Smart Stuff Natural Insect Repellent

Hey Guys,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We are practically at the last days of summer, but that doesn’t mean that the bugs aren’t out.

Today I will be reviewing a natural insect repellent from Smart Stuff. This product review is a little different from my normal beauty reviews, but like most women who are a little afraid of bugs and with the rise of the Zika Virus … I wanted to give this product a try.

Here’s a little about Smart Stuff:
Smart Stuff was created by doctors Lisa A. Liberatore, MD and Dimitri N. Kessaris, MD. As physicians, they understand a product’s effects on a molecular level. As parents, they simply won’t compromise when it comes to health and safety of their family and friends. So when the two became increasingly frustrated with the misleading ingredient labels and dangerous chemicals found in products in their home, they knew there had to be a better, safer alternative.
SMART STUFF™ products are all natural and effective for children and adults alike. They are also environmentally friendly too. A portion of the profits from SMART STUFF™ goes towards supporting Luv Michael, a non-profit dedicated to educating, training and employing individuals with Autism.



The product- Smart Stuff Insect Repellent is a:
  • Natural plant based essential oils & extracts which helps repel bugs safely and effectively
  • It contains no Deets
  • No synthetic chemicals
Over the weekend I was invited to a small get together with some friends. We wanted to hang out, have a few drinks, sit and chat, laugh and enjoy the last few warm days before the end of summer. I knew that we all were going to be outside on the deck for majority of the time, so I thought that this would be a perfect time to test out Smart Stuff Natural Insect Repellent.
Around the hour of 8pm I started feel the fluttering touches of a mosquito. At that point, I knew that it was the perfect time to whip out this repellent. I sprayed a generous amount onto the areas that I had exposed…areas like my arms, upper chest and the top of my feet.
The scent of this repellent was not at all strong. It had a light peppermint scent that lasted for a few minutes until the product was absorbed into the skin. To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure if the product would work once the scent had faded. But 3 hours later, I was still bitten free and I didn’t feel any fluttering of a mosquito.


The next day I decided to do a bit of light hiking and wanted to try the product out again. As I was walking through the trails, I noticed that I wasn’t being attacked like usual….I didn’t have use up most of my energy swatting away bugs.

Over all…I really love this product! I love this this product because….
  1. Its NATURAL!
  2. The scent is light and refreshing
  3. Most importantly….it works!
Smart Stuff Insect Repellent retails for $ 15.99. To check out the brand, other products that they may have or to purchase your own Smart Stuff Insect Repellent, you can visit their website.

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Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer



Hey Luvs!

For the past six months I've been doing a lot of reviews on skincare. Taking care of my skin and making sure that I'm using products that will enhance or continuing the healthy state of my skin is a MUST!
I do have a bit of combination skin, so when it some to my facial cleasners and moisturizer, I do have to be a bit conscious of what I'm putting on my face. With that being said, I do try a lot of products to see what works and what doesn't.

Last week I was given the opportunity to try Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisture. Today makes day 5 of using this moisturizer and I wanted to let you guys know what I thought about Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisture, but before I do, lets talk a bit about Valentia.

Valentia's Mission: "To provide you a greater level of overall happiness with your appearance without the harsh chemicals that dry out, stretch, burn and prematurely age the skin. Our strategic formulations include powerful natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to succeed in giving skin a natural and radiant glow that contributes to a youthful look."


Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer is a lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This moisturizer will:
- Lighten dark spots
- Restore skin radiance
- Even skin tone
- Diminish fine lines
- Provide all-day hydration

The main ingredients of this moisturizer consist of:

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.
Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.
Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look.
Safflower Oil: Repairs skin's natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection.
Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.

So what I think about this product.....I love it! After 5 days of using this product I noticed that my skin was a bit brighter, the dark spots from previous pimple out breaks are fading and my hyper pigmentation is beginning to even out.
Most people of color tend to suffer from hyper pigmentation in some areas like the eyes, nose and mouth. When it comes  to me, I have a slight case of hyper pigmentation around the corners of my mouth...so the fact that this product is helping with evening out the skin tone in that area is a plus!

I apply the product twice a day...first thing in the morning after cleansing my face and at nights after cleansing as well. This product is super light weight, it absorbs quickly into the skin and has a very light scent. The fact that this product is made up of ingredients that are natural is always a win win!

Valentia as a company has grown on me. I have sampled other products like their Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask..which I still use.

To purchase your 4 oz bottle of Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  for $25, you can simply  head over to their website.

If you would like to stay in the know when it comes to Valentia's or their Pure Glow product, you can check them out on their Facebook or Instagram.

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ARK Skincare Review


Hi Guys,

Wow..... recently I've been doing a lot of product reviews for the past couple of months. I must say that I love trying and testing out new products, but mostly discovering new brands. I will be reviewing ARK Age Defend Replenishing Moisturizer. ARK Skincare is a brand whose products are "AGEaware", which means they focuses on and tailors it's products to each stage of aging.

Here's a little about the company:
ARK Skincare is a British skincare brand, which treats skin by age and skin concern. Created in England, ARK Skincare products deliver professional, salon-grade results using the most innovative natural formulations. The result is a highly effective personalized skincare regime for every individual.

Why treat skin by age?

There are two main transition periods in the aging process where there is a dramatic shift in hormone production and a significant change in the way the body functions: late 20s to early 30s and late 50s to early 60s. ARK has looked at the skin externally and internally during these periods, to create three age-specific product ranges, which support skin with the optimum level of nourishment and skin-perfecting ingredients. Complemented by the Skin Perfector range of treatment products and the Skin Essential range of daily necessities, Ark Skincare offers a solution for all of your skincare needs. 


ARK Skincare targets by the following age segment: Teens to 20's, 30'2 to 40's and 50's & onwards.
We know that during our teens or our early 20's, your skin tends to be in or at its prime. This is the stage where it's the most healthiest, vibrant and youthful.
As you begin to enter into your 30's you start to notice one or two small lines near the eyes or around the corner of your mouth. This is the age range where the signs of aging is starting to creep up.
In most cases when one is in their 50's, the signs of aging is definitely noticeable. Whether its the crow feet by the eyes, the frown lines around the mouth or those deep forehead wrinkles.


I have been using ARK Age Defend Replenishing Moisturizer for about a week. For those who don't know I'm in my early 30's, so I received the moisturizer that was tailored to the 30 to 40 age range. I applied the moisturizer after using my cleanser. I like the fact that my skin felt hydrated after ten minutes of applying the product.  
Throughout the day, I did notice that my face seemed a bit oilier than usual. To be honest I was not a fan of the fragrance of the product....it was a little on the strong side when it comes to scents.

The packaging of the product is so sleek and nicely put together. I mean..... all you have to do is press down on the top of the jar and the perfect amount of product is dispensed. I love that fact that the packaging is practically spill- proof. so you don't have to worry about the product spilling in your purse if you choose to carry it around.

Overall, this is a good a brand. I believe that they are on the right track when tackling skin aging issues.If you would liked to know more about this brand toy can simply check them out at: Ark Skincare.


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Fragrance Giveaway *CLOSED*


Hey Luvs!
Last weeks I had posted a review about Franck Olivier's Bamboo perfume and I wanted to give back to my readers by doing a giveaway.

In this contest, one lucky winner will receive their very own full size bottle of Franck Olivier Bamboo perfume . 

Check out the post Bamboo Perfume by Franck Olivier Exclusively at Fragrance Outlet, for details on the fragrance.


Here are the rules:
1. Subscribe to Culture of Venus
2. Like us on Instagram @cultureofvenus
3. Share @cultureofvenus Fragrance Giveaway       Facebook post your Facebook account. You will automatically enroll yourself in the campaign once the share completed.

This is such a great way to experience a new fragrance! 

Contest closes on September 5, 2016 at 11:59pm
Good Luck Guys!





Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick Review


Hello Luvs!

A couple of days ago I received 3 shades out of the 45 shades of the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Collection. Unlike their previous lipstick collections, Artist Rouge is 25% more pigment, moisturizing  and long wearing. These 45 new formulated lipstick shades are bold, vibrant, fierce and captivating!  



All 3 lipsticks glided on smoothly. They were creamy with an intense shine. The 3 shades I received were C404-Passion Red, C211- Rose Wood and C502-Taupe Violet.

C404-Passion Red
You can tell by the name Passion Red, this lipstick color is a red. The color is vibrant, bold, eye catching and classy. Passion Red is definitely close to a true red...which I love! 


C211- Rose Wood
Rose Wood is such a pretty color! When I first saw the shade, I thought this color would have been a bit too light on my lips because of my deep/brown skin tone. But due the hint of pink tones in the lipstick, when I applied it to my lips....it showed up more as subtle rosy color. Rose Wood turned out to be my favorite color out of the three ♡

C502-Taupe Violet
My first reaction to Taupe Violet was. "I don't think this shade will work for me! Because I mostly wear shades of reds, pinks and nudes/ brown, this color seemed be a bit left field for me.  But hence MUFE hash tag #GETYOURBOLDON.... I kept an open mind about this color.  The color is in the family of purple, more like a  mauve. When I put Taupe Violet on I did feel that is was a bit too light for me, but with the help of a lip liner, I was able to achieve a desired look.

The packaging of these lipstick were super sleek and chic!  Each lipsticks cost about $22  for a .12oz size available at sephora.com


Please note that I did received these samples lipsticks complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes via influenster. Thank you Make Up For Ever for #MYARTISTROUGE lipsticks!

Bamboo Perfume by Franck Olivier Exclusively at Fragrance Outlet








Hey Luvs!
Today I am back with another review and this time I will be reviewing Franck Olivier’s Bamboo for women, an exclusive fragrance sold by Fragrance Outlet.

Before I get into my review on the perfume, I wanted to talk a little about Fragrance Outlet, Inc. Fragrance Outlet, Inc. recently launched their new e-commerce site. They own and operate over 100 Fragrance Outlet and Designer Fragrances stores. Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation’s largest retailers of genuine designer fragrances and related accessories.

Compared to other retail or department store prices for designer fragrances, Fragrance Outlet prices are substantially lower, which makes these high-end perfumes and colognes more affordable for the everyday consumer.



Ordering and shipping from frangranceoutet.com was a breeze. Once your order has been completed, a confirmation email will be sent to you where you are able to track your package. An order typically takes about 3 business days. My order was packaged in an adorable white box with a blue ribbon. They were also nice enough to provide four additional small perfume samples for me to try…fragrances that they exclusively carry.




Franck Olivier’s Bamboo is a beautiful, floral and elegant scent. I love the fact of how pretty and feminine this scent is. The wonderful sweet scent of lilies was very subtle and not at all overpowering.

The notes that make up this fragrance include:

Top notes: Blackcurrant, Violet leaves, Ivy
Middle notes: Lily, rose, Ylang-ylang, Freesia
Base notes: Musk, Cedar and Vetiver




The perfumes bottle itself was shaped beautifully. This fragrance is perfect for the spring and summer months. The only negative about this perfume is that the scent does not last long. Now, I do know that when wearing a fragrant, your sense of smell will get use to the scent of whatever you may be wearing. But, I found myself having to re-applying the fragrance throughout the day because I couldn’t catch a whiff of the scent after it has been applied for an hour or two.

Overall, I really like the scent. As I said, Bamboo is a feminine, beautiful, floral and elegant scent, but keep in mind that Fragrance Outlet carries other popular names in fragrance...so you’re not limited when selecting you signature scent.

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Achieving Healthy & Hydrated Skin with Aquation

 Hi Guys!!!

So lets talk about skincare! We all know that drinking plenty of water will help aid in having healthy skin, but what if  told you that by using dermatologist recommended AQUATION cleanser, daily moisturizing lotion and moisturizing cream, you can achieve healthy hydrated skin!


Clinically proven and with moisture balance technology, Aquation is a new line of skincare products which is sold at Walmart. For my honest review I was sent 3 full size samples: Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser, Daily Moisturizing Lotion and their Moisturizing Cream.

About the AQUATION
Aquation is powered by Hydro Balance™  their advanced dual phase technology that delivers hydration and creates an invisible barrier to help prevent moisture loss while encapsulated actives penetrate deeply for long-lasting hydration. 

100% of women in clinical trials saw more hydrated skin, even up to 24 hours. 93% experienced instant hydration. 93% found non-irritating.

Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser  
The moisturizing cleanser gently cleanse away dirt, oil and makeup while infusing moisture, revealing fresh, soft skin. Their formula won’t over dry or strip your skin and is enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help maintain the skin barrier. For use on face and body.
  • Washes away dirt, oil and makeup
  • Gently cleanses without stripping
  • Hydrates and softens
Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic.

I was a bit skeptical at first when it came to the cleanser. The consistency of the product was more like a light lotion(y) texture. Because subconsciously, I associate suds and bubbles as being clean or dirt free...I wasn't sure of this creamy like cleanser would have done a good job of removing the everyday elements from my skin. 

But to my surprise, my skin felt smooth, soft, clean and moisturized. I loved the fact my skin had a silky feel after all of the cleansing product was rinsed off. 
 

Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Replenish moisture daily with this lightweight lotion enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to restore and fortify skin’s natural water balance. This quick absorbing formula provides all day hydration to help relieve dryness, soften skin and sooth the itch and irritation associated with moisture loss. For use on face and body.
  • 24 hour hydration
  • Enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid
  • Quick absorbing, non greasy
Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic.

The daily moisturizing lotion was exactly what it said it was...moisturizing! I like that this moisturizer was lightweight. I usually tend to stay away from heavy creams or lotions during the summer months. So the consistency of this lotion was just right for this time of year.

Moisturizing Cream 
Ultra rich formula penetrates deeply for 24 hour hydration and helps to relieve dryness, soften skin and sooth the itch and irritation associated with moisture loss. Our advanced dual phase formula enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid delivers instant moisturization and creates an invisible barrier to help prevent moisture loss. For use on face and body.
  • 24 hour hydration
  • Enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid
  • Quick absorbing, non greasy
Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic.
The moisturizing cream is definitely hydrating to the skin. This cream is heavy, its rich. and its absolutely perfect to use during the colder months or if you suffer from an extra dry skin condition. Again, due to the hot weather I really didn't use too much of the cream. I applied some only on my elbow, knees and feet... the areas that I tend to experience a bit more dryness.

Rest assure, during the cold winter month...this moisturizing cream will be my staple.


Aquation consists of a family of hydrating cleansers, creams, and moisturizers. You can learn more about Aquation at: http://aquationcare.com/discover-aquation/
If you'd like to stay in the know about Aquation ...you can follow them on Facebook @AquationCare Twitter @AquationCare and Instagram @AquationCare  #MyPerfectAquation


Aquation is available on walmart.com an in Walmart store nation!
For a $3.00 coupon, click AQUATION to redeem.



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