Category Archives: Beauty

Stocking Stuffers

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Hi everyone!! Hope you are all Merry and Bright! With the holidays in full swing I know that finding the perfect gift or even perfect little gift is tough. Like me its usually the stocking stuffers are the hardest for me to find, because how many cute little things are there out there…..tons! So in my own search of the perfect little goodies for the ladies in my life I wanted to share them with all of you! Hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!

XOXO Val

Beauty Blender/ Death Vally Dry Shampoo/Jo Malone Cracker/ Jo Malone Lip Blam/Fur Pom Pom Key Chain/Lips Lip Blam/ Sephora Nail Polish/ Bite Lip Stick/ Sephora Rollerball Sampler/ Chuao Peppermint Chocolate/Beanie/Water Bottle/Gummy Bears

Sheet Mask Favorites

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Hi everyone!! Hope you are all doing great! With all this craze recently on sheet masks I thought I would round up some of my favorites and share them with all of you. I don’t know about you but I am LOVING them, they are so easy to use, you can throw them in any bag and off you go. I love that they are concentrated and really pump your skin with all the beautiful things that it wants and needs. What have you guys been thinking about them? I know that they are super funny looking when you put them on, I can’t ever look at myself and not burst into laughter. Anyways I just wanted to keep this nice and short and if you have any questions or if you want to share some of your favorites that would be great!!!

XOXO Val 

TonyMoly/The Face Shop/ Dr.Jart/ When

Beauty Unmasked

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Hi everyone!!!!! Hope you are all doing well and that this holiday season is treating you all wonderfully! As much as I love this time of year I am in full finals swing so that usually means like myself my skin is also freaking out. During my haul from sephora I picked up this sample pack of some of their most popular pore cleansing, anti-aging and radiance boosting masks. Because I live in an extremely humid climate I find that masks really help to give my skin that extra boost that it needs and clear out any built up dirt and gunk. So after the really taxing task of trying them all I wanted to report back and give my thoughts on each one! Hope you all enjoy!!!

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud– I LOVE this mask! Haha ok I think that was super direct and concise. I am already such a fan of Peter Thomas Roth masks with my all time favorite being the pumpkin enzyme one. If you like that one then this Irish Moor Mud will be very similar for you. It has that slight tingle right when you put it on and then when you wash it off it leaves your skin looking refreshed, degunked and glowing.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask– I have to say I am such a fan girl of this line and was a big fan of this one in particular before getting it in this pack. I have gone through three tubes of it already =/. I will say that when you initially put it on I have experienced watering of the eyes but that subsides. It dries like a fun latex and after 30 minutes you peel right off! The peeling is honestly so much fun. I like how clean this leaves my skin effective it is at removing first from my skin.

Glamglow Youthmud– Hello who isn’t obsessed with this brand! I remember when I first stumbled upon Glamglow and you couldn’t order it from anywhere other then their website. This mask is like more other traditional clay mud mask out there except way cooler. You can actually see the mud trapping and extracting all the dirt from you skin all while it is pumping your skin full of ant-aging compounds. It doesn’t irritate you skin at all even though it has a tingling factor included.

Origins Clear Improvement– I feel like Origins had the first charcoal mask ever. Ever since I have been using products from them I feel like this mask has always been there. The mask goes on great and there is no fuss to it which I really enjoy and I really find this one super effective. I don’t use it every week but this is always a constant staple in my routine.

Erborian Pâte au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask– You guys!!!! I am in love with this mask! This was one that I have never tried let alone never even heard of before getting it in the samples and my gosh it is wonderful! I woke up after doing it before bed and my skin was so incredibly soft! It is a gel like mask and smells a bit like roses to me when you apply it. Its very gentle yet I find it to be vert effective! I will most defiantly be purchasing after  run out of my sample.

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask-I had honestly never heard of this brand before. But I am all about the algae skin products so if it has Algae I am slapping it on this face hahaha! Really though, I just always read about all the benefits that it has for your skin so I am always so excited to find products that contain it. A little bit of this mask really does go a very long way, I was shocked! It stays on for 10 minutes and in the morning my skin looked glowy and clear. If you are like myself and have an oily complexion then this is right up your ally! It is very light and gentle I just know you will love it!

All in all I would say this kit is a good one to invest in for yourself or a great gift for a skin obsesses friend/ family member. Hope you all enjoyed and that this helped you all a little Happy shopping loves!

XOXO Val

belif – First Aid Transforming Peel Off Mask

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Hi everyone! If you caught my post about my Sephora VIB haul then you would have seen this little powerhouse gem included. It has been a couple weeks since then and I have been loving using all of my new goodies and really finding some new products that my skin loves too. I am such a fan of masks, and I know some don’t really think they work but I love how they make my skin feel. If you haven’t heard of this brand before then listen up because they are awesome! All of Belif products don’t include those yucky sulfates and parabens that leave our skin in worse shape then we started but instead they are super gentle and effective. Now this mask is different then every other peel off mask I have every tried/ heard of. You smear on a thin layer of the gel mask onto your skin after washing and toning then let dry for 15 minutes. Instead of peeling right off you splash water onto your skin which rehydrates the mask and comes off like a jelly like layer. It is honestly so cool! (geek moment haha!) What you are left with is refreshed, hydrated and skin this has been gently exfoliated. I am already ready to purchase more of this product and excited to try others from the line! I know that so many of my friends and all of you would love this too and can not wait to share during the upcoming holidays. If any of you have tried this or any other products from belif please share! I really would love to know what you think!

XOXO Val

Black Friday Finds


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Hi everyone!!!!!! Hope are you all doing? I know that I am first of all still recovering from Thanksgiving and the eating feast that it was and the leftovers I have been enjoying. Secondly I am recovering from all of my Black Friday marathon of shopping! Like many of my beauty obsessed out there I think of the biggest things I look forward to on Black Friday is the deals from Sephora! I know you would think that we get our fill of Sephora during the VIB sale but NOPE! This year I think they really stepped up their $10 deals and jumped on it faster then I would care to admit hahah. I won’t go into too much detail about them yet because to be honest other then a few of the masks I haven’t really tried any of these products yet! I am already enjoying taking them all for a spin and I will report back with anything that I feel as though I can not live without! (which I am sure will be all of it!) Happy Shopping my loves!!!

XOXO Val 

c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Bath & Body Wash

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well and that this weekend has been wonderful for you all. As most of you know I am a member of Influenster and I was lucky enough to receive a voucher to pick up my favorite c.Booth product curtesy of them. After a little research I found that Ulta Beauty carried the line I was able to redeem my voucher there! Now I am not one to just jump on bandwagon products and such so when I tell you that I love this soap I truly LOVE this soap! I first fell in love with the smell, almond scents are one of my complete weaknesses and when I smelled this body wash I was a goner. Its such a subtle yet luxurious soap that had the creamiest scent of almond and sweet honey that I have come across. What also made me fall for this line is that it is parabon and sulfate free formula so it doesn’t leave my skin dry or dehydrated. They have so many wonderful lotions, scrubs and soaps that is was nearly impossible to choose. I am so blessed that I was actually able to try a product from this company because you have made a fan for life! If you want to see what other products c.Booth has to offer go ahead to their website to check them out!

Talk to you soon!

XOXO Val

Sephora VIB Sale!

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing wonderful! Like everyone else and then some I was SUPER pumped about this years Sephora VIB/ Rouge sale. It is honestly just such fun and such an amazing sale that it is almost silly not to try and take advantage even just a little. Like I have said time and time before because I am still in school I really try to maximize my budget and try products when I can and I think that during the holidays it is such a fantastic time to do so. Sephora and other brands always come out with the most perfect sampler sets and gift sets that it allows you to try many different products without breaking the bank. I have been testing all these product after getting them and I am in love with just about them all. I will have to say I am kind of disappointed with the Elizabeth and James dry shampoo. I had heard such great things about it and when I received it I wasn’t head over heals. Maybe  I am just not using it correctly I’m not really sure. I have been loving seeing what all of you have been picking up and using your recommendations! If you have any questions or want to share more about your thoughts on some of the things I picked up please do! I love hearing from all of you! Till next time!

XOXO Val

Birchbox Splurge- Sunday Riley

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I am one of those people who saves up all of my birchbox points for the year and then splurges at the end. I have had my eye on this Sunday Riley Good Genes for the LONGEST time now but haven’t ever wanted to cough up for the price! I mean hello I just think about all the coffee’s and little loves I could have plus textbooks cost me a small fortune. But during my trip New York in May I stopped into the Birchbox shop in SoHo to peak around and one of the ladies who works there was incredibly kind enough to show me around. I had brought up being interested in Good Genes and she just couldn’t stop raving about it. She actually ended up giving me a sample to try for the remainder of my trip (How nice right!!). Well immediately when I got home from the trip I took the plunge and used all of my banked points to get myself a bottle of this magical potion. That is truly what this product is, a magical potion in the cutest little glass bottle with a perfect gold top. I use it at night and while I am getting my much needed and not enough sleep and Good Genes is plumping my skin, helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles as well as helping with hyper pigmentation that stubborn breakouts leave behind. Essentially making me feel perfect upon waking up, which who doesn’t want!

I am also one of those people who don’t change my skin care routine too often and when I am find something that works I tend to stick with it. I don’t jump on every new product that comes out (although I wish I could). So 5 months later and two bottle of Good Genes I would say that this is a keeper and the fact that I have repurchased this product means that its GOOD!

I know that the price puts a lot of people off but I would truly recommend going into Sephora or a store near you that carries it and ask for a sample. A little goes a very long way, I should mention the smell may seriously offend some people. From just about everyone that I have seen talk about this HATES and loathes the smell. I personally don’t mind it too much and think it just smells like lemongrass, but hey to each is own!

xoxoVal

Influenster Sunshine VoxBox

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Its always a happy day when you come home to find a VoxBox from Inluenster on your doorstep! This box theme is sunshine and given the bright shade of yellow that the box is I would say it is very fitting. All off the products inside are ones that will be perfect for your beach vacation or lounging by the pool on the hot summer days. I don’t even know where to begin with which product I am loving most because I honestly LOVE them all. One of my all time favorite condiments is Sriracha, I honestly put it on everything! The spicer the better I always say. So my new best friends at Blue Dimond have come out with Sriracha almonds are for sure are going to be a constant in my beach bag snacks. They are the perfect amount of spice and saltiness that will leave you feeling satisfied and hunger at bay.

I have been using the Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer all summer so thank you Influenster for the extra! In South Florida it is hot and humid beyond belief but I have been using this to refresh my skin after being out in the harsh sun. It not only gives my skin the moisture its craving but the aloe leaves it feeling refreshed and cool. It is so easy to just throw in my beach bag and I don’t have to worry about it spilling all over my bag from being jostled around. Another product I am finding myself throwing in my beach bag or everyday bag are the Dickinson’s Refreshingly Clean Cleaning Cloths. I know that some don’t like cleaning cloths but when your skin is oily and you just want a quick refresh they are truly lifesavers! I use them before I workout at them gym to remove all my makeup or just when I want to give a nice and quick cleanse and remove the dirt from the day and the fact that they have Witch hazel infused makes me over the moon.

The Infusium 23 Smoothing Creme is just what my hair needs after a day in the sun. Using Avocado and Olive Oil this leave in treatment is just what your starving hair is looking for and the smell will make you feel like you are at a salon! I always use a leave in product for my hair after a shower so this was just perfect to get. And from perfect hair for summer to the perfect nail color and I am talking PERFECT this color from SinfulColors in Ocean Side has been added into my collection of got to’s.

I am so excited about this box and I am completely in love with everything inside! Thank you again Influenster for always letting me try these amazing products that quickly become my favorite got to products. Hope you all enjoyed!

xoxo

Val

Recent Sephora Picks

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Hi everyone!!! Hope you all had wonderful weekends!! As sad as I am that the weekend is already over I am super excited to show you some of my recent additions from Sephora. In my normal fashion I am more often then not last to the make up band wagon or cult products that people have been using since forever. I usually learn of them from MY favorite bloggers and youtubers and these are no exception. I have been on the hunt for the perfect bronzer for some time now and just have not been able to find one that I LOVE ( I know the struggles right!) And like everyone else, I have heard so much about the NARS Laguna bronzer and always just tried to find something else because lets be honest; when your a budget conscious college student, paying a lot for make up kind of falls to the waste side and goes to books and tutoring! But this weekend I was able to get some really awesome one on one help with a wonderful girl in Spehora who works for NARS to help me out. Needless to say  I am officially a member of the Laguna bronzer cult club!!! It not too orange like most I try and doesn’t have a glitter bananza going on which always ends up all over my hands, so I just have to say its pretty perfect! I also picked up one of these awesome velvet matte lip pencils in damned which is so unlike me but I just loved the deep purple color and the staying power of these. I became a fan of these of course late when I received my birthday gift from sephora this year which was one matte lip pencil and one glossy one.  All in all I would say it was a very productive and beautifying weekend and I can’t wait to use all my new stuff.

Talk to you all soon!

xoxo

Val

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