abeautifulbox S/S Sampler 2016

Earlier this week, one of my favourite eco-luxe beauty boxes from abeautifulworld was released so (of course) I had to set my alarm early to order one! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I always love these limited edition boxes! They're only released twice a year and sell out quickly, containing a selection of their best performing organic and natural beauty products.

The box is white this time instead of the usual pink and it's perfect to re-use for storage. I'm so pleased with the contents - they're all items I haven't tried before and would have happily picked for myself! The sample products included in my box: Skinnamon Renew Body Scrub, Coola Mineral Face Matte-Tint Unscented SPF30, Skin & Tonic Steam Clean and Naked Lip Balm, Youth To The People Age Prevention Cream, Yarok Feed Your Style Dry ShampooJosh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator and, as an added bonus, a gorgeous little notebook from Esmie.

I'm really looking forward to trying all of these products but, since I already love Yarok, I think I'm most excited to try their dry shampoo (which is one of the cutest little samples ever by the way)! I also can't wait to finally try Skin & Tonic as I've been meaning to test out their products ever since they first launched. The value of the box as a whole is great and there's a 10% off discount code included too. As these boxes are limited edition, they have already sold out so unfortunately you won't be able to get your hands on one now, but make sure you follow abw on Twitter or join their waitlist for the next A/W box which will be available in October.

Did you manage to grab abeautifulbox before they sold out? What do you think of the contents?

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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!

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.

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!

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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...

  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!
  • 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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