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Vasanti Lip and Cheek Colour Pod

To me sunny weather means getting outside and enjoying the color that comes alive when the sun is out. So in order to spend more time enjoying it I try to adjust my make up routine to something simple that will leave me looking put together but with little effort.  A few weeks ago I was incredibly lucky enough to be chosen by Birchbox as part of the Birchbloggers team to try out a colour pod by Vasanti!

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If you haven’t heard of these before then get ready to be dazzled because this is any make up lovers dream! A two in one product is exactly the product that will allow you get the color you are looking for and cut down on your primping time.  Vasanti Lip and Cheek Colour Pods are truly like nothing I have seen before, from the sleek easy to hold design to the product that is filled with everything your skins needs to look great and be protected. Your skin and lips are plumped and hydrated thanks to pomegranate sterols  and mango butter gives your skin plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will protect you from the suns harmful UV rays. With all of that good for you in one product just wait till you see all three colors that they come in. I picked the color Candle Light, which is a beautiful pinky coral color that is just perfect for spring and summer.

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Lips

I first took a picture of me wearing the color on my lips and I really loved it! It gave my lips such a fun pop of subtle color that really lasted and kept my lips hydrated all day.

Cheeks

The next I tried to show off the color on my cheeks! I loved how fresh and bright the shade my my face, and what I also like is that you can build up the color to the pigmentation you are looking for which makes it great for day and night!

I know that this is going to be the perfect product to add to my easy make up routine and is a great item for when I travel this summer. Thank you again Birchbox for allowing me to try this amazing product!

xoxo Val

Hair Essentials

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I am not sure about any of you but if you have thin hair then you understand how hard it is to add that much sought after thick and luscious hair! I take vitamins and use shampoos that help add some much desired volume but its just a temporary solution. At lunch with a dear friend of mine  shared with me that she had picked up a new supplement that she heard about that to help make her hair thicker and stronger. Now I have to say I was a little hesitant because I am not one for using supplements (other the vitamins) but after some reading about Hair Essentials I decided to give it a shot.

This product is %100 vegetarian, Gluten Free, contains no GMO! Its just vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids and minerals that are blended perfectly to guarantee your hair will become healthier and beautiful.  What I didn’t know prior to my research was that this product is used a lot for people who have suffered from hair loss due to illness or some genetic reasons and if they loved this product then I was sure it was going to work for me.

Fast forward a month now and my hair really is longer( to the middle of my back long!) thicker and I notice that when I style my hair it doesn’t fall about as much which is always a bonus! I am so thankful to my friend for letting me in on her little secret and thank you to Hair Essentials for letting me sample this product and share with all my readers!

xoxo Val

The Liebster Award

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The ladies from The Pale Side of Beauty recently tagged me in this post for The Liebster Award and first I just want to say THANK YOU LADIES! I don’t normally do tag posts but I thought it is such a fun idea to get to know some of my fellow bloggers and for all of you to get to know me better. So here it goes and I cant wait to share!!!
The Rules: 
– thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
– answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
– provide 11 random facts about yourself.
– nominate 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.
– create a new list of 11 questions for the blogger to answer
– list these rules in your post.
– let the bloggers know that you have nominated them.
My Questions from Fiona and Amber: 
What is your biggest beauty/fashion regret?
Thats easy, in middle school I used to wear my hear really crunchy in oder to get it scrunchy. (Thank goodness for my discovery or a diffuser!!!)
What is your ‘can’t live without’ product?
My COOLA Matte Finish face sunscreen in cucumber. You can really never protect your skin enough!
Bath or shower?
I know this is a cop out but it really depends on my mood. But for the purpose of this I will pick shower since that is usually my go to.
How long have you been blogging for?
Well technically I have been blogging for several years now but Simply-Gold is my newest venture due to a school project and is only a few months old =).
Who do you look admire most in the world?
That would have to be my mom. She is such a loving and strong women that I don’t know what I would do without her.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years time?
I would love to be done with school and working doing what I love and have a successful blog! Whatever else comes about in the next ten years is just a bonus!
What is your favourite movie?
Any Romantic Comedy (She’s the Man, How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, Brides Maids!)
What makes you happy?
Anything that makes those around me and my soul happy
What is your proudest moment?
Passing this impossibly difficult class in my major that has been such a battle for me
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?
My Grandparents ( most of them had passed before I was born and I would love the chance to meet them)
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
So easy! I have two though. Fresh flowers and frozen reese’s!!!
11 Random Facts About Me:
1 .I Bake when I am stressed about anything
2. I have a love (or obsession) with Bond No.9 Perfumes
3. I want to go to Paris one day
4. I want to swim with elephants in Thailand
5. My dogs are the love of my life
6. I love cold weather (yet I live in the most tropical climate ever!)
7. New York is a city that stole my heart
8.  I believe in doing anything that makes your soul happy
9. I always wanted a Barbie Jeep when I was little and I never let my parents forget that I never got one
10. I really enjoy candles ( especially from Henri Bendel and Trapp)
11. I wish that more people would empower others, everyone deserves it!
My Questions to you!
What is your favorite piece of clothing you own
Flats or Heels
What is your favorite food
What is a city you would love to go to but haven’t
Lipgloss or Lipstick
2 Beauty items you can’t live without
How long have you been blogging
Who is your Idol
What is your guilty pleasure
What Fashion or Beauty item are you coveting at the moment
Favorite Quote
I Nominate!
http://thegingerandtheblonde.blogspot.co.uk
http://zoloriri.blogspot.com
http://katiecornish.wordpress.com
http://www.allthingsterri.com
http://www.tesoribelle.com
http://www.creamandsugarplease.com
http://www.lashesandbows.com
http://www.muffinchanel.com
http://kerryjustbeauty.blogspot.co.uk
http://louloubella92.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.lemonfreckles.co.uk
Thank you again ladies and I truly can not wait to hear from all of you!!!!!! 
xoxo Val

April Maven

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Its a new month and I am excited for some new polish’s! Literally the first day of every month when I get my Julep Maven Box my nails and myself do a happy dance! This months theme is the Vivid Collection and let me just say vivd does these colors justice. Since its spring and with summer right around the corner we finally have the okay to wear our favorite bright colors and not be judged. I am loving my new colors and know that they will be perfect additions to my go to colors for the season.

The beautiful pink color in Caitlin was simply stunning, I loved how pigmented it is and you can build the color up with more coats or just leave it sheer with one coat. The fun orange polish named Mariska was defiantly a surprise to me. Some of you may know that I tend to stick to the same color pallet with my nail polishes so adding an orange to the mix was hesitant for me. However I really really love this color, I enjoy that even though it is orange and pigmented it still isn’t overwhelming and very pretty (this color also has a matte finish and just added a topcoat to add more shine).

  Also how wonderful is this Peach Bellini Blush I got in my box. It gives you the perfect amount of color to your checks without being too much and would even be beautiful swept across the eyelids for an easy day look. Did I mention that it is also pore minimizing, who doesn’t love a little extra boost to our already beautiful complexions! Hope you all enjoy these as much I do and I can’t wait to see all of your favorite polishes for spring!

xox Val

Loving La Fresh

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It is no secret that I enjoy nicely primped nails. It can add some pop of color to any outfit and its a way to give people a quick glance into our personalities. Wether your a classic red wearer or the Van Gogh of nail art we are all able to jump in on the nail polish train. Unfortunately or fortunately for myself not all manicures last forever and if you are like me you are constantly putting polish on and taking it off for your new polish obsession of the moment.  With that for me came incredibly dry nails and cuticles and even a little brittle from all of the nail polish remover..sigh. Thankfully for my first ever birchbox about three years ago that brought La Fresh into my life.

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If you have never heard of La Fresh they are a Eco Friendly beauty company that makes that most amazing products and one of my all time favorites are their Acetone Free Nail Polish Removing Wipes ( oh yes acetone free and yes they do actually work!) These amazing little wipes will remove all the polish from my hands and feet, depending on what color I am experimenting with and nourishes them all at the same time.  The secret behind this little miracle worker is that while the nail polish resolving enzymes are doing their job the Aloe, Glycerin and Vitamin E are moisturizing your nails and rosemary and horsetail extract are strengthening your nails.

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Like I had mentioned I have been using these for about three years now and I have stocked up on these amazing wipes. If I haven’t con vied you yet that these are indeed amazing then I should mention that because they do not contain acetone the moment you open the little pouch you instantly feel as if you are in an orange field. Yes no more crazy chemical smell lingering in your bathroom for what seems like hours, instead you may actually find yourself taking just a moment longer removing your polish in order to enjoy the wonderful citrus smell a little longer.

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You can go to La Fesh’s website to learn more about them and learn more about their amazing ecofriendly products, hope you all enjoyed!!

xoxo Val

The Riviera Collection

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Its that time of month where every nail polish lover dreams come true! Well at least for me it is hehe 🙂 I am always stalking my mail box at the beginning of every month waiting for my Julep Maven Box and finally after two weeks and one vacation I am so excited to share it with all of you. From the title I am sure you can see that this months theme is the sunny and chic Riviera! Now we cant all visit the french Riviera this summer (unfortunately) but that doesn’t mean our nails cant look like we have. This month I peeked and looked at what colors I would be getting this month and at first I have to say I wasn’t sure if I would love them ( shocking moment I know). But fear not I am obviously obsessed with them since I have used both of my colors twice already. I am also already considering ordering them so I don’t have to worry about running out.

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I get the Classic with a twist box and in this months box there was a creamy white color called Soraphine and this vibrant fire engine red lacquer called Myriam. As I had mentioned earlier I was nervous that I wasn’t going to totally love both of them, mainly Soraphine because I haven’t had the best luck with white polishes. So I bit the bullet and tried Soraphine first and immediately was squealing with joy because I loved it that much! Its the perfect neutral nail polish when you want something simple yet pretty which reminds me of my favorite go to polish Ballet Slippers from Essie.

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I just recently tried Myriam and have already gotten dozens of compliments on it. I usually end up choosing red for my nails, mostly because I think its a fun pop of color but still classic and thats why I think I gravitate to this color. It is a classic and vibrant red yet really packs a punch and it is eye catching which is great for spring. It also remind me of my go to red polish Big Apple Red from OPI but now I have a new favorite go to red.

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Like with all Julep Maven boxes each comes with a full sized Julep beauty product and this month it was a shade of lip glass from their line. I have gotten one before in a box and have loved it so I was looking forward to trying another shade. This month I got Graceful a beautiful, soft and light creamy pink color that goes on sheer and a bit milky. It is  perfect to wear alone or ontop of your favorite lipstick shade.

Hope you all enjoyed this look into my month Maven box and maybe inspired you to try some of my new favorite shades!

xoxo Val

Jo Malone London Rain Collection

I have many obsessions in life and one of them if you don’t know already is perfume. I just love being able to mix and match depending on your mood or maybe something that gives you that extra pep in your step. Being a fan of Jo Malone for a while now I always get really excited when their new collections come out and I get to experience a whole new perspective of fragrance. This years new limited edition collection is called London Rain(very fitting right?). The second I saw the water-colored bottles I knew this was not going to disappoint the excitement that I had built up in my head. Well this week I was able to get a one on one experience with these new fragrances and all I can say is WOW!

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There are four fragrances in this collection and each will speak to the perfume lover in all of us, and they seem to just mist you with the perfect amount of fragrance like misting rain. Wether it is the spice and woodsy Black Cedar & Juniper, the fresh and light scent of Rain & Angelica, the romantic and floral notes of Wisteria & Violet or the citrus and vibrant notes in White Jasmine & Mint. As usual there wasn’t one scent I didn’t enjoy and could really appreciate all of the different layers to each scent but of course there was one that I couldn’t stop talking about. I really really loved the White Jasmine & Mint and I know that Jo Malone features a White Jasmine & Mint in their signature collection line but this one to me seems to be pumped up a notch. I’m not sure if it is more concentrated or what but it just has that something extra and I love it! The fresh mint really wakes up your senses and the soft jasmine and rose add a romantic and whimsical touch that I truly enjoy.

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If you all have a chance to stop by your local Jo Malone  boutique or store I know you will really enjoy this collection and all the scenes that it speaks to!

xoxo Val

Wisteria & Violet Cologne/Rain & Angelica Cologne/Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne/White Jasmine & Mint Cologne

Weekend Fun

Hi everyone!! Hope you all had an amazing weekend and had the chance to do something simple wonderful! I have to say mine was a bit crazy to say the least. With my mom and brother going out of town and me trying to pack and get final items for my trip I felt like I really needed a moment to just relax and enjoy this beautiful weather we had here in south florida. But never the less throughout my many shopping trips this weekend I was able to snap a could of pictures to share with you all of things that made me smile of that I just thought were completely cute!

Saturday I literally spent the entire day running around trying to find cute little tanks and dresses for my up coming cruise and by upcoming I mean Monday! My planning has been off and all m shopping has been last minute thanks to school Ugh! Thankfully I was able to find a couple of cute things that I could not only wear for my tropical vacation but throughout the summer too.

Farmers Market

I was able to swing by the farmer market before my crazy mall marathon began and I must say going to the farmers market is something I really enjoy. I love all of the fresh produce and finding something new and healthy to try. And no trip to the farmers market is complete without some amazing treat for my furry little friend and a trip to the local honey tent. If you have a pet I really would encourage you to check out Happy Dog Bakery. I have been buying treats for my dog there for the longest time and some of their proceeds and products go to help shelter dogs.

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I thought these little kinck knacks from bath and body were adorable, I love little bags in eye popping colors. And if you know me you will know my love for anything baking related and french so when I saw these little kitchen towels from their baking collection I melted. They are so fun and an easy way to bring some personality into your kitchen space.

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I stopped at one of my favorite little lunch spots for a bite to eat (shopping really does work up and appetite, I consider it exercise in my mind). Paul is this quaint little french bistro that serves some of the yummiest sandwiches, salads and even desserts. Though I didn’t get it this stop one of my all time favorite lunches is their Croque Monsieur…my mouth is watering just thinking about it. However this time I decided on a simple grilled chicken club YUMMY!!! Also true to my nature I had to get a sweet treat and splurged on a nutella doughnut that my cousin introduced me to, Nutella+ Doughnut= Perfection in my mind. Fear not though I did share it with my boyfriend , though to be honest I easily could have eaten it all myself  hehe =).

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Sunday is supposed to be the day and rest and I usually so just that expect I had to of course get last minute cruise items. Lucky for me though I got most of the little things I needed shampoo, conditioner that kind of stuff. I seriously have such an amazing guy, he was with me all day, didn’t mind me dragging him to every store I could think of and he treated me to such an amazing lunch and the bistro inside Nordstrom. If any of you haven’t been then all I can say is GO NOW!!!!! I hope the urgent capitals got my point across as to just how amazing this spot is. We both shared a french onion soup and a prime rib sandwich ( I am honestly such a foodie at heart).

All in all I can not wait to just be sipping on my fruity umbrella drink and soaking up some sun because all this running around has me exhausted! I hope that all of you enjoyed some you time and cant wait to catch up with all of you when I get back!

xoxo Val

February Birchbox!

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If you haven’t seen it all over instagram already but this month Birchbox has teamed up with Us Weekly to bring us Red Carpet worthy products that will leave us looking and feeling like a movie star. I don’t know about any of you but I love award season, all of the beautiful gowns, men in their finest and perfectly polished faces and not a fly away hair in sight. And as soon as I can I am at my vanity trying to recreate those beautiful looks and thanks to birch box it is a little easier. Creating my own step and repeat with the products in my box ( because lets face it all of them deserve their time in the spot light) I have decided to share just how wonderful all of them are.

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To start off our red carpet spotlights is the newest fragrance from Juicy Couture. Now i have share that I have been a fan of the Juicy fragrance line since it came out and have owned every single fragrance that they have come out with and they never disappoint. The newest addition is La La Malibu truly smells like sunshine and thats because the notes of mandarin mixed with a subtle sugar make you feel like a red carpet beach babe without all the sand.

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On a red carport we can’t forget about your nails and this color changing polish ( yes you read that correctly it changes colors) from Ruby Wing in Kitten Heels will leave the crowds stunned. At first the polish is the most eye popping shade of pink that would leave barbie jealous but step into the sunlight and your nails will turn a heart stopping red. Something that sounds so amazing that only celebs could have you are able to try yourself, what could be more glam then that!

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Now if your on the red carpet giving all of your interviews you want to make sure your breath is crisp and clean, but not smell like you just swallowed a container of tic tacs. Meet your best friend from 32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy pretty much pop rock meets bacteria fighting breath mint, pretty awesome I know!!! These fun crystals use Zinc and Isovoxy to fight bad breath causing bacteria leaving you interview ready.

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Get ready for a power house hair product that not only protects your hair but will give you that mega war shine like your favorite celebrities! Being a huge fan of the Beauty Protect line shampoo, conditioner and the protect and detangle this new product to the cult like brand is the Beauty Protector Protect & Oil! Infused with Argon Oil this lightweight formula protects your hair from all that heat, styling and UV rays we subject it to getting camera ready. And what I love is that this is prabon free and cruelty free, who doesn’t love that!

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Last but certainly not least before we get our faces primped and glowing we need to make sure that we make our face a smooth canvas. Thanks to Birchbox who partnered up with the fabulous Dr.Brant to give us his most coveted Camera Ready Kit products including his Pores no More Primer.This sheer and lightweight powerhouse will instantly smooth the surface of your skin, minimize pores and absorb oil all night. So no need to worry if your shiny for your acceptance speech!

And thats all folks! All of the products any gal will need to either walk the red carpet or strut down the sidewalk in your most fierce outfit. Hope you all enjoyed and thank you so much for all of your support!

 

February Julep Maven

DSC_1173Doing my nails has to be one of my favorite things to do. Wether I am treating myself and getting them done or enjoying a night in with a new color and Sex and the City reruns I just enjoy the me time.  Thankfully each month thanks to my Julep Maven boxes I get to try some new colors every month and they never disappoint. Since February is the month of love this months box featured a line of Dramatic colors that really speak to the emotions. Since I get the Classic with a Twist box I got the colors Greta, a striking  shimmery berry lacquer that gives just enough pop of sparkle to any manicure. Then there is Octavia a sultry indigo that will make any nail polish fanatic drool. And because little gifts of love are featured this month Julep gifted mavens with a beautiful glittery glam polish in a perfectly pink color with gold glitter specks and when it hits the sunlight it looks like a pink aurora borealis! Its truly magical and I am completely in love with it.

With all Julep Maven Boxes they send a full sized beauty product and this month was their featured Julep Eye Sheen shadows. This cream based eye shadow go on smoothly and dry with a beautiful and dramatic eye color. It takes the hassle out of applying powered shadows and little speckles of the shadow falling all over your makeup.  In a nut shall its simply amazing!!

xoxo Val

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