Saturday, 20 January 2018

TRAVEL EDIT: I arrived in the US of A!

Hi beauties! I finally made it to Ontario, California and am currently in my hotel room watching Home Alone and drinking tea! It’s two days in and my first impressions of Ontario is that it’s big, feels very ‘country’ and the people are friendly and helpful. Everyone drives instead of walking, the food servings are HUGE (although I’m proud to say I finished a very large cheeseburger, side of fries and pickles last night for dinner) and there are fast food outlets everywhere. It’s completely different to anywhere I’ve ever been and I feel I’m getting the proper American experience here in Ontario. I also tasted Bretzels Pretzels for the first time today and OMG it was sinfully good. Their pretzels are warm, chewy, covered in sea salt and sooo delicious. Obviously not the healthiest thing to eat and I pray they never come to Australia, because I’d be in trouble...*crosses fingers they open stores in Melbourne*. 

Ontario is surrounded by smoky mountains and it’s really something to see them from a distance. 

I’ll be breaking up my trip by state, so the next post will be about California, followed by Las Vegas and San Francisco. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting from America or waiting until I get home, however I’ll keep you posted. 

Until next time! 

xx Roxane 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

BEAUTY EDIT: December 2017 Product Round Up

With the preparation around Christmas and New Years I totally neglected to post December’s product round up. I had to cast my mind back to what I used during the month, which shows just how much of a whirlwind the month was. Because of my upcoming USA trip I’ve tried really hard not to buy too much new makeup, but I was lucky enough to be gifted some new makeup goodies from friends and family for Christmas. 

Keep reading to see what products I used during December! 

Huda Beauty Lip Kit. If you are a long time reader of this blog or follow me on Instagram, you’re probably tired of me flaunting this little tin around! It was gifted to me as a KK gift and was one of my favourite gifts of the season. The kit is comprised of a a lip contour pencil, mini liquid lipstick and mini lip gloss, all housed in the cutest lip shaped tin. Out of the three products my favourite is definitely the lip contour pencil which is in the shade Muse, a beautiful pink/mauve shade. I've been filling in my lips with this pencil and applying a dark nude lipstick over the top and it seriously lasts for hours. It gives the perfect pouty, nude lip which I love. 

Maybelline Baby Lips Sport. Lip balm and I go a long way back and on the rare occasion I ever find myself without it panic sets in. After running out of my MooGoo Lip Balm and Palmer’s Lip Balm I decided to try something completely new. I have used Maybelline’s Baby Lips range previously and liked it so decided to pick up their newest ‘Sport’ version. It comes in a twist up stick formula and is actually really decent. I do find I have to reapply it frequently as the formula isn’t as waxy as others I’ve used. For a chemist product it is good though, and I am likely to repurchase it. 

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel. Would you believe this is my first full sized body wash from Lush? It smells like a sugary mess and leaves my skin so soft. I’m officially a convert now and will definitely be purchasing more shower gels from now on. 

Maybelline Brow Tattoo. After my Eye of Horus and Gimme Brow eyebrow products had run out, I decided I’d like something a little more permanent. The Maybelline Brow Tattoo is a semi-permanent eyebrow dye that lasts for up to 3 days. I was a bit hesitant to apply this in fear I’d end up with caterpillar eyebrows but I needn’t have worried. It left my eyebrows with a slight tint and just the right amount of drama which is exactly what I wanted. I used the darkest shade as my eyebrows are almost black and it matched perfectly. It's a great innovative product to use for a DIY eyebrow tint. 

Too Faced Christmas CrackerThis was part of Too Faced’s Christmas sets and contains a deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara, deluxe Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer, mini deluxe Melted Lipstick in Fig and a Too Faced pin. I've tried all three products in the past and love them; you just can't beat the quality of Too Faced cosmetics. Plus I adore mini sized products which always come in handy whilst travelling. 
That rounds up my December products! I will have many more products in next month’s post so keep an eye out for that!
Have you tried any of these products? Did you like/dislike them?

xo Roxane. 


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

REVIEW: New releases from Ere Perez

Ere Perez is a beauty brand committed to creating clean, ethically conscious products. All of their products are cruelty free, vegan and made using high quality natural ingredients. They've recently had a makeover and in addition to repackaging and reformulating, they’ve also released some new products. I was lucky enough to sample some of their new releases, and today I will be reviewing them and sharing my thoughts. 

This is a long post, so grab yourself a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable! 

Chamomile Eye Palette in PrettyEre Perez have released this palette in four different shade variations with a combination of both shimmer and matte shades. Each eyeshadow is made with chamomile, known for its soothing and calming properties and perfect for sensitive eyes. Each palette contains six shades and can be worn lightly for a daytime look or built up for the nighttime. The Pretty palette contains six vintage luxe shades and is comprised of four shimmer shades and two matte shades. Each shade is buttery soft and feels incredibly soothing against the eye area. The pigment is wonderful and a little goes a long way, which I was not expecting! I applied the shades using the Ere Perez Line & Blend brush which blended out the shades effortlessly. I’m super impressed with this palette and can definitely see myself reaching for it many times. 
Rice Powder Blush & Bronzer in Roma. This is a pressed blush and bronzer multitasking duo in universal shades to suit every complexion. It contains non-GMO rice for a smooth application, has a breathable formula and helps to absorb impurities. The shades help to warm the complexion and enhance natural beauty. It is the perfect multitasker (like so many of Ere Perez products) and works with the skin to enhance the natural complexion. Both the bronzer and blush are soft and finely milled and the pigment is wonderful; one dip of my brush picked up just the right amount of product. Speaking of brushes, I used the Ere Perez Blush & Bronze brush to apply both the blush and bronzer and the application was spot on; it did an amazing job of applying both powders evenly to my skin. The bronze shade is matte and I can imagine it would suit most complexions. The blush also has a matte finish and shows up as a beautiful rosy toned shade on the skin. I’ve really enjoyed this product and have been using it to warm my skin and enhance my tan. 

Eighty-Five Nail Colour in Waltz. Ere Perez have released their brand new range of nail varnishes in ten amazing shades. Each nail colour contains 85% of ingredients from vegetable origins that nails love. It also contains a unique strengthening formula made from green tea, cotton, potato, wood pulp and silica. Each shade is glossy, long wearing and protects the nails. I received the shade Waltz which is a true rose gold shade (I just can't go past a rose gold). After testing it out, I can confirm that these nail polishes are amazing. The formula is smooth and applied evenly to my nails, with not clumping or streaks. The colour payoff is great and I found that 1 coat was enough (although 2 coats would make the colour show up to its full potential). I have my eye on the Indie shade next, which is a deep wine colour. 
Line & Blend Brush. Ere Perez have a full range of brushes to fulfil any makeup need. The Line and Blend brush is a cleverly designed two ended brush that contains vegan bristles and a corn resin handle, making it completely vegan. One end of the brush is to line the eyes or fill in eyebrows; the other fluffy end is to blend shadow or to blend out any harsh lines. I used this with the Chamomile Eye Palette and it worked beautifully. I find the slant end applies dark shadow perfectly to my lower lash line. 
Blush & Bronze Brush. This is a high quality face brush that contains vegan bristles and a biodegradable corn resin handle. Its sleek design ensure even distribution of powder to the face for a natural, beautiful look. Out of all of the face brushes I have tried, this one is a complete standout. It features soft, luxurious bristles and a heavy handle and definitely feels more expensive than it is. I've been applying the Rice Powder Blush and Bronzer with it and it picks up just the right amount of product. 

It is no surprise that I love all of these Ere Perez products as I've been a huge fan for years. The standouts for me are the Chamomile Eye Palette and the Nail Colours and are products that I would buy with my own money in a heartbeat. I just love how Ere Perez products feel on my skin; it doesn't feel like I'm wearing gunk. Instead, it feels clean, light and soothing and is perfect if your skin is easily irritated (just like mine). 

Have you tried any of these Ere Perez products, or do you plan to?

xo Roxane. 


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

TRAVEL EDIT: My Cosmetics & Toiletry Case for my USA trip

With my USA trip less than two weeks away (eeek), I’ve started to plan my toiletry and cosmetic bag contents. If you’re a fellow beauty addict you’ll know the struggle of packing lightly; it’s so easy to go overboard and pack products that aren’t necessary (a mistake I have made too often unfortunately!). I have made a rule this time to pack as lightly as possible, especially because I plan to buy some cosmetics and skincare whilst there. 

Here’s what I’ll be packing!

Cosmetics Pouch:

Huda Beauty Foundation Faux Filter Foundation in Toasted Coconut. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (miniature sized)

Maybelline Brow Perfect Eyebrow Pencil

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lipsticks in Salt Lyfe and Siesta

Ere Perez Chamomile Palette in Pretty

NARS Super Orgasm illuminator

Becca Opal Liquid Highlighter

Sienna Byron Bay Nail Varnish

Mecca Max City Slicker Tinted Oil in Rose

Ere Perez Line and Blend Brush

Toiletry Pouch: 

Organic Spa Day Moisture/Foam Cleanser/Exfoliator (mini size) 

Mitchum Roll On Deodorant

Manicare Nail Polish Remover Wipes

Hair ties/bobby pins

Wotnot Facial Wipes for Oily/Sensitive Skin

Self-tanner (for face only, decanted into a small tub)

Batiste Hold Me Hairspray (travel size) 

Justice Professional Shampoo and Conditioner (travel size) 

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion (travel size)

The Natural Deodorant Body Butter in Rose 

Carry on PouchThis will be in my handbag for easy reach and contain everything I need to freshen up whilst being in transit. Tissues, hand sanitiser, band aids, toothbrush/toothpaste, mints, lip balm, wet wipes, hand cream, sanitary products and tangle teezer hair comb. 

It may seem like a lot of products for a two week holiday however these are all products I use daily and I’d hate to break my routine, especially when it comes to skincare. Plus the majority of the products I’ve taking with me are travel sized so they won’t be coming home with me (more room for new cosmetics hooray).

What are some of your essentials for travelling? Do you pack lightly or do you take everything with you?

xo Roxane. 
© A Beauty Wanderer. All rights reserved.
Blogger Templates made by pipdig