Since I was cursed with Japanese rice paper skin, lubing up my outer layers is a must. For years I tried cream after cream after cream, and then I got really lazy and said fuck it. That’s when I discovered oil.
I know, I know. Oil kind of brings images of pizza face pubescence or soggy french fries, but I swear once you’ve tried the right products, the only kind of cream you’ll need is motion-lotion.
Here are some of the products that I love and keep on hand regularly:
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is the perfect alternative for every day full-body moisturizing. Spritz this on after your shower and smooth over the entire body. Its also great to spray some into the palm of your hand and run through your hair to smooth frizzies.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime is a must have as a protective agaisnt split ends and frizzies. Take a few small pumps into the palm of your hand and rub into damp hair just before blowdrying or even on dry hair for a smooth, shining effect.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil is a quick fix to any nasty or dry looking cuticles on hands and feet. Just run the brush over the cuticle line and leave it to soak into the skin for instant softening and healthy nails.
For serious hydration, pick up a tub of Lush’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. While in the shower, apply to the entire body and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. This eliminates the need for any sort of moisturizer once you’ve finished your bath time. Also, its got that Moroccan argan oil everyone is yapping about, so it must be good. Note: It has a strong rose scent, so if you’re not into that, definitely do not get this.
Lastly, if you’re on a budget and need a more DIY approach to de-crusting, your absolute number one best friend should be olive oil. Living in the Middle East allows for a surplus of olive oil, often locally sourced from Lebanon, Jordan, etc., so your beauty rituals help out local farmers and the economy as well. Its universal uses include: a drop massaged into chapped lips, a body scrub when mixed with sugar, and as a treatment for hair when massaged into the scalp and through strands and left to soak. (If you live in or are visiting Morocco, try out the locally sourced argan oil that is all the rage.)
Are you guys ready to get greasy?
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First up is from Emma Pickles- one of the best people on YouTube for making easy-to-follow dramatic costume makeup tutorials. This Pop Art/Comic Book look is by far my favorite:
Next up is an adorable costume idea from Hannah at Xovain.com that also brings me back to childhood so much- a Betty Boop tutorial that is also super easy!