Sunday, 17 September 2017

An Update

I’ve decided that this blog is lacking some personality so from now on I’ll be posting a personal, day in the life style post every now and then. This will be about anything that is on my mind, what I’ve been up to and things like that, so I hope you find it interesting (and if you don’t, sorry in advance). 

I’ve decided to re watch the entire Gossip Girl series on Netflix, after reading this post by Dizzy Brunette. A few episodes in and I am hooked again; it is that good. Besides the incredible fashion and eye candy, the best parts are the brunches and parties that happen on the Upper East Side. So much so that I mentally work out what I’d wear if I were to be invited to such an event. Of course, it has also rekindled my love of New York and I am thinking of making an impromptu visit late next year. 

My trip to the USA is looming ahead and I’ve booked about half of it so far. I have my heart set on staying in Beverly Hills because I am a huge Vanderpump Rules fan (please don’t judge), and want to visit either Sur or Pump. We are staying at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and I am so excited. I find it interesting that hotels in Vegas offer smoking or non-smoking rooms (I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore Toto). I still have to book the internal flights, San Francisco hotel, organize transfers, exchange money, book the Esta visa and so much more but I’ll give myself up until December to finish it, because after Christmas, time will fly and before I know it we’ll be getting ready to leave. I've also started planning what to pack; I find winter easier to pack for because the number one aim is to stay warm and everything will be covered with a coat anyway. A pair of jeans, leggings, a couple of jumpers, boots, runners and a coat are pretty much the staples. I also plan to do some shopping there so I'll need to make room for that too. Eeek I cannot wait to go! 

Over the last couple of years I’ve found the courage to cut people out of my life who make me feel inferior, put me down and who are generally uncomfortable to be around. It has been a long time coming with some people, but I’m at the stage (and age) where I honestly do not care anymore, even if it means offending someone. Years ago I’d just let things slide but now, I truly realise I don’t need to put up with any nastiness from others. I’d rather be around people who are happy and positive and pleasant to be around. My mental state can be a bit unstable at times, and being around certain people can trigger that. Have you ever found yourself in similar situations? 

I’ve participated in my company’s Steptember fundraiser and it has been the best thing so far. The way it works is, we are placed into groups of four and we need to meet a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. We have been given pedometers which track our steps and it’s been a real eye opener. I definitely have not been walking many steps each day, especially now that I’ve been driving to work so it’s been a great excuse to fit more movement in. I’ve been taking long walks around my neighborhood each day after work and I feel a difference in my body, which is great. 

I have a few events/dinners coming up which I’m looking forward to as I haven’t had a good night out in sooo long. I bought a new dress from Missguided for Matthew’s birthday celebrations which I cannot wait to wear…I can’t decide if it is glamorous or Euro trash but nonetheless I love it. I'll try to put a photo up on the night. 

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been testing out some new products lately, which I can’t wait to review for you guys. I also took advantage of the Sienna Byron Bay 30% sale by purchasing some new nail polishes. If you haven’t tried this range I highly, highly recommend it; all polishes are vegan and cruelty free, and come in the most amazing colours. 

So that’s it from me. It was nice to write without editing my thoughts or feelings, and being completely open and honest. I am very guarded generally, and find it hard to express myself so with a bit of practice I am sure I’ll get there!

What have you been up to lately? Anything fun/complicated/exciting?

xo Roxane. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

REVIEW: The Turnaround range by Clinique

Do you ever feel like your skin is lacking that radiance, that oomph and no matter how many green smoothies you consume or how many sweaty yoga classes you participate in, leave you looking more red faced than inner glow beauty? I know I do. I remember marvelling at my youthful and plump skin during my teen years and thinking it would stay that way forever. It didn't. Age, stress and hormonal breakouts sometimes make my skin look like a hot mess and these days I definitely rely on a good sleep in and quality products to help wind those years back (or at least some of them anyway). 

I was recently sent some skincare products from Clinique that promise to awaken the skin's glow. Being a long time user of the Clinique skincare range, I was excited to try these out and see if I could recapture some of my 20 year-old self's glow. I was sent three products from their Turnaround range; the Turnaround Overnight Revitalising Moisturiser, the Turnaround Accelerated Renewal Serum and the Turnaround Revitalising Instant Facial. After testing all three products out over the last two weeks, I am excited to share my thoughts with you. 

Clinique designed the Turnaround range for those looking to revitalise and energise the skin. When used over time, the Turnaround range helps to revive dull, flat skin tones and release the skin's inner radiance. How you ask? By adding intense moisture to the skin which helps to plump it up, leaving it more youthful and hydrated. 

The Turnaround Overnight Revitalising Moisturiser* is designed to renew the skin while you sleep (the optimum time to replenish skin). This moisturiser is extremely hydrating and has a wonderfully thick texture, and once applied to the skin, my face immediately felt very smooth and hydrated. After using this moisturiser each night, I’ve been waking up to noticeably plump, hydrated skin. The formula of this moisturiser is incredibly decadent and leaves the skin feeling smooth and dewy after application. Now that I am in my early thirties, skincare that adds hydration and plumps the skin up is important to me and keeps my skin looking fresh and dewy. I feel that Clinique really got it right with this moisturiser, and when I compare it to Clinique's other moisturisers, this one definitely stands out. 

Turnaround Accelerated Renewal Serum*. I’ve tried a ton of serums over the last few months and was super excited to see how this one would compare. Like most skincare ranges, this serum is best used in conjunction with other products from the Turnaround range which is what I have been doing. The turnaround serum helps to fast track skin cell turnover to reveal brighter, more radiant skin in a quicker amount of time. I really like the light texture of this serum and how quickly it absorbs into the skin. When coupled with the Overnight Revitalising Moisturiser, I am seeing a noticeable difference to my skin; it is smoother and looks brighter. 

Turnaround Revitalising Instant Facial*. I was most excited to use this product because let’s face it; I love anything to do with facials and spa treatments. I have never tried this type of product before and was curious to see how it would work. Basically it’s applied as you would a face mask and left on for around 5 minutes before washing off. It is designed to revitalise and plump the skin up, leaving it looking well rested and bright. The formula is quite grainy and unlike any type of facial product I’ve used before. After smoothing some over my skin, I sat down and waited for it to work its magic. I washed it off and immediately noticed that my face looked extra glowy and bright, which is amazing! I’m very impressed with the results and plan to use this once a week to add an extra boost to my skin.

I am super impressed with these products from Clinique. Although I use their Exfoliating Scrub and City Block Sheer most days, I haven't tried anything new from Clinique for the longest time so it was nice to have the opportunity to. 

Have you tried anything from Clinique's Turnaround range? If so, what did you think?

xo Roxane

*Thank you to Clinique for collaborating with A Beauty Wanderer! All products were kindly gifted for consideration, however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own. 


Sunday, 3 September 2017

REVIEW: Ere Perez Arnica Concealer + Lip and Conceal Brush

Ere Perez is a makeup brand that is committed to providing high quality makeup without any of the nasties typically found in makeup. All of their products contain carefully curated natural ingredients that protect the skin's beauty, resulting in makeup that is gentle and safe to use on the skin. To top it off, Ere Perez are environmentally conscious and do not test on animals. 

I started using Ere Perez a few years ago after a recommendation from a vegan friend. It was during a time when I was still suffering from constant breakouts and all of my regular makeup seemed to be aggravating my skin and making it worse. It quickly became one of my absolute favourite makeup brands that I still use to this day (you can read my previous product reviews here, here and here).

Today I will be reviewing their new Arnica Concealer and Lip & Conceal Brush and sharing my thoughts with you.

The Arnica Concealer* is a creamy, blendable concealer that conceals dark circles, blemishes, pigmentation and uneven skin tone. It is a full coverage concealer and aims to calm and treat inflamed areas. As the name suggests, this concealer contains natural arnica, which is naturally antiseptic and anti-inflammatory in nature. It is an ingredient that is used to treat acne, so not only does the concealer cover, it also heals.
My review: I have used Ere Perez's concealer previously and really liked it, so when I was sent the newly reformulated Arnica concealer I was excited to try it out.  The part I like most about this concealer is the fact that it is made up of natural ingredients. Products containing natural ingredients tend to be more gentle on skin and are less likely to cause breakouts. And when you think about it, concealer is the one product that shouldn't aggravate the skin, as it is applied directly onto a breakout. I recently had a few large breakouts along my jawline (thanks hormones!) and decided to test out the 
Ere Perez Arnica concealer. First off, the texture is nice and light; it's not a super thick formula so it appears very natural on the skin. I applied it lightly with my finger, building it up to the coverage that I required. It did a really great job of concealing my angry, red breakouts and evening out my skin tone. The formula is quite creamy once it is warmed onto the skin, and I found that is spread easily (there is nothing I dislike more than concealer that tugs or pulls at the skin). I'd describe the coverage as medium to full, as it can be built up to a thicker coverage if necessary. The finish is very natural and mimics the natural skin finish. For a concealer whose ingredients are mostly naturally derived, it offers a flawless, natural converge. I also love the fact that it heals as it conceals. I received the shade 'Honey', which is recommended for light skin tones. While it was a pretty good match, I did find it a bit too light on my colouring. 

The Arnica concealer in the shade 'Honey'. Ere Perez recommends this shade for light skin. 
The Eco Vegan Lip & Conceal Brush* is a duo ended brush that can be used in a number of ways. The larger, flat brush can be used to apply concealer or highlight parts of the face. The smaller brush can be used to conceal specific areas of the face or as a lip brush. Its versatile nature makes it a great brush for travel and the slim design ensures it won't take too much space up in your carry on. The bristles are vegan and the handle is made from corn resin, making it suitable for environmentally conscious beauty lovers. 
My review: I have never really used a concealer brush so I was excited to try this out. Firstly, the bristles are incredibly soft against the skin yet still quite firm at the same time. It did a great job of distributing the Arnica concealer to my face evenly. I applied the Arnica concealer to problem areas with the smaller end of the brush, and then blended it out using the larger, flat end. And oh my gosh, it did such a great job of concealing my blemishes! My face actually looked flawless, and this was before I had applied any foundation. A concealer brush is definitely a tool to invest in if you are after a professional finish, and the Ere Perez Lip and Conceal brush is a great one to consider. 

