L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Review

When Influenster revealed their new campaign from L'Oreal Paris and asked me to participate, I was thrilled. Skincare is something that I'm increasingly passionate about as I'm nearing my thirties and it's a topic that is not talked about enough. I mean, if we only got one leather bag for the rest of our lives, how well would we care for it? Pretty well right? Now imagine that leather bag is your face. Am I or am I not amazing with words...

So, the 4-week challenge consisted of:

I applied twice a day for 4 weeks and below are the untouched results. Pretty great, huh. But I do have to admit that I changed up the routine because I started noticing certain things I liked and disliked about the Revitalift line.

PROS: Softer, more glowy skin. I'm fairly certain that I never had that envy-worthy, pale, translucent skin that a lot of Korean skincare die-hards achieve, but you guys, I think I did it. There's a certain radiance that was not prominent before. I am able to wear less makeup as my skin tone became more even and my under eyes are less thin and more puffy (like they're supposed to be, I think. I need to drink more water). Little blemishes went away around my nose and my skin generally became more elastic and firm, which is good news bears for my makeup routine because less is more! No settling, no creasing, super smooth application. Awesome.

CONS: I did NOT care for the night cream, it made my combination skin suuuuper oily in the morning. I gave it to my husband who has dry skin and was looking for a new night cream and he also despised how oily he got. Womp womp. I would stay away from that one. The moisturizer was great (thick and hydrating), but reacted with my makeup funny. It got goopy and chalky (almost like a cornstarch paste) when mixed with makeup (cream or powder). It was also a bit heavy for the daytime, so I switched it to my daily night cream and I loved it. The eye cream is pretty great but stings like crap if you get it into your actual eye so watch out. Is this normal? My other eye creams (Kiehl's, Benefit, StriVectin) don't do that- at least I don't think so. I'll check later when I feel like I need to torture myself for the sake of science.

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Moisturizer - 5 stars
I highly recommend. Great for those days when your face needs that extra care because it is very hydrating and luxuriously thick. Excellent as a night cream. Giant tub for $17 on Amazon.

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Concentrated Serum - 5 stars
I felt like it did what it was supposed to do, which is amp up your moisturizer and let your skin absorb it better. Think of moisturizer as food and serum as vitamins. This one absorbed quickly and I loved how smooth it made my skin. Good amount of product for the cost ($13?! OMG YES)

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Eye Treatment - 3.5 stars
It's an effective eye cream, but I'm scared I'm going to wake up screaming later because my retinas are on fire because I was stupid enough to sleep-rub. I'm just kidding, it's not that bad. Also seriously, I don't think it should hurt as much as it does. But just look at those squishy and healthy Korean eye-bags. No pain, no gain? (~$4-10 on Amazon right now)

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream - 1 star
Boooooooo. Boo. Refuses to absorb. Makes skin grossly greasy. Can't tell a difference from when I stopped using it which probably means it wasn't carrying its weight. No price because I don't want you to get it.

The Revitalift Volume Filler line as a whole is a completely affordable and frankly amazing for the money beginner anti-aging line with some heavy hitters (that moisturizer and serum though). Stay away from the night cream. Unless you have super dry skin like the Sahara in which case, by all means. But ye have been warned.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from L'Oreal Paris for an honest review. No links are affiliate, just good deals.


Love Coupon Book Giveaway!

Hey peeps! You know how much I love supporting amazing small businesses and today I am thrilled to introduce Datevitation and their lovely little pre-Valentine's Day giveaway for my blog (thanks Alex and Olga)! Here's a little rundown on what Datevitation is and what they offer:

What is Datevitation.com? Datevitation is a family business run by the husband-wife team and romance experts of Alex and Olga Karpman. You can read more on their Datevitation blog, where they offer video guides to date ideas and romantic gestures. (You can even watch Alex propose to Olga in a video they posted on YouTube as a Save The Date, and now has over 1.5 million views (you can view the video here)! so cute!)
Datevitation makes cute custom love coupon books for any recipient- parents, a special someone, kids, and friends. Think of the possibilities! I know moms especially would appreciate receiving a love coupon book from their kids and dad for extra chores, a day off cooking/dishes, or a spa day! And kids would love a coupon book filled with fun activities to do throughout the year.

Why Datevitation.com? It's easy and so much fun! Datevitation's site lets you choose from their extensive library (click here to browse) of "love coupons" to include in your little love coupon book! There are so many to choose from! Including, ahem, naughty love coupons, but you can see for yourself later. You can even shop in your faces on the artwork, how cute is that! I make Valentine's Day love coupon books for B every year and I usually just make them with Photoshop and give it to him via PDFs on a flash drive which he uses for a while but then gets lost or usually forgotten. 

