Month: November 2014

My Miracle Oil

I have found… a magical, miracle substance. I’d can’t call it simply a facial oil, because this beauty can go on your face, body, hair… even my boyfriend likes it & it makes great beard oil according to him. I have been using this gorgeous, golden-hued oil for a while now & it is the only skincare product that has given me such instant results.

Marula Oil comes from the Marula fruit, which is native to Southern Africa & has been used for centuries by men & women to protect skin & hair from harsh weather conditions. The multipurpose oil has 4 X AS MUCH VITAMIN C AS ORANGES & extremely powerful antioxidants & nutrients that my skin personally drinks up. This is a reparative, hydrating, protective & cellular-activity boosting oil. It not only makes my skin look better almost instantly, but it also smells naturally phenomenal (no added fragrances here).

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I purchased my first bottle from African Botanics because they work with local communities in Southern Africa who sustainably produce the oil. They source their wild-harvested oil through a fair trade program that supports women in village collectives & protects the environment. The oil is hand-pressed by women who have learned through generations to crack the nut of Marula fruit & extract the kernels for the purest oil.

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This purity has been extraordinarily beneficial to my sensitive & reactive skin. I know there is one ingredient going onto my skin when I use this & it feels so lovely & soothing. No irritation. I feel it diminished redness to a slight degree. Overall, this oil has made it to my holy-grail list. If you too are a sensitive-skin-sufferer like me, I would most definitely suggest giving Marula oil a go. It isn’t cheap by any means, but the fact that it benefits rural communities in Southern Africa & the results I’ve seen totally justify the price tag in my book.

New Beginnings

Hello stylebandits & banditas. It has been a very long time since I was last here & this is because of a few things. I graduated college in May and moved back to my hometown of NYC. I moved into a place that didn’t work out & then found a place that did, where I have been now since September. I have a part-time job and a full-time graduate program. I also adopted an 8-month old puppy two weeks ago.

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So, amongst all of these life-changes, I was finding it difficult to write a beauty/fashion blog. I struggled going between my love for writing and connecting with people of similar interests & passions and the fact that somehow, at this point in life, writing about beauty products & clothes felt trivial & shallow somehow.

Then recently I realized it isn’t just writing about beauty products & clothing. The thing I always enjoyed about it was people sharing experiences, knowledge & the potential of helping others with similar interests. I’ve also been in the process of changing my outlook on beauty products & have been transitioning to a more natural/non-toxic lifestyle. This is also the direction I plan on taking thestylebandita. I want to share my thoughts & experiences on this process & hear from you too. I want to make the time & money we spend on beauty & fashion & lifestyles more meaningful – skin is our largest organ, so why not feed it with the same quality ingredients we want to put into our body? I also want to use this space to focus on smaller, lesser-known or independent brands that are creating such beautiful products & really making a difference.

My journey is a new one & by no means am I a ‘green beauty guru/goddess/expert,’ but I hope to learn a lot by continuing this blog. During all the recent changes in life, I lost time for my passion projects, but now its time to make space for them again. I hope you will bare with me & enjoy the ride.

Love, Chloe