Product Review: Radioactive Unicorn Nail Polish

If you haven’t heard of the brand Radioactive Unicorn you’re probably not alone – I’ve only recently discovered it myself. Earlier this year a friend recommended that I check out their nail polishes and, a couple of weeks ago, I finally had an opportunity to place an order with them.

What is Radioactive Unicorn?

Radioactive Unicorn is an English company that specialises in nail polish. Each colour and polish is created, mixed up, bottled and labelled by the company’s head honcho, Amee Tinks.

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Radioactive Unicorn specialise in unusual colours and are probably better known for their sparkly offerings. Whilst there are more sedate colours in their armoury, even these have an unusual twist to them.

The polishes are competitively priced at £6.99 for a 10ml bottle. Whilst they’re more expensive than the likes of Barry M and Rimmel, they’re cheaper than other Indie brand polishes on the market.

The Good:

  • Given that these nail polishes are produced by a small, independent, online company it’s very unlikely that you’ll see many, if any, other people wearing the same colour nail polish as you.
  • The sparkly polishes are very sparkly. Visible from the moon sparkly. If you love glitter then you definitely need to buy their nail varnishes.
  • These nail polishes are very hard wearing. Even without a base and top coat I can still get around four days wear out of them before I start to experience chipping or peeling. Radioactive Unicorn sell a top and base coat which they claim prolong the wear time of their polish. I can neither deny or confirm this as I’m yet to purchase either product.
  • The polishes all have quirky names – Eternal Slumber, It’s Okay To Decay, Swamp Thing, Franken-Fine, Haunting The Chapel, Funeral Flowers, etc.

The bad:

  • The store isn’t open full time. I believe this is because Tinks makes batches to order and it’s easier for her to keep on top of orders if her shop is only open once a week for an hour or two.
  • The nail polishes don’t have name labels. I find this very annoying. I have a million nail polishes – I want to know what they’re called!
  • Some of the polishes only come alive when they’re under direct light. My pockets aren’t big enough for me carry my own light source!
  • Delivery is slow. Given that this product is handmade, to order, it’s hardly surprising that delivery can take up to a fortnight. That said, we’re all used to our purchases arriving a day or two after we’ve ordered them so the wait could be off putting for some customers.
  • Getting customer support is difficult. When I placed my order I wasn’t aware of the two week delivery time so when after 3 or 4 days my order hadn’t arrived I tried to make contact to find out when I could expect it. My first email bounced. So, I messaged them via Facebook messenger only to receive an automated message stating that this was unmanned and to email them – at the email address that bounced. I toyed with the idea of leaving a message on their wall, but decided against this after seeing how much abuse was being directed at those enquiring where their orders were. (By other customers/fans, not the company) My second email received a reply 3 days later and my order was posted out the next day.

Final thoughts:

Would I purchase from Radioactive Unicorn again? There’s no doubt that the colours are very pretty, mostly unique and that they wear very well. By rights I should be eager to buy more of their products, right? Here’s the thing, I’m not. I can pick up polishes I like just as much, that have their names on, are half the price and that I don’t have to wait almost a fortnight to receive. If this company could improve their shopping experience, packaging, quality control, customer service and delivery speed then yes, I would be tempted to purchase more.

Have you tried this brand? If so, how was your shopping experience with them?

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Product Review: Antique Gold Paper Clip Set

My name is Trix and I’m a stationery addict. Now that we’ve got that out of the way I’d like to share with you one of the purchases I made in my local supermarket.

My local Morrisons has recently had a huge overhaul and is now not only considerably bigger but carrying a much larger selection of goods. One of the departments that has increased in size is their stationery line, which until recently had been very basic and unexciting.

I bought a number of stationery items but the one I’m particularly excited to share with you today is their gigantic antique gold paper clip set.

Firstly, I’ve never seen paper clips this big before – they’re about 4 inches long by about 1 inch wide. I wasn’t entirely sure they’d be practical or that I’d actually utilise them but at £1 for 6, I felt they were definitely worth a gamble.

I was soon to discover that this product is actually surprisingly practical. I used one of the paper clips in my bullet journal to hold three months worth of notes and daily logs – a total of around forty sheets of paper – and it does so effortlessly. I wasn’t expecting a great deal from this product, given the price, but the clips are really robust and I can’t foresee them misshaping in the way that the smaller versions do.

As you can see from the above photo’, the paperclips are almost half the height of an A5 notebook!

This product is attractively presented so would make a great stocking filler for the stationery addict in your life.

Health And Prison Break

Once again I’ve been extremely fatigued and turning sleep into an Olympic sport. As for the cause – well, it could be that my body isn’t liking a certain medication that I’m on, that living with constant pain is exhausting, that my morphine has been upped by 40mg a day, I’ve been carrying a lot of extra weight on my legs and feet due to fluid retention or the fact that I have four fatigue illnesses. Yup, four – I never could do things by half! Anyway, I have a full blood work up to look forward to. Go me!

Over the past week I have become totally addicted to an American television series called Prison Break. I didn’t watch it when it originally aired in 2005 to 2009 but as it’s currently available on Netflix, I love crime dramas and the plot appealed to me I figured I would give it a shot. So far it hasn’t disappointed. I won’t go into detail about the show – nobody likes plot spoilers – but I will say two things: if you haven’t seen it and you like crime dramas, you really should give it a shot. Also, Lincoln and Michael are the unluckiest guys alive! There were originally four series however the show made a mini come back with a smaller fifth series earlier this year so it should keep me going for a while.

What are you guys watching at the moment? Do you have any Netflix recommendations you’d like to share with me?

Product Review: Poundstretcher Luxury Throw

If you’re looking for a new lap blanket to cosy up under this Autumn, or would like a small throw to drape over your favourite chair, you may want to pop along to your nearest Poundstretcher.

They’re currently selling these 130mm x 180cm sized ‘teddy bear’ blankets in a multitude of pretty colours for a budget friendly £7.99. I opted for one in teal.

These blankets are extremely tactile – I would even go as far as to say that they are the softest I’ve ever come across. I’m not alone in thinking this either, and several friends and family have requested that I buy one for them for Christmas. At £7.99 they would definitely serve well as a stocking filler, without looking like a cheap additional present.

Are you a blanket addict too? Let me know what you’ve bought recently- I’d love to read about your autumn purchases.

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

My apologies for not having posted or commented for the past little while – I’ve been feeling very fatigued and have been experiencing a lot of break through pain with my H-EDS, CFS, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia. At times like that I just need to sleep so I decided to take a break from being online and do exactly that.

When I did finally make it back online last week I discovered that two of my friends had died within two days of each other and that really knocked me for six. Both ladies were amazing people who, despite having considerable problems themselves, spent a lot of time looking out for and helping those around them. The world will definitely be a less generous and caring place without them in it.

I do have some great stuff to share with you though so do be sure to pop back later.

The beautiful sunflowers my partner bought me a few weeks back because a post without photo’s sucks, right?!

Product Review: DermaV10 Innovations Deep Cleansing Nose Strips

I have a confession to make:

I get more pleasure out of seeing what has stuck to the nose strip than I do from having a blackhead free nose.

Does your nose look like a strawberry?

I’ve been a big fan of nose strips for years now. If like me you’ve been blessed with big pores on your nose you’ll know why. My son recently told me that my nose looked like a strawberry so I knew it was time to restock.

Whilst in Poundland I came across some nose strips from the brand DermaV10 Innovations. Each box contains 6 strips and promises that they’re suitable for all skin types, will remove dirt and oil; help remove blackheads and tighten pores. I figured that for £1 they worth a try.

The home truth about my skin:

Despite my son’s claims that my nose looked like a strawberry, my nose actually wasn’t too bad as I haven’t been wearing makeup much lately. The only problem areas, as far as I was concerned, was down the sides of my nose so I paid special attention to those. I left the strip in place for 15 minutes until it had fully dried and then gently peeled it off my nose.

Did the strips work?

Yes! I am totally unashamed to admit that I was in raptures examining the nose strip afterwards – it looked like it had sprouted a miniature forest.

My verdict:

The DermaV10 Innovations deep cleansing nose strips cost £1.00 for a box of 6. That works out less than 13p a strip! These easily performed as well as the more expensive brands I’ve used in the past. I shall definitely be repurchasing these nose strips when I run low on them and fully recommend that you save yourselves a few quid and buy these instead of the better known brands.

One last thing:

I have very sensitive, temperamental skin but suffered no ill effects from using the nose strips. My nose was mildly pink for about ten minutes afterwards but that was the full extent of it.

Do you use deep cleansing strips on your nose? Have you or would you try these?

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Thanks for stopping by.

Trix x

Product Update: Barry M ‘Glow Crazy’ Chrome Nail Paint

I’m coming to the close of day 6 of wearing the Barry M Chrome Nail Paint in Glow Crazy.

How has it faired?
So far it has withstood two long soaks in the bath, a couple of showers, numerous washes and my nails being shortened with an emery board! This would be good for any nail product but let’s take a second to appreciate that this nail polish only costs £3.99. That’s right, £3.99!

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As you can see from the photo’s, there’s only the slightest of wear to the tips.

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Surely a £3.99 nail polish can’t be as good as a £10 nail polish?
I can remember only too well when I used to buy MAC and Urban Decay polishes only to discover that they’d chip and peel before I’d even left the house. It’s not what you want from any nail polish, let alone an expensive one!  In fact, I remember freshly painting my nails before leaving to catch a train to London for a weekend away.  I was meeting my boyfriend of the time and we were going to a New Model Army gig that evening and then out for a meal at a 1950s style diner the following day so I’d really made an effort with my appearance. I remember sitting down in my train seat, looking down and spotting that 3 of my nails were completely bare. The nail polish had completely lifted off those nails. That was the day I decided that MAC and I were no longer friends!  For me, at very least, I’ve found Barry M to outperform a great many of the more expensive brands

My history with Barry M:
I’ve been buying this brand and loving their products for over 30 years. It was definitely a popular choice for those of us on the punk, goth and new romantic scene. It offered a wide variety of outlandish colours that were generally hard to find, performed well,  was affordable and cruelty free.  I still buy their products to this day, favouring their their waterproof kohl and nail paints over more expensive brands.

If you haven’t already checked out Barry M, I really recommend that you do, especially their nail polish range.