Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette 720 Smokey Black

Hi there! Today’s post is about Astor’s Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette in 720 Smokey Black. I found this palette (and a few others) for 99p at my local Family Bargains store recently. So if you’re looking for a beauty bargain, don’t forget to swing by your local bargain stores! 🙂
Astor Eye Artist 720 Smokey Black 04
This eye palette is a small compact containing five eyeshadows (2 light greys, a medium grey, and 2 almost black shades) and a small double-ended sponge applicator.

All the eyeshadows are shimmery and they’re highly pigmented. They’re buttery and soft and a dream to work with. So yes, Astor’s Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette in 720 Smokey Black is a quality eye palette.

I’ve also got Astor’s Smokey Purple palette – which, I think, is just as great. I’ll definitely go back to the bargain stores to see if they have any other colour combos. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Gosh 549 Holographic Hero & Stamping with Pueen 55

Gosh Holographic Hero and StampingHi there! I’ve been sporting really boring manis for the past week. Nothing worth mentioning.

And, of course, I got bored of those plain manis. So I grabbed a holo polish, Gosh 549 Holographic Hero, and my stamping kit.

I applied two coats of Holographic Hero. The polish dried quickly and was opaque in two coats. It’s not the strongest holo polish out there, but I only paid £1.99 for it, so I won’t complain.

Then I chose a stamping plate – Pueen 55 from Pueen’s Stamping Buffet. I opted for the leafy image and stamped it on with Revlon Colorstay Stiletto. I think this mani turned out alright. What do you think? 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Mulberry Extract

Hi there! Today’s post is about Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal shampoo and conditioner with Mulberry Extract. I found these products at my local Family Bargains store. I’ve never seen these before, but they were really cheap (99p each). So I thought I should give the shampoo and conditioner a try. 🙂

These two products are aimed at people with normal to fine hair. The shampoo claims to be volumising, and the conditioner claims not to weigh hair down. Sounds great, doesn’t it? OK, now let’s see how this shampoo and conditioner combo fared.
Harmony Indulgence Mulberry
The shampoo really is volumising. I noticed a difference after the third wash. So yes, the shampoo does what it promises! The conditioner is OK. It really doesn’t weigh hair down, but it’s not the most suitable conditioner for long, thick and curly hair. However, I think this conditioner would work really well for ladies with fine hair.

I’m not in love with the fragrance of these products. They smell a tad too soapy for my liking. The next person might love the scent, but it doesn’t tickle my fancy.

What I really like about these two products is that they don’t make my hair greasy. I do wash my hair every morning – no matter what. But it’s nice to know I could probably skip a wash if I really had to. 🙂

I might buy this shampoo & conditioner combo again. And I would definitely recommend these products to people who have fine or straight hair and want more volume.

Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal products with Mulberry Extract are currently available in discount stores. Family Bargains has the 250ml bottles for 99p. I guess most other discount stores charge about as much – or as little. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Essence Lipliners – 06 Satin Mauve, 07 Cute Pink, 08 Red Blush, 12 Wish Me A Rose, 15 Honey Berry

Hi there! I’ve been using Essence’s eyeliners, nail polishes, lipsticks and eyeshadows for ages, but I’ve never tried their lipliners. Why? I don’t know. Anyway, the last time I swung by my local Wilko store, I bought 5 Essence lipliners. I picked up the following shades (top to bottom): 06 Satin Mauve, 12 Wish Me A Rose, 08 Red Blush, 07 Cute Pink, 15 Honey Berry.
Essence Lipliners 1
First of all, these lipliners are lipliner pencils – my favourite form of lipliner. I like sharpening my eye and lip pencils – that way I can actually see that they’re getting shorter (= the product will eventually be used up). And yes, as a beauty hoarder I do feel like I’m achieving something big whenever I use up a product! 🙂

Now back to the products! I think these lipliners are absolutely fantastic. They’re soft and velvety, and they’re so easy to apply. They can also be worn on their own because they’re opaque and they last long. And they double up as matte lipsticks!

I swatched these lipliners in the following order (left to right): 06 Satin Mauve, 12 Wish Me A Rose, 08 Red Blush, 07 Cute Pink, 15 Honey Berry. I’m sorry I smudged Red Blush when I swatched the lipliners. I guess I was too excited after seeing how beautifully opaque Wish Me A Rose went on. 🙂
Essence Lipliners 2
Since these lipliners are a great alternative to matte lipsticks, I’ll be doing proper reviews and swatches on my lips shortly. So please bear with me until I’ve had the chance to wear all the lipliners on their own for a full day. In any event, I would definitely recommend these lipliners. They’re £1 each – amazing value!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Gift Idea – Superdrug Naturals Body Butter Collection – Lotus Flower & Cherry Blossom, Cocoa Butter & Vanilla, Cherry & Macadamia

Hi there! A few days ago one of my work mates told me she was struggling to find a present for her cousin’s birthday. She said she doesn’t want to spend a lot of money because the two of them aren’t that close. But it’s not like they don’t like each other, so she doesn’t want to give her cousin a rubbish birthday present – or none at all.

I had an idea right away. 🙂 And I know many people struggle to find a cheap but nice present every once in a while. So I thought I’d share my gift idea with you! I suggested my work mate get a small wicker basket (or something similar) and fill it with a few nice products, like Superdrug’s Naturals body butters. My work mate loved the idea. She told me she bought these body butters and she found a little gift basket in the post-Easter clearance sale at a local store. Job done!
Superdrug Body Butters
Now, what’s so special about this kind of present? Well, nothing really. But I think the idea of getting a beauty hamper (well, almost) as a birthday present is quite nice. And products like body butters are always useful because every woman moisturises her skin (at least once in a while).

The reason I suggested these body butters is because they’re cheap (£3.99 each, but they’re on special – BOGOF or half price – almost all the time). And these body butters are really good! They contain vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 and the formula is great (soft, easy to apply, non-sticky). The body butters carry the Leaping Bunny logo, so the products are cruelty-free and suitable for vegans! Oh, and the fragrances are lovely too!
Superdrug Lotus Flower Cherry Blossom
Superdrug Lotus Flower & Cherry Blossom Body Butter smells heavenly. It bursts with freshness and sweetness – the perfect combination of lotus and cherry blossoms. Beautiful!
Superdrug Cocoa Vanilla
Superdrug Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Body Butter smells lovely and sweet, but it’s no surprise since it contains cocoa butter and vanilla. The scent leans towards vanilla, but I don’t mind because it reminds me of vanilla milk.
Superdrug Cherry Macadamia
Superdrug Cherry & Macadamia Body Butter is absolutely gorgeous. Its scent is sweet and quite strong, but it’s very natural and yummy. I think this body butter smells like cherry yoghurt on my skin!

So, next time you have to get a female relative, friend or co-worker a cheap but nice gift, why not just buy a basket and fill it with lovely products?! I hope you found this post helpful. Feel free to share your ideas for a cheap and cheerful gift in the comments. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Foils & Stamping – Featuring Ciaté, Revlon & Pueen

Stamping and FoilsHi there! I had no idea what to do with my nails the other day. Stamping? Foils? Maybe both? And which base colour(s) would I use?

After a quick scan of my nail stash I decided to use purple and lilac as my base colours.

So I painted my nails with Revlon Colorstay 260 Bold Sangria (pinky, index, thumb) and Ciaté Sugar Plum (ring and middle fingers).

Up next were the foils. I used leftover foils to add a touch of gold to my pinky, index finger and thumb. Purple and gold really look great together! 🙂

Then I chose a stamping plate – Pueen 93 from Pueen’s Buffet Leisure collection. And I stamped on a floral image with my favourite black, Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

I think the mani turned out quite alright – considering I was totally uninspired. What do you think? Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Palmolive Oriental Beauty – Sophisticated & Stimulating

Hi there! I found these Palmolive shower gels at Poundland the other day. I haven’t seen these in a while, so it’s fair to assume they have been discontinued. But since I haven’t had them before, I popped them in my basket.

Now that I’ve used both shower gels, I’ve reached my verdict. And if you read on, you’ll find out what I think about Palmolive Oriental Beauty Sophisticated and Stimulating.
Palmolive Oriental
Sophisticated smells lovely. I’d describe the fragrance as a mix of tea and flowers. It’s not overpowering, it’s rather fresh and pure. I love the overall clean scent of this shower gel – it’s perfect for spring.

Stimulating is not what I hoped for. It’s very spicy and woody. And it’s even stronger than Palmolive’s Argan Oil shower milk which I also didn’t like. It’s gonna take me a while to use it up because I don’t really like the fragrance. But I’m sure I’ll catch another cold – and as soon as this happens, this one will be my go-to shower gel.

Palmolive Oriental Beauty shower gels are available as 250ml for £1 at Poundland (and probably other discount stores).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde