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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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review | Video

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Jewelry Paddywax Candle Goodbyn Mason Jar Cookie Company Lollia Shower Gel Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box is one of my favorite boxes to look at reviews of, because I love how they curate a box that covers beauty, fashion, and lifestyle that is well worth the $39.95 price tag. Although I wouldn’t splurge out on it monthly (broke college student, much?), it is such a lovely gift to give yourself every once in a while! As I’m a part of PopSugar’s Select Beauty Bloggers, I was sent a box this month- perfect timing as it was my birthday month! Let’s take a peek inside:

As you can see in the video, the 6 items (plus a bonus item) totaled a whopping $124 value! That’s over 3 times what the box costs- amazing, right? In the video I share my initial reactions, but keep reading for my full reviews & additional photos!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat's Eye

Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye

  •  Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye ($50)- I sneaked a peek at Allison Anderson’s unboxing blog post and saw she got a pair of earrings from this brand, which weren’t my style (I don’t even wear earrings), so I was pleasantly surprised with this dainty little necklace. It didn’t fit my neck, so I needed to use an extender, but it is a beauty! It’s so simple and elegant.
  • Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle ($10)- I always see them include candles in these boxes, so I was so pleased to get one this time around! Waiting to burn this until I get back from Europe, but it smells lovely. It is a fresh smelling, but not what I was expecting! It smells a bit floral to me. Would love to try more from this brand, so glad to have the option to with this box!
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookies

The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate! Cookies

  •  The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookie Mix ($12)- I was elated to find a baking related item in the box, because I am an avid baker! If I wasn’t in the beauty industry, I’d probably be a pastry chef. I had a bit of sticker-shock with the price of this mix, so I doubt I’d buy it again, but the mason jar packaging is adorable and the mix was so easy to make. Plus, the cookies are delish!
  • Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set ($8)- This mini meal box is perfect for people who go to school or work and want to bring along a snack to save money. I could see this housing peanut butter, hummus, or any other dip with the fruit, vegetable, or dipper of your choosing! Not sure if I’ll get much use out of it, as I always tend to buy lunch and snacks on the go, or buy prepackaged food.
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Popsugar Pink Swatch

Bite Beauty Popsugar Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Swatch

  • Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss ($22)- I was so excited to see Bite Beauty in this box, because I have always wanted to try more products from their brand, especially after using their Agave Lip Mask I reviewed a while back. I’m not a huge gloss gal, but I loved the fruity scent and the sheer pink that adds the most subtle tint. You can’t find this shade, as it was an exclusive PopSugar pink- how cool is that! It’s a bit sticky, but it’s manageable because it gives the glossiest look ever!
  • Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel ($22)- Another beauty product, yay! I have never heard of this brand, but the packaging is too cute. The shower gel seemed very liquidy and has a pretty strong scent. It is supposed to smell floral, but, to me, it reminds me of baby body wash. Would never buy such a pricy body wash, I swear by Caress and go through it like water!
  • thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar- this was a free “special extra,” which I wasn’t nuts about. I really just don’t care for these type of bars!

Overall I really thought this box was impressive. Way more so than the last box I received almost a year ago. Such great brands featured! I like mixing it up from beauty-exclusive subscription boxes because I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime.

Want your own Must Have Box? Save $10 on a 3 month subscription with code AUG14SELECT until 9/10/14!

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**This post contains products that I have received for free. POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

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