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c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Bath & Body Wash

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well and that this weekend has been wonderful for you all. As most of you know I am a member of Influenster and I was lucky enough to receive a voucher to pick up my favorite c.Booth product curtesy of them. After a little research I found that Ulta Beauty carried the line I was able to redeem my voucher there! Now I am not one to just jump on bandwagon products and such so when I tell you that I love this soap I truly LOVE this soap! I first fell in love with the smell, almond scents are one of my complete weaknesses and when I smelled this body wash I was a goner. Its such a subtle yet luxurious soap that had the creamiest scent of almond and sweet honey that I have come across. What also made me fall for this line is that it is parabon and sulfate free formula so it doesn’t leave my skin dry or dehydrated. They have so many wonderful lotions, scrubs and soaps that is was nearly impossible to choose. I am so blessed that I was actually able to try a product from this company because you have made a fan for life! If you want to see what other products c.Booth has to offer go ahead to their website to check them out!

Talk to you soon!

XOXO Val

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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Hi everyone!! Happy Turkey Day!!! Ahhh can you even believe that it’s already Thanksgiving! I for one am pumped about all the food and family that this day entails. This year my big family is kind of all over the place so its just low key this year. But none the less I am looking forward to all the little traditions that we have. I will be camped out in front of the TV watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and pretending that I am a Rockette by kicking my little heart out! What are some of your families Thanksgiving day traditions that you look forward to the most? The day will then be filled with lots of cooking and eating and then getting to bed early in preparation for my Black Friday shopping with my mom! Woo Hoo!!! Well I hope that each and every one of you have a beautiful day filled with loved ones and fabulous food! Tag me in a post so I can see what all of you are up to this Thanksgiving! I love hearing from you.

xoxo Val!

Sephora VIB Sale!

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing wonderful! Like everyone else and then some I was SUPER pumped about this years Sephora VIB/ Rouge sale. It is honestly just such fun and such an amazing sale that it is almost silly not to try and take advantage even just a little. Like I have said time and time before because I am still in school I really try to maximize my budget and try products when I can and I think that during the holidays it is such a fantastic time to do so. Sephora and other brands always come out with the most perfect sampler sets and gift sets that it allows you to try many different products without breaking the bank. I have been testing all these product after getting them and I am in love with just about them all. I will have to say I am kind of disappointed with the Elizabeth and James dry shampoo. I had heard such great things about it and when I received it I wasn’t head over heals. Maybe  I am just not using it correctly I’m not really sure. I have been loving seeing what all of you have been picking up and using your recommendations! If you have any questions or want to share more about your thoughts on some of the things I picked up please do! I love hearing from all of you! Till next time!

XOXO Val

Birchbox Splurge- Sunday Riley

Good Genes

I am one of those people who saves up all of my birchbox points for the year and then splurges at the end. I have had my eye on this Sunday Riley Good Genes for the LONGEST time now but haven’t ever wanted to cough up for the price! I mean hello I just think about all the coffee’s and little loves I could have plus textbooks cost me a small fortune. But during my trip New York in May I stopped into the Birchbox shop in SoHo to peak around and one of the ladies who works there was incredibly kind enough to show me around. I had brought up being interested in Good Genes and she just couldn’t stop raving about it. She actually ended up giving me a sample to try for the remainder of my trip (How nice right!!). Well immediately when I got home from the trip I took the plunge and used all of my banked points to get myself a bottle of this magical potion. That is truly what this product is, a magical potion in the cutest little glass bottle with a perfect gold top. I use it at night and while I am getting my much needed and not enough sleep and Good Genes is plumping my skin, helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles as well as helping with hyper pigmentation that stubborn breakouts leave behind. Essentially making me feel perfect upon waking up, which who doesn’t want!

I am also one of those people who don’t change my skin care routine too often and when I am find something that works I tend to stick with it. I don’t jump on every new product that comes out (although I wish I could). So 5 months later and two bottle of Good Genes I would say that this is a keeper and the fact that I have repurchased this product means that its GOOD!

I know that the price puts a lot of people off but I would truly recommend going into Sephora or a store near you that carries it and ask for a sample. A little goes a very long way, I should mention the smell may seriously offend some people. From just about everyone that I have seen talk about this HATES and loathes the smell. I personally don’t mind it too much and think it just smells like lemongrass, but hey to each is own!

xoxoVal

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 Subscription Recap

March Birchbox

March Ipsy

March LWF

Hi all! Like a lot of others out there I am a subscription junkie! I just love looking forward to my little boxes filled with treats and goodies for me to try. So instead of making separate posts for each of my boxes I wanted to put them all into one fun and colorful post for you all. The ones that I have are Love with Food, Birchbox and Ipsy and each have things I love and like about them. Hope you all enjoyed and I love seeing what you all got in your boxes this month.

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

March Wishlist

Like many others I have such a love hate relationship with online shopping. There are just so many websites filled with cute and must have items that it gets a bit overwhelming. This month I wanted to share with all of you some of the items that I am currently drooling over and now need to wipe up my computer hehe =). But truly I am really excited about all of the fun colors that have most of the country counting down the days till Spring. Hope you all enjoy and can’t wait to see what you all think.

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Floral Shirt/Jean Shorts/Red Flats/Lady T-Shirt/Cheek & Lip Stick/Blush Bag

xoxo

Val

Amika Dry Shampoo

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I have found a new dry shampoo to add to my favorites SHOCKING I know! In my October Birchbox I received a mini sample of the Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo(isn’t it the cutest!), and I have heard so many wonderful things about it but it is always so hard for me to commit to one without being able to try it. Honestly the second I tried it I was amazed by how well it worked. I have never in all my trials of dry shampoo used something like this. First off it smells like a dream and not an overly perfumed smell just a wonderful fresh and sweet scent. When you spray into your hair it does have a slight white finish like traditional dry shampoos but brushes out very easily, but my favorite part is how it made my hair feel. I often don’t like to touch my hair after using dry shampoos because of the chalky feeling that it leaves my hands but this was so incredibly light and my hair honestly felt as if I had just gotten it done at a salon. It was so silky and soft that I could easily run my fingers through my hair effortlessly. I think I may have found my new number 1 go to guys! The second time I used my sample I ended up ordering two bottles of it from birchbox. I know that if any of you try it you will understand just how unbelievable this stuff is. Any who, I hope you all enjoyed this and I can’t wait to hear from all of you! Talk to you soon!

xoxo Val

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