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Dr. Brandt Mini Facial!

I like many people find myself wandering around Sephora just about every time I am at the mall.  On this recent trip I was killing time and a sales associate asked if I was needing any help finding something and just simply said I was wandering with no particular direction. She then asked if I would be interested in an in house mini facial with the people from Dr. Brandt……I honestly don’t think I could have said yes faster . The girl who worked for them did such a great job at asking about my skin and then providing recommendations and demonstrations using all of them. She started off using the Xtend Your Youth A3 Power Foaming Cleanser which not only took off my makeup and gently pumped my skin with antioxidants. She then followed it up with using the Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask which honestly had to be one of my absolute favorite products I have ever tried. It is a quick 5 minute facial that bubbles up as you apply it to your skin. This mask rejuvenates your skin and boosts its luminosity giving your skin an instant glow which who doesn’t love. On a side note how funny do I look with it on my face! I look like a snowman hahah! She then used the Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum which in an instant made my tired nursing school eyes look as if I had slept for 12 hours. It has this really great roller ball that gently glides on the product  and gives it a nice cooling effect which helps depuff your under eyes. To top off the mini facial  she wanted to replenish some moisture back into my skin but using the Xtend Your Youth Face Cream that is packed with antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals. To balance out some of the redness in my skin she grabbed a bit of the Pores no more pore refiner primer which truly was all I needed. It was so incredibly light on my skin and made it look so natural and glowy. What I really loved about this product it that it contains tea tree oil which is a natural anti-bactrial agent  for your skin! I can’t thank the wonderful people from Dr. Brandt for doing this and showing me all of these amazing products, it truly was the cherry on top of a wonderful day.

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

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

Birchbox Splurge- Sunday Riley

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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

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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