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Laura Sanders view profile
Toronto , Canada
Bio: Recently graduated from academia, I'm now searching and exploring all the facets of the literary forum to which I can someday contribute- and enjoying myself along the way. 
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Matte-ify That Pout


The definition of “matte” literally means without shine, but there is no way a properly done matte lip can be considered lackluster (see what I did there?). Now, it’s been pointed out to me recently that I’ve only ever done a more matte finish. Never one to have a shiny pout or to layer on that gloss, I’ve always just stuck with tints and stains.
 
 
 
 


Your No-Nonsense Guide to Beauty Oils

Can we just take a moment and really think about everything we can change in our beauty routines to include oil? We already have the delicious smelling hair-oils, oil-infused shampoos and body washes. I even found a macadamia-oil infused comb at Trade Secrets. I actually bought the comb, and I love it, but I don’t know if it’s because it does everything a comb should do, or the indiscernible oil that makes me love it. I think any comb can rock as long as the teeth don’t break and scrape your scalp, though, regardless of oil-infusion.  Bad example, I apologize and digress.

We already know that our body needs oil. Our skin produces it naturally to keep itself moisturized. You only really notice this oil on your face, whether your dry skin is decidedly lacking or your oily skin is producing too much, or on the skin of your hands. It’s actually why your hair looks greasy if you play with it too often and why smoothing your hands down your hair can actually tame it. For the small portion of you who are cake bakers, the oil in your hands is what helps with making and rolling fondant and manipulating modeling chocolate. Right out of the gate, oil saves our skin, hair, and cakes! I won’t pretend to know much about cake, but hair and facial beauty? I got you.

 

For Hair

Oily hair does not make an attractive image, but frizzy and crunchy looking hair isn’t so hot either. Good thing hair oils cure the latter and scoff at the former! A sleek moisture boost to any hair that doesn’t leave it dank and heavy, providing you don’t try to massage it into your roots and scalp. Just be sure that when you’re using beauty oils for your hair that you always start off with a small amount, working through the ends and mid-lengths. It’s always easier to add more than to re-wash your hair or try to counteract your poor ability to gauge product amounts with dry shampoo and end up creating an even greater mess. Just think of the scene from Friends when Ross wears leather pants.

Great Value: Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil, $22 at Trade Secrets

Mini Luxury: Kiehl’s Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate, $35 at HoltRenfrew.com

Medium Luxury: Moroccanoil Hair Treatment, $47 at Trade Secrets

You’re Pushing It (Still Totally Worth It): shu uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, $69 at Sephora

 

For That Beautiful Face

Let’s lay this out quickly, there are oils to clean your face, moisturize, to help your moisturizer, to use as a masque, to be added for a glow of ethereal proportions... There are even oils to reduce stress and headaches (they use essential oils and aromatherapy principles, are made specifically not to clog your pores, and they smell divine). Some brands have started introducing oil-infused makeup to their collections to create a great effect with lipsticks and mascaras.

Why should you try a cleansing oil? The oil works to remove impurities, dirt, and even makeup, including eye makeup, unless otherwise specified, without drying out your skin, because of oil’s moisturizing nature. Plus, there’s no need to lather, and it turns the tedious part of your regimen into a mini massage!

Try: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil, $35 at Sephora

For moisture that works all day, give facial oils a try. Some specify to be used in tandem with your every-day moisturizer, but most work amazingly on their own. Oils are absorbed stunningly quickly, make your skin soft enough to be confused for silk, and provide a subtle yet radiant glow.

Try: Caudalie Divine Oil, $52 at Sephora

If you like your routine as is and don’t want to include an oil for your ‘day-look’, try using an overnight oil, so you can experience all the benefits of oil that washes off or is absorbed completely by morning.

Try: Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Skin Refining Oil, $51 at Sephora

There are, of course, many other types and ways to use oils. A personal favourite and beauty-bag staple, Bobbi Brown’s Extra Face Oil ($76 at HoltRenfrew.com) is my go-to beauty oil. I either lay it on thick before bed, layer it lightly with my moisturizer during the day, or I take Bobbi’s words to heart and dab a bit on over my makeup to get the most lovely glow. And the smell? Amazing.

Oh, did I mention oils that reduce tension, headaches and the like? Because they’re definitely a thing and definitely an avenue worth exploring. Try Aveda’s Blue Oil Balancing Concentrate, $26 at Aveda.ca and Aveda stores. Just roll a bit on the temples or wrist and enjoy the scent and effects of soothing and subtle botanicals.

In my previous article, I mention the Neutrogena Sesame Body Oil. This oil is a great example of how well any beauty oil can work. The scent of the sesame oil lasts hours, which demonstrates how long the oil works after the outermost layer of your skin has absorbed it. For years, I’ve used this oil to reduce any irritation when shaving, as well as an all-over moisturizer, and I can say with the upmost confidence that I have nary a patch of razor burn or dry skin marring my body. It’s baffling, but it costs less than $15, lasts for months (even with daily use), and makes for the most amazing baths.

These products’ range is so vast that it covers every price point, utilization, scent, etc. There’s very little, if anything, to lose from trying a type of beauty oil. And I’m pretty confident that we can all just agree that Beauty Oils are hot right now, and rightly so. You’re going to smell great, feel great, look amazing, and be so on point, it’s almost ridiculous.

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Posted on January 17, 2016 in My Glowing Skin by Laura Sanders

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