What to Buy in the Sephora Sale | 10 Recommendations


I feel like I only just wrote a Sephora recommendations post, but there are so many more new favorites that I need to tell you about before the next sale! Sephora seems to have bumped up their VIB Sale - it's usually in November, but it starts August 24th for VIB Rouge and August 30th for VIB/Beauty Insiders. If you're like me and are panicking a bit because you thought you had more time to save up, here are a few current favorites that I think are worth picking up in the sale.


Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water* | I've only had this for a week, but I'm already hooked. I love a good fancy face water, and this one amps up the glow, smells like oranges, hydrates the skin, and gives it a good refresher throughout the day. The mist is beautiful and fine, delivering a fine veil rather than a sticky stream. It's alcohol-free so it won't dry you out over time, and I've really noticed it giving me a brighter and peppier appearance than other face mists. There's also a mini that's perfect for throwing in your bag for on-the-go refreshers.

Smashbox Photo Finish PrimerizerThis isn't a new release, but something I've been using consistently since I first bought it and would repurchase again and again. It's a thin, serum-y consistency that instantly plumps up the skin and leaves a moisturized, glowy finish. It makes my makeup go on so much better on top - nothing ever looks dry or cakey when worn over this primer. This is the primer that turned me into a primer-believer, too, so that's saying something. It really does make my makeup last longer, because my issue with longevity was always my skin getting dehydrated and drinking up my foundation. Now this hydrates my skin enough so that doesn't happen.

Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss in Dirty Chai | I've seen people raving about these glosses lately, and for good reason. They're one of the most non-lipgloss-feeling lipglosses I've ever used, if that makes sense. They feel more like a balm on the lips than a gloss, but they still give a beautiful shine. All the colors look beautiful, but I'm head over heels for Dirty Chai, a warm rose that is quite similar to my natural lip color. It's more pigmented than I was expecting it to be, but it still lets a little of my natural lip color show through, so it looks very natural. I've been pairing it with the Bite Lip Pencil in 016 too, if you're looking for a perfect match.

Origins Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Face MaskThis quickly became one of my favorite masks after I bought it in the spring. It's a creamy mask (it feels like a thick moisturizer) that feels so comforting and soothing on the skin. It's not exactly cooling, but it takes away redness and irritation right away for me. This has been so great for summer mornings when I wake up feeling a little dehydrated and heat rash-y. I love popping it on on a weekend morning, going about my chores, and then rinsing my face with cool water to get rid of any remaining mask that hasn't sunk into my skin. It leaves my skin plump, clear, and hydrated.


Caudalie Instant Detox Mask* | This has to be my favorite clay mask I own. It uses a combination of papaya enzymes, pink clay, coffee, and grape marc to detoxify, brighten, and purify the skin so pores appear smaller and skin is smoother. This really does give instant results for me without drying out my skin like other clay masks I've tried. It actually really reminds me of the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask - it looks, smells, and feels so similar. It's a thinner consistency than other clay masks, forming a flexible film as it dries rather than a thick, caked-on layer, so it doesn't feel super tight as it dries, and it's easy to rinse off. If you're in need of a new clay mask that won't strip your skin, look here!

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume MascaraI don't know how this didn't get included in my last recommendations post, because it's been tied for my #1 favorite mascara since it came out. I was skeptical because I usually don't like fiber mascaras (the fibers usually fall into and irritate my eyes), but the fibers in this stay put and give the lashes a super fluffy, full appearance. It really looks like I've gotten a nice set of fluffy lash extensions when I wear this mascara. I'm going to be repurchasing this in the sale. 


Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush* | I just got this for free through Octoly recently, but it's already become such a staple in my haircare routine that I wanted to recommend it to you, too. Since it's a pricier item, it's definitely a good idea to get it during the sale! My hair is quite frizzy and in between wavy and curly, but I'm too lazy to really do any styling. Most days I would just put it up in a messy bun and call it a day. But the Straightening Brush makes it so easy - it would normally take me at least 20 minutes to straighten my hair, but I can now get it done in 5. Instead of dividing my hair into four sections to work through, I only need to do two. It straightens my hair easily, and while it doesn't leave it as pin-straight as a flatiron would, I actually prefer the way the brush makes my hair look - like I didn't try too hard. 

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask* | This is another product I got free through Octoly and fell in love with. It's a thin, jellylike consistency that you can really feel working (read: it tingles a lot). It's a mask full of natural AHAs (fruit enzymes) and BHA (willowbark), as well as calming ingredients like blue tansy oil and aloe leaf, so it is a powerful chemical exfoliator that won't irritate your skin. Despite the tingling, I find my skin is much less red after I remove this mask than it is before I apply it. It leaves my skin super soft and smooth, and I find it doesn't feel as sensitized as it does after I use something like Babyfacial. 

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter EyeshadowIf you're like me and have been pouring one out for the Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows, hop on over to Hourglass and pick up one of their newest releases. These have the same not-quite-cream, yet not-quite-powder consistency and are filled with the most beautiful sparkles that don't feel chunky or gritty. I have the shade Aura right now, which is a beautiful pink shade, but I've got my eye on the champagne shade and will definitely get it in the sale if it doesn't sell out! These apply easily with a finger for a sheer wash of color, or they can be built up to be quite dramatic and metallic with a brush. They also stay very well on my creasy eyelids - I do need to prime them, but this lasts all day even when I just use concealer and powder to do that.

Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip GlossI know I already put a lipgloss on this list, but I'm really having a gloss moment and this has to be one of the most beautiful gloss formulas I've ever tried. It's creamy, not too thick, not sticky at all, and it smells like frosting. They have just the perfect amount of pigmentation too - pigmented enough to show up over more pigmented lips, but not so much that it looks goopy or collects in lip lines or the corners of the mouth. I have the shade Flesh Fantasy which is the perfect everyday pinky-brown, and I already have two more sitting in my cart for the sale - a more rosy shade as well as the pink duochrome one.

What do you think you'll get in the Sephora Sale?

Info via Trendmood: The Sephora Sale starts on August 24th for VIB Rouge - 20% off with the code YESROUGE, and it starts on August 30th for VIB & Beauty Insiders - 15% off with YESVIB and 10% off with YESINSIDER.

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Wedding Skin Prep | The Routine I Followed for a Month Before the Wedding


The biggest thing I stressed about in the lead-up to the wedding was trying to get my skin in its best shape. Over the winter my skin was probably the worst it's ever been, so I was starting to freak out. During the spring, I finally started finding a good routine to stick to, and for about a month or a month and a half leading up to the wedding, I stuck to it to a T. I think the strict routine without swapping different products in and out really helped my skin in the long run.


Evening Routine

For my evening routine I really wanted to focus on cleansing all the makeup and dirt from the day off my skin without stripping it, and loading it back up with moisture and nutrients it had lost. I stuck to fairly simple products and didn't go for many actives - I didn't want to risk any kind of reaction.

I started each night by massaging the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil* over dry skin, makeup and all. It easily broke down all my makeup and washed away cleanly, leaving my skin cleansed and moisturized rather than stripped. To make sure all the dirt and makeup was really washed away, I went in with a second cleanse of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* and massaged it in with the Wyld Skincare Pink Konjac Sponge.* This duo was perfect - the Soy Cleanser is super gentle and quite soothing, and the soft konjac sponge really gently exfoliated my skin.


Next I went in with toner, but instead of swiping it over my face with a cotton pad, I patted in a few layers with my hands. The Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner* has been a favorite for quite awhile now, and my love for it is still going strong. It makes my skin feel nicely hydrated and soft, and it's quite soothing from the rose as well. As you'll see, I use this product morning and night.

Next for my serum step I used a product that can be either a moisturizer or a serum, Stratia Liquid Gold. This is one of my favorite finds - it contains fatty acids and cholesterol to mimic the skin's moisture barrier, so it's excellent for repairing and soothing. Any time my skin is feeling itchy or tight, I reach for this, and it sorts it out right away. I didn't remember to use eye cream every single night, but when I did, it was the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb. This is still one of my favorite eye creams - it's incredibly moisturizing and leaves my undereyes super smooth, but it's still lightweight, non-greasy, and doesn't clog my pores.

I then massaged a healthy dollop of the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream.* This has quickly become one of my favorites - I've been using it off and on for about a year, but using it consistently has really proven what a great product it is. Not only does it pump the skin full of hydration, but it also really helps to soothe my skin and leave it super soft come morning. My last step every night was basically marinating myself in facial oils - most nights I combined two. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I've been obsessing over the Leo Oil for the past two months. It's really worked wonders for my skin, really helping to clear it up and maintain balance. I used the Leo Oil without fail every single night, and sometimes I mixed in a few drops of the Caudalie Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil.* This was one I especially loved using at night after my kickboxing classes. Not only did it keep my skin moisturized and glowy, but it really did make my skin feel cleaner and more "detoxed" in the morning.


Morning Routine

My focus for my morning routine, like my night routine, was simplicity and hydration, as well as brightening. I was finding I was waking up with a bit of dullness (because it's allergy season), so I reached for products that would help combat that.


I've been trying this new thing where I don't wash my face in the morning, but rather wipe it down with toner on a cotton pad. My skin's really been loving it, actually. I've been doing this with the Pixi Glow Tonic every morning, and after years and years it's still one of my favorite products. It smooths out my skin over time but is gentle enough to use every day. Next I would go back in with the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, patting in a few layers with my hands like I would do at night. This added lots of hydration and got my skin ready for makeup.

For serum I was using the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum* each morning, and again, it quickly became a staple. It really brightened up my skin over time, and it always made me look so lit-from-within-glowy. I made sure to use this before doing my makeup on my wedding day, because it always made my skin look so nice right off the bat. Even though I was wishy-washy with eye cream at night, I never forgot it in the morning. I was using the Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, and it really does make a difference in my undereyes. It's a gorgeous almost balmy formula that sinks in without being greasy, sits well under makeup, and it instantly brightens up my undereyes. Seriously, I think I need to use less concealer after using this.

While at night I would split up my moisturizer and oil steps, in the morning I was almost always rushing out the door, so I mixed a few products together. I started with a bit of the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream,* added a couple drops of Leo Oil, and then added a couple drops of the Dr. Jart+ Camo Drops.* I got a nice dewy glow from the cream, the soothing and healing power of the Leo Oil, and the color correcting capabilities of the Camo Drops - a win, win, win. This left my skin perfectly prepped for makeup. Lastly, and I'm sorry for forgetting to include it in photos, was always the most important part: sunscreen. I went for Glossier Invisible Shield every morning - it's still my favorite because I love that I can't feel it on my skin at all.


Once per Week

I'm a face mask fiend, but I really toned it down leading up to the wedding, just because I was afraid of overdoing things and giving myself a reaction. I picked out three masks that covered all my bases and aimed to use them once a week, spaced out throughout the week. In reality, I think I ended up using them slightly less often than that - maybe once every week and a half.

The first mask I really needed was a good detoxing clay mask. Even though my skin isn't oily, I can still feel it getting congested with buildup from time to time. I went for the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask* here. I love that it sucks everything out of my pores, but it doesn't leave my skin feeling super dry. Using this always helped to shrink breakouts and made my pores appear smaller.

The next must-have mask was something deeply nourishing and moisturizing. I have quite dry skin, and every once in awhile I need to give it a kick when all my regular hydrating skincare isn't quite cutting it. Here I always reached for the Fresh Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask.* My skin just loves anything with honey (let me know if you'd like to see a post rounding up all my favorite honey skincare products), and this is one of the most beautiful masks I've ever tried (and it should be, for the price). It's a thick, creamy consistency that spreads over the skin easily without being sticky, and it stays put without dripping. I like to apply this and really let it sit for a good hour or so. My skin is always deliciously smooth and plump afterwards. This is dangerously making me want to try the rest of the Creme Ancienne line.

The last mask I felt like I needed was a good exfoliating one. I almost picked Babyfacial, but in the end I was afraid of overdoing it and picked out the Pixi Peel & Polish.* I like that it only takes two minutes, doesn't sting, and instantly makes my skin feel bright and baby-smooth. I'd use this every night if I could - I love it that much. 

Throughout this month of using the same products over and over, I admittedly did get extremely bored (I just love trying new products and product combinations), but I think my skin really thanked me for sticking to a routine. It's something I'm still trying to hold onto now that the wedding is over. 

What skincare products would you pick out to use before a special occasion? Would you stick to a routine like this?

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

A New Favorite Mask Duo | Caudalie Instant Detox Mask & Origins Mega-Mushroom Soothing Mask


One of my favorite ways to really treat myself is to take some time to myself and do some back-to-back masking. I've always loved following up some kind of detoxifying clay mask with a hydrating mask - it leaves my skin feeling super clean, fresh, and baby smooth. I'm always looking for new combinations to pair together, and I've stumbled upon a great one recently.


I've wanted to try the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask* for such a long time, so I cracked into it the day I received it in the mail. It uses pink clay and coffee to pull out excess oil and dirt, grape marc to detoxify and drain the pores, and papaya enzymes to gently exfoliate and brighten the skin. It's quite a thin consistency that spreads over the skin easily and is even easier to wash off once dry. I leave it on for about 10 minutes to dry before washing off - it gets pretty tight on the skin, but it doesn't feel like it dries me out too much once it's washed off. This is a mask that definitely has instant results for me - my pores instantly appear smaller, and my skin looks clearer and brigher immediately upon washing it off. This reminds me so much of the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask, so if you're a fan of that you'll love this, too.

My skin is on the dry side so while the Caudalie mask doesn't dry my skin out like other clay masks do, I still like to follow it up with an extra dose of moisture with a hydrating mask. Right now I'm really loving following up with the Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Face Mask. I just got this in the Sephora VIB sale and I'm already hooked. It's a thick, creamy consistency that starts off opaque on the skin and slowly becomes more transparent as your skin drinks it in. It contains reishi mushroom as well as fermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms to reduce redness and calm the skin. This is another one that gives instant results - this totally clears up all of my redness and really soothes and comforts my skin. It's the perfect followup to a detoxifying mask because it really feels like it strengthens the skin and adds the perfect amount of moisture. The instructions say to leave it on for 10 minutes, but it feels so nice on my skin that I sometimes leave it on for up to 30. My skin really drinks this stuff up, and although it's a newer addition to my collection, it's already a firm favorite. Side note - I've noticed it gives me very similar results to the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask!

Have you tried either of these masks? What's your favorite masking combo?

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Loving Lately | 10 Recommendations for the Sephora VIB Sale


It's been awhile since I've written about some products I've been loving, and so what better time than when the Sephora VIB sale about to start. This time, I've selected five skincare and five makeup products that I'm loving that can all be found in Sephora, in case you're looking for something new to try out while there is 10-15% off. As usual, I've been all about glowing skin and a more minimal makeup look, so these products are all perfect for achieving that.

The Skincare

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner* - I've loved this for about a year now, but in the past few months it's really grown on me. I use multiple layers morning and night, and my skin has been feeling so much softer and more hydrated. If you love rose, you'll love this. It smells beautiful, just like everything from Fresh, and I just love how there's rose petals floating in the toner. There's an unused bottle pictured, but just know I've already gone through two of these.


