Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette 615 Smokey Purple

Hi there! Here’s another ‘look what I found at Poundland’ post. ūüôā The last time I went to Poundland I only picked up two items – one of them was this Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette – 615 Smokey Purple.

This palette is a small compact that contains five eyshadows and a small double-ended sponge applicator. I love the design of the palette and how the colours are arranged. However, the fifth eyeshadow is quite difficult to reach so you need to use a small eyeshadow brush.
Astor Eye Artist 615 Smokey Purple
All the eyeshadows in this palette are very shimmery; the shades are (from left to right): off-white, peach, lavender, purple and purplish medium grey. The off-white shade is no use to me, but I like all the other shades.

In regards to quality, these eyeshadows are very pigmented and buildable. They’re very easy to blend and they stay in place all day without giving me any trouble – I’d say they’re even better than Sleek’s eyeshadows in this regard.

I’m very happy with this Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette – 615 Smokey Purple. I’m currently using it alongside my I Heart MakeUp Passion Palette because I love purple, grey and neutral eyeshadows in autumn. If you like this little palette, you should check if you can find it at your local Poundland or Poundworld store!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Dolce & Gabbana 3 L’Imp√©ratrice

D&G 3 L'ImperatriceHi there! Today’s post is another fragrance post – it’s about Dolce & Gabbana 3 L’Imp√©ratrice.

This is a fruity fragrance with rhubarb, red currant and kiwi (top notes), pink cyclamen and watermelon (heart notes), and musky notes, sandalwood and grapefruit wood (base notes).

I’ve been using this fragrance on and off for ages (5 years?). Every time I rediscover it, I fall in love with it. However, after a week or two I always need a break from it.

Whilst L’Imp√©ratrice is not a fragrance I can always wear, I think it’s one of the best fruity fragrances out there.

The beautiful mix of melon, kiwi and wood lingers for hours. The fragrance is fruity, yet grown-up, and thanks to the woody notes it’s not overly sweet; this makes it easy to distinguish L’Imp√©ratrice from random sugar water celebrity fragrances.

Whilst I probably won’t repurchase this fragrance, I would recommend Dolce & Gabbana 3 L’Imp√©ratrice to anyone who is looking for a scent that it both fruity and grown-up. L’Imp√©ratrice is available as 20 ml EdT splash, and 50 ml and 100 ml EdT spray. Prices vary greatly but the 100 ml bottle can often be found for under ¬£30 (online).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Cute Gift To Myself – Care Bears Trainer Socks

Hi there! Today’s post isn’t about beauty, but about something else that makes me happy – cute things! When I was a kid, I was a major Care Bears fan. I couldn’t get enough of Funshine Bear and Grumpy Bear, but I loved all the bears really! So I had to have these super cute Care Bears trainer socks.
Care Bears Socks
I think these cute trainer socks are too precious to be hidden away in trainers where they’d gather fluff and become scruffy, so I’m only wearing them when I’m at home. I hope they’ll last forever. ūüôā

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Bubble Gum Heaven – Dolly’s Mixtures Bubble Gum ‘Blown Away’ Shower Gel

Dolly Bubble Gum ShowerHi there! If you remember that I’m totally obsessed with Carex’s Bubble Gum hand wash and hand gel, you probably know where this post is heading. ūüėČ

You guessed it! Here’s another addition to my bubble gum scented toiletries collection – it’s this Dolly’s Mixtures Bubble Gum ‘Blown Away’ Shower Gel.

I love this shower gel! It smells absolutely delicious. I think everyone should try it.

The scent is a bit different from Carex’s signature bubble gum scent, but that’s OK because this shower gel smells really yummy as it is.

This shower gel is also very gentle which is great if you have dry or sensitive skin.

The Dolly’s Mixtures range is exclusive to Asda. It all started with a few shower gels, but now there are body mists (so far no bubble gum) and lip jellies.

Dolly’s Mixtures products are usually ¬£2 each, but every now and then they’re ¬£1 only at Asda!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Boots 17 Navy Glint & Foils (Nail Fail)

Boots 17 Navy Glint plus FoilsHi there! I was trying out my Boots 17 Navy Glint nail polish for the first time the other day. And I hated it. The colour looked amazing in the bottle, but unfortunately not in real life.

I also had trouble applying the polish. Not only was the polish quite thick, the flimsy brush didn’t pick up much colour and I found it difficult to control it. The photo speaks for itself. ūüėÄ

To be fair, my polish bottle is a mini from a gift set and the regular size bottles may have regular size brushes.

Anyway, I tried to save the mani with colourful foils, but that didn’t work either. I opted for a combo of silver and hot pink foils which did distract from the polish, but still looked hideous.

I wore the mani for a day because I didn’t have the time to redo it. But that was it. Now on to the next nail adventure which – I promise – will be a more interesting one. ūüôā

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MUA MakeUp Academy Matte Lipstick Lilac Belle

Hi there! Today’s post is about this MUA Lilac Belle Matte Lipstick. I’ve always hated frosty, shimmery and pearly finishes in lipsticks, so I’m easily tempted by anything matte. ūüôā So let’s have a look at this lippie.
MUA Matte Lipstick Lilac Belle
Lilac Belle is a pinkish lilac shade. I’m not a fan of this particular colour because it makes my teeth look yellow (which they’re not). I think this is a lipstick colour only girls with pearly white gnashers can wear.

In terms of quality, I’m not happy with MUA’s matte lipsticks. They’re very waxy which makes it hard to apply them and they’re very drying. And I’m sure I’m not the only one whose matte MUA lippie broke on first use.

The MUA Lilac Belle Matte Lipstick is clearly not for me and I won’t buy it again. It was ¬£1 only, so it wasn’t much of a loss. If you’d like to try this lippie, check Superdrug’s web site or MUA’s online store.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland Make-Up: MakeUp Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadows

Hi there! When Poundland launched its own make-up collection, women all over the country rushed out to grab a bargain. And just like almost every other woman I too was interesting to find out how Poundland’s own brand make-up would fare.

Poundland ESThe products at my local Poundland sold out almost immediately every time they were restocked, but at some point I was finally able to get my hands on three single eyeshadows and a lipstick.

I’ve now tried these MakeUp Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadows – and I don’t like them at all. I’ll tell you why in a minute, but let me tell you which shades I tried.

From top to bottom, the shades I’ve got are Nude 2, Smoke Screen 13 (matte) and Galaxy Grey 16 (shimmery).

I tried my best to do proper swatches, but the eyeshadows didn’t let me. They’re chalky, they’re not very pigmented and they’re not buildable because they’re so very chalky. Is this a vicious circle or what?!

I applied eight (!) layers of Nude, but the eyeshadow is hardly visible. I also tried to apply this shade with a bit of water and on top of a little lotion, but it hardly made a difference. I encountered the same problem with Smoke Screen and Galaxy Grey. However, I didn’t make as many attempts to present them as favourable as possible.

In all honesty, I really don’t understand why so many women seem to love Poundland’s own brand make-up. I think these eyeshadows are rubbish. I won’t buy them again and I won’t be trying any other shades. Anyway, if you’d like to try these MakeUp Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadows, they’re ¬£1 at Poundland.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde