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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.

Нови козметични придобивки или “какво получих за Коледа”


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Тази година получих много прекрасни подаръци и много искам да споделя с вас, козметичните придобивки, така че, първият пост за годината е микс от коледни подаръци + нови козметични придобивки.

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Моята много добра и прекрасна приятелка, която живее  в Англия ми направи живота по-розов, чист и хубаво миришещ с този сет от Soap & Glory. Марката ми е много любима напоследък и новите три продукта са:

1. Whipped Clean – разкошно масло за под душа, мирише на бадемов сладолед. Разпенва се под душа и е разкошно вместо пяна за бръснене на крачетата.

2. Glow Lotion – Лосион за тяло с блестящи частици. Мирише на онзи неповторим  Soap & Glory аромат.

3. Flake Away – скръб за тяло, още не е тестван 🙂

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В допълнение, получих и две красотички в по-мини вариант.

Botique – крем за ръце с орхидея. Божествен е!

 Umberto Giannini – Flirty Curl Scrunching Jelly – желе за къдрици, фаворит на много от мацките, които следя в YouTube. Не съм го тествала още, но нямам търпение!

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От мен за мен си направих подарък, когато бяхме на откриването на най-новия магазин на МАС в Мол София. Червилото Rebel ми е фаворит напоследък и е много обичано, макар и само на няколко седмици. Fix+ е нещо, което исках да тествам от доста време и се радвам, че вече е в ръчичките ми.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette ми е подарък от момчето за Коледа. На живо тази палитра е много по-прекрасна, тъй като цветовете и са много специфични и различни. Обожавам я и е определено worth the hype!

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Още един подарък от мен за мен е Bourjois Healthy Glow пудричката, която бе на супер цена през декември.

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Малко преди Коледа бях канена на много приятно блогърско събитие, организирано от Avene. Там ни представиха новите корективни гримове на марката – Couvrance. В прекрасно несесерче ни подариха червило (като продуктът е комбиниран – от едната страна е подхранващо червило, а от другата е молив за устни), молив за вежци, спирала и коректор. *

За сега съм тествала само червилото и молива, и съм с много,много позитивни мнения и за двете!

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От Bioderma за празниците ни изпратиха малко подаръче – мицеларна вода Bioderma Sensibio H2O, от лимитираната серия с невероятната опаковка. *

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Знаете, колко много обичам Moroccanoil и за моя най-голяма изненада и щастие, за Коледа получих мини-версията, която е 25 ml. Този продукт е толкова икономичен, че сигурно ще ми издържи до следващата Коледа. *

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Получих Revitalash за тест точно преди Коледа. Ще има специални постове за продукта, тъй като в момента го тествам. До лятото съм се амбицирала да правя вятър с мигли. *

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Още две изненади бяха John Fireda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir и Skin Food на Weleda. Не, че не съм развълнувана за продукта за коса, но Skin Food ми напълни сърцето! От 2015 ще е по магазините в България, което е разкошно! *

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Както се вижда и от снимката кремчето е много обичано, макар и при мен само от няколко седмици. Ръцете ми се изсушават и напукват много през зимата и имат нужда от любяща грижа, Skin Food просто е създаден за това!

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Завършвам с не-козметичен подарък, но нещо, което ме накара да пророня две сълзи, първо защото не го очаквах и, второ, защото е разкошен подарък! Хиляди благодарности на H&M, че ме зарадваха с книгата посветена на 10те години дизайнерски колаборации на марката. Тази книга е музей с твърди корици! *

Това са новичките ми неща от последните няколко седмици. Мисля, за някои от тях да направя по-задълбочено ревю и ще се радвам ако ми пишете в коментарите, кои са ви най-интересни 🙂

Нека 2015 е също толкова успешна, бляскава, ароматна и прекрасна, както беше 2014, та дори и повече!

И не забаравяйте, носете си новите дрехи и червеното червило! 🙂

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*всички продукти отбелязани с * са ми изпратени от PR, но мненията са само и единствено мои. 

Brand time: Moroccanoil


I am a fan of brands. I like brands that stand behind a mission and create goals that are beyond just earning money. And because I believe we should know what we use, beyond reading the labels and ingredient tags I am starting this little rubric in the blog. Brand time, will be a monthly topic, that will cover a brand that I am using, and has impressed me, be it with great products or with campaign or mission. I will try to share with you the history and mission of the brand, their products and of course if they are running a campaign or activity that is great. I am an online marketing fan, and gladly I made that passion a profession, so an inspiring campaign is something that impresses me much.

I am starting the rubric with the brand Moroccanoil, as I am a huge fan and currently they are running a global campaign that is focused of women empowerment. Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 10.37.57 PM

History and Mission

The info is taken from the site and summarised a bit by me. 

Moroccanoil’s story began when the co-founder, Carmen Tal, was traveling in Israel. After a color service that left her hair badly damaged, a friend brought her to a salon where she experienced an astonishing oil treatment. The result was that her hair instantly transformed from damaged to shiny, smooth and manageable.

Inspired by the incredible results, Carmen set out to share this unique oil treatment and its benefits with women around the world. At the time, oil treatments were unconventional for hair. She and her husband teamed up with a group of visionaries to perfect the formula. The result – they introduced Moroccanoil to the world.

Moroccanoil has become a haircare industry sensation. At the core of our success is quality. The formulas not only leave hair naturally smooth and shiny but also improve its actual condition to make it stronger with each use.  Besides the Morrocanoil Treatment there are many other products for every type of hair.

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Products

Hair:Clients|Moroccanoil Morroccanoil has a conditioner, shampoo, mask, lotion and oil treatment. For styling they carry everything from mouse, to hair spray, to scalp treatments, dryers and tools.

Body: The body products are ranging from pure argan oil dry oil, to body butter, showergel and hand cream. Even a candle.

The scent of Morroccanoil is amazing, so I would definitely not mind me a candle scented like this.

I have used the oil treatment, and have written about it several times in the blog since I started using it in my hair-care ritual in the summer. Right now it is one of two styling products that I am using, and I am loving the oil.

Causes and Activities

Inspirational women. Morroccanoil follows 6 extraordinary women, who are pursuing their passion and excelling in creating a better world around them. This was a cause that I am very passionate about, as I am all for empowering women and showing amazing stories that inspire action and interaction. #INSPIREDBYWOMEN is led by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the ambassador of the initiative. What I am looking to find out is is this initiative going beyond these six ladies and are there going to be more inspirational stories.

The women’s empowerment by the brand continues as they are sponsors of the Variety Magazine Power of Women event. During the event, which was held in the beginning of October, several women were awarded for their philanthropical deeds – among these women are Jennifer Lopez, for her work in The Lopez Family Foundation, Jane Fonda on her work with GCAPP, Viola Davis on her work with  Hunger Is and Reese Witherspoon on Malala Fund. Morroccanoil sponsored the event, and I was lucky enough to get some cool photos from the PRs of the brand, as I was very interested in it.

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Have you used any of the Moroccanoil products?

Do you believe a brand should go beyond just a great product, but do good in some extra way?

I will be glad to read your thoughts in the comments!

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