Empties – September 2022

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I finished in September. I used a few single-use face masks – as usual. And I didn’t keep the sticky sachets – as usual. So let’s look at the bottles and tubes and what not…

1 Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss 06 Soft Almond – I love this lipgloss so much! A shame it’s been discontinued.

2 Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette – one of my favourite summer fragrances. I love fresh, citrusy fragrances which remind me of Light Blue (nope, this is not a dupe for Light Blue), so this one is right up my alley. I already bought 2 backup bottles!

3 Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum – this is a basic serum. Too basic for me. I wouldn’t buy it again.

4 Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream – what a wonderful skin treat! I love this moisturiser. I believe I have another one in my stash.

5 Pantene Pro-V Miracles Silky & Glowing Biotin & Hydrolised Silk Protein Shampoo & Conditioner – I didn’t care for this hair mask. I’m glad it’s finished now, and I won’t be buying it again.

6 Astonish Body & Soul Refreshing Golden Glow Bath Soak – this is a lovely bath soak. I’ve already respurchased it.

7 NSPA Grapefruit Shower & Bath Gel – this is such a beautiful shower gel. A shame it’s been discontinued.

8 Palmolive Sauna Retreat Shower Gel – a really lovely shower gel. I would repurchase it.

9 Herbal Essences Moisture Balance Conditioner – HOLY GRAIL stuff. I have plenty of back-up.

10 Classics Nail Polish Remover – my go-to nail polish remover!

And this is already it. September wasn’t the best month for Empties, but I hope I’ll do better for the last 3 months of the year. Thanks for stopping by today! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Weekly Recap 26 September – 2 October 2022

Hi there! Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. This has been another week with only 2 posts. And here they are:

Thursday 29 Sep – Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner

Thursday’s post was about these 2 hair care products that I’m using right now. Click here to take a look.

Saturday 1 Oct – September Favourites

On Saturday I told you which products were my favourites in September. Click here to read the post.

This is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by today. xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

September Beauty Awards

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite products from September. The post is “a day late” because work has been something else lately. Anyhoo, let’s look at the TOP 3 products I loved the most last month.

3rd place – Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner

Superdrug’s vegan collagen hair care products are fantastic. A regular purchase from now on!

Runner-Up – Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette

This fragrance is just sooo good. It’s like Light Blue – but Light Green. 11 stars!

WINNER – Ramer Sponges Cleansing Shammy For Sensitive Skin

And here’s the WINNER – Ramer Sponges’ incredible Cleansing Shammy. One of the best beauty buys of my life. I bought a few more of these. Truly amazing!

Those were my favourites from September – and they’ll be favourites going forward too. Thanks for stopping by today. And have a good weekend. xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner combo. These 2 products promise to add a bit of volume to fine hair. I’ve been using these products every morning for about 2 weeks now, and here’s what I think.

Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo is a clear gel-type of shampoo. I find it cleansing but not stripping. Really nice. I also love the beautiful fragrance. I can’t describe it, but it smells fancy and feminine. A definite repurchase!

Onto Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Conditioner which is just as nice as the shampoo. It detangles my hair with ease – which is something that most volume conditioners aren’t good at. But this conditioner delivers soft hair with a bit of volume. Very nice!

These 2 products are already on my to-buy-again list. I would definitely recommend them! If you’re interested, Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml each for £4.99 each. I bought them on a Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer. Also, both products are suitable for vegans and certified cruelty-free – they carry THE Leaping Bunny logo!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Weekly Recap 19 – 25 September 2022

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. I’ve only written 2 posts this past week, and here they are:

Thursday 22 Sep – Imperial Leather Monkey Business Guava Blossom & Jungle Leaves Icons Shower Gel, Cussons Creations Comfort Bottled Magnolia & Almond Milk Shower Gel

Thursday’s post was about 2 shower gels I’m using at the moment. Click here to have a read.

Saturday 24 Sep – Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum

And on Saturday I reviewed a fragrance. Click here to read the post.

This is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. And take care! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum. This fragrance contains the following notes: pineapple, acai berry and mandarin blossom (top notes), passion flower, vanilla orchid and star jasmine (heart notes), and musk, vanilla and sandalwood (base notes).

I’ve given this fragrance a try, and I didn’t care for it. I gave it another try, and another, and another… but this fragrance is just not good. Don’t believe anyone who says this fragrance smells like Deseo. It doesn’t. Deseo was such a sophisticated, grown-up and sexy tropical fragrance. Tempting smells nothing like it. OK! But what does it smell like? It’s a good question. Tempting doesn’t smell of much, and what little I can smell is a fruity mess, mixed with headache-inducing powder and… pencil shavings. If I hadn’t know that this is an actual celebrity fragrance, I would have thought it’s a cheap body spray.

I’m really disappointed with this fragrance, and I wouldn’t recommend it. Not even as a joke gift because it’s too expensive for that. But if you’re interested, Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum is available as 100ml. I paid just under £20, I believe. A total waste of money. This is another fragrance I’ll “forget” next time I go to the office. I hope someone else will be happy to have it.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Imperial Leather Monkey Business Guava Blossom & Jungle Leaves Icons Shower Gel, Cussons Creations Comfort Bottled Magnolia & Almond Milk Shower Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 shower gels I picked up at Poundland and B&M Bargains – Imperial Leather Monkey Business Guava Blossom & Jungle Leaves Icons Shower Gel and Cussons Creations Comfort Bottled Magnolia & Almond Milk Shower Gel.

Let’s start with Imperial Leather Monkey Business Guava Blossom & Jungle Leaves Icons Shower Gel! This is a fun shower gel. It smells sweet and fruity, but also tropical. It’s difficult to describe. A tropical candy scent? Well, I’m definitely enjoying it. I think most women would enjoy it. Kids too. And even some men. My husband gave this shower gel a try too, and he also liked it. I would buy this shower gel again!

Onto Cussons Creations Comfort Bottled Magnolia & Almond Milk Shower Gel. This shower gel is a strange one. It smells of almond blossoms, but it’s too floral and too soapy for my taste. It comes across as a bit old-fashioned. This isn’t a bad thing, and the next person might love it. But it’s just not my favourite type of scent in shower or bath products. The shower gel is super gentle though. And it’s also certified cruelty-free as it’s PETA-approved. 😍

Imperial Leather Monkey Business Guava Blossom & Jungle Leaves Icons Shower Gel and Cussons Creations Comfort Bottled Magnolia & Almond Milk Shower Gel are available as 400ml each. I paid £1 each.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Weekly Recap 12 – 18 September 2022

Hi there! Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to on my blog this past week.

Wednesday 14 Sep – A’kin Sensitive Calming Day & Night Cream

Wednesday’s post about a face cream. Click here to take a look.

Saturday 17 Sep – NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 30 Seoul, NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain 320 Unforgettable Fuchsia

And on Saturday I reviewed 2 lip products. Click here to read the post.

This is already it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 30 Seoul, NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain 320 Unforgettable Fuchsia

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 lip products I picked up at Poundland for £1 each – NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 30 Seoul and NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain 320 Unforgettable Fuchsia.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 30 Seoul is lovely! I’m enjoying the colour, the matte look, the cute vanilla flavour and, of course, the soft and velvety feel of this lip cream. I’m glad I bought it. I know I’ll be wearing it a lot this autumn and winter.

NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain 320 Unforgettable Fuchsia is nice too (in a way), but it’s not going to be a favourite product of mine. The colour is insanely intense and bright – which I didn’t expect. Also, this lip stain is very difficult to remove from wherever you apply it. This stuff on your skin is like ink on a piece of blotting paper. But I’ll see if I can incorporate it into my “pretty working from home” routine.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend the NYX lip cream. However, I woldn’t recommend the NYC lip stain unless you’re into very bright and bold lip colours. However, if you’re interested, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 30 Seoul is available as 8ml, and NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain 320 Unforgettable Fuchsia is available as 7ml.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

A’kin Sensitive Calming Day & Night Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this A’kin Sensitive Calming Day & Night Cream. This face cream doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylated cleansers, PEGs, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, artificial colours and animal derivatives. According to the manufacturer, this face cream is vegan and cruelty-free. 😍

This face cream promises to nourish the skin and to enhance the skin’s appearance. Infused with chamomile, shea butter and vitamin E, this face cream also promises long lasting hydration that leaves even the most delicate skin feeling great.

I’ve been using this moisturiser on and off for a few weeks, and I don’t like it. Its not necessarily a bad product, but it’s just definitely not right for me. And here’s why. First of all, this moisturiser has a strong scent that reminds me of a kale-based skin care line that I tried (and hated) a long time ago. The scent is definitely botanical, but it’s not the most suitable scent for a cosmetic product.

Then there’s the formula. This face cream leaves white marks all over the face unless you go over it again and again. I would say that it takes about 15 swipes to work the white stuff into my skin. The formula feels overly rich, but it doesn’t seem to penetrate the skin. It just sits on top of the dry patches. Weird.

Lastly, this face cream doesn’t play nice with my foundation. It makes my foundation ball up. I tried to give it longer to absorb, but it didn’t work. I tried extra facial oil – but using facial oil in addition to a rich moisturiser AND an oil-based foundation is just ridiculous.

I think I will continue to use this face cream as a night cream. But since its richness appears to be superficial, I need to dig up the facial oil again. If you’re interested, A’kin Sensitive Calming Day & Night Cream is available as 50ml. The RRP is £24 but I paid £3 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