December GlossyBox Unboxing & Review | Video

December 2014 GlossyBox Review Unboxing NUXE Rituals Ciate Toni & Guy Bellapierre Cosmetics
December 2014 GlossyBox

Today I’m really excited to share the December GlossyBox with you guys! I’ve been receiving their monthly box for a few months, but since I was abroad, this is the first month I’ve actually been able to post about on time! I decided to live-unbox it in a YouTube video, so make sure to watch if you want to see my first impressions, and keep reading for my full reviews!

As you can see, I was very impressed with this box. Not only is it very relevant for the winter, it came with almost all full-sized products!

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Rituals Miracle Hand Scrub, Bellápierre Cosmetics Lipstick, Ciaté Mini Paint Pot, Nuxe Masque Crème Fraîche de Beauté, Toni & Guy Leave in Conditioner
  • Rituals Miracle Hand Scrub in Ginseng & Ginkgo Biloba (Full Size, $17): This scrub is packed with exfoliating granules and nourishing oils to soften skin by both sloughing off dead skin cells and moisturizing the skin. I know I get super dry hands in the winter- especially around my fingers, so hopefully this will do the trick!

    December 2014 GlossyBox Review Bellapierre Cosmetics Burlesque Lipstick Swatch
    Bellapierre Cosmetics Burlesque Lipstick Swatch
  • Bellápiere Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Burlesque (Full Size, $19.99): I’m a big lipstick person, but I was surprised that this was a fuchsia shade instead of a classic holiday red. But, I’m glad that Glossybox strayed from the norm because this color is gorgeous & I love the formula!
  • Ciaté Mini Paint Pot in All Aglow ($10): Everyone loves some sparkle during the holidays, and this gold and copper glitter topcoat is the perfect accent to your nails all year round.
  • NUXE Masque Crème Fraîche de Beauté (Full Size, $32): Masks are fun for everyone, but it’s hard to find a moisturizing mask for the winter. This mask is full of moisturizing ingredients, you don’t even have to wash it off! It contains plant milks and aloe vera scent, with a gorgeous orange blossom scent that I’m addicted to!
  • Toni & Guy Leave In Conditioner (Full Size, $16.99): Leave in conditioner is a great product to use in the winter since your hair can get extra dry at the ends, especially when you combine that with using heat tools! I have short hair now, so I won’t get a ton of use out of this, but I’m going to give it to my sister who has really long hair and will get more use out of it.

Overall I really loved this month’s box. This box was over $95 in value, but the box is only $21 a month! Great deal, right?

Also, if you caught the end of the video, I mentioned Bobbi Brown’s Beauty Emergency Kit which is $53 for $89 worth of product- another great deal if you want to try out Bobbi Brown! I’ll be reviewing the kit soon, but just wanted to give you the heads up today!

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Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron Review

Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron Review
Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron

I’m sure you’ve heard of flat irons, curling irons and wands, wavers, and maybe even crimpers. But have you heard of a hair volumizing iron? Voloom is a revolutionary product- an iron that volumizes your hair- no product and no teasing required. If you have fine/thin hair, flat hair, or just love some volume, you’re going to want to see this!

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Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron

The Voloom iron has waffle-iron like plates that are ceramic coated and use ionic technology. Instead of pulling the iron through your hair like you would with a flat iron, Voloom should be clamped on your hair for 1 second. The “waffle” plates create what Voloom calls “volume pockets”  that lift your hair up, without the damage of teasing.

To use the Voloom, you simply section your hair off using the sectioning brush and clips provided, leaving the top layer of hair alone to cover the “volume pockets” after using the iron. I’d highly suggest watching their how to video and reading the manual before using it for the first time. You can treat your hair 2-3 times using the 1 second clamping, and it’s suggested to only use the Voloom on hair from the cheekbones and up. You can also use different temperatures for different hair types. For fine or damaged hair, stick with 320-350, normal hair (mine) 350-370, and for coarse hair, 370-390. I loved the digital LED display because it was super easy to use and the iron heated up quickly, as I could see what temperature it was.

Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron Review After
Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron (After)

It is really important to section your hair off correctly, or else some of the textured hair will either show through or not be covered at all, as shown by the photo above. It was definitely a little difficult for me to use this iron because I am not the most hair-savvy beauty blogger on the block, by any means!

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Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron (After)

Regardless, I still got some nice Voloom-inized hair after a bit of a learning curve. I only did one section on each side of my head, and clamped 3 times to get these results. It’s more natural, but still voluminous. The before and afters on their website are a LOT more dramatic, and I can’t say I’d actually wear my hair like that- but it shows how much Voloom really works.

The Voloom Volumizing Iron retails for $129.99 and comes with the sectioning brush, 3 sectioning clips, and heatproof mat/case as pictured above. Although it’s not a product I typically would have bought since I’m not a hair kinda gal, I think the value is great for someone who really needs to amp up the volume!

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France, Switzerland, and Italy Beauty Haul | Video

In the last few weeks I picked up a lot of beauty products in all of the countries I visited. So, since I was busy with traveling and finals, I decided to wait until I came home to film a haul! So, come join the party and see what I got, no spoilers here! :)

PS: So sorry for the bad lighting & coloring in this video. I pre filmed this and then bought new lightbulbs after editing it since I wasn’t satisfied with how it looks! But, hopefully you will like how my future videos will look, because it will be a vast improvement!

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliator Review

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliator Review
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliator

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($52) is a rice-based powder exfoliant that turns into a scrubby paste once water is added. I first tried this product out last year and featured it in my 5 Skincare Favorites, so it was great to be able to use it again.

Gentle, daily use exfoliating powder for all skin conditions. Unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter.

 

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliator

I love this exfoliator because it makes my skin super soft without irritating it whatsoever. My favorite way to use it is to mix it with my liquid face cleanser to make an exfoliating cleanser. It also takes time out of your nightly skincare routine! You only need a half-teaspoon sized amount for your entire face. Once it comes into contact with water, it turns into a milky paste that isn’t harsh whatsoever, thanks to the colloidal oatmeal inside of it, which is a great skin soothing ingredient. Fall & Winter are the perfect seasons to pick this product up, as it’s time to slough off dead skin cells and let your bright & smooth skin shine through!

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5 Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $20, For The Girl That Has Everything

 

Holiday Stocking Stuffers Breakups To Makeup Compact, BeautyBlender Micro, MyNCLA Nail Wraps, Sugarfina Sugar Lips, FullLips Lip Plumping Device

Christmas is coming right around the corner, and it’s difficult to find the perfect small gift for your favorite beauty lover. Whether it’s your best friend, sister, daughter, or coworker- if they love beauty, they are bound to love these gifts that are both thoughtful and won’t break the bank!

1. A Cute Compact: Something I realized about myself recently was that when I need a mirror, I never have one. I usually wind up bringing a powder compact in my bag, if I have the room. I got this adorable compact from Breakups To Makeup ($10), and it’s perfect for a beauty enthusiast. At the time of posting it’s sold out, but there are plenty of other cute and affordable gifts on their shop.

2. Baby Blender: The beautyblender has become a cult-favorite foundation applicator, that even I can’t live without. They recently launched the beautyblender micro.mini ($17.95 for 2), a pint-sized version specifically for small areas like the under eyes, contouring, and highlighting.

3. Custom Nail Wraps: Here’s one I really love and have been dying to try myself. MyNCLA ($19 for wraps) is a free app that NCLA created for users to create and purchase their own nail wraps with whatever design they want! Just upload a photo and go from there. Whether it’s a design you like, a photo you took, or even a photo of someone you love, these wraps make a super unique gift! Either create the wraps yourself, or let the receiver create their own during the holiday!

4. Lip Plumping Device: The whole Kylie Jenner lip look has seriously blown up the internet the past few months, and isn’t going anywhere. Although you can get that look with lip liner, there are these crazy suction cup devices that really plump your lips, albeit temporarily. I spotted the Fullips Lip Enhancer ($19.99) and thought it would be perfect for a beauty lover to experiment with.

5. A Sweet Treat: It wouldn’t be a stocking without some candy! I featured Sugarfina Sugar Lips ($7-$18) as a Valentine’s Day gift, originally, but they’re great for Christmas too. If you plan on spending a little bit more, shop around for the perfect new lipstick and package them together! Not only do these candies look adorable, they taste delicious too. And, they are gelatin-free for Vegan beauty lovers too!

Hope this inspired your gift giving this season, which one would you love to receive? Let me know in the comments what kind of gifts you plan on giving to the beauty lover in your life!

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