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L’Oreal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive

Hi everyone!!!!! Happy heart month and the month the holds two wonderful days close to my heart….I was talking about National Pizza and Bagel Day duh! Haha anyways being that this is the unofficial official month of everything pink, red and love I wanted to share one of my newest loves with you all! I recently highlighted my hair during my break from nursing school and naturally I needed to find products for my hair that helped restore it to its original lustrous form. Let me just tell you this line from L’Oreal is my current hair obsession you guys. My friends over at Influenster so kindly sent this my way and it couldn’t have come at a better time 1. I had just run out of my current shampoo and conditioner and 2. I just colored my hair! This first thing I noticed when I used the shampoo and conditioner was how AMAZING it smells, truly just like I was getting a wash in the salon. I know its kind of odd to some but when a shampoo or hair products smell luxurious I just fall in love with them. However, not only do these products smell wonderful but they left my hair so incredibly silky and hydrated I almost couldn’t believe it. The masterminds over at L’Oreal developed this Color Vibrancy Intensive line that seals in your color for 60 days and helps to repair the damage to restore your hair to its pre-colored state. I found myself obsessively touching my hair in class that everyone thought I was nervous haha, I just couldn’t get over how soft it was.

Now the hair mask is something entirely of its own my friends. It smells just as heavenly as the other products but it is so thick and creamy that it almost feels like custard in the jar. A little of this goes a very long way for me, mostly because I put it only in the ends of my hair so it doesn’t get too greasy. I have very fine hair so a lot of product in it will kind of overwhelm it. You leave it in for about 5 minutes and it will feel as if you are brand new silky hair fast then it takes you to style it.

After using it for about a month now I will say that the L’Oreal team has really knocked it out of the park with this line and I may or may not have already stalked up on several bottles of it. I mean you never know when Target will run out of your latest obsession or there is a shampoo shortage… stranger things have happened! Thank You all so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

XOXO Val

Chapstick 100% Natural Lip Butter

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Hi everyone!!! Hope you are are doing just amazing!!! If you follow me on instagram then you will have seen that Nursing school is keeping me plenty busy these days. The amount of coffee I am consuming I am sure is quite alarming to the average but yay to all night studying! To keep me looking and feeling fresh I try to keep as hydrated as possible and that includes my lips too! I am a lip balm/ chapstick fanatic, I have one in every bag and if I don’t just cue the meltdown people! Nothing bugs me more then dry chapped lips and hands….am I right everyone? You seem to notice it more when you don’t have something so essential as chapstick. My latest chapstick obsession are the new Chapstick 100% Natural Lip Butters and that is exactly what they are, Butter! They are so incredibly creamy and a new and improved version of the classic Chapstick brand chapstick that everyone knows and loves. Made with ingredients like avocado, shea and mango butter how could they not be. The first one I tried was the sweet papaya and lets just say that thing never stood a chance. I stuck it in my scrubs and used it all the freaking time. When my friends at Influenster said they were sending me the new line I had to chuckle because I had just gotten back from errands where I have picked up two out the three in the new line (Green Tea Mint and Pink Grapefruit). I would have to just call that fate but hey you really can never have enough of them really. I hope you all check them out and would love to hear what all of your go to lip balms and chapsticks are!!

XOXO

Val

belif – First Aid Transforming Peel Off Mask

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Hi everyone! If you caught my post about my Sephora VIB haul then you would have seen this little powerhouse gem included. It has been a couple weeks since then and I have been loving using all of my new goodies and really finding some new products that my skin loves too. I am such a fan of masks, and I know some don’t really think they work but I love how they make my skin feel. If you haven’t heard of this brand before then listen up because they are awesome! All of Belif products don’t include those yucky sulfates and parabens that leave our skin in worse shape then we started but instead they are super gentle and effective. Now this mask is different then every other peel off mask I have every tried/ heard of. You smear on a thin layer of the gel mask onto your skin after washing and toning then let dry for 15 minutes. Instead of peeling right off you splash water onto your skin which rehydrates the mask and comes off like a jelly like layer. It is honestly so cool! (geek moment haha!) What you are left with is refreshed, hydrated and skin this has been gently exfoliated. I am already ready to purchase more of this product and excited to try others from the line! I know that so many of my friends and all of you would love this too and can not wait to share during the upcoming holidays. If any of you have tried this or any other products from belif please share! I really would love to know what you think!

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

Sephora Picks

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Whenever I go to the mall I feel like it is never complete without a trip to Sephora, wether I need something or not it is always so much fun to wander around and be surrounded by things that make me feel good. On this last trip I ended up picking up some items that I really needed and really wanted to try.

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The Dry Bar line at Sephora is currently my hair care obsession, I started with the VIP Pack and since then I have been hooked. This dry shampoo is simply amazing and really peps up your hair without it looking chalky like other dry shampoos can do. Also the smell alone is such a selling point, it is so fresh and pleasant that you will wonder how you ever lived without it! Also the clips are great for blowdrying instead of me just using one clip and constantly putting down my blow dryer to take another section of hair down, I can section it all out before I start and just take them out section at a time.

Next are these awesome Facial Pads by Peter Thomas Roth. Now I have to admit I didn’t go in looking for these I wanted their Sulfur Mask but unfortunalty its so popular that they were out. There was actually a Peter Thomas Roth consultant there and she recommended these pads that are like an all in one and wold be great for my oily skin. I think they smell great (a Peach Bellini Scent to be exact) but some say the smell is kind of strong for them. Also the pads are so saturated with product that you can actually cut them in half and use only half for each use (and you now have twice the amount!).

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No trip is complete for me without a visit to the perfume section, if you didn’t know already I am a huge/obsessed  fragrance lover! I finally found the Nirvana Black Roller Ball by Elizabeth and James which I had been searching for since they came out. If you haven’t had smelled these yet then you are missing out, because they are wonderful! I already have the Nirvana White Rollerball which is a light, fresh and airy fragrance that I wear all of the time. Finally I was so excited that I was able to find the Nirvana Black Rollerball that is a more sweet and musky scent which to me is more of a night time fragrance. What some don’t know is that alone these scents are remarkable but they can even be worn layered together to create a unique scent that is all your own.

Hope you all enjoyed these recent picks of mine and would love to hear what are some of your must have Sephora finds!

xoxo Val

 

UniVoxBox from Influenster

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Every so often I am fortunate enough to get picked from the wonderful people at Influenster to receive one of their themed VoxBoxes. If you have never heard of them before then let me just fill you in on the wonderfulness that this company is!

Influenster is a company/community where everyday people can share their thoughts, opinions and even ask questions to the Influenster community on products, food, travel anything you can think of! When you think about it hasn’t there been a time where you weren’t sure about a product or even a restaurant and you wish you could know what others thought about it after trying it? I know I do on basically a daily basis and that is exactly what makes Influsentser so ingenious!

So when you are picked to receive a VoxBox they are filled with products that you would see in your local store but they are sent to you completely free and all you do is try it all and share your opinion with the Influenster community! This UniVoxBox was geared toward college students and products and items that makes our lives easier and products that help with our crazy and often hectic schedules! I have been using these fun products for about two weeks now and I have to say they are AWESOME!!!! From the fun lip color from NYC Cosmetics that give my lips a fun pop of color for spring (and I don’t have to keep reapplying) and the Blackberry Current Tea drops from Red Rose that I throw in my school bag and add to my water when I want some flavor its is all amazing (and being put to good use).

There will be more posts coming from me on the products in this box but I was so excited to share with all of you the fun stuff that I got and give you all a little insight into the Influenster community!

xoxo Val

Olay Fresh Effects

Hi everyone!!!! I hope you all are doing well, I am in cram mode at the moment (cue the panic!!) Yes it is that wonderful time of year where finals run my life and I become a hermit!! However I do like to take a moment regroup, step away from my computer and pamper myself and lately  I have been using my Olay Fresh Effects products to do that. I was first introduced to the line almost a year ago thanks to Influenster and since then I have been hooked. From their BB Creams, face wipes and moisturizers I use it all!

My most recent discoveries have been the new Out of This Swirl Face Cleanser which is this wonderfully creamy and refreshing face cleanser. I love that even though it contains little exfoliating beads to get all of that dead skin off and purify my skin it isn’t too harsh like some exfoliators can be.  They have three awesome scent but this one is the White Grapefruit and Green Tea which  I have to say makes my skin actually look like I am refreshed and have slept!

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Also I should add that I have been blessed (or cursed) with oily skin..ugh! So finding a moisturizer that gives my skin the moisture that it does need but not make it look like I slathered my face with baby oil is really a challenge. Many of you may have seen their new Dew Over Gel Moisturizer which I cant even say enough wonderful things about. First I love that I don’t need a lot of it to hydrate my skin and it absorbs almost instantly, which is great for me since I don’t have a lot of time to primp. I mean lets be honest waiting around for your moisturizer to sink is boring and there a plenty of things we need to get done in our days! Also the invigorating scent of Honeysuckle and White tea doesn’t hurt either!

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After a long day with my tired eyes I just want to relax and take some time to decompress after a day filled with school work. These recent finds of mine are their Everything Off facial wipes. They take off all the make up, dirt and gunk that has accumulated on my face during the day and really does just take it all off! Even if I am not wearing any makeup on a particular day, I will just use these to give my face a little refresher and a nice pick me up. I like to throw them in my bag if I know I am going to be out a while since they are relatively small and are resealable which means no spilling!

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Hope you all enjoyed, I unfortunately  have to get back to studying (woo hoo!)  Talk to you all soon!!!

xoxo Val

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.

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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

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

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