I love face oils. I love it for a lot of reasons. My current favorites are ElishaCoy Honey Murumuru Moisturizing Oil and Nature Republic Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil.
Not only do I love these oils for my face, I use them for a lot of other less traditional purposes. And fiscally speaking (which is rare for me), it is a much more affordable and effective alternative for some common issues. Here are some ideas:
1) Nail Care: Use moisturizing oil to treat dry cuticles. If you happen to have some disposable, plastic ‘seasoning’ gloves (you can find them at most Asian grocery stores), I suggest applying some oil on your cuticles, put on the gloves and let it soak for 10-15 min. Think of it as a mask pack treatment for your hands. It never fails to restore hydration to my nails and cuticles.
Moisturizing facial oils have been quite the rage for a while. I was intrigued by the idea of using something that I’ve been told to avoid on my face to treat the problems that I thought was caused by it – oil. This sounded like a case of fighting fire with fire and I was dying to try it.
Let’s cut to the chase: I didn’t care for it. My first impression was marred by the overwhelming scent that reminded me of that dude in college who wore hemp clothing and talked about libertarianism while toking up on his bed, with a guitar on his lap and Grateful Dead poster next to him. You know, THAT guy.
“The product contains only natural ingredients, safe for the delicate skin of the nipple. It gives the skin softness, moisturizes and restores the skin barrier, feeds. It helps to give a gentle, pink color, darkened skin, has the effect of tattoos, keeping tone for 7 days. It has a waterproof formula. Can be used for different areas of the skin, as well as to create a stable color to the skin of the lips. Color + protection + moisturizing + nutrition at the same time.”
I think it’s fair to say that nail art is like makeup for your hands, but that could also be me justifying my obsession with nail wraps.
I first discovered the joys of nail wraps when I was visiting Seoul two years ago. During one of my days off, I made a last minute decision to go squeeze in a matinee show of K-live at Lotte FITIN. I could not have imagined that my excursion would change my life.
Because on that rainy afternoon day, sitting in a large auditorium which could very easily host hundreds of hologram concert goers, I was among the elite 5 (and the only 5) people there to be entertained by digital projections of staged performances by Psy, 2NE1 and of course, BIG BANG. So the big question is…
Where have you been all my life, G-Dragon?!?!
He epitomizes everything I aspire to be as a woman. The grace! The femininity! The pout! And he wears make up so much better than I do. That lipstick shade he’s wearing in the picture, if I put that on, it would only makes me look like I was on the verge of a very poetic and bed-ridden death due to the consumption. He’s just pretty. So pretty. So very, very, very, unfairly pretty.
But before I would experience this life-altering revelation, I had some time to kill and check out the mall. Now, if you’ve never had the pleasure of being ‘over-serviced’ by the ajummahs (Korean term for older women who are not family) manning various sales kiosks, you might be a little shocked at how aggressive they can be. In my case, I was literally grabbed by the arm and dragged over to a booth for a demo of a nail wrap. My Korean is more than a little rusty so I was taken aback to be manhandled and be… forced an impromptu manicure?!