Just Charlie G

The Revlon Equave range is a professional brand, which means you can only buy it  from Revlon salons.

Revlon Equave Volumizing Detangling Conditioner
The Equave range isn’t new, but it is now revamped, enriched with keratin for extra vitality, soft hair and extra texture.

I was sent the Volumizing Detangling Conditioner – Keratin Enriched (£10.99 200ml).

Well, although you can’t tell in my picture, this is one of those products that settles in two layers and you shake it to mix it up. It’s also a leave in conditioner.

I got off to a false start with this product, not sure what I was doing wrong, either I wasn’t shaking it properly or I was using too much but I kept on ending up with crispy hair. “This doesn’t seem too professional” I thought to myself.

I tried again, shook it for a wee bit longer and used slightly less and now I’ve got the knack I’m loving this and am using it religiously, alternating with the fab Beever Daily Revive I reviewed recently because I can’t decide which product I love most.

This is another one of those does-what-it-says-on-the-tin products, when you use it correctly you can expect silky soft, tangle free, volumised hair. I don’t end up with massive hair (thank goodness because mine can be big enough all on its own at times), just a little bit of volume, I’d describe it as body really. It adds body.

I don’t have a list of salons you can purchase this from but you can call 0208 399 5624 to find your nearest stockist.

Oh and if you google you can find various stockists of Equave products, but they are all the old formula and thus not keratin enriched.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Revlon CustomEyes Mascara is a product I was keen to try out having heard the hype, sadly for me this really didn’t work out for me…read on to find out why.

Revlon CustomEyes Mascara

The mascara’s point of interest is that you can adjust the wand to two positions, with position one giving you “length and drama” and position two giving you “length and definition”. Its clever, if you look really closely as you adjust the wand you can see little extra bristles poking out. I thought it was clever anyway.

The following two pictures are the two different settings in use. The first being “length and definition” and the second being “length and drama”. I have to be totally honest and say I couldn’t see much difference between the two and I also want you to notice the black specks under my lower lashes and in the corner of the eye. I’d only been wearing this mascara for 20 minutes at the time of taking these pictures.

Revlon CustomEyes Mascara
Revlon CustomEyes Mascara
For a better look at the differences:
Revlon CustomEyes Mascara
Revlon CustomEyes Mascara
I know they aren’t brilliant pictures but they give the general idea right? I really couldn’t see much difference between the two eyes although I did like the look of the mascara and thought it gave me a good seperated look, so I wasn’t sold on the gimmick of two looks, but I did like the overall way the mascara looked.
But think back to those black specks under my eye after 20 mins of wear and behold the same area after an hour and half of wear:
Revlon CustomEyes Mascara
 Do you see that? It’s flaking off all over the shop. On my upper lid, under my eye, down on to my cheek and out towards the bottom end of my eyebrow. Sadly, this just doesn’t have staying power for me.
So its not a great review from me for Revlon Customeyes mascara, I like the look it gives me but it doesn’t wear at all well on me and I can’t help but feel disappointed in the lack of difference between the two settings. I see I’m not the only one who has found that to be the case. Although I’ve not yet seen anyone having the same problems with the flaking that I’ve had so who knows whats going on there!
Revlon do fantastic make up and generally speaking I love the brand, but I’ve not got on with any of their mascara’s yet! Can’t have it all I suppose!
Have you tried this? Did you have better luck than me?

Disclaimer – PR Sample

You may remember a while ago I went out and bought Coconut Crush and Bubblegum scented polishes by Revlon and had mixed thoughts, the coconut one smelled nice enough, the colour was pretty but not wow and gave me lots of little air bubbles, I couldn’t stand the smell of the bubblegum variety but I am head over heels in love with the colour!

So anyway, Revlon sent me three to try out. Peach Smoothie, Pretty in Papaya and Ocean Breeze.

Revlon Scented Polish

The first I tried was Peach Smoothie. It smelled nice enough but the scent wasn’t very strong, but I do love the colour, its a gorgeous nude on me, wear was pretty good too!

Revlon Peach Smoothie

Then my favourite, Pretty in Papaya. Stunning colour! Absolutely stunning. A bright bright coral. Nearly red but not quite and the scent was gorgeous too. Actually it smelled so strong I didn’t immediately connect it with the varnish, as stupid as that sounds, I was looking around and trying to remember what I’d used in my manicure but it was this. The scent stayed strong for a couple of days but then started to diminish. Gorgeous formula on this one too.

Revlon Pretty in Papaya

Lastly, Ocean Breeze. Nice clean smell, not very strong though and a stunning colour, although I don’t wear these kinds of colours really, I do love them though. Unforunately, if you enlarge this picture you’ll see it’s absolutely choc full of air bubbles. I hadn’t shaken the bottle or anything, it just applied like this which is a big shame, I also had this problem with the Coconut Crush. Maybe it’s just me.

Revlon Ocean Breeze

All gorgeous colours, with nice scents, although only Papaya Punch smelled strong enough for me to not have to put my hand right up to my nostrils, and sadly I can’t recommend Ocean Breeze due to the awful bubbling, but the colour is amazing!

My top picks from all the ones I’ve tried have to be Pretty in Papaya and Bubblegum for the colour.

£6.49 from http://www.boots.com/
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Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer

Just a quick post about this fab buffer! Usual buffer style, use one side to refine the surface of your nail then the white side to polish for an absolutely superb shine! 400% more shine than your natural nail apparently, well I don’t now about that but its certainly impessive and I’ve been rocking the no polish look a lot more since I’ve had it. Very impressed, and the results last for days and days with no need to re-buff.

Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer
Revlon Crazy Shine Nail BufferRevlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer
 

You can also use to add shine back to your polish if it’s looking a bit dull.

I love this so much and highly recommend it. At the time of writing I don’t have a price but will update this post when I do.

Available from http://www.superdrug.com/ for a bargainous £2.99!.

*Disclosure – PR Sample

I absolutely loved the Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks. Loved them, so it’s no surprise that I really rate the Colorburst Lipglosses too.

The colour range is great, the wear on them is average, but the colour packs a great punch which is fab since so many glosses I try really are on the sheer side (which I like too but it’s nice to have some real pigment!) and they aren’t too sticky, I couldn’t say in all honesty that these weren’t sticky at all but I actually find a lipgloss thats a bit sticky at least tends to have a bit more staying power, never too sure if I’m imagining that though and at £7.99 each they won’t break the bank either.

The three shades I have are Pink Ice,  Crystal Lilac, Hot Pink and Bordeaux which look like this:

Pink Ice:

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Pink Ice

Crystal Lilac:

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Crystal Lilac

Hot Pink:

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Hot Pink

Bordeaux:

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Bordeaux

Gorgeous colours. My fave out of the four is Crystal Lilac, you should be able to see if you click the image to full size that it’s full of subtle lilac duochrome but otherwise looks like a fairly nude lip. Very nice.

Available from http://www.boots.com/

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Lipstains are currently quite in vogue I believe, there does seem to be a lot of brands coming out with them at the moment. Long ago I used to use Benetint but I found it always bled, and until recently I wasn’t aware there was such a thing as a lip liner to prevent lip colours bleeding and I still don’t own one.

Anyway, I have three of the new Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain & Balm’s here and was keen to give them a whirl. The three shades I was sent are Twilight (top), Flame (middle) and Passion (bottom).

So each one is double ended, with one end being a felt pen style applicator and the other end being a stick of balm. I’ll show you the colours first then talk about the product. These have all been hastily applied so forgive me!

Twilight:

Flame:

 Passion:

First thing to say is that Flame is a bit redder that it’s showing in that picture. A bit more scarlet.  Clearly Flame and Passion are my clear favourites with Twilight being a colour I would never wear really. I will say that it bears no resemblance to the outer packaging, unlike the other two though!

The colour is buildable and with the first one, I did go over it so many times it became much darker than it should have been. The balm is a nice touch but these don’t feel drying so I’m not sure it’s necessary, but I suppose it’s nice to have the option to add a bit of a sheen  rather than the dull finish of a stain, but I always thought that was the point of a stain! The balm. Well went I went to use the balm on the Passion one for the first time it just snapped off, rendering it useless, its a bit of a design flaw I think as you can’t retract it, what you see is what you get, if it breaks off that’s just bad luck. However, it is a nice soft balm that adds a gentle sheen to your lips making them look quite kissable!

The stains themselves are gorgeous and wear pretty well, evidence of stain will be found on my lips many many hours later, but its patchy.  That’s another thing, if you look closely at these pictures you’ll see the colour itself looks patchy, I’ve tried other lipstain pens and they always do this. I don’t mind it really, it all adds to the less perfect look of a stain, but you do have to be careful to not be too patchy! I also found them a bit tricky to apply to the top lip as the pen is angled in such a way that the tip isn’t so wet as it is when it’s angled down for the bottom lip. Still a bit of posing/twisting/contorting later and I’ve found I can do my top lip with the tip angled down so long as I paint in the outline first.

So my consensus. Despite the negatives I’ve mentioned, I love them!  The colours are beautiful, nicely pigmented for stains too, and they wear pretty well. I’d prefer to wind out as much balm as I need rather than delicately trying to put the whole stick on without snapping it but y’know these stains are £7.99. I suppose adding in a wind up mechanism may have pushed up the prices somewhat…

I really do recommend these and they come in a colour for everyone I think! Just be prepared for a little streakiness and for the stain to bear no resemblance to the tube in some cases 🙂
Available from http://www.boots.com/ and I think there are 7 shades.

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Revlon Scented Polish Coconut Crush and Bubblegum
I’ve been waiting for these to come out for ages. Actually I didn’t think they were out yet but I was in Boots the other day having a nose and spotted them. At the time of purchase (last friday I think) they were two for £8 on all Revlon polish so I grabbed a couple. Coconut Crush, a gold tinted frosty white with a coconut scent and Bubblegum, a bright fuschia with a bubblegum scent.
Coconut crush. Smells really strong of nearly realistic coconut and over the course of a few days the scent didn’t diminish. I didn’t realise though until I was sorting out these photos that my nails were covered in tiny little air bubbles. Wear was ok on it. I like the colour a lot, it’s not too frosty, and the scent was just ok.
Revlon Scented Polish Coconut Crush
 Then I put on Bubblegum. This was the one I was looking forward to most! I love sweet smelling things. Sadly the scent of this one was disappointing, it smelled slightly sweet, slightly bubblegum-my and quite chemically. Not nice. The scent didn’t last well on this one and I couldn’t detect it on the second day. Just as well since I didn’t like it really. The colour however I love! It’s nothing special I don’t suppose, it’s just a bright pink, but I love it! I really love it! Gorgeous. I’m really into pink at the moment, you’ll see over the course of the next week or two of posts!
Revlon Scented Polish  Bubblegum

All in all I have mixed thoughts! The scent of the coconut one was nice, but not amazing, and the colour was nice but not wow,  and the bubblegum one was a great colour but the smell was vile and not long lasting. So there you go, my thoughts on the Revlon Scented polish!

Revlon Fire & Ice Lipstick and Nail Enamel launched in 1952 and became one of the most iconic beauty launches and ad campaigns ever and featured Dorian Leigh.  Today it’s back and features Jessica Biel shot by Mario Testino.

Revlon Fire and ICe

So Fire and Ice is a classic and beautiful red. I seem to have complete and utter love for reds at the moement and this one, certainly the nail polish, goes straight to the top of my list. The lipstick is also simply stunning, its purely that I don’t get much wear out of red lippies, even if I do love them. The colour is knockout.

Revlon Fire and ICe

On the nails, the polish is everything that I hoped it was going to be. Here are a couple of pics with and without flash, it’s opaque, glossy and just a lovely colour!

Revlon Fire and ICe
Revlon Fire and ICe
The lipstick is exactly the same colour.
Revlon Fire and ICe

If this red looks like it could be the one for you then get youselves to Boots. The lipstick is £7.29 and the polish is £6.29.

I’m a big reds fan and I really rate this shade  🙂

Created by Guccie Westman for Autumn/Winter 2010 and inspired by the fashionable women of the 1920’s Art Deco Period.

Revlon Suede Rhapsody A/W 2010 Collection

So we have three new lipsticks, two matte, one creme, two nail polishes, both matte and an eyeshadow palette with four shades.

I have really mixed feelings about this collection. I don’t see how it gels together in anyway, but then, I’m well known for being too matchy-matchy and not known for breaking boundaries with colour experimentation so what do I know. All I know is that I felt that once I’d used the eyeshadows, none of the lipsticks matched! No doubt though another stunning blogger will use them in a FotD and prove me completely and utterly wrong!

So here are some swatches:

Revlon Suede Rhapsody A/W 2010 Collection

The top row is the four shades from the Silver Fox Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow palette and below are the three lipsticks, Mink Creme Super Lustrous and Stormy Pink and Smoked Peach.

I’ll talk about the products in a little more detail now. Starting with the Silver Fox Palette.

Revlon Suede Rhapsody A/W 2010 Collection

Lovely quality shadows with a decent level of pigment, I’m not sure I love the colour combination but there’s no argument from me about the quality of these! Will definitely get some use out of them.

Revlon Suede Rhapsody A/W 2010 CollectionRevlon Suede Rhapsody A/W 2010 Collection

The lipsticks are great. I really like the transparent lids, allowing you to see the colour within.

Revlon Suede Rhapsody A/W 2010 Collection

I don’t love the the creme lipstick, its just not a great colour on me, but I am smitten with the two matte shades, Smoked Peach and Stormy Pink. In particular Smoked Peach. And my gosh, the wear on them is great. Two bits of toast and a coffee and still well and truly in place. Love them.
Smoked Peach:

Revlon Smoked peach

Stormy Pink:

Revlon Stormy Pink

They a re a bit drying, but no more so than any other matte lipstick I’ve tried.

Lastly, the nail varnishes, a matter jewel green called Emerald City Matte and a rich wine shade called Ruby Ribbon Matte.

These look gorgeous on, beautiful rich finish but I have no pictures. Why? Because before I’d got round to taking the photos of my nails, but within an hour of painting my nails, they were chipped. Not just one tiny chip on one nail, chips on all but two of my nails. That’s no good. I know Matte polishes are not hard wearing, I know they chip easily, but seriously, less than hour? That’s dire. So there are no pics, sorry.

So there you have it, mixed feelings on this collection, there are bits I love, bits I like and bits I really don’t like! As always, reasonably priced and there are bits you must have, especially if you love Matte lips like I do.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with a stupidly wide eyed FotD pic using Smoked Peach lippie and the Silver Fox Palette. And a touch too much Bronzer. Ooops.

If that doesn’t give you nightmares, nothing will….

I love red lipstick. Very much. However, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, as a stay at home mum with no social life I very very rarely wear it…so I’m not sure why I have accumulated quite so many. It’s a little excessive I have to admit!

My Red Lipstick Collection

Here are swatches in the same order:

My Red Lipstick Collection

So we have Left to Right: Marks & Spencer Poppy, Revlon True Red, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss Stick Cherry Ice, Lord & Berry Vogue Semi-Matte China Red, Mac Viva Glam Cyndi, Mac Cockney, Mac Hot Tahiti, Clinique High Impact Red-y To Wear, All For Eve Eve Red.

So I have to admit, a couple of them aren’t true reds, Mac Cyndi and Hot Tahiti for example but they are great examples of every day reds, and the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss Stick in Cherry Ice is really red but as it’s a glossy finish, it has a much softer finish and is quite wearable on an average kind of a day.

The M&S Poppy lipstick is my oldest and I bought it a long long time ago for a fancy dress party when I was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood!

My Red Lipstick Collection

Thats a wig by the way!

So anyway, my favourite reds are in no particular order, the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss stick in Cherry Ice:

My Red Lipstick Collection

Mac Cockney:

My Red Lipstick Collection

And lastly the beautiful Clinique Red-y to Wear:

My Red Lipstick Collection

So there we have it! A quick look at my reds collection with a closer look at my favourites!

Are there any reds you think I really need to add to my collection of never-worn red lipsticks? I clearly need more in my life 😉