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October Sephora Play! Box

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Hi everyone!!! Hope you are all doing wonderful!!!! Today I just couldn’t help but share my excitement over this months Sephora Play! box. If you don’t know what it is, Sephora created a monthly subscription service that is filled with just about some of the most wonderful goodies I have seen…(Pssst and its only $10!!!)  Every month I am truly amazed at what awesome products come in each box and I always feel like there is no way they can always be this good. Well thankfully for me they are because it gives me and the rest of you the opportunity to try a slew of new and popular products found inside the mothership….I mean Sephora. I haven’t gotten to try most of the products yet but what I super excited about is the nascar from Blinc and the hair mask from Christophe Robin. If any of you got this months box or if you guys have tried any of these let me know!!! Talk to you all soon!

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

Lovelies from L’Oreal

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Hi everyone!!!!! Hope you are all doing wonderfully and enjoying your summer relaxation! I wanted to take a break from studying which is pretty much my life these days to share some of the goodies from my friends at Influenster. If you follow me on Instagram then this L’oreal Voluminous mascara is nothing new for you because it is always a staple and one of my go to’s. However, along with another tube of their Voluminous they sent a whole kit and caboodle for me to play with! I honestly have never tried the lash primer from this line and that kind of blows my mind because hello who doesn’t love long and fluttery full lashes! You just swipe a coat (or two) over your lashes then I apply my Voluminous and hello gorgeous!! For a full look they sent their eyebrow Prep and Shape Pro Kit which eyebrow products have always been a bit intimidating to me but this was so incredibly easy to use. I just picked the lighter shade and fluffed it into my eyebrows and it looked so natural and full. To complete the effortless look they sent two beautiful neutral eyeshadows that can easily be worn everyday and their original Infallible eyeliner. L’oreal and Influenster really know how to treat a gal right and make her feel like an effortless natural beauty with these staple products. I hope you guys enjoyed this little write up and feel inspired to try some new and fun looks for yourselves!

XOXO Val

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

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

 

March Julep Maven Box

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Hi everyone! Not a long posttoday but jut wanted to give everyone a look into my March Julep Maven Box! Super excited about this fun lipstick shade, which I think will be spectacular for spring. Also accompanying the box are two gorgeous nail lacquer shades in Lulu (lilac shade) and Jahnavi (shimmery chai shade)! If you are interested in Julep Maven boxes or just their amazing story and products check out the link here. Hope you all enjoyed and talk to you all soon!

xoxo

Val

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

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Trying new mascaras is always so much fun for me. I do try not to get crazy with it and try to finish one before getting another but you all know how that goes, when you see one that you just have to try its hard not to. Recently I tried the new Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara thanks to my friends at influenster and it has quickly become my go to everyday. If you follow me on instagram you will have seen that I have started my internship and therefore have very little time for me. I try to get the best makeup look I can in as little time as possible and I love how effortless this mascara is on my lashes. This is because of the new petal shaped brush and the moose formal that contains all natural beeswax that leaves my lashes coated but not stiff and brittle. I hate when I put on a mascara and it makes my lashes clumpy and I have to spend so much time combing through it just to make it look decent. Seems counterproductive if you ask me! I am so excited to have found a new favorite to add to my arsenal and with all covergirl products your getting such an awesome quality product that won’t break the bank! If any of you have tried this out or end up getting yourself one let me know how you like it!!! Talk to you all soon!

xoxo Val

Hopes for the New Year!

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Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Ahhhhh can you even believe that it is 2015, I sure can’t but I know that this year is going to be a rockin one! Since January 1st means a new year is ahead I would love to share some of my hopes for the new year. I don’t like to set resolutions because like many others I feel like I never stick to them! So instead these are some hopes and goals that I will be working toward this year or just enjoying more =)

1. I really want to connect with you all on a more regular basis! I love getting to you know guys and I love writing as well but with school this last year it has been a non stop whirlwind. So I am going to try to dedicate set time each week to connecting and getting my fingers typing to share with all of you!

2. I want to travel more (who doesn’t) but truly there are so many places that I have said that “oh I want to go there one day” and this year I want to travel to at least one new place. Its such a passion of mine seeing and exploring new places and learning that I really want to allow myself to enjoy it! YOLO haha

3. As much of a positive person as I try to be I do have my debbie downer days. So this year I want to replace my negative thoughts with positive ones. And I know that is easier said then done, so what I have done is taken my favorite quotes, sayings and encouraging messages and written down on little sticky notes. I fold them up and put it into my Jar of Positivity an whenever I need one I will reach in and pull out some positivity! Fun right!

4. Lastly I want to be more open to trying new things. Either with beauty, fashion and even food! I feel like a lot of us get into routines of what works or just are too worried about trying something different that we all become stuck (hello I’m guilty of it!). So this year my hope is to every month trying something new and spice up my year.

I hope you all enjoyed those and I would love to hear all of yours! I think we all can inspire and support one another so if you are trying anything new this year reach out and I would love to know! Talk to you all soon and again Happy 2015!!!!

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

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