Declutter & Swatches Part 2 – Maybelline, B., Astor, Manhattan, Rimmel, & Technic

Hi there! Welcome to part 2 of the inofficial major declutter and swatchfest of 2021. I’m going through my stash – I’ll bin everything that I don’t want anymore or that has gone off. Let’s see how these products fared!

1 Superdrug B. Brilliant Rich Colour Lipgloss 185 Bambi

I regret not having used this lipgloss when it was new. The colour is nice! But it’s old now, and it has to go!

2 Superdrug B. Lipstick 186 Rose Quartz

Same as above! I should have given this lipstick a try when it was new. Now it has to go.

3 Superdrug B. Lipstick 083 Tagine

Wow, what an unflattering lipstick shade! Binned.

4 Manhattan X-Treme Last & Shine Lipstick 56T

Not a terrible lip colour, but not really my colour. Also – it has micro shimmer which I find ugly on me. Binned.

5 Manhattan Soft Mat Lip Cream 95M

I’m not the biggest fan of matte lip products but this shade looks nice. I’ll give it some wear over the next few weeks.

6 Astor Rouge Couture 104 Satin Fuchsia

Wow, what a colour! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good on me. I’m a pale girl, and this lipstick gives me neon lips. Unfortunately, this one has to go.

7 Astor Colour Last VIP 345 Provocative

Not a bad colour, but it doesn’t really look good on me. So it has to go too.

8 Technic Juicy Sticks Plum

Technic is a super cheap brand with so-so products. This moisturising lip colour is not terrible, but the shade is awful on me. Another product I’m saying goodbye to.

9 Rimmel Vinyl Gloss Mirror Shine Lipgloss 115 Snog

“Mirror Shine” – not true! I didn’t care for this one. Binned.

10 Maybelline Colorsensational Lipgloss 550 Watermelon Punch

This looks amazing – but it has to go because it’s old.

I’ll do a post about eye products shortly. Maybe next week? Let’s see how far I get with those! Thanks for stopping by today! x

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Declutter & Swatches Part 1 – Rimmel, Essence, NYC, Manhattan, Astor, Beauty UK & W7

Hi there! I’m in the process of going through my almost bottomless stash of cosmetics – and will throw out what I don’t want anymore or what has gone off. A few products will be kept. Lots of swatches too – all swatches were done on a well moisturised forearm! OK, let’s take a look!

1 Manhattan X-Treme Last & Shine Lipstick 94P

What a beautiful lipstick! I wish I tried it sooner! I will keep this one and start using it asap!

2 Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 330 Sloane’s Plum

This lipstick looks almost black. But when applied, it’s a medium plum shade.

3 Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 860 Auburn Breeze

A reddish brown in the bullet, but a sheer brownish red on skin.

4 Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 680 Precious Brown

Precious Brown is a bit too pale and too sheer for me.

5 Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 840 Burgundy Shine

Not a bad colour, but too vampy for me. I’m very pale, and this shade gives me an unwanted goth look.

6 NYC Cityproof Twistable Intense Lip Color 050 Park Slope Peach

Now this is one ugly colour! Binned right away!

7 Astor Rouge Couture 301 Nude Silk

Nude Silk is a beautiful shade. I will keep this one too.

8 Astor Colour Last VIP 344 Classy Red

I like this one! It’s a nice, wearable red. I will keep this one for now.

9 Beauty UK Eye Shadow Palette No. 4 Earth Child

This is what the eyeshadows look like.

Top row swatches – decent shades and pigmentation!

Bottom row swatches… yikes!

This palette will be binned!

10 Essence All About Nude Eyeshadow

Not sure if this is mould (top right), but this eye palette is not only new and unused – it is still sealed! 🤢

And the last two for today… Essence Silky Touch Blush 20 Babydoll. It was my go-to blush until March 2020. But I haven’t touched it since – because I work from home permanently, and whenever I don’t have to be on camera, I don’t bother with make-up. Anyhoo, I’m now saying goodbye to this pretty blush.

I’m also letting this W7 Silky Eyes Bare It All eye compact go. I haven’t touched in since March 2020. I loved the 2 brown shades so much! But it’s goodbye now!

I’m happy that I started to go through my stash. It’s not always easy to let things go, especially when there are hidden gems which I never even tried… but it has to be done. By the way, I’ve also binned about 20 products which I didn’t find swatch-worthy – not too bad!

Thanks for stopping by! x

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 105 Pink Bloom, 150 Bois De Rose, 151 Blushing Rose, 260 Tequila Sunrise, 301 Warm Sand, 350 Flirty Beige

Hi there! Today’s post is about a bunch of Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care lip stains. I bought one which I liked – and then I bought all the colours… Let’s take a look at some of them!

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 105 Pink Bloom is a beautiful raspberry shade. I like it a lot! I will keep this one.

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 150 Bois De Rose is a dark, dusty rose shade. It actually looks really nice on me, so I will keep this one too.

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 151 Blushing Rose is a soft rosey shade. The name Blushing Rose is perfect. I will keep this one too because it suits me well.

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 260 Tequila Sunrise is an ugly orange shade. I won’t wear it. In the bin it goes…

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 301 Warm Sand is not bad at all. I’ll use it this autumn for sure!

And last but not least… Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 350 Flirty Beige is my favourite of the bunch. It’s an almost 80s kind of light brown. It suits me incredibly well. This one’s a bit lighter than Warm Sand, and it’s perfect for every occasion.

All in all, I’m surprised that I liked 5 out of 6! But I’m not complaining. I’m glad that these will finally get some use!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Astor Rouge Couture Lipstick 112 Lilac Tulle, 114 Aubergine Veil, 208 Red Vinyl

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 lipsticks I used to love. I’m letting them go because I stopped wearing them some time ago, and now they’re simply too old to be used anymore. But since I loved them, here they are:

Astor Rouge Couture Lipstick 112 Lilac Tulle is a cute pink with a bit of shimmer. It’s a great shade for pale skin tones. Whilst I prefer brownish lipsticks, I liked this pink lipstick a lot!

Astor Rouge Couture Lipstick 114 Aubergine Veil is a powerful burgundy shade. I think this lipstick suited me quite well. However, I think this one would have suited someone with a darker skin tone even more.

Astor Rouge Couture Lipstick 208 Red Vinyl is a black cherry kind of shade. This is another shade that I think would have been more suitable for someone with a darker skin tone, but I think I wore Red Vinyl well too. And I’m glad I managed to dig up an old photo of me wearing it.

I really loved those lipsticks. The quality was outstanding, and they had the most amazing raspberry flavour. I’ll miss them!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Astor Fashion Studio 112 Red Velvet & Essie Rock At The Top

Hi there! Today’s post is about a simple mani I did just last week.

For this mani I painted my nails with Astor Fashion Studio 112 Red Velvet (2 easy coats). This isn’t the most spectacular colour, but it’s a decent bright red.

The glitter top coat I used is Essie Rock At The Top (1 coat). It was impossible to capture the bright gold hex glitter, but believe me, in real life this glitter top coat looks much, much prettier than in this photo.

What colour nail polish are you wearing at the moment? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Barry M Boy Bye & Stamping With Nicole Diary

Hi there! I hope everyone had a good week so far! 😊 Let me show you a cute mani I did a little while ago…

For this mani I painted my nails with Astor Fashion Studio 201 (2 coats). I used this polish as a dusty lavender base underneath Barry M Boy Bye (1 coat). I didn’t want to waste the pretty colour-shifting polish by applying multiple coats.

And I double-stamped. I used Rimmel 60 Seconds 805 Grey Matter for the light grey circles and stars, and Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto for the black images. The 2 stamping plates I used are Nicole Diary 062 (ring and index fingers) and 067 (pinkies, middle fingers, thumbs).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Galaxy Nails Feat. Rimmel, Astor, Primark & Pop Rocks

Hi there! After yesterday’s Empties post, today’s post is about a mani I did a few weeks ago.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel Lycra Pro 416 Night Flight (1 coat). Since galaxy nails aren’t about precision or perfection, I thought I could get away with 1 coat – and I did!

Then  I used a small piece of a make-up sponge to apply small blobs of white polish (Primark PS… Nail Polish Marshmallow).

Once the white polish had dried, I sponged pink (Astor Fashion Studio 002 Cotton Candy) and blue (Rimmel 60 Seconds 825 Sky High) polish onto the white areas on my nails.

And once the colour polishes had dried, I applied 1 coat of holographic glitter top coat (Pop Rocks With The Band) to add stars to the galaxies.

I liked this mani a lot. Whilst I’ve done better galaxy nails in the past, I did like the addition of a “proper” holo top coat. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Astor Fashion Studio 201, Models Own Goose & Stamping With Pueen 80

Hi there! I have another short Nail Of The Day post for you today. ☺️

For this mani I painted my nails with Astor Fashion Studio 201 (2 coats, middle and index fingers, thumbs). This is a nice polish. I like that it’s opaque in 2 coats. This was a nice surprise!

For the ring fingers and pinkies I used Models Own Goose (3 coats). I love this cute glitter polish so much!

For the images I used Pueen‘s 80 plate (which is part of their Buffet Leisure stamping plate collection). The black polish I stamped with is Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Astor Fashion Studio 002 Cotton Candy, Orly Hair Band, Water Decals & Stamping With Pueen 103

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did a few weeks ago.

For this mani I painted my nails with Astor Fashion Studio 002 Cotton Candy (2 coats, thumbs, index and middle fingers).

This is an OK nail polish. I decided to use it for this mani because the bottle is more than half-empty, and I’m thinking I might actually finish this polish!

I used Pueen‘s 103 plate (which is part of Pueen‘s Make Your Day stamping plate collection) and Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto for the images.

I used floral water decals for my ring fingers and pinkies, and I painted 1 coat of Orly Hair Band over them.

I didn’t love the mani, but I did like it. This was a nicer than expected filler mani. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Astor Quick ‘N Go 321 & Stamping With Pueen 76

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani. 🙂

For this mani I painted my nails with Astor Quick ‘N Go 321 (2 coats). I like this colour. It’s really pretty. I’d call it vintage rose.

I used one of my favourite stamping plates – Pueen‘s 76 plate which is part of Pueen‘s Buffet Leisure stamping plate collection.

The pale orange polish I stamped with is MoYou London Cancun Coral.

I liked this mani. It looked nice without being over the top. I also like the photo. Note to self – take more nail photos at the bus stop! 😁

Oh, and by the way, if you’d like to order from MoYou London, you can get 10% off if you order through this link.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde