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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Nail Of The Day – Nail Art Challenge #9 Rainbow Nails

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did recently. It’s also another mani that counts toward the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge. And this rather chaotic mani is my attempt at challenge #9 Rainbow Nails.

Before I tell you which products I used, let me tell you how I ended up with this mani… one of my friend’s daughters celebrated her 11th birthday over the Easter weekend. I’m not good at baking or decorating, so I offered my friend to give her daughter a manicure.

I had lots of different nail colours and glitter toppers with me when I came to my friend’s house on Good Friday, so it wasn’t surprising that the young lady couldn’t decide which nail colour she liked best.

I suggested to paint her nails in different colours – and she agreed! The young lady opted for (more or less) pastel shades – light blue, orange, lilac, yellow and light green. And she chose a super cute glitter topper to complete the look.

When I got home I painted my nails in the same colours:
MakeUp Revolution True Blue (pinky),
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 844 On The Mango (ring finger),
NYC Expert Last 255 Late Night Lilac (middle finger),
P2 240 Joyful (index finger),
Rimmel 60 Seconds 816 Green-Eyed Monster (thumb),
Jess Rainbow (glitter topper).
The only difference was that I used a peel-off base coat (for easy removal) on my friend’s daughter’s nails, whilst I used a regular base coat on my own nails. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 20 – 26 Feb 2017

Hi there! I hope everyone had a good week. 🙂 Today’s post is my weekly recap. So let me tell you what I’ve been up to on my blog this week…

Monday 20 Feb – Beauty Hoarder Problems / Countless Back-Ups
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Monday’s post was about another problem that beauty hoarders have to deal with – countless back-ups! Click here if you want to read the post.

Tuesday 21 Feb – Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner 038 Allure
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On Tuesday I reviewed one of the lipliners that I have several back-ups of – Rimmel’s Allure lipliner. If you’d like to read the post, click here.

Wednesday 22 Feb – John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Samples
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Wednesday’s post was about the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth hair products (shampoo, conditioner, anti-frizz primer) which I had samples of. Click here if you’d like to read my review.

Thursday 23 Feb – Nail Of The Day
Friday 24 Feb – Superdrug Orange & Black Lava Exfoliating Face Mask
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Thursday’s post was another nail post. I did a colourful foil mani. Click here to read the post. And on Friday I reviewed Superdrug’s (fairly new) Orange & Black Lava Exfoliating Mask. If you’d like to read this post, click here.

Oh, and I’d like to give you an update on the progress I’ve made with my Sleek Au Naturel palette. A little while back I told you that I’m trying to finish this eye palette. If you’d like to read the post, click here. Anyway, I’ve now emptied 5 of the 12 pans, I’ll be emptying 2 more pans soon (pans 3 and 6, top row), and I’m also concentrating on the dark matte shades (pans 3 and 5, bottom row). Not bad, eh? Feel free to let me know what you think! 🙂
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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 – Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab + Foils

upload-1Hi there! I’ve got another mani post for you today. I’ve done quite a few manis which I never got around to show you, so I’ve decided that I’m doing another nail week this week.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab (2 coats).

This polish is one of those that I only use as a background colour for foil manis because the formula is just awful. 😦

Why? Well, the polish is thin, it’s poorly pigmented, it takes ages to dry and (despite the name) this polish just doesn’t last long.

I’m talking about visible tip wear in under half a day and chipping within 24 hours…

Rimmel’s I ♥ Lasting Finish collection is definitely my least favourite Rimmel collection.

But back to this mani! I intended to do a messy foil gradient (green, yellow, orange, red). But the first attempt (which you’ll never see any photographic evidence of) went wrong, so I redid the mani – in a much simpler way. So whilst I didn’t manage to do a foil gradient this time, I was still happy with how this mani turned out.

What do you think? Feel free to let me know. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Blue, Green and Gold Foils

032016 FoilsHi there! Today’s post is about the easy foil mani I did the other day. I wanted something colourful. Something unusual.  But I didn’t have the time or energy to be creative.

So I just grabbed some clear polish and a few foils. And then I went to work. 🙂

At first I used the blue foil for the background. Then I added lots of green and gold highlights – with the help of leftover bits from foils I’ve used before.

I then sealed the design with one coat of regular clear polish. And – tadaa – my latest foil mani was finished! I think this mani looked colourful and unusual – and I really liked it. Mission accomplished! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rainbow Foils

Hi there! The past few days were really busy because Christmas 2015 was the first time I ordered most of my sale stuff online. Chasing the postie for my parcels, trying on countless items and returning some of them was quite a drag.

122015 FoilsI usually hit the stores on Oxford Street on Boxing Day – and I am one of those people who catch the first tube to make sure I arrive before everyone else. 🙂

But not this year. I ordered my ‘half price or less’ shopping online, and I only went to Boots to check which half price gift sets were still available in store.

I was really busy with all the clothes, parcels, bags and return notes (first world problems, I know). And I didn’t have the energy to make a fuss about my nails.  So I went with a simple foil mani.

I painted my nails with NYC Expert Last 205 Boundless Berry. And then I went nuts with my favourite multi-coloured foils again. Then top coat. And the job was done!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde