Derma E Blue Shield Spray & Serum

Before I get into today’s post…how are you doing? I know the world is quite crazy right now, and it’s important we’re checking in with one another and making sure we’re all doing alright. With that being said, I know a lot of us are working from home now. Teaching online is certainly different, but I’ve been trying to do the best I can with what I’ve got. I’ve been at my computer a lot more than the norm, have you been? I thought today would be the perfect time to highlight two products by Derma E designed to protect your skin when exposed to a lot of blue light.

If you haven’t heard of blue light it’s certainly a current buzz word for wellness. For one, we have blue light blocking glasses to protect our eyes from our tech toys. The glasses help to block the blue light penetration to the retina which can be harmful. The newest blue light trend though seems to be in protective skincare from this light.

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Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum

We all know I love my Budget Beauty finds, but I’m also a big fan of high quality, timeless, brands and their products. Clarins is one of those brands that I love for both skincare and makeup. I always find myself at the Clarins in my local Nordstrom, and I’ve been introduced to, and purchasing, a lot of their products recently. This product, the Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, however, I was lucky enough to snag through Influenster! If you’re unfamiliar with Influenster, check out what it is, and how you can join, here!

Anyway, back to today’s feature…the Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum

Using a serum during both your AM and PM skincare routine is key for keeping skin nourished with great vitamins and antioxidants, hydrated, and bright. My skin has changed so much over the past couple of years and I’ve noticed I’ve been a bit on the drier side recently. So, I’ve been on the hunt for some hydrating products to help give my skin the boost it needs to stay bright and nourished. The Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum has been an amazing addition to my PM skincare routine, especially for my rosacea.

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

I recently reached out to natural skincare brand Mad Hippie, my bestie told me great things about their signature Vitamin C Serum, and was thrilled when they sent me over a bottle to try out. I feel like I’ve seen Mad Hippie everywhere lately, the brand has a super fun feel, and pride themselves on their ingredients and conservation efforts.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching & I love being at home on the weeknights cooking dinner and catching up on my favorite shows.  Don’t you?!

The weather has been so weird here in D.C., first it was warm and gross, now it’s cold and clammy.  I honestly can’t keep up with it, and neither can my sinuses!!  The beginning of the week was chilly & rainy, it legit felt like January and gave me the worst sinus headache.  So annoying.

I can’t wait to have off from work tomorrow and drive up to NJ for a wedding!  My good friend Mike…we’ve been friends since pre-k 4, can you believe that…is getting married!!!  It’s going to be such an epic celebration, so make sure you’re following along on both Snapchat (@elizabethmayce) and Instagram stories, @elizabethmayce!

Here are some things I’ve been loving recently, some classic favorites and some new goodies too.  Tweet me some favorites of yours @elizabethmayce!

Thursday's Fab Five


Bath & Body Works Candle in Sweater Weather, $12.50
Right now all B&BW candles are $12.50, which gives you a perfect excuse to go out and buy tons of fall and winter scents.  My favorite for this time of year is def Sweater Weather- it always sells out, so make sure to buy some quickly!  Sweater Weather is the perfect fall scent with notes of woods, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and sage.  The apartment smells incredible within 5 minutes of lighting this, & as I said, it’s everyone’s favorite, so buy it now!!  PS: Ebates gives 1% cash back on Bath & Body Works purchases, if you aren’t an Ebates member, join here!

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29
I wrote about this product back 2012…yes, 2012. Shocking.
It just recently reentered my life, and o.m.g. why did I ever stop using this?!  This skin boost is an incredible morning serum to use, it instantly brightens up my complexion, which has been much needed with this week’s weather.  You can read my original thoughts here, keep in mind, this post was from 2012- but my thoughts on how great the product is, are still the same!
Right now The Body Shop’s having a buy 3, get 3 free promotion.  & Ebates gives you 3% cash-back on your purchase!

Essie Kimono Over Polish, $9
My polish this week is this gorgeous deep purple from Essie’s fall collection last year.  It goes with everything, is the right degree of vampy, and will coordinate perfectly with my cobalt color dress for a wedding this weekend!  This was def one of my favorite colors from last year’s collection, and I’m so happy to be bringing it back into my life this season!  Shop through the link above, and save 2% cash-back through Ebates on HSN!

Gap’s High Rise Ankle Jeggings in Rich Wine, $30 
YOU. MUST. GET. THESE. Originally $60, these pants are so comfortable and the rich wine color is amazing with any boot you might have.  I love the rips, they’re subtle enough where people don’t give you a side eye, but just enough to be edgy.  Did that make sense?  I bought these about 2 weeks ago (for 40% off, not 50%!!), and I love, love, love, they way they fit and feel.  I bought the tall size, so they are full length and also look great with heels and flats.   I’m thinking about buying the black moss color as well…for this price, it’s a serious steal.  Use code CHEERS to save an additional 20% off, and use Ebates for 2% cash-back on your purchase!

Dog Mother, Wine Lover Muscle Tee, $30
I love the CoffeeInTheShower Instagram page, so when I saw they had a coupon code, I finally purchased this cute, and incredibly truthful, tee in black.  I love these graphic tees, and I’ve ordered from this company a few times.  It’s decent quality, comfortable fits, and I just love how this tee can perfectly describe me as a human being.

Have a fabulous weekend!! 



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Simplicity Skincare’s Reversal Protection Complex Review

I love working with new brands, I’ve truly never had a bad experience, get introduced to new & innovative skincare, and help small businesses spread the word about their products.  Simplicity Skincare is a bit different from any other brand I’ve recently partnered with…they have one product, that claims to cover all the skincare routine bases.  Too good to be true right?  Not so fast…

First off, I love the packaging of the Reversal Protection Complex, it’s half serum, half moisturizer…both products side by side with a dual pump for application.  The serum & moisturizer work together with great ingredients, hyaluronic acid, peptides, & retinol.  These are prime time ingredients for any anti-aging routine, and no matter what your age, it never hurts to start using anti-aging products…trust me.

I’ve been using this product nightly for 3 weeks, and it’s been working great for my skin.  An interesting fact, the moisturizer started out as simply an eye cream, so you know it must be quite gentle.  After my toner, I do one pump of each, and work the product into my skin.  Sometimes I do one pump, plus a little extra, of each product.  It truly depends on how my skin is feeling, but there is plenty of product in one pump and once I work it into my skin I feel fresh and hydrated.  No oily feeling, and I have experienced a breakout since using this either, so it’s passed all of my tests!

If you’re a minimalist with skincare then this product is def for you, and even if you’re like me, and the complete opposite of minimalist in skincare, it’s a nice change of pace to just be reaching for one product in the evening.  Also, when traveling, how easy is it to just pack one bottle to cover 2 steps of skincare?!?!

Simplicity Skincare Reversal Protection Complex | $48

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Farmacy Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit

Farmacy is a “farm- grown botanical” brand that I’ve been steadily hearing about for a while now.  I knew it was sold at Sephora, and I’ve read great reviews about their masks, so it’s been on my list of brands to try.  When the chance arose to test out their Perennial Skincare Discovery Kit, featuring four of their products that cover aspects of an AM or PM routine, I was so excited to give it a go!  I used this set, only these products, for about 2 weeks & I have loved all of the products and how they’ve treated my skin while the weather has been changing and allergies have been attacking me– which always results in flare ups on my face.

