To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. – Ellen Degeneres.
When I was younger, I was taught that the most effective way to gain respect is to “practice what you preach”. If you believe in something, you should stand by your opinions and demonstrate your dedication to the cause. It’s as simple as that.
Recently, I’ve found myself gravitating towards quite heavy, concealing make-up. We live in a society that is filled with the pressure to live up to the standards which have been set by airbrushed pictures of beautiful women. We all get caught up in the fantasy of “flawlessness”. But, honestly it’s just a false reality. No amount of contour is going to transform me into a Kardashian and, it’s time I remembered that I’m OK with that.
Couleur Caramel is a French cosmetic brand who have dedicated all of their time and resources to developing natural, eco-friendly formulas made from organic ingredients. The brand are also really committed to promoting animal rights so their products are 100% cruelty free. Couleur Caramel focus on highlighting women’s best features, rather than masking their insecurities and this is an ethos which really appeals to me. Of course, I want to look pretty but I also want to look like me.
Recently, I took a trip to the V Claire Beauty Centre for a Couleur Caramel make-up demonstration. The fabulous Dearbhla talked me through the extensive product range and showed me how to apply each formula. I was blown away. The make up was the most lightweight that I have ever worn and it genuinely looked flawless. Suddenly, it became really clear why celebrities such as Eva Longoria are huge fans of this brand.
The products that Dearbhla used on my skin are as follows:
- White make up base to prep (moisturise and prime) – illuminates complexion and holds longevity of make up (cornflower water, sweet almond, field horsetail, sesame oil, Shea butter) €26.
- Green concealer n°16 to counteract redness – (sweet almond, carnauba wax, Shea butter, baobab oil) €14.
- Compact Foundation n°12 – all over face and eyes to perfect complexion (carnauba wax, sweet almond, Shea butter, olive extract) €33.
- Compact Powder n°02 – set and matify. Great coverage (grapeseed, sunflower, soya oil, apricot powder) €21
- Compact Powder n°03 – slightly darker than n°02 and used to contour €21.
- Blusher n°51 Peach – to warm the cheeks and compliment colouring (grapeseed, sunflower, soya oil, apricot powder) €23.
- Eyebrow Pencil n°121 – to shape and pronounce brow (pencil one end, comb opposite end) (beeswax, Shea butter) €15.
- Eyeshadow n°011 Rosy Beige – base colour €13.
- Eyeshadow n°079 Matt Brown – contour eye –brow bone €13.
- Eyeshadow n°099 Coppered Nugget – centre of the eyelid to add metallic effect €13.
- Liquid Eyeliner n°07 Black – to thicken the lash line and define (aloe vera juice, rose water) €18.
- Mascara n°23 Brown – lengthening and widens eye (cera alba, acacia gum, carnauba, Candelilla) €20.
- Lip Liner n°19 Rosewood – to perfect lip line and add colour (beeswax, Shea butter) €12.
- Lipstick n°261 Gourmand Pink – for a pop of colour! (olive oil, jojoba, castor, apricot oil, apricot wax, Shea butter, rooibos) €17
For those of you who don’t believe that natural make up can be as effective and high quality as non-organic products, take a look at the pictures in this post. None of them have been altered or filtered. Like I said, I ain’t no Kardashian.
All of the products listed can be purchased at couleurcaramel.ie. If you can only afford to choose a few, my favourites were the “Compact Foundation”, the “Blusher No51 Peach” and the extremely long-lasting “Liquid Eyeliner” – they’re all worth their weight in gold!
What do you think? Would you convert to all natural make up formulas, or are you dedicated to certain products/brands already? Let me know in the comments.