Beauty, Natural Skincare Solutions, skincare

Oil Cleansing?? My thoughts.

oil cleanse

Hello Lovelies,

I’m back today to talk about one of the most hyped about skincare trends going on in the beauty world; Oil cleansing. It’s a staple routine in Korea, and man, do they ever know skincare over there. I’m often both perturbed and mesmerized when I see Korean women’s skin; just thinking about it brings to mind images of smooth porcelain. And can we please talk about how young they look?? They’re practically ageless, and many of them credit their amazing skin to their daily skincare routine. The thing is, a true Korean skincare routine involves ten steps, which to me seems incredibly daunting, time-consuming and expensive. Even so, I took one look at their glowing faces, and knew I had to give oil cleansing a try. They consider cleansing to be the most important step in skincare, which differs from popular western beliefs. So, without further ado, I would love to share my thoughts with you guys.

Oil cleansing is used as a first step cleanse. After you oil cleanse you are meant to follow up with a regular cleanser, and when it comes to removing makeup, I strongly recommend doing this double cleanse method. Oil cleansing is amazing at removing makeup, but when used as a singular cleanser, I sometimes felt as though my skin wasn’t clean enough. Using an oil cleanser in the morning however, is a different story. Because I cleansed my skin so thoroughly the night before, I feel like using an oil cleanser in the morning was much more gentle for my skin. It left my skin soft, and perfectly prepped for makeup. I also found that I didn’t need to use as much moisturizer which was nice. It didn’t make my skin more oily throughout the day, and it didn’t make my skin breakout at all. I think that all skin types could benefit from oil cleansing; it leaves your skin nourished, and truly removes makeup better than anything I’ve ever tried. Because your skin is so clean, your skin will be better equipped to absorb your other skincare products, thus making them more effective.

So do I recommend oil cleansing? YES. I think it’s 100% worth it.

I just think it’s important to make sure that you buy the right type of oil cleanser for your skin type, just as you would with any other skincare product. Certain oils are more drying and astringent than others (such as castor oil), which would make oil cleansers containing those ingredients better suited to an oily complexion. On the flip side of that coin, other oils are much more moisturizing than others (like olive oil or avocado oil) and those would be more effective on skin that tends to be drier. In addition, certain cleansers often have added essential oils, so if you’re sensitive maybe stay away from those particular ones, or make sure that the essential oils included are not irritating. After all, there’s a huge difference between rose essential oil and lemon essential oil. You can check out all the ingredients that I have found to irritate my sensitive skin right here. You could even try creating your own cleanser if you’re a DIY kind of person! Many people have claimed that creating their own has done wonders for their skin, simply because you can tailor it to your specific skin needs.

So bottom line, if you’re looking for a killer morning cleanser or excellent makeup remover, I say give oil cleansing a try. I think it may even be a new staple product for me!

Have you guys tried out oil cleansing?? I would love to hear about your experience if you have!




Beauty, Skin Health, skincare

My Quick and Easy fix for Tired Eyes

Hey lovelies,

I feel like no matter where I go, or who I talk to, pretty much everyone surrounding me is sleep deprived. It’s probably one of the most common things that everyone talks about; how much sleep they’re NOT getting. I’m not excluded from this bunch. I too have my days where I’m walking around looking more zombie than human. The worst part about not getting sleep is the resulting dark circles I get; they’re pretty insane. You can always tell when I’ve stayed up the whole night reading a book (I have a reading obsession…any other book lovers here??). I almost look like I have two black eyes. Not attractive.

So of course I’ve tried a few eye creams, and I don’t know guys… they never work on me, even ones that are specifically targeted towards dark circles. So I pretty much resigned myself to a life of looking like a Cullen until I recently tried this amazing trick that I found on the internet. It’s nothing new, and has been a known dark circle reliever for years, but I never took it seriously. What a mistake. It made my eyes look so alive!  So what is this miracle remedy?


Green tea bags.


Seriously, if you have ten minutes to spare in the morning, I highly suggest trying this out. You simply steep two bags of green tea (organic is probably best), let both of them cool completely, and then let them sit on your eyes for ten to fifteen minutes. First of all, it feels amazing and refreshing. Second, it actually works. My eyes looked so much better, and even felt less strained. Green tea is filled with antioxidants; they’re also a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient. They de-puff your eye area, and even make the skin around your eyes softer. Your eye area just looks so much healthier. It makes sense. Skincare companies have been using green tea as an active skincare ingredient for years. With this awesome DIY eye treatment, you’re getting straight green tea goodness.

Has anyone else tried this trick?? Let me know 🙂





Beauty, Health, Skin Health, skincare

How I deal with Skin Irritations

Hello Lovelies,

So today I’m going to be including a little bit of story time into this post.

The other day, while waiting for my usual bus ride to work, my skin took quite the beating. I was ambling towards my bus stop, earphones in, listening to James Bay (<3), when I saw that the entire area surrounding my stop was full of construction. There was a huge bulldozer and some construction guys fixing the sidewalks. Dust was in the air, and despite taking my allergy medication earlier that morning, I immediately felt the onslaught of a mild reaction. That was strike one.

Concerned that my bus would be taking a detour, I asked the construction workers if they knew if the bus was still scheduled to arrive, to which they answered “Of course, just be sure to stand here!” They directed me to an undisturbed patch of sidewalk. Okay. So because I’m a paranoid person, I call the bus company to confirm that the bus is still coming to which they too say “Of course! We don’t have any detours scheduled at that stop, so all should be a go!”

“Are you sure?” I ask. “Maybe I should go to another stop…?”

“No, no, everything should be fine.”

You can imagine the look on my face when the bus I was waiting for soars on by without a single glance in my direction.

Now, not only am I late to work, I need to go to a completely different stop, which sucks, but hey, I can deal. I’m a flexible, calm woman (Or so I kept telling myself). I let my work know that I’m going to be late, and I proceed to wait at the other stop. And then it becomes CRAZY WINDY. Like mother nature’s way of trying to blast off my skin windy. So I waited in this wind for literally twenty-five minutes, and by the end of the day, my face was ravaged.

This is my life of having super sensitive skin, and if this sounds like you as well, I have some helpful tips that will help to heal these annoying irritations.

  1. Skip the chemical-laden liquid foundations – You can return to these once your skin is back to normal, but in the meantime, it’s best to go make-up free or stick to mineral powder (which is what I did).
  2. Use gentle creams – I always use paraben and fragrance free skincare, but it’s especially important if your skin has had a reaction. I personally love Avene skincare because they have tons of moisturizers that create a comfortable environment for your skin to heal. This is the one I’m using at the moment.
  3. Keep your diet super clean – Now is not the time to indulge in cupcakes and chips. The sugar and bad fats will only worsen your skin, so be sure to eat lots of veggies, fruits and stick to whole grains. Eat a ton of healing skin foods! I particularly love to drink healing smoothies like this one.
  4. Don’t stress out about it – This is the hardest part, but believe me, your mind is powerful. Staying positive and relaxed will help your skin heal much faster.
  5. Try some Rosehip or Seabuckthorn oil – Both of these oils are all natural ways that really help to heal and replenish your skin. Both are fantastic to use at night under your moisturizer. right now I’m using rosehip oil and I LOVE it.

This is the brand I’ve been using and it’s my most favorite rosehip oil!

I hope that this post will help any of you who suffer from skin irritations like I do! If you have found some magical cure that works for you, please be sure to let me know 🙂