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 💙💛

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 💙💛

Lux Soft Touch Soap With SilkEssence TM & Rose Water

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Lux Soft Touch Soap With SilkEssence TM & Rose Water. This is a body soap which also contains milk lipids, jasmin flower extract and sweet almond oil.

I’ve been using this body soap for a few days, and I like it a lot! It has a beautiful, classic, soft rose scent; it’s not old-fashioned, but also not wannabe-modern. It’s just perfect!

I also love how cleansing this soap is; this is the perfect product for a post-workout cleanse. This soap gets rid of unpleasant smells – quickly and easily and without the need for double-cleansing. This soap is my new post-workout go-to body cleanser!

I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this soap. It’s really great, and I know that I’ll buy it again once it’s finished. I would definitely recommend it! Oh, and another amazing thing is the price! I paid 49p for this Lux Soft Touch Soap With SilkEssence TM & Rose Water (Savers). 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

2021 Beauty Awards – Part 2 – Hair, Body & Nails

Hi there! Today’s post is Part 2 of my 2021 beauty favourites. Yesterday, I focused on fragrances and products for the face. And today is all about hair and body products and my favourite manis of the past year. Onto the favourites!

HAIR

Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

Holy grail stuff!

Herbal Essences Moisture Balance Shampoo & Conditioner

More holy grail stuff!

Revisiting Old Favourites – L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Caring Shampoo & Conditioner

Elvive Colour Protect is an all-time favourite combo. Great stuff!

Alberto Balsam Exotic Mango Shampoo & Conditioner

These mango-scented hair products are simply amazing!

Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Ginseng Extract

It’s a shame that the Harmony collection has been discontinued. This particular hair care combo was a delight.

Daily Defense Advanced Deep Conditioner With Argan Oil From Morocco

This deep conditioner is simply fantastic!

BODY

Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Smoothing All Over Body Cream With Acacia Collagen

This body cream with acacia collagen has been my favourite body moisturiser this year. I love it!

Palmolive Aroma Therapy Morning Tonic, Sensual, Absolute Relax

If I could only use 10 different shower gels for the rest of my life, these 3 would be in my top 10!

Radox “Shell Yeah” Sea Mineral Scent Shower Gel, Radox “Donut Mind If I Do” Vanilla Bean & White Chocolate Scent Shower Gel

These Radox shower gels were one of the most delightful beauty surprises this year.

Sanctuary Spa Mestizo Acai Rain Shower
Westlab Himalayan Salt Cleansing Bath & Shower Gel

2 more totally fabulous shower gels!

Sanctuary Spa Foaming Bath Soak
Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life
Palmolive My Fresh Splash Shower Gel

And the final 3 shower and bath favourites from this year.

NAILS

Marble Nails
Purple Nails
Blue & Red Nails

Some of my favourite manis from 2021. In no particular order!

Foil Nails
Gold & Magenta Nails
Lilac Nails

Here’s another 3 manis.

Marble Nails
Purple Nails
Red Nails

The last set of my favourite manis from 2021.

Thanks for stopping by today! And I hope you have a great start into the new year. Happy 2022! 😘🥂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

2021 Beauty Awards – Part 1 – Face & Fragrances

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite beauty products in 2021 – well, this is Part 1, and it’s about fragrances and products for the face. Part 2 will follow tomorrow with hair and body products and my favourite manis of 2021. Alrighty, let’s start with Part 1 now!

FACE

Danielle 2 In 1 Jade Dual Sided Facial Roller

This facial roller is my favourite beauty tool of 2021! It changed my life!

Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Brightening Vitamin C Tonic
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic

These 2 toners are total game changers. I love them both so much, and I cannot imagine my skin care without them!

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

I’m glad I tried Max Factor’s Face Finity foundation. I love it!

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel

Olay’s eye gel is one of my all-time favourite eye products.

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Regenerating Night Cream

Olay’s Regenerist night cream is soooo good!

Cellio It’s True Honey Moisture Cream

I enjoyed Cellio’s honey moisturiser very much!

Poundland #6 Anti-Ageing Retinol Day Cream With SPF 25

Poundland’s £3 retinol day cream is absolutely lovely (just like the matching serum and night cream).

Primark PS… Revitalising Cucumber Peel Off Mask
Montagne Jeunesse Cosmic Rose Quartz Peel-Off

These 2 peel off masks are very effective! I love them!

Global Beauty Care Anti Aging Collection Glycolic Acid Spa Treatment Mask
DearBoo Collagen & Canola Flower Everyday Mask

And these 2 sheet masks made a positive difference to my skin care. Highly recommended!

Jayjun Pollution-Proof Refreshing Mask
100% Cruelty-Free – Primark PS… Vitamin C Revitalizing Bubble Sheet Mask

2 more face masks which worked amazingly well for me!

Mitomo Retinol Facial Essence Mask
Esfolio Hyaluronic Acid With Peach Essence Mask Sheet

And here’s another 2 face masks I’d highly recommend.

Astor Rouge Couture 301 Nude Silk

Astor’s Nude Silk lipstick is so beautiful! I love it!

FRAGRANCES

Nina Ricci L’Extase Eau De Parfum

L’Extase is such a beautiful fragrance. It’s in my all-time top 40 from the past 25+ years.

Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette

Who would have thought that Antonio Banderas fragrances are actually very good? I was surprised (almost shocked) to find such a quality fragrance at a drugstore price. Wow!

Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum

Fatale EdP has blown me away! I already bought another bottle – this time I bought a big 100ml!

Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist
Superdrug Layering Lab Paradise Body Mist

Superdrug’s fantastic Layering Lab body mists resemble some of the most popular designer fragrances. Blossom is a dupe for Mugler’s Alien, and Paradise is a dupe for Olympéa.

Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? Which products do you love the most? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Revisiting Old Favourites – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel. This product promises to reduce fine line and wrinkles and to help fight puffiness and dark circles. Use the eye gel twice a day, and expect results within 21 days – that’s what it says on the box. I haven’t used this eye gel for quite some time, but I was very happy when I found a few of these in my stash!

I’ve been using this eye cream for a few months now, and I love it just as much as I used to love it back then. This eye gel is at least in my all-time Top 3 eye products – it maybe even be the best eye product I’ve ever used. It kills lines and dark circles, and it makes me look well-rested even if I slept less than 4 hours. A true 11 stars product!

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel has been discontinued and replaced with another eye gel with a very similar ingredients list – Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. However, the original eye gel can still be found online for a decent price!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Revisiting Old Favourites – 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic.

This glycolic toner is an old beauty favourite, but I neglected using it for a while because I had so many other toners that I wanted to get to. But I’ve started using in again in September, and I’m over the moon with it. But let’s start with what the product promises…

This toner with 5% glycolic acid, kiwi fruit and mulberry extracts promises to exfoliate and to retexturise the skin, to fade pigment irregularities and to reduce discolouration, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and to brighten and even out the skin tone. Wow, that’s quite a few promises!

But guess what – this toner keeps all of its promises! I’m using this toner once a day, in the morning, after I’ve showered. I love to start the day with a squeaky clean face, and this toner really makes it happen.

What does it do? It’s the ultimate post-cleansing product that catches all the dirt and gunk that your other cleansers and toners don’t catch. This toner keeps improving my skin tone – my skin is more even and brighter, and, my skin feels and looks smoother as well.

I’m in love with this toner’s exfoliating and brightening powers. It’s just incredible that this toner manages to keep my melasma in check. I know where the dark patches are (one of them is the size of a coaster), but you wouldn’t notice them unless I told you to look for them.

I love this toner so much, and I would recommend it! Since this toner has glycolic acid, please make sure to do a patch test before you use it, and use it gently, at least for the first few days until you’re satisfied that your skin tolerates it. Also make sure to use sunscreen!

If you’re interested, Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic is available as 100ml for £6.99 and 300ml for £11.99. Superdrug runs Buy 1 Get 1 Free or Better Than Half Price off promotions almost all the time. The 2 toners I bought were on a Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal.

Also, this toner is 100% vegan and certified cruelty-free. It carries THE Leaping Bunny logo! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nina Ricci L’Extase Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Nina Ricci L’Extase Eau De Parfum which I found at TK Maxx. The price was ridiculous – £16.99 for a 30ml, so I bought it right away.

This fragrance contains the following notes: pink pepper, peach and pear (top notes), rose, raspberry, white flowers and jasmine (heart notes), and caramel, benzoin, amber, vanilla, musk, patchouli and cedar (base notes).

I’ve been using this fragrance on and off for a few weeks now, and I am blown away. This fragrance is astonishingly beautiful. It’s feminine and sensuous, sweet, fruity, but also mature. It’s an ambered raspberry and rose fragrance with shades of caramel, vanilla, musk, peach and patchouli.

I’ve seen L’Extase being likened to Lancome’s La Nuit Trésor. I can see similarities, and whilst La Nuit Trésor is a gorgeous fragrance (which I might even buy at some point), I think that L’Extase is more rounded, but at the same time it also feels more multi-faceted. In addition, I find the sweetness in L’Extase to be a little more subtle; L’Extase’s raspberry, peach and amber are gentler and less in-your-face than La Nuit Trésor’s strawberry, citrus and praline.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this beautiful fragrance. I wish I had discovered it sooner! Nina Ricci L’Extase Eau De Parfum is available as 30ml, 50ml and 80ml. What you pay for this fragrant gem depends on where you shop.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Regenerating Night Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Regenerating Night Cream which I’ve been using since early August. This night cream promises…to renew the skin’s youthful look, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to exfoliate, smooth and brighten the skin. It further claims that “over time, skin will appear revitalised and younger with reduced visible signs of fatigue.”

First thing, this night cream has been repackaged (probably why I found it at B&M Bargains in the first place). However, I checked the ingredients, and the formula is still the exact same one – with niacinamide being the 4th 😍 ingredient.

Now onto the product! After almost 2 months of using this night cream, there’s no doubt that I’m blown away. The cream feels silky, and it makes my skin feel silky. It provides the perfect amount of hydration regardless of how much sleep I get – it doesn’t make my skin feel dry or greasy at any point. That’s how I know that my skin loves it!

What else? My skin has gotten brighter this summer – I believe the majority of the credit actually goes to another product, but this beautiful night cream makes me wake up to bright and refreshed looking skin, so there’s no doubt it’s a major contributor to my skin’s current great look and feel.

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Regenerating Night Cream is available as 50ml. It’s usually around £30, but Tesco has it for half price with Tesco Clubcard (not sure for how long though). I paid a ridiculous £8 for it (so I bought 2 of these night creams when I found them at B&M Bargains).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Brightening Vitamin C Tonic

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Brightening Vitamin C Tonic which I’ve been using since I finished Boots’ Glycolic Acid Toner some time in June (or July).

This toner with kakadu plum and goji berry promises to brighten, smooth and exfoliate the skin for a more radiant complexion.

The instructions state that you’re supposed to use this toner after you’ve cleansed your face in the evening. Use it like any other regular toner.

I’m using this toner in the morning – within minutes after coming out of the shower. I’m also working from home, so there is no risk of me getting a sunburn.

How’s the toner? It’s excellent! One of my favourite skin care products this year – but not just for this year. It has brightened my skin so much, it’s insane! No spots, no dry patches – just bright and beautiful skin! This toner is almost finished, but I will repurchase it very soon. This toner is a new beauty staple!

Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Brightening Vitamin C Tonic is available as 100ml for £4.99. I bought this and another product from this collection on a special Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price offer.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde