Saturday, 30 June 2012

Review: Nails Inc. Primrose Hill Road Nail Polish

Hello my lovelies!
Today's post is a review on my current nail polish, Primrose Hill Road, by Nails Inc.
This is the first time I tried Nails Inc. nail polish, I usually stick to my OPI babies, but my sister has a collection of Nails Inc. polishes and this one tempted me, so I borrowed it "for blogging purposes" (*cough* personal pleasure *cough*).
Anyone who knows me knows I'm addicted to nail polish. I used to not be bothered and go around with chipped nails all the time, but no more! I paint my nails a different colour as often as I can, and I know what makes a good polish.

First a quick note about the brand, because I've always liked nice packaging and fun brands, the thing I love about this one is not only the name of the brand, but the way they name their polishes. Every polish is named like a place in Britain, often street names and such, and I really like that touch.
It's a british brand, and I like to support british brands for the sake of our economy, not that I have anything against international brands, but I know a lot of people now like to know they are buying more locally, so if it's of interest to you, Nails Inc. employs over 400 people in the UK, though they are now sold in many countries, including the US and Canada, and soon to include countries like Australia and Japan.

*** To the best of my knowledge, Nails Inc. do not test on animals or use ingredients that have previously been tested on animals ***

Now for the polish itself, Primrose Hill Road is a warm, true red colour, with a semi-matte finish (I used a glossy top coat though, so in the pictures it appears glossier than it does applied on it's own). To me, it's very much a summer colour, although reds are a year round wearable colour this is definitely more of a warm red, which makes it look more summery. I applied 3 coats to get a completely opaque finish, although it would've been okay with just two, I usually apply three, as well as a base coat and topcoat. 

Application was easy, the brush is a good shape and distributes the product well, unlike other, cheaper brands like Barry M, which has the worst, gloopiest application ever, and I've been wearing it for about 4-5 days now with only one, small, minor chip to my right hand's middle fingernail, although the chip is so tiny, and to the side of my nail that it isn't noticeable unless you are looking for it. Other than that, no chips at all, and I should probably mention that I was moving house and travelling during the test period for this polish, so it's had quite a rough few days and held up well.

Overall, I'm very happy with it and would purchase from the brand (I currently have my eye on a beautiful greige nude colour called Porchester Road).

Nails Inc. polishes retail for £9 and can be purchased from Debenhams in the UK (they have Nail Bars in store, so you can get your nails done there too), and from Sephora in the US and Canada. I believe I have seen them in the Galleries Lafayette in France too, though I'm not certain.

They are a little bit pricier than the polishes you might get in Boots or Superdrug, but when it comes to nail polish I think that polishes that cost around the £10 mark tend to be the best (OPI, Essie, etc), but I don't think that spending ridiculous amounts on say, Chanel polishes, necessarily means you get better quality, and I know for a fact Chanel polishes are hit and miss anyway. If you want a better deal, Nails Inc. have lots of sets available, for instance 3 polishes for £25, as opposed to £37 they would cost to buy them all separately.

I definitely recommend this brand if you haven't tried it yet. Have you tried nails inc. ? Do you love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below!


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Review: Soap & Glory "The Righteous Butter" Body Butter

Long time, no blog! I'm back on track, no time for excuses, let's just get on with the review! (:

Ok, so today I'm going to be reviewing the Soap & Glory "The Righteous Butter" body butter. First off, I'd just like to say I LOVE Soap & Glory. I love their products, their packaging... Everything about them. And this product was no exception.
Let's just start off talking about the packaging. What's that you say "don't judge a body butter by it's packaging"? Well... What if that packaging happens to be absolutely gorgeous? Is it ok then? Take a deep breath...

Picture courtesy of Soap & Glory

Done admiring? Okay I may be exaggerating slightly but come on, it is really cute.
So it comes in a 300mL (pink!) tub, with the lovely retro feel and little puns that are always to be expected from S&G, with a screw on lid, RRP of £10.50.

So what do you get for your money? Personally I think it's well priced, like all of Soap & Glory's products, it's middle of the range. Not cheap, but not incredibly expensive either. Not to mention that this tub will last you for ever. 
First off, I love the scent - it's very spring and summer to me, light, fruity, girly and fun - it is of course the signature Original Pink fragrance that graces many of Soap & Glory's products. It's thicker than a lotion, obviously as it's a body butter, without being greasy. It doesn't sink in instantly, but it doesn't leave you feeling slippery and oily for hours either, it takes a couple of minutes which is normal, if it sank it immediately it wouldn't be very moisturising. And moisturising, it is! I don't have very dry skin on my body apart from my hands and feet, but I still like to moisturise to keep my skin healthy, supple, and have a nice sheen. The Righteous Butter delivers all of that and more, with a beautiful scent to go with it. And it contains shea butter and aloe vera, which is always a good thing!

I buy my Soap & Glory products from Boots, though they are also sold at Harvey Nicholls and online on websites like Asos and the like.

If you don't want to splash the cash on this, you can always get a mini, which is what I did originally, and believe me it lasted a long time. I like that S&G offer mini sizes of their products, ideal for travel and if you just don't want to spend too much money on a full size product you may not even like, I definitely recommend you get the minis first, and if you like them, buy the full size. The mini 50mL tub (which still lasts a long time) retails or £2.50, bargain!

Soap & Glory do not test on animals and are cruelty free, click here to find out more about their animal testing policy.