I cannot believe I have had this blog for almost TWO years and I have never written about beauty oils. That can’t be right! Well, better late than never. I have used a lot of oils in my time, and trust that they are not all created equal. That’s not to say that just because you do not like an oil for a specific use that is sucks. Oils have many uses, and they are not all multi purpose. I have a ton of oils in my routine that I use for different things, and that is how I am going to break down this post today. So get ready to learn about beauty oils (finally), and the timing couldn’t be better. Since we are nearing winter weather oils are a perfect option for keeping skin soft and hydrated.
Oils For Makeup
I have found that often people are afraid to incorporate oil in their makeup routine. Well, I am here to tell you that is it worth it. Oil can be the perfect primer for foundation and some oils can even be mixed into foundation to create a luminous (but never greasy) glow. The key is moderation. I am not telling you to mix an entire dropper full of oil into your makeup. More like 1 drop, maybe 2. Oil goes a long way! And like I said, not all oils are created equal. These two are my go-tos to incorporate in my makeup routine.
Okay, so this is a steep one ($95?!) but hear me out! This oil is nothing like any oil you have ever tried. I have never used something so hydrating yet so thin in texture before. And it absorbs in seconds. You would think after using it you would have a greasy mess all over your face since you feel so dewy, but every time I use it my face has a soft glow. My personal favorite way to use this oil is to mix two drops right into my day cream, or if I am going for a low key makeup look, I will put two drops in my the palm of my hand and press it right onto the high points of my face to create a natural highlight. Since this stuff is so pricey I will run any extra I have through the ends of my hair. You can’t waste a drop of this stuff.
I have talked about this oil time and time again, but I just can’t stop. When my skin is not cooperating and I need it to look good like, now, I reach for this. It instantly calms my reactive skin and balances all the oily and dry areas, creating an even canvas for makeup. The ingredients are clean and the price point is nice so I don’t feel guilty putting it in everything. Most often I will mix it into my foundation but I have layered it under my clay masks as well as my moisturizer. Really you can use it any way that feels right. Want more info? I have a review of more products from the line here.
PS. If you want to mix an oil into your foundation but are scared since you have oiler skin, I would recommend the lemonaid since it has more clarifying ingredients.
Sometimes I am not in the mood for a heavy night cream, and I don’t feel like putting on a night mask, but my skin is feeling dry so I need something. Enter night oil. Sometimes an oil layered over a light cream is just what my skin needs. And my skin looks bright and happy in the morning.
I had had this bottle for what sees like forever and I still have so much left! A little goes a long way with this oil and it works with pretty much any night cream. It has a clean finish that doesn’t have an overwhelming scent. Yeah you can mix this with anything but my favorite way to use it is to layer it over the Drunk Elephant Lala Whipped Cream. My skin always feels hydrated and calm immediately after applying it and the next morning my skin feels firm and ready for makeup.
Okay so this I don’t layer with any creams, this baby works just fine on its own. Think of this as a rejuvenating, hydrating, anti-aging superhero. Sure, it’s on the pricey side, but you only need a few drops for your entire face and it’s a treatment serum and a night cream in one, so you’re getting a lot for the price tag. And now it comes in a half ounce size! Out of all the oils I have in this post, this one probably does the most.
Spot Treatment Oils
Yeah, I have a lot of Sunday Riley products in this post, but that was not my intention I promise. The oils are just so good! These oils I like to use when my skin is not cooperating and some areas need more love than others.
It takes me forever to use up this oil since I only really use 1 drop at a time. If I have a blemish that needs some drying out, this is my go to since it will reduce the redness, dry out the blemish but also prevent flakiness. But I have to remember to use this in moderation. When I first got this oil I got a little excited and put it everywhere. Not a good idea. I was hella dry for some time. Another way to use this is to layer it under a clay mask. I like to put it all over my nose to draw out blackheads and a clay mask over to suck everything out. But I don’t do this often since that can be a little drying.
I told you there was a lot of Sunday Riley today, but the products are so good! The Flora oil has been discontinued (so sad!) but I found it on SpaceNK, but it says stock is limited so if this is something you would be interested in now is the time to scoop it up! This stuff is sooo hydrating and smells like a bouquet of roses. I use this oil when I am feel obnoxiously dry and my skin has no glow. Usually I wear it by itself but on occasion I will pair it with a mask or cream. But I will see results when I use it on its own.
Oils are not something to be afraid of, it is nice to have one (or five, no judgement) in your routine to add to products to give them a boost. Some oils can even be used on your body and hair as well. There are no limits to beauty oils! Remember that when you want to ditch your day/night cream when the weather starts to get colder, you might just need to add an oil!