L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution Review

L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Water Solution Review

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Water Solution

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.

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Pupa Milano Lasting Color Gel Glassy Effect Nail Polish in Amber Shine Review

PUPA Milano Lasting Color Gel Glassy Effect Nail Polish 047 Amber Shine Review

Pupa Milano Nail Polish in Amber Shine


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!

PUPA Milano Lasting Color Gel Glassy Effect Nail Polish 047 Amber Shine Review Swatch

Pupa Milano Nail Polish in Amber Shine Swatch

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!

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Italian Beauty Haul: Kiko Cosmetics | Video

Kiko Cosmetics Italian Makeup Haul Invisible Powder Brow Marker Concealer Water Eyeshadow Nail Polish Lip Liner

KIKO Cosmetics Haul

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:

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!

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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!
September Harper's Bazaar GlossyBox Review

September Harper’s Bazaar GlossyBox Review

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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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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