Oils – My 3 Absolute Essentials

I’ve always had this philosophy that if something’s natural, then it can’t be bad for your skin. Suffering with dry skin and hair is a byproduct of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. In the past, this often left my skin and hair feeling lifeless and limp, but with the discovery of essential oils, both my hair and skin have been brought back to life. I’ve used many in the past, including Jojoba and Coconut Oil, but in this post, I intend to share with you my  3 absolute musts for glowing, healthy skin and hair.

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  1. Rosehip Oil:

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I’ve tried numerous creams claiming to be “moisturising”, and been left with dry patches at the end of the day. And those that did work always seemed to have a horrifying list of chemicals I could barely even pronounce, let alone know what they were doing to my skin. It was actually my grandma who recommended rosehip oil after my skin reacted particularly badly to a face cream. I purchased it on a whim on one of my many spending sprees on Amazon and let it sit in my bathroom cupboard for a good month before I opened it. Originally, I was put off by the scent, not unpleasant but quite strong and not pleasing either. However, as my pricey Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit cream had run out and I couldn’t quite bring myself to buy a new one, I found myself using it one night after a shower. The results were almost instantaneous! My skin felt softer, smoother and fuller. It’s been about two months since I’ve started using it bidaily and my skin has not had a dry patch since. My skin is more even and I haven’t had a single breakout, not even during my incredibly stressful exam period.

So how is Rosehip Oil such a miracle?

It’s a natural source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Essential Fatty Acids, and Lycopene which all work to prevent aging and sun damage as well as nourishing skin.

 

2. Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree is often a label found on many products, claiming to purify and get rid of anything from acne to ulcers. I use pure Tea Tree Oil to rid my hair of dandruff and on the odd occasion to get rid of a particularly pulsating whitehead. Although the scent is almost eye watering, it has an immediate effect in instantly getting rid of dandruff.

To get rid of a persistent pimple, drop 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil onto the problem area and watch it disappear within 24 hours.

For a moisturising hair mask for dandruff-free hair and glowing, shiny, thick hair, mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil, a tablespoon of yoghurt and an egg together and lather on your hair for two hours before washing off.

 

Moroccan/Argan Oil:

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Argan Oil has recently become very on trend when it comes to haircare. Why is this? It makes your hair shine, it prevents split ends and it makes it easier to style by reducing frizz. I apply a pump onto my hands and massage it into my ends after washing my hair and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. If that wasn’t enough, the scent is possibly the most scrumptious aroma in the world and it lingers- I get constant compliments on how good my hair smells. The fatty acids and Vitamin E in Moroccan oil are what give this oil its antioxidant properties, making it an ideal natural product for use on hair.

If I’ve got time before an event, I like to massage it into my scalp and leave it in for a few hours before washing it off to give me silky, shiny hair.

 

Hope you enjoyed these!

 

Question Time: Have you used any essential oils, and if so, which ones are your favourites?

Bye for now,

Sara x

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Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream – Staple or Throwaway?

Hi beauties!

As summer approaches, us makeup lovers find ourselves in a bit of a predicament. Dare to bare and leave our flawed skin out in the sunshine to catch those rays or suffer as our foundation slowly suffocates us? Well, there is another option, CC and BB creams!

As someone who has tried countless CC and BB creams, many of which I find pointless tools that don’t really seem to do anything but act as a marketing tool for companies. I cannot extol the virtues of the Bourjois CC Cream enough. It comes in a tube, easy to use but which can get messy if the tube isn’t closed properly.

In this post, I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of this CC Cream, but be assured that it’s a definite staple in my makeup bag, especially in summer.

Pros:

1. The coverage is just about perfect for me, it gives my skin a nice even look without looking cakey, but concealer to cover those pimples is definitely needed.

2. The finish is extremely natural and slightly dewy, giving a luminous glow which is perfect for those au natural looking days.

3. The price point! Available at just 9.99 from Superdrug, this rivals the critically acclaimed Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser and the Smashbox BB cream at just a fraction of the price.

4. It’s perfect for dry skin, extremely moisturising without being oily.

5. Its claims to colour correct are actually true! I’ve been blessed with dark circles under my eyes (Thanks mum!) and ruddy cheeks and although this doesn’t completely cancel out my redness and a tiny bit of under eye concealer is required, it definitely evens out my skin tone and is perfect for when you’re in a rush.

6. It’s very blendable and easy to apply. I use a damp makeup sponge to pat it into my skin on those days where I have more time and my fingers to rub it in as I would a moisturiser on those days where I just don’t have the time. I would warn slightly against using brushes as I do find that brush marks are left on my skin.

Cons

1. The colour range. Come on Bourjois, this is 2016, where are the options for the WOC?! As a girl with an Indian/Pakistani heritage, I use the shade Bronze (the darkest in the collection), which is a little dark for me but with only four shades in the collection, getting a perfect colour match is definitely a challenge.

2. The oxidation. I really rate Bourjois as a brand, it’s definitely up there with my top drugstore brands but it’s an inevitable fact that the foundations do tend to oxidise and I find this is a sentiment echoed with the CC cream as well. Over time, it does oxidise and becomes slightly orangey toned but not to the extent where other people would notice.

3. The longevity. I do find that this doesn’t last very long on my skin without a primer or a setting spray. However, with the use of a setting spray (I use the Urban Decay All Nighter or the Loreal Infallible), I can go a full day without worrying it’s sliding off.

Now for the pictures:

My skin without any makeup:

Applied with fingers:

Conclusion: Perfect base in summer for girls with dry skin on a budget.

Rating: 7.5/10

Question Time : Have you tried any CC creams, and if so which is your favourite?

 

Bye for now,

Sara x