Hi there! Today’s post is about a number of products I’m using at the moment. Initially I wanted to do individual reviews, but then I decided to do 1 post. 😎 Alrighty, let’s take a closer look at the goodies…
The first item is one of the most wonderful lipsticks I’ve ever had – Makeup Revolution London Lip Hug Love Can Set You Free. Oh! My! God! This lipstick has the most amazing colour – it’s a nude shade that’s both rosey and brownish. I can’t get enough of this beautiful and timeless lip colour! I also love the formula – I think the name “Lip Hug” fits perfectly. 11 STARS!
Up next is this Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss. The shade is 2 Coral Delight. This lipgloss promises a longlasting mirror shine look – and it delivers! I don’t normally go for coral lip colours, but this gloss was on sale for £1, so I bought it (+another shade). I enjoy using this lipgloss (i’s almost used up) because I like the sweet vanilla flavour, and the shimmery sheer coral shade suits me surprisingly well!
Item number 3 is this W7 Silky Eyes Bare It All eyeshadow palette which I started to use in early August. I’ve used this eye palette almost every day, and I’m very happy with it!
As you can see in the swatch below, the brown shade in the top right corner is shimmery, and the brown shade in the top left corner is matte. I like them both, but the brown shimmer is my favourite. I use it most days, and I apply it all over my lid. It goes very well with my green eyes.
The lighter shades are pretty much highlighter shades, and I use them as inner corner highlights. I love the light sand shade which blends beautifully into the brown eyeshadows, and the pale pink looks nice too. I’m not too keen on the cream shade though – I’ve never liked white-to-cream frosty shimmer shades. I never knew what to do with them because they don’t suit me.
Anyhoo… I do like W7’s Bare It All palette! And I can see myself finishing 3 of the 5 pans (shimmery brown, matte brown, sand). It won’t happen any time soon, though!
Have you tried any of these products? Or would you like to try them? Feel free to comment, and thanks for stopping by!
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today’s post is about MakeUp Revolution London‘s Unicorns Unite Eyeshadow Palette. MakeUp Revolution launches new products all the time, so some of their products disappear from their (and Superdrug’s) online shop quickly. However, thanks to end-of-line specialist online retailers, those products can still be found for a looong time… and this palette is one of those products. 😋
The Unicorns Unite palette contains 18 eyeshadows – 12 shimmers and six mattes. Here are the swatches!
Top row: The shades are “Legend”, “Grace”, “Medieval”, “Unicorn”, “Believe”, “Symbol”. All of them are super gorgeous and well pigmented. “Believe” is one of the purple shades I’ve known from a number of MUR palettes. I will use this one to make stamping polish.
2nd row: These shades are called “Spiral”, “Fortune”, “Fantasy”, “Beauty”, “Spiritual”, “Creature”. The first 5 shades are lovely, and they burst with pigment, but the 6th shade is a bit of a stinker. I know the first 4 shades from other MUR palettes, and these will be turned into stamping polish as well! 😊
Bottom row: “Pure”, “Buttercup”, “Unite”, “Horn”, “Special”, “History” are the names of the matte shades. The first shade is pretty much invisible in the swatch because it’s a perfect match for my skin tone, the second swatch isn’t much better because this shade’s just a bit darker and a bit more peachy than my skin tone. I think the first 5 shades are well pigmented, but again, the 6th shade is of poor quality.
I’ve worn all of the eyeshadows at least once now, and the shimmers (minus “Creature”) wear very well. The mattes (minus “History”) are good but not great.
All in all, this is a really good palette, and I would recommend it. I paid £4 for this one, so I have no reason to complain. 😎
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today I’m reviewing MakeUp Revolution‘s Re-Loaded Marvellous Mattes Eyeshadow Palette. This palette contains 15 matte shades – the standard black and white plus 13 (more or less) bright and colourful colours.
When I bought this palette, I had no intention of using any of these eyeshadows on my eyes. I bought this palette because I wanted to crush up the eyeshadows and use them to make stamping polish. 🤩
However, I thought I could do swatches nonetheless! I’ve done the swatches on a well moisturised forearm to ensure the eyeshadows stay put. And here’s what I think of them!
First of all, the eyeshadows are extremely chalky. I think they’re the chalkiest eyeshadows I’ve ever came across. I remember that MUA’s matte palette had horrible reviews in its day – if you think that MUA’s matte palette was bad, well, this is the exact same thing!
The 5 shades in the top row are well pigmented, but the chalky texture made it impossible to apply them evenly or blend them out properly. I’ve seen plenty of positive reviews and I’ve watched a few videos on youtube as well. Based on this, it appears that you can make these eyeshadows work if you use other products as little helpers. One reviewer mentioned that she applied the eyeshadows after 4 bases and primers (I assume she means 4 in total and not 4 each). It seems to work for her and for others, so more power to them!
Onto the 2nd row! The 2nd shade was well pigmented, but the other shades weren’t. Shades 4 and 5 (violet and light blue/turquoise) were particularly disappointing. However, many reviewers have achieved great results by using plenty of primer or by mixing these eyeshadows with creamy products. Personally, I have no doubt that these eyeshadows work if you make them into a paste. This is pretty much what I hope to achieve when I use them to make stamping polish. 😎
The bottom row was a mixed bag. The first 3 shades are nicely pigmented. But the white and the black eyeshadows are not. But again, I have no doubt there are plenty of people who made these eyeshadows work. I just wish that at least some of the reviewers had commented on what their faces looked like half a day later. I would have been genuinely interested in how these eyeshadows perform over at least 8 (but preferably 12+) hours.
All in all, I think MakeUp Revolution‘s Re-Loaded Marvellous Mattes Eyeshadow Palette is exactly what you’d expect for £4. Nowadays it’s pretty much expected that every woman owns and uses all sorts of different primers for everything from eyeshadows to face masks. So it’s obvious the brands focus more on the primers than the on the products those primers are meant to prime the face for. Anyway, I’m not spending any more time on this palette – unless it’s for the purpose of making stamping polish! 😊
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I’ve bought over the past few weeks. I picked up a lot of face masks, but I also bought toiletries, nail stuff and other skin care. The following goodies are mine now!
The Crème Shop Clean Up, Skin set of 3 sheet masks for £4, TK Maxx. Polish’d Vitamin C Brightening Face Mask set of 5 sheet masks for £4.99, TK Maxx.
Skin Treats Glitter Face Pink Hydrogel Glitter Mask, £1 at B&M Bargains, 3 Holler And Glow Sheet Masks, £1 each at Primark.
2 fantastic Montagne Jeunesse Purple Acai Peel Off Face Masks, 30p each at Primark, Maxbrands Panda Face and Kitty Face Sheet Mask, 2 for £1 (intro offer) from the independent bargain store (formerly Poundworld) in East Ham.
2 Original Source shower gels – 90p each from the independent bargain store (formerly Poundworld) in East Ham.
Superdrug Calm Skin Blemish Rescue Gel, Superdrug Calm Skin Refreshing Facial Spritz – these were £2.99 each but there was a Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price offer. 2 CND Clear Top Coats – £1 each at Poundland. I bought 1 of these before, tried it, liked it, bought 2 more.
The incredible Treacle Moon Happy Melon Sorbet 4x500ml, £2 each (save 1/3 offer) at Waitrose!
Treacle Moon Her Mango Thoughts shower gel, £2 (save 1/3 offer) at Waitrose. Pack of 10 Fascy Aqua Sheet Masks, £5.99 at TK Maxx.
Superdrug Vitamin E products – 2 lip balms, £1.99 each but Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price, the Facial Exfoliating Bar and the Vitamin E Leave On Moisture Mask were £2.99 each but also Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price.
Palmolive Welcome To Madagascar Forest, Palmolive Welcome To Japanese Garden, £1 each, Superdrug.
Jiinju Sheet Mask Duo – I got 3 of these sets for free (gift with purchase), B. face masks, £1.45 each. Superdrug.
Barry M Molten Metal Holographic nail polishes, these were on special (3 for 2 across all makeup and nails at Superdrug, so I bought 6 items for £4 each and I paid £16 instead of £24). The Barry M Rockstar Lip & Nail Kit was a free gift with purchase.
Revolution Reloaded Marvellous Mattes, £4 but 3 for 2. I’m going to use this palette to make more stamping polishes! I bought another eye palette, but I don’t know where I placed it. Oops!
B. Vitalised Vitamin Facial Spritz, B. Comforted Camomile Facial Spritz, £3.89 each (half price offer).
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Facial Pads, B. Soft Multi Acid Retexturising Pads, £2.89 each (half price) – these seem to be the exact same product! 🤔 I’ll give them a try and report back!
And I bought 11 new Bundle Monster stamping plates, the cheapest plate was £1, the most expensive one was £2.60. Bundle Monster is now Maniology. Either way, I bought these stamping plates from a fantastic online shop – Nail Art UK. I’ve shopped with them before, and I think they provide excellent service! I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I’m just a happy customer.
Wow, I bought quite a lot! And I have no excuse really! Any new products you picked up recently? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by!
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
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
Hi 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
Hi 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