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My Face Oil Picks

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It wasn’t until recently that I looked into my skincare collection and realized that I clearly have a thing for face oils. Face oils (in fact, oils in general) are having a moment now which pleases me greatly. Nothing is better for my oily skin (yes, I said OILY skin) than face oils, cleansing oils, body oils….the more oil I put on my body, the less my body has to produce. Which in essence has me end up with a more normalized complexion. *throws confetti* So after reading my good friend, Danielle’s post on her face oil collection, I was inspired to write my own and share my thoughts on each. Many have similar textures and address similar concerns, but I still thought I would add my two cents in about each one.
1. Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Botanical Cell Oil – I love when I am introduced to a brand and before I know it, the line is taking over my collection. Each product I’ve tried from Goldfaden MD has been fantastic and currently I am using this eye cream and this cream in my morning skincare routine (and swear by this scrub), so when I heard they launched a new face oil, I had to try it! The formula is comprised of 100% pure active botanicals and feels wonderful on the skin. It has almost a watery-like oil texture that absorbs right into the skin leaving only a natural glow to the skin.
2. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – Sunday Riley is the queen of face oils – launching three popular ones in the past few years (Artemis, Juno and Isis). So when word got out that she was coming out with a new one….the anticipation began. Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a bit more of a workhouse than typical face oils since it has trans-retinol ester which provides strong anti-aging benefits. This oil is strong in its effectiveness, and I began seeing results with my appearance of pore size and overall tone within just a few nights. Over time, it targets fine lines, discoloration and damaged skin. I anticipate this will become a cult classic, if it isn’t already.

3. Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil – This is the first product that I’ve tried from the Colbert MD line and I’ve heard great things about this face oil. It contains both Retinol and Vitamin C ester which makes this an anti-aging powerhouse. Wrinkles and uneven skin tone are hit hard with this oil, but what I really love about it is the glow I get the morning after. I feel so radiant. It is definitely lighter in texture than many face oils I’ve tried, which really appeals to me and sinks in immediately upon application. 
4. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil – This is one of the first face oils I ever used and fell in love with, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I find this to be the driest of all my oils which is lovely in the warmer weather when I need the hydration but not the richness. And while many other face oils require only the smallest drop so as not to sit on top of my skin, I can use a bit more with this and not have any worry that it will be too much for my oily skin.
5. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex – One of the biggest selling points of Tata Harper’s products are her great ingredients. It’s a natural beauty line that still manages to be extremely effective. This oil has a thicker texture and more of a natural/essential oil scent which can be a turn-off for some, but not for me. Strong scents don’t bother me as long as the product works. Another feature of this oil that immediately caught my eye was the roller ball application which I didn’t think I would like, but surprisingly I did! It makes it easy to apply and I find that it helps me target certain areas that I want to treat more. I definitely prefer this formula in the colder weather, and find it really helps to soothe any irritated or sensitive skin that I have.
6. Sunday Riley Artemis Face Oil – Along with the Boscia Tsubaki Oil, Sunday Riley’s Artemis Oil was one of the first face oils that I used. What makes this one so unique especially for me was it’s ability to help clarify, purify and soothe the skin. I find this one is the most helpful in dealing with acne, congested skin and breakouts – and when my skin is extra oily due to hormonal changes, this oil really helps to balance it out. The scent has a strong herbaceous quality to it which could bother some people, but as I’ve said before, scent rarely bothers me. While many face oils don’t work well for me during the day, this is one of the few that I can use under makeup.
7. Kate Somerville Dilo Oil – There is almost no Kate Somerville product that I’ve tried and haven’t fallen instantly in love with after using. (I swear by this exfoliator, this peel, this moisturizer and this body cream) This Dilo Oil was no exception. The scent is pleasant and relaxing, and the oil does a wonderful job of helping replenish and restore my skin when it’s acting up or feeling a bit overly sensitive.
8. Sisley Black Rose Face Oil – This Sisley Black Rose Face Oil is truly the epitome of luxury. From the scent (floral but pleasant), to the texture (like liquid silk), to the feel on the skin (soft and nourishing) – this face oil is all around one of the best oils in my collection. While it has anti-aging benefits to help target fine lines and wrinkles, it also revitalizes the skin in a way that makes my skin look like its had a facial. The morning after using this oil I find that my skin looks rested, nourished, plump, radiant, renewed – I mean, I could go on and on but you get my drift. When my skin is at it’s worst (sunburned, flaky, dry, irritated), I reach for this first. After my recent trip to Costa Rica, I even went so far as to put a few drops on my sunburned shoulders to help replenish the moisture. I didn’t peel, nor flake and my skin healed so incredibly well. Now of course I don’t recommend taking a product this expensive and drenching it all over your body (you can but make sure you have a large credit limit – yowza), but it definitely showed me the true magic of this oil. Yes, I said magic. I have a flair for the dramatic, what can I say?
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New In And Loving: By Terry, S.W. Basics, NARS and Boscia

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Many of my posts have a theme, story or group similar products together, however sometimes I just love a whole slew of products and need to write about them. Hence these random posts with a jumbled bunch of products that I am loving and need others to know about. And that is still the number one reason I have a blog – because I just NEED to talk about the beauty products I enjoy. I can only call/text/email my girlfriends so many times about the same things before they are like “WE KNOW, MAREE!” Whoops. I guess I get a bit too over zealous. Anyhoo, back to my gushing….here is a look at a few products I have been enjoying a ton recently.
1. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte – I know it seems strange that I only bought one of the Audacious lipsticks, but there have been so many new lip launches that I knew I had to maintain some sort of self-control. As everyone has been saying, these lipsticks are truly gorgeous. Full coverage, easy to wear and incredibly long lasting. I naturally picked a peachy-nude-coral for my first one and it did not disappoint. The only thing that can be a tad bothersome on occasions is if my lips are too hydrated or exfoliated, it will not adhere to the inner part of my lips. I find this to be the case for many full coverage lipsticks so I often get around it by adding a few applications and then blending it in with my finger. It does the trick every time.
2. Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel and the Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask – This was part of a travel set that came with a mini Konjac sponge as well. I am already a fan of the Makeup-Breakup Cleansing oil and find this Tsubaki cleansing oil-gel to be even more hydrating. The sleeping mask is absolute heaven on the skin and great for those nights my skin needs a bit of extra moisture. This little travel set actually came with a mini konjac sponge as well and since I know I am already a fan of them, I packed it away for my next getaway. It is the perfect travel exfoliator without having to pack my Clinique cleansing brush.
3. S.W. Basics Exfoliant – Though I appreciate all natural or organic products, I don’t typically gravitate towards them. However, occasionally one comes along that I actually enjoy. This exfoliator from S.W. Basics is about as natural as you can get – oat flour, almond flour and sea salt. You can basically eat it! But what I enjoyed the most about this was how calm and soothed my skin was after each use. Typically exfoliators can make my skin bright and smooth, but slight redness often accompanies that for a few minutes after. Almost immediately as I rinsed this off, my skin looked so even, calm and relaxed. No redness! This will be a winter staple for me, I can already tell.
4. By Terry Cellularose Hydra-Toner -After having the best experience with the By Terry Cellularose Brightening Aqua-Balm, I had a feeling I was going to love the Cellularose toner. This entire line is one of the most hydrating and moisture filled lines I have ever used. It truly feels like my skin is being infused with water when using this toner, and as I have always said – hydration is one of the biggest keys to great skin. It keeps skin looking firm, plump, radiant and fresh. I have tried quite a few hydrating mists and toners over the years and I can confidently say this is in my top 3.

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