Tuesday, 19 May 2015

My new favourite lipstick.

loreal colour riche lipstick
loreal lipstick evas nude

If you follow me on Instagram (@thevioletblonde) you may have spotted that I recently went on a miniature L'Oreal haul. One of the products I purchased was the L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Eva's nude.

This is the first lipstick I've tried from not only this range, but L'Oreal at all and I am beyond impressed. The formula of the L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick feels moisturising and nourishing on the lips. It glides over any dry patches with ease, and doesn't highlight them at all.

The colour itself is a gorgeous nude shade, which has a hint of pink hidden within. It is one that goes perfectly with near enough any look - my favourite is using it alongside a bold eye look to soften the overall result.

As to the lasting time this actually lasts fairly well. I can easily go 3-4 hours without needing to touch up, pretty impressive for a non-matte lipstick.

Overall if you hadn't already guessed I am in love with the product. I love the sleek packaging and the gorgeous colour. I am so glad I gave this lipstick a purchase, and now really really want to try a few more shades from the range.

What lipstick have you been loving lately? What's your favourite L'Oreal makeup product?



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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Tan Summer Shoes.


As the weather gets warmer and the sun starts shining for longer I can't seem to stop myself from buying more summery shoes. The latest pair to my rather large collection is this gorgeous pair of tan sandals from Primark.

I already have an array of dolly shoes and sandal type shoes but somehow I didn't seem to own a pair of open toe dolly shoes. It was near impossible to get a pair like this until the weather changed recently, and oh my I'm in love.

The tan sandals have a crotchet design (can shoes have that?) and are open at the front of the shoe. I believe the design is perfect for summer and the tan colour means they will match with pretty much everything, from a summer dress to a pair of jeans to a skirt.

And to top it all off they only cost a mere £8 in total, what a bargain? They're also extremely comfy so will be perfect for everyday wear.

Do you have a pair of open toe shoes? Where did you get yours from?



Friday, 15 May 2015

Mid-month Favourites May 2015.

beauty favourites may 2015

Wow it's the middle of May and that only means one thing; it's time for this months mid-month favourites!

The first product to make my favourites is the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. This product is supposed to instantly remove all signs of eye makeup and I can hands down say it does just that. The bi-phase formula feels like a thick liquid lotion and works with ease, and leaves no residue behind. I'm in love with this product.

The next product I mentioned in a recent post and is one that I haven't stopped using/wearing since purchasing. It's the L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche lipstick in Eva's Nude. It is literally the perfect nude colour and it doesn't blend in with my skintone looking like I'm wearing concealer either. The neutral shade has a slight pink tinge to it; and seems to last a good 4-5 hours without fading. 

Since I heard about the release of the Clinique Chubby Sculpting Contour Stick it was forever on my list to purchase until I gave in a couple of months back, and I'm so glad I did. The stick design makes it so so easy to draw where I want to contour, and even though the colour looks scary it blends in with ease... and then ta da, cheek bones have arrived!

Another favourite of mine this last month also comes from Clinique, one of their eyeshadow quads I got as part of Clinique bonus time about a year ago. I have been loving using the top left shade as an every day all over colour, and the other shades to turn the look into an evening look. The formula is what I love about these - Clinique always seem to make their eyeshadows so easy to blend, and provide them with brilliant colour pay-off.

The fifth item to make my mid-month favourites had to be the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and oh my god I am in love with this foundation it is amazing (so amazing, I've now used it all up :(). The formula is so light but still manages to cover everything leaving a gorgeous glowy finish. It really is as good as everyone always seems to say!

The Collection Eyebrow Definer is a product I've only just realised how good it is. I love the twist-up design and the fine tip. I can easily mimick my eyebrows in seconds with this pencil. The product also seems to never leave my eyebrows, easily lasting the entire day. The only thing I wish is that they had a slightly lighter blonde shade, but for the price I'm not complaining, it's amazing. I definitely recommend you pick it up.

The last product to make my mid-month favourites had to be The Body Shop Argan Oil Body Lotion. I picked this up back when I used to work there but it had just been sitting in my mass pile of moisturisers since. I love how light this lotion is as this means it sinks into my skin easily, perfect for busy days. It leaves my skin incredibly soft too, how can I not love this product?

And that's the end of my mid-month favourites this month, what have you been loving lately? Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned?



Thursday, 14 May 2015

6 things to instantly improve your mood whilst on your period.


We've all got to apparently have these nasty things called periods once a month, somehow cope with the pain and pretend everything's perfect, so what do you do to help improve your mood? I have 10 things to instantly improve your mood whilst on your period for you today.

1) Get that hot water bottle at the ready - I don't know about you but I know I suffer with horrendous pains and the only thing to solve them is a hot water bottle. Mine is also a bunny rabbit from my childhood so using this reminds me of that.

2) A hot bath full of Lush goodies - Again the hot theme, this is something that always instantly relaxes me and takes my mind off things. I also think you always seem to feel dirtier when you're on, so surely a bath full of luxury products has got to make you feel better?

3) Exercise - And yes I'm being serious with this one. Yes it's the last thing you may want to do, but moving around always seems to help. Plus it's good for you and keeps you busy, see, multiple benefits.

4) Grab a bottle of wine - you know you want to, and now you've got the excuse so head down to the shop and make a sneaky purchase of your favourite wine... you need treating, right?

5) Play around with your make-up creating the perfect evening look and dress up to go for a nice meal out somewhere - If you feel like crap why not do the opposite of what you feel like doing and get dressed up? It's the perfect way to change how you feel by giving yourself something to look forward to.

6) Doughnuts! Okay this one isn't what everyone's going to do but a sweet treat is a great way of being fat, I mean relaxing and treating yourself... If you feel bad about this just remember I ate four last week (by accident, I swear).

And that's my 10 ways to instantly improve your mood whilst on your period, what do you do to improve your mood when you face the dreaded period?

PS why can't we all get a text message each month confirming we're not pregnant? I think this would be a much easier method!


Monday, 11 May 2015

The 4 hair products I can't live without.


When it comes to hair products I'm not usually very loyal to particular brands or products, but there are four products that are the exception to this. I happily repurchase them time and time again, and today I am going to share these products with you.

The first product I can't live without is the Argan Oil Hydrating Mask - I have actually already gone through three tubs of this stuff, that's how much I love it. The hair mask contains Moroccan Argan oil extract and is an intensive conditioning treatment designed to cleanse, hydrate and nourish the hair. It does exactly as it says, helps prevent knotting and leaves my hair silky smooth. It actually only costs a £1 but it's the best mask I've personally ever tried, and this includes masks up to ten times the price. It's definitely one worth picking up and giving a go yourself.

Up next is The Body Shop's detangling spray for coloured hair from their Rainforest Radiance range. This is obviously a spray designed to detangle hair; I use it after washing my hair and it does this with ease whilst also lightly conditioning my hair as well. The smell of spray is weirdly really nice as well. The detangling spray also contains no silicones, no colourants and no parabens which is a nice added bonus. It's definitely one I can't see myself straying from - it costs £6.50.

A Tangle Teezer is another product that has made my 4 favourite hair products I can't live without. I'm sure you've all heard of this one and perhaps tried it; but it just makes brushing your hair so so much easier, especially if yours gets tangled easy like mine. I tend to use mine every time after just washing my hair, but use a regular brush inbetween washes. This product is so so worth it's price, and one that I neeeeeed in my life. Prices vary from about £10-15.

The final hair product I can't live without has to be the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Clean & Fresh. We all have those days that our hair needs a refresh and we haven't washed it - this product stops this from being a problem. It instantly revives the hair leaving a fresh finish. I love using this even when this isn't the case which is quite bad, but I find it helps add volume to my volume-lacking hair in an instant. I love the fresh smell of the clean & fresh one too, it's definitely my favourite of them all. The product costs £2.99 for 200ml.

And you've reached the end of the four hair products I can't live without! I love all four of the products and definitely think you should give them a go if you haven't already. What hair products can't you live without?



Friday, 8 May 2015

The lip liner that made me fall in love with lip liner.


The L'Oreal lip liner couture in 258 Berry Blush was not only the first lip liner I've ever purchased but also the lip liner that made me realise just how good lip liners are. 

The L'Oreal lip liner couture is a gorgeous red colour with a hint of pink making it a bolder my lips but better colour. I brought it to use just as a regular lip liner, as an outline on my lips but have been loving using this one as an all over lip colour. I find it really enhances my natural lips and goes perfect with almost any look. 

As to the L'Oreal lip liner as a product it has a really smooth texture, that glides on my lips with ease. It also lasts a lot longer than I was expecting - 3 to 4 hours before needing a touch up. When worn as an outline around my lip alongside a lipstick it stops any bleeding, but also helps make my cupids bow more defined. 

The only thing I really dislike about the lip liner is the fact that it's one that needs sharpening, but if I'm honest that's not something to complain about, it's just me being lazy. 

Overall, I'm so glad I tried this lip liner; I love it if you haven't already guessed and can't way to try more from this line from L'Oreal. 

What's your favourite lip liner? Have you tried any from L'Oreal?


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Recent Purchases Haul/First Impressions.


Seen as I've brought a few bits lately I thought I'd share with you a mini haul/first impressions. There's a few bits I've been loving, whilst others I'm not so sure on.

The first product I picked up was the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur in Warm Apricot. I ran out of my beloved Laura Mercier primer at the beginning of last month so was in desperate need of a primer; after asking on Twitter this was one that kept picking up so I thought I'd give it a go. I love the texture of this product when first applied - my skin is left so soo smooth to the touch, baby skin like. My only problem however is I'm not finding it makes any difference to how long my foundation lasts. It's lasting the same time as without a primer which isn't quite what I'm looking for unfortunately.

The second product I've only tried twice but it has really impressed me - you were all right! It's the L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte foundation. After applying my skin really does look flawless, I can't quite believe how good the result is. I'm not sure on the matte finish but it's definitely worth the hype, oh and it lasts all day no questions asked - an impressive feat as far as I'm concerned. 

The L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche lipstick in Eva's Nude was actually part of a 3 for 2 but has been a range I've wanted to try a lipstick from for a while now. The shade I've got is a gorgeous nude with a hint of pink hidden within. I'm really liking the formula, and the gorgeous packaging.

I also needed a powder desperately and decided I would go for something different; the L'Oreal True Match Powder. I can't comment too much on this but so far I'm liking the product. It seems to keep the oil from my face without overly mattifying my skin. I'll share a full review once I've used this one a little bit more.

Ahh, the next product is one that's very much been on many beauty bloggers radar recently, and considered a dupe to the Benefit Roller Lash. The Maybelline Lash Sensational is a mascara said to provide volume without clumping, but unfortunately I'm really not liking it and can't see the comparison at all. I'm finding the product really hard to brush through my lashes and not leaving a very impressive result. I will carry on trying this so maybe my opinion will change but so far it's completely different to what I was expecting.

The last and final product is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in lightscapade, a gorgeous looking highlighter that so far I'm really really liking. It's definitely not one to use all over but provides a really nice glow when used.

So that's the end of my recent purchases first impressions, have you tried any of these products? Have you purchased any new beauty bits recently?