs and only having one day off every two weeks - and on my day off I take that to run errands and get things done I don't typically have time for during the work week.

In a week or two I will have more time, as I'm quitting one of my jobs to focus on the one that provides more hours and that I enjoy the most (Valley Green Naturals!). Having two jobs, plus being a single mom and having a giant great dane puppy (on top of my health issues) is wearing on me and I can't seem to keep up.

I do, however, keep up with my Instagram @ValentineKissesBeauty  (please follow me there if you don't already). Uploading on Instagram takes way, way, WAY less time than it does to pull together a blog post. A lot of people don't realize how long it really does take just to take the photos alone, which can take hours if I have multiple shades of a single product; lip swatch photos are the most time consuming. Then after you take the photos you need to process/edit them (and by edit, I mean I crop, straighten and add my watermark, followed by resizing for the web). I often take the photos, then test a product for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and during the testing time is when I'll process & edit the photos. Finally, after I have an opinion on the product, I upload the photos and write my review - often I'll schedule the blog post to go up on a certain day so I don't forget to upload them.

And while I LOVE blogging, I just haven't had a minute to even take photos of most products - which has slightly put my blogging on hold. I have products I personally purchased that I want to blog about and others that companies have sent me. I want to get them all up ASAP. May 2nd is when I should start having more time in my schedule - until then, currently, any free time must be spent cleaning my house and planning my son's 10th birthday (which will be on April 26th).

I hope once my schedule allows, I'll be blogging more regularly again - maybe not every day like I used to, but 3 to 5 times a week is my goal. I may even start a YouTube channel up like I been meaning to.... I mean, I have a YouTube channel (you've probably seen my makeup collection and/or beauty room tour video from a few years ago) but I haven't actually been good about dedicating time to it..

Anyhow, that's my little update. I miss all my followers and I'm so glad a lot of you are over on Instagram and we can interact there!

xoxo with love & beauty,

Crystal Valentine

March 17, 2015

Valley Green Naturals Dead Sea Mineral Masque - pics, review!

Hello, Beautiful!

I recently started working for Valley Green Naturals, a local (but sold nationally) all-natural skin care and body care company. One of the perks is getting to try their products! Don't worry, just because I work for them doesn't mean I'm going to automatically love everything; I'm still going to give you my honest thoughts and opinions. In this post, however, it just happens that I love this particular product!

Their Dead Sea Mineral Masque feels really good and I'm a mask addict, especially mud masks, so naturally this was the first product from their line that I tried.

Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

Valley Green Naturals
Dead Sea Mineral Masque














Valley Green Naturals Dead Sea Mineral Masque Info & Review
Cost: $19.99 (2 oz full size)
Availability: Available on the Valley Green Naturals website, at most Whole Foods locations, Walgreens.com, Drugstore.com, Lucky Vitamin, Abe's Market, and everywhere else Valley Green Naturals products are sold.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION...

Everyone loves a facial ever now and then! What if you could give yourself a professional facial every week, or even every day? Until now, this luxurious facial treatment was available only through spas and salons. Now, you can enjoy a professional spa facial treatment at home! Smooth this rich formula over the face, sit back with some herbal tea and relax! You'll enjoy an incredible exfoliating and skin-nourishing experience.

The Dead Sea Mineral mud works well to draw out impurities in pores and will leave your skin with amazing smoothness and tingle. Infused with abyssinian oil and organic green tea and calendula extracts, along with our favorite organic emollients, this product is like having your own skin care specialist at your beckoned call each day!

Pure and simple, our revitalizing Dead Sea Mineral Masque is a luxurious spa-treatment in a jar!



MY REVIEW...

Like I said earlier in this post, I'm a mask addict and usually will try a mask or scrub from a skincare line before anything else. I was really excited to give this one a try because mud masks are my favorite!

This one has a nice thick texture, but it smooths onto the skin so perfectly. What I really like about this mask is how quickly it dries. You could do this in as little as 5 minutes, or take a little more time and leave it on for 20 minutes (which is what I do).

As it dries, it feels very nice on the skin - and in traditional mud mask fashion, you'll get that tight feeling. Your skin will feel very refreshed and invigorated. This mask will feel like it's doing something, which I know some people can appreciate (especially when you spend money on a mask that doesn't feel like it does anything and you start to wonder if it does anything at all).

Once fully dry you can see all the little dark spots where it pulled the impurities from your pores. It does a really great job at pulling anything out and/or to the surface. My skin was clearer after using this mask because of how well it cleaned out  my pores.

Washing this off was easy; it came right off with warm water. You can use a wash cloth if you want a little extra exfoliation. My skin was really smooth afterwards and had a healthy glow to it. If you have more sensitive skin you may notice your skin is a bit red afterwards, but it goes away pretty quickly.

If there is one thing I could say about this mask, it's that this mask really makes your skin feel alive! It's surely something I will use once a week, but I'll probably use it twice a week until my skin gets completely under control.

If you've been on the hunt for a mask to really clean out your pores and make you skin feel alive, then look no further; you've found it with Valley Green Naturals Dead Sea Mineral Masque!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this mask? Have you tried this, or would you consider adding this to your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below!

xoxo with love & beauty,
Crystal Valentine


Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. However, these products were given to me for my own use, as I now work at this company. I am not being paid to make this post, nor has the company influenced me in any way, and they don't even know I'm writing this review. I have made this post because I wanted to, not because I had to. These are my honest opinions, thoughts and experiences.

February 8, 2015

Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks - all 8 shades - swatches, review!

Hello, Beautiful!

I am so excited to share with you swatches of the Milani MATTE Color Statement Lipsticks! There are 8 shades in the collection and I have all 8 to share with you in this post! Check out all the swatches and my review below.

For Reference: Back in April of 2013 I concluded my 4 post swatch-athon of the Milani Color Statement Lipsticks - CLICK HERE if you want to see all 30 original shades, with links to each of the four color group posts.

Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipsticks
Shades: 60 Matte Innocence, 61 Matte Naked, 62 Matte Blissful, 63 Matte Diva, 64 Matte Orchid, 65 Matte Glam, 66 Matte Passion, 67 Matte Confident
Continue scrolling down to see more pics of each individual shade.








Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 60 Matte Innocence








Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 61 Matte Naked








Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 62 Matte Blissful








Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 63 Matte Diva








Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 64 Matte Orchid








Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 65 Matte Glam









Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 66 Matte Passion








Milani Color Statement
Moisture Matte Lipstick
Shade: 67 Matte Confident







Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks Info & Review
Cost: $5.99 retail (0.14 oz full size)
Availability: Available on the Milani Cosmetics website, at CVS, and other select Milani Cosmetics retailers.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION...

Rocking, runway-inspired cashmere mattes!

Milani has your matte made in heaven! This brand new matte lipstick not only feels great and creates the runway look, but lasts for hours, keeping you picture perfect all day. Infused with grape seed extract imported from Italy, this smear-proof lip soother delivers mega color that won't budge, even after a close encounter with a cappuccino cup. This lightweight, creamy formula contains Vitamins A & C to keep lips kissably soft and hydrated. In eight luxe, color-true shades inspired by the runways of Milan, from the oh-so-sweet, pale pink Matte Innocence to the va va voom, fiery-red Matte Passion.

Available in 8 shades:
  • 60 Matte Innocence - soft whisper of pink nude
  • 61 Matte Naked - ultimate "your lips but better" medium nude
  • 62 Matte Blissful - girly, blush pink
  • 63 Matte Diva - happy, poppy hot pink
  • 64 Matte Orchid - super flattering, complexion-friendly fuchsia
  • 65 Matte Glam - yummy, grape-Italian-ice purple
  • 66 Matte Passion - fiery sunset orange-red
  • 67 Matte Confident - bold, gutsy brick red


MY REVIEW...

I was so excited that Milani came out with a line of matte lipsticks in their Color Statement Lipstick formula! Yes, in the original 30 Color Statement Lipsticks there were 3 mattes - which isn't nearly enough for matte lip lovers out there. This collection of 8 shades will be a much more satisfying collection if you want matte lipstick.

The packaging is the same, so they'll look great along with your other Milani Color Statement Lipsticks. But one big difference, and one that a lot of you may appreciate, is the smell is completely different. Those that have the original Color Statement Lipsticks know they have a fruity scent, which a lot of people didn't like. I personally have no problem with the scent, but I will say that the new scent is way more my style. The scent now is more of a light vanilla scent, which is very pleasant and if you like the way MAC lipsticks smell, then you'll likely enjoy the way the new Milani Color Statement Lipsticks smell. And yes, they changed the scent on not just this new Matte collection, but also the new shades they added to their regular Color Statement Lipstick line (I have the two new shades, along with two new lip liners that I'll review in an upcoming post).

I'm not going to go into too much detail about the formula - because I really love these! I prefer this formula to the Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks. So instead of going into detail about the formula, let's talk about the shades!

My favorite shade out of all is Matte Naked - it's such a pretty nude for me and the most wearable/everyday. Not too brown and not too pink, but with a hint of peach. It's one of those versatile shades that can be worn on its own or easily topped with any gloss. They describe it as a "your lips but better" medium nude - and I'd say that's pretty accurate, but we all know "your lips but better" can mean a lot of different shades depending on your natural lip tone.

Still speaking of the nude shades, Matte Innocence is horrible on me; it's like concealer and it was really hard to even get my lips to swatch it nice. It may be more flattering on someone with a fairer skintone or those that enjoy those concealer light beige nudes. The funny thing is this is described as a soft whisper of pink nude, which sounds gorgeous and swatches gorgeous, but on my lips - ew, no thank you!

Matte Blissful is a light bubblegum pink that I'd say has a mauve undertone to it. Pretty, although not my favorite pink from the line.

Matte Diva, on the other hand, is my favorite pink from the line. This is a nice bright pink shade that is like MAC's Candy Yum Yum but not as intense (but very close). I wish I had Candy Yum Yum to swatch next to it; I'm sure another blogger out there has compared them though.

Matte Orchid is like a deeper, more fuchsia tone of Matte Diva. Very pretty, my second favorite pink shade from the line! I will reach for this in the spring and summer all the time!

Matte Glam is a purple that I think has a pink undertone to it. I like purples, but for some reason this one just doesn't flatter me very much.

Matte Passion is an orange based red, which I actually like but I'm not a big red lips wearer. But if I were to pick one of the reds from this line, it would be Matte Passion.

Matte Confident is a darker brick red shade, which is pretty in its own way but surely not for me. I can see it being flattering on a lot of people though.


If I were to recommend three shades they'd be Matte Naked, Matte Diva and Matte Orchid. But let me know which shades are your favorites!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these matte lipsticks? Have you tried this, or would you consider adding this to your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below!

xoxo with love & beauty,
Crystal Valentine


Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. However, these products were sent to me for consideration. I am not being paid to make this post, nor has the company influenced me in any way. I have made this post because I wanted to, not because I had to. These are my honest opinions, thoughts and experiences.