100% Cruelty-Free – M&S The Fragrance Collection Peony & Rhubarb Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this M&S The Fragrance Collection Peony & Rhubarb Eau De Toilette with lemon and rhubarb (top note), cyclamen, pink peony and apple blossom (heart note), and white sandalwood, amber and guaiac wood (base note).

I’ve been using this fragrance on and off for a few weeks now, and I think it’s very nice! When I sprayed it on my skin for the first time, all I could smell was fresh apples! The opening is quite strong, and it’s very much like an apple version of D&G’s Light Blue! After a few hours, the fragrance smells more like apple pie – albeit much fresher and without any cinnamon.

I think this is a nice everyday fragrance. M&S The Fragrance Collection Peony & Rhubarb Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml for £12.50. I paid £10 (special offer). Another great thing is that this fragrance is certified cruelty-free! It carries the Leaping Bunny logo! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Lucy B. Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance that I’ve been wearing on and off for a few months now – Lucy B. Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk EdP.

On Lucy B.’s website, the fragrance is described as a dreamy and tender oriental fragrance with lotus and watery musk (top note), musky rose petals (heart note), and amber and precious woods (base note).

I’m not a big fan of strong lotus fragrances, so I’m happy to report that the lotus note in this fragrance is very short-lived.

This fragrance is all about clean musk – it’s even cleaner than J Lo’s original Glow – and it has watery, airy and candied hues. It’s really beautiful!

Lucy B. Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk EdP is available as 60ml. I paid £9.99 at TK Maxx. A total bargain! 🥰

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Collection Été

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I’ve been using on and off since April or May – Yves Rocher Collection Été. This limited edition fragrance contains the following notes: bergamot, mandarin, lemon, lemon blossom and woody notes.

I think YR Collection Été is a very beautiful summer fragrance. It bursts with citrus freshness, but it also has a sunny feel to it. It smells like a relaxing holiday. 😍 If I were to assign a colour to this fragrance, it would be pastel yellow.

I’m enjoying this fragrance quite a bit, and I can definitely see myself finishing it this summer! Yves Rocher Collection Été is a limited edition fragrance. It’s available as 75ml.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! Today’s post is about this I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer which I’ve been using on and off since March.

I’ve used so many different I Love… products over the years. And I had this body mist in my stash for a while. I can’t believe I’ve only started to use it this year! 🤦‍♀️

Anyhoo, how’s the product? Well, it’s amazing! I could kick myself for not trying it sooner! The fragrance itself is incredibly yummy. It smells of sunny blackberries and raspberries, and it’s as refreshing as a cool lemonade on a hot summer day. This is so much better than all of those sickeningly sweet strawberry fragrances many women seem to enjoy.

Whilst this is obviously not a sophisticated fragrance, I’m enjoying the refreshing scent quite a bit. My husband likes this one too!

I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer is available as 100ml. I paid £1 (Poundland).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Monotheme White Gardenia Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance – Monotheme White Gardenia Eau de Toilette. I’m a fan of exotic gardenia fragrances (the ones without coconut), so when I found this one, I thought I should give it a try.

This fragrance has tangerine and bergamot as top notes, gardenia as its heart note, and woods and musk as base notes. Alrighty! Onto the review!

Well, this fragrance is a huge disappointment. I knew this wouldn’t be a tropical fragrance, but I was still was hoping for a dense, creamy gardenia fragrance. Instead I got a transparent (yet strangely dusty) and soapy fragrance that’s pretty much a mix of the most random floral notes that have nothing to do with gardenias.

The fragrance smells cheaply done and quite dated, and the only thing that’s missing for it to be a total disaster is aldehydes – the synthetic stuff that many 1980s fragrance nightmares are made of. Although to be fair, the 80s had plenty of amazing perfumes which would mop the floor with a lot of what you can find in department stores now…

Anyhoo, White Gardenia is not a fragrance I can see myself wearing. I’ll give it to the first person at work who wants it. If you’re interested, Monotheme White Gardenia Eau de Toilette is available as 100ml. I paid £18 (M&S).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Monoï Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Yves Rocher Monoï Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist.

This body mist contains a number of moisturising ingredients, such as glycerin, castor oil and aloe leaf juice. It also contains flower extracts of exotic Tahitian gardenias!

I’ve been using this body mist on and off for a little while, and I love it! It has the most wonderful gardenia fragrance one could imagine. It’s warm, creamy, but it also feels transparent. This body mist is lovely as a spring and summer fragrance!

This body mist is also lightly hydrating. I like to spray it down my back – and it makes my skin super soft!

If you’re interested, Yves Rocher Monoï Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist is available as 125ml. I paid £10.99 for a pack of 3 bottles (special offer before Yves Rocher closed its UK online shop).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Jardin Des Nymphes Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s short post is about one of the fragrances I’m using at the moment – Yves Rocher Jardin Des Nymphes Eau De Toilette. This is a limited edition fragrance which is based on floral and aquatic notes.

This fragrance was a blind-buy, so I didn’t know what to expect. And since I’m not a big fan of fragrances with water lily or lotus, I was wondering whether I should have given this fragrance a pass…

Well, it turns out that this fragrance is actually quite alright. Whilst Jardin des Nymphes has a strong water lily feel to it, I do like it because, fortunately, it doesn’t have that smothering density that the overwhelming majority of aquatic fragrances have. Jardin des Nymphes feels light and airy, and I enjoy wearing it to the office.

Yves Rocher Jardin Des Nymphes Eau De Toilette is available as 75ml. It’s a limited edition from a while back, but it can still be found online.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Best Of Beauty 2019 – Hair, Lips, Fragrance, Body

Hi there! Welcome to my third and final Best Of Beauty 2019 post. As a quick reminder, I’ve done two posts already – one about skin care, the other one about face masks, and today’s post is about everything else!

And why am I doing this post in January 2020? I wanted to include the stuff I tried and used in December as well. I also didn’t want to reschedule posts I had already scheduled. Anyhoo, let’s get to the products!

Aussie Mega Shampoo & Conditioner

Aussie’s Mega products are simply amazing! They’ve become all-time favourites!

Gliss Hair Repair Magnificent Strength Shampoo & Conditioner

Gliss’ Magnificent Strength products are absolutely brilliant! 11 stars!

Gliss Hair Repair Total Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Gliss’ Total Repair hair products are fantastic too!

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Rosemary & Herbs Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

The best Herbal Essences hair care combo since their stellar classics from the 90s! Yes, yes, yes!

Yves Rocher Monoï Eau Des Vahinés Eau De Toilette

Yves Rocher did an outstanding job with this fragrance!

Anna Sui Romantica Exotica Eau De Toilette

This Anna Sui fragrance is incredibly dreamy. I fell in love with it!

Jennifer Lopez Glow Eau De Toilette
Calvin Klein CK IN 2 U Eau De Toilette

Whilst I’m not a fan of the actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, I’m very fond of her Glow fragrance. Calvin Klein’s CK IN 2 U fragrance has been an everyday favourite for a little while as well.

UNE Casual Matt Colour Lipstick M08

UNE’s lipsticks are just wow!

Miss Sporty Lipliners – 007 Slow, 013 Coconut, 014 Earth

I love the neutral shades of Miss Sporty’s lipliner range!

Makeup Revolution London Lip Hug Love Can Set You Free

How beautiful is this Revolution lipstick?

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care All Over Body Cream With Moonstone Extract

Superdrug’s limited edition body cream is a skin care superstar!

Primark PS… Exfoliate & Cleanse Watermelon Body Scrub

This primark body scrub is the best body scrub I tried all year!

Have you tried any of these products, or would you like to give them a try? Which products have you been loving lately? Please feel free to get in touch via the comments, and thanks for stopping by! 🥰

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Anna Sui Romantica Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about one of the many (!) fragrances that I’m enjoying at the moment – Anna Sui Romantica Eau de Toilette.

This fragrance contains the following notes: bergamot, mandarin, pomegranate and quince (top note), rose de mai, osmanthus, jasmine petals, orange blossom, water lily and peony (heart note), and white cedarwood, amber, musk and sandalwood (base note).

My first impression of Romantica is that it’s a sweet, pink lemon fragrance – it’s lively, energetic, youthful, fresh and summery. The lemoney notes evaporate after a few minutes, and the fragrance becomes more floral. However, the sweet, pink aura of the fragrance remains. I’m not into pink scents, but Romantica is a very cute fragrance!

All in all, I like Romantica! I’m sure this fragrance is aimed at younger women, but I do enjoy it. I might even repurchase it once I’ve finished this bottle.

Anna Sui Romantica Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml, 50ml and 75ml Eau de Toilette. I paid £14.99 for the 30ml bottle. If you’re interested, I’ve seen the 50ml bottle for only £13.50 at The Fragrance Shop just 2 days ago!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Calvin Klein CK IN 2 U Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about my current office fragrance – Calvin Klein CK IN 2 U Eau de Toilette.

This fragrance contains the following notes: grapefruit and bergamot (top note), orchid and white cactus (heart note) as well as amber, red cedar and vanilla (base notes).

How’s the fragrance? I think it’s lovely! It smells like lemon and vanilla – it’s a rather simple fragrance, and I’m also sure that it’s aimed at younger women, but I don’t care! I like the youthful and cuddly scent very much!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance. Please do give it a sniff next time you’re shopping for a new perfume!

Calvin Klein CK IN 2 U Eau de Toilette is available as 50ml, 100ml and 150ml. I’ve got a 150ml bottle, and I paid about £20.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde