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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


Worth The Splurge? | Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil + Good Genes Treatment

BeautyMaría Elena RodríguezComment

Since I've been using pretty much the same skin regimen for more than three years now (you can read about it here and here), I was putting aside all the hype I was reading about the new brand, Sunday Riley. I mean, come on! Can a $100+ oil and $100+ serum really be better than my trusty Tarte Maracuja Oil and Ole Henriksen Truth Serum?! I was obviously very skeptical and thought: "If it ain't broke, why fix it?!"

But everything went down the hill when Sephora had their Extra Points Event and I was only a few bucks away (much more than a few bucks, actually) from becoming a VIB Rouge and making all my beauty obsession dreams come true.

I went ahead and added Sunday Riley's
Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit
to my cart so I could test both of these super hyped products for you guys. Because you know, #BloggerDuties. The things I tell myself... 

Bellow are the results. Just remember, I have Oily/ sometimes combination/ acne prone skin: 

September 20, 2016 | First Impressions

Nice sizes!

My first impression when I first got this package was that it wasn't a bad amount of product at all. I thought both of these products would come in really tiny packages based on their full size price, but it was actually pretty impressive. 

Note to self: Read the instructions first. 

I opened the package and was about to slab on the Good Genes Treatment until my gut told me to read the instructions first. Good thought, because I was about to make a huge mistake: You have to put on the Luna Oil first, wait for 5 minutes and then add the treatment.

I bet most of us don't want to misuse a skincare product that costs more than $100. 

The Luna Oil smells weird...

I have to say that I am not a huge fan of strong smelling skincare and this oil smells very strong. It has a similar scent to Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which I tried using before going cruelty free, but I ended up giving it to my mom. I couldn't stand it! 

Fun color! 

The blue color is a little weird on your face at first, but I enjoyed the texture and how it forces you to massage it into your skin until it is completely translucent. It's a little extra TLC for your skin. 

Good Genes Treatment smells amazing!

Afterwards, and following the instructions, of course, I put on the Good Genes Treatment. Now this really smells nice! And the texture feels fabulous. My first impression with this product is that I really enjoyed how the oil and treatment mixed together. 

September 26, 2016 | This might be working. 

The moment I entered my office, the first thing one of my co-workers said was: "You are using a new foundation! You look flawless". But I wasn't. In fact, I was using the same exact foundation I use everyday, that I put on in my car while driving to work. Not exactly my flawless technique.

So after wondering for various seconds what did I do different, I remembered I had just started using my new Sunday Riley skincare. I ran to the bathroom and checked my makeup on the big mirror (instead of my car's rear view mirror) and it was true! I looked flawless and glowy.

Still, there's a little bit of skepticism in me. Maybe I drank more and ate better that week? 

September 27, 2016 | I like it. 

It was 9:30PM and while taking off my makeup all I could think about was that my skin was looking glowy and even though I could still see some hyper-pigmentation, I can see a little bit of difference. Yes! 

October 1, 2016 | My skin is softer! 

I started to feel like my skin had developed the same texture as when I use my Clarisonic, but I haven't touched my Clarisonic in months! I can even tell my pores are starting to look smaller, which is a strange case for me. 

October 6, 2016 | Boyfriend starts noticing my skin. 

My boyfriend is always making fun of my makeup and skincare routine, he never notices any difference. Until now. He completely saw that my skin was smooth and glowy without me telling him anything. 

He's also very happy to know that my $89 skincare splurge is working.

October 15, 2016 | The treatment might sting a little.

My #1 bad skincare habit is picking my skin. I can't help myself if I see a black head or white head showing up through my skin. And even though I was being a good girl all these days for the sake of this experiment, I failed. I touched a black head until it became red and noticed that even though the Luna Oil didn't sting a bit, the Good Genes Treatment stung for about 5 seconds. 

I also have to say that this never happens with my good old Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Final Verdict: 

I have been using this Power Couple Duo every night since I bought it, almost 30 days ago and I still have some left. This stuff is no joke! It is really good, makes your skin feel as smooth as a baby's butt and a little bit goes a long way. Just one drop of the Luna Oil and one pump of the Good Genes Treatment does the trick.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

Would it be right after I run out? No. I still want to see how my skin reacts once I switch back to my Truth Serum + Maracuja Oil combo. I also want to try Glossier's new serums line. 

Would I recommend Sunday Riley to you? First of all, remember I have oily and acne prone skin, so I can only review from my experience with it. So if you have oily skin and the money, totally! It really is a great skincare line and you will start to see the difference soon. I really do think is good value for your money, specially if you have a big event coming up. 

If you don't have the money, I will go on forever about my trusty Truth Serum + Maracuja Oil combo. :) 

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Now I want to know your thoughts! Have you tried any of these products? Would you be giving them a try? Let me know in the comments bellow. 

Until next time, 

María Elena