A’kin Sensitive Calming Day & Night Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this A’kin Sensitive Calming Day & Night Cream. This face cream doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylated cleansers, PEGs, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, artificial colours and animal derivatives. According to the manufacturer, this face cream is vegan and cruelty-free. 😍

This face cream promises to nourish the skin and to enhance the skin’s appearance. Infused with chamomile, shea butter and vitamin E, this face cream also promises long lasting hydration that leaves even the most delicate skin feeling great.

I’ve been using this moisturiser on and off for a few weeks, and I don’t like it. Its not necessarily a bad product, but it’s just definitely not right for me. And here’s why. First of all, this moisturiser has a strong scent that reminds me of a kale-based skin care line that I tried (and hated) a long time ago. The scent is definitely botanical, but it’s not the most suitable scent for a cosmetic product.

Then there’s the formula. This face cream leaves white marks all over the face unless you go over it again and again. I would say that it takes about 15 swipes to work the white stuff into my skin. The formula feels overly rich, but it doesn’t seem to penetrate the skin. It just sits on top of the dry patches. Weird.

Lastly, this face cream doesn’t play nice with my foundation. It makes my foundation ball up. I tried to give it longer to absorb, but it didn’t work. I tried extra facial oil – but using facial oil in addition to a rich moisturiser AND an oil-based foundation is just ridiculous.

I think I will continue to use this face cream as a night cream. But since its richness appears to be superficial, I need to dig up the facial oil again. If you’re interested, A’kin Sensitive Calming Day & Night Cream is available as 50ml. The RRP is £24 but I paid £3 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Neutrogena Clear & Soothe Toning Mist With Turmeric

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Neutrogena Clear & Soothe Toning Mist With Turmeric. This face mist is aimed at spot-prone, combination and dehydrated skin.

This face mist promises to refresh and to soothe stressed and spot-prone skin. According to Neutrogena, you can use it before or after your moisturiser – or whenever you want. Just close your eyes and mouth and spray it all over your face.

I’ve been using this face mist for well over a month now. And I love it! I use it after cleansing, randomly during the day and sometimes over my make-up.

First of all, this is the mistiest face mist I’ve ever used. Some face mists are more like sprays, but the nozzle on this bottle dispenses the finest face mist ever. 😍 So you can spray away without ending up with wet patches on your face.

I’ve noticed that, since I’ve been using this face mist, redness is less of an issue for me. I would definitely agree that this face mist calms my moody skin!

I’m so happy that I’ve given this face mist a try! It’s one of my favourite products right now. If you’re interested, Neutrogena Clear & Soothe Toning Mist With Turmeric is available as 125ml for about £6. I paid £3.99 (Save 1/3 offer).

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 💙💛

Essano Rosehip Visible Lift Eye Crème

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Essano Rosehip Visible Lift Eye Crème for all skin types. This eye cream contains shea butter, rosehip and seed jojoba oils, vitamins A, B3 (Niacinamide) and E, as well as pro-vitamin B5. The packaging states that over 97% of the ingredients are of natural origin.

This eye cream promises what most eye creams promise. It says it will soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, firm the skin for a visible lift, even out the skin tone and restore a youthful glow. Use it like any other eye cream = simply dab a small amount around the eye contour area.

I’ve been using this eye cream for over a month now, and I think it’s quite alright. It’s a lot better than the eye gel I used before. This eye cream feels rich and nourishing, but it’s not greasy. I haven’t seen any actual youthful glow or a visible lift, but I like the hydration I’m getting from this eye cream. One thing though – this eye cream could smell better! It smells a bit like furniture polish. Fortunately, the scent isn’t strong, and it doesn’t linger.

In any event, I’m happy to continue to use this product. If you’re interested, Essano Rosehip Visible Lift Eye Crème is available as 15ml. I paid a ridiculous £3 (TK Maxx). On another note, according to the manufacturer, this eye cream is vegan and cruelty-free! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Maxbrands My Skin Facial Sheet Mask “Panda Face”

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Maxbrands My Skin Facial Sheet Mask “Panda Face”. This sheet mask with cucumber extract promises to improve skin elasticity and to boost the skin. You’re supposed to cleanse your face first, then put the mask on, leave it on for 10-15 minutes – and then rinse it off.

I’ve given this sheet mask a try, and I think it’s alright. I don’t think it did much for my skin, but it felt mildly refreshing and hydrating. The essence wasn’t too sticky (not that it would have mattered considered the essence has to be rinsed off anyway), and I liked the cute panda print.

This is not the most special face mask, but hey, it looks cute! Maxbrands My Skin Facial Sheet Mask “Panda Face” is available as a 25ml single use mask. I paid 50p (independent bargain store).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Cellio It’s True Pomegranate Deep Cleansing + Massage Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Cellio It’s True Pomegranate Deep Cleansing + Massage Cream. This product is a cleansing cream with a fancier name. There is one difference though! Most cleansing creams (or milks) don’t need to be rinsed off as long as you use a toner right after. However, this one specifically states that it should be washed off.

With respect to its formula, this product is a thick cream. It’s reminiscent of body butter. I started to use this product about 2 weeks ago. I use it to remove my make-up with a cotton pad at the end of the work day and right before I take my evening shower. This way I can wash off the product as instructed.

I think this product dissolves and removes make-up (including eye make-up) reasonably well and without causing me any discomfort, but it’s nothing special. Right after I’ve gone over my face with this product, I’ll jump in the shower, and I’ll use a bit of face wash to get rid of the cleansing cream residue. Despite this, my current toner still catches quite a bit of beige when I use it right after I’m out of the shower.

I will use up this product, but I wouldn’t repurchase it. Having said this, I’m still happy that I got to try another Korean skin care product! If you’re interested, Cellio It’s True Pomegranate Deep Cleansing + Massage Cream is available as 300ml. I paid £6 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Poundland #6 The Mask Collection Aloe Vera Face & Neck Sheet Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Poundland #6 The Mask Collection Aloe Vera Face & Neck Sheet Mask. This mask is aimed at all skin types, and it contains aloe vera leaf juice and a bunch of botanical extracts (green tea leaf, rosemary leaf, licorice root, chamomile, etc). This mask is a standard sheet mask – use it after you’ve cleansed your face. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. And that’s it!

I’ve given this mask a try, and I didn’t like it. At all. There were 2 of these masks in the Poundland face mask set, and I’m not keen on using the 2nd one. Here’s why: The neck part of the mask is just as big as the face part – why would that be? I found that piece of fabric so irritating that I tore it off before putting on the facial part of the mask. I’m glad I removed the neck part because the mask is also quite sticky. I wouldn’t want sticky skin around my neck.

There’s more! This mask also has ear loops. I didn’t use them. I had just showered and washed my hair, so why would I want face mask essence in my hair? I folded the ear loops over, so that these bits of fabric would be on my cheeks. I don’t understand why this mask has ear loops in the first place. This mask is sticky. Who wants sticky skin around their ears, and who wants sticky essence in their hair? If you wore this mask as intended, you’d have to wash your hair immediately afterwards. I cannot imagine that anyone would resist the urge to wash the sticky mess away.

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend this face mask. I’d say this is one to avoid. But if you’re interested, Poundland #6 The Mask Collection Aloe Vera Face & Neck Sheet Mask is available in a set of 6 sheet masks (2 vitamin E masks, 2 collagen masks and 2 aloe vera masks). I forgot how much exactly I paid, but this set was £5 max.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum. This serum promises to moisturise the skin, to reduce redness, to make the skin look clearer, and to make the skin feel more balanced and less oily.

Simply use this serum as you would use any other serum – after you’ve cleansed your skin and under your regular day or night moisturiser. Also, according to Boots, this product is vegan and cruelty-free!

I’ve been using this water-based serum for a few weeks now, and I think it’s alright but nothing special. The watery formula is nice for the warmer summer months. It feels comfortable on my skin (after an initial 2 minutes of stickiness). Well, it feels comfortable most of the time. I had a small cut on my face, and of all the products that I’ve used during this time, this serum was the only product that stung around the area of the cut. I have to deduct imaginary points for that.

I’m fairly happy with the level of hydration I get from this serum. Well, water and glycerin are the first 2 ingredients listed on the bottle, so that explains it. And I found that this serum also plays well with my other skin care products. However, I’m not convinced that it does much more. In comparison to the last serum I used (Olay), this Boots serum doesn’t give me an immediate smoother look and silkier feel.

I will finish this serum, but I wouldn’t buy it again. If you’re interested, Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum is available as 30ml for £4. I bought this serum when Boots ran a 3 for 2 promotion across their Ingredients and Vitamin C ranges.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Glow Banana Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Glow Banana Toner which I’ve been using once to twice a day for the past 3 weeks.

This toner claims to refine the pores and to make the skin appear smoother.

This toner contains niacinamide which is listed as the third ingredient on the back of the bottle. Unfortunately, Boots doesn’t state the percentage.

Alrighty, how’s the toner? Well, it does have a beautiful foamy banana fragrance. However, this toner isn’t the best one for my skin type.

Whilst I like that this toner leaves my skin feeling velvety soft, I don’t find it cleansing enough. Within 2-3 days of starting this toner, I noticed considerably more impurities.

I haven’t started to use any other new products for well over a month, I haven’t taken any new medication, and I also haven’t eaten a lot of junk food. What other explanation could there be? I’ve also noticed that my dark patches (melasma) have become a lot more visible over the past 2 weeks. The only difference in my skin care routine is this toner.

I will continue to use this toner after I’ve cleansed my face in the evening. It’s super gentle, so I’m happy to use it around my entire face – the eye area included – to remove the last traces of make-up. However, as part of my morning routine, I’ll go back to using a vitamin C or glycolic acid toner.

I won’t buy this toner again, but I might try other products from this collection. If you’re interested, Boots Glow Banana Toner is available as 100ml for £4. Boots sometimes runs 3 for 2 promotions across their Glow and Ingredients ranges, so if you’re on a budget, you can try an extra product for free. On another note, on the back of the bottle it says that this toner is vegan and cruelty-free. This is great!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