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Tarte's Maracuja Oil vs Skyn Iceland's Artic Face Oil

BeautyMaría Elena RodríguezComment
maracuja oil vs artic oil tarte vs skyn iceland

Anyone who has read a few of my blog posts knows that I have been using the same combination of skincare for several years now: Tarte's Maracuja Oil and Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum. And even though I tried the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil (check out that blog post here) and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil (check out that one here, before I went cruelty-free), I always came back to the Maracuja Oil. 

Current Skincare Combo

Current Skincare Combo

So once Skyn Iceland contacted me to try out a few of their skincare product, I was down to try their face oil, because I definetely needed to mix it up a bit! But to make things a little more intereresting first, here's why I like Tarte's Maracuja Oil:

Tarte's Maracuja Oil:

tarte maracuja oil review
This powerful, precious skincare oil is cold-pressed from the maracuja fruit, naturally rich in brightening vitamin C and replenishing essential fatty acids to nourish, protect and feed your skin. Harvested from the best in nature to restore balance and harmony, you can apply a few drops of this daily moisturizing face oil to quench dry skin and seal in hydration, as the gentle multi-tasker helps calm excess sebum production on oily and acne-prone skin. You can also mix it with your foundation for enhanced moisture and anti-aging benefits with a dewy, radiant finish. The weightless, hypoallergenic formula helps firm and soften without clogging pores, and works to provide an antioxidant barrier against environmental attack.
— tartecosmetics.com

Price Tag: $48 (1.7oz)

Ingredients: Passiflora edulis seed oil (aka maracuja oil) and tocopherol, which apparently is in the family of Vitamin E

Review: Here's a summary of everything I've said about the Maracuja Oil over my years blogging about it:

  • My skin loves Vitamin C and this oil is basically Vitamin C in a bottle, since maracuja is filled with it.  
  • Since it is an oil, it will feel very oily the minute you put it on, but it will settle on your skin and you wake up with the most radiant looking skin. 
  • I compared it with similar oils and it is not even remotely close to how good this one is. 
  • It smells bad!

Where to find it: Macy's, QVC, Ulta,  Amazon, Sephora or tartecosmetics.com

skyn iceland artic oil
Arctic Face Oil, composed of 99.9% Camelina Oil, is naturally sourced and cold-pressed to retain maximum nutrients. Extracted from the resilient Camelina Sativa plant, which thrives in sub-zero temperatures, it has a unique composition of 9 Essential Fatty Acids which enables it to survive in harsh weather. Most importantly, the Omega 3:6:9 ratio of this oil plays a critical role in normal skin function making this blend exceedingly curative and rejuvenating to skin. A natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it also soothes, calms and protects skin.
— skyniceland.com

Price Tag: $35 (1.0oz)

Main Ingredient: Camelina Stavia Seed Oil, Tocopherol (just like Tarte!) and Helianthur Annus Seed Oil (wait, what?!).


  • This oil has been making my skin look and feel as soft as a baby's butt.
  • Even though it doesn't have the best scent ever, it smells better than the maracuja oil.
  • I am more convinced now than ever that this is a pretty powerful dupe (in terms of results) for Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil. 
  • And just like Tarte's oil, Skyn Iceland is vegan and cruelty-free! <3

Where to find it: Ulta, Amazon or skyniceland.com.

Final Thoughts:

I will be re-purchasing Skyn Iceland's Artic Face Oil from now on. 

Do you use facial oils on the regular? Which one are you using right now?

Until next time, 

María Elena


10 Old Fashioned Beauty Hacks

BeautyMaría ElenaComment
old school beauty hacks

My grandma is the person who introduced me to this whole beauty industry since I was in elementary school. I remember going through her makeup drawer and just looking at all the shades I knew I would be wearing one day. I even remember the first time she let me put me on some lipstick and how fabulous I felt looking in the mirror! As I got older, she started taking me to Benefit Cosmetic's counter at Macy's just so I could choose fun and light weight makeup to wear in high school, which was one of my favorite memories. So needless to say, my grandma is a very classy lady who believes natural beauty is an investment. Just look at this gorgeous picture from her back in high school! (btw, this was the only picture she let me upload to this post. lol)

I love how she embraces her natural beauty and has never done surgery or injections because "one should always grow old with grace and dignity". But besides the fact that she recommends that I invest in high end products for my skin, she has some pretty awesome tips and tricks she has taught me along her life and I thought you guys could benefit from them. Enjoy!

1. Add the gel of a Vitamin E capsule to your face moisturizer

She keeps a Vitamin E bottle on her medicine drawer to mix in with her moisturizer every morning. She breaks the capsule in half and adds the gel to her moisturizer as a way of boosting its benefits. And if there's a little bit left, she uses it on her night cream. 

2. Use rubbing alcohol to break in your shoes

She swears by this trick! If your shoes are a little tight just after you bought them, put on some alcohol and apparently it will help you break them in faster.

3. make an Aspirin paste to treat pimples

I hated this one when I was a teenager! Every time she saw a zit on my face, she will get an aspirin pill and mix it in with a little bit of water until it formed a paste. Then she will make me wear it during my sleep and when I woke up, bam! the zit was gone. Why does it work you may ask? Because aspirin has salicylic acid, which is the main ingredient in most acne products.

4. when it comes to skincare and foundation, don't bargain shop!

"You can't save money when it comes to your skin!", it's one of the first beauty lessons she taught me. Although I believe there are some really good cheap products at the drugstore, she does has a point. She went through a really bad skin allergy after using a cheap brand when she was younger and now she can only use hypoallergenic products on her skin. So when it comes to skincare, foundation and concealer, try to stick with high end products, unless recommended by a professional. You will be saving more money on the long run! 

5. use Olive oil as body moisturizer

She doesn't buy any of those brand name moisturizers for her body because she says that olive oil works better for her. And believe me, she has the softest skin ever. 

6. use White iodine for stronger nails

My grandma has the strongest and prettiest nails ever, which makes me question why I haven't tried this yet. She uses it right before applying nail polish since she was a teenager. 

7. use Baking soda to mask shoe odors

It's funny how my grandma uses baking soda for everything! But one of her best tricks is this one. It even works on cars. I like to call it the original (and cheaper) Febreze!

8. use Mouthwash to combat dandruff

Forget all the dandruff shampoos! She says that scrubbing your head with your fingers with a little bit of mouthwas will get rid of all of that nasty snow. Just make sure it has alcohol in it. 

9. use Baking soda to whiten teeth

Again, baking soda! She says that if you brush your teeth with just baking soda before washing them you will have whiter teeth in no time. 

10. use White vinegar for shiny hair

She claims that if you mix in a little bit of white vinegar with with your last rinse, it will make your hair shinier.

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Well that's it guys! I loved making this list for you. Have you tried any of these tricks? Would you like to see more? Let me know! :)

Until next time, 

María Elena