Monday, January 8, 2018

Hey love bugs!

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Now! I know it's been a hot minute (ok several minutes) since I last posted on here...

Initially, things slowed down here while I was working on setting up my YouTube channel, and well, that also quickly fizzled out.

You can't plan life, and I've had my share of obstacles come my way (especially this past year), that sort of prevented me from doing the things I love.

I guess the New Year has left me a wee bit optimistic, and while I can't promise to share my passion on my different platforms at the regular pace I used to, you can be damn sure I will try!

Now I'm not gonna share a long sob story with you, I will just simply say, my health is a number one priority for me this year. If you DO want to discuss that, we totally can...

In the meantime, make sure you follow the blog, and my social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you still look forward to future content. I KNOW I DO! Mostly, I miss interacting with you guys and just talking about what I love without people rolling their eyes (i.e. : Husband doesn't care about the new shade of lipstick I'm obsessed with).

So...If you're reading this, THANK YOU! And look forward to talking to you soon!

-Xoxo, Val

September 2016 Favorites

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hey guys, it's been a minute! If you didn't know yet, I've been busy starting my YouTube channel, and posting regularly on there...There's also a video up with more details on these favorites. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE! ;)

But here is a list of my latest beauty obsessions!
a picture of September 2016 beauty Favorites
Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo : Total Transformation Kit -  So I had been wanting to try the Luna Sleeping Night Oil  and the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment for a long time now. I had received a sample of the Sleeping Oil, and after the first use, I decided to cave. Luckily for me, I found this kit for $85 (each full size product is $105).

As expected, the oil is freakin' amazing. Formulated with retinol and blue tansy, it helps "[improve] skin plumpness and helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores". I use this bad boy every single night and it's done me good. I will be purchasing the full size when I run out.

As for the Good Genes Treatment, I had trouble figuring out the best use for it. It definitely exfoliates and declogs my pores but the formula felt a bit greasy. At first, I was using it at night, on top of the sleeping oil, but then I tried using Good Genes during the day, and just the oil at night. I was getting better results this way, especially when I was breaking out. I then figured I like it best used sparingly (every other day or less) and/or as a spot treatment at night, after the oil has sinked in. So yeah, I like it, but I don't LOVE it. Not sure I would spend $105 on a spot treatment, you know? I'm glad I tried it, but I most likely won't be repurchasing it.

Product Review | NEW! Maybelline The Falsies Pushup Angel Masacra

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hey guys! So as I promised here is the final breakdown rating of the new Maybelline The Falsies Pushup Angel Mascara. If you haven't seen it yet, I did a First Impressions video on this over on my YouTube Channel (you can check it out below!).
a picture of Maybelline The Falsies Pushup Angel Masacra
a picture of Maybelline The Falsies Pushup Angel Masacra

August 2016 Favorites

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I know I was late with my last favorites and it hasn't been a month...But you know me. I GOT MORE TO SHARE!

a picture of beauty favorites from August 2016 Favorites
Marrakesh Leave in Treatment & Detangler - I pretty much just searched for a detangler on Amazon because my hair was constantly a mess and got this based on the reviews. I kid you not, when my hair gets a little too long (I'm due for a haircut big time), no matter how much conditioner I use and how often I brush, in no time it turns into ONE giant knot. Disaster. I spray this on damp hair and brush out with the most ease (yes even if it's a big lump of wet hair all tangled together) and it conditions my hair so beautifully. No knots, no breakage, just healthy hair. This is probably the most life changing hair product I've ever used, though I'm really not an expert in that department since I'm pretty low maintenance with my hair. So take it for what you will, but I can never go without this again.

a picture of  Marrakesh Leave in Treatment & Detangler

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor | New Shades

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hello Lovelies! Now I've already reviewed the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Lipsticks in the past, which you can check out HERE!

But I literally have never been so impulsive (possibly an exaggeration, we all know I have a problem haha), when I walked by a display (that I had probably passed a dozen time in the past, but never noticed the added shades), and finally laid my eyes on NEW beauties. I, like a wild animal, without analyzing anything, just started ripping the display apart and picking some up, like a bomb was about to go off in the store, and it was now or never if I wanted more of these.
a picture of Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor ; Intensity, Crush, Infatuation
Now, if you remember my biggest disappointment when I first spoke about these, was the color selection, and I only picked up 3 shades. This time around, I had to CONTROL myself to only pick 3 more...Originally there were 8 shades and now there are 16 total, so LOTS to pick from.

Product Review | Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Collection

Friday, August 26, 2016

Oh my sweet baby Jesus. This collaboration is everything I dreamed it would be. Do I hate the tacky animal print packaging? Yes (sorry not sorry). I'm sure it translates both parties' taste and personality but honestly, I don't care for the juvenile vibe it gives off. That being said, high school Val would have been all over that shit.
a picture of Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Collection
What grown ass Val really cares about, is what's inside the Too Faced The Power of Makeup By NIKKIETUTORIALS, and it is pure awesomeness. This collection includes; a palette with 9 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer, 1 highlighter AND a deluxe sample of the Better Than Sex mascara (in purple, yaaaass), Shadow Insurance PrimerSketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner and Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment. This is going to be very straight forward. I'm a huge fan of Too Faced, and they delivered the quality once again. So now lets give your eyes a feast and you can come to your own conclusion ;) 

a picture of Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Collection
(more below, "click for more"!)

Brand Overview | New Simple Skincare Products

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

You may already know, but back in July, I was lucky enough to be part of a special sneak peak event for Simple Skincare

So, disclaimer, yes the products in this article were given to me for free, but I was only invited cause I'm a big fan to begin with. I regularly spend my own money on this brand, and I've loved them for YEARS. So there. All opinions are my own. 

This PR event was to introduce 3 new products. You might have seen them pop up at your local drugstores. I've been testing them out since then, but wanted to wait until I could form a complete opinion, and until they were easily accessible for you guys!
a picture of  Simple Skincare ; Cleansing Wipes, Dual Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, Hydrating Cleansing Oil #Makeup4MakeUp

These products are all about makeup removal, and treating your skin after wearing a full face all day, hence the hashtag #MakeUp4Makeup.