Thursday, February 11, 2016

EPIC Swatch-Fest | UD Moondust Shadows, Glitter Liners & More!

Hey there beauty babes! Thanks so much for visiting today. As many of you probably have already seen - I got a wonderful PR package from Urban Decay!! I know a lot of people were super curious to see everything I got in the box - so I took some pretty photos as well as filmed a kind of unboxing video. I also included swatches and some demos of  the products I got - moondust eyeshadows, glitter liners, primer, Mascara and more!! I figured it would be helpful to see all the swatches, so if you are wanting to purchase any of the shadows or liners online - this video can help you really see the colors and hopefully help you decide which to get! The video is at the end of this post, hope you enjoy!

Which glitter liner and moon-dust shadow is YOUR favorite? If you would like to see me create looks with any specific shadows or products that I got, let me know! Someone recently requested I do a look featuring Diamond Dog, so I am working on that...  Until then you can check out THIS post, THIS post and THIS post to see a couple looks I already created featuring some of these products. ♥ Enjoy the video!!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Eye Cream Fit For A Queen | VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream

**Thank you to VII Beauty  for sponsoring this post! And a huge thank you to my readers for supporting the sponsors that make Agape Love Designs possible. All thoughts, tips and opinions are my own.**
Hi Beauty Babes, thank you so much for joining me today. I've got a review to share with you of a "Royal Luxurious" Eye Cream - the VIIcode T2 O2.5 Oxygen Eye Cream! This eye cream promises to protect the skin against extra external damage, while also repairing damaged cells so that it helps with signs of aging, dark circles as well as keeping your skin moisturized... Its also alcohol-Free and Safe for all skin types. Now aside from those wonderful claims, this eye cream actually has a fascinating back-story. Well at least I find it fascinating, as I absolutely love History (in general) and learning about the past as well as the origins of beauty products. So before I get into my review, I'd love to share a bit of the story with you!

VIIcode is a royal brand, born in 18th century by a man named Byrne Victor... "Born in a small town in Austria, Byrne Victor learned dermatology from his father when he was a child and spent all his life in this field. To cure his genetic congenital skin disease, Byrne attempted many therapies on himself but only worsened the situation. Tortured by the disease, he seldom went out until the age of 35, when he finally worked out a mysterious formula, which not only cured his skin disease but also made his skin as smooth and soft as a new-born baby. The legend astonished his country and soon spread all over the Europe. His invention was zealously worshiped and pursued by many aristocrats and celebrities thereafter.

In 1800, Byrne welcomed a special guest, the King of Austria, Francis II of House of Habsburg, which changed the fate of the Victors since then. The King asked Byrne to bring the “Ageless Mystery” to the Queen Josephine (wife of NapolĂ©on). And Under the requirement of the queen, Byrne made a promise to keep the mysterious formula as a secret until queen’s death."

Now, I have not found any other articles on this to know for sure if its all true or not, and believe me I did look into it. As I said, I am fascinated by History and love to look up facts to see what's historically accurate or not. Even though I couldn't find more info connecting the story, I still absolutely love it, and hope it is true! It definitely makes me feel much more regal and luxurious thinking that I could be using this "ageless mystery" that was also used by a Queen! ♥
According to the product description... "The exclusive "T2" stone mortar extraction process completely revolutionizes conventional skin care with breakthrough creative self-repairing and self-healing technology that instantly activates the skin's natural repair system, stimulating new self-healing energy to restore damaged cells surrounding the eyes to fade away signs of aging and revitalize and protect skin around the eyes. During the day, it withstands hypoxia, pollution, UV and electron radiation and protects the skin against other external damage. At night, it repairs damaged cells and stores sufficient energy for rejuvenation of the skin."

That sounds super intense, but to break it down - its basically saying that the way this product is made is a revolutionary and its what makes this product work its magic. The whole process takes quite a long time, 3 years, to make! Which is probably what makes this product so luxurious (aka expensive!). In addition to the T2 Process, the ingredients are wonderful and beneficial as well!

-Evening primrose boosts blood circulation which is helpful to treat tired skin and eyes and especially effective in removing wrinkles.
-Vitamin E protects you from ultraviolet light. Your body needs vitamin C to make collagen, which is the main structural component of skin and the source of its elasticity and firmness.
-Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, vitamin C and vitamin E.It enhances the appearance of dehydrated or damaged skin by reducing dry flaking and restoring suppleness to the skin.
-The elderberry anti-oxidant content maintains the skin cells in top form, leaving you with glowing, younger skin.
To go along with the luxury of it all, the eye cream comes in a sleek royal blue jar which comes in a very nice drawstring leather pouch with red lining. In addition to the eye cream you also get a uniquely engineered crescent "activation strip"  (pictured above) which is a "massage" tool exclusive to the product. You can use this tool before applying the product, to activate the cells and clear buildup of dead skin so that nutrients can be more easily absorbed by the skin! You can also use it to apply the product itself as well. I tried both ways, but typically applied the product gently with my ring finger after using the activation strip.

VII Beauty suggests using VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask with VIIcode the 2nd Oxygen Eye Cream O3, and to use the eye cream both in the morning and at night - for best results! I personally only used the eye cream they sent me alone, however I did use it both morning and night - after cleansing the skin. And my overall experience has been great! Of course I am only 31 and the signs of aging around my eyes are not major, but its enough to cause concern. Plus, its never too early to start anti-aging products, so I want to actively take care of my eyes and slow or prevent as much aging as possible, before its too late!

Being that I am a beauty blogger and am constantly wearing something on my eyes (shadows, glitter, liner, mascara, false lashes) - my eyes get a lot of "wear and tear" if you will. Applying and removing makeup daily and sometimes twice daily takes its toll on the delicate skin around the eyes. Over the past couple of years what I have noticed is that the skin around my eyes has become a lot more dry/scaly, and even a little bit saggy/droopy. I don't quite have wrinkles or crows feet, but my eyes have aged some. In addition to that, I also have extreme dark circles, which are hereditary.
As for my results since using the product, I will address the dark circles first, I do find that this product does help, though, very slightly with my dark circles. Its nothing miraculous - as I have found there is really NOTHING that can help dark circles that are hereditary, unfortunately. Still there are days when my eyes look worse or darker than other days, from lack of sleep and what not. But, since using this product, I haven't had any of those "worse" days... And I am often running on minimal sleep.

As I already mentioned, I have used this product twice a day. In the morning when I wake up and at night before bed, after washing my face. The product applies wonderfully, and absorbs quickly while leaving the skin around my eyes instantly feeling moisturized and plump (youthful). The skin around my eyes is also no longer dry or scaly feeling/looking. My eyes definitely look a lot more youthful and a lot less droopy too. And while that delicate skin area feels more plump with moisture, I still have more of a firmness to them too now - if that makes any sense at all. 

Overall I really like this eye cream! Its definitely luxurious and a real treat for rejuvenating the eye area. I am so very thankful for the opportunity to try this product, because the only drawback I have concerning this product is the price. It is not something I personally could normally afford, as its got quite a hefty price tag attached to it...  Though for good reason, when you consider the time and process it takes to make as well as its Royal History! With that being said, I did ask my contact if they could offer any kind of discount for you... So they did offer a Discount Code that will get you $5 OFF when you purchase {here} on Amazon. You can use the code - H98M-H5S7SA-LJFCWZ - at check out. That is not an affiliate code at all, I do not make any money on any purchases or links clicked at all. That's simply for your own benefit should you want to buy the product yourself! I am not sure how long that code will be valid for, but I will check with my contact and update the blog post as soon as I know.

Anyways, I hope you all found this review helpful and enjoyed learning the interesting history behind this product, as much as I did. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, as usual, please do not hesitate to ask! And dont forget to let me know what eye creams YOU use, love and/or recommend! 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Makeup Monday #160

Hello Beauty Babes, and happy Makeup Monday to you! Makeup Monday is a fun linky party dedicated to all things makeup & beauty. ♥ If you are a beauty blogger or have a beauty related post, I'd love to invite you to join in and link up below!
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