Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Face Time

Late in 2011 I started using the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) to wash my face. I was afraid of my face rebelling, but much to my surprise my skin was the best it ever was. I did it two to three nights a week at night, and in the morning I just washed my face with water and a washcloth. Some mornings I scrubbed my face with baking soda and a little bit of water. 

In February of this year, my face was dry as the Sahara. I panicked and instead of adjusting the ratios of the oil, I went back to commercial products. You guys, my face FREAKED the F out. So I went back to the OCM. 

My face was still dry. Instead of going berserk, I adjusted my oils and have been mixing them in the palm of my hand. Castor oil is quite drying, so for now I'm using only a drop of that along with jojoba oil. This time around, I'm incorporating rose seed oil because it's hydrating and it's good for scars as well as aging skin. I also add a few drops of tea tree oil. I tone my nose with some apple cider vinegar. If my skin is still dry, I moisturize with a bit of coconut oil after hearing many good things about it, including Angi's blog post on DIY beauty.  

These are my two standards. The Clarins is expensive, but it's the only self tanner I'm comfortable using on my face. It doesn't clog my pores or get streaky and oompah loompah-y. I've had the same bottle for a while! And sunblock is of course the best skin care tool you can use. Daily, even if you're not sitting in the sun!

I used Clinique All About Eyes for years, but I decided to switch it up a little earlier this year with Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment. I like it a lot. I also realized that I've been using a too yellow concealer for many years and corrected that last week with the Yves St. Laurent Anti-Cernes Multi-Action Concealer in pink beige. I look like I suddenly woke the F up, which is always a good thing. 

I've been unhappy with my mascara for a while, so I consulted my favorite go-to makeup lady, Jill, and she recommended a Nyx mascara. I ordered that as well as a Nyx eye shadow base from Ulta and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Jill is starting her own blog soon so you'll all be able to benefit from her tips and recommendations too!

That's my face time update. What are you using? What are you looking for recommendations on? 

Linking up with Lisette for Just Because Tuesday.


  1. Since I started using Tarte Lights, Camera, Action Mascara, my eyelashes have actually grown, become more full, and they fall out less. I highly recommend it. I also am a Caudalie junkie for my facial products.

  2. it took me over 15years to find the perfect skin and makeup products for me.

    for my skin (dry), it LOVES oils. i use shu uemera cleansing oil followed by an all-natural hydrating serum. i put on organic argan oil after that and then a light, all-natural organic moisturizer.

    for makeup, i've switched to all-natural products as much as i can and i've really seen a difference. i like la bella donna and the only thing i use that's not natural is my corrector and concealer (both by giorgio armani).

  3. How did you figure out which color concealer you needed? I know mine is wrong but don't feel like going to a make up counter to figure it out. Thanks, lady :)

  4. I've heard people talking about the oil for face and have wondered how it works. Glad you like it. I just use mild cleansers and my Clarisonic Mia which is great!

  5. hmm... I've never actually heard of that cleaning method. sounds interesting...

    xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

  6. @ Shleb, I haven't had great luck with anything commercial, even Caudalie. I love their packaging too. I will make a note about the Tarte mascara. There's a Rimmel one that rocks too that seems to make your lashes grow.

    @ Meg, I sent you a message on the facespace. I actually got a lady at Sephora to match me. I need professional help to match any makeup stuff!

  7. I am using anything that says "lift" or "firming". Jergens does not have that odd odor anymore, there are always coupons, too, and works- tan wise, hoping the firm part works, too. I spend minimally since I have no income. Get the lifting cream from perfume giveaways(my treat to myself)
    Saw on the news last night about a male face lift- only 15 grand ugh!
    have a happy day, everyone!
    Be beautiful on the inside, too.
    Love your MOMMA

  8. Ooooh, I LURVE that Clarins face bronzer. I use it too and it's the only one I've found that works well.

    Would you call your skin fairly dry, oily or combination pre-OCM? I would love to try it but am freaked that my combination face might go cray. My forehead, nose and cheeks are REALLY dry and my chin is really oily. :(

  9. i have never heard of the OCM method, sounds interesting! i need to try clarins for my face too. i love a good fake tan!

  10. @ Mother, beauty on the inside is what's most important!

  11. I'm pretty lucky with my skin, but surely that can't last. I used to use Patricia Wexler products from B&BW but they seem to be phasing those out.

    I absolutely love Urban Decay's eye shadow primer. It's more expensive, but worth it (though I've never tried the NYX one).

    I'm always on the lookout for a good mascara so I'll try some of the ones mentioned here.

  12. OCM...tried it based on your recommendation and loving my skin now. Wish I knew about it in Jr. high, I would have saved myself lots of money and heartache. My skin is oily so I'm mixing half castor oil, half sweet almond, and a few drops of orange essential oil to make it smell nice.

  13. Maybe I am using the wrong concealer color and that is why I look like I have 5 o'clock shadow under my eyes. I have no idea how to figure this out, so I might need to make a trip to Sephora.

    I tried out the MAC eye cream which is expensive and tiny, and it has done shit for me. Seriously I might as well be rubbing $35 water on my face because it would be doing the same as the MAC crap. I may have to try the Origins.

    I have tried every mascara under the sun, cheap and expensive, and my favorite is Cover Girl Lash Blast in the fat orange tube. It is fantastic and cheap.

  14. I love NYX products! Their cream shadow sticks are some of the best I've ever used, and I pretty much ONLY buy their blush (Pinched and Raisin are my go-tos!).

  15. Never heard of the oil cleansing method - I am pretty happy with my philosophy cleanser, but I might give it a shot - the more natural the better!

  16. Um, I can't believe we didn't discuss the OCM on our blate. I'm a few days in with jojoba and castor oil, I just pour some in my hands instead of mixing into a bottle. I've noticed a few pimples, but nothing crazy yet. My skin feels very soft and not oily like I thought. I'm using a very mild cleanser with my Clarisonic twice a week in the AM, the other days just rinsing with water. So far, so good!

    On our next blate (giggle) we hit up Sephora. My happy place.

  17. I'm super curious about this oil method...I need to take much better care of my AGING skin!

  18. I have never heard of this! I think I will need to try it out.

  19. You are quite the chemist! I would have no idea what oils to put on my face. I did just get some tea tree for blemishes, but I don't think it's doing much better than my regular spot treatment. I need something for my wrinkles stat. I'm also terrified of using self tanners on my face, because I know I'll screw it up. And yes, sunscreen is an absolute must ever single day for me. Even in Seattle.

  20. I have always been terrible at washing my face. Except before my wedding when I ordered Proactiv and then wanted to rip all the skin off my face because it dried it out and made it hurt/itch something fierce. I am however using coconut oil as an eye makeup remover.

  21. @ ColleenM, seriously, when I think about all the $$ I've wasted over the years on facial products, it makes me want to murder!!!! I'm glad you're liking the OCM.

    @Mother, my forehead lines are upsetting.

  22. I'm going to have to look into this facial care routine...it sounds like it works! I'm up for anything that gives me clear skin!


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