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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

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!


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!


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.


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!



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



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!


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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