Category Archives: Beauty

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

Bliss Spa Day

If you follow my Instagram then some of you will have seen that a week ago I spent the afternoon at the Bliss Spa in Ft.Lauderdale. This was my very first time to this Spa and to let you all in on a little secret I haven’t ever been to a spa before! So as a newbie I was on cloud nine the entire time to say the least.

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The Spa itself is inside of the W Hotel and right when you get out of the elevator the aroma of fresh and tranquil oils instantly relax you. After checking in and changing into the softest robe you could ever imagine I relaxed and waited for my massage therapist. I wish that I could have taken the room home with me, I loved all of the colorful decor from the red and blue nautical pillows to the coral inspired printed curtains. It really compliments the location of the spa which is right on the beach! They had an area with bite sized brownies, blondes, veggies, crackers and a platter of cheeses. To accompany the snacks they had lemon infused water and an assortments of my favorite teas; it was truly magical and I hadn’t even had my treatment yet!

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At Bliss I chose the Fully Loaded and it really is the works! It includes the most amazing facial with a fruit acid wash, oxygen wrap, a collagen boosting serum, a skin specific mask and their signature O2 blast! While the massage therapist is working her magic on your skin your hair is getting some love too. The Hair Dew treatment exclusive to the Bliss Spa’s that pumps your hair with essential oils and moisture that your hair craves. And to top it all off as your skin specific mask is soaking in your massage therapist is giving your neck, shoulders and feet a wonderful rub down. I told you all it was the works!! It was hard not to be relaxed after all of that love and was so sad when it was all over.

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I truly can not wait to go back and get pampered some more and I don’t think I could have picked a better place to get my first facial. If any of you are in the area or looking for a pick me up give Bliss Spa a try and I promise you will not be disappointed! And I loved the products so much I went home with some of my favorite treats from the day!

xoxo Val

My Current Obsession

 

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Thanks to the holidays I have gotten an abundance of goodies to try. Lately I have not been able to get enough of this Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Set that I got from my wonderful boy friend. This set includes all of  the essentials one may need either for everyday or perfect for traveling.  This particular set came with a travel fragrance, Body wash, Body Butter and a hand cream and they are all AMAZING! This fragrance isn’t too over powering and sweet, it gives you just a subtle fresh smell that perks you up. I also really enjoy how simple and elegant looking the packaging is with the crisp silver bottles and the pop of fresh lavender color of the label.

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Another goodie from Laura Mercier that I got was the sample of hand creams in all of her signature scents! (yes the fig comes in this one too). I am addicted to hand creams, probably because I never like when my hands feel dry after using so much anti-bacterial or from constantly washing your hands. I love how cute all of these are and obviously they all smell amazing so it was hard to figure out which I wanted to use first!

Valentines Goodies On a Budget

 

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I love love love Valentines Day not just because its a wonderful day to celebrate love but I personally enjoy all of the pink items and all the heart decor. I understand you don’t need just one day to tell all the people in your life that you love them but it is a fun time to just take a second to tell someone that I LOVE YOU! But like most people you don’t want to spend a fortune on your valentines day goodies but still want to find something nice and something you know they will love. Now I will say I tend to give little things like these to my best girlfriends or my mom because everyone deserves something cute!

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Valentine Splurges

 

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Like many of you I live for a good deal and an awesome sale but I can’t fib and say that whenever I go into saks that I don’t drool all over the beautiful items that I covet. Since valentines is always a fun day filled with love both giving and receiving I decided to make a fun little shopping guide for all of my fashion obsessed readers (myself included). I hope you all enjoy these picks and feel free to leave a couple of your favorite splurge worthy V-Day gifts.

xoxo Val

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