Monday, November 16, 2015

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner Review

Hi, beauties! I know it's been a while since I've done a blog post, been super busy. I think I developed some gray hairs as a result. It hasn’t been easy but I am trying to organize my life and try to figure out what I want to do with it. Well that’s a whole other topic, so let me not open that can yet lol... I am trying to ease my way into blogging again little by little, so bear with me. I miss writing so much and sharing my favorites and life journey with you guys. The only thing that I have been keeping up with is my skin care regimen. When you are going bananas with so much to do, your skin and health I feel it's so important, to take care of your body and skin. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy is a start but also having a good skin care regimen also helps.

So, today I want to talk about a product I've been testing out for the last two months, the StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. I received this product from Ifabbo and StriVectin in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have to say, before I wouldn’t have thought about purchasing these products, they were just too expensive for me. But now that I have actually tried them, that has changed my perspective and I will tell you why keep reading.

I had heard about the brand before and had always wanted to try it, I just couldn’t afford it. I felt so honored and excited when I got the opportunity to try out their products and as a blogger it makes you feel like your work is being seen and noticed. I say this because their PR Company also send me a box with two more of the Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. So here is a little bit about StriVectin for those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand. StriVectin concentrates on anti-aging skincare products, with a number of different cleansers, moisturizers, peels, serums, and retinol products. Their Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner “is a light lotion that contains retinol to combat enlarged pores, smooth skin texture, and fight against anti-aging”. This cream is supposed to reduce your pores significantly now for those of us with some large pores this would really catch our attention right. Also, if you read the back of the box it says you should use this as the last step in your skincare routine. This product may be a little expensive for some of you it’s priced at $99 for a 1.7oz bottle and you can find it at Bloomingdale’s, Macy's, StriVectin, or Ulta.

My experience and results; for those who don’t know I have oily combination skin but I do get dry in some parts of my face, like my chin and edges of my nose. Especially in the winter or some products that I test out that end up drying some parts of my skin. Obviously not all products are made for every skin type but as a blogger I still try out to see what works, what doesn’t and when a product dries out an oily face to the point where it gets flaky then I don’t use that product anymore. I have some visible pores on my T-zone, well mainly on the areas close to my nose, edges of my nose and a little bit on my forehead. I keep a steady routine just to prevent those pores from getting any bigger and of course you will see me try any cream that promises to minimize their appearance.

So for almost two months now, I have been using StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner after my moisturizer mostly during my night time routine. I prefer using a sun protection cream during the morning routine but sometimes I have used it in the morning. The Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner has kept my oily face under control and my pores do look less visible since I’ve been using this cream which to me it’s a big deal. Also, I get a few blackheads on my nose from time to time and noticed since using this cream they haven’t come back. That also is a really good sign to me. I got myself a great cream here. Just be aware that it will not make your pores disappear, it just helps minimize them and helps them look less visible. Me personally, I think if you have a healthy skin care routine and use a good cream like this one over time the large pores can become less and less visible. The cream also helps with wrinkles although I don’t really have any major wrinkle problems but I believe it’s never too early to start using anti-aging creams.

Lastly, I am so grateful I got the opportunity to try out this product, although it is on the pricey side you have to consider all the good things about this product. It's packed with vitamins and antioxidants and I have seen a difference in my pores with this product. So to me it is worth every penny. So I have some serious saving to do lol… Although, a little goes a long way.

Thank you all!!

What's your favorite anti-aging skincare product?

Leslie xoxo

Friday, October 2, 2015

This October 2015 Join The Fight Against Breast Cancer

As many of you may know October is breast cancer awareness month, where all women across the globe get together for one cause to create awareness, prevention and raise funds for different charities so that a cure can be found. This is a sensitive topic for me, people close to me have gone through the tough ordeal of having breast cancer. I admire and appreciate when brands like Glamulet's use their resources and audience to raise awareness.

Every year I try to create awareness about this disease somehow, but more during Pink October. Breast Cancer has changed the life of so many women of all ages and their families. It has also taken the life of many being the second deadliest form of cancer. We need to stick together and create awareness, prevention and try to raise funds so that a cure can be someday found. I have read stories of survivor and their experience is heart wrecking but at the same time I admire their strength, their hope, and their bravery that they can win that battle. Hearing stories is heart wrecking as I mentioned, but it hurts you more when it hits you close to home.

My childhood friend lost her mother to breast cancer and it hurt me too because she used to pick me up from school when my mom couldn’t and she always kept an eye on us during lunch break. It's the little things and good memories you always keep in your heart. She fought and was brave and strong to the very end; may she rest in peace. I also had to see my friend Miriam go through this disease and my aunt Deny. It’s not easy believe me to see them go through so much pain, chemotherapy, to losing their hair, losing a breast is really tough, but what really touches my heart is how these women take this experience and get stronger. They take on a fight they never imagined they would take and do it with so much courage, hope and bravery that they will win. My aunt Deny and Miriam are two of the lucky women that have survived breast cancer and each day that passes they are grateful for the second shot at life they received. I still have them in my life and I am also grateful for that.

There are so many brands out there which during October, focus on creating breast cancer awareness. I truly admire that. Some people see this as brands trying to sell a product, but I don’t see it that way because they don’t have to do it. They chose to create awareness and donate half or a percentage to the cause and hopefully someday not too far a cure can be found. This year I am joining Glamulet's Pink October 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. I am doing it for all the women out there, for those who don’t have the disease so that they can take preventive measures and check their breasts every month. I am doing it for my aunt Deny and my friend Miriam and all our brave survivors and lastly for all those brave souls who fought breast cancer to the very end.

Glamulet's is offering a whole collection of pretty pink cancer awareness charms, of every charm you purchase 50% of the sales will be donated to a charity fund for breast cancer, visit their website for more information. Every effort is done to create awareness which is important to me because of my aunt and Miriam who I saw take on this battle they did not ask for. They fought with hope, strength and braveness they defeated this disease. I want this effort or any other effort to help so that women have a better chance at beating this disease, for present and future generations so that a cure can be found. It shouldn’t only be in October it should be all year round because every day someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. Ladies please, checking your breasts at home every month it’s a great way to catch this disease early. You know your body better than anyone else. if you find something that you don’t think is not normal please get it checked. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Join me in creating awareness. Together we can help women all over the globe take preventive measures. Help support those facing this disease. Show our survivors we are proud and lastly show compassion and comfort to those families who lost a loved one to breast cancer.

How do you create Breast Cancer awareness?

Thank you

Leslie xoxo

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

imPRESS Manicure Nails Review

Always on the go and no time to wait for your nails to dry or not enough money to get your nails done at a salon? Well here is a solution to that, you might want to consider. I am sure most of you have heard of ImPRESS Manicure. They have a whole line of press on nails from soft hues, glitter and trendy accent nails in a variety of colors and designs all with a mega gel shine, also now available in matte finish.

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I received two sets, a matte nude shade and a mega gel shine pretty red to try out and review. I am not getting paid for this review and everything said here is my honest opinion of the imPRESS manicure nails. I was very skeptical about press on nails that’s why I had never used them before because I honestly thought they would come right off the minute I did anything that required using my hands such as washing dishes, cleaning the house and lifting things. Well I will admit I was wrong and these do stick on your nails pretty sturdy.

Putting them on is pretty simple and quick just make sure they fit in your nail perfectly then you peel off the plastic and press on your nail and there you have it, pretty simple no waiting for them to dry and no mess. Like I said this is perfect if you’re on the go in a hurry or just being lazy (like me sometimes lol...) and don’t want to paint your nails or go to a salon. I personally like painting my nails but I admit sometimes I am really busy and want something quick specially if I am going to an event or get together and want my nails to look presentable. These won’t damage your nails which is also a plus.

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The first day I put them on I did have to replace one press on nails because I had removed it to fix it and after that it wouldn’t stick properly. So it was loose, so I just replaced it with another press on nail and that fixed the issue. After that they didn’t come off for about four days. I took them off myself on the fourth day of wearing them. They were pretty sturdy for those days, I washed dishes and cleaned the house and they never came off which to me was a really good thing. Like every product there's always a con. When I have my hair loose I tend to run my fingers through my hair and when I did that with the press on nails on the hair would get caught in between the nails. It was driving me nuts lol… If my hair was up I think this wouldn’t have been an issue, but it’s just a minor thing. The main reason I took them off its because I am always changing my nail colors unless I am really busy then I would leave it until I have the chance to paint my nails again. But I love changing nail colors regularly it’s just fun.

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The red ones I have had on for three days now they are looking pretty sturdy too and I am trying not to run my fingers through my hair lol… Taking them off its pretty easy just pull them off and that’s it. Like I mentioned before it doesn’t ruin your nails or damages them in any way. So after using these my opinion about press on nails changed, they proved me wrong and that they can last pretty long should you decide to leave them on for a while. They are pretty sturdy, well I didn’t do construction work lol… I just did house chores and wash dishes and they never came off. Just don’t remove them and try to put them back on, in wont stick properly if you’re going to remove one just put on a brand new nail. Also, try not to run your fingers through your hair too much. Other than that these are awesome and the colors and design they come in are gorgeous. Will I purchase these imPRESS nails, yes I would. They only cost $7.99 at any drugstore or you can buy them online.
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Have you tried imPRESS nails? What was your experience like?

Leslie xoxo

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 2015 Ipsy Bag

Hello babes, it’s been a while I know. I have missed you guys so much but I have been pretty busy with work and gym. Trying to get fit and healthy it’s like a full time job too. I have tried to stay active on social media specially Instagram (Follow me at @Bravenezz). I am working on creating a blogging schedule that I can stick with and works well around my job schedule and personal life schedule. So be a bit patient please. Today, I wanted to talk about my September Ipsy bag and the products I got in it.

I joined the Ipsy subscription about three months ago and I did it mainly for the bags because they are so adorable and you can use them for just about anything to store makeup, receipts, use it as a clutch (I definitely would) or any other storage use you may think off. I also like the products too. They are perfect size for on the go or traveling and it’s always awesome when I get full size. For $10 a month this is a great deal I believe.

Ok so on to what I got this month; the bag itself it’s so pretty. It's a gold colored bag which I will be using as a clutch to go out with, it’s not too big or to small it’s a perfect size. As to the products I received they are all awesome, here is the list:

1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: I am sure many of you have heard of this brand if you haven’t, do check it out its really good. This moisturizer it’s not new to me I have used it before and I love that it can be used from head-to-toe as Ipsy described it. I mainly like using it for my hands and feet because they tend to get ashy sometimes or dry and this cream really helps. You can also use this all over your body even your face, a perfect all in one moisturizer. I am glad I got this one I can use it as a travel size one.

2. NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eye Shadow Trio: This is a really pretty eye shadow trio that NYX designed for all Ipsy subscribers which it’s pretty cool. I have use NYX eye shadows before and they are really great. They have good color payoff and are very smooth on application. This trio is great for traveling or if you’re on the go and need a pop of color.

3. Octavio Molina Hair Aceite de Argan: I have use Argan oils from other brands but not from this one so I am curious to try this out. Let me know if you guys want a review of it down below.

4. City Color Cosmetics City Chick Lipstick In the shade ---- , ok you guys know I am obsessed with lipsticks I don’t have a huge collection but I have quite a few and when I get a new one I get excited. I will try this one out for you and let you know what I think of it stay tuned.

5. Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill Tinted Brow Gel: Wow I have tried so many eye brow products it’s not even funny but I haven’t disliked anything I have tried so far so I’ll give this one a try too and see how I like it.

So this is all I got in my September Ipsy bag. What did you get this month and did you like it?


Leslie xoxo