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

Scinic Vita Ade Eye Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Scinic Vita Ade Eye Cream which I’ve been using for a little while now. This eye cream promises to moisturise and to brighten dull skin around the eyes. It also claims to improve skin’s elasticity and to reduce wrinkles.

This eye cream contains plenty of amazing ingredients – niacinamide, ceramide, collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins B, C and E (and others) as well as a number (I stopped counting at 15) of botanics extracts like aloe leaf juice, grapefruit and lime extracts, and many more!

I think this eye cream is wonderful! It’s one of my 2 all-time favourite eye products (the other one’s Olay’s original eye gel). Here’s why: I love the formula. It’s silky and smooth – almost like a serum. The eye cream is easy to apply, and it sinks right into the skin. It plays well with all the other products I’m using (toner, serum, facial oil, moisturiser, foundation, eyeshadow, etc.), and I have no complaints.

I have no lines around my eyes (Phew!), so I can’t comment on whether this eye cream would help with this. Having said this, I have no reason to doubt this eye cream’s youth-restoring powers because it keeps its other promises. I’m happy to report that this eye cream has improved the elasticity of the skin around my eyes, that it’s wonderfully hydrating, and that is really is brightening!

All in all, I love this eye cream, and there’s not a single thing about it that I’m not 100% happy with. Scinic Vita Ade Eye Cream is one of my new beauty favourites! I’d love to tell you how much product you’re getting, but this isn’t mentioned anywhere – I found this is the case with lots of products from Korea. However, I think it’s more than 15ml. Now, let’s look at the price – I only paid £6 for this fantastic product! Thank you, TK Maxx!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland #6 Anti-Ageing Eye Cream

Hi there! It’s been a little while since Poundland launched its own skin care brand – so I’m a bit late to the party (as usual). However, I started to use Poundland‘s #6 Anti-Ageing Eye Cream about 3 weeks ago, and I’ve formed an opinion. 🙂

OK, let me tell you a little about the product first. This eye cream contains collagen, ceramides, algae extract and flaxseed oil. It pomises to reduce lines gradually. Oh, and this product is cruelty-free (all the products from Poundland’s #6 range are).

I think this eye cream is impressive! It feels light and non-greasy, and it doesn’t mess with my foundation or eye makeup. I’ve noticed that this eye cream is very hydrating. And looking at hydration only, I find it to be more effective than Superdrug’s Vitamin E (£3.49) and Naturally Radiant (£5.99) eye creams.

I have very dry and moody skin, but the skin around my eyes looks amazing. This is particularly surprising this time of year with the change of seasons. And I’m also not getting younger… so I’m wondering… is this what ceramides do?

Regardless of which ingredient does what – I’m blown away by this little eye cream, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a hydrating eye cream, especially if you’re on a budget. Poundland‘s #6 Anti-Ageing Eye Cream is available as 15ml for £1.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum, Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream, Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care

Hi there! Today’s post is about a number of Boots No 7 products which I’ve been using for several weeks now. A few months ago, I purchased 2 half price gift sets containing a mix of sample size and full size Boots No 7 products. I’ve now given these products a try. And here’s what I think!

Let’s start with Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum. Whilst this was only a 5ml sample size, it served me well for 2 weeks. I used this product twice a day as the 2nd step in my post-cleansing skin care routine and immediately after a few sprays of Nourish’s face mist.

I haven’t seen any dramatic results, however, this serum makes my skin feel considerably firmer – within seconds of application. I have noticed that the few fine lines I have on my forehead have almost disappeared, but I’m reluctant to credit this serum alone because I’m using a few new No 7 products. I guess they do work best when combined! Anyhoo, I like this serum very much, and I’m very interested in giving the full size version a try!

Now scroll down and read on to find out if the eye cream and the lip care are any good. 😎

Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Eye Cream (15ml, full size) provides the perfect level of hydration. It glides on easily, it feels weightless, and it plays well with my foundation. I don’t think it improved how the skin around my eyes feels or looks. But to be fair, I’ve been using my holy grail Olay eye gel for the past few months right until I started to use Boots’ eye cream (which was around 4 weeks ago). I guess the skin looks and feels as good as it reasonably can! But I have no doubt that Boots’ eye cream helps maintain the skin around my eyes. And all in all, I think this is a really nice eye cream.

And last but not least… Boots Protect & Perfect Lip Care (10ml, full size). This is, without doubt, the most effective lip care product I’ve ever used. And I’m saying this as someone who’s actually not a fan of lip products in tubes. However, this stuff is simply amazing! This lip care glides on easily, it feels very lightweight, but it also feels extremely hydrating and nourishing at the same time. The first few times I used it, I didn’t even understand what was going on. It’s THAT good.

Here’s the best bit – after 2 uses on 2 consecutive days, this lip care fixed the cracks in the corners of my mouth. No other lip product and no combination of vitamin pills has ever fixed the issue. But this Boots product did the trick. I’m blown away! What else? This lip care doesn’t leave a shiny residue on your lips. So whilst it feels like the ultimate lightweight hydration bomb, it’s not visible on your lips at all. It makes your lips look velvety, but it doesn’t look like product. Oh, and this lip care tastes of vanilla, and you only need a very small amount of product which means that the 10ml tube will last for quite a while!

In summary, I’m very happy with these No 7 products. I’m also using the day and night creams at the moment, and I’ll review these products shortly!

Have you tried any Boots No 7 products? Or would you like to try any of these products? Feel free to comment, and thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Eye Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about my current eye cream – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Eye Cream. This product promises deep hydration to help reduce the signs of ageing around the eye area for fresher, brighter, and more healthy looking skin.

I’ve been using this eye cream twice a day for a month now, and I’ve formed an opinion. So read on and I’ll tell you if this eye cream is any good. 🙂

This fragrance-free eye cream has a gel-like texture that feels light and refreshing when it’s applied to the eye area. It hydrates the skin around my eyes nicely, and it sits well under make-up. And I’m satisfied that my eye area looks fresher and brighter.

I’m really enjoying this eye cream because it does what it promises. I think it’s in my all-time top 5! So yes, I would recommend it!

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Eye Cream seems to have been discontinued recently. However, it’s available online and in bargain stores. I was able to pick up the 15ml eye cream for £1.99 which is great value! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Balance Active Formula Dragon’s Blood Eye Lift Balm

Hi there! Today’s post is about an eye cream that I found for £1.99 – it’s called Balance Active Formula Dragon’s Blood Eye Lift Balm. This eye cream promises instant lifting and tightening of the skin around the eyes, and it claims to be wrinkle-smoothing. And on the box it says that it contains a trademarked active breakthrough ingredient…

I’ve been using this eye cream for a month now, and I think it’s OK. I don’t think that it made the skin around my eyes look or feel firmer or smoother at all. However, this eye cream is hydrating without being greasy – this is nice! I’m also happy that this eye cream plays well with my make-up.

So all in all, I would recommend this product – if you’re looking for a simple eye cream that hydrates the skin around your eyes. The standard 15ml tube can be yours for £1.99 which is great value if you consider that the average cheap bottom-shelf eye cream (that doesn’t live up to its promise) is usually at least twice the price of this eye cream.

Have you tried this product? Or would you like to try it? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about my (relatively) new Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream. I bought this eye cream in early December last year, and I started to use it about 6 weeks ago (after I lost 2 part-used Superdrug eye creams to my underwear drawer…).

Now, what does this Elizavecca eye cream claim to do? It promises to brighten skin and to help with wrinkles – well, that’s what I gather from Elizavecca’s web site. But I cannot be entirely sure because it appears they overdid it with google translate! 😀 Moving on… like I said, I’ve been using this eye cream for 6 weeks now, so let me tell you if it’s any good.
elizavecca-gold-cf-nest-eye-cream
This eye cream is probably the most nourishing eye cream I’ve ever had. It’s quite rich, but it plays very well with my make-up. I haven’t noticed any issues with make-up balling up or sliding off. However, I don’t think this eye cream has had any brightening effect, and I don’t think it would have an effect on wrinkles.

I would recommend this eye cream to anyone who’s looking for a hydrating eye cream that sits well under make-up. I paid £9.99 for a big 30ml tube (TK Maxx). So whilst this eye cream doesn’t work wonders, I think it’s good value nonetheless!

Have you tried Elizavecca’s Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream or any other Elizavecca products? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Nourishing Eye Cream

Superdrug Vitamin E Eye CreamHi there! A few weeks ago I emptied my Naturally Radiant eye cream. And since then I’ve been using Superdrug’s Vitamin E Skin Care Nourishing Eye Cream two to three times every day.

This eye cream is rich in natural Vitamin E, it’s high in antioxidants which defend the skin against environmental damage, and it’s aimed at people with normal to dry skin. Sounds great!

And now that I’ve used this eye cream for a few weeks, I can say that I like it.

It’s easy to apply, it sits well under make-up, it hydrates well, and it doesn’t aggravate my dry, sensitive and moody skin. Oh, and it’s free from micro-shimmer particles which is very nice.

So all in all, this eye cream is quite similar to the Naturally Radiant eye cream I’ve used before.

I will definitely continue to use this eye cream. And it’s quite likely I’ll buy it again.

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Skin Care Nourishing Eye Cream is available as 15ml for £2.99. Superdrug runs buy 1 get 2nd half price promotions on Vitamin E Skin Care products frequently.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about the eye cream I’ve been using since late June – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream. This cream promises to reduce puffiness and dark circles and to awaken skin’s natural glow with the help of two natural brightening agents – kiwi fruit extract and mulberry fruit extract – and moisturising sugar beet extract.

The product claims to make the skin around the eyes look and feel more refreshed, more energised, smoother and softer. And it claims to minimise the appearance of dark circles and puffiness within four weeks. Now, did the cream deliver on its promises?
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Eye Cream
I’ve now used this eye cream two to three times daily for six weeks. So I’m satisfied I’ve given it a fair chance. And my verdict is… this eye cream is OK. Whilst it really makes the skin around my eyes feel soft, smooth and supple, it hasn’t done anything (I mean it – nothing, nada, rien, zero) to minimise the dark circles. 😦

But let’s focus on what this eye cream can do! For once, it feels very nice on the skin. It’s soft and gentle and I think it’s perfectly suitable for people with dry or sensitive skin. Another thing I like is that this eye cream doesn’t contain these pesky little shimmer particles that many other eye creams burst with. So if you don’t like shimmery eye creams, you’re safe with this one. 🙂 Oh, and before I forget it – this eye cream sits well under make-up. I haven’t noticed any problems with my make-up or concealer balling up or sliding off.

Would I recommend this eye cream? If you want a nice, gentle, soft and refreshing eye cream, then yes. But if you want an eye cream that fights dark circles, I’d say keep looking! Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream is available as 15ml for £5.99. I got mine for £2.95 (half price offer). So keep your eyes peeled for promotions. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde