BEAUTY

REVIEW: Irum Cosmetics 100% Pure & Organic Skincare

So this week I’ve had the opportunity to try out a couple of organic, skin care products from Irum Cosmetics! This vegan and cruelty-free brand currently feature two organic products on their site that they’ve kindly sent me to share my thoughts and review.

As someone who wears makeup more than often, I never go to bed without making sure my skin is at least cleansed or better yet treated as needed. For someone like me, it is extremely important to take the time to care for my skin, especially to ensure I have a smooth base for makeup application before anything else. With that being said, I’m thrilled to have tested, used and experienced these two main products from Irum Cosmetics, their Green Clay Mask Powder and their classic Pure and Organic, Argan Oil!

Green Clay Powder Mask £7.99

Contains 100g of Product

  • Vegan
  • Not Tested On Animals
  • Contains No added chemicals or preservatives
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Green Clay (Bentonite)

Instructions:

Usage (for all skin types)

  1. Mix 1 tsp of clay with some water or Rosewater to make a thin paste
  2. Apply the paste onto face, skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes
  3. Wash off with lukewarm water

For external use only.

Some Benefits:

  • helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes
  • Great for balancing oily skin
  • Absorbs waste such as harmful toxins and dirt
  • Deeply cleanses the skin
  • Helps Stimulate and improve blood circulation
  • Tightens and lifts the skin

I must quickly mention that the packaging is perfect for this powder mask! Seeing as it is powder, the product can get everywhere quite quickly. But with this jar I love how sealed it is even after use, making it easy for me to travel with it!

Application

So the application process was simple and easy as I used a clean plastic container or even the palm of my hand at times to quickly apply the product.

It has a refreshing, distinct smell (like green clay…..obvs, Stacy), but when applied for the first time I felt this cooling, self-distributing method going on, on my skin – it was lovely! Felt like a spa treatment, to be honest.

I evenly applied the product all over the face and I’d say within 10 minutes of waiting, I felt my face tightening up like crazy. It felt like some sort of facelift – like I myself was clay drying up into a statue. It’s clear the mask was certainly doing its job! 20 minutes then go by and I’m washing it off with lukewarm water as recommended. I also tried with cold water just because and both results wowed me!

My face looked and felt tightened yet incredibly lifted! my Mother even noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. It may sound odd but my face also felt lighter. The mask really did help rid of the impurities and oiliness that remained on my skin – definitely a weekly treatment that makes all the difference in texture! I enjoyed it.

Mini Rating

Application: 4/5

Drying: 5/5

Feeling and texture of the mask after 20 minutes: 4/5

Results: 5/5

My Thoughts

I fell in LOVE with the fact that this mask powder is extremely versatile. Instead of mixing just a few drop of water, you could also add, Aloe Vera, Rose Water, Honey, Cucumber Juice, Coconut for hydration, even Lavender, Cactus and so forth!

This has definitely got me hooked onto the powder mask train – will last longer and for sure give my skin the weekly treatment it needs! I personally think this product is great for anyone, especially any makeup wearers or those who spend a lot of time outdoors!

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MAKEUP LOOK: The Natural Glow

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Lately, I’ve been sporting a more ‘natural’ look in preparation for summer just to enhance my facial features without full coverage makeup a touch of illuminator on the highest points of my cheeks and I’m good to go! I think during spring/summer months it’s always lovely to have a more light-weight feel to your makeup on the skin.

There are plenty of different no-makeup makeup styles, it’s really up to personal preference and how you want to customise your look to fit your look. It’s just about knowing what works best for you.

 

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Here’s a product listing of what I use to achieve my version of the natural, radiant look.

SKIN:

for primer, I normally add a good layer of moisturiser, however, if I want a more boost of radiance to my skin I’ll mix in an illuminator.

I start with L.A. Girl’s Pro Concealer in the colour correcting shade to even out my skin tone. this makes the coverage process quicker as opposed to adding layers of foundation.

For coverage, I like to pinpoint my foundation on areas of my face that I feel needs a bit of it, using Stila’s Stay all day foundation.

for brightening under my eyes I dotted L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealer and buffed it upwards to give a seamless finish.

I set where needed with MAC’s MSF to help keep the glow throughout my skin. I do, sometimes add a highlight and contour powder to give back some dimension, though I recommend a hydrating facial spray to get rid of any powder residue.

lastly, on the skin, I highlighted with a cream illuminator. Any cream eyeshadow also works well, for more details on how I use a cream highlighter on my face makeup see my previous blog post.

EYES:

this step is very optional, but I like to add a liner to my eyes without winging them out to give the appearance of bigger eyes.

I then add coats of mascara to lift my eyelashes.

 

LIPS:

This may sound out of the norm, but I like to place a little bit of L.A. Girl’s Colour Corrector on the centre of my lips, cheeks and nose for an ‘awake’ appearance. I love this product since it is orange and pink would be more forward on my skin, plus it is intended to even out dark so it naturally evens out my cheeks whilst adding colour.

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Hope this gives a bit of inspiration to your glow-on-the-go looks this summer!

Lots of love,

Stacy.

This post is not sponsored.

GLOSSY LIDS

So I finally got round to trying out the glossy lid look. A popular trend right now where you use eye gloss or even lipgloss (what I used) on your lids to create an ethereal glow to your makeup.

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 I will say this is more editorial rather than a wearable out-the-door makeup but depending on what type of look you’re going for – the “undone” eyes is also a stylish trend.


To create this was quite simple. Very straightforward and easy to customise to what you want.

First, I’d advise an eye primer (not that it’ll change the fact that it will crease and slide) but this will help with the eyeshadow stay in place whilst applying the gloss. In terms of what shade, that’s optional.

For my look, I went with a red/orange colour “Burnt Orange” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette and blended this on the lids only.

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The gloss:

To be honest, I think any gloss is fine to use. At the end of the day, it’s makeup and you can use it as to what you see fit – you can get creative with it.

I used a sheer pink gloss purposely because I wanted a pink hue around my lids. Doing so, I dispensed the gloss applicator across my makeup palette and used a fluffy synthetic eyeshadow brush (which I highly recommend) to pat-and-swipe quickly across the lids. This helps give an even coverage since we’re working with liquid.

I also did the same thing for my highlighter (note: I had already applied cream highlight prior) but took a beauty blender, dabbing into the gloss residue on the palette and quickly but lightly patted it onto my cheekbones, down the nose a little on the side of my forehead + cheeks slightly.

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This is a look I think anyone can pull off. You can start small by adding a little gloss to a “no makeup, makeup look” or even adding gloss to a smokey eye.

The glossy lids look is not intended to be long-lasting, but is fun to try and get creative with.

I also tried this with a matte red lip

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Hope this post gives a little inspo.

Lots of love,

Stacy xx

MY SKINCARE MUST-HAVE 

Whenever I feel my skin is a little dull, I like to treat myself to Erno Laszlo’s Luminous Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel ✨ I’ve been using this exfoliant for almost a month now and my skin has never looked and felt so luminous 😆

What’s your favourite skin boosting product you can’t live without? 💖

#skincare #spring/summermusthaves

#skincarejunkie

MINI REVIEW: Lacura Skincare Serum

I’m absolutely loving these beauty serums from the #lacuraskincare 2016 Beauty Advent Calendar by @aldiuk #day6 #Voguejanuaryissue

As instructed, I use each phial twice a day (morning and evening, before bed) and my skin has had nothing but great results.

My skin feels more hydrated, plumped and tighter (in a good way). I’ll definitely by trying their full-size serums. If you’re looking for an affordable skin serum/moisturiser, I recommend Aldi’s Lacura Skincare. You can purchase their serums in Aldi.  




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REVIEW: Erno Laszlo Timeless Skin System

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This review is not sponsored.

I’ve always been obsessed with skincare and the luxury of a good regimen. However, for a long time, I felt I didn’t have the right products to keep my skin blemish free.

In the past, I’ve suffered from acne scarring and clogged pores; It was this month I decided to look into finding the best solution for my skin regimen. Going back to about a year ago, I was browsing on the Net-A-Porter website. I would always check the ‘what’s new’ tab and refine it to the ‘beauty’ section. From there, I’d go onto ‘skincare’ and look at almost everything that was listed. That is when I first came across the Erno Laszlo skin care range.

Founded by the late Dr Laszlo in 1927, Erno Laszlo was the first dermatologist to develop a skin care ‘Cleansing Ritual’ which he appropriately named the most iconic cleansing system in the world with a long list of clients from Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and more.

I decided to try the products I remembered stood out to me the most. Their Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar, part of their Timeless Skin System. This bar is made using 97% natural ingredients, meant to hydrate and restore the skins mineral levels. While gently exfoliating your skin to remove dead cells, resulting in the brighter looking skin. Erno Laszlo also has a line of different bars for different skin types, retailing for around £39. The Deep Cleansing Bar definitely caught my eye. Having looked at many reviews as possible on it, I could not find a review giving this a thumb down. I then convinced myself to go for it and buy the bar. At the time (this was about 2 weeks ago) The Net-A-Porter website had run out of stock of the bar so my lazy-self forgot about it. The next day my mother and I were shopping in TK Maxx. I normally always go to the beauty section to see if there’s anything on offer worth buying. For the first time, I actually came face to face with part of the Erno Laszlo collection. As well as a couple of individual products like their serums and toners. On the shelf were a couple of different skincare sets, I then picked up the box with the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar on the picture packaging filled with excitement and bought this set for just £12.99 which are a snippet on the rrp price. Considering the Erno Laszlo’s price range, I thought that was a steal!

After yapping to my mother about how this happened on the way home, I took the box again and started reading about the second product I received In the set. In this box was a full-size Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar (150g) that comes in a glossy white and black, plastic container (suitable for travelling). And the Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil (200ml). I noticed the Pre-Cleansing Oil while browsing the line although, I didn’t think much of it at the time.

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This duo is called the ‘Anti-Ageing Ritual’ designed for both products to basically work together, helping your skin achieve the ‘Laszlo Glow’.

Following the instructions on the box; Prep, Cleanse, Splash. I First apply a small amount (a little goes a long way) of The Pre-Cleansing Oil onto the palm of my hand, using both hands to massage the product on my dry face. It is also designed to be optionally used as an oil based makeup remover. I remove my makeup with wipes prior, as that’s just my preference.

Once the oil is distributed all over my face, I run the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar under lukewarm water and massage the soap all over my face – avoiding eyes and lips.

I then rinse off the product by splashing my face with cold water to close up my pores. Following up with a toner and moisturiser to finish off my routine.

The first time I used this, my skin instantly felt clean and lifted. I’ve been using this for 2 weeks and usually when I test a new skin care product, whether it gives me breakouts or not I like to give my skin time to get used to the product before I can tell if it’s good for me or not.

With this duo, I did receive a couple spots, however, the next day they were dried out and ready to come off my skin. I will say the bar does a great job at deep cleaning, as those spots were caused by the dirt build up. The oil and bar fully extracted all the dirt build up. The end result was an exceptionally clean face.

Using this bar daily, I don’t even need an exfoliating product – that’s how purifying the bar is without being too harsh on my skin.

As a person who wears makeup all the time, I wanted something to clean my skin in a way that’ll clean out my pores without drying my skin. I have combination to normal skin, and with a hydrating moisturiser, I will say my skin has gotten a lot better and had no issues with these products at all.

Although I did purchase this set on a deal I would (and will) repurchase this product again at full price because I think it is worth it. It’s very effective on the skin which I like – and I can understand this coming as a duo with the Pre-Cleansing Oil as that’s what helps keep your skin nourished while cleaning your face.

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If you have been looking for an effective cleanser or if you’ve been on the hunt for a simple yet nourishing oil for your face to prep for cleansing, I’d say this is the product for you.

Or if you’ve also recently discovered Erno Laszlo and just wanted to see a review on a couple of their products, I highly recommend you try them out.

I absolutely love the fact that nowadays I see myself actually looking forward to doing my skincare routine every morning and night. these products do have a luxurious feel to them, giving me and my skin less stress to worry about what to use or if I’m using the right product.

My skin feels great after using this set and I will be looking into more of the Erno Laszlo range.

“I owe 50% of my beauty to my mother and the other 50% to Erno Laszlo.” –Audrey Hepburn.

 

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