Just Charlie G

I love Revlon’s Minted varnish so very very much. In recent months it’s the only colour I go for over and over again. But these days, once I’ve worn a colour alone and enjoyed it, the next time I wear it I struggle to not embellish it in some way, well, if it’s a creme finish.

So I decided to embellish using water decals from Viva La Nails as I hadn’t tried them yet. You can read my thoughts on Viva La Nails over at Dainty Dollymix where I did a guest review for her, but at that time I hadn’t tried any of the water decals and I have to say they are by far the most successful product I’ve tried from them. I love them. Easy to use and very effective. So anyway, here is the finished result:

So pretty. But actually, when I say finished result, its not quite… I had to just go and add a little something extra. Green crystals!

There! That’s more like it. I love this manicure, its my second favourite manicure I’ve ever done. You may also notice I’ve changed the shape of my nails… I do this very often, I can never decide which shape I like best, stylish squoval or classic oval!

Anyway, I’m off to look at the Viva La Nails and get more of those water decals. Very impressed!

I’m totally into doing my nails at the moment and I fancy building up myself a little nail art kit 🙂 What do you think of these?

I recently received Revlon’s Grow Luscious Mascara to try and I was quite excited. There’s a lot of buzz around products that actually help your lashes (and brows!) grow at the moment so it’s nice to jump on the bandwagon!

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

I’m really not at all sure what this product is supposed to do. The name, Grow Luscious, woud imply that this mascara will help lengthen and strengthen and replenish your lashes but it doesn’t actually this anywhere in bumph I received. What it does say is that 96% of women saw instantly longer, fuller and more luscious lashes. Which is nice but it makes no reference to how they actually grow (Revlon PR please correct me if I’m just missing it!).

As I’m so confused about whether it actually helps your lashes grow or just appear longer. I decided I’d tackle reviewing this in two ways, one oon it’s performance as a mascara and another at a later date on whether my lashes have actually grown (if they are supposed to and incidentally, not sure but I think I see a difference already after a week).

So how does it perform? Lets have a look at the wand.

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

It’s massive! It hasn’t really hampered my application though, although it does mean I’m extra careful.

Lets have a look at how it is on!
Before and after:

Revlon Grow Luscious MascaraRevlon Grow Luscious Mascara

Before and after:

Revlon Grow Luscious MascaraRevlon Grow Luscious Mascara

Before and after:

Revlon Grow Luscious MascaraRevlon Grow Luscious Mascara

I think those last two pics show you the mascara at it’s best. I don’t think the results are incredibly dramatic however, I do really like it. Its not clumpy in the slightest, it’s natural looking, it does add length and definition to individual lashes.

I will be interested to see what the long term effects of using this are, if any. On my right eye, outer bottom, my lashes are extremely stumpy which is odd, so would be lovely to see them grow a bit! So tune in again a few weeks to see if there’s any change!

This will be £9.99 and available from September.

As is so often the case, I was late to the party with this one. Revlon’s Gray Suede polish promises to suit all skin tones and is a very reasonably priced £6.25. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a nude shade and this one is lovely. No wonder its been one of Revlon’s biggest sellers this season!

Revlon Gray Suede Nail VarnishRevlon Gray Suede Nail Varnish

It’s classy and stylish. I think it’s basically a creme finish but there is the subtlest hint of shimmer adding a little something and stopping it from being completely flat.

I must just say that all ny recent experiences with Revlon polishes have been fantastic, shiny, long wearing and excellent application. Highly recommended.

Hi all 🙂

I’ve had this product for ages now but for a variety of reasons I’ve not been able to do my review until now. I’m sorry if you’ve had your fill of Photoready reviews 🙂 I’m also featuring the very lovely Louise from http://getlippie.blogspot.com/

Revlon Photoready Review

So it comes in 8 shades and retails at £12.99. I am a Mac NW20 and found that the two palest shades, Vanilla and Shell both work on me and on me, there is very little difference between them. The foundation is designed to give you a flawless finish under any lighting conditions, is oil free and has an SPF of 20 which is nice

So, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the sparkles in this stuff. I’ve read loads of reviews myself and all mention the sparkles in varying degrees so I was keen to try it out for myself. I swatched it on my hand and went outside. Yes there are sparkles. Not heaps though.

Revlon Photoready Review

But on the face I really don’t see them at all. I stood out in the back garden with a mirror for ages. I see a little glow but no sparkles. Here’s a close up of my cheek -the black bits are eyeshadow fall out, not blackheads!

Revlon Photoready Review

Its a lovely finish actually and I do recommend it BUT it’s not great if you have any dry skin, you’ll probably have to enlarge this to see but around my nose looks a little flaky…

Revlon Photoready Review

It’s also quite a light coverage I think and often wouldn’t be enough for me. On days when I’m feeling confident about my skin I won’t hesitate to choose this, but sadly those days are few and far between.

In terms of wear, I find at the end of 8 hours it’s sliding around a bit, but it can be set with a light dusting of powder.

Overall a nice foundation (that isn’t sparkly) for anyone who doesn’t have dry skin or require a lot of coverage.

Louise’s Review

I was delighted to be offered the chance to review Photoready, I’d heard so much about the shimmer effect, I was expecting to look like a glitterball in seconds.
Sadly, I was disappointed, as it’s actually a surprisingly nice foundation. I tried the shade Nude (02)
Revlon Photoready Review
It’s a tiny bit too dark for me, but it’s not too orange-based which is nice.  It’s a medium-weight foundation, which I find really easy to blend out:
Revlon Photoready Review
Once on the skin, it gives a medium coverage, and a sheeny/dewy effect, which I really like.  However, I was expecting it to sparkle a lot more than it did!  When I was wearing it, I couldn’t really see any of the shimmer effect that’s been so widely reported:
Revlon Photoready Review
 
I was a bit disappointed, to be honest, I was expecting to look like Marc Bolan after an explosion in a glitter factory (younger readers may wish to Google at this point, thankyouplease), but all I got was this lousy slight sheen!
I think it lasts longer if you set it with powder – in all honesty, it’s not as long-lasting as some higher-end foundations I’ve been trying, which is irritating – on older skin, it can look a little too dewy if you’re not careful:
Revlon Photoready Review
 
So there you go, it’s nice, it’s shimmery (allegedly), but it doesn’t last all that long on the skin.  Not sure I’d buy it again, but I think it’ll be a great foundation if you don’t want to spend too much …

Revlon ColorBurst lipsticks. The hype is building and I’ve read a few blog posts on them now and was looking forward to trying them. I was sent five to try and they really do live up to my expectations.

Revlon ColorBurst

Not a huge fan of the packaging design, it looks posh but it feels a bit cheap. Thats not important anyway. I do like the colour swatches on the lid meaning you can see which colour you have without having to open them up which is handy. Lets have a closer look at the colours.

Revlon ColorBurst

L-R Fuchsia, Blush, Coral, True Red, Plum

Don’t you love the look of a new lippie? All shiny and lovely!

There are 12 shades altogether and they are being promoted as  being “high impact colour” but “feather light feel” and indeed they are. They swatch (both on the skin and on my lips) very well. One swipe delivers the colours you expect. No need to go over a few times to build it up. First time’s a charm.

The obligatory swatches:

Revlon ColorBurst

L-R Fuchsia, Blush, Coral, True Red, Plum

I must say I’m very much looking forward to giving True Red a go and here’s Fuchsia on my lips.

Revlon ColorBurst

I think that’s pretty Wow to be honest! If you want to see any of the other colours on, just give me a shout. It is a rich colour, moisturising and has a lovely sheen. In fact I want more…. Crimson, Carnation, Baby Pink and Peach all look wonderful.

I should mention that as per the description, they do feel light on your lips. Not a hint of greasiness. Very nice.

I know this is a bit of a gushing review, and given that I was sent these for review you might think I was biased. I just think they are really nice.

These are due out today and priced at £7.99. What do you think? Any appeal to you?

Chances are it was Charlie. I can’t actually remember what mine was.  I had all the usuals in the 80’s and 90’s Eden, Monsoon, Lou Lou, Poison etc but they were in my later teens I think, 15/16/17. When I was younger though I most definitely had Charlie. Charlie Red I think, and I have the vaguest recollections of a Charlie Blue as well. It comes as no surprise to me that Charlie is still going strong, after all it’s almost a rite of passage!

Since my Charlie days the fragrance range has expanded although I believe Charlie Red & Blue are still going strong.

There are three new fragrances (well I think they came out at the end of last year). Each EDT is 30mls and retails for £5.99.

Charlie by Revlon

Charlie Chic
Captivate your audience with Charlie Chic!
An alluring blend of patchouli and sandalwood with a hint of timeless amber.
This is the one I expected to like the most from the description, but actually liked the least. It gave me headaches unfortunately.


Charlie Pink
Do your thing with Charlie Pink!
A juicy mix of red fruits, tangerine and vanilla

I like this, it’s fresh and breezy and not cloying. Just nice.

Charlie Black
Bring out the rebel in you with Charlie Black!
A sparkling creation of mandarin, cherry and white musk

Saving the best til last, this is really nice. The most sophisticated of the bunch and it really does smell nice and lasts a long time on your skin too.

Really these fragrances I think are aimed at youngsters, which sadly I am not, they don’t break the bank and the scents are not too adult. However, there’s a downside and that is the length of time that the fragrance stays on your skin. I struggle to get even the faintest whiff of Chic and Pink on me after a couple of hours, whereas Black does linger for quite some time. But you know, at £5.99 you can afford to reapply as many times as you like.

Just as Charlie was one of my first perfumes, I can easily imagine any of these being my daughter’s first perfumes too. There’s a reason they’re still going strong 35 years down the line!

Charlie by Revlon

Disclaimer: I was sent these products for review purposes.

This is the second review of these Ltd Edition nail varnishes from Revlon. You can see Minted here so go and have a look if you haven’t already. I must say before I show you Lilac Pastelle, that the wear on these is extremely good. I removed Minted last night  and there wasn’t a chip on it, nor any tip wear. I removed it anyway so I could get on and try Lilac Pastelle! And very lovely it is too.

Revlon Lilac Pastelle Nail Varnish
Revlon Lilac Pastelle Nail Varnish

A pretty spring colour I think. I don’t love it as much as I ended up loving Minted and for some unknown reason I had a terrible time applying this, but I was using a new base coat which I sometimes think affects the application. Still, I think the end result makes the effort worth while. At £6.29 it’s a worthy polish and one I’m pleased to have in my ever expanding collection.

PS: This product was sent to me for review purposes by Revlon.

Revlon have released two polishes for Spring/Summer 2010. Minted and Lilac Pastelle. (Lilac Pastelle review to follow). All the polishes retail for £6.29. Please note I was sent this product to review.

It’d be impossible to write this post without making comparisons to Essie’s Mint Candy Apple so I guess I’ll start there! You can find my review at the bottom of THIS POST. The colours are very close indeed. But I didn’t like the Essie. I found it hard to work with and unforgiving in its application and I wasn’t sold on the whole mint green thing, in fact I sold it after only wearing it once! So, I didn’t expect to like Revlon Minted but  I do! The application is a dream, two coats. It just seems slightly more forgiving, slightly softer and less tippex-y. I’m not 100% sold on mint green on me, but I think I will wear this again, I think I kind of love it! So for your viewing pleasure I give you Revlon Minted Nail Varnish.

Revlon Minted Nail Varnish
Revlon Minted Nail Varnish

And just for fun here’s Essie Mint Candy Apple for comparison because I couldn’t find one anywhere. Minted is definitely softer, greener and in my opinion, nicer.

Essie Candy Apple

Revlon very kindly sent me this mascara to review for you all.
What sets this product apart from other mascara’s apparently is the 2 in 1 brush which is supposed to build volume whilst seperating and defining your lashes. This retails at £8.99.

Revlon Double Twist Mascara Review

The vey first thing I noticed was how much product came out on the wand. It looked a little…gloopy…(click the picture to see close up).

Revlon Double Twist Mascara Review

The next thing I noticed as I started to apply it, was that I found the brush rather unweildly and big to use. I can’t really explain why, it just feels clumsy, but perhaps that’s me.

So how did it look? Here’s a before and two afters (one of which is lovely and cross eyed).

Revlon Double Twist Mascara Review
Revlon Double Twist Mascara Review
Revlon Double Twist Mascara Review

What do you think? Well I’ll tell you what I think. I think it adds volume,  but perhaps a bit too much, due to the amount of product on the brush, lashes were a bit thicker than I’d like, but yes they were clearly defined and seperated. It’s not the perfect mascara for me, I suspect because I have a lot of thick lashes already but I can really see this working well for someone who has less lashes, or thinner lashes. It’s not that it doesn’t work for me, I will definitely keep using it, it’s just that I tend to not need volume, I tend to go for lengthening formulas. The other thing is the brush. I will practice some more and see if it gets any easier to use, but it just makes me feel clumsy and I’d like a little less product on the wand.

Oh! Another good thing about it is that it’s super pigmented, I have some mascara’s here that don’t pack the punch this does colour wise, so I do like that.

Generally speaking I would recommend this but perhaps not to anyone who already has thick, full lashes, but anyone looking for volume and definition? This could really work for you!

PS: Last night when Graham came in from work he thought I was wearing false lashes! It’s really a dramatic look.

Revlon’s Spring/Summer collection for 2010 is right on trend this year. Corals, lilacs, pastel nails (reviews on these coming soon). The selection is designed by Gucci Westman (celebrity make up artist) and I was lucky enough to receive 3 of the 5 Super Lustrous Lipglosses to try out.

The five shades are Peach Petal, Coral Reef, Pink Pop, Fire Cracker and Lilac Pastelle and the three I received are detailed below. I understand these are not limited but are simply new colours introduced to the already existing range of lipglosses. So lets have a look at the colours I received.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss

L-R: Pink Pop, Peach Petal and Fire Cracker

And here’s a closer look at them all.

All of the colours are sheer rather than opaque but yet still give a good level of colour and Pink Pop is no exception. To me it’s a classic bubblegum pink. And for me it’s just about right, I never like bright pinks on me if they have a touch too much blue in them, but this is lovely.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Pink PopRevlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Pink Pop

Lovely isn’t it?

Next up is Peach Petal. Now this is a nude and I struggle with nudes. It’s not the best colour on me I have to say, but I do think I can probably make it work with the right make up. Now There are two close ups, simply because the flash went off in one for some reason so I thought you might as well see it with and without a flash. You will also see in the close up that this has really settled in the lines of my lips but actually, when I was looking in the mirror this wasn’t apparent at all so it doesn’t bother me.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Peach petal
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Peach petalRevlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Peach petal

Lastly is Fire Cracker. I LOVE red lipstick but don’t get much occasion to wear it but I really like this. This makes it ok for me to wear red in the day without feeling too OTT. It’s lovely but you can judge for yourself 🙂

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Fire CrackerRevlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Fire Cracker

Check out the bags under those eyes. Still no sleep in this house of ills.

Anyway, to summarise, beautiful colours and the wear of them seems pretty good for a gloss. Needs replenishing after food or drink, although there was a little left on my lips after a coffee but more is needed for the full effect. Oh and finally, the price is £6.49 which makes them pretty affordable by my reckoning. Definitely recommended.