The 31 Days Nail Art Challenge Wrap-Up – Incl. Photos Of All The Manicures!

Hi there! If you read my blog, you’re probably aware that I’ve been doing the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge – but not in 31 days. Since I’ve done this challenge for no one but myself, I’ve taken my time to complete it. And now that I’ve done all the manis, today’s post is a quick wrap-up. And without further ado, let me show you the 31 (+2) manis! 🙂

1 Red Nails
2 Orange Nails
3 Yellow Nails

4 Green Nails
5 Blue Nails
6 Violet Nails

7 Black & White Nails
8 Metallic Nails
9 Rainbow Nails

10 Gradient Nails
11 Polka Dots
12 Stripes

13 Animal Print
14 Flowers
15 Delicate Print

16 Tribal Print
17 Glitter
18 Half Moons My Husband’s Polish Picks (base colour + top coat)

19 Galaxies
20 Water Marble (Cheat)
21 Inspired By A Colour

22 Inspired By A Song
23 Inspired By A Movie
24 Inspired By A Book

25 Inspired By Fashion
26 Inspired By A Pattern
27 Inspired By Artwork

28 Inspired By A Flag
29 Inspired By The Supernatural
30 Inspired By A Tutorial

31 Recreate A Favourite (5 Blue Nails)
31 Recreate A Favourite (17 Glitter)
31 Recreate A Favourite (19 Galaxies)

And this is really it! I’m really proud of myself for finishing this nail art challenge! Yes, I bent the rules a few times, but I’m OK with that because I did this nail art challenge for no one but myself! 🙂 Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Weekly Recap 24 – 30 Jul 2017

Hi there! I hope everyone had a great week so far. Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. If you’ve missed a post that might have interested you, this is your chance to catch up. 🙂

Monday 24 Jul – Haul! Lots Of New Products!

Monday’s post was about all the products I bought in July. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 25 Jul – Nail Of The Day / Nail Art Challenge
Wednesday 26 Jul – Nail Of The Day / Nail Art Challenge

I showed you 2 recent manis on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here to read Tuesday’s post. Or click here to read Wednesday’s post.

Thursday 27 Jul – Superdrug Vitamin E All Over Body Cream

On Thursday I reviewed Superdrug’s Vitamin E All Over Body Cream. Click here to read the post.

Friday 28 Jul – Katy Perry Killer Queen, Etienne Aigner Clear Day, Jesus Del Pozo Halloween Fever

Friday’s post contained a couple of fragrance reviews. Click here to read the post.

And this is it for this week. I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Galaxy Nails / Nail Art Challenge #31 Recreate A Favourite – Galaxies

Hi there! Today’s post is about the galaxy mani I did the other day. For this super easy mani I painted my nails with Revlon 999 Blackest Black (2 coats).

Then I used small pieces of a make-up sponge to apply different colour polishes to my nails.

I used 4 different Essence Colour Boost nail colours: Instant Friendship (pale nude pink), Instant Feeling (dusty lavender), Instant Summer (yellow), and Instant Match (blue).

I liked how my nails looked at this point. However, I knew I wanted star dust too! So I applied 1 coat of the one and only Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear 235 Supernova.

This mani is 1 of the 3 encores I’m doing for the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge. This would be challenge #31 Recreate A Favourite II.

How do you like this mani? I have to say that I love it. I can’t stop staring at my nails! 😀 Feel free to let me know if you like this mani. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 7 – 13 Nov 2016

Hi there! I hope everyone had a good week. 🙂 Today’s post is a summary of what I’ve been up to (blog-wise) this week. So let’s get started, shall we?

Monday 7 Nov – Superdrug Konjac Sponge
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If it weren’t for some of my fellow bloggers (thank you, Stashy and Kathy), I don’t think I would have tried konjac sponges. But now that I’ve been using my konjac sponge for a few weeks, I can’t imagine being without it. If you’ve never used a konjac sponge, you need to change that! You can read my declaration of love for this sponge here.

Tuesday 8 Nov – Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream
Wednesday 9 Nov – Galaxy Nails + Nail Art Challenge
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On Tuesday I reviewed Superdrug’s Vitamin E eye cream. I’ve used this eye cream for a few weeks now, and I like it. It’s a good product and it’s inexpensive. Click here to read the full review.

On Wednesday I showed you my ‘galaxy nails’ which I’ve done for the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge. The mani isn’t perfect, but I know how to improve it. If you want to read more about what I learned, click here and I’ll share a few nuggets of galaxy nail art wisdom with you. 🙂

Thursday 10 Nov – Superdrug Shower Gels
Superdrug Shower Shea Butter Berries

I think Superdrug did a fantastic job with these two shower gels. The shea butter + bamboo shower gel smells like… caramel and cream. It’s delicious. And the fruity shower gel is surprisingly good too. I think most berry-scented shower gels smell like overly ripe fruits, but this one is really delicious. You can find the full review here.

Friday 11 Nov – Never Again! The Ultimate Beauty Duds – Part 2
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Friday’s post was another Top 10 of binworthy products. If you’ve missed the post, click here to see all the products I’ve hated lately.

And this is it for this week! I hope you enjoyed this quick recap. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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 – Unicorn Puke Foil Mani

galaxy foilsHi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did a few weeks ago when my nails were shorter. I’m only doing the post now because I didn’t save the photo where I’d normally save it.

But let’s start! I used Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab as my base colour. I really like this black polish because it doesn’t dry too quickly (great for foils).

I let the polish dry to the point where it would be tacky – and then I started to press different foils (rainbow, gold, blue, purple, red, green, pink, etc) onto my nails. I repeated this process until all the nails looked like they were covered in unicorn puke. 😀

Then I let the mani dry for a while before I applied one coat of regular clear polish.

And this is the finished mani. I’m sorry the nails look messy in the photo – I should have cleaned up around the cuticles before taking the photo. The blurriness is real though – that’s what the mani looked like. 🙂 Sorry about the word puke. But I looked at the finished mani and I thought ‘this is what unicorn puke must look like’. There it was again! Oops! Anyway, thanks for stopping by. The next post will be a regular product review, I promise!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde