Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink Eau De Parfum which I’ve been wearing for the past 2 weeks now. This fragrance has the following notes: tangerine, yuzu and whipped cream (top notes), datura, white camellia and pink lotus (heart notes), and bamboo, musk and black saffron (base notes).

I found this fragrance to be a huge disappointment. Fatale Pink is remarkably faint, and it doesn’t last for more than 30 minutes on me. I’m almost halfway through a 100ml bottle after 2 weeks – ridiculous. What little I can smell is nice enough – citrus and a whiff of pink flowers. However, I wouldn’t recommend this fragrance for obvious reasons.

Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink Eau De Parfum is available as 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. I paid £19.07 for the 100ml.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – M&S Fragrance Collection Mimosa & Bergamot Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this M&S Fragrance Collection Mimosa & Bergamot Eau De Toilette which I bought as part of a fragrance duo. The other fragrance is Peony & Rhubarb, and I’ve already reviewed it.

But let’s focus on the Mimosa & Bergamot fragrance now. According to M&S, it contains… bergamot, pink grapefruit and coconut water (top notes), ocean breeze (?), fig leaf and violet (heart notes), and sea salt, sandalwood and musk (base notes). M&S doesn’t mention “mimosa” in the notes. 🤷

I think this fragrance is good. But unfortunately, it hasn’t wowed me.

Ler’s start with what it smells like – the bergamot and musk notes are very strong. The bergamot note in particular gives the fragrance a rather masculine feel. This fragrance smells like a summer edition of a “for men” fragrance.

I don’t really mind looking at fragrances as unisex – I love the pink Joop “for men”, and I’ve been obsessed with Midnight in Paris – another “for men” fragrance – until it was discontinued. At the same time, I love it when my husband wears D&G Light Blue “for women” – which, I think, is THE most perfect unisex fragrance ever.

Having said all this, Mimosa & Bergamot is a lot more masculine than any of the fragrances I listed above. I also find it more masculine than CK Be. I do like wearing it, but I actually prefer this fragrance on my husband. Why am I saying all of this? Well, I was hoping for another sweet and cuddly fragrance like M&S Vanilla & Woods. And if you have the same expectations, you’ll be disappoined. However, if you love the sugarfree zest of bergamots, this fragrance might be right up your street.

If you’re interested, M&S Fragrance Collection Mimosa & Bergamot Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml for £12.50. I have a 50ml special edition from a gift set. Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free – it carries THE Leaping Bunny! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Anna Sui L’Amour Rose Versailles Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Anna Sui L’Amour Rose Versailles Eau De Parfum which I’ve been using on and off for almost a month now.

The top notes are apricot, sweet orange and quince. The heart notes are rose, jasmine and freesia. And the base notes are amber, macarons and patchouli.

When I looked up the notes, I was actually surprised to find this many fruity notes. To me, L’Amour Rose Versailles smells like a mix of sweet yellow roses and powder. I think this fragrance is a safe blind-buy. It’s not the most original fragrance, but it’s lovely and pretty in its own way. I also find it very enjoyable in this weather.

Anna Sui L’Amour Rose Versailles Eau De Parfum is available as 50ml. I paid a ridiculous £13.61!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 body mists – Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist. I picked these up after the Blossom body mist from the same collection blew me away. And I’ve now given them a try…

Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist is supposed to smell of citrus, apple and peony. I’d describe the scent as a cheap apple hairspray scent. Maybe something a young teen would enjoy. But this stuff is not worth my time. I’ll give it away.

Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist is supposed to smell of peach sorbet, plum and raspberries. According to some of the reviewers at Superdrug, this body mist smells like Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon; someone else likened it to a Britney Spears fragrance. I don’t know either of those fragrance, but I’d be shocked if anything above £5 were to smell like this body mist. What does it smell like? Pretty much like a mix of burnt sugar mixed with burnt berries. It’s not pleasant at all. I can definitely see that some young teens might like this, maybe to cover up BO after PE/gym or exercising? But this stuff is more of a smell than a scent. I will give this stuff away too.

If you’re interested, Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist are available as 100ml for £3.99 each. On top of this, Superdrug often runs promotions on these Layering Lab products. I bought them when they were on special. To end this post on a positive note, these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free (they carry the Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I discovered by accident – Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette. Celebrity fragrances can be hit or miss – I loved Priscilla Presley’s Moments and Indian Summer, and J Lo has a few lovely fragrances. But I don’t care for most celebrity fragrances. Still, when I found Her Golden Secret for just over £10 for 80ml, I looked up reviews, and then decided to blind-buy it.

Her Golden Secret has the following notes – bergamot, mandarin, apple and peach (top notes), gardenia, orange blossom, and black currant (heart notes), and patchouli, cedar, tonka, vanilla and musk (base notes).

I’ve worn Her Golden Secret for the past 3 weeks, and I am absolutely blown away. This fragrance is a little gem. It starts out fresh with plenty of juicy peach and bright citrus notes, and as time passes, the gardenia note takes centre stage – followed by sweet vanilla and tonka. The colours of the bottle – white and gold – represent the fragrance perfectly. If I had to describe Her Golden Secret with just a few keywords, I’d describe it as a bright, honeyed white floral fragrance.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance. It smells a lot more expensive than the price suggests, and I think it’s great for all occasions or places – office, meeting friends, dinner with your loved one, theatre, etc… Honestly, it’s so cheap, but so good! Go, grab a bottle! Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette is available as 80ml. I paid £10.38.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette. How did I discover these? Well, I remembered that Mugler Alien (now under L’Oréal) smells super weak compared to Thierry Mugler Alien (back then under Clarins). So I googled to see if other Alien fans would agree, and I found dozens of reviews saying that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom smells like Alien! Since these Superdrug products were super cheap, I picked these up on my next visit to Superdrug, and I’ve given them a try!

And now I can say that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist smells just like Alien. Oh! My! Gawd! It’s “just” a body mist, and I started with 2 sprays on my wrist – so I would be able to take regular sniffs with a “clean” nose. After the initial 30 seconds – when it smells like Alien mixed with hair spray – this body mist turns into “proper” Alien. Just wow! It even has the same slightly dirty drydown. It’s incredible!

Now, please keep in mind, this is just a body mist, so it won’t last all day – but neither does L’Oréal’s Alien. And this body spray is only £3.99 for 100ml (even if there is no special offer, although I bought them for 2 for £6, I believe), so you can afford to spray away! My husband loves this body mist, and he agrees that it smells just like Alien. I’ve been through several bottles of Thierry Mugler’s Alien before the reformulation and through a number of Alien limited editions over the past 15 (or so) years, and you can trust me about this one. But even if you don’t, you can visit Superdrug’s product page where you will find dozens of reviews from women saying the same thing. I love to douse myself in this body mist – and so does my husband – I can’t blame him! Thank you, Superdrug! 11 stars!

Onto Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette! Based on the body mist, I had high hopes for the EdT, but the EdT isn’t a carbon copy of Alien. It doesn’t even smell similar to Alien. I do like this fragrance, because it has a sharp jasmine note. But I do recognise it for what it is – a cheap fragrance which would be good for a teenager who’s done with Impulse sprays and wants to “move up” to drustore fragrances. I think this EdT is also nice enough for the office, or if you want a fragrance and either can’t or don’t want to spend a lot of money – the 30ml is £5, and the 100ml (which I have) is £6.99. I actually bought the 100ml for £4.66 on a special offer – so cheap!

Based on my experience I’d recommend the body mist to Alien lovers. If you want to give both products a try, at the moment, Superdrug actually does run a promotion on these (but I have no idea when the promotion ends and what’s next) – the 100ml body mist is £2.65 (go, grab a bottle…), the 30ml EdT is £3.32, and the 100ml EdT is £4.65. Also – these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free – they carry the Leaping Bunny logo! And one more thing… matching body products are also available. I haven’t tried any of them as of now, so I can’t (yet) comment on how good or similar to Alien they are.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Live + Be Awakening Glow, Captivating Pause, Woodland Whisper Body Mists

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 body mists from Boots’ vegan & cruelty-free Live + Be collection. The entire collection is being discontinued, and all the products have been heavily discounted. These 100ml body mists were £1.25 each!

Let’s start with Boots Live + Be Awakening Glow Body Mist! This body mist smells just like the matching shower gel (I mention this because the matching whipped body cream smells different). What does this mean? According to Boots, this body mist contains notes of mandarin, yuzu, mimosa and almond. I would describe the scent as yellow and yoghurty, with a strong yuzu note. It doesn’t last very long, but it produces a nice scent cloud when I spray it generously all over my body.

Onto Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Body Mist! I haven’t used any of the matching body products yet, but this body mist is supposed to smell like a mix of nutmeg, jasmine, coconut and black sugar. I can’t smell any coconut or jasmine, but I would describe the fragrance as unisex, dry, powdery, slightly herbal and a tad sweet. This body mist isn’t ground-breaking, but it’s great for when you want to smell nice but don’t feel like wearing fragrance.

And last but certainly not least… Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Body Mist – which is the best of the bunch! This one is supposed to smell like fennel, coriander, cardamom and charcoal. I would describe the scent as woody, warm and slightly sweet with a touch of musk. It’s a wonderful sweater weather fragrance that makes me think of a cosy night in a cabin with a fireplace. I’m glad I bought 2 of these body mist as well as additional products from this range (2 body creams, shower cream, bath fizzer).

If you’re interested in trying products from Boots’ vegan and cruelty-free Live + Be collection, be quick! If you’ve had any products from this collection, feel free to let me know your favourite via the comments! And thanks for stopping by today! x

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I started to wear just a few weeks ago – Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum. This fragrance was a blind-buy for me. I’ve never smelled it before, but the 50ml bottle was under £15, and the notes sounded promising.

And those notes are pink pepper, mango and blackcurrant (top notes), gardenia, orris and patchouli (heart notes) and musk, vanilla orchid, chocolate and labdanum (base notes). Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

To make a long story short – the fragrance is nice! Very nice actually! On my skin, it’s mainly patchouli, musk and blackcurrant with a touch of powder (orris) and a hint of chocolate. I love it! On my clothes it’s vanilla, chocolate and patchouli. This is lovely too! Whilst this fragrance isn’t particularly longlasting, I don’t mind spraying it every few hours. I love the rich and slightly bitter blackcurrent note that I get with every spray. It’s really beautiful, and it works well with the patchouli and the musk.

I think this is a great fragrance for people who are just getting into musk and patchouli in perfumes. It’s not a real chypre, but it’s also not a random fruity patchouli fragrance (of which there are too many). It’s a modern and wearable composition; definitely suitable for men as well. And despite the name – Fatale – it’s a well-behaved (almost tame) fragrance that’s perfectly suitable for the office.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance! Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum is available as 30ml, 50ml and 100ml.  I’ve got a 50ml, but I’ve already ordered a 100ml as a back-up.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – M&S Discover Water Jasmine, Fresh Lychee, White Coconut

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance set that I picked up about 4 weeks ago – M&S Discover Water Jasmine, Fresh Lychee, White Coconut. On the back of the pack it reads that these fragrances are suitable for vegetarians, but the actual product pages for the individual scents confirm that these fragrances are suitable for vegans even. And they’re also certified-cruelty-free as they carry the Leaping Bunny logo! 😍

M&S Discover Water Jasmine is my favourite of the bunch, and I’ve already bought the big 100ml bottle. The notes for this fragrance are citrus (top note), jasmine and rose florals (heart note), and soft musk, cedar and amber (base note). The fragrance smells like… a green version of D&G Light Blue! This means that, within the Discover collection, M&S has made 2 fragrances which are reminiscent of D&G Light Blue (the other fragrance is M&S Spided Bergamot). Outstanding stuff!

M&S Discover Fresh Lychee lists lychee, pear and jasmine as top notes and amber and musk as base notes. This fragrance is the one that should have been called Water Jasmine! It has a very clean (and watery) and transparent jasmine note with hints of lychee and pear. It’s really nice too, and of all the 6 fragrances from the Discover collection, this is the 3rd best, in my opinion.

M&S Discover White Coconut has sea-salted coconut and exotic white flowers as top notes, sweet blossom and iced citrus nuances as heart notes and vanilla musk, sea moss and amber as base notes. I don’t like coconut scents and flavours, so I was expecting to hate this fragrance, but it’s actually not bad – the coconut note is on the transparent side, and the salt and the citrus notes are strong too, so the coconut note isn’t overpowering. This is actually a wearable fragrance!

Based on my experience, I would recommend this M&S Discover Water Jasmine, Fresh Lychee, White Coconut set. I picked it up when M&S ran a pre-Christmas 30% off promotion on certain gift sets, but even at £9.50, this is a total steal! Even if you end up not loving every single one of these fragrances, I’m sure you have a friend or colleague who will be happy to have it. If you like any of the individual scents, they’re available as 100ml for £9.50, and I’ve now also seen smaller 30ml bottles (same size as in these gift sets) for £5.

And now that I tried all the fragrances from the Discover collection, I’d rank them in this order (3 yays, 3 nays):

Water Jasmine(I already purchased the 100ml)
Spiced Bergamot
(I already purchased the 100ml)
Fresh Lychee (I might repurchase it)

Soft Iris (I liked wearing it while the 30ml bottle lasted, but I won’t repurchase as it’s not very special)
White Coconut (I have better fragrances to wear, so I think I’ll give this one away)
Pink Pepper (I absolutely hate it and will give it away)

If you want to read about the other 3 fragrances, click here.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Best Of Beauty 2020 – Hair, Lips, Body

Hi there! After yesterday’s post about my favourite face products from 2020, today’s post is about my favourite non-face products from 2020 – so that’s hair and body products, but also lip products which I didn’t want to lump together with the creams and serums. Let’s start with hair, then onto lips, then shower products, fragrances and, finally, body lotions and creams.

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Bourbon & Manuka Honey Deep Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Herbal Essences did an amazing job with their bourbon and manuka honey products.

L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo & Conditioner

Triple Resist is one my favourite hair care combos from L’Oréal.

NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine

NYC’s banana-flavoured lipgloss was one of the big surprises of 2020. I love this lipgloss!

Astor Rouge Couture Lipsticks

Astor’s Rouge Couture lipsticks were simply wonderful.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick 250 Stare At Me

Rimmel did a fabulous job with this lipstick. I love it!

L’Oréal Color Riche 231 Sepia / Silk

L’Oréal’s silk lipstick was a lovely surprise.

Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude

Manhattan’s soft nude lipgloss is an all-time favourite. I’ve gone through 2 or 3 of these already.

Sanctuary Spa Mandelular Sensuous Body Scrub

Whilst the photo is one of the worst photos I took last year, the actual product is one of the stars of 2020.

Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk, Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond

Palmolive’s black orchid and So Sweet shower gels are long-term body care favourites.

Palmolive Aroma Moments So Relaxed Aromatic Bath Foam
Yves Rocher Monoï Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist

Palmolive’s So Relaxed bath is truly outstanding.
Yves Rocher’s Monoï body mist smells like the most wonderful summer holiday.

Yves Rocher Collection Été

Another amazing Yves Rocher fragrance!

M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette

I didn’t expect an M&S fragrance to be in my best of 2020 post – but this beautiful fragrance is a firm favourite, and I already repurchased it.

Lucy B. Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk Eau De Parfum
I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer

Lucy B.’s fragrances are amazing – this one is no exception.
I Love…’s raspberry and blackberry body mist smells like sugar-free fruit jelly. Delicious!

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream

Nivea Soft Cream is now a firm beauty favourite!

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Oil Gel
Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Non-Greasy Lotion
Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Soothing Hydrating Lotion With Delicate Oat

Vaseline’s cocoa oil gel is amazing for dry skin.
Vaseline’s essential healing lotion is awesome too.
And Garnier’s oat body lotion is simply lovely.

These are my favourite non-face products from 2020. Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? Feel free to let me know via the comments. And thanks for stopping by! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde