Oil Say! 5 Oil-Based Beauty Essentials for Your Big Day
If you've been paying attention at all to the world of beauty innovation, you'll know that oil is big business. Argan oil, Moroccanoil, coconut oil and even olive oil are being used as cleansers and moisturisers (as well as, in some cases, doubling up as handy kitchen ingredients #multitasking). With so many to choose from, it can be tough to figure out what will work for you (and what won't), so with the wedding countdown on, we've picked out a few bathroom cabinet essentials to get you prepped and primed for your close-up!
Let's start with the hands - Deborah Lipmann's cuticle oil ($20 @ Sephora) contains jojoba and coconut oils and containts vitamin E to moisturize your skin. A daily dose of coconut oil will prevent the occurrence of those nasty chapped fingernails that ruin all digital close-ups and basically drive you plain ol' mad!
Dr Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic White Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil ($11.99 for 14oz @ DrBronner.com) is the ultimate all-rounder - perfect for use in the kitchen and in the bathroom (cheeky!). It makes a chicken stir-fry taste great and you can use it to remove your makeup (yes, really), as a hair masque and to moisturize your body as well as in baking (things like, surprise surprise, gluten-free coconut snowballs!).
Moroccanoil is one of the original and best in terms of oil haircare, and its Hydration Collection ($70 @ Moroccanoil.com) is a great first step in the right direction. In the run-up to your wedding, it's a good idea to ease off on the styling - less mousse, straightening irons, curling tongs etc - so Moroccanoil's original hair treatment is a great option for a little bit of frizz control without overloading your hair with product.
Shu Uemura's Cleansing Oil ($67 for 450ml @ ShuUemura.com) is an absolute legend of the beauty world. It removes makeup and leaves skin fresh, clean and moisturized - without the drying, foaming soaps you'll find in other cleansers. And don't worry if your skin is oily! This cleansing oil won't overload it; in fact, stripping your skin's oils can often cause it to go into oil-producting overload. Ick!
If you want a slightly golden glow in the run-up to your nuptials, Mad Flowers' Body Bronzer ($65 @ MadFlowers.net) is a blend of carrot, Hawaiian kukui nut, macadamia nut and sunflower oils, as well as henna - that gives your skin a gorgeous bronze shade without the icky smell that comes with most false tanners. Plus - it's a great moisturizer and gives skin a fantastic sheen!