W7 10 Out Of 10 Browns Eyeshadow Palette

Hi there! Today’s post is about the W7 10 out of 10 palette. It’s another nude/brown palette but isn’t it pretty? I bought it at least half a year ago but didn’t use it until now because had my Sleek Au Naturel palette to play with. 🙂 Anyway, now on to the review.
W7 10 out of 10 browns
This palette contains 10 eyeshadows – 3 mattes and 7 shimmers. Shades 1, 2 and 5 are matte, the other shades are shimmers. Shades 4 and 10 are borderline glittery (unfortunately the glitter is invisible in the swatch).
W7 10 out of 10
The matte shades could be more pigmented – they’re not bad, but I’ve had better matte eyeshadows. The shimmery ones are buttery and soft – great quality!

I would recommend this palette to everyone who loves a cheap nude palette. I bought my W7 10 out of 10 palette for under £4 which is good value. W7 cosmetics are available at Savers drugstores, some Peacock’s stores, independent drugstores and – of course – online.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! I think I’ve used most Elvive shampoos and conditioners over the past years, but I couldn’t remember if I ever had these ones. As they were on special (Half price – what else?), I bought them.

At first let me say that I found the L’Oréal Fibrology Thickening Shampoo to be a huge surprise. In terms of quality it’s like most L’Oréal shampoos – it’s quite good and it smells nice – but it’s quite unique because once it touches wet hair, it feels like it’s expanding… like builder’s foam! 😀

However, this is also a bit of an issue for me because I’ve got long and curly hair. Due to the way the shampoo expands, it’s not so great for thick or curly hair. My hair is a bit of a knotty mess once the shampoo is rinsed out – no matter how careful I am.
loreal-fibrology
The L’Oréal Fibrology Thickening Conditioner
isn’t good enough to deal with the knotty mess because it’s quite thick, so I have to double-condition or use a different conditioner after using the Fibrology shampoo. This also defeats the purpose of this shampoo and conditioner combo. However, when I use the conditioner after a regular shampoo – which doesn’t expand like crazy on my head – it’s absolutely fine.

Would I buy these products again? Maybe. But I definitely wouldn’t use them together again. Saying this, I can see that these two products would work really well together on hair that is not long, thick and curly, so if you’ve got fine or straight hair, you might love these products. L’Oréal Fibrology Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner are available as 250 ml for £2.99 each and 400 ml for £3.99 each.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Battle of the Melons: Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit vs. Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash Melon

Hi there! After the battle of the limes and the battle of the lemons, the Battle of the Melons is now on! 🙂 I bought this Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit shower gel ages ago, but I left it untouched until I realised that I also had this melon-scented Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash. So I thought it’s time for another product comparison!

OK, one’s a watermelon, the other one’s more of a honeydew melon – so how can these two be compared? Well, I love all melons equally, so I’ll be impartial. Promise! But now on to the actual reviews…
Grace Cole vs SD Watermelon
Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit smells pretty much of watermelon only. I think the scent is not unpleasant, but it’s very generic and forgettable. In my opinion this shower gel is quite expensive (£4) for what it is. I paid 99p only, so I won’t complain. However, I wouldn’t buy it again. Saying this, scents are personal, so the next person might love it.

Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash is not perfect either. The shower gel is quite thin, so it spills out of the tube the moment you open it. As this product is aimed at kids, I think it would be better if Superdrug changed the packaging (but keep the elephant and the mouse, please) to a bottle with a lid on top to prevent unintended spilling. In regards to the actual shower gel, it’s very gentle and soft which is great if you have dry or sensitive skin. The sunny honeydew melon scent is very authentic – well done, Superdrug!

In my opinion Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash is the winner of the Battle of the Melons. It feels nicer on the skin (well, it’s for kids after all), the fragrance is more intense and, priced at £1.29 it’s a bargain in comparison to the Grace Cole shower gel. In addition, the Superdrug shower gel is BUAV-approved and carries the Leaping Bunny logo – it’s suitable for vegans and it’s cruelty-free.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Cute Gift Idea: Superdrug Animal Mad Lip Balms

Hi there! I was looking at the drugstores’ Christmas offerings the other day and couldn’t resist buying a few bits for myself. One of the things I had to have was this super cute Superdrug Animal Mad Lip Balm set. Seriously, how cute is this set?! By the way, a quick look at the back of the packaging revealed that these lip balms carry the Leaping Bunny logo; this means they’re cruelty-free!
Superdrug Animal Mad Lip Balms
As this set was £3 only, I didn’t expect too much. However, I’m really pleased with these berry-flavoured lip balms. They’re super soft and they’ll be perfect for the winter months ahead. I think I’ll be buying another set for my nine-year old niece – I’m sure she’ll love these super cute lip balms. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Instant Relief from Dry Hands – Dove Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream

Dove HandcreamHi there! I was desperate for hand cream the other day (I know, how can anyone run out of hand cream?!) so I was really happy to find this Dove Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream for 42p (!) on my local drugstore’s bargain shelf.

Let me tell you right away that this hand cream is absolutely amazing. The scent is warm, feminine, floral and a tad soapy – I love it!

I also love that this cream moisturises my hands (and my elbows) nicely – it feels a bit greasy for a minute or two, but after that it’s fine.

Call me crazy, but I think that this hand cream actually makes my hands look younger! I didn’t take before and after photos, so I can’t really compare, but I go with my gut feeling here. 🙂

I’m not sure if Dove’s Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream is about to be discontinued (I would be a bit sad), but if it makes an appearance at any of the Poundstores, I’ll stock up.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Blood Spatter Nails

Blood Spatter Hi there! Last week I told you that I’m trialling potential Halloween manis, so here’s candidate number two.

I painted my nails with the white polish from one of Revlon‘s double-ended Neon Nail Art polishes. This white is absolutely brilliant in terms of coverage. The formula is not that great, but we’re talking Halloween manis, so I’m not planning on sporting this look forever. 🙂

When the white polish was dry, I applied one coat of clear polish – to make the nail surface more even – and then I used a tooth pick and a red polish (this one’s from Manhattan’s Mode Pilot collection) to scatter and spread a few blobs and lines.

I think this mani is just as great as the ‘bats on monster slime’ mani from last week. What do you think?

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland Allura Brush-On Nail Glue

Allura Nail GlueHi there! Today’s post is about Poundland’s Allura Nail Glue. Yes, it’s just a nail glue, but it’s one you can brush on! And it’s £1 only!

Let’s be honest, nail accidents happen all the time. Most people won’t care, but for those of us who love showing off their manis – online or in real life – a broken nail can be quite an annoyance.

I had a nail accident on Monday, but I was able to fix the nail. I think it really helped that I could brush on a little amount of glue instead of trying to squeeze the right amount out of a flimsy drip bottle.

I haven’t had a brush-on glue before, so I’m still totally amazed.

It’s so easy and there’s no mess! 🙂 Thanks for this one, Poundland!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde