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Friday Favourites - Face Oils

Including a face oil in our daily beauty routine has become somewhat of a ritual for us at The Amazing Blog. This week, we’d like to introduce you to four of our favourite luxury face oils that will enchant your senses, revive your skin and keep your complexion feeling supple and hydrated, even as the temperatures drop.

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Our first pick is Replenish, a night oil created by the award-winning aromatherapy brand Beatitude. As a brand that we know and love, we have previously written about their Peace Bath Oil. Founded by Rebecca O’Connor, the name of the brand itself represents supreme happiness and blessedness, and according to Rebecca, the brand aims to bring “a sense of happiness, calm and well-being”. We can certainly vouch for this, as the Replenish Oil has become a much-loved part of our wind-down evening routine.

It’s a profoundly nourishing oil that awakens your senses and skin cells, to give your complexion a radiant and healthy glow. With powerful ingredients like rose, neroli and immortelle, it is also anti-ageing, working to combat fine lines and dehydration. Anti-oxidants and vitamins are mixed in a unique formula of rosehip, vitamin E, evening primrose and many more natural plant ingredients. These make our skin feel nourished and rejuvenated, and as the texture is light on the skin, it doesn’t leave the greasy look that most of us fear when considering facial oils. Instead, it absorbs quickly and has become a firm favourite in our nightly beauty routine. It can be used under night cream or stand-alone; apply to the décolleté, neck and face with light upwards massage movements, but be careful to avoid the delicate eye area. Click here to purchase a 30ml bottle of anti-ageing magic for £38.

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Up next is a deeply nourishing and natural facial oil, known for its premium anti-ageing properties. Created by experts at Lumity, a brand committed to proving that ageing is more than skin deep, their Natural Anti-Ageing Facial Oil is equally rejuvenating and balancing. The brainchild of Sara Palmer Hussey, Lumity’s products are designed with busy lifestyles in mind, combining vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids to create simple skincare and supplement products. In fact, we reviewed Lumity’s Anti-Ageing Supplements back in 2017, click here to view the post.

This time, we tried the Facial Oil and were pleased to discover that the formula contains 32 different botanical oils and extracts, including passion flower seed oil, known for stimulating skin cells, and marula oil, known for healing powers. Alongside this, the mixture of argan and jojoba seed oil make this a unique and plant-based blend, full of the nutrients that are welcome as winter approaches. This luxurious oil provides smoother skin, and in just 4 weeks, 73% of users noticed a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These are statistics we can back, as members of the Amazing Blog team (not naming any names) have noticed similarly smooth and younger complexions. Lumity's Facial Oil (30ml) is available on their website, standalone for £60 or at a discounted rate of £48 if purchased as part of their monthly subscription.

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Our third find this Friday is from Botany Blend; a brand celebrated for combining green beauty and luxury, offering us a range of oils that indulge our minds and bodies. With expertise in aromatherapy products that satisfy your senses, and revitalise the skin, each batch is handmade and all ingredients are sourced sustainably. We love the use of certified organic ingredients and were excited to discover that the products are all made in a small studio on the Devon coast.

We tried the Aceso Oil, which like Botany Blend's other products, is free from essential oils. The formula contains numerous potent antioxidants, alongside Co2 extracted sea buckthorn, rosehip berries, apricot kernel, safflower and Japanese camellia. These are all rich in plant-based fatty acids, helping to nurture even the most sensitive of skin. We found that the oil was easy to apply, and was soothing, yet non-greasy, ideal for use both morning and night. It even acts as a smooth base for makeup, something we would often steer clear of with other oils. If you have sensitive skin or are merely looking for an organic oil that does not contain essential oils, then this will be for you. Purchase your own 30ml bottle of Acesco for £35 here.

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Last, but by no means least, we came across Vetivert & Co, a London based brand, founded by Aanu Oduyeni to provide plant-based oils to nourish and repair the skin. Suffering from acne, and dreading scarring, she envisaged a brand that would be free from synthetic fragrances, nut oils and parabens, and suitable for vegans. These goals are something that she has very much achieved, so we were excited to try the Balance Oil.

