Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Natural & Ethical Beauty in Dublin: Seven Wood & V Claire Popup Natural Skincare & Makeup Event

A little while ago, I received a press release. This is not an unusual thing, many arrive in my blog inbox every day, but few tick so many of my personal boxes or catch my attention quite like this one.

It was from a pop-up lifestyle store called Seven Wood in Ranelagh and outlined an evening of natural, ethical, cruelty-free skincare and beauty. Obviously, I was in.

The brand was collaborating with V Claire Natural Cosmetics, a Dublin-based company that stocks natural skincare and makeup and offers beauty treatments, to provide expert tips and analysis of customers' personal needs as well as open up a dialogue about the benefits of natural cosmetics.

The wonderful ladies behind these two independent companies met by chance and realised that they had similar aims, interests and desires in bringing high-quality ethical products to their customers and the pairing of the two was a logical move.

On Thursday the 26th, Seven Wood hosted a launch event, celebrating their collaboration in their eclectic and pretty store, filled with founder Niamh Banks' carefully curated edit of homewares, vintage goods, beauty products and pretty bits and bobs.

Virginie Vuillaume of Virginie Claire was on hand to kick the evening off with a skincare demonstration of products from PHYT'S skincare and Dearbhla Brennan, resident makeup artist, of makeup from Couleur Caramel Cosmetics.

I was thoroughly impressed by the beautiful store and both beauty lines, particularly the makeup. Natural skincare is often lovely to use, effective and smells beautiful but natural makeup brands can be a little less appealing but Couleur Caramel has a range of pigmented, pretty, varied products that is often difficult to find and dupes for popular mainstream products that I haven't seen other similar brands offer.

Looking for a silicon primer? Beautifully blended blushes and bronzers? Eyeshadow palettes? They offer it all and it's all cruelty free and natural. What more could you ask for?

As for the skincare, PHYT'S did manage to come to my rescue by finally offering a cruelty-free factor 50 SPF suncream specifically made for your face that isn't insanely expensive - something I had been desperately trying to hunt down in Dublin for some time. And now I know where to get it. Thank God.

Both brands are smaller independent Irish companies run by awesome, passionate women that give a crap about what they're selling, to whom they are selling it and where it comes from. I'm really glad to have discovered both and can't think of many other places with such beautiful stock and so many reasons to support them.


You can find Seven Wood at 119 Ranelagh, Dublin 6 and Virginie Claire at 255, Harold's Cross Road
Dublin 6W


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Dearbhla working on model Rouge Writing Hood


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