L'oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask | Yay or nay?

For all of you other beauty bloggers out there reading this you've probably already seen the L'oreal pure clay masks advertised on telly. Right? You know the usual telling us ladies how wonderful the products are - big smiles and fresh dewy skin as the aftermath. Now I'm a lover of face masks myself and take pride in keeping my skin clear. So this particular product caught my eye and I thought lets just give it a go, so what its like. 

I had a nosey online on the Boots website and I read up on each of the masks since there is three. We have this one the Purity, then Detox which is the black mask and Glow is the red. 

All of three of them have different properties so while Purity accomplishes it by leaving the skin fresher, purified and gentler. Detox clings to the skin to draw out any impurities and cleanses deeply into the pores. Glow is made up from three pure clays and includes red algae extract which will help brighten the skin. Its texture is beaded, creamy and will exfoliate well. 

Now after doing research I wanted the Detox originally due to having such oily skin naturally and I always tend to have really filled pores too (I hate it so much!). I buy a lot of charcoal based nose strips from Korean cosmetic brands too simply because they're really, really good I find. But I wanted to give the mask from L'oreal a try. I couldn't order online because they were sold out near me and when I went to Boots the Detox mask was gone there too. Every shelf I went to - sold out.

So I went with my second choice and decided to give the purity one a try. Infact I was going to buy both the Detox and Purity masks but I left with just the one. Its okay as I can always give it a try at a later date when they have more in. 

Now as for the purity mask I've gave it a try twice this past week and so far it's been really good. The box does recommend you apply it 2-3 times a week which I have been doing. All you need is just a thin layer, avoiding the mouth and eyes of course since this stuff tries like concrete. 

Trust me - it dries rock solid. At one point when I first applied it I hated the feeling as I usually buy my face masks from Korean suppliers where they're in pouches and you slip the mask on your face like an actual mask or Lush where it doesn't dry as firmly. So this was a real shocker to me! I wasn't expecting clay masks to be so... tight! 

The second attempt I did using this mask wasn't as surprising and now I'm used to it. I actually quite like how firm it is because I know it's doing its job, I can feel it sink deeply into my face and work its wonders. It does as its supposed to as well because I feel that my skin has had a good treatment, I like how silky it leaves my face and clearer. After having washing the mask off I apply just a thin layer of coconut oil just for that extra bit of moisture. The product does claim that it doesn't dry the skin out but I always add a cream or oil afterwards just to help prevent any dryness since I always find that my skin does feel slightly dry after washing it off. 

I think it's quite good value for £5 from L'oreal. So from me it's an absolute yay!

If you want just a cheap and cheerful face mask to help out your skin for whatever the purpose then I definitely recommend you pick up this product. It's nice and small enough to take away on holiday too for that beauty boost while you're mooching around on your hotel bed before heading out. 

What are your thoughts on the L'oreal clay masks so far? Which one would you choose? Let me know! 


GIRLY VINTAGE Fashion Book (HITO) - 2016 - Review

I was having my usual browse on the website CDJapan which has plenty of goods such as books, music, dvds and magazines from Japan where you're able to just order directly. Unlike other sites in Japan where you may need to use shopping services thus Tenso and Personal Shopper Japan. It's very easy, you can use Paypal and despite shipping sometimes costing an arm and a leg it is an extremely fast service. They include shipping prices too for you to select (all differ). Those estimate how long it should take. 

Well I was having a look at the book section and this particular one caught my eye "Girly Vintage Fashion Book". I had a quick skim at the description and then googled to see what I could find about this book. I found that it was a new and first release from Japanese Vintage shop Grimoire buyer and manager Hito (Instagram @Hito0806). 

It's her first style book and she held an event on the 4th May 2016 for it in Grimoire Vintage Gallery, location in Shibuya Tokyo which is in the center of fashion district of Tokyo. Now Hito is rather popular among young girls there for her style. 

Grimoire is a store over in Tokyo, Shibuya but the name originally comes from a textbook of magic, how to create talismans and form magic tricks. It's a unique fashion which mostly consists of used, vintage and antique clothing. Most are sourced from US and Europe i.e Austria and also Germany. They're a combination of bohemian, gypsy and have sort of a fairy tale folk enchantment to them. 

I think it's a very unusual and pretty style, it reminds me of old story books I used to read when I was little. But personally Grimoire is not really for me but however I found that in this book there were key looks I wouldn't mind trying and a lot of them were actually not as overbearing compared to some Grimoire styles I've seen online. 

Now since I usually cater mostly to the fashion Larme instead, I did find that this book gave me a slight touch of Larme influence such as the hairstyles. They're pin-up - very 1950s styles but I found that they would also work for Larme too! 

As while Larme has a more hazy girly appeal the coords in here are more or less the darker, grunge and boho version of what Larme fashion could be interrupted as. Larme fashion tends to have a frillier, sheer and softer combination in their pieces. But in Girly Vintage the colour scheme is dimmer, bolder and bleak. 

Regardless though I think the outfits presented here are lovely, well coordinated and while it does differ a little from Larme I think they could work very well if you were to take certain pieces away in order to form a Larme inspired outfit. Not all but some of the outfits.

I really love the outfits taken from 021 and 026! They're absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could dress like the 026 style everyday. It's that A line skirt with the belt, turtle neck and a little handbag. Very Audrey Hepburn! I just love that kind of look. It reminds me of old fashioned Barbie dolls and Paris strangely enough. Sadly where I live... muddy Manchester always rains. 

I do want to try the hairstyle Classic 1 which is the one with the black bow and chunky earrings. It's adorable! It's relatively easy to do too. My hair isn't that long yet to pull it off but when it grows longer I'll definitely be trying it. 

Also Hito shows us some of the places she visits in order to collect and gain inspiration for Girly Vintage. I like how there is a page on each era and the page before shows a collection of dresses belonging to them. I did textiles for my GCSES at school which takes me back now thinking about it... I also made a dress in Year 11 which was this pink rose bud mod dress based on the 1960s. 

It was supposed to be similar to ones Twiggy would flaunt during her time. I got a lot of help from my grandmother who was a young girl during that time so I was given guidance and tips with my sewing. Plus it was always very interested to know more about that era from somebody who actually lived through it. 

The make up shown comes across very neutral and mature which would be suitable for an everyday look. It's very subtle using shades like light browns, rosey pinks and nude eye shadows. I think because Grimoire outfits have so much going on already the make up helps tone things down. 

I really like Hito's favourite items page. Everything is so kitsch and quirky! It's a mix of old and new items. When I look at this page it reminds me of shopping around second hand shops and finding that good bargain of the day. I adore that Miu Miu purse and those lovely red velvet slippers! 

I do think the last couple of pages are my favourite though. It's very Larme centric with the birthday party, the use of glitter framing the photographs for that scrapbook feel and just generally being together with your friends having a good time!

 The models all have baby faces too making them look like little dolls (so cute!) in such pretty floral dresses. Looking at the scene it makes me think of Wonderland which I think is one of the main goals set by Grimoire. To help people who are interested in the fashion believe they are in a beautiful world of their own.

Although they aren't really - it's just a fashion which helps gives a pleasant state of mind. I think the book ends well using these photos as it enhances Hito's knowledge, interpretation of Grimoire fashion to be loving and fun. 

For those reading this what are your thoughts on Girly Vintage? Please let me know!