Nail Of The Day – Christmas Nails

Christmas maniHi there! I couldn’t decide between green or red nails the other day. So I went for both! The result is this easy Christmas mani.

I chose China Glaze With Love and Astor Lacque Deluxe 880 Forest Green as my base colours.

With Love is the ultimate Christmas red. And Forest Green is a great Christmas tree green.

The next step was finding the perfect gold glitter topper – which is always easier said than done. Especially, when you have dozens of glitter toppers!

Eventually I chose Essie As Gold As It Gets. I’m happy with this topper because it looks like gold dust and it’s perfectly christmassey!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Gliss Liquid Silk Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about Gliss Liquid Silk Shampoo & Conditioner. I really enjoy using these products every once in a while. Here’s why.

The shampoo is great. It makes my hair soft and silky without weighing it down. The fragrance is gorgeous. I would describe it as a mix of silk and cashmere. The new improved formula of the conditioner isn’t as good as the old one. Out of the bottle the conditioner is quite thick. But I always mix it with a splash of water to make it creamier and easier to use.

In summary, I’m really happy with Gliss’ Liquid Silk shampoo and conditioner. Not only do these products make my hair smell lovely. They also make my hair feel soft and silky. I would recommend these products. And I will definitely buy them again.

Gliss Gliss Liquid Silk Shampoo (250ml) & Conditioner (200ml) are available at discount stores for about £1 each. Great value!

If you are considering buying Gliss’ Ultimate Volume or Oil Nutritive products, have a look at my reviews to find out if they would be suitable for you. If you think that the fragrance of a hair care product is more important than anything else, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with all of Gliss’ offerings. Some of the products smell quite strong from the bottle, but don’t let that put you off. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Pacifica Vanilla Hibiscus Color Quench Lip Tint

Hi there! I’ve been buying lots of lip care products lately. And Pacifica’s Vanilla Hibiscus Color Quench All Natural Moisture Lip Tint is about to become a beauty staple.

So, let’s start. This lip tint is 100% vegan and natural. It contains coconut oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E and a few other natural ingredients.  I love how soft and moisturising this lip tint feels. It’s really lovely!
Pacifica Vanilla Lip Balm
The sheer tint isn’t my favourite – it’s just a hint of a pale pink with a pearly shine. But it doesn’t annoy me, so it’s alright. 🙂 However, the flavour is absolutely delicious – like vanilla cookie crumbles. Yummy!

Priced at $7 (Pacifica web site) or £5.49 (Ethical Superstore) this isn’t the cheapest lip balm/tint. However, you get a lot of product for your money. And there’s the added bonus that Pacifica‘s products are vegan and cruelty-free!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Accessorize Paradise Eyeshadow Palette

Hi there! Five months ago I bought this pretty Accessorize Paradise eyeshadow palette. I loved the cute design and the palette was £6 only for 32 eyeshadows. I thought I’d be stupid not to buy it. 😀
Accessorize Paradise 01
Back then I thought I’d use and review the palette shortly. But suddenly it’s five months later and I’ve only started to use the palette last week. Oops! But let’s look at the pretty shades now. As you can see, everything’s in there: shimmers and mattes, neutrals, purples, blues, greens, pinks, greys…
Accessorize Paradise 03
Let’s start with the top row! I wasn’t happy with the pigmentation and the texture of most of these eyeshadows. Number 4 – a bright gold – was the only convincing eyeshadow in this row. The seven remaining eyeshadows were poorly pigmented. Disappointing.
Accessorize Paradise 04
The eyeshadows in the second row were a bit better in terms of pigmentation. Shade 4 – a bold bronze – really stood out. However, the mattes were still chalky and row two was still not convincing.
Accessorize Paradise 05
The third row is bursting with shimmer eyeshadows, so of course these eyeshadows are much more pigmented. I am very happy with the colour payoff of six of these eyeshadows (shades 3 – 8). But it’s too bad that I don’t like most of the shades.
Accessorize Paradise 06
And now to the bottom row! I thought that the eyeshadows in this row were a very nice surprise. I’m very happy with the colour payoff and the texture of all of these eyeshadows because they’re easy to blend and they’re highly pigmented.
Accessorize Paradise 07
I think that Accessorize’s Paradise eyeshadow palette is not great. 16 eyeshadows are highly pigmented – but the other 16 are not. The palette was £6 only, and I think the design is very cute. However, unless you buy it for the design or you’re a collector, you won’t love this palette.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beat The Cold With A Hot Bath – Radox Muscle Therapy, Relax and Eastern Spirit

Hi there! I love my daily shower in the moning, but I also love a hot bath before bed, especially during the winter months. I’m emptying countless bottles of bath gel, cream and soak every winter. And this year I’m trying hard to reduce my bottomless toiletries stash by actually using stuff up and not leaving half-empty bottles around the bath tub.

At the moment I’m using three Radox bath soaks in a rota – Radox Muscle Therapy with black pepper and ginseng, Radox Relax with lavender and water lily, and Radox Eastern Spirit with lotus flower and orange blossom. These three bath soaks are very popular in our household. So let’s have a closer look.
Radox Bath 1
Radox Muscle Therapy has been one of my husband’s favourite bath soaks for years. He swears by it. Whenever he’s had a rough day or his muscles ache, this is his go-to bath soak. Muscle Therapy doesn’t do much for me – and that’s mainly because I find the black pepper & ginseng fragrance too masculine. But that’s alright. My husband and I agree that Muscle Therapy is a man bath soak! 🙂

Radox Relax is my favourite of the bunch. I love the lavender & waterlily fragrance. It smells warm, feminine, pleasant and very relaxing. I’ll definitely buy it again. This bath soak has been renamed. Its new name is Feel Relaxed.

Radox Eastern Spirit is the creamiest of these three bath soaks. The lotus flower & orange blossom fragrance is wonderfully exotic and feminine. If I close my eyes and breathe in, I sometimes forget that it’s cold and dark outside. A very lovely fragrance! This bath soak has been renamed as well. It’s now called Feel Enchanted.

Radox Muscle Therapy, Feel Relaxed and Feel Enchanted are available as 500 ml for £1.99 each – but they can usually be found for £1 each or slightly less. Feel Relaxed is also available as shower gel, and Feel Enchanted is available as hand wash and shower gel.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Battle Of The Aloe Vera Lotions: Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hydrating Body Lotion with Aloe Vera vs. Superdrug Soothing Aloe Vera Body Lotion

Hi there! It’s been a while since the last ‘which one is better’ post. However, I just realised that I bought these two body lotions with aloe vera very recently, so I thought I’d look into which one is better.

I’ve got Garnier’s Intensive 7 Days Hydrating Lotion with Aloe Vera and Superdrug’s Soothing Aloe Vera Body Lotion. And now The Battle Of The Aloe Vera Body Lotions is on! 🙂
Garnier Aloe Vera Lotion & Superdrug Aloe Vera Lotion
Garnier’s Aloe Vera Body Lotion for normal skin is a very good moisturiser. It smells subtle, fresh and green. The lotion is fast-absorbing and non-sticky. It makes my skin feel elastic and nicely hydrated.

After using this body lotion once a day for three days my skin felt like silk. I could even get away with not using any body moisturiser at all for the next two days – and my skin still felt and looked great. This body lotion is for normal skin but it made such a difference to my dry and sensitive skin. I’ll definitely buy it again! 10 stars!

Superdrug’s Aloe Vera Body Lotion is a moisturiser for all skin types. It smells absolutely gorgeous. The lotion is fast-absorbing and non-sticky – just like Garnier’s body lotion. However, Superdrug’s body lotion is rather light which, I think, makes it more suitable for summer than for winter.

My skin feels nicely hydrated when I use this body lotion every day. But I really have to use it every day to maintain this effect. In my opinion, Superdrug’s body lotion is decent. But it wouldn’t be my first choice to ‘treat’ dry and sensitive skin in winter.

Verdict: Garnier’s body lotion doesn’t smell as nice as Superdrug’s, and Superdrug’s body lotion gets extra points for being BUAV-approved and cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo). However, because of its skin transforming powers (!) Garnier is the clear winner of The Battle Of The Aloe Vera Body Lotions.

Garnier’s Aloe Vera body lotion is available as 250ml for about £3 to £3.65 and 400ml for £5 to £5.50 – depending on where you shop. I got my 250ml bottle for £1.49 which is definitely good value. If you look for a bargain, the 250 ml bottle is currently £1.50 at Wilko’s.

Superdrug’s Aloe Vera body lotion is available as 375ml for £1.49. I spent 99p for this product and there is usually some kind of deal (usually 1/3 off) at Superdrug.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro 370 Wild Orchid & Stamping with Pueen 59

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro 370 Wild Orchid plus StampingHi there! Last week’s been really busy, so I couldn’t post as much as I would have liked. However, I’ve got a nail post for today. 🙂

I painted my nails with Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro 370 Wild Orchid. I love creamy lilac, violet and purple nail polishes, and this one is one of my favourites.

I was thinking about beautifying my mani with glitter or foils, but in the end I went with stamping. I chose a floral stamping plate, Pueen 59 from Pueen’s Stamping Buffet collection. The black polish is Revlon Colorstay Stiletto.

I love floral manis, but this one wasn’t my favourite. I think I’ll be trying geometric shapes next!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde