Beauty Multitasking With VOLANTE

Do you want to know a really big skincare secret? Like, blow your mind, click bait headline, WTF kind of secret? Okay, let’s start with an analogy. Imagine you’re trying to return something to a store. You approach customer service and the clerk ignores you. After trying to get her attention, you become so frustrated, you raise your voice.  The clerk continues to do nothing. Then, you threaten to write a mean Yelp review. Crickets. At the end of your rope, you ask for a manager. She turns around because you’ve finally irritated her into submission. She accepts the return and gives you a refund. So what does this have to do with skincare? Here’s the secret. It turns out that this is how so many anti-aging skincare products work. They reverse the signs of aging by irritating your skin. Wouldn’t everything be easier and less painful if we could get the results we want and skip the whole irritation part?

When Dr. Elizabeth Vanderveer was developing her VOLANTE skincare line, she thought the same thing. While most doctors formulate their products with chemical ingredients, Dr. Vanderveer took a different approach, using a natural blend of botanicals called 7VITAE. This patented formula is made from aloe vera, arnica montana, bromelain, calendula, daisy, flower, grape seed and zinc aka things you can actually pronounce. It’s also paraben, petroleum oil, mineral oil, sulfate, gluten, as well as synthetic fragrance and cruelty free.

Every VOLANTE product contains high concentrations of 7VITAE line and is designed to multi task by reversing the signs of aging, soothing and rejuvenating your skin. Here are a few of my favorites.

Healer Concealer

VOLANTE’s Healer Concealer is makeup and skincare combined into one product. It’s especially good for the sensitive under eye area, which can easily become irritated by harsh products. (It also works as a substitute for eye cream on those mornings when you are in a rush to get out, but you didn’t hear that from me.) Now, let’s discuss the “healer” part. When you apply this product to inflamed skin, it heals 50% faster than it would on its own. Protip: A little goes a long way. Put a little bit on your fingertips and rub them together to warm up the product and apply from there. You can also use a damp beauty sponge for layering.

Radiant Youth Firming Crème

Confession: As someone with combination skin, I was terrified to try anything with the word “crème” in it because crèmes generally make my skin oily. However, because VOLANTE is formulated for all skin types, I decided to give the Radiant Youth Firming Crème a try. It actually balanced out my skin and because you only need a very small amount, it didn’t feel heavy at all. It also does things you didn’t think a moisturizer could do including firm, exfoliate and prevent future signs of aging. Another thing that’s great about this product is that it’s formulated for both AM and PM use, making it a budget friendly option.   

Transformative Eye Crème

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VOLANTE’s Transformative Eye Crème does everything. It takes care of all under eye issues including lines, circles and sagging skin. I also love that it is packaged in a jar, so nothing is wasted and it’s easy to control exactly how much you use.

Radiant Glow Firming Body Serum

Want your body to look as fabulous as your face? Radiant Glow Firming Serum is the product to use. It helps with cellulite, sagging skin and loss of radiance. It works anywhere. I like to use it on my hands because they’re starting to age from too many gel manicures. I’m also a fan of the glass apothecary bottle.

To check out the rest of the VOLANTE line, visit their website.

F- It Fridays (Singles Awareness Day Edition)

Dear Single People,

When I was single, I used to hate Valentine’s Day. Sure, there would be lots of chocolate around and my mom would always buy me a nice gift, but it just sucked. Until I met my husband, I never seemed to have a boyfriend on February 14th. Or worse, I’d have a breakup just a few weeks before. So, if you are totally hating couples right now, I feel ya. But remember, it’s only 24 hours and you have to be in a relationship with yourself for the rest of your life.

So, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to treat yourself kindly. Get dinner or have a fun right with a friend at home. Go to a singles event and give away your smooches freely. Or buy yourself a cupcake, a bottle of wine and cry on your couch. I won’t judge you. Been there. Done that. Then go drunk shopping and check out my favorite Singles Awareness Day treats. Or be productive and send me an email that says how much you love this blog. Should I add comments? Would you comment if I added them? Let me know.

Lots of Hugs,

Amanda

Jolii Cosmetics Matte Lip Glosses (Not An Oxymoron, I Promise)

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Have you ever wanted to put on a lipgloss that was matte? I swear it actually exists and Jolii Cosmetics makes it. Every lipgloss comes with bonus karma points because a portion of each sale goes towards the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. Jolii's products are formulated with shea butter and jojoba oil, so they are incredibly moisturizing. Also impressive is the color selection, which is very fashion forward with shades of red (perfect reds!!!!!!), orange, purple and brown. It's like an Instagram selfie lover's dream worthy of 10000 likes.

Miss A Makeup Cases

Don't miss Miss A makeup cases. They're just a $1 (seriously, not kidding), but they look way more expensive. Fool everyone! 

Kopari

Kopari won’t be the love of your life, but it will be the love of your medicine cabinet or wherever you store your beauty products. It’s made with 100% organic coconut oil sourced from the Philippines. It contains no sulfates, silicones, parabens, toxins or GMO ingredients. Everything has a light, fresh, natural scent, as opposed to most coconut products, which can smell like a gas station air freshener.

I'm obsessed with the newly launched facial care line, particularly the Coconut Cleansing Oil. It gets all the makeup and dirt off your skin, leaving no oily residue. So, you don’t have to double cleanse, which we all know can be incredibly annoying.

Another must try is the  Coconut Lip Love, which willmake your lips so soft that if you go to a singles event on V-Day, everyone will want to make out with you.

I also love classic Coconut Sheer Oil because it’s a multitasker. You can use it to moisturize your hair and face. I use a little bit on my split ends before bed every night. And yes, you will want to sleep with Kopari way more than that dude who kept hitting on you at the party.

Sterling Forever Forever Blue Layered Bead Necklace

Buying yourself a fun accessory is an instant pick-me-up. Sterling Forever's Layered Blue Bead Necklace can dress up a t-shirt and color to any solid outfit. After all, it's called a statement necklace for a reason. 

Rebecca Minkoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag

This Rebecca Minokoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag will make you want to take a selfie followed by #adorbs. If you prefer your bag a little badass, it is also available in black.

Kate Spade Rose Charmeuse Teddy Romper

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Why wait for someone else to buy you cute lingerie? Treat yourself to this Kate Spade Charmeuse Teddy romper. Remember, you don't need another person to make you feel hot, sexy and wanted on February 14th. 

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I feel like I'm finally over the holiday season and getting back into my regularly scheduled life. This week, I spent a lot of time trying to organize my closet. Take that as a hint for an upcoming post. Or perhaps I just mentioned this on my blog for the sake of accountability...

I also finally caught up on what’s going on in the world of fashion and beauty. Here are five posts I read that are totally worth your time. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Stylish Non-Leather Bags

Miriam Porter is an expert in cruelty-free chic. Her picks for non-leather aka vegan leather handbags are stylish and affordable. Don’t forget, for every bag you buy, you get free bonus karma points.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women on Impostor Syndrome and Self-Doubt

Whether you are a woman or not, self-doubt happens to the best of us, even very accomplished people. This article will make you laugh, take a deep breath and realize, you aren’t the only one.

WWD: DVF Re-brands Under Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Saunders

WWD has everything you need to know about the re-branding of a fav label of mine, Diane Von Furstenberg.

Blush & Pearls: Shade Adjusting Drops By The Body Shop

Whether you accidentally bought the wrong color or you got tan on vacay, Blush & Pearls has found a solution for many of our foundation woes.  

Quartz and Leisure: Snowstorm Chic

Being that I live in Los Angeles, I feel It’s Amanda Lauren is not your destination for staying warm and stylish at the same tine. But Quartz & Leisure just might be. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I felt like the Internet was filled so much post-election hate last week. I desperately needed to get my mind off the negativity. And trust me, it was a challenge. Here are some posts I found that had nothing to do with the election and everything to do with the superficial. Sometimes, we all need a break. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Super Warm and Stylish Cruelty Free Parkas

Because good karma never goes out of style, Vegan fashionista Miriam Porter shows you how to stay warm, stylish and cruelty-free this winter. 

Refinery29: So You Want To Shave Your Vagina

A guide for those times you can't wax and don't want to risk injuring yourself.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women On What Makes Them Feel Pretty

This collection of quotes from The Cut is a thought-provoking read.

Apartment Therapy: 19 Super Sources for Knobs & Pulls

New knobs and pulls can completely change the look of a room. Even if you are a renter, it might be worth the investment to change out some of the hardware in your space. Apartment Therapy lists the best sources for a variety of budgets. 

Amelia Liana: Chanel Collection Libre Review

Amelia Liana reviews the new Chanel Libre cosmetics collection with an honest evaluation and absolutely stunning photography.