Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection – Review

Pretty Serious Collaboration Shades swatches

Stop! Collaborate and Listen! is the latest collection from Pretty Serious (it launched yesterday along with the Pinup Perfection collection) featuring – you guessed it – collaboration shades with some fantastic nail bloggers. It’s actually the first part of an ongoing collection that will be released in ‘waves’, so these are just the first 3 of some absolutely stunning shades!

Undercover Mermaid by Lab Muffin is basically my dream work-friendly polish. I’m glad Michelle has such impeccable taste, because this shade is an instant favourite. It’s a work safe polish with a secret – from a distance it’s a sophisticated purpley taupe, but up close it has a beautiful sparkle caused by blue-green flakies and scattered shimmer. The base colour has a sheerish jelly consistency to allow the flakies to peek through. I used 3 coats here.

Pretty Serious Undercover Mermaid swatch and review

Pretty Serious Undercover Mermaid swatch and review

Pretty Serious Undercover Mermaid swatch and review

Pretty Serious Undercover Mermaid swatch and review

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Burt’s Bees Classics Collection – Review

The Burt’s Bees Classics Collection is a roundup of the most popular products since Burt’s Bees was founded 30 years ago. I was sent this collection a few months ago, but only started appreciating it more recently. The thing about Burt’s Bees products is that they predominantly use beeswax as a main ingredient, and are backed by an ethos of ‘the science of nature’ – using natural ingredients processed in the simplest way possible. The result is a range of unique products that use ingredients that are familiar to us all, but are formulated in quite a different way. It’s important to keep this in mind, because none of these products were what I expected, and it took me a while to get used to them and appreciate their full benefits.

Burt's Bees Classics Collection review

I’ll start this review by stating that these products are all very thick and feel quite full on – they’re not light, they don’t sink in quickly, and they’re all a bit ‘rustic’ feeling. I would really only recommend them when you want some intensive care, because they’re not very convenient when you’re out and about getting things done. For me, the main benefit became evident while I was working on the Vivid Sydney festival, which involved long night hours out on site in the freezing cold, biting wind and pouring rain (yeah, sounds like a dream job, right?). I quickly discovered after a few nights that my usual products weren’t providing the protection my hands, feet, cuticles, nails and lips needed, and these Burt’s Bees products came to the rescue.

Burt's Bees Hand Salve Review

The Classics Collection consists of seven products:

  • Beeswax Lip Balm (tube and tin)
  • Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
  • Hand Salve
  • Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
  • Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream
  • Coconut Foot Cream

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