2022 Favourites (Skin Care, Hair Care, Eyes, Lips, Fragrances)

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite products in 2022. Only the best of the best! Let’s take a look!

Scinic Sparkling Pore Toner

This is one of the best toners I’ve ever used. 😍

Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense Eau De Parfum

Fatale Intense is like a lighter version of Thierry Mugler’s Angel. 😇

Jil Sander Simply Elixir Eau De Parfum & Rich Body Cream

Simply Elixir was a very successful blind buy. It’s like a lady’s version of Dior Fahrenheit! 🌡

Oriflame Mirage Eau De Parfum

Mirage is one of the most beautiful and unique fragrance I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling. It’s the Moira Rose of fragrances. 😍

Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2011, Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2012

I love YSL’s limited editions of Elle! 🗼

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Moisturising Facial Oil

Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Facial Oil is a skin care super hero! 💗

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner

These Pantene hair care products are some of my all-time favourite shampoo and conditioner combos. 😍

Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette

Her Secret Temptation is another amazing Antonio Banderas fragrance. Wow! 💗

Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Whipped Body Cream

This whipped body cream is one of the best body moisturisers I’ve used over the past year (or more). Insanely beautiful fragrance, perfect formula. 😍

Marks & Spencer Lip Balm
Prada Infusion De Fleur D’Oranger Eau De Parfum

This M&S lip balm is one of the best lip products I’ve ever used. Incredible stuff. 😍
Prada’s orange flower fragrance is my favourite Prada fragrance. I hope they’ll relaunch it so I can repurchase this gem! 💗

Revlon Custom Eyes 020 Naturally Glamorous

I love this eye palette so much! The quality of the eyeshadows is insane! 😍

Lancôme Hypnôse

Hypnôse is a cult classic and an incredibly beautiful fragrance. I love it! 💗

Ekél Natural Clean Peeling Gel Rice Bran

This is Ekél’s best peeling gel. Awesome stuff! 💗

MakeUp Revolution Redemption Palette Romantic Smoked

Wow, what an eye palette! This one was a wonderful surprise! 😍

Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette

M&S did an amazing job with this budget Light Blue-style fragrance. No, it’s not a dupe for Light Blue, but it’s the same type of fresh and summery citrus fragrance. 😍

Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche
Nip + Fab Renew Retinol Fix Tonic Extreme

Armani Code Summer was a wonderful summer surprise. 🌞
Nip + Fab’s retinol toner is simply magical. 😍

Aussie Mega Shampoo & Conditioner

Aussie Mega is truly mega! An all-time favourite hair care combo. 💗

Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette
Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette

Yves Rocher’s Cerisier En Fleurs fragrance was another lovely summer surprise. 🌞
Dalissime is one of my all-time favourite fragrances. I’ve been buying it since the 90s! 😍

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream

This Olay moisturiser is simply stellar! I love it! 💗

Botanical Lab Neem Leaf + Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Gentle Face Wash
Neutrogena Clear & Soothe Toning Mist With Turmeric

This Botanical Lab face wash is one of the best face washes I’ve ever used. 😍
Neutrogena’s face mist with turmeric is a new skin care favourite. 💗

Ramer Sponges Cleansing Shammy For Sensitive Skin

This Shammy by Ramer Sponges is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. It’s that good that I bought 6 more already. These should last me for a long time – but I would always stock up on these. 💗

Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette

This fragrance is one of my favourites. It’similar to Light Blue (no, they’re not the same), and it’s refreshing and has this happy aura… I love it! 😍

Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner

Superdrug did a fabulous job with these brilliant vegan collagen hair care products. 😍

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante / Delectable Fragrant Water
Poundland #6 Vit C Toner

Rêve de Miel is one of my new favourite fragrances. I wish I had tried it sooner! 💗
Poundland’s Vit C Toner is an amazing skin care product. I love using it. 😍

Superdrug Extracts Banana 3 In 1 Hair Mask

Another amazing surprise find – I’m still enjoying this banana hair mask from Superdrug. 💗

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream With SPF 15

Olay products have served me so well over the years, and this lovely face cream is no exception. I love it! 💗

I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter
Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum

OMG, this Chocolate Truffle Body Butter is out of this world. LOVE! 😍
And what can I say about Kenzo Amour? It’s one of the most beautiful fragrances ever. 11 stars don’t do it justice. 💗

And this is it for the year! I hope you love some of these awesome products too – and if you don’t know them, I hope you’ll give them a try. Thanks for stopping by again today. Have a happy and healthy 2023! 🥳🥳🥳

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Revisiting Old Favourites – I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter

Hi there! Today’s post is about this I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter. This is an old favourite, so when these body butters hit the shelves of the local discount stores, I stocked up. I mean, we all know that a lot of the products that can be found at Home Bargains, B&M Bargains, etc are end of line items which have already been discontinued. So when your favourite product makes an appearance there, and it’s 80% off… well, this is your last chance!

I’ve rediscovered this body butter in my stash. And I started to use it immediately. And OMG – I love it! This body butter smells like chocolate ice cream. Proper chocolate ice cream. Whenever I use it, it fills the room with the most amazing chocolate ice cream fragrance. Even my husband loves the fragrance so much that he’s using this body butter as a hand cream.

I also love how nourishing this body butter is. It’s taken care of all the dry patches that the other moisturiser I’m using at the moment just isn’t nourishing enough for. And despite the rich formula, this body butter is quick and easy to massage into the skin, and it’s absorbed in my time.

What’s not to love? I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter is (or was) available as 200ml. Fortunately, I have a few more of these. However, I would hope that I Love… will bring this gem back. None of their current products tickle my fancy, so I hope that the brand can revive the Chocolate Truffle and the Raspberry & Blackberry collections. Fingers crossed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pure Awesomeness – Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum

Kenzo AmourHi there! Today’s post is about this Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum which I’ve had in my stash for ages but forgot about.

I’ve actually gone through several bottles of this fragrance in the past (before I started this blog), so this fragrance isn’t new to me. However, even though I used to love it, I kind of forgot it existed. I’m not proud of it!

Alrighty, let’s look at the notes! Kenzo Amour contains rice and white tea (top notes), frangipani, cherry blossom and heliotrope (heart notes), and vanilla, incense, musk and thanaka wood (base notes).

Kenzo Amour is the most delicious vanilla, powder and rice pudding fragrance imaginable. It couldn’t be any more beautiful. Kenzo Amour is bottled innocence, hugged by love, light, more love and warmth. It’s so special!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance to absolutely everyone. Go and give it a sniff! Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum is available as 30, 50 and 100ml.

Kenzo used to do different colours for the different bottle sizes. I know because I have them all (plus lots of limited editions but that’s for another day). However, I think they only do red bottles now. The one in the photo is a 100ml – the bottles used to be orange, but now they’re red. Ah well, as long as they don’t change the fragrance, I don’t mind the colour of the bottle it comes in.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream With SPF 15

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream with SPF 15. This face cream promises to hydrate the skin, to reduce wrinkles in 14 days and to make the skin appear firmer in 28 days.

I’ve been using this product on and off only for about 2 months. On and off because I only use it when I leave the house – which is 3 times per week tops. I can’t really say whether this product has any dramatic effect on my skin, but I love its subtle and fresh scent, I love the non-greasy formula, I love that it delivers the perfect level of hydration, and I love that it plays well with my foundation. I love everything about this face cream! I enjoy using it, and I know I will buy it again!

I bought this face cream for about £5 at either B&M Bargains or Home Bargains. The box looks beaten up – but who cares?! Olay has refreshed the packaging of this product – but the formula appears to be the same. Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream With SPF 15 is available as 50ml for £14, although Boots has it for half price with Boots Advantage Card right now.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Poundland #6 Vit C Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Poundland #6 Vit C Toner. Poundland is not the first shop that comes to mind when you think of skin care. But their #6 range is actually quite good. I tried a bunch of their products, and I don’t remember a single stinker.

When I saw this vitamin C toner, I had to have it. I love vitamin C in skin care, and this toner is a ridiculous £3, so why would I leave it on the shelf?

Looking at the ingredients, glycolic acid is the 2nd ingredient, and vitamin C is the 3rd – this is really amazing! This toner also contains aloe vera leaf juice and a bit of retinol. Wow!

I’ve been using this toner for about 2 months now, and I’ve loved it from day 1. It’s quite a powerful toner. It exfoliates and brightens the skin. I use it every morning, and I can feel its exfoliating power. This toner has made a visible difference to my skin, and I love it very much!

With respect to its strength, I think this toner is comparable to Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant toner. However, you should still patch test this toner before you use it. Glycolic acid is powerful stuff, so make sure your skin tolerates it.

If you’re interested, Poundland #6 Vit C Toner is availabe as 200ml for £3. On the back of the bottle is also says that the product is vegan and cruelty-free!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Pure Awesomeness – Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante / Delectable Fragrant Water

Hi there! Happy Friday! Today’s post is about this Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante – or Delectable Fragrant Water.

I went to M&S the other day to try out a bunch of fragrances – and I came across this beauty. I sprayed it on me, let my husband have a sniff who then also sprayed it on himself – and a few minutes later we decided to buy this simply wonderful fragrance!

What does it smell like? According to Nuxe, it contains citrus notes, flowers, honey, sandalwood, tonka bean, orange blossom and musk. I think it smells like a sunkissed floral honey – like actual honey! The fragrance is sweet and gentle… it’s so lovely! Even though it’s just a “fragrant water” formula, it lasts for a long time on my skin, my scarves and my tops. Very nice!

My husband also enjoys this fragrance every once in a while – when he is in the mood for a sweet and cuddly fragrance.

Based on my own experience, I’d recommend this product. Interested? Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante / Delectable Fragrant Water is available as 100ml for £29.50 (M&S).

As always, make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients before use!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette. I’ve previously given this fragrance a quick review. So I could have written today’s post under the “Revisiting Old Favourites” tag. But the heading just didn’t look right. And this fragrance deserves its own stand-alone review.

Anyhoo, back to this fragrance! The notes for Water Jasmine are citrus (top note), jasmine and rose florals (heart note), and soft musk, cedar and amber (base note). Sounds fresh and summery! 😍

What’s this fragrance like? It’s a burst of citrus freshness. It’s like Light Blue – but Light Green. I am in love with the fresh and unisex citrus aroma and the transparent shades of jasmine. This fragrance is a delight, not just on hot days. I’m glad I bought 2 big 100ml bottles which I know I’ll enjoy!

I cannot recommend this beautiful fragrance enough. If you’re interested, Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml for £5 and 100ml for £9.50. Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free (it carries THE Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pure Awesomeness – Ramer Sponges Cleansing Shammy For Sensitive Skin

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Ramer Sponges Cleansing Shammy For Sensitive Skin. According to Ramer Sponges (I’m almost quoting them) the shammy’s tiny sponge pores make it ultra soft to the touch and ensure that cleansing and toning are quick and easy.

The shammy also promises to leave the skin feeling squeaky clean. This sounds great! And how do you use it? That’s easy! Use it like you’d use any face cloth. Give it a thorough rinse after cleansing, and leave it to dry naturally.

I picked up this little shammy at an independent pharmacy, and I used it for the very first time this past Monday. And I am absolutely blown away! From now on, I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else to remove my make-up. Here’s what I do: Instead of removing my make-up with cleansing milk and a cotton pad, I just massage the cleansing milk into my skin. Then I use the moist shammy to remove all the beige. It works perfectly, and I no longer end up with cleansing milk residue or cotton pad fluff in my hair.

The shammy leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean. It feels so gentle. But it’s the most effective make-up removing tool or accessory I’ve ever used. Also, the shammy is machine-washable at 40 degrees. 😍 So it will last for a long time! I love it so much that I already ordered a few more directly from the manufacturer. If you’re interested, the incredible Ramer Sponges Cleansing Shammy For Sensitive Skin is available in pharmacies, at B&M Bargains and directly from Ramer Sponges.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Botanical Lab Neem Leaf + Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Gentle Face Wash

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Botanical Lab Neem Leaf + Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Gentle Face Wash.

This face wash promises to cleanse the skin effectively and to remove impurities and make-up. It’s aimed at people with oily or blemish-prone skin as it’s meant to help reduce breakouts. The formula also contains allantoin and aloe vera which are said to help soothe and hydrate the skin.

I’ve only started to use this face wash about 3 weeks ago, but within 2 days I already knew that it’s so much better than any other in-the-shower facial cleanser I’ve used for a long time. It’s absolutely amazing at removing make-up residue! Alright, let me tell you about my evening routine.

In the evening, I usually use a cleansing cream type of product to dissolve and remove most of my make-up. Immediately after that, I take a shower, and I use a regular face wash to cleanse my face, to remove what’s left of my make-up, and to get rid of the cleansing cream residue.

The final step of my cleansing routine is going over my face with a cotton wool pad drenched in toner – which usually catches quite a bit of beige and grey.

Since I’ve been using this face wash, the toner-drenched cotton wool pad remains almost perfectly clean. I tried 4 different toners, and the results is the same with every single one of them. Using this face wash twice a day has made a huge difference to how clean and clear my face looks and feels. It’s incredible considering this is such a gentle product.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this face wash to everyone, even people with dry or moody skin types (my skin is very dry and unpredictably moody). But as always, just make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients and do a patch test before use.

If you’re interested, Botanical Lab Neem Leaf + Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Gentle Face Wash is available as 150ml for £4. I paid £2 (special offer with Tesco Clubcard). Oh, and according to the manufacturer, this product is vegan! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream. This cream promises to firm the skin for a lifted look, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, to hydrate the skin, to improve skin elasticity, to regenerate the skin’s surface cells, and to deliver anti-aging ingredients 10 layers deep into skin’s surface. Simply use it the same way you’d use any other face cream.

I’ve been using this face cream as a night cream for almost 2 months now, and I love it! The first thing I noticed about this face cream is that, immediately after application, it makes my skin tone look more even. I don’t know how this is possible, but I’m not questioning the magic! I’ve used this face cream both on its own and after a serum, and it delivers the exact same result.

I’m very happy with the hydration I’m getting from this face cream. It’s perfect. I also think that my skin texture looks nicer and more even. This face cream is simply amazing, and I love it!

If you’re interested, Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream has been renamed (and possibly reformulated) and is now available as 50ml for about £30. I paid £12 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