Glossybox for Harper’s Bazaar- September 2014 Box Review & Giveaway

September 2014 GlossyBox Harper's Bazaar Review

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 MAGIC to receive a free Eyeko Mascara ($24) free with your new subscription.

 

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At Home Spa Facial Routine | Video

DIY At Home Spa Facial Skincare Pampering Routine OliviaMakeupChannel

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
Lancome Bi-facil

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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Makeup Collection Purge / De-Stash | Video

It’s really important to get rid of old products every once in a while to make room for some sparkly new beauty products. I thought it would be a good idea to share what products I got rid of just to plant the idea in your heads to do the same everyone once in a while! As a beauty blogger, I tend to hoard way too many products over the years, and never seem to throw anything away. So, I think it’s a great practice to go through everything, de-clutter and reorganize your collection once or twice a year!

When’s the last time you purged your makeup collection?

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Back To School & Study Abroad Haul (Target, ASOS, Sephora, Michael’s, Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond) | Video

Back To School Study Abroad Florence Italy Haul Michael's Bed Bath Beyond ASOS Target Sephora

I’m a few days away from my move to Italy to study abroad. So, I thought I’d do a haul of just a few of the things I purchased to prepare. I had a ton of toiletries to purchase, a few clothing items, beauty necessities from Sephora, and my favorite, crafty supplies from Michael’s for my travel journal. Let’s see what I picked up!:

Lots of great stuff that I can’t wait to use! As I will be traveling next week and for the next 3 months, please bear with me as I figure out the internet and my posting schedule. Videos and blog posts will be a bit sporadic at first, but I will be vlogging! Subscribe to OliviaVlogChannel to catch all of my travel blogs. I may post the first vlog to my main channel, but not sure yet!

Have any of you started school yet? What’s your favorite class?

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Head & Shoulders New Fresh Scent Technology Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Head & Shoulders New Fresh Scent Technology Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology Shampoo & Conditioner

Hair has always been one of my struggles. I’ll put on makeup for days, but when it comes to my hair, I’m so lazy. I wash it and air dry it, and use a ton of dry shampoo because my hair is so oily. I was recently sent Head & Shoulders new Fresh Scent Technology shampoo & conditioner and didn’t really have high hopes for it in all honesty. But, keep reading to see what I think!

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Head & Shoulders is the only dandruff shampoo I’ve used, and although I don’t have dandruff, it does help with an itchy scalp that I tend to pick at (gross, moving on). I am also a big advocate of prevention, so it doesn’t hurt to use an anti-dandruff shampoo to stop it before it starts! I frequently wear black dresses, like above, so dandruff would be so visible! I used the shampoo and conditioner in both photos you see. I like how my hair looks because it isn’t too shiny (which makes me prone to get greasy quicker) and also dries nicely without having to style.

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I definitely love straightening my hair most with this hair cut, because it’s easy and doesn’t mess up the layers. I haven’t found a part that I love with this style yet, so I’m just going with the flow. With this shampoo, I feel like my hair gets oily a little bit less quickly, every hour counts! I don’t think I’d recommend the conditioner. It’s a great conditioner, but I don’t see the point in an anti-dandruff conditioner, as you just apply from mid-shaft to ends of hair-at least that’s what I do!

I like the smell, but can’t say much on the fresh technology, as my hair doesn’t hold onto scent from products at all! Bummer. But I’ve always loved how Head & Shoulder shampoos smell!

Head & Shoulders has a sweepstakes going on, and it’s so easy to enter! The #PartOfOurFamily sweeps is a partnership with their spokesperson Sofia Vergara. Until September 1st, 2014, you can enter the sweepstakes by following @HeadShoulders on twitter and tweeting a photo of your fab flake-free hair with #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and don’t forget to reply @HeadShoulders. The winner will get to meet Sofia Vergara at a Head & Shoulder advertisement shoot! Awesome!

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