OPI Boris & Natasha


posted by on Nails, Nails of the Day, OPI


At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I really do love OPI’s Russian Collection. I do think that it is my favourite, much as I love France and the varying Holiday collections.

I have worn this polish on a number of occasions as it never fails to please me. It is described as a “raisin” shade and I think that’s fairly accurate. The photos have picked up on the reddish undertones, but this is really a good balance of red and brown. It’s not the most unique shade in the world, but it’s a nice one.

I probably should have done three coats of this, but I wore this polish as part of the QuickDry Comparison post that I did last year, where I was testing  the topcoats out over two coats of an OPI creme. But it applies beautifully and I really cannot fault the appliation or the wear.

By the way, I was wondering who Boris and Natasha were. At first I was convinced they were something to do with the Romanovs, or some other notorious part of Russian history. But no, it transpires that Boris and Natasha were characters from the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon.

So now we know. Don’t say you never learn anything here.

What do you think? I know it’s not a “revolutionary” colour (ho ho) but it’s very nice indeed. The kind of shade you reach for when you dont really know what else to choose. Work appropriate and long-lasting.

I might have preferred a purple that is more like the colour of Natasha’s dress, but hey, I’m not really complaining.


posted by on 20 Questions, Fellow Bloggers


Good morning, everyone. Under today’s 20 Questions spotlight is Astrid, from Skin Deep Beauty.  This lady knows how to write, which I always look for in a blog, not to mention the fact that she knows a thing or two about beauty! Please head on over here and show her some love.

1)            Why did you start your blog?

I felt that it was important being a writer but also because I wanted to be able to write about my beauty experiences completely independently.

2)            How long have you been blogging for?

I started SkinDeep last Summer and I’m loving every minute!

3)            What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Discovering new brands, learning that there are like-minded people out there and sharing my finds. Also, I get a huge rush when I get a new follower!

4)            What frustrates you most about blogging?

From what I understand, us bloggers all tend to bemoan the lack of hours in the day!

         5)      How much time a week do you spend on your blog / reading other people’s blogs?

I dare not add up all the hours! I have found that you get out of blogging what you put in so it is worth the effort!

        6)      What advice do you have for aspiring beauty bloggers?

Pair your blog with a Twitter account to increase awareness of it.

         7)      What other hobbies/interests do you have?

I love baking, much to Mr SkinDeep’s delight!

        8  )      How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?

I haven’t counted but let’s just say it’s got to the stage where I’ve had to invest in specially designed storage containers! They are meticulously organised, by brand and by colour.

        9)      Do you set yourself a shopping budget, or do you purchase on an as-and-when basis?

It depends. For fashion, I tend to save up & go on a seasonal shopping splurge but I’m a firm believer that if you absolutely fall in love with a piece & it’s your only chance to buy, you should do so.. I’ve simply had too many occasions where I’ve regretted not doing so! In terms of beauty, I’m very lucky that through my job as a writer, I get sent lots of items to try.

        10)     What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?

I’m very excited by the way in which Illamasqua has entered the market & pitched themselves as something unique. I do feel that different brands have strengths in certain product areas, for example MAC and Urban Decay are fab for eye colour whereas I prefer Chanel for lipsticks.

        11)     Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?

Hell yes! I’m sure most people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m a beauty writer!

        12)     What is your favourite beauty product and why?

It’s a tough one but I’d probably say skincare. I started following the Creme de la Mer regime this year and can honestly say, it’s amazing how much you can get away with when you have perfectly clear skin. It was a joy not having to bother with base this summer.

        13)     What is your favourite nail varnish of all time? (yep, only one!)

I’m not sure I can answer that! Can I cheat by saying that my favourite colour for fingernails is Essie Lady Godiva and for toenails, OPI Chick Flick Cherry? Nine times out of ten, I’ll choose OPI for my toes as the pro-wide brush makes application a breeze whereas Essie colours are longer wearing so I prefer them for fingernails.

        14)     Tell us about the best holiday you’ve ever been on

Backpacking around South America although from a beauty perspective, it wasn’t at all glamorous- I went expecting to return tanned and thin but came back covered in insect bites and with a permanently damaged digestive system… I still believe it was worth it though!

        15)     What would be your ideal day off?

Sunshine, laughter and cocktails with friends.

        16)     What is your favourite TV show?

It’s all about the guilty pleasures for me- I use TV as a way of unwinding so I don’t like anything too intense. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve recently developed something of an addiction to the QVC Beauty Channel 658!

        17)     What music do you enjoy listening to?

I like most styles, although nothing overly extreme. I’m an indie girl at heart although I confess I’m yet to brave a festival.

        18)     What is your favourite food?

Cheese! What’s not to love?!

        19)     Where would you most like to visit in the world? (money no object)

I fulfilled my long-time dream and visited the world’s perfume capital, Grasse, France last summer which I absolutely loved. If I could visit anywhere, I’d love the opportunity to go behind the scenes at a beauty brand and be on the front line watching products being developed.

        20)     Tell us a secret…

Us beauty writers don’t always follow the experts’ advice. For example, I don’t particularly like drinking plain water.

Thank you, Astrid! Remember, if you have a blog and would like to answer our usual 20 Questions, please contact us at the usual address!