We’re Obsessed With These Luxe Facial Oils That Double As Perfume

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Paycheck Picks: Milèo Elixir Oud

TGIF! Friday is here, along with our paychecks, so you know what that means: It’s time to go shopping. Every week, we write a love letter to the one must-have item that we would happily blow our full paychecks on, because life is meant for treating yourself. Cheers!

I’m what you might call a facial oil fanatic. Ever since my career in editorial led me to the world of beauty and I was first introduced to these magical elixirs, I’ve yet to pick up a cream again. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but my collection of facial oils has become quite extensive, with at least six different kinds in rotation on my vanity mirror tray at all times. However, I hadn’t truly fallen in love with one in particular until I met Matthew Milèo and his collection of facial oils, or rather, heavenly potions.

Milèo Elixir Oud is a collection of four different facial oils, all infused with oud resin, a rare botanical extract that comes from agarwood. You may be familiar with oud for its popularity in fragrance, but it also acts as a powerful agent for protecting the skin and restoring it back to its glowing, smooth self. Each deliciously scented oil is inspired by a different place in the world and uses powerful ingredients from the area.

Labyrinthe Vert is inspired by the French maze gardens of Versailles, formulated with sandalwood seed, Kalahari melon seed, violet leaf, and more, and refines the skin, fighting redness and oiliness while fading discolorations. Maroc D’Azur is a nourishing formula inspired by the Moroccan city Chefchaouen, which is known for its abundance of blue architecture. Formulated with Moroccan blue tansy flowers, white Camilla squalene, and osmanthus blossoms, this formula comforts dry skin and replenishes the complexion.

Amber Fort is here to brighten and protect complexion, drawing inspiration from the Amber Palace of Jaipur, India. Ingredients such as Indian pink lotus flower and other antioxidants protect the skin from the harshest elements like pollution and stress. Finally, Monde D’Oro is your ultimate night oil, inspired by Corsica’s mountains at sunset. Corsican golden immortelle flower works its magic by boosting collagen, reversing cell damage, and strengthening skin’s structure.

Each formula contains ingredients extracted from premium botanical varieties (from their natural country of origin, of course) and is either organic, wildcrafted, or ethically farmed sans pesticides. None contain any chemicals and are all hexane-free.

But what might be the most glorious thing about each of these luxurious facial oils is how powerfully scented (yet never overpowering) they are. So much so that you could get away with dabbing a bit on your wrists and neck and wear it as perfume. I mean, oud is already something we gravitate toward when it comes to fragrances, so this makes sense. As the meme goes, “Get you an oil that can do both.” Or something like that.

But here’s the thing. Facial oils tend to be on the pricier side—usually because of the higher quality of ingredients and the fact that they don’t have preservatives and fillers that other products tend to have (meaning, they’ll also spoil much faster). And, well, these are no different. The oils range from $150 to $250 per 1 oz. bottle—but for something this luxurious, truly effective, and multifunctional, I’ll happily splurge.

Not to mention, the (naturally) vibrant shades of the oils make for a beautiful addition to my bedroom vanity—where they're likely to earn themselves a permanent spot.

Shop the full collection of Milèo Elixir Oud, here.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.