Brand Spotlight - Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics



Towards the start of the year, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Australian owned brand Ere Perez when they launched here in the UK at Naturisimo. The range consists of natural makeup (made with simple oils, plant extracts and minerals) and the shades are all fairly neutral and versatile to suit all skin types. I'd seen the products pop up quite a lot on social media since last year so I was intrigued to try some of the range myself!

NATURAL ALMOND OIL MASCARA*
This was the very first product created for Ere Perez's range and is still the best-selling product. It has great pigmentation and gives a lovely added length to my lashes, although it doesn't create much volume. The formula is quite dry which makes it easy to layer up - I usually like just one coat on the bottom lashes and 3 coats on the top lashes to build up to a slightly more obvious look! I love that it's really long lasting with no flaking or clumping at all and I think the almond oil has helped to strengthen my lashes too.

PURE RICE POWDER BLUSH - MY BLUSH*
I'm not much of a blush wearer, but the warm tan colour of this particular blush duo makes it more like a bronzer to warm up lighter complexions. The colour payoff isn't great, but that actually makes it much easier to apply and build up gradually for a more subtle look that is much more "me"! I think the best way to use this is with a fluffy powder brush to dust over the high points of the face, where the sun would naturally fall. I find it lasts about 3-4 hours before needing a touch-up. The plastic packaging of this one does feel quite flimsy and clunky, but it does look better than it feels!

I'm not sure if this is a common problem with these products or if I was just unlucky, but the pan wasn't properly stuck down to the base of the compact, so I've had to transfer it to my magnetic palette instead. Forgetting the packaging hiccup, this is my favourite product of the bunch as the actual highlighter itself is gorgeous! It's a pigmented iridescent cream highlighter which I'd describe as an almost rose gold shade and it's perfect for illuminating cheekbones and browbones. It also has a subtle vanilla scent and I think I might even like it as much as my favourite RMS Living Luminizer!

Overall, despite the fact that I wish the packaging was a little less plastic and a little more eco-luxe, I've been impressed with the performance of Ere Perez products and look forward to trying more from the brand - I'm thinking of trying the Eye Pencil next! Ere Perez products range from £14-£25 and can be found online in the UK (with worldwide shipping) at Naturisimo.

Have you tried any makeup by Ere Perez before?

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NatuRia Beauty Turns Three! (Birthday Giveaway)



This little corner of the internet turns three today and as always I'm celebrating with a green beauty giveaway to thank you guys for sticking around to read this blog, even when life gets in the way and posts are sporadic! It's crazy to think that 3 whole years have passed since I first pressed publish, although in some ways it feels like much longer!

For this giveaway I've put together a selection of luxury minis, including S.W. Basics Makeup Remover, Olivine Love + Salt Beach Hair & Body Mist (reviewed here), Barefoot SOS Face & Body Rescue Cream and Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost, along with full sized Skin Blossom Reviving Eye Cream, Lavera Exotic Body Lotion, Crystal Spring Salt of the Earth, Lippy Girl Vegocentric "Ski Bunny" Lipstick and Little Ondine "Chai Latte" Nail Colour (reviewed here), worth over £90 in total for one of you to enjoy!

To enter, all you have to do is make sure you're following this blog and submit your entries through the Rafflecopter widget below (remember to check the T&Cs). This giveaway is open internationally and closes on 23rd May at 23.59 (BST). Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Spring/Summer Green Beauty Swap 2016



Spring has always been one of my favourite times of year and the spring/summer green beauty swap adds even more excitement! Green beauty has expanded hugely since I first began organising these swaps a couple of years ago so I'm looking forward to seeing what new gifts everyone exchanges this time around! As always, the swap is open internationally for any bloggers with an interest in green/natural/organic beauty! If you'd like to take part in the swap, just read through all the info below and leave a comment with the following details to sign up...

HOW IT WILL WORK:
  1. Leave a comment on this post to say you'd like to take part, along with:
    - Your name
    - Email
    - Blog URL (or social media handle if you don't have a blog)
    - Country of residence
    - If you'd prefer a swap within your own country or an international swap.

    (The last day to sign up is 22nd May)

  2. You will be randomly paired up (using random.org) and I'll send out emails to introduce you to your partner on 23rd May, after sign-up closes. From there, you'll agree on a budget and timescale for your swap and let each other know if you have any allergies and specific ingredients you prefer to avoid in your beauty products.

  3. Get shopping for green beauty gifts! Keep chatting with your swap partner and browse their blog/social media to find out their likes/dislikes so you can get them something they'll love! 

  4. Exchange shipping details and post your parcel to your swap partner. When you receive your swap parcel, open it up and enjoy! If you have a blog, feel free to write up a blog post about your swapping experience to share what you received and remember to use the hashtag #GreenBeautySwap on social media!
GUIDELINES:
  • Send your parcel by recorded/tracked delivery if possible. That way it can avoid parcels going missing and your swap partner will be able to track the parcel. 
  • Make sure you package everything securely, especially if you're sending internationally! 
  • Also be sure to check what you can/can't send if posting abroad to avoid any customs issues. 

P.S. If you'd like to help get more people involved, feel free to share this post on social media using the hashtag #GreenBeautySwap :)

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Josh Rosebrook Balance Shampoo & Conditioner



After my first experience of Josh Rosebrook's haircare products over a year ago, I was intrigued to see if the more recent Balance Shampoo & Conditioner would work for my hair. I decided to pick these up in November's Beauty Heroes box as it worked out much cheaper than buying the products individually here in the UK. I'd read some rave green beauty blogger reviews so had high hopes, but I'll cut straight to the point and say unfortunately this duo just didn't live up to the hype for me!

I've persevered with these products for a few months now (just in case my hair needed some time to adjust) and I've had mixed results. As the name suggests, the shampoo is designed to have a balancing effect on normal to oily scalps. It has a low lather, so you need to divide the hair into sections (top/back/sides) to properly distribute the product over the whole scalp. I find it easiest to emulsify in my hands first before applying to get a few more suds and leave for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

The main problem I have is that it rarely leaves my hair feeling totally clean, even with repeating again after the first rinse and experimenting with different quantities. I did a bit of research as to why this could be and apparently living in a hard water area, like I do, can impact the performance of natural shampoo. I do have a shower filter though, so I guess I must just be one of only a few that unfortunately doesn't get along with this particular shampoo!

The conditioner, on the other hand, works a lot better than the shampoo for me in terms of performance. It softens, adds shine, reduces frizz without weighing my hair down and I've noticed less breakage too. The only thing is that I really dislike the scent. I'm usually happy with most herbal scents, but there's just something about this particular blend that doesn't appeal and my other half even comments on how it makes my hair smell (of course that sort of thing is completely subjective though)! The price tag of £31 a bottle is also a bit steep for my budget, but if you're interested in trying Josh Rosebrook's products you can find them online in the UK at abeautifulworld.co.uk.

Have you tried any Josh Rosebrook haircare products before?

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Recent Empties #8



You may have noticed it's been quite a while since I last popped up with a new blog post! It's been a hectic year so far (how is it April already?!) which has left little spare time for blogging and if I'm completely honest, the inspiration to write just wasn't there for a while either. I'm excited to be back now and I thought the perfect post to ease back into the swing of things would be my final thoughts on some of the beauty products I've used up recently!

A clarifying shampoo is an essential for me and one of my favourites is the Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo. It's really effective at getting rid of product build-up and always leaves my hair feeling super clean, but (crucially) it doesn't dry my hair out either! This was my second bottle of this affordable shampoo and I've already picked up another too.

A few months ago I reviewed a lovely selection of products from British organic skincare brand Herbfarmacy and their Nourishing Body Oil and Lip Conditioner* (reviewed here) will be very much missed from my beauty stash. Both of these were perfect for hydration over the winter months, as well as the Living Nature Nourishing Body Wash* (reviewed here) and I'd be tempted to repurchase all of them next winter since they work so well!

Schmidt's Bergamot + Lime Deodorant (reviewed here) is one of the most effective natural deodorants I've tried, but I stick to using a travel size only occasionally as it can be a bit irritating for daily use. I have another mini pot ready and waiting for when the weather finally warms up a bit!

I also have a couple of makeup products that are almost finished. I've had the Avril Mascara* open for about 4 months now and, although the packaging says it can keep for 6 months, it's starting to get dried out so I'll be moving on to another mascara. I do really like this one, though - it gives a great amount of both length and volume and I love that it's budget friendly too! Last but not least is my trusty favourite Inika Mineral Foundation (reviewed here). This will be a definite repurchase at some point but (as much as I love it!) I'm tempted to try something different next too, so I would love to hear what's your favourite mineral foundation?

Have you tried any of these products or brands before?


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