Summer Fridays Jet Lag MaskThis seems to be the product of the moment. Everyone is raving about it, and for good reason. Summer Fridays is a new brand started by lifestyle bloggers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores, and the Jet Lag Mask is their very first product. It's kind of an all-in-one treatment, really. It hydrates, soothes, gently exfoliates, and depuffs - it's basically a facial in a tube. I've seen endless ways to use this, but my favorite is applying a thick layer and letting it soak in for 30 minutes to an hour, and then gently rinsing off anything left over. It instantly makes my skin smoother and softer, and it does an amazing job of depuffing my undereye area as well. I will definitely continually repurchase this as I run out. Unfortunately this sold out at Sephora as I was writing this post, but I still think it's so great it's worth paying full price for. It's currently in stock on the Summer Fridays website. Also, the Origins Mega-Mushroom Mask has been giving me similar results and is still in stock at Sephora.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye CreamI've only been using this for about a week now, so while I can't comment on longterm benefits, I'm already so incredibly impressed. This has to have one of the nicest consistencies of an eye cream I've ever used - it almost feels balmy, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all. I love the airless pump packaging, and the pump is super easy to control, too, so you don't waste product. I've noticed this instantly seems to brighten up my dark circles a bit and really smooths out my undereye area. I've been using it every morning, and my concealer has been looking so much nicer - it doesn't cake up or look dry throughout the day. This may have beat Babyfacial as my favorite Drunk Elephant product!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum* - I recently got to try a few things from Caudalie, and one of the standouts was this beautiful serum. It's a milky serum that works to hydrate, renew radiance, and brighten dark spots with the help of viniferine, an ingredient from grape sap that's proven to be more effective than Vitamin C. Dark spots are always an issue for me - I break out often, but the most annoying part of the breakout is waiting for the leftover mark to fade away. I've been using this every morning and have noticed my acne marks fading more quickly, and I just feel like I look more "glowy" in general. This is a "morning of the wedding" product for me, for sure.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops* - In case you didn't see my rave review of these on Tuesday, I highly recommend the newest product to hit Dr. Jart+'s Cicapair Line. I love the orignal Color Correcting Treatment, but I really love that the Camo Drops give me the same redness correction while feeling ultra soothing on my skin, giving a little bit of glow, and then also feeling completely weightless. If the thickness of the original held you back from making the purchase, I'd definitely try these instead.

The Makeup

Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin TintI seriously can't shut up about this skin tint lately. The only thing keeping me from throwing out all of my foundations in favor of only wearing this all the time is that there isn't a perfect shade match for me available. There aren't many shades in the range, but it does cover a wider spectrum than what I've usually seen. Hopefully they expand the range, because this truly is the most beautiful base product I've ever tried. It somehow manages to look and feel like nothing while giving the skin a radiant (but not greasy) glow, blurring the pores, and evening out skin tone. It also lasts the entire day on me without fading or wiping away. It feels like a burst of water when applied to the skin and instantly makes me look more awake and healthy. Normally if a shade doesn't work for me I'll just return the product, but this performs so well and looks SO pretty on my skin that I've been experimenting mixing it with other products - the effort is worth it!


NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye ColorI want to be an eyeshadow person, I really do. But I can never drag myself out of bed early enough to have enough time to do a full look. So, I rely on cream eyeshadows and easy-to-use eyeshadow sticks, and my favorite by far are the NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Colors. These come in so many pretty shades (both matte and shimmery), and once they've set they will not move at all. I normally have an issue with things creasing on me, but not with these. They glide on so easily, are nice and pigmented from the get-go, and are easy to blend out with just a finger. My favorite shade at the moment is Nudity, a glistening peachy champagne shade that really brightens my eyes.

Lilah b. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer DuoCarrying around an eyeshadow palette and brushes seems like too much for me, but I'll happily pack a powder bronzer and brush for the day. My favorite bronzer at the moment (and also probably ever) is this beautiful duo by Lilah b. Not only is it the perfect shade for me, but the formula itself is just pigmented enough to easily bronze the skin without going overboard, and the packaging is stunning. You've probably heard people say how luxuriously heavy Lilah b.'s packaging is, but it's even more amazing in person. 

BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh PowderThis sounded too intriguing to pass up, so I picked it up a few weeks ago even though I'm not usually a powder person. It actually feels wet/cooling when first applied to the skin, which I'll admit is the weirdest sensation ever. But what that does is make it able to set your makeup like a powder while diffusing everything to look like you've just used a face mist. It's a truly mind-boggling product in the best way. I can't comment on its oil-controlling abilities since my skin is on the dry side, but it certainly does extend the wear of my makeup and glides flawlessly over my skin. It doesn't make my skin look or feel dry and rather blurs everything out, like a filter in real life. I know powders don't seem like a very exciting purchase, but trust me on this one - you need it.

Dior Addict Lip GlowI'm sure you predicted this one. If I had to only wear one lip product for the rest of my life, I would choose Dior Lip Glow in a heartbeat. I love that it's moisturizing enough for even my dry lips, and every shade I've tried (Pink, Raspberry, and Berry) has left such a pretty tint on my lips. If you're really looking to treat yourself and are more of a lip balm/stain kind of person rather than a lipstick person, then you can't go wrong with one of these. The Raspberry shade is pictured, although I think the Berry one is my current favorite to wear.

What are your favorite products from Sephora?

The Sephora Sale runs from 4/20-4/23 with 15% off for VIB and VIB Rouge and 10% off for Beauty Insiders.

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops vs. Color Correcting Treatment


Back in November, Dr. Jart+ sent me a few products from the Cicapair line, including their Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment. It was instant love, and since then, I've been using it almost every morning. Recently they've come out with the Tiger Grass Camo Drops, a color correcting product that's meant to work like the original, but in a more lightweight form.


The Camo Drops are an innovative hybrid mixing one part soothing serum and one part color corrector. Like the original Color Correcting Treatment, it starts as a pale milky green shade and transforms to a beige color as you rub it in. It instantly helps to even out skintone and correct redness, and it delivers a hit of soothing moisture as soon as it's applied to the skin.

I know what you're thinking - do you really need both? Probably not, but I know I will use both of them interchangeably in my routine. It all comes down to your preference. The original Color Correcting Treatment has a thicker consistency that really forms a barrier between your skin and the environment. It also has SPF 30. The Camo Drops feel much more lightweight, like nothing on the skin, and they contain no SPF. The original has a more matte (but not drying) finish, while the Camo Drops feel more hydrating and give the skin a bit of a soft, radiant glow. They still completely set down on the skin, though, so I think any skin types that can use the original Color Correcting Treatment can also use the Camo Drops. Because they're more lightweight, I've noticed they give slightly (and I mean really slightly) less color correction than the original. I know I'll continue using the Color Correcting Treatment on days when I don't want to wear much makeup - I like to wear it on its own with a bit of concealer under my eyes, and that's it. I also reach for it on days I anticipate being on the lab bench at work all day because I really feel that the barrier it creates is protecting my skin from all the dust and chemicals I'm working with. The Camo Drops are great for layering underneath other products because they're lightweight, and the color correcting they provide is just enough that I can get away with my favorite sheer foundations on top without needing much or any concealer on top of that. The hydration boost makes it a great primer for makeup as well. 

TL;DR The Camo Drops are a great addition to the Cicapair line, and if you're looking for some color correction, glow, and are in need of some soothing skincare all wrapped up in one, then they're certainly the product for you.

Have you tried the Camo Drops yet?

Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

The Face Oil Roundup


The other day I thought I'd put together some of my facial oils for an Instagram photo, and as I was digging through my collection I realized how many of them I had. This is bad, but they're all currently open and in my rotation. I truly do have a different use for each one, so I thought it would be helpful to go through each one and talk about the ingredients as well as when and how I use them.

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil | When I Use It: Day & Night

This little beauty from Biossance is one of the most lightweight oils I have, but it's also incredibly hydrating, so it's one I like to use both during the day and at night. I pat it on as the last step of my routine. Main ingredients include 100% plant-derived squalane, which prevents moisture loss, Vitamin C, to brighten the skin, and Chios Crystal Oil, to support natural collagen production. Biossance says the Vitamin C is in an oil-soluble form here, so it delivers all its benefits much more efficiently than ascorbic acid. This sinks in quickly and yet leaves my skin hydrated all night/day, and it feels quite gentle. I think this would work well for both oily and dry skins alike.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil | When I Use It: Night

If I had to choose one word to describe how this Clarins oil makes my skin look and feel, I'd pick "juicy." This oil is targeted towards those with dehydrated skin, which is 100% me. It has a base of hazelnut oil, which is incredibly moisturizing, and also contains blue orchid extract and rosewood and patchouli essential oils to help tone and revitalize. It takes a while to sink in and does have a strong scent, so I prefer to use it at night as the last step of my routine. I wake up absolutely glowing by morning. People with sensitive skin should most likely avoid this one because of the essential oil content, but it's a beautiful oil nonetheless.

Go-To Skincare Face Hero | When I Use It: Day & Night

This is the newest addition to my collection, and it's already one of my favorites. It's a wonderful blend of plant and nut oils that feels lightweight on the skin but continually moisturizes and gives an excellent glow. The oils included are almond, jojoba, macadamia, brazil nut, evening primrose, buriti, arnica, rosehip, calendula, and kiwi fruit seed oils, and it also has added Vitamin E (tocopherol). It has added natural fragrance (orange blossom and rose gardenia) at the very end of the ingredients list. It's a pleasure to use, mixes well with other products (I like mixing it into either Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich or Go-To Very Useful Face Cream), and doesn't leave me greasy.


Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence | When I Use It: Day

This one is a bit of a hybrid product - part oil, part essence, and I use it as my serum step in the morning. It uses Sahara Cactus Oil, quinoa, and acai berry to intensely hydrate and nourish the skin. Sahara Cactus Oil is meant to quickly absorb and provide lasting hydration, and it also contains high levels of antioxidants to protect the skin. It's super lightweight and has more of a gel-consistency than an oil. I find it behaves similarly to a hyaluronic acid serum and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day.

Jordan Samuel Skin etOILe Facial Oil | When I Use It: Day & Night

This one is another one of my favorites. It's another oil blend that my skin responds really well to - it contains almond, cranberry seed, argan, marula, evening primrose, rosehip, and seabucktorn oils, as well as Vitamin E and squalane. I find my skin responds extremely well to the cranberry seed oil as it's anti-inflammatory. The etOILe is one of the best oils in my collection for combating redness, and it's always the one I reach for when my skin is feeling stressed. This gives me a glow like no other. It's an amazing oil, and the price point isn't bad either!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate | When I Use It: Night

This is even more lightweight than the Biossance, and it sinks in the most quickly out of any of the oils here, I think. I use this one at night as my serum step - since it’s so thin, I find it works best under creams rather than over them. This really soothes stressed-out skin, and I always wake up to a more even and clear complexion after using it. It contains squalane (sensing a theme here?), evening primrose oil, and lavender essential oil to soothe, moisturize, and repair the skin. This is one to avoid if you’re sensitive to essential oils. Personally, I find the lavender scent super relaxing.


Mindi Walters Regenerative Oil Complex | When I Use It: Night

This is one of my favorites to use at night - I always wake up with such a dewy glow in the morning. It's another beautiful blend of oils, including grape seed, cranberry seed, rosehip seed, marula, red raspberry seed, sea buckthorn, bulgarian rose, and black currant seed oils. It also contains retinyl palmitate to help combat signs of aging. It takes a bit to sink in, which I prefer in my nighttime oils - I like that it keeps my skin moisturized all night without me having the shove my face in the humidifier.

Monastery Gold Botanical Healing Serum | When I Use It: Night

My other favorite nighttime pick is this absolutely gorgeous product from Monastery. This is to help rebuild and restore the skin, and it truly does feel healing. It contains a blend of oils including red raspberry seed, evening primrose, rosehip seed, camellia seed, kukui nut, avocado, cranberry seed, tamanu, carrot seed, and macadamia nut oils. This feels quite rich at first but sinks in quickly. I love using this one when I do my nighttime routine earlier in the evening and continually patting on a few more drops every couple hours. It makes my skin so smooth, even, and clear. At the moment, I think this is my favorite for night.

MUN Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum | When I Use It: Day

MUN is definitely a brand I need to try everything from. This is a simple yet effective blend of prickly pear seed oil, argan oil, and rose flower essential oil. It's super lightweight and sinks into the skin easily, and yet leaves it fully nourished and juicy. When using this consistently I really do notice a change in the brightness of my skin, and I even notice that my dark circles aren't as dark. I love using this during the day under a heavier cream - it keeps my skin so moisturized and glowy throughout the whole day. This is definitely healthly-looking skin in a bottle.


Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend | When I Use It: Night

This is a product that definitely feels a lot more luxurious than its price point - in fact, I could say the same for much of Pixi's skincare. The Rose Oil Blend is probably best suited to drier skin types, as it does feel quite thick and takes a while to sink into the skin. That's why I love using it at night - it keeps my skin enveloped in moisture all night. It's a lovely blend of various rose oils (rosa canina fruit and rosa damascena flower oils), mixed with sweet almond and jojoba oils. If you have dry skin and are looking to start using an oil, the price point and beautiful formula make this the perfect place to start.

Plant Apothecary Superfacial Organic Oil Moisturizer | When I Use It: When I Use It: Day

This is a new addition to my collection, but it's already been keeping my skin nourished during the day very well. It's also a blend of oils (as pretty much all of the oils in my collection are), containing white tea seed, hazelnut, avocado, apricot kernel, sea buckthorn, juniper, and geranium oils. This oil makes my skin so soft, so it's a great one to use pre-makeup. Everything just glides on afterward. I'm still getting used to the smell of this one, but I do like that there's no added fragrance/essential oils. Juniper and geranium oils are meant to help restore the skin, and it really does make my skin feel rejuvenated, even at the end of a long day. They also have a version for oily skin.


Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil | When I Use It: Day

I am in LOVE with this oil - it gives my skin such a nice glow. Sunday Riley Juno contains a blend of blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, and red raspberry seed oils, as well as carrot and broccoli seed oils. It's basically all the fruits and vegetables you should be eating, but for your face. It works to restore the skin's natural moisture barrier, so it's been once I've reached for quite a bit all winter. I especially love this one mixed into my moisturizer during the day for a nice kick of nourishment. This works beautifully under makeup, too.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil | When I Use It: Night

Last but not least, we have the oil that I'm pretty sure got me into oils. Remember when everyone was raving about this a few years ago? I fell for the hype, and it's still one of my favorites. Luna is a blend of oils like avocado, grape seed, chia seed, and blackberry seed oils, and it also contains blue tansy and chamomile to calm the skin and trans-retinoic acid ester to encourage exfoliation and smooth the skin without the traditional irritation of retinoids. This is still one I reach for as the last step of my evening skincare routine when my skin is freaking out, and it always is calmer by morning. I feel like it makes my pores appear smaller, smooths out my skin's texture, and reduces redness over time, too. I'm just about at the end of this bottle and my wallet is weeping at the prospect of having to repurchase - but it's worth it.

If you made it all the way to the end - thank you! What's your favorite facial oil?

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