L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks

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As you may know already, I’m a huge fan of a face clay face mask so when I heard that L’Oreal were bringing their own clay masks out, I got really excited! Even more excitingly, when these were released they were on offer for £5 each (rrp. £7.99) so I picked up two of them to try out!

L’Oréal have brought out three different clay masks, each containing 3 pure clays along with their own different unique ingredients to do different jobs for your skin –

  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Purity Mask with the help of eucalyptus, aims to purify and mattify the skin.
  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask which contains charcoal to detoxify and clarify.
  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Glow Mask including red algae to brighten and exfoliate.

I decided to try the Detox and Glow mask based on my skin type (combination/mostly dry). I try to avoid most mattifing skin products as they tend to dry my skin out, but I do really like the fact that L’Oreal have decided bring out different masks to suit different skin types. The great idea about these masks though, is that you can use these all together as a multitasking mask treatment! For example – If you get an oily t-zone but the rest of your face looks dull and dry, you can apply the Detox mask just to your t-zone and use the Glow mask on the rest of your face to get the perfect balance all at once, rather than having to use different masks at throughout the week to gain your desired effect. Genius idea L’Oreal (both for skin care and marketing!) – Bravo!

I’ve use these now each on their own all over my face and using the multitasking way, and I’m really enjoying them! The Detox mask is very much your traditional clay mask. When applied is dries on the skin, getting deep into all of your pores to give them a good clear out. I find this one really good when my skin is being troublesome because it really helps to clear my skin. The Glow mask is also good too but very different to anything I’ve used before. Its clay based also contains exfoliating beads (the type you find in the scrubby, gritty exfoliators). I’m not the biggest fan on the gritty exfoliator beads as I tend to use more chemical exfoliates but I have to say this does make my skin feel soft and glowy after using it.

The only down-size I feel is the packaging. These face masks jars do look lovely and feel a lot more expensive that they actually are, but I’m waiting to knock one of these babies from my sink in my bathroom for it to smash and cover my floor in clay gloop. Just a word of warning if you’re a little clumsy, like meJ! All and all thought, I really like these clays masks and they are perfect if you are look for an affordable clay based face mask.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Clay Masks yet? What did you think?

L’Oreal False Lash Architect Mascara

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My favourite current mascara is hands down the L’Oreal False Lash Architect mascara. Rewind back a year or two though and I would have said the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara was the mascara I couldn’t live without – turns out I had too because L’Oreal discontinued it *cry face*! 

The common factor with both of these mascaras though is they are both waterproof. I have very stubborn, straight lashes and all non-waterproof mascaras I’ve seemed to have tried before never held a curl, even after using my amazing Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. Both the Telescpoic and False Lash Architect waterproof versions both actually hold a curl in place all day and I’m certain it’s down the waterproof formula. I’m unsure the science behind it, but whatever they do to make the mascara waterproof seems to make a real difference!

L’Oreal False Lash Architect waterproof mascara is amazing if you have similar lashes to mine. Once curled, not only does this mascara holds the curl in place all day, it also really lengthens my lashes too. The brush is great as well for separating and really gets in tight to the root of my lashes to give them that lift. 

I actually have to admit that I love this mascara more than the L’Oreal Telescopic. The Telescpoic brush was one of those plastic comb-type brushes and although this was great at seperating my lashes the Arhitect mascara brush makes my lashes look my more natural. So, if you have straight, stubborn lashes like mine, I would definitely reccomend giving The L’Oreal False Lash Architect waterproof mascara a go!

What’s your favourite mascara? 

First Impression: L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Range

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When I heard about the L’oreal Clay range I got really excited – “A treatment, shampoo and conditioner range combats the excessive oil production at the roots but also any dehydration throughout the lengths and ends.”

I get so frustrated with all the shampoos and conditioners on the market as everything is made for dry and damaged hair, generally because in this day an age everyone is using excess heat on their hair or dying their various colours. Although I tend to use heat on my hair, I don’t colour my hair due to being allergic to most hair dyes so my hair is actually in a good condition but I do suffer from oily hair. I sometimes find myself so envious at those lucky people who could leave washing their hair only once or twice a week. It’s quite the opposite with me, I have to wash my hair 4-5 times a week and on those in-between days I will nearly always need to wear my hair up to avoid my hair looking dirty or lifeless. And what with needing to blow-dry my hair every time because it takes so long to air dry, washing my hair is a lengthy process and quite frankly a pain in the arse!

The main products in the range is the pre-shampoo clay mask, shampoo and conditioner –

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo Treatment – this is a bit of a strange concept to get your head around. It’s a blue clay-like liquid (similar to a clay face mask) which you rub into your roots whilst your hair is dry, leave for 5 minutes and rinse well. For me, this sensation feels a little gross as your hair feels gungy, matted and I can’t wait to rinse it out and give my hair a proper wash. It also (unsurprisingly) smells very clay-like, just so you’re warned in case you don’t like the smell.

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner – To be honest, not a great deal to write home about for these – they are just a normal shampoo and conditioner, however I was interested which products really made the difference?

I’ve used the products now about three times, twice using the clay mask treatment beforehand and once without and just using the shampoo and conditioner. My first impression is – the mask makes all the difference! When I used the shampoo and conditioner on their own, I still needed to wash my hair after a couple of days and I actually also felt it left a strange residue in my hair – nothing too drastic but my hair did feel like there was almost some product build up. Using the shampoo and conditioner with the mask however still left my hair feeling the same but my hair definitely lasted an extra day without washing, so the feeling of slightly residue is a feeling I can definitely live with if it means I can leave washing my hair for an extra day!

My next experiment will definitely be to try using the mask and maybe using another kind of shampoo and conditioner afterwards to avoid the residue feeling, although I am worried it won’t have the lasting effects of not needing to wash my hair as frequent.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Have you tried the L’oreal Clay Range yet? What are your thoughts?