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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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*.

April 12, 2015

Fragrance Direct Beauty Haul

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Once upon a time Fragrance Direct was a place where I only really went to bulk buy discounted Essie nail polishes. Although Essie polishes are still available online for just £2.49, Fragrance Direct has really grown and changed as a beauty shopping destination since I first started shopping there - and it's now about so much more than nail polish.

This revelation happened quite recently when Fragrance Direct got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to pick a couple of products from their website to try out. I went onto the site and started seriously browsing and what I realised was that Fragrance Direct now stock some pretty heavy hitters in the beauty world, everything from Mac Lipsticks to Kerastase (one of my favourite haircare brands). Although everything on the website still comes at a discounted price - because discounted prices are still Fragrance Direct's forté - you can now find everything from your affordable nail polishes and high street branded makeup to the much coveted high-end beauty brands. 

I decided to take advantage of Fragrance Direct's kind offer in order to try out a couple of products from Bobbi Brown - a brand I haven't tried before, and which Fragrance Direct stock at a discounted price of approximately 10-15%. It might not seem like a lot but it's a couple of pounds of saving that you can spend picking up a new Opi or Orly Nail Polish.

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one little vice beauty blog: bobbi brown beauty haul

available from Fragrance Direct for £17.00*

I'd describe Bobbi Brown's Pink Brownie as a dark, brown-toned pink. It's definitely got a bit of a dark and mature vibe compared to the paler, pink nudes that I usually opt for, but it's actually surprisingly easy to wear. I love how this lipstick looks with very, very minimal eyemakeup and a sheer foundation. When I wear it like this my lips become the main focus of my makeup despite still looking very natural - it's a great, sophisticated lipstick option for anyone who's a bit nervous about wearing bright lip colours. The lipstick applies really easily because it has quite a creamy formula and the slightly exaggerated curve at the top of the lipstick bullet fits my lips really well. On the lips it has a cross between a creamsheen and a satin finish (creamy and slightly glossy but that feels just slightly matte). I think it's a wonderful formula and I love, love, love the packaging! It's a very classic bullet design that really reminds me of Chanel's packaging, it's a lovely one to whip out of your handbag for touch ups. Overall, I think that the quality of the product and packging definitely justifies the price - especially if you can find a colour that you really like, and Fragrance Direct stock quite a few very wearable shades.

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one little vice uk beauty blog: discounted bobbi brown makeup review

available online from Fragrance Direct for £17.50*

Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge in Powder Pink doesn't look that pink in the pan, but when it's swatched on the back of my hand you can see that it sheers out into a gorgeous sheen-y pink. It's quite easy to apply to your cheeks - I just use my fingers, tapping the colour onto my skin gently - and because of the sheer formula it's easy to build up a colour that you're happy with. The formula of the product is definitely creamy but it's quite thin and light - very different from the Stila Convertible Colours and Illamasqua Cream Blushes that I regualarly reach for. It doesn't dry down to a powder finish which makes it very nice to use on the lips as well as the cheeks, and on the lips it looks like a pale brown-toned pink. Unlike most of my other cream dual purpose products, I think Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge has a very well considered formula that does actually work on both the cheeks and the lips. However, because it works so well on the lips, I do find that it benefits from a dusting of powder when used as a cream blush as this infinitely aids the blush's staying power. I love the shade, the formula and the functionality (it's a fantastic product for travelling with - two products in one plus a nicely sized mirror) so I'd definitely repurchase it and I'll certinaly be looking into getting another shade! You can see what "Powder Pink" looks like on my cheeks in the photo below.

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Discounted Bobbi Brown Makeup Fragrance Direct Haul

Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge is my favourite out of the pair of products that I chose, but both are really high quality makeup items that I'm very happy to have in my makeup collection. Fragrance Direct is a great place to shop for all sorts of makeup and I've already been back on the website sussing out if there are any other bits and bobs I should pick up for myself for spring and summer makeup looks. 

Have you tried any Bobbi Brown makeup before? 
And do you ever shop on Fragrance Direct?

April 11, 2015

New Hair Additions: Straight & Go Hair Styler and Sexy Hair Soya Want it All 22 in 1 Leave in Treatment

One Little Vice UK Beauty Blog: Sexy Hair and Straight N Go

One of the perks of writing a beauty blog is getting the opportunity to try out new products. I've really been trying to expand my repertoire and for the last montht his has included a couple of new haircare products. The first is a new Leave in Treatment from Sexy Hair (a brand I already really love) and a new styling too from a brand I hadn't heard of before called Straight N Go

One Little Vice UK Beauty Blog: Effective leave in treatment for healthy hair

I thought I'd tried this product before but I'd actually confused it with Sexy Hair's Leave in Conditioner (which I used for years, it's top notch stuff). This Leave in Treatment is different, in fact it's better - much better. It has the same gorgeous smell as the product I'd grown quite accustomed to, with similar hydrating properties. It's ingredients of soy, argan oil and cocoa blend penetrates the hair shaft helping to protect and rebuild hair from root to tip. However, this means, Sexy Hair's Leave in Treatment really does so much more than just keeping your hair soft. The 22 in 1 claim includes thermal protection, humidity resitance, moisture, nourishment, body-building, repair, shine, smoothness, colour protection, detangling, elasticity, environmental protection, anti-static, anti-frizz, anti-aging, soothing, strength, damage control, lightweight priming and damaging protection". I think that to varying extents of effectiveness it lives up to all these claims. But for me personally, I like using it because it makes a visible difference to the look and feel of my hair - it leaves my hair looking healthier, sleeker and much more tangle-free. It's also a real pleasure to use as the spray delivers an incredibly fine mist that lightly coats your hair exactly where you want it. I'm endlessly impressed with it and Sexy Hair is a brand from which I would always repurchase as I really trust in their products, and their Leave in Treatment is no exception!

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Straight N Go* | rrp £9.99 

Straight N Go is essentially a hair styling brush that allows you to use the heat of your hairdryer to straighten your hair. On either side of the brush's bristlers are ceramic plates that heat up when you blow your hairdryer's hot hair over the brush. You clamp the brush around your hair, hold the hairdryer so it blows hot air over the brush and then gently brush your hair from root to tip. As you brush your hair, your hair is both dried and straightened. This cuts down on the heat that you need to use on your hair to style it - which is the product's really big benefit. I also think that the Straight N Go is a great size for travelling with compared to a set of straighteners. After giving the Straigh N Go a good test I really do like the results that it gives but you do need to use a healthy dose of hair serum or hair oil for completely smooth and frizz free results. But overall I think it's a great product and it's really easy to use. 

Have you tried either of these products before? What hair care or hair styling products have you enjoyed using recently?

April 10, 2015

La Roche Posay's Anthelios XL SPF 50 Range

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: La Roche Posay Daily SPF

I know that summer seems like a long way off, but it's never too soon to start thinking about how you're going to be protecting your skin from the sun. In an ideal world, I'd wear SPF every single day - and even those who don't have very fair skin could benefit from protecting their skin from harmful UVA and UVB damage. Last month I attended La Roche Posay's Anthelios XL event where a couple of new SPF products were launched. Today I'm going to talk about a small portion of their sun protection range, in the hopes that it might help at least some of you find new skin protection from the sun (whether it's just for an upcoming holiday, or part of an updated daily skincare routine).

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: La Roche Posay SPF Oil

I've never tried a sun protection oil before, but I'm certainly intrigued by La Roche Posay's SPF 50+ Protective Oil. Not only does it offer incredibly high UVA Protection thanks to its patented filtering system, but it's also waterproof and hydrating. My only disappointment is that it contains a high concentration of mineral oil, which means that it isn't suitable for acne prone skin (as mineral oil clogs pores). I will be giving this a proper test during the summer to see how I get along with it.

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Daily Facial SPF 50

La Roche Posays SPF 50+ Cream has been developed for men and women with sensitive skin, and those with a sensitivity to nickel. It's free from parabens and is non perfumed, and it's a great option for those with dry skin as it's got a really nice creamy and hydrating texture. For those with dry skin, this is definitely a great option for everyday use as it isn't too heavy to wear underneath makeup. It also contains the antioxidant Baicalin which helps protect against the ageing effects of long UVA. 

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Daily SPF 50 bb cream

Especially suitable for dry skin, La Roche Posay's Anthelios XL SPF 50+ BB Tinted Comfort Cream offers highly waterproof UVA protection whilst also soothing, illuminating and unifying the appearance of your skin. Like the un-tinted cream, the BB cream contains Baicalin - a new ingredient that is clinitically proven to reinforce protection against the effect of UV rays, including long UVA (the rays which generate free radicals and provoke irreversible damage within the skin). The cream itself isn't sticky and it sits well on the skin, making it a perfect makeup base for those with dry skin. 

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: SPF 50 for young children

La Roche Posay's Baby Lotion has been designed with baby's skin (aged from six months - three years) in mind. Not only does it contain nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, but it provides incredibly high protection against UVA - twice as strict as European standards - as well as UVB protection. Owned by parent company L'Oreal, La Roche Posay have been able to make use of brand new ingredients and scientific development in the creation of their Anthelios range. When it comes to sun protection their products not only seem reliable but they're also incredibly well designed - in everything from the packaging to the texture. I'd definitely trust La Roche Posay to protect delicate, young skin and it's great to see products clinically tested on young children in their range. 

If you're interested, today (Friday April 10th) I'm holding a twitter giveaway where you can win La Roche Posay's Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion* - all you have to do is follow me on twitter and RT the giveaway tweet. If you'd like to enter, you can find me on twitter here.

Have you tried La Roche Posay's Anthelios range before? 
What daily SPF do you use?

April 09, 2015

New Makeup from Glo & Ray

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Glo and Ray Makeup Reviews
One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Luxury Lipstick, Lipgloss and Eyebrow Pencil

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Glo & Ray's makeup range. I discovered the brand on twitter last year, and I wrote my first review of Glo & Ray's makeup in December (link here). I can still remember just how surprised I was to be so impressed by a brand I hadn't read very much about. It's always so fun to discover new brands or new products that you really, really like and Glo & Ray did that for me last December. I like all three products that I was sent but I was particularly enamoured with their Le Amo Creamy Matte Lipstick in the shade Fallin* - it's just an incredible lip product that feels really lightweight despite its impressive lasting power. So when Glo & Ray got in touch with me again recently, asking if I'd be interersted in trying out some more of their makeup, I was incredibly excited. I've got a couple of new things to share with you today, as well as anoter Le Amo Creamy Matte Lipstick - but this time in a gorgeous nude shade.

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: long lasting brown eyebrow pencil brunette
In the above photo I'm wearing: Glo & Ray's Fumo Silky Eyebrow Pencil in Terra Brown*, Glo & Ray's Eternity Eyeliner in London* and Glo & Ray's Wonderland Lipgloss in Pumpkin Night*

available online for £5.50*

I really, really like this eyebrow pencil - and it's without a doubt the best one that I've tried so far, especially at such an affordable price. It's an interesting product because it looks and feels more like a gel eyeliner than an eyebrow pencil, and it has a creamy/waxy consistency rather than the more traditional dry-formula eyebrow pencils. However, it's easy to apply very lightly in realistic hair-like strokes. These can then be built up to create fuller, thicker looking eyebrows that don't really look like you've drawn them on! The formula is just fantastic and I'm disappointed that it doesn't come in more than two shades - Terra Brown and Ultra Dark. Terra Brown is a reasonably good colour match for me, but it is quite dark and warm toned and definitely leaves my brows looking a bit more bold than normal. That being said, I'd repurchase this in a heartbeat as I think that it's absolutely great value for money.

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Long Lasting Nude Lipstick

available online for £12.00*

Venus is probably the lightest and most "nude" lipstick shades that Glo & Ray offer - it's a pale, milky  pink-toned nude and I don't have anything like it in my collection. It's a lipstick that's reminiscent of a very specific sort of "look", think along the lines of Mac's Myth lipstick only Venus feels a bit more wearable because of its peachy-pink undertone. The formula of the Le Amo Creamy Matte Lipsticks seems to vary as Venus is far creamier than the other shade I own, Fallin. Venus swatches opaque and it's very easy to apply from the bullet and incredibly comfortable to wear (you can see lip swatches at the end of this blog post). I'm utterly impressed with Glo & Ray's Le Amo Creamy Matte Lipsticks, in my opinion they outdo many of Mac's formulas, and although the shade may not be everyone's cup of tea I'm personally really impressed with how Venus feels and looks on my lips. I really love this lipstick and I'm definitely going to play around with it more, I might even do a FOTD or some makeup look ideas on how to style paler nude lipsticks. 

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Long lasting non sticky luxury lipgloss
One Little Vice Beauty blog: pink pearl flamingo dance and pumpkin night swatches

Glo & Ray's Wonderland Lipglosses in the shades Pink Pearl, Flamingo Dance and Pumpkin Night
available online for £10.00*

I didn't really know what to expect from these glosses. In the tube they look hella sparkly - and in most circumstances this would really put me off. However, I recently picked up a new Mac Lipglass in the shade Oh Baby which is incredibly "sparkly" and it does things for my lips that I *love*. If you've ever wanted plumper, juicier, kiss-me-quickly looking lips then a little bit of glitter - so long as it's micro glitter that you can't feel, which is the sort that Glo & Ray's Wonderland Lipglosses are packed full of - then you needn't be afraid of glitter. Unlike my new Mac lipgloss, Glo & Ray's Wonderland Lipglosses aren't sticky at all and they just glide onto your lips leaving them with an incredible sheen. Although the microglitter is visible in my lip swatches below it isn't really that noticeable on my lips, it just adds that extra lip-plumping dimension that I've really been enjoying recently. All three shades are really wearable, and although Pink Pearl and Flamingo Dance are very similar there is a slight difference on the lips - especially when they're layered over other lip products. I absolutely adore how Pink Pearl looks over the top of the Le Amo Creamy Matte Lipstick in Venus, it works perfectly with on-trend nudes to add a beautiful glossy finish. Whereas Pumpkin Night and Flamingo Dance offer enough colour payoff to be worn alone. Pumpkin Night's muted orange colour is perfect for the upcoming spring/summer and will look gorgeous alone, or paired with coral lipsticks. I'm a big fan of the formula as it's really comfortable to wear and doesn't slip and slide like other glosses often do. In my opinion, the Wonderland Lipglosses are another winning product.  

one little vice beauty blog: glo and ray lip gloss and lipstick swatches review

As I've said before in my previous post on Glo & Ray's Makeup, the only thing that disappoints me about the brand is their relatively expensive shipping costs. However, every single product that I've tried so far from Glo & Ray has really impressed me. The brand is definitely one to watch and I'd highly recommend all of the products featured in today's post!