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April 21, 2015

Drugstore Beauty: Superdrug Makeup Haul

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On the whole, I'm definitely becoming more and more of a fan of high-end, luxury makeup but I'll be the first to admit that there are some wonderful brands and products available on the hightstreet. As you might be able to guess, I'm a big lover of reading beauty blogs and the majority of products that I go out and buy are recommendations from other bloggers. So, when I popped into Superdrug recently I already had quite a few makeup items on my wishlist. I didn't buy everything I wanted - a couple of things were annoyingly out of stock - but I found almost everything that I was looking for.

one little vice uk beauty blog: drugstore tinted brow gel
One little vice uk beauty blog: drugstore bronzer brush

I made the most of Superdrug's 3 for 2 offer and as you can see from my photos I picked up six items from a variety of brands. In case you're interested in exactly what I bought - or want to know how much each product costs - I've listed them all with links below.

MaxFactor False Lash Effect Marie Curie Mascara
available online from Superdrug for £7.99

available online from Superdrug for £7.99

available online from Superdrug for £7.99

available from Superdrug for £4.99

available online for £5.00

available online for £4.99

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I can't wait to start using all of these new beauty bits! Let me know in a comment if you've tried any of these products - or if you'd be interested in seeing reviews.

April 20, 2015

FOTD: Trying New Things #3

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If you're anything like me then you'll love to experiment with new makeup. Each month I get the opportunity to try quite a lot of new makeup and it's always really fun to choose some of my favourite new discoveries to share with you. So today I've gathered together four new makeup products that I've been trying out this month and shared my thoughts on each of them. 

one little vice uk beauty blog: natural undereye concealer tone corrector

I'm always looking for natural beauty products that I can swap into my everyday makeup routine. Docteur Rendaud's Apricot BB Eyes is a colour correcting product that helps disguise the appearance of undereye circles. It only comes in one "universal" shade which is a light, slightly peachy-pink shade. It has a very thick consistency that makes it a little bit difficult to blend if you draw it straight onto your undereye area. I prefer to draw some on one of my fingers, rub two of my fingers together to warm up the product and then I pat it onto my skin. I find that the heat from my fingers really helps to make the product more blendable. It does a good job of colour correcting and really changes the appearance of my under eyes, but it isn't a straight up concealer so I'd definitely couple this with a light concealer for maximum coverage. However, if you have very dark, blue or purple toned bags under your eyes then this will definitely make a noticeable improvement. Docteur Renaud's BB Eye Cream isn't available online, but can be ordered from Skin Evolution by calling this number01452 864574

one little vice beauty blog: affordable high quality brow pencil

I started using Glo & Ray's Eyebrow Pencil in the shade Terra Brown earlier this month and it has pretty much been love at first application. It marries together so many good qualities - the product itself is really pigmented but when you apply it gently it creates really natural looking hair-like strokes. Once you've applied it, the product sets down and then doesn't budge throughout the day. For the price I really don't think you could find a better brow pencil!

one little vice beauty blog: high coverage mineral foundation talc free

This pressed powder from Claudia Louch is one of those products that I didn't know I needed but now I've tried it I just couldn't go back! It's a talc-free powder that's pigmented enough that you can actually use it as a mineral foundation. The powder is incredibly finely milled and just glides onto the skin leaving behind a matte base. It doesn't give very high coverage, but it does create a more even and smooth canvas upon which you can apply other products. Personally, I'm not a massive fan of mineral foundations so I like using this powder to add extra coverage to specific areas of my face. It works really well to set your undereye concealer and add a little bit of brightening coverage. I also like using it across my t-zone as it not only mattifies but also helps to blur the appearance of my pores and imperfections. It's definitely an expensive investment, but if you're a fan of powder foundations or are looking for a really high-quality talc-free powder then this is definitely a good option to consider.

one little vice beauty blog: luxury cream blush

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink* | rrp £17.50

I featured Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge in Pale Pink in a post earlier this month but I promised that I'd show what it looks like when used on my lips. As you can see in my photos below, it's a really pretty and wearable everyday shade and because the formula is so creamy it works really well on the lips. It doesn't last for ages and ages but because there's a big mirror inside the lid it's really easy to reapply - and it doubles up as a handy compact mirror.

What new makeup have you tried this month?

April 19, 2015

International Giveaway: L'Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks

Today's an exciting day because I've got an International Beauty Giveaway to share with you. I've picked a selection of shades L'Oreal's new Color Riche Lipsticks in a range of shades that I hope will suit anyone who wins. I'll be giving away seven L'Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks to one lucky winner, so whoever wins will have a new lipstick for every day of the week!

The shades I'll be giving away are:
(pictured left to right in all my photos)
Androgyne (130)
Flamingo Elegance (136)
VIP (228)
16 Place Vendome (364)
Fuchsia Declaration (431)
Erotique (640)
Oud Obsession (703)

There will also be a second prize which I will be giving away on my twitter page - this is also an international competition. All you have to do to enter the compeition (which will run for the same duration as the rafflecopter competition below) is to invent your own unique, new lipstick name and tweet it to me at @OneLittleVice with the hashtags #NameMyLipstick and #Bbloggers- for example "I'd #NameMyLipstick {enter your unique, new lipstick name} @OneLittleVice #bbloggers". I'd also really like it if you could tell why you chose your final lipstick name. I'm looking for witty or elegant names - but I'm especially looking for memorable ones!

I'll be sharing some of my favourite entries and I'll pick a final winner once the competition closes. This person will win a brand new makeup bag containing some secret beauty treats, including at least one Color Riche Lipstick.

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is follow the instructions in the rafflecopter form below.

April 18, 2015

Inika Certified Organic Brow Pencil in Brunette Beauty

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I'm a big fan of Inika's Certified Organic Makeup Range - it's extensive, very well priced and quite accessible. I found Inika's Organic Brow Pencil in the shade Brunette Beauty* on MyPure - a website specialising in natural and cruelty free beauty products that's very highly rated by it's users. I've been testing Inika's Brow Pencil out since the beginning of the month and today I'm going to be sharing my thoughts with you.

one little vice uk beauty blog: organic cruelty free eyebrow pencil
one litle vice uk beauty blog: organic eyebrow pencil brunettes

The formula of Inika's Brow Pencil in Brunette Beauty* is very good for doing your eyebrows as it's dry without being too scratchy, imparting a good amount of colour as and where you might want it. I found it easy to use, and the built in sharpener in its lid makes it incredibly easy to keep sharp - it's a wonderful addition to its design.

However, in terms of colour you can see clearly in my swatches above that Brunette Beauty is far too warm toned for my eyebrows. As you might expect, when I fill in my eyebrows I have to fill in sparser areas where the hair is thinner or less prominent. When I do this with Brunette Beauty you can clearly see the difference in colour between my natural eyebrow colour and the pencil. This is a real shame for me as I do love the formula and design of Inika's Brow Pencil, however, if you have warm toned hair then this wouldn't be an issue.

Overall, I'm impressed with the quality of Inika's Brow Pencil in Brunette Beauty* but the shade just isn't right for me. Inika offer their Brow Pencil in just two shades - Brunette Beauty and Blonde Bombshell - and neither seem like good colour matches. If Inika ever extend their shade range then I would jump at the opportunity to find a better colour for my brows! You can find Inika's Brow Pencils in Brunette Beauty and Blonde Bombshell on MyPure for £13.50*.

Have you tried anything from Inika before? 
What eyebrow products do you use?

April 17, 2015

L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Cliché Mania (229)

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drugstore matte orange toned red: one little vice uk beauty blog

I've wanted a hot, orange-toned red lipstick for absolutely ages, and L'Oreal's Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Cliché Mania is everything I've been waiting for. As a shade, it's got that bright, summertime sizzle that just screams hot-weather and sunshine. And as soon as I apply it I feel bolder - it's the age old red lipstick effect!

As a formula, L'Oreal's Color Riche Matte Lipsticks are really lovely drugstore mattes. They're not drying like some of my other matte red lipsticks can be and this is probably because they still have quite a creamy formula. They glide onto the lips straight from the bullet with ease, and its surprisingly simple to achieve a neat application without a lip liner or lip brush. They feel incredibly comfortable once they're applied, and they tend not to budge for quite a long time unless you're eating or drinking. I did find that once I started to drink or eat the lipstick faded unevenly, slowly disappearing from the centre of my lips before needing a touch up. 

Overall, I think they L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipsticks are fantastic - definitely a new drugstore favourite formula - but they're not necessarily going to knock some of my higher end favourite formulas off their pedestals. That being said, Cliché Mania is a really gorgeous colour and I definitely prefer the shade to some of the high-end reds I have in my collection. I know it will get a lot of love this spring and summer!

one little vice beauty blog: orange toned matte red drugstore lipstick

If you'd like to win L'Oreal's Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Cliché Mania for yourself then head on over to my twitter page where I'm giving away a brand new lipstick for one of you lovely lot to win - all you have to do is follow me on twitter if you aren't already and RT my giveaway tweet. Good luck if you decide to enter - the competition will close tomorrow, April 18th, at midday.

Have you tried any of L'Oreal's Color Riche Matte Lipsticks? What's your favourite red lipstick?

April 16, 2015

My Time at the #SLBloggerBash

one little vice uk beauty blog: bon prix, tuscony now at blogger event

Scarlett London and Search Laboratory teamed up and invited roughly one-hundred bloggers to get together and mingle at a blogging event in the heart of London. Fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers all convegerd at the venue just off Tottenham Court Road where they were introduced to many of the brands managed by Search Laboratories, including; Bon Prix, Quiz Clothing, Tuscany Now, Wynsors Shoes, Sweet Pizzas and Modern Rugs. I headed there solo but was soon met with many familiar faces off my twitter and Bloglovin feeds. I also had the opportunity to meet many new people that I wasn't already following on social media. The event lasted for three hours and there was a consistent buzz in the air as people chatted amongst themselves, took photos and learnt about all the brands from their representatives. 

one little vice uk beauty blog: wynsors shoes, urban outfitters and sweet pizza

Scarlett never disappoints when it comes to hosted blogger events and it was so lovely that Search Laboratory put the event together. The venue was a very good choice and all the brands in attendance had incredibly friendly and helpful representatives to introduce themselves. There were also some really fun giveaways running throughout the day, including a game of boules, twitter raffles and an instagram competition run by Urban Outfitters. The prizes - and goody bags - were all incredibly generous and I ended up taking home quite a few new products to try out. I owe a very big thank you to everyone involved with organising the event as I had a wonderful afternoon. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the products that I was very kindly gifted and now that I'm following all the brands across their social media I'll be able to keep you all up to date with any exciting updates.

Thanks again to Search Laboratory and Scarlett London for hosting the event! Have you been to any blogger events or meet ups recently? Are there any more coming up in London that I should keep my eyes peeled for?

April 15, 2015

Vidal Sassoon's Infra Radiance Hair Dryer Review

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A couple of months ago my old hairdryer went caput and I was left without one for just over a month.  I found it quite hard to pick a new one as there as so many to choose between and I wanted to make sure I invested my money in something that would last longer than my last one! After seeing the quality of Vidal Sassoon's Infra Radiance Curlers* first hand, I decided that I'd pick up Vidal Sassoon's Infra Radiance Hair Dryer. I really trust Vidal Sassoon as a brand so I was more than happy to invest in one of their hair styling products - and I'm really happy to report that I haven't been let down!

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one little vice uk beauty blog: boots hairdryer review

First off, I'd just like to say how aesthetically appealing this hair dryer is! I bought mine online from Boots and was really happy when it arrived. It's incredibly easy to use and considering how sturdy it feels it's actually incredibly lightweight. The buttons are all very well placed too, so you won't accidentally blast cool air or change the heat setting half way through your blowdry.

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Vidal Sassoon's Infra Radiance Hair Dryer comes with two attachements - a diffuser (for achieving defined curls) and a cocnentrator (for achieving smooth straight hair). You can also the dryer without either of the attachments for a quicker, rougher blow dry, which is perfect when you're in a rush or when you want to add some volume to your hair. Personally, I prefer to use the Concentrator attachment and I blow dry my hair on the lowest heat setting to reduce heat damage. I find that even on a lower heat setting than I'm used to my hair is dry quickly and it looks unbelievably smooth and shiny. I've actually had compliments on how shiny it's been looking recently and I definitely think that Vidal Sassoon's Infra Radiance technology is to thank for this.

The Infra Radiance Technology is supposed to help deliver hear more evenly across the hair, reducing frizz and speeding up drying whilst maintaining the natural moistuire balance of your hair. I definitely think that there's something to this as it leaves my hair looking infintiely more "done" than my last hair dryer ever did, and my hair dries more quickly despite using a lower heat. In short, I'm a total Infra Radiance Convert. I really love this hair dryer and I think it was a fabulous investment! I bought mine on offer at Boots for £29.99 but it's full retail price is £49.99 - but if you keep your eyes peeled you can often find it at the lower discounted price.

Have you tried any of Vidal Sassoon's Infra Radiance range?
What hair dryer do you use?

April 14, 2015

Before, During and After: A New Shower Routine

one little vice uk beauty blog: luxury shower routine

I had a pretty big shakeup this month and decided to try out a whole new shower routine - I do partly do this so that I can review products to share with you, but secretly I just love trying new things! I've got my first ever Clarins product making an appearance but I wouldn't necessarily be surprised if you hadn't heard of the other brands. I just hope you enjoy hearing how I got along with everything!

one little vice beauty blog: customisable haircare and cruelty free body wash

I recieved this shampoo at a Hot Hair event that I went to recently and love the concept behind it  - you pick your base and then add in two "serums" to customise the shampoo to your hair. You can add colour protection - for blondes, brunettes or redheads - or other serums with moisturising, straightening, volumising, curling or scalp soothing properties. I recieved my shampoo in a goodybag and it came with the volumising and moisturising serum shots, which you add to the ShampYou base yourself. I do think that my hair has been in better condition this month and that the Concoction ShamYou has been a better fit for my hair than my previous shampoo. Despite containing SLS, I've found that it does feel more hydrating and smoothing than I'd expected without ever leaving my hair feeling weighed down. Overall, I am pretty impressed although I do think that the price is a little bit steep and the packaging definitely doesn't look luxurious enough for the price point. However, if you're interested in customisable haircare that's full of essential oils and silk amino proteins (which deeply moisturise hair) then you might enjoy trying something new - I know I certainly have.

Lovea Guava Body Wash | rrp £3.35

I've wanted to try one of Lovea's body washes for a really long time. I always see them on MyPure and LoveLula and they seemed like fantastic affordable cruelty-free options. I recieved mine in a beauty box so I didn't choose the scent and sadly Guava just isn't my jam. However, I have really loved the consistency - it lathers beautifully and a little goes a long way meaning that these generous 400ml bottles will last for ages. I'd definitely repurchase it in a different scent.

luxury body exfoliation at home: one little vice uk beauty blog

I've had this body scrub in my collection for a while now and I thought it was about time I gave it a try. Initially, I was excited by the sound of the "oriental" scent it's alluring promise of velvety smooth skin. However, I really dont' like how it smells! It's a very heavy, musky scent that just doesn't really fit well with my typical early morning showers. Additionally, the scrub itself is formed of quite rough exfoliating particles in a slightly unsatisfyingly wishy-washy base. I find that when it's scrubby, it's too-scrubby and when it's not too-scrubby it just isn't scrubby enough - to me, it just never manages to reach a Goldilocks level of exfoliaiton. Whilst it isn't an entirely bad bodycare product by any means, and I've certainly tried worse body scrubs, it is an expensive product and I'd personally have been incredibly disappointed if I'd bought it with my own money. 

This is where Clarins' Body Scrub comes in - it is the complete opposite of the Yves Rocher scrub. You apply Clarins' Exfoliating Body Scrub onto dry skin and gently buff the incredibly fine exfoliating particles into your skin before washing it away in the shower. I like to use this on areas of my body that are typically sensitive or feature skin that is quite thin, such as my decollatage and breasts, as well as my upper arms which often react to rough scrubs. In short, it was an absolutely beautiful exfoliating scrub and reminded me of the moment when I discovered facial microdermabrasion. Exfoliation, whether it's on your face or your body, really doesn't ever have to be rough - there are products out there for every area of your body which will leave you baby soft without damaging or irritating your skin. I realised that Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub is probably the best body scrub that I've ever had the pleasure of trying and it's sort of revolutionised my conception of body exfoliation. I know it's expensive but it's a lovely, lovely product and I'm all for investing in your skin - and your body is no exception.

one little vice uk beauty blog: mio firming bodycare from john lewis

I hadn't heard of Mio before recieving these two bodycare samples but I have to say that this brand has completely blindsided me. I had no real expectations - partly due to the fact that I initially found the packaging really unimpressive - but once I started using both products I soon realised that they're incredible moisturisers. I've never really bought into "firming" bodycare but Mio's Firming Active Body Oil and Firming Active Body Butter make a noticeable difference to the way my skin feels and I really do believe that they'd do wonders for the look of my skin in the long-term. The Firming Active Body Oil absorbed so quickly that I found myself looking forward to applying it - there was absolutely no time wasted and my skin felt wonderfully hydrated for days after use. Occasionally, I would follow up with the Firming Active Body Butter and my skin couldn't have been softer. Together they're incredible, especially for very dry skin. However, if you don't have dry skin then the Firming Active Body Butter might not completely absorb, leaving you feeling a tad greasy. You only really need to use one at a time for incredible results. Despite normally preferring body oils to butters, I do prefer the body butter as the results were better and more long lasting. These are another expensive discovery, but they'd be absolutely fabulous for anyone embarking on a weightloss (or weightgain) journey who's keen to keep their skin hydrated and firm, or equally for those with dry or mature skin. 

What products are part of your shower routine?

April 13, 2015

Alva Organic Baked Rouge Blusher in Shiny Rose Review

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one little vice beauty blog: talc free powder blush

Generally I steer clear of powder beauty products because (as often as I can) I like to avoid using talc on my skin and many powders - even from luxury and high end brands - contain talc. However, recently I was browsing on MyPure - a natural beauty website that let me choose beauty products to review each month - when I spotted  Alva's Baked Rouge Powder Blushers*, a range of talc free blushers from a natural beauty brand that I hadn't yet had the opportunity to try. For the last couple of weeks I've been trying out the shade Shiny Rose* and today I thought I'd let you know how I've been getting on with it. 

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onelittlevice uk beauty blog: talc free powder blusher

First off, I'd like to point out that Alva's Baked Rouge Powder Blusher in Shiny Rose* isn't all that "rosy" in colour - it's actually much more of a burnt orange with a deep, warm hue. If you don't mind that the name is a little bit misleading then the product itself is actually really nice. It's an incredibly pigmented blush so a little bit goes a very long way - I prefer to apply it to my cheeks using a small, sparse brush that gently dusts the colour onto my cheeks before blending out the edges with a buffing brush. In the photo above you can see what sort of finished look this gives. Shiny Rose gives gives natural-looking (albeit quite deep) flush of colour that I think really helps to lift and shape my face. 

Once applied, I find that Alva's Baked Rouge Powder Blush has very good lasting power and sticks around throughout even a long day. It doesn't settle into the open pores on my cheeks, and the matte formula really does blend well giving quite a natural finish. The only slight disappointment one might have is with the packaging, as the cardboard and elasticated seal aren't the most aesthetically pleasing. However, if all you're looking for is functional, skin-friendly makeup then Alva really does deliver. I'm very happy to have another talc-free blush in my collection, especially with the summer approaching where long-lasting makeup is a must!

You can find Alva's Baked Rouge Powder Blushers* on MyPure for £14.35*.