Sunday 26 September 2010

Product Review: Revlon Nail Enamel in Ruby Ribbon

Revlon Nail Enamel
I've had something of a nail polish obsession for the past few years. Previously, it was all about the "it" bag but as times have progressed, it's nail polishes which have commanded lengthy waiting lists and made headlines. They are affordable and instantly update your look. It's at this point which I feel it appropriate to give a shout-out to one of my favourite blogs,, a wonderful encyclopedia for nail addicts.
Having said this, I simply can't come around to matte nail polishes. I'm quite classic in my approach, prefering vampy shades or classic reds with OPI Chick Flick Cherry red featuring amongst my favourites & love a glossy finish. However, when trialling Revlon's Ruby Ribbon shade from their new AW collection, I tried to keep an open mind, particularly as I'm a huge fan of Revlon nail polishes. I think they offer fantastic quality and the price point (£6.29) is realistic. It's an on-trend, blood red with subtle shimmer to add a texture in contrast to the matte finish. I liked the formula- smooth yet sufficiently pigmented so that it doesn't require lots of time-consuming coats to be applied. As with other shades I've tried from the range, I was impressed with the lasting results of this shade.

Thursday 23 September 2010

Product Review: Boss Sunset EDT

As regular readers will know, I'm a huge fragrance addict and always enjoy trialling perfume, although I am quite particular in my tastes with such a sensitive nose. I was sent a sample of the new Hugo Boss EDT in Sunset, from the Orange range, to trial.
My initial impression, based on the ad campaign featuring Sienna Miller, is that this is a young, fun fragrance. I liked the packaging- chic yet functional with architectural styling and suitably bright colours.
I've really fallen in love with this fragrance throughout the course of my trial. It's more sensual and grown-up than I anticipated and settles beautifully on the skin, leaving quite a sweet, vanilla scent, without being sickly. My favourite aspect of the perfume is that it is ideal for wearing anytime, both seasonally and various times of day. What's more, a number of people commented on it. I'd feel comfortable recommending this to any confused men looking for perfume themed gift ideas as it ticks so many boxes.

Tuesday 14 September 2010

Shiffa Sensual Body Oil- Speed Review

Apologies for my silence readers... I've just returned from a girls' holiday, possibly the perfect beauty focus group! Findings from my trip are as follows:
- Normal girls are no longer afraid to experiment with bright nail colours
- Quick routes to glamour, e.g. plaits in hair, are popular
- Long-term skin damage as a result of sun exposure largely remains something which will be worried about later in life
- Natural beauty still has a long way to go in converting those on a budget, although ethical issues such as the inclusion of palm oil do capture the imagination
- Scent plays a huge role in beauty purchasing decisions and we like to play around with products before committing our cash

And so, on with my latest review...
I was sent a bottle of Shiffa Sensual Body Oil which I've been using for approximately a week and I have to say, I'm impressed. This is definitely one for fans of luxurious indulgence and natural products.
The packaging is minimalist yet elegant, with clean lines which I feel suits the brand message.
My one, major complaint would be that it's a pouring bottle and I'd have found a spritzer considerably more practical.
I'm racing through the bottle so to ensure value for money, you may prefer to use this as a treat e.g. after a warming winter bath rather than as a daily moisturiser. Having said that, my skin looks and feels incredibly conditioned and although it's a thick oil, it is fairly easily absorbed.
The scent is somewhat overpowering so if you're not accustomed to the fragrance of pure essential oils (in this case, rose and geranium being the predominant scents), it may not be to your taste, however, for me, it merely added to the indulgence factor. I'm looking forward to discovering more from this brand.

£52 for 100ml at
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