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kimberlyloc face oils oil up and beauty begins

Oh how I love to play tag — especially when the only running involved is me going back and forth to my bathroom vanity to scoop up my favorite products to share with you!

Thanks to Lilly of Genuine Glow for tagging me in this green beauty blogger tell-all post. What a fun way to get a little more intimate on the interwebs (and maybe answer some questions that you may have had but never asked).


Describe your skin care routine in 5 words.

kimberlyloc face oils oil up and beauty begins

{I found this photo on Flickr and layered my skin care philosophy on top of it. Feel free to share it! Original photo by Beth Day / Courtesy Flickr}

“Oil up and beauty begins.”

What’s your skin type?

kimberlyloc vml black and white photo

{This photo is from 2010, back when I worked at a digital agency in Kansas City. I love the shades of black and gray and how creamy my skin looks! Not to mention the mysterious mood it created when my hair could cover my eyes.}

  • Very oily T-zone, slightly oily cheeks. Dry feet, hands and elbows. Soft body skin.
  • Acne-prone (hairline, sides of cheeks, chin)
  • Yellow undertones thanks to Chinese and Vietnamese heritage
  • Redness around the nostrils thanks to broken capillaries and Scottish-ness (gotta blame something on my dad?)
  • Bags under eyes due to night-owl tendencies
  • Very few signs of wrinkles (thanks, Mom!)

What’s your favorite skin care product?

Plant oils! I use them to cleanse, moisturize and treat my skin from head to toe.

I have coconut oil, argan oil, marula oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, tamanu oil and several beautiful blends on-hand at all times.

If I could bathe in a deep tub of exotic oils, I would. (Can somebody please set that up for me?)

Top blemish zapper?

zum rub frankincense and myrrh kimberlyloc acne treatment

Zum Rub in Frankincense & Myrrh, hands down. When a natural product that costs less than $10 at the health food store makes my cystic acne go away, I sing its praises forever. (Buy it on Amazon for a bit more.)

Face wipes: Yay or Nay?

Yay, but only on Tuesdays and Thursdays after yoga class. It’s a convenience thing. I also use the wipes to scrub down my mat after class.

I know face wipes aren’t exactly environmentally friendly, but I’m not perfect. I need to be able to wash up after class in a very small bathroom filled with several yogis and not monopolize the sink.

Toner: Yay or Nay?

Yay, as long as the toner is alcohol-free!

I always use a toner or hydrosol to prep my skin before apply my face oils so that my skin is a bit damp and ready to receive the moisture.

I also like to spritz my face once I’m finished with my makeup application, and I freshen up with a toner a little bit throughout the day to stay glowing.

High-end skin care or high-end make-up?

I believe in investing in high-quality, clean skincare that allows your own natural beauty to shine through. Whether it’s a high-end, high-price brand or a budget-friendly miracle product, what matters most is that it’s beneficial for your skin and allows you to spend less time in front of the mirror covering imperfections.

I prefer to use makeup to enhance my features, and I can spend more time perfecting the glorious cat eye when I don’t have to worry about covering recurring breakouts, redness and inflammation.

I’m prone to all of these issues, but when I eat clean, do yoga, keep my stress levels low and am diligent with my skincare routine, I experience these issues less. There have even been weeks where I’ve felt confident enough to walk out of the house without foundation or concealer! That’s the power of effective skincare.

What’s the most unusual skin care product you’ve tried?

I’ve tried a bee venom mask twice. It’s in my queue for review, but I need to give it another go-round to collect my thoughts on it. It’s … interesting.

You’re in a pharmacy and can only pick up one item — what is it?

beauty blogger kimberlyloc nail polish collection

{Yes, this is my real nail polish collection. Yes, I like nail polish.}

Nail polish! (Most pharmacies don’t stock the skin care products I covet — I buy my oils at Whole Foods or online.)

We all know that there’s no such thing as a natural nail polish. I prefer 3- or 5-free polishes, and many of my favorite mainstream nail polish brands (like OPI) are up to this standard. They just don’t advertise it the way so-called “natural” brands do because it’s not a core value for their target market.

I pick and choose my battles when it comes to clean beauty. Nail polish battles cannot be won.

Tell us your top skincare tips.

1. Stay hydrated inside and out. If you aren’t constantly getting up to pee, you need to drink more! If your coworkers aren’t giving you side eyes for spraying your face and patting on oil mid-morning and mid-afternoon, you need to freak them out a little more!

2. Don’t pick! I am a constant offender in this department. I’ve prolonged a breakout for days because of this annoying little tendency. Just leave it alone! Keep your healing breakouts moisturized (Zum Rub, I’m telling ya!) to avoid the crusty feeling (yeap, I went there).

3. Treat yourself to a mask. I typically get professional facials every quarter, but I’ve been lax on it because there are so many amazing masks on the market that you can do at home. I make Sunday my spa day and treat myself, but sometimes I’ll give myself a mask mid-week if it’s been tough or if I feel like my skin needs a boost.

4. Work out. Whatever it is that you like to do — run, swim, bike, yoga, sports — do something that makes your heart beat faster and your skin sweat like crazy. Exercise is the ultimate body detox, and I can see the effects on my skin when I skip yoga for prolonged periods of time. My breakouts increase and my pores appear larger. Get moving!

5. When you find something that works, stick with it. Being a beauty blogger means that I’m constantly adding new products to my skincare rotation; however, I have my staples that I go to when my skin needs to get back to a balance (coconut oil, jojoba oil and Zum Rub are my absolutes). A minimalistic approach to skincare can really help as long as the edited selection of products you use actually do something for your skin

I’d love to know the skincare secrets of some of my favorite bloggers. 312 Beauty, Neimans Idealist and Seed to Serum, care to share?

So, do we have anything in common? Did anything I shared surprise you? Tell me in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • Wow! How.many.nail.polishes! Next time I need to find a specific nail polish color I know who I am going to ask for advice ;)
    I loved your answers! I am going to have to try quite a few things you mentioned, with the ZUM treatment being the first. I never thought it could work so well. Also, great tips. They are all very important things that some people may not consider, thinking that products will fix-it-all. I, too, believe in a more holistic approach to beauty, where beauty treatments start with a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for participating to the TAG :)

    • I know, it’s a problem :) I feel like changing your nail polish (or accessories) is an easy way to liven up your look! I hope you like the Zum … it’s just really good for breakouts. I turned on one of my coworkers to it and she got some and loved it too. Such a miracle product for acne-prone people. Thanks so much for tagging me in this…it was really fun to do and a nice departure from my normal reviews!

  • Did I tell you I got the Zum Rub? I forget — I totally dig it (and that frakincense-y aroma!) Thanks for tagging me. I’m on it!!

    • I did not know that! Glad to hear you like it. It has been my saving grace this week during travels to Vegas … I’m broken out but it’s under control thanks to that stuff! Can’t wait to read your tag post!

  • Pemberley Jones

    Love this Kim! I too would like to bathe in a giant tub filled with oils. lol! I gotta get on my tag post, I’m working on it!

    • Yeah, I saw you were tagged with me! Excited to read yours. Very fun post to do. Now, about this bath of oils …

  • Emily Minion

    I guess I have to try Zum!

    • It’s so good. But you pretty much never break out // have flawless skin, so do you really need it?!?!

      • Emily Minion

        Ohhh they are there. My trouble zone right now is my forehead. Thank goodness for my bangs, right? Or maybe my bangs are the culprit… It’s a chicken-or-the-egg controversy.

        But I really will try Zum and see if it helps!

        • I feel ya! My hairline has been a little more broken out lately. I’m thinking it’s because I’m using more styling products (damn pixie cut) and I’m not used to having haircare residue at my hairline. Another reason to find cleaner styling products! But yes, I can wear my pixie with some bangs and it’s nice to be able to cover the offenders … argh. Chicken and eggs indeed.

          • Emily Minion

            Pixie cut brings on a whole new set of problems. But you seem to have so much fun with it, I’d venture to say it’s worth it!!

  • Another great post! Love all of your picks. I just read Fig+Sage’s entire article on there being no such thing as natural or organic nail polish and it kind of blew me away. I am a little shocked at how many similar ingredients there are in say Revlon polish and Priti NYC, etc. I still feel like whenever I use more “non-toxic” nail polishes aka Kure Bazaar or Priti NYC that I don’t get headaches or feel sick like I do around most polishes. I am not sure what that would be about? I am impressed by your polish collection! That’s how I am with makeup and skincare… I have enough to last me the rest of my life and yet I am still never satisfied! haha. I have to get working on my tag!

    • Thanks woman! Yeah, I mean, I appreciate the greener nail polish companies’ premises, but, ayyy, the price difference may not be justified. To each her own. I loved the Kure Bazaar color you had on your blog the other day! For me it’s also about access … I can buy 3-free OPI or 5-free Zoya at my local Ulta, just down the road, or I can pay a higher price PLUS shipping, which is not environmentally friendly, for the “cleaner” brand. All a matter of how you perceive these things. And hey, if you feel like you are not having chemical sensitivities when using the green-marketed brands, then good!

      I need to get some pics of my skincare collection. It’s also quite stupid. :) My makeup collection is a little more humble. Can’t wait to read your tag, babe! xoxo

  • Loved this! It’s great reading everyone’s answers :) Have you found anything that’s made a difference to the redness/broken capillaries around your nose? I have them too and they seem to come and go depending on other factors – diet, stress, etc., but I’ve yet to find any skincare that’s made a significant difference!
    Thanks for sharing Fig & Sage’s post too…I’ve felt that way for a while, but they summed it all up much better than I could have!

    • Vitamin C is supposed to be good for the redness, but I haven’t found anything yet that I want to be consistent with. I wish there was just ONE magical oil that address this all, because layering products gets time-consuming. I’m hoping that La Bella Figura’s new Modern Radiance Concentrate can help with this (it has lots of vitamin C in it). I’ve also heard good things about one of Yuli’s oils for fading acne scars and redness. We shall see!

  • Anusha Puri

    loved it..i should try Zum Rub in Frankincense & Myrrh for my acne prone skin..does it also helps in reducing post acne scars

    • I don’t think it really helps with fading acne scars, just with treating/preventing breakouts. I rely on my oils for lightening scars!

      • Anusha Puri

        which oils do you use?

        • I just don’t use any oils consistently enough to be able to pinpoint what helps with scarring, to be honest. I’m about to try an oil from Yuli that is supposed to help with this and will take before and after pics after testing for 4 weeks. I think the oils that should help with lightening, though, are citrus oils but you can only use them at night because they can make you sensitive to the sun … but that also means you only get one dose per day! I will keep you updated :)

  • Call It Vanity

    Oil Oil Oil – yes! Great tips and routine girl, can’t say I’m not insanely jealous of your nail varnish collection. I spy the Zoya 18K which I have to get just for the sake of saying yes, this is real gold on my nails. your skin sounds very similar to mine, will have to check out Zum!

    Mayah x

    • That nail polish is sooooooo money. Love it. Getchu some Zum!

  • BeautyHuile

    Am ordering Zum Rub…right now…

    • yes! i hope you love it. i’m assuming you have perfect skin already, though, no? i use it religiously during PMS time // breakout-prone time and also as a spot treatment. it’s lovely head to toe!

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