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Trend Report: The Power of Oils


Lately I have been a huge fan of oils. It took me quite a bit of time to actually try most of them, but cross my heart, I will never go back to other lotions and potions. This post is going under the series Trend Report, as in the past year or so, oils have been uber-trendy, everyone is talking about them and I think it is a trend to stay.

A little bit of background info about me – my face is combination to oily in the summer, and I have been trying to dry it out since I can remember; the skin of my body is normal and I am not a fan of sticky products like bodybutters and lotions, and the only thing that (I thought) needed oil was my hair, which is dry like a desert. So why oils….well, it has been quite a fad lately and I decided to give in, though quite hesitantly.

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First it was Moroccanoil, it came as a PR sample and although very excited, I was not 100% sure, as I had tried other oils for hair, and they made my mane greasy and heavy. But I am in awe with Moroccanoil – it is weightless, nutritious, smells divine and takes great care of my curls. A little goes a long way with the product, and I use only a pump or two on damp hair. Basically the big bottle will last me about a year. It is recommended for all types of hair, but I can definitely give two thumbs up as a person with dry curly hair.

The other oil that came to me was NUXE Huile Prodigieuse, I have it as a little travel sample, and have not bought the fullsize as the boy does not like the scent at all (although I love it so much, that I do want the perfume). Huile Prodigieuse is a multipurpose dry oil – you can use it for hair, face and body and it does not leave anything greasy and slippery, does not weigh the hair down, but sinks in the hair and skin immediately and leaves it dry to the touch, but fully moisturised and recovered. I think I shall invest in the Or (gold) version for the summer, but that is in the shopping cart still.

My next oil, that I absolutely love is BioOil. I have used and known the brand since my years in the USA, but it is already in Bulgaria and I am loving it. I love that it helps with getting rid of scars, and I am using it (on and off) on the scar that I have on my arm (I have two scars from taking a cake out of the oven) – the small one is gone, the bigger one is fading gradually. For real, it does work! Lately I decided to be adventurous and use it on my face once or twice a week as a night moisturiser. In the morning my skin is revived, but it does leave a bit of a greasy/oily film on the skin for a while, and does not sink in immideately.

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A recent purchase that grew on me is the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I have been eyeing the product since forever, but as it is a pricey item I got it about two months ago, when I decided one day I should spoil myself – it is 30BGN after all. At first I did not like it at all, and I did regret spending money on it, but something clicked and now I do not know how I have lived without it.

Why I was hesitant- I have been used to showegels that foam quite a lot, and thought that foam was actually cleansing, hence as this product did not foam up like a showegel – it did not clean well (in my head that is). Truth be told, it cleanses my skin better, and after that my body feels softer and more moisturised. Basically the oil turns into cream when it contacts water and you rub it between your palms. After that when rubbed well on the body it creates a bit of a lather (the hairier the places you apply, the more lather there is). The cleansing test was on my legs after I wore my jeans for a whole day – the foam gets blue–gray, and my skin feels so soft, as if it has been exfoliated. How I usually use it is, as a second wash, after I have already cleansed my body with showergel, I cleanse with the Shower Oil as a last step of cleanse + moisture. Definitely a staple product that will be in my bathroom for now on.

The last product is also a recent purchase – the Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is a completely new step in my skincare routine. Yes the whole idea of using oil for cleanser is kinda strange and bizarre, but it does melt the make up off my dry face and cleanses everything well. I use 2-3 pumps of the product and massage it onto my face and eyes (yep, it melts mascara as well). After a good minute or two massaging, I add a few drops of water and it does turn into a creamy-lathery texture. I wash it off with water, and it is always fun to see how the water in my white sink runs dark and nasty from all the make up coming off my face. The product leaves a bit of a residue on the skin – a creamy, oily feeling, that I don’t particularly like, so I go over my face with a cotton pad soaked with micellar water. It is always so satisfying to see that the cotton pad is clean.

These are my oils, all of the ones I have used and liked very much. There are oils that I do not like and do not work for me, but I do not like to write negative reviews, I am leaving them out. Also a topic for a whole other post is natural oils, such as coconut, olive, almond, and jojoba oils.

Are you fans of oils? Do you use them? Which is your fave? I will be happy to know.

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*Some of the products have been given to me as PR samples. The opinions are my own and I am 100% honest.

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Favourites Time: January 2015


january favoruritesJanuary was a bit of a bizarre month. It was cold, busy, windy and gray. If I have to be completely honest, I would say that in January I was not ready to experiment with anything new, but preferred to use products that are in my comfort zone and have been used for quite a while (at least most of them). All I needed this month was comfort, sleep and warmth. So I am dividing my faves in three parts – body, face and scents. Here we go…

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My body faves are all very comforting (yes, that would be the theme).

Soap and Glory Whipped Clean – it is a shower butter, that is rich, creamy, fantastically foaming and it smells like heaven on earth!

Ziaja – Natural Olive oil body lotion – this has been my body lotion of choice for about two or three months, and I do love it. It is a bit liquidy but still very rich, and I love the way my skin feels when I use it.

Ziaja Kids Shampoo and Shower Gel – Holy, moly, cookies and cream! This smells amazing! It smells like childhood and sweets. I have only used it as a showergel, and not as a shampoo, but it lathers well and the whole bathroom smells like cookies and cream after that. The boy loves it as well, so it shall be repurchased!

Weleda Skin Food – during winter months my hands resemble desert. Dry, cracked and uncomfortable – this is magic! Asbolutely love it.

Bio-oil Have been using Bio Oil for a scar on my arm and the scar has faded a bit. I am going to write a post about it soon. But lately I have been using it on my face as well and it is pretty nice!

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar – it is pretty much in every post, but I am a bit addicted – it has all I need for my make up, it is easy to blend and smells divine when you open the packaging. I am loving the mattes and two of the deep purples- Cherry Cordial and Black Forest Truffle. The only thing that I am a bit bummed out is that it creases on me, and it is not the most long lasting ever. But the colors are so amazing that I can settle with a primer for that.

Avene Couvrance Brow Pencil – it is my first brow pencil ever, and I have been a fan this month. I love that it has a little brush at the end that I use to smudge and comb through my brows.

NYX Butter Lip Gloss in Creme Brulée  – again a product that is so loved and so within my comfort zone. I have been loving the formula that is not sticky at all, but still lasts a long time. And it does smell like candy!

Korres  Mandarin lip butter stick – so very well loved, this has been a saviour in the windy winter days. It has been in my coat pocket since the beginning of winter and you can see that even the writing on the packaging has rubbed off. So much love!

january faves fragranceAvon Premiere Luxe Gold Blush – It is spring in a bottle. It smells like roses and peaches and jasmin, but has a hint of pepper and pachouli. Definitely one of the most me-scents there is.

Nivea dry comfort deo roll on – this has been a replacement of my unattainable in Bulgaria Secret deodorant.  I have tried three of the roll-on series and I can report that I have no complaints! Does not last 48 hours for sure on me, but gets me through the day.

These are my favourites this months. Have you tried any of them? Do you have any recommendations that I should try next month? Keep me posted!

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От мястото на събитието: Bio-Oil


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Тази седмица бе представянето на Bio Oil в България. От този месец продуктът може да бъде намерен в аптечната мрежа и избрани магазини. Събитието беше в Софийска Градска Художествена Галерия, и беше изключително приятно – с много гости, сред които и Белослава, която изпълни няколко свои песни. Ива Дойчинова води събитието, а самият продукт бе представен от дерматолог, който обясни как действа върху кожата. В този пост ще преразкажа няколко от нещата, които ни споделиха, за да може да се запознаете с продукта по-подробно (ако все още не сте чували за него).

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Това беше системното съобщение, за това, което сега започвам да пиша, а именно продукт, който съм виждала докато живях извън България. Не съм го ползвала лично, но съм чувала от приятелки, че е страхотен, че действа, че наистина прави, това, което казва, че прави. А именно:

– Спомага за подобряване вида на кожата при стари и нови белези;

– Намалява риска от появата на стрии и подобрява вида на кожата при вече съшествуващи стрии;

– Спомага за премахване на пигментни петна и неравномерен тен;

– Изглажда кожата и намалява вида на бръчките по лицето и тялото;

– Възстановява естествено съдържащите се в кожата масла при дехидратация на кожата.

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Ключови съставки:

– Витамин А, стимулира образуването на колаген и обновяването на клетките.

Витамин Е, антиоксидант, който спомага за поддържане здравия вид на кожата.

– Масло от Невен, с възстановяващо действие. Използва се при изгаряния, обриви и повърхностни раздразнения на кожата, като спомага намаляването на възпаленията.

Масло от Лавандула, има облекчаващо и успокояващо действие. Също така е естествен антисептик.

Масло от Розмарин, спомага за освежаване и тонизиране на кожата. Има антисептичен ефект.

Масло от Лайка, има противовъзпалително и успокояващо действие.

PurCellin Oil, това е масло, което е създадено за да наподобавя маслата, които птиците използват за да смазват перата си. То подобява нанасянето на Bio-Oil, като осигурява бързото абсорбиране в кожата. Също така действа като емолиент и прави кожата нежна и гладка.

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Интересното е, че има само един продукт Bio-Oil,  не са серия от продукти, не са разработени душгел, крем за тяло и тн, а просто една семпла бутилка приятно миришещо масло, което влияе добре на кожата. По време на събитието няколко пъти споделиха, че всъщност продуктът няма нужда от грандиозна реклама, просто защото наистина действа.

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За да видим дали наистина е така съм решила да го тествам на белег от изгаряне, с който се сдобих по Коледа миналата година, когато изкарвах някакви вкусотии от фурната и си лепнах ръката на реотаните, не веднъж, а два пъти. Така имам вече цяла година две резки на ръката, които не се виждат особено много, но ако знаеш, че са там са доста дразнещи.

Тъй като при 92% от хората, които са тествали маслото върху белези казват, че помага, аз се подлагам на тест. За 8 седмици, ще мажа белезите сутрин и вечер. Ще докладвам от време на време във Facebook страницата на блога прогрес, а след 8 седмици (това е в края на Януари) ще видим финални резултати.

Това са белезите, с които започвам. Да видим как ще изглежда ръчичката след 8 седмици. Стискайте палци!

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Вие чували ли сте / ползвали ли сте  Bio-oil? Имате ли впечатления от продукта?

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