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September Birchbox & Ipsy!

Sep. Birchbox

Sep. Ipsy

Hi everyone! This month instead of sharing both of my bags separately I wanted to give you all a peak into both of my subscription boxes that I get each month and kind of compare to two. Most of you are probably familiar with Birchbox but if you aren’t it is a subscription device for $10 a month and you get 4-5 samples of beauty, skin or hair products each month based on you beauty profile. Sometimes you will get a full size item but its most just samples. Now I am new to Ipsy and they are also $10 a month. Created by a fellow beauty lover and youtube sensation Michelle Phan, you again get products based on your beauty profile but these tend to be more full sized to deluxe sized samples of times. Both subscriptions have the pros and cons and some months are better then others but I really love getting them. I have discovered so many products through them that I now use religiously. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail, tweet or instagram me! I love getting to you all! Till Next time!

xoxo Val

Forever 21 Mini Haul

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Hi everyone!

Hope your all doing simply amazing! This past weekend I wandered into forever 21 while at the mall and found some really fun little bips and bops. I love wandering around there from time to time in search of completely nothing and stumbling upon little gems. I have really been loving delicate jewelry lately and even though I don’t wear over the top jewelry anyway I just love how dainty and feminine they look. I also happen to see that Barbie is doing a collaboration with Forever 21 and I just needed to get something. I was obsessed with Barbies as a kid and needed everything I saw that was Barbie growing up so seeing this collection made me feel like a kid again. They had so many cute things but I thought that this little makeup bag was the perfect choice and very fitting for Barbie (and we all know how much barbie loved her makeup). I also may have gone a little overboard with the scarves but I just love dressing up a simple outfit with a fun and colorful scarf. These are so soft and what is even better is that they are affordable! (who doesn’t love a good deal!)

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

The Weekend!

The Forge

Dessert

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had the most amazing weekend. During this time of year popular restaurants in Miami get together and join up for Miami Spice and I take full advantage of trying new some restaurants for an amazing deal. All the restaurants involved provide a pre-selected menu for $40 and includes an appetizer, entree and a dessert; most have several choices for each category so you are able to pick something that you will be sure to enjoy. This weekend my beau and I decide on The Forge restaurant, a place that we have always wanted to try and have heard so many wonderful things about but just never seem to make it. Walking into the restaurant you feel as if you are transported from art deco Miami to a modern version of an  Alice in Wonderland royal palace. Every inch of the space has been thoughtfully placed and is just truly amazing and the food wasn’t less then perfection. You can take a look at Miami Spice menu for The Forge here, in addition to the Miami Spice menu we ordered a couple extras including the Jamaican Jerk Bacon and the Truffle Mac n Cheese Pot Pie! After we were finished we decided to swing by my favorite shop in the whole world Laduree (I really can’t resist and how cute are these boxes!) I am getting excited about all the fall decor coming out into stores and I can’t wait to start decorating!! I am thinking of trying some DIY fall decor, what are some of your favorites?!

xoxo Val

Christian Louboutin Rouge Nail Polish

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Louboutin Polish

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

Yet Another Bioderma Review

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This yank finally got her hands on the very popular skin care line Bioderam. If you haven’t heard of Bioderma it is a French based skin care line that has taken the beauty industry by storm. They take into account the natural biology of your skin and what ever skin issue you may have to give you healthy, glowing and radiant skin. I purchased the Sebium line since this humid weather leaves my skin oily all the time and this line is supposed to help with that. I have been using it for about a month and though I cant say it makes me less oily I defiantly can feel a difference in my skin. The wash is fresh and uses antibacterial agents to help fight bacteria and dirt that can clog your pores and smells divine!! The infamous cleaning water was unlike any toner I have used before. It doesn’t contain alcohol so the consistency is much more sensitive but highly effective at removing any dirt from your skin. It leaves my skin clean, very soft and glowing which who doesn’t love that! Instead of the moisturizer I purchased the pore refiner which I use as a primer to my makeup. I tested some on my hand when I first got it and all I can say is WOW! It is mattifying so it really works to control my oil throughout the day, and it really does seem to shrink your pores which is mind blowing to me still. Over all I am really impressed with this line and I look forward to using them more and possibly repurchasing in the future! Hope you all enjoyed this and I would love o hear your Bioderma stories, till next time!

xoxo Val 

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