Mar 31, 2012

Plans for Easter. A Few Good Oils.

It's less than a week until Easter!

Which means it's officially okay to be having hot cross buns for breakfast and also to start planning what to do on that glorious 4 day Easter long weekend.  Do you think the Hunger Games hysteria would have settled down by then?  If so, I'll try and persuade Mr SSG to go and see it with me.  There's also that small matter of how to coax my hair into a Katniss Everdeen braid.  I'm thinking large amounts of hair spray and bobby pins.

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Tori Spelling's latest book, celebraTORI will be released for Kindle on April 3 2012 so I'll be downloading it to read over the break.  Tori's writing always makes me smile.  I've been re-reading sTORI Telling, her first autobiographical novel and it's like catching up with that friend from uni who was always out living a life more adventurous than your own.  Lots of crazy memories told with the benefit of humour, hindsight and maturity.

Long weekend plans aside, I've been adventurous and discovered a few good oils to change up my usual skincare routine.  I've been using the products for several weeks now so my opinions aren't clouded by new product euphoria.

Hemp Hand Oil by The Body Shop, $20.95.
The first is the oil version of one of my favourite hand creams by The Body Shop.  Hemp Hand Oil smells just like the original hand cream.  A couple of drops is all it takes to give your paws lasting moisture.  The oil is absorbed quickly so you won't leave oily hand prints everywhere after applying it.

Agadir Argan Oil treatment spray, $32 from strawberry net.

I bought Agadir's Argan Oil spray as a replacement for MorrocanOil.  Okay, so it doesn't have the same seductive scent as MorrocanOil but it performs pretty well, probably better on my hair which is pretty thick and coarsely textured.  The big advantage for me is that Agadir's product is a spray and I find this easier to use on my hair.  It leaves my hair soft and shiny and I apply it to towel dried hair before blow drying (or not).

Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil by La Clinica - $40 for 200ml.

The final oil up for review today is La Clinica's Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil.  This is another winner from La Clinica for me.  Every ingredient (except the natural fragrance) in this cleanser is an organic oil - soybean, sweet almond, jojoba, Argan, jasmine and neroli are just a few of the listed oils.  It can be used either as a cleanser or to remove makeup.  I've been using it as a cleanser and spritz it onto a damp face washer under the shower.  The instructions suggest following up with your usual cleanser but I haven't needed to do this.  It's very moisturising and despite my 'new cleanser' fears (it's nice to have such specific and significant fears, isn't it?), hasn't broken me out or irritated my skin in any way.

Not much else happening around SSG HQ today.  I'm working and enjoying the weekend off housework duty as compensation.


  1. I will need to keep the hemp hand oil in mind for winter! My hands always get dry in the cold weather :(

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  3. Something GorgeousMarch 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    I can confirm that the hand oil is gorgeous. G. x

  4. It's unanimous then.  And so convenient.

    SSG xxx

  5. It's a worthy investment.

    SSG xxx

  6. I've been using the dove nutri-oil serum for the last 2 weeks after reading about it on styling you. I think it works better than moroccan oil on my thick coarse hair and I picked it up on special at Coles for $8 - gotta love a bargain !!

  7. I have used that brand of Argan oil before and I found it was better than the Moroccan Oil! I think there is more of the actual argan oil in it percentage wise, maybe thats why it works so much better!

  8. Oooh the cleansing oil looks interesting. So you could use this if you were going to cleanse with the OCM?

  9. Leanne Shea LangdownApril 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    I love Tori Spelling. NO seriously .. I really do. I watch Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood religiously and watched the episode where she wrote this book. Did you see it? I am modelling my life of hers. Not really, but there are parallels.  

  10. The cinema was only 2/3 full when I went on Sunday.  I can confirm there were many, many braids in attendance.  I am attempting to eat my body weight in hot cross buns this week, so delicious and yet still don't fill me up quite like my usual boring weetbix for breakfast.

  11. I haven't seen the Hunger Games movie yet now I'm obsessed with the braid lol

    Too bad my hair is extremely thick and layered, my attempt at even just doing a normal braid failed.


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