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My YouTube/Life Story (IT Cosmetics #VoteITGirl Contest Entry) | Video

IT Cosmetics launched an awesome contest to find their next IT girl. I don’t really enter contests much because it makes me a bit nervous, but I really fell in love with the “Your Best Beautiful You” being the theme. And also, the chance to win some money, go to my favorite  New York City, and create an IT Cosmetics product basically sounds like a dream come true.

I decided to be a little abstract with my interpretation of the theme and just talk about my life, because although makeup and tutorials are fun, that’s not the only way I consider myself to be beautiful.

Here’s where you come in- don’t forget to give my video a thumbs up by watching it on YouTube, and sharing a comment- there isn’t a voting system for this round, but only 20 people are moving on to the next round on July 1st, so the pressure is on!

But in reality, I’m glad I got all of this off of my chest, whether I win or lose this contest- I’m just lucky to have the opportunity!

I did talk about the IT Cosmetics products I was wearing, because I have tried some and I was lucky enough to get sent a package from them. I have always wanted to try their brand so that was incentive enough! Here are my first impressions- I want to do full reviews in the coming months.

No. 50 Serum Anti Aging Collagen Veil Primer: I only had a sample packet but I loved the citrus scent and the baby soft texture.
Bye Bye Under Eye Anti Aging Concealer in Neutral Medium: I got this as a packet sample also, and wore it as a foundation just for kicks. It looks like it matches me in the video, but it didn’t in real life. But, the formula is so amazing- if only I had a full size in my shade!
Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti Aging Micro Powder: Not a huge fan of loose powders, but this powder doesn’t leave me looking like a ghost- and now they have a pressed version!
Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder #8 Brush: This brush is so smooth and a great brush for the perfect dusting of powder to set foundation.
Vitality Brightening Anti Aging Face Disk: I love the highlight in this, perfect for strobing. The blush is a bit bright, but it looks nice. The bronze is really matte, which is good- I just don’t use bronzer much.
Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil: A new favorite brow product! Love the formula of this pencil- glides on easily and stays. The spoolie on the other end makes it easy to blend the pencil and make brows look natural.
Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette: Jury’s still out on this one- I don’t find them to be very pigmented on the eye, but the concept of the palette is cool.
Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer (Review): My only foray into IT Cosmetics before. This makes your lashes super long and natural- like eyelash extensions!
Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi: I love the cherry scent of this balm- I’m not a fan of the tint, but I can make do because it has great ingredients and makes my lips feel like butter!

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

Cosmoprof North America 2015- See You In Las Vegas!

Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015 Beauty Blogger

Today I just wanted to make a quick announcement- I’ll be at Cosmoprof Las Vegas next month! I’m going to be checking out all of the newest products & beauty brands to blog about in the coming months…

I don’t have much planned, so if you’re familiar with the area- let me know what I should do/eat/drink!

And, if you’re a blogger also going to Cosmoprof, let me know! Would love to hang out with a group and peruse the show floor together. With over 1,000 exhibitors, I have a feeling we’re going to need tennis shoes…

If you’re a brand that’s exhibiting at Cosmoprof and are making press appointments, email me at olivia@oliviafrescura.com!

What I Wore: ASOS Curve to Tinder Plus #TinderTakeoff Party

Last night I was invited to attend the launch party of Tinder Plus, which I was super excited for, because as you know, Tinder and I go way back. I thought I’d recap the event for you guys as well as share my outfit- because I’ve been wanting to do that more often!

Dress: ASOS Curve Shoes: Steve Madden from DSW Jacket: Eloquii

I recently got this sleeveless turtleneck dress at ASOS Curve and really wanted to wear it. I don’t feel the most confident in it, though, because I don’t like my arms that much. But, I thought in the end it looked great when I paired it with my favorite Eloquii faux leather jacket, which I’ve worn to pieces- but I don’t think they sell it anymore! My shoes are my new staple- super cute heeled booties that are super edgy from Steve Madden…I got them on clearance from DSW-score! All black everything.

Tinder Plus Party #TinderTakeoff with Jason Derulo and Zedd
Tinder Plus Airways “Boarding Pass”

The ticket was super cute- a faux boarding pass…they even had a faux airport check in station! The gift bag area was “baggage claim,” which was super cute- I’d tell ya what was in the bag, but I didn’t get one! People snagged them up quickly- all I could really ever ask for is a Tinder T-Shirt to wear in my Tinder videos…how cute would that have been? Next time!

Tinder Plus Party #TinderTakeoff with Jason Derulo and Zedd 2
The Tinder Plus Private Jet

It was held at the Santa Monica Airport at a very low key spot, like a plane hangar of sorts. It was part indoors where the stage was for the performances, and part outdoors- very cool and interactive. I think there had to be over 500 people there!

Olivia Frescura Tinder Plus Party #TinderTakeoff Hair by Rachel at GLAMSQUAD
Wavy hair and braid by Rachel at GLAMSQUAD

They had some makeovers being done by GLAMSQUAD, a mobile hair and makeup service app, so since I was alone I decided to wait and get my hair done. Rachel did a side braid to show off my cartilage piercing and then gave me some sassy waves with a flat iron. I wish I could do this hairstyle on myself! I’ll have to practice.

And then, after a few Ciroc Peach & Red Bulls…I ran into my good friend Lynette Cenée from YouTube, so we headed over to the dance floor right before the performances started!

Jason Derulo started it off, I almost forgot how many hit songs he had, I knew almost everything he played besides the new stuff- and we were super close!

And I definitely recall putting “Whatcha Say” on my throwback playlist on Spotify- reminds me of high school!

Zedd was awesome- I used to listen to “Clarity” on repeat on my 2 hour metro ride to an internship I had in 2012…they just recently started playing it on the radio! Martin Garrix was also there!

I also overheard a funny conversation about Zedd at the party- too funny…couldn’t resist tweeting that one! He was definitely just walking around before his set…I kept my mouth shut there.

Thanks for having me, Tinder! Just send me a T-Shirt and I’ll be yours forever ;). And I hope you guys liked this event recap- I hope to do a lot more because they’re a lot more interesting than just an outfit post in my opinion!

Bedroom & Kitchen Decor Ideas – Orange, Black, And White | #OliviaMovesOut

Olivia Moves Out Bedroom Kitchen Decor Wishlist Orange Black White Interior Design

 

So, I haven’t really mentioned this explicitly on my blog or YouTube yet, but I’m moving into my own place July 1st! I didn’t have much time to plan, so between finishing my online summer class & trying to move, I haven’t had much time to think about what I want exactly- but today that changes!

Although I have a ton of things to fit into my room, I definitely want to spice up a few of the decor pieces to suit my needs- plus, my YouTube filming area can improve. I have a few ideas of my dream kitchen, but I won’t need that much- so, all of these things are just good starting points for me to save up for, since I won’t need everything when I first move in.

Bedroom & Decor pieces:

IKEA TOBIAS Chair ($79): I’ve been using my desk as a filming background and sitting in my office chair in order to film- but, sometimes the black chair is visible and it really grinds my gears! So, the best way to fix that? A clear chair!

IKEA HOVET Mirror ($129): I’m not even sure this would fit in my room, but I’m feeling the major need for a full-length mirror so I can look at my outfits before going out, or even take the occasional #ootd selfie. I think this one’s the best option to see the full outfit…it’s super wide!

IKEA SKOLD & LAPPLJUNG RUTA Cushion Covers ($29,$10): I got a new bed a few months ago and besides new sheets & a duvet, I haven’t done much. A few cheap throw pillows can definitely make a difference. Which reminds me, I need a white duvet cover…

IKEA SILLERUP Area Rug ($119): I think adding an area rug may be a great idea around my desk or makeup area in order to protect the carpet, since it’s a rented space. The geometric pattern looks nice, and the size is huge for the low price- both Target and Bed Bath & Beyond were more expensive.

Kitchen items:

De’Longhi Pump Icona Espresso Maker ($159.99): This is the one item I know I need to buy as soon as I move in. I’ve wanted a fancy espresso maker since I came back from Italy, but I’ve held off since there wouldn’t be space for it. I’m torn between black and white- but I may just get black because of the stain factor. We accept the cappuccinos with think we deserve- and I deserve to make my own instead of shell out $5 for one at every hipster café (although I love them too).

IKEA FÄRGRIK Orange Dinnerware ($24.99): I don’t want to pay a lot for dinnerware, since it probably won’t stay with me forever. I’m undecided between the white, black, and orange sets…what should I choose?

Cappuccino Cup Set from Bed Bath & Beyond ($18.99): You all know I love cappuccino, especially if you follow me on instagram! I definitely plan on making a ton to save money in the long run. I may pair these smaller cups with the larger 15 oz. Caffè Latte cups for those days when I need extra caffeine.

Golden Sculpture Flatware Set ($59.99): For 5 place settings, it seems crazy to pay that much for flatware. But, I’ve always had a thing for gold, so why not apply that to my flatware? I guess this is the moment I’ve saved up my 20% Bed Bath & Beyond coupons for, right? It’s just so unique and gorgeous!

Orange KitchenAid Stand Mixer ($349.99): I’m an avid baker and always use my mom’s KitchenAid in order to mix everything I need without the hassle of hand-mixing. Of course, for my first apartment, I’d want to save up for my own, in orange, of course! I think for the first few months I’ll use a hand-mixer, but she will be mine one day…

I definitely plan on posting more about my move, keep up with the process on my Twitter and Instagram, and then after the fact there will be great new videos on my YouTube, and of course- progress posts here!

5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas (feat. L’OCCITANE, Rituals, Mantry, Crosley, and Brookstone)

Father's Day Gift Ideas Crosley Turntable Mantry Subscription Brookstone Wine Preserver L'OCCITANE Shaving Kit Rituals Samurai Gift Set
Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With under a week to go until Father’s Day, I thought I’d feature a few of my gift ideas for those that are left clueless and shopping last minute! Of course I had to include a few beauty-er…men’s grooming products, but dad’s have interests across the board.

If your dad likes to be well groomed (well, I’d hope so), both L’OCCITANE and Rituals have come out with great grooming sets for your #1 guy.

The L’OCCITANE Luxury Shaving Set ($140) is great for a clean shave, but they have other sets including fragrance, skincare and shaving as low as $21 to accommodate all budgets.

Rituals is becoming a brand that I love- and need to try more of. Their ayurvedic line includes innovative products for women and men. I chose the Samurai Rituals Gift Set ($45) because it features an array of shower, body, and shaving products specially developed for men, featuring a nice cologne scent. I love the foaming gel shower sensation that’s included- you’ll wish you had it too because it’s so neat!

Next, what dad doesn’t love music? Say goodbye to satellite radio and Spotify and reintroduce your dad to a blast from the past with a good ol’ Crosley Turntable. These are readily available on Amazon or at stores like Urban Outfitters and Best Buy, and they can get as low as $79.99. Scour a record store for some old vinyls of his favorite bands, and you have an amazing gift! Now try to convince me I don’t need an orange one for my new apartment…

If your dad is a foodie, skip the grill tongs and spatula and find him something a little more artisanal. Mantry is a curated food box that includes 6 full sized food products that are hand-picked with a monthly theme. Your last day to order & receive by father’s day is tomorrow, June 17th, so check it out now or give your dad an IOU. You can get 1 box for $85 shipped, or 3 months for $225 and 6 months for $450.

And last but not least, if your dad is a fan of alcohol- find something geared for his beverage of choice! Whether it’s whiskey “ice cubes”, a beer mug, or for wine guys, the Brookstone Automatic Wine Preserver– you can’t go wrong with something that’ll make his drinks better. The wine preserver is probably the best gift I’ve ever come up with for my dad- it makes wine last longer and taste better!

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