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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


April 2017 Favorites + Sephora VIB Sale Haul

BeautyMaría Elena RodríguezComment
april favorites and sephora vib sale haul

We have a LOT to cover this week and I'm not even going to go over the biggest Netflix disappointment of 2017 so far: Girlboss. I seriously feel so bad for Sophia Amoruso! She's been having some rough days lately... Her two books are amazing, though. 

But on to the good part: I'm 99% sure that this is the first time I've spent this much money on beauty products in just one month. Between Sephora's VIB Sale and the last Ulta deal, I haven't even logged in to my bank account, because it's probably screaming for help. But as part of my #bloggingduties I got to review lots of great products for you guys! So glass half full, ok?

Warning: This post got a little sexual or super immature at times. I'll let you be the judge. ;)

April Favorites 2017

april 2017 favorites

Nars Tinted Moisturizer | Colourpop Eyeshadow & Highlighter | Tarte Shape Tape | Skyn Iceland Artic Face Oil

ColourPop Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Sequin

I feel like I'm the last blogger in the world to actually try out this brand and let me tell you something: I'm impressed! You all know how much I love my Too Faced Peach palette from my last Monthly Favorites, but this eye shadow is something else. I really can't wait to expand my ColourPop Cosmetics eyeshadow collection!

Why I'm loving it?

  • It's super pigmented! (More than MAC eyeshadows in my opinion)
  • It has a red/ gold pigment that makes any look instantly glamorous. 
  • You get better application with your fingers, which makes it way easier for on the go! 
  • It's just $5!!!!

Down sides?

  • None! For now... 

Grab a kit with similar red-ish tones here

ColourPop Swatches from left to right: Lunch Money Highlighter and Sequin Eyeshadow

ColourPop Swatches from left to right: Lunch Money Highlighter and Sequin Eyeshadow

ColourPop Cosmetics Lunch Money Highlighter

Right after talking about how I don't need more than one highlighter in my life(I have about 3), my sister bought herself a holographic highlighter by ColourPop which is mesmerizing to look at! So right away I went online to try one of their highlighters and decided to go with Lunch Money since it is one of their best sellers.

Why I'm loving it?

  • It's the perfect and subtle everyday highlighter. 
  • It's just $8!!!! 

Down side?

  • If you're looking for a blinding highlighter, this is not for you. Becca's Champaign Pop will always be my one true love for nighttime. 

Grab ColourPop Highlighters here

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Gotta say that after trying the It Cosmetics' CC Cream I thought I would never like another tinted moisturizer or balm again. But I decided to give this one a try after talking with a sales associate at Nordstrom. We were between the Pure Radiant and their Velvet Matte Skin Tint and went for the first one since my skin has been going through a normal to dry phase lately. 

Why I'm loving it?

  • It feels lightweight on the skin. 
  • Has a good amount of coverage, even though it's a tinted moisturizer.
  • It gets better as the day goes by.

Down side?

Grab this Nars Tinted Moisturizer here

Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil

Skyn Iceland is a brand that contacted me in order to try some of their skincare products. I had heard about them before, but I didn't know much about them, so I decided to test out some products. This is by far my favorite! Here's why:

Why I'm loving it?

  • Skyn Iceland is vegan and cruelty-free!
  • This oil makes me wake up with super hydrated, soft and glowing skin! 
  • Believe it or not, it's slowly but surely starting to replace my old time favorite, Tarte Maracuja Oil
  • Heck, I'm not even going to lie, I swear I have been seeing VERY similar results as when I used the super pricey Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil combined with the Good Genes Treatment (check out the review here).
  • And did I mention this only costs $35?! 

Down side? 

  • It's still not available in Sephora US (but it's available in Sephora Canada and Ulta

Get your Skyn Iceland Artic Face Oil here

tarte shape tape concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

I finally got my hands into one of these. And let me tell you: The hype is real, guys! 

Why I'm loving it?

  • A little bit goes a long way. 
  • One dot and my super stubborn dark circles are erased.
  • The most full coverage concealer I've ever tried.
  • It has a huge wand (Keep it together, girl!)

Down sides?

  • Because of the hype, it's usually sold out!

Grab it here

Sephora VIB Sale Haul+ First Impressions

sephora vib sale haul and first impressions

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

I was out of this for months and I decided I needed it as much as I need my rosewater sprays, because I'm a snob like that. 

First Impression: I already know and love this product. 

Grab the perfect makeup companion here

Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub

I was looking for a new face scrub and even though I had never heard about this product, the reviews on the Sephora website convinced me!

First Impression: The reviews were right! It actually cleared all my pores! Including, my supper stubborn nose black heads. Oh and, cute bottle! 

Grab it here

Nars Blush in Orgasm

nars blush in orgasm

Always had this shade in my shopping list and never actually bought it. But VIB Sales are where dreams come true so I finally got my Orgasm (lol). 

First Impression: I could've probably purchased a dupe for less than half the price. But what beauty blogger doesn't own this product?! 

Grab it here

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

ole henriksen truth serum new packaging 2017

You'll know I can't live without this stuff! Plus, I am loving their new packaging! (Check out how it used to look like here).

First Impression: I already know and love this product. Not going to be switching up this serum until something better comes along. 

Grab it here

Tarte Tarteist™ Lash Paint Mascara

I've had really good experiences with Tarte mascaras so I decided to try this one out. 

First Impressions: Fall out alert! Right after I opened the tube it actually started crumbling on me. But the mascar did give me some natural and curled looking lashes, after I cleaned that little mess that happened. 

Grab it here. 

Bite Beauty Everyday Agave Lip Collection

This is one of those products I purchased because I loved a sample. I had run of my nighttime lip balm (yes I always have a nighttime lip balm, which is extra nourishing because of my sinus). So I decided to buy it full size

First Impression: Wow! This is a really small tube! *I will not make a "that's what she said joke"*

A little goes a long way, so if you don't mind the $26 price tag, grab it here

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect

My sister and I love this Josie Maran Sunscreen, so since I was running out of the regular one, decided to give this one a try, since it has a little tint in it. Bet it will be perfect for those clear skin days! 

First Impressions: This is really greasy and has almost no coverage! What's the point of having a tint if it doesn't cover anything? Thought about returning it, but since I love my normal Argan Daily Moisturizer, I figured it would be the same thing. 

Grab it here

That's it! Hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments bellow what are your April Favorites?

Until next time, 

María Elena