Have you tried the Ere Perez Arnica Concealer or their Eco Vegan Lip & Conceal brush? What did you think? 

Thank you for reading beauties!

xo Roxane

*Thank you to Ere Perez for collaborating with A Beauty Wanderer! All products were kindly gifted for consideration, however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

BEAUTY EDIT: August 2017 Product Round Up

Hello beauties and welcome back to another monthly product round up! I can't believe August has come and gone. Between work, family commitments and the general day to day madness of life, each day seems to just fly by. I've got a few things coming up, such as Matthew's birthday dinner/drinks (which I am so excited about as I haven't had a big night out in over a year), catch ups with friends and of course planning my upcoming trip to America. If you are interested in knowing details on where I'll be going and what I'll be doing on my USA trip let me know! I would love to write a post up about the process. 

I didn't buy too many new products in the month of August (I figured I'd save that for my trip), so this month's round up is a little on the short side! I've been lucky enough to be sent some products for review so that gave me even more reason not to buy anything new. I do however plan to make some purchases from brands that I haven't tried before and am also looking into signing up to a new beauty box. I am not sure whether I'll stay with Bellabox; as much as I love it, I feel ready for a change. If anyone can recommend a beauty subscription box please let me know! 

Ok, so let's get to the products that I used during August! 

Moo Goo Cow Lick Lip BalmThere are two things I look for in a lip balm; one, it has to be really hydrating as my lips gets dry really quickly, and two, it has to keep my lips soft and smooth. After trialling a few new lip balms over the last few months, nothing really jumped out at me. I picked up this Moo Goo Cow Lick balm from a pharmacy and am so glad I did as it is AMAZING! Like all of the Moo Goo products, it is deeply hydrating and very nourishing. It's a lip balm that you don't need to reapply every few minutes; a few coats a day keeps them soft and moist. Also, all of the ingredients in the lip balm are edible, making it a totally safe product to apply! If you are in the market for a new lip balm, I highly recommend trying this one out. 

Organic Spa Cream Mask. This is a deeply hydrating face mask that can either be left on and washed off, or kept on overnight as a leave in treatment. I use it most nights as a leave in mask (over my moisturiser) and I always wake up with softer and dewy skin in the morning. It's a great mask to use if your skin is dehydrated or just needs some extra moisture. You can read my full review here
Typo Hand Cream in Island Coconut. I am forever moisturising my hands, and this year has been the worst in terms of dryness. This Typo Hand Cream is a softening hand cream that leaves hands feeling smooth, however I wouldn't recommend it for extremely dry skin. I found that it didn't offer very much hydration and my hands still felt dry after application. Nonetheless, it's a nice hand cream to keep in your handbag for a top up during the day. 

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Subtil. Ahh my new love. I received a Chanel gift card from a lovely friend for my birthday and over the weekend decided it was time to use it. I went into Chanel not really knowing what to pick, and after sampling a few products decided to select a lip gloss as my favourite ELF gloss had just run out. After debating between an apricot shade and a glittery red, I ultimately decided to pick the peach shade called Subtil. It is THE best lip gloss I have ever used, and not just because it is Chanel. The shade itself is gorgeous; it's a soft apricot colour with very fine flecks of gold shimmer throughout. What I love most about it is the formula. It's not too thick or thin, and glides perfectly over the lips. The wand is contoured to fit the shape of the lip, so application is a dream. It makes my lips look plump and full, and the formula is very comfortable on the lips; it does not feel sticky or tacky in any way. At $50 each, these glosses  are quite expensive and definitely considered more of a treat than anything else, however the formula is amazing and well worth the price in my opinion. I will definitely purchase some of these bad boys on my America trip as they are just so good. 
Mecca Max Life Proof Longwear Foundation in Peach. If you've been following this blog for awhile, you may know my love for the Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation. It is a foundation that I have repurchased many, many times and nothing has quite come as close to it. While in Mecca over the weekend (gift card in hand), I went looking for a new foundation and after trialling the Too Faced Born This Way (which just looked powdery and flat on me) I was introduced to the new Mecca Max Longwear Foundation. I was matched to the shade Peach, which is the absolute perfect match to my skin tone. This foundation is seriously good. It is long wearing, medium to full coverage (which is buildable) and looks very natural on the skin (while still giving a slight dewy look). I have been wearing this foundation everyday to work and it does an amazing job of covering any minor flaws and evening out my skin. While the finish is not as dewy as the Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation, it is still a great foundation and for $32, it's a very affordable alternative. 
That rounds up the products I used throughout August! I have been making more of an effort to use up my current products before making any new purchases, so most of the products listed above were either gifted to me (either by a friend or brand) or purchased using gift cards. Plus, I am planning to pick up a few items from America, so I'd rather wait until my holiday to splurge!
What products have you been loving lately? 
xo Roxane. 
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