I caught up with self-confessed farm girl, fashion lover, and fellow Makeup Obsessive Heather (who says she’s never ever posted a selfie, but loves how encouraging we all are, SO LETS CHANGE THAT AND GET A SELFIE OUT OF HER!!) from Oasis Beauty to chat about all things skincare – and a bit of makeup as well!
Oasis has been around for over 15 years now, we specialise in high performance natural products made especially for people with sensitive skin including those with allergies, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. There are 3 of us Oasis girls, Steph, Gemma and myself. We are strongly against animal testing, with SAFE and WSPA our charities of choice, Oasis cottage has all sorts of rescue animals running round including cats, chickens, sheep and even hedgehogs!
What would you recommend to a skin care newbie?
Definitely the basic cleanse tone and moisturise to get you started. Exfoliate 2-3 times as well, you'll love the results
With cold weather coming up – what are some must have products?
Lips & Lashes - absorbs quickly and keeps your lips hydrated all day. Works great as a lipstick primer too!
Fruit Smoothie - scrub away dry winter skin, so beautiful fresh skin can come through
Serums - your skin dries out in winter so you may need to up your game a bit. Serums are a great product to incorporate into your skincare routine, packed full of anti-ageing goodness too.
From Ashleigh- Now I tried Lips and Lashes myself, and here's what I thought.
I tend to get quite dry eyes and some days I can’t use concealer on them for the simple fact it cakes up and you can see how dry my eyes really are.
It feels quite light on the skin unlike some products for the eyes that can be quite thick/heavy. I also added it to my lips, and went to bed. There’s no particular smell in my opinion to this product, and it didn’t taste weird when it was on the lips.
Waking up in the morning – my eyes felt refreshed and my lips were SO SOFT. My lipstick went on so well that I almost cried.
The skin irritation which I get around my eyes had toned down by at least half.
Two weeks later and what can I say. The skin around my eyes is the best it’s been in years. I’ve even worn concealer around it. Mixed with my Hurraw lip balm during the day, and my lips and lashes twice a day, my lips are in super good condition. I’m not sure yet if my lashes are any longer (as my lashes are quite naturally long) but I can see the hair is definitely softer and mascara is applying easier.
From Ashleigh- I also had Fruit Smoothie to try - my thoughts:
I’ve actually tried this before in a sample size, and was thinking of purchasing it again once all my other skin care had run out. Tropical Fruit Smoothie combines 3 products into 1 - a physical exfoliator, enzymatic exfoliator and smoothing masque.
So I’m not a stand at the sink, wash my face, and look like I’ve just been on a TV commercial. I tend to do it in the shower, dance about, you know, what most crazy people would do. I apply Fruit Smoothie, quite a generous amount, scrub my face, and then I leave it to sit for a minute or two. The great thing about it - is it turns into a mask, so you don’t have to use two different products! I then take it off with my face exfoliating mit – and wow – JUST WOW.
So far, I’ve noticed, my skin has started glowing. It’s softer – and I haven’t had a breakout! It really removes any leftover makeup I’ve had on my face as well. And unlike some exfoliators, I find I can use this daily, and it isn’t harsh on the skin, what so ever.
What product for the skin should our readers always have in their bags?
Rhino Repair - I'm never without my Rhino, always keep a wee sample size in my handbag. You can use it for so many different things, great for dry hands and skin, heals cracked feet, soothes dry lips, you can even use it as an intensive hair conditioning treatment.
As MUO’s, we love all things makeup, tell us more about your BB cream and BB accessories?
It had to be done really; we had so many customers asking us for a tinted moisturiser, so we went even bigger and developed NZ's first and only natural BB cream
There are 3 shades to choose from:
The Bardot for light-medium, warm skin tones, mid-coverage with a dewy finish
The Monroe for light, warm skin tones, full coverage with matte finish
The Hepburn for medium-dark, warm skin tones, full coverage with a matte finish.
Applying Oasis BB cream with either a makeup brush or sponge really makes a huge difference; you get a much more even and smooth finish. It has been quite a long process but we feel we are finally there! A big thank to our customers for all their feedback, we really couldn't have done it without you.
And to finish up - Three skin care tips, that will save your life – go!!
Sunscreen, of course! Honestly, you'll thank yourself later in life. Wearing sunscreen every day, even if the sun isn't out will really keep you looking younger for longer.
A lot of people don't realise how important tonics actually are. Toning removes any remaining makeup or bacteria that cling to your skin after cleanser. Oasis Tonics give you a real deep clean, without stripping your skin.
Exfoliating is key to great skin! Exfoliating scrubs away dead skin cells so new ones can come though, resulting in beautiful fresh skin.
One lucky MUO will be able to smother all this goodness on their face soon. I have both Lips and Lashes, and Fruit Smoothie, to give away. Comment below with your best skin tip to be in the draw!