Sunday, 19 July 2015

Claudia Louch Concealer Trio

Claudia Louch Concealer Trio* - £35

Long before I started wearing foundation I discovered the wonders of correcting & concealing. My mum used to have a massive influence on my makeup choices & I liked to poke about in her stash whilst she was getting ready. She always wore the Bobbi Brown Corrector & Concealer and I practically begged her to buy me some in my own shade. When you're young you really don't need a full face of foundation to look good & the transformative power of those products blew my teenage mind. These days I wear a lot more makeup than I used to but the whole correcting & concealing thing is something I still rely upon to make my base look flawless. In lieu of my trusty Bobbi Brown products I recently started using this little concealing palette from Claudia Louch & it gets a big thumbs up from me!

The Claudia Louch Concealer Trio features three different shades that you can custom mix to perfectly match your skin tone. The creamy consistency of these concealers enables them to blend seamlessly into the skin for undetectable wear. They provide full coverage with a matte finish making them ideal for covering all manner of skin problems. The formula is very lightweight yet feels hydrating on the skin due to the inclusion of castor oil & vitamin E. It's a great product to take out with you for touch-ups throughout the day as the concealers are best applied & blended using your fingers. Out of the three colours I find that I only really need two of them. The lightest shade is an excellent match for my pale skin so it works to cover any redness, scarring, blemishes & the dark circles underneath my eyes. The medium concealer is slightly more orange toned so I use this as the corrector shade. I apply this solely underneath my eyes to cancel out the blue tones of my dark circles & to brighten up the area. The two concealers layer up really well without looking cakey. However they definitely need setting with powder immediately after application or they will crease heavily. It's just something that comes with the territory of creamy concealers like this. The Claudia Louch Mineral Loose Powder fits the bill perfectly. If your skin is any darker than mine but still a Caucasian skin tone, you'll probably be able to get more use out of this palette with the lightest shade acting as a highlighting concealer rather than an exact skin match. Currently the trio only comes in one set of colours but I would hope that this is something Claudia Louch expands upon in future to suit those with darker skin as well.

The cosmetics available from Claudia Louch's Natural Skin Clinic are all supposed to work in harmony with the treatments & skincare products that she provides. Therefore this concealer is 94% natural, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic and free from fragrances & harsh chemicals. This increases it's compatibility with those who suffer from skin ailments such as acne or eczema. The creaminess allows the concealers to blend over any dry patches of skin that often come with those kinds of skin problems but it is still suitable for all skin types. At £35 it might seem like a pricey option, when in actual fact you get a whopping 10g of product and it works out a lot cheaper than buying a Bobbi Brown Corrector & Concealer set. It does it's job extremely well without irritating or clogging the skin so I have nothing but praise for this handy concealer trio.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

The Moroccan Argan Oil Co.

Moroccan Argan Oil Spray* - £14.99

I'm not about to make the switch to all natural products anytime soon but I do have a deep appreciation for natural ingredients. When used in the right way they can be extremely potent. One of the many natural ingredients that I love is argan oil & it's something that I think everyone should include in their beauty regime. Hailing from Morocco, argan oil is extracted from the seeds of the argan tree which is sometimes known as 'the tree of life'. It is renowned for it's amazing moisturising properties. This oil has so many different uses & the effects can be seen after just a few applications. Argan oil is a dry oil & therefore absorbs very quickly whilst providing maximum hydration. One of the most important things to look for when buying argan oil is the level of purity. All too often you'll find it combined with other ingredients such as almond oil, grapeseed oil or apricot kernal oil. Whilst these carrier oils still have their merits, it's better to look for 100% pure argan oil in order to achieve the optimum results.

I've tried lots of beauty products made with argan oil but I'd never gotten my hands on the real thing before. The Moroccan Argan Oil Co. kindly sent me one of their bottles to try and my hair, skin & nails have all been reaping the benefits. Their argan oil is completely pure, cold pressed & all natural. The bottles come with either a dropper or spray nozzle. I have the spray which I find really convenient as it's easier to dispense the oil into your hands before applying the product. The spray can also get to those hard to reach areas & it's great for travelling with. I love the packaging, it really reminds me of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair! The bottle is made from amber coloured glass to protect the oil from UV rays. The oil itself is a light golden yellow colour. Pure argan oil has a unique nutty scent that can alter from batch to batch. It's quite pleasant but soon dissipates after application.

I would imagine that most people will have already used argan oil as hair treatment. It's a very inexpensive way of adding softness & shine to your hair. I normally apply some to my wet hair before blowdrying and a little bit afterwards to smooth down any frizz. However my favourite way to use argan oil on my hair is to mix it with my conditioner to create a luxurious hair mask. This can really help to restore the condition of your hair & provides some much needed nourishment for dry, damaged locks. Argan oil is also an excellent way of keeping your nails strong & healthy. I always like to treat my cuticles to a good lashing of oil after painting my nails. Taking care of your cuticles can make all the difference to the finish of your manicure & this argan oil is working wonders on mine. I just got into using the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil but this product absorbs so much quicker & I don't have to worry about getting grease marks on my laptop afterwards. I love using argan oil to massage my feet at the end of the day too. My feet always get really achy & my heels get very dry in the Summer when I wear sandals so this is helping to soothe the tired feeling & my cracked heels.

Argan oil is also something of a wonder product for the skin. I've mentioned my experiences with eczema many times before & I originally used pure vitamin E oil to clear it up when things were at their worst. I mainly control it through my diet but I still get the odd patch now & then. I currently have an unsightly pink flare-up on my neck & have been struggling to get rid of it. Argan oil is exceptionally rich in vitamin E & essential fatty acids so I started applying some to it every night & it's improved so much! In my experience going to the doctor with eczema problems was an utter waste of time & a nourishing oil is far more effective than any aqueous cream or bath product. You can also use argan oil on your face as either an oil cleanser or moisturiser. It makes your skin feel super soft & puts paid to any dryness. Another one of my favourite ways to use this oil is mixed with foundation. Obviously not my regular base products but in particular the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer works brilliantly with a dry face oil. It dilutes the highly pigmented colour & sheers out the product so that you can use it on your entire face without looking cakey. It's important to do this with a dry oil because a regular oil will make you look greasy as hell so this product is the ideal candidate. Those in need of a hefty dose of hydration should not be without a bottle of 100% pure argan oil in their lives & The Moroccan Argan Oil Co. website is a great place to start.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Black Magic

Top - River Island / Trousers - Patrizia Pepe* / Sandals - New Look / Necklace - Rock 'N' Rose
Watch - JORD* / Bracelet - H&M / Rings - Regal Rose & River Island

I'm probably wearing more black clothing here than most would deem suitable for the Summer but I like to indulge in my gothic tendencies all year round! Cold shoulder tops aren't normally my thing as I'm quite broad but I thought the shape of this one from River Island was really cute. The body is relaxed & floaty so it's very comfortable to wear when the weather is hot. I love the neckline & it dips down at the back as well. I definitely want to get it in a few more colours & they've just brought out a lovely polka dot version too! I think it looks great with jeans or trousers so I paired it with these black Patrizia Pepe jeggings from Repertoire Fashion. For some reason I've avoided jeggings in the past but these are such brilliant quality. They're so well made & very flattering on my figure. I don't think regular leggings are acceptable as trousers but these are completely opaque & quite thick so they really hold you in. They also look smart enough to pass off as work trousers whilst providing all the comfort of leggings. Repertoire Fashion offer some amazing discounts on designer brands. The jeggings normally cost £109 but Repertoire Fashion sell them for just 40 quid so it's well worth checking out all the designer bargains on their website!

As this is quite a plain black outfit I wanted to dress it up a bit with my accessories. I went for my gorgeous white sandals from New Look which I consider to be the perfect Summer shoes. I got these last year but they have some similar ones in store now. They're so comfy & easy to walk in. I love a good statement necklace & it doesn't get much bolder than this gold pentagram choker from Rock 'N' Rose. I've become completely obsessed with Quay Australia sunglasses lately. The Kitti glasses are one of my fave styles but the matte black material sometimes leaves black marks on my face, boo! Red lipstick goes beautifully with a black outfit & Illamasqua Tramp is the ultimate. Sadly I think they've discontinued it now but they do loads of other fab red lippies too.

Womens Wood Watches
One of my newest acquisitions is this wooden JORD watch. I think it looks absolutely stunning & so unique! I've never seen anything like it before. The watches are all handcrafted in the USA. Each watch also looks slightly different due to the nature of the wood so you end up with a one of a kind timepiece. I chose the Ely Cherry watch as I loved the colour of the wood & I like to have a date window on the clock face. It feels incredibly light & comfortable to wear. The style is elegant & goes with everything. It has a smaller dial & band than some of their other watches so it's perfect for my delicate wrists. One thing I dislike about buying a new watch is having to get it sized at a jewellers. For just $10 JORD will actually take care of this for you. Simply measure your wrist before ordering & your watch will arrive ready to wear. It's an excellent service & I'd definitely recommend taking advantage of it. I had no problems with UK customs which is something I often worry about when ordering from abroad & delivery was extremely quick too! I'm completely in love with this watch & I've had so many comments about it lately. A wooden watch certainly attracts lots of attention. If you're after something a bit unusual or want to get someone a very unique gift then I'd highly recommend taking a look at all the wonderful wooden watches that JORD have to offer.

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