Enter to win: Datevitation has sweetly offered to give away a FREE love coupon book valued at $25 plus free shipping! It will end a week from today and you can enter here:
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If you simply can't wait, as a special treat for my followers, Datevitation has generously provided the code ‘OBSESSED’ for $10 off your purchase plus free shipping (total value of $13.50) That means you can get your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift for Valentine's Day starting at just $15! The order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery by Valentine's Day is February 3 so just make sure to get your order in before then! ;)

p.s. bonus tip- if you're feeling especially lucky- go to their blog and enter to win a $300 cash giveaway!

Although some things are obviously more for me (fancy date night hello!) B loves getting these love coupon books every year as they provide us with fun things to do to switch up our daily routine a little. And really, isn't that what Valentine's Day should really be about? Strengthening and celebrating our precious relationships!

This post was sponsored by Datevitation, a brand that I love and trust. A love coupon book was provided for review. All opinions are my own.

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Holiday Sparkle

I've been wanting a sequin dress in this blue/gray color for SO long. TOO long. So when I found it last week at Forever21 I snapped up the last perfect one in size S. It's a little big on me (I'm usually an XS), I think it's meant to be a bodycon-style dress, but I like the way it hangs so casually, skimming instead of clinging (aka How To Wear a Sequin Dress and Not Look Like You're Going To Vegas 101).

But the cons of heavily sequin dresses are that they're a bit irritating on the skin sometimes, the sequins catch on each other (proof below, I promise the dress isn't tucked into my underwear!), and all eyes are on you. Why is that a con? you may ask. Oh, you bold, confident person. I wish I could be like you.
sequin dress: F21 (similar on sale!, similar, similar) | leather jacket: thanks to Aeropostale (similarsimilar) | lucite wedges: H&M x MMM (similar) | knuckle clutch: gift from mom! (amazing, amazing, steal)

 What's happening this week:
  • SO ecstatic that my bracelet was featured in Points North Magazine this month for their December 2013 holiday gift guide! *super happy dance* It's a small feature, but I am pumped nonetheless.
  • The holidays are here and for once I haven't bought all the Christmas gifts by November as I usually do. It wouldn't be that bad but B and I haven't sat down and decided on gifts for relatives yet. Yikes.
  • It's been raining and muggy here so I don't wanna hear "that's way too cold to wear what you're wearing." If you know me, then you know I'm a glutton for comfort and if it's way too cold (or even just a little too cold), I will slink into my couch in my alpine-print leggings and oversize hoodie and  my  mug of tea and read a book instead of posting like a good, enduring blogger should. Heck to the no.
  • It's the first two weeks of December, which means that it's holiday rush time for the shop and final exam time for school. Somebody save me.


Playing with Neutrals: Fur Vest

A fur vest is one of my all-time fashion obsessions and by far the least worn item in my closet! Last fall I spent months of searching and living and breathing fur vests. If you follow me on Pinterest you were most likely flooded with pins upon pins of Olivia Palermo wrapped up in an enormously fluffy fur vest (really, Olivia? you look amazing, we don't deny it, but how do you get anything done in that?) or Wendy who could wear a burlap sack and thousands of women would turn up at work in a burlap sack the next day or that VS model turned actress busily walking past awed passerby in the most amazing all-leather outfit I have ever seen, PETA-be-damned. If you didn't thoroughly enjoy the masses of fur vest pins I unleashed upon you then I'm sorry because I don't know if our friendship would last IRL. Kidding!

But seriously. Months in of the search for the perfect fur vest (fluffy, but not too fluffy; not too brown, not too gray; not too short, not too engulf-y) I finally found THE ONE on ebay last year and then wore it like once. What?! B haaated the vest and so I felt really subconscious about it. But- fast forward to last week- the weather suddenly turned cold and guess who was calling my name once again. 
sweater dress: h&m, old (similar) | fur vest: ebay, love this one on sale! | boots: aldo, old (similar) | bag: Phillip Lim x Target | watch: MK | bracelets, necklace: yunikelley designs | ring: similar

The haps lately:
  • B came home from Alaska and I've been off the grid. durh.
  • B and I went on a much needed vacay to the Blue Ridge Mountains and you had to pry me away. It was trivia night in their bar & grill and we may or may not have been the youngest people there by a several decades (what does that say about us?). But we did win the first round and won a pitcher of beer which we gave away and we got to see someone's dear grandma get pretty plastered so good times were had by all!
  • Got asked to feature one of my Etsy items in Points North Magazine's holiday issue! It's a local mag that covers several city's worth of who-who's and where-to-eat-and-shop's so I'm really excited!
  • Be on the lookout for my next blog giveaway! I discovered this SUPER CUTE Etsy shop that sells bows. I ordered a bunch last month and loved them so much that I asked Sarah to host a giveaway with me and she kindly said yes!
  • Between school and my Etsy shop, I have been so overwhelmed- my sleeping and eating schedule is all wonky. How do you daily bloggers do it? And I know some of you have full-time jobs and go to school! Are you secretly robots, because if so I knew it! It's devastating because I love sleep.
  • Started watching the tv series Chuck. If you know me, then you know I like to have at least 5 shows in my rotation. Right now they're Walking Dead, Survivor, The Office. While it's not my favorite, I still like it!