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

Nail Of The Day – NYC In A Minute 001 Evil & Foils

Hi there! I haven’t done Nail Of The Day posts in ages, and my nails are still a bit meh, but today’s post is about a mani from last week.

For this mani I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 001 Evil (2 coats). This is a decent black polish. It’s almost a one-coater, so it works really well as a stamping polish too.

For the colourful accents I used some leftover rainbow foil. If you’re wondering about how to do foil manis at home, I’ve done a super easy to follow pictorial and there are some tips and tricks too!

What colour are your nails at the moment? Feel free to let me know via the comments, and thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine

Hi there! Today’s short post is about my current favourite lipgloss – NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine. Its tagline is shiny lips in fruity flavour!

I’ve already given away that I love this lipgloss, and here’s why! It’s very hydrating, yet not sticky. The micro-shimmer is not visible on my lips – it’s just insanely shiny. And it has most incredible candy banana flavour.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine to everyone! I found this amazing lipgloss at Poundland. It came in a pack of 2 products (lipgloss + nail polish) for £1.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Revlon CustomEyes 010 Sweet Innocence, NYC Metro Quartet Eyeshadow 816A Chelsea Chic

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 small eyeshadow compacts – Revlon CustomEyes 010 Sweet Innocence and NYC Metro Quartet Eyeshadow 816A Chelsea Chic. Let’s take a look at Revlon CustomEyes 010 Sweet Innocence first!

Sweet Innocence is a cute looking little compact. The 5 shades are dark grey, peachy nude, champagne, dusty plum and vintage pink.

I’ve done a few looks with this palette, but I found the quality of the eyeshadows to be poor. They were chalky, it was impossible to build them up, and they didn’t blend.

After the disappointing experience with the Revlon eyeshadows, I tried NYC Metro Quartet Eyeshadow 816A Chelsea Chic.

This little eye palette contains 4 shades: a pale gunpowder, a medium chocolate brown, a frosty baby pink, and a light brown tinted grey.

I’ve done a few looks with this eyeshadows as well, and I think that the pale gunpowder and the brownish grey were alright. The chocolate brown shade was extremely chalky, and I didn’t care for the frosty pink.

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend these small eye palettes (or compacts). I found them at some bargain store (Poundland?), so at least I didn’t spend much money on them.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MUA MakeUp Academy Matte Lipstick Fawn Fancy, NYC Color Instinct Eyeshadow Palette 969 Rooftop Cocktails

Hi there! Today’s post is about a lipstick and a small eyeshadow palette. And I’m starting with this MUA MakeUp Academy Matte Lipstick in the shade Fawn Fancy which was £1.

This lipstick is awful. The shade is nice, but the lipstick is waxy, strangely dry and impossible to apply. It broke off the first time I used it. Not a surprise – I tried a few lipsticks from this line before, and I remember that this happened with at least 2 of them. I don’t think I’ll ever buy a matte lipstick from MUA again. Having said this, their creamy lipsticks (which are also £1 only) are lovely!

Onto this NYC Color Instinct Eyeshadow Palette 969 Rooftop Cocktails which was 99p at Fragrance Direct.

This is a small eye palette that contains 4 eyeshadows – a dusty lavender, a light blue, a light green, and a pale champagne highlighter shade.

I bought this palette a while ago, but I never used it until I gave it a try a few weeks ago. The dusty lavender shade is nice, but it’s poorly pigmented. And I didn’t care for the other 3 shades.

Since I have no use for this palette, it’ll be the latest victim of my 6 months early spring declutter.

Have you tried these products? Which products did you get rid of recently? Feel free to get in touch, and thanks for reading! 😊

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel 60 Seconds 625 Sir Yes Sir, Essie Rock At The Top & Stamping With Nicole Diary 076

Hi there! Welcome to Nail Week. I’ll be posting about manis only until Sunday. Without further ado, here’s the first mani.

Alrighty! For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel 60 Seconds 625 Sir Yes Sir (2 coats, pinkies, ring fingers).

The pretty top coat is Essie Rock At The Top (1 coat).

The light blue base on my thumbs, index and middle fingers is a nameless mini nail polish from Claire’s Accessories (3 coats – 2 would have been fine too).

For the images I used my Nicole Diary 076 stamping plate.

I double-stamped using a grey polish (NYC In A Minute 019 A Perfect Day) and a black polish (some old Rimmel polish).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – NYC In A Minute 019 A Perfect Day, Rimmel 60 Seconds 503 Mind The Gap Victoria, Glitter & Stamping With Bundle Monster Secret Garden BM 717

Hi there! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Today’s post is about a mani I did earlier this month.

For this mani I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 019 A Perfect Day (2 coats, pinkies, ring fingers) and Rimmel 60 Seconds 503 Mind The Gap Victoria (2 coats, middle and index fingers, thumbs).

I used a rainbow glitter top coat to add colour to the grey nails. That cute glitter top coat is Barry M Amethyst Glitter.

For the images on the blue nails I used my Maniology (formerly Bundle Monster) Secret Garden BM 717 stamping plate. I stamped with a random black polish.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – L’Oréal Color Riche 210 Shocking Pink & NYC In A Minute 276 Big City Dazzle

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did a while ago. It might have been last summer – oops!

For this mani I painted my nails with L’Oréal Color Riche 210 Shocking Pink. I don’t like the colour pink (any shade of pink) in clothes or accessories, but I love bright pink shades like this one on my nails. 🥰

The glitter top coat I used is NYC In A Minute Big City Dazzle. This glitter looks amazing in real life – it’s in my all-time top 5 of glitters. You have no idea how annoyed I am that I couldn’t capture its magic in the photo. But there’s always next time, so fingers crossed!

Anyhoo… I liked this mani a lot. It was easy to do, and it looked bright and sparkly!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Salon Pro 444 Seduce & NYC In A Minute 276 Big City Dazzle

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

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel Salon Pro 444 Seduce (2 coats). I like this polish a lot. The colour is just wow!

The glitter top coat I used is NYC In A Minute 276 Big City Dazzle, which is an amazingly beautiful micro-glitter mix (red, blue, fuchsia, gold). The photo doesn’t do it justice at all.

I liked this mani a lot. It’s a simple mani, but the dark purple glitter combo looked cute and sparkly!

What colour nail polish are you wearing at the moment?

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – NYC In A Minute 258 Prospect Park Pink & Stamping With Biutee 02

Hi there! I have a short and sweet Nail Of The Day post for you today.

For this mani I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 258 Prospect Park Pink (2 coats). This is a pale rosey shade with micro-shimmer. I’m not a fan of the colour, but it’s a great base colour for stamping!

For the images I used my Biutee 02 stamping plate. I like the Biutee plates a lot. Most of the images are stunningly beautiful. ♥

The black polish I stamped with is, of couse, the one and only Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

I liked this mani because it looked nice and summery!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde