100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Gentle Foaming Facial Wash For Dry Skin

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Gentle Foaming Facial Wash For Dry Skin. I paid £1.69 for the 150ml bottle.

It appears that this product has been discontinued recently. However, some stores may have stock left, so someone else might still benefit from a review.

Alrighty… this product promises to remove make-up and impurities and to leave skin feeling fresh and revitalised. It contains vitamin E as well as aloe vera, rose and camomile extracts.

On the back of the bottle it says… dispense 2 to 3 pumps of product into your hand and massage it all over your wet face. Then rinse with warm water… job done.

I’ve been using this product once or twice a week for a few weeks now, so here’s what I think.

First of all, there’s no need to be wasteful. 1 pump dispenses enough foam for my face and my neck. 👍

I love the formula. The foam feels soft and gentle – which is exactly what you want if you have moody skin.

Having said that, I’m satisfied that the foam cleanses my skin properly.

All in all, this is a nice face wash! It’s certified cruelty-free, and it’s suitable for vegans! If your local SD still has it, just pick it up! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Garnier Pure Active Anti-Imperfection Cleansing Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about Garnier Pure Active Anti-Imperfection Cleansing Gel which is aimed at people with oily skin that’s prone to imperfections.

This product contains salicylic acid and zinc, and it promises to get rid of impurities and to tighten pores.

You’re supposed to use this face wash like any other face wash. Apply it to wet skin, and massage it all over your face. Rinse. Done.

So what’s it like? Using this face wash for the first time was a scary experience! I applied some product to a wet konjac sponge, and then I rubbed it all over my face. About 15 seconds later my face felt cold and tingly. 😨

In the past I’ve received treatment for angioedema and similar (seemingly random) allergic reactions on a number of occasions. So I’m always very cautious with new products, especially with products that have a cooling or warming effect, and anything that tingles.

But back to the product! Whilst the first use was a scary experience, everything turned out fine. I rinsed the face wash off of my face, and things went back to normal. I also didn’t experience any redness, dryness or any other unpleasant reaction. I did, however, notice that this face wash really helps to keep my skin perfectly clean and clear!

So all in all, I have no reason to complain. Well, there’s one thing – this face wash is clear. Transparent. I was hoping it would be blue (or at least blue-ish). It’s OK now. I got over it. 😜

Garnier Pure Active Anti-Imperfection Cleansing Gel is available as 200ml for £4.99. I spent £5 in total for this product and the matching scrub (2 for £5 offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub

Hi there! Today’s post is about Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub.

This product contains salicylic acid, vitamin C, grapefruit and pomegranate extracts, and it’s aimed at people with oily / problem skin. It promises to unclog and tighten pores and to give skin a radiant glow.

You’re supposed to use the product as a daily face wash. Since I use a konjac or cellulose sponge (+ face wash) to cleanse my face in the shower every morning, I used this product the same way – and I was impressed!

This gel scrub is wonderful. It lathers up very well (it’s like it was designed to be used with a konjac sponge), it feels powerful but not harsh, and it really seems to “sweep up” grease and grime to give my pores a deep cleanse.

I also think that this gel scrub has skin brightening properties. Every time I use this gel scrub, my skin tone looks incredibly even and, yes, radiant. It’s awesome!

Since I have dry and moody skin, I can’t use this gel scrub every day. At the moment I’m using it once or twice a week which seems to work out perfectly.

Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub is available as 150ml for £4.99. I paid £3.33 (special offer).

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

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

Olay Hydration & Cleansing 2 In 1 Cleanser & Moisturiser Duo

Hi there! Today’s product is about Olay’s Hydration & Cleansing 2 In 1 Cleanser & Moisturiser Duo with aloe vera and cucumber extracts.

This product promises effective cleansing by removing make-up and impurities. In addition, it claims to hydrate the skin.

How does it work? You can use the cleanser with a cotton wool pad, or you can massage it into your skin and then “polish it off” with a damp muslin cloth.

Apparently you can also use it as a moisturiser (it says so on the back).

So how’s the product? I like it. It dissolves and removes my make-up with ease. Whilst I’m not using this product as a moisturiser, I can feel that it’s hydrating, and I believe it has helped me stay on top of my dry patches this winter.

In summary, I think this cleanser is really nice. I would recommend it to everyone with normal to dry and / or sensitive skin.

Olay’s Hydration & Cleansing 2 In 1 Cleanser & Moisturiser Duo
is exclusive to Superdrug. The 200ml bottle is £2.99. I paid £1.48 (better than half price offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – Tesco Pro Formula Fresh Skin Brightening Face Scrub With Grapefruit & Cranberry

Hi there! Today’s review is about Tesco’s Pro Formula Fresh Skin Brightening Face Scrub.

This product contains salicylic acid, vitamin C, and grapefruit and cranberry extracts. And it promises to enegise, brighten, exfoliate and purify skin.

This scrub is supposed to be used like every other scrub – just massage it into your skin in circular motions, and make sure you don’t get this stuff into your eyes. 🙂

How’s the scrub? I think it’s quite good! It’s effective but also gentle. I can see and feel that it exfoliates my skin properly, but it doesn’t feel too harsh. Cool!

The mixed fruits fragrance isn’t very spectacular, but it’s not unpleasant. It’s perfectly alright – so I have no reason to complain.

Tesco’s Pro Formula Fresh Skin Brightening Face Scrub is £3 for a 150ml tube.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde