Nail Of The Day – Revlon Colorstay 310 Vintage Rose & Stamping With Pueen 93

upload-2Hi there! Today I’m showing you another mani I did a little while ago.

For this mani I painted my nails with Revlon Colorstay 310 Vintage Rose. I really like this polish. It’s almost a one-coater. And I love, love, love the wide and flat Revlon Colorstay brush.

The floral image is from Pueen’s 93 stamping plate which is part of Pueen’s Buffet Leisure collection.

The white polish I used to stamp on the images is Essence’s white Stampy polish.

I think this mani turned out alright. I somehow managed to ruin the image on the middle finger, but all in all I think the mani looks OK.

Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Orly Basket Case & Stamping With Pueen 77

Orly Basket Case Pueen 77Hi there! After yesterday’s ugly mani post, today’s NOTD is easier on the eyes.

For this mani I painted my nails with Orly Basket Case (2 coats). I love this polish – it dries quickly, it’s opaque in two coats, and the formula is a dream to work with.

The images I stamped on are featured on Pueen’s 77 plate (which is part of Pueen’s Buffet Leisure collection).

This mani wasn’t a favourite (I did it a while ago). That’s because I didn’t take the time to actually select the images that would go on my nails, and I even messed up the image on the index finger. That’s what you get when you stamp all your nails in about 60 seconds…

How do you like this mani? Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Ciaté Pepperminty & Stamping With Pueen 75 (Nail Fail)

upload-1Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani a did a while back. As you can see from the title of this post, I think it’s a fail.

So for this mani I painted my nails with Ciaté Pepperminty. I like this polish because it dries reasonably quickly and it’s opaque in two coats.

I chose an abstract image from Pueen’s 75 plate (from Pueen’s Buffet Leisure collection) which I stamped on with Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

There are two reasons why I don’t like this mani. First of all, I hate the image. I don’t even know what it’s supposed to be, and it really doesn’t look good at all.

In addition, Pepperminty reminds me too much of public toilets… So yeah, I’m glad this ugly mani is history! 😀

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab + Foils

upload-1Hi there! I’ve got another mani post for you today. I’ve done quite a few manis which I never got around to show you, so I’ve decided that I’m doing another nail week this week.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab (2 coats).

This polish is one of those that I only use as a background colour for foil manis because the formula is just awful. 😦

Why? Well, the polish is thin, it’s poorly pigmented, it takes ages to dry and (despite the name) this polish just doesn’t last long.

I’m talking about visible tip wear in under half a day and chipping within 24 hours…

Rimmel’s I ♥ Lasting Finish collection is definitely my least favourite Rimmel collection.

But back to this mani! I intended to do a messy foil gradient (green, yellow, orange, red). But the first attempt (which you’ll never see any photographic evidence of) went wrong, so I redid the mani – in a much simpler way. So whilst I didn’t manage to do a foil gradient this time, I was still happy with how this mani turned out.

What do you think? Feel free to let me know. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Revlon Colorstay 180 Indigo Night & Stamping

upload-1Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I tried in December. It was supposed to be some kind of a Christmas tree mani – but unfortunately it didn’t really look christmassey at all.

For this mani I painted my nails with Revlon Colorstay 180 Indigo Night (2 coats). I like this polish very much because the formula is easy to work with and this polish is almost a one-coater.

I used Essence’s brilliant white Stampy polish to stamp on the Christmas tree images. The stamping plate I used is a no-name plate.

I think this mani looked quite OK – but it didn’t really work out as a Christmas mani. So from this point of view it’s a partial fail.

Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 6 – 12 Feb 2017

Hi there! This post is just my weekly recap. So if you’ve missed any of my posts, this is your chance to catch up. 🙂

Monday 6 Feb – L’Oréal Youth Code Luminizer Serum
L'Oreal Luminizer Serum
On Monday I reviewed L’Oréal‘s fantastic Youth Code Luminizer Serum. If you want to read the post, click here.

Tuesday 7 Feb – Flower Pharm Wild Rose Body Wash, Body Scrub, Body Butter
Flower Pharm Wild Rose
Tuesday’s post was about Flower Pharm’s Wild Rose products. These body products are great! Click here if you’d like to read my review.

Wednesday 8 Feb – Nail Of The Day
Thursday 9 Feb –  Madly Kenzo Eau De Toilette
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Wednesday’s post was another Nail Of The Day post. Click here to see which products I used for this mani. On Thursday I reviewed a fragrance that I rediscovered in my stash – Madly Kenzo! If you want to read this post, click here.

Friday 10 Feb – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Radiance Balm
On Friday I reviewed Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm. It’s not a product I’d repurchase. I’m glad this product will be finished soon! If you’d like to know more, click here to read the post.

This is it for this week. I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm. This product is meant to be a applied onto freshly cleansed skin – that’s what it says on the box. And it promises to awaken skin’s natural glow and to illuminate skin instantly – with the help of kiwi, mulberry and sugar beet extracts, and light reflecting particles. Is this product any good? Does it work? If you read on, I’ll let you know.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Radiance Balm
The first thing I noticed is that this product doesn’t contain sunscreen. I know some people prefer to use a separate sunscreen, and some people don’t use any sunscreen at all. However, I want my day creams to have at least SPF 15, otherwise I can’t really bring myself to use them as day creams.

Another thing I don’t love is the insane amount of shimmer in this product. It’s just too much. And the shimmer particles are relatively chunky, so they’re visible. I must, however, say that this product makes my complexion look surprisingly nice and healthy. I didn’t expect this at all!

But then… this product isn’t very hydrating. When I apply it, it feels quite rich – for about 15 seconds. And then it starts to feel dry and tight which isn’t OK at all. Because of this I think this product can only be suitable for people with oily skin. People with dry skin won’t get much joy from it.

I will empty this tube, no doubt. But I’ll be using this product on homeworking days and stay-at-home-and-do-nothing Sundays only. And I’ll mix the radiance balm with Olay’s Total Effects CC Cream – which is quite rich, so my skin should be fine. 🙂

If you’d like to try Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm, the 50ml tube is £5.99 at Superdrug. I got mine for £2.95 (better than half price offer), so keep your eyes peeled for promotions!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Kenzo Madly Kenzo Eau De Toilette

upload-2Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance that’s been sitting in my stash for quite some time – it’s Madly Kenzo Eau De Toilette by Kenzo.

I bought this fragrance just after it was launched which, I think, was some time in 2011. Back then I used this fragrance for a few days (a few weeks tops) before I moved on to something else (and forgot about it).

If you’re wondering how I could possibly remember that… I don’t! But I’ve known myself for a long time and I know my product habits. 😀

Now onto the fragrance! Madly Kenzo EdT contains the following fragrant notes: pear and litchi (top notes), jasmine and heliotrope (heart notes), and musk and cedarwood (base notes).

Whilst these notes don’t sound too exciting, I think Madly Kenzo is actually quite nice. It’s sweet but fresh, fruity and floral, youthful and happy (!), and it has this nude thing going on (like J Lo Glow or Narciso Rodriguez EdT, even though Madly Kenzo EdT is much lighter and considerably less dense).

I have to say that I’m enjoying this fragrance very much. I’ve rediscovered it a few weeks ago and since then I’ve been wearing it at least 2 to 3 times a week. At the moment, Madly Kenzo EdT is one of my favourite day and office fragrances.

I have a 30ml bottle (I think I’ve got about 20ml left in the bottle), but Madly Kenzo EdT is also available as 50ml and 80ml. How much is it? I’ve done a quick online search and I found the small 30ml bottle ‘on sale’ (yeah, right) for over £40. But I also found the big 80ml bottle for just under £26. So if you’d like to buy this fragrance, don’t forget to compare prices online first. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Gosh 549 Holographic Hero & Stamping With Pueen 72

upload-1Hi there! Today’s post is another nail post.

I didn’t know what to do with my nails the other day (What else is new…?!).

I wasn’t in the mood for bold colours, pastels or glitter. So in the end I decided to paint my nails with Gosh 549 Holographic Hero (2 coats).

I really like this polish. It dries quickly and it looks very pretty.

Sure, it would look even prettier on a sunny day, but it’s winter, and (unfortunately) there’s nothing I can do about the weather.

And I didn’t have the time or energy to think up a complicated mani, so I went for a super easy stamping mani.

The floral images are from Pueen’s 72 plate (which is part of Pueen’s Stamping Buffet collection). And the black polish I stamped with is Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

I think this mani turned out OK. Do you agree? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Awesome – Flower Pharm Wild Rose Body Wash, Body Scrub & Body Butter

Hi there! Today’s post is about Flower Pharm’s Wild Rose Body Wash, Body Scrub and Body Butter. It’s been some time since I bought my Flower Pharm Wild Rose gift set (Asda, £5). But when I saw a similar Flower Pharm set (same contents, slightly different packaging) at my local Tesco store the other day (I thought these products were discontinued – ?!), I knew I should finally try the products that I already have!

I have reviewed the body butter (which I have a big tub of) some time ago, and you can read my review here. In summary, this body butter is amazing! It’s rich, but not sticky. It feels great on my skin and it makes my skin feel great. I love it! And instead of mineral oil and synthetic fragrances, it contains coconut oil and real Damascus rose flower water. This body butter is fantastic!
Flower Pharm Wild Rose
The body scrub is very nice and effective. It contains pecan shell powder but it feels like a sea salt scrub. Great stuff! In addition, this body scrub contains sweet almond oil and shea butter – I guess this is why this scrub makes my skin feel so soft and conditioned. The body wash is wonderful. It’s a clear gel that lathers up nicely and cleanses my skin gently. It smells lovely and it doesn’t feel drying at all. Well done, Flower Pharm!

If you’re wondering what the fragrance is like… it’s a charmingly old-fashioned and pure rose fragrance. And it doesn’t have that sweaty note that most rose fragrances seem to have nowadays. This is the kind of rose I’d like to smell in all rose-scented products. So yes, I would recommend Flower Pharm’s Wild Rose collection! As Flower Pharm’s products seem to be stocked by the most random stores, you should check if your local supermarket, drugstore or bargain store has them. You won’t be disappointed by Flower Pharm products, I promise!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde