Revisiting Holy Grail Products – Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 holy grail hair products – Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Shampoo & Conditioner. These products are aimed at all hair types, and they promise shiny hair that’s soft and silky.

The shampoo is my all-time number 1 – it is very clarifying (even my husband loves to use this shampoo after a sweaty 90-minute workout), but at the same time it’s not drying at all. It actually feels hydrating – but it’s hydration only, no grease! This is THE perfect shampoo. 11 stars!

The conditioner is also my all-time number 1 – it detangles my hair like it’s nothing. I’ve got long and curly hair that I NEVER brush or comb. I only go through my hair with my fingers once a day – and that’s when I wash and condition my hair = every morning in the shower. This conditioner makes my hair feel soft, silky and bouncy. It’s not weighing my hair down. This conditioner is perfect in every way!

What else? These hair products smell incredible. I can’t describe the scent. It’s sweet, floral, fresh, transparent… it smells like paradise!

Unfortunately, Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Shampoo & Conditioner have been discontinued. But they can still be found online or in bargain stores that specialise in end-of-line products. I saw Herbal Essences products (400ml bottles for £2 each) at Poundstretcher not long ago – but I didn’t buy any. I have plenty of back-up (dozens of bottles) which will last me for years. And I also had to promise my husband not to buy any more of these… But if you see these products (pink or yellow – doesn’t matter), go and grab a few bottles!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I discovered by accident – Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette. Celebrity fragrances can be hit or miss – I loved Priscilla Presley’s Moments and Indian Summer, and J Lo has a few lovely fragrances. But I don’t care for most celebrity fragrances. Still, when I found Her Golden Secret for just over £10 for 80ml, I looked up reviews, and then decided to blind-buy it.

Her Golden Secret has the following notes – bergamot, mandarin, apple and peach (top notes), gardenia, orange blossom, and black currant (heart notes), and patchouli, cedar, tonka, vanilla and musk (base notes).

I’ve worn Her Golden Secret for the past 3 weeks, and I am absolutely blown away. This fragrance is a little gem. It starts out fresh with plenty of juicy peach and bright citrus notes, and as time passes, the gardenia note takes centre stage – followed by sweet vanilla and tonka. The colours of the bottle – white and gold – represent the fragrance perfectly. If I had to describe Her Golden Secret with just a few keywords, I’d describe it as a bright, honeyed white floral fragrance.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance. It smells a lot more expensive than the price suggests, and I think it’s great for all occasions or places – office, meeting friends, dinner with your loved one, theatre, etc… Honestly, it’s so cheap, but so good! Go, grab a bottle! Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette is available as 80ml. I paid £10.38.

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

Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless Flexi-Hold 3 In 1 Foundation 30 Porcelain

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless Flexi-Hold 3 In 1 Foundation 30 Porcelain which I’ve been using on and off for a few months now. This product is a 3 in 1 = primer, concealer and foundation. It promises a flawless, shine-proof and matte finish that lasts all day and buildable medium to full coverage. This foundation is non-comedogenic, and it has SPF 20!

I have very dry skin, and based on the description, this isn’t the most suitable foundation for me. I’m glad I didn’t know much about the foundation before I bought it, otherwise I would have given it a pass. But I’m happy that I discovered it and made it work for me! And here’s why I love this foundation:

It’s a perfect match for my face. With most foundations I’ve tried, the lightest shade is often 1-3 nuances too dark for me, so I was over the moon to find the perfect shade. The foundation is liquid – which isn’t my favourite formula, but it can be applied easily with clean hands. I tried a make-up sponge and a foundation brush, but these methods aren’t the best. In terms of coverage, one and a half pump is the perfect amount of foundation that I need for flawless, full coverage. The foundation is best applied quickly.

I’ve noticed that this foundation doesn’t play well with every serum or face cream. Some products make the foundation ball up, others make it impossible to even apply the foundation. What works for me is face mist + oil serum + rich moisturiser. When I apply the foundation on top of the perfect base, it gives me a flawless finish that really lasts all day. One thing though: If you’re like me and you have very dry skin, you need to get on top of your dry patches first as this foundation is not very forgiving.

All in all, I love this foundation! I found the right products to make it work for me, and I love how it makes my face look and feel. Once I run out of Pan Stiks, this will be my new go-to foundation (unless Max Factor ruins this formula too).

Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless Flexi-Hold 3 In 1 Foundation 30 Porcelain is available as 30ml for about £13.99 (although Boots and Superdrug often do 3 for 2). I bought 2 bottles for £4.99 each at B&M Bargains!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Best Of Beauty 2020 – Hair, Lips, Body

Hi there! After yesterday’s post about my favourite face products from 2020, today’s post is about my favourite non-face products from 2020 – so that’s hair and body products, but also lip products which I didn’t want to lump together with the creams and serums. Let’s start with hair, then onto lips, then shower products, fragrances and, finally, body lotions and creams.

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Bourbon & Manuka Honey Deep Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Herbal Essences did an amazing job with their bourbon and manuka honey products.

L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo & Conditioner

Triple Resist is one my favourite hair care combos from L’Oréal.

NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine

NYC’s banana-flavoured lipgloss was one of the big surprises of 2020. I love this lipgloss!

Astor Rouge Couture Lipsticks

Astor’s Rouge Couture lipsticks were simply wonderful.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick 250 Stare At Me

Rimmel did a fabulous job with this lipstick. I love it!

L’Oréal Color Riche 231 Sepia / Silk

L’Oréal’s silk lipstick was a lovely surprise.

Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude

Manhattan’s soft nude lipgloss is an all-time favourite. I’ve gone through 2 or 3 of these already.

Sanctuary Spa Mandelular Sensuous Body Scrub

Whilst the photo is one of the worst photos I took last year, the actual product is one of the stars of 2020.

Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk, Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond

Palmolive’s black orchid and So Sweet shower gels are long-term body care favourites.

Palmolive Aroma Moments So Relaxed Aromatic Bath Foam
Yves Rocher Monoï Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist


Palmolive’s So Relaxed bath is truly outstanding.
Yves Rocher’s Monoï body mist smells like the most wonderful summer holiday.

Yves Rocher Collection Été

Another amazing Yves Rocher fragrance!

M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette

I didn’t expect an M&S fragrance to be in my best of 2020 post – but this beautiful fragrance is a firm favourite, and I already repurchased it.

Lucy B. Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk Eau De Parfum
I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer

Lucy B.’s fragrances are amazing – this one is no exception.
I Love…’s raspberry and blackberry body mist smells like sugar-free fruit jelly. Delicious!

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream

Nivea Soft Cream is now a firm beauty favourite!

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Oil Gel
Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Non-Greasy Lotion
Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Soothing Hydrating Lotion With Delicate Oat

Vaseline’s cocoa oil gel is amazing for dry skin.
Vaseline’s essential healing lotion is awesome too.
And Garnier’s oat body lotion is simply lovely.

These are my favourite non-face products from 2020. Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? Feel free to let me know via the comments. And thanks for stopping by! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Best Of Beauty 2020 – Face

Hi there! 2021 has just begun, but I thought I’d share my favourite products from 2020. Since I loved so many products, there’ll be a second post tomorrow. Anyhoo, today’s post is all about my 2020 favourites for the face (in no particular order).

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Cleanup AHA Fruit Toner

This toner is just WOW! It’s one of my all-time favourite skin care products!

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Aqua Rising Argan Gelato Steam Cream

Another amazing Elizavecca product! I loved this moisturiser!

Boots No. 7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil
Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Refreshing Toning Mist

Boots’ facial oil is the best facial oil I’ve used so far. 11 stars!
Superdrug’s face mist has served me very well, and I’ll buy it again soon!

Cellio It’s True Moisture Skin Peal Natural Skin Care System

Cellio’s toner is one of my current beauty favourites.

Cellio It’s True Acai Berry Moisture Cream

Cellio’s Acai Berry moisturiser is another current beauty favourite.

Scinic Vita Ade Eye Cream

Scinic’s eye cream was incredible. I’m heartbroken that it’s been discontinued.

Zatik Rosehip & Black Seed Organic Oil Serum

Zatik’s insanely rich oil serum has kept my dry skin in great shape this winter.

Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skin Care Refreshing Cleansing Pads

Superdrug’s Vitamin C Facial Pads are lovely. I will repurchase them soon.

Primark PS… Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask

Primark’s Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask was one of my favourite beauty finds last summer.

Boots Sheet Mask With Added Dipeptide
Bling Pop Soothing & Brightening Face Mask With Pumpkin

Boots sheet mask with added Dipeptide is simply wonderful.
Bling Pop’s pumpkin sheet mask is awesome too.

DearBoo Lavender & Cactus Everyday Mask
Simple Pollution Protect Sheet Mask

DearBoo’s lavender & cactus mask was a very welcome surprise.
Simple’s Pollution Protect mask has been a firm beauty favourite since the beginning of 2020.

Spascriptions Brightening Spa Treatment Mask With Vitamin C & Glycolic Acid
Montagne Jeunesse Pink Cactus Flower Peel Off

SpaScription’s orange mask is something special.
And Montagne Jeunesse’s cactus flower mask is my favourite peel-off mask of 2020.

And these are my favourite skin care products in 2020. Have you tried any of these products, or would you like to give them a try? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thank you for reading! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I’m using at the moment – M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette.

This fragrance has the following notes – bergamot, orange flower and mandarin (top notes), lavender, orris and blonde woods (heart notes), and amber, patchouli, vanilla and musk (base notes).

This fragrance has the most wonderful vanilla scent. It’s sweet, gentle, has a touch of warm lavender and a hint of sweet orange to it. It’s wonderfully cuddly, and I can’t imagine that any lover of vanilla fragrances wouldn’t love this fragrance. I think it’s the cutest vanilla fragrance since Kenzo Amour, and based on my experience (love at first sniff), I would recommend it.

M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml for £12.50. I paid £10 (special offer). Another great thing is that this fragrance is certified cruelty-free! It carries the Leaping Bunny logo! 🥰

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Revisiting Old Favourites – Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk, Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 shower gels which are old favourites of mine – Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk and Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond. I found these gems in my stash just a few weeks ago. I remembered how much I used to love these, so I wanted to retry them right away!

Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk is amazing! It smells of velvety ochid petals mixed with sweetness and femininity. Wow! Simply dreamy!

Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond is another stellar product. I love the rose, almond and tea fragrance. It’s sweet, it’s floral, and it smells like… you’re being hugged by sunlight. Truly awesome stuff!

I love these shower gels! Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk and Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond are available as 250ml each. These fragrances have been discontinued, but I’ve actually seen these at discount stores very recently (and I stocked up).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Cleanup AHA Fruit Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Cleanup AHA Fruit Toner. As you can tell by its name, this product promises to give skin the ultimate deep cleanse. I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think.

I’m using this toner right after I come out of the shower in the morning. I use it 3 days on, 1 day off. Why this? Because it’s insanely powerful. This toner sucks the grease and grime right out of my pores – and I’m not kidding! It’s also the best skin brightening product I’ve ever used. It’s absolute madness – in the best possible way!

I also love the packaging of the product. The bacteria look cute, but they also look like they know that their days are numbered. So, I’d say the packaging reflects the power of the product it houses!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this product to everyone. Just be careful – this is powerful stuff, and please check the ingredients to make sure there’s nothing you’re allergic to.

I paid £9.99 (TK Maxx) for this Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Cleanup AHA Fruit Toner.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots No. 7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots No. 7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil which I’ve been using since June.

This facial oil with jojoba oil and retinyl palmitate is one of the core pieces of the No. 7 skin care collection.

It promises to give dry skin the boot and to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. The product page on Boots’ website says “turn back the clock” and “say bye-bye to dry and dehydrated skin…” Well, OK then!

When I started to use this facial oil, I didn’t believe that it would live up to its promises. I didn’t like it for the first few days, and I didn’t think it was rich enough. However, I kept using it, and after about 10 days, I found that it that killed off the 2 eczema patches which I’ve had for a few months now.

I’ve tried other products, and some did help with the eczema. But this facial oil has really gone the extra mile for my skin. I’m glad I continued to use it even though I was sceptical at first.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this facial oil. It’s a non-greasy formula, so you might be thinking it’s not rich enough for dry skin. But it actually is rich and deeply hyrating. I will buy it again, no doubt!

Boots No. 7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil is available as 30ml for £23. Smaller 15ml bottles are usually available as part of seasonal gift sets.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde