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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

Ice Cream Museum

 

Hi everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season and like myself and scrambling for last minute gifts. This weekend I took some time off from the malls and online shopping and visited the new Ice Cream Museum in Miami. It was just as pink, sparkly and filled with sprinkles as I could have imagined. Each room is inspired by a delightfully sweet treat and many of the rooms also had some little indulgences for everyone to enjoy! I think like many people one of my favorite rooms was the pool filled with sprinkles which if you can see by my face was such a childhood dream come true. I honestly think I could have spent all day there just enjoying all the amazng detials tha were put into this pink palace. If you are in the Miami area or tavling here I woul definatly reccomende checking ti out if you can. I am loving seeing everyone pictures from their visit and if you want to go make sure you grab your tickets on their website.

Wine Down Wednesdays!

Hi everyone! My name is Kat and I am a lifelong friend of Val’s. Val is my go-to gal  when it comes to everything beauty but I’m here for a different purpose. WINE! Over the last several years I have developed a love affair with all things wine and I am so happy to have the chance to share my knowledge with you! Val and I have had many nights lately trying different beauty products and sipping on some of our favorite wines. When you’re having a night in with the girls, I suggest trying “Belle Ambiance” 2014 Pinot Grigio! It’s light, crisp, and extremely refreshing! So far I have been only able to find it at Fresh Market but if you don’t have one near you just grab your fav Pinot! When you’re ready to snack, pita chips and hummus bring out the great flavors of this wine. If you are a go-to red wine drinker (much like myself) I highly suggest “Fleurie” from Chateau des Roches. It’s light and doesn’t leave that normal heavy and robust red wine after taste. This beaut is found at Whole Foods where you can also grab a PHENOMENAL cheese platter of your liking to pair with it. A little tip is that the folks at whole foods are always willing to help you find the perfect cheese and charcuterie to pair perfectly with your  wine of choice!  To me, there is nothing better than staying at home with your best friend, a charcoal mask, and a glass of wine. Every Wednesday I will be coming to you with a new blog, in which I will be pairing some of my favorite wines with food and/or activities! I hope you have enjoyed my introduction to Simply Gold and I look forward to wining down more with you soon!

Cheers!

Kat

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

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

Sephora Sheets

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Hi everyone!!!! I am back at you today with some new sheet mask favorites from our good friends at Sephora. Sheets makes are the total ish right now and its no shock that Sephora is cranking out some awesome ones. I know that I have talked about sheet masks in the past but these are brand new to me! They are the sheet masks designed specifically to target your under eyes and I even picked up one for your lips!!! Like hello YES…..who doesn’t want luscious lips?! The eye masks that I got are the Pearl for perfecting and brightening, Avocado for Nourishing and repairing and the Pomegranate for Anti-Fatigue and energizing. I have to say the one I have repurchased the most has been the pomegranate (thanks nursing school dark circles). It really just refreshes my under eyes without irritating them like some other heavy duty masks can. The Shea lip mask is so crazy, you place it over your lips and its so gooey and saturated that you CANNOT move your mouth to talk (just trust me on this one). My lips honestly have never felt softer then after using this and I religiously use a lip balm before going to bed every night. I cannot wait to try out more of these and would love all of your suggestions on your favorite go to’s for masks. Hope you all enjoyed and talk to you soon!

XOXO VAl

P.S. I tried to find the Avocado and Pomegranate eye masks online to link and couldn’t. I did find the pearl but tae a look in store while you are there for the others!

Recent Additions

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Hi everyone!! Hope you are all doing well, and if you are like me then this heat is coming at me with a vengeance!! UGH! Thanks Florida for the sweltering heat and 1,000% humidity! I don’t know about any of you but something happens to me when I walk into a Sephora. I get like overwhelming joyous feeling deep within my soul being surrounded by just about every single beautiful product that I can imagine. If it were up to me I would just hangout there all the time and just try every single product that this beauty haven has to offer. This recent shopping trip was rather tame and I just went in for essentials (it wasn’t a payday weekend can you really blame me). As I have shared before Sunday Riley has become my main squeeze and anything that they come out with I grab faster then free food for a broke college kid. They are truly just made with the most luxurious and pure ingredients that my skin cannot get enough of so picking up this duo is perfect for traveling for myself. I also grabbed my favorite LaVanilla Sport deodorant which lets just be honest I am going to need in this heat x10! As well as my favorite make up removing oil from Boscia that I use every single day! I couldn’t pass up this Minnie Mouse Mirror for the Disney obsessed kid in me and it was gold. I mean hello how stinking cuties this and it comes with a cute little carrying pouch!!!!! Hope you all enjoyed this little haul and are having an amazing day!! Talk to you soon!

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

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