Nail Of The Day – Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 066 Cranberry Zest & Accessorize Bewitched

Hi there! This is another mani I did a few weeks ago.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 066 Cranberry Zest (2 coats). This is a gorgeous colour. It reminds me of Revlon’s Cherries In The Snow!

When I painted my nails, I realised that this polish is one of Rimmel’s scented polishes. I think scented polishes usually smell awful, but this (cranberry-scented) one was actually quite alright.

The flakie top coat I used is Accessorize Bewitched. This is a low quality top coat. I had to apply 2 thick coats to achieve an acceptable finish.

Having said that, I do think that this mani looked cute. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Accessorize Pink Spice & Stamping With JQ-L04

Hi there! Here’s another mani I did not too long ago. 🙂

For this mani I paited my nails with Accessorize Pink Spice. I’m not a big fan of this colour, but I can’t resist a bargain, and this polish was £1.20.

Unspectacular nail colours are often the most amazing backdrops for stamping “nail art” (which isn’t really nail art because there’s no skill required and, believe me, everyone can do it).

So I stamped! I used my cheap JQ-L04 stamping plate. The black polish I stamped with is Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

I think this mani looked alright. I like the images, and I think I should use this stamping plate more often!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Lycra Pro 500 Peppermint, Accessorize Truffle & Stamping With Pueen 55

Hi there! I’ve got a Nail Of The Day post for you today.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel Lycra Pro 500 Peppermint (pinkies, index fingers, thumbs, 2 coats) and Accessorize Truffle (middle and ring fingers, 2 coats).

For the images I chose Pueen‘s 55 plate (which is part of Pueen‘s Stamping Buffet collection).

The 2 polishes I stamped with are Rimmel 60 Seconds 820 Hot Black To Go (black) and Revlon Brilliant Strength 110 Hypnotize (gold).

This was another mani that was inspired by boredom, but I think it looked quite nice.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Accessorize Oil Slick Rich Gold & Stamping / A-Z Nail Art Challenge A – Animals

Hi there! Today’s Nail Of The Day post is about a mani I did a while back.

This mani is another one that I did for the A-Z Nail Art Challenge. And it’s for the Animals challenge.

For this mani I painted my nails with Accessorize Oil Slick Rich Gold. This polish is a gold-to-rose duochrome polish. The colour shift is hardly visible in this picture, but in real life it’s quite pretty. 🙂

I used a number of branded and unbranded stamping plates with butterfly images.

The black polish I stamped with is my trusted Rimmel 60 Seconds 820 Hot Black To Go.

I think this mani is actually quite. Do you agree? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Accessorize Mineral Violet & Stamping (Nail Fail)

accessorize mineral violet and stampingHi there! Over the past two months I’ve done more manis than I showed you. So I thought I’d do another nail week this week.

OK, let’s get to the mani! I painted my nails with Accessorize Mineral Violet, a pale purple-to-grey duochrome. The polish is quite thin and even after three coats it still wasn’t opaque. 😦

The polish took ages to dry, and it bubbled up on my nails. Not good. At all. But the worst thing is that I have 2 bottles of Mineral Violet…

Now what do you do when you don’t have the time to redo your mani? You stamp. Why? Because stamping conceals a lot. 🙂

I grabbed a random stamping plate (sorry, I don’t remember which one), picked a random image, and then I just started to stamp. As you can see the image didn’t transfer well at all – so this mani was a complete nail fail!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Cute Necklaces – Strawberry’s Owl and Melon Necklaces

Hi there! Today’s post is not about beauty, toiletries or skin care, but about two of my favourite necklaces. I have lots of necklaces – mostly cute ones – but also a few grown-up ones. But let’s start with the fun ones. 🙂

The necklace on the left is basically a super cute little owl that’s ‘hanging’ from a branch. I bought it years ago – at Claire’s Accessories. But I still love to wear it.
The necklace on the right is another one I bought ages ago – but this one’s from Accessorize. I really love my melon (slice) necklace. It’s cute, but it’s not over the top. And I love to wear it to work.

What do you think? How cute are these two necklaces? And do you have any cute (cheap) necklaces or bracelets etc. which you’ve had for ages and which you’re still wearing? 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Accessorize Paradise Eyeshadow Palette

Hi there! Five months ago I bought this pretty Accessorize Paradise eyeshadow palette. I loved the cute design and the palette was £6 only for 32 eyeshadows. I thought I’d be stupid not to buy it. 😀
Accessorize Paradise 01
Back then I thought I’d use and review the palette shortly. But suddenly it’s five months later and I’ve only started to use the palette last week. Oops! But let’s look at the pretty shades now. As you can see, everything’s in there: shimmers and mattes, neutrals, purples, blues, greens, pinks, greys…
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Let’s start with the top row! I wasn’t happy with the pigmentation and the texture of most of these eyeshadows. Number 4 – a bright gold – was the only convincing eyeshadow in this row. The seven remaining eyeshadows were poorly pigmented. Disappointing.
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The eyeshadows in the second row were a bit better in terms of pigmentation. Shade 4 – a bold bronze – really stood out. However, the mattes were still chalky and row two was still not convincing.
Accessorize Paradise 05
The third row is bursting with shimmer eyeshadows, so of course these eyeshadows are much more pigmented. I am very happy with the colour payoff of six of these eyeshadows (shades 3 – 8). But it’s too bad that I don’t like most of the shades.
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And now to the bottom row! I thought that the eyeshadows in this row were a very nice surprise. I’m very happy with the colour payoff and the texture of all of these eyeshadows because they’re easy to blend and they’re highly pigmented.
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I think that Accessorize’s Paradise eyeshadow palette is not great. 16 eyeshadows are highly pigmented – but the other 16 are not. The palette was £6 only, and I think the design is very cute. However, unless you buy it for the design or you’re a collector, you won’t love this palette.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty Sale at Accessorize – Small Haul

Hi there! I’ve been sale shopping in London all day and I found these cute eyeshadow palettes at Accessorize – and they were £6 each only! They’re called ‘Paradise’ and ‘Exposed’ and they contain 32 shades each.

Paradise is a colourful eye palette, while Exposed reminded me of MakeUp Revolution’s Flawless palette instantly – but it’s not an exact dupe. I’ll swatch and review these two very shortly!
2015 Accessorise Sale Eye Palettes 1
They also had dozens of nail polishes on sale for half price = £2 each. I chose the shades ‘Check Mate‘ (black and white glitter), ‘Berry Nice‘ (creamy raspberry), ‘Bewitched‘ (flakies) and ‘Speckled Egg Purple‘ (matte hex glitter in a lavender base).
2015 Accessorise Sale Nail Polish 1
I spent £20 in total for all these products. They had another palette and quite a few different nail polishes on sale, but I’ve got lots of beauty stuff at home so I couldn’t justify buying more. Anyway, I can’t wait to try out the palettes and the nail polishes! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde