Valentia Beauty Sale!

9:02:00 AM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

Hi Luvs!

A couple of weeks ago, I had written a review post about VALENTIA Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask and today I wanted to give you an updated on VALENTIA. On May 16, VALENTIA has launched their updated site that will include video reviews from customers and bloggers, as well as personalized reviews.

This updated is quite awesome because now you don’t have to search the web to find what other may think or feel about each product…the reviews and comments will all be in one place at

In celebration of the updated site, VALENTIA will be offering a massive discount for customers on their entire product line.

Starting May 16th until June 1st when you use the coupon code: REFRESH35 you will get 35% OFF Valentia’s entire line of serums, masks, and scrubs on!

Happy Shopping!


Natural Ways to Help Get Rid Of Dark Underarms

7:54:00 AM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

Hi Guys,

Spring 2016 is here! Like many of us, we are gearing up to try and achieve that beach body.... and for the sleeveless season we call Summer. From ruffled tube tops, to maxi dresses and tank tops… the one thing we will all have in common is that our armpits will be exposed. And if your underarm area is a bit darker than the rest of your body…. then you are not alone. You can easily get rid of dark underarms by using simple home remedies that are affordable, natural, safe, and effective.

Below I have listed some of the main causes of dark armpits.

  1. Dead skins build up
  2. Friction on the skin due to shaving
  3. The chemicals from our deodorant
  4. Medical Conditions

    Here are a few natural remedies that can help to lighten the area:


    Potato has mild acidic properties that act as great natural bleaching agent. Due to its mild acidic nature, it can be applied on sensitive skin. All you would need to do is:

    Gently rub a thin slice of potato on you underarms for about 5-10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. You can also grate a potato and squeeze out its juice. Apply the juice over the underarms / armpits, using your fingers or a cotton pad. Let it sit there and dry for about 10-15 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

    Baking Soda

    Mix baking soda with lukewarm water to form a thick paste. Baking Soda is a great homemade exfoliating scrub that can aid in lightening your dark underarms by removing the dead skin cells.


    This remedy has strong anti-bacterial properties. This remedy works to lighten the skin tone and help get rid of bacteria and germs that feed on dead skin cells. Apple Cider Vinegar would be my personal choice when choosing a type of vinegar. Simply apply it to a cotton pad and wipe about 3 times, but letting it dry between each wipes.


    Honey is also known for its anti-bacterial properties. Simply apply a small amount of honey and spread it onto the skin. Allow the honey dries out before rinsing it off with warm water. To add a bit of UMPH to this remedy…you can squeeze a slice of lemon to the honey and apply the mixture to you underarms and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.

    Applying either of these home remedies twice a day may give you a quicker result in lightening you skin under your arms. .

    Please, like with anything else…. Best practice is to consult your doctor before trying anything new.


    VALENTIA Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask

    5:54:00 AM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

    Hey Guys,

    So I’m back with another product review and this time I will be reviewing VALENTIA Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask. I always use a clay mask at least once a month…the only difference is that I’ve always made my own clay mask from scratch.

    Now as you all know, I tend to stick to products that is more on the natural side. So I was a bit concerned as to what made up the ingredient list. 

    So about the product:

    VALENTIA Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask has natural and organic ingredients with Kaolin Clay, Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers which aid in rejuvenating the skin.

    Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

    Plant Stem Cells: Naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

    Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

    CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

    Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

    The directions were to apply the clay mask to the face, wait 15 to 20 minutes until the mask dried and then take a warm damp wash cloth to gentle remove the product off the face.

    The product had a fruity smell that reminded me of fresh raspberries. The texture of the product was almost a gel like which allowed the mask to go on smoothly when I had applied it to my face. The first two minutes after applying the mask, I did notice a tingly sensation around the mouth area. At first I was worried that it might cause a bit of irritation or redness in that area, but as five minutes went by and the clay started to dry…the tingling went away. I waited the full 20 minutes before I removed the mask. I didn’t experience any dryness or redness and my skin definitely feel soft and smooth.

    This is a great clay mask for oily skin.I would definitely recommend this product due to the organic properties that it contains.   I will absolutely be using this product as a “quick go to” when I don’t have enough time to mix all the ingredients for my homemade mask.

    VALENTIA was nice enough to provide us with a coupon code.  Now from June 5, 2016 when you use the code: UR6IMVNO you'll get 20% off of any purchase of any Valentia product(s).

    Click to purchase your jar of VALENTIA Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask
    You can check out the brand on Facebook at Valentia Beauty

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


    L'Essence Des Notes

    9:41:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

    Mother’s day is approaching fast and I have another great gift idea for that wonderful woman in our lives. The fragrance line L'Essence Des Notes believes that “Every Mother Deserves a Signature Scent!

    L'Essence Des Notes is a luxury French artisan fragrance collection of signature scents that is original, light, long-lasting and with natural essences.

    L'Essence Des Notes collection consist 3 signature scents: Feminine, Masculine and Unisex

    I was able to try a couple of the fragrances from the brand and I ended up falling in love with Pamplemousse & Basilic. The scent Pamplemousse & Basilic was clean and beautiful. It had hint of grapefruit and basil that was quite euphoric.

    Now through May 15th you will get a FREE Anti- Aging After Sun-Care Body Shimmer when you purchase a 50ml L'Essence Des Notes fragrance!

    You can purchase the fragrances online at Essence Des Notes or you can visit XES Beauty Lounge in West Hartford, CT and Stockpole Moore Tryon in Hartford, CT where it’s sold exclusively.


    Celebrating Mothers: XES Beauty Lounge

    8:47:00 AM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

    I’m, sure you all know that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th. So you have more than enough time to snag the perfect Mother's Day gift by scheduling her for a day of pampering at XES Beauty Lounge. What better way to show your appreciation for the amazing woman in your life than to surprise her with a day of relaxation and pampering.

    photo credit: <a href="">THE SPA AT THE CLIFF BAY | The Cliff Bay</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">(license)</a>

    This week I had the opportunity to check out the upscale day spa, XES Beauty Lounge and all the wonderful Mother’s Day specials they were offering. 

     Below are three great gift ideas:

    Pampering Package $99
    1 hour Swedish massage with Manicure or a customized Hydration Facial with Manicure

    Express Packages $59
    Express Massage or Facial and Express Manicure

    XES Beauty Lounge Gift Card
    Put any amount starting at $50 so she will be able to pick and choose her favorite spa services!

    Location: 8 Mayflower St, West Hartford, CT 06110