One of the best aspects of this set is that it is made for all skin types.  Yes, you read that correctly, every product can be used for combination, dry, oily, and even sensitive skin.  The whole kit aims to revive dull skin, tackle wrinkles, and combat any dryness- without negatively effecting dry skin.  As I mentioned above, I’ve been battling allergies, so certain parts of my face are very dry and irritated, while the rest is the typical oily-combo. 
The first step in the process is the New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains which is a dry grain cleanser that foams with water.  I always use a separate cleaning oil to remove makeup, but I made sure to use this as my follow up cleanser.  Since I’ve been outside and since it’s been much warmer, I’ve been sweating a bit more than normal, so it felt good to have a gentle exfoliating cleanser each night.  My skin felt so fresh and clean after using this each night, it wasn’t harsh at all and just gave an overall clean and healthy feeling to my skin. 
The next step in the routine, and my personal favorite, was the Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum.  I’m a huge serum so this may have had something to do with it, but aside from that this serum is packed with Farmacy’s patented Echinacea GreenEnvy which has a high concentration of cichoric acid which works to stop enzymes from breaking down your oh so precious collagen.  As long as a serum isn’t sticky, or do something crazy to my skin, I usually love it.  The added bonus with this one was the light & fresh scent.
The AM moisturizer was Farmacy’s Rise N’ Shine Daily Moisture Lock, which is a lightweight moisturizer which was perfect for the weather, but I wish it had SPF in it.  The Moisture Lock also has that Echinacea GreenEnvy, just like the serum, so you get a double dose of protecting collagen and normalizing skin pigmentation.  
Lastly, the PM Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm has been a great way to wrap up my routine each night.  I’ve loved the texture of the balm and the product aim is right in the title, firming your skin to fight against fine lines and wrinkles.  Again, this product has the Echinacea GreenEnvy, so you can probably guess that with consistency of using Farmacy products often, results will follow. 
I really enjoyed using the Perennial Skincare Discovery Kit and I def think I will be purchasing the cleanser, and maybe even the serum.  Using this Skincare Discovery Kit has made me want to branch out and purchase a variety products from the Farmacy line!
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Columbia Skincare Probiotic Concentrate & Complex

It’s always hard when to know to add new products to your beauty routine.  I’m always testing out products, and still have plenty of old favorites, but I get extra excited when I’m able to try out luxury skincare brands, especially when I’m not familiar with them.  I do want to let you all know before you keep reading, these products are pretty expensive, and I probably would not just randomly buy them if given the opportunity.
Columbia Skincare is a brand that is mostly found in high-end spas and derm offices, and the brand aims to heal the skin inflammation and promote hydration.  The brand’s Probiotic Line mixes plant stem cells and amino acids to aid skin in healing and renewing itself.  Probiotics have been popular in the last few years as a way to supplement and promote good bacteria in our bodies- it’s found in a variety of yogurts and comes in a pill form too.  So…why not use skincare products loaded up with probiotics too?!?

The probiotic line of Columbia Skincare touts itself as the first ever of its kind for topical use.  I’ve been using both of the products at night, since I believe this is when our skincare products perform best.  I start with the Probiotic Concentrate which serves as a serum that helps the skin renewal process.  I really enjoy how this serum is packaged, product is dispensed from a dropper, which is my favorite for a serum.  It has a bit of a thicker consistency than some other serums, but I use about two drops and then apply.  It’s not sticky and provides a good base for the last step…hydration. 
I follow up with the Probiotic Complex, which is the moisturizer component to the line.  I use a little bit more than a dime size amount and apply all over my face and neck.  I’ve found it to be super moisturizing and my skin has truly been looking fabulous each morning when I wake up.  I typically wake up with redness, and I must say that I have noticed a difference in the level of redness each morning- it’s gone down by quite a bit, which I’m loving!! 
If you are a lover of luxurious skincare products and need some rejuvenating products for cell renewal, these might be perfect for you! 
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HydroPeptide’s LUMAPRO-C Brightening Pigment Corrector Serum Review

If you’ve been reading Love. Life. Beauty. for more than a few weeks you would know that I’m serum obsessed.  Way too serum obsessed to be exact.  I feel that it’s the backbone to my skincare routine after I prep with a great cleanser. PS, I just did a post on my Top 5 Cleansers, you can check it out here!

I jump at the chance to try any new serum, so I was super excited when HydroPeptide’s
LUMAPRO-C Brightening Pigment Corrector Serum showed up to my door about a month ago.  I did some research on this product before testing it out and I was shocked to see that it retails for $148.  Needless to say, I had very high hopes for this product and what it would deliver.

The aim of this serum is to safely brighten your complexion- so, if you have any acne scars or hyper-pigmentation issues, this is a great product to use to help combat that.  I really worry about my skin being dull, so a radiance product is just what I feel I need in the morning to help me look bright and fresh.  This Brightening Pigment Corrector has 8 ingredients for brightening, and 3 key actives, work together to improve texture and break down hyper-pigmented cells.

I’ve been using this product since December in my morning skincare routine.  I do have a few small little acne scars from breakouts that I didn’t treat properly.  I’ve noticed that a few of them, which weren’t that bad or noticeable to begin with, are now pretty much gone- which, is, awesome!!

I’ve read quite a few reviews on this product that all say it works great in fixing heavier discoloration, and I had such a great experience with it improving my few dark spots.  Even when I’m doing a no makeup look I always put a dab of concealer on those areas, and I’ve noticed I’m barely doing that now.  Also, the brightening ingredients are incredible and each day I use this serum I notice how radiant my complexion looks.

The price point is the one thing that will hold me back from repurchasing this product.  I think if I had more of an issue with hyper-pigmentation I would highly consider repurchasing.  It’s an impressive serum for sure, and if you’re interested in trying it, use the code BBLUMA20 for 20% off your purchase!!

HydroPeptide’s LUMAPRO-C Brightening Pigment Corrector Serum | $148

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Giveaway: Tree of Life Serum Pack

It’s a Fri-yay…AND a holiday weekend!!  YAY!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Instagram Valentine’s Giveaway I just took part in with a few other bloggers.  I have yet another giveaway opportunity for everyone, this time with Tree of Life Skincare! 

I’ve been using a mixture of the Tree of Life Serums for about 3 weeks now.  The brand was nice enough to send me their Anti-Ageing Serum Combo Pack, which includes three serums that I’ve been using both in the morning and the evening.  I’ve been switching them out to use them all evenly.  Talk about a major punch of great ingredients…

The Hyaluronic Acid Serum has been my go to in the evening to help my skin’s texture and overall appearance.  This is an ingredient I always make sure is somehow imbedded into my nighttime routine, and I am so happy this serum is, for a lack of a better term, specifically dedicated to it.  

I’ve been switching back and forth between this serum and the Retinol serum at night.  Retinol is another great ingredient to boost elasticity, increase moisture, and increase Vitamin A in the skin.  I’ve been using retinol in my nighttime routine for months now and the changes I have seen in my skin have been incredible.  I feel like my skin looks healthier and brighter in a way that I had not noticed before.

The last serum in the pack is the Vitamin C Serum, which is perfect for the morning.  Vitamin C helps to brighten your skin, fight free radicals, and up antioxidants.  It’s a great refreshing step of my skincare routine and I really look forward to it every morning.  

I love serums like these where you use a dropper, I can easily control how much I’m using.

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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

It’s no secret I often work with Valentia, I love their all natural& organic skincare products and I’ve been using them for years now.  I was excited to try out their Night Revive Retinol Serum because the benefits of using retinol on the skin are endless.  
Retinol is a powerful anti-aging form of vitamin A that helps in cell turnover, collagen boost, unclogging pores, & reducing wrinkles and fine lines.  Even though I’m 26, creating a strong skincare routine, that includes anti-aging products, is important to me.  A lot of retinol products, the more powerful ones, are prescription only- so when I realized that Valentia had a serum with retinol, I was so ready for it!!

This particular product hones in on the power of vitamins C & E to prevent breakouts, improve skin tone, and combat wrinkles.  Another main ingredient, squalane, helps to keep skin soft- I was unfamiliar with this ingredient before I started using the product, so I did some research.  It’s an antioxidant that helps to promote cell growth and fight UV damage to skin.  I’m sure I’ve used squalane in products before, but I never realized what it was until now.
The Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum has been an excellent addition to my nighttime routine.  The serum absorbs quickly, and it is not sticky, which is something I take very seriously with my serums.  The applicator is a dropper, which really helps you monitor how much you use- which is great because I sometimes use too much of a product at one time.

This is yet another great product by Valentia, I highlight advise adding retinol to any skincare routine, and this Night Revive Serum is a perfect addition.

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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum | $35

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