Scinic Aqua All In One Ampoule

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing Scinic’s Aqua All In One Ampoule. I bought this product because I loved the look of it. However, I had to google to find out what it’s supposed to do!

Alrighty, this product promises to revolutionise skin care because it can be used as… a toner, an essence, a serum, a moisturiser, and, apparently, even as a sleeping pack. All you need to do is apply the product to your face.

I’ve been using this product since November 2017 (the current routine is shower, ampoule, eye cream, day cream), so here’s what I think…

I’ve been applying a generous amount of product to my face and neck every day (mornings only) for over 3 months now, and the bottle is still more than half full. I think that’s impressive! However, this is the only thing that’s impressive…

… This product cannot replace a toner because it just doesn’t work. It’s not a serum because it’s nothing like a serum. It can’t be a moisturiser because it’s not hydrating. And it’s certainly not a sleeping pack because no matter how much product you apply, it’ll always dry down to the same dry and dull (yet slightly tacky) mess.

I wanted to love the product, but it’s not working for me. I can’t use it on its own or in conjuction with any of my regular moisturisers because it makes my skin feel dehydrated.

Having said that, this product gives me the chance to use (and hopefully finish) some of the richer (well, greasy) moisturisers that I own – because it manages to suck the oil right out of those greaseball face creams. So… I guess I could say that I did make this product work! 😉

I wouldn’t repurchase Scinic’s Aqua All In One Ampoule. However, if you’re interested, it’s available as 250ml (I believe). I paid £9.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde


100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing Sukin’s Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic. But let me tell you a little about the brand first. 🙂

Sukin is an Australian brand that is known for vegan, cruelty-free and carbon-neutral beauty products and toiletries.

Sukin products don’t contain SLS, SLES, harsh ingredients, animal derivatives, synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, mineral oils or parabens.

OK, so what’s this product like? Well, this tonic is essentially a toner. It contains white tea, pomegranate, bilberry and coconut extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, chamomile, cucumber and aloe vera extracts. Awesome!

This toner promises balanced, refined and soothed skin as well as purified pores.

I’ve been using this toner on and off since December, and I think that it’s really powerful. It smells harsh. Well, I think it smells like poison. And when I use this toner for more than 2 days in a row, it makes my skin feel like it’s being poisoned!

Having said that, I have no issues at all when I’m using this toner every other day – and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for a while. (The other toner I use it Boots’ cheap yet awesome cucumber toner.)

I haven’t noticed any oil-balancing effects, and I don’t think that the toner feels particulary soothing or calming. However, I actually enjoy using it every other day because it feels like it’s killing (=poisoning) all sorts of nasty bacteria. 😀

If you’re into natural skin care, I think you should try this toner – but be careful if you have sensitive or moody skin. And please make sure you do a patch test first!

Sukin’s Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic is available as 125ml for £9.95 (Boots). I paid £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Superdrug Optimum Phyto Brighter Triple Action Illuminating Black Moisturiser

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug‘s Optimum Phyto Brighter Triple Action Illuminating Black Moisturiser which I’ve been using as a night cream since late January.

This product promises to reduce age spots and skin discoloration, to help prevent further skin pigmentation, and to boost complexion radiance. It also claims to make skin feel and look firmer and more youthful. Now read on if you’d like to know if this product is any good. 🙂

First of all, this moisturiser is really black! Once it’s massaged into the skin, it’s hardly visible. However, it does leave a slight greyish residue on the skin, and the black pigment seems to act as an eyebrow mascara! 😀

I think this moisturiser hydrates my skin very well. However, it doesn’t contain sunscreen, so I can’t use it as a day moisturiser (which is why I’m using it as a night cream). There’s one more thing – this moisturiser smells awful. I can’t really describe it, but if Etat Libre d’Orange were to make a fragrance with the name of “un air de toxic waste”, this would be it! And yes, I’m sure the product hasn’t gone off!

All in all, I know I won’t be buying this product again. I’m actually glad it’ll be finished soon! Superdrug Optimum Phyto Brighter Triple Action Illuminating Black Moisturiser is available as 50ml for £12.99. I paid £6.45 (half price offer).This product is certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo), and it’s suitable for vegans.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque

Hi there! Today’s post is about a face mask that I picked up at my local Poundstretcher store – Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque.

This mask is a clay mask. All you have to do is apply it to your face, leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes, rinse it off – job done!

I’ve only just tried this mask for the first time – and I could kick myself for not trying it sooner!

This mask is definitely one of the more effective clay masks. It made my face look and feel super clean without drying out my skin. And the chocolate fragrance is… tempting! 🙂

So… you like chocolate? You like clear skin? Well, what are you waiting for?!

Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Chocolate Mud Masque is available as 20g for £1. This mask is 100% cruelty-free. It’s BUAV-appoved, and it carries the Leaping Bunny logo!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off

Hi there! Today’s post is about Montagne Jeunesse’s 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off.

This face mask with tea tree, witch hazel and willowherb promises to lift away dead skin cells. It also claims to minimise pores.

Does the mask work? Yes, it does. I have to say that I’m not fond of the smell (no, it’s not a fragrance – it really is a smell…). 😀

And I didn’t like the stinging sensation I felt when I applied the mask.

However, this mask packed quite a punch. It made my skin feel soft, and my pores looked visibly smaller.

I won’t buy this face mask again. But if you’re not sensitive to tea tree oil and if you don’t mind the smell, I think you should try it!

Montagne Jeunesse’s 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off face mask is certified cruelty-free. It’s available as 10ml for about £1. By the way, Boots and Home Bargains often run 3 for 2 promotions on Montagne Jeunesse’s face masks!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Awesome – Caolion O2 Sparkling Purifying Soap

Hi there! Today’s post is about Caolion’s O2 Sparkling Purifying Soap. This handmade facial soap is 100% natural. It promises to purify and exfoliate the skin by getting rid of impurities. It also claims to control sebum and to tighten pores. It further promises to hydrate the skin.

A quick look at the ingredients revealed that the soap contains… charcoal powder, lavender oil, tea tree leaf oil, hyaluronic acid, olive fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa extract, coconut oil, shea butter and licorice root extract. Of course, there are a number of other ingredients, but these are the ones I consider to be the most natural (sounding) ones. 🙂

OK, why is this facial soap so awesome? When I used it for the first time, I noticed a huge difference. My skin felt and looked super clean and my pores were visibly smaller. At the same time my skin didn’t feel dry at all. I was impressed! After about 10 days I also noticed that this soap seemed to have lifted those pesky little mini-blackheads off from my nose. I was blown away!

I think this facial soap is sensational! My husband uses it too – and he loves it just as much! I would recommend this facial soap to everyone! If you don’t try it, you’re missing out!

Caolion’s O2 Sparkling Purifying Soap is available as 25g and 100g. I bought my 25g soap at Boots (where it seems to be out of stock at the moment), and I paid £4!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

Hi there! Today’s post is about Montagne Jeunesse’s 7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac with Dead Sea salt, sea kelp and lavender.

This face mask promises to draw out impurities and to open blocked pores for clear and soft skin.

I’ve tried this mask for the first time now, and I think I’m somehow familiar with it.

The mint green colour of the mask reminded me of 2 mud masks I reviewed (and liked) not too long ago. And the marine fragrance reminded me of 2 peel-off masks which I reviewed (and didn’t like) a little while ago.

However, this mask was still new to me. So… is this mask any good? Well, I didn’t love the marine fragrance (it’s too much ‘pond’ and ‘algae’), but I think this mask gave my skin a deep cleanse.

I also thought that this mask made my pores look smaller, so all in all I think this is a reasonable face mask that I would recommend to those who want an effective mud mask and who wouldn’t mind the strong marine fragrance. 🙂

Montagne Jeunesse’s 7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac is available as a 20g sachet for £1 or as a 175g tube for about £6. This product is certified cruelty-free. It carries the Leaping Bunny logo!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde