Must Haves: Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

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Jessie’s Girl Satin Finish Nail Color in Sea Glass

I’m back with another sponsored review of a Valentia product. This time, I was given a bottle of the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum, which is supposed to increase elasticity by increasing the circulation in your skin. The Valentia line of beauty products are fascinating to me because while each product has an individual role, all of the ones I’ve tried so far also moisturize,  minimizes fine lines, and brightens skin tone.

Unlike the Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, a product that has a few perks that take time to present themselves (although the ability to give moisturizer staying power was immediate), the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum’s benefits showed up almost immediately. This is another night time serum and what I noticed was a difference in tone by the second day. I noticed a difference in the appearance, a glow or a freshness – like I had given it a good scrub by the fourth day. One of the ingredients in the serum is Lactic Acid which is an exfoliant that speeds up skin cell turnover.

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The other ingredients are: Seaweed which helps skin’s absorption of oxygen, Licorice to even out skin tone, Gotu Kola for skin firmness, and Argan oil which reduces water loss and helps with skin elasticity. When  I noticed that the Clearlift Revitalizing Serum contains Argan oil — something I use often with my moisturizer and hair care products for additional moisture — I stopped using the Royal Rose Hydrating Serum and my Argan oil In order to properly review the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum. My skin still felt hydrated without the extra Argan oil and hydrating serum, and the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum appears to give it a buffed smoothness.

My thoughts — I like the Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum. I’m anxious to see if consistent use will produce firmer, plumper skin, but it provided me with buffed skin and enough hydration to bypass an additional source of moisture.

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OPI Designer Series Introduces Raw Granite Matte Glitter Polish

I am a major nail art fiend, and I absolutely love fingernail polish. There was a time when I was completely against glitter polishes because I thought they were gaudy and I wasn’t crazy about matte finishes either. I have seen beautiful nail art that incorporates matte and glitter, and I am hooked. If I wasn’t already hooked, I would have been after seeing OPI’s Designer Series Raw Granite nail lacquers. The combination of a matte finish that sparkles is absolutely gorgeous. 

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OPI Designer Series Raw Granite nail lacquer in Pewter. Photo courtesy of the Lacquerologist.

The new polishes are part of OPI’s  designer series and contain diamond dust. They are following the footsteps of Azature, a polish and luxury jewelry brand I am obsessed with owning and have written several posts where I mention Black Diamond nail lacquer, a glistening polish infused with black diamonds. Azature is most famous for making a $250,000 bottle of nail polish, the most expensive bottle of nail polish to date. From what I can tell, the difference between the Raw Granite polishes and Azature is the Granite Series is earthy and its sheen is subtle, while Azature is glamorous and glitzy.

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OPI Designer Series Raw Granite nail lacquer in Lapis. Photo courtesy of the Lacquerologist.

The diamond dust polish comes in pewter and lapis and is meant to be worn without a topcoat which will result in a satin like finish that is satiny with dimension. While it may look like it would have a rough texture, it goes on smoothly and stays that way. I rock deep blue on my nails constantly, so I am extremely excited about this new addition to the Designer Series. I love how the silver hexagon glitter in the pewter polish gives Emily, a.k.a. the Lacquerologist’s nails added oomph.  These polishes can go elegant or edgy and the colors deepen when given a topcoat.

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OPI’s Raw Granite polish in Lapis with and without a topcoat as seen on the Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite blog.
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OPI’s Raw Granite polish in Pewter with and without a topcoat as seen on the Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite blog.

You can find the Raw Granite nail lacquer line at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com  starting in September for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN).