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December 21, 2014

New Additions: High End Makeup

One Little Vice UK Beauty Blog: High End Beauty Haul
One Little Vice UK Beauty Blog: High End Makeup Haul

I've been a very lucky girl this month and everything pictured in this post is the result of me winning two separate blog giveaways. I don't think I've ever seen so many "big name" brands together in one place… and all of these products are a first for me! This is my first Mac Eyeshadow Palette* (housing Satin Taupe, Brun, Star Violet and Nylon), my first Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow* (Giove), my first Kevin Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush* (Liquifuschia), my first Chanel Lipstick* and my first Bobbi Brown Gel Liner*. And as if this couldn't get any better, I actually also forgot to include a Laura Mercier Lipgloss* which is just beautiful too. Honestly, it isn't even Christmas and I've already been totally spoilt by the generosity of others. I haven't shared these in order to brag but as they will all be making appearances on my blog soon I wanted to make you aware that these aren't press samples that I've been sent for review, but that I haven't bought them with my own money either. So, with that in mind, if you'd like to see any reviews, swatches, comparisons, FOTDs, or anything like that, then do let me know. If I had bought any of these for myself then I'd have done copious research first, so I know how helpful honest and thorough reviews can be when it comes to deciding what's worth spending your money on! 

Have you added any luxury beauty bits into your routine recently? 

Looking for Dupes

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: looking for dupes

Ever found something that you really love but there's just that little something wrong with it… it's limited edition or discontinued or maybe contains an ingredient to which you're sensitive. Well, this is exactly my problem. I've got a couple of products in my collection that I absolutely adore but I need to find a dupe. 

First up is my Mac Cremesheen Lipgloss in the shade Colour Saturation. It's a beautiful product, I love the formula so much and the shade is just dreamy. It's that perfect berry tone that's effortless to wear but looks so damn good. Sadly, it was a limited edition shade and I now have to hunt down an alternative become mine is definitely past it's use by date.

Then we have my Vichy Dermablend Powder* which is hands down the best setting/mattifying powder I've found so far. It just holds my makeup in place for ages and does such a terrific job of keeping my oily t-zone matte. However, this is 100% talc - straight up, talcy goodness. Or, in my case, badness, because my skin doesn't get on with talc all too well. I've had to swap this out of my routine (I've replaced it with a mattifying balm) but I'd love to find a powder that's as  effective that doesn't contain talc.

Lastly, we have my Dainty Doll Powder Blush in Money Talks, the perrrrfect neutral blush that effortlessly works to sculpt and shape my face. I love the colour so much but once again talc is the main ingredient, and my skin just doesn't love this blush. I've only hung on to it for this long because I want to try and colour match a dupe. If anyone has any recommendations of where to look then please do let me know in the comments - I'm dying to find a replacement. 

Are there any dupes that you're looking for?

December 20, 2014

A Sneak Peek into Wild About Beauty's Party Collection

One Little Vice UK Beauty Blog: Wild About Beauty Party Makeup Reviews
One Little Vice UK Beauty Blog: Wild About Beauty Makeup Reviews

I was first introduced to Wild About Beauty by my October YouBeauty Box, in which I received one of their powder eyeshadows in the shade Eva. I've used that eyeshadow so much over the last couple of months (reaching for it over others because it's easy to blend and it's very long lasting) and I've become more and more interested in Wild About Beauty's extensive botanical beauty line which is full of easy to wear everyday shades as well as some more vibrant 'pops' of colour that I love incorporating into my evening makeup looks. I was very kindly sent three products from Wild About Beauty's Party Collection, which is full of products that are just perfect to wear to upcoming Christmas and New Year parties.

One Little Vice UK Beauty Blog: Wild About Beauty Party Makeup

available online for £21.00*
For anyone like myself whose skin is sensitive to talc, this Mattifying Balm is a wonderful alternative to traditional mattifying powders. I have combination skin and my t-zone can get really oily, and if I want my makeup to last then mattifying products are a must-have in my make-up bag. Wild About Beauty's Mattifying Balm is really easy to use; it comes with a flat, round sponge (that you could easily wash and/or replace when you felt it was getting unhygienic) which you press into the balm and then press onto the areas of your face that you would like to mattify. I typically apply it from my forehead, down my nose and across my chin and whilst it doesn't leave me looking as matte as when I reach for a powder it works really well at keeping my face from looking overly shiny. I think this is a great product to reach for if you want to look good in Christmas party photos as it will help you look glowing rather than greasy! Another real benefit of using this balm over a powder is that I feel more comfortable using this on-the-go as, unlike with a pressed powder, there's no risk of it shattering and, unlike a loose powder, there's no risk of it opening and making a mess in my bag. This makes touching up really easy, which is exactly what I'm looking for from this sort of product. And if you want another reason to give it a try, the you should know that it was actually shortlisted as a finalist in the 2013 CEW (UK) Beauty Awards in the 'Best New Makeup Product - Face' category. 

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Wild About Beauty Lipstick Cherrie Nutrilips Balm Hannah

available online for £14.00*, pictured in the image above on the left
This is a good'un, a sheer wash of hydrating colour that's enough to perk up your complexion but that's so hassle-free that you don't even need a mirror. I love it, and Hannah is just the perfect colour too. It's a very wearable deep pink/light berry with a glossy finish - and it's completely petroleum free. It's much thinner in consistency than similar products that I've tried (such as the RMS Lip Shines and the Lanolips Lip Ointments with Colour). This means that it doesn't intensely hydrate lips but I find that it is much easier to apply on-the-go which makes it perfect to pop in your handbag for touch-ups. It looks great worn alone (as pictured above on the left) but it also works well applied over lipsticks. The Nutrilips Balm is my favourite product out of the three I was sent and I've been wearing it a lot. If you also like the look of Hannah then scroll down to the bottom of this post for an exciting offer!

available online for £15.00*, pictured in the image above on the right
Cherrie is a bright, bright, red lipstick with just the tiniest touch of orange. It has a sheer but buildable formula that feels light on the lips and is easy to wear very lightly or as a vivid full-on red lip. It's a standout colour that will make people do a double-take and whenever I've worn it out of the house I've felt full of a confidence that only red lipstick gives me. My personal preference is for long-lasting, matte red shades as they're usually less effort to maintain. However, I've really enjoyed the boldness of Cherrie and the formula wasn't as tricky to wear as I thought it might be. I much preferred it to my Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Revlon Red, which is equally bold but I find it far too "slippy" to wear out of the house! Unlike that lipstick, Cherrie doesn't end up on my teeth every other minute and it didn't bleed beyond my lip line. For £15.00*, I think that it has a very nice, hydrating formula (full of mango butter and argan oil) and I'd love to try some of the everyday pink or nude shades, such as Maddy or Eve.

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Wild About Beauty Lipstick Cherrie Review
Left to right: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Revlon Red, Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 111, Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Lipstick in Cherrie*, MaxFactor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Ruby Red, Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Intense Lip Pencil in Red Essential.

All in all, I've been left very impressed by these products and I'm so glad to have stumbled across Wild About Beauty's makeup range. If you're interested in the brand or in the products I've featured then Wild About Beauty are currently running an offer where you can get a free Nutrilips Balm in Hannah with any purchase from their Party Collection. With over 20 products to choose between, with everything from eyeshadows to nail polishes, there may just be something there that you'll fall in love with!

December 19, 2014

Winter Updates from Roger & Gallet

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Roger & Gallet Floral Hand Cream Trio and Body Lotion

Roger & Gallet have consistently impressed me with their high quality products and gorgeous fragrances. Today I'm really pleased to be able to share some of their new (or newly repackaged) products with you! 

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Roger & Gallet Winter Updates

I was very kindly sent their Revitalising Fleur d'Osmanthus Body Lotion* and a Hand & Nail Cream Trio*. I haven't tried any of Roger & Gallet's Body Lotions before but I was really, really impressed by the Ultra Nourishing Oil so I've got high expectations for Fleur d'Osmanthus Body Lotion. I did, however, receive a similar trio last Christmas and I've been using the hand creams throughout the year - they have a light consistency, are easily absorbed and they smell incredible. I think this would make a wonderful gift - and you could even split the hand creams up, giving one out to three different friends. I'm nearly coming to the end of my beloved Roger & Gallet Ultra Nourishing Oil in Fleur de Figuier* so I'm happy to now have a Fleur de Figuier Hand Cream as it's my favourite Roger & Gallet scent! That's definitely the one that you might consider keeping for yourself…

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