Saturday, 2 June 2018

REVIEW: Ere Perez product releases

If you're a long time reader of this blog, you may know that Ere Perez has to be one of my favourite brands of all time. Naturally derived, vegan and with the prettiest shade range, it is definitely a brand you need to check out if you love natural beauty! Today I will be sharing with you two new product releases from their range; the Quinoa Water Foundation and the Cacao Lip Colour!

The Quinoa Water Foundation* is a lightweight based vegan foundation that gives a natural finish. Quinoa helps to calm the skin and heal inflammation and increase elasticity (perfect for someone like me in their 30s). Ingredients like blackcurrent help to reduce redness, pigmentation and fine lines. It has a light, blendable formula and sets to a natural matte finish. The coverage is light to medium, making it perfect for a natural, glowing complexion. It comes in three shades and I received Dawn, suitable for light to medium skin tones. 

My thoughts: I haven't used a water based foundation is a long time so I really did not know what to expect from this foundation. First off, I love the minimal packaging and the way it looks so 'clean'. The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a rubber stopper to control how much foundation comes out. My first thought was holy moly this foundation is sheer when applied to the skin! It has a very light texture and blends beautifully. The finish is very natural and sinks into the skin, leaving the impression of 'my skin but better' which I love. I really like this foundation and love how light it feels on the skin. It’s not a foundation I’d reach for when I have heavy breakouts however, as it’s quite sheer and light in coverage. 

The Cacao Lip Colour* contains cacao butter to soften and hydrate and castor oil to moisturise and prevent ageing. It has a sheer finish and is long lasting. It comes in six shades and I chose Hoopla, a warm nude shade. 

My thoughts: I love all of Ere Perez's lip products so it's not surprise that I love this range too! The texture is creamy and glides onto my lips nicely. I also love sheer lip colours as they make my lips look bigger and this range does that very well. I received the shade Hoopla, which is described as a warm nude and that's exactly spot on; it has quite a warm undertone and looks like my natural lip colour but a bit darker. I would be keen to try the other shades in the range as I like the formula so much.

Have you tried these products from Ere Perez? What did you think?

You can buy Ere Perez here

xo Roxane

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

A Quick Catch Up

I am off to Europe and thought I'd say a quick bye! First stop is London and I am so excited to see it as it's my first time there. After that we will be in Paris for three days and then end the trip in Greece; Paros, Naxos and Athens to be specific. I plan to blog and post photos on my Instagram account so be sure to follow me to see all of my travel snaps. 

As a side note I am planning to make my Instagram feed less cohesive and styled; I want it to be a realistic reflection of me and my life instead! Maybe I am making the wrong decision which could hurt my profile however it feels like the right thing to do for now so watch this space. 

Speak soon!

xo Roxane

Sunday, 27 May 2018

REVIEW: The Nourished Box April 2018 Edition

After what felt like ages of waiting I finally received my April Nourished Box. I had no idea what would be inside as this was my first box (unless you count my sample box which you can read here), so I was super excited to see what would be included.

In case you aren't familiar, Nourished Life is an online beauty and health store dedicated to all products toxin free and natural. They stock an abundance of brands and have everything from makeup to skincare, house cleaning products to haircare and more. 

So let's jump straight into it!

The first item I spotted was the Eco Aroma Women's Blend Essential Oil blend. This oil can be used in the bath, in an oil burner or used as a massage oil. It is made up of a blend of oils including Cedarwood, Lavender, Geranium and Ylang Ylang and the result is a soothing and calming scent. I actually really love the smell of this and will most likely add it to my bath to soak in. I also love the fact that it's made in Australia as I love to support local products.

Next up is a soft grey pouch with the words 'Travel Light' written across it, from the brand Salt & Glow. Inside the pouch are three sample sized products; the Salt & Glow Skin Souffle Moisturiser, the Salt & Glow Skin Mist in Rose and Cactus Toner and the Salt & Glow Awaken Coffee Bean Eye Serum

The Salt & Glow Skin Souffle Moisturiser is a nourishing moisturiser that aims to soothe and comfort the skin whilst uplifting the mood thanks to a unique blend of essential oils. It includes Kakadu Plum, Pomegranate Seeds, Olive Leaf, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Shea Butter to hydrate and repair the skin cells and to help with the ageing process. My first impressions after using this cream is that it's beautifully scented, feels very soothing on the skin and left my skin feeling nourished. The texture is very light and soufflĂ© like so it absorbs nicely into the skin. I will continue to use this on my skin and update you on the process. 

The Salt & Glow Skin Mist in Rose is a refreshing spritz to help tone and hydrate the skin. It contains Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Pomegranate Seeds, Kakadu Plum and Sea Buckthorn to quench the skin and retain moisture throughout the day. It also works to keep the skin plump and youthful. I have used this alongside the Skin Souffle Moisturiser and my skin felt very soft and hydrated afterwards. I don't usually use toner however I will continue to use this one and see if it makes a difference. 

The Salt & Glow Awaken Coffee Bean Eye Serum aims to brighten the eye area while helping to reduce the signs of ageing. It contains Green Coffee Bean extract, Siberian Ginseng, Kakadu Plum, Pomegranate Seeds and Sea Buckthorn oil for a serum high in caffeine, antioxidants, vitamin C and fatty acids for a nourishing boost to the eye area. It also helps with wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. It comes in a little bottle with a roll on function to soothe and massage the eye area. I am absolutely loving this eye serum and love how cooling the roller ball feels against the skin. It leaves my under eye area feeling refreshed and nicely nourished. I will continue to use this each night and let you know if I notice a difference to my under eye area! 

I am really happy with the April Nourished Box and I found the products to be good quality. Considering the Salt & Glow gift pack is worth $39.95 alone the box was well worth the cost of $25. I did expect there to be some additional samples however overall I am happy with the products I received. Salt & Glow is a brand I have seen across Instagram so it was nice to finally sample their lovely products. 

Have you tried anything from Nourished Life? What were your thoughts?

xo Roxane. 

Friday, 25 May 2018

Life Update #8

Hi beauties! I recently asked some of my readers what they prefer to read on this blog. I tend to write about what I feel like and I suppose in a sense this blog isn't too structured; I am not paid to blog however I actually prefer it that way as I have total control over what I write. However it is also important for me to write about things that interest you, so I've been posting surveys on Instagram to get an idea of what my readers prefer to read. The majority voted for beauty reviews over life updates, and makeup and skincare were a tie, so thanks to those who voted and I will definitely keep it in mind! Although I don't think I can give up life updates as I find them fun to write. 

The past few weeks have been pretty busy and full with work, socialising and the usual day to day grind. I have almost reached my ten years’ service at my current workplace and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. I pretty much started at my current company straight out of uni (there was a 4 month stint before that at a well-known bank but it was such a terrible job I’ve blocked it out) and the majority of the time I have loved it. It’s funny how you can wind up in certain positions that you never really thought you would; my current job was never something I thought I’d end up in but I suppose life is like that. For those who don't know, I am a Senior Reporting Analyst which basically means I analyse data and run reports all day long! It sounds boring I'm sure, however I really enjoy it as it's a quiet job and suits my personality. I manage a team of two other girls however I don't consider myself a 'manager' and it's very much equal among us all. 

I am off to Europe next month for three weeks. The places we will be visiting are London, Paris and Greece and I am starting to get excited. The plan is to sightsee in London, eat in Paris and sunbake in Greece. Of course, I am sure we will get up to much more. I’ve only spent one full day in Paris so it will be nice to see more of the city. Now I need to move onto the all important task of packing for the trip. Summer is easier to pack for and I plan to take mostly dresses, shorts and tshirts. I might put up a post on what I’ll be taking, so let me know if this is something you’d be interested in.

What else? I had a friend’s birthday drinks over the weekend and I wore a new dress from Hello Molly, which is quickly becoming my favourite online store. It fit me perfectly (hooray) and I styled it with rose gold jewellery and my nude heels (I'll try to put a photo up soon). The birthday was held at the Emerson, a bar off Chapel Street and it was a really fun venue although I did have a few too many drinks (whoops). I am usually pretty uptight so letting loose is something that I need to do from time to time. 

My skin has been in pretty good shape lately (fingers crossed it stays that way!). I am using less makeup and spending more time on my skincare routine and I think it really shows, well at least it does to me! I am using both Organic Spa and LaMav Skincare and they both are working so well together; my skin is clearer than it's ever been. 

My April Nourished Box came a few days ago and I was so excited to see what was included! I will be posting my review shortly so be sure to check that out.

I think that about covers everything in my life at the moment. 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo Roxane. 


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