Ere Perez natural makeup highlights ( + GIVEAWAY)

Do you remember that first time I’ve put my hands on / trusted my face to Ere Perez natural makeup? It was right in this post a couple months ago. My love for Ere Perez makeup products hasn’t changed even a bit since then. Today I want to introduce you, darling birdies, to some new creations Ere Perez got in their store for all of us who are after cleaner and greener beauty choices. I am also going to highlight some of my all-time favorites. And Friday surprise – new international giveaway is awaiting in the end of this post, hurray!

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One of the new Ere Perez makeup goods I am seriously excited about is Versatile Vanilla Highlighter in “Falling Star”. Creamy, light texture very nicely transforms into soft pearl glow to emphasize the cheekbones, brow line, lips and spots like neck or décolleté. Just the right amount of glow : not only a picture-perfect essential for any photo shoot, but also a great chance to add some light to a daily “no-makeup” look. If you’re thinking about downsizing your makeup bag, think about this highlighter as a universal one! Works great on fair skin, if you’re a tanned beauty – check outt the golden sister – “Sun Halo” shade.

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Speaking of downsizing and simplifying, it’s hard to find a better multi-tasker than Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint in “Joy”. I totally get it when Ere Perez say this is one of their best selling products! Natural stain that applies with an easy roll, comfortably blends (use your fingers) and adds a bright, natural-looking red cherry color to lips and cheeks. I bet these 10ml will last long, as it’s highly pigmented and all you need is just a tiny bit to add some fun to your casual makeup look. The gorgeous color pigment is coming from the Beetroot extract and Rosehip oil, this statement alone makes my cheeks and lips smile happily.

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Let’s talk about essentials now. Transculent Corn Perfecting Powder is seriously awesome for a) sensitive skin and b) light, shine-absorbing coverage. Tone is called “All for all”, which is a neutral shade that is almost invisible on the skin, yet the powder is working hard on eliminating excess oil throughout the day. Looks great as a matt finish over a foundation, or as a stand alone powder. I use it with my Ere Perez Kabuki brush, that has been one of my favorites since the very first try!

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My current go-to blush is the Pure Rice Powder Blush in “My Blush” for a few simple reasons. First of all, it’s a luxurious neutral shade that complements my fair skin tone and emphasizes the natural face features. Second, I can barely feel it, and that’s one of the points I am usually very strict about. It is super light and allows my skin to breath. Brown-ish, warm, matte tone of “My Blush” would be the most universal choice for everyone who is one a mission to step up the game of that “no-makeup” look. I’ve also tried the “Rose Tones” before and looking forward getting back to it in the winter season.

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Discovering GOOD natural mascaras is a tricky business, and I’ve scored some experience in this. Getting back to Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara is always a pleasure – long, bold black, well defined lashes and oil treatment in one product. I am also loving how gentle this mascara is to my sensitive eyes. Answering your future question – no, no flakes.

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I’ve already told you all about Ere Perez Clever Cheek&Lip balms in this post, but my discovery path of the multitasking abilities and different shades of this balm is far from being over! Getting ready for autumn season with a gorgeous plum color of “Holy”. Adding lovely glow and a bit of color to the lips and cheeks is super easy with this balm’s creamy (yet, solid enough) formula. No need of brushes, perfect on the go and for traveling.

– TLV BIRDIE X ERE PEREZ NATURAL MAKEUP GIVEAWAY –

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Time for a new giveaway: Ere Perez generously provided the set of their natural makeup products to make one lucky lady truly happy and naturally pretty! I am already excited for one of you to join the club!:)

The giveaway prize is a collection of 6 Ere Perez natural makeup products (over $140 value) that includes: Natural Almond Oil Mascara, Clever Carrot Cheek&Lip Balm, Beautiful Beetroot Cheek&Lip Tint, Pure Rice Powder Blush, Transculent Corn Perfecting Powder and Versatile Vanilla Highlighter.

This Giveaway is INTERNATIONALLY open. Duration period : two weeks, from August 28 till September 11, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen on September 12 by the power of luck.

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Painted Desert by Deborah Lippmann

Clearly I can’t get over our Joshua Tree getaway and you can easily understand that by the header of this new post. It’s not that easy with all the pretty cactuses and desert plants, earthy colors and sun destroyed textures. Obviously I am not the only one so impressed and inspired by the desert beauty. The summer collection of Deborah Lippmann nail polishes is exactly about that! All time favorite neutrals, sun kissed shades, mud and sand, wild hearts, nature treasures expressed in 4 colors of Painted Desert nail polish collection.

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You know when it comes to neutrals, I am all in. Two in the first row – Terra Nova (warm mustard shade) and Earth Angel (shimmer pink copper) – are great for slow transitioning from late summer to early fall. When all your style choices are about plaid, knits and warm tones that match dry autumn leaves in one hand and pumpkin spiced latte in another.

Two at the bottom – Love in the Dunes (purple mauve) and Shifting Sands (perfect light beige shade) – are created to become your nail color staples. They totally became mine. Especially considering the fact that they provide a full coverage (NO stripes and comfortable application), and also not forgetting the fact that all the Deborah Lippmann nail polishes are 5-free.

Speaking of desert, make sure to check out my recent Desert Beauty Bag unpacking post with all of my recent skincare favorites and some new green beauty products to learn about, another post about the secret of beach waves without a beach right here and of course, don’t miss a chance to browse through cacti jungles and read my 5 tips for a perfect Joshua Tree getaway.

Do you have any favorite Deborah Lippmann nail polish colors? My ears are all yours for more recommendations!

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Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist : beach waves without a beach

So here’s a thing, I’ve got a bunch of wavy hair that sometimes is pretty manageable and don’t cause any major troubles, but sometimes… it needs a little kick to start (or finish) the day just right. My face melted into a huge smile once I’ve discovered this new hair treat from one of my beloved green beauty brands out there – Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray ($20). And as you can see, I’ve packed it along my Desert Beauty Bag for our Joshua Tree getaway last week.

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Beach waves without a beach, that’s the trick. With a few easy spritzes on damp hair this mist adds volume and those desired light, defined waves. I also love to use it on dry hair for a quick fix, that helps to refresh the whole curly situation. The good thing is it doesn’t actually dry you hair as many other “beach waves” sprays would do. My point here is : among the Dead Sea salt (that naturally bends your hair into waves!), Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist‘s formula also contains moisturizing and highly nutritive ingredients to help your locks feel (and look!) hydrated and pampered – Aloe Vera and Coconut water, essential oils of Vanilla and Lime. Oh yes, here’s another thing – my hair smells coconut, and I loooove coconut aroma which immediately takes me on some daydreaming vacation spot no matter if I am actually chilling in the Cowboy pool or sweating around the studio. By the way, the Lavender option is available too.

Shop Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist here, and don’t forget to check out the previous review on some of my other favorites from the Herbivore Botanicals skincare line right here.

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I KNOW THERE’RE A LOT OF HERBIVORE BOTANICALS FANS READING TLV BIRDIE BLOG, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT FAVORITES ARE! HAVE YOU TRIED THE HERBIVORE BOTANICALS SEA MIST ALREADY?

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Unpacking my Desert Beauty Bag

I am unpacking my beauty bag today to show you all what was keeping me fresh and my skin hydrated during our Joshua Tree getaway last weekend. Because beyond general travel tips and one awesome Airbnb advice, there’s another subject to talk about – natural beauty essentials. Something old, something new and something truly wonderful to share in today’s beauty story!

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What’s inside my desert beauty bag:

  • Davines Oi Body Wash – generously moisturizing body wash, soft and creamy. The magic part starts with it’s energizing and overall balancing scent – I would say it’s quite strong, and it follows you for a while. The secret of the Oi line of Davines is the Roucou Oil (origin of the plant is Amazonia), that is known for it’s high level of beta-carotene and notable anti-oxidant properties.
  • I took my well-trusted Prim Botanicals body oil ($46) with me for a before-bed extra skin treatment. Let’s just say, after all that overdose of Vitamin D and general sun exposure, I knew my skin would ask for some rest and proper attention. Purely in love with this body oil for it’s silky texture, amazing ingredients list and comforting aroma. Read my review on the whole Prim Botanicals line here.
  • I was oh so right to put in my bag Board and Batten Overnight Nourishing Balm ($56) – proper restoration, vitamins and nourishing skin lullaby are all I needed to call it a day after being under the sun // under the AC for all day long. This is my all-time favorite, just another amazingly formulated product from Board and Batten skincare line that I previously reviewed here.

I thought it would be a good occasion to give the Desert Essence line a try, so I’ve packed a few items with me :

  • New discovery and 100% match : I’ve tried a few healthier and greener dental care alternatives so far (check out this post about Well Scent tooth powders and oils), however I haven’t stop looking for more choices. Desert Essence Natural Neem Toothpaste is seriously great! Budget-friendly ($7), easy to use (let’s face it, powders are not for everyone) and filled with great ingredients like Neem essential oil, Tea Tree oil plus Cinnamon, Peppermint and Wild mint oils for an immediate boost of freshness. Oh, and it’s fluoride-free! Another good thing is Desert Essence products are available at Whole Foods, and if we’re talking Dental products specifically – there are 7 different toothpaste variations and some more maintenance (mouthwash, dental floss) products to choose from!
  • Desert Essence Green Apply and Ginger shampoo + conditioner ($9 each) – great refreshing scent, natural components enriched formula (Coconut oil, Kelp, Nettle, Ginger and Maca root extracts) and a nice effort to add volume to fine hair. Really delicate, yet cleans effectively. I am definitely keeping these two on my bathroom shelf. Just so you know, my haircare routine is not 100% green and as far as my top shampoo choice goes to Lush solid bars (check out this post for more about greenER hair agenda), I am okay with not thousand percent green hair care products, but always looking for healthier and greener options out there.

Have you noticed the beauty bag itself? It couldn’t be any more earthy and travel-ready! This lovely present from my friend Julie, the founder of the Green Beauty Jungle store, totally has a story to share. This chic, spacious makeup bag is not just like any other bag to store your beauty belonging, this is a part of something bigger. “Made in Carcere”, is a program that celebrates “second chance” for women who work on creating these while in prison and for the sustainability of fabrics. No judgement, only hard work and a second life chance.

Here go some more cacti pictures, because I just can’t get enough of them:

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WHAT WOULD YOU PUT IN YOUR DESERT BEAUTY BAG? 

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Joshua Tree Getaway done right : 5 tips and photo diary

Darling birdies, have you noticed some radio silence going on here? Well, I am officially ending it right now! We’ve been on a short vacation in Joshua Tree with Yossi’s parents, that is the reason (I hope you’ve been following my adventures on Instagram). So today I am going to recall all these hot, dusty, full of nature and peaceful mind memories along with some travel tips on how to make your Joshua Tree getaway right and remember it as “a perfect weekend”. Obviously, I have a gazillion photos from our JT vacation, but I will try, I will reeeeally try to make it short. If this won’t happen, I apologize in advance:)

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5 tips for a perfect Joshua Tree Getaway :

1. Find the right place for your stay. I’ll pass on the love ode to Airbnb and proceed straight to the point. We chose this place for our two nights Joshua Tree getaway and it was the right choice indeed! First of all, remember that desert sun is cruel and most likely you will spend the majority of time chilling inside. That is why I find important your chosen place to be not only clean and well stocked with all the necessities, but also interesting, entertaining and yes, gorgeously decorated. Which all happen to be related to our Airbnb house. Full of light, strong AC (remember, it’s goes far over 95F in August!), amazingly styled, spacious and overall a pleasant place to stay. I was sold when I saw the so-called “Cowboy Pool”, that we’ve spent 80% of our time in sipping cold ciders, laughing and catching some Californian tan.

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2. Pack your vacation essentials. Think comfy clothes, sun protection (separate post on my Joshua Tree beauty essentials will be on the tomorrow!), hat, sunglasses, table games, book, laptop (only if you can’t get apart of your thing even for a day, like yours truly) and other weekend essentials you may have to make your desert discovery time more comfortable. Speaking of essentials, Kind & Good Santa Barbara blanket* is one of those things : soft, extra-snuggly and can easily accommodate two stargazing / sun bathing / chilling love birds. Not to mention it’s extra-trending banana leaf print, round shape and little tassels! Love at first Californian sight!

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3. Make memories. Living in the moment is great, but something tells me completely relying on my memory is not enough and photo diary is another essential vacation thing. Pack your camera, and don’t forget a polarizing filter (I repeat : the sun is harsh!). Joshua Tree proved to be a top location for editorial shootings, but so it is for an unforgettable family album : all that nature, plants and desert animals you can meet without go far away from your house! My animals-to-see plan was almost complete : huge lizards, desert iguana (I guess it’s the one pictured below), hawk, a whole family of ridiculously cute Gambel’s quails, ground squirrel and rabbits (I managed to catch one with my camera, but I forgot the filter in a hurry to chase the rabbit…). Joshua Trees, Mojave yuccas and all type of cactus are everywhere you look.

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4. Joshua Tree Park is a must. Do yourself a favor and under no circumstances DO NOT MISS  a ride through the Joshua Tree Park. The entrance fee is 20$ per car and the opportunity to visit lots of incredible places, watch sunset on the Keys View and enjoy the whimsical landscapes is all yours! We went there in the late afternoon as we hoped for a cooler weather. However we haven’t visited as much as we planned, it got dark really quick. Joshua Tree Park definitely left me with a plan to come back for more later in the Autumn.

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5. Stay hydrated. Probably, the most important tip! Drink water twice more than you usually do at home, and hydrate your skin properly (essential beauty tips for desert getaway survival coming tomorrow to the blog!).

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 That’s all for today, Desert Beauty Essentials post is coming tomorrow, make sure to stop by!

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