Essence Single Eyeshadows Part I – 78 Vanilla Milkshake, 80 Groovy Grapes, 02 Dance All Night, 79 Lola Petrola, 68 Strawberry Ice Cream

Hi there! I’m trying to bring some order into my beauty stash – and I found quite a few Essence single eyeshadows which I’ve never used. Now that I’ve found them, I do remember buying them when they were 50p each – that was when Essence revamped their eyeshadow collection about a year ago (?).
Essence Eyeshadows 1
I’ve now tried these eyeshadows – and I think they’re great. They’re even softer and more buttery than Sleek or MakeUp Revolution eyeshadows (I’m totally thrown – but in a good way!). And they’re highly pigmented.

I swatched these five eyeshadows in the same order as they’re in the picture above: 78 Vanilla Milkshake (shimmery vanilla), 80 Groovy Grapes (dusty purple), 02 Dance All Night (sparkly gold), 79 Lola Petrola (petrol / teal), 68 Strawberry Ice Cream (shimmery baby pink).
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These eyeshadows are extremely nice! Groovy Grapes and Lola Petrola look a bit weak in the photo, but they’re really great in real life. The three shimmers look a bit pale in the pictures – but that’s because of my pale arms. 🙂 Anyway, the eyeshadows are easily blendable and they don’t give me any trouble at all. So yes, I’d definitely recommend them! I’ve got a few more of these to try and wear – and I’ll report back on the remaining eyeshadows shortly.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in Essence cosmetics, you can find their products at Wilko. If you’re into nail stamping, you should try Essence’s white stamping polish which is £1.49 only!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty Haul – Sleek Palettes A New Day, All Night Long & Enchanted Forest, Olay Anti-Wrinkle Gift Set

Hi there! Sleek launched two new palettes in February – A New Day and All Night Long. So I was waiting for the next 3 for 2 deal to get my hands on these two palettes and the Enchanted Forest palette from last autumn. Both Boots and Superdrug run a 3 for 2 promotion at the moment – that’s why these three palettes are mine now! 🙂
Sleek Haul 1
Now let’s have a closer look at the A New Day palette below. It bursts with wearable neutral shades. I love it!
Sleek Haul A New Day 1
The All Night Long palette below is just as pretty as the A New Day palette. It’s full of very wearable eyeshadows. Perfect!
Sleek Haul All Night Long 1
I’ve been lusting after the Enchanted Forest palette for a few months now. I know it’s not an expensive palette. But considering all the beauty stuff I’ve got, I couldn’t justify buying more palettes. However, a 3 for 2 offer is my licence to go nuts. 🙂 Anyway, isn’t the Enchanted Forest palette incredibly pretty?
Sleek Haul Enchanted Forest 1
And the super star of my shopping spree is Olay’s Anti-Wrinkle gift set. It contains Olay’s Firm & Lift Day Cream (50ml = full size) and a pocket mirror. This gift set was £5 only at Tesco’s!
Olay Gift Set 2
I haven’t used these products yet. But as soon as I’ve tried them, I’ll review them all. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

L’Oréal Color Riche Les Ombres S3 Disco Smoking

Hi there! Today’s post is about another eyeshadow palette. It’s L’Oréal Color Riche Les Ombres S3 Disco Smoking. I usually go for – more or less – neutral palettes, but I really liked this one. I also realised I never had a L’Oréal palette before – so I bought this one.
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This palette contains four eyeshadows – black (matte finish), bright purple (silky finish), bright rose (silky finish) and bright gold (sparkly finish). I’m really impressed with the quality of these eyeshadows. They’re very buttery and soft, easy to blend and the colour payoff is insane! These eyeshadows are perfect in one swipe!

I got my L’Oréal palette for £2.99 only (bargain bin). L’Oréal’s eyeshadow quads are usually £7.99. They’re much smaller than Sleek’s or MUA’s palettes – but based on my experience with my Disco Smoking palette, I think L’Oréal’s palettes are worth every penny. I’ll definitely buy another one!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Accessorize Paradise Eyeshadow Palette

Hi there! Five months ago I bought this pretty Accessorize Paradise eyeshadow palette. I loved the cute design and the palette was £6 only for 32 eyeshadows. I thought I’d be stupid not to buy it. 😀
Accessorize Paradise 01
Back then I thought I’d use and review the palette shortly. But suddenly it’s five months later and I’ve only started to use the palette last week. Oops! But let’s look at the pretty shades now. As you can see, everything’s in there: shimmers and mattes, neutrals, purples, blues, greens, pinks, greys…
Accessorize Paradise 03
Let’s start with the top row! I wasn’t happy with the pigmentation and the texture of most of these eyeshadows. Number 4 – a bright gold – was the only convincing eyeshadow in this row. The seven remaining eyeshadows were poorly pigmented. Disappointing.
Accessorize Paradise 04
The eyeshadows in the second row were a bit better in terms of pigmentation. Shade 4 – a bold bronze – really stood out. However, the mattes were still chalky and row two was still not convincing.
Accessorize Paradise 05
The third row is bursting with shimmer eyeshadows, so of course these eyeshadows are much more pigmented. I am very happy with the colour payoff of six of these eyeshadows (shades 3 – 8). But it’s too bad that I don’t like most of the shades.
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And now to the bottom row! I thought that the eyeshadows in this row were a very nice surprise. I’m very happy with the colour payoff and the texture of all of these eyeshadows because they’re easy to blend and they’re highly pigmented.
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I think that Accessorize’s Paradise eyeshadow palette is not great. 16 eyeshadows are highly pigmented – but the other 16 are not. The palette was £6 only, and I think the design is very cute. However, unless you buy it for the design or you’re a collector, you won’t love this palette.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette 615 Smokey Purple

Hi there! Here’s another ‘look what I found at Poundland’ post. 🙂 The last time I went to Poundland I only picked up two items – one of them was this Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette – 615 Smokey Purple.

This palette is a small compact that contains five eyshadows and a small double-ended sponge applicator. I love the design of the palette and how the colours are arranged. However, the fifth eyeshadow is quite difficult to reach so you need to use a small eyeshadow brush.
Astor Eye Artist 615 Smokey Purple
All the eyeshadows in this palette are very shimmery; the shades are (from left to right): off-white, peach, lavender, purple and purplish medium grey. The off-white shade is no use to me, but I like all the other shades.

In regards to quality, these eyeshadows are very pigmented and buildable. They’re very easy to blend and they stay in place all day without giving me any trouble – I’d say they’re even better than Sleek’s eyeshadows in this regard.

I’m very happy with this Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette – 615 Smokey Purple. I’m currently using it alongside my I Heart MakeUp Passion Palette because I love purple, grey and neutral eyeshadows in autumn. If you like this little palette, you should check if you can find it at your local Poundland or Poundworld store!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

W7 10 Out Of 10 Browns Eyeshadow Palette

Hi there! Today’s post is about the W7 10 out of 10 palette. It’s another nude/brown palette but isn’t it pretty? I bought it at least half a year ago but didn’t use it until now because had my Sleek Au Naturel palette to play with. 🙂 Anyway, now on to the review.
W7 10 out of 10 browns
This palette contains 10 eyeshadows – 3 mattes and 7 shimmers. Shades 1, 2 and 5 are matte, the other shades are shimmers. Shades 4 and 10 are borderline glittery (unfortunately the glitter is invisible in the swatch).
W7 10 out of 10
The matte shades could be more pigmented – they’re not bad, but I’ve had better matte eyeshadows. The shimmery ones are buttery and soft – great quality!

I would recommend this palette to everyone who loves a cheap nude palette. I bought my W7 10 out of 10 palette for under £4 which is good value. W7 cosmetics are available at Savers drugstores, some Peacock’s stores, independent drugstores and – of course – online.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MUA MakeUp Academy Eyeshadow Palette Going For Gold

Hi there! Today’s post is about one of the eyeshadow palettes I got for £1 during MUA’s winter sale – MUA MakeUp Academy Going For Gold. If my memory serves me right, this palette was launched around the time of the 2012 London Olympics.
MUA Going For Gold
The Going For Gold palette contains ten shimmery eyeshadows in gold, silver and bronze shades. My favourite shades are 1, 3, 7 and 9 – the safe ones. 🙂 In terms of quality, these eyeshadows are exceptional. The colour payoff is insane, the eyeshadows stay put and there’s hardly any fallout.
MUA Going For Gold
Whilst I think that some of these eyeshadows are a bit too intense for my taste (bold golds, I’m looking at you), I believe that I’ll find a way to make all the shades work for me. If you like this palette, it’s available at MUA’s online store for £4.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MUA MakeUp Academy Eyeshadow Palette Starry Night

Hi there! The past few days were quite nice and sunny, but autumn is on the way. Now that it’s getting colder and the days are shorter, I thought it’s time for a new eye palette featuring cooler shades. So here it is: The MUA MakeUp Academy Starry Night eyeshadow palette.
MUA Starry Night
The Starry Night palette contains 12 shimmery eyeshadows (7 of them are either blue or grey) and they all have names:
Top: Pyxis, Apus, Aquila, Equuleus, Cetus, Orion
Bottom: Lupus, Monoceros, Sagitta, Hydra, Vela, Pavo

My favourite shades are Aquila, Cetus, Orion and Hydra – shades 3, 5, 6 and 10 in the swatch below. However, I’m sure that I won’t be using Monocerus (I never use white shimmers) and I can’t warm up to the pinkish shades (1, 2, 12). But I’m not complaining because I paid £1 (!) for this palette only.
MUA Starry Night
The quality of the eyeshadows is very good. The colour payoff is absolutely amazing and I haven’t had problems with fallout.

So if you like the shades, I would definitely recommend the MUA Starry Night palette. It’s available at Superdrug, or you can buy it from MUA’s online store for £4.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Heart MakeUp I Am Powerful Eyeshadow and Lipstick Palette

Hi there! One of the palettes I bought recently is I Heart MakeUp’s I Am Poweful palette. It’s a compact that contains six eyeshadows, a lipstick and a mirror. It’s quite small, so it fits into every handbag.

I don’t like the lipstick because the colour is nothing I’d normally wear. It’s an intense berry shade (it’s darker than in the photograph) with a pearly shine. I’ll see if I can make it work by mixing it with lipliner or lipgloss…
I Heart MakeUp I Am Powerful
The eyeshadows are very nice. Like all the other I Heart MakeUp eyeshadows these ones are buttery, soft and easy to blend. The selection of shades is also quite nice as all the shades could be considered neutrals or shades that go well with neutrals.

I Heart MakeUp I Am Poweful is a good compact that’s on sale for £2.99 at the moment. However, if you consider buying this palette and if you already have the Passion palette, you don’t really need this one (unless you really want this lipstick…). This is because all the shades in this compact are also featured in the Passion palette.

Who else has this compact and what do you think of it?

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Sleek i-Divine Garden Of Eden Palette

Hi there! I finally got around to swatch one of my favourite palettes, Sleek i-Divine Garden of Eden. I love this palette because it’s full of neutrals and greens and it’s perfect for spring or autumn.
Garden of Eden
Like every other Sleek palette this one’s got a mirror and it contains 12 shades:
Top: Gates Of Eden, Eve’s Kiss, Paradise On Earth, Python, Forbidden, Flora
Bottom: Entwined, Adam’s Apple, Fig, Evergreen, Fauna, Tree Of Life

Flora, Adam’s Apple and Tree Of Life are matte shades, everything else is shimmery. My favourites are Python, Flora, Fauna and Tree Of Life – shades 4, 6, 11 and 12 in the swatch below.
Garden of Eden
11 of the 12 eyeshadows in this palette are highly pigmented and easy to work with – it’s only Adam’s Apple, the matte light green, that comes across as a little pale. However, on the other hand side, Tree Of Life, the matte dark green, is incredibly intense and more than makes up for Adam’s Apple’s paleness.

I strongly recommend this palette if you love neutrals and greens or if you want to unleash your inner Poison Ivy. 😀 Sleek i-Divine Garden of Eden palette is available for £7.99 at most larger drugstores. As always, look out for a 3 for 2 offer!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde