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“Four Truths and a Dare” at SEPHORA! Plus, a special treat with purchase for 10 people

14 Jan

Forget about Truth OR Dare.

In this case it’s Four Truths AND a Dare and refers to a collection of oils for your skin at Sephora.

Let’s start with the Dare — “Dare to Oil.” If you have oily skin, you may assume that you could never use oil on your skin. That’s one of many misnomers about oil, reports manager, Amber Wilhelm.



A number of cultures around the world have used oil for centuries, shares Amber. When you walk into Sephora, you’ll find a display touting four truths about oils.

Truth #1  — you can cleanse with oil.

Truth #1

Truth #1

It never would have occurred to me that you can wash your face with oil. I had only heard about its moisturizing properties (we’ll get to that later). I took home a sample of the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel and am hooked. It’s gentle and has a subtle refreshing scent. A tiny bit goes a long way.


Oil Cleanser

“It isn’t going to strip the skin of the natural oils. It’s especially great for someone on an acne medication, someone who has really sensitive skin, or someone battling winter dryness,” describes Amber.  This oil not only cleanses but also serves as a makeup remover and is hydrating.

Truth #2 – “You can fight oil with oil.” Amber admits that because she has oily skin, she was afraid to try oils at first. She explains that our skin recognizes the oil products as being its own oils. If you have oily skin, she says the oils can help make your skin less oily and can help fight clogged pores. If you have dry skin, it can help hydrate. The oils serve as a balancing tool, depending on your needs.

Truth #2

Truth #2

When I mentioned to a few people that I was trying out oil products, the first reaction tended to be “Will it make your skin greasy?” That’s the subject of Truth #3. I confess I had the same concern. Sure enough, my skin seemed to inhale each of the oil products I tried without any greasy shine.

Truth #3

Truth #3

One friend even asked if I started doing something different with my makeup. The only shift I made was adding in oils to my routine.  I think it’s the glow I received from trying out the fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, which contains a number of oils including Seaberry, cranberry seed, camilla seed, grape seed and sweet almond. Seaberry oil, which is from Siberia, has long been used as a natural cure. In fact, the co-founder was treated as a young child with Seaberry oil to help heal a burn.  

Boosts Radiance

Boosts Radiance

Oils also have anti-aging properties. Some products are more geared in this direction and are packed with anti-oxidants to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are looking for an anti-aging oil, be sure to specifically mention that to a Sephora skincare consultant. That’s Truth #4.


Truth #4

Amber reports that she noticed that the oils have helped to soften the appearance of fine lines. She also shares that the Josie Maran line of oil products was inspired after the model met a woman in Morocco who was in her 70s but looked three decades younger. It turns out she was using oil based products.

Josie Maran’s Argan Oil can be used on the face, hands, body (try adding a few drops to your bath) and even scalp. It comes in a light and regular formula.

Available in regular and lighter formulations

Available in regular and lighter formulations

GURU TIP: You can use the oils on their own or you can add a few drops to your current moisturizer or face wash. It’s all about experimenting to see what works best for you.

If you take up Sephora on the Dare to Oil challenge, a skincare consultant will help you figure out which ones will be best for you. You can pop in and experience a Skincare Consultation Service with oils and other skincare products and take home a sample.

Plus, the first 10 people to mention the GURU when making ANY purchase at Sephora will receive a deluxe sample bag of oil products. Must be 18 or older. Good while supplies last.



25 Sep

How would you like a FREE MINI FACIAL? 

L’Occitane En Provence is offering free mini facials by appointment this Thursday through Sunday (9/27-9/30)! Read on for the details, to learn about an exciting gift with a minimum skincare purchase during the event and to learn how to reserve your spot!

Located on Level 2

The 4-day facial event marks the debut of the new anti-aging serum called Immortelle Precious Serum. The product received rave reviews in a joint study with L’Occitane and Marie Claire magazine. The study’s results are included in the magazine’s October issue.

NEW Immortelle Precious Serum

The extract from the Immortelle flower, which is vibrant yellow in color and part of the sunflower family, plays a starring role in this serum and in other products in the Immortelle line. According to the company, “Immortelle is a flower with exceptional longevity: it never fades, even after being picked. As a result of our scientific research, the new Precious Serum concentrates the patented anti-aging power of more than 1000 flowers in every jar. Its lightly textured formula acts on the three main important stages of collagen: production, protection and repairing.”

It’s one of the products that you can try  during your complimentary mini facial. The appointment starts with a short skincare consultation, where an associate will talk to you about your skincare concerns and then will select products to use in your four-step, mini facial. The steps include cleansing, toning, a treatment such as a masque or serum, and moisturizing.

The Immortelle Line

 L’Occitane offers multiple skincare lines, including ones focussed on anti-aging, hydration, brightening and evening skin tone, and treating sensitive skin.

Along with the new serum, the Immortelle collection is geared toward firming, smoothing and anti-aging. It features a wide range of products such as day and night creams, toner and cleanser.

If you’re interested in making an appointment for this mini facial, please RSVP by calling 410.828.4162.  I’m definitely calling to set one and will let you know how it goes!  Each appointment runs about 20-30 minutes.  Make a girl’s day or night out of it and book back-to-back appointments followed by a coffee, lunch or dinner date!

At your appointment, if you choose to purchase a moisturizer and one other skincare product, you will have your choice of a COMPLIMENTARY CLEANSER OR TONER to take home. That’s a $20-$27 value.

This blog is hosted by Weinberg Harris & Associates, 623 W. 34th St., Baltimore MD, 21211
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