Adorned Nails: KOH Passion Fruit

Here's the final polish from the KOH Delicious collection.

I would say that, of all the six polishes from the collection, KOH Passion Fruit is the one which stands out. It's a lovely periwinkle blue with subtle shimmer. It's not always obvious but it does sometimes have a glint of pinky-purple. I have the usual two coats on.

Previous Delicious collection: KOH Caviar

Adorned Nails: KOH Caviar

Let's continue the KOH Delicious series with KOH Caviar.

Caviar has the same finish as Champagne Rose but while Champagne Rose is on the pink side, Caviar is a soft, dainty coral. You're looking at the usual two coats here.

Previous Delicious polish: KOH Cocktail
Next and final Delicious polish: KOH Passion Fruit

Adorned Nails: KOH Cocktail

This one's for those of you who love nude nail polish shades. KOH Cocktail is just that, a creamy nude, like milk with just a tiny drop of chocolate. Cocktail is the only crème polish from the KOH Delicious limited edition collection. This too is a two-coater.

Previous Delicious polish: KOH Oyster
Next Delicious polish: KOH Caviar

Adorned Nails: KOH Oyster

I can't say I'm terribly charmed by KOH Oyster. It applied well (two coats) and it's certainly a colour that will easily match any item in your wardrobe but I find it a cold, steely silver that fails to stir the soul. Mine, anyway.

Oyster belongs to the recently-released KOH Delicious collection.

Previous Delicious polish: KOH Champagne Rose
Next Delicious polish: KOH Cocktail

Adorned Nails: KOH Champagne Rose

KOH Champagne Rose is the next polish to be featured from the KOH Delicious limited edition collection.

Champagne Rose too has subtle shimmer and the shade is somewhere between a pink and a dusty rose. It's sweet but not overly sugary. As usual, I have two coats on here.

Previous Delicious polish: KOH Silky Chocolate
Next Delicious polish: KOH Oyster

Adorned Nails: KOH Silky Chocolate

KOH released yet another new collection this month. The collection's called KOH Delicious and I'm kicking it off with KOH Silky Chocolate.

Silky Chocolate is a quiet taupe, simple and elegant with subtle shimmer. It was opaque in two easy coats.

There were delivery issues which greatly delayed the arrival of these samples but here's the collection:

These polishes were kindly provided by KOH Cosmetics.
KOH Champagne Rose
KOH Oyster
KOH Passion Fruit
KOH Coctail
KOH Caviar
KOH Silky Chocolate

Retail price: €14.99 per bottle. It's a collection of soft shades and all but one have subtle shimmer. The other five polishes will follow very soon.

Next Delicious polish: KOH Champagne Rose

Burt's Bees: Radiance Facial Cleanser Review

I took a gamble with this facial cleanser. I hadn't read any reviews beforehand but since I had had only positive experiences with Burt's Bees products, I figured I couldn't get it that wrong with this cleanser.

I'm still faithful to MuLondon's face cleansers and I've been alternating between the MuLondon Organic Fragrance-free Foaming Face Wash and Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser for the past half a year or so. The former gives instant foam and smells raw and earthy while the latter is slimy lotiony and smells milky-honey. Both are gentle, cleanse well and are not drying. To cut to the chase, I like both.

Here's what Burt's Bees says about its Radiance Facial Cleanser:

• Lightweight lotion cleanser
• Formulated with a plant-based cleansing complex to remove dirt, oil and make-up
• Exfoliates to help encourage skin cell turnover with Jojoba Beads and fruit acids

The cleanser is housed in an opaque plastic bottle (which I believe is made from 80% post-consumer recycled materials) and it has a lockable pump. For one cleansing session, you just need one quick, shallow pump to dispense a blop smaller than any typical five cent coin. That's all. When I used this cleanser for the first time, I did four (!!!) pumps. That was way, way too much. Trust me, just one shallow pump each time and this 175ml bottle will last a long time.

As mentioned earlier, it has a slimy texture. The Jojoba Beads are not that detectable as they tend to melt off quickly. It lathers okay and it rinses off fine. The face feels very clean and fresh after a wash but I wouldn't use just this cleanser to remove eye makeup. I prefer to precede that with an eye makeup remover.

I believe some ladies feel it does bring radiance to their skin. I'm on the fence about its exfolating qualities but that's okay. If it contains good ingredients (yay for royal jelly!), cleanses well, doesn't strip my skin of all its oils and doesn't break me out, I'm a happy camper already!

It's a thumbs up but that's not all I want to say though.

Firstly, the bottle packaging. Although there has been a minor change in the look of the bottle (according to the website), I don't see major changes in the list of ingredients. All the core ingredients are still present.

List of ingredients:
Water, decyl glucoside, safflower oleosomes, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, glycerin, royal jelly, jojoba oil, hydrogenated jojoba oil, bilberry fruit extract, sugar cane extract, sugar maple extract, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract, fragrance, glucose, xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium chloride, lactoperoxidase, glucose oxidase

Burt's Bees says that this product is 99% natural.

Secondly, its interesting similarity to one of Burt's Bees body care products. When I first started using the Radiance Facial Cleanser, I was surprised by how it reminded me of the Burt's Bees Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash - same colour, similar texture, similar scent and both have what Burt's Bees calls Jojoba Beads suspended in the liquid.

Of course, I had to take another look at the list of ingredients and I compared it with that of the Body Wash. Similar! All the star ingredients are there - safflower oleosomes, royal jelly, jojoba oil, hydrogenated jojoba oil, bilberry fruit extract, sugar cane extract, sugar maple extract, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract - listed in pretty much the same order.

At that time, I still had some of the body wash left and decided to try washing my face with that for a few days. Yup, the Exfoliating Body Wash works fine for the face too but I thought a couple of its Jojoba Beads were less subtle during lathering between the palms.

I wasn't in the laboratory when they formulated these two products, so I won't claim that the Body Wash is exactly the same as the Facial Cleanser. Burt's Bees may or may not have tweaked the basic formula here and there so that one is more suited for use on the body and the other on the face. I can only say that they are very similar and I just thought you should know.

The Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash costs USD8.00 / £9.99 for 350ml while the Radiance Facial Cleanser costs USD10 / £9.99 for 175ml. You can do the math. Over here, the facial cleanser is going for around €15-€16, depending on which store you get it from.

Burt's Bees website