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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

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

Dior Beauty Buys

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of the new Dior Beauty Suit at Saks Fifth Avenue where I live. It was the most fun I have had in a afternoon in a while and I wanted to share with you the two goodies that I picked up. At the event they had several make up artist there giving each lady a glam look of their own and then as if it couldn’t get any better they had a photographer for mini photo shoots of you and your new look. (pretty awesome right!!!) Any who when I finally was able to get my make up done I really enjoyed how the artist picked products and a make up routine that really fit into my lifestyle and that I could easily recreate myself at home. Although I wanted everything they used I picked up two items that I knew would go to good use and I could slowly get the rest of the products!

This gold Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow is something completely new for me. I am used to using the same brown palate and hues as my go to and when she used this warm gold color (which is perfect for fall!) I was blown away at what a pop it really gives your eyes. They did pair it wit two other colors but she first showed me how easy it was to wear by itself and for that I am grateful!

I couldn’t leave without getting my hands on one of the fall nail polishes and this french blue velvet color was my choice. I am obsessed to put it lightly with dark blues and navy’s so when I saw this color it immediately reminded me of the dining salon in Laduree Soho, which is a place my soul feels most at home. If you haven’t ever tried these nail polishes then all I can say is YOU NEED TO! They are amazing to say the least and they have the gel polish technology that is found in their gel top coat in the polish itself. So in other words it is durable and it dries super fast which is like heaven for any of my nail polish obsessed friends. If you like this color you should really check out the rest if the fall colors, and sorry in advance because it is so hard to just pick one!

Till next time!

xoxo Val

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish

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If you follow me on instagram then you would have seen I snapped a picture of my newest nail polish addition. I have heard so much about this new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish that doesn’t require a lamp that I just needed to try it for myself. Being a huge fan of gel polish myself I know too well how much of a pain it can be to remove yourself but I usually don’t mind since you can’t beat the durability. So I was incredibly excited to try these new polishes in hopes that it would be more durable then regular polish without all of the gel polish removing fuss (and no lamp).

I really liked how easy the polish itself went on, it was opaque and then brush it self is a dream since it pretty much covers your whole nail in one stroke. I applied two coats of the polish I chose which was Birthday Suit, a beautiful and creamy nude color and then one coat of the gel top coat as directed. Now it says that it should last two weeks and no chipping should occur and to be honest I wasn’t really excepting it to last that long and not chip since I am usually pretty rough on my hands. I took a picture 7 days after wearing the polish and literally on the 7th day it began to chip (which I was expecting). But I have to say I am really impressed that even through the week the polish really didn’t chip. I know some people were upset about it not lasting two weeks but honestly you would have to not use your hands for anything for it to last that long and not have regular gel polish on. I will defiantly be getting some more colors from this line and really loved the shade I originally chose as well! If any of you have gotten this polish and loved the color I would love to hear your suggestions!

xoxo Val

Christian Louboutin Rouge Nail Polish

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If any of you are as excited about this addition to the beauty world as I am then I know you can hardly even contain yourselves! The brilliant designer behind the infamous red bottom shoes Mr. Christian Louboutin has blessed us with a nail color that allows us to sport those famous red soles on our fingers. The second I got wind that he would be coming out with a polish line you would have thought I had won the lottery with how excited I was, and took me no time at all to place my order. Now maybe I am a little bias but this has to be the most exquisite bottles of nail polish I have ever seen. From the dramatic black spiked top (that is the same height of his highest heel, the Ballerina Ultima)  and the beautifully crafted bottle that reminds me of an angular apothecary bottle found in the 18th century (but modernized of course!) The polish itself is a dream to work with and I feel like it has a lot to do with the length of the handle, you really feel like as if you are a painter and the canvas are your nails. The color is opaque and incredibly vibrant just like the color of the red soles, it is creamy and goes on effortlessly. I can not wait to get more colors from his line which include a Nude’s collection, a Noir collection and a Pop collection so you can imagine how hard it is going to be choose which one I want next!

Anyhow, I hope you all enjoyed my little review and were able to get an idea about this wonderful polish for yourself. I would love to hear how any of you are enjoying your polish or if you have gotten some of the other colors and which you think I should look into!

xoxo Val

Summer Nail Colors

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I love nail polish, I mean hello honestly what girl doesn’t! And as the seasons change we pick colors that compliment the changes and nail polish is no exception (at least to me). I like most have some of my favorite go to colors but I love to experiment and treat myself to some new shades. With thousands of choices out there I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite choices and hopefully it will help inspire some of you to try a new shade to compliment that summer glow! Hope you enjoy!

xoxo Val

Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid/ YSL Bleu Cyclades/ Butter London Fiver/ Ciate Sweet Pea/ Butter London Jaffa/ Deborah Lippmann Build Me Up Buttercup Julep Princess Grace / Deborah Lippmann Lara’s Theme / Dior Riviera / Tom Ford Indian Pink/  Deborah Lippmann Shape of My Heart / Butter London Fruit Machine / Deborah Lippmann La Vie en Rose / Dior Tra-La-La

April Maven

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Its a new month and I am excited for some new polish’s! Literally the first day of every month when I get my Julep Maven Box my nails and myself do a happy dance! This months theme is the Vivid Collection and let me just say vivd does these colors justice. Since its spring and with summer right around the corner we finally have the okay to wear our favorite bright colors and not be judged. I am loving my new colors and know that they will be perfect additions to my go to colors for the season.

The beautiful pink color in Caitlin was simply stunning, I loved how pigmented it is and you can build the color up with more coats or just leave it sheer with one coat. The fun orange polish named Mariska was defiantly a surprise to me. Some of you may know that I tend to stick to the same color pallet with my nail polishes so adding an orange to the mix was hesitant for me. However I really really love this color, I enjoy that even though it is orange and pigmented it still isn’t overwhelming and very pretty (this color also has a matte finish and just added a topcoat to add more shine).

  Also how wonderful is this Peach Bellini Blush I got in my box. It gives you the perfect amount of color to your checks without being too much and would even be beautiful swept across the eyelids for an easy day look. Did I mention that it is also pore minimizing, who doesn’t love a little extra boost to our already beautiful complexions! Hope you all enjoy these as much I do and I can’t wait to see all of your favorite polishes for spring!

xox 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

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!

 

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