Months ago I had heard about L’Oreal’s take on micellar water, a riff off of the cult favorite Bioderma that I reviewed not too long ago. Micellar water is a great makeup remover that is ultra-gentle, because it feels just like water. I ran out of makeup wipes here in Italy, and found this in my grocery store, so I picked it up for about €6,50. I like to use it with these soft cotton pads that I found here to remove my makeup gently. I only use this to remove face makeup, because I find that an oil-based makeup remover does a better job at removing mascara for me. Within a month I’ve used about 2/3 of the bottle, so it definitely doesn’t last long for me. But, I would repurchase it because it does do a great job, as my skin has been near-perfect in Italy. If you’re in Europe you’ll definitely want to pick this one up.
I didn’t bring any colored nail polishes with me to Italy, so after the first week of having no nail polish on I was in desperate need of a manicure! I found this Pupa Milano nail polish in a boutique and thought the brand looked nice, and this coral color was definitely up my alley. So, I picked it up and was off to paint my nails that night!
Excuse the horrible manicure, but I have limited resources out here, so I can’t fix my messes! This nail polish was fully opaque in 2 coats and dries to a super shiny finish. I thought the rounded edge brush was hard at first, but it does help apply the polish well. The most exciting thing for me was that it lasts very well. I wore this for quite a while before it had any major chips, all of my nails just had a little bit of tip wear for a few days. I would definitely purchase more of these polishes and am now even more curious about Pupa’s entire makeup line!
I was very excited to start hauling some European beauty products once I arrived in Florence, and now, 3 weeks later, I finally did! I stopped into Kiko Cosmetics, which I’ve heard a lot of great things about, and picked up a few necessities (and a few random ones as well). Kiko is an Italian line, based in Milan. Their products are around drugstore prices, so I was able to get a good deal on all of these items!
I picked up the following products:
- Water Eyeshadow #200 Champagne (€5,90)
- Eyebrow Marker #3 Bionde Fragola e Rosse (€5,90)
- Full Coverage Concealer #2 Naturale (€7,50)
- Invisible Powder (€11,90)
- Precision Lip Liner #302 Rosa Naturale (€4,20)
Although I haven’t had the time to do a full-on first impressions video, I’ve been trying these products out and I really like them. Instead of the first impressions, I think I am going to film a review and tutorial video sometime this weekend to post within the next 2 weeks!
Thanks so much for being patient with me while I’ve been gone, getting accustomed to my life in Florence- but now I’m back and hopefully better than ever!
Hi guys! Major apologies for not being active on my blog or YouTube for the past 2 weeks, but I’ve arrived in Florence and have been so busy with my classmates, homework, and planning out trips that I haven’t had a free moment to post. I hope to improve this, but it’s a work in progress! Today I’m sharing the September GLOSSYBOX, which is a collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar. I received this box after I left, so although I didn’t try anything, I can explain the value. Also, GLOSSYBOX was kind enough to feature a giveaway for my readers!
Here is what in the Harper’s Bazaar Glossybox that I received:
- Vichy Liftactiv Night ($15): This is a night cream that is supposed to be ultra rich, which will be great for the change in season.
- Essie Madison Ave-hue ($8.50): You can’t go wrong with a pretty pop of pink polish!
- Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara ($10): I really like this mascara, and I love receiving mascara samples because they are the perfect amount that lasts until it expires in 3 months! Va va voom lashes in a flash!
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Authentic ($18): I love lip tars, but this one isn’t my favorite color. I’ll have to wait and see when I can try it myself!
- Bvlgari Eau Parfumée Eau Thé Blanc ($19.50): A luxe brand is always nice to try, this sounds like it would smell just like a spa!
The total value for this box is $71, which is pretty amazing since the box is only $21 a month! I think it’s so worth it since all of the products are deluxe samples or full sizes. No foil packets here! I can’t wait to see what comes in my next GLOSSYBOX. If you want to try your own Glossybox- enter my giveaway (US only) or buy your own subscription for $21/month and use code FLAWLESS to receive a free Boscia BB Cream with your subscription.
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Sometimes I find that doing my skincare routine day to day is kind of boring, albeit an essential to maintaining clear skin. So, every week or so I like to pamper myself with a DIY spa-like facial, since I can’t exactly splurge out and get one every month! I like to take a minute to relax, slow down, and do my own facial while listening to nice music with a candle lit. My DIY facial only takes 5 steps, and it’s so simple to recreate yourself!
Step 1: Makeup Removal: I like to remove my face makeup with a face wipe, and then remove my eye makeup with eye makeup remover on cotton rounds. Make sure to remove everything, and follow up with a face wash before the next step!
Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes
Step 2: Face Mask: I stuck with the classic green face mask theme, I normally just use one, but I show two in this video because one is better for acne, and one is very soothing.
Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask
Algenist Algae Brightening Mask
Step 3: Exfoliate: I love using exfoliators with microdermabrasion crystals, because that’s what you’d get at a spa. Skip the apricot and plastic gel bead scrubs and opt for something that will actually work. Love this product because you can use it as a mask too!
M Steves Reviving Exfoliator
Step 4: Steam: This is a new addition to my routine, and I am obsessed. I’ve been steaming my face almost daily and have really noticed a difference. I know this product is expensive, so if you can’t afford it I’d recommend boiling some water, then after turning the heat off, steaming your face from about a foot away.
Panasonic Nano Facial Steamer
Step 5: Skincare: After all of that pampering, I can’t forget my skincare to do the rest of the work while I sleep. I’m using a few new products I haven’t talked about that I love. I apply a spot treatment, eye cream, and then a face oil as a moisturizer. That way, in the morning I wake up with soft and nourished skin.
Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix
Tarte Maracuja Brightener Treatment Eye Cream
M Steves RHSO Ultra Nourishing Boost
I don’t have many reviews of these products up yet, but I will work on it ASAP! I have hardly had time to write blog posts lately from prepping for my study abroad, but as you’re reading this I am safe and sound in Italy!
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