LoveLula Beauty Box – November 2017 (tried and tested)

As part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme I receive the LoveLula Beauty Box*. I highly recommend the beauty box subscription – it’s only £13.95 per month and often the value of the products are more than double (this month it is quadruple!) this amount. At the moment there are also some special offers on so you can get up to 20% off a beauty box subscription* if you subscribe for a set time of up to a year. There’s always a good variety of different brands and products in the boxes, and of course everything is cruelty free and natural (like all LoveLula products). The other thing I love about this beauty box subscription is you receive a voucher code to get 20% off purchases from the brands featured in the box that month (which this month I used to make another order the day the beauty box arrived!). So, on to my review of November’s box; it’s a great one!

Face (and hair!) after trying out all the products
My face (and hair!) after trying out all the products
Madara Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream
Madara Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream

Madara Smart Antioxidants Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream* (15ml, worth £31.00)
This is a full size item worth more than twice the price of the beauty box! This eye cream is a natural, cruelty free, vegan product with no parabens. It claims to hydrate, firm and brighten, and reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. I’ve only tried it out a couple of times so far but it does seem to hydrate and firm. It’s a white cream so doesn’t brighten by having any tint or shimmer in the product, so I imagine the brightening effect would be a long term thing if dark circles improve over time. Even if it doesn’t (I haven’t found anything to help my dark circles yet!), it definitely is a good eye cream in terms of improving the texture around the eyes, so I’ll certainly be continuing to use it. It’s a small tube with a tiny applicator which is my preferred format for eye cream as you really only need a tiny amount of product.

Laidbare Working 9 to 5 Anti-Ageing Hydration Cream
Laidbare Working 9 to 5 Anti-Ageing Hydration Cream

Laidbare Working 9 to 5 Anti-ageing Hydration Cream* (50ml, worth £7.99)
This is a really lovely product. I actually already have it as I’ve been trying out some Laidbare products to review the range for my blog (coming in the next couple of weeks hopefully, I’ve just ordered a couple more items to put to the test first!). Laidbare are a UK-based natural skincare brand offering effective and affordable products. This anti-ageing hydration cream is a light moisturiser (more like a gel cream than a thick cream) which absorbs beautifully into the skin and leaves it soft and supple. Despite being fairly light it’s great for my combination (and sometimes dehydrated) skin. It’s great on its own and also acts as a good base for make up. It has a subtle rose scent which I really like (side note – I used to really not like rose scented things but now I seem to love them!).

Inika Vegan Lipstick - Naked Kiss
Inika Vegan Lipstick – Naked Kiss

Inika Vegan Lipstick – Naked Kiss* (4.2g, worth £18.00)
A few days before the beauty boxes went out, someone started a discussion in the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club on Facebook asking what products we were hoping to get in this month’s box. One item I mentioned was a lip colour product so I was delighted to see this included! I’m not usually a lipstick wearer, but have been starting to wear the occasional liquid lip. One thing I do struggle with is dry lips, hence usually wearing lip balm or my beloved Pacifica Lip Tints. The Inika vegan lipstick is a creamy formulation with certified organic natural shea butter and jojoba oil which really help as it’s so much more moisturising than lipsticks I’ve tried in the past. It’s also a gorgeous colour! In the bullet it looks like a browny sheen but on the lips it’s really neutral. I wore it on its own (without any other makeup) yesterday morning and then later that day with make up and it looked great in both situations (I usually find I can’t wear lipstick without a full face of make up as it can look too much!). I even received a compliment specifically on the lipstick when I posted the above photo to social media. It’s lovely! I really love this and can see it becoming my winter staple when I’m not wearing a lip balm/tint.

REN Perfect Canvas sample
REN Perfect Canvas sample

REN Perfect Canvas sample* (worth £3.33, full size is £50 for 30ml)
I’d actually already received a sample of this as it’s a new product so there are a few ways to get your hands on one. This is a silicone-free primer from skincare brand REN. It claims to smooth, plump, fill and prime and is recommended as a step after moisturiser whether you’re wearing make up or not. I haven’t used it without make up but I have used it as a primer. I find it less easy to apply as it’s very quick drying, so I tend to need a few applications (though still only a few drops in total). Once I have applied it I do think my make up applies nicely and it seems to help it last longer too. I received unsolicited compliments on my skin over the weekend and I think this was probably down to the primer as it definitely helped to smooth my skin and give a good base for my powder foundation. I don’t usually wear primer on a regular basis but if you do, and are looking for a natural silicone-free alternative to keep your make up looking good, this is a really good option. It’s not cheap but 30ml should last a while.

The Seaweed Bath Co Eucalyptus and Peppermint Balancing Argan Shampoo and Conditioner
The Seaweed Bath Co Eucalyptus and Peppermint Balancing Argan Shampoo and Conditioner

The Seaweed Bath Co Eucalyptus and Peppermint Balancing Argan Shampoo and Conditioner* (sample, full sizes are £16.99 for 360ml)
I’m never sure about samples of shampoo and conditioner as I tend to find it takes a while to know if I like hair products, but it’s always good to have a first impression to give you an idea of the consistency, scent, and initial idea of how it makes your hair feel. I always appreciate having both a shampoo and conditioner included so you can give it a good test. This isn’t a brand I’ve heard of before so a little reading informed me that the brand was established in response to learning that seaweed really helped clear up psoriasis for one of the founders. The items all feature seaweed as a key ingredient (sourced from Maine, USA). The set I received are part of the balancing argan range in the eucalyptus and peppermint scent. I’ll be honest, the scent was a little overpowering for my liking – like toothpaste! I also found it made my hair ‘squeaky clean’ so I would have said it’s probably more clarifying than balancing. I found it wasn’t nourishing enough for my dry hair so it left it more frizzy than my usual haircare. Sadly this one isn’t one for me, but I imagine if you don’t have dry hair and are wanting products to clarify and clear your hair and scalp of products this could be a good one to try.

This month’s beauty box was fantastic value – some really good products from a variety of brands. It’s worth over £60 and the full-sized products in the box are really versatile and should suit most people. The lipstick in particular seems to be a really flattering shade for different skin tones – there are some stunning photos in the Facebook group! The stand-out products for me this month were the Inika lipstick and the Madara eye cream (though I already love the Laidbare moisturiser too). A really fantastic box – thanks LoveLula! 🙂 

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Autumn Favourites

It’s definitely autumn now, with beautiful leaves around us and cooler temperatures giving us a reason to wear tights and boots and big snuggly scarves (or is that just me?!). As we move into autumn I switch up my skincare routine slightly (as my skin becomes drier) and my make up preferences tend to alter a little too. In this post I’ll share some of my current autumn favourites.

Autumn Favourites

Balm Balm Beauty Balm*

Balm Balm Beauty Balm
Balm Balm Beauty Balm

I raved about this in my recent post about the LoveLula September Beauty Box so I won’t go on too much but I am absolutely loving it. I tend to use it in the evening and it’s such a gentle yet incredibly effective cleanser, even on days I wear make up. The thing I love, and the reason I’ve included it in my autumn favourites, is how nourishing it is for my skin. It feels lovely to massage into my skin and it leaves it feeling amazing after I’ve rinsed it. I have also used it as an overnight moisturiser; it’s a great multipurpose product. You only need a tiny amount of product so I think this is really good value for money.

Balm Balm Beauty Balm* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub*

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I tried a sample of this a few months ago (hooray for LoveLula stocking samples!), and I loved it but at the time I was using another face scrub (Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub*, also recommended). Once I’d finished that scrub I ordered the full size of the Joik one, and I now use it a couple of times a week. It contains small grains which help exfoliate, and I find it really helps to deep cleanse and smooth the skin. It’s a fairly gentle scrub which doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and in the cooler months I prefer something a little gentler like this so as not to strip my skin too much. This is a little pricey, however you really only need a tiny amount compared to other scrubs so I feel it offers good value for money.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser*

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser
Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser

I’ve mentioned this before on the blog and it’s something I’ve been using for over a year now. I find this to be a very effective moisturiser for my dry skin. It nourishes and is an excellent primer for days when I’m wearing make up. It is quite a thick, creamy moisturiser so takes a little longer to soak in but once it does it leaves the skin feeling really smooth. I find that it doesn’t add any sheen to the skin so if you prefer a matt finish I think you would like this. It’s great value for money compared to other moisturisers. The only real downside for me is the lack of SPF so I tend to wear this under make up which has SPF.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser* is available from LoveLula* for £9.99.

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn*

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn
Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn

This is a very new addition to my skincare routine but it has earnt its place as a favourite already. I’m trying out a few Laidbare* items and am really impressed (full review to come when I’ve given them a good test for a few weeks), but this is a standout product for me and very seasonally appropriate. I hadn’t realised this would be an oil serum and am delighted it is as I’d been looking for a face oil to use at night. This is just a gorgeous product. You only need a tiny amount to cover your face and neck, and it feels lovely to massage in. It tends to sit on the skin so I wouldn’t use it during the day; it’s intended for night time use hence the name. From the first morning after I used it, my skin felt so soft and smooth. I’ve used it every night for over a week now and look forward to using it each evening. It’s such a reasonable price too. Highly recommend!

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn* is available from LoveLula* for £12.99.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude
Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Another item that featured on the blog last year, but this is one I’ve only recently started to use again as I tend to wear peach or pink shade blushes in spring and summer. This is, as the name suggests, a beautiful nude blush. It’s easy to apply but fairly subtle and blends well. It’s the sort of shade that can be used as a bronzer or contour to shape the face, whilst also being able to be used in the traditional way to add that “just pinched” type effect to the cheeks; this is how I tend to use it. It lasts well during the day and as you only need a small amount per application I think they’re great value.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude is available from Inika for £21.00.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig*

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig

I recently shared a full review of all the shade of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints which are probably my most used non-skincare item. As we move into the cooler months I tend to favour slightly darker make up (partly to accompany my burgundy winter coats!) and the Sugared Fig shade is perfect for this. You can see swatches of the colour in my previous post. I wear this either with or without other make up.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig* is available from LoveLula* for £7.49.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy*

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy
Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy

Another new one though I don’t feel you need to test make up items as long as skincare items – I loved this as soon as I tried it. I love the versatility and also the fact that it’s so compact so perfect for travel. It is fairly pigmented so I find I have to be very light-handed when using it as a blush. I tend to apply it to my lips first and then use what is left on my fingers to apply to my cheeks. It’s a lovely smooth consistency and I find it moisturises the lips. The stain lasts well – I wore this recently and could still notice the stain about 3 hours later. I love multipurpose products and am likely to be checking out other shades in this range.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy* is available from LoveLula* for £17.00 (currently on sale for £13.60).

So that’s what I’m loving for autumn – what are your favourite autumnal products? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

 

Disclaimer: Whilst some of these items have been purchased by me, I chose some of these items as part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme. All products have been reviewed honestly taking into consideration value for money at full price.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link. 

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints – Tried and Tested

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I had a few of the shades of the Pacifica Lip Tints and that I might do a full review with photos. I had three of the five shades so it seemed like a good excuse to complete the set and do a full review! You can purchase all shades of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints* from LoveLula* and they’re just £7.49 each.

In this post I’ll share photos (alongside photos of my natural lip colour) and a review of the colours and scents for each shade, but firstly let me just say that the texture for all of these is very similar if not identical. It’s a lovely smooth balm which is fairly thick but very moisturising. It lasts a long while (particularly for a balm) and I find I only need to top it up every 2-3 hours. Each one is a subtle shade so you can easily apply it without needing a mirror, and they all wear well – they’re not really pigmented enough for how they wear to be an issue. Having said that, they are all different in appearance and although they’re subtle they do give a different type of look and finish (which means having all five is totally justifiable in my opinion!).

Before I get into each shade separately, here’s a photo of all of them swatched side by side:

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Coconut Nectar, Vanilla Hibiscus, Guava Berry, Blood Orange, Sugared Fig)

And one in the sunlight to show the sheen:

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Coconut Nectar, Vanilla Hibiscus, Guava Berry, Blood Orange, Sugared Fig)

Coconut Nectar

Coconut Nectar is described as a “shimmery golden raisin”. It’s a fairly neutral brown shade; not too cool or warm toned in my opinion, but the finish is quite shimmery which I think gives it a cooler toned finish (I would have said silver rather than gold) which reflects in the sunlight. I think it gives a flattering sheen, and this does last well. If you don’t like a more frosty appearance this shade might not be something you love, but I think because it’s fairly neutral as a shade it doesn’t look too frosty. The scent of this one is what you’d expect from a coconut scent but it’s not too sweet. I tend to wear this on a day when I want a neutral shade, perhaps because I’m wearing bright colours (unusual for me) or if I’m not wearing make up and just want something to condition my lips and add a bit of dimension to my face! It’s the one I tend to reach for when I’m heading to the gym.

Vanilla Hibiscus

Vanilla Hibiscus is described as a “pale pink with a touch of pearl”. This is the one that I find the least pigmented as you can see from the initial swatch of all five shades. It’s lighter than my natural lip colour so it does lighten my lips slightly as you can see, which to be honest I’m not usually a fan of. It’s only a subtle change though as it’s so light in coverage, so I don’t mind it too much. This is probably my least favourite colour on me though. However, the scent of this one is incredible – possibly my favourite! I love vanilla anyway, but some vanilla lip products can be so sweet and this doesn’t have that for me. Just lovely. It’s the one I reach for when I want to focus on a lovely experience rather than the look.

Guava Berry

Guava Berry is described as a “quintessential berry stain”. I wrote a full review of this one previously and it’s the one I tested in my natural make up video. It’s probably the closest shade to my natural lip colour so it doesn’t add a lot in terms of colour, but it does deepen my lips slightly and adds a subtle sheen. It’s a nice fruity scent but fairly subtle. It’s the one I reach for when I want something easy to wear with whatever outfit or makeup (or lack of!).

Blood Orange

Blood Orange is described as “sweet coral with a pop of pink”. It’s the first one I bought and I wore it pretty much non-stop last summer. I’d definitely say it’s more of a coral than a pink; if anything on me it’s quite red toned. The shimmer in this one is lovely – it seems much warmer toned and perfect for summer months as it complements a summer glow. It’s a lovely citrusy scent; I also have the accompanying perfume. It’s the one I reach for when I want a pop of brighter colour without having to commit to a higher maintenance lipstick.

Sugared Fig

Sugared Fig is described as a “rich plummy fig with a hint of sparkle”. It’s the deepest toned shade and moving towards the mauve/purple spectrum, but again it’s only a subtle shade so not too dark. I wear quite a lot of burgundy and I find this shade complements that well. I did find it didn’t swatch as smoothly as the other shades, and it does seem a little less smooth in texture but that could just be my one. The scent is lovely and makes me want to try the fig perfume! It’s the one I reach for when I want a slightly darker lip; I imagine I’ll be using this a lot in autumn and winter.

So there you have it – my review of each of the shades of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint. You can see them all together in this rather freaky looking image:

 

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Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints – Coconut Nectar, Vanilla Hibiscus, Guava Berry, Blood Orange, Sugared Fig

 

In summary

I absolutely love the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints and use them all, and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a low maintenance subtle lip colour that conditions the lips and smells wonderful.

Purchase details

You can buy all of the shades of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints* from LoveLula* for just £7.49 each.

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Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint – Guava Berry

I got some of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint* as part of my ‘face of natural make up’ for my LoveLula* video (I got it with credit I was rewarded but am reviewing it as if I purchased it myself). You can see the video at https://youtu.be/OSAWjVOnXxw or see it embedded in my earlier blog post (which links to each of the products).

This is the only item I bought that I had tried before. I actually have two other shades of this (so that’s probably a clue about how I feel about these!).

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)

I don’t tend to wear lipstick often (mostly because of the maintenance and how it wears), but I do like to wear lip balm and it’s even better if it has a slight tint to it. These beauties are scented too and are just lovely.

They’re vegan, cruelty free, natural, and formulated without parabens. Coconut oil is the main ingredient so of course these are very moisturising. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Guava Berry but from the description and swatches I saw online it looked like a pale purple/mauve shade, and I can confirm that’s what it is. It’s also an amazing scent/flavour!

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)

It leaves a lovely sheen and lasts pretty well. I find it very smoothing and because it’s just a tint it doesn’t go patchy and can be reapplied without a mirror. I’ve been using this almost every day recently and really like it. I can wear it without any make up but it also adds enough of a tint to wear with make up and look more polished.

In summary

Another excellent lip tint product and one I’ll be using in regular rotation with my other ones.

Repurchase?

I’ll certainly be looking at the other shades and may get more. If I ever use this up I’d definitely repurchase – I think they’re great and particularly like this scent and tint.

Purchase details

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint* is available from LoveLula* for £7.49.

If people are interested in the different shades and scents I’d be happy to do a full review of the three I have with photos – let me know in the comments if you’d like to see that.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link.

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PHB Ethical Beauty All-In-One Natural Mascara

I got some of the PHB Ethical Beauty All In One Natural Mascara* as part of my ‘face of natural make up’ for my LoveLula* video (I got it with credit I was rewarded but am reviewing it as if I purchased it myself). You can see the video at https://youtu.be/OSAWjVOnXxw or see it embedded in my earlier blog post (which links to each of the products).

I’m not a current subscriber to the LoveLula beauty box though I do highly recommend it. This product was in the July beauty box (currently on offer for £19.99* which is a total bargain!) and received so many amazing reviews in the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club that I just had to include it as my mascara for my natural make up.

PHB Ethical Beauty All-In-One Natural Mascara (Black)
PHB Ethical Beauty All-In-One Natural Mascara (Black)

The PHB mascara is natural, vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, and has no palm oil or GM ingredients. Many of the reviewers said they’d found a holy grail in this mascara so I had high hopes. The description promises a lot too! It claims to lengthen, thicken, and volumise, and last all day without smudging or flaking. It’s a bristle brush (rather than a plastic one).

PHB Ethical Beauty All-In-One Natural Mascara (Black)
PHB Ethical Beauty All-In-One Natural Mascara (Black)

So how does it meet up to the claims?

Lengthen
Yes, the mascara does lengthen lashes though it’s not the most lengthening one I’ve ever used. It’s a very natural look (which I like).

Strengthen
I haven’t worn this often enough to fully comment on this, but I haven’t found that it makes my lashes brittle at all so I haven’t lost any lashes from using it.

Volumise
Yes, it does volumise. I feel the description is accurate in saying that it lengthens and volumises – I’ve tried mascaras in the past that focus more on one than the other but this does both (neither to an extreme extent).

Water resistant
I’m not sure what this means to be honest. I get that it’s different to being waterproof so I’m presuming it means fine if it rains but not advised for swimming? I find it smudges as soon as it gets wet so I’m not sure this claim stands.

Lasts all day without smudging or flaking
Unfortunately not I’ve found. It does last fairly well but I do find it smudges after a while. I don’t feel I can trust wearing it for a full day without checking in a mirror every now and again (or just looking like a panda which I did on a recent long day!).

EDIT: I’ve now been wearing this mascara for a few weeks and have only had the smudging once so can now trust it and recommend it! 🙂

In summary

I really love the effect of this mascara and it’s easy to apply, but sadly I find it can smudge. It’s fine for a short day, and it was fine recently on a day at home, but I do need to check on it later on the day so can’t fully trust it. I think this may well be down to what else I have applied or how oily my lashes are though as recently it hasn’t been smudging at all. I thought I preferred plastic mascara wands but this has opened my eyes (excuse the pun!) to bristle brushes so I’ll be more open to trying different types in future.

EDIT: I love this more each time I wear it and won’t be looking for an alternative anymore.

Repurchase?

Not sure. I do really like the effect but I’d probably like to try to find a longer lasting natural mascara ideally, or maybe even a clear one. Having said that, I’ve worn it the last few days and not experienced any smudging so I’m hoping it may have been a one off in which case I’ll definitely repurchase!

EDIT: Yes, absolutely! I love it.

Purchase details

PHB Ethical Beauty All In One Natural Mascara* is available from LoveLula* for £15.95 or at the moment you can get it as part of the July Beauty Box* for £19.95.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link.

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RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Magnetic

I got some of the RMS Beauty Eye Polish* as part of my ‘face of natural make up’ for my LoveLula* video (I got it with credit I was rewarded but am reviewing it as if I purchased it myself). You can see the video at https://youtu.be/OSAWjVOnXxw or see it embedded in my earlier blog post (which links to each of the products).

I don’t wear eye shadow often but do like to wear eyeshadow sometimes and especially when I’m doing a full face of make up (like for the video). I have been looking for a more natural alternative for my favourite By Terry Misty Rock (which is pretty much the only eye shadow I’ve worn for about 18 months!) and spotted the Magnetic shade of the RMS Eye Polish which seems to fit the bill.

RMS Beauty Eye Polish (Magnetic)
RMS Beauty Eye Polish (Magnetic)

It’s described as, “taupe/silver shadow with a hint of mauve”. I’d say that’s an accurate description, it’s a fairly neutral shade with hints of purple and silver which add a subtle shimmer.

RMS Beauty Eye Polish (Magnetic)
RMS Beauty Eye Polish (Magnetic)

It’s quite a thick cream eyeshadow and doesn’t have a lot of payoff with a small amount of product so it takes quite a bit of work to apply, but it blends well. It’s a lovely shade and definitely something you can wear on its own which is still interesting (I can rarely be bothered to apply multiple shades!).

It lasts fairly well, though I did find that it creased on me. I have fairly oily eyelids and hooded eyes so I find most eye shadows crease, I just need to find a good primer (let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations!).

In summary

A nice shade and very versatile. Takes a while to apply so probably one for when you’re making a bit more effort rather than an every day item (I tend to find powder easier for a quick swipe of colour!).

Repurchase?

I don’t wear eyeshadow often enough to justify having many and this is versatile enough to be honest. I would be intrigued by a lighter shade, perhaps Solar. If I can sort out a primer I could see me using this eyeshadow more and would likely repurchase once used up (though that would take a while!).

Purchase details

RMS Beauty Eye Polish* is available in a variety of shades from LoveLula* for £26.00.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link.

Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush

I got some of the Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush* as part of my ‘face of natural make up’ for my LoveLula* video (I got it with credit I was rewarded but am reviewing it as if I purchased it myself). You can see the video at: https://youtu.be/OSAWjVOnXxw or see it embedded in my earlier blog post (which links to each of the products).

I don’t tend to wear blush often, but I always feel like it makes a difference to a ‘made up’ look. I was particularly intrigued by this blush as it has two shades that you can use swirled together or independently. It actually says on the box you can use it as a blusher, eye shadow or to add colour to lips with a balm. I’ve only tried it as a blusher so far.

It’s a pure rice powder with minimal ingredients (no GMO) and is vegan and cruelty free (and fragrance free too). There are a number of different shades to choose from and I went for the Rose Tones one which seemed the most suitable for my pale skin.

Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush (Rose Tones)
Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush (Rose Tones)

I really like the packaging – it’s a sturdy product with a good clasp that I trust would stay closed (seems a minor thing but essential for travel and so many blushes are either too difficult or too easy to open!). Having said that, I don’t know about its eco-friendly credentials. It also has a mirror included in the packaging, and it’s one that you can actually use to apply the blush as it does show the whole face.

Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush (Rose Tones)
Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush (Rose Tones)

I’ve been swirling the two colours together using a blush brush to apply this. It’s darker than I was expecting and it’s very pigmented so you really do only need a tiny amount. It doesn’t have much shimmer so is more of a matt effect blush, which I feel means it is suitable for all times of year and for both day and evening wear. It’s a fairly natural shade, definitely a ‘just pinched’ type effect. I’ve found it does wear during the day, though I find this with most blushes.

In summary

I like it, but I’m not finding myself reaching for it very often. As mentioned I don’t tend to reach for blush that often anyway, but when I fell in love with an Inika blush I wore that every day as I loved it so much. I don’t love this that much but I’m not sure why.

Repurchase

I probably wouldn’t repurchase this though to be honest I think it will last a long time anyway! I’ve not fallen in love with it as much as some of the other items I’ve tried so although there’s nothing wrong with it I’m not finding myself scouring the Ere Perez brand for other products at the moment (though I have to confess the cream lip and cheek balm* is tempting!).

Purchase details

Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush* is available from LoveLula* for £22.50. It’s currently out of stock in this shade but you can sign up to receive an email when it’s back in stock.

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