Hello friends! It’s great to be back on my blog. In the last month and a half, I’ve moved twice and gone out of the country – so I’ve been a busy bee. Everything is settling down, and I finally have time to write!
My skin has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Back in my teens, my face was incredibly oily. It felt and looked like I had actually rubbed olive oil on my face, and it was embarrassing. If I tried to wear makeup, my foundation and powder would break down in about an hour. From the ages 20-21, the oil toned down some but my cystic acne started picking up. I would have painful, red lumps the size of a marble under my skin. They would linger for weeks, and would sometimes scar. My skin back in 2017
Now that I am 22, my skin type has changed to combination. I very rarely get cysts, and I just get oily around my nose and chin. My pores are barely visible, and my undereye area looks much more hydrated. However, my forehead is as dry as a desert, and is starting to get fine lines!!! I have been trying my best to keep on top of this, and I started moisturizing every day – which helped a LOT. However, I am always looking for new ways to continue improving my skin. I love that my blemishes are drastically reduced, but premature wrinkles are the last thing I need. So, I have been venturing into face oils, and have fallen in love!
I had built up quite a collection of face oils from beauty subscription boxes, but I always thought that they would clog my pores and leave my skin looking greasy. So, I had loads sitting unused in a drawer for a long time. Well, I have been trying them all out recently, and today I’m going to share my top three with you!
OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil
My #1 face oil fave is the OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil. This is a little pricey, at $68 for a 1 fl oz bottle. However, it is all-natural, vegan, and cruelty free – these qualities drive up the price of a product, but I think they are worth it. The Essential Hydrating Oil contains geranium oil to provide fragrance and add glow to your complexion, jojoba oil to plump your skin, lavender oil to soothe, macadamia oil to deeply hydrate, and rosewood oil to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
The OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil comes with a little pump nozzle, which is less messy than using a dropper. It feels a little greasy when you first apply it, but my skin absorbs it quickly. What I really love about this is how amazing it works with my makeup! When I apply foundation after using this facial oil, it ends up looking incredibly natural. This even happens when I try on foundations that have previously looked cakey on me.
Dr. Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
I received this Dr. Botanicals face oil in a Glossybox, and it feels so refreshing! It isn’t greasy in the slightest, and it is completely weightless. This is a more affordable option than the OSEA oil; a 1 fl oz jar is available on Amazon for $35 (affiliate link).
The Moroccan Rose Facial Oil has Vitamin C to boost collagen production, Vitamin A to even skin tone, and almond oil to moisturize. It is also cruelty-free, vegan, and all-natural!
I don’t see a difference in my makeup when using this, and it doesn’t give me the same luminous glow as the OSEA. However, it has a drastic effect on my dry forehead! I like to use the OSEA face oil on mornings that I will be doing my makeup, and I use the Dr. Botanicals oil every night.
Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concetrate
I received the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate in an Ipsy bag about a year ago. I don’t use this very often, mainly because I don’t want to use up the small sample size. A full sized bottle is a whopping $73!
I think this is the best-feeling face oil out of all three. It isn’t greasy feeling like the OSEA oil, but it gives your skin a velvety feel that you don’t get from the Dr. Botanicals oil. It also provides that same radiance that I love from the OSEA oil! The Kiehl’s face oil contains Tamanu oil to reduce the appearance of skin damage, sunflower oil to improve texture and hydration, and ginger oil for antioxidant protection. This is 100% natural, but I can’t verify that it is vegan or cruelty free. If it was, it would probably be my favorite out of the three oils.
Okay, so now I want to demonstrate what I meant about my foundation looking amazing with the OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil. Here is my bare skin, after absorbing three drops of face oil.
And here is my makeup after applying medium-coverage foundation (I used No7 Stay Perfect). It looks like bare skin!!
Here is a photo of my full face, with nothing on except the oil and the foundation. I love how glowy it makes my complexion look. Now can you see why I am so obsessed with the OSEA oil??
I really hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever used a face oil? What are your favorite brands?
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