Revlon Colorstay Moisture Lip Stain | Product Review & Swatches

I have been aching to get my hands on the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Lip Stains (it's really bugging me to use the American spelling of 'colour' but that is what the UK packaging says, so...) since they first started making the rounds on the US beauty blogs a few months ago, so when they were finally released in the UK, this August, I was pretty eager to get my hands one one.
Luckily, Boots currently have a 2 for £10 offer on all Revlon products, so I didn't have to narrow down my selection from the eight available shades too much, and eventually settled on two colours a little out of my comfort zone; Rio Rush, which is a bright, almost fuchsia pink, and Cannes Crush, which is a gorgeous vibrant coral shade.
I love doe-foot applicators for lip products, I always feel like they're so much more accurate than anything else, and, in a pinch, you can pretty much apply them without a mirror (just me who finds herself doing this?).
The first thing I noticed, on first application, if I'm honest...was the smell. It's very industrial smelling, in the tube, although thankfully the smell isn't noticeable on the lips. Still not the most pleasant trait, though.
Left: Rio Rush; Right: Cannes Crush.
I have to admit, I was seriously impressed with the colour pay-off of the ColorStay Moisture Lip Stains; they are so vibrant, and the finish is gorgeous, too; shinier than any lip stains I've used before, but not as sticky as gloss. They also don't pick up on any dry patches like some other lip stains do, which is a serious bonus as we start to creep into winter.
As for the lasting power...I'm impressed. I had these on for about 4 hours (including through a coffee date), and although it didn't stay as vibrant all day, my lips were still tinted, noticeably, by the time I reapplied at lunch. 

Would I recommend them? 100%. It can be so hard to find flattering lip products which boast intense colour and staying power, but these have both. There's a fairly varied range of shades, too, so I doubt you'll be stuck for something that suits you.
The Revlon ColorStay Moisture Lip Stains are available for £7.99, but are currently on offer at 2 for £10 from Boots stores, or on their website, here.
Have you taken advantage of any great offers, lately?
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Polar Fitness FT4 Heart Rate Monitor | Product Review

I've been on a bit of a 'health kick' over the past few months; I've been stepping up my workout routine and getting back into clean eating in a bid to lose some post-birthday weight, and training for the Shine London half-marathon for the second year in a row.
However, anyone who knows me knows I'm a bit of a control freak, so when it comes to weight loss, intuitive eating just doesn't cut it for me; I'm a calorie-counter, through and through...and that's why, as exercise is slowly becoming such a big part of my life, estimating my calories burned just wasn't cutting it any more, and I had to invest in a more precise way to check my progress; that's where my new toy, the Polar Fitness FT4 Heart-Rate Monitor, came in.
For anyone who's new to the world of heart-rate monitors, they generally consist of two parts; a chest strap, which you have to wear just above your waist (where your sports bra would end, when you're in workout gear), and a watch that you use to monitor your heart rate whilst you're working out. They register your heart rate, calories burned, and whether or not you're in your fat-burning zone.   

I am absolutely in love with my FT4, I have to admit; I did have a slight problem with the original strap they sent me, but I emailed the company and they replaced it within about 3 days - so I really can't complain. The strap stays in place during the most strenuous exercises (it even passed the dreaded burpee test!), so I can't recommend it enough; if you're a calorie-counter, or just very into your workouts and want to know if you're imrpoving, the Polar FT4 is something I can't recommend enough.
The Polar Fitness FT4 Heart Rate Monitor retails for £74.50 from the Polar Fitness website, here.
Mine is from eBay, here, however, and cost me £54.
What are your favourite fitness-related products? Do you use a HRM?
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