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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

My make up go to’s

 

 

Hi everyone! I hope you all had the most wonderful holiday and that everyone rocked in the New Year. With so many new and wonderful beginnings in our future, I wanted to share with you guys the staples in my life as far as makeup goes. I LOVE trying new makeup and throwing in a new shade of blush or a lipstick but I will always find myself gravitating back to these staple products when I want a no fuss, easy and fresh makeup look.

This bare mineral’s powder is something that I have been using since high school. I have gone through countless containers and it doesn’t matter when new foundation I am trying I will always come back to this. I use the original formula in the shade medium. I love that it is a natural product that is so lightweight on my skin and it also provides sun protection which is much needed in sunny south Florida.

Next is my concealer from Maybelline which is such a staple and a steal in my makeup routine. I love how bright this formula makes my under eyes and what is even better is you can find it at any drug store. I just dab some under my eyes and blend it in with a beauty blender.

I have tried so many different blushes and I love using all different shades depending on my mood or to create the look I am going for. This 12-hour Amazonian clay blush from Tarte Cosmetics in exposed is my perfect blush. Not too pink but gives the cheek a nice flush appearance that just brightens up my cheeks. They also do last for 12 hours which I find absolutely amazing!

Lastly is my staple mascara which is the Volume De Chanel. I know that it is on the more pricey side of makeup but it truly does lengthen and just pump up your lashes. I wasn’t blessed with full thick lashes and this mascara gives my lashes that beautiful fanned out effect without leaving them clumpy and spidery looking.

I hope you all enjoyed this little look into my basic everyday makeup staples and I look forward to sharing some more of my favorites in the new year with you all!

XOXO VAl

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

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