The Perfect Stocking Fillers For £1 – Superdrug Sweet Snuggles Lip Balms and Hands & Nails Sets

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Lip Balm Set and Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Hand & Nail Set. I bought these two sets last year – for £1 each. And since Superdrug is now selling two almost identical sets (the design is a little different – but everything else is the same), I thought I’d tell you if they’re any good.
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Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Lip Balm Set consists of 3 lip balms. They’re vanilla-flavoured and they’re very nourishing. I also love the cute design – very fitting for the colder season! This year Superdrug is selling essentially the same lip balm set (as I said before, they chose a new design, but the name and the product are basically still the same) – and it’s available for £1. Considering the good quality of these lip balms, the set is a total steal!

Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Hand & Nail Set consists of a small 30ml hand lotion and a small emery board (= the perfect size for every cosmetic bag). I think the hand lotion is very nice. It’s wonderfully moisturising, but it’s not sticky at all. And it makes my hands feel so soft! I also like the delicious and sweet vanilla scent (it reminds me of Boots’ vanilla body butter). The emery board is nothing special – it does its job – like every other emery board. At the moment Superdrug does a near identical set (the emery board is the same, but this year’s hand lotion features a penguin image) wich is £1 only.

I would definitely recommend these little sets. They’re cute, they’re great stocking fillers, and the products are actually useful! I haven’t seen the new sets in store yet (online only), so I’m not sure about whether or not they carry the Leaping Bunny logo. My guess is that they do because last year’s sets were BUAV-approved, and they did carry the Leaping Bunny logo – and Superdrug’s own brand products are generally certified cruelty-free.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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100% Awesome – L’Oréal Skin Perfection Velvety-Soft Toner

L'Oreal Velvety Soft TonerHi there! Today’s post is about L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection Velvety-Soft Toner. As you can see from the title of this post, I am in love with this toner.

Now let me tell you why. So, this toner promises to remove impurities and to reveal toned and silky-smooth skin.

In addition, the toner is paraben-free, it’s hypo-allergenic and it’s suitable for sensitive skin.

I’ve been using this toner for a few weeks now, and I can say it is definitely suitable for my sensitive (and moody) skin. No redness, no stinging, no burning.

This toner feels… like no other! That’s because it really feels velvety on my skin – I love it!

I’m also very happy with how well this toner cleanses my face. It removes make-up and cream cleanser residue with ease and it makes my skin feel clean, clear and velvety. It’s amazing!

Another bonus is the lovely and subtle fragrance – it’s pure, fresh and ‘pink’. It’s the perfect fragrance to go with the colour and the bottle design. So yeah, I would recommend this toner to everyone. If you’re looking for a new toner, give this one a try!

L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection Velvety-Soft Toner is available as 200ml for about £4. However, look out for special offers – I bought mine on a 2 for £5 offer – which is excellent value. 🙂 And since I love the toner so much, I want to try the matching cleanser too. Yes, I’ll continue to use the half-used products in my rota first. But the cleanser will move in with me too – no doubt!

If you’ve tried this toner, I’d love to hear to hear what you think. Feel free to leave a comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Blood Spatter Nails / Nail Art Challenge #24 Inspired By A Book

blood spatter nailsHi there! Today’s post is about another mani that’s suitable for Halloween – and for every Dexter fan out there. It’s the ultimate quick and easy blood spatter mani.

I’ve done this mani before, but I love it so much that I’m sporting it at least once every couple of months. And today I’m entering it into my lifetime 31 Days Nail Art Challenge as entry #24 Inspired By A Book. The book would be ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’.

I painted my nails with Essence The Gel Polish 33 Wild White Days (2 coats). I love and hate this polish. In terms of coverage it’s the best white polish I’ve ever had. But it’s very goopy and a nightmare to work with. And polish thinner doesn’t help at all! 😦

Anyway, I did the actual blood spatter with the help of the wonderful Rimmel 60 Seconds 320 Rapid Ruby – and a toothpick. Yes, I applied the red polish with a toothpick. It sounds easy, and it is easy. And trust me, you can’t do anything wrong because, obviously, the mani is supposed to look messy.

How do you like this mani? Have you chosen your Halloween mani already? Please feel free to let me know in the comments. And if you’re doing blood spatter nails, please let me know, I would love to have a look! And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty Hoarder Problems – Part 2: Incredibly Old Stuff

Hi there! It’s been a few weeks since I confessed to having too many beauty items and toiletries in general. One problem that comes with stockpiling (well, hoarding) such items is that you end up with lots of older products. Sure, storage is another issue, but I won’t go further into this bit. So let’s have a look at some of the oldies I’ve got in my stash.
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1  I’m not sure when I bought The Body Shop’s White Musk Breeze collection – but I reckon it must have been in 2011. I’m generally not a fan of TBS’ White Musk collection, but I know why I bought these limited edition products – because they were dirt cheap. One of the body lotions (I even bought two bottles…) still had its price sticker on – £1.90. Seriously, that’s dirt cheap for a full-size TBS product. However, five years later I haven’t even touched the products. 😦

So what do I need to do? Try the products, and if they’re still good, I need to use them. And I need to finish them. No excuses! Using these White Musk Breeze products is going to be a priority next month.
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2 Boots’ Body Butters – I think it would be next to impossible to find any of these body butters anywhere – because they have been discontinued some time ago. The Mango & Babassu butter has been repackaged twice now, the Olive body butter has been discontinued (which is very sad) and Boots’ Mediterranean range is… history.

But what do I need to do? I need to check if these products are still OK to use. If they are, I’ll use them!

upload-13 Now here’s a fragrance that would sell for a lot of money on ebay – Laura Biagiotti Venezia.

I bought this fragrance many years ago but I haven’t worn it much. I used it recently, and it still smells amazing.

It’s a shame that this fragrance has been sitting in my stash all these years – especially because it’s so lovely.

What do I need to do with this fragrance? Use it. Before it turns. I think I’m lucky that this fragrance hasn’t turned, so I’ll make it a priority to wear and enjoy it this autumn and winter.

I’ve got many more items lurking in drawers and boxes (you probably knew that already), and there’s only so much I can use at a time. But I’m making progress on using what I have. 🙂

How about you? Do you have any old beauty items that you’ve forgotten about or that you never got around to use? Feel free to let me know in the comments. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yardley Invigorating Blue Orchid Moisturising Body Wash & Hydrating and Enriching Body Lotion

Hi there! Today’s post is about two Yardley products I found at my local 99p Store (before it closed and reopened as a Poundland store). Yardley shower gels are normally around £4, and their body lotions are around £6, so I was happy when I found these two limited edition products for 99p each.

I’ve been using Yardley’s Invigorating Blue Orchid Moisturising Body Wash and the matching Hydrating and Enriching Body Lotion for a week now. And I’m ready to let you know what I think about these two products.
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The body wash is OK. I wouldn’t say it’s moisturising, but it’s definitely not drying at all. The (non-descript) floral fragrance is alright, but it’s rather faint. The body lotion is OK too. It feels moisturising and it’s absorbed quickly. However, the fragrance isn’t great (a mix of paper and a non-descript floral scent) and the lotion leaves a film (like Garnier’s Body Tonic) on my skin.

In summary, I’m not impressed with these Yardley products. I’m glad I only spent £1.98 in total for the body wash and the body lotion. I will continue to use the body wash, but I will repurpose the body lotion and continue to use it as a foot cream.

If you’d like to try Yardley’s Invigorating Blue Orchid Moisturising Body Wash and the matching Hydrating and Enriching Body Lotion yourself, you should swing by your local discount store. I’ve seen these two products at two local Poundland stores as recently as this week.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub

Garnier Skin Naturals ScrubHi there! Quite some time ago I mentioned that I wouldn’t let scrubs that contain crushed apricot seeds or walnut shells anywhere near my face.

But I’m very happy to use face scrubs without abrasive ingredients, like Garnier’s Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub.

This paraben-free scrub is aimed at people with sensitive, dull and tired skin. And it promises to purify and revitalise skin.

I’ve used this scrub for a few times now, and I think it’s really good. It’s not too harsh, so it doesn’t harm my skin. But it still gives my face a good scrub. I also think this scrub smells and feels refreshing. In case you’re wondering, it smells like sunny citrus fruits. 🙂

I will continue to use this scrub for sure. I will use it on a weekly basis. And I would definitely recommend this scrub, especially if you want to say goodbye to abrasive scrubs, or if you have dry or sensitive skin. Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub is available as 150ml for £3.99. I bought mine on a save 1/3 deal.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Halloween Nails Featuring NYC, Revlon, Sally Hansen, Essence & Bundle Monster / Nail Art Challenge #2 Orange Nails

upload-2Hi there! Today’s nail of the day post is another Halloween-themed mani. And it’s also my attempt at #2 Orange nails for the Nail Art Challenge. I think this mani is really spooky – do you agree?

I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 001 Evil (pinky and index fingers, two coats) and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 844 On The Mango (ring and middle fingers, thumbs, two coats).

I chose images from 5 different stamping plates: No-name plates M94 (Konad dupe) and A13 (bats), No-name plate JQ-L18 (tree), Bundle Monster BM-224 (spooky mansion) and Bundle Monster BM-222 (pumpkin).

The two polishes I used to stamp on the image were my white Essence Stampy Polish and Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto (black).

I do like this mani. I could have paid more attention when I did the middle and index fingers, but I think the pinky and the ring finger look great. Feel free to let me know what you think. And thanks for reading!

Just in case you missed my last Halloween nail idea – cat nails – you can find the post here. And don’t forget to check out my monster slime & bats and my blood spatter manis. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde