Skin Care: Facial Oils

11.30.2012

How have I basically lived 23 years before discovering the benefits of oils in my hair and on my skin?

Well, oily and frizzy.. that's how.

The grouping of the word "oil" with skin or hair generally carries a negative connotation (think: greasy), but I've been experimenting with all sorts of hair oils in the past year with amazing results. After success with taming my lion's mane, I began dabbling into the world of facial oils during a period of volcanic skin and have been pleasantly surprised with the results as well. My skin has been rather tumultuous in the recent months, for reasons unknown but often speculated. Perhaps it's a detoxification due to my improved diet and daily green juice? Perhaps my hormones are a whack? Perhaps I touch my skin too much? Or maybe all my makeup testing is pissing my chin off? Who knows.

I've always thought the last thing my oily skin needed was MORE oil, but alas... not the case. OIL. ME. UP... but not in that two girls in a bikini and kiddie pool ready to wrestle while creepy frat-ish guys film it it on their iPhones kind of way. Natural oils (NOT mineral oil!) actually nourish skin and can help curb oil production. And while the jury is still out in the long run, adding facial oils to my morning and evening skin care routine may just be my saving grace? I can't say they are saving my chin situation just yet (I honestly think that needs to be credited to the Candida Cleanse I've been doing for the past few weeks -- more to come on that later), but the rest of my skin is looking more radiant and feels amazing!


I've started using the tiniest bit (just a drop or two) of Dr. Hauschka's Normalizing Day Oil ($42.95 for 1 fl oz) before my morning moisturizer and I really love the feeling of it has on my skin. It leaves my face feeling plump and baby soft after soaking in, something I was definitely lacking before -- perhaps my skin is oily AND dehydrated?? I caution you against over application because I found it does take a hot minute to sink in (par for the course with any oil, really). According to their site, the Normalizing Day Oil contains "Plant extracts [which] blend with plant oils to balance excessive oiliness, diminish the appearance of pores and visibly reduce blemishes. Provides protective, fortifying benefits to mature skin." It has a lot of negative reviews on MakeupAlley, which surprised me, so do your research before you explore this oil (go get a sample at Whole Foods!). Jury is still out whether this is my permanent day oil.

Since I use the Dr. Hauschka during the day, I use my Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($14.00 for .5 fl oz) during my evening skin care routine. According to their site, "this legendary, lightweight oil, grown organically in Morocco, is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Use it as a fast absorbing daily moisturizer, or to heal and condition everything from cuticles to split ends." It's not a night oil specifically, I just use it then -- feel free to use it anytime (and anywhere on your body!). My words ain't scripture, y'all. I don't use it every single night, as there are nights when I do different AHA or BHA treatments to my skin, but I really, really love this oil. Pretty much a ditto on everything I said about the Dr. H oil -- this leaves my face feeling soft, plump, and hydrated. Without a doubt, this is the best 100-point perk I've received from Sephora!

Are you a recent disciple to the Church of Oil? Tell me your favorites in the comments!

What I Wore: 11.9.12

11.28.2012

When I walked around the Topshop section at Nordstroms in this vest Ryan BEGGED me not to buy it. 
Obviously, I did not listen. BALLIN'
(I'm a little faux fur obsessed at the moment.)


Faux Fur Vest: Topshop "Tassle Hem Faux Fur Gilet"
Shirt: Zara
Boots: ALDO

To Note Regarding Topshop Leigh Jeans for American Shoppers: 
Overall, I find Topshop's sizing to run very small. Size up 2 or 3 sizes sometimes! 
The black Leighs run either true to size or a little big whereas all the other colors run SMALL as f*%! 
A black pair in 26 is WAY bigger than a indigo/maroon/green pair in 26, so keep that in mind.

Cyber Monday Coupon Code: 30% off ASOS

11.26.2012

Okay, last stop on the Cyber Monday train.. ASOS
They are running a 30% off the entire website promo for Cyber Monday. Love. it.


Save While Shopping: Up to $200 off Bloomingdale's

Big savings at Bloomingdale's right now! And... some very fun graphic design :)


Cyber Monday Coupon Code: Up to $250 off Revolve Clothing

Revolve is a great place to shop online -- much akin to Shopbop in terms of stock and pricing. 
 I'm very curious whether this excludes designer bags since the email made no mention of exclusions!!
Gotta love Cyber Monday! Hey, A/S/L... oh wait.. not that kind of cyber.


OPI - Chapel of Love

11.25.2012

I'll just say what you're thinking: What the hell am I doing wearing this bright pink color in the dead of fall? Well... I, being the lazy sort, didn't want to get my ass off the couch during a particularly heated Hurricane Sandy Homeland marathon (Carrie. drives. me. nuts.) and asked Ryan, who was on his way upstairs, to bring down any random polish from my drawer so I could paint my nails. He came back down a few minutes later looking especially proud and explained he had just found me a really good "fall/halloween color." He handed OPI's Chapel of Love over and I spent a good 5 seconds staring blankly, thinking this kid has to be fucking with me because this is the least fall/halloween-ish color I've ever seen. Our whole relationship flashed before my eyes and I decided he's either 1). totally stupid or 2). night blind because turns out he thought it was orange (in the dark, mind you). Whatever! I put it on and continued to watch Carrie's cringeworthy Brody stalking. SAULLL!!!

Now this color just really isn't for me. Throughout my "beauty journey" I've become more discerning -- I used to say, "F*$% it! I'll wear any color on my nails," and now, I say, "F%$& pink! I just don't love it." Sigh, I guess that's what people must mean when they talk about finding yourself... ;) Facts of the matter are that it simply doesn't look good with my skin color (my hands get quite red when cold or hot) and it tends to clash any and all of my outfits. I often find myself cringing when I look down at my nails when wearing this. It wore alright and everything was fine with it as a polish; but I think I'm just over pink nail polish (though I still have some love for bright/neon fuchsias I think?). Funny enough, I was actually highly complimented by one of the girls I was at the bar with over this color, so the next time I see her she will be happy to see a little present in my hands for her. Tis the season.


Coupon Code: 10% off FeelUnique.com

11.24.2012

FeelUnique was a site I discovered through UK beauty bloggers/vloggers. It boasts a huge selection of products that are often not sold in the US (I recently purchased some Emma Hardie cleansing balm from there) and... dun dun dun... FREE, that's right, FREE worldwide delivery. Always free. Gotta love it. Keep in mind if purchasing items also sold in the US it's not always the best deals for Americans due to £ to $US conversion rates, but nevertheless it's best if the item isn't sold in the US! 

Use code "GIFT10" for 10% off your order before the sale ends!


Coupon Code: 20% off Piperlime

11.22.2012

Piperlime is a one of my very favorite online stores to shop with -- it's got a great selection of clothes,
at prices ranging from affordable to splurgeworthy, just like most major department stores... 
BUT, unlike Nordstrom, they have big online sales ALL THE TIME! 

For the next few days code "ME" will get you 20% off the entire store!


Coupon Code: Up to 35% off Shopbop

11.20.2012

HUGE sale going on on Shopbop right now!
Use code "BIGEVENT12" for BIG savings -- and they don't excluded Alexander Wang Roccos and other designer bags!!

Based on reaching certain price points -- with the lowest being $250 and highest $1,500 --
you will gradually earn higher percentages off your purchase!

If only I had cash money to spend... I'm being VERY good and not spending a dime this time!

 

What I Wore: 11.5.12

11.19.2012

FACE: Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer in Agent 00 and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Tender Rose // NARS Lipstick in Schiap (8.26.12)

11.17.2012

What I Wore: 10.19.12

11.15.2012


Sweater: Cotton On
Shirt: Gap
Necklace: Topshop

Essie - Power Clutch

11.13.2012

Essie's Power Clutch was a neglected polish -- purchased months ago and sadly collecting dust in the mess that I call my nail polish drawer. Essentially, it's a nice guy polish... one you always overlook until you realize your mistake. So here is where I apologize for always calling this polish to talk about how awful the other polishes were to me and always going for the brightest football playing polish with great hair and muscle tone... or something like that... yeah.... bygones. With the weather chilling, I am slowly shifting towards wearing dark and dreary colors and I find myself being unsatisfied with any outfit that isn't at least 75% black. The same stands for my nails and the last thing I want right now are bright, poppy nails. Gimme deep purples, bloody reds, and neutral tones please!


I really fell in love with this polish in the week (yup, no chips for a week!) that I wore it. The lasting power was impressive and the color, as well -- it adapted to any outfit I wore. Gotta love a chameleon polish. I especially loved how it changed colors depending on the lighting -- a deep, army/cement green in bright light and almost black in a low light. I recommend it, Chelsea approved!

Have you tried this polish?

What I Wore: 10.18.12

11.11.2012

Monthly Beauty Favorites: October 2012

11.09.2012

Loose Fit V-Neck T-Shirts

11.07.2012

I have been meaning to purchase American Apparel V-necks for a while, but never got around to it due to the steep price. Dat shit expensive. Recently I was at Target with my mom and picked up a couple of these "Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Short Sleeve Pocket Vee Tees," also know as the Boyfriend Tee. I got a few in size medium and my mom did too -- though she thought she looked manly in them and hated em. I, on the other hand, was absolutely in love and overjoyed at finally finding the perfect long, cheap, and comfy V-neck. I assure you, ignore how the model looks in them on the website -- that is not how they look on me.

Coming in at a truly Amazonian height of 5'4, tut tut, a size M hits nice and loose at the perfect area of my legs. You know, that special point where the shirt covers up just the right part of my upper thigh and hips to make my legs look long and thin (especially when wearing a heel on the bottom -- naturally I'm opting for suede booties at the moment... I'm a girl obsessed.). It's also that perfect loose fit where I can tuck them into the front of my pant and have a little slouchy, casual action going on. Have I mentioned the best part about these shirts? They are currently $8 dollars. HELLO!

Save While Spending: 20% Off Beauty.com

11.06.2012

Lots of goodies (NARS!) are highly discounted on Beauty.com through Friday! :D
No code needed -- but click-thru on the link above is needed (boo! no ebates!).


Coupon Code: 20% off Bloomingdale's

11.05.2012

Friends and Family sales are still happening!? Get 20% off Bloomingdale's with code HOLIDAY20 or HOLIDAYFF!


What I Wore: 10.17.12

11.04.2012

A little mirror/instagram action in the dressing room of my home away from home, Zara.


Top: H&M
Jeans: BDG from Urban Outfitters
Bag (not pictured): Topshop

NEW IN: Alexander Wang, Zara, Topshop, American Apparel, Nordstrom, etc...

11.02.2012

I think the image says it all... :)



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