Hi there! Today’s post is about Garnier’s Moisture + Protect Daily Protective Moisturiser which I picked up for £1.49 (Home Bargains!). This moisturiser with SPF 20 is aimed at women with normal or uneven skin, and it promises to brighten and to illuminate skin. I’ve been using this moisturiser for just under 3 weeks now, so let me tell you if it’s any good.
I think this moisturiser is quite good. It plays well with all sorts of products (toner, serum, hyaluronic acid face mist, glycolic peel) without balling up and without troubling my skin. This moisturiser feels light, but it hydrates my skin properly. It also sits well under make-up. However, there is one thing I’m not happy with…
… this moisturiser smells more like a hand cream than a face cream. The fragrance is 90% calendula with 5% lemon and 5% honey. I’m pretty sure I once had a hand cream that smelled exactly like this. I appreciate that fragrances are a personal thing, and the next person might love this fragrance – but I don’t. 🙂 I will definitely continue to use this moisturiser but, because of the fragrance, I wouldn’t buy it again.
Garnier’s Moisture + Protect Daily Protective Moisturiser is available as 50ml. I believe the RRP is around £4, but I only paid £1.49. It appears that Garnier has just repackaged the entire collection – so this must be the reason why the “old” stock can be found at Home Bargains!
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today’s post is about Garnier’s Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid and plant serum. This mask promises intensely rehydrated skin that looks smoother and more radiant – in 15 minutes. Now let me tell you if this mask is any good. 🙂
At first I need to say that this tissue mask doesn’t fit my perfectly average-shaped face. The mask looks like it was made for people with round faces and long chins. However, I have to say that Garnier’s tissue mask doesn’t fit anywhere near as poorly as Boots’ Luminous Youth sheet mask.
Anyway, let’s look at what the mask did for me! I left the mask on for more than 15 minutes – I think I left it on for about 45 minutes (give or take a few minutes). The mask felt cool and refreshing – but it also felt quite tacky. I didn’t notice any issues (no stinging or burning), so that’s definitely a good thing. 🙂 But when I removed the mask, I was disappointed. My complexion looked incredibly dull and my skin didn’t feel hydrated at all. I would say that, despite the superficial tackiness, my skin felt dry and tight underneath.
Since I didn’t get any benefits from this mask, I won’t buy it again. I have another Moisture Bomb tissue mask – but I’ll give that one away. If you’d like to try this product… Garnier’s Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is available for £1.49. I paid 99p (special offer).
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! I tried my best not to buy more stuff, but I caved. And then I caved again. I bought a lot of stuff in the past three or four weeks… So let’s take a look at the new products that moved in with me.
Item number 1 is this Flutter Hand Cream – Flutter is a Superdrug brand that always makes an appearance around Christmas. This hand cream was £1. Then there’s this Sweet Snuggles Hand Lotion Set – this set consists of a small hand cream and a nail file. I think it’s cute. And it was £1 only.
I also bought 3 Superdrug Facial Konjac Sponges. There was a 3 for 2 offer, each sponge was £1.99, and thanks to the offer I paid £3.98 in total. Nivea’s Firming Body Lotion was on a better than half price promotion so I paid £2.55 instead of £5.25. And I’m looking forward to trying my new B. Refine Exfoliating Cleanser which was half price as well – it was £2.69 instead of £5.49.
I also bought new hair care – L’Oréal Nutri-Gloss Crystal Shampoo & Conditioner. These were on a half price offer – £1.99 each instead of £3.99. I also bought two more eyeshadow brushes. These are Superdrug own-brand, they were 99p each.
I couldn’t resist when I saw this exclusive edition Olay Refreshing Face Wash. It was £1.45 instead of £2.99. And I found this incredibly cute My Little Pony Nail Polish Trio for £2.99 at B&M Bargains. This set contains 2 toe separators and three nail polishes (pink – Pinkie Pie, lilac – Rarity, glitter – Rainbow Dash). Awesome stuff!
I liked Superdrug’s cocoa butter & vanilla body butter, so I wanted to give Superdrug’s Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Body Scub a try too. This scrub was £2.45 (half price offer). I also bought two more Superdrug Clearly Youthful Glycolic Peel-Off Mask tubes. They’re £4.89 each, but there was a 2 for £5 offer. By the way, this mask is absolutely brilliant. Please check out my review of it!
The Patisserie de Bain set was a freebie. Superdrug gave these sets away as a gift with purchase – all you had to do was buy two skin care products (yes, they included lots of cheap basics – like face wash for £1.50 and the likes – in this offer), and you’d get this Patisserie de Bain set for free.
Up next is a lipstick – Models Own Miami Heat – £1.24 (clearance). And I couldn’t resist this cute Flutter Lip Balm. It’s strawberry-flavoured and it was £1. The Models Own Nail Polish was £2.49 (clearance) and the shade is called Eggshell Goose. The Max Factor nail polish is from Poundworld, so it was £1. I had to have it because the colour really pops!
I was really happy when my local Asda restocked Alberto Balsam products whilst they were still on a £1 promotion. So I got Alberto Balsam Volume Boost Shampoo & Conditioner for £1 each. The Pantene Breakage Defence Hair Strengthening Tonic was £1 at Poundland.
