I'm quite particular when it comes to oils. As I write that, I realize that I'm particular about basically everything that goes on this face of mine...However, oils are a huge hit or miss, and I can usually tell quickly if I will love it or if it will gradually make its way to the back of my stash. Not all oils are made and sourced equally, which I think is what makes so many afraid of experimenting. They are irrefutably the best way to balance and nourish your skin without adding an extra coating of moisturizer that sits on top of your skin. Both oils and creams moisturize, but in completely different ways.
That being said, this oil has moved into the "love" category. I have used it in the mornings for nearly three weeks, straight under SPF.
When a couple of beauties from the Neal's Yard Remedies London team were in town a few weeks ago, we met over coffee to chat about the Wild Rose collection that is relaunching in June 2016. While the collection has been popular for quite some time, its packaging has recently been revamped by British artist Alice Shields. Each product bares the same lush scent, and each product utilizes the collection's namesake--wild rosehip seed oil--which contains essential skin food: antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids.
What it is: a lightweight, hydrating, nourishing, antioxidant radiance serum
I fell in love with the wild rose beauty balm (cleanser/mask/lip balm/eye balm/moisturizer/aromatherapy for pulse points) first, and the beauty elixir was quick to follow. It boosts radiance, brightens, protects and provides essential nutrition + lightweight hydration. This is one of the best products of its kind I have come across in a while, simply because it "handles" so much and is easy to use. I love its lightweight, watery texture that immediately sinks in, and I also love the way it makes my skin look and feel. I have used it as both a serum in addition to a lightweight moisturizer, as well as on its own. During the summer, it will be just the right about hydration alongside the craved antioxidant protection.
Caroline: Describe yourself in one sentence (i.e. the maker of magic):
April: I am a deeply grateful mom, wife, friend, daughter, entrepreneur and believer in true beauty.
C: She is also the creator of the most magical and transforming product I have ever put on my face and refuse to be without.
C: What is your definition of beauty?
A: True beauty is a light in your heart that shines through everything you do.
C: What is your "skin story" / what prompted you to create your own product?
A: I struggled with my skin all my life. Cystic acne and discoloration were my biggest issues. For me, putting oil my face for the first time felt like jumping off a cliff, but it was love at first drop. Creating Vintner’s Daughter took that love for face oils and pushed the boundaries to the very edge on activity and performance.
C: I think when you first told me that you used to have cystic acne (and the fact that you almost knew it would work for my "hormonal/anxiety cheek issue"), I fell in love with you. And you were right! Similarly to you, if you had told me 3-4 years ago I'd be cleansing and treating with oils, I'd think you were out of your mind. But of course, Vintner's is so much more than that, which is why so many people are seeing incredible results.
Included in the final giveaway this week:
I get a lot of questions about whether or not I apply SPF daily. Because I am so fair-skinned, I have always been super obsessive about staying out of the sun and protecting my skin. Now, because of my scars, I'm more obsessive about sunscreen than I've ever been. As in, while walking down the streets of SoHo and realizing it's gotten super sunny, I pull out a travel size and reapply in the middle of the road (true story).
Here's the thing with Tula: they've been under the radar for a long, long time. I first heard of the brand when they reached out to me this past June. My Instagram was new, and they were a very new, growing brand. As they have grown (congrats!), I have grown. I almost feel like we've grown in the skincare world side by side. And let it be known, there is something super charming about their blue jars (that are not plastic).
These two products are my TULA favorites, and if you're going to try anything from the line, I'd start here.
SURPRISE! To celebrate my one year anniversary on Instagram, I'm filling this week with giveaways and other happy things. I chose to begin with Tatcha for two primary reasons: I recommend their cleansing oil to literally everyone + I know how difficult it is to get internationally. Thus, this giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. The more obvious reason is that I simply adore the brand. Hopefully, this introduction to my most favorite Tatcha products will be a way for you to fall in love with the brand like I have. The detail Tatcha puts in their products, packaging, handwritten notes, and customer care is simply unparalleled. They have loved and supported me, and I just want every single person to say they have at least tried their beautiful camellia cleansing oil.
Note: This post was published July 14, 2015. Because I am so fair-skinned and because I know the importance of sunscreen, I never leave the house without SPF on my face. For many, many years, I was devoted to Neutrogena's Oil Free SPF 35 moisturizer. Yes, Neutrogena. I still love the way it sinks in and feels. However, once I started becoming more efficient at researching skincare ingredients, I realized I wasn't quite sure I wanted to be putting that on my face every day. It has some iffy preservatives and other things that raise some eyebrows in scientific research. Do I still use it from time to time? Yes; however, I realized I needed a better product for the majority of days.
This SPF has not disappointed. My only complaint is that it takes a bit of extra work getting off at night if you apply a thick layer and/or reapply. However, when initially applied, I don't use more than a pea-sized amount.
-Titanium Dioxide 1.5%: Sunscreen.
-Zinc Oxide 17%: Sunscreen.
-ProVention-R™ Complex (Green Tea Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, and Pomegranate Extract): A skin-protecting antioxident blend safe for acne and rosacea-prone skin.
-Vitamin C: Helps brighten and repair signs of photo aging.
Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-15, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Iron Oxides, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis (GreenTea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract.
For those completely against using a chemical sunscreen, this would be a great option for you. This is completely natural derived and mineral based. Also, notice that this is a sunscreen and not a moisturizer. Thus, if you're dry, you would still use a moisturizer prior to putting this on. Because I'm slightly oily and it's summer, most of the time this is all I need. Another positive about this not having moisturizing ingredients as well as SPF is that it's a great option for those with acne / those prone to breakouts. It also contains silicones, meaning it can also play the role as primer if need be. As a lightweight and smooth cream, it glides on easily, sinks in readily, and provides a matte finish. This has not irritated me in the least, and I am slightly sensitive. Overall, I am very impressed with the ingredients and MDSolarSciences. I will be trying more of their products in the coming weeks!
Note: This post was published July 3, 2015. Many of you have asked, so I finally decided to give in--I created a blog! When the Tata cleanser comparison was very much wanted, I thought it would be best for me to have more space to write. I wholeheartedly agree with Caroline Hirons when she mentioned Tata's cleansers were the best on the market right now. My skin is absolutely loving them. Granted, everyone is (always) entitled to their opinion. Before I get started reviewing, you should know a bit about my "skincare philosophy," as I like to call it. I use what works for me. I don't believe in buying something just to buy it. I don't believe in buying something to take a picture. When my skin feels good, I feel good. I have always loved taking care of my skin; as I'm very fair, everything is simply more noticeable and sensitive. Water intake and SPF take you a long way. Beauty to me is having a glow that comes from within. Makeup will always be secondary, and I'm rarely wearing more than tinted moisturizer, blush, and mascara. And lastly, I believe everyone is capable of having a healthy routine. I mix and match between less expensive and more high end, but at the end of the day, I think spending a bit of extra money on your face is worth it. Skin type: I am slightly sensitive and slightly oily, prone to hormonal/stress congestion, and can get dehydrated if I'm not careful.
On to Tata! I will do these in the order I acquired them: