Hello LCC dolls! I’m absolutely thrilled to call myself your new beauty contributor! My name is Emilie Louizides and I’m studying Hair and Makeup for Fashion at London College of Fashion and I’m completely obsessed with all things beauty. My goal is to get you familiar with what I believe are incredible beauty products. I want to teach you how I use them and I also want you to get to know me! So without further ado, let’s get into our first talk!
1. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – I always used to struggle with finding a concealer that prevented creasing under my eyes and in my smile lines and that worked for my combination (dry and oily) skin. But the gates to the beauty heavens opened to reveal this precious tube of wonder. I can wear this concealer to cover up spots, dark circles, and acne scars, with a foundation or without and it doesn’t need a primer underneath to hold up throughout the day. It’s completely full coverage so my imperfections don’t peek through. It has a dry finish that feels like skin and it doesn’t oxidize (you know, turn that hideous orange color that we all can’t stand!)
2. The Beauty Blender – This magical tool is a hydrophilic sponge that is completely latex-free. We’re already sounding complicated here so let’s break this down: A hydrophile is a molecule that absorbs water so this sponge is built to use damp. The Beauty Blender is known for creating a flawless finish, which is due to the fact that there isn’t any latex on board. Latex absorbs makeup but since The Beauty Blender absorbs water, the makeup just hovers on top. This little miracle worker distributes my foundation and concealer directly into my pores and fine lines, which creates a flawless finish and airbrushed effect.
3. Eyelash Curler And Mascara – I don’t think you can have one of these without the other. The curler/mascara combo creates a wide and open-eyed look. I’ve never tried an eyelash curler that didn’t work for me but I do have favorite mascaras. Marc Jacobs’ mascara is great for lengthening and separating the lashes. MAC’s Haute and Naughty comes with two separate brushes that can morph into one, giving you three options for different lash effects. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex pumps up the lash volume for a really dramatic appearance. And last but definitely not least, Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes coats the eyelashes in a way that makes it look like they’ve multiplied.
4. Argan Oil – Over the years I’ve put my hair through a lot whether I’ve cut it incorrectly, bleached and dyed it or used heat. Hollywood Beauty’s Argan Oil (currently on sale!) has really brought my hair back to life. I’m able to go months without trimming my hair because it really preserves and protects the ends. Before I began using it my ends were split and dry, now I constantly feel like my hair has just been freshly cut. I rub about three drops of the oil into my hands and run it through the ends of my hair after I’ve washed it. Then I take the excess and pat it all around the rest of my hair, avoiding the roots. My hair is shinier, softer and healthier. If you think you may have damaged-beyond-repair hair, try out some Argan Oil before going to the salon for an extreme chop.
5. Batiste Dry Shampoo – A huge misconception about dry shampoos is that they’re not effective if they leave a white residue at the roots. Many people don’t realize that this white residue is the shampoo and that it’s meant to be worked into the scalp. Dry shampoo is not a spray, people! So rub rub rub it in! Out of all the dry shampoos I’ve tried, I’ve gotten the most amazing results from Batiste’s. It cleans my hair right up and it seems to act as a root lifter too, making it appear like I’ve just had a blowout. The best thing about it? It’s insanely inexpensive. It also comes in a variety of scents. I opt for the tropical scent so I can always smell like an exotic island.
Disclaimer: I am not paid or sponsored by any of the companies I’ve mentioned to talk about their products. I’m discussing and recommending these things because I love and benefit from them and I hope you will too! But of course different things work for different people so results may vary.
Written and Curated for the LCC by Emilie Louizides