Astor Soft Sensation Lipstick 114

Hi there! Today’s short post is about Astor‘s Soft Sensation Lipstick. The shade I’m wearing is 114. I think this is a lovely shade for this time of year. It’s a soft berry to plum shade that suits a lot of skin tones. I love this shade because it looks good with my pale skin. Many darker berry or plum shades give me an unwanted gothic look, so this kind of shade is just right for me. 🙂

I’m also in love with the formula. This is a super creamy lipstick that feels lovely on my lips. Whilst this lipstick doesn’t survive a meal, it lasts well if I don’t drink or snack every couple of minutes. And it lasts pretty much all day if I seal it with a lipliner (yes, a plain and simple lip liner). All in all, I’m very happy that I picked up this pretty lipstick for £1 at one of the bargain stores!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Reducing My Oldies Stash – Esprit Styling Color Palette Eyeshadow 204 Australian Bush

Hi there! Today’s post is about a small eyeshadow palette – Esprit Styling Color Palette Eyeshadow 204 Australian Bush. I’m not entirely sure where I bought it – but I think it would most likely have come from one of the Poundstores. I don’t think I would have spent more than £1. Anyway… let me tell you a little more about this palette.

This small Esprit eye palette contains 4 shimmery eyeshadows – brown, jade (or turquoise), sand and baby pink. I think these eyeshadows are well pigmented, and they’re of good quality in general. I don’t love the jade eyeshadow, but that has nothing to do with quality. It’s just that the colour is just not me at all.

So whilst I will continue to use the brown, sand and baby pink eyeshadows, I will repurpose the jade eyeshadow – I will use it to make another stamping polish! If you’d like to know how that works, you should read tomorrow’s post. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Samples Stash – Oriflame Giordani Gold Mineral Therapy Foundation Natural Beige

Hi there! Today’s post is about Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Mineral Therapy Foundation in Natural Beige. I’ve had this sample for quite some time. And I haven’t been keen on giving this foundation a try. That’s because, based on my experience, those ‘natural beige’ shades are usually way too dark for me (I’m a pale redhead). However, I’m making an effort to use the products I already have – and that includes all those samples too!

Now onto the review! The first thing I noticed was that 3ml is a lot of product for a foundation sample. Wow! The second thing I noticed was that the shade of this liquid foundation wasn’t really a natural beige – it was more of an orangey shade. But that was OK. It was a Sunday, I didn’t have to go anywhere, and so I just applied the foundation…

Then I took a really close look in the mirror, and I was ready to wash my face again! My face looked orange – but that wasn’t even the main issue. The main issue was that this foundation didn’t provide any coverage at all. I didn’t even look like I was wearing make-up. I looked like I had slathered my face in carrot oil. Ridiculous!

But since I wanted to give this foundation a chance, I left it on for the entire day. I must say that I expected the foundation to settle into the fine lines, and I was sure it would highlight dry patches – but it didn’t. And it actually felt nice on my skin. Now, I make room for the possibility that I helped by not applying powder, but who knows? And who cares? I certainly don’t because this foundation doesn’t cover anything at all, so I wouldn’t buy it anyway!

Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Mineral Therapy Foundation has been renamed. It’s current name is Oriflame Giordani Gold Long Wear Mineral Foundation. It’s available as 30ml for £18.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner 038 Allure

Hi there! If you’ve read yesterday’s post, you know that there are quite a few beauty products that I have several back-ups of. So I thought it would be very fitting to make today’s post about one of these products. 😀 Now meet Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner 038 Allure.
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Allure is one of my favourite lipliners. It’s a true full-colour lipliner that doubles up as a (matte) nude lipstick. This lipliner is on the softer side, so it’s quick and easy to apply. However, lipliners can be drying, so I always use a bit of lip balm (for a demi-matte look) or lip gloss (for a slightly glossy look – like in the picture above) before I apply any lipliner.

Whilst the lip balm (or gloss) underneath the lipliner will lose its sheen within a few hours, the colour (= the actual lipliner) will stay put all day. Sure, if I eat fatty and greasy foods for lunch, the lipliner will suffer. However, when I’m at work I don’t eat junk food for lunch, so I’m pretty safe! 🙂

What I actually wanted to say is… I think this lipliner is great. Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liners are available in several colours. This shade, 038 Allure, seems to have been discontinued. However, I just had a look at Rimmel’s web site, and it appears they’re still doing two brownish nude shades.

What do you think of using lipliners instead of lipsticks? Feel free to let me know. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Manhattan Eyemazing Eyeshadow 3

Hi there! Today’s post is about a small eyeshadow compact I’ve found at one of the Poundstores – Manhattan Eyemazing Eyeshadow 3. This is a small compact that contains 4 shimmery eyeshadows – a greyish brown, a bright lilac, an orange-tinted gold, and a red-tinted terracotta.
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What I like about these eyeshadows is that they’re very easily blendable, that they last all day without problems, and that they’re easy to remove at the end of the day.

However, I need to mention two negative bits as well. First of all, the eyeshadows are poorly pigmented. I had to use a lot of product just to do the swatches. The other thing that annoys me is the palette design. Sure, it’s nice to look at, but it takes effort and precision to get the right colour (and not a mix of two or more colours) onto an eyeshadow brush. I can manage with the smallest brushes I’ve got, but it shouldn’t be this complicated…

As this compact was £1 only, I won’t complain. And I will definitely continue to use these eyeshadows because they blend very well. Oh, here’s another thing… I have several of these compacts – all different colours. I haven’t used the other ones yet (one new product at a time…), but I’ll let you know if they’re better as soon as I’ve tried them.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Awesome – Astor Lipliner Pencil 014 Bronze A.K.A. The Perfect Matte Nude Lippie For 50p

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite lipliner, Astor Lipliner Pencil 014 Bronze. I found this fantastic lipliner at Poundworld – where it was part of a duo pack (yes, that’s 2 products for £1). And in fact, I own at least 10 of these lipliners. Why? Well, each duo pack contained 1 lipliner and 1 nail polish. I know I don’t have to say any more, but I’ll do it anyway… of course they had lots of different nail colours, and (unsurprisingly) I had to have all these nail colours. So I ended up with lots of lipliners!
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Now why is this lipliner so amazing? Ha, that’s easy! Look at it! The colour is the most amazing nude bronze with the most amazing velvet matt finish I’ve ever seen. I love it! And because of this I usually use this lipliner on its own. Yes, I use it instead of a lipstick. And all I need is a bit of lip balm as a base, and then I can start filling in my lips with this lipliner.

Sure, filling in my lips with lipliner takes a little longer than applying lipstick. But once my lips are filled in, I don’t need to blot, I don’t need to layer, I don’t need to do anything else at all! So I think applying lipliner doesn’t take much longer than applying lipstick. In addition, this lipliner usually lasts all day on me. On the rare occasion that it doesn’t, I can give my lips a quick and easy touch-up. 🙂

I would definitely recommend you buy at least one Astor lipliner and nail polish duo pack the next time you’re at your local discount store. But before you switch to your new lipliner-only-routine, make sure you use lip balm to keep your lips soft at all times. If your lips are dry, the lipliner will settle in the lines which, obviously, isn’t a good look. But if you’re a lip balm addict (I am!), you’ll be fine. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MUA MakeUp Academy Blusher Bon Bon, Candyfloss, Cupcake

Hi there! I’ve been using the same blushers for the past six months, so I thought it’s about time to try out new ones. As I love a bargain, I went with MUA. I picked the following blushers (from top to bottom): Bon Bon, Candyfloss and Cupcake.
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Bon Bon is a matte dark coral that goes with anything. I think this shade would suit most skin tones and – depending on how much product you apply – most occasions.

Candyfloss is a shimmery cool pink. The shimmer is quite subtle. However, I don’t like this shade as much as I thought I would because it’s too pink for my taste.

Cupcake is a matte light brown. I like this shade because it reminds me of Bambi. 🙂 I also think this shade is subtle enough to go with heavy eye make-up.

My favourite of the three is Bon Bon, followed by Cupcake and then Candyfloss. I’m very happy with the quality of these powder blushes because they last really well on my make-up and I rarely have to touch up during the day. Priced at £1 each these MUA Blushers are great value.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde