posted by on Nails, Nails of the Day, Ruby & Millie

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**Please note this post was written several months ago. Ruby & Millie has since been withdrawn from Boots and so this polish now belongs to the “hard to find” ranks. I wanted to publish this anyway though**

Ruby & Millie seem to have been around since the Ark. I remember when they first appeared in Boots, all my friends getting excited at the prospect of some slightly higher-end makeup compared to what our teenage selves were used to wearing. For many, many years, I received (and loved) Ruby & Millie products on various birthdays and Christmasses, and I think I still have some of their lipglosses on the go. I don’t really know who Millie is, but Ruby seems to be a permanent fixture on many of our TVs, specializing in makeover programmes. I always marvel at how amazing she looks.

Any way. As I said, I was well acquainted with some items from the Ruby & Millie range but for some reason, never their nail polish. Until one day not that long ago I found myself needing to kill some time before a meeting I was early for, so popped into Boots to see what was what. Always a dangerous action, I am sure you’ll agree. And there they were. I think there are about ten polishes in what must be a permanent collection. Some of the colours are…interesting…like bright neon yellows and greens, and Neutral immediately stuck out to me as being the most unique of the range.

It reminds me of what happens when you mix together all of your watercolours as a child. It is not quite grey, purple or green – more of a mix of all three. In the bottle, the silver veining is stronger than it appears on the nail, and it certainly bears zero resemblance to the promotion shots, that make it look like a hot purple with pink and silver shimmer. As we can clearly see here, it is anything but. I like it – it is unique and striking and I’m glad I decided to try it out. However…

…the application was not that easy. The plastic bobble you see on the end is the handle of the brush and is too small to get a proper grip on it. I was concerned several times during the application that the brush was going to go pinging out of my hand and across the room. Also, the neck of the bottle is huuuge. Apply this on a flat surface only, or you may well end up tipping it all down your front.

This is a three coater. And a warning for you too. It takes a long time to dry, and I had tipwear by the end of the second day. It looks amazing when you first put it on, but it looks tired and old very quickly. More quickly than I’d expect something with an £8.50 price tag to do.

So what do you think? Are you sad that Ruby & Millie products are no longer available? Did you have any favourites from their range?

Helen

posted by on Color On, Guest Review

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Stick-on eyeshadow isn’t a new concept. It’s been around for a while, and it is a bit of an odd one. I was recently given some of these to try (from American brand Color On) and my colleague Victoria was quick to spot them when they landed on my desk.

Victoria describes herself as “absolutely useless when it comes to putting on make-up. I look like a painted dolly, or someone who’s gone mad with a crayon”. So who better to test out these allegedly idiot-proof stick on eyeshadows?

 

We tried Aruba, from the “Flaunt” range. Apparently, Aruba is “hot as the sun-kissed island its named for, this subtle combination has a bright sweep of purple liner (gradient tan and brown with purple liner)”. The brochure we got has obviously been translated from another language as some of the terminology is interesting, to say the least. It requests that you “peal” off the backing, for example…

Any way. So. You peel of the plastic overlayer, and pop the two little ovals of felt out. Then, ever so carefully, you place the oval over your eyelid and veeeery gently smooth it across the lid. This deposits the shadow onto the lid. Don’t press hard or tap it as you’ll deposit too much. It only takes a second and because the shades are all pre-blended together on the felt, you don’t need to go anywhere near it with a brush, other than to add the setting powder on the top.

I’m really perplexed by this. Personally, I love the act of applying make-up, sitting down and relaxing whilst playing with colours and blending shades together. But I totally understand that for the non-fanatic, it can be a chore, especially if you arent practised in getting it right or knowing what to do. Victoria was really pleased with the look that we managed to achieve in about 30 seconds and I have to admit, once we’d cleaned up the area where it went outside her lids, it looked pretty damn good.

It is kind of sticky though.  Apparently it felt lightweight and non-greasy to wear, but I got some on my finger and it felt really thick and creamy. I guess cream eyeshadows have better stick-ability than powder ones so I would definitely recommend setting this over a base of foundation as it did melt a little bit during the course of the day. According to the blurb, the eyeshadow contains “light reflecting pigments to correct and enhance the eye area”. OK.

Each set costs £22.50 for five strips which can be used for up to ten applications.  The range includes pretty fun and novelty shadows as well (leopard print eyeshadow, anyone?) but I would say that you’d need to reserve this for special occasions only.

Victoria has said that she took the pads home and has had at least three or four more wears out of them and that she also managed to apply them succesfully herself. Result!

ColorOn Pro UK’s website can be found here where you can find out more and browse the full range, and the official retailer is The Shampoo Shop.

Have you tried these? Are you tempted? Let me know your thoughts!

Helen

*PR sample*