Dec 212018
 

Hello greenies! As every year, since I’ve started my green beauty blog, I am signing off for the Holidays. But before I do that, I’ll do a year in review: a collection of the best products I’ve reviewed in 2018. There are many more products I’ve been testing and using this year, but haven’t gotten their proper review yet, so you know 2019 will be packed with more reviews, more articles. As it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Readers questions post and there’s tons of your questions and comments waiting to be put in a post, I’ll do one soon in 2019 as well – some of your comments you’ve sent my way will also be included in my views of the state of the green beauty community: believe me, there’s a lot of people that share your views, maybe not publicly, but I’ll be the one to do it, despite how some shun from honesty. Yes, this year saw a rise of mediocrity and some seriously disturbed individuals. The number of high quality blogs within the green beauty community has, unfortunately, fallen, that’s why I cherish even more those honest, knowledgeable (and sane!) individuals, who do good.

For the past three years, since the tragedy in my personal life, I am unsure how to understand time anymore. It’s such a conundrum, such a paradox to me. On one hand, it flies by so fast, I am, sometimes, unable to keep up. At the same time, yesterdays seem so far away. As I was going through the posts I’ve written this year, they all seem so far away. I did plan quite a few more, but time was always stronger than I was. However, those posts that were published, were done so with honesty, attention to detail, based on my decades of experience and knowledge; all with you, my dear readers, in mind, so you can get the best information possible. Even posts, which was about my first impressions, were far from what has become a standard in green beauty community: these posts were also detailed and none of the posts contained copied material, be it from other bloggers (you know darn well who you are, you thieves!) or just a description of a product from a store. So no matter how pressed for time I may have been or will be in the future, I will make sure you draw from my fast knowledge and experience pool and my commitment for always being honest, unique and true to myself; if this is the type of a person one is, it comes naturally and easy. Seeing your work stolen and then praised is something else; but unfortunately, even and more and more so in green beauty community, ugliness is coming to the surface.

I’ve been quite busy on my blog this week, as I’ve posted My Winter Green Beauty Routine (and I promise, I’ll do my makeup routines more often, as well as skincare routines!) and my first detailed impressions and personal thoughts (all copied by the scary broad, of course!) on December Love Lula Beauty Box. This week has been quite busy in my personal life, preparing for the Holidays, and now I am all done, and plan on having many dinners, reading, painting, writing, listening to classical music and walks in my beloved forest – in fact, I plan on OD’ing on wandering around my forest (there’s some 280 degrees of about 15km of forest around my country house! How blessed am I?! There will be very little to none of me on line or social media, even though, when it comes to social media, I am not glued onto it 24/7 as it is.

I’ve reviewed quite a few products this year; I’ve gathered a collection of them, ranging from makeup to skincare and body care and hair care. I very much look forward to 2019 – it will be a year for many changes in my life, as well as a year for many more reviews and new things on my blog. I never run out of ideas, creativity – only out of time.

May you be blessed, may you be surrounded by good people, by love, may you draw new boundaries where needed, may you feel peace in your soul, may you not falter on your faith, may you keep God in your heart. May you have a warm and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best of Green Beauty 2018

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Once you figure out the best application, it is a great foundation; light and thus perfect for Spring and Autumn. It offers equally light coverage and evens out the skin tone, while allowing the skin to shine through and breathe. A medium coverage is achieved with applying more foundation right from the get go as opposed to building coverage, given this is a fast drying (but non-drying to the skin) water-based foundation. Applied properly, this foundation does not streak nor does it set into fine lines and perfectly lasts all day long, without you even knowing you’re wearing a foundation. While the formulation is minimalistic, it still contains ingredients, which have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The foundation is a great choice whether you have dry or oily skin – and even those, who have acne prone skin will find this foundation to be a great choice, as Quinoa seed extract, along with promoting skin elasticity, lessens the production of sebum, thus making the skin less oily.

 RMS Beauty Signature Set – Pop Collection This elegant, minimalist palette of five pans is truly a treat for any fan of a high quality and excellently performing natural beauty products. Each of the products in this palette can be used on their own and you can achieve a minimalist and natural look with just these pans. Above all, all these pans are versatile and can be used for other than their designated purposes, along with the fact you can mix them all depending on your imagination. All the products are formulated with organic and very stable ingredients, which have antioxidant, antimicrobial and hydrating properties.

Best of Green Beauty 2018

 Ere Perez Carrot Color Pot What’s really interesting about these color pot balms is the contrast between the texture of the balms and the final finish. The balms’ texture is balmy, soft and a bit buttery, whereas the finish, the final look on the lips is, while also very soft, also matte-ish and very light – at no point do they feel heavy or dry on the lips. The color pot balms are also very pigmented – the colors are rich – for some, they may be even a bit too rich, but that can be circumvented by either applying a lip balm before applying these color pots or simply – applying less of a lip balm; true, they are called lip balms, but the richness of these balms is that of a lipstick.

 Inika Cream Illuminisor Perfect for those, looking for a natural-looking and natural as far as ingredients go, illuminisor, which perfectly works as highlighter and blush. The finish is a subtle, though easily buildable and spreadable glow, with a hint of a pinky and peachy color. The Illuminisor works well with liquid foundations as well as mineral ones; depending on your skin, if you have dry – a bit of a moisturizer is advised, if you wish to wear only a natural pinky glow.

 RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer I get it why this tiny pot of a RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer is such a sought-after green beauty product. The formulation is, as far as the ingredients go: simple and to the point, with no potentially problematic ingredients. When used as a concealer only, it covers up imperfections almost perfectly. There’s a bit of a creasing when used as an under-eye concealer, given the concealer is on a thick side, due to its butters and waxes, but the creasing can be minimized by using a setting powder (its companion, RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder, does the setting work nicely).

 Inika Loose Mineral Foundation If you’re looking for a high quality, all natural, with a minimalist ingredients formulation, great coverage but a natural looking finish loose mineral foundation – you’ll find it in Inika Loose Mineral Foundation. Easily appliable and spread, it can be used as a full coverage foundation or for a minimum coverage applied over concealer. I do suggest using some type of a primer either before applying the foundation, or mixing it with a primer. The Inika Loose Mineral Foundation is made for any skin type, including sensitive – it won’t irritate your skin or eyes. Its staying power is strong: minimal transfer, does not slide off and works incredibly well during hot days; not only does it stay put when you’re sweating, it also feels very light on the skin – just minding its own business and delivering the promise of a great mineral loose foundation. It also cooperates nicely when applying a blush and/highlighter, even if they’re creamy (though in most cases, I prefer using a mineral blush over mineral foundation).

Best of Green Beauty 2018

 La Mav Nightly Repair Nectar Rich and thick facial oil, the La Mav Nightly Repair Nectar is full of skin-beneficial ingredients – antioxidants, vitamins, ingredients with calming and anti-irritating properties, along with hydration boosters. A minimal amount of this precious nectar is needed in order to achieve a hydrated, radiant and calm skin; the lovely scent, especially that of a cucumber, is just a cherry on the top of this great skin care product. After nearly a year of using La Mav Nightly Repair Nectar, I can report of no side effects, no irritation, only nourished and hydrated skin – rested and calmed skin.

 Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray and Bulgarian Rose Lip Balm If you’re looking for a high quality rose hydrolate – the Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Spray and Alteya Organics White Rose Water Spray are a great choice. It’s obvious these two rose hydrolates are actually – hydrolates – a by product of rose oil distilation (as opposed to ordinary water containing not-worth-mentioning drop of rose oil, if at all; some use artifical fragrant rose oil instead of a much more expensive rosa damascena rose oil) and these hydrolates contain actual rose oil remains. I’m not sure when was the last time I came across a lip balm, which actually had that true rose scent – the Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Lip Balm has it, which means the rose oil is not only in the name of a product, but the lip balm does contain a fair amount of rose oil. The lip balm is nourishing, buttery, with a lovely and quite lasting rose scent – hat’s not to like – especially if you are a fan of roses and use lip balms almost like a rose uses water.

 Lavera Rose Lip Balm If you’re looking for a high quality lip balm – basically a tinted lip balm – with a very natural looking and very pretty pink looking lip balm – then I could not recommend the Lavera Rose Lip Balm more! Containing quite a lot of ingredients, perfect for a lip balm – antioxidants, moisturizers – from vegetable oils and butters, this lip balm, with it’s melting soft texture will keep your lips smooth, soft, hydrated and pretty with its quite pigmented gorgeous pink color. And the scent is also lovely!

 Madara SOS Hydra Moisture & Radiance Mask Delivers what it promises: a hydration boost to your skin and a radiant skin, which is soft and velvet to the touch. With a regular use, you’ll notice this even more. It works well when used alone or in a combination with a facial oil; the skin is especially thankful, if you use this mask after a clay-based mask and/or exfoliation. The mask contains ingredients, which deliver hydration and anti-aging as well as anti-inflammatory benefits.

 Lyonsleaf Marshmellow Facial Oil If you’re new to green beauty and want to switch using all natural products, but don’t want to spend too much money right from the get go – get the Lyonsleaf Marshmellow Facial Oil – it’s an affordable facial oil, which will provide your skin with everything it needs: it will soften, nourish, moisturize and calm your skin. This facial oil contains all the right ingredients and none of the toxic, including any preservatives, aside from the antioxidant Vitamin E. It’s easily spread and absorbs quickly and you’ll wake up with a rested, hydrated and soft skin. For those, who either have sensitive skin or prefer a facial oil without essential oils (though you’ll miss on the pleasant scent), Lyonsleaf has this exact same facial oil but unscented.

 La Mav Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum Another great product from La Mav: with its simple yet effective formulation it delivers hydration boost for any type of skin, with no negative reaction. It contains naturally effective antibacterial and antioxidant ingredients. The texture leaves the skin silky and well-prepared for layering of other products, as this serum is very cooperating: whether it’s a facial oil, facial mask or makeup – mineral or liquid foundation, this serum delivers. And when used alone, the skin is hydrated with a natural glow.

 Joik Refreshing Toner A very decent facial toner; even though it is water based, it does not feel cheap. The toner contains a good mixture of skin-beneficial ingredients, containing vitamins, antioxidants and antibacterial properties, making it suitable for all skin types. It’s refreshing, uplifting and works nicely as a final cleansing touch; the skin won’t be stripped, but soft. Some may find it a tad bit annoying that some parts of the toner may not be thoroughly mixed together and may not come out easily out of the bottle, but I didn’t mind it; in fact, those parts feel especially nice and soft on the skin.

 Sukin toner Walks a line between a strong cleansing toner and a mild cleanser; it thoroughly cleanses the skin of any remains of makeup and leaves the skin matte. Given it contains coconut and a coconut derived cleansing agent, it proved to be a bit comedogenic for my acne-prone skin.

Best of Green Beauty 2018

 Pacifica Persian Rose Body Butter and Solid Perfume Anyone, looking for an elegant, beautiful rose scented body butters and solid perfumes – look no further; Pacifica Persian Rose Solid Perfume and Body Butter are your excellent choice. Beautiful packaging is just an added bonus. The body butter will leave your skin smelling great and feeling like velvet, while providing hydration and nourishment due to its many butters and vegetable oils. And the solid perfume, portable, non-greasy and smelling delicious – what’s not to like?

 Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant Handy shape, no toxic ingredients, all natural ingredients, mixed into a well working-together formulation, from antibacterial, to nourishing and wetness-absorbing ingredients along with being nicely scented due to essential oils. The scent itself is long lasting and strongly overpowers any body odor. So far, Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorants come only with 4 variations, one being unscented, and since the Love deodorant does not have enough, at least for me, strong rose scent, in case Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods come up with a pure geranium/rose scent, you know I’ll be the first to get my hands armpits on it.

  Madara Shampoo and Conditioner Madara Gloss and Vibrancy Shampoo and Conditioner and Madara Nourish and Repair Shampoo and Conditioner are all excellent hair care products – in fact, one of the best shampoos and conditioners I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried tons! Both shampoos are gentle on the hair, yet cleanse very well. Even after shampooing, the hair is soft and clean. Both conditioners, while one richer than the other, easily detangle the hair, leaving it vibrant, nourished and healthy. All of the products are easily washed off. While the nourishing duo may be a bit too rich for very oily hair, I could easily recommend all the products for any hair type – if your hair needs a pick me up treatment – dull, damaged, tangled, color-treated hair – for both the gloss and nourish duos of these Madara hair care products – your hair will be thankful.

Best of Green Beauty 2018

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These products have been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula and Boundless Organic for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

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Dec 202018
 

Autumn went by too fast, so I’m sharing my (early) Winter green beauty makeup routine. The colors have changed a bit – a bit more berry colors, and so did the foundation: while I still use a lighter, water-based one, I compliment it with either mixing a richer cream or a tiny drop of carrier oil. With an even colder days, I will switch to using (mostly) oil based BB creams and foundations; I’ll do an update on my makeup routine soon.

My Winter Green Beauty Makeup Routine

Regardless of the season, misting my face with a rose hydrolate (Alteya Rose Hydrolate is an excellent choice) is the first step, sometimes followed by Andalou Naturals Rose Toner (full review here). After the mist is absorbed, I proceed with a richer cream, such as Madara Fine Line Minimising Cream; additionally, I apply a tiny drop of Oils of Heaven Hemp Oil on parts of the skin, which need an extra nourishment and hydration. Before applying a foundation, it’s necessary for the priming products to soak into the skin completely, so that a foundation does not get dragged around and so that it blends seemingly. Alternatively, the colder it gets, I prefer to actually mix a drop of Hemp oil with foundation: on the back on my hand I mix Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation (full review here) and Hemp oil with Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush.

My Winter Green Beauty Makeup Routine

The Ere Perez water based foundation is very light, great for evening out the skin tone, yet still letting the skin be seen; just a natural looking finish. While mixing this foundation with a carrier oil gives that healthy looking dewy finish, it may be a bit too shiny under the eyes, so I apply a very minimal amount of  Ere Perez Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder; first by using the powder puff to gently dab a bit of translucent powder under the eyes and on the eyelids and then the Real Techniques Mini Multitask Brush to swipe away the excess of powder.

My Winter Green Beauty Makeup Routine

While I use eye shadows mostly during warmer days, for colder, I like a more creamy, oily eye shadows – or in this case, creamy eye liners from Ere Perez (currently with a 20% off discount!). I’ve got two – one in color Gold and one in color Copper. These eyeliners are creamy, but not very oily (thus a great choice for those, who have oily eyelids) and by smearing them, you get a more matte effect. If I use more pinkish blush and lipstick, I use the Ere Perez Copper Eyeliner, and when I use berry color on my cheeks and lips, I use the Ere Perez Gold Eyeliner. I do this to avoid the matchy-matchy effect and to avoid the all too dark or all too light color combination. These eyeliners are applied very quickly; for a more richer look, just leave the eyeliner as applied, for a more subtle and matte look, I smudge them using my fingers.

Recently, I’ve been using the Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara; before applying it, I use Ere Perez Spectacular Eyelash Curler. The mascara easily applies, rarely smudges, but does not have that oomph! factor, as it mainly just colors the eyelashes, but does so in a very natural, separating the lashes, way. I’ll review this mascara soon!

My Winter Green Beauty Makeup Routine

Depending on the color I used on my eyes, I pick the colors for cheeks. With a darker, copper look on my eyes, I pick the Alverde cream blush in light gentle pretty pink or RMS Beauty Lip2cheek in Demure from RMS Beauty Signature Set – Pop Collection (full review here); I apply it with my fingers first and then blends it with Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush. I add a tiny bit of  Inika Cream Illuminisor (full review here) over the blush and a bit on my cheek bones – just so it gives that natural looking illuminated look. If I use the Ere Perez Gold Eyeliner, which really opens up the eyes, I pick a bit darker hues for my cheeks: I use Ere Perez Carrot Color Pot in Holy (full review here). It’s a classical bordo-ish color; a mixture of darkish mauve, with a violet where blue’s % is higher than that of red. As it is very rich and pigmented, I first warm it between my fingers and then gently apply it on my cheeks and blend it with Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush. With a bit darker blush, I counter the look with much lighter and brighter RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer from RMS Beauty Signature Set – Pop Collection and blend it out with Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush.

My Winter Green Beauty Makeup Routine

With berry hues on my cheeks, I pick the beautiful, soft and creamy Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick in High Tea: slightly peachy, slightly smoky classical nude pink (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) or Ere Perez Ere Perez Carrot Color Pot in Harmony (full review here). I have three lipstick beauties from Ere Perez and will review them all soon. With brighter, more pinkish colors on my cheeks, I pick a bit darker colors for my lips: either the before mentioned Ere Perez Carrot Color Pot in Holy or Alverde Tinted Lip Balm in Raspberry; sometimes I mix the two.

At the end, I spray Alverde Rose Water, as it nicely sets the foundation and blush.

My Winter Green Beauty Makeup Routine

The amount of all these makeup products is minimal – just to even out the skin tone, give a bit color on my cheeks and lips – as natural finished look as possible. Sometimes, when I’m in a hurry or just feel like wearing an even more minimal look, I only apply foundation, tiny amount of blush but a bit more lipstick, mainly the Ere Perez Carrot Pot in Holy. At any rate, a makeup routine takes me 5 to 10 minutes and with such high quality products, the finished look is natural, fresh and proper.

With colder and harsher weather, I will switch to more oil-based and richer foundations and BB creams; I’ll do an update on my makeup routine soon. I’ll also post full reviews of many of the products mentioned in this post as well!

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How does your Winter makeup routine look like? Which colors you most often wear during Winter? Do you pick richer textures? Let me know, I’d like to hear it!

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For more information on the brands, mentioned in this post, please visit their dedicated brand pages:
– Madara
– Inika
– RMS Beauty
– Andalou Naturals
– Ere Perez
– Oils of Heaven 

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Some of the products mentioned in this post have been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review, others bought by myself.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

Dec 192018
 

Yep, the arrival of December Love Lula Beauty Box is a final reminder that the year 2018 is coming to an end. Every month I receive this “goody bag” called Love Lula Beauty Box, I am reminded just how quickly a month rolls over, and with the last Beauty Box of this year, I am reminded, again, of how equally quickly a year rolls over, too. Oh, and as well as how many green beauty goodies are out there, which I haven’t tried yet and a suggestion, whether it’s a brand or a product, which ones I might have missed.

The December Love Lula Beauty Box comes in two versions – the UK one and an international one. As always, my curiosity would not allow me to patiently wait for the contents of the Beauty Box (and I know I lessen a bit that excitement upon opening it), and saw there are two newly launched Winter edition Glossworks nail polishes in it. Yep, it happens every time – I got excited, for a split moment, seeing these nail polishes, given how much I like them, only to realize they are for UK Beauty Boxes only. A short tantrum ensued, of course. The second product, which made me go “Yay!” was the Hairy Jane hair perfume, especially since I plan on trying their floral shampoo and conditioner. But alas, when I opened the box, there was no hair perfume for the reason it contains alcohol (alcohol denat, to be precise; I am not a fan of this ingredient, especially in skin care, but would be willing to look away for a hair perfume) thus shipping restrictions. So, yeah, I was pouting for a moment there. What did the international receivers of Love Lula Beauty Box then get? I’ll tell you in a minute, but first – the total value of December Love Lula Beauty Box is £60 and so far you could have gotten it for a barely worth mentioning fraction of the total value – around £13,95 (or £17,5 for international customers). As if that was not of a crazy offer in itself, Love Lula went even crazier with an even lower cost of the Beauty Box! All the info (including a FREE October Beauty Box) at the end of this post!

So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?

Love Lula Beauty Box December 2018

Walden Natural Perfumes Rollerball Sample Set (6x2ml; £12). OK, I take it as a bribe from Love Lula for not getting the nail polishes, these too cute and adorable (I adore all the minis from Balm Balm, Oils of Heaven as well) rollerballs of their not-so-long-ago launched perfume oils. They come in a small drawstring pouch – an adorable gift – for yourself or your loved one. Great to test all the scents before you buy a bigger size, as well as for keeping them in your purse, or rather – cosmetic bag, as they are so tiny. Also, since all of these scents smell so nice, this set is also a great way to have all of them at once, over and over,  should you find the bigger sizes too expensive. 12ml of gorgeously smelling perfume oils for only £12? Who can argue against that?

Love Lula Beauty Box December 2018

Bali Balm Lip Balm (15ml/£20). This is my first time trying anything from this brand. I’ve noticed their lip balms when they launched on Love Lula, and as much as I am nuts about lip balms, I couldn’t reconcile the price of these lip balms. Bali Balm went the distance with the packaging of these balms (though one could argue it’s not very environmentally friendly, yet the same same time – can we have a bit of a luxury, a bit of aesthetically pleasing things, without feeling the, more often than not, imposed guilt over every single thing already?!). The lip balm comes in a sturdy nicely minimalistic designed little box – another great idea for a gift. You can also use this box later on for, say, earrings – so not all is wasted with this kind of a packaging. OK, enough about the packaging, you say; how’s this pricey lip balm? I was hoping, because of the price point, that I wouldn’t have liked it. But I do! Dang! It feels like a very gentle and smooth cream on my lips. Can’t recall ever trying a lip balm like this before. Argh £20! The texture looks a bit clear and oily and the finish looks a bit like lip gloss. But the feeling on the lips is heavenly *as I keep looking at the price*! There are 4 different scents of the Bali Balm Lip Balms; I got a very Wintery one: Cinnamon & Burnt Orange, and even though citrus scent is not on the top of my preferred scents (you know I like floral ones), I don’t know, maybe it’s because it’s Winter, maybe because it feels so good on my lips – but I like it. I really don’t know what to say about the price of this lip balm – it’s expensive, alright, but… I’m forbidding myself of putting these lip balms even on a wishlist, but somehow I know, somewhere down the line I will give in – because they are so so good. And if Bali Balm comes out with a geranium scent… *sigh*

Love Lula Beauty Box December 2018

Seascape Island Apothecary Refresh Hand & Nail Cream (75ml/£10). In short – a great hand cream! And reasonably priced as well (I’m still recuperating from that lip balm above *sigh*). Yes, we did get another hand cream in our last Beauty Box – that one was buttery and thick – perfect for Winter or a hand mask during the night. This hand cream is of a very light texture and absorbs incredibly fast and does not leave the hands neither looking nor feeling greasy, thus perfect for Summer time. But then I thought… wait, it is perfect for Winter as well, since it’s a season for gloves! The smell is also fabulous, with lavender being more pronounced and followed by geranium – lovely combination! Unfortunately the lovely scent doesn’t last as long as I would have wished, but that has to be taken into an account when the source of the scent is natural: essential oils. Two in one: this hand cream could work nicely as a body cream as well, since it absorbs so quickly, and as a travel companion, you have a hand and body cream all in one. I keep touching my hands, as they feel so soft after applying this hand cream. No doubt, a great hand cream! I’m glad Love Lula threw it in this Beauty Box.

Love Lula Beauty Box December 2018

Kathleen Natural Sensual Rose Bubble Bath and Shower Gel (150ml/£18). How should I put this? This bubble bath and shower gel is not easily affordable, especially as there’s only 150ml (a standard size for these type of products is 200ml). But I have to – I have no other option – look away and give a praise to this one! The scent is almost mesmerizing and even with a very distant hint of orange, the rose scent is front and center, so you know I was hooked from the moment I opened the bottle and sniffed it (which I did immediately, I mean it does say “sensual rose”). And the feeling on the skin? Makes you forget it costs £18 for 150ml. It has a creamy lather, it cleanses very well and does that very gently, but the selling point of this bubble bath and shower gel is incredible softness it leaves the skin with, and this softness lasts and lasts; so does the scent, but not as long – though, given the source of the scent in this product as well – that is expected. I cannot wait to try this one as a bubble bath all through the Holidays, when I’ll try to relax and take care of myself (more). It’s just frustrating there’s only 150ml (and costs quite a bit), yet it feels and smells so amazing – like it’s made for those special occasions only. One of, if not the best, shower gels I’ve tried so far – and if I take into an account how many natural ones I’ve tried in decades, you know that says something.

Love Lula Beauty Box December 2018

So these are my first impressions of December Love Lula Beauty Box. Yes, I am still pouting and tapping my fingers for not getting the nail polishes and hair perfume, however, Love Lula more than made up for it, as this month’s Beauty Box contains the products I really really like – more than I wish I did, in fact, as a few are quite expensive yet of such a high quality. As you know, I do not praise a product just because it’s expensive and I always give an honest opinion based on experience and knowledge, so you know none of these products were given thumbs up because they have a higher cost.

Could this be, for me, the best Love Lula Beauty Box so far? Indeed, it is. The scents from all these products could not be more after my heart, even if I hadn’t included the perfume oils themselves.

20 off on Love Lula Beauty Box

So all these products for a total cost of £13,95 (or £17,5 for international customers)? Yep. Well, not really. It gets even better! A one year subscription (believe me, the months fly by) is now additional 20% off, so now it’s only, and I mean really – only £11 (or £14 for international customers)! No, I’m serious. And you have till 31.12.2018 to sign up. If you didn’t go crazy with the Holidays sales, you can justify subscribing to this Beauty Box as your gift lasting throughout the whole year! Oh, and did I mention you get all the brands featured in a current box for another 20% off?! It never ends with Love Lula great offers, does it?

Yep, and this one is for FREE with a code FREEBOX (read my first impressions of October Love Lula Beauty Box ).

FREE Love Lula Beauty Box

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

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Love Lula Beauty Box has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

Dec 132018
 

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is a light-weight foundation, great for anyone, who prefers a sheer, natural look, while still achieving a light to medium coverage. 

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Review

It seems lately my makeup consists mostly of Ere Perez natural goodies and so far, out of many products I’ve tried and am using from this Australian brand, I can’t say I’ve been disappointed by any of them. I’ve already reviewed their beautiful Carrot Pots and I have many more reviews of Ere Perez to share with you.  And since you’ve been asking me to do a follow up on my makeup routine, I’ll be also posting my late autumnal makeup routine in a few days, which will, not surprisingly, consist mostly of Ere Perez makeup products.

For today, I’ll review their water foundation they launched this year; I got it sometime in Spring and have been using it till Summer and now, with colder weather, I’m using it again. This foundation received mixed reviews; most complains were regarding the application of this water foundation – and that is what I’ll also cover in my review.

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Review

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a dropper; while the bottle with a dropper looks pretty, I think it would be better for this foundation to be packaged in a bottle with a pump, especially since it’s a water-based product thus more susceptible to outside contamination. I guess the point of content is that there are only 3 shades available, and while you can easily mix these three shades to get the right one for you, I am sure Ere Perez will, somewhere down the line, offer more shades, just like they do with their Milk Foundation. So far, the available shades of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation are Dawn, Dusk and Haze; I’ve got the lightest available one, which is Haze, but even that shade is not very light, so those with very light skin will, unfortunately, have to wait a bit longer to add this foundation on their cosmetic shelf. When in doubt – always go a shade lighter; you can still correct the appearance with some bronzer, whereas if you go with a darker shade, there’s not much correction to be made and not much room to escape the unnatural look. And a cheap one, might I add.

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Review

The texture of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is very “liquidy/runny” and very light and this is exactly how it feels on the skin – light, barely feeling you’re wearing a foundation – perfect for all those of us who prefer such a feel and look when it comes to foundations, as opposed to walking around with a heavy painting on our faces. The formulation tends on a minimalist side, with the Quinoa seed extract added for its antimicrobial properties, as well as for promoting elasticity of the skin. Another excellent property of this extract is that it reduces the sebum production, thus making it great for oily and acne prone skin.

The coverage of quinoa Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation falls somewhere between light to medium, depending how much of a foundation you’re going to apply. The finished look is very natural either way – sheer, with your skin still visible, thus making it a foundation offering a natural look, with a bit of a dewyness here and there, but mainly a more matte easily breathable finish – depending on what type of an application process you choose. One of many great aspects o this foundation is that it does not set into fine lines, even under the eyes. Once applied, it seemingly melts into the skin, it becomes one with the skin, with no streaks or dry patches and lasts pretty much all day. All in all – you can easily achieve a natural looking even look.

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Review

But how to achieve it? Yes, application of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation can be tricky at first and you may find yourself going through quite a few different ways of applying this foundation. Some may give up pretty early on, saying this foundation is difficult to apply or spread, but I beg to differ. Here’s my advice on how to go about applying this water based foundation.

First thing to keep in mind about Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is that it’s very runny and dries very fast as opposed to oil-based foundations – think of a tempera paint – , so you don’t have much time to apply it properly in order to achieve a natural finish. As with any beauty product (and that goes for a simple carrier oil as well), but especially for water-based ones, I suggest you shake this foundation first, and shake it well, so that all the ingredients and colorants mix together into the formulation as it was intended. Then, on the back of your hand, drop as many drops of the foundation as you wish – less foundation will result in less coverage and – vise versa. Then immediately swirl and grab the foundation with Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush and apply the foundation on one part of your face first (say, your forehead), using circular motions; for a bit more coverage and/or more matte look, dab/press the brush onto your skin. Repeat the same process on, first, your left side and then right side of the face. Given this foundation does not offer a strong coverage, I suggest you do not circular motions when applying it under/around your eyes, but instead – dab and press it.

Given how fast this foundation dries, I’ve found, despite Ere Perez’s description, that it’s better to apply more foundation from a get go as opposed to building the coverage; once the foundation dries, applying more of it and trying to blend it might result in streaking the previous layer around or off.

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Review

If you tend to apply a moisturizer before applying foundation, and I suggest you do, apply a light moisturizer before applying Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation – whether it’s a light, water-based cream, serum or gel. Then wait at least five minutes before applying foundation so that the moisturizer had enough time to absorb and so that the foundation does not grab the moisturizer and starts streaking. Another option is mixing a light moisturizer with this foundation and applying it, again, with Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush. Then, proceed, should you wish, with applying makeup and then spray a rose hydrolate on your face; I’ve been using either a rose hydrolate or Alverde Rose Water to set my Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation, but I’ll go over my current makeup routine soon.

Can you mix Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation with a carrier oil? You can, even though my rule of thumb is to mix (or apply beforehand) a water-based foundation with a water-based moisturizer and an oil-based foundation (or BB Cream) with an oil-based moisturizer, and that for a simple fact that – water and oil do not mix and you’ll achieve a better finish following this rule. Having said that, given this foundation is light and the weather is quite cold now, I have been mixing a bit of Oils of Heaven Hemp Oil with Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation – the trick is you have to quickly and thoroughly mix both products. When mixed with a carrier oil, the finish is less matte but more dewy – and that’s that natural healthy looking dewy.

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Review

In order to take advantage of everything this foundation has to offer, I advise you do not apply Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation by applying dots of foundation all over your face and then spreading it on your face – again, the foundation dries quickly and it won’t spread or blend appropriately. I also do not suggest applying this foundation with your fingers; your fingers won’t as quickly or as evenly cover the same area as a brush will and foundation will start drying on your face and on your fingers as well, dragging the dried foundation around. You may have a bit more luck with a dry beauty blender, provided you keep on dropping the foundation on blender and buffing in the foundation one area of the face at the time; wetting a beauty blander might result in foundation being watered down.

At any rate – the best application method is to drop a few drops on the back of your hand, swirl the brush around and in circular motions apply it on one part of the face at a time.

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, quinoa (chenopodium quinoa) seed extract, blackcurrant (ribes nigrum) fruit extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), sodium hyaluronate, maltodextrin, xanthan gum, sodium salicylate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, citric acid, aluminum hydroxide, silica. May contain +/- iron oxides, ci77891.

Quinoa seed extract promotes collagen and elastin production; it reduces fine line. As it decreases sebum production, it is great for oily and acne-prone skin.
Blackcurrant fruit extract, rich in Vitamin C, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Rich in fatty acids and very hydrating.

Sodium hyaluronate promots skin hydration and a softer, smoother skin.
Potassium sorbate is a preservatives and can be a skin and eye irritant. Given this is a water-based product, preservative is a must. Sodium salicylate, a salt form of BHA, is a preservative and has antibacterial and anti inflamamtory properties.Citric acid is a pH adjuster, buffering and masking agent.

Maltodextrin is an emulsifier, used to improve texture and stability of a product. The bad side of this ingredient is that it’s most often made from GMO corn.
Aluminum hydroxide is opacifying agent in cosmetics; it prevents clumping and allows for an even application.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative used as an alternative to parabens; could be irritating to skin and eyes.

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My final word?

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation Review

Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation, once you figure out the best application, is a great foundation; light and thus perfect for Spring and Autumn. It offers equally light coverage and evens out the skin tone, while allowing the skin to shine through and breathe. A medium coverage is achieved with applying more foundation right from the get go as opposed to building coverage, given this is a fast drying (but non-drying to the skin) water-based foundation. Applied properly, this foundation does not streak nor does it set into fine lines and perfectly lasts all day long, without you even knowing you’re wearing a foundation. While the formulation is minimalistic, it still contains ingredients, which have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The foundation is a great choice whether you have dry or oily skin – and even those, who have acne prone skin will find this foundation to be a great choice, as Quinoa seed extract, along with promoting skin elasticity, lessens the production of sebum, thus making the skin less oily.

Price? Nearly €30 for a 30ml bottle; not the cheapest, but very reasonably priced. You will notice, though, that, especially if you go for more coverage, you will use a bit more foundation then you may be used to with oil-based foundations. As the great finish of this foundation depends so much on application process, I cannot recommend the Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush more. Yes, the brush is quite expensive, let’s not beat around the bush on this one. However, the quality of this multipurpose (you can use it for foundation, BB cream, cream blush and cream highlighter…) brush is nearly unmatched: it is sturdy and compact yet gentle and spreads and blends products easily and seemingly. Indeed, the secret for the perfect look and finish of  Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is in using Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush – and I highly recommend both.

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Are you familiar with Ere Perez products? Which have you tried so far? And if you’ve tried the Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation already, what is your application process? Let me know!

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