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

I Heart MakeUp Lip Geek Dream About Success, Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 45B Red Passion

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 lip products – I Heart MakeUp Lip Geek Dream About Success and Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 45B Red Passion.

Let’s s start with I Heart MakeUp Lip Geek Dream About Success which I received as a free gift with purchase! As you can see in the pic above, this is a peachy shade. I find it extremely unflattering. It makes me look terminally ill. The formula is also not the best – it’s not very soft and applying the lipstick is more like dragging it on. Not good. I’ll bin this lipstick. I won’t be able to use it.

Onto this Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 45B Red Passion! This lipgloss is amazing! I love it. It has a subtle berry flavour, it’s not sticky, it’s very hydrating, and it has a flattering red tint. I’m enjoying this lipgloss very much! I found this lipgloss at Poundland – it was either £1, or part of a 2 for £1 value pack. Either way, a total steal! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

My Little Pony Lovely Lipbalm

Hi there! Today’s post is about this My Little Pony Lovely Lipbalm gift set which I picked up at B&M Bargains. This set contains 3 lip balms with the most gorgeous names – Sweetie Lips, Pony Pout and Cutie Kiss! Alrighty! Onto the review!

Sweetie Lips is my least favourite of the 3 lip balms. Whilst it has the most wonderful clear and soft-melting formula (it’s the same formula for all the lip balms), the flavour is not my favourite – it’s very sugary.

Pony Pout is a nice lip balm. It took me a few days to get used to the sweet strawberry flavour, but I’m OK with it now. Not a favourite, but definitely more than just fit for purpose!

Cutie Kiss is my favourite of the bunch. I adore the cute vanilla flavour! If this one was available on its own, I’d buy a few more!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this My Little Pony Lovely Lipbalm gift set. It’s aimed at much, much younger MLP fans, but the cuteness of these lip balms is off the charts, and if you like sweet flavours in lip balms, I think you’ll like these! My Little Pony Lovely Lipbalm gift set is available as a set of 3 lip balms for £2.99 (B&M Bargains).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter, I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 lipglosses which I’ve recently tried for the first time – Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter and I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach. And here’s what I think of these 2 lipglosses…

Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter is a clear lipgloss with metallic silver micro shimmer. It looks like a full-on metallic gloss in the photo, but I can assure you that it’s not. It actually looks alright on my lips, but it has the most awful flavour – it’s like a ton of overly ripe strawberries mixed with another ton of sugar. I can’t get over the flavour. It’s too much. Because of this, I’ll bin this product. This was a gree gift with purchase.

Onto the I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach! This lip balm has a fruity peach flavour. It’s natural and not over the top sweet. This is nice! However, the colour is simply ugly. It’s a washed-out pale salmon pink. And it’s not just a tint – the coverage is comparable to the coverage of a lipstick. This lip tint makes me look like I’m in the final stages of a fatal disease. I cannot imagine that anyone could get away with wearing such an awful lip colour. I’ve binned this one too! Since it was £1 only, I won’t complain.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend you give these awful lip products a wide berth. However, if you’re interested, Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter is available at Superdrug (maybe elsewhere too, but I don’t know), and I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach is available via online retailers.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Best Of Beauty 2020 – Hair, Lips, Body

Hi there! After yesterday’s post about my favourite face products from 2020, today’s post is about my favourite non-face products from 2020 – so that’s hair and body products, but also lip products which I didn’t want to lump together with the creams and serums. Let’s start with hair, then onto lips, then shower products, fragrances and, finally, body lotions and creams.

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Bourbon & Manuka Honey Deep Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Herbal Essences did an amazing job with their bourbon and manuka honey products.

L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo & Conditioner

Triple Resist is one my favourite hair care combos from L’Oréal.

NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine

NYC’s banana-flavoured lipgloss was one of the big surprises of 2020. I love this lipgloss!

Astor Rouge Couture Lipsticks

Astor’s Rouge Couture lipsticks were simply wonderful.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick 250 Stare At Me

Rimmel did a fabulous job with this lipstick. I love it!

L’Oréal Color Riche 231 Sepia / Silk

L’Oréal’s silk lipstick was a lovely surprise.

Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude

Manhattan’s soft nude lipgloss is an all-time favourite. I’ve gone through 2 or 3 of these already.

Sanctuary Spa Mandelular Sensuous Body Scrub

Whilst the photo is one of the worst photos I took last year, the actual product is one of the stars of 2020.

Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk, Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond

Palmolive’s black orchid and So Sweet shower gels are long-term body care favourites.

Palmolive Aroma Moments So Relaxed Aromatic Bath Foam
Yves Rocher Monoï Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist

Palmolive’s So Relaxed bath is truly outstanding.
Yves Rocher’s Monoï body mist smells like the most wonderful summer holiday.

Yves Rocher Collection Été

Another amazing Yves Rocher fragrance!

M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette

I didn’t expect an M&S fragrance to be in my best of 2020 post – but this beautiful fragrance is a firm favourite, and I already repurchased it.

Lucy B. Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk Eau De Parfum
I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer

Lucy B.’s fragrances are amazing – this one is no exception.
I Love…’s raspberry and blackberry body mist smells like sugar-free fruit jelly. Delicious!

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream

Nivea Soft Cream is now a firm beauty favourite!

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Oil Gel
Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Non-Greasy Lotion
Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Soothing Hydrating Lotion With Delicate Oat

Vaseline’s cocoa oil gel is amazing for dry skin.
Vaseline’s essential healing lotion is awesome too.
And Garnier’s oat body lotion is simply lovely.

These are my favourite non-face products from 2020. Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? Feel free to let me know via the comments. And thanks for stopping by! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MakeUp Revolution London The One Blush Stick Malibu

Hi there! Today’s post is about this MakeUp Revolution London The One Blush Stick – the shade is called Malibu. I received this item as a free gift with purchase. I wouldn’t have bought it for myself. However, since I already had it, I wanted to give it a try.

There’s not much to say, really. This stick can be used as a blush stick and as a lipstick. You also get a lot of product. However, this is not a shade I would wear on my cheeks. And since this stick smelled funny, there was no way it would come even close to my lips. I did a swatch on the back on my hand just to see what this product would actually look like.

All in all, I didn’t like the shade, and I found the smell off-putting, so I binned this item. Good riddance! Based on my experience, it’s definitely not a product I’d recommend.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine

Hi there! Today’s short post is about my current favourite lipgloss – NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine. Its tagline is shiny lips in fruity flavour!

I’ve already given away that I love this lipgloss, and here’s why! It’s very hydrating, yet not sticky. The micro-shimmer is not visible on my lips – it’s just insanely shiny. And it has most incredible candy banana flavour.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine to everyone! I found this amazing lipgloss at Poundland. It came in a pack of 2 products (lipgloss + nail polish) for £1.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipsticks 130 Love Me, 250 Stare At Me, 260 I Want You

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 lipsticks I’ve been wearing on and off for a few weeks – Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipsticks in 130 Love Me, 250 Stare At Me, and 260 I Want You.

First up is Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick 130 Love Me which is a creamy raspberry kind of shade. The lipstick is highly pigmented, and it stays on for hours, but the colour isn’t right for me, so I will let this one go.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick 250 Stare At Me is my favourite of the 3. It’s a creamy brown-tinted red. It looks like the natural colour of my lips – just 2 shades darker. I love this one, and I will keep it!

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick 260 I Want You should have been a favourite, but this shade of brown is way too dark for me. I’m a pale girl, and a lipstick this dark makes me look ill. I will have to let this one go.

I’m happy that I will keep one of these lippies, but I don’t mind letting the others go. I’m having a major clearout – which will go on for a little while. On a positive note, I’ve already chucked 50+ (overdue) items, and there will be more.

By the way, you can now recycle empty make-up packaging through TerraCycle. If you don’t like a lipstick or an eye palette, just remove the actual product and take the packaging to your nearest participating store (Boots, Superdrug, etc.). TerraCycle will then take care of taking apart your old compacts (or whatever) and recycle the individual components! 😍

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