Finding a perfect, foundation isn’t easy even with conventional brands. Often times foundations don’t look natural, or oxidize and you end up with too dark shade, or they look cakey, or show dry skin patches, or make your skin looking greasy… or all at once! Sounds familiar? Recently I tried Ere Perez Oat Foundation in shade latte and I think it is close to perfection.
This 100% vegan foundation is creamy, but not greasy. Latte – very light porcelain shade matches my light skin with neutral undertones perfectly. It actually looked so light when I put it on my hand, that I was afraid for a moment that it will be too light for me. However, as soon as I put it on my skin it looked perfect. Although I think it may be too light for most of the people, especially in the summer. It comes in 6 shades:
LATTE – light, porcelain skin
HONEY – light skin
CHAI – light to medium skin
CARAMEL – golden, warm skin
BREW – medium to deep skin
MOCHA – deep skin
The problem here is with undertones, I haven’t found any descriptions on the web. I had to reach out to Ere Perez brand to ask specifically if latte will work for neutral undertone skin.
This product gives a very natural, dewy finish, providing medium coverage, but you can build it up to full (I haven’t tried it though, I don’t need full coverage). If you prefer more matte finish, you can set it with any translucent setting powder. I didn’t, since I love the glowing skin effect.
Very small amount is enough for my whole face. Foundation is hydrating and long lasting – all day with no touch ups, however I could matte my T-zone a little bit. I have dry combination skin. What is also a great thing, it doesn’t clog the pores at all! I was surprised, because that usually happens to me with any foundation, even clean, and I needed to use face scrub every night to get rid off excess of sebum. Ere perez oat foundation definitely doesn’t clog pores, so it is safe to say it will work for acne prone skins.
I love everything about this foundation: from minimalistic packaging to the product quality and performance. I think it is a very luxurious product in a simple, modern packaging and with affordable price tag. The only down side I see is the fact that there are only 2 light shades and one is for neutral/cool complexion and the other seems to work better for warm, which means if the lightest shade is gonna be too light for me (let’s say in the summer) I have no option to find a perfect match, since honey shade will be too warm. Also, it would be perfect if it had UV protection. All in all, I’d give it 5 of 5 stars for the performance and beautiful, natural and dewy finish. Now I’m super curious about their other products, can’t wait to try more!
Have you tried Ere Perez brand?
I can feel it in the air – holidays approaching. Regardless of weather you celebrate holidays or not, gifts are something everybody loves. Isn’t it pleasant to give someone present and receive a big smile in exchange? I love it even with no special occasion. I love to share organic cosmetics with my friends and family. If they like it they may switch to cleaner self care routine, wouldn’t that be great? My favorite clean beauty gift ideas below.
This amazing and truly natural brand offers really amazing gift sets. One of my favorite is this one with eye liner, mascara, lipstick and powder foundation. For a very reasonable price 49.99$ you can try all of theirs bestsellers. I personally am addicted of their lipsticks, they are creamy and available in beautiful shades and eye liners that are easy to apply and super long lasting. Now, if you use code CLEAN10 you will get anything 10% off. Enjoy!
Zoya is one of my favorite nail polish brands. Their color range is huge and just amazing, Nail polish does not chip and looks beautiful for even 2 weeks. Most importantly, company removed from the products toxic ingredients. Here you can get some full sized nail polishes as a gift set, in a better price than regular (10$ per one).
Zuzu Luxe is one of the Gabriel’s (founder and CEO) natural brands: Gabriel cosmetics, Zuzu Luxe, Clean Kids Naturally. I love their products, my favorite is oil free foundation, and right now they offer a bunch of amazing gift sets, everything from skincare to makeup, for men and women. Check out these amazing products!
Choosing makeup as a gift for someone might be risky – some people prefer to buy makeup on their own since they know their best color shades (like for example me…;)). Zion Health – natural brand from California, offers not only great deodorants with no aluminum, but also skincare gift sets that I love! Check out their Happiness SPA Kit (love face mask there!) and Relaxation Gift Set. Who would not like to get some more relax?
Let me know what are your favorite holiday organic deals in the comments below.
‘A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear’ – I can’t agree more with this. I’ve always been aware how important the oral care is, in fact as a little girl I never skipped dentist visits and I brushed my teeth regularly. Later on as an adult I even bought myself an electric toothbrush, however my gums were too sensitive – they started bleeding and I had to go back to the traditional brushing routine, using soft bristles toothbrush.
After few years, I’ve invested in Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Brush and this really changed my idea of clean teeth. They became visibly cleaner, smoother and my gums weren’t bleeding! Unfortunately, this was not a cheap thing (over 200$ for toothbrush!) and also, replacement heads are not very durable – they last 1-2 months and they are pretty expensive (26$ for 2).
Smile Brilliant CariPro – first impressions
When I got CariPro in my hands, I thought it looked very similar to Sonicare Diamond Clean from Philips. But there are some differences.
How to use ultrasonic toothbrush?
Ultrasonic brushes are very different from traditional brushes. An ultrasonic toothbrush usesa very high frequency of vibration, which is referred to as ultrasound to remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth. In fact, you do not need to use so much physical motion as you do with traditional brush. How do I know it? Well, I’ve used Sonicare Diamond Clean, but I had to youtube how, because they did not attach the proper explanation. CariPro explains everything very well and provides pictures how to use their toothbrush.
Too long or too short?
There is a common opinion that you should brush teeth from 2 to 3 minutes. But how do you do that, do you set timer? I don’t think so. CariPro has a great built in system with brief pauses between each 30 second burst. That way, you know exactly when to move to a different quadrant of the mouth. Isn’t it great? I haven’t had it in any toothbrush before.
1 brush 5 options
Yes! You’ve read it right. CariPro toothbrush has five different option of brushing your teeth, from simply cleaning, to whitening, massage, gum care and sensitive mode. I think all of them are useful, I particularly like whitening and gum care mode ❤
Which brush is mine?
When you buy something new, people in your household also want to try it. In my case it is my husband. And that’s great, but… here is the thing – Philips Sonicare heads look totally the same and it makes it super easy to me to use his brush by accident (oops, sorry hun). Which maybe is not a tragedy if it happens once, but still, I would like to use only mine toothbrush, don’t you? And here we go: CariPro comes with 2 different electric toothbrush heads colors (bottom part) blue and grey, which makes life easier! It may seem like little thing, but in my opinion it is very convenient. Also, CariPro has added tongue scraper which really is the game changer.
It is obvious the ultrasonic toothbrush has to fit the battery in it. Even though both Philips and CariPro charge easily (CariPro is suppose to last up to 30 days without charging, I used it for 2 weeks and it still works so far), Philips feels much heavier in hand. It happened to me that brush slide out of my hand… so I appreciate lightweight CariPro with matte, waterproof finish, because it is not slippery at all.
There is one more thing worth noticing: the prices. Sonicare Diamond Clean with 5 modes, one case and one head costs 199.99$. And you can buy more replacement heads for 2 for 26$. CariPro with 5 modes, 2 heads costs 119$, and replacement heads you can get for 13$ for 2. You can do the math…
To sum up, I love both toothbrushes: Philips Sonicare Diamond clean cleans teeth very well, also it has modern, very pretty designs and colors as well as plenty of convenient add ons as case or glass charger, however prices are also higher. I think it depends on what you really need, but CariPro as a cheaper version of Diamond Clean does really good job and it… kind of stole my smile! 😉
Want to give it a try?
I have a great news for you. You can win your own CariPro here.
If you do not want to wait, I have a 20% discount for you now. Go to smilebrilliant.com and use cleanbeauty20 at the checkout 🙂
Hope you’ll like your new purchase, let me know in the comments! Remember that there is nothing better to wear than a beautiful smile.
CariPro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush, that I was able to test for this review purposes thank to Smile Brilliant.
Evolve Beauty is a range of handmade, award winning beauty products that are vegan, cruelty free and eco friendly. All cosmetics are made from the most effective, natural and organic food based ingredients. If you think that sounds good, read the whole review to find out more about this amazing brand originally from England.
Evolve sent me three products to try:
Hyaluronic Serum 200 (40$)
Pure, clear serum for normal to dry skin that contains 200mg hyaluronic acid. It hydrates skin from within and plump up fine lines and wrinkles. It also has organic pomegranate extract in it, that softens and protects skin. Serum is very delicately fragranced with organic rosewater, however I cannot smell anything, which is a good thing since I do not like scented facial serums.
Ingredients – 98-100% organic
aqua (water), rosa damascena (rose) water*, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract*, glycerin, amorphophallus konjac root powder, sodium hyaluronate, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, sodium dehydroacetate. *ingredients from organic farming
Even though it is hyaluronic acid, this serum feels really lightweight after applying. One pump is enough for face and neck! I am surprised with the consistency which feels more like gel than water – which is great because it is easier to apply the product without loosing part of it in your sink or the floor… which used to happen to me with more watery serums. I love to use this serum every night after I was my face with gentle cleansing melt, about which you can read bellow.
Gentle cleansing melt (26$)
Very luxurious cleansing balm that contains one of the most expensive and effective, nourishing organic baobab oil. Baobab oil soothes and hydrates while cleansing your skin from impurities and makeup.
(sweet almond) seed oil*, sucrose laurate, adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit water*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract*, rosa damascena flower oil*, tocopherol. *ingredients from organic farming
This melt feels just unbelievable. I mean, usually when I wash my face, I feel like it is dry or dehydrated right away. What is magical about this product – combined with water it turns from gel/oil to creamy cleansing texture, because it has natural sugar extracts in it. It leaves skin clean and very hydrated!
Daily Renew Face Cream (32$)
Moisturizer for normal to dry skin with a blend of pure organic oils. It has argan oil and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
butter)*, coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin*, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, glyceryl stearate, parfum (natural fragrance), punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, cetearyl glucoside, sodium stearoyl lactylate, tocopherol, lactic acid, dehydroacetic acid, xanthan gum, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate. *ingredients from organic farming
I am very peaky when it comes to moisturizers and creams, since my skin is acne prone, it is mostly hot in Texas, and I tend to have my pores clogged and face shiny if I use to heavy formulated cream. When I read that it has organ oil, I was a little worries it may be too heavy for me. How little did I know! This cream is probably the best cream I’ve ever tried. Not saying this, because I got paid (I did not), but truly, if you have blemishes prone complexion, you’ll love this product. It hydrates without pore clogging, it does not leave thick film on skin, and… it smells so delicate yet amazing (vanilla & coconut natural fragrance). I highly recommend this cream.
To sum up, all Evolve Organic Beauty products I have tried are great. Their are pretty pricey, but definitely worth the price for such high quality. If you wish to try some, go to credo beauty and treat yourself, you won’t regret it.
I am excited to introduce skincare products that are all natural and effective. Transderma is using the most potent ingredients available on the market. They care about quality & performance while making safe cosmetics. The product range is deliberately very limited – this is because the brand focuses on exceptionally pure, scientifically advanced vitamin skin care serums for women and men.
What is serum?
In general, serums are considered as more effective since they contain a high concentration of active ingredients, which distinct them from creams and lotions. They also feel more lightweight, offer you more targeted results as well as customization options. The last one is my recent favorite – Transderma serums mix great together!
5 serums – 5 different skin needs
The offer of the brand is limited – but it has its purpose. Transderma focuses on safe, pure formulations that help your skin to look amazing almost right away!
1. Transderma C
VITAMIN SERUM, REJUVENATING – FIRMING
Revolutionary system for improved absorption of natural vitamin C
Helps boost collagen and elastin regeneration to give skin a firmer, smoother appearance
Protects against free radical and UV damage
Helps repair sun damaged skin
2. Transderma A
VITAMIN SERUM, SMOOTHING RETINOL – NIGHT SERUM
Regenerative retinol and vitamin E night serum formulated for superior absorption
Helps stimulate skin cell renewal and exfoliation
Helps maintain the integrity of the skin
Reduces appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars
3. Transderma R
RESVERATROL SERUM LUMINOUS EVEN TONE – EVEN OUT
Reduces pigmentation for even-toned, spotless skin
Has a soothing effect on the skin
Revolutionary vitamin C base formulated for improved stability and absorption protects against free radical and UV damage while helping boost collagen and elastin generation
4. Transderma M
MOISTURIZING SERUM HYDRATING REPAIR – INTENSE
Restores moisture balance to dry, stressed, or mature skin
Repairs the skin’s protective lipid barrier
Improves skin’s smoothness and softness
Rejuvenates and soothes dull, rough, tired skin
Reduces the appearance of dryness and fine lines
5. Transderma O
OPTIMAL BOOSTER SERUM CELLULAR REVIVAL – ENERGIZING
Energizes and helps regulate skin renewal and moisture balancing
Helps to normalizes the production and turnover of epidermal tissue
Promotes cellular longevity and vitality
Revitalizes, smooths, and firms skin
As you can see, everyone will find product that suits their skin concern. My personal favorites so far are Transderma C – it makes my skin look smoother and protects it from UV. I use this one for the day under my makeup – which makes its application even easier. For the night I choose something more intense like Transderma M which restores my dry skin while I sleep. It feels a bit heavier/richer when applying, but my skin absorbs it after 30 seconds (yes, it is really dry), and I do not feel product heaviness anymore.