Nail Of The Day – Nail Art Challenge #9 Rainbow Nails

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did recently. It’s also another mani that counts toward the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge. And this rather chaotic mani is my attempt at challenge #9 Rainbow Nails.

Before I tell you which products I used, let me tell you how I ended up with this mani… one of my friend’s daughters celebrated her 11th birthday over the Easter weekend. I’m not good at baking or decorating, so I offered my friend to give her daughter a manicure.

I had lots of different nail colours and glitter toppers with me when I came to my friend’s house on Good Friday, so it wasn’t surprising that the young lady couldn’t decide which nail colour she liked best.

I suggested to paint her nails in different colours – and she agreed! The young lady opted for (more or less) pastel shades – light blue, orange, lilac, yellow and light green. And she chose a super cute glitter topper to complete the look.

When I got home I painted my nails in the same colours:
MakeUp Revolution True Blue (pinky),
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 844 On The Mango (ring finger),
NYC Expert Last 255 Late Night Lilac (middle finger),
P2 240 Joyful (index finger),
Rimmel 60 Seconds 816 Green-Eyed Monster (thumb),
Jess Rainbow (glitter topper).
The only difference was that I used a peel-off base coat (for easy removal) on my friend’s daughter’s nails, whilst I used a regular base coat on my own nails. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Nail Of The Day – Galaxy Nails / Nail Art Challenge #19 Galaxies

galaxy nailsHi there! The 31 Days Nail Art Challenge is challenging in many ways. I’m not good with ‘real’ nail art and I prefer stamping and foils (and I can’t draw anything).

And there are so many awesome designs I never even dared to try. Today’s mani falls into the second category, but I did it now!

And as you can see from the title of this post, this many is my attempt at Galaxy Nails (Nail Art Challenge #19).

I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 001 Evil (black base, two coats). And then I started to apply different nail colours with (a small piece of) a make-up sponge.

I used several colours: MUA Whitewash (white), P2 Color Victim 240 Joyful (yellow), Astor Fashion Studio 085 (pink), a nameless Boots 17 mini polish (purple) and MakeUp Revolution True Blue (light blue). I then used MUA Whitewash to apply a few ‘stars’ (well, dots!).

I think this mani turned out alright for a first attempt. But I’ve also realised that there are a few things I could do better next time. First of all, if I’m sponging on polish all-over my nails, I don’t need a black base. Secondly, if I want the base colour to show, I need a smaller piece of sponge to apply the different colour polishes, and I need to be less generous with those colour polishes!

I also think I should try a glitter topper (mini glitter, not chunky glitter) and I need to use a smaller dotting tool to apply the ‘stars’. So yeah, I will definitely do galaxy nails again! 🙂 What do you think? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – NYC In A Minute 019 A Perfect Day, MakeUp Revolution True Blue, Miss Sporty Sparkle Touch 888 Glitter & Stamping With QA89

NYC A Perfect Day MUR True Blue Miss Sporty Glitter and StampingHi there! A couple of weeks ago I did a blue and grey themed mani. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted. But I thought I should still share it.

I painted my nails with MakeUp Revolution True Blue (pinky, index finger, thumb) and NYC In A Minute 019 A Perfect Day (ring finger, middle finger).

I added some glitter – namely Miss Sporty Sparkle Touch Top Coat 888 Glitter – to my ring finger. And then I started stamping. 🙂

I chose my QA89 stamping plate – which is one of the many plates I haven’t used before (that’s because the images are too small for my nails when my nails are longer).

And I stamped on different images using Essence’s amazing White Stampy Polish.

Looking closely, the mani wasn’t perfect because the crown and flower images didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. But I have to admit that, from a distance, the mani actually looked quite nice.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Naked 2 Dupe – MakeUp Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 2

Hi there! Last month I reviewed MakeUp Revolution’s Iconic 1 palette. And now I’ve finally gotten around to swatch MakeUp Revolution Iconic 2 palette. I’m sure everyone knows MUR’s Iconic 2 is a dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette, so I’m not going to waffle about the dupe factor. 😉 Instead, let’s get to the actual Iconic 2 palette.
MUA Iconic 2
The first shade is a pale beige with a matte finish. Shade 2 is a metallic gold. Shade 3 is a pearly pale beige. Shade 4 is a metallic copper. Shade 5 is a matte medium brown. And shade 6 is a shimmery golden brown. In terms of pigmentation the matte shades (1 and 5) aren’t great, but they’re OK. The other shades (2, 3, 4, 6) are nicely pigmented.
MUA Iconic 2 3
Shade 7 is a shimmery taupe, and shade 8 is a shimmery medium grey. Shade 9 is a shimmery light grey, and shade 10 is a pale rosey copper. Shade 11 is a purplish-tinted dark brown with a satin finish. And shade 12 is a matte black. Shades 7, 8, 9 and 10 are highly pigmented, shade 11 and 12 are so-so, but I can make them work if I carefully dab them on with a fluffy eyeshadow brush.
MUA Iconic 2 4
My favourite shades are 2, 4, 6 and 10 – the warm shimmers. But I like and use all the other shades too. I think the Iconic 2 is a good eye palette at a great price. The MakeUp Revolution Iconic 2 palette sets you back £4 only (Superdrug, MUR web site).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Naked 1 Dupe – MakeUp Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 1

Hi there! Today’s post is about my MakeUp Revolution Iconic 1 eye palette. It’s been sitting in my drawer for ages. But I’ve finally gotten around to use it. You may know that I’ve got lots of eyeshadows and palettes and I’m trying hard to empty products before I start to use new ones. But that doesn’t always work. And I’ve accepted that. 🙂

Now let’s have a look at the Iconic 1 palette. This is a beautiful nude/neutral palette. It contains 12 yeshadows – 10 shimmers and 2 mattes. It’s a great dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. But this isn’t news. I think everyone who knows MakeUp Revolution knows that many of their products are dupes for high end beauty products.
MUR Iconic 1
Let’s take a closer look at the eyeshadows. Shade 1 is a pale nude shimmery highlighter shade. Shade 2 is similar, but it’s more pinkish. Shade 3 is a pale beige / light brown. Shade 4 is a pale pinkish bronze. Shade 5 is a matte light brown. And shade 6 is a beautiful gold. All the shimmers (1, 2,4,6) are highly pigmented. The mattes (3,5) are ok – they’re not great, but they’re not bad either.
MUR Iconic 1
Shade 7 is a deep golden brown. Shade 8 is a warm brown. I love the intensity of shade 9 which is a beautiful vintage rose colour. Shade 10 is another brown. It’s lighter and (in my opinion) a bit ‘toastier’ than shade 8. Shade 11 is a shimmery dark grey. And shade 12 is a beautiful steel blue.
MUR Iconic 1
My favourite shades are 6, 7 and 9 – the two goldie ones and the vintage rose. But all the other shades are beautiful too. I think the Iconic 1 is a very pretty nude eye palette. And the quality is great. The eyeshadows last long and most of them are highly pigmented. The Iconic 1 palette is £4 only – a total steal!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MakeUp Revolution Haul! Products Worth over £30 FOR FREE!

Hi there! Just a few weeks ago MakeUp Revolution did a sensational promotion. It was something like buy stuff worth £30 and get lots of products FOR FREE! Let me show you the goodies – which items I paid for and which ones came for free.
MUR Haul
The Fastlove and MakeUp Geek palettes were part of the free products bundle. The Fastlove palette is usually £5.99, the MakeUp Geek palette is £7.99. I’ve been ogling both palettes for a while, so it’s great they came for free. 🙂
MUR Haul
The next palettes are Unicorns Unite, Welcome To The Pleasuredome and Girl Panic. These palettes are normally £6, but MUR did a 3 for 2 promotion, so I paid £12 in total for these three palettes.

MUR HaulNow on to the smaller products. I bought 8 liphug lipsticks (red packaging) for £1.50 each – that’s £12 in total. Everything else in the pic to the right came for free! The freebies were 3 lip geek lipsticks, a purplish WOW lipgloss, a blush stick (‘Malibu’), an ultra velour lip lacquer, a single eyeshadow (black) and a small plastic container filled with loose pigments. I won’t be using all these products, but I can give some of them away!

I understand that the freebies are either not as popular as the bestsellers or that they’re going to be discontinued, but seriously, the products are good and some of them were on my wish list, so I won’t complain. 😀

Mrs Strawberry Blonde