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A good facial oil can be your best friend during the winter. I previously did an entire post about oils and why they’re so good for your skin (which you can read here!) To recap, oils help replace the natural oil component in our skins. Our skin has a natural water and oil component that are part of our moisture barrier. This moisture barrier often gets unbalanced and damaged during the winter, thanks to cold, dryness, wind, and of course indoor heating.

A natural oil (must be natural! Our skin doesn’t know what to do with overly processed, synthetic oils) helps to give the skin that crucial hydration it’s missing or lacking.

One of my current favourite oils is the Citrusy Nighttime Face Oil from Aromic Skincare, a Canadian brand.  This oil is handmade, and 100% natural. They work with chemists, biologists, and botanists to formulate natural yet highly effective oils jam-packed with active ingredients. Their formulations contain between 9 and 29 active ingredients! To put that into perspective, most products on the market contain only about 2-5 active ingredients. 

What I love best about this brand is that they are completely cruelty free, and 100% vegan! That means no yucky animal by-products in any of their formulations. Just pure plant extracts and essential oil goodness!

They currently have only 2 products in their range, the Hydrating Oil and the Citrusy Nighttime Oil. Both retail for $40, which may seem expensive at first but considering the phenomenal formulation, it’s actually an incredible price. Other oils on the mark range for about $50-$200 and up!

The Citrusy Nighttime Face Oil quickly became my favourite face oil. It’s great for all skin types, especially those wanting radiance and hydration with a super light-weight texture. The orange oil in it gives it the most incredible fresh, citrusy smell. Seriously, I wish I could have you all smell it through my screen. It also contains Evening Primrose Oil and Jojoba oil, which are great for problematic or unbalanced skin! I’ve been battling some hormonal acne in the last year, and I found this oil really helped to calm down my breakouts and keep my skin looking bright!

It has minimal ingredients, which are: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Citrus limonum, Citrus Auratinum Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tocopherol. 

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Oils that contain fruit essential oils, especially citrus, are typically recommended just for nighttime use. This is because they are natural brightening ingredients (which are completely safe for skin, and super beneficial) but they can make the skin a little more sensitive to the sun. Because they’re so concentrated and contain active ingredients, it’s also best to use during the night because that’s when our skin does the most repairing.

The Hydrating Oil however can be used in the daytime, especially under makeup or mixing a drop with your foundation for a more dewy glow!

I apply 2-5 drops after my serum, and before my moisturizer. You can also mix this with your moisturizer if you prefer! I’ve been using mine about 2-3 times a week, and I definitely notice a difference on the nights that I don’t use it. It helps my skin feel so much softer, more supple, and more hydrated. I am so in love with this oil!

This would make a great gift for any skincare lover in your life, or for anyone looking for natural products. They offer free shipping on all orders, which is so amazing considering they’re a relatively small brand! I cannot recommend this enough!

 

*This product was sent to me by the brand. This is not sponsored, nor did they ask me to write a review. All views are my own honest opinion!* 

Previous Blogmas post:

Drugstore Stocking Stuffer Ideas (Blogmas 2016 Day 11)

 

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I’ve said it before, and I will likely say it hundreds of times in the future: skincare is absolutely crucial in the winter. Skincare is always important, but even more so in the winter. If you live in a particularly cold or harsh climate like I do, the skin faces aggressors on a daily basis.

In the winter (especially in climates that get a lot of snow and freezing temperatures) the skin’s moisture barrier can majorly suffer (you can read all about the skin and moisture barrier here!) The skin can become majorly dehydrated and dry as it’s exposed to freezing cold, harsh wind, and indoor heating. All of these things wreak havoc on our skin, and its ability to balance itself and regulate moisture.

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One of my least favourite things about the holiday season is the unfortunate effect of winter dryness. Dry, flaky skin, redness, and irritation all come to mind when I think of December, which can definitely put a damper on my holiday spirit /9especially if you live in an extremely cold climate like I do. Oh, Canada!)

Combatting winter dryness can be a seemingly daunting task, but there are a lot of steps we can take to help our skin. Hydrating is definitely the most important step. You can read all about oils and how they can help the skin here.  I will also be posting my favourite creams and masks to protect the skin soon as a part of Blogmas!

For today’s Blogmas post, I wanted to share how to achieve that healthy glowing complexion with makeup. The glowing, dewy look can definitely be harder to achieve in the winter than in the summer heat.

The “strobing” trend has been all over the internet and makeup industry for quite a while now. It’s been all over the runways, especially paired with  a berry or red lip. It’s by no means a new trend, and while some believe it’s already phasing out, I personally think there are a lot of great things we can learn from strobing.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 11.32.20 PMFirstly, yes. Strobing really is intense highlighting. But there’s more to it than that. The purpose of lighting is to create bright, glowing skin. It focuses more on bringing forward plains of the face, rather than adding dimension with the intense contouring that’s also been immensely popular over the last few years (thank you, Kim Kardashian and drag queens!) With strobing, the rest of the face is typically kept much more subtle. Natural-looking foundation with little to no contour, and instead focusing on really highlighting the cheekbones and adding that dewy, almost wet look.

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Strobing, when done right, can add a beautiful youthful glow to the skin. It creates the look of healthy, full, supple, bright skin.

Layering tons of highlighter on the skin is not always the most flattering on all skin types. For those of you with very dry or textured skin like I have, you really have to be careful with what you apply to the skin.

My favourite way to create a more natural strobing effect for a gorgeous glow is:

  1. Make sure the skin is exfoliated, to avoid the look of dry patches or flakes.
  2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Seriously, this is one of the most important steps. After cleansing, I go in with a hydrating serum, followed by a moisturizer. Apply your moisturizer at least 10 minutes before applying makeup if possible, so that it has time to absorb into the skin.
  3. If you’re very oily, you may want to apply a primer. I personally have a love/hate relationship with primers. While they do help product stick to the skin, if you’re very dry or have texture/flaky patches, primer can actually accentuate this. Opt for a moisturizing primer with a high water content, like the Smashbox Primerizer! 
  4. A hydrating mist or facial spray is a great way to add extra moisture to the skin. My favourite is the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin mist – it’s very expensive, but truly amazing. It gives your skin an instant radiant, dewy glow!
  5. Opt for a foundation with a dewy or luminous finish. This really helps create that youthful glow, and will also help boost your highlight. Apply your foundation in very thin layers, blending into the skin with a damp sponge (this works better than a brush for creating a dewy, natural finish.)
  6. Cover any blemishes, spots, or discolouration with thin layers of concealer. The Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer is one of my favourites for hiding these imperfections. Use concealer sparingly, this look is all about creating a perfect “natural” base.
  7. Apply a cream or liquid highlight to the high points of the cheekbones. I like to apply this by gently tapping it into the skin with my finger. Use sparingly, slowly building it up. You can also add this to the tip of your nose, your cupids bow, a tiny bit to the chin, and to the forehead.
  8. Apply your favourite powder highlight over top of where you applied your cream highlight. I like to use a fan brush to apply this. For fair skin tones, a pale pearl or champagne tone works beautifully. For deeper skin tones, look for highlighters with more of a gold tone.
  9. After highlight, (and finishing the rest of your makeup as desired, although try to skip powder if possible to avoid mattifying the skin) finish with a setting spray or face spray. Mac Fix + is phenomenal for accentuating highlight, adding moisture, and absorbing any excess powder on the skin, however it’s not really a setting spray. Other sprays that work well are the Urban Decay Chill setting spray, the NYX Dewy Setting Spray, and the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin mist.

 

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While I love the holiday season, I don’t particularly enjoy cold weather. I don’t know about you, but dehydrated, flaking skin can put a damper on my holiday festivities.

The skin typically becomes much drier in the winter as it’s exposed to cold, wind, indoor heating, and dry climates. All of these things can wreak havoc on our skin’s moisture barrier, causing it to become dry, dehydrated, and unbalanced.

Oils are an incredible way to help balance, hydrate, and restore the skin. There are a million different kinds of oils on the market, ensuring there’s a type for every skin need.

In order to really understand how oils work, it’s important to understand one of the most crucial elements of our skin: the moisture barrier.

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Hello everyone! I am so excited to announce that I’m doing my very first giveaway! If you read yesterday’s post about my Salcura skincare experience and review, then you know that I have totally fallen in love with the brand, and that it has helped my eczema immensely!

(You can enter right here on my facebook page!)

(this giveaway is now closed)
Salcura has generously offered to give one of my followers/readers a chance to win some skincare!! I absolutely love giveaways, and have been wanting to do one since I first started blogging. I recently hit a blogging milestone, and thought this would be a perfect time to host a giveaway!

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The giveaway will be running from November 27th to December 4th, and you can enter by following myself and Salcura on Instagram, but also here for extra entries and more chances to win!

One of you lovely people will win some Salcura products geared towards hydrated dry, winter skin!

If you’d like the chance to win some Salcura skincare, click here!