As any traveler knows, whether you're embarking on a road trip through the deserts of California (like I am above!), are on a painfully long flight to Australia, or are even commuting on NYC's Metro North train, there are a few must-haves that keep you looking fresh and feeling glam (without taking up too much real estate in your purse). Here are the things I currently take with me everywhere I go in my faux-leather Honest Beauty Jetsetter Travel Makeup Bag.
In honor of my trip to Australia (and simply because I'm obsessed with all things Australian as of late), I decided to finally give Aussie-born and bred KORA Organics a try. Here are my first impressions and review on Miranda Kerr's collection after using her products for the entire 2 weeks I spent on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia...
When I turned 24, my skin went through quite a bit of change. While I have always had pretty clear skin, I have noticed that I need to do a bit more in my skincare routine for that baby-soft, youthful glow that once came so easily. I have tried about a million and one products, but here is the current routine that is really working for me.
As someone who is typically not too savvy or creative with my hair, I am always down for those criminally effortless, yet polished looks. After taking a little inspo from my fellow blogger, Marianna Hewitt's, Instagram post, I put my own little spin on the minimal look...
From fragrance to all-natural deodorant, here are the products I can't get enough of this Fall...
As a total coffee addict, skincare junkie, and Australia enthusiast, I truly can't believe it took me this long to try Frank Body products... But I'm seriously so glad I stumbled upon this all-natural, cruelty-free brand once again and finally made my first order. Here are my first impressions and review on these gorgeous products.
The moment I heard Kylie Cosmetics was creating a collection with Kim K (now available on KKW Beauty), I knew I had to have it - and as a nude lipstick lover (who happens to not be the biggest fan of drying matte formulas), this collection seemed to be simply made for me. Although I ordered these lippies as soon as they dropped, I never seemed to get around to reviewing them, so I figured it's better late than never to add my two cents...
On most days (especially with summer getting dangerously close), I turn to a no-fuss, au naturale makeup routine with products I can easily take with me on-the-go, enhancing my features with minimal effort.
Not all bedheads are created equal... some of us (*cough* Rosie Huntington-Whitely *cough*) seem to wake up with sultry, dissheveled hair, while others (like myself) wake up with their hair looking like a complete and utter mess.
Here's my go-to 'rock n roll' hair look that completely revives day 2 (or even day 3) bedhead tresses.
As someone with incredibly fair skin (I'm probably the palest Cuban/Italian you'll ever meet), I have an unbelievably difficult time finding the perfect sunless self-tanner. It is either too orange, too streaky, too smelly, too gradual, not gradual enough... the list goes on and on... But Josie Maran Cosmetics' Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Face and Body Oils are an absolute godsend.
While I love looking luminous and radiant all year long, New York in bloom makes me in the mood to amp up my highlighter game. From a natural sheen to an all-out glam, here are the highlighters I swear by.
You may love Kylie, or you may not be a fan - but either way, you know who the powerful, business-savvy youngest Jenner is. Her rebellious spirit has always intrigued me, and I would be lying if I didn't admit I most definitely keep up with the Kardashians (and Jenners). And yes, I am totally hooked on her impressive cosmetics range...
It's my 24th birthday!
As a little girl, I had always been a dancer, and still to this day, it's a dream of mine to learn how to dance ballet en pointe. This year for my birthday, I wanted desperately to see the ballet, and lucky for me, The Sleeping Beauty (one of my most favorite fairytales) was being performed at the NYC Ballet.
Although I have yet to visit France, I have always been intrigued by the way in which French women express their beauty. It is about being uniquely you - remaining natural and highlighting your most favorite features (whether that means choosing to let curly hair be beautifully free, or rocking unkempt brows).
When I stumbled across French Girl Organics on Etsy, I knew I had to try their collection and embrace an effortless take on beauty that is oh-so-Parisian...
As a complete and utter Honest Beauty loyalist, I was so happy to see a facial oil added to their range (especially since I have a serious addiction to oils).
Here are my thoughts on the new Everything Organic Facial Oil...
One of my New Years' resolutions is to spend more time caring for my skin. That means cleaner eating, drinking more water, allowing my skin to breathe with more makeup-free days, and spending more time each morning and night pampering and caring for my personal skin concerns.
Here is the routine that has been helping me stay ultra-hydrated and blemish-free this winter...
Kate Moss is a legend and muse whose influence will never die, and Rimmel London has always been one of my most trusted drugstore brands with quality formulas and perfect pricepoints.
Match made in heaven...
As soon as winter rolls around in New York, my hands get pretty dry and need a little extra loving. Though I have tried about a million hand creams that I liked, none have given me lasting results - until I picked up Burt's Bees' Almond & Milk Hand Cream.
When I discovered one of my fave nude lipsticks by MAC Cosmetics inspired a fragrance,
I nearly cried tears of joy.
My sweet Velvet Teddy, meet your new partner in crime, Velvet Teddy...
Anastasia Beverly Hills review + swatch: Stick Foundation, Brow Wiz, + Liquid Lipsticks in Crush + Rio
Although the Japanese brand MUJI 無印良品 is known for their minimalist yet chic aesthetic, I've come to learn that their skincare seriously packs a punch...
As you all are probably aware, I am in love with Manuka Doctor (check out my mini-haul and review I did not too long ago). Their company is deeply rooted in building women's (and men's) confidence by allowing skin to be at it's purest, and they source their manuka honey and purified bee venom without ever harming the bees. Not to mention, the products really do work.
Here is my review of the Drops of Crystal range.
If I thought I couldn't be more in love with their products, I was seriously mistaken...
"Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore..."
The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
"I have no further spells to work against you.
But what I shall devise and what I tell you
will be the same as if your need were mine.
Fairness is all I think of. There are hearts
made of cold iron - but my heart is kind."
The Odyssey by Homer, book V
Olivia Rose | 25