Top 3 Fall Nail Colors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello lovelies!

Since I had to keep my packing pretty light, and had to put most of my beauty collection in boxes to be shipped (I barely had anxiety about it, I know you're impressed), I guess I subconsciously packed my favorite, "most reached for" items. 

When it came to picking nail polishes, I knew fall was right around the corner and I looove me some vampy shades! I decided to limit my selection to 3, to avoid spilling or losing too many bottles or what have you, were there to be an unfortunate incident during my travels.

To no surprise, they are all from Essie, but that's only because that's mainly what my collection consists of. I'm pretty sure you can find cheaper alternatives to all these shades.
a picture of Essie's Wicked, Bahama Mama and Merino Cool

First off, the most classic of all classic fall shades **anticlimactic drumroll please** YUP, you guessed it :
a picture of Essie's Wicked nail polish
a picture of Essie's Wicked nail polish
It's just such a beautiful deep deep (oxblood?), I want to say oxblood shade. To the untrained eye, it's so dark you might perceive it as black, but I assure you it's not that "gothy"! Ok, a little goth, but like goth-chic. That's still a thing right? In other news, I also love black polish, so really it's ALL good.

Next we have this misleadingly named shade :
A picture of Essie's Bahama Mama
A picture of Essie's Bahama Mama
Unless they mean it like hot mama? Like Haba haba bahama mama? Yeah, I guess that makes sense, but for some reason Bahama Mama has a tropical ring to it in my mind. It is just the perfect dark berry shade. Very feminine and not TOO vampy for those who might shy away from Wicked. Now, if only I could find a perfectly matching lipstick, then I could win Fall.

Last but not least, on a somewhat more neutral tone :
A picture of Essie's Merino Cool
A picture of Essie's Merino Cool
This is just the perfect fall neutral. I find it to be really classy with it's subtle cool mauvy-taupe tint that really goes with anything. If you shy away from bold and/or dark colors that are all the rage every time the weather cools down, you can still keep things cool, or shall I say Merino Cool, with this polish. Yeaaaah, I'm pretty sure that's my cue to wrap things up!

What are your go to fall colors? Let me know in the comments below! And let us know if you know of any dupes for this bad boys ;)

Talk to you guys soon!

-Val

New Beginnings

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hey lovelies! 

Already got through my first week in California and so far so good...

The weather is just lovely! (Not trying to make anyone jealous) In all honesty I will miss Fall. I mean; cooler weather, scarves, changing colors on leaves, pumpkin spice lattes to keep you toasty on chilly walks...Now I know there are more upsetting things than drinking iced coffee all year round! Just enjoy this short season while you can friends!

I haven't gotten around to explore much yet. We're still trying to settle in as much as we can while we wait for our furniture and most of our personal items to be shipped (it's a process!)...Never thought I would miss my vacuum, but the dirt and hair in this place are becoming an issue.

However, the first thing I wanted to do when we arrived (besides pass by the drive through of In N Out Burger) was to see how far the beach actually was. It's an easy enough route that I can take my dog (Mochi) down there on the daily! Not too shabby for Val...


Picture of Santa Monica Beach

Mochi is adapting quite well. He is a chill California dog already. I mean, look at this guy!
Picture of a sleeping corgi

So far, not much exciting events have occurred ; rushed lunches and dinners and errand running (in other news, I could spend my days at Bed, Bath & Beyond). 

I did have a bit of me time today and had my first raw vegan experience at M.A.K.E, ain't that something! Guess I'll be starting up Yoga classes soon, or is there a new work out fad I should check out?
Picture of raw vegan food at the restaurant M.A.K.E Santa Monica
Top left : Kimchi Dumplings, Top Right : Black Pepper Kelp Noodles, Bottom : Heirloom Tomato Lasagna

All in all, I'm quite happy here. I should have beauty related content this week (with better picture quality) if all goes well, just wanted to get you guys up to date!

Talk to you soon!

-Val

Big Changes, New Journey

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hello lovelies!

As you might have noticed, I am not posting as often lately.

Not to worry, I am still excited about this project and inspired and looking forward to creating more content for you!

The thing is that I have rather exciting news... Drumroll please..

I am moving to Los Angeles in less than three weeks! And no, don't worry I'm not trying to "make it" there, I don't quite think acting is my thing (though I can be a tad dramatic at times).

Sometimes, you have to follow your heart and that's what I'm doing! My man, my dog and I are packing up and starting a new and exciting life in sunny California!
Photo credit : http://www.elderbranch.com/
Am I terrified? Yes absolutely. Am I excited? I gotta be! Honestly, there are worse places to relocate am I right?

Until I leave, I will try to post as much as I can, but the blog might get a little lonely. I promise as soon as I'm settled a little we will be back on track!

Now I don't know if you guys actually cared for this "personal" post...If you did, well thank you!

Let me know if you guys would be interested in following me in this journey, who knows, I could have more "lifestyle" type posts? I don't know I'm just throwing it out there!

We will be located in Santa Monica, not too far from the beach. 

Photo credit : http://showtimenation.com/
Not gonna lie, been watching 90210 (guilty pleasure) to get in the mood. Hopefully there will be less drama, then again I'm not going back to high school so I should be okay!

As you can understand, I need to focus on getting everything prepared, and my friends and family, as the next few weeks will be beyond emotional...

Hope you bear with me and let me know if you want a glimpse of that California life!

Talk to you soon,

-Val

August 2014 favorites

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hello lovelies!

Another month over, and many products used, here are my most reached for products this past month.
A picture of beauty product favorites for the month of august 2014
Certain things I've spoken about before, some really didn't get the love they deserve on this blog yet. So here it goes, let's break it down :
a picture of flawless tea tree bb cream, biggy bronzer, annabelle blush on rose fawn, urban decay de slick
The Body Shop's Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream - I've already done a full review on this bad boy, which you can check out here but I just seemed to gravitate towards this particular face product this month. It's just so quick and easy and I feel like I'm doing something better for my skin than applying foundation. I haven't needed much coverage this month, so this was the perfect lightweight day to day base.

Annabelle's Biggy Bronzer - Bronzers are hard to find when you're a pasty white girl. During the summer months I don't always like to really contour or anything but just get that nice summer glow most people seem to have! This bronzer has a bit of shimmer but nothing too overwhelming and the blend of shades to look really natural on most skin tones I would say. It's the perfect bronzer to really warm up one's complexion!

Annabelle's Blush On in Rose Fawn - I had never really owned a blush that ressembles this shade, this old dusty rose almost plummy kind of color...Quite frankly, I don't know if I would have went for it, but it came with the bronzer and MAN am I glad! It's so beautiful and matte and just gives this nice flush of color. Combined with the bronzer it was the perfect bronzed goddess duo. Oh and for drugstore, the color pay off and staying power was off the hook!

Urban Decay's De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray - We've had quite a few hot ones this month and this little baby has been a real life saver. When you have oily skin, primer and powder isn't enough in the summer, things always still manage to glide off. Think of this as hair spray for your face. I spray it before and after my makeup and it really helps to keep things in place. It also helps with oil control. Now it doesn't keep me shine free all day but it definitely spreads out how often I need to blot.
a picture of rimmel 60 seconds nail polish do not disturb, revlon brow fantasy brunette
Rimmel London's 60 seconds Rita Ora Nail Polish in Do Not Disturb - Slightly obsessed with this shade. Plus it's the perfect summer to fall shade so I will be enjoying through next month as well! You can see a more in dept review here.

Revlon Brow Fantasy in Brunette- Ok so the pencil itself is nothing to write home about, just your standard eyebrow pencil but the gel is perfect for keeping my little caterpillars in place. Since it's tinted it's also great for "on the go" as it'll sorta fill the gaps and give them a bit more shape. 
a picture of revlon moisturestain barcelona nights, clinique chubby stick intense heftiest hibiscus, rimmel color rush balm sun kissed

Honestly the only thing that matters about this are the shades and the finishes I mean, look at them!
a picture of lip swatches




And that's it for this month! There are a lot of products that are all time favorites so I didn't include them, only what I've "switched up" lately. Hope you guys had a wonderful month of August! 

Talk to you soon,

-Val