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

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Lycra Pro 327 Heart On Fire, Rimmel 60 Seconds 503 Mind The Gap Victoria, Manhattan Super Nails 02 Glitter Champion & Stamping With MoYou London Zodiac Collection 02

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

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel 60 Seconds 503 Mind The Gap Victoria (2 coats, thumbs, index and middle fingers). I love this polish! It’s perfect! For the images I used my MoYou London Zodiac Collection 02 stamping plate. The black polish I stamped with is Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

I painted my pinkies and ring fingers with Rimmel Lycra Pro 327 Heart On Fire (2 coats). I’m not the biggest fan of red nails, but I think this is a beautiful red. I used my Manhattan Super Nails 02 Glitter Champion top coat to make the red nails a little sparkly.

I liked this mani a lot. The stamping plate gave me better options that I initially expected. I’ll give the other stamping plates from this collection a second chance too!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Manhattan Buffalo 12 & Stamping With MoYou Nails 447

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

For this mani I painted my nails with Manhattan Buffalo 12 (2 coats). I like this polish a lot, but I’m about 2/3 through the bottle, and the polish is getting quite thick now. I hope to be able to get one more quality mani out of this bottle! 🤞

For the images I used my MoYou Nails 447 stamping plate. MoYou Nails is different from MoYou London.

Anyhoo, the 2 amazing polishes I stamped with are Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 819 Coat Of Arms (gold) and Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto (black).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Manhattan Buffalo 12, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Sonic Bloom, Essence Colour & Go 105 Party Princess & Stamping With MoYou London Suki 01

Hi there! Today’s post is a Nail Of The Day post.

For this mani I painted my nails with Manhattan Buffalo 12 (2 coats, thumbs, index and middle fingers) and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Sonic Bloom (2 coats, ring fingers, pinkies).

The cute glitter top coat I used on the pink nails is Essence Colour & Go 105 Party Princess.

For the images I used my MoYou London Suki Collection 01 stamping plate. The black polish I stamped with is Revlon Nail Art Expressionist 310 Night & Degas.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Galaxy Nails

Hi there! Today’s post is the last one for this week. This means that Nail Week has come to an end. I’ll be back with a regular product review tomorrow.

But let me tell you about this mani! I painted my nails with Barry M Matte Nail Paint Espresso (2 coats). This is a terrible polish. Tip wear and chips within hours. I had to keep filling in the tips…

I applied blobs of white nail polish with a sponge to make the lighter colours pop.

The blue and pink colours I used are from the double-ended Revlon Nail Art Expressionist 300 Pop Art. The glitter top coat I used is Manhattan Super Nails 02 Glitter Champion.

This isn’t my best galaxy mani, but it’s not the worst either. I did like the mani. But next time I’ll try it without the blue.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro 370 Wild Orchid & Manhattan Super Nails 02 Glitter Champion

Hi there! Today’s post is a Nail Of The Day post.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro 370 Wild Orchid (2 coats). This kind of purple is my favourite nail colour. 😍

The glitter polish I used is Manhattan Super Nails 02 Glitter Champion. This is a mix of gold, fuchsia and blue micro glitter in a clear base. I love this kind of glitter!

I like the look of this mani. However, my nails look awful. I cleaned 2 places like a maniac when we moved house, and this took quite a toll on my nails. Rubber gloves couldn’t prevent splits and breakages, although I guess they prevented the worst!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Claire’s Candy Cane Lip Balm, Claire’s Christmas Pudding Lip Balm, Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude

Hi there! Today’s post is about a number of products. Since the reviews are rather short, I thought I’d do one post for all of them. And here they are…

Product number 1 is Claire’s Candy Cane Lip Balm which I picked up when it was on sale. I believe it was £1. I’ve given this lip balm a try, and I don’t like it at all. It has a slight red tint. Whilst this isn’t a deal-breaker, the boring red tea flavour is! I can’t bring myself to use it. I’ve binned it.

Claire’s Christmas Pudding Lip Balm is alright. It has a light brown tint, and it actually tastes like Christmas pudding. It’s not my favourite lip balm, but it’s definitely a decent one! I believe I paid £1 for it.

And here’s my favourite of the bunch – Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude. I’ve already gone through one of these amazing lipglosses (yes, the same shade), and I just had to repurchase it! I also bought 2 other colours, but this one’s perfect for me. I love the sheer tint, and the flavour is sweet and lovely. I paid £1 for this lipgloss (Poundland).

Have you tried these products? Would you like to try them? Feel free to comment, and thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Manhattan Lotus Effect 46D & Sally Hansen Color Frenzy 320 Splattered

Hi there! Here’s another Nail Of The Day post.

For this simple mani I painted my nails with Manhattan Lotus Effect 46D (2 coats). I love this beautiful raspberry shade, but the polish could have dried faster. A lot faster!

The cute glitter polish I used is Sally Hansen Color Frenzy 320 Splattered. I love this glitter polish. Unfortunately, this one dries super slowly too!

I like the look of the 2 polishes, but I didn’t do my “homework” properly. I was sloppy with the cleaning up around the cuticles, and I could have given a certain cuticle a gentle push back. Anyhoo… what colour nail polish are you wearing at the moment?

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – China Glaze Pure Joy, Primark PS… Nail Polish Snow White & Stamping With MoYou London Festive 04

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

For this mani I painted my nails with China Glaze Pure Joy (2 coats, pinkies, ring fingers) and Primark PS… Nail Polish Snow White (2 coats, middle and index fingers, thumbs).

Pure Joy is one of my favourite Christmas glitter polishes. It’s an oldie, but it’s definitely a goldie!

For the images I used MoYou London‘s cute Festive 04 stamping plate. The 2 polishes I stamped with are Manhattan Quick Dry 46K (red) and Rimmel Salon Pro 544 Bewitch (green).

Again – Merry Christmas, everyone! 🎅

Mrs Strawberry Blonde