Dr. Brandt Mini Facial!

I like many people find myself wandering around Sephora just about every time I am at the mall.  On this recent trip I was killing time and a sales associate asked if I was needing any help finding something and just simply said I was wandering with no particular direction. She then asked if I would be interested in an in house mini facial with the people from Dr. Brandt……I honestly don’t think I could have said yes faster . The girl who worked for them did such a great job at asking about my skin and then providing recommendations and demonstrations using all of them. She started off using the Xtend Your Youth A3 Power Foaming Cleanser which not only took off my makeup and gently pumped my skin with antioxidants. She then followed it up with using the Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask which honestly had to be one of my absolute favorite products I have ever tried. It is a quick 5 minute facial that bubbles up as you apply it to your skin. This mask rejuvenates your skin and boosts its luminosity giving your skin an instant glow which who doesn’t love. On a side note how funny do I look with it on my face! I look like a snowman hahah! She then used the Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum which in an instant made my tired nursing school eyes look as if I had slept for 12 hours. It has this really great roller ball that gently glides on the product  and gives it a nice cooling effect which helps depuff your under eyes. To top off the mini facial  she wanted to replenish some moisture back into my skin but using the Xtend Your Youth Face Cream that is packed with antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals. To balance out some of the redness in my skin she grabbed a bit of the Pores no more pore refiner primer which truly was all I needed. It was so incredibly light on my skin and made it look so natural and glowy. What I really loved about this product it that it contains tea tree oil which is a natural anti-bactrial agent  for your skin! I can’t thank the wonderful people from Dr. Brandt for doing this and showing me all of these amazing products, it truly was the cherry on top of a wonderful day.

XOXO Val 

Wine Down Wednesdays!

Hi everyone! My name is Kat and I am a lifelong friend of Val’s. Val is my go-to gal  when it comes to everything beauty but I’m here for a different purpose. WINE! Over the last several years I have developed a love affair with all things wine and I am so happy to have the chance to share my knowledge with you! Val and I have had many nights lately trying different beauty products and sipping on some of our favorite wines. When you’re having a night in with the girls, I suggest trying “Belle Ambiance” 2014 Pinot Grigio! It’s light, crisp, and extremely refreshing! So far I have been only able to find it at Fresh Market but if you don’t have one near you just grab your fav Pinot! When you’re ready to snack, pita chips and hummus bring out the great flavors of this wine. If you are a go-to red wine drinker (much like myself) I highly suggest “Fleurie” from Chateau des Roches. It’s light and doesn’t leave that normal heavy and robust red wine after taste. This beaut is found at Whole Foods where you can also grab a PHENOMENAL cheese platter of your liking to pair with it. A little tip is that the folks at whole foods are always willing to help you find the perfect cheese and charcuterie to pair perfectly with your  wine of choice!  To me, there is nothing better than staying at home with your best friend, a charcoal mask, and a glass of wine. Every Wednesday I will be coming to you with a new blog, in which I will be pairing some of my favorite wines with food and/or activities! I hope you have enjoyed my introduction to Simply Gold and I look forward to wining down more with you soon!

Cheers!

Kat

L’Oreal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive

Hi everyone!!!!! Happy heart month and the month the holds two wonderful days close to my heart….I was talking about National Pizza and Bagel Day duh! Haha anyways being that this is the unofficial official month of everything pink, red and love I wanted to share one of my newest loves with you all! I recently highlighted my hair during my break from nursing school and naturally I needed to find products for my hair that helped restore it to its original lustrous form. Let me just tell you this line from L’Oreal is my current hair obsession you guys. My friends over at Influenster so kindly sent this my way and it couldn’t have come at a better time 1. I had just run out of my current shampoo and conditioner and 2. I just colored my hair! This first thing I noticed when I used the shampoo and conditioner was how AMAZING it smells, truly just like I was getting a wash in the salon. I know its kind of odd to some but when a shampoo or hair products smell luxurious I just fall in love with them. However, not only do these products smell wonderful but they left my hair so incredibly silky and hydrated I almost couldn’t believe it. The masterminds over at L’Oreal developed this Color Vibrancy Intensive line that seals in your color for 60 days and helps to repair the damage to restore your hair to its pre-colored state. I found myself obsessively touching my hair in class that everyone thought I was nervous haha, I just couldn’t get over how soft it was.

Now the hair mask is something entirely of its own my friends. It smells just as heavenly as the other products but it is so thick and creamy that it almost feels like custard in the jar. A little of this goes a very long way for me, mostly because I put it only in the ends of my hair so it doesn’t get too greasy. I have very fine hair so a lot of product in it will kind of overwhelm it. You leave it in for about 5 minutes and it will feel as if you are brand new silky hair fast then it takes you to style it.

After using it for about a month now I will say that the L’Oreal team has really knocked it out of the park with this line and I may or may not have already stalked up on several bottles of it. I mean you never know when Target will run out of your latest obsession or there is a shampoo shortage… stranger things have happened! Thank You all so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

XOXO Val

E.L.F Hydrating Bubble Mask


Hi everyone!! How are you all doing?! Can we even believe that it is 1. almost christmas and 2. that the new year is around the corner. I feel like this year has flown by and my brain hasn’t caught up with any of it. Thankfully I have been enjoying some time off from school and have been able to catch up on some much needed Netflix binges #goals. While I have been off I have been able to do some much needed testing of some beauty and skin care products and am very excited to share my newest discovery with you all. Everyone has heard of e.l.f. cosmetics and their amazing products that don’t break the bank. Recently I was given some products from Influenster to try and this is the winner winner chicken diner. This hydrating bubble mask is just about the most fun I have had with skincare in a while. After washing my skin I apply a think layer of this gel like mask to my skin and it actually bubbles up like foam! It kind of tickles as the bubble begin to pop taking dirt and gunk with it. Just leave it on for 5-10 minutes and wash off with arm water and your skin is left so buttery soft and delightful. Even in the humid weather of Florida I don’t find this mask to be too over hydrating which it would make my skin oily but just enough for what it needs. I love face masks but I know some of them are so incredibly pricy that you don’t want to go to town using it I am the same way. This affordable option is just what my nursing school student budget is in need of. Hope you all enjoy this little review and let me know some of your favorite products from e.l.f.!

XOXO Val

Recents

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Hi everyone!! Hope you are all doing well and had a fun and safe halloween in which like me means you ate all the trick-or-treaters candy….whoops! Any who, last week on a much needed break from studying I decided to head to the mall for some returns and research (tough I know). In my normal fashion I like to stop into Sephora to browse, see if anything catches my eye or just to surround myself with beautiful things. I ended up snagging this little nugget set from Burberry which I am over the moon about! I always love little versions of my favorite things and this is just that and hello perfect for the holidays!!! It comes with one of the best selling eye shadows pale barley, infamous Lip Velvet lipstick in military, their Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base and Cat Lashes mascara in jet black. All the essentials wrapped into one perfect box. I also picked up another of my favorite blushes (and everyone else) from Tarte their 12 hour Amazonian Cley blush in Exposed. I didnt really need it but I have been using the same one for a long time and decided just to go and treat myself. Its a great everyday color that you can really build to the amount of color you want and compliments just about everyones skin tone. Hope you all enjoyed these little goodies and can’t wait to talk to all again soon!!!

XOXO

Val

October Sephora Play! Box

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Hi everyone!!! Hope you are all doing wonderful!!!! Today I just couldn’t help but share my excitement over this months Sephora Play! box. If you don’t know what it is, Sephora created a monthly subscription service that is filled with just about some of the most wonderful goodies I have seen…(Pssst and its only $10!!!)  Every month I am truly amazed at what awesome products come in each box and I always feel like there is no way they can always be this good. Well thankfully for me they are because it gives me and the rest of you the opportunity to try a slew of new and popular products found inside the mothership….I mean Sephora. I haven’t gotten to try most of the products yet but what I super excited about is the nascar from Blinc and the hair mask from Christophe Robin. If any of you got this months box or if you guys have tried any of these let me know!!! Talk to you all soon!

XOXO

Val

Chapstick 100% Natural Lip Butter

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Hi everyone!!! Hope you are are doing just amazing!!! If you follow me on instagram then you will have seen that Nursing school is keeping me plenty busy these days. The amount of coffee I am consuming I am sure is quite alarming to the average but yay to all night studying! To keep me looking and feeling fresh I try to keep as hydrated as possible and that includes my lips too! I am a lip balm/ chapstick fanatic, I have one in every bag and if I don’t just cue the meltdown people! Nothing bugs me more then dry chapped lips and hands….am I right everyone? You seem to notice it more when you don’t have something so essential as chapstick. My latest chapstick obsession are the new Chapstick 100% Natural Lip Butters and that is exactly what they are, Butter! They are so incredibly creamy and a new and improved version of the classic Chapstick brand chapstick that everyone knows and loves. Made with ingredients like avocado, shea and mango butter how could they not be. The first one I tried was the sweet papaya and lets just say that thing never stood a chance. I stuck it in my scrubs and used it all the freaking time. When my friends at Influenster said they were sending me the new line I had to chuckle because I had just gotten back from errands where I have picked up two out the three in the new line (Green Tea Mint and Pink Grapefruit). I would have to just call that fate but hey you really can never have enough of them really. I hope you all check them out and would love to hear what all of your go to lip balms and chapsticks are!!

XOXO

Val

Lovelies from L’Oreal

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Hi everyone!!!!! Hope you are all doing wonderfully and enjoying your summer relaxation! I wanted to take a break from studying which is pretty much my life these days to share some of the goodies from my friends at Influenster. If you follow me on Instagram then this L’oreal Voluminous mascara is nothing new for you because it is always a staple and one of my go to’s. However, along with another tube of their Voluminous they sent a whole kit and caboodle for me to play with! I honestly have never tried the lash primer from this line and that kind of blows my mind because hello who doesn’t love long and fluttery full lashes! You just swipe a coat (or two) over your lashes then I apply my Voluminous and hello gorgeous!! For a full look they sent their eyebrow Prep and Shape Pro Kit which eyebrow products have always been a bit intimidating to me but this was so incredibly easy to use. I just picked the lighter shade and fluffed it into my eyebrows and it looked so natural and full. To complete the effortless look they sent two beautiful neutral eyeshadows that can easily be worn everyday and their original Infallible eyeliner. L’oreal and Influenster really know how to treat a gal right and make her feel like an effortless natural beauty with these staple products. I hope you guys enjoyed this little write up and feel inspired to try some new and fun looks for yourselves!

XOXO Val

Sephora Sheets

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Hi everyone!!!! I am back at you today with some new sheet mask favorites from our good friends at Sephora. Sheets makes are the total ish right now and its no shock that Sephora is cranking out some awesome ones. I know that I have talked about sheet masks in the past but these are brand new to me! They are the sheet masks designed specifically to target your under eyes and I even picked up one for your lips!!! Like hello YES…..who doesn’t want luscious lips?! The eye masks that I got are the Pearl for perfecting and brightening, Avocado for Nourishing and repairing and the Pomegranate for Anti-Fatigue and energizing. I have to say the one I have repurchased the most has been the pomegranate (thanks nursing school dark circles). It really just refreshes my under eyes without irritating them like some other heavy duty masks can. The Shea lip mask is so crazy, you place it over your lips and its so gooey and saturated that you CANNOT move your mouth to talk (just trust me on this one). My lips honestly have never felt softer then after using this and I religiously use a lip balm before going to bed every night. I cannot wait to try out more of these and would love all of your suggestions on your favorite go to’s for masks. Hope you all enjoyed and talk to you soon!

XOXO VAl

P.S. I tried to find the Avocado and Pomegranate eye masks online to link and couldn’t. I did find the pearl but tae a look in store while you are there for the others!

Recent Additions

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Hi everyone!! Hope you are all doing well, and if you are like me then this heat is coming at me with a vengeance!! UGH! Thanks Florida for the sweltering heat and 1,000% humidity! I don’t know about any of you but something happens to me when I walk into a Sephora. I get like overwhelming joyous feeling deep within my soul being surrounded by just about every single beautiful product that I can imagine. If it were up to me I would just hangout there all the time and just try every single product that this beauty haven has to offer. This recent shopping trip was rather tame and I just went in for essentials (it wasn’t a payday weekend can you really blame me). As I have shared before Sunday Riley has become my main squeeze and anything that they come out with I grab faster then free food for a broke college kid. They are truly just made with the most luxurious and pure ingredients that my skin cannot get enough of so picking up this duo is perfect for traveling for myself. I also grabbed my favorite LaVanilla Sport deodorant which lets just be honest I am going to need in this heat x10! As well as my favorite make up removing oil from Boscia that I use every single day! I couldn’t pass up this Minnie Mouse Mirror for the Disney obsessed kid in me and it was gold. I mean hello how stinking cuties this and it comes with a cute little carrying pouch!!!!! Hope you all enjoyed this little haul and are having an amazing day!! Talk to you soon!

XOXO Val

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