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October Julep Maven Box

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I am so excited that it is finally October! Even though I live in south Florida and it doesn’t change season pretty much at all I still love the fall time. The days get shorter, shadows are longer and that means a whole new month of goodies from my monthly subscriptions! This month my Julep Maven box was the first to arrive and I am completely in love with the colors. Sticking to a fall theme The Black Magic Collection colors are completely perfect for the upcoming season and there is always a beauty bonus included. This month I got the colors DeAnn a beautiful and rich cranberry color and Logan which is the wonderful shimmering deep eggplant color. They are hands down wonderful and can not wait to use them My beauty item was their new Night Shift over night mask which when applied before bed helps to rejuvenate your skin and leave it bright a radiant in the morning! Like I said I am completely in love with this months box! If you are interested in becoming a Julep Maven I will link the information here and its a $20 a month subscription!

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

New Additions

New Additions

Swatches

Hi everyone!

Hope everyone had a wonderful much needed long Labor Day weekend . On my many errands I had the urge to pick up a few new drug store goodies to try out. I was in need of some concealer, and as much as I love my go to I always like trying new ones and I have high hopes for this L’Oreal True Match concealing crayon. Although I do think that I should have gotten the lighter shade I really like the consistency and coverage of it thus far. I also picked up theses Colour Riche balms in Caring Coral and Tender Mauve. I know that summer is pretty much over but since I live in the sunshine state I think that I can get away with a subtle coral longer then the average. I currently have a couple of the colour riche balms already and they really are spectacular, they smell amazing, are very hydrating and they give me the sheer pop of color that I enjoy. The Visible Lift blush in shade Soft Peach is truly the product that blew my mind. It is the perfect shade for my skin tone that gives me a nice flush of color and makes my pores disappear! You can use your fingers are a stippling brush to apply and it blends in like a dream. I am so excited that I picked these beauties out and look forward to using them soon!

xoxo Val

Yet Another Bioderma Review

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This yank finally got her hands on the very popular skin care line Bioderam. If you haven’t heard of Bioderma it is a French based skin care line that has taken the beauty industry by storm. They take into account the natural biology of your skin and what ever skin issue you may have to give you healthy, glowing and radiant skin. I purchased the Sebium line since this humid weather leaves my skin oily all the time and this line is supposed to help with that. I have been using it for about a month and though I cant say it makes me less oily I defiantly can feel a difference in my skin. The wash is fresh and uses antibacterial agents to help fight bacteria and dirt that can clog your pores and smells divine!! The infamous cleaning water was unlike any toner I have used before. It doesn’t contain alcohol so the consistency is much more sensitive but highly effective at removing any dirt from your skin. It leaves my skin clean, very soft and glowing which who doesn’t love that! Instead of the moisturizer I purchased the pore refiner which I use as a primer to my makeup. I tested some on my hand when I first got it and all I can say is WOW! It is mattifying so it really works to control my oil throughout the day, and it really does seem to shrink your pores which is mind blowing to me still. Over all I am really impressed with this line and I look forward to using them more and possibly repurchasing in the future! Hope you all enjoyed this and I would love o hear your Bioderma stories, till next time!

xoxo Val 

Chicago Wrap Up

Hey all! Hope you all have been doing well since my last check in. I finally made it through my summer classes and then I was off to Chicago for my beautiful cousins wedding! I love Chicago and have been many times but like with big cities they are always changing. I had a blast wandering around on top of all the exciting wedding activities. Here are some of my favorite snap shots of my trip, Hope you enjoy!!!!!!!

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xoxo Val

 

 

Sephora Perks

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I don’t know about any of you but I love Sephora beauty insider points, and every time I pick up goodies I love seeing the amount of points just go up and up! Wether your an instant user or like me you love saving them all for a rainy day or for something truly special that you have been dying to try its always a good time. On my last trip into Sephora I was picking up some birthday goodies for my cousin and not so subtly pointing things out that I just LOVED as ideas for my upcoming birthday, there was a 500 point gift there that day I just needed to have. This Bare Minerals Beauty and the Beach gift is just like sunshine in a package for me. Inside you get a mini lipgloss in Party Starter , a mini blush in A Natural High, a mini bronzer in Sunny Days, A mini Lash Domination mascara and a little container of their all over Pure Radiance. I am such a huge fan of Bare Minerals and have been using their products since high school so this little gift really is exciting and its perfect for the upcoming summer months. All of these are going to leave anyone looking sun kissed and simply glowing and what is nice about the smaller sizes is that they will be great for those summer vacation travels. Have an awesome day everyone!

xoxo Val

Number 4 Hair Care

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I am incredibly excited to share my current hair care obsession with Number 4 Hair Care! Ok I must admit this obsession isn’t anything recent, for the last three years Number 4 has been my hair savior and as you can see from my first picture I have my fair share of their products. I am also extremely proud ( and excited) to say that I have tried a product from all of their collections and they are all simply amazing.

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This luxurious haircare line has developed the most amazing products that are packed with ingredients that your hair craves without stripping it of the essentials that it needs. What was most interesting to me is that one pump is all you need (yes you read that correctly one pump!) With their innovative Liquid Complex Culture and highly concentrated product if your hair is in need of some more suds all you do is add more water not more product.

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I always get asked what my favorite products from is and I can’t honestly pick because I love everything! From the hairspray to the reconstructing masque everything has really made my hair healthier and happier and its probably because all of their products are sulfate, sodium and paraben free. ( they are even %100 vegan and gluten free!)

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I hope that you all enjoyed this little look into my hair care obsession and if you want any more information on the products I have used feel free to reach out. Also head on over to the Number 4 website where you will learn all about this dynamite company and their products.

xoxo Val

Herbal Essence Dry Shampoo

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Hi everyone! So I rarely dedicate an entire post to just one product, its usually a haul or a product line but this new dry shampoo of mine deserves it. Now I have been using dry shampoo for several years and its mostly because I have fine hair and it gets oily after just one day so instead of over washing it I use dry shampoo to give my hair the pep it needs. I have several favorites or go to picks but on a recent trip to restock I was overcome with the panic that ensues when you go to the drugstore and the product you are looking for is completely sold out (we all know we have experienced it)! So there I was walking up and down the isle trying to find something that could at least get me through the week and took this chance to try something new. I didn’t even know that Herbal Essence had a line of dry shampoos so being the intrigued person that I am I decided to give this one a try form their new Naked Volume Line.

Now I have to share that I have only used this one twice but even after one use I knew I had to share it with all of you! What I first loved about this is that unlike most dry shampoos this one is completely clear! Yep you read that correctly, instead of having to make sure you rubbed in all the white powder from your dry shampoo this one is completely transparent (which is great for me because I always end up missing a spot and look like a leopard). Next thing I noticed was the scent, I am used to heavy perfumed dry shampoos but this was completely refreshing, this has a wonderful grapefruit and mint scent! Lastely but certainly not least is that this dry shampoo formula is completely paraben free and doesn’t contain harmful dyes, who doesn’t love when a company looks out for our hair! I am so glad that my regular Dry Shampoo was sold out that day because I never would have stumbled upon this awesome one! Hope you all get a chance to try this or just get inspired to try a new product then your usual go to, you may be surprised by your finds like I was!

xoxo Val

My Beauty Travel Essentials

With my recent travels over (too soon if you ask me) it occurred to me that I usually always forget to pack something or I never know exactly what I am going to need. So in an effort to help all of you and myself (for future reference for my travels) I wanted to share some of my must have/go to travel items that I seem to never am able to live without. What are some of your favorite travel essential? Maybe some that I should look into!

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These are my favorite hair care items at the moment! For the perfect blow dry when out of town these Dry Bar VIP Pack minis is a sure thing!

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I know that Hotels have complimentary bath products and sometimes I really do love them but for the times that I need some comforts of home I have these mins of some of my favorite shampoo and Conditioners from Beauty Protector, Shampoo and Body Wash from BVLGARI, and then an all time favorite Twilight Woods from Bath and Body Works.

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Its no secrect that I love perfume and especially Bond No.9 fragrances! I love to bring my travel sized perfumes when I travel because honestly who wants to lug around heavy perfumes all the time!

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I am a minimalist when it comes to make up so bringing my usual makeup products isn’t usually a problem for me! I find that packing products that have a double duty are wonderful for keeping packing light. This Bobbi Brown Palette not only is used for eye shadow but can be used as brow filler and even eyeliner!

Hope you all enjoy!

xoxo Val

 

 

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