February 21, 2017

Going Barefaced With UMA Oils + Ultimate Brightening Kit Giveaway!

UMA Oils Skincare

I am always up for a good challenge, so when UMA Oils asked me if I wanted to participate in their #DareToGoBare campaign, I couldn't say no! As you may be guessing, this challenge involved going barefaced and sharing my skin story on Instagram to encourage women to reveal their natural beauty by sharing a no makeup selfie. Having had imperfect skin for most of my life, I know how hard it can be to go au naturel, but it is something I truly believe should be embraced, especially since we tend to be our own worst critics when it comes to our physical appearance. I wanted to share my UMA routine with you, and let you know that they are hosting a fabulous giveaway you do not want to miss, so keep reading to find out what is up for grabs!


Created by Shrankhla Holecek, UMA Oils was founded on the basis of Ayurvedic practices. Myself not very familiar with the cultural tradition of Ayurveda, or "the science or knowledge of life" which is the traditional medical system in India and is "based on the premise that disease is the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment," I was very interested about how this translated into beauty rituals (source). UMA's formulas have been shown to greatly improve skin's texture and appearance, from reducing redness and acne to brightening and even visibly diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. I received a handful of UMA Oils which I have been trying out all month long.

UMA's luxury organic oils are extracted from botanicals which are grown on a 100-acre meadow in India and are sustainably grown and harvested, with their blends being a well kept family secret for over 500 years: only 5 people in the world today know the formulas of this line! UMA products are also handcrafted in small batches directly on their Indian organic farm, making it a farm-to-bottle experience. UMA is a woman-run company and is committed to giving back, with a third of their annual profits being reinvested into the local community. Not only that, but they also operate their village's health clinic and provide academic scholarships to local youth.

UMA Absolute Anti Aging Eye Oil Total Rejuvenation Night Face Oil

The UMA Absolute Anti Aging Eye Oil (15 mL, US$105.00) is a wonderful concoction that was created to moisturize and brighten the delicate skin around the eyes. All you need is a couple of drops: use your ring finger to apply and massage onto your upper lids and under your eyes. You can use it both morning and night, and it can even be applied under makeup, as long as you give it time to absorb. Made from a rich blend of geranium oil, frankincense, rose oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus, sandalwood and rosehip oil - just to name a few - the formula is not only wonderful applied topically but also has a deep, uplifting scent. I have been loving how brightening this product is: within a couple of days I noticed my skin looking more supple and illuminated.

The UMA Total Rejuvenation Night Face Oil (30 mL, US$150.00) is basically an overnight repair formula for your skin. If you deal with scarring, hyper pigmentation, sun damage and redness, this blend works to promote faster cell turnover to reveal a more even skin tone and texture. The combination of lemon essential oil, rose oil, chamomile oil, clary sage oil and pomegranate oil, among other luxurious oils, work together to reveal a youthful glow. As I deal with many of the above listed skin problems, this product has been quite the godsend, especially at this time of the year.

UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil

The UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil (30 mL, US$150.00) is an antioxidant-rich formula that revitalizes and nourishes the skin with powerful ingredients that help minimize inflammation such as rose oil, neroli oil, ylang ylang oil and orange essential oil. The scent is very fresh and citrusy, and I only need 3 drops to cover my face, neck and d├ęcolletage. I've been using this formula daily right after cleansing both in the morning and at bedtime, and I love that my face does not feel dry or flaky, which is common for me during the harsh winter months.

The UMA Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil (100 mL, US$90.00) is definitely a luxe treat for your body. I haven't tried many natural body oils, and this one has without a doubt been a welcome addition. If you have stretch marks like I do (aren't those little buggers!), this blend is great to fade them - the key is to apply this oil consistently and daily to see faster results. Body oils can be tricky because you usually cannot just apply them and go, instead you usually have to wait a good 15 minutes to let them fully absorb, which is why I prefer applying mine after showering at night and just wait and chill in my bathrobe before slipping into my PJs so that my skin can take it all in. Standout ingredients include grapefruit, juniper berry, moringa, grapeseed and jojoba oils.

UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Mask

The UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Mask (48 g, US$70.00) is an intensely soothing and detoxifying bentonite clay mask. Formulated with a wide array of extracts including but not limited to saffron, papaya, tomato, cinnamon, almond extract, honey and rose water, this is a great product to apply bi-weekly not only to brighten your skin but also to pull out impurities that are lodged deep inside your pores. Use a thin layer and let it sit for about 10 minutes or until it has stiffened and then rinse with warm water to reveal your refreshed complexion.

As you can see, these products are packaged beautifully in glass containers with floral designs, which I absolutely love! Four of these products I actually received as part of their Ultimate Brightening Discovery Kit* (US$130.00) so they are smaller in size than the individual vials and jars that are sold on their website. I also received a separate sample of their Total Rejuvenation Night Face Oil to try out. These would be perfect for gifting or even travelling as they are all under the carry on weight limit.


- UMA OILS GIVEAWAY -

Spring is fast approaching and flowers are budding in India at the UMA Oils estate! It takes over 1,000 rose petals to make ONE drop of rose oil, which is a staple in UMA's Ultimate Brightening line. It's the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine, so why not achieve that perfect glow you've always wanted? If you're yearning for bright, glowing and dewy skin, enter the UMA Brighten Up Skin Care Giveaway to win a brightening skin care routine fit for royalty. Simply enter your email in the form below (or click here if it isn't loading) to potentially be one of the 3 lucky winners to receive an Ultimate Brightening Discovery Kit valued at US$130. This giveaway ends March 1st, 2017 and is open internationally. Good luck!



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48 comments

  1. Your skin looks beautiful! I haven't tried using oils on my skin yet but I might have to now.

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  2. I would love try the anti-aging eye oil and the brightening face mask.They are both much needed in my skincare routine.

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  3. I would love to try this oils, since my skin really dry this winter

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  4. Wow very nice. I would love to get one for my Girlfriend. Too late for valentines though. Lol

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  5. I've heard these oils come in handy. I haven't tried them yet.

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  6. My "mature" skin would love to try the UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Mask.

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  7. UMA sounds like such a wonderful company, I love to support companies that give back like this one does. These oils really sound like such good quality products and my skin could really benefit from the effects of them. This whole line looks fantastic.

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  8. Wow these oils look amazing! I have been really enjoying your blog!

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  9. I started using just jojoba oil recently and my skin has been super soft. These sound like they'd work wonders~ (And I love anything with eucalyptus scent!)

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  10. all the products looks amazing. oiling your skin keeps the glow and recovers the natural beauty that has been faded away.

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  11. The night oil sounds perfect for me. After living in Australia for 4 years, I'm afraid I have a lot of noticeable sun damage. :(

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  12. These sound like great products. I use coconut oil on my hair, my skin. In my coffee. I do oil pulling several times a week, and I have seen major changes in my health and body with just this. I could only imagine what might happen using specific Ayurvedic recipes.

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  13. I understand that wearing makeup can be a source of strength and build self esteem. But, you can't have self love until you can embrace your natural beauty. Rich B

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  14. You look so radiant and glowing babe! Need to try these products asap xo, sharon

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  15. I participated in a no makeup selfie almost 3 years ago. I havent worn make up since. I realized make up didnt define me, or make me beautiful. Plus now I am saving money and my skin is so much better.

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  16. I liked using these richer oils when I lived in the UK as my skin got so dry. I find a light moisturiser is better when I'm back in Aus.

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  17. I've started using oils in my night skin care routine but haven't gone bare faced yet. Your skin looks so beautiful and clear and now I'm tempted to do the same!

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  18. I haven't used oils. I have used different skincare products, but I go barefaced more often than I wear makeup. I've noticed I don't need to do as much in the way of a skincare routine as my friends who wear makeup daily have to do.

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  19. I haven't used oils in my skincare routine but looks like I'll have to give them a go. I'm too self conscious not to wear make up but I hate applying it and the way it feels on my face so I need to get my skin in better condition!

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  20. UMA sounds like a very responsible company with lots of traditions. I would love to do more research to see if I can invest in this company. Before that, I can get some of it's product for my wife to try to verify the quality of its product. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Awesome giveaway! I would love to try their Brighten Up Skin Care and Anti-Aging Eye Oil very much. I've dark circle under my eyes and the eye oil sounds like something I might want to try. As a beauty addict I love trying out new products.

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  22. I would love to win these oils. Even though I don't wear make up, I have discoloration and I hope these products could help my skin. I have never heard of this company, thanks for the article.

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  23. These oils sound so amazing. I could use the anti-aging oil for my eyes.

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  24. I'd like to try Brightening Face Oil from UAM.

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  25. You have such beautiful skin! It's a great campaign to be involved with. I never liked wearing skin makeup as never thought it looked good. Now i have acne scarring it feels more essential. This sounds like a fab range - granted i've not come across it before x

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  26. I have read about Ayurvedic medicine and its health benefits. I am amazed at how many different oils get into one bottle or container of those products. That alone justifies the price. I'd love to try them! Joining the giveaway.

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  27. I am using a Sunflower oil and it work wonders from my head to toe. I also wanna try this oil, specifically made for face that was extracted from botanicals. We can always rely on Natural products that cannot harm our sensitive skin.

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  28. They look so incredible. Would love to try them out someday.

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  29. I have been using natural oils on my skin for years. I will have to check these ones out. I'm most interested in the eye oil. Those darn crows feet are getting the best of me. Thank you for sharing, you look amazing!

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  30. This is my first time hearing about the brand and I think it's awesome that you got to try it. Thank you for the honest review. Sounds like these are reliable products.

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  31. Never heard of this product! I would definitely try this.

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  32. never heard of this product but im very interested! i love oils!

    - DOGVILLS

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  33. This is the first time that I heard this and glad that you share this with us

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  34. What a lovely giveaway! Would love to try them, thank you! :)

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  35. I would try to brightening face mask! A thousand rose petals for just one??! That's insane!! Oh and I'd love to try to eye oil as well. These eyes are always so tired looking.

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  36. I absolutely LOVE oils! I used to think that they would make my oily skin worse but it did the complete opposite. I swear by them now!

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  37. I haven't heard about this brand but It really looks amazing. I will check this out

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  38. I've never tried oils on my skin, but your skin looks amazing so it must really work! I would love to give these a try!

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  39. The UMA Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil sounds awesome!

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  40. Wow thanks for this generous giveaway! ❤ Absolute Anti Aging Face oil looks perfect :-)

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  41. These look like some really nice oils. I'd love to give them a try. Great giveaway!!

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  42. These sound like such amazing products. That brightening mask is something I would definitely love to try.

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  43. Wow, these products look and sound amazing

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  44. I'd like to try the UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil.

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  45. I have never posted review about any product but this amazing stuff pulled me off. Anyways, I tried everything from Caudalie to La Mer but nothing works on my skin. My dark spots have faded significantly and I am now the 1/2 bottle.

    melissa@Revitol anti aging moisturizing cream

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