Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter, I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 lipglosses which I’ve recently tried for the first time – Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter and I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach. And here’s what I think of these 2 lipglosses…

Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter is a clear lipgloss with metallic silver micro shimmer. It looks like a full-on metallic gloss in the photo, but I can assure you that it’s not. It actually looks alright on my lips, but it has the most awful flavour – it’s like a ton of overly ripe strawberries mixed with another ton of sugar. I can’t get over the flavour. It’s too much. Because of this, I’ll bin this product. This was a gree gift with purchase.

Onto the I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach! This lip balm has a fruity peach flavour. It’s natural and not over the top sweet. This is nice! However, the colour is simply ugly. It’s a washed-out pale salmon pink. And it’s not just a tint – the coverage is comparable to the coverage of a lipstick. This lip tint makes me look like I’m in the final stages of a fatal disease. I cannot imagine that anyone could get away with wearing such an awful lip colour. I’ve binned this one too! Since it was £1 only, I won’t complain.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend you give these awful lip products a wide berth. However, if you’re interested, Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter is available at Superdrug (maybe elsewhere too, but I don’t know), and I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach is available via online retailers.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Westlab Pink Gin Epsom & Himalayan Bathing Salts With Juniperberry, Pomegranate & Lime

Hi there! Today’s post is about these Westlab Pink Gin Epsom & Himalayan Bathing Salts With Juniperberry, Pomegranate & Lime which I found for half price at my local Tesco. You’re supposed to use 2-3 handfuls of these bath salts for a cleansing and revitalising bath.

I tried these bath salts recently, and I love them! I don’t drink alcohol, so I have no idea what pink gin is supposed to taste or smell like, but these bath salts have a strong and crisp pink lime fragrance which smells like summer. Delicious! These bath salts are a bit drying – not worse than a normal shower gel though, so I mix them with a good handful of Westlab’s Himalayan bath salts which are amazing for the skin.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend these bath salts. Unfortunately, they’re a limited edition, but I’ll pick up another pack soon. If you’re interested, Westlab Pink Gin Epsom & Himalayan Bathing Salts With Juniperberry, Pomegranate & Lime are available as 1kg for £5.99. I paid £2.99.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Valjean Labs Restore Facial Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Valjean Labs Restore Facial Serum with Niacinamide and Zinc.

This serum promises to purify and to calm stressed and blemish-prone skin.

You’re supposed to use a few drops of serum – on its own or under moisturiser.

I use this serum twice a day – right after I’ve cleansed my face. I use it in combination with a face mist. I like to use serums and oils with face mist as the mist “stretches” the serum or oil (i.e. heavy oils become easier to use), and the oil or serum can “lock in” some extra hydration.

I’ve been using this product for about 4 few weeks now, and I think it’s alright. It’s not moisturising enough to be used on its own, but that’s OK for me since I use other products with it.

And I would agree that the serum has a calming effect. It’s exactly what I need at the moment since my skin has been rather awful lately (work is… incredibly stressful right now).

Valjean Labs Restore Facial Serum is available as 54ml. I paid £6 (TK Maxx). Considering the low price and the decent quality, I’d recommend this product.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Candy Corn, Ciaté Cabaret & Ciaté Party Shoes

Hi there! Today’s post is a Nail Of The Day post.

For this mani I painted my nails with Sally Hansen Sugar Coat 260 Candy Corn (2 coats, pinkies, ring fingers). This is a textured polish. I never really understood the appeal, but I do have a few textured polishes, and I think they work well in mixed manis.

I painted my thumbs, index and middle fingers with Ciaté Cabaret (2 coats). This is a nice purplish polish. I do like the colour.

The glitter top coat I used is Ciaté Party Shoes. It has a remarkably dull finish and it would have required an extra coat of clear polish on top. Yikes!

All in all, this would have been a decent mani if it hadn’t been for the awful top coat. I would have applied a coat of clear polish, but it literally too late – I had to go to bed! 🤷‍♀️

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette. How did I discover these? Well, I remembered that Mugler Alien (now under L’Oréal) smells super weak compared to Thierry Mugler Alien (back then under Clarins). So I googled to see if other Alien fans would agree, and I found dozens of reviews saying that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom smells like Alien! Since these Superdrug products were super cheap, I picked these up on my next visit to Superdrug, and I’ve given them a try!

And now I can say that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist smells just like Alien. Oh! My! Gawd! It’s “just” a body mist, and I started with 2 sprays on my wrist – so I would be able to take regular sniffs with a “clean” nose. After the initial 30 seconds – when it smells like Alien mixed with hair spray – this body mist turns into “proper” Alien. Just wow! It even has the same slightly dirty drydown. It’s incredible!

Now, please keep in mind, this is just a body mist, so it won’t last all day – but neither does L’Oréal’s Alien. And this body spray is only £3.99 for 100ml (even if there is no special offer, although I bought them for 2 for £6, I believe), so you can afford to spray away! My husband loves this body mist, and he agrees that it smells just like Alien. I’ve been through several bottles of Thierry Mugler’s Alien before the reformulation and through a number of Alien limited editions over the past 15 (or so) years, and you can trust me about this one. But even if you don’t, you can visit Superdrug’s product page where you will find dozens of reviews from women saying the same thing. I love to douse myself in this body mist – and so does my husband – I can’t blame him! Thank you, Superdrug! 11 stars!

Onto Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette! Based on the body mist, I had high hopes for the EdT, but the EdT isn’t a carbon copy of Alien. It doesn’t even smell similar to Alien. I do like this fragrance, because it has a sharp jasmine note. But I do recognise it for what it is – a cheap fragrance which would be good for a teenager who’s done with Impulse sprays and wants to “move up” to drustore fragrances. I think this EdT is also nice enough for the office, or if you want a fragrance and either can’t or don’t want to spend a lot of money – the 30ml is £5, and the 100ml (which I have) is £6.99. I actually bought the 100ml for £4.66 on a special offer – so cheap!

Based on my experience I’d recommend the body mist to Alien lovers. If you want to give both products a try, at the moment, Superdrug actually does run a promotion on these (but I have no idea when the promotion ends and what’s next) – the 100ml body mist is £2.65 (go, grab a bottle…), the 30ml EdT is £3.32, and the 100ml EdT is £4.65. Also – these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free – they carry the Leaping Bunny logo! And one more thing… matching body products are also available. I haven’t tried any of them as of now, so I can’t (yet) comment on how good or similar to Alien they are.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 8 – 14 March 2021

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is about all the posts I’ve written this past week. And here they are…

Monday 8 Mar – Cellio It’s True Honey Moisture Cream

Monday’s post was about the face cream I’m using at the moment. Click here to read my review.

Tuesday 9 Mar – Nail Of The Day
Wednesday 10 Mar – Sanctuary Spa Mestizo Acai Rain Shower

Tuesday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Wednesday I reviewed a shower gel. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 11 Mar – HAUL! New Stuff!

On Thursday I showed you what I bought recently. Click here to read the post.

Friday 12 Mar – The Battle Of The Pink Hand Creams

And Friday’s post was a product comparison. Click here to take a look.

And this is already it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! x

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Battle Of The Pink Hand Creams – Scrub In A Tub Good Old Hand Cream VS Soap & Glory Hand Food

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 hand creams which I’ve been using on and off since last autumn – Scrub In A Tub Good Old Hand Cream and Soap & Glory Hand Food. This is a product comparison, so let’s see which one’s better…

Scrub In A Tub Good Old Hand Cream is one of the countless vintage-themed beauty products which seem to crop up every now and then. This one looks a bit like Soap & Glory meets Desperate Housewives. But what counts is what’s inside! I think this is a decent hand cream. It’s very rich, but this also means that it takes a bit to sink into the skin. I don’t care for the fragrance – it’s a strong, old-fashioned and random floral scent. I’m using this hand cream as a foot cream, and it works brilliantly.

