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March Subscription Recap

March Birchbox

March Ipsy

March LWF

Hi all! Like a lot of others out there I am a subscription junkie! I just love looking forward to my little boxes filled with treats and goodies for me to try. So instead of making separate posts for each of my boxes I wanted to put them all into one fun and colorful post for you all. The ones that I have are Love with Food, Birchbox and Ipsy and each have things I love and like about them. Hope you all enjoyed and I love seeing what you all got in your boxes this month.

xoxo

Val

January Love With Food Box

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to be sharing my newest subscription box addiction with you all! This is my first box with Love with Food and I all I can say is that I am blown away! What is it is a monthly box that is packed with goodies for a foodies dream! What I love most is that for every box sent out they donate a meal to a person in need to help end hunger in America. If that doesn’t make it worth it then I don’t know what will! This month was all about food to help you “Live.Laugh.Restore” and these goodies are sure to do that! So far my favorites have been the Kettle cooked apples with raspberries, hibiscus and green coffee extract from Big Slice and the chocolate covered cocoa nibs from Britt. But todays lunch features the in shell almonds and Cassava Pops and needless to say I am counting down the minutes till lunch. I really hope you all enjoyed this little peak into my newest subscription and hope you all check out Love with Food for yourselves!

xoxo Val

Too Faced Candle Light Powder

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I know that I am a little late to thing product but hey better late then never right! I love new products just as much as any other gal but I don’t know what it is about over hyped products that makes me just a little reluctant. I kind of like to test it out a couple times and listen to my friends and favorite bloggers before I commit. During the VIB even I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Too Faced Candle Light Powder and I am so glad that I did! I am not an expert in contouring and highlighting by any means but I do like a nice glow to my face when I am going out to a nice dinner or even just to make myself feel good. This powder is so amazing I am almost sad I didn’t get it sooner! It gives such a beautiful glow and vibrance to you skin that people will think that you either walk around with this natural glow or you had an awesome nap! Its not too sparkly which I really love since I’m not huge into shimmer on my face and its so creamy for a powder that it doesn’t look chalky when you apply it. I like to brush it on right on my cheek bones and under my eyes but sometimes I even will dust some onto my eyelids for a nice subtle glow. I am so glad that I just bit the bullet and got this! If any of you have it and have a fun way to use it let me know I would love to try! Or just share your favorite glow powders!

xoxo Val

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

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As every other beauty obsessed person out there this past weekend was a product bananza at Sephora thanks to the VIB and VIB Rouge discount! I did take full advantage as did my mother since the holidays are around the corner but the mask I am going to share with you today I actually got before it. Thankfully I did because when I went to get another just to stock up they were all sold out! If you haven’t seen it already this limited edition Pumpkin Enzyme Mask from Peter Thomas Roth is just about one of the most amazing things that has happened to my skin. Not only does it smell like pumpkin pie (no joke it really does) but it is powerful and effective! The reason this little jar of magic is so effective is because it contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid which peels aways the dead skin that gets built up on or face and it decongest our pores and the Aluminum Oxide polished your skin leaving it bright and rejuvenated. I have problem skin around my chin area and it even worse during certain times of the month which is so frustrating for me because I really do try to keep my skin clean and use products that are gentle and cleansing. This mask has completely helped my skin in such a big way, I put it on after I cleanse my face leave it on for 7 minutes and just wash it off. For me I can really see a glow on my skin after I wash it off and moisturize which is crazy because nothing has ever done that before. I will say that when I first put it on it burns right around my nose and the apples of my cheeks but that quickly goes away. I am so incredibly impressed with this mask and am going to buy another before it goes away. I hope this review helped you all and if you aren’t ready to shell out the amount for it, this mask actually comes in a little trio for $20 that you can pick up at sephora! Hope you all enjoyed and I would love to hear from any of you that have tried this as well and if it worked for you!

xoxo Val

Favorite Fall Pins

If you are on Pintrest ( I mean honestly who isn’t these days) then you know that with the change in seasons come all new holiday inspired pin boards and decor to get us all in the spirit. I try and browse around pintrest a couple minutes a day just to see what everyone is posting, or trying to find inspiration for a new recipe and I really have been loving all of the fall decor! So in a tribute post to fall I have compiled some of my absolute favorite fall pins and the links (just click on the pictures!) where to find them. Hopefully you all love them as much as I do and Im really looking forward to some DIY’s the year. (who am I kidding I just can’t afford to buy the entire Pottery Barn fall decor section, cue for sobs) If you are on pintrest please follow me! I love connecting with all of you!

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xoxo Val

P.S. I am totally getting my craft on with some of these and I can hardly contain my excitement! I have already made the wreath and just need to find the perfect little decorating pieces!

OnJuice Juice Cleanse

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This past week I set out on my very first juice cleanse thanks to the wonderful people at Onjuice. Being a self proclaimed health nut I try to maintain a healthy balance when it comes to eating and exercise, so I was thrilled when they asked me to try out a juice cleanse. If you are unfamiliar with OnJuice they are a South Florida based company who has taken juicing to the next level of healthy. They have developed a technique of cold pressing their ingredients to optimize the nutrients and vitamins that go from the fruit and veggies into the juices. And as if they isn’t awesome enough a juice is only as good as the ingredients itself right? Well all of the fruits and veggies that OnJuice uses are fresh and locally grown so they know exactly how and what goes into making the freshest produce.

I tried the Traditional 3 day Cleanse by OnJuice and I think this was the perfect choice for my first run at a juice cleanse. It consisted of 6 juices a day(I had two sublimes a day) that are meant to restore your body to its optimal state. It restores your bodies pH and is meant to rid yourself of toxins that cause fatigue, headaches and unhealthy skin just to name a few. I began my cleanse on monday and lasted till wednesday and to be honest it wasn’t as crazy as everyone makes it out to be, it was tough at times but not undoable my any means.

Day 1 I was completely pumped and ready to start. I got through the day easy and was excited to finally be able to taste all of the juices that were chilling in my fridge. I did exercise that day which I think made day 2 a little harder for me because I did notice that I was hungrier then I was anticipating. So day 2 I  had my juices every three hours as stated and because I am in school I was busy all day which really helped to distract me. By day 3 I honestly really was hungry and it was kind of a struggle but this is where being mentally tough and focused really helped me. I didn’t want all of my hard work and detoxing to go to waste which really helped me to stay strong (which I did!).

Overall I am really glad I did this, even though I couldn’t have coffee I noticed that I really didn’t get any headaches due to the lack of caffeine. I didn’t feel sluggish like I often do thanks to my crazy school schedule and I felt overall rejuvenated (who doesn’t love that). I just wanted to thank everyone at OnJuice again for letting me try this cleanse and get my body back on track and back to that fine tuned machine I know it is. Since the cleanse I really have been even more careful and methodical (if thats even possible) about what I eat and what I use when I am cooking. If any of you are interested in OnJuice you can learn more about all of their cleanses online. Also if you have any question feel free to reach out and ask away!!

xoxo Val

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer

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I am a big believer in make up primers. It wasn’t until a couple years ago but one I started I can not see myself not using one. They protect your skin from any makeup getting into your pores or even dry and oil from clogging them. I have also tried my fair share of them which now that I think of it maybe I will do a “my favorite primers” article! But any who I recently purchased this Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer on a trip to Sephora just to switch things up and I am really loving it. I have heard such wonderful things about the Laura Mercier make up line and being a huge fan of her body care line I knew I just needed to try it. This primer is so light and creamy unlike others I have tried and what I truly love about it is that it doesn’t leave a silicon feeling to your skin. It is incredibly breathable and your make up goes over it like a dream, it also doesn’t flake off when applying your makeup (which I have also experienced). I ended up choosing the oil free version since I indeed tend to have oily skin and it really feels like since it is so breathable my skin doesn’t produce excess oil through the day. If you are interested in trying a primer I really would give this one a look at. Hope you all enjoy and I would love to hear some of your favorite primers!

xoxo Val

September Birchbox & Ipsy!

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Hi everyone! This month instead of sharing both of my bags separately I wanted to give you all a peak into both of my subscription boxes that I get each month and kind of compare to two. Most of you are probably familiar with Birchbox but if you aren’t it is a subscription device for $10 a month and you get 4-5 samples of beauty, skin or hair products each month based on you beauty profile. Sometimes you will get a full size item but its most just samples. Now I am new to Ipsy and they are also $10 a month. Created by a fellow beauty lover and youtube sensation Michelle Phan, you again get products based on your beauty profile but these tend to be more full sized to deluxe sized samples of times. Both subscriptions have the pros and cons and some months are better then others but I really love getting them. I have discovered so many products through them that I now use religiously. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail, tweet or instagram me! I love getting to you all! Till Next time!

xoxo Val

Forever 21 Mini Haul

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Hi everyone!

Hope your all doing simply amazing! This past weekend I wandered into forever 21 while at the mall and found some really fun little bips and bops. I love wandering around there from time to time in search of completely nothing and stumbling upon little gems. I have really been loving delicate jewelry lately and even though I don’t wear over the top jewelry anyway I just love how dainty and feminine they look. I also happen to see that Barbie is doing a collaboration with Forever 21 and I just needed to get something. I was obsessed with Barbies as a kid and needed everything I saw that was Barbie growing up so seeing this collection made me feel like a kid again. They had so many cute things but I thought that this little makeup bag was the perfect choice and very fitting for Barbie (and we all know how much barbie loved her makeup). I also may have gone a little overboard with the scarves but I just love dressing up a simple outfit with a fun and colorful scarf. These are so soft and what is even better is that they are affordable! (who doesn’t love a good deal!)

xoxo Val

Christian Louboutin Rouge Nail Polish

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If any of you are as excited about this addition to the beauty world as I am then I know you can hardly even contain yourselves! The brilliant designer behind the infamous red bottom shoes Mr. Christian Louboutin has blessed us with a nail color that allows us to sport those famous red soles on our fingers. The second I got wind that he would be coming out with a polish line you would have thought I had won the lottery with how excited I was, and took me no time at all to place my order. Now maybe I am a little bias but this has to be the most exquisite bottles of nail polish I have ever seen. From the dramatic black spiked top (that is the same height of his highest heel, the Ballerina Ultima)  and the beautifully crafted bottle that reminds me of an angular apothecary bottle found in the 18th century (but modernized of course!) The polish itself is a dream to work with and I feel like it has a lot to do with the length of the handle, you really feel like as if you are a painter and the canvas are your nails. The color is opaque and incredibly vibrant just like the color of the red soles, it is creamy and goes on effortlessly. I can not wait to get more colors from his line which include a Nude’s collection, a Noir collection and a Pop collection so you can imagine how hard it is going to be choose which one I want next!

Anyhow, I hope you all enjoyed my little review and were able to get an idea about this wonderful polish for yourself. I would love to hear how any of you are enjoying your polish or if you have gotten some of the other colors and which you think I should look into!

xoxo Val

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