Nail Of The Day – Essence Colour Boost 11 Instant Match & Rainbow Foils

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did a little while ago.

For this mani I painted my nails with Essence Colour Boost 11 Instant Match (1 coat). Essence’s Colour Boost polishes are one-coaters. I bought them (yes, all the colours) because I thought they’d make great stamping polishes, but I also use them when I don’t have the time to wait for multiple coats of polish to dry.

This time I also used rainbow foils to add a pop of colour to the blue nails.

The mani looked great in real life, and I wish I had been able to capture its beauty. But there’s just not enough daylight this time of year…

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 4 – 10 November 2019

Hi there! It’s Sunday, so today’s post is about all the posts I’ve written this week. Read on if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to on my blog this week.

Monday 4 Nov – Nail Of The Day
Tuesday 5 Nov – Skin Assistant Collagen Morning Glow Serum

Monday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Tuesday I reviewed a facial oil. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 6 Nov – Ekél Natural Clean Peeling Gel Apricot

Wednesday’s post was about a peeling gel. Click here to read the review.

Thursday 7 Nov – Imperial Leather Relaxing Orchid & Ylang Ylang Infusions Bath Cream, Imperial Leather Moroccan Spa Orange Blossom & Argan Oil Spa Escape Bath Cream

On Thursday I reviewed 2 bath products. Click here to read the post.

Friday 8 Nov – Superdrug B. Hydrated Leave On Face Mask & B. Detoxed Clay Face Mask

And on Friday I reviewed 2 face masks. Click here to read the post.

And this is already it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Oh, and next week’s going to be Nail Week, so I’ll be posting about manis only!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel 60 Seconds 220 Sage All The Rage & Rainbow Foils

Hi there! Happy Monday! I’ve got a Nail Of The Day post for you today.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel 60 Seconds 220 Sage All The Rage (2 coats).

I’m not a fan of nothing colours like this one, but I’ve know for a while that these nothing colours are usually great background colours for stamping and other nail art.

So I decided to use some leftover rainbow foil for colourful accents – and this worked out brilliantly.

I liked this mani a lot = and that’s because of the rainbow foils. Yes, the photos isn’t the greatest, but the mani looked very cute in real life!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 14 – 20 October 2019

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is about all the posts I’ve written this past week. Read on to see what I’ve been up to on my blog. 🙂

Monday 14 Oct – Nail Of The Day
Tuesday 15 Oct – NSPA Cherry Daily Refresh Shower Scrub

Monday’s post was about a mani I did recently. Click here to read the post.
On Tuesday I reviewed a shower scrub. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 16 Oct – Haul – New Beauty & Fragrance

Wednesday’s post was about a number of new beauty products. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 17 Oct – Nail Of The Day
Friday 18 Oct – Jennifer Lopez Glow

Thursday’s post was another Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
And on Friday I reviewed a J Lo fragrance. Click here to read the post.

And this is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Revlon Colorstay 290 Midnight & Rainbow Foils

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 2 coats of Revlon Colorstay 290 Midnight. This polish is gorgeous. I love everything about it – the colour, the formula, the finished look…

I decided to do a foil mani. I used some leftover rainbow foil, and I was super happy with the result.

Unfortunately, the photos didn’t do the mani justice. It’s difficult to take photos of foil manis this time of year. Natural light is already scarce, and this photo shows why it’s next to impossible to capture a foil mani in artificial light…

Anyhoo… onto the next mani! And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Revlon Colorstay 290 Midnight & Foils

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did just last month. It’s not the most spectacular mani, and I’ve noticed that the middle finger looks weird in the photo (like there’s a dent in the nail), but it’s too late to take new photos now…

OK, for this mani I painted my nails with Revlon Colorstay 290 Midnight (1 coat). I like this polish a lot. The colour is gorgeous!

For the colourful effect I used rainbow foils. If you’re wondering how do to foil nails, check out this pictorial. Foil nails are incredibly easy to do!

As I said earlier, this mani was rather unspectacular. I didn’t love it. But it was alright for a few days.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Salon Pro 712 Rhythm & Blue AND Foils

Hi there! I have another short Nail Of The Day post for you today.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel Salon Pro 712 Rhythm & Blues (2 coats). This is an almost-black shade with a creamy finish. It’s beautiful!

I used rainbow foils for the accents – yellow / gold, red, pink, green and blue – it’s all there. 😍

Whilst I did like this mani, it was nothing special. I’ve done better foil manis. I’ve also taken better photos of manis, but for some reason it was impossible to get the perfect photo of this mani. Ah well, onto the next mani…

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel 60 Seconds 803 Man Overboard & Foils / 31 Day Nail Art Challenge #9 Rainbow Nails

Hi there! This is another mani I did for the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge (which I’m doing again – on my own terms). This is for challenge #9 RAINBOW NAILS.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel 60 Seconds 803 Man Overboard (2 coats). This is a decent grey polish. In the bottle it looks like a medium grey, but it’s actually more of a medium to dark grey. This isn’t terrible, but I was trying to go for a “grey sky” look which would have looked better with a lighter shade of grey. Ah well…

For the rainbow effects I used colourful foils. If you’d like to try foil nails the easy way, check out this easy to follow tutorial.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 340 Cinna-Snap & Foils

Hi there! I have a Nail Of The Day post for you today. 🙂

I haven’t done a foil mani in quite some time, so I thought it’s definitely time for one!

So for this mani I painted my nails with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 340 Cinna Snap (2 coats). This is supposed to be a quick-dry polish, but it took ages to dry. Terrible!

I used colourful foils for the accents, and I’m happy with how this mani turned out. Each nail looked truly unique!

If you’ve never done a foil mani but would like to know how to do one, I’ve done a tutorial which you can find here. Supplies are cheap, and it’s super easy to do!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

How To Do Foil Manicures The Easy Way – A Pictorial

Hi there! Today’s post is about how to do foil manis. It’s super easy! See it for yourself!

1 Paint your nails. Any normal polish and colour will do. Avoid quick-dry formulas.

2 Wait for your nails to dry. Once the polish is dry to the touch but still tacky (you need to be able to leave a fingerprint), it’s the perfect base for a scattered foil mani.

3 Press a piece of foil onto your nail. Try to “rub on” the foil gently. Then rip it off – like a plaster. Don’t try to pull off the foil gently as it will take the polish with it. If this happens, don’t panic. Just reapply the polish, wait for it to dry, and try again.

4 Repeat as needed / wanted. 🙂 Use different colours if you want… the possibilities are endless!

5 Once you feel your nail is all foiled up (yeah, I just made that up), your work is almost done. Don’t worry about fingerprints, they’re part of the process. 🙂

6 Apply 1 coat of normal clear polish or top coat as this will make your nails look and feel 100% smooth (bye-bye fingerprints) and glossy within seconds. Avoid quick-dry formulas as they will shrink the foils (which isn’t a good look at all). You can achieve 2 finishes – see the tips and tricks section below!

Now your work is literally done! How easy is this?! I’ve done foil nails for many years. Back then all I had was polish and foils, but none of the “tools” they say you need. But guess what, I didn’t need any of the tools, and it took me 5 minutes to figure out how to do foil manis using polish and foils only. And you can do it too!

On to the tips and tricks!

With this simple method you can achieve 2 finishes – the scattered foil mani (pics 1 and 3 above) and a more “galaxy” kind of foil mani (pic 2 above). For the first look, just apply your top coat as you normally would. For the second look, apply your top coat in a slow, dragging motion, so that the nail polish brush will drag the foil particles all over your nails. 🙂

Again, don’t use any quick dry formulas. You can’t work with quick-dry base colours because the foils need to stick to a tacky surface, and you can’t use quick-dry top coats because they will literally distort the foils underneath.

Don’t buy too many foils. I know that, when you start to use foils, it’s tempting to buy way more foils than you need. Don’t. Just don’t. Start with a set of 30 strips of 10cmx4cm foils with different colours and designs, and start to practise with whatever foil you think is the ugliest. That way you won’t feel too bad about wasting product if things don’t work out 100% the first time. 🙂

If you’re not sure what and where to buy, I would recommend this particular set of foils for £1.99. This set is cheap, but it will give you a number of different foils to play with. I’ve bought a lot (!) of stuff from this ebay seller over several years – foils, decals, glitter, buttons, etc, and I’ve always been 100% happy.

There’s one more thing. Don’t ever throw away any leftover foil. I promise you that you will make the most beautiful manis or accent nails using leftover foils. In the pic below you see a piece of a large 20cmx20cm piece of foil. I used this exact “leftover” piece to make a number of awesome manis, such as this one and next Wednesday’s foil mani (you have to patient).

So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to try nail foils, let me know. I’d love to see your creations. Keep in mind, all you need is a starter kit consisting of at least 1 clear drugstore polish (which can work as a base too if you only want colourful foil accents) and a couple of cheap foils. Again, what are you waiting for?! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde