Essential Oils 🌿What You Need to Know!
Natural skincare is a growing market, and not just for skincare. While the general consensus seems to be that natural equals better, this isn’t always the case!
What exactly are natural products? Typically the word “natural” is used to describe products without chemicals and made from naturally-derived ingredients from plants.
Here’s where essential oils come in. Essential oils are compounds extracted and distilled from plants to create a concentrated liquid. They come from herbs such as rosemary, lavender, rose, cedarwood, and tea tree oil, just to name a few.
THE BODY SHOPJumbo Tea Tree Oil
How They’re Made
Essential oils are sold as concentrations that can be diluted and or used as ingredients in other products such as face washes, serums, and moisturizers.
TRADER JOE'SFace Wash with Tea Tree Oil
EVERY MAN JACKCedarwood Body Wash
MAJESTIC PUREGeranium Oil
Many essential oils are used due to their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. In skincare they are often used as an alternative to synthetic fragrance. Essential oils like tea tree are natural alternatives to actives that treat acne.
The biggest issue when using essential oils is that they can be extremely irritating and cause irritation when not diluted properly. It’s easy to think that more is better, but this is not the case with a concentrated oil! It’s best to buy pre-made products containing essential oils as these will be formulated at the proper concentrations and less likely to cause issues with your skin.
When used at the right concentration, essential oils have many benefits so long as your skin tolerates them well.
There are a myriad of essential oils to choose from, all with their own unique benefits. Tea tree oil is a tried and true staple for acne and can be used at a spot treatment. Cedarwood is another pimple fighting essential oil. Geranium oil helps gently exfoliate dead skin cells and is a great exofliant alternative for those with dry skin.
Are They Right for You?
As with any new skincare product, start slowly and use sparingly until you see how your skin tolerates your products containing essential oils. What works for some may not work for others. As mentioned above, when not diluted properly the most common reaction is irritation known as contact-dermatitis, which can appear as a rash caused by contact with an ingredient causing an allergic reaction. If this happens, stop use immediately and decide if essential oils are right for you!
THIS DERMATOLOGISTS FAVORITE NEW CLEANSER
Cleansers are an essential step in everyone’s skincare routine, but it can be difficult to find the right one for your skin. The new Aveeno Calm + Restore nourishing oat cleanser has been my new go-to daily cleanser and I love it. ❤️🙌 Aveeno has always been a brand to create formulations that target dry and sensitive skin and this cleanser is no different. This cleanser is great for people all skin types but would likely benefit dry or combination skin most. The incorporated oat complex helps restore build the skin’s moisture barrier and soothe itchy skin. There is no stripping effect with this cleanser, which is something too always look for with your cleanser. Other pros about this product are its fragrance free (limiting any irritant reactions) as well as great pricing. On amazon, you can find a bottle for under $10.‼️‼️ TRUTH: If you are trying to fight acne or blackheads I recommend against this cleanser and try finding something with salicylic acid. Have you tried the new Aveeno cleanser? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ⤵️
ABH Dipbrow Dupe!
For the longest time I’ve always stuck with my Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade!! And while the product itself is amazing, I randomly picked out this pomade by elf out of curiosity and fell in love!!! This is seriously a game changer if you use pomade for your everyday brows and want to save some extra cash!! The e.l.f. - Lock on Liner and Brow Cream is for One, easy to use Secondly dries down so nice, (I don’t worry if I accidentally wiped off a piece of my brow Lol). And best of all it’s literally $2!! I use the shade “Medium Brown” and find this blends really nice with black hair! Unfortunately my only con is that the product doesn’t have that many shades especially compared to Anastasia. I provided a photo of how I normally do my brows with this product for anyone wondering! Overall this is a great affordable pomade alternative! What products do you use for your brows?
My Ulta Black Friday haul ✨
So upon seeing the ad for Ulta’s Black Friday I told myself I wasn’t going to purchase anything... three separate purchases later I found myself with a completely pink haul (which is completely out of character for me 😂) The first thing I picked up on Black Friday was the ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit which I have used a few times since then. I’m absolutely blown away how stunning this is on the cheeks. I feel like ABH is the queen of highlighters that look subtle but still give you that bam out of this world glow from within. Later on in the night I decided I needed the COLOURPOP - Lux Lip Oilin the shade Truth Bomb and the #Colourpop - Amourex Glitterly Obsessed Mini Duo[products]#. I have two glitter gels by Colourpop and I absolutely love them despite not using them often. The mini pots are super cute and I don’t feel wasteful if I don’t use them. Then, on Saturday I purchased the ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Haute Holiday Lip Gloss Setbecause it was on sale and I’ve been obsessed with the pale nude colors since this set came out. I also impulse bought the #It Cosmetics - Rose Gold Eye Brush Set[products]#as it was also on sale (I think I paid around $20 for it) and I needed the liner brush in it for my Melt Cosmetics gel eyeliners. This set comes with four brushes which includes my absolute favorite blending brush, the number 105. It Cosmetics has the SOFTEST brushes I’ve ever used. The quality by far surpasses anything I own. It also comes with a really cute rose gold container for it. I’m hoping to have reviews up for these eventually but here is my current Ulta haul 💗 I also plan on posting my Sephora Black Friday haul and my Ulta Cyber Monday haul once I get that. What did you guys pick up for for Black Friday?
Skincare Products ( that i have been LOVING )
Recently, I have been super into skincare and keeping up with my skin’s appearance as I am growing myself in the beauty industry ( meaning that I am now CONSTANTLY doing makeup on myself! ) Fluff and Starface both sent me these products to try out, and I have been LOVING them so far! I have combination skin, and this routine is PERFECT for me! My new three favorite skincare products that I have been enjoying as of lately are 1) FLUFF - Face Oil #1 , which is 100% jojoba oil, which I used as an all natural makeup remover! Jojoba oil is super moisturizing and amazing for literally all skin types- especially acne prone and sensitive skin! 2) FLUFF cleanser , which is again - all natural - containing jojoba oil, hemp seed oil (which moisturizes without clogging pores, and balances out oily skin), ashwagandha root (which stimulates production of natural skin oils), and aloe vera (which reduces blemishes and acne, as well as lightens blemishes on the face). This cleanser does a great job of removing makeup as well as leaving you skin moisturized and soft! 3) STARFACE Moisture on Mars Hydrating Face Cream! A little bit of this product really goes a long way, leaving your face super soft, hydrated, and all with a SERIOUS glow!!! I highly recommend checking these 3 products all out! They all work great separately, but in my opinion as I have been using them cohesively, my skin has been looking and feeling great ( besides that one pimple 🙄 ). xx Isabelle
Twisted bun 😍
This style is so versatile and I’m here for it! Perfect for this holiday season coming up🎄 All you do is: ✨take a small section of hair, elastic it together and flip thru the middle creating a twist ✨repeat as many times as you’d like...I did 4! ✨keep down or put into a pony or bun I am so excited for this holiday season and I’ll have many more styles coming your way! Stay Tuned!! Xo Johanna
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