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Influencer Foundation from Sunday Riley

Hi everyone! UPDATE! I GOT A JOB!!!!!! Ahhhhhhh I did actually cry when I got the call saying I got it. Anywho, I just needed to share with all of you since everyone has been on this crazy ride with me. I recently and very eagerly picked up the brand new Influencer foundation from Sunday Riley. You all know how much I LOVE my Sunday Riley products to a borderline obsession, so when I saw they were finally coming out with makeup I nearly fell over.

I am super picky when it comes to makeup due to my incredibly temperamental skin and the high humidity climate that I live in doesn’t help with my oily skin in any sort of way. I usually avoid liquid foundations all together and opt for my favorite go-to SPF packing Bare Minerals foundation and call it a day. However, since I swear by the entire Sunday Riley skincare line I figured I could take a chance. I got matched with the shade 140 which is a described as light with neutral undertones and I normally wear a medium in my Bare Minerals foundation just for reference.

The first thing I noticed while wearing Influencer was just how light it felt on my skin. I truly like when I can apply a foundation and I don’t immediately feel like my skin is suffocationg under a thick and heavy layer of makeup. Throughout the day my oliy skin really didnt brekup the makeup and it didnt oxidize a weird color which truly surprised me ( in a good way fo course). I believe that the reason for this is good for your skin ingredients that Sunday Riley included in this product. They have Canadian Willowherb which is said to keep skin clear and radiant all day with wear and “Bisobolol: Helps fight surface redness, so your foundation doesn’t have to work so hard”.

I am truly so excited to incorporate this amazingness into my routine more and I will update you to see how this hold up during my 12+ hour shifts! Thank you all for coming to visit and I cannot wait to talk to you all soon!

XOXO

Val

OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Creme

 

Hi everyone! Can we even believe that the first month of 2018 is coming to an end and we are already almost to February! Ahhhh! I hope that the new year has treated each and every one of you so well and that this is your best year yet! I am currently studying for my nursing board exams ( I know it truly never ends) and it seems as though I am adjusting quite nicely to this post nursing school anxiety break haha. Along with the increase in sleep time, I have been blessed this month to have been able to give this OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Creme a try thanks to my wonderful friends over at Influenster and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with all of you! This jam-packed eye cream is such a dream and has been heaven for my under eyes. Loaded with Vitamin C that helps with aging and it also helps with dark circles which is the feature that I have seen the most benefit from. This formula smells and looks like a fresh and vibrant orange which instantly wakes you up but is a light formula that complements the delicateness of the undereye. Inspired by makeup artist and the power of banana powder this formula increases the vibrancy of your under eyes and gives your undereye a smooth and color corrected canvas to apply concealer if you so wish. I have just been applying it and allowing the natural glow that it gives makeup free and have been absolutely loving it! A little goes a very long way with this product which is wonderful since I don’t have a whole lot of time to run to the store to stock up on more yet! I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you are as excited about this miracle in a jar as I am. Talk to you all soon!!!!

XOXO
Val

Ice Cream Museum

 

Hi everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season and like myself and scrambling for last minute gifts. This weekend I took some time off from the malls and online shopping and visited the new Ice Cream Museum in Miami. It was just as pink, sparkly and filled with sprinkles as I could have imagined. Each room is inspired by a delightfully sweet treat and many of the rooms also had some little indulgences for everyone to enjoy! I think like many people one of my favorite rooms was the pool filled with sprinkles which if you can see by my face was such a childhood dream come true. I honestly think I could have spent all day there just enjoying all the amazng detials tha were put into this pink palace. If you are in the Miami area or tavling here I woul definatly reccomende checking ti out if you can. I am loving seeing everyone pictures from their visit and if you want to go make sure you grab your tickets on their website.

Fab Fit Fun Winter Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long time no talk everyone! As some of you may know if you follow me on Instagram my nursing school journey is over! Ahhhhhh!!! I cannot even believe it honestly, all the late nights studying, missed girl nights have all paid off and I am soon going to be graduating. In celebration of that and welcome the holiday season, I am delighted to share with you my first ever Fab Fit Fun box! I am sure most of you like me have seen these all over social media and they always look so stinking fabulous. Well, after seeing a sneak peek for this year’s winter box I decided to take the plunge.

What initially drew me in was the Kate Sommerville Exfolikate cleanser which is a cult classic and a tube of heaven that I am obsessed with! If you haven’t ever tried this stuff you are missing out. It a powerhouse exfoliator that in two minutes time leaves your skin glowy and refreshed. The other items in the box I left as a complete surprise and I am so excited to try all of these goodies! What I am most excited about are these eye-patches from Grace + Stella that are good for anti-aging and making your under eye look refreshed and youthful (which after two years of nursing school I could really use). Also, the item from BB Dakota is an adorable cape that you can get your hands on right here!

which is so perfect for this holiday season!

I hope you all enjoyed and I cannot wait to officially be done with this chapter and move to the next! talk to you all soon!!!!

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!

Covergirl Supersizer Fibers Mascara

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Hi everyone!!! For this post i think we should just take a moment to give Covergirl a big standing ovation for making our lives just that much easier…and our lashes that much longer!!! If you have been with me for a bit then you would know that every once in a while I am lucky enough to get to test products from my friends at Influenster. This time they sent me the brand new Supersize Fibers Mascara from Covergirl that contains micro lash fibers that give you that false lash look without all the glue or two step fiber systems out there. Falase Lashes are great and so are the two step systems but I hardly have time in the morning to put on makeup let alone have to wear something that requires a lot of steps. This mascara gives you 400% more volume then regular mascaras and its SO easy to use! Along with the mascara they sent me to try the Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner that even the most unskilled of users could use. It gives you that sharp precise line that every makeup girl craves without all the fuss, and the best part is that you don’t need to sharpen it!!! Its always that sharp precise point which is amazing for me because I ALWAYS end up breaking my pencil eyeliners with a sharpener ( whomp whomp). This pair is just a match made in heaven and is my go to look for date nights, girls nights and everyday life. I always love trying new mascaras and this one id going to be in go to favorites that I always have on hand! Hope you all enjoyed and maybe inspire you to get out there and try something new!

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

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

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Ok freak out moment over! As I am sure many of you have seen or heard the newest Naked Palette to join the family is the Naked Smoky Palette from Urban Decay. The Naked Palettes have been a beauty lovers dream and pretty much  cult favorite since their debut and this new one is no exception. I was actually lucky and loved enough to be gifted this palette by my dear cousin who is actually more makeup savvy and obsessed then I am! So I cant even thank her and my family enough for bestowing this greatness upon me!!

So lets get to the palette itself! There are 12 glorious colors included that are sure to give any makeup lover the perfect tools to create as dramatic or demur of a smoky eye as desired. In true form the color payoff on these shadows is truly a dream (Sorry about the award arm swatch!) ! 4 Matte shadows and 8 perfectly shimmering shadows that have the creamiest and dreamiest of formulas and feel like butter going on.I really love the color range of the shadows too, they aren’t just grey/ dark tones that one typically thinks of when they hear a smokey eye; they have warm bronzes and neutral colors as well. They also include a brush to help create the perfect look as well, with one end for the perfect tapered crease and the other is a smudger!

I know I am going to have a lot of fun playing with these colors and look forward to creating my perfect smoky eye!!! But I have to admit smoky eyes are always super intimidating to me so thankfully Urban Decay has included a perfect beauty guide to help me along to creating my perfect look.

I would defiantly give this palette two thumbs up and any of those who are interested in getting I would say GO FOR IT!!!!!! Till next time!

xoxo

Val

 

Warsaw Coffee Company

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Fort Lauderdale just got a little cozier thanks to the opening of a brand new hangout Warsaw Coffee Company by Scott Ojeda and partners. This hip and friendly shop is destined to be a goto among locals and visitors alike thanks to it unique and homey atmosphere. What sets this place apart is not only can you get the most amazing coffee to start your morning or afternoon pick me up but they also have a menu that will knock your socks off (no but literally it will). Chef Jason Morale has truly outdone himself by creating a menu that is sure to leave every foodie out there wanting to try everything on the menu. From breakfast burritos to dessert tarts, he puts love and passion into everything he makes and boy does it show. Now of course it is still a coffee shop and no detail has been sacrificed when it comes to theirs. From where the beans are sourced to the ways that the beans are used for each drink, this team has thought about it all. You can even buy bags of your favorite brew and enjoy WCC coffee in your own home.

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What also is unique about Warsaw Coffee Company is that it is home to two meeting rooms that anyone can rent. You can even customize your coffee and pastry selections that are sure to have you impressing anyone. After your business meetings or catch up with friends don’t forget to grab some homemade toffee and granola Togo. Yes you read that right they have three types of handmade toffee and Tropical Granola that you can enjoy at home (or in the car if your me and have no will power). WCC also cater to the hands on do’ers out there by offering cooking classes in their very own kitchen as well!

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Words can not describe just how much I love this place and the master minds behind it are the milk ontop of the perfectly made Latte (which I had and it really is perfect!) You can stay updated on all the latest at WCC by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Can’t wait to see all of you there!

xoxo Val

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