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November 28, 2014

Festive Fingertips: Seventeen Glitter and Tinsel Nail Effects

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OneLittleVice Beauty Blog: Seventeen Glitter and Tinsel Nail Effects polishes review
Left to right: Seventeen Glitter Effect in Gold*, Red* and Gold*, Seventeen Tinsel Nail Effect in Red* and Blue*

We're only days away from December and I'm getting ready… I'm breaking out the berry lipsticks, the darker smokey eye makeup and the glitter. It's all coming out and I'm getting seriously Christmas party ready. A month or so ago, I was lucky enough to win some of Seventeen's Glitter and Tinsel Nail polishes and I have to admit that every since then (in an homage to the upcoming festive period) I've been rocking a glitter topcoat. I've loved layering Seventeen's Glitter Nail Effect in Red over Nail Inc's St. James and I've also loved how Gold looks when layered over Ciate's polish in Dangerous Affair*. Next up in my rotation is going to be Seventeen's Tinsel Nail Effect in Red (which is actually very much pink…) and I'm going to layer over one of my pink Essie polishes. These topcoats from Seventeen aren't the best that I've ever come across but they're great for jazzing up "normal" nail colours and as they come in at £3.99 each they're not going to break the bank! 

Makeup Look: Wearable Metallics

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I had my first mince pie last week and it completely switched on my Christmas spirit - and it's having an effect on my make-up bag. I've been really enjoying playing around with metallics, which are actually tipped to be a big spring/summer beauty trend. That being said, I still want a finished look that's wearable so I've been finding easy and subtle ways to update my look. It would be really easy for you to get on board with this trend too, you'd just need to swap out one of your existing makeup products for something with a bit of frost to it.

My two lip picks for this trend are Catrice's Ultimate Shine Lipstick in Good Nudes which is a warm, incredibly frosty, bronzed-nude. It's surprisingly pretty and easy to wear and works really well layered over other lipsticks for a subtle-but-not-too-subtle nod to the metallic trend. Alternatively, a really subtle way to wear this trend is to don Ilia's Lip Conditioner in the shade These Days. It's a rich, warm, bronzed nude that has the slightest frost to it that helps it catch the light and really enhance your lips.

Picking a golden or bronze highlighter is another easy way to wear metallic shades. Topshop's Glow in Gleam is a very pretty bronze highlighter (an alternative is Revlon's Illuminator in Bare Light). If you want something more full on then I'd opt for Illamasqua's Liquid Metals, I have the shade Electrum which is a yellow-toned gold that really packs a punch. It's all about blending this into a really sheer wash of colour and pairing it with a bronzer that suits your skin tone. It does look "different" bit it doesn't look clownish. Alternatively, you can add a bit of Electrum over the top of a nude lipstick to add a golden hue to your look. 

Add some metallic highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes, and you could even sweep some across your eyelid for a sheer, reflective glow. I, personally, avoid metallic shadows for the daytime but I did see Eilish from Eyelash in Wonderland sporting Collection's Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner and although it's a glitter liner it looks very pretty without being over the top. It also lasts incredibly well - we're talk all day - which makes it low maintenance and easy to wear. 

November 27, 2014

Kiehls Creme de Corps: Worth the Hype?

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Recently I set out on a mission - a mission handed over to me by my dad - to find a seriously hydrating body moisturiser without too much of a scent that didn't leave skin feeling greasy. My dad suffers from incredibly dry skin and set out to find him some products that I thought he might get along with. I bought a small 125ml bottle of Kiehls Creme de Corps along with a couple of other moisturisers, but this one has really stood out. Creme de Corps ticks all the right boxes - it's deeply hydrating, doesn't have much of a scent and it sinks in quickly. My dad likes Creme de Corps so much that he's actually gone ahead and ordered one of the big 500ml bottles. Now, I'm not saying that this is the product that will cure all of my his skin troubles, but it is a great product to have to hand and I've certainly enjoyed trying it out. Having never tried anything from Kiehls before I now have the brand very firmly on my radar and my thinking goes as follows - is if this is how the body moisturiser performs then I cannot fathom how good the skincare products must be…

Have you tried anything from Kiehls before?

My First Space NK "Haul"

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One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Space NK haul

It had to happen eventually. I couldn't keep going into Space NK, asking a hundred questions, ogling everything and then leave empty handed… I just couldn't. Can you tell that I'm trying to justify this somewhat unnecessary purchase? 

I've seen so many beauty YouTubers use Nars Creamy Concealer in their videos and it just seems to erase their under eye circles. It's exactly this sort of vanishing act that I'm after! I've tried so many concealers that I like but I haven't found one that I love. I'm not sure if this is because my expectations are too high. But if YouTubers and celebrities can make their blemishes disappear on command then it must be possible for us mere mortals, surely? 

This is actually my first ever Nars purchase and, unlike I'd generally been led to believe, the shade "Vanilla" was in stock and all too available. My first impressions are positive but it's too soon to cast a final judgement, but I'm sure I'll be talking about it more soon.

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