Boots Botanics Revive & Protect Postbiotic Facial Mist With Black Tea & Kombucha

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Botanics Revive & Protect Postbiotic Facial Mist With Black Tea & Kombucha for all skin types.

According to Boots, this face mist is rich in probiotics and postbiotics which help revive dull skin and provide hydration. The result is calm and balanced skin and a healthier-looking complexion. This face mist can also be used to set make-up.

I’ve been using this face mist for a few weeks now, and I think it’s quite nice. Whilst I don’t care for its scent, it’s not bad or annoying. It’s just not very remarkable.

I’m happy with the refreshing hydration that this face mist provides. I like spraying it over my face after I’ve done my make-up, but I mainly use this face mist as the first post-cleansing step of my skin care routine, morning and night. I just spray it on my face and then I apply my serum. Then eye cream, moisturiser and so on…

I would recommend this face mist. If you’re interested, Boots Botanics Revive & Protect Postbiotic Facial Mist With Black Tea & Kombucha is available as 100ml. It’s currently £6.99. I paid less as I bought it when it was on special.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask which I just tried.

This is a bubble sheet mask. Before you use it, rub the sachet to activate the bubbles. Apply the mask to a clean face and then leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Then remove the mask, massage the bubbles into the skin, rinse and pat dry – and that’s already it.

I’ve given this mask a try, and I was disappointed. The face mask didn’t create lots of bubbles, and the fragrance was borderline unpleasant. I can’t comment on whether I’ve received old stock. I had high hopes for this mask (I love all things grapefruit and I love bubble masks). Sadly, the mask did absolutely nothing for me.

If you’re interested, Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask is available as a single use mask. The price depends on where you shop. I’ve seen this mask for between £1.25 and £1.99. This face mask is certified cruelty-free. It carries THE Leaping Bunny logo!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Garnier Organic Thyme Purifying Perfecting Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Garnier Organic Thyme Purifying Perfecting Toner for combination to oily skin which I started to use a few weeks ago.

This toner is recommended for daily use. It promises to purify and to mattify the skin, to make pores appear tightened, and to make the skin texture appear more refined. OK then!

When I started to use this toner, I found it rather harsh. It’s definitely not the type of toner that you want to use around your eyes to remove the last few traces of make-up that your cleanser and cloth didn’t catch.

Fortunately, I didn’t use it around my eyes. The strong scent and the borderline scary feel of the toner on my forehead were enough of a warning.

What does the toner do? Good question. I have very dry and moody skin, and the only thing I’ve noticed is that this toner makes my skin feel very dry for a few minutes – and then my skin starts to produce more oil than ever.

I can’t speak for people with oily skin types, but I would find that counterproductive.

Well, I will use up this toner but I won’t buy it again.

First of all, it has a strong chemical smell. It says the fragrance is 100% natural –  which is a good thing, I guess. But it doesn’t smell good. And it’s not a subtle fragrance either. It’s also not the most suitable product for my skin type. Granted, I’m not the customer this product is aimed at, but it shouldn’t feel so wrong to use it. I would definitely recommend a patch test* if you have sensitive skin. Whilst I haven’t had any bad reaction to this toner, I can see the possibility that it might be a bit too strong for some people with sensitive skin.

If you’re interested, Garnier Organic Thyme Purifying Perfecting Toner is available as 150ml for £5.99. I paid £3.99 (Save 1/3 at Boots).

*You should always to a patch test for any new product you use. Always check the ingredients to make sure a product is safe for you. If it is (based on the ingredients), then do a patch test.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Garnier Organic Lemongrass Fresh Detox Gel Wash

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Garnier Organic Lemongrass Fresh Detox Gel Wash with organic lemongrass essential oil, organic cornflower water, botanical glycerin and with a fragrance of natural origin.

I’ve been using this face wash for a few weeks now, and I like it – but I don’t love it. The fragrance may be natural, but it’s not the most pleasant fragrance. It’s kind of harsh.

I’ve noticed that this face wash gives my skin a bit of redness if I use it twice a day. But there are no issues at all if I stick to using this face wash in the morning only.

I would say that the face wash cleanses my face reasonably well. It’s not the best face wash ever, but much better than Nivea’s blue face wash and other such random products.

I will continue to use this face wash. I might buy it again – but I’m not sure at this point. But I’ll know by the time this bottle is empty.

What else is good? According to Garnier, the bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic, and the formula of the face wash is vegan and organic!

If you’re interested, Garnier Organic Lemongrass Fresh Detox Gel Wash is available as 150ml for £5.99. I paid £3.99 (save 1/3 offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Essano Rosehip Moisture Restoring Night Crème

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Essano Rosehip Moisture Restoring Night Crème with organic rosehip oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil and shea butter. It is made in New Zealand, and it says that it’s vegan and cruelty-free – which is awesome! This night cream claims to moisturse and nourish the skin, to promote skin elasticity and a healthy complextion.

I started to use this night cream a few weeks ago, and I liked it right away. The rich formula is certainly deeply hydrating and nourishing – without clogging up my pores. It can be hit and miss with richer night creams but this one of the good ones. I’ve also used it as a day cream under make-up the other day – no issues here either. This night cream sat nicely under the foundation, and it played well with all the other products I used that day.

I can’t comment on whether it will do anything special to my complexion. I’ve only been using this night cream for a few weeks. Also, it’s not like I’ve never used any skin care before – I’m hardly starting with the worst possible skin!

In any event, based on my experience, I’d recommend this night cream – just make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients and maybe do a patch test. If you’re interested, Essano Rosehip Moisture Restoring Night Crème is available as 50g. I’ve seen it for £15-£20 on different websites. I paid a ridiculous £6 (TK Maxx clearance).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil for dry and distressed skin types.

According to Sukin, this facial oil contains “no less than 70% essential fatty acids”. In addition, vitamins have been added – to soften, hydrate and soothe the skin.

The facial oil claims to help reduce the appearance of scars, to fight the signs of ageing, to reduce redness and dry skin, and to maintain skin health.

How do you use it? You’re supposed to massage 2-3 drops of oil into cleansed skin. Nothing complicated.

I’ve been using this facial oil for almost a month now, and I think it’s average at best.

This facial oil is quite thick, so I always use it in conjunction with 2-3 sprays of face mist, otherwise it’s rather difficult to spread it all across my face and neck.

Despite the thick formula, it’s not as rich as other facial oils that I’ve used in the past.

And yes, I’ve also “watered down” those other facial oils by spraying face mist onto my skin. So I’m using a lot more of the facial oil that what’s recommended on the back of the bottle.

I have an eczema patch and another small area on my face which is healing from a giant spot. No matter how much facial oil I apply at night, I still wake up to scaly skin around those areas. And no matter how much facial oil I apply in the morning, those areas are starting to dry up quickly, so I have to keep applying more oil.

I haven’t seen any other benefits yet. I know I’m just a month into using this facial oil, but it’s not helping with skin healing, and I also dislike its strong smell. It smells like… something you’d mix into salad dessing. I’ve previously had a few products with strong “natural” smells, and it was always a struggle to finish them. I’m not a wasteful person, so I rarely throw stuff away. I’m not binning this facial oil, but I can only continue to use it in conjunction with other scented products, otherwise the smell is just too much.

One more thing – this oil stains! So be careful when you use it!

I know I won’t be buying this product or any other products from Sukin’s Rosehip range again. I’ve now had this rosehip facial oil, the rosehip cleanser and the rosehip day cream, but none of these products wowed me. There is one more product in this range that’s available in the UK – the night cream. But I’m giving that one a pass!

But if you’re interested, Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil for dry and distressed skin types is available as 50ml for £19.95 (Boots). I got this product as part of a £12.99 gift set which contained Sukin products worth over £40.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Skin Techniques Vitamin C Eye Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Skin Techniques Vitamin C Eye Serum. This eye serum promises to repair the skin around the eyes and to improve the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles.

You’re supposed to use this product after you’ve cleansed your skin. Simply pat 1-2 drops of this eye serum around the orbital bone without pulling or stretching your skin. Then apply your regular moisturiser.

I’ve been using this eye serum for just 2 weeks now, but I like it a lot! The eye cream that I used for the past 6 (or so) months was nice, but this eye serum is much better. I love the watery formula – it’s very hydrating. The serum plays very well with my other facial products – face mist, moisturiser, make-up and so on. No issues at all!

I’ve also noticed that the skin around my eyes feels smoother. No difference in how it looks though – hey, it’s only 2 weeks. But based on the feel and the rich hydration I’m getting from this eye serum, I’m already very happy with it.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this product. If you’re interested, Skin Techniques Vitamin C Eye Serum is available as 15ml. I paid £1.49 (B&M Bargains).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Balance Active Formula Gold Collagen Rejuvenating Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Balance Active Formula Gold Collagen Rejuvenating Serum. This serum contains colloidal gold for a radiant glow and marine collagen to smooth and protect the skin. You’re supposed to use this serum twice a day. Just give the bottle a good shake and smooth the serum over your face and neck.

I’ve been using this serum for only 2 weeks now, but I can already tell that it’s quite nice. It’s a bit sticky, so I’d have to deduct an imaginary point, but I love that it’s hydrating and that it gives me a glowing complexion. I’m very happy to say that this serum kept its promise! The serum is also compatible with all the other products I’m using. There’s no balling up of anything. I’m happy to keep using this serum, and based on my experience, I’d recommend it.

If you’re interested, Balance Active Formula Gold Collagen Rejuvenating Serum is available as 30ml. I paid a ridiculous £2.99 at B&M Bargains (although the price may have gone up slightly recently).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

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 💙💛

Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask

Hi there! Today’s short post is about this Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask. This is a night cream with a fancy name, and it promises to smooth and to hydrate the skin. I’ve been using this product for about a month now, and here’s what I think.

I’ve been positively surprised by this product. While the gel moisturiser from the same range wasn’t a favourite, this sleep mask is much better. I love the thick formula, although I always mist my face before I use this sleep mask to lock in some extra moisture, and to make it easier to massage it into my skin.

I’m very happy with the nourishing formula, although it’s probably not the best product if your skin tends to develop impurities. I’ve also been using product as a day cream during the recent cold spell, and I’m happy to report that it’s a brilliant base for my foundation. Very nice! The fragrance is alright – it’s not annoying, so this is a huge step up from the gel moisturiser.

I’m happy with this product and I would recommend it. If you’re interested, Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask is available as 50ml for £4. I bought 3 items from this range on a 3 for 2 special offer.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