Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 in 1 Instant Hydration + Radiant Glow

Hi there! My quest to try as many Olay products as possible led me to this limited edition: Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration + Radiant Glow. Let me tell you right away that this daily moisturiser is that good that I’ve already bought two backup bottles. 🙂
Olay Anti-Wrinkle Pink
Honestly, if it wasn’t a limited edition, this moisturiser would become a beauty staple. It has and does everything I could ask for: The formula is silky and non-sticky. It makes my dry skin feel soft all day long and it’s perfect under make-up. It has SPF 15 and its sweet mandarin scent is absolutely divine.

I strongly recommend this product if you look for a no-fuss daily moisturiser. Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration + Radiant Glow is exclusive to Superdrug. It’s available as 75 ml and it’s currently on sale for £4.95 only!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Max Factor Pan Stik 12 True Beige, 25 Fair

Hi there! Let’s talk foundation. I’ve been using many different foundations over the years and I’ve always been on the hunt for something better – until I discovered the incredible Max Factor Pan Stik. I’m using two different shades at the moment – 25 Fair and 12 True Beige. (Scroll down for swatches – unblended and blended.)

Max Factor Pan Stik 15

25 Fair is my go-to shade for most of the year. It’s supposed to be the lightest shade, but it can look orange if you apply too much. 12 True Beige is a beautiful soft beige and I use it as my winter foundation.

The Pan Stik has the most incredible coverage. It covers everything – redness, sun spots, acne… you name it. But it’s no surprise since the Pan Stik was originally developed as a stage make-up almost 100 years ago.

Some say ‘it’s a concealer’, but it’s not. You can use it as a concealer if you want to, but the Pan Stik is a foundation.

I apply the product by ‘drawing it on’ my face. A couple of strokes on my cheeks, chin, forehead, under my eyes… and then I blend it with my fingers.

Two minutes later my face looks basically flawless. However, I then use a sponge to give my foundation the perfect finish and to make sure there aren’t any fingerprints on my face.

My skin is very dry, so I don’t need to apply powder. Ever. This foundation simply lasts all day on me.

I would recommend to use powder if you have normal skin, but I wouldn’t really recommend the Pan Stik if you have oily skin.

Still, if you have dry skin (even with several dry patches) and want full coverage, the Pan Stik is for you.

I also don’t think that the Pan Stik looks cakey at all if it’s applied the way it should be (with fingers, then blended out with a sponge) on dry or normal skin.

While it’s obvious that I am wearing make-up, my face looks simply flawless. I don’t look airbrushed, and I don’t look like I ‘towelled it on’. Thanks to the Pan Stik, I look like someone who has great skin and only needs a light foundation – even though my skin is not great at all and the foundation is very rich. 🙂

And I love that my faces looks dewy. Yes, I have dry skin with dry patches. For years I’ve envied other women whose faces looked dewy because I thought my skin could never look like theirs no matter which foundation I’d use. But thanks to the Pan Stik, my dry skin looks dewy!

The incredible Max Factor Pan Stik is available for around £7.99, but there’s usually a 3 for 2 offer at the two big drugstores.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Cute Gift Idea: Enchanted Forest Lip Balms from Poundland

Hi there! Look what I found at Poundland the other day. These super cute Enchanted Forest Lip Balms will make a great little gift for a girl. I bought two balms, Wildberry scented and Strawberry scented, for a young relative (she’s turning 16). I put together a nice beauty box for her (with mainly fruity body care products and body mists) and these cute lip balms fit right in!
Owl Lip Balms
What do you think? Are these cute or what? I might go back to Poundland to check if they have any other flavours. If they do, I can see myself buying more of these little owls – basically one in every colour. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Gliss Ultimate Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about Gliss’ Ultimate Volume Shampoo and Conditioner which I am currently using. I’ve had quite a few different Gliss products, and – with the exception of the Oil Nutritive products – they were all pretty decent.

I am very happy with Gliss’ Ultimate Volume Shampoo because it really does what it says on the bottle. Since the first wash my hair felt thicker and it’s got more volume. I also love that the shampoo is a clear gel. I know most people won’t care, but I’m really bored of creamy white shampoos.

Gliss’ Ultimate Volume Conditioner is quite good too. Whilst in the shower I don’t feel the softening properties I would expect from every conditioner. However, once dry, my hair feels soft and silky.

Both products smell fresh and clean of citruses, but the scent is very subtle – this is just what I want in summer! And I would be happy to buy these products again. Gliss Ultimate Volume Shampoo (250ml) and Conditioner (200ml) are available at discount stores for about £1 each.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Heart MakeUp I Am Powerful Eyeshadow and Lipstick Palette

Hi there! One of the palettes I bought recently is I Heart MakeUp’s I Am Poweful palette. It’s a compact that contains six eyeshadows, a lipstick and a mirror. It’s quite small, so it fits into every handbag.

I don’t like the lipstick because the colour is nothing I’d normally wear. It’s an intense berry shade (it’s darker than in the photograph) with a pearly shine. I’ll see if I can make it work by mixing it with lipliner or lipgloss…
I Heart MakeUp I Am Powerful
The eyeshadows are very nice. Like all the other I Heart MakeUp eyeshadows these ones are buttery, soft and easy to blend. The selection of shades is also quite nice as all the shades could be considered neutrals or shades that go well with neutrals.

I Heart MakeUp I Am Poweful is a good compact that’s on sale for £2.99 at the moment. However, if you consider buying this palette and if you already have the Passion palette, you don’t really need this one (unless you really want this lipstick…). This is because all the shades in this compact are also featured in the Passion palette.

Who else has this compact and what do you think of it?

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Palmolive Aroma Therapy Absolute Relax, Morning Tonic, Sensual

Hi there! Whilst I love a good home spa experience, I’m not keen on expensive products which, in my opinion, are no better than the usual suspects from the drugstore. So meet my favourite cheap home spa buddies:

Palmolive Aromatherapy Absolute Relax with Ylang-Ylang and Iris, Morning Tonic with Tangerine and Lemongrass, and Sensual with Moroccan Rose and Ginseng. These shower gels smells absolutely amazing!
Palmolive Aroma Therapy
Absolute Relax is a long-term favourite shower gel of mine. The floral fragrance wraps you in a warm cocoon of iris and ylang-ylang. Absolutely heavenly! Morning Tonic is an old favourite which I haven’t seen in years. And I’m so glad it’s back. This shower gel smells of sweet greenery. It’s like a gentle wake-up on a summer morning. Sensual is a typical ‘red’ shower gel. It’s intoxicatingly feminine, sweet and elegant.

Now Palmolive, could you please bring back the matching bath gels? And could you please also make body lotions with these captivating fragrances?

Palmolive Aroma Therapy Absolute Relax, Morning Tonic and Sensual are available at most supermarkets and drugstores for about £2 each. However, they’re often on special offer. A few weeks ago they were 79p each somewhere (I believe it was Home Bargains, but I’m not sure), so I bought 9 bottles!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beckham Fragrances Signature For Her

Beckham SignatureHi there! Today’s post is about one of my favourite fragrances, Signature For Her by Beckham Fragrances. I’ve got cheap, designer and niche fragrance, so I’m neither a fragrance snob, nor a spokesperson for celebrity fragrance. 🙂

So let’s get started! This fragrance contains notes of star anise and green apples (top notes), orchid, vanilla and heliotrope (heart notes), and patchouli, amber and musk (base notes).

All these notes create a grown-up, sensual and feminine fragrance. The most prominent notes are anise (which smells almost like liquorice), patchouli and green apples.

The combination of these notes is simply captivating – it’s dark, sweet, yet bitter, and full of life.

The fragrance is beautifully rounded by the floral sweetness of orchid and vanilla-like notes. A truly stunning fragrance! In my opinion, Signature For Her by Beckham Fragrances is a great fragrance for all occasions – work, night out, holiday – you name it.

Signature For Her by Beckham Fragrances is available as 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Toilette spray. Prices vary from about £8 for the smallest bottle to £20 for the largest bottle. I’ve also seen stores offering this fragrance for twice as much, but thanks to drugstores and discount web sites, this elegant fragrance can be yours for very little money.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde