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Vie is an expensive brand of cosmetics; the products tend to come in small quantities with high prices. A prime example of that is the Blush Gloss, costing £10.00 for 8ml of gloss. This would usually be way out of my price range, but I was intrigued by this fascinating little tube of gloss.
Originating in 1997 as 'Virgin Vie', the brand was renamed in 2009 as 'Vie at home', meaning "life" in French. Vie at home gives women the opportunity to work from home by direct selling, appealing especially to those who work full-time, part-time or are stay at home mums, looking for a little extra income.
Vie at home, has a website where products can be purchased, but the initial idea behind it is selling from the brochures which can accompany hosted parties.
I attended a party hosted by a work colleague, where a representative from Vie at Home gave the host a full facial and makeover plus introduced us to products from the catalogues and got everybody involved in party games, including present bingo where 4 items from the catalogue were wrapped and passed around. The bingo caller was the rep and when she called a number, if it linked up to the number you had been given you could choose which wrapped gift to take from whoever had it. The people to win the prizes were those with them in their possession when the last numbers were called. We also had a raffle where each person put £2.00 into a kitty and was issued a ticket. The winning ticket won the entire prize money of everybody's ticket money to spend on items from the catalogue.
This is how I ended up spending £30.00, £10.00 of which was on the Blush Gloss - I won the raffle and paid just £1.50 for £30.00 of products.
The Vie Lip and Cheek Blush Gloss, comes in a small 8ml silver tube which stands on a circular base but tapers at the top just like a normal moisturiser tube might do. The box has the ingredients written on two sides, one in English and one in French, but the tube itself does not have this information on it.
We sampled the gloss during this evening and I was immediately sold. The gloss "blushes" the skins natural PH balance and is said to "leave a sheer strawberry to deep cherry hue". The gloss is clear and should blush the colour of your lips or cheeks to a natural tone which will always suite you. On that evening my lips turned a reddish colour, but since I bought it and wear it for work, my natural shade appears to be a nude colour with a slight pink hint.
I love this fact about this gloss. It saves a lot of time and money not having to match up the correct shade in the shop and it should suit everybody. Therefore you can't go wrong, which is why I would pay the asking price again when my small tube runs out.
I have found that I need very little of this for my lips. I haven't used it on my cheeks as I do not tend to use other face products except lip balms and eye make-up, but it would be applied to the apples of your cheek and only a small amount is advised. A very small covering of this gloss leaves my lips feel coated and smooth for hours. I don't go all out on the gloss and go for the shiny wet look; I don't think this is the best product for that. It works well as a coating and not a painting.
If you want a wet glossy look you are best to find another product.
I have found this to be an extremely stylish and flattering gloss which needs minimal effort and minimal amounts. It doesn't need applying every 5 minutes and is suitable for both day and night wear.
Items bought from the Vie at Home website incur a £3.95 postage and packaging fee, but they do not charge for returning products. They offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all items (except earrings) provided they are returned in the condition they were sold. Buying from a representative at a party means there is no postage fee and items are delivered to you by the host.
I received mine 10 days after ordering.