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 💙💛

Revisiting Old Favourites – Aussie Mega Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about a hair care combo that I loved but haven’t used for ages – Aussie Mega Shampoo & Conditioner. These 2 products are aimed at daily washers like me, and they promise effective everyday cleansing.

Let’s start with the shampoo! I simply love Aussie Mega Shampoo! It smells divine – like gummy bears and flowers. And it cleanses my hair and my scalp gently and effectively. Truly great stuff!

Aussie Mega Conditioner is amazing too. I don’t even need to use a lot of product to condition and to detangle my hair. This stuff is brilliantly effective! I love it!

I’m glad I repurchased these amazing products. It won’t be another 4 years until I pick them up again. In fact, I’m already on the lookout for special offers, so these hair super heroes will become beauty staples!

If you’re interested, Aussie Mega Shampoo is available as 90, 300 and 500ml. Aussie Mega Conditioner is available as 90, 200 and 350ml. Price vary greatly (taking special offers into account).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Awesome – Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance. Not just any fragrance, but a fragrance that I’ve loved dearly since the late 90s – Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette. I’ve gone through numerous 30ml and 100ml bottles over the years, and I guess I really could (should?) have reviewed it sooner. Well, better late than never, right? 😁

This fragrance contains the following notes: peach, apricot, pineapple and plum (top notes), tagetes, jasmine, rose, narcissus and lily-of-the-valley (heart notes), and vanilla, sandalwood, musk, litchi, amber and tonka bean (base notes).

What does this fragrance smell like? It smells like… paradise! OK, let me be more specific. Dalissime is a beautiful mix of peach, apricot, vanilla, amber, rose and other floral notes. The 2 strongest notes are peach and rose, and they remind me of Lancôme Trésor. Dalissime and Trésor do NOT smell alike, but they share a few important notes (peach, apricot, rose, vanilla, etc), and they both have that 90s perfume aura. 🥰

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance! If you’re interested, Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml and 100ml. Prices vary greatly, but you can find the small 30ml bottle for under £15, and the big 100ml bottle for under £25.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette. This post could be filed under “Revisiting Old Favourites”, but the heading would have been clunky. Regardless, this fragrance is an “old” favourite, and here’s why…

Let’s start with the notes! Spiced Bergamot has the following notes: bergamot, lemon and orange flower (top notes), white flowers and cardamom (heart notes), and cedar, amber and musk (base notes).  Sounds good!

Spiced Bergamot is an amazing fragrance. It’s starts very fresh – with lemon and bergamot. I can’t smell any orange flower or white flowers, but I can smell cedar and musk The fragrance lasts for about 3-4 hours (it’s a skin scent after about 1 hour) and I can sniff out some cardamom as the citrus notes disappear.

This fragrance remind me of Light Blue. It’s definitely NOT the same as Light Blue, but with lemon and cedar being such prominent notes, and with its cool, refreshing and unisex feel, Spiced Bergamot makes you think of Light Blue! Having said this, Spiced Bergamot is definitely “pink”, and it also has a more transparent feel. If you think of Light Blue as lemon and water, you could think of Spiced Bergamot as lemon / bergamot and air.

I cannot recommend this beautiful fragrance enough. If you’re interested, Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml for £5 and 100ml for £9.50. I bought a special edition 200ml for £6.25 (half price post-Christmas clearance). Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free (it carries THE Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Nip + Fab Renew Retinol Fix Tonic Extreme

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Nip + Fab Renew Retinol Fix Tonic Extreme.

This is a toner that promises visible anti-ageing results – but it doesn’t say how long it would take for you to see any results. 🤷‍♀️

The toner contains retinol which is known for its skin rejuvenation properties, an amino acid derivative to improve skin clarity and to even out the skin tone, and panthenol to deeply hydrate the skin.

You’re supposed to use this toner 2-3 times per week (evenings only) on your face and neck. The toner comes with a few warnings: Overuse can lead to dry skin or skin irritation, don’t use the toner on irritated skin, and consult your doctor before use if you’re pregnant! 😮

Wow, this sounds exciting and scary at the same time!

I’ve been using this toner once every 5-6 days for almost a year (10 months?), and I can safely say that it’s one of my favourite beauty products ever. I’m also still on my first bottle! 😍

Alrighty, let’s start with what I’ve learned… I couldn’t use this toner 2-3 times per week. It will irritate my skin, especially the skin around the eyes, quite a bit. How do I know? Because I tried to use it once every 3 days – but this was too frequent for me.

Then I tried to use this toner once every 4 days. Still not it. Then I went on to using it once every 5 days – this works well, and this is what I stick to. Occasionally, I give my skin an extra day, and that’s usually when I have to be outside the next day. That’s because retinol treatments and sunlight are not meant to go together.

What’s the toner like? It’s a clear toner, and it smells OK. I can’t describe the scent, but it’s definitely nothing natural. It does smell like “product”, but it’s not bad or unpleasant at all.

Onto more important things now! This toner feels amazing on my skin. I love using it. I can feel a bit of a pleasant tingle every time I use it. The toner feels very cleansing, and I can feel that it penetrates my skin to work its magic. I love it! I also love how quickly I can see results. Within minutes of using this toner, my skin looks more even in tone and texture. Amazing!

I know that, with all the different products I use, it’s sometimes not easy to tell which product does what, but having used this toner for almost a year, I know what it does, and I know that it helps me look refreshed and youthful.

If you’re interested, Nip + Fab Renew Retinol Fix Tonic Extreme is available as 100ml for £24.95. I paid £10 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette. This fragrance has the following notes: bergamot, orange, peach and pink pepper (top notes), orange blossom, sambac jasmine, rose and iris (heart notes), and cedar, musk, vanilla and amber (base notes).

Her Secret Temptation is a sensational fragrance. It has a beautiul and warm oriental-floral aura, filled with rose, jasmine, amber, musk and vanilla. I’ve seen it being compared with Black XS and La Vie Est Belle. While I don’t think that Her Secret Temptation is a dupe for either fragrance, there are some similarities. I’d say Her Secret Temptation could pass for a “cousin” of Black XS or La Vie Est Belle.

On another note, Her Secret Temptation is also rather long-lasting. It leaves its beautiul scent on clothes and scarves for ages, and if I use it in the evening, I can still catch a whiff of it on my skin the next morning. Awesome stuff!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend you give this beautiful fragrance a sniff! I think Her Secret Temptation is a safe blind buy for those who like sweet and warm oriental-floral fragrances. It’s also safe for the office (during spring, autumn and winter).

Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette is available as 80ml. I paid £12.15 which is a ridiculous price for such a quality fragrance!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

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

Hi there! Today’s post is about a new hair care combo I started to use very recently – Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner. These products promise to reduce hair loss and to help hair grow stronger.

Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo is fabulous. It feels cleansing but not drying, and it makes my hair feel super light. The luxurious fragrance (I call it “cashmere apple”) is very enjoyable too!

Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Conditioner is a pleasure to use. The formula comes close to the incredible Herbal Essences Classics formula – it’s thick and luxurious, it feels amazing and it also makes my hair feel amazing (light and nourished at the same time). And yes, the conditioner smells gorgeous too!

I’ve also noticed fewer hairs in the sink strainer in the shower from the first use of these products, so this stuff seems to work! Based on my experience, I would recommend these hair products. And I know I’ll buy them again (after I’ve tried the other 2 new Pantene hair care combos).

Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml and 275ml respectively. These products are usually about £4.50 each, but I paid £2.75 each. At the moment, Tesco has them for £2.50 each with Tesco Clubcard! A total steal!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