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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

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Hi everyone!!! Hope you are all enjoying your long Holiday Weekend! I love these long holiday weekends that we all get to spend time with family and pay tribute to all of our countries Hero’s. Along with Memorial Day weekend celebrations and remembering comes Memorial Day Sales! I know super unpatriotic but I am a struggling nursing student and I need to save a penny where ever I can. So I rounded up my current wish list of items from the amazing Half Yearly Sale from my friends at Nordstrom that I think would just be perfect for summer. I hope you all enjoy and I have been loving all the posts on instagram and twitter of everyones picks! Talk to you all soon!

XOXO Val

Cell Phone Cover/ Jeans/ Wristlet/ T-shirt/ Sunglasses/ Purse/ Flats

May Sephora Play!!!!

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Hi everyone!!!! As I am sure you can see by the title and the pictures that I got the May Sephora Play box and can I just have two seconds to do my happy dance!!!…..ok I am done haha. I like many have been on the waiting list for what seems like just about ever and there is such a joy when you get the e-mail saying that your spot has opened. Its as if you have been invited to sit at the cool girl table after praying that they just remember your name! Anyhow, I tried my absolute hardest to not peak and look online and on instagram for some hints or other posts and my goodness was that a struggle! This months box was all about good for you products that contain all natural ingredients and will leave you glowing for the month of May. They all came in this adorable little bag and with an information card that gives you facts on the products and how to use them. FUN FACT, if you have the Sephora app on your phone you can use the scanner on the information sheet to make it interactive and see videos on each of your products. I don’t know which product I love the most but I have been loving them all! Along with the information sheet you receive a Sephora Play Card that you bring to the store for a consult on how to use the products tailored for you. Along with the consult you receive 50 extra points with any purchase in the store ( que the happy dance again).  I hope you all enjoyed this sneak peak into my May box, and if any of you have tried these before or got your own box I would love to hear what you are most excited for!!

XOXO VAL

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

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A few weeks ago I splurged at Space N.K. on some goodies for myself and one of them was this Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser that I had been lusting after for the longest time. I had tried samples of it and even got a mini version in a goodie bag about a year ago but I didn’t want to buy it when I had so many other cleaners and really wanted to use what I had. So just before I was out of my other products I took the plunge and got it for myself and couldn’t be more in love with it! I use this cleanser almost everyday and what it does is takes the days harsh wear and tear on your skin and washes it away while balancing and restoring all of its natural glory. It also has this amazing cooling sensation which helps balance out my oiliness which hello is WONDERFUL!!!! This has to be one of my all time favorite cleaners and I think what I love most about the entire Tata Harper line is that it is all natural! None of her products contain fillers, added fragrances, or any artificial chemicals which I know my skin is really happy about. They also use glass container for all of their products so none of the awful chemicals from a plastic one will leach into the product. I am really looking forward to using more of her products and report back to you all with them! Have a wonderful day everyone and talk to you soon!

XOXO Val

L’Oreal Revitalift

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Hi everyone!! How have you all been? So mini update, This past January I started my journey in Nursing school. My gosh I was not expecting it to be as crazy as it has been and as if I didn’t respect Nurses enough this schooling sheds a whole other light! However thanks to my friends at Influenster they must have heard my many prayers for more sleep and rest because they sent me the amazing Revitalift line from L’Oreal Paris.

I may not get enough sleep at all but it sure does look like I do thanks to them!I could almost hear the choir singing as I opened the box to discover all of the goodies that they were so kind to send. What I received was the Daily Volumizing Moisturizer, Daily Volumizing Concentrated Serum, Volumizing Night Cream and The volume Eye Filler (YAY!!!) The reason why these products are so effective is their high amount of Hylaronic Acid which helps skin retain and absorb the moisture it needs to plump up and look radiant. The Night cream helps to heal dark spots (Thanks stubborn blemishes) and again restore moisture to your skin with Hylaronic Acid as you sleep. I will say that because I do have such oily skin I don’t have to use a lot of the products to get a great result out of them. I got a little too excited when I first began using them and my face was an oil slick, YIKES!!! Although with as oily as my skin was it didn’t break out so I knew these were keepers! I am very excited to wake up every morning after restless nights looking refreshed and radiant which is great so I am not scaring my patients with crazy raccoon eyes and dull skin. Thank you again so much Influenster and L’Oreal for letting me try these I am now a life long fan! Hope you all enjoyed and I can not wait to share a little update with these in a couple of months!

XOXO Val

A New Year, A New Liner

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Hi Everyone!!! Hope this month has been a great kick start to your new year! This year I am really really trying to not only use up all the products I have instead of buying more but I really am going to try and step outside of my usual routine and use some new products. I know what you must be thinking “Hello Val its eye liner its not groundbreaking!” haha but I am so used to my daily routine that I very rarely stray away from it in the bustle of the morning. I normally only use more products when I am going out, but in an effort to not only be a good budgeter but to make me feel good I am going to try! I got this adorable kit for christmas from my family and it was the perfect way for me to try out some now liners without having to buy all new ones individually. I have to say the purple was a complete surprise for me but I am really into the embracing mode and I have been loving it. They all work like a dream have really been loving them all! Not that I have a favorite but I feel like the one I have been reaching for the most lately has been the Kat Von Dee Tattoo Liner that everyone and their mother is talking about! (Totally understand why!) Its such a breeze to use for the makeup challenged like myself and goes on very clean and opaque. I couldn’t find this kit online so I will just link them all bellow. Hope you all enjoyed !

XOXO Val

Sephora Liner/ Kat Von D/ Tarte/ Smashbox/ Urban Decay/ Stila

HRH Collection Loves

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing amazing in the new year! Here on Simply Gold I wanted to make it a space where I can share the things in my life that I am completely in love with/ borderline obsessed with. Although my obsession with HRH Collection isn’t recent I wanted to take the time to share just why I am so in love with her and her pieces. My collection isn’t huge (thanks a lot college student budget) but the pieces I have I truly wear all the time and are so incredibly beautiful. They are all handmade by Alex the creator and founder of HRH Collection and thank goodness to her incredibly picky personality because each piece is flawless. They are so effortless and easy to mix and match with anything and everything you own. It is almost hard to wear anything else that requires such effort to try and wear. Not only does she make the most amazing jewelry but if you are like me you stalk her on her Youtube channel. She is so real in her Vlogs and her love for everything beautiful is addicting that you just want to be her. I really was excited to write this for you all because I am seriously obsessed with her and am already saving for my next piece! Hope you enjoyed and check her out!!!

XOXO Val

Happy 2016

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!! Ahhh can you even believe it is a brand new year again! I am beyond excited about what this year has in store and I hope to make it another great year! This year I will be starting Nursing School which is truly exciting yet so nerve racking. I have no idea (well kind of no idea) what will be in store other then tons of studying and more studying haha. I have become a newly planner sticker obsessor so I am hoping that my life will be as organized as possible and that my scheduled writing times will stick! I really just feel like this is going to be such an amazing year full of nothing but positive people and situations and I can not be more excited about it! I am also trying to not make any resolutions other then trying to do little things for myself that make me feel good ( which lets be honest shouldn’t be super super hard!). Wether it is taking an hour to do my nails or get them done, using a new perfume or lotion, or even just going for a jog. What are some of the things that you all are looking forward to must this year? Or what are some things that you are trying to accomplish this year? Hope you all had an amazing New Years and can not wait to chat with you all soon!

XOXO Val

Holiday Highlights

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Hi everyone!!!! I won’t even lie I am super bummed that Christmas is over. The holidays are my favorite time of year and I can’t believe how fast they seemed to go this year (boo to getting older!) I will say though Santa was on point this year as far as the perfect gifts so I wanted to just share some of the highlights for me. Though I will say I didn’t get one thing that went back to the store so I would call that a WIN! I hope you all had the most amazing holiday and are gearing up for some New Years fun! Again I can’t even believe that 2015 is over! Ugh did I mention how I hate getting older haha! Talk to you all soon!!!

XOXO Val

Last Minute Hostess Gifts

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the holidays and all of the holiday parties that the season includes! I know that like myself I hate showing up to a party empty handed but what do you do when it is last minute and you don’t have a lot of time! Well fear not because I have been scouting around and these are some of my favorite things to have on hand that are go to gifts for the hostess with the mostest. It also doesn’t have to be something over the top so don’t stress about that either! Remember its the holidays and it is the thought that means the most, and nothing says Happy Holidays like a great bottle of wine too!!

Charmed Life Gift Box From Birchbox /Voluspa Candle SetPineapple Ornament/ Kate Spade Kitchen Mitt Set /Stemless Tumblr Glasses/ChampangeTruffles/Sea Salt Caramel Thins/ Cold Press Coffee/Brass Deer Bottle Opener/ Nest Frosted Berries & Champagne Candle/ Coasters/ Picture Frame/ Nest Hearth Candle

belif – First Aid Transforming Peel Off Mask

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Hi everyone! If you caught my post about my Sephora VIB haul then you would have seen this little powerhouse gem included. It has been a couple weeks since then and I have been loving using all of my new goodies and really finding some new products that my skin loves too. I am such a fan of masks, and I know some don’t really think they work but I love how they make my skin feel. If you haven’t heard of this brand before then listen up because they are awesome! All of Belif products don’t include those yucky sulfates and parabens that leave our skin in worse shape then we started but instead they are super gentle and effective. Now this mask is different then every other peel off mask I have every tried/ heard of. You smear on a thin layer of the gel mask onto your skin after washing and toning then let dry for 15 minutes. Instead of peeling right off you splash water onto your skin which rehydrates the mask and comes off like a jelly like layer. It is honestly so cool! (geek moment haha!) What you are left with is refreshed, hydrated and skin this has been gently exfoliated. I am already ready to purchase more of this product and excited to try others from the line! I know that so many of my friends and all of you would love this too and can not wait to share during the upcoming holidays. If any of you have tried this or any other products from belif please share! I really would love to know what you think!

XOXO Val

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