Soap & Glory Hand Food is a decent hand cream too. It has the generic “pink” Soap & Glory scent. The non-greasy formula is nice, but whenever I use a lot of hand cream or whenever I use the hand cream rather frequently, it causes some product build-up which feels weird and makes me want to wash my hands immediately. It works perfectly on my feet though, so this is another hand cream that I’m using as a foot cream.

Scrub In A Tub Good Old Hand Cream is the winner of The Battle Of The Pink Hand Creams. It’s available as 100ml for £1 (Poundland). Soap & Glory Hand Food is available as 50ml for £3 and as 125ml for £4. The small 50ml tube that I’ve got was part of a half price gift set.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Haul! New Products From Nuxe, Rochas, Anna Sui, Agent Provocateur, Caudalie And More!

Hi there! Today’s post is about a bunch of products I bought over the past few weeks. Let’s take a look at the goodies!

Nuxe gift set – half price at M&S, £14.

Another Nuxe set from M&S – 4 different oils for £11.

Rochas Mademoiselle Rochas Couture, 30ml, £14.72.
Agent Provocateur Aphrodisiaque, 40ml, £12.98.

Agent Provocateur Fatale, 100ml, £18.16.
Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink, 100ml, 19.07.

Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense, 50ml, £13.02.
Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret, 80ml, £10.38.

Caudalie Thé Des Vignes, 30ml, £13.20
Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation, 80ml, £12.15.

Christina Aguilera By Night, 50ml, £13.95.
Anna Sui L’Amour Rose Versailles, 50ml, £13.61.

I bought all of these based on reviews ; the AP Fatale is a repurchase, but I only discovered it a few months ago, and it was also a blind-buy based on reviews.

Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? What have you bought recently? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. Thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Sanctuary Spa Mestizo Acai Rain Shower

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sanctuary Spa Mestizo Acai Rain Shower gel which I’ve been using on and off for a few weeks now.

This is a limited edition Sanctuary Spa shower gel with an interesting subtitle – “bursting Brazilian vitality”.

This shower gel contains a number of fabulous extracts and oils – apple, acai berry, argan oil, citrus essential oils, mangosteen, pomegranate and passionfruit.

It’s also packed with small oil pearls which burst on the skin and give a little extra hydration. Lovely!

And what’s this shower gel like? It’s paradise in a bottle! It smells absolutely amazing – like a tropical rainforest, exotic flowers and fruits, and despite this, it smells like nothing I’ve ever smelled before – and there’s no cheap coconut or pineapple.

I think this shower gel is simply amazing, and I find it unbelievable that this sensational fragrance was wasted on a limited edition while, at the same time, Sanctuary Spa keeps making these forgettable lemon and orange blossom products.

I also used to have the matching body butter – and I forgot how amazing it was. I hope this fragrance will eventually be recycled for a future limited edition. If so, I’ll make sure to stock up on shower gels and body butters. Fingers crossed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Lycra Pro 327 Heart On Fire, Rimmel 60 Seconds 503 Mind The Gap Victoria, Manhattan Super Nails 02 Glitter Champion & Stamping With MoYou London Zodiac Collection 02

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

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel 60 Seconds 503 Mind The Gap Victoria (2 coats, thumbs, index and middle fingers). I love this polish! It’s perfect! For the images I used my MoYou London Zodiac Collection 02 stamping plate. The black polish I stamped with is Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

I painted my pinkies and ring fingers with Rimmel Lycra Pro 327 Heart On Fire (2 coats). I’m not the biggest fan of red nails, but I think this is a beautiful red. I used my Manhattan Super Nails 02 Glitter Champion top coat to make the red nails a little sparkly.

I liked this mani a lot. The stamping plate gave me better options that I initially expected. I’ll give the other stamping plates from this collection a second chance too!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde