Monday, 26 November 2012

Review: Butter London in Pink Ribbon Nail Lacquer

Gorgeous packaging. Cute name. Free from formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (Dibutyl phthalate for you chemistry nerds out there... okay... *sulks away*) which are chemicals that may cause cancer (called carcinogens). Enough of the chemistry talk, but what's there not to love about Butter London nail lacquers? I got this as a freebie from the October's issue of In Style magazine (I briefly mentioned this in the previous post) and was pretty excited to try it out!

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon
I had trouble opening the lid, I twisted with all my might but it didn't work. But alas, I had a closer look at the lid and it says "Lift to open". Who would have thought a nail polish would have a pull up lid?

Oh dear, Mr Butter London is naked!
Little bird with a crown

On inspection the shade "Pink Ribbon" is a sheer peachy pink, quite a nice neutral colour for the nails. The formula was runny- I had to take the photo really quick before it dripped everywhere- and easy to apply. However, I was extremely disappointed with how the colour turned out. I knew it was going to be sheer, but not SO sheer that my nails appear not to be painted at all!

Do you see it? No? Neither do I! The only thing "Pink Ribbon" offers is a nice shine to the nails. Perhaps this is the only disappointing shade in the Butter London range as I have only heard of good things about these nail lacquers! The other shades they offer look quite gorgeous so I definitely won't give the Butter London a miss- I'll just blame it on Pink Ribbon.

Have you tried Butter London Nail Lacquers? Which shades do you have? What did you think of them?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Review: Lucas Papaw Ointment vs. Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment

Greetings everyone! I haven't posted in a while, mainly because of exams. But now I am free (yay freedom for more than 3 months!) I can freely blog :) Today I will be doing a review on Lucas Papaw Ointment and Coco Island Pawpaw Ointment, and comparing the two.

The two are packaged similarly and are bright and stand out in a messy bag. The Lucas Papaw Ointment and Coco Island Pawpaw Ointment are both are Australian made which is great.  For those who have been living under a rock, they are multi purpose- pawpaw ointments can be used for chapped lips, dry skin, minor burns and wounds, chafing, relieving symptoms of eczema and dermatitis, sunburn, nappy rash (let's hope none of us get that...), cuts and insect bites- something that will be handy to carry around with you!

Lucas Papaw Ointment 25g RRP $5.99
  • contains Carica Papaya 39mg/g Fresh Fermented Fruit
  • antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
  • has a tendency to "bubble" up, not a smooth consistency
  • unique subtle smell (of the pawpaw)
  • when used for dry lips, the ointment doesn't last very long
  • also comes in larger sizes 75g and 200g tubs

Coco Island Pawpaw Ointment 25g RRP $4.99
  • contains Carica Papaya fruit extract and Bioactive Manuka honey 16+
  • tropical treatment that revives, smoothes and moisturises
  • smooth consistency
  • no scent
  • ointment lasts longer than the Lucas Papaw Ointment when used for dry lips
  • also comes in a 100g tube
As I was browsing the shelves of Priceline one day, I stumbled upon the Coco Island's Pawpaw Ointment which I was excited to try- mainly because of the added Manuka honey in the formula (Manuka honey is wonderful, it is an antibacterial too!). Let's say lucky I bought it! I loved the Lucas Papaw and have used it for years as it was so versatile, but the Coco Island has won me over. Its smooth consistency and it's ability to stay on the lips to keep them moisturised for longer definitely gave it an edge over Lucas Papaw. I also nabbed a deal from Priceline where it was $9.99 for the 100g tube and a bonus 25g tube! Definitely a great deal. I remember the days when Lucas Papaw used to be $4, but I guess its popularity has made the price go up! All in all, a pawpaw ointment is definitely an essential with all its uses, it will always be handy :)

Have you tried any of these pawpaw ointments before?