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Monday, January 6, 2014

New Skincare Additions


It's the new year, and what better way to reign it in then with some new skincare additions. Of course, my highly apprehensive money-spending mind needs more of a justification than that. A few empty bottles? We're getting there. A New Year's resolution that includes an overhaul? Aha; but I'm still slightly apprehensive.

But what else is Christmas for besides asking for beauty products you're not willing to spend your own money on? I admit, I'm not that vain and I adore spending time with my family around the fire (not to mention it's the only day of the year where my brother and I don't fight), but it's certainly an excuse.

I hit the last drop of the budget variety, so a bottle of the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend was at the top of my wishlist (thanks, Mom). In contrast to the usual pressing process, this oil is extracted using carbon dioxide, which delivers the exhaustive properties of the seed. And, because of this, this orange potion contains high doses of Trans-Retinoic Acid--a metabolite of vitamin A (otherwise known as retinol).
So far, it's too soon to notice the real bam, but, with first application, the appearance of my scars had faded. Yet, it has also been the source of a nasty breakout. The only thing I can think of is that the high levels of acid are a bit too high for my current routine, thus disrupting my acid mantle (nerd alert). I'll keep you posted....

But, you will be monitoring me on my number one resolution: no more spot picking. To soften the habit, I searched for a drying spot treatment that will suck out all that gunk (that my fingernails would otherwise be prodding). Although it doesn't coincide with my fresh natural beauty predilection, if the Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment Nighttime stops the prodding, I'm all in. The bi-phase concoction contains a white powder of salicylic acid, sulfur, zinc oxide, and camphor to suck the life out of those spots.

But, on the opposite end of the spectrum, is a bottle of Castor Oil--one ingredient and no frills. And, as it seems, it's rather multipurpose. I can vouch for it's extreme blackhead ridding properties when used in a technique known as the oil cleanse; ooooh, fancy. Despite it's oily name, it can actually be quite drying when overused.
But there's something else that this oil holds: increasing hair growth. My fellow blogger Meg journaled the effects of lash application; and the product was seemingly thicker, more fluttery lashes. Unfortunately, my not-so-diligent and utterly forgetful ways means that I haven't been oiling my lashes as consistently as I would hope. But, nevertheless, do I see some thicker bottom lashes?


Three new skincare products, a new year, and a renewed dogma. It seems like its the game of firsts. First time to sleep with makeup? You'd never catch me.

23 comments :

  1. Lili! I had the same issues with the Pai Rosehip - I've found that Rosehip oil can tend to clog my pores really bad so I'm steering clear of it from now on! Do wish it didn't though as I heard it's fantastic for scarring xxx

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  2. I tried out a rosehip oil shortly after Christmas and I loved the effect it had on my skin, but on day 4 it made me break out. Maybe I need to find another way to use it on my face, combined with aloe vera gel might be an option for me.

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  3. I always wanted to try the Pai Rosehip oil, but I was afraid of it being too oily for my combination skin, and reading your first impressions makes me think I was right, arg :/

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

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  4. I've never heard a bad word on the rosehip oil, very interesting!

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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  5. No, no, no! It will really help your skin. I have combination skin, as well, and putting oils on it only balances it out. I PROMISE. Definitely give it a go (pretty please). And, no--I'm not sponsored by Pai. (; The stuff is just really good. I think you'd get along with it really well. xo

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  6. I need to try that acne treatment, it sounds perfect for me, I can never stop prodding my skin either :p

    EmmiHearts

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  7. castor oil, eh? interesting! thanks!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  8. It definitely helps; but one thing that helped me stop prodding is this article from Caroline Hirons: Spots. Genius (and pay special attention to the part about removing whiteheads)! x

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  9. Really? Because it's darn amazing. (; x

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  10. Oooo; I'm sorry. I hope everything works out. Maybe just use it as a treatment. x

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  11. That's awful! I figured out the the high acid content was too high for me to use in conjunction with an exfoliating toner. Now, I don't use a toner when I use this; and my skin is sorted. x

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  12. Pai Rosehip oil has been on top of my wishlist for quite sometime. I hope high acid level is the case and it works out for you in the end :)

    -Nita
    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

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  13. Anything with rose hip oil in it is amazing in my opinion. I've also been meaning to pick up some castor oil since i know it's good for your lashes. Great post!
    http://makeupmonster77.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-things-i-have-learnt-this-year.html

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  14. So, far it's been working a treat. I think you should give it a go. xo

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  15. I'd love to try all of these, especially Pai Rosehip Oil! I'm very curious about castor oil too... it's an ingredient in so many great products but I'm sure it's a lot cheaper to buy in bulk!

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  16. My lashes tend to fall off all the time and already, they are short, straight, and stubborn. I've been using castor oil the last week and I do notice a slight difference. More like it's looking more healthy - I hope they do grow though!

    Susan | Susan Loves...

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  17. I don't even have the Pai Rosehip Oil yet and I've already fallen in love with it. I've been trying to get my hands on it for ages now but it's just not available where I live!

    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  18. Wayy cheaper; I paid around $5 for this bottle. And I think you'd really like the Pai oil. I'm trying the Derma e Evenly Radiant Toner from your recommendation and I'm loving it! x

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  19. Best of luck, and it seems like the Castor Oil is a miracle worker. (; x

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  20. Ha! That's such a shame. I find it's always easiest to buy it online--that's where I got mine. x

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  21. That's too bad, I really love my Pai Rosehip Oil, my skin feels much softer and my spot scars also fade much faster than w/o it. It is truly a miracle oil for me!

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  22. I've sorted out the rest of my routine so I can use this and I'm adoring it. Miracle worker it is. xo

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