Beauty Wishlist - March 2015.

March beauty wishlist

Another month on it's time to share with you my latest beauty wishlist.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot powder review.

one heck of a blot
Soap and Glory powder

The Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot powder is one awesome product. It is a translucent powder designed to mattify your skin and leave a velvet finish.

The Mascara Edit.

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Over the last 6-9 months or so I have built up quite the mascara collection - seven in total to be precise! I thought today I would share with you mini reviews, my favourites and whether I would repurchase. I'll give you a quick sneak peak; 6/7 mascaras are all ones I have been impressed by.

Beauty bits I got for my birthday.

I shared with you all about my birthday day in my last post but today it's time to share the beauty bits I received. I always like to have a nose at what people get so I hope this is something you want to see and enjoy.

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Dr Jart Soap & Glory

I turned 23 years old.

On Tuesday I turned the grand old age of 23, or as I always say 21 + 2 (I'm staying 21 forever) so I thought I'd share with you all my day through photos.


To start the day off after it reaching midnight and me singing "it's my birthday, it's my birthday" constantly the boy gave me one of my presents early - a bottle of my favourite wine, which we shared.


We spent the day chilling and have a generally lazy day. We then got ready to go out, above is a picture of us just before we went out.

Prezzo
Prezzo Honeycomb Cheesecake
  I got lucky and was treated to a gorgeous meal out at Prezzo. We both went for the Fusilli Alla Rusticana for the main, an amazing tomato tasting pasta mixed with peppers and bacon for extra taste. For pudding we had to go for the Honeycomb Cheesecake, my all-time favourite pudding - I need to learn how to make it myself, it's that good! I definitely recommend you trying it yourself if you haven't already.


To finish my birthday off we went to Turtle Bay, an awesome cocktail restaurant in Southampton.

All in all I had an awesome day. Oh and just in case you were wondering I did get a few beauty bits which I will be sharing with you all shortly.



Put yourself on a shopping ban? Here's 5 ways to cope with said shopping ban.

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Over the last few months I have been trying my best not to spend money on any new beauty products unless needed. It has been difficult, but it has helped me start to use up a fair few of my beauty products and stopped me spending money with no reason. 
 
Disclaimer, I did go on a bit of a spending spree last payday but 3 out of 7 beauty products were needed and that was the first time since before Christmas which is pretty impressive for me.
 
 That said, I thought I'd share with you 5 ways to cope with a shopping ban.
 
  1) Leave your bank card at home if you work near town - I work in the middle of the city centre so on my lunch break and after work I'm always tempted to pop into Boots or John Lewis, especially now I work next door to Boots. With no bank card, even if you find yourself in your local beauty store how are you going to pay for things? You can't, which not only stops you but also makes you think again about that purchase. If you do need cash for lunch just bring a fiver or so in change.

2) Shop your stash - Want a new foundation or the latest MAC collection? What about those 5 other foundations you have sitting in your collection? Why not give them a go... you never know you might find a new favourite which has cost you a total of £0.00. As to wanting the latest MAC collection I'm sure you have plenty of products similar no matter how pretty or tempting the packaging is of the latest collection (recently the Cinderella collection!).

3) Make your own products! - Some beauty products are relatively simple to make using regular ingredients around the house such as sugar and oil so why not give it a try and make your own beauty products? Something like a body scrub is simple to make, but could also be a fun way to experiment without hitting the shops.

4) Cancel those tempting automatic email subscriptions - So you check your emails when you wake up and up pop at least 20 emails from everywhere and anywhere online detailing their newest products and/or latest offers and you want to click and add some items to your basket? Is this you? I know they are extremely tempting but if you scroll to the bottom of the emails there is an unsubscribe button to fix this. I know you want to know all about the latest offers, but just think how less likely you are to go to that website with no email. It is defintely one that gets me every time haha.

5) Enjoy other luxuries - For many people shopping is addictive and your heart skips a beat when you get the newest product you've just read about; you can fill this with something else. Why not go out for a meal with that money you've saved or put the money towards a holiday? I know for me a holiday is worth more than that extra makeup product I already have something similar too. A luxury that I can easily afford by not splurging all my money.


So there's my 5 ways to cope with a shopping ban for you - I hope you have found this useful and has given you some new ideas.

Are you on a spending ban currently? What helps stop you spending? Let me know in the comments below, and don't forget to share my post using my new share widget below if you found this useful.



Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette full review and swatches.


So I finally brought a product from Makeup Revolution last pay day; the Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette in Iconic 3. Known as a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette I finally managed to find the palette in stock in my local Superdrug.

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3

The palette contains a total of 12 shades including pearl, matte and shimmer finishes, all neutral variations of the colour pink. The eyeshadows include both lighter and darker shades.

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3
Makeup Revolution Iconic 3

So, what did I think of the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 palette itself? I know the brand have got a lot of coverage for themselves in recent months but wow am I impressed. These shadows provide massive payoff from just one swipe, which for some reason I really wasn't expecting.

Go Makeup Revolution! They have created a bargain buy that I really believe provides the result of something you would expect to be far more expensive.

As to the formula of the shadows themsleves, that is near perfect as well. Some of the shimmer shades do tend to flake as you apply the eyeshadows to your brush, but at the bargain price of £4 it's not something I am going to complain about. The pearl and matte shadows don't seem to do this at all.

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 swatches
Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 swatches

The swatches are all in order of the eyeshadows on the palette, starting from the lighter shades.

Overall, I love this eyeshadow palette from Makeup Revolution and can't wait to get trying more of their products. All of the shades included are ones I would wear everyday, and I love the variation of finishes. The payoff is fantastic, and they also seem to last all day. I'm definitely glad I finally delved into Makeup Revolution. If you want to pick up a palette they can be found in selected Superdrug stores and online.

Have you tried any Makeup Revolution products? What have been your favourites? Let me know in the comments below.


Mid-month favourites March 2015.


Having not written any favourites for a good few months now I thought it was about time I rectify that. I thought I'd do things slightly differently and have decided to do a mid-month favourites as opposed to and end-of-month favourites. They will be mainly beauty favourites, but possibly with the odd other favourite

First up is an oil burner and rose oil I got as part of my Valentines present, and one I haven't stopped using since use. I've never had an oil burner before but remember how well the smell filled the room when I worked at The Body Shop and this one doesn't fail to impress. I love using it with the rose oil. the smell does instantly fill the room and lasts for hours on end. A definite favourite of mine this past month.


Next up is my MAC duo palette from my recent haul, including the shades Beautiful Iris and Cranberry. I love using Beautiful Iris, the purple colour, to brighten up my eyes. It doesn't give the biggest colour payoff without being coated a couple of times but it's worth the effort for the finished result. The darker red shade, Cranberry, works surpirsingly well alongside - I've been using this either to create a smoky look or just along my crease.

The Bleach Blonde Silver shampoo is next on my favourites. I love how much of a difference this makes to my hair; it is instantly brighter after using this and has definitely been a big favourite of mine. Blonde hair fades, this has helped reverse that; I think any girl who has blonde hair should give it a go.

The Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge is another product I have been loving, a product I've barely touched since purchasing but has been a lifesaver in recent weeks. For some reason my skin has decided it doesn't like a brush being used to apply foundation and not blending particulaly well so I thought I'd give the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge a little go and haven't looked back. Once popped in water to expand it seems to create the most flawless finish blending everything perfectly. I'm sure I will go back to using a brush but I am so glad I discovered how good this sponge is.

Ahh, the Rose Jam shower gel from Lush is amazing. Yes, another rose product this month (it's my new favourite body product scent). I love how soft this leaves my skin feeling and is one I've been using nearly every shower/bath. I have actually finished the bottle now but I have to say I'm impressed, I defnitely need to try more of their shower gels. Besides, whenever I use a Lush product the whole flat ends up smelling of Lush, doesn't everyone want that?

Next is the Indian Night Jamsine EDT from The Body Shop; a favourite of mine last summer has made it back into my favourites. I love this smell; I'd describe it as an evening sensual smell that's fairly strong. The smell also lasts all day when used.

My last favourite is more of a lifestyle one; my yoga mat. I have been watching yoga videos a lot recently and have been loving using this to follow the routines. It means I don't have to break my back on the hard floor either so a win win and favourite for me.

And, we're done... if you managed to read all that you deserve a chocolate gold medal. That's my favourites for the month; have you used any of the products I mentioned? What have you been loving lately?



Beauty Scenario TAG.

 
 
Seen as I haven't done a TAG of any kind in like forever I thought I would give this one a go. This is a TAG about different sccenarios and how you would react to them, from your friend basically ruining your makeup to your favourite pick-me up lipstick. It's one I've enjoyed reading a fair few of so hope you enjoy my answers.
 
You have to get rid of all of your foundations and only keep one high-end and one drugstore, which do you keep?
Hmmmm, now we're asking. I used to be a one foundation type of girl, nowadays I want to try every foundation going. I think high-end would have to be NARS sheer glow foundation; I haven't tried many foundations but have been impressed with this one since day one. Drugstore-wise it would have to be a Bourjois one - they've always been my favourite brand for foundation. I'd probably go for the Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream (yes, the one I can't keep my mouth shut about).

You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?
I really want to say I would approach the subject but in an interview situation unfortunately I think my answer would be no. I wouldn't want to draw her attention away from the interview itself as I'd be panicing myself silly that would lose me the job after the interview. 

You’re not feeling yourself and you need a pick-me-up lipstick, which do you go for?
Ah, this ones an easy question for me - a bright, bold catching red. The one that instantly makes me feel better would be the MAC Brave Red, a gorgeous bright red that lasts really well. The one thing might surprise you is I haven't gone for a matte one purely because I prefer the feel of non-matte lipsticks, especially considering I suffer from very dry lips.
 
You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair or make up differently?
Stop myself from wearing to clashing bright colour eyeshadows together - why Kristy? I'd tell myself that it wasn't cool and remind her that a neutral look is much more appropriate, or even colours that actually match. I don't know why I decided this was an acceptable look. Other than that I'd probably leave my makeup the same, I've always gone for a fairly natural look every day.

Hair-wise I don't think I'd really change anything. I used to have bleach blonde on top, and dark brown underneath at one stage but I loved it at the time and to be honest other than a slightly darker blonde I'd happily have my hair similar to that now. Oh, I know... when I was about 11 I decided to cut off all my hair, I would stop myself from doing that, definitely.
 
You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear [it] wrong and give you a pixie cut. Would you what would you do?  a) Smile, say thank you, call your mum and cry hysterically, b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward, c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund
C no questions asked - what hair dresser does that? It would just show they haven't made the time and effort to actually pay attention to me and discuss what I actually want; somewhere along the lines they should have realised. After complaining and getting my refund I would run out of the shop and burst into tears. It's taken me long enough to grow my hair, let alone anyone get rid of it all.

Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have one hour to pack, which ‘Do It All’ palette do you pack in your make up bag?
 Without a doubt the Tarte Rainforest After Dark colored eye and cheek palette. It has everything I need with regard to my cheeks and eyes, from bronzer to blush it's all there in this gorgeous little palette. I would of course have to throw in a few extras to like a foundation and mascara.
 
Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?
This is definitely a hard one as I really don't think my makeup would be the first thing I'd be thinking of, what about my laptop with everything on it? Are all my pictures/memoir from over the years all alright? But if they did I think it would have to be my palettes, especially my Urban Decay Naked Palette. I use it all the time so would be gutted to lose it.
 
Your friend borrows make up and returns it in an awful condition. Do you: a) Pretend you haven’t noticed, b) Ask them to re-purchase it, c) Secretly do it back to their make up
B, definitely B. I'm kind of the person to tell them what I think and wouldn't be very happy if they returned my makeup not how it was when I lent it to them. The only time I would probably be less bothered would be if it was a cheaper item but even then I'd probably expect them to offer to repuchase it even if I said no. I don't know if that makes me sound mean but surely borrowing something you should be treating it how you'd expect your own product to be handed back to you if lended; in other words in the same condition.
 
So, there you have it... my reactions to these scenarios. I love reading these posts and being nosey so I TAG anyone who reads it, and don't forget to tag me on Twitter (@blondiie017) if you give it a go :).

How would you react to these situations? Let me know your feelings in the comments below.
 
  
 

5 things I've learnt since moving out.

 
 
I've lived away from home before, whilst I was at university, but having moved back home for a year, and moving back out about six months ago now there's a lot of things I have learnt, and I thought I would share five key points I have learnt since moving out.
 
1) Council tax sucks - I always knew I had to pay council tax which is all fine and that, but the Council are useless. I deliberately went down to my local council office and set up a direct debit on a monthly basis before I even moved in, but they still managed to muck that up resulting in me paying double each month than what I had planned. Oh, and I rather enjoyed not having to pay this when I was a student haha.
 
2) Mum's really do do too much washing - Moving back home after university I had the privilege of my mum doing most of my washing for me for the last year. I didn't mind doing it but she always used to beat me to it... So of course I somehow completely forgot how often washing needs to be done. It really makes you think how much they must do for you when you're growing up.
 
3) Washing up being done for you by a dishwasher is a luxury - Neither me or my boyfriend can stand washing up, I don't know why but I find it really tedious. Back at my mum's we had a dishwasher so it was only the odd thing I had to really wash up every now and then. Now I have no dishwasher so have to wash up every day unfortunately. Luckily we do take it in turns, but still I definitely miss having a dishwasher.
 
4) Budgeting is key - I worked pretty much full time before, if not longer hours and used to pay my mum rent but moving out there's a lot more to pay than you realise. I have rent to pay, council tax, bills and internet to pay, a car to run and of course money for going out. We love eating out so could happily eat out two or three times a week but thats perhaps not the best way to go about things. It's nice to have luxurys and a life beyond things you have to pay for but at the end of the day bills have to be paid sadly.
 
5) The best thing after working all day is coming home to your loved one  - This may sound all soppy but this is my favourite thing in the world. Prior to moving in together me and my boyfriend lived about 45 minutes apart so only got to see each other on my days off from work. We could never pop round in the evenings or after work without planning it. Now I get to come home every day to him, what better way to start your evening than seeing your loved one.
 
 So there you go, five key things I have learnt since moving out. My next plan is to start saving to be able to afford a mortgage and buy our own house. I can't wait to have a place I can decorate from top to bottom.

Have you moved out? Is there anything you learnt when doing so? Let me know in the comments below.
 
 

Recent favourite/review no.1: Phil Smith Deep Barrel Waver

  I've been meaning to write this post for a while now. You see I struggle with using the usual curling wands, I always have. I have been wanting to purchase the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl since I first heard of the product for this reason but then spotted this bargain alternative, the Phil Smith Deep Barrel Waver, in Sainsburys of all places. It was on offer for half price so thought it couldn't hurt trying.
 
The product is the Phill Smith Deep Barrel Waver. It looks like a massive hair crimper, you know those ones we all had when we were about 7; but what it does is what makes me love the product so much!
 
 
On first I use I was instantly impressed. The results were not only immediate but extremely quickly created - and no my hair did not look like a childs, honest.
 
 
The result was light wavy curls that would have taken 10x longer had I attempted to use some curling tongs.
 
 
The product is described as being a "ceramic coated barrel for smoothness and shine" that creates "deep glamourous waves." Overall I honestly do believe this is the result the Paul Smith Deep Barrel Waver provides. It has definitely been a favourite of mine since purchasing and I am so glad I found it.
 
What do you use to curl your hair? Am I the only one who struggles with curling tongs? Let me know your thoughts below.
 
 
 

Slight name change/buying my own domain.

After a long debate about buying my orignal blog name domain and changing my blog name I decided to go for it. Ah, I'm so excited. I wanted to change my blog name alongside my domain purchase. I decided to do this as I felt It's a blondiie thing! was long-winded and complicated. I wanted a name that was far easier for you guys to remember, whilst also being catchy.
 
I went for The Violet Blonde in the end; violet because purple has always been a favourite colour of mine, and blonde because I have blonde hair and everyone always says I am 'blonde'.
 
My new logo is below:
 
I am just waiting for the team from Bloglovin' to change my URL for me, but other than that everything will stay the same. All posts from my previous URL "itsablondiiething.blogspot.com" will be forwarded to my new URL: www.thevioletblonde.com
 
Let me know what you think in the comments below; I hope you're all having a good evening :).
 
 
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Payday Haul March 2015.

So, I got paid and we all know what that means; a payday haul! Plus, I've been good not buying much beauty stuff lately soooo... well, that's what I'm telling myself anyway.

Two beauty repurchases that deserve their own post.

   
So a little shopping spree recently (haul to come) resulted in a couple of repurchases as well. There's always a few products I end up loving so much I either can't live with without, or are constantly on my to buy again list after usage.