Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Oil Cleansing Method

I know that it sounds wrong and like a complete contradiction to everything we know about beauty, but there are oils out there that can actually be used to cleanse your skin.

We are taught early on that oil is bad, and there are countless products on the shelves to help rid us of this problem - various facial cleansers, astringents etc. all designed to strip away excess oils that cause blemishes.

Our skin needs a certain amount of oils to be properly hydrated, though. That's why our bodies naturally produce oils. While it's true that some people do have some excessive oiliness for various reasons, a lot of us need more moisture to keep our skin soft and supple. An interesting thing to note here as well is that some of those who have oily skin and claim to need oil-stripping products should actually be doing the opposite and adding more moisture to their routine. Their skin has become dry, so the natural oil-making process has revved things up to try to balance things out, and the more drying/oil-stripping products being used, the more the body is naturally trying to counter the drying effects, thus perpetuating the problem of overly oily skin.

While the oil cleansing method might seem counter-intuitive, especially if you have oily skin, it can work wonders. Granted it's not for everyone - no one product or technique is. But it's something to consider and maybe worth a try if you've never tried it before.

My own skin has always been what would be considered "normal", though recently (in the past year or so) it's been becoming drier. Ah, the joys of getting older. I used to use the oil cleansing method regularly but got out of the habit. I'm planning to start using this method again though, as I was always pleased with the results from it. Note that this is for cleansing the face only and is not an "all over the body" method.

The process for using the oil cleansing method as I learned it (there may be other ways I am not familiar with) is simple: you begin by gathering your oils. You will need castor oil, which is cleansing  and has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Castor oil is thick and potent, so you will also need at least one more oil to make it a thinner, more workable consistency. The secondary oil(s) will also add more moisturizing benefits to your oil blend. Coming up with a blend that will work for you will likely take some trial and error, so mix very small batches until you find the one that works for you and make sure you keep track of what blends you have tried and what your results were like from each one. Keeping good records will help you determine what does and doesn't work for your skin.

For your secondary oils, here are just some of your options: sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil, extra virgin olive oil, argan oil, and coconut oil. Do some research on your own of any other oils that you think might work to see what their properties are like and if they might be a good choice for you.

Some suggestions in creating your blend of deep cleansing oil:

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

Once you have your oil blend ready to go, you will also need a wash cloth and hot, running water.

Pour a small amount of the oil into the palm of your hand. Approximately half a teaspoon should do. Rub your hands together to warm the oil, then begin smoothing the oil over your face. Next, massage the oil into your skin. Take your time with this step, as this is when the oil blend is going to break down dirt, makeup, and the unwanted oils on your skin that you want to get rid of. Think of this as giving yourself a facial, and consider it some pampering rather than a chore. Give a little extra concentration on any problem areas.

Once you're satisfied that you have massaged thoroughly, it's time to remove the oil - and along with it, all the impurities it's dissolved while massaging. Wet your wash cloth with hot water. You don't want the water to be too hot, you don't want it to be uncomfortable. But you do want it to be warm enough that it will steam and help open up your pores so the oils and dirt can effectively be removed from your skin. This step is basically steaming your face by using a wash cloth rather than a facial steamer. Wring the wash cloth out just a little - it should be saturated but not dripping. Now hold the wash cloth over your face and leave it in place until it cools. When the wash cloth is cool, gently wipe away the oil. Rinse the wash cloth thoroughly with hot running water. Repeat these steps 3-4 more times until you are satisfied that all the oil has been removed. Avoid scrubbing your face with the wash cloth when wiping away the oil - it is not necessary at this point and over-zealous scrubbing with a wash cloth will only irritate your skin.

Your skin should feel soft, smooth, and hydrated. If your skin does happen to feel a little tight, you can take a tiny drop of your oil blend and massage it in well to act as your moisturizer. You may want to make an adjustment to your blend to use a little less castor oil and/or a more moisturizing secondary oil.

If you try the oil cleansing method it is extremely important to understand that you need to give it at least a week or two before you pass judgment on how well it works for you. Often, after the first time doing this you will experience a period of a couple of days when your skin will be more oily than usual - this is because in the process of cleansing you have unblocked pores that had been plugged up, and now that they're clear they are sort of "purging" - things should balance out in a few days. You do not want to use the oil cleansing method daily, however it should be done on a regular basis. How often is going to depend on your skin's needs - some may find that once a week is plenty while others may need two or three times a week.

If you want to learn more about the oil cleansing method, there is more in-depth information available here: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ There are also several other web sites/forums linked from this page with further information and discussion regarding what secondary oils can be used, ratios of castor oil to the secondary oils for ideal blends etc.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

20 Questions (x2)

I like to do Q & A sesstions and "getting to know me" posts every so often to help y'all get to know me better. I think it's nice when you can get a better idea of who the person is behind the blogs you love to read. So, here's such a post. There are 40 questions so it's a little lengthy, but I hope you find it to be a fun post & that you enjoy getting a little glimpse into my life outside of beauty products. (Though some of the questions are beauty related as well.) If you also blog, feel free to answer these in a post of your own. If you don't blog but feel compelled to answer a question or two in the comments, feel free to do that as well. As always, if you have any questions for me you can feel free to send them to me via the comments here, any of my social media accounts (linked in the sidebar to the right), or via e-mail through the "contact" tab at the top of the page. When y'all send me questions I add them to a list for future Q&A posts. I can't promise to answer every question, but I do read all of your comments and messages and I just love hearing from y'all! ❤

1.Is there anything in life you would like to accomplish that you haven't yet?
I'd really love to get married. Chances of that actually happening are slim and getting slimmer every day, but... that's the thing I've always wanted the most.

2.How do you like to relax?
Reading, knitting, crocheting, taking a long hot bath, or watching a little tv.

3.What can you cook very well?
According to the roomie: Pizza, fried rice, chili, spaghetti, sweet & sour chicken, biscuits & gravy, lasagna... the list goes on. I guess I'm a decent cook? LOL

4.What is one tv show that you really don't like?
Um, anything with blood? I have a weak stomach for that stuff.

5.If given a million dollars, what is the first thing you would do with it?
Buy myself a house, and a new house for my dad as well. I guess that seems selfish and this is where most people would say something PC and goodwill-like and say they'd donate it or something, but it's the truth, and it's something that's honestly needed, not a petty want.

6.What is your one embarrassing moment?
Just one? People have just one embarrassing moment? Curious... Alright to pick one of the many I have had: A couple years ago I made the mistake of taking the dog out for a walk whilst wearing flip flops. The problem came when it started to rain really hard. She doesn't like rain, so she freaked out and started to run, which meant I had to run with her. Almost to the safety of the porch, I tripped on the sidewalk and fell, in full view of the neighbors. I don't mean just a stumble either - I mean sprawled out, face first, got totally scraped up and my jeans ripped, I was bleeding etc. I just kinda laid there for a few seconds praying nobody had seen it before I managed to pick myself up but I was so shaky from it I couldn't get straight up to walk inside, I had to sit on the porch for a while. It was a terribly graceful, elegant moment. And yes, the neighbors did see it.

7.What is one makeup mistake that you used to make?
Using Vaseline as a base to stick loose glitter to the eyelids, and really packing it on. It was the 90's and it was "in" then. Don't judge me. :p

8.If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
I am going to assume that this means in a perfect world where there would be no ill effects to one's health as a result of this decision and say pizza.

9.Have you got any tattoos? If not, would you like one?
No tattoos, and undecided on if I'd like one. I kind of would like to get one, however given the permanence I'd have to be sure the design was something really special and perfect. I actually did have a design picked out quite a few years ago that I'd found online but I lost the link and never could find it again, so I guess that's a hint I'm not supposed to have a tattoo.

10.Are you OCD about anything?
I'm sort of particular about the way things are folded. Especially towels and bed linens. As long as it gets done I'm happy but I have to admit it does kind of bug me if it's not done neatly.

11.How tall are you?
5'4" and I honestly would not mind being a little shorter, believe it or not.

12.What are you wearing right now?
Lounge pants and a sweatshirt.

13.Who are you closer to, mum or dad?
It's about even.

14.What do you think is the coolest accent?
Australian without a doubt!

15.Are you named after anyone?
In my family we all have biblical names.

16.Do you have kids?
Only if fur kids (pets) count.

17.Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Me? No. Never. *smirk*

18.What is your eye color?
Weird. lol Sometimes they're more brown, other times they're more green. I wish they were straight up green, though.

19.What color is your hair?

20.Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
Neither. I do not dye my hair. I did bleach and dip-dye the ends funky colors (blue, purple etc.) last year before I cut it, and that is something I'd do again for sure because it was fun. But "normal" hair dye? Nope. No thanks. I'm perfectly happy with my natural color thank-you-very-much.

21.Where were you born?
In a hospital. :p

22.Do you have any pets?
Yes - two cats & one dog.

23.What is your favorite movie?
The answer to this changes all the time, it's so hard to pick just one. So I am afraid I am going to have to insist on listing a few favorites: Funny Face, Paris When It Sizzles, How To Steal A Million, Room Service, Singin' In The Rain, Forever Darling, Simply Irresistible, and Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. I suppose that was a little more than "a few". haha

24.What do you want to be when you grow up?
I think I'm too old for this question. Regardless I will refer you back to question #1 for your hint. ;-)

25.How long does it take for you to put on your makeup?
It depends on what I am doing, where I am going, and how much time I have. For my most frequent, every-day, not in a rush looks maybe about 10 minutes.

26.What do you do first, face or eyes?
Sometimes I do my face first, other times I do my eyes first.

27.Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I collect it. A bit too much. lol

28.Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
Heck no! Honestly most days I don't bother at all.

29.Do you wear makeup when you're just staying home?
Sometimes. It really depends on my mood. A lot of days I just don't care, but sometimes I want to put some makeup on because I enjoy the process and the products.

30.Will you leave the house without makeup?
Absolutely. I've no fear where this is concerned. I am not perfect. I have flaws. Those who love me know this and still love me - anybody bothered by it does not deserve me and is not worth my time.

31.Are you left handed or right handed?

32. Do you collect anything?
Vintage/antique cameras, and basically anything having to do with wolves, penguins, bunnies, faeries, and unicorns.

33.Do you read comments posted on other blogs?
Sometimes. It depends on how many comments there are, and if I'm trying to find anything helpful in the comments. For example if I'm on a food blog and think there may be something off in a recipe or am hoping to find a substitution for an ingredient I don't have, I will read the comments to see if that is addressed by anyone. Sometimes I can't stomach the comments though - people are incredibly rude toward one another.

34.Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Yes, when I see a blog post about a product that strikes my interest I will make note of it. Otherwise, no matter how intrigued I am by it, I'm bound to forget all about it later on!

35.How often do you clean your house?
Every day. There are things that get done daily, other things that get done every couple of days, some things are about once a week etc. so it all boils down to daily. Not everything gets done every day - but there's always some bit of cleaning done each day.

36.What’s your favorite color?
Purple. I like grey a lot too.

37.What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Well it is after 9pm and I've finished up the normal day to day stuff already so I will probably read or perhaps knit or crochet a bit before heading to bed.

38.What are some of your hobbies?
Photography, knitting, crocheting, and reading are at the top of my list.

39.Do you prefer the city or the country?
Country all the way!

40.Which would you rather give up: tv or the internet?
TV. You can watch pretty much everything online these days anyway so with the internet you'd still have access to your favorite shows and movies. TV has become optional.

Friday, April 18, 2014

NOTD: Easter Nails

Last night I decided to do a little last-minute Easter mani. Nothing too fancy or crazy - just something cute and simple that anybody could do.

I used gel polish from SensatioNail for everything except the bunny - I currently do not have black or white gel polish so I had to use regular polish for that bit. It's all sealed with gel topcoat. I took the picture before applying gel topcoat over the bunny design though - hence that nail is not as shiny in the picture. The polish used for the design was not dry yet and when applying regular polish over gels it needs to be 100% dry before sealing it with the gel topcoat. I was just a little too eager to get the pictures taken and couldn't wait, though.

My inspiration was simple Easter egg dye patterns - zig zag stripes, dots, and glitter coated. And of course, one must include a cute little bunny in Easter themed things, right? ;-)

The colors I used for this look are:

SensatioNail Pink Chiffon, Bombshell Beauty, and Rose Gold Glitter

Bunny details were done with Ruby Wing Fresh Linen, SinfulColors Whipped, and SinfulColors Sailor's Delight.

Everything was done freehand, just using the regular brushes in each polish. No special tools or anything.

Are your nails ready for Easter? What design did you do? If you haven't done your nails yet, what do you plan to do with them for the holiday, if anything?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

SensatioNail: Rose Gold Glitter

I have some more glittery goodness for y'all this week!

Today it is Rose Gold Glitter gel polish from SensatioNail. Don't let the word "gold" in there fool you - this is 100% pretty in pink glitter!

There is not really much to say about this one - it's pink glitter. Two of my favorite things when it comes to nail polish!

This first picture is shown indoors in natural, indirect, overcast light without flash.

Here is the same lighting, but with flash.

Both pictures show the polish at 2 coats.