Nail Of The Day – Blood & Bats For Halloween – Featuring Essence, Revlon & Maybelline / Nail Art Challenge #23 Inspired By A Movie

bloody bats nail artHi there! Today’s post is about my Halloween 2016 mani – blood & bats.

I had the idea to do this mani when I did my Halloween Nail Ideas post earlier this month. In that post I showed you photos of a bat mani and a blood spatter mani – and back then I knew that I wanted to combine the two.

So for this mani I painted my nails with Essence The Gel Polish 33 Wild White Days (1 coat). Then I applied a few blobs of red polish – Maybelline Colorshow 349 Power Red – with (a small piece of) a make-up sponge.

I used two no-name stamping plates – M94 (Konad dupe) and A13 – and my favourite black polish, Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto, to stamp on the bats.

I think this mani turned out nicer than expected. I wasn’t sure if a sponge would be the right tool to create a bloody background for the bats – but I think it looks quite authentic. So yes, I chose the right tool for this nail art job! 🙂

I’m also including this mani in my 31 Days Nail Art Challenge as #23 Inspired By A Movie. The movie would be ‘Bats’, a shockingly bad movie featuring bloodthirsty bats (and with plenty of shockingly bad acting).

If you’re still looking for last-minute Halloween nail art inspiration, please check out all the manis I’ve done this month – they’re all Halloween-themed! I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween tomorrow. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Colourful Nails Featuring Essence, Rimmel, Bourjois, Manhattan & Maybelline (Nail Fail)

uploadHi there! Since it’s nail week, here’s another recent mani. When I started to paint my nails, I thought I was working on a masterpiece of a mani. 😀 However, it didn’t turn out to be great.

Let’s start from the beginning. I painted my nails with:
Essence The Gel Nail Polish 33 Wild White Days (pinky, middle finger),
Manhattan Quick Dry 81C (ring finger), and
Bourjois So Lacque 39 Jaune Trendy (index finger, thumb).

I thought it would be nice to stamp and to add some glitter. 🙂 The green glitter on my pinky is Maybelline Color Show 425 Lady Liberty, a low quality topper with nowhere near enough glitter in it.

Then I used my trusted white stamping polish (Essence!) to stamp images onto the thumb, ring and index fingers. Unfortunately the light green Manhattan polish was too light, so the white hardly showed. Then I tried to stamp a different image onto my middle finger. I used Rimmel 60 Seconds 846 Jungle Fever. This polish didn’t stamp very well. I made several attempts to make it work, but in the end I gave up and I settled for an incomplete image. All in all this mani was a fail.

So if you’ve just started stamping, and you think it’s not working for you, don’t be discouraged. I’ve stamped for years, and I’m usually happy with how my manis turn out. However, sometimes they’re just fails. It just happens every once in a while. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Make-Up 30 Sand, Dream Mousse Blush 01 Dolly Pink & Dream Mousse Eyecolor 10 Caramel Karma

Maybelline Mousse Samples2Hi there! My latest quest to finally use all those free samples filling up my drawers led me to Maybelline’s Dream Mousse products.

I didn’t do swatches because the samples didn’t contain much product. But I’ll tell you how these products fared anyway.

I applied Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse make-up in 30 Sand with my fingers. The foundation was easy to apply and it felt very nice on my skin. I think the coverage is quite impressive.

However, the product didn’t really work with my dry skin – it highlighted a big dry patch (the size of a 50p coin) which I didn’t even know I had. So I think this foundation is better suited to people with oily skin.

I didn’t care for Maybelline’s Dream Mouss blush in 01 Dolly Pink. The blush was much thinner than the foundation and I didn’t manage to apply it as evenly as I had hoped (I’ve never used a mousse blush before).

The good thing is that the blush can be wiped off or blended into the foundation easily, so mistakes can be corrected. However, the downside is that you really can wipe off the blush by accident. Also, this blush is glittery. And since it’s so very easily blendable, I looked like I had gold dust all over my face. This product is definitely not for me.

Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Eyecolor in 10 Caramel Karma fared better than the blush. The shade is a beautiful shimmery light brown which was easy to apply and blend. Unfortunately the mousse eyeshadow didn’t stick to my eyelids. So I ended up with lots of small brown flakes under my eyes and on my cheeks. I tried to wipe off those flakes – very carefully – but this started the unfortunate chain of events which made my face look like it was sprayed with gold dust.

I wouldn’t recommend any of these products to people with dry skin. However, I can see that these mousse products would work well for people with oily skin. In regards to the foundation, the coverage is very nice. I’m thinking of buying a full-size pot of foundation to see if I can somehow mix it with my much loved Pan Stik foundation this summer. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Maybelline Color Sensational Luscious Lipgloss 410 Peach Sorbet & 520 Cherry Kiss

Hi there! I spotted these cute Maybelline Color Sensational Luscious Lipglosses at Poundland the other day. I’m not very much into Maybelline, and their Popsticks left me pretty much underwhelmed. But I thought these glosses looked promising. I’ve tried them both now. So it’s time I put my thoughts into words.
Maybelline Lipgloss
Maybelline Color Sensational Luscious Lipgloss 410 Peach Sorbet has a peachy tint which is invisible on the lips. I’m OK with that because I don’t care for peachy, orange or coral lips. Maybelline Color Sensational Luscious Lipgloss 520 Cherry Kiss looks tinted in the tube as well. But the soft cherry tint doesn’t show on the lips at all. I’m OK with that too because I’m not a red lips gal at all.

I really like these glosses. Here’s what’s good:
– fruity flavours that last,
– very moisturising,
– no shimmer or sparkle

I have to mention that I find the cherry flavour a bit too sweet for my taste, and I think the glosses are quite sticky (certainly above average sticky). But overall I really like them and I’ll use them up for sure.

I believe these Maybelline Color Sensational Luscious Lipglosses have been discontinued. However, they can still be found online or in discount stores like Poundland, etc.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Maybelline Colour Sensational Popsticks 040 Crystal Pink, 060 Citrus Slice, 080 Cherry Pop

Hi! As a passionate sale shopper and bargain hunter I hit the Poundstores every couple of weeks to check for beauty bargains. Needless to say I was very happy when I found these little beauties: Maybelline Colour Sensational Popsticks. I hadn’t tried these before as they were around £7 each at the big drugstores, but for £1 each I couldn’t resist. I picked up 3 shades. From left to right: Crystal Pink, Citrus Slice, Cherry Pop.
2015 Maybelline Popsticks 01
What’s the verdict? I do not like these popsticks at all. They’re glorified lip balms that hardly leave a smidgen of colour or sheen. (That’s why I didn’t even take photos of the swatches.) And they’re not even good lip balms because they’re quite waxy and they don’t moisturise much. I also don’t like their scent which is a bit plasticky-sweet. They’re fun to look at because they’re translucent, but that’s the best bit about them really. I’m currently using them up as a ‘base’ for lipliner, but I won’t buy them again, not even for £1.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde