Face Oil Reviews Part 1

Face oils are a skincare staple of mine, of course :)

In one of my previous Sunday Tips, I have extolled the virtues of using oils, so I shall now present to you some of the face oils which I own and have tried. There’s also supposed to be Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil, Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil and Melvita Argan Oil in the photo, but I’ve forgotten where I put the bottles already :P

A lot of people will cringe at the mention of “oil”, particularly those with oily and/or blemished skin, but apparently certain types of oils are good for reducing the bad bacteria that causes acne and pimples and to also regulate sebum production. And according to Marie Veronique Organics, using oils without any interference (From wax or other ingredients) allows the skin to receive the fatty acids it needs and to repair the skin’s lipid barrier. A damaged or compromised lipid barrier is what causes the skin to have problems such as acne, sensitivity and wrinkles. So oils are really suitable for people of all skin types, but then again it also depends on what oils.

I started using face oils seriously in 2008 when I had a severe breakout on my chin area from my part-time work that time and stress that wouldn’t go away, and was recommended the Eve Taylor Face Oil No. 3 after a facial at Aster Spring in 1 Utama. I was also taught the proper way to apply it (Right after cleansing), and it worked beautifully for me, so it has always been my “fall-back” for severe breakouts.

For this post I review a few face oils first as to not make this post long-winded :P And I will subsequently talk about the other face oils too!

My current favourite ones that I am using regularly now are from Melvita. I like how they’re “single” oils compared to most which are a blend of several oils, so it’s easier to see their effects on the skin, but that’s just my opinion.

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Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year 2012!

It’s the year of the Water Dragon! I know it’s already the third day of the Chinese/Lunar New Year, which began on the 23rd January 2012, but it’s never too late to wish all my friends and readers of Beaute Fabuleuse a Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year 2012 (Since the festivities technically last for 15 days) :P I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support so far and may this year bring an abundance of good health and prosperity to everyone! :)

Sorry about the unexpected hiatus- have been busy and caught up with preparing and cleaning for the Chinese/Lunar New Year and I’ve been enjoying a lovely time with my family and boyfriend, as well as giving myself a nice, well-deserved break from settling my Masters degree application, which has finally been sent out before the holidays. I hope you’ve all enjoyed your holidays thus far :D

Posts should resume  after this week! :P

Sunday Tip #6

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

I am a HUGE fan of oils- both facial and body, have been since the thereabouts of the year 2007 and a post about that will come out by itself soon :P All skin types are sure to benefit from using oils, yes, including oily, but it depends on what oils you’re using, for example, oils like tea tree and lavender kill acne-causing bacteria. Also, you don’t need to use a lot of oil, just a few drops is more than enough to cover the entire face so it’s kind of cost effective in a way. Oils also help to regulate the sebum/oil production of the skin, keeps skin from dehydrating and restores the skin’s natural lipid barrier. I’m a convert to using oils for sure :D

I personally don’t use conventional moisturiser anymore- instead I have been using facial oils, namely Melvita Calendula Oil (For my sensitive skin) and Melvita Sweet Almond Oil (For dry skin) as the final steps in my skin care. I started using facial oils through Eve Taylor, and their Facial Oil No. 3 was actually instrumental in helping my skin recover from a rather bad breakout on my right chin back in 2008. I personally find single oils like the ones by Melvita easier to manipulate than oil blends (It’s easier to know what works and what will not), as your skin might not take well to certain oils or they might not mix well with one another. It’s all trial and error I guess, or you can turn to the internet for more guides on using oils. Pretty Beautiful and Viva Woman love their oils!

I’m finishing up my research proposal for my Masters degree application and hopefully I can have it mailed out by this week. Once it’s mailed out I can hopefully focus more on blogging! So many things to review :P Wish me luck!

T. LeClerc Pressed Powder In Banane

Introducing the T. LeClerc Pressed Powder. This is my favourite pressed powder that I simply cannot live without despite trying to find for an alternative for it. Goodness knows how many of these I’ve gone through- I lost count, but it must be more than 5 :P I actually personally prefer pressed powders as compared to loose powders because they’re less messier and easier to travel with, despite it finishing up faster than loose powders. Weird, I know.

The powder comes housed in a really beautiful and hefty silver metal compact (Though I doubt it’s really metal), with a velvet pouch and a really thin velour puff for application. It’s simple, practical and doesn’t take up a lot of space. And it has a pretty big mirror too :P I’ve dropped the compact before (Closed) and the powder didn’t shatter or break, so the packaging seems to be really sturdy.

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Sunday Tip #5

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

This is my little personal tip, and yes, I do this and have been doing this for quite some time already :P I mix them all into a jar and use it once or twice a week all over my body. The beauty about a homemade scrub is that you can customise how much of everything you want- more sugar for a grittier scrub, more honey for more moisturising properties or more olive oil for a more watery, easier to spread scrub if that’s your cup of tea. I personally use coarse sugar, normal honey and extra virgin olive oil, and I make enough for about a week’s worth of application because if water gets into it when you shower (Which does happen to me) it may or may not turn slightly funky after a while (Mainly due to the oil). You can even use it on your lips (Gently!) when it’s all dry and chapped. Just try not to eat it although it’s kind of edible (And I have tried a lick before) :P I’ve also been using Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub and it is simply delish!

I love how both the scrubs smell and how polished my body feels afterwards after using either one of the scrubs :D

Just remember to rinse out everything properly- I follow up with my usual body wash after scrubbing and rinsing and also rinse the shower area because there might be some residue and I don’t want anybody slipping.

Apologies for the lack of posts the past week- I’ve been busy settling my application for my Masters degree, which I have set a personal goal to have it sent out the week before Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year, even though the application closes end of this month. I still have 20%-30% to go, though! Wish me luck!