When I was about 14/15 I went to a Christmas Ball and my Mum treated me to a load of Ruby and Millie make-up to complete my 'look' since previously the only make-up I owned was a little Natural Collection kit that wasn't really up to much!
I got eyes hadows, blusher, lip gloss and mascara. What I'm really reviewing though is the eye shadow brush that I also got and really impressed me. Nearly 10 years down the line I still have the first brush that my Mum bought me (it's cleaned regularly, don't worry!).
All Ruby and Millie brushes are a dull silvery colour with a simple, modern looking 'RUBY & MILLIE' on the side and the name of the brush. My older brushes have a label on them saying 'Made in Korea' and the company address, but this label is not on the newer brushes. The brushes come in a nice, simple, clear zip-lock type plastic bag which can be used for storing the brushes.
My first and favourite brush is a medium eye brush. It is about 18cm long; I like that it is quite long as it feels comfortable in my hand when I'm using it and I can hold it nearer to the brush end for more control or near the other end for a lighter touch for blending.
The medium brush is 7mm wide and tapered. The bristles are soft but sturdy. It is perfect for applying eye shadow and blending for that smoky-eyed look.
I also have a large brush, the brush on this one is about 10mm wide and great for applying a base coat and for blending a few colours together.
I've since added to my stash with the following:
Small eye brushes, these are shorter, at about 11.5cm long, and the brush is slighty thicker, good for building up shadow on eye lids when creating more dramatic make-up effects. These are also great for travel as they are small enough to fit in a make-up bag, whereas the longer ones are a little awkward to fit into a little bag.
Foundation Brush, this is about 14.5cm long and the brush head is about 17mm wide. The brush is ideal for applying foundation and gives a great streak free finish whilst giving an even, light coverage.
i-Liner brush, this is about 11.5cm long and the brush is flat, thin and blunt. Perfect for lining your eyes to give a smoky look.
i-Define brush, 11cm long and one of the smallest brush heads. The bristles are very smooth and stiff, it is angled to give a more smooth lined look.
Kabuki brush. One of my favourites! This is a round brush, the bas is 3cm in diameter, it sits very comfortably in my hand and the bristles are very soft and smooth, it is my must-have for applying blusher to give a light, natural glow.
I love all of my R&M brushes as they don't lose their bristles, they give a good, clean finish and they are brilliant and comfortable to use. They last years (the proof being my 10-year-old brush that it still going strong!) without losing any integrity. I always recommend these brushes to anyone and when you use a Boots £5 off R&M voucher which seems to be given out every other month you can get a good brush for £1.50!
Brushes are available from Boots and range from £6.50 for a small eye brush to £16.64 for a Powder Brush. These brushes will last for years so they are a good investment!
After hunting everywhere for a foundation to suit me, Ruby and Millie solved all my problems!
I have never got on well with foundations, none seem to look right on me, so I went out one day determined to find one that looked best on me, I now couldn't be without the great foundation that they make!
It's not really expensive if you consider the amount of half used bottles I have thrown away in the past and amount of times I have bought an expensive foundation with all these promises to it's name, only to find out that it doesn't perform any of them. £15.50 is a good price as this stuff does last me about 6 months.
One point though is that the bottle isn't well designed. You get sort of a spatula attatched to the lid which is a bit odd and sometimes drips. The glass look part of the lid also breaks of with only normal ware, this has happened to all the pots i've had!
I also bought Ruby and Millies loose powder costing £12.50, it's good, well it's lovely, but my cornsilk for half the price does just the same job, so next time I won't be buying it!
The pre-base is a waste of £9. It makes your skin look horrible and feel sticky which of course then effects the way that the foundation looks on your skin which is a shame.
Generally i've found R & M great, in Boots they have someone there to help you who i've always found great!
For literally years I searched for an eye colour that would stay on my eye lids beyond morning coffee break, I tried shadows, both matt and gloss, with supposed good staying power, but these were no use, I tried various base coats for eye lids, but these also proved useless, and my eye colour was in a powery line in the crease of my eye lid within an hour or so. Then a stumbled across a porduct by Ruby and Millie. And the only down side to this product, is that as far as I know it is only stocked in the bigger Boots, so you might have trouble finding it. The i-writer from Ruby and Millie is a relatively new product. It is marketed as an eye liner, but as it comes in several shades it acts as something between an eye liner an eye colour. It has too much sheen and opaque colour for a shadow. The colour that I have bought is a yellow gold one, the other colours are silver, an opalescent, grey, green, and a brassy gold. If you want to test the staying power of these before you buy one, then just draw a line on your hand, wait about 30 second, then try to rub it off with your finger. You won't be able to without a bit of effort. The product acts a little bit like a felt tip pen, and application is a bit tricky to start with. I've found the the best amount of the liquid is gained by two turns at the base of the pen, to distribute the right amount of liquid, you then have to sweep this along the top of the eye lid. It is easier if you do this in two steps, going out from the middle to one edge, then the middle to the other edge. You should be careful not to put the liquid into your eyelashes, as this will flake when it drys. If you do create a very wavey line, if you're careful you can quickly straighten it with a damp cotton bud. You then need to leave it to dry, and this takes probably about a minute, which is a bit of a pain, biut worth it for it's enduring cling to your eyelid. The easiest way is to shut your eyes for a w
hile. Clean your teeth or something. I do. Then, once it is dry, you can apply eye shadow up to it's edge, and it won't matter if you go over the i-writer. But take a little care, because as this stage, if you rub it, it will probably flake off. Then you're good to go, and the i-writer should stay on your eyes until you wash it off that evening, or even the next morning, with eye remover. The i-writer doesn't sting or irriate your eyes, but I have noticed that if it is used for several consecutive days, it does start to feel a little heavy on your eyelids.
As someone of ethnic origin with quite a yellow toned complexion, I've always been quite skeptical about the supposed "wonders" of a good foundation. Imagine my delight in getting it right with the first one I actually invested in! Ruby and Millie's Base Formula 3! Infinite gratitude to my wonderful friend for smearing it all over my face under the glaring lights of Boots. In the past, the biggest problem for me has been trying to get a base that actually complements my skin tone, as opposed to masking it with orange or pink. I'm also quite prone to blotchiness and overall, I would say that my skin tone is quite uneven. So in effect I needed something that gave me good coverage without making my face look like it had been set in plaster of Paris. Ruby and Millie deliver with a base that is light- weighted, yet effective in enhancing your complexion. I was quite dubious the first time in applying and going out in public (how we all hate the cracking face and the visible jaw lines), but with some coaching from my friend, I managed to walk out of the house with confidence, knowing that the colour matched my own skin tone and sat well on my face. Other friends who I have recommended this product to, have also commented on how natural it looks and gives a really nice soft matt finish (excellent for those of us with slightly oilier skins). The range offers excellent shades which cater for most skin types from white to Afro-Carribean. And for us convinience chicks, it's really easy application too. To compliment, the range also has corresponding face powders and concealers. If you can't quite find the right colour an "Enhancer" is available which is mixed with one of their existant foundations to make it more your own colour. The packaging is great- chrome and transparent, and the retail prices are really good value too. I actually went in for one of their renouned lipglosses, but walked out a new woman who know owns fou
ndation, powder and concealer!
I have combination skin and I've been trying different kinds of foundations for years now. But the only one I find any good is Ruby & Millies. Other ones either make either the dry or oily parts of my skin go out of control, but this is the only one I've ever used that controls both perfectly and lasts for ages. It is a bit expensive but my last bottle lasted over a year. I'd recommend it to anyone who has combination skin. As far as I know it is only sold in Boots, which should be fine for most of you, but I'm from Ireland and can only get it in Dublin. I go there about 2 times a year just to stock up on Ruby and Milly make-up, that's how good I think it is.