Beauty Review: #Olay28Day Challenge

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For the past 28 days, I have been taking on a skincare challenge with one of my favorite – and OG!- brands, Olay. In today’s post, I’ll be reviewing each of the two products that I’ve been testing and sharing my experience with using them. Thank you to @Olay for sponsoring this blog post, and allowing me to work with them on the #Olay28Day Challenge!

20171011_111607The first product I’ve been testing is the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF. I am big fan of moisturizer, and this is a skincare step I never skip. This is a great moisturizer to use in the morning, as it does contain sunscreen and protecting skin is definitely key. I enjoyed that while this does contain sunscreen, it doesn’t smell, feel or apply like a sunscreen. Some moisturizers I’ve tried in the past that contain SPF are hard to blend on the face, feel too thick, and also have a heavy fragrance. I liked the easy to use pump, plus the instant hydration after using without a greasy look or feeling. This anti-aging moisturizer has been a fabulous addition to my skincare routine, and I will continually use each morning and would recommend.

20171011_111645The second product I have been testing became an instant favorite of mine. Another item I don’t skip in my skincare routine is some sort of eye cream. When I was researching the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel, I was immediately drawn to the words hyaluronic acid. This is an ingredient that I’m always trying to work into my skincare, so I instantly got excited to see that. I love the cooling effect of the eye gel and it’s packed with ingredients such as peptides and cucumber extract to instantly revive the under eye area and provide hydration. I use this both morning and evening, and a little goes a long way, making this a great value. I love instant gratification, and I get that with this product, in both a lift in the under eye area and how it makes the skin feel.

Overall, I have been extremely happy with both of these products, and will continue my daily use even after my 28 Day challenge has come to an end. They are both easy to use and have a travel convenience factor, which is important to me. A good skincare routine is crucial, and I love that Olay can simplify my routine but keep is so effective.  I encourage you to take the 28 Day challenge so you can see the results for yourself! To make it easy, you can visit the Olay Skin Advisor to help find out what regimen and products are right for you. The best part is that Olay is easily accessible, can be found at local drugstores, and has an affordable price point.  You can find more information here: http://spr.ly/336429Advisor

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Mega Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway!

blogopToday I’ve joined up with 34 other beauty bloggers to do a Mega Beauty Blog Hop GIVEAWAY! If you are unfamiliar what a blog hop is, it’s pretty simple. Each lady in the hop is giving away something beauty related. All of the prizes are from cruelty-free brands. You can click through from one blog to another, entering the giveaways as you go. I recommend that you keep track of your entries by paying attention to the numbered list. You do not need to enter all in a single sitting. Come back and complete all entries by October 31st.

You can enter 1, 10, 20 etc. or all of the individual giveaways that are linked below. If you enter all 35 of these individual giveaways, then you’ll be eligible to enter to win the grand prize of $350 Paypal Cash. Think of the things you could buy with that!

The Grand Prize entry form is on every one of the participating blogs, so you only need to enter once at the blog that you end on. All entries will be verified once the giveaway is over, so please give us a few days to announce the winners. Make sure you follow ALL the rules of each giveaway so you won’t be disqualified! This blog hop giveaway will run for 2 weeks, ending on October 31st at 11:59pm EST and is open to all.

In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!

Ready to start hopping? Well, first things first — you’ve gotta enter my giveaway!

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I am giving away 2 Sigma Beauty brush sets! The Spot-On Concealer set includes the F63, F64, F66, F68, F69 and F71 and The Perfect Blend kit includes the E32, E37, E38, E39, E48, and E71. Enter via the generator below, and one random winner will be chosen at the end of the blog hop. The only mandatory entry is to subscribe to my Youtube channel and the others are bonus entries for extra points! After you enter, keep hopping to see all the other prizes and enter to win the main prize after you have entered them all!  You do not have to enter all in one sitting, feel free to come back here or another blog to keep hopping. Good luck!

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  1. Makeup Obsessed Mom
  2. Notes from My Dressing Table
  3. Thefabzilla
  4. The Feminine Files
  5. Beauty and Fashion Tech
  6. Portrait of Mai
  7. Realizing Beauty
  8. Style, Decor & More
  9. NorahLovesMakeup
  10. I Like to Talk A Lot
  11. My Beauty Bunny
  12. Beauty Info Zone
  13. Collective Beauty
  14. Geniabeme
  15. Phyrra
  16. The Plastic Diaries
  17. Ahleessa 4 Realz
  18. HashtagFabLife
  19. My Highest Self
  20. Polarbelle
  21. Just Tiki
  22. Brighter, Darling
  23. Haus of Hounds
  24. XO, Noelle
  25. Kate Loves Makeup
  26. ColorSutraa
  27. The Daily Nail
  28. Glam and Uncensored
  29. Keely’s Nails
  30. From My Vanity
  31. Beaumiroir
  32. We Heart This
  33. Prime Beauty
  34. Chick Lit Plus
  35. PolishGalore

And now for the GRAND PRIZE entry!! Do not enter until you have completed ALL 35 beauty blogger giveaways. All entries will be verified. Good Luck!

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Online Writer Workshop! Join Now!

LETS WRITEOnline Writing Workshop – Beginner/Fiction

I am so excited to announce that I will be offering online writer workshops starting this summer! This is about four years in the making, and I am so thrilled to be doing this. The first course I will be doing is focused on beginners and fiction writing – how to start writing a novel, tips and tricks during the writing process, character development, etc, but at the end we will also discuss what happens after you are finished with your manuscript and post-publishing advice. Workshops will consist of weekly Google Hangout sessions with me and fellow course takers, plus email assistance and course assignments, and post-publishing assistance. Course will be limited to 10 participants. Please keep reading for full details, dates and to sign up!

Course Details – Fiction Writing Workshop

Start Date: Monday, July 10. First live Google Hangout with Samantha will be scheduled for 7p CST. Each Google Hangout will be for one hour.

End Date: Final Google Hangout will be Monday, July 31 at 7p PST. Participants are expected to attend at least three of the four Google Hangout sessions, but that is not a requirement.

July 10 schedule: Introductions & expectations. Manuscript prep – plotting, word count goals, how to find your genre and writing style.

Assignment: Three main plot points, two character interviews.

July 17 schedule: Questions on week 1 assignment, character development, writers block, setting and scenery, dialogue.

Assignment: Write 500-1,000 words for your story. Samantha will provide feedback.

July 24 schedule: Assignment questions. Manuscript completion discussion: when and how to find an editor, how to find a proofreader, should you use a beta reader. Understanding feedback.

Assignment: For those comfortable, beta read and provide feedback to a fellow course participant. If you do not feel comfortable, write another 500-1000 words for Samantha to review!

July 31 schedule: Post-publishing discussion: finding an agent or publisher versus self-publishing. Understanding how to publish an eBook and a print book. How to create a marketing plan. How to utilize social media.

Assignment: Keep writing!

In addition to the Google Hangout every week, included with the workshop is a one-on-one Google Hangout with Samantha. These must be scheduled in advance and will run for thirty minutes. Samantha will also provide weekly course emails, outlining class discussions, questions, and advice. Discounts on future pop-up workshops will be provided, and discounts on editing and marketing services with Chick Lit Plus will be offered to course participants.

Cost: $50

This is a non-refundable fee so please be serious about this journey and ready to write when you sign up! Dates and times are subject to change.

Sign up will close July 3 and welcome email will be sent that week to all participants!

Untitled design (2)About Samantha

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the the book blog Chick Lit Plus, focusing on book reviews and author features. She currently has five published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A Questionable Friendship, Up To I Do and Defining Her, and one holiday novella, The Christmas Surprise, with her sixth novel due out in fall of 2017. Samantha created CLP Blog Tours in 2012 and has run over 500 online blog tours for authors, in addition to other book marketing services and also editing and proofreading services. You can also find Samantha on Youtube and Instagram as a beauty influencer, with a combined following of over 40,000 followers.