April Beauty Awards

Hi there! It’s the last day of the month, so it’s time for my monthly favourites post! As always, I’ve chosen my 3 favourites from all the products I’ve reviewed this month. And I’ve thrown in a few honourable mentions as well. Let’s start with the TOP 3!

3rd place – Superdrug Simply Pure Leave On Water Mask

It took me a few days to fall in love with this product. After the first try I wanted to return it. But I’m glad I didn’t. Yes, this mask is unusual, but it’s amazing, and that’s all that counts.

Runner-Up – Palmolive So Tempting & Be Sensual Shower Gels

I could kick myself for not trying these shower gels sooner. If you’re looking for shower gels to go with your Prada Infusion d’Iris or Flower by Kenzo frargrances, look no further!

WINNER – Hunny Bee Lavender Face Mask Infused With Charcoal

Hunny Bee’s Charcoal & Lavender sheet masks are really something. They made my skin look and feel cleansed and refreshed, and they made my pores appear considerably smaller. Awesome stuff!

Onto the honourable mentions! Garnier’s Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub is very good. Boots’ Extracts Luscious Vanilla products are all-time favourites, and Superdrug’s Cucumber Peel-Off Mask is very nice!

Have you tried any of these products? Which products did you love the most this month? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 23 – 29 Apr 2018

Hi there! Hi there! And welcome to my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to on my blog this week. 🙂

Monday 23 Apr – Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo & Conditioner

On Monday I reviewed Dr. Organic’s Aloe Vera hair products. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 24 Apr – Hunny Bee Lavender Face Mask Infused With Charcoal

Tuesday’s post was about an awesome face mask. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 25 Apr – Nail Of The Day
Thursday 26 Apr – The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette

Wednesday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Thursday I reviewed The Body Shop’s Early-Harvest Raspberry EdT. Click here to read the post.

Friday 27 Apr – Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit Body Butter

On Friday I reviewed a Grace Cole body butter. Click here to read the post.

This is it for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit Body Butter

Hi there! Today’s post is about Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit Body Butter. This body butter promises to nourish and moisturise skin and to make skin feel smooth and supple. I’ve been using it for about a week now, and here’s what I think. 🙂

I agree that this body butter is nourishing. Once applied, it feels a bit sticky. But after a few minutes it’s perfectly fine. The fragrance is quite pleasant as well, but it’s pretty much watermelon only. I don’t smell any grapefruit at all. Anyhoo… I’m glad I bought this product! I didn’t love the matching shower gel, but the body butter is actually quite nice, and I would recommend it to anyone with dry skin!

Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit Body Butter is available as 235g. I paid 99p for the tub (Home Bargains). I’ve also reviewed the matching shower gel, and you can read the review here.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Eau de Toilette. I picked up the 30ml fragrance for £5 earlier this year (winter sale).

When I sniffed the fragrance for the first time, I thought it was the perfect raspberry fragrance. Because of this I bought another bottle! 😄

When the second bottle arrived, I started to wear the fragrance right away. But something had changed!

The fragrance, which I was sure smelled sweet, fruity and juicy, wasn’t really that great. I tried the fragrance (both of them) several times over a few weeks, but every time it smelled rather tangy and very synthetic.

Now, just over 4 months later, one of the bottles is almost empty (I might finish it this weekend). The other bottle is about 70% full, and I’ll pass that one on to my teenage relative.

Verdict: This fragrance is best (= wearable) when it’s combined with something else. TBS Early Harvest Raspberry plus Pacifica’s Island Vanilla makes for a decent fragrance. However, it’s nothing special, and I understand why The Body Shop discontinued this fragrance! I’ve also learnt a lesson – don’t buy back-up bottles of fragrances you haven’t tested properly!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Revlon Colorstay 170 Coastal Surf, Revlon Colorstay 290 Midnight, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 235 Supernova & Stamping With Pueen 81

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did recently.

For this mani I painted my nails with Revlon Colorstay 170 Coastal Surf (middle and ring fingers, 2 coats) and Revlon Colorstay 290 Midnight (pinkies, index fingers, thumbs, 2 coats).

The glitter polish I used is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 235 Supernova.

I also used Pueen‘s 81 stamping plate (which is part of Pueen‘s Buffet Leisure collection). The dark blue polish I stamped with is Filthy Gorgeous Midnight.

I think this mani was quite alright. For some reason I couldn’t make the glitter pop in the photos, but in real life it looked cute and sparkly!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Hunny Bee Lavender Face Mask Infused With Charcoal

Hi there! Today’s post is a review of Hunny Bee’s Lavender Infused With Charcoal Face Mask. This sheet mask promises to be a deep cleansing treatment that purifies the skin and helps get rid of blackheads. It also claims to refine pores.

How does it work? The instructions state that the mask should be left on for 10 to 15 minutes after which you’re supposed to massage the excess serum into your skin. I left the mask on for almost an hour (=until it was dry), and I was really happy with the results!

When I removed the mask I could see that my skin looked clear and refreshed, and that my pores were visibly smaller. This amazing effect lasted for 3 days! I also thought that the serum felt deeply hydrating without being greasy (which was amazing too) ! To sum it up, this skin treatment worked, and I really enjoyed it!

I would recomment this sheet mask to anyone who wants clearer skin. Hunny Bee’s Lavender Infused With Charcoal Face Mask is available as a pack of 5 for £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about Dr. Organic Bioactive Haircare Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo & Conditioner. These 2 products claim to be be vegan & cruelty-free. The shampoo and conditioner are aimed at all hair types, and they promise to nourish hair.

How’s the shampoo? I’m pleasantly surprised. The shampoo is SLS-free, but it lathers up perfectly, and it feels clarifying. Nice! It smells more like lemons than aloe vera, but that’s not too much of an issue for me.

And the conditioner? This one’s difficult. I think this is actually a reasonable conditioner – even for long hair. But it’s also by far the worst smelling conditioner I’ve ever had. It smells like an old hair brush! The smell doesn’t linger, but who wants to condition their hair with something that smells like greasy + dirty hair? 🤢 Having said that, I appreciate that (because of the natural ingredients) fragrances can differ from batch to batch…

Based on my experience I would recommend the shampoo. If you’d like to try the conditioner, I recommend you give it a sniff before you buy it.

Dr. Organic Bioactive Haircare Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 75ml and 265ml each. I paid £1 each for the 75ml travel size bottles (special offer). The full size products are just over £6 each.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde