I know the gals at Makeup Wars already did a list of their favorite oils, but I was on the road and unable to participate, so I thought since I have a tiny bit of free time, I tell you about some of my favorite oils.
I think it is well known that I have oily skin. So why would I even LIKE oil? Well, did ever hear the phrase, "Fight fire with fire"? Well sometimes you have to fight oil WITH oil!
So let's start with the one that makes the most difference in my skin care routine:
Obviously I have talked a lot about cleansing oils, but the one from Boscia is my favorite out of all the ones I have tried. It dissolves even the most long wearing makeup in seconds and leaves my skin makeup free for my deep cleansing routine. You can read more about it HERE. Plus for only $26 it's a good bargain compared to a lot of other oils on the market.
Another Oil I have used on my face is the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. This oil acts as a natural astringent for oily or combination skin. The blend of rosewood, geranium and lotus extracts help to purify and refine the skin texture. Now Clarins makes the claim that it tightens pores. but I'll let you in on a little secret. Pores cannot be tightened, opened or closed. They are the size they are by genetics. Now I will say that pores can APPEAR larger or smaller depending on how much "gunk" (That the scientific term) is in them. The less gunk the small the pore appears. So with a few essential extracts in the Clarins Lotus Oil that help refine (Fancy word for remove impurities and/or exfoliate) the skin, after long term use you too may see the size of your pores appear smaller. But that's not why I love this stuff. I love the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil because it actually helps regulate how much oil my own skin produces. The longer I use the Clarins the less natural oil my face spews forth. WIN WIN!
This is an oil for your body. It is loaded with antioxidants from the grape seed oil and smells like a floral haven. I like to use this oil spray as soon as I get out of the shower. I combines with the water on my skin and makes it easier to spread and easier to moisturize all over. I also find I use less of it this way. I also spray a teeny bit on my cuticles at night and work whatever is left over I might put into the ends of my dry hair or work into my hands. It just depends. Either way the entire thing smells AMAZING. It's roses and grapefruit and pink pepper and cedar and vanilla and musk...all wrapped up into a neat little bow. I'll let you in on a little secret. I buy the travel size (0.5 oz) because I use so little of it and it lasts a long time. it's only $9 and that's not too much to spend when I'm as fickle as I am about product.
Of course I cannot ignore my hair. The Leonor Greyl PARIS 'Huile de Palme' Pre-Shampoo Beautifying Oil is my all time favorite oil for the hair. I use it BEFORE shampooing as a deep conditioner like treatment. Aside from the fragrance being astounding the results are superb. Hair like spun silk and fragrances with white flowers...I feel like a princess every time I use it. Read More HERE! The oil washes out of the hair with ease and no greasy residue is left. It detangles, restores life to dry brittle hair and protects hair too. This wonder-oil is a long time fave. A little goes a long way, but I am nearing the end of my second bottle so it's time to pick up some more before winter arrives.
My other hair oil treatment is from Luxury Lane Soap and it's called the Deep Moisture Hair Treatment Elixir. Anything called an elixir get's my attention. It just sounds cool. Well aside from sounding cool this Deep Moisture Hair Treatment elixir actually does COOL stuff to my hair. Glossy, shiny, smooth luminous hair is just three drops of oil away! I add it to semi damp hair to style and sometimes to dry hair to smooth. No matter how I use it, my hair never looks greasy or frizzy thanks to this stuff! Read more HERE. The little dropper on top makes it easy to dispense and it too smells divine! Plus at $24.95 for a large 1 oz bottle It takes a while to work my way through it. A little goes a long way!
Last but certainly not least I have Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. OK. The name is a misnomer as there are no actual apricots or apricot seed oils in this product. Actually it's cotton seed and soybean oil. essie added in Vitamin A and E to mimic the benefits of apricots but...well it's not really apricot oil. So why do I like it so much? Well it smells amazing. it is easy to apply after and between manicures, oh and IT WORKS. My cuticles have never looked better. They are healthy and hydrated and my nails grow faster when the skin around my nails is healthy. Essie took me from "Crime Scene Cuticles" to "Pageant Cuticles" in a few short weeks. I was diligent about application and always followed up with lotion working the lotion/oil mixture into the skin around my nails. Plus at $8 a bottle I found myself using the essie oil a lot longer than I thought it would last. Another WIN WIN!
So that's all the oily talk I have for your today. I would love to hear about some of your favorite oils and how you use them. Please let me know in the comments section. Who knows. Perhaps you will inspire me to try some new products.
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