Oil Cleansing Method

Hello everyone! A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about removing makeup with oils, I’ve recently found out that there’s actually a method of cleaning with oils, which is known as Oil Cleansing Method.

This method consists in using natural oils instead of regular cleansers for doing your daily face cleaning. As with every skin care routine, we all have different skin types, therefore this method should be adapted to your skin type, by using specific oils or deciding if you want to do this cleansing method daily or once a week, etc.

The oils that I use are castor oil and almond oil. I want to add other oils to my routine like jojoba oil, or switch the almond oil with avocado oil. Castor oil is a deep cleaning oil, so this can be used in any oil cleansing method, and then add another oil of your choice. As second oil I’m using almond oil because is very nourishing.

The amount of oil that you use also varies depending on your skin type. I use a lesser amount of castor oil, since this oil is very thick and it can cause dry skin.

Also remember to choose cold pressed oils, as this method preserves the oil properties, and also organic oils.

These are the steps:
1. Apply the oils on your face and gently massage into skin. You don’t need to remove your makeup previously.
2. Dip a cloth into hot water and hold it in your face until it gets cold. The steam will open your pores allowing a deep cleansing. Then clean your face with the cloth.

After you can put your moisturizer. Remember that you can do this daily, or once or twice a week, this depends on your skin type, and how this works for you.

Thanks for reading!

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Summer makeup esseantials

I don’t know about you, but in summer I’m not fond of wearing too much makeup. With the hot temperatures and the kind of activities we do in summer, I think that a lighter makeup is the best option.

These are the products that I usually wear

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1. Estée Lauder BB cream. 2. Physicians Formula mascara. 3. Ecotools blush brush. 4. Physicians Formula twin concealer. 5. Benefit lipstick. 

1. BB cream. These products are more lighter than foundation, therefore you won’t feel your makeup heavy on the skin. They don’t have as much coverage as foundation, but they help to even out the skintone.

2. Mascara. For summer a waterproof mascara is a good option, but I rather use a natural one since is suitable for sensitive eyes. The only thing you have to keep in mind if you use a natural mascara in summer, is that this can smudge.
3. Brush. For applying powder products. One with loose hairs won’t apply a lot of product, avoiding a cakey look.
4. Concealer. To correct the areas you want to conceal. Apply over it translucent powder.
5. Lipstick. Usually I don’t wear lipstick, but if I do I wear one that matches my lips colour.

I haven’t included powder and blush, but the former is essential for setting concealer or in the T zone, I prefer using a translucent one.

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What are your essential summer makeup products?

 

Planning your next trip

Happy 4 of July to all the American readers! Since we’re on summer and most of us have holidays on this season, I’ve decided to share some of my tips for planning a trip.

Planning in advance your trip is really important to get the most out of it, save money and avoid incidentals.

These are some tips that I take into account for planning my travels.

  • Booking in advance your plane tickets. Ok, this is a pretty obvious one, but what if you haven’t done that? If you start planning your trip a few days before it is actually taking place, buying your plane tickets in advance won’t be possible. In this case I think that the best option is being flexible with your destination. The reason for this is that the price of plane tickets fluctuates depending on the season and destination, so if you can’t afford to travel to a certain place, you can look for alternative options and plan on travelling to that place on another time.
  • Buy transport passes. For moving around the city instead of buying a single ticket for public transport, buy a ticket for a day.
  • Prepare a schedule. Having a schedule with all the places you want to visit will save you time, and allow you to make the most of your trip.
  • Stay in apartments or hostels instead of hotels. In some destinations hotels can be quite expensive in certain seasons. Consider booking an apartment or hostel.
  • Travel with the essential. By travelling with a few items, the essential things you need, you will avoid paying for excess luggage, and it will be easier to move around not only in the airport but as well from the airport to your accommodation, specially if you use public transport. Besides we really don’t need many things for travelling and enjoying new places 😊

I hope that these tips are helpful, and I’d like to know your tips for planning your holiday trip!

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Color correcting concealer

I think that every makeup look, for everyday or for special occasions, the concealer plays an important role. That’s why we should try to find the concealer technique and products that suits our needs.
I’ve recently incorporated colour correcting in my daily makeup routine. This technique consist in applying a colour (yellow, green…) over the areas you want to correct, and then applying over it your regular concealer or foundation. The first colour will cover the colour that we want to conceal, since concealer or foundation won’t cover certain colours.
The colour correcting technique is based upon the colour wheel. The colour that is across another colour in the colour wheel can be neutralized by the second one.

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The most used colours for colour correcting are yellow and green. Yellow covers dark circles (purple or blue toned), and green covers red areas.
I’ve being using Concealer Twins from Physicians Formula. Mine is in yellow and light. I blend the yellow tone in the undereye area, and then tap over it the light tone.

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Natural makeup removers

Since I started using natural cosmetics I somehow have felt that I wasn’t being all the coherent I could be. I started using natural products because I wanted to have a less impact in nature, by means of using cruelty free cosmetics and organic cosmetics, but I feel that the best way to care of the environment is by reducing my consumerism habits.

And somehow I just realized that the most natural cosmetics are those which are pure and not mixed with other products.

Some products must be bought as I guess we can not replace them with natural ingredients, but there are oils that can be used as cosmetics, and even do a better job than the first ones.

I’ve been using castor oil and almond oil to remove my makeup, and I’m not going to turn back to the store’s makeup removers.

I’ve found that the oils are more gentle with the skin. At first it was hard to get use to the texture, but I’ve got used to it.

I use castor oil to remove my eye makeup. I like this oil because the texture is denser than other oil’s textures, and it’s said that this oil is good for growing your lashes and eyebrows.

For removing the face makeup I use almond oil. Even though it takes more time to remove the makeup with this oil, I still prefer this oil over a regular makeup remover, since this oil moisturizes the skin.

 

Dr. Organic Virgin Olive Oil Body Scrub

I buy natural products from my local store. It is a shop that sells all kinds of beauty products, but they have a place in the store which is dedicated to natural and organic products.

I wanted to get a natural body scrub. After reading tons of ingredients on the products, I decided to go to the place where the natural products were located, and I found Dr. Organic’s products.

Dr. Organic is a natural and organic hair, body and oral care products brand. They use all natural ingredients in their products and emulsifiers, emollients and preservatives permitted by Organic Cosmetics Standard.

They not only use natural ingredients, they use mainly organic ingredients, which means that the ingredients in their products are grown without using pesticides and fertilizers.

Dr. Organic is an affordable brand with different lines to choose from, and I’ve noticed that prices vary depending on the line you choose. They have a range of organic aloe vera, organic pomegranate, organic tea tree products, among others.

The products I’ve bought from Dr. Organic are the “Organic Virgin Olive Oil Body Scrub” and the “Organic Pomegranate Toothpaste”.

Today I’m going to write about the body scrub. It’s from their organic olive oil product’s range. The products from this range are indicated for people with dry skin.

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The ingredients on this product are organic olive oil, aloe vera, sweet almond oil, cotton seed oil, lemon, thyme, among other natural ingredients.

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I’ve liked this scrub since it’s really soft on the skin, the particles are really small so it isn’t harsh on the skin. After using this product, the skin feels really soft and moisturized. As I said this scrub is really gently, so it doesn’t give a deep exfoliation to the skin, which makes it suitable for dry and sensitive skin.

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It’s difficult to describe the smell of this product. But I’ll try. It’s a soft smell, it doesn’t smell like olive oil, but is a fresh smell. The smell doesn’t last on the skin. It isn’t a smell that I really enjoy, but I’m fine with it since this is a natural product.

The product doesn’t indicate how often it can be used, but since it’s really soft I think it could be use once a week, and it should be follow with a deep moisturizer, I use an argan oil and honey body butter.

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Thanks for reading!!!

 

 

Inecto hair treatment

Before using natural products, I was aware of the effect of silicones in the hair, so back then I already used a silicon free shampoo, but not a silicone free hair treatment.

Hair products with silicones leave the hair shiny and without freeze by creating a coat in the hair. But that coat doesn’t let hair treatments to nourish the hair. I stopped using silicone shampoos since I noticed that after washing my hair it was really heavy, it didn’t feel clean. I kept using a regular hair treatment since I didn’t use it on the roots.

Since I’ve decided to use natural products, I wanted switch my regular hair treatment to a natural one without silicones.

I found Inecto’s hair treatment in my local store , and after collecting information from the brand, since I had never heard of it, I decided to try it.

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Inecto is a British cosmetic brand, with up to 90% of their product’s ingredients from natural origin. Inecto’s product’s main ingredients are argan oil and coconut oil. They also work with the farms that provide them the oils to warrant that their products are made with sustainable ingredients.

Some people make their own hair treatment with these ingredients, but I find very convenient to have them together in a product, without having to make them myself, if I’m in a rush.

The Inecto’s hair treatment really smells like nature, is a true natural scent that I enjoy, I can compare it with other products that have coconut scent but aren’t natural, and definitely I can tell the difference between the two scents. I’ve noticed that the smell doesn’t last in the hair, which I find reasonable as this is a natural product.

As for how it leaves the hair, Inecto’s hair treatment is a 90% natural product, therefore it won’t give a shiny hair or frizz free hair, since it doesn’t have silicones on it. I share the opinion of some reviews that I’ve read about this product, that considered this product more as a conditioner than as a hair treatment.

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This product will clean your hair and make detangling easily, it also will nourish your hair gradually, but if you have a very damaged hair I think this product is not enough to repair it.

I’ve liked this product specially because it doesn’t make my hair heavy, I definitely can tell the difference in my hair by using this product from when I used the hair treatments with silicones.

Another thing I like about these product is the packaging; I like that the container is a tube, therefore water or dirt can’t get on it, which usually happens with the regular hair treatment’s packagings.

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