International Salon & Spa Expo 2015 Highlights (Glycelene, Cailyn Cosmetics, Caption Nails)

ISSE Long Beach 2015 Caption Polish
ISSE Long Beach 2015- Caption Polish

As a blogger, going to industry trade shows is always a ton of fun for me. I get to see some of my favorite brands in person, and meet with new brands to see the latest beauty releases. ISSE is a salon and spa expo where professionals in the hair, nails, and spa categories go to learn and find new product to purchase. For myself, I was there to check out and see if there are any interesting products that I could possibly review on this blog! I attended ISSE 2013, so you can check out my posts from that. Thankfully this year I did essentially no shopping, which is always a hard thing to resist! I got to hang out with some blogger buds Stephanie, Alyson, Mai, and Romy. Show their blogs some love! Anyways, here’s a peek at a few of the best brands & most exciting products that I scouted.

ISSE Long Beach 2015 Glycelene The Rejuvenation Creme
Glycelene Rejuvenation Creme

Glycelene is a 100% natural, organic, and vegan skin care line created by makeup artist Kim Borio. I hung out at Glycelene’s booth for quite a while and got a demo of quite a few of their products. I was super impressed by their Luxury Face Oil (I need it!), Seatox Mist, and yet-to-be released eye oil.

ISSE Long Beach 2015 Glycelene No. 1 Natural Parfum Oil
Glycelene No. 1 Natural Parfum Oil

I also tried their No. 1 Natural Parfum oil, which is also new. It contains citrus notes such as lemon and neroli, blended with jasmine. It’s inspired by Sorrento, Italy- which was a match made in heaven for me since I stayed there for a weekend when I was studying abroad there. I received a sample size of the Rejuvenation Creme pictured above, and although I’ve only used it once- I’m already a fan! My skin was baby smooth overnight!

ISSE Long Beach 2015 Cailyn Cosmetics Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint
Cailyn Cosmetics Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint

An exciting makeup product I tested was Cailyn Cosmetics’ Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint. These matte liquid lip colors are all the rage right now, and I think one of the biggest trends I’ve seen to start off 2015- and I’m all over it! They were kind enough to give me a shade to try, so you’ll have to wait to see my thoughts, besides the fact that I want them all & they should release a wider range of colors ASAP!

ISSE Long Beach 2015 Cailyn Cosmetics Cocoon Lip Stain Collection
Cailyn Cosmetics Cocoon Lip Stain

Yet ANOTHER Cailyn Cosmetics product that I found was their new Cocoon Lip Stain line. This product is unlike any other lip stain you’ve ever seen or tried! You apply the stain gel like a mask, wait 10 minutes for it to try, and then peel it off to reveal a gorgeous stain! I’m DYING to get my hands on the orange color (okay, all of them) to do a video demo for you guys.

ISSE Long Beach 2015 Caption Polish 3
Caption Polish in Shizaaam!

New brand Caption Polish promises gel-like shine without the UV lamp. I was in love with their display (first picture in this post), and all of their colors are gorgeous. I had this amazing glitter polish Shizaaam! applied over my nude nails- can you say amazing? This was 1 coat, and it dried lightening fast! Definitely hoping to get my hands on some of these polishes for a review- already impressed!

Those are the main brands that I was blown away by at ISSE, but I checked out a lot more brands, but I don’t want to go on forever so I’ll keep it brief! Hover over the images to see my thoughts & click to enlarge photos.

Overall I was pretty thrilled with ISSE this year. I’m highly considering applying for a press pass for their biggest show- Cosmoprof in Las Vegas this summer! I think it would make for great networking- and who can resist Vegas?

Best of Beauty 2014: 14 Favorite Beauty, Skin, & Hair Products | Video

Olivia Frescura OliviaMakeupChannel Best Favorite Beauty Makeup Hair Skin Products of 2014
My 14 Favorite Products From 2014

It’s that time of year again where everyone reviews their top products! However, I’m a bit late as I got sick and didn’t film until a week into 2015. But, finally I got the chance to edit this video and super long (pic heavy) blog post to share my favorites with you all.

Watch the video above if you have the chance to hear my full thoughts, but you can read below for a condensed version!

NYX Invincible Foundation in Ivory Review
NYX Invincible Foundation (Ivory)

NYX Invincible Foundation ($6): This foundation is the only one I used entirely in 2014- every last drop! I brought it with me while studying abroad and it made my makeup routine very quick.  My shade is Ivory if you’re wondering! To see this foundation in action, check out my Back To School Makeup Tutorial.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla Review
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Vanilla)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29): This concealer is my favorite for highlighting and concealing my under-eyes. I use the shade Vanilla, click on the link above to read my full review of this!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla Swatch
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla Swatch
BareMinerals Ready Blush in The Confession Review
BareMinerald Ready Blush (The Confession)

BareMinerals Ready Blush ($23): Looking for a perfect everyday blush? Look no further, because BareMinerals Ready Blush in The Confession is EVERYTHING. I haven’t strayed from this blush color much this year, maybe that means I’m boring, but it never clashes with anything!

BareMinerals Ready Blush in The Confession Swatch
BareMinerals Ready Blush in The Confession Swatch

BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone Review

 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone ($38): I have been obsessed with highlighting lately, and this shimmery champagne is the perfect shade for pale girls! Click the link to check out my full review.

BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone Swatch
BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone Swatch
NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Shadow Base Review
NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Shadow Base

NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Shadow Base ($25): This primer is THE best primer for oily eyelids. It’s untinted, unlike Urban Decay Primer Potion, which was my old favorite. I don’t think I’ll ever stray from this one! Again, click through the link to see my full review.

INGLOT Freedom System Matte Eyeshadow 351 330 358 337 360 Review
INGLOT Freedom System Eyeshadows (351,330,358,337,360)

INGLOT Freedom System Eyeshadows in 351,330,358,337, & 360 ($7): INGLOT eyeshadows are my absolute favorite because they are super affordable and come in a wide array of colors. I love my matte neutrals, these 5 shades are staples in my makeup routine!

INGLOT Freedom System Matte Eyeshadow 351 330 358 337 360 Swatch
INGLOT Freedom System Eyeshadow Swatches (351,330,358,337,360)
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte Review
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte

NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte ($24): If you’re looking for a brightening eyeliner, look no further! This yellow-toned nude liner is the perfect eye-awakening product for days when you don’t get enough sleep!

NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte Swatch

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel Review
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ($22): This is the best clear brow gel. It really holds your brows in place and the shape of the brush is the best I’ve tried!

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops Review
NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops ($6): This lipstick was pretty underrated to me- I didn’t even realize it was a favorite until I’d realized how much I’ve used of it. It’s the perfect natural color, like a “my lips but better” shade, goes with anything and everything!

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops Swatch
NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops Swatch


Original Beauty Blender beautyblender Review
The Original beautyblender

BeautyBlender ($19.95): What more is there to say about the beautyblender? This little sponge will change the way your foundation looks. Don’t buy into the competitors, this is where it’s at!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Fruity & Cheeky Cherry Review
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Fruity & Cheeky Cherry

Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8.99): Dry shampoo is a must for me because I have super oily hair. But, it took forever to find the perfect option for brunettes! Batiste is the best brand I’ve tried and the only one I’ll continue to buy. The tinted dark one is my favorite because it takes less effort, but the regular formula does the job just fine.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Review
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.99): This is the most basic, simple face cleanser and it does a great job for my oily skin. I think any skin type could use it, as it’s super gentle. It also does wonders cleaning beautyblenders!

Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix Review
Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix

Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix ($16): Since I have issues with acne, which are mostly combatted, I only need a spot treatment instead of acne cleanser and spot treatment combined. I first tried this product during summer and it dried my blemish like that! I have barely had any acne problems in the past few months, but this makes it go away super quickly.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Lemon & Chamomile Review
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Lemon & Chamomile

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Lemon & Chamomile ($7.50): I first did a review of these balms last April, and even though I hadn’t tried this scent yet, they were a hit. I love these balms because they’re ultra moisturizing and smell great. My favorite is the Lemon because it smells like Froot Loops cereal! I haven’t had nearly as many dry lip outbreaks since I switched to this balm from drugstore lip balms.

And there we have it! All 14 of my beauty favorites from 2014. Hopefully this post didn’t bore you too much- didn’t know how else to show everything! P.S. So sorry for the absence- school started back up this month and I was totally unprepared. Gotta get back on my blogging game ASAP!

