MakeUp Revolution Redemption Palette Romantic Smoked

Hi there! Today’s post is about this MakeUp Revolution Redemption Palette Romantic Smoked. I’ve had this palette for a little while, and I only used 2 of the eyeshadows so far. But I’m going through my stash to see what’s worth keeping, and which products need to go. So I’ve now swatched the entire palette now. Let’s take a look!

The first 4 eyeshadows are beautiful shimmers – an off-white, a light brown, a pale peach and an olive shade. All of them are buttery and highly pigmented. And I’ve used all of them in different looks so far, and I like them all.

The 5th shade is a shimmery rosey pink. I like it a lot. The next 3 shades are mattes – a dark rose, a pale rose and a medium brown. All of them are highly pigmented, and they’re easy to blend. I like all of these 4 shades!

Onto the last 4 eyeshadows which are all mattes – a pale pink, a charcoal, a purple and a sandy shade. Thr first 2 mattes are easy to blend, but the last 2 are a bit chalky.

All in all, MakeUp Revolution Redemption Palette Romantic Smoked is a really good quality eye palette. 10 of the 12 shades are bursting with pigment and are easy to work with. This palette was £4, so I have no reason to complain!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

W7 The Naughty Nine Arabian Nights

Hi there! Today’s post is about an eyeshadow palette – W7 The Naughty Nine Arabian Nights. W7 is a drugstore cosmetics brand from the UK. According to W7, their products are cruelty-free (and they don’t sell in China).

OK, let’s look at the palette now! It has 9 eyeshadows, all of them nude shades. Since 6 of the eyeshadows are lighter shades, I would say the palette is more suited to lighter skin tones.

Let’s start with the first 3 eyeshadows – below. The first shade is a matte, poorly pigmented, chalky pink. It hardly shows up on me. It also doesn’t blend well, but you wouldn’t know it because it’s barely there. The second shade is a pale, shimmery peach. Another barely there shade with respect to its (lack of) pigment. Shade 3 is a matte light coral shade. Just like shade 1, it’s poorly pigmented, it’s barely there and it’s also rather chalky. I’m not a fan of these 3 shades.

Onto the second row below! Eyeshadow number 4 is a pale gold. It’s also far from bursting with pigment, but this one looks nice when I use it as an accent in the inner corners of my eyes. Shade 5 is a light-brown-meets-orange kind of shade. Apologies for the pinkish hue on the left. This is a scar which I thought I’d covered. Oops! However, this eyeshadow is also not great. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too dark and too orangey for the inner corners of my eyes. I also don’t like the colour on my eyelids. Shade number 6 is a light toffee colour. Also matte, and also chalky.

And right below is row 3. No, this photo was not taken in a different setting or with different lighting. It’s just that my arm had a bit of a pink colour after I had removed the eyeshadow from the previous swatches. Alrighty, shade 7 is my favourite of the bunch. It’s a classic shimmery rosey light brown. I like it! Shades 8 and 9 are matte browns. Yes, also chalky and poorly pigmented. Not easy to apply.

This eye palette looked promising but once I started to use it, I found that only 2 eyeshadows are worth my time. I’ll make sure to get some use out of shades 4 and 7 over the next few weeks, but I won’t keep this palette for much longer.

W7 The Naughty Nine Arabian Nights eyeshadow palette is available for about £3. I bought it at a local bargain store (I want to say B&M but it may have been somwehere else).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

A’kin Brightening Vitamin C & Niacinamide Correcting Eye Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about this A’kin Brightening Vitamin C & Niacinamide Correcting Eye Gel which I’ve been using for a few weeks now. This eye gel also contains pro-vitamin B5, vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid, bisabolol, Australian jojoba oil and other botanical extracts. According to A’kin, this eye gel is vegan and cruelty-free! 😍

This eye gel promises to do a lot – to reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, to brighten, even out and tone the skin, to soften fine lines and wrinkles, to sooth and hydrate the skin and to fight signs of premature ageing for firmer and more luminous skin.

Since I’ve been using this eye gel for a few weeks, I think it’s not great. Definitely not repurchase-worthy – especially not for its usual price of £24. I paid £3 for this eye gel (TK Maxx), and I think that price is more in line with what the product does – which is to provide basic hydration (although I need to use a lot more product compared to other eye gels or creams).

With respect to its other claims, this eye gel is actually quite a letdown. I have to compare it with Olay’s eye gel which I’ve used for a few months right until I started to use this eye gel. The difference in quality is quite remarkable. Olay’s eye gel had a visible positive effect. This A’kin eye gel can’t maintain what Olay’s eye gel did for me.

All in all, I will use up this eye gel, but I wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re interested, A’kin Brightening Vitamin C & Niacinamide Correcting Eye Gel is available as 15ml. The price will depend on where you shop.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Revisiting Old Favourites – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel. This product promises to reduce fine line and wrinkles and to help fight puffiness and dark circles. Use the eye gel twice a day, and expect results within 21 days – that’s what it says on the box. I haven’t used this eye gel for quite some time, but I was very happy when I found a few of these in my stash!

I’ve been using this eye cream for a few months now, and I love it just as much as I used to love it back then. This eye gel is at least in my all-time Top 3 eye products – it maybe even be the best eye product I’ve ever used. It kills lines and dark circles, and it makes me look well-rested even if I slept less than 4 hours. A true 11 stars product!

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel has been discontinued and replaced with another eye gel with a very similar ingredients list – Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. However, the original eye gel can still be found online for a decent price!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Falling For Purple, Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Brown Effects

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 eyeshadow compacts which I believe I found at Poundland – Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Falling For Purple and Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Brown Effects.

Let’s start with Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Falling For Purple!

Falling For Purple is a small compact which contains 3 shades – white, lilac and purple.

The first 2 eyeshadows are chalky and poorly pigmented. The third one is just about alright.

I’m not impressed with this eyeshadow compact.

Let’s take a look at Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Brown Effects now!

Another small compact with 3 shades – a very light beige, a pale orange and a sandy type of shade.

These eyeshadows follow the same pattern – the first 2 are just bad. There’s hardly any pigment in them and they’re dry AF. The third shade is OK though.

Guess what? This little compact didn’t impress me either. I really hate to throw out stuff but I have no use for these eyeshadows.

In the unlikely event that you’re interested, Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Falling For Purple and Manhattan Perfect Eyes Eyeshadow Brown Effects are available for £1 each.

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

Haul! New Eye Palettes, Lipsticks, Fragrances, Nail Stuff…

Hi there! Today’s post is about some of the beauty stuff I bought over the past few weeks. To be more specific… all of these products were bought before the lockdown… OK, let’s have a look!

Essence Crystal Power Eyeshadow Palette£3. This palette and all the other Essence stuff is from Wilko!

Essence Ola Rio Eyeshadow Palette£3.50.

3 Essence This Is Me Lipsticks (03 Bold, 05 Legendary, 06 Real) – £2.30 each.
2 Essence Plumping Nudes Lipglosses (05 Bold Love, 07 So Heavy) – £1.15 each.
2 Essence Shine Last & Go Nail Polishes (27 What Is This Feeling, 47 Forget The Rules) – 80p each.
Essence Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat£1.70.

Marks & Spencer Vanilla & Woods Eau de Toilette£10.
Marks & Spencer Rhubarb & Peony Eau de Toilette£10.

Some of the Essence stuff was on clearance, so I can’t say whether your local store would have it. The M&S fragrances are usually £12.50, but they were on special, so I bought 2 of them.

Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? What have you bought (or been able to buy) recently? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Scinic Vita Ade Eye Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Scinic Vita Ade Eye Cream which I’ve been using for a little while now. This eye cream promises to moisturise and to brighten dull skin around the eyes. It also claims to improve skin’s elasticity and to reduce wrinkles.

This eye cream contains plenty of amazing ingredients – niacinamide, ceramide, collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins B, C and E (and others) as well as a number (I stopped counting at 15) of botanics extracts like aloe leaf juice, grapefruit and lime extracts, and many more!

I think this eye cream is wonderful! It’s one of my 2 all-time favourite eye products (the other one’s Olay’s original eye gel). Here’s why: I love the formula. It’s silky and smooth – almost like a serum. The eye cream is easy to apply, and it sinks right into the skin. It plays well with all the other products I’m using (toner, serum, facial oil, moisturiser, foundation, eyeshadow, etc.), and I have no complaints.

I have no lines around my eyes (Phew!), so I can’t comment on whether this eye cream would help with this. Having said this, I have no reason to doubt this eye cream’s youth-restoring powers because it keeps its other promises. I’m happy to report that this eye cream has improved the elasticity of the skin around my eyes, that it’s wonderfully hydrating, and that is really is brightening!

All in all, I love this eye cream, and there’s not a single thing about it that I’m not 100% happy with. Scinic Vita Ade Eye Cream is one of my new beauty favourites! I’d love to tell you how much product you’re getting, but this isn’t mentioned anywhere – I found this is the case with lots of products from Korea. However, I think it’s more than 15ml. Now, let’s look at the price – I only paid £6 for this fantastic product! Thank you, TK Maxx!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow 019 Sun Safari

Hi there! Today’s post is about a small eyeshadow palette – Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow 019 Sun Safari. As you can see, these are shimmery neutral eyeshadows.

I think this little eyeshadow quad is quite nice. I always do dark outer corners, so I can’t use this quad on its own. However, I like the pale sand shade (bottom) as an inner corner highlight, and the other 3 shades are great on the lids, and they blend very well. I really like the colours – they go very well with my green eyes!

I’ve done and redone the swatches and took dozens of photos each time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to catch the eyeshadows in all their glory. The pale sand shade (bottom) hardly shows at all because it’s almost the same shade as my pale forearm – that’s if you ignore the shimmer!

But yeah, these eyeshadows are really good. I’ve previously had Rimmel eyeshadows and small compacts, and some of them were disappointing. Because of this, this quad was a nice surprise!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this eyeshadow quad! Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow 019 Sun Safari is available at a number of online outlets. I paid £1 (Poundland).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MakeUp Revolution London Unicorns Unite Eyeshadow Palette

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