I was out of country recently visiting family and friends in Belgium. And since Paris is only a couple hours from Belgium by car, a trip to the City of Lights was absolutely mandatory! And no trip to Paris is complete with out a trip to a French pharmacie. Those glowing green crosses are a mecca for every beauty obsessed junkie in the world! I did notice some things this visit though.
Now-a-days there seems to be a certain hype about French women. It seems that everyone is obsessed with what they eat, what they wear, how they stay looking so great for so long, how they remain sexy into their golden years. There’s tons of books out there on all sorts of subjects regarding French women (in fact, I’ve read a lot of them!)
But one of the things that has intrigues me the most is the French Woman’s love affair with beauty oils.
Americans seem to have an aversion to oils. The skincare aisles are full of products to eliminate oils and even those products for dry skin seem to tout “oil-free” on their labels.
But the French women LOVE their oils and have FABULOUS skin. Hmmm…
They use cleansing oils, moisturizing oils, facials oils, hair oils, cuticle oils, body oils, aromatherapy oils, etc. You name it and they probably have an oil for it and French women probably use it!
So, needless to say, yup…I picked up some oils in France and also picked up some available stateside and began to play.
Here are some of my favorites…
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment
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This oil is from Figi and is rich in natural essential lipids to help fortify and strengthen the skin. It has omega oils also for moisturization. And it actually helps with firming up your skin courtesy of lupin seed and marine extracts. I absolutely LOVED this oil on my face, but at $65 for an ounce, it’s a little out of the Classy on a Budget price tag, but the next time I get a gift card to Nordstrom, Sephora or Nieman Marcus…
Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil
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This oil is available at Target and who doesn’t love that!!! It uses sweet almond oil and argan oil as it’s main base and while I’m not a “granola girl”, this product is 100% organic. I just like it because it works and I can afford it! Try replacing your night cream with it and see how great your skin looks in the morning! $8.00 for an ounce.
Botanics Hand & Body Nourishing Body Oil
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This is the partner-in-moisturizing-crime of the Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil. Uses a blend of saltflower, jojoba and almond oil to moisturise and iceland moss which is rich in natural sugars to help calm and hydrate your skin. Best way to use it? After a long day outside at the beach or pool…shower, slather on tons of this stuff and then crawl into a cool bed with cotton sheets. You’ll wake up feeling like a new woman! $8.99 for 5 ounces.
Sonia Kashuk Body Oil
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Another fabulous Target item! This uses sweet almond, cottonseed and apricot oils to hydrate as well as a regenerating lipo vitamin complex to make the skin even better. The cool thing about this one…it comes in four amazing scents (my personal favorite is Red Promisia) and it also comes in a spray bottle for easy application! $10.99 for 5 ounces.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for Face, Body & Hair
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And this my friends would be what I brought home from Paris and started this whole oil obsession! It also uses sweet almond oil as its base but also adds camellia, hazelnut, macadamia and vitamin E oils to moisturize. Yet it’s not greasy and soaks in super fast! In fact, you can even use it in your hair without making your hair a greasy mess! $29 for 50 ml.
So, I must say, I’m a convert. I love my beauty oils! And I’m always on the lookout for new ones to play with!
Lately I’ve been into gorgeous glowy skin, but skin that doesn’t look like I have any foundation on, a more natural look.
Funny thing is that it takes MORE products to get a natural look than it does to get a “full” face! Who-da-thunk-it!
I don’t normally use photos of myself for these types of things as I’m not very fond of myself in pictures (New Look Mondays are an exception as I get to “hide” behind the cool virtual hair). 🙂 But, that being said, here I am.
Now, mind you, this is straight out of my cell phone camera (Note III) and has absolutely no editing done to it other than cropping it.
Here’s a list of the products that I used (and are in order of use):
Boots No7 True Identity Foundation in Light: I love the texture of this. It glides right over fine lines, pores, etc to give a smooth and flawless look without looking like you have foundation on.
Boots No7 Radiant Glow Concealer in Shade III: I’ve not tried Touche-Eclat which everyone always raves about, but I have tried the Chanel version and this brand (in my opinion) is so much better than the Chanel one. I used it to not only brighten my undereye area (didn’t sleep very well the night before-blanket hogging hubbie), but I also used it to highlight various parts of my face to enhance that glow. Below is a picture of me with where I put the concealer.
Mary Kay Mineral Pressed Powder in Ivory II: I’m not a fan of loose powder, too messy (especially when you have a cat and 2 kids running around). So I prefer a pressed version. I also like the idea of mineral powder so that it becomes a part of my skin instead of just sitting on top of it, caking and making me look ancient. This one even provides good coverage for a powder. Those that know me know that I don’t like powder, but I love this one!
Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Strawberry Cream. Using all of those pale ivory colors, I didn’t want to use a bronze tone on my cheeks. I wanted that healthy flush and this soft pink is just right without going too Pepto-Bismol.
Boots Botanics Mineral Eye Color in Oasis. I know that this is an eye shadow duo, but I LOVE to use the darker shade on top of my blush and the lighter (more gold) shade on top of my cheek bones. It has just enough irridescence to give my skin that gorgeous glow without making me look like I got in a glitter fight nor look like a shiny mess.
You can get all of the Boots products at your local Target or on Target.com.
You can get all of the Mary Kay products HERE and they are 40% off today through Friday, February 28th! (On this website only though!)