December BOXYCHARM “Jingle Belles” Box Review

December BOXYCHARM Jingle Belles Box Review Eva NYC Be A Bombshell Mistura Beauty Lina Lashes Coastal Scents Revealed Palette
BOXYCHARM “Jingle Belles” Box

Last month I got the opportunity to try a new beauty box- BOXYCHARM! BOXYCHARM is a beauty box that retails for $21 a month for 4-5 full sized & deluxe sized beauty items. I’ve seen a lot of beauty vloggers talk about this box, so I was excited to try it out as well! I received this box just before the holidays, so unfortunately didn’t have time to get it up in December, but hopefully it will still give you an idea of what type of products you can expect in this box. Here’s what came inside!:

  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette ($39.95): This is a full-sized neutral eyeshadow palette with 20 eyeshadows in it! I can tell it’s inspired by the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, so I’m excited to test it out. I am thinking of doing a video on this palette alone, comment if you think that would be interesting! I did swatch and they’re all fairly pigmented, but testing on the eye once I experienced some fall out.
  • Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes ($30): Although these have a high price point, lashes just aren’t really my thing. I’d much rather have another product worth that price.  And these lashes are anything but natural, so since they are catering to a wide audience, a less dramatic style would be better in my opinion.
  • Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush ($19.99): I wasn’t into this at all. The bristles were extremely frayed and the brush didn’t impress me at all.
  • Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Some Beach ($14): This coral pencil with shimmer doesn’t really scream holiday to me, but the color was pretty. It felt cheap, though, and one of the ingredients is Mineral Oil. Also, the base where the pencil twists up was cracked.
  • Eva NYC Hold Me Tight Hairspray (travel size, $10): I think the addition of a deluxe sample is nice, but I feel hairspray-ed out. I have a ridiculous amount of hairsprays already (I may even have this one!), I find dry shampoos to be much better for boxes, especially in travel size!

I think this box had a great amount of variety and a little bit of everything for everyone. I find that a lot of boxes give similar items in the same box, but in this box everything was different. Although not all of the items are something I’d use or like, they do have a great amount of value, as the box retails for $21 but had over $100 in products in it. But, the good thing about extra beauty products- hand them out to family and friends!

**This post contains products that I have received for free-for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Time Saving Beauty Hacks w/ Tarte Cosmetics | Video

3 Beauty Hacks Tarte Cosmetics Tutorial Amazonian Clay Foundation Lights Camera Flashes Mascara Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
Beauty Hacks using Tarte Cosmetics

If I really want my makeup to be perfect, it could take up to an hour to do. But, it’s not every day that we have that kind of time! So, this calls for some beauty hacks. A beauty hack is anything that simplifies  your beauty routine, making it take less time or preventing time costly mistakes! In today’s tutorial, I show you 3 beauty hacks using Tarte Cosmetics. Was very excited to collaborate with them, as I am a fan of everything I’ve tried, so it was great to try more! Now let’s get to hackin’!

  1. Mix Foundation & Moisturizer: This is great in the winter when you’re using a full coverage foundation, say bye bye to flakes! I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($38) and mixed in a bit of moisturizer to make this matte & full coverage foundation a bit more natural looking.
  2. Use Lipstick as Blush: This tip is ideal for travel- saves space in your makeup bag! I used Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom ($16), applied with my fingers and blended out for a fresh brush look. If you like a bolder look, apply some powder blush like Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy ($26) on top and your cheek color will stay all day and night!
  3. Prevent Mascara Smudges w/ a Business Card: The number one makeup mistake I make that wastes so much time is getting mascara on my eyelid somewhere. Then I have to wait for it to dry before flaking it off and continuing my makeup routine! By aligning a business card along your lash line while applying mascara, you get no mess! I used Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara ($23) in this video.

Let me know if you get the chance to try any of these hacks, I’d love to know how they work for you! Do you use any beauty hacks? Share them in the comments!

beautyblender Sponges Review

beautyblender Beauty Blender Mini Review
beautyblender sponges

As soon as I heard beautyblender was coming out with mini versions of their original cult fave beauty sponge, I was sold and knew I needed one! Although it’s been a while since they were released, I finally got my hands on some thanks to my friend Iman for Christmas! The beautyblender sponges ($17.95 for 2) are 1/4 of the size of the regular beautyblender, with a lime green color! They’re meant for under eye concealer, highlighting, contouring, and just any other small area you want to apply makeup to.

beautyblender Beauty Blender Mini Review Damp vs. Dry
Damp vs. Dry beautyblender sponges

These sponges are so cute and little! Just like the original beautyblender, they double in size when damp and make for a perfect makeup application. They are also super easy to clean with the beautyblender cleansers. Although in my opinion they give the same effect as the original beauty blender, I like having these because they really come in handy for my undereye concealer. I haven’t delved into the realms of highlighting and contouring with them, since I prefer to use sponges with cream products which I don’t use for highlighting or contouring, but I’m sure they work great.  I wouldn’t consider these as much of a must have as the original, but they do a fabulous job and are worth the buy if you are looking for a more precise application!

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