Beauty at what cost? By Virginie Vuillaume
At VClaire Natural Cosmetics we know the skin inside and out. Of course, working as an esthetician for over 25 years has greatly helped me to aquire plenty of experience in reading a skin.
I am a guest speaker at Alison Canavan “The Full 360” to communicate with you my experiences and to remove the misinformation about the beauty industry.
I want to talk to you not just about a visual beautiful skin, but also about a fullfiled beautiful soul too.
My experience has tought me that beauty comes in 2 different ways:
The visual: We all strive to have a radiant, healthy and youthful skin, which is achievable.
The inner: Your inner beauty is your soul, and your capability to connect with it, to learn and respect who you are.
In a society obssessed with perfection and quick fixes, what about to press pause and reconsider what really matters and ask ourselves the following questions:
Do I want to look generic?
Do I want to achieve perfection and why?
Do I want to find my inner self and stop comparing myself to others?
Do I want my personality and my commitments to reflect my true self?
Join me at Alison’s show to talk further afield.
See you there. Virginie


We are delighted to be part of the Full 360 series with Alison Canavan starting the 14th of January 2018. The first event is in Dublin at the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane. Some of Ireland’s leaders in health, fitness and well-being will be there to support attendees in their pursuit of a better year ahead.

A balanced diet gives us the essential vitamins and minerals we need to fuel and nourish our bodies. Using a high quality natural cosmetic to nourish and protect our skin is no different. PHYT’S Skincare is 100% in synergy with our skin. Based on organic plant extracts, PHYT’S provides us with the essential vitamins and oils to feed, smooth and rejuvenate our skin.

So as you head into the New Year, don’t forget about your skin! Click here to buy your ticket.

Tired and Dull Skin (Not recommended for fine/sensitive/reactive skin)

This type of skin applies to everyone with a unbalanced skin, with no glow and dullness due to tiredness and a lack of care. 

Cleanser: Lait Hydro Nettoyant

Toner: Hydrolé Eucalyptus

Glycolic peeling Rénov Duo Kit

Moisturise / Protect: SPF 50

Dehydrated and Tight Skin

Typical in winter, due to central heating, cold and wind, the skin is feeling tight, uncomfortable and becomes dull due to a lack of moisture and nourishment.

Cleanser: Lait Nettoyant

Toner: Hydrolé Orange

Exfoliant: Gommage Contact+

Mask: Masque Hydra’Instant

Serum: Antirides

Moisturiser: Crème Absolue


Anytime of the year and at any age one can experience a break-out. Wrong cosmetics, stress, diet, poor sleep can create skin problems.

Cleanser: Lait Hydro Nettoyant

Toner: Hydrolé Eucalyptus

Exfoliant: Gommage Contact+ / Activ’Peel

Mask: Masque Revelateur

Moisturiser: Crème C17

Serum: C17


Baby it’s cold outside! As the temperatures have dramatically dropped, we are turning up the heat indoors and wrapping ourselves up in our winter woollies, but what about our face? You wouldn’t go out naked in this weather but our skin everyday faces the elements with no protection. Not to worry: help is at hand! We have listed our top 5 PHYT’S products to keep your skin protected, hydrated and nourished so it feels like it is wrapped up in its very own luxurious cashmere sweater!


PHYT’S top moisturiser for the simple reason: it’s the best for smoothing and toning results. Anyone who uses it doesn’t want to use anything else as the results for skin smoothing just won’t match our Absolue! A Wheatgerm based cream, it softens, smooths lines and protects the skin as with the vegetable oil base, it shields the skin. It is creamy but oh so silky and easy to apply. With a high amount of essential oil extracts, it is a powerful antioxidant cream so brings skin brightening, improved circulation and detoxification and reinforces cellular activity by irradiating the over production of free radicals. Try it once, you will be hooked! Calendula*, Wheatgerm*, Tocopherol, Lavandin*, Lavender herb oil*, Bitter Orange*, Cypress*, Rosemary*, Thyme*, Marjoram*, Lemon*, Tarragon*, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang*, Sage*, Clove oil*


Along with the cold comes dry flaky skin so it is important to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove the dead cells. Gommage Contact+ gently eliminates dead  surface cells without damaging the skins protective barrier. Facilitates expulsion of skin toxins. Encourages cellular renewal, oxygenation and complexion glow. Gentle enough for the most sensitive of skins, including hypersensitivity and acne rosacea. Apply Contact+ in a thin layer from neck to forehead including eyes and lips. Start to exfoliate by gentle circular movements. No water needed. Contains Sunflower*, Ylang Ylang*, Cloves* and plant cellulose.


Cream Mask to Hydrate Any Skin with Dehydration.

The heat indoors really dehydrates our skin at this time of year. The skin can really do with an extra boost at this time of year. Masque Hydra’Instant instantly leaves a fresh sensation upon application. It offers a long lasting hydration to all skin types. The skin is hydrated, supple and soft. After exfoliating, apply all over the face, eyes, lips and neck, and leave on for 15 mins. Remove with damp cotton discs and Hydrolé Orange or Eucalyptus. Hyaluronic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin and Aloe to plump and soften the skin. Use once to twice a week or ideal before a special night out.


Just like our body needs a good multivitamin in winter, so does our skin. This aqueous anti-ageing serum is an instant firming treatment. It contains a cocktail of multivitamin active ingredients (A,B,C,E). Ultra firming booster, preserves collagen and elastic fibres and enhances their production. Powerful anti-ageing and anti-radical action. The result for skin glow is enviable: youthfully radiant skin. Apply day and night under moisturiser / other serum (e.g. Serum Antirides). Chondrus Crispus, Wheat seed extract, Carrot, Sunflower oil*, Palmarosa*, Lemon*, Acerola*, Maltodextrin*, Tocopherol, Gentian*, zinc

5. NATURODERM – Antiseptic

Cold sores, mouth ulcers and all sorts of virus are prevalent this time of year. Naturoderm is a Phyto-aromatic complex: 100% pure and natural plant macerations and essential oils. Antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal for any infections or open sores. Must have for day to day coming in useful to sanitise the hands with no ethanol.

Centella asiatica (Hydrocotyl) leaf extract* Lavandula latifolia (Lavender) herb oil*, Ononis spinosa (Restharrow) root extract*, Malva sylvestris (Mallow) flower extract*, Drosera rotundifolia (Youth Wort) extract, Ribes nigrum (Black Currant) leaf extract*, Hypericum perforatum (Saint John’s Wort) flower extract*, Viscum album (Misteltoe) extract*, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil*, Salvia officinalis (Sage) oil*, Origanum vulgare (Wild Marjoram) oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) flower oil*, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil*


One last sneaky tip, don’t forget those lips:

Lip Stick Phyt’ssima – Comforting Lip Balm

In winter our lips can get very chapped, dry and sore. Protect them with Phyt’ssima lip stick. Containing Shea butter, Argan oil …it create a natural barrier to keep the lips protected, hydrated and soft.Sunflower oil*, Shea Butter*, soybean oil, Candelilla, Beeswax*, Carnauba wax, Coconut oil*, Argan oil*, Vegetable vitamin E


How do you compliment those beautiful night eyes? With an equally beautiful complexion! Eyes for night are best enhanced first in case any darker colours fall onto the cheeks. Then the complexion can be perfected.

Complexion products:

Concealer no. 9 – Apply cream with finger, tapping / pressing onto areas to increase coverage.

Perfect Complexion Corrector – Choose a shade lighter than your complexion to highlight areas

Bio mineral powder foundation No. 1 – To build coverage a step more

Compact Powder – A must have in the handbag to top up post dancing!

Bronzer No. 28 – Shape the face

Blusher No. 51

Pearl touch highlighter No. 5 – Powdered highlighter for cheeks, eyes, etc.

Pro tip: Applying all in one pressed powders are a great way to refresh foundation from day to night.


Lip pencil No.11

Lipstick No. 255

Lip gloss No. 818

Pro tip: Applying lip gloss to centre of lips gives a fuller appearance


Transform your look from day eyes to night with Essential Eye Palette n°02: cold, bold and vibrant colours to take your look from the office to the dancefloor!

Eye Products:

Eye Essential Palette No. 2

Eyeliner black No. 7

Eye brow kit blonde No. 28

Pro tip:

To refresh day to night makeup:

Apply concealer to highlight followed by Bio Mineral Powder

Adding white shadow on the inside and outside corners of eyes and arch of brow brighten and revive tired looking eyes

Apply eyeliner from inside corner of eye outwards. At last two to three lashes go straight out to lift eye.



The easiest way to produce a radiant skin is to use a mask. From pampering your skin to completely rebooting it for a night out, choose your PHYT’S mask to solve your skin’s needs. Click on our video for some suggestions and information for your perfect mask solution.

When to use a mask?

Once or twice a week and anytime you need your skin to look its best.

What are the benefits?

Using a mask is the quickest and easiest way to enhance your skin’s radiance within 10 minutes of application. Goodbye tiredness and dullness, hello hydration and glow!

How to use?

After cleansing, and preferably after you exfoliate your skin,  apply all over the face, neck, eyelids and lips. Leave the mask for 10 minutes to absorb and remove any excess with tepid water and soft dampened cloth or sponges (clean ones!). Pat dry, tone and apply serum and / or moisturiser.. voilà!

Which mask to use?

Mask Revelateur – For Clarity 

A balancing, hydrating and instant brightening mask for all skin types (NOT very sensitive / reactive). Balances a combination skins pH, brightens dull, lifeless skins, calms irritations and redness; erases dark circles. Camphor for micro-circulation; Mint to remove redness and swelling; Sunflower to soften; Cloves are antibacterial.

Mask Hydra Instant – For Hydration

For all skin types, even sensitive. Brings instant hydration, softness and relief to dehydrated or tight skin. Plumps fine lines and soothes sensitivity. Aloe Vera soothes and calms; Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid to powerfully hydrate, plump and revitalise; Xylitol to aid further hydration; Jojoba to soften and balance.

Mask Reviderm – For Revitalising

Antidote for dull, lifeless skin. This fluid mask feels like mint on the skin thanks to the natural plant sugar of xylitol (hydrates, calms, soothes). Chlorophyll is a powerful antioxidant and micro-circulation stimulant to brighten, revitalise and clear the skins complexion. The skin is soft, fresh and clear. Vitamin C and minerals from Pink Pepper Seed and Brown Algae boost vitality instantly.

Mask Douceur – For Repair

This mask soothes dry, irritated and reactive skin. Argan and hemp oils, rich in Omega 3 and 6 leave the skin nourished. Cypress and Rosemary influence sluggish circulation and reinforce capillaries; Argan softens and replenishes fatty acid  fluidity to cells; Hemp anti-inflammatory and Omega 3 rich; Rosewood and Lavender soothe.


Welcome to our video series for Autumn Winter 2017. This video is highlighting Couleur Caramel makeup products that can be used to create a beautiful, blended and sophisticated eye and lip look.

For the eyes, our model wears:

Eye Essential Palette n°1

Eyebrow Kit Blonde n°28

Eyebrow Pencil n°22

Mascara n°21

Angled Brush n°10Domed Brush n°12Eye Shadow Brush n°6Short Eye Shadow Brush n°8

Pro tips:

Eye Shadow application prep – apply concealer then set with powder (Bio MineralSilk or Compact)

Apply a neutral base all over eye, then apply colour eg. n°11 Rosy Beige or n°61 Light Violet

Adding a pop of colour just a pupil will bring out eye colour, eg. n°107 Banana Leaves or n°99 Coppered Nugget

Using an angled brush apply darker eye shadow as eyeliner for a softer day look, rather than liquid, eg. n°23 Black

For eyebrows use powder where there is hair and then pencil to finish off


Lip pencil n°11 Beige

Lipstick n°254 Natural Pink

Pro tips:

‘Ombre’ lips for a fuller appearance – from the outer corner bleed inwards keeping the middle lighter

Apply lipstick to centre of lips and blend out



Welcome to VClaire’s video series for Autumn Winter 2017. This video is highlighting Couleur Caramel makeup products that can be used to create a flawless yet natural looking day complexion.

Our model wears:

Smoothing Velvet Primer – Use over moisturiser to matify complexion.

Compact Foundation n°14 – Use this foundation with fingers, sponge or Foundation Brush n°4.

Cream Concealer n°9 – Apply this product with Concealer Brush n°9.

Perfect Complexion Corrector n°32 – Apply concealer with its built in brush and pat with finger.

Bio mineral powder foundation n°1 *Pro Tip* – Buff in mineral powder over blemishes already concealed to set. This gives immovable coverage. The spot won’t show through. Domed Brush n°12.

Silk Powder n°11 – Use Powder Brush n°1 or Domed Brush n°12 to set any areas (nose, eyelids, etc.).

Bronzer n°25 – Use to frame the face, never down the centre of the face. Kabuki Brush n°2 or Retractable Brush n°3. *Pro Tip* – For cheekbone, apply on it, not under it.

Blush Powder n°52 *Pro Tip* Apply to the apples of the cheeks and diffuse across cheek bone with Retractable Brush n°3.

Pearl Touch Highlighter n°5 – Apply to the upper cheek bone lightly to give radiance with Domed Brush n°12. *Pro Tip* – Less is more when it comes to highlighters, especially in daylight.



Couleur Caramel Events starting this Friday!! Check out your nearest Health Store participating and come meet our professional natural cosmetic experts for makeup application, tips and advice, and of course, product offers!! 

Couleur Caramel natural makeup application with tips and advice from skincare specialists, available at the locations to follow, (booking essential!). Product offer on the day: buy two Couleur Caramel products (one being a primer or foundation) and receive a FREE Lip Gloss worth €19.00.
Down to Earth, George’s Street, Tel: 01 6719702 Tuesday 3rd Oct
Nature’s Gold, Avoca, Dunboyne, Tel: 01 8026985 Wed 4th Oct
Nourish, Wicklow Street, Tel: 01 6703223 Thursday 5th Oct
Nourish, Sandymount, Tel: 01 5476741 Thursday 5th Oct
Nourish Liffey Street, Tel: 01 8734098 Friday 6th Oct
The Health Store, Blanchardstown, Tel: 01 8222036 Sat 7th Oct

-Restore Health Store, Camden Street, Tel: 01 4759847 Tuesday 10th Oct
-Wholehealth Centre, Ballybrack, Tel: 01 2353042 Wednesday 11th Oct
-Nature’s Gold Rathcoole, Tel: 01 4580882 Thursday 12th Oct
-Dun Laoghaire Pharmacy, Tel: 012844861 Friday 13th Oct
-The Health Store, Arklow, Tel: 040224893 Saturday 14th Oct

See event on our Facebook Page: 

Scrubs VS. Soft Peel for Facial Exfoliating

Exfoliating is an essential and regular step to everyone’s skincare regime as it removes the build-up of dead skin cells from the outermost layer of our epidermis. In giving the skin a helping hand of desquamation, the complexion looks brighter, feels softer and will accept more easily and readily all of the active ingredients from moisturisers, serums and masks. Once a week is the perfect commitment to exfoliating, but it can depend on the individual: if sunscreen, tan or heavy foundations are used regularly, or the skin is very dry / flaky, 2-3 times a week is better. Daily is never necessary! The skin can easily become dehydrated with over exfoliating. Note: in this, we speak of facial exfoliating, although that for the body is equally important!

There are two types of mechanical (performed by hands) facial exfoliants, the first being the one that most will think of automatically:

A Scrub: Micro beads in a gel, cream or oil base and gentle circular motions can be used to exfoliate the skin. Many find it a handy product in the shower as it can be rinsed easily. Facial exfoliant micro beads are polished or rounded so they are not jagged on the skin (beware of making scrubs for your face at home with sea salt or sugar: these pieces can damage and upset the skin). Micro beads are often made of micro plastics in many generic products which when we rinse down the sink are being brought back into our food chain so it is wise to check out the ingredients list to know what exactly you are using.

PHYT’S Activ’Peel is an exfoliant using polished bamboo particles instead of plastic (environmentally friendly) to gently exfoliate and bring radiance to the complexion. Lemon peel and grapefruit peel essential oils are used to lighten and brighten the complexion for instantaneous results so this exfoliant suits dull, sallow skin, or an oily to combination skin.


A Soft Peel: The lesser known of mechanical exfoliation is a soft peel, scrub or en Français a Gommage. This is a cream product which is applied to the skin in a thin layer. It is then exfoliated by gentle circular movements, adhering to dead cells revealing a soft, hydrated and calm skin. No water is needed. They are sometimes clay, gel or cellulose based.

PHYT’S Gommage Contact+ has a plant cellulose base with Ylang Ylang for anti-inflammatory and toning effect and sunflower oil to hydrate the skin as you exfoliate. It is for all skin types but especially dry, dehydrated, sensitive, inflamed or reactive (acne, rosacea, dermatitis etc.). Apply after cleansing to a dried skin in a thin layer, lips and eyelids included. Then use fingertips to gently exfoliate the Gommage off by small circular motion. Over the sink is wise as the particles fall!


The main point for all exfoliation is to be gentle with your skin: a scrub does not mean to scour like a cooker! Skin is silk: condition it with care 🙂


All of July at Virginie Claire Health and Beauty Centre, we have our infamous Bastille celebratory offers for all: PHYT’S Radiance Facial is now €55.00 (normally €75.00) and see in salon for product offers*!! The Radiance Facial is 60 minutes and customized to your skins requirements. Cleanse, Tone, Exfoliation with thorough consultation, followed by extractions if needed; onto specific massage techniques to induce drainage and stimulate connective tissue finishing with a mask to sooth, clear and refresh the skin. Your skin is revitalized, replenished, hydrated, calmed and plumped.


Offer ends 29th July.