Nail Of The Day – NYC In A Minute 001 Evil & Foils

uploadHi there! I haven’t done a foil mani in ages – and I don’t even know why. So, finally, I did another one!

At first I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 001 Evil. Not too long ago, when I couldn’t find my black Revlon Colorstay polish, I used this polish for stamping. However, 001 Evil is better for actual nail painting than for stamping.

Since I have many leftover foils in different colours, choosing the right colours wasn’t easy. I started with a gold foil which made the mani look christmassey right away. So to avoid an unseasonably christmassey finish, I used blue and fuchsia foils too.

I’m happy with how the mani turned out. And I got several compliments which made me realise I need to do foil manis more often. I might do another one in a few days. Feel free to let me know what you think. And thank for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Palmolive Thermal Spa Shower Mineral Massage, Ocean Vitality

Hi there! Today’s post is about two Palmolive shower gels I picked up at my local Family Bargains store (R.I.P. Family Bargains) before it closed (and reopened as a Poundland store). Now meet Palmolive Thermal Spa Mineral Massage with Dead Sea Salt and Aloe Vera, and Palmolive Thermal Spa Ocean Vitality with Blue Algae and Marine Minerals.
Palmolive Thermal Spa
Palmolive Thermal Spa Mineral Massage with Dead Sea Salt and Aloe Vera is a gentle, yet effective, exfoliating shower gel that’s perfect for every day. I love the salty marine fragrance which goes well with the colour and the spa & sea salt theme. Very nice, refreshing, and definitely suitable for men as well! I think this shower gel has been repackaged and it’s now called “Feel The Massage“.

Palmolive Thermal Spa Ocean Vitality with Blue Algae and Marine Minerals is another lovely shower gel. Its fragrance falls into the ‘marine’ category as well. However, this one isn’t salty at all. It’s mild and it has a relaxing feel to it – the ocean theme really fits! Another good thing about this shower gel is that it’s not drying at all.

I really like these two shower gels. Mineral Massage wakes me up in the morning, while Ocean Vitality calms me down at night. Yes, I would definitely recommend these two shower gels. So if you come across them, buy them! These shower gels are 250ml, and I paid 99p each.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel

Hi there! Over the past few months I’ve been using several product from Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant product line. The face mask is the best thing since sliced bread, and I love the night cream and the micro polish scrub.

Now, today’s post is about Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel. Like all other products in the Naturally Radiant range this peel contains kiwi fruit and mulberry extratcs, and glycolic acid and fruit acids which are said to retexture and refine skin, and to even out and brighten skin tone. Now let me tell you how this product works.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Clycolic Overnight Peel
What you’re supposed to do is… apply a pea-sized amount of product to your cleansed face before you go to bed. And just wash it off in the morning. That’s it.

What’s good about the peel? First of all, the gel formula is very nice and easy to work with. The gel feels great on my skin. It’s not drying at all (it’s a tad sticky though) and it makes my skin feel refreshed. This glycolic peel doesn’t really peel (you won’t see any old skin flaking off), but I can see and feel the difference. I never thought I’d say this but – thanks to this product – my face looks almost refreshed in the morning.

I really love this peel – and I’ve already bought a back-up. I would recommend it to everyone – even to those with sensitive skin – because this glycolic peel does the job without being harsh. The only thing I need to mention as a bit of a negative is that there’s no indication of how often this peel is supposed to be used. It’s not stated anywhere on the product or Superdrug’s web site. So you might want to use it daily, weekly or anything in between. I use the peel 2 to 3 times per week, most of the time under the Naturally Radiant night cream, and this works well for me.

Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel is available as 30ml for £5.99. I bought mine for £2.95 (half price deal). The last time I checked (last week) there was a BOGOF offer, so don’t forget to check for promotional deals before you buy.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

22 New Products – Home Bargains, Poundworld, Poundland & Asda Beauty Haul

Hi there! If you read my blog, and if you remember this post – you know I’d like to get away from being a beauty and toiletries hoarder. However, I simply can’t resist a bargain when I see one. Now let’s have a look at the new stuff that’s going to be stashed away somewhere at my place…
I found these NSPA shower gels at Home Bargains – for 79p each. These are 500ml and they’re normally £3 at Asda. I think these ones are going to be discontinued. 😦 By the way, all NSPA products are made in the UK.
Home Bargains also had a few nice and cheap body mists. From left to right: Anovia Fragranced Body Mist With Fruit Extracts Sensual Argan & Marula 150ml, Anovia Fragranced Body Mist With Fruit Extracts Light & Refreshing Passion Fruit & Pineapple 150ml, Dolly’s Mixtures Peach Melba ‘Just Peachy’ Body Mist100ml, NSPA Luscious Fresh Clementine Body Mist 200ml.

The Dolly’s Mixtures Body Mist was 49p (usually £2 at Asda), the other three body mists were 79p each. I’ve never seen the brand Anovia anywhere before today, so I can’t comment on what their products cost elsewhere, but the NSPA fragrances are usually £3 at Asda. Oh, and all these body mists were made in the UK!
Up next we’ve got Alberto Balsam Stunning Shine shampoo & conditioner. They’re 300ml each and they were £1 each (special offer) at Asda. The next item is NSPA’s Cherry Body Scrub – also from Home Bargains. The 225ml scrub set me back 79p (instead of £3 at Asda). The eyeshadow brush is from Poundworld – of course it was £1.
And here’s the actual beauty stuff – 2 Barry M eyeshadows (£1 for the pack of 2), 2 Sally Hansen nail polishes, 2 Max Factor eyeshadows, 2 Max Factor nail polishes, 2 L’Oréal nail polishes and 1 Rimmel nail polish which is a backup. Some of these products came from Poundland, some from Poundworld. All in all I paid £10 in total for all these eyeshadows and nail polishes.

Yes, I stocked up on stuff I didn’t really need. But everything was so cheap. In fact I only paid £19.02 for everything! I live for bargains, you know. Bargain hunting might actually be ma raison d’être. 🙂 Have you done any shopping recently? Any hauls you’d like to tell me about? Feel free to let me know in the comments. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Ciaté Kiss Chase And Stamping With Pueen Love Elements 39 & 46

Ciate Kiss Chase Pueen Love ElementsHi there! Since it’s time for another mani post, I thought I show you one of the manis I wore last week.

For this mani I painted my nails with Ciaté Kiss Chase (two coats). I like the cute pink shade, and I’m impressed with how quickly the polish dried. Well done, Ciaté!

The stamping plates I chose for this mani were Pueen’s 39 and 46 plates from Pueen’s Love Elements stamping collection. I love the images. They’re all so cute.

The black polish I stamped with is the one and only Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto. It’s not a real stamping polish, but it stamps perfectly.

Do you like this mani? Feel free to get in touch if you want to. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Apple Star Anise Refreshing Fragrance Mist

uploadHi there! Today’s post is about Yves Rocher’s Apple Star Anise Refreshing Fragrance Mist which I’ve been using a lot this summer.

I bought this 100ml fragrance mist (along with the apple star anise shower gel and shower scrub) when it was on sale (clearance, actually) for £2.70. Dirt cheap, I know! 🙂

Now let’s get to the actual review! I think this fragrance mist is very nice. I’ve said it before and I say it again – Yves Rocher’s apple star anise product line is the most natural smelling apple-scented product line I’ve ever come across.

And this fragrance mist is no exception. The apple scent is fresh, natural and juicy. Well done, Yves Rocher!

I’m also pleased with the longevity of this fragrance mist. The lovely apple scent lasts several hours on my skin, and it basically lasts forever (well, until the next wash) on my scarves.

What’s not great is that this fragrance mist is (was) a limited edition from last summer, so I can’t buy it again. 😦

I really hope Yves Rocher kept the formula safe and they’ll relaunch the entire collection at some point. I’d certainly repurchase the shower gel, the scrub and the fragrance mist!

Have you tried this fragrance or any other products from Yves Rocher’s apple star anise collection? How did you like them? Feel free to comment if you want to get in touch. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse Amore Rose Ultra Deep Cleansing Masque

Hi there! My quest to reduce my skin care stash led me to Montagne Jeunesse’s Amore Rose Ultra Deep Cleansing Masque. I got this mask as part of a mask duo (Mud Pac + Amore Rose for £1 at Poundland) not too long ago. And now I’ve finally tried it. So let me tell you more. 🙂

Amore Rose is a typical clay mask. You apply it, you let it dry (it takes about 15 to 20 minutes), and then you just wash it off with water. No surprises here. But keep reading!
Montagne Jeunesse Rose Amore
First of all, this face mask smells amazing. You can literally smell the roses whilst the mask dries on your face. Very fancy! And this mask made my skin feel and look much clearer and fresher than usual. I love it! And I’m glad I’ve got a few more Amore Rose masks in my stash. 🙂

Another thing that’s great is that this mask is BUAV-approved (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo), so it’s 100% cruelty-free! So in summary, there’s nothing that could stop me from recommending this face mask. 🙂 Have you tried this face mask? Which face masks would you recommend? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde