Hi there! So I'm a HUGE fan of Josie Maran's Argan Oil. It's the only moisturizer I can use on my face that doesn't break me out or make me oily. It's a holy grail product for me that I absolutely cannot live without. However, I've noticed my bottle of argan oil getting lower and lower, and I'm going to have to replace it asap. I normally wouldn't have a problem shelling out the big bucks for a product that does wonders for my skin, but money has been a little tight and I'm trying to cut back on my spending, especially on makeup/skincare because I tend to get a little too excited when I shop at sephora. That being said, can anyone recommend an alternative/substitute argan oil that is identical to Josie Maran's but a little less expensive? I have no problem ordering online if I have to. I just want to make sure I find something that is truly 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil just like Josie Maran's. Please and thank you!
I've been using Argan Oil on my hair for years & never had a problem Recently I got the 500 pt perk that included her Argan Oil. Everyone raves about it's benefits on the face, so I figured I'd give it a shot since this cold weather has been brutal on my skin. I have not changed anything else in my skincare, or makeup routine. After about 5 days of nighttime use, I started noticing a rash developing on my face near my nose (my dry spot areas). So I did a little Google search and was shocked to see all the negatives about Argan Oil on the face. Argan oil has many benefits in food and on hair, but the FDA has not cleared it for use on the face. Dermatologists freak out when they hear patients use it because it can bring on rosacea and is highly comedogenic. Any oil (natural or not) will clog pores. I'm surprised Sephora promotes something when it is highly adviced by Doctors not to be used on the face.
Hass any one heard of the No Poo Method or the Caveman Method? I'd like to hear a couple people's viewpoints on these. Recently I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what I put on my skin and what I use in my hair. I looked at all the ingredients on all my beauty products, even the ones that claim to be "natural' and whether its a drugstore product, or some high end product from Sephora, mostly everything has a huge list of ingredients which I can barely pronounce..So I started searching the internet about beauty products I could make at home that would truly be organic and I came across these 2 methods. The No Poo method is basically using no shampoo or conditioner in your hair at all, just water, but some people make home made hair rinses instead. And the caveman method is the same thing, except it applies to body wash, face wash, etc. Now when I first came across this I thought it was weird, to wash myself with just water? But almost everywhere I searched people were raving about the no poo method, and how theres a couple weeks where your hair will basically be transitioning, and it will overproduce oil and be greasy but when it gets used to no shampoo, its stupposed to be gorgeous. People are swearing by it and claim after a couple months they're hair is ridiculously soft and shiny and manageable.They're also saying that when you wash your face with only water, for a month or so your skin will be reacting to the change, but once it gets used to it its supposed to clear up, and from then on your body naturally cleans itself. So I wanted to try this, but I can't bare using nothing at all, so I found tons of recipes for face masks, body scrubs, and shampoo and conditioner that can be made out of just about anything found in my kitchen, like I could really eat my beauty products now lol. So basically the rule of thumb I've been going by for the past few days is, not to put anything on my skin or hair that I wouldn't be willing to eat, since most of what you put on your body gets absorbed in, and who would want a whole bunch of chemials they can't even pronounce in their body? My shampoo has been a mixture of baking soda and water, and my conditioner has been a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. So far its been alright, kind of hard since I have think curly hair, but its still manageable. Now as far as skincare, Im from Pakistan, and as a part of Pakistani & Indian culture, when a girl is getting married, for the 10 days before her marriage she puts "Ubtan" on her skin to get glowing, beautiful skin. Ubtan is usually a mixture of turmeric powder, sandalwood powder, gram flour, rose water, and wheatgerm oil. It can be tweeked with other ingredients, but those are the most common ingredients that I know of. Turmeric powder, the main ingredient, is supposed to very beneficial for skin. Idk exactly what it does, but based on my research it evens the skintone and has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties and is good for clearing acne and evening skin tone. So Ive been making ubtan and using it on my face for the past few days, and my new years resolution is to keep this up..Has any one else ever tried either of these methods? I think the rule of thumb to only put on your skin what your willing to eat makes sense, and from my own common sense I think the chemicals in beauty products would have a negative effect on skin in the long run, but thats just my opinion..So I wanna hear what others hve to say about this, and make sure Im not wasting my time trying to be 100% organic lol
A lot of people ask about skin brightening products/reducing acne scars. I'd tried lemon juice but found it too harsh on my skin as a mask ingredient until now. I just learned about this wonderful mask from the Crunchy Betty blog. Take a Tbsp of half and half cream (use organic, especially if in the US so you don't soak your skin in bovine growth hormones) and squeeze some lemon juice into it. This will make the cream curdle which thickens the mask but also makes the bacteria in the cream produce more lactic acid which is a wonderfully effective and gentle exfoliant. Do not let the mask rest in the fridge because the cold temperature will inhibit the production of lactic acid. Let the mask sit for 15-20 min. This mask evened out my skin tone and significantly lightened a new scar I had from a blemish. The difference for older scars was not dramatic though. Despite the acids from the cream and lemon, it did not irritate my skin because the cream is so soothing and moisturizing. The fat sinks in and plumps everything up. Better than a collagen mask and cheaper too. The only downside to the mask is that you have to wait for it to curdle (the blog said 3-4 hours, but I found it had thickened by 1.5 hours) and it makes skin photosensitive so you should not be out in the sun after application. For this reason, I would use it before bed.
im wondering which product to get for my acne scars(brown and red ones) and to make my skin glow and look even toned. The products im interested in are Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum, Ren Resurfacing AHA Concentrate, Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation. Also i want to know how well the Boscia Black Mask is for some people cause it looks like its a love or hate it product. and about the Ren glycol radiance mask if its really worth $55 cause that seem steep for a mask with just $1.7 How long do the masks last for?
My friend just taught me this recipe - it is amazing and I promise, will not stain your skin yellow Tumeric is an antiseptic that will stimulate circulation and tame acne. Indian brides would use this mask to give their skin a "nuptial glow." - 1-1.5 tbsp of ground oatmeal, flax or chickpea flour. The soluable fibers will form a very soothing, moisturizing paste when mixed with other ingredients. This ingredient can exfoliate gently as you massage into your skin. - 1 tbsp yogurt. You can add less or more to change the consistency of the mask. The lactic acid will gently exfoliate. - 0.5 tsp tumeric powder. - Drizzle of honey. Honey will also moisturize and kill bacteria. 1. Mix ingredients together to form a thick paste. Mask should not be runny. 2. Apply to face while massaging gently. 3. Leave on until mask dries and cracks. It should flake and lighten in colour when you move your face. 20-30 min, depending on how thickly you've applied it. 4. Scrub off gently without water. Remove remaining product with a damp washcloth. Your skin should feel incredibly soft and relaxed. Enjoy!
Everyone has different reasons for using natural products, so why does everyone like to use them? With my sensitive skin, I love that my skin doesn't get inflamed. I also love that most natural & organic products are concentrated and last longer! Even though they are a bit more expensive than products, its definitely worth the money! What other reasons do people have for using natural & organic products? Which are your favourite?!
I found a great natural company called Ecco Bella. They have makeup, skincare, hair care, fragrance and more! I really want the Ecco Bella Natural Dark Chocolate Face Mask! Ingredients: Organic aloe barbadenisis, organic cocoa powder, organic safflower oil, kaolin, VitaminCells: Soy lecithin liposomes with full-spectrum vitanim E, soy tocopherols & tocotrienols, vitanim C (ascorbyl palmitate), astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, CoQ10, organic extract of marshmallow althaea cinalis & matricaria chamomile. Preservative-free.
Can you recommended a facial cleanser for combination skin? I have an oily t-zone and my cheeks are normal in the summer with some dry patches in the winter. I'm looking for something I can use at night to take off my make-up and also in the morning to rinse off my face before applying makeup. Thanks!
I'm looking for new skincare products. I am currently using items from the Boscia's normal/dry skincare line (makeup breakup, daily moisture and the night moisture). The night moisturizer used to work great but now it goes on greasy and my face feels oily by morning. My cheeks get dry patches during the winter months so I have always thought that I have dry skin. Now it seems to be more oily in my t-zone and my cheeks are pretty normal (for the time being). I think my skin has gone through some changes since having my daughter in 2009 and I've never been very good at determining what skin type I have. Can anyone recommend some new moisturizer and makeup removers that won't add to my current oiliness? I do like the natural products for my face. Thanks!
I have been using apple cider vinegar mixed with tea as a toner. Sephoramusthave mentioned it to me and I loved it so much, I had to share with you ladies. It's evened out my skin in terms of colour and texture to become softer and smoother. The only downside is the scent can be strong. Diluting with tea helps but I only use it at night. I also read online that you can use the vinegar as a rinse. I didn't dilute it, just ran it through my hair and massaged it into my scalp after shampooing. After conditioning, I rinsed it out. The scent is strong but it didn't linger and my hair has been incredibly soft ever since. I recommend giving it a try for your hair or skin. It's all natural and very affordable. Thanks sephoramusthave <3
I'm wondering if anyone has used this product? I have mild to moderate acne and recently, I just purchased a Clarisonic Mia. So, would this product work for me? Also, if I may ask, how long does a bottle usually last? Thanks to everyone who answers!
I love Sephora and I am a super active shopper as well as a pretty active member of this board. But I do have to say that I am really disappointed in their seal. They award the seal to a lot of products that dont deserve it--products that contain parabens and other harmful chemicals in them such as Ole Henriksen On the Go Cleanser. People that dont know much about ingredients are certain they are using a natural product because of this seal. If you're going to have a seal, be as rigorous about it as everyone else, but until then I'm sticking with the USDA seal, The Natural Products Association, the Whole Foods stamp of approval, NaTrue and Ecocert (although I'm not completely sure about that seal yet). Kinda bummed
Hey, So I got a sample of Caudalie's Vinoperfect serum from Sephora a few while ago and it lasted me about month. In that short time I fell head over heels for it and was thinking of buying it. Went to the store and chatted with a store clerk about it. She told me that I'm "too young" to start using that kind of stuff (I'm 23). So I started doing some research on natural skincare products and... OMG... there is so much out there and I'm a bit overwhelmed. Was wondering if there was anything that I should totally try and anything to avoid... and of course... is there a such thing as "too young" when it comes to nurturing your skin? <3 ps: normal to combination skin, dislikes greasy facial products
I have oily skin that breaks out and huge pores. I currently use Perricone Gentle Cleanser, Dermadoctor Ain't Misbehaving and Dermadoctor Picture Porefect. (I was using PTR Max Sheer but recently switched to Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer. But I want to go the more natural route. I've been thinking of switching to Nude Skincare. Does anyone have any experience with them? Are they good for acne and pore control?