Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reviva Labs Hydrating Mini Facial Review & Giveaway!

I started using Reviva Labs skin care products almost a year ago, and they have since become my primary source for facial skin care. I still sample other products that are sent to me, and I choose the occasional skin care sample from Sephora, but as far as purchasing new skin care lines, I haven't felt the need to. Yes, I do receive products from Reviva to review, but I've also ordered from them because I was impressed enough with the results that I didn't want to run out!

They have a vast range of products and I have spent quite a bit of time reading about many of them on their web site. They list all of the ingredients for each product, and there's quite a bit of information that answers my long list of never ending "But how and why?" questions. Their products are all natural, and they don't test on animals. You can find their products on their web site, at Whole Foods, and other natural health food stores.

The two products I'll be reviewing today include the Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the Artichoke Facial Mask. Used together, this treatment combination offers you an easy and effective way to do a Hydrating Mini-Facial at home. Both products also work nicely by themselves. It's a very simple process--on cleansed skin apply the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, wait a minute or two, and then apply the moisturizing antioxidant Artichoke Facial Mask. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, and then wash off. You're left with visible results of smoother and softer skin. You'll look more rested (even though you're not!), and your skin will look more radiant. Here's a look at each of the products:

Hyaluronic Acid Serum: This product is a high-potency moisturizer that raises the skin's moisture level and helps to maintain that moisture long range. It also targets and reduces lines around the nose, mouth and lips. By adding moisture to the skin, it plumps up skin tissue to lessen the look of wrinkles and scars, giving skin a smoother, silkier texture. The obvious signs of aging begin to appear after years of sun and pollution destroy or damage much of skin's Hyaluronic Acid, causing the skin to lose water. When skin cells don't get enough moisture, the aging problems begin to accelerate. This is the first product I use on my face after cleansing, and before my moisturizer (it can be used alone also). It's a medium textured clear gel in a pump bottle, and I only need to use one pump. It absorbs quickly, and I don't notice any scent to it. I normally get a couple of little dry areas on my face during these colder months even after using a moisturizer, but I haven't had that problem since I began using this serum. You can view the ingredients here. Price: $22.00 (1 fl. oz.)

Artichoke Antioxidant Facial Mask: This mask is a pearly white light formula that feels like a cross between a gel and a cream. Trust me when I tell you that you'll look like you've applied a massive amount of pearly highlighter on your face while you're using this! The packaging is a jar-type container with a screw off lid. It's very gentle, so you can use it fairly often (I use it once a week alone, and then again when I do the Mini-Facial process later in the week). I apply a layer over cleansed skin, and then wait 15 minutes before washing it off. Milk Thistle is touted as a potent antioxidant, and Artichoke Hearts are a Milk Thistle plant. This formula is also comprised of many other antioxidants to help improve your skin's texture and treat past damage. You can view the ingredients here. Price: $16.00 (1.5 oz.)

If I were to tell you the one thing that I like or notice the most after using any of Reviva's products, it's that--as corny as this sounds!--my skin has a noticeable glow to it. To me, healthy skin looks soft, even and glowy. I don't mind a wrinkle or two, they add character. But I want my skin to look as good as it possibly can, given my age, and this line seems to work very well for me. Plastic surgery or even injections are not something I ever see myself doing, because I'm scared to death of anything medical, particularly needles and scalpels!

Reviva has graciously sent me an extra set of these products, so that one of my readers can enjoy a Mini-Facial of their own. If you'd like to enter, leave your eMail in the comments section below. Just for fun and because I'm curious (and no, you don't have to!), tell me what your favorite skin care product is, or share your thoughts on if you'd ever resort to injections or plastic surgery. I'll accept entries until I post my Come Monday newsletter on December 20, and the winner will be announced then.

*Products furnished by Reviva labs for review and giveaway.


  1. Those look like nice products!

    My favorite skin product is my clarasonic. I was really wary of buying it since its so expense, but it is great! I got it about a month or two ago and it's great! What they say is true, it makes moisturizer and all that fun skincare stuff much better! Plus the extras that came with it are amazing! :)


  2. My 49 year old skin could use a lift. Right now I'm using a mixture of Lush Angels on your face (I think that's what it's called) and some Wonderbar. Neither are great for my skin, nor are they terrible.
    Best results I've had with a skin care line so far have been when using the Aveeno line: a mixture of Positively Radiant and Clear Complexion.
    lacqueredlizard at gmail dot com

  3. These sound pretty good to me. I need all the help I can get. Right now I'm using Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules. They were a gift with purchase. This time of year the product just gets sucked into my skin! Thanks for the giveaway Mary.


  4. O!!! exciting!!! my favorite skin care product has to be Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream!! i can't live without it (i tried once- big mistake). i love it!

    email: gldvue@yahoo.com

  5. I really like Lush's cleanser Aqua Marina: I got a free (full-sized) sample of it once, and it worked so well for my skin that I swapped my entire skincare regime from Clarins to Lush! :D

    My email is jennys1983@hotmail.com


  6. I'm currently liking Silk Naturals Super Serum. Also, Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate make my skin feel so smooth because it's a very effective exfoliator.

    extemter at hotmail dot com

  7. My favorite skin care item is a facial scrub. I love how those exfoliates and cleans at the same time.

    kathyteo @ yahoo . com

  8. Happy holidays! My fave product of all time is not makeup, but my allergy cream. My allergies often manifest on my lips, so I like to keep my cream nearby

    katch05 at gmail dot com

    *followin ya via GFC

  9. These products sound great! I like Paula's Choice Hydrating Treatment Cream the best. It's the nicest moisturiser I've found (in my budget).
    I would definitely consider Botox or Surgery when I'm older, providing of course that I can afford it. What I want to do most though is to get rid of the broken capillaries on my face.

  10. I haven't tried their artichoke mask yet. It's sounds fabulous! I will admit that my bathroom cabinet looks like a shrine to Reviva Labs. Their products are consistently well formulated.

    I'm not entering the giveaway. I just wanted to stop by and say I enjoyed your review. :)

  11. Awesome! I keep wanting to try the HA Serum, but it always ends up getting cut of the budget for more 'important' things. Thanks for your review! My current favorite skin care item is Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+. It glides on beautifully, and unlike other sunscreens, it melts in and leaves my skin soft and smooth, not greasy. I would never 'go under the knife', I'm too chicken! lol

  12. My fave natural product is JASON Beauty Oil. It's a great moisturizer and since it is a mix of five different oils, no chemical additives/stabilizers are needed.
    I've had spider veins lasered off in the past, but that would be the extent of my going 'under the knife'!
    Let's bring back the art of aging gracefully and naturally! :)

  13. I just got samples of Annemarie Börlind (german brand). These were really great. The "fine" lines in my skin disappeared. Unfortunately it's a little expensive but who knows "Santa is coming";)I have some spider veins (ieuwww) on my legs and "floppy" eyelids and I definately wil get rid of them!! The floppy eyelids make me look tired and angry:(

  14. My favourite skin product is from Ivatherm brand(romanian brand)
    And Yes, I'm agree with plastic surgery if you need.
    I follow you via GFC (Camelia Andrasescu)

  15. thanks for your giveaway! my fave skin product is lip balm (Sara Happ's The lip slip lip balm <3) It heals chapped lips under -30 degrees when I was in Sweden!

  16. Thanks for the great giveaway! My favourite skin care product is actually just my Pears soap! It keeps my skin feeling so clean!
    hot_ring_gal at hotmail.com

  17. I don't really use a lot of products but my Simple repleneshing moisturiser helps keep my face all nice and smooth ^_^

    Also, personally, I would never opt for plastic surgery. I guess it looks kind of unnatural to me. I mean as you grow older yes you'll definately not keep on looking the same but I think the best thing is to embrace that change and go with the flow rather than try to keep on turning back the time and not accept a natural reality of life.

    Email addy: cherise(dot)abela(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. My favorite product is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub (man, that is a mouthful!). Personally, I wouldn't do plastic surgery.

  19. Great review!

    I won both of these in a recent giveaway and I use it weekly. The results are just as you said amazing!!!! After the first use my skin glowed and it looked sooooo smooth!

    This is an awesome product!!!

  20. kmbieker@gmail.com

    My favorite skin product is whatever's cheapest, haha. Right now I'm using Neutrogena's grapefruit creme cleanser and I love the way it smells and the little bit of tingle I get on my skin when I use it.

    I don't think I would ever get an injection or plastic surgery.

  21. Avene termal spring water is my all time favourite facial product.

    barbara(dot)skledar (at) gmail(dot)com

  22. My favourite skin product is Cetaphil moisturising lotion.


  23. Oh no plastic surgery for me. I'm with ya that I think a few lines add character to a face (esp the smile lines!)
    My absolute favorite skin product is Shiseido spf 55 for face. Love it!
    bobanerd [at] yahoo [dot] com

  24. i LOVE Murad products...great at taking care of acne!

    styleezta at gmail dot com

  25. thanks for the giveaway...
    mail me at dmoupriya89@gmail.com

    well, my favorite skin care product is neutrogena face wash for dry skin and sun block....i love those....n i swear by my life, i would never go under the knife...

  26. Well believe it or not but I have no favourite skin product... it would be hard for me to choose ANY favourite product anyway, I'm unfaithful at heart :)
    My main problem being that I still haven't found what will prevent those pimples from appearing on my chin on such a regular basis, I thought that this wasn't supposed to happen after 30, and I am 35!
    Whenever I find the miracle product, then I'll become faithful. Same thing went for my man ^^

    My email address is : ladyofthelaake (at) gmail.com, and I'll be pleased to enter your giveaway, thank you!! :)

  27. jessica :dot ;toney aT. gmail dotcom

    I'm a big fan of philosophy's hope in a tube...makes my under eye area moisturized all day!

  28. Mini facials at home could really be a great solution to maintaining the ageing skin.The pack sounds impressive.It is also a factor what skin texture it is going to be best for.