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Introducing Olive + M | Cleansing Oil Review

Last month, I planned on attending the Indie Beauty Expo in New York, but decided to jet back to Denver next week instead. Since the air is super dry in Colorado and everything from oils to butters are highly appreciated there, I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce a new Austin-based skincare brand, Olive + M. Plus, they'll be at the Indie Beauty Expo, too!

This olive oil-based skincare line consists of three products:

  • Body Oil Repair + Renew | Key ingredients: olive oil, avocado oil, cranberry seed oil, rice bran oil
  • Cleansing Oil Purify + Rejuvenate | Key ingredients: olive oil, castor oil, hemp seed oil, sunflower oil
  • Face Oil Renew + Repair | Key ingredients: olive oil, pomegranate seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, rosehip seed oil

How to Use

  1. Use a clean, warm wash cloth to open your pores -- apply a light compress for a few seconds
  2. Use the pump to dispense 3-4 drops of the Cleansing Oil to your fingertips, then gently massage all over your face
  3. Completely remove the excess oil with a warm wash cloth

It is recommended to follow with the Olive + M Face Oil

Benefits

If you wear a lot of makeup like me, cleansing oils are perfect for breaking down tough makeup as well as simply cleansing the skin. Sometimes I'll use a cleansing oil to remove makeup and then continue with my full normal routine which usually consists of a gel cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.

When Olive + M reached out for me to review the cleansing oil, I knew it was olive oil-based, but didn't realize the other natural ingredients! I'm a huge natural beauty brand fan and prefer ingredients that come from Mother Earth. Aside from olive oil, the Cleansing Oil includes castor oil, hemp seed oil, and sunflower oil. The purpose of a cleansing oil is to remove the dirty oils from the pores and replace them with the natural oils that are loaded with benefits.

  • Castor Oil creates younger, smoother skin and helps detoxify.
  • Hemp Seed Oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin.
  • Sunflower Oil gives the skin a healthy glow and is an antioxidant packed with vitamins.

Add the olive oil and they're a quadruple threat! And the ingredients list several more oils.

Price ($62.00)

For a cleansing oil, I think this is one of the most expensive I've seen...but as a smaller brand and looking at the full ingredients list, it could very well make sense. Of the three products, I think this is the only one that cost more than most on the market -- the face oil and body oil seemed to fit the average price. I would compare the price and ingredients to a cleansing oil like Tata Harper's.

After doing a bit of research, I found that most of the cheaper cleansing oils contained various alcohols and other non-pronounceable cosmetic ingredients. Therefore, you're paying for a fully natural product with Olive + M unlike other [inexpensive] brands. Every ingredient on Olive + M's lists are natural oils.

The great thing is that oils typically last for a LONG time so you wouldn't need to purchase often. I checked the packaging and the shelf life is 1 year; however, that doesn't necessarily mean the product will last that long. It really depends on your use.

Olive + M also sent their Body Oil and Face Oil for me to try.

Olive + M also sent their Body Oil and Face Oil for me to try.

One of the biggest questions I get for natural products is "what's stopping me from just creating my own?" I'll be 100% honest -- absolutely nothing. But let's face it...not very many of us have the time, patience, or skill to start mixing oils in the kitchen. Here's a brand that does it all for you! 

I'd love to see more products from the brand -- maybe something with hair since I have African-American natural hair -- or different collections focusing on specific ingredients.

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I received these products courtesy of Olive + M for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Benefit Brow Wax Experience | Ulta Beauty in Frisco

When I walked into the new Ulta Beauty in Frisco yesterday afternoon, I was greeted my several beautiful smiling faces and grand opening sale signs. Seriously, I thought maybe I'd reached the gates of Heaven. The store was perfectly merchandised and stocked with the latest of all things beauty.

Soon after introducing myself for my appointment, I was greeted by the manager and given a quick run-down of the store. Of course, I've been in many Ulta Beauty locations, but this one was huge and had every brand stocked that you could imagine...plus a few new ones I'd never seen before!

Array of Benefit products stocked at Ulta Beauty in Frisco, TX.

Sit down and relax at a Benefit service station while the pros beautify you.

Sit down and relax at a Benefit service station while the pros beautify you.

Ulta Beauty was so nice to invite me to check out the new store. Everyone was super hospitable and personable which I really, really appreciated. I chose to try Benefit's brow wax. It's been awhile since I've let anyone touch my eyebrows, so this was a first in a very long time! 

Benefit brow products that are used during the services offered.

If you've ever been to a full Benefit store (there's one in Dallas), the stations look just like these, so you get the same feel. Isn't the vintage mannequin head such a cute touch? 😘

My blogger friend, Stephanie Drenka, actually had her brow appointment right after mine! In the photo above, they're filling in her eyebrows before they wax the excess hair, or any hair outside of the lines. Our Benefit brow girl, Danielle, was amazing. Do y'all see her brows? So strong and ready for fall -- strong brows are in!

I liked that Benefit filled in the brows before waxing. It made me feel better knowing that there would be less room for error...because I think we've all encountered some type of hair traumarama. 

The store had a lot of things I'd never seen in an Ulta Beauty store before, too! 

  • Benefit gals can work on up to four clients at a time in their space. Honestly, I think it was one of the biggest and best.
  • There are Lancôme and Clinique counters at this Frisco location...which is pretty much unheard of. (Photos below)
  • NYX Cosmetics had a super cool end cap display JUST for brushes. If I've ever seen NYX brushes in an Ulta Beauty (which I don't think I have), they've never looked that fab! 😱
  • There's a FULL side of a gondola display with the full Anastasia Beverly Hills line -- liquid lippies, brow must-haves, and even a spot for the new Modern Renaissance palette 😍

All in all, the square footage at the new Frisco location is insane and big enough to house a larger assortment of products from a variety of brands that we all know and love. So if you're ever looking for new product when it launches, definitely keep this one on your radar! There are also several sweet grand opening deals that you can snag from now through this weekend.

I was invited to experience a complimentary salon service of my choice at this particular Ulta Beauty location. All opinions are my own.