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Friday, 14 November 2014

Favourite Facial Oils.

There was a time when the thought of using an oil on my face was an absolute no-go. Thankfully reading a lot of beauty blogs helped changed my mind with assurances that I wouldn't break out like crazy or resemble a disco ball throughout the day. Here's a little roundup of my favourites...

Botanics Facial Oil* | £9.99 for 25ml
An affordable option that hydrates without feeling too greasy or leaving an oily film. My skin is quite dry and I can use this in the mornings without it causing my make up to slip throughout the day, so I can see this being suitable for more combination skin types too, perhaps as a night time treatment.

Caudalie Divine Oil | £17.50 for 50ml
From a renowned skincare brand this oil is a brilliant multi-tasker; it can be used on the skin, hair, nails, or even as a bath oil. It always hydrates my skin beautifully and the dry texture makes it sit under my make up perfectly. I tend to reach for this more as a body or a hair oil however because it has quite a strong scent.

REN Rose Moisture Defence Serum | £42 for 30ml
A little pricey but beautiful and well worth the investment if your skin is particularly dry or dehydrated. It really helps to lock-in moisture and banish any dry patches. This is the one I reach for every night during the winter months to ensure my skin is well moisturised & prepared for make up the next morning.

Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil | £17.50 for 30ml
If I could only choose one facial oil, it would be this one. It's a little heavier than the Botanics oil but it doesn't feel greasy on my skin. In the colder months a drop mixed in with my morning moisturiser is the perfect antidote to any dry patches or tightness, and three drops underneath my moisturiser in the evenings provides a wonderfully hydrating overnight treatment. I've already repurchased because I don't want to be without it.

Antonia Burrell Facial Oil Serum* | £58.80 for 15ml
This one is incredibly expensive. It makes a lot of big claims, most of which I couldn't honestly say whether they're true or not, but it does help with congestion and blemishes. My skin always feels very balanced and any blemishes look slightly reduced the morning after. It's just that little bit too far out of my price range at the moment, but it's undoubtedly a good quality oil.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse | £17 for 50ml
This is very similar to the Caudalie Divine Oil and I like it for pretty much the same reasons. Again it has quite a strong scent and although my skin doesn't react in any way to it, I rarely use it on my face. I do apply it regularly on to my neck and I love that the dry texture ensures everything is absorbed quickly.  

My top three: 
Botanics Facial Oil - a light night time treatment, or a morning hydration boost.
Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil - an all-year round wonderful option.
REN Rose Moisture Defence Serum - an intense night time treatment for the coldest months.

Do you like to incorporate oils in your skincare routine?

- xo

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  1. I use the Botanics one too! Really love it and it's almost always on offer which makes it even more of a bargain :) I tend to use it just at night but it's so gorgeous. The scent reminds me of turkish delight too which can't be a bad thing! xxx

  2. I have the sanctuary spa facial oil and absolutely love it too, it's so perfect for the colder months! x


  3. My favourite is the SS one too, beautiful product.

  4. I've never used facial oils, I need to try the Botanics one though.

    Ana Leote

  5. I think I might try out a facial oil for the colder months - I love the sound of the Sanctuary Spa one! x

    Telina | Love, Telina

  6. I've been using rosehip oil on my face every night, but the oil from Ren sounds absolutely lovely!

    Kelsey | Beauty by Kelsey

  7. I have combination/oily skin and in the past few months I started using oils as a part of my night time skincare routine, and my skin seems to love it.
    I haven't tried a lot, but so far my favourite one is Balm Balm frankincense light facial oil :)


  8. I use the Botanics one too but only use it as a night treatment :)

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  9. I've been wanting to use a facial oil for a long time, but it was one of those things where there were too many on the market and I was just confused. Thanks for providing such a good roundup with a really diverse price range!


    1. There are definitely a lot to choose from! x

  10. oddly enough, I use an oil to moisturize my face at night and it's wonderful. But cleansing oils always break me out, which sucks because I love them!! Any suggestions out there? Would love to find one that doesn't give me bumps under the skin, thanks!!


  11. The Sanctuary oil sounds amazing! All of these sound lovely though, I definitely understand why there's been so much hype around using oils. I currently use the Vitamin E oil by The Body Shop and I really like it xx


    1. That sounds lovely, really like the vitamin e range! xo

  12. I was never sure about using facial oils until I had a clarins facial. They encouraged me to use their blue orchid oil on my spots - which sounds mental but it really works!

    Jen x
    Bows Bangles & Bakes

  13. I really want to try the Sanctuary oil, it sounds incredible! I'm loving the Botanics one at the moment, even on my oily skin it's just lovely :)

    Jess xo


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