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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?!).

Review: 

  • 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

 

Tarte's Maracuja Oil VS Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

BeautyMaría ElenaComment

Guys sorry for the two day delay on this post! To be honest, as much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I gotta change my routine to give you guys good content. Does this happen to any of you guys?  Anyhow, I wanted to start this new thing called "Beauty Battle", a new series in which I will be putting two products to the test and let you know which one I recommend and why.

This time, I wanted to write about my experience with facial oils, which has been quite interesting. When all this rave about facial oils started I was the first one saying it was crazy. I mean, why would you use oil on a greasy face?! Later I found out this actually helps your skin produce less oil since these products send the message to your skin that all the oil is provided already. Awesome right? My first try was Tarte's Maracuja Oil, a brand that I truly trust to experiment with any beauty trend. Then I wanted to test my luck with another beauty oil that had a great following and obsession among the beauty community: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. So without further due, here's my face to face (pun intended) review with these two:

Tarte's Maracuja Oil

First of all, did you know this is parcha oil?! I have a funny story here. When I purchased this, I was telling my mom I just ordered maracuja oil as this rare and natural thing that I was going to start putting on my skin to make it more beautiful. Then she looked at me with surprise and told me: "You're going to put parcha in your face?!". All my exotic feeling went away with her comment since here in Puerto Rico you can find this fruit everywhere, lol. But, as you guys know, putting parcha on my face has been a great experience, and I believe it's due to all the vitamin C it contains. 

As a disclaimer, it feels oily the minute you put it on, but after that, it just settles on your skin and you wake up with the most radiant looking skin. I'm not kidding. Just beware: it doesn't smell good... You can tell it's a natural product, but to be honest I think this is a good thing and you'll know why with my next review. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

As I told you before, I bought this with great enthusiasm because the beauty community is obsessed with this oil and I had never tried a Kiehl's product before (I know, I'm super late on the hype!). First impression: OMG this smells great! It has a great strong smell that just makes you feel relaxed before going to sleep. Since I already used two bottles of Tarte's Maracuja Oil and loved it, I had great expectations for this super hyped product. But the end result? There was none. I didn't see any significant changes in my skin and I felt like it was a bit too oily for my taste when I woke up. Plus, even though I loved the smell, I ended up feeling like it shouldn't be good for my skin. My mom is using it for a week now and so far she has no complains, so I think this will be best if you have more mature skin. 

Final Verdict: Tarte's Maracuja Oil is a clear winner for me here and I can't wait to repurchase a jumbo size. I can even use it during the day, even though I have quite oily skin, which I still think is crazy! As for Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, I would not recommend it for anyone with oily skin. If you have super dehydrated and/ or mature skin I would say go for it! You will love the smell and is definitely super moisturizing. 

So there you go guys! Ambinity's very first Beauty Battle. What did you guys think? Would you like to see more of these? Let me know in the comments bellow.