I Love… Choca Mocha lala, Tangerine Dream, Raspberry Vanilla

Hi there! I found a few I Love… shower products for 89p each (!) at my local Home Bargains store a while back. I had a sniff, I liked them, and I bought them. Now meet I Love… Choca Mocha Lala, Tangerine Dream and Raspberry Vanilla.
I Love Shower
Choca Mocha Lala is a shower cream. The formula is quite runny, and the shower cream doesn’t produce much of a lather. But it’s really gentle and it makes my skin feel soft and nourished. The authentic (!) chocolate fragrance is absolutely addictive – it’s super sweet and yummy. 🙂 I think I’ll leave this one for autumn.

Tangerine Dream is a shower gel. It’s just as runny as the Choca Mocha Lala shower cream. However, this one isn’t very nourishing. Saying this, I love the fragrance. Tangerine Dream smells of sunny citruses. It’s like a refreshing breeze on a summer morning. It’s wonderful!

Raspberry Vanilla is another shower cream. It’s quite thick and it feels rich and nourishing. The fragrance is perfectly delicious – like raspberry ice cream!

All these shower products have been discontinued – which is a shame. I know I Love… revamped its entire collection – and I hope the ‘new’ (?) chocolate and raspberry products are similar to Choca Mocha Lala and Raspberry Vanilla. I’ll give the new products a sniff soon! However, it’s sad that Tangerine Dream didn’t make a comeback.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Lycra Pro 330 Red Obsession & Stamping With Pueen 73

062016 Rimmel Red Obsession Revlon Hypnotize Pueen 73Hi there! I’ve got another mani for you today. If you think it looks a little christmassey, I agree. I didn’t aim for a christmassey look, but I guess that’s what you get when you combine red and gold. 🙂

I painted my nails with Rimmel Lycra Pro 330 Red Obsession (two coats). The red turned out darker than expected, so I didn’t want to stamp with black polish.

I was going through my ‘regular polishes that stamp well’ stash and I picked Revlon Brilliant Strength 110 Hypnotize (which I picked up at Poundworld!).

I chose Pueen’s 73 plate (from Pueen’s Stamping Buffet) and then I started to stamp. 🙂

If I ignore the christmassey feel of the mani, I’m happy with how it turned out. The red Rimmel polish looks lovely and the Revlon polish stamps perfectly. Well done, Revlon. More polishes like this one, please!

Feel free to let me know what you think. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Botanics Vitamin Recovery Mask

Boots Vitamin Recovery Face MaskHi there! I never got around to use my ancient Boots Botanics face masks. But I’m quite obsessed with face masks at the moment, so I’ve finally tried this Boots Botanics Vitamin Recovery Mask.

This mask is meant to be wiped off with a cotton pad (but not rinsed) after a few minutes on the skin. That way some of the product remains on skin and it can continue to work its magic. 🙂

So was the mask any good? Yes! This mask was nourishing and refreshing at the same time. That was very delightful. And it smelled gorgeous. It was a real treat for my skin!

I don’t think my skin looked particularly ‘recharged’. But my skin felt soft and supple – it was just what I wanted. The only negative thing about this mask is that it has been discontinued and I can’t repurchase it. I really need to check out Boots’ current Botanics product line. Maybe there is something similar…

Are there any face masks you would recommend? Please feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Heart MakeUp Go! To The City Palette

Hi there! I got myself this I Heart MakeUp Go! To The City palette when it was on sale for £1.99 a while ago. It’s sad when a good product is about to be discontinued. But I have to admit I love picking up soon-to-be-discontinued products when they’re on sale. But who doesn’t? 🙂 Now let’s take a closer look at this palette.
I Heart MakeUp Go To The City 1
The Go! To The City palette a contains 2 blushers, 1 highlighter and 6 eyeshadows. The highlighter (H) is shimmery and nicely pigmented. I’ll be using it a lot, I think. The blushes – coral (B1) and pink (B2) – are very pretty. They’re well pigmented and the colours really pop.

I do like the eyeshadows too. The first shade is a matte light beige. All the other shades are shimmery – some of them almost metallic. They’re easy to blend and the pigmentation is a dream. However, I noticed that all these eyeshadows are featured in a different palette, namely I Heart MakeUp’s Passion palette. So if you have the Passion palette, you don’t really need this one.
I Heart MakeUp Go To The City 3
Now let’s have one more look at the palette. Isn’t it pretty? And everything looks so organised and neat. OK, it won’t look like this for long, but for the moment it does and I’m enjoying it. 🙂
I Heart MakeUp Go To The City 2
If you fancy I Heart MakeUp’s Go! To The City palette, you’ll have to look online because it appears that both Superdrug and MakeUp Revolution no longer sell it.

As always, feel free to comment if you like. And if you have this palette, please let me know what you think. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Deep Wrinkle Expert Care Day / Night

YR sample Serum Vegetal2Hi there! Today’s post is about Yves Rocher’s Serum Végétal Deep Wrinkle Expert Care Day / Night which I received a sample of a while ago.

Neither the sample nor Yves Rocher’s web site give a lot of information about the product. So the only thing I know is that this product promises to be an expert care product that combats deep wrinkles with instant and long-lasting effects. Now, let’s take a closer look!

I used this cream after I had cleansed my face. I didn’t like the smell, but I liked applying it because it felt really good. And my skin felt soft and moisturised the entire day.

I cannot comment on any long-term effects on wrinkles. However, this cream didn’t have any instant effect on my (admittedly few) wrinkles. And I’m not really happy that this product doesn’t contain sunscreen.

I won’t purchase the full-size product. Priced at £31 for a 30ml tube I find Yves Rocher’s Serum Végétal Deep Wrinkle Expert Care Day / Night quite expensive. Olay has a similar product which costs a fiver, so I’ll be trying that one. However, if you’re interested in Yves Rocher’s products, keep your eyes peeled for half price or BOGOF promotions!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Unicorn Puke Foil Mani

galaxy foilsHi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did a few weeks ago when my nails were shorter. I’m only doing the post now because I didn’t save the photo where I’d normally save it.

But let’s start! I used Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab as my base colour. I really like this black polish because it doesn’t dry too quickly (great for foils).

I let the polish dry to the point where it would be tacky – and then I started to press different foils (rainbow, gold, blue, purple, red, green, pink, etc) onto my nails. I repeated this process until all the nails looked like they were covered in unicorn puke. 😀

Then I let the mani dry for a while before I applied one coat of regular clear polish.

And this is the finished mani. I’m sorry the nails look messy in the photo – I should have cleaned up around the cuticles before taking the photo. The blurriness is real though – that’s what the mani looked like. 🙂 Sorry about the word puke. But I looked at the finished mani and I thought ‘this is what unicorn puke must look like’. There it was again! Oops! Anyway, thanks for stopping by. The next post will be a regular product review, I promise!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Refreshing Day Cream SPF 15 For Normal Skin

Hi there! A few weeks ago Superdrug ran a half price and triple points promotion on lots of different own-brand products. I’m a serial bargain hunter, so I took advantage of the best deals. 🙂 I stocked up on Naturally Radiant and Clearly Youthful products – and I tried Superdrug’s Refreshing Day Cream SPF 15 For Normal Skin.

I paid £1.69 for this 50ml pot – which is an incredible bargain. But even without any deals or promotions, this cream is usually £3.49 – so it’s still cheap. This cream is also 100% vegan and cruelty-free – it is BUAV-approved and it carries the Leaping Bunny logo! Now let’s get to the actual product review…
Superdrug Refreshing Day Cream SPF 15
I must say I’m surprised by how good this face cream is. I wasn’t expecting more than basic hydration. But this cream is actually nice. The formula is surprisingly rich – but despite this, the cream sits really well under my make-up. Another thing that’s great is that this cream makes my skin feel hydrated for hours – probably even for an entire day. I think this is fantastic considering I’ve got dry skin and eczema!

I’d have to deduct (imaginary) points though. I’m not in love with the fragrance. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s not great. (Yeah, years and years of using Olay products spoiled me!) And I don’t love that this cream comes in a pot. I don’t like to dip my fingers into a pot for weeks (or even months). I would have preferred a tube or a small bottle. But these two bits are down to personal preferences – the next person might adore the fragrance and / or love that this cream comes in a pot.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this face cream, no matter if you’re on a budget or not. If you just want a reasonable face cream (with SPF 15) that moisturises your skin well, you should try it.

Superdrug’s Refreshing Day Cream SPF 15 For Normal Skin (and dry skin) is available as 50ml for £3.49. But keep your eyes peeled for half price and BOGOF promotions to bag even better bargains. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Apple Star Anise Refreshing Shower Gel

Yves Rocher Apple Star Anise Shower GelHi there! I bought lots of Yves Rocher products recently – including a few limited editions.

Today I’ll tell you what I think about Yves Rocher’s Apple Star Anise Refreshing Shower Gel.

I thought this was a Christmas-themed product – but I was wrong.

Apparently Yves Rocher’s apple & star anise collection was a limited edition from last summer! But let’s move on to the actual product review. 🙂

The shower gel smells pleasant and refreshing. The apple frragrance isn’t too tangy (which is a good thing in my book), it’s more like a sunny apple scent.

The shower gel lathers up nicely without being too harsh on my skin. Great quality.

The refreshing shower gel is (was?) available as 50ml (£1.95) and 400ml (£5.50). I found this product for 90p in the clearance sale.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland & Poundworld Beauty Haul

Hi there! I’ve paid my local Poundland and Poundworld stores a visit the other day. And I found quite a few things I just had to have. Here’s what I bought:

Montagne Jeunesse face masks – I tried a few Montagne Jeunesse masks just recently and I loved them so much that I bought more. I got six mask duos in total – three Mud Pac / Amore Rose duos and three Passion Peel Off / Lemon Zest Peel Off duos. That’s twelve individual masks for £6 in total.

Vaseline Essential Healing Lotion – I’ve never had this one before, so I bought it. The 200ml bottle was £1 only which is really cheap considering the same size is £2.75 at Superdrug’s.
Haul 1
I almost couldn’t believe it when I found two of my favourite facial cleansers, Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub and Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash, for £1 each. Normally these products are around £3 each. I bought two face scrubs and two face washes, so I spent £4 in total for these four products which will last me for at least six month (probably longer) – not bad!

Dove Essential Nourishing Hand Cream – I didn’t really need another hand cream, but £1 for a Dove hand cream is a really good deal.
Haul 2
I’m really pleased with what I bought. And I only spent £12 in total for all those goodies. In case you’re wondering, the face masks were from Poundland, everything else was from Poundworld.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Orly Terra Mauve & Stamping With Pueen 77

Orly Terracotta Pueen 77Hi there! This year I forgot to do a sweet love-themed mani for Valentine’s Day. But now, a few months later, I had an idea for a cute heart-themed mani.

At first I painted my nails with Orly Terra Mauve – a sensationally beautiful colour.

I went through my stamping plates and I chose Pueen‘s 77 plate from Pueen’s Buffet Leisure collection.

I didn’t want to stamp with white this time, so I checked my non-stamping polishes that stamp brilliantly on darker colours stash.

I picked Essence Wave Goddess 01 – a limited edition pink polish from last year (or even 2014) and then I stamped away. 🙂

This mani turned out quite nice, I think. I’m really happy with the colours and the images. Feel free to let me know what you think. And thank you for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde