Pictured: Aesop Hair Balm, Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation & A'kin Dry Shampoo
Oat Milk Foundation
In the shade Chai
Ere Perez is an Australian-based skincare and makeup label stocking high-quality vegan, natural & cruelty-free products. Their philosphy is to make every day "a good skin day". Their image is clean, sophisticated, relatable and admirable. Their minimal packaging is simple yet effective.
The foundation in question, their Oat Milk Foundation, has received wonderful praise throughout 2017 in particular and I can definitely see why. The formula is non-greasy, buildable, non-comedogenic and breathable as mentioned in the blurb on their website. It helps cover imperfections, smooth out texture issues and fine lines. It is not just for people with good skin, those with acne scars and pigmentation (such as myself) can still use this product and find a sense of natural confidence. Since using this foundation, my skin has been calmer, happier and smoother with each application. I do find I still get oily throughout the day, but it doesn't break apart or cake up my face at all, I just happen to look a little more glowy than usual.
This foundation will make you never want to use a non-natural formula again. I do hope they release more darker shades, however, as there could be more options for the lovely ladies (or men!) with deeper skin tones in this range. In saying this, their marketing is definitely inclusive of all women (again, or men!), unlike some brands that have recently been scrutinised for their offensive exclusion of a more diverse shade range. I have high hopes for their skincare and am looking forward to trying their papaya balm out.
Real full list of ingredients and instructions on their website here
Aesop Violet Leaf Hair Balm
As someone who has never really truly looked after her hair; dyeing it several times a year and refusing to indulge in expensive treatments, I probably shouldn't have been shocked at how unhealthy my locks became. After the last time I dyed it blonde, my hair began to actually fall out. In split decision, I chopped it all off (just above shoulder-length) and was immediately surprised at how incredibly healthy it looked (and how much I loved it short). It was then when I promised to really look after my hair, for the sake of my future self.
I picked up this hair balm as a daily treatment to use to protect my ends, and also to run through my strands whenever it was wet (I no longer blow it dry or use any heat). My verdict is that so far, I cannot live without it. It has thickened my hair, created healthier ends and is perfect to use for volume and styling. If you're looking for a multi-purpose product, give this a go!
For the ingredients and instructions, see their website here
A'kin Dry Shampoo
I mentioned in a post last year that my all time favourite dry shampoo was the Klorane Oat Milk Shampoo. While I do still love this one, I recently discovered A'kin, and don't think I will ever go back.
Not once have I used this and had issues with white casts, greasy or stiff hair. It helps me style and give my hair life while keeping also keeping it looking fresh and healthy.
Read more about it here
As always, all products mentioned are 100% vegan and cruelty free.