As with Vetivert & Co's other products, Balance Oil is cruelty-free, and 100% natural, containing a blend of tamanu, seabuckthorn, palmarosa and lavender oils. We found these ingredients not only helped to avoid future breakouts by neutralising and calming the skin, but that they also helped to repair it, aiding with the scarring that many of us are availed with. This oil helps to defy the stereotype that oils will clog pores and worsen acne, as many of us here have been suitably impressed with the long lasting effects. As a lighter oil, this can be used twice daily (morning and evening) and should be gently patted onto damp or dry skin. Combat your acne worries by purchasing a 30ml bottle here for £35.

Face oils often have a reputation of only being necessary for dry or older skin. While there is truth in this statement, we hope to have opened your eyes to the uses of facial oils for all skin types. Whether you have sensitive or acne prone skin, we're sure one of these products will be suitable for you.

Be my Valentine...

And so, Valentine’s Day has arrived and people around the world are spending the day celebrating all things love related. Candle-lit tables for two, flowers, chocolates and a multitude of gifts designed to celebrate your coupledom. However, with a large percentage of the population proud 'singletons', here at Amazing PR we’ve decided to give you some fabulous ideas to make the most of Valentine’s Day – whether you’re dressing to impress your significant other or spending a night alone with some indulgent treats.

Firstly, what better way to treat yourself than with a relaxing bath? Our current favourite bath product is the amazing Peace Bath Oil by Beatitude. The deeply relaxing blend contains the pure essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Lavender and Cedarwood. All the Beatitude products are mixed by aromatherapist Rebecca O’Connor, contain no nasties and are not tested on animals. Unlike most bath oils that leave a greasy residue these luxurious oils disperse in running water to give gentle bubbles leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. Now all you need to do is pour yourself a large glass of Pinot, lie back and relax…

Although most intensive skincare products require overnight application, if you’re in need of a quick pick me up before a night out we’ve found a product you can use as an intense treatment to smooth and firm your skin’s appearance that doesn’t involve plastering your face in thick cream overnight. For the perfect last minute skin perk up we love Aromatherapy Associates Anti-Age Mask. Depending on how much time you have (we recommend putting it on before your bath and leaving it on for a minimum of an hour) the mask’s potent botanical extracts help to restore your skins moisture and give a dewy, healthy finish. The mask also helps protect against environmental damage, perfect for removing London public transport grime! Aromatherapy Associates have a wide range of products rich in essential oils and active botanical extracts formulated to enhance your natural radiance from the inside out.

 

The Amazing Blog crew are well known for our slight obsession with nails, and a manicure and polish is always an essential part of our pre-date or night out repertoire. This Valentine’s Day we have chosen Little Bu’s fantastic nail polishes. Although strictly designed for children we love the water-based, wash-off collection of nail polishes thanks to their chemical-free formula and candy colours which are perfect for spring. Little Bu are available from Harrods or online here.

Not wanting to forget our favourite type of treat - chocolate has long been associated with romantic gestures and no Valentine’s dinner would be complete without it. For those of you planning dinner at home tonight, why not surprise your guests with the most deliciously decadent dessert chocolates? Squisitezza, La Sagra’s unique chocolates made with seasonal ingredients, will make your evening simply exquisite. Made with high quality authentic ingredients, La Sagra was created over a ten year period living ‘La Dolce Vita’ in Rome. Available to buy in small, medium or large, you can order them from the website here, where you can also find their amazing spring collection. They also make the perfect accompaniment for after dinner coffee.

And finally, make your lips irresistibly kissable with this year’s most fashionable and romantic colour, ruby red. A Million Kisses is a special Valentine’s lip tint from Lush that has a delicious smell of roses thanks to its main ingredient of organic rose hip oil which will leave your lips glossy, hydrated and moisturised. Wearing this deep seductive colour is sure to attract admiring glances whatever your Valentine’s Day plans! Available to buy from the website here.