Manhattan Cosmetics Soft Mat Lip Cream 95G

Hi there! Today’s post is about a product that’s been living in my cosmetic bag for quite some time – Manhattan Soft Mat Lip Cream 95G. These Manhattan lip products have hit the Poundstores (different shades are available), so I thought it’s time for a review. 🙂

So how’s the product? I think it’s not great. This lip cream applies like liquid velvet (it feels amazing), but within a few minutes it dries down to a matte mess. It feels very drying, it doesn’t look good or natural, and the pale nude colour makes me look ill. If you’re wondering why I’ve chosen such a light shade… well, this was the darkest (or the 2nd darkest) available shade. I expected something else…

Having said that, I found a way to make the product work for me! I use it as a base for all those uber-creamy lipsticks that don’t last or tend to bleed. Guess what? It works! Perfectly! You could say the dry lip cream and those uber-creamy lipsticks cling to each other!

All in all, I have no reason to complain. This lip cream has given me the chance to wear a number of different lipsticks that I didn’t think I’d be able to wear at all (well, at least not without checking my lips every half hour…).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Nail Of The Day – Manhattan ModePilot 03M & Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 833 Vintage Confetti

Hi there! Over the past few months I’ve done a few manis that I didn’t share with you. But since this week is Nail Week, I’ll show you the forgotten manis. 🙂

For this mani I painted my nails with Manhattan Mode Pilot 03M (2 coats).

I love this Manhattan polish. The formula is great and the colour is very pretty.

The glitter topper is equally pretty! It’s Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 833 Vintage Confetti (1 easy coat).

I really liked this mani. The base colour and the topper look great together – but wine and gold are made for each other, so I knew the mani would great. 🙂

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Feat. Revlon, Ciaté, MUA & Manhattan / A-Z Nail Art Challenge G-Galaxies

Hi there! Today’s Nail Of The Day post is about the Galaxies mani that I did for the A-Z Nail Art Challenge.

For this mani I painted my nails with Revlon Colorstay 260 Bold Sangria.

And then I used small pieces of a retired make-up sponge to apply a number of different nail polishes.

I used these colours: MUA White Wash (white), Revlon Colorstay 040 Provence (pale lavender) & Manhattan Buffalo 18 (milky lilac).

And then I just applied one coat of Ciaté Confetti, which is a beautiful silver holo glitter topper.

I think this mani turned out great. I love it! What do you think? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Manhattan Buffalo 12 & Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 235 Supernova / Nail Art Challenge #18 My Husband’s Polish Picks

Hi there! I’ve got a nail of the day post for you today. I let my husband choose the base colour and the glitter top coat, and this is the result!

For this mani I painted my nails with Manhattan Buffalo 12 (2 coats). And I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 235 Supernova to add a touch of glitter. This mani is also challenge #18 My Husband’s Polish Picks of the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge.

OK, challenge #18 should have been ‘half moons’ but I couldn’t bring myself to attempt ‘proper’ half moon nails. I’ve looked up countless half moon manis over the past few months, but there wasn’t a single mani that I found at least semi-likeable.

Sure, there were lots of manis that were extremely well done. However, I really don’t like the look of half moon nails, so I’ve just replaced this challenge. 🙂

By the way, I really liked my husband’s polish picks. The base colour is really pretty, and the glitter is one of my all-time favourites – but my husband knows that, that’s why he chose this glitter topper. Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Best 50p I Ever Spent – Manhattan Tasty Lips Lipgloss American Grapefruit

Hi there! Today’s post is a short one. And it’s about this clear Manhattan Tasty Lips Lipgloss with American Grapefruit flavour. This lipgloss was part of a £1 Manhattan Cosmetics duo pack (lipgloss + eyeshadow duo) at Bargain Buys!

I already lost the eyeshadow duo – well, it’s somewhere in my stash – I just have no idea where it could be. 🙂 But let’s focus on the lipgloss…

I think this lipgloss is fantastic! The gloss is clear, there’s no sparkle (Yay!), it’s very hydrating but it doesn’t feel too sticky. And the grapefruit flavour is… the ultimate yummy grapefruit flavour! It’s perfect. It’s dreamy. I love it! I will have to go back to Bargain Buys to see if I can find more. Wish me luck, OK? 🙂

Have you tried this lipgloss? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Manhattan Lotus Effect 67N & Stamping With Pueen 73 / Nail Art Challenge #6 Violet Nails

uploadHi there! Today’s post is about another mani that counts towards the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge. The mani I’ve done is my attempt at challenge #6 Violet Nails.

I painted my nails with Manhattan Lotus Effect 67N. I like the purple colour. It’s not too dark, not too light, not too flashy… it’s just a great purple!

I didn’t want to do a glitter mani, and I didn’t feel like using nail stickers or decals. So I ended up stamping! Again! 😀

So… I used Pueen’s 73 plate (from Pueen‘s Stamping Buffet collection) and Essence‘s fantastic white Stampy Polish to stamp floral images onto my nails.

This mani turned out alright, I think. Sure, it’s not perfect. But keep in mind that, in real life, no one looks at my nails with a magnifying glass – so in real life the imperfections are hardly visible.

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Manhattan Lotus Effect 67N & Barry M Treasure Chest

upload-1Hi there! Today’s nail post is about another mani I did some time ago.

For this mani I painted my nails with Manhattan Lotus Effect 67N. I love the purple colour! If only Manhattan had given this polish a cooler name than “67N”… Ah well, it is what it is. 😉

The gold glitter topper is Barry M’s Treasure Chest which is part of Barry M’s Aquarium collection. I think this glitter topper is no longer available, but I’m sure there are other gold flakie toppers out there.

I didn’t like this mani as much as I hoped I would. I usually love gold and purple, but I think I applied too much glitter this time.

What do you think? Feel free to get in touch if you want to. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde