Empties 2016 Summary

Hi there! I was thinking about doing a post about all the products I finished in 2016, but then I decided against it. However, my buddy Stashy did an amazing post about everything she emptied last year. And I loved her post so much that (after a little thinking) I decided to do a post too. So here it is! I only started to do Empties posts in April, but I still finished a lot of products in those 9 months. Take a look (and keep scrolling down)!
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I counted all the empty containers – and I arrived at 124 emptied products in 9 months. That’s just under 14 empties per month. I think this isn’t bad!

The products I finished the most of are…
1. shower & bath gels (36),
2. body lotions & butters (17), and
3. conditioners (14).
The top 3 aren’t surprising to me at all. 🙂

If you’re wondering why there aren’t any shampoos in my empties… I wash my hair every day, but I use more conditioner than shampoo. So every time I empty a conditioner, the matching shampoo becomes ‘useless’ to me. And I just pass the leftover shampoo on to my husband who uses it up. But let’s move on…
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I also managed to finish 9 perfumes and body mists which is quite alright, I think. And there are 3 product categories with 7 empties each – face creams, nail polish (Yay!) and random tester-size products (single use products or samples are NOT included in this category because I don’t keep track of those). On top of that I finished 5 face washes & face scrubs and 4 face serums.
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I was surprised when I realised I managed to use up 3 lip balms, 3 nail polish removers and 3 body scrubs. It often takes me a while to finish products like those because I don’t use nail polish remover or body scrubs on a daily basis, and I tend to lose lip balms… so yes, I’m happy that I managed to finish these products. 🙂
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There are a few product categories with 2 empties each – hand creams, eye creams, eyeliner pencils and cleansers & toners. And, believe it or not, I emptied 1 foundation. Yes, only 1. A single Max Factor Pan Stik! However, I’ve been using six different Max Factor Pan Stiks (2 shades) for the past six (or so) months, and sooner or later they’ll all be finished. 🙂

What did I learn from this summary? Hoarding toiletries is OK because they get used up. However, hoarding make-up is not OK because nothing gets used up ever!

Any thoughts? Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Making Products Work For Me – L’Oreal Fibrology & Alberto Balsam

Hi there! It’s been a while since I used L’Oréal’s Fibrology hair products. Back then I had to say that these products weren’t right for my hair type. In summary, the Fibrology shampoo turned my hair into a tangled mess. And the Fibrology conditioner (I think it’s too thick) wasn’t good enough to detangle my hair – and it took a lot of time, effort and product to tame my mane.

Because of this I thought it was unlikely that I’d buy the Fibrology hair products again. However, not too long ago I went through my stash and I found another set of Fibrology products. Ah, the joys of beauty & toiletries hoarding!

But since I had a spare Alberto Balsam Mandarin & Papaya shampoo and a spare Sunkissed Raspberry conditioner (they were 50p each at Sainsbury’s, and these two were the only ones left – so I just bought them), I thought I’d see whether they’d work with the Fibrology products. I’ve been using the two L’Oréal and Alberto Balsam combos in a rota for a few weeks now. Read on if you’d like to know how it’s going!
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L’Oréal’s Fibrology Shampoo is definitely unique. It expands – almost like builder’s foam! Whilst I love this effect, this is the reason why my hair gets tangled up. And, as I said before, the Fibrology conditioner isn’t good enough to undo the damage.

So for the past few weeks I’ve been using the Fibrology shampoo with Alberto Balsam’s Sunkissed Raspberry Conditioner. And this combo really works! I had my doubts because the conditioner doesn’t look very conditioning, and it’s quite thin. However, it detangles my hair with ease. I’m really surprised that these two products work so well together – and I’m certainly not complaining. 🙂
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Even though L’Oréal’s Fibrology Conditioner didn’t really play well with the Fibrology shampoo, I didn’t think it was lost cause. So I’ve now teamed up the Fibrology conditioner with Alberto Balsam’s Mandarin & Papaya Shampoo.

This shampoo is wonderful. It’s clarifying, but it’s not harsh at all, and it smells lovely! In addition, it doesn’t turn my hair into a rat’s nest! This in turn also means that it’s much easier to detangle my hair with conditioner – and the Fibrology conditioner does a great job! So yes, these products are great together!

Whilst I usually don’t like to ‘mix’ shampoos and conditioners from different collections, let alone different brands, I must say that I’m very happy with these two L’Oréal + Alberto Balsam combos. I went from “Oh dear, I gotta use this stuff!” to “Yay, this is fantastic!” in a matter of days.

Do you like to mix things up in the hair care department? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

NYC Metro Quartet Eye Shadow 796B Queens Boulevard

Hi there! Today’s post is about a little eyeshadow palette which I bought a while ago. It’s NYC Metro Quartet Eye Shadow 796B Queens Boulevard. I picked it up from a local bargain store (can’t remember which one) for either 99p or £1. In other words – it was super cheap, and I couldn’t resist. 🙂
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As you can see, this eye palette is a small compact that comes with a tiny double-ended sponge applicator. And there are four eyeshadows in this palette. Shade 1 is a shimmery taupe. Shade 2 is a mix of blue and violet. Shade 3 is a shimmery champagne colour (highlighter). And shade 4 is a violet-tinted fuchsia.
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The eyeshadows blend nicely, but they’re not very well pigmented. However, I really like the shades, so I don’t mind putting a little more effort into my eye make-up. And since this eye palette was £1 only, I can’t really complain. 🙂

Oh, and here’s a photo of what the eye palette looked like before I opened it!
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Any comments? Feel free to get in touch! And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 9 – 15 Jan 2017

Hi there! And Happy Sunday! How was everyone’s week? I hope you guys are doing well! I had a busy week (what else is new…) and I’m glad I managed to finish my weekly recap post. 🙂

Monday 9 Jan – Nail Of The Day / Nail Art Challenge
Tuesday 10 Jan – Montagne Jeunesse Wild Strawberry Peel Off Mask
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On Monday I showed you a manicure I did recently. Click here if you want to read what I used and how I did it. On Tuesday I reviewed Montagne Jeunesse’s Wild Strawberry Peel Off Mask. Click here if you want to read the post.

Wednesday 11 Jan – Imperial Leather Indulgence Effortless & Beautiful
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Wednesday’s post was about two heavely shower gels I picked up at the bargain store. If you want to read Wednesday’s post, click here.

Thursday 12 Jan – B. Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz
Friday 13 Jan – Nail Of The Day / Nail Art Challenge
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On Thursday I reviewed Superdrug’s B. Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz. I love this product! If you want to read the full review, click here. Friday’s post was another nail post. And I went for blue nails again. Click here if you want to see which products I used for this mani.

But before I finish this post, I’d like to share two brilliant spam comments with you:
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How awesome are these spam comments?! 😀

OK, this is it for this week. I hope you enjoy the rest of this Sunday! And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Pueen, Rimmel, Revlon, W7, Orly & Filthy Gorgeous / Nail Art Challenge #21 Inspired By A Colour

Pueen 72Hi there! Today’s post is another Nail Of The Day post. And this mani is another one that counts towards the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge.

So today’s mani is my entry for challenge #21 Inspired By A Colour. Obviously, this colour is blue. 🙂

I painted my thumb, middle finger and pinky with Rimmel 60 Seconds 231 Blue Eyed Girl (2 coats).

And I painted my index and ring fingers with Rimmel Salon Pro 636 Hooray Henry (2 coats).

Then I applied one coat of W7 96 Mosaic to my accent nail (ring finger).

The images I stamped on are from Pueen’s 72 plate (which is part of Pueen’s Stamping Buffet collection).

And I used the following nail polishes to stamp on the images:
Orly Snowcone (pinky and thumb),
Revlon Brilliant Strength 110 Hypnotize (middle finger),
Filthy Gorgeous Midnight (index finger)

I think this mani turned out great. I like the colours that I picked, I love the glitter accent, and I think the images are almost perfect. Do you agree? Feel free to tell me what you think. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

You Need This In Your Life – 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz

superdrug-b-hyaluronic-acid-facial-spritzHi there! I’ve been using Superdrug’s B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz for over a month now. So I think it’s time to tell you a little bit about this product.

First of all, this product is certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo) and it’s suitable for vegans!

I didn’t know that hyaluronic acid could be obtained from plant sources – but it appears that the humble potato is an excellent source of hyaluronic acid. So keep eating your spuds, OK?

Now let’s get away from the trivia. Superdrug’s B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz promises 12 hours of skin hydration and healthy skin with regular use. Sounds good!

In addition, the product claims to be a perfect pick-me-up for tired skin. And apparently this facial spritz is non-comedogenic, so it doesn’t clog pores. Nice!

The directions for use state that you can use this product on freshly cleansed skin, you can spray it over make-up, or you can use it “whenever your skin needs a refreshing boost”. So in summary, you can use it whenever you want. 🙂

As I said, I’ve been using this product almost every day for a month now. And I love it. I have to admit that I rarely use it right after cleansing. But I love to spray it over my make-up. Here’s why…

… I have very dry skin and I have eczema. Of course I also have semi-permanent dry patches, and there is only one foundation (Max Factor’s Pan Stik) that doesn’t highlight those dry patches. Actually, the Pan Stik conceals those dry patches perfectly! However, because of the cold and dry air in our office (I think the air con is set to permafrost…) I usually need to do some serious touching up on my make-up by lunch time – otherwise the dry patches show their ugly… scales.

But since I’ve been using this hyaluronic acid product, I don’t have to ‘redo’ my make-up during the day anymore! Two sprays in the morning after I’ve done my make-up, two sprays at lunch time, and sometimes two more sprays before I leave the office (but this depends on whether I’m doing anything exciting after work, or whether I just head home) – and that’s basically it. The only other thing I still (feel I have to) do is to go over my face with a kabuki brush every couple of hours – just to rearrange my face (that’s what my husband calls it…).

In summary, this product is amazing! It’s the best thing since I discovered konjac sponges (again, thank you Stashy and Kathy). Buy it! And buy konjac sponges! Superdrug’s B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz is available as 75ml for £7.99. However, at the moment Superdrug is running a buy one get one free promotion on selected B. skin care, so you really have to get two of these face mists (one for at home, the other one for your handbag). 😉

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Imperial Leather Indulgence Rich Moisturising Body Wash – Effortless & Beautiful

Hi there! Not too long ago I picked up quite a few toiletries at my local B&M Bargains Store. They had lots of different Imperial Leather shower gels – for 89p only! Of course I stocked up… 😉

And (finally) I’ve now tried Imperial Leather Indulgence Rich Moisturising Body Wash Effortless and Imperial Leather Indulgence Rich Moisturising Body Wash Beautiful.
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Imperial Leather Indulgence Rich Moisturising Body Wash Effortless with citrus and gardenia is very nice. It’s a clean and modern fragrance – it’s the kind of fragrance I wish I had as an actual fragrance. Yes, it’s that good!

Imperial Leather Indulgence Rich Moisturising Body Wash Beautiful with jasmine, lychee and peony is… wonderful. It smells like a high end product. I can’t get enough of it!

I think these two Imperial Leather shower gels are extremely nice – Sanctuary Spa nice! If I hadn’t known these were Imperial Leather shower gels, I would have thought these two could be new additions to the Sanctuary Spa collection. Like I said, these two shower gels smell absolutely lovely. I also love the argan oil pearls – they really are moisturising! I think Imperial Leather did a fantastic job with these products. 11 stars!

Imperial Leather Indulgence Rich Moisturising Body Wash Effortless and Imperial Leather Indulgence Rich Moisturising Body Wash Beautiful are available as 250ml. The price depends on where you shop! 😉

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse Wild Strawberry Peel Off Face Mask

upload-1Hi there! Over the past few weeks I’ve reviewed quite a few Superdrug face masks. So I think it’s time for another Montagne Jeunesse face mask!

Now meet Montagne Jeunesse Wild Strawberry Peel Off with natural wild strawberry and rhubarb extracts.

This mask is a peel-off mask. You apply it, you let it dry for about 15 to 20 minutes, then you peel it off, and then you rinse off any residue.

How’s this mask? I think it’s alright. It’s just as good as any other peel-off mask.

However, I don’t love the fragrance. The rhubarb scent is quite strong, and the strawberry note is cloyingly sweet. I wouldn’t buy this face mask again – but that’s only because I don’t care for its fragrance.

If you’d like to try this mask, you can pick it up for £1 (give or take a few pence, depending on where you shop) at Poundstores, Boots, Asda, pharmacies, etc. This mask carries the Leaping Bunny logo – it’s certified cruelty-free!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – NYC In A Minute 296 Water Street Blue & Stamping With Pueen 76 / Nail Art Challenge #5 Blue Nails

upload-1Hi there! I’ve got another nail post for you today.

I’m also continuing with the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge, and today’s mani is for challenge #5 Blue Nails. Easy, eh? 😉

For this mani I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 296 Water Street Blue (2 coats).

I used Essence’s white stamping polish to stamp on the floral images. The stamping plate I used was Pueen’s 76 plate which is part of Pueen’s Buffet Leisure collection.

I like how this mani turned out. It’s not too flashy, but it’s not too boring. It’s a nice and safe stamping mani. How do you like my nails? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 2 – 8 Jan 2017

Hi there! The first week of 2017 is almost over. And I hope everyone had a good week so far. 🙂 Today’s post is my weekly recap. If you’ve missed anything that you might have enjoyed reading, you’re getting a second chance. 😉

Monday 2 Jan – December Empties
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Monday’s post was about the products I emptied in December. I managed to empty quite a few toiletries (well, I didn’t empty much in November), and I finished several skin care products and other stuff too. If you’re interested to see last month’s impressive list of empties, click here to read Monday’s post.

Tuesday 3 Jan – Nail Of The Day / Nail Art Challenge
Wednesday 4 Jan – NSPA Caramel Chocolate Shower & Bath Gel
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Tuesday’s post was a nail post. The mani isn’t spectacular (and certainly not ‘neat’), but it’s OK. Click here if you want to read the post. On Wednesday I told you how much I love NSPA’s Caramel Chocolate Shower & Bath Gel. You can read the full review here.

Thursday 5 Jan – Burberry Weekend
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On Thursday I reviewed my Burberry Weekend fragrance. If you want to read the post, click here.

Friday 6 Jan – Post-Christmas Haul!
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And Friday’s post was about my post-Christmas haul. I placed a few online orders but I also went shopping. I bought a lot! If you want to see what I bought, click here!

This is it for this week. I hope you enjoy the rest of this Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde