DIY Aromatherapy Room Spray with Anjou Top 6 Essential Oils

Hey Luvs!

Last weekend was such a blast, but a bit stressful as well. I had attended three nights of  Hartford Fashion Week and did a lot of running around to find the perfect outfit for the events, making sure I had all of the backup batteries for my camera, confirming that I had enough business cards to take with me, all while trying to make these events on time after leaving my 9 to 5 job. After viewing the last fashion show.....I was exhausted, I was ready for some downtime.

Luckily, over the weekend I received a 6 bottle kit of Anjou 100% Pure Essential Oils. I really wanted to experience a day of calming and relaxation. I felt that siting in an aromatherapy room and curling up with a good book would be best…. So I decided to make an aromatherapy room spray.

Here are some facts about Essential Oils:

Essential Oils are the oils that are extracted from flowers, plant roots, leaves, peels, bark or stems. This oil is the most potent form of the plant or flower. Essential oils can be used in multiply ways and can be beneficial to one’s physical and emotional health. Some benefits of essential oils are that they can either be anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant or antibacterial.

Within the 6 bottle kit I received (1)10ml bottle that listed the country of origin:

Lavender – South Africa

Lemongrass- India

Peppermint - Japan

Eucalyptus- China

Tea Tree- Australia

Sweet Orange- Canada

I knew I wanted to experience the scent of Peppermint, Lavender with a bit of citrus. Below are the instructions on how I made my aromatherapy room spray.

What you will need:

(1) 4oz dark glass spray bottle

Essential oils: Peppermint, Lavender and Sweet Orange

2 oz of Distill water or vodka or witch hazel (I went with distill water and witch hazel)

I made sure that the glass bottle is clean before I poured in 2oz of distill water and 1 oz of witch hazel. For each essential oil...I dropped about 5-6 drops. I then tightened the top and shook all the ingredients for a 30 seconds...and wallah! We have an aromatherapy room spray!

Anjou Top 6 Essential Oil set is truly wonderful. I love the scents of all the oils, but my most favorite oils are Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender. The fact that they are natural, is a major plus for me as well. This set is makes a perfect gift for someone. The package is quite nice…the six oils comes in a super sleek black box that resembles a drawer.

I am 100% recommending Anjou Top 6 Essential Oils!! As stated before there are multiply ways these oils can be used.

To get your own Anjou Top 6 Essential Oils to purchase.

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My Grand Prairie Wayfarer| Glasses Shop Review


A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by and they wanted to know if I would be interested in trying out a pair of glasses from their website. I was super excited about this opportunity...for I was in need of a new pair of stylish glasses... so I haply excepted. focuses on online eyeglasses and sunglasses. Their prescription sunglasses and eyeglasses frames come with a 90-day quality guarantee. deliver superior eyeglasses at an unbeatably-low price. 

I love wearing glasses. There are so many shapes, sizes, styles, colors and brands one can choose from. I feel that eyeglasses sometimes are the missing piece to an outfit. If you're like me...your glasses mostly likely will turn into an accessory.
When it comes to prescription, I do however own a pair of low prescription glasses. I normally don't wear them because I use these glasses "as needed"...especially on days where my eyes may become a bit tired from spending hours on my computer.

When choosing glasses frames, I normally tend to gravitate to eye wear that are black and has a classic look or feel. This time, I really wanted to own a pair of eyeglasses frames that were colorful or had a bit of color in them. The glasses frames I chose were Grand Prairie Wayfarer in the color purple. 

Navigating through the site was super easy. If you are unsure of how the frames would look on your face, GlassShop has a "try-on" feature which allows you to select a gender and face shape to view how the glasses would fit. After you select your frames you will then provide any RX and PD(pupillary distance) if prescription lenses are needed. The eyeglasses arrived fairly quickly and well packaged. The frames were enclosed in a plastic compact case along with a microfiber cloth.

I love my purple Grand Prairie Wayfarer glasses!! They are lightweight, fashionable, classy but most of all affordable! If you would to get yourself pair of new glasses, use the the coupon code GSHOT50 and you'll get 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses(sale frames excluded).

The Salvation Army Redemption Fashion Show Recap

Hey Luvs,

Last Saturday I was given a wonderful opportunity to cover the debut of The Salvation Army of CT's first Redemption Fashion Show.

"The Redemption Fashion Show introduced The Salvation Army's REDEEMED brand. The REDEEMED brand is the hope, imagination and love expressed in infinite possibilities by practitioners of these eternal qualities."

This fashion show allowed local designer to turn clothing that were once considered old into something new, exciting, but most of all trendy! Local designers such as Bertha Angelo, Fachinn, Marion Imbruglio, Couture France, Catherine Henry, Stacy Lawes and Vilinda McGregor grace the runway with their own uniqueness and style.

The designs were definitely impressive....the designs were "thrifty chic". As each model strut down the runway, I noticed that these designers had truly put in thought and effort into what is known as an "eco-couture" design.
The show in itself was amazing. It ran smoothly and most of all, it was well thought out.
To find out more about the REDEEMED brand or to stay in the know about The Salvation Army of CT, you can simply head over to their Facebook page at Redemption Fashion Show .

Check out some photos below from the show

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 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 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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I did receive this product in exchange for my honest review. 

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!