Finally I bought a few face masks again. They’re all Montagne Jeunesse masks. I got two Mud Pac and Amore Rose duos for £1 each at Poundland. The Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask and the Charcoal Masque were 85p each at Asda.
As I love Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant collection, I bought another product – a serum & moisturiser. This product was on a half price promotion, so I paid £2.94 only. Superdrug also had a new version of the Leafy & Lovely hand cream. It’s probably the same as before – but it was £1 only, so I thought I should have it. Superdrug’s Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist cost me £2.24 only. Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles gift set was £3.50.
I also bought 2 Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks. They were on special for 99p each. And I got 2 tubs of Superdrug’s Vitamin E Intensive All Over Body Cream for £2.61 each. Superdrug’s Vitamin E Leave-On Moisture Mask was £2.24. And Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Night Cream was also on special for £2.95. I love this night cream. This one’s a back-up! And the last item is a Sweet Snuggles lip balm set which I got for £1. I loved last year’s lip balms, and I’m sure this year’s lip balms are just as excellent.
So this is what I bought over the last few weeks. I know it’s more stuff that I didn’t really need, but I’m still happy that I stocked up on products that were on a promotion. 🙂 Have you tried any of these products – or would you like to try any of them? Feel free to let me know what you think. 🙂
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Quite some time ago I mentioned that I wouldn’t let scrubs that contain crushed apricot seeds or walnut shells anywhere near my face.
But I’m very happy to use face scrubs without abrasive ingredients, like Garnier’s Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub.
This paraben-free scrub is aimed at people with sensitive, dull and tired skin. And it promises to purify and revitalise skin.
I’ve used this scrub for a few times now, and I think it’s really good. It’s not too harsh, so it doesn’t harm my skin. But it still gives my face a good scrub. I also think this scrub smells and feels refreshing. In case you’re wondering, it smells like sunny citrus fruits. 🙂
I will continue to use this scrub for sure. I will use it on a weekly basis. And I would definitely recommend this scrub, especially if you want to say goodbye to abrasive scrubs, or if you have dry or sensitive skin. Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub is available as 150ml for £3.99. I bought mine on a save 1/3 deal.
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve touched Garnier hair products. That’s because Garnier’s The Marvellous Transformer (which I wouldn’t touch again if you paid me) and The Silky Smoother (which smells great – but that’s all it does) disappointed me big time.
But when I saw Garnier Ultimate Blends The Shine Revitaliser Shampoo & Conditioner for £1 each at a bargain store, I thought I’d give Garnier another chance. If you read on, I’ll tell you what the shampoo and the conditioner are like.
The shampoo is very nice. It feels clarifying, but it’s not harsh. It actually feels great on my head! The conditioner is surprisingly good too. I didn’t expect much, but it actually detangles my curls nicely. And this 200ml conditioner is already lasting me for longer than the 400ml Garnier conditioners I’ve previouly had. Well done, Garnier. Seriously, well done!
In regards to the fragrance, I think Garnier got it slightly wrong (again). I would have expected (and preferred) a fresher and cleaner fragrance (more lemon, please). Saying this, the faint green tea and lemon fragrance isn’t unpleasant at all. I just think that a fresh, cool and maybe even tangy lemon fragrance would have suited the theme and the colour of the products much better.
All in all, I would recommend these two products! Like I said, I was pleasantly surprised! Garnier Ultimate Blends The Shine Revitaliser Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400 ml for about £4 each or 250ml (shampoo) and 200ml (conditioner) for about £2 each. But obviously the smaller bottles have hit the bargain stores, so you might as well do what I did and pick up your shampoo and conditioner for £1 each!
Hi there! I haven’t reviewed any body butters or lotions in a while – that’s because I’m currently trying to use up all those part-used products that have piled up.
But since I was so impressed by Garnier’s Aloe Vera Body Lotion, I was happy to pick up Garnier’s Intensive 7 Days Soothing Gel Cream with L-Bifidus + Peach for dry and sensitive skin at my local Home Bargains store. 🙂
When I used this gel cream for the first time, I found it incredibly sticky – for about a minute. But once my skin had absorbed the moisturiser, it just felt great.
So whilst my skin felt smooth and supple, it didn’t feel like it was slathered in moisturiser just minutes ago. Brilliant!
I also think the soft peach fragrance is quite pleasant. It’s nothing special, but I think it’s the perfect fragrance to go with the gel cream theme.
It’s obvious that I’m happy with the product. So yes, I would definitely recommend it. 🙂 I will continue to use this moisturiser over the coming weeks and months, and I might even pick up another bottle. If you’re interested, you might want to swing by your local bargain store to check if they have it. Oh, and this product is a real bargain. I paid £1.49 for a 250ml bottle – amazing value!
Hi there! Today’s post is about Garnier’s Ultimate Blends The Silky Smoother shampoo and conditioner which I’ve been using for the past few weeks. These products are aimed at people with longer hair and split ends.
I don’t have split ends, so I can’t tell you if these products would help with this problem. But I’ll tell you what I think about this shampoo and conditioner combo in general.
The Silky Smoother shampoo is gentle on my hair and scalp. And I love the vanilla and papaya fragrance. What I don’t like is that this shampoo makes my hair feel knotty and unflexible as soon as I’m lathering it up. So when I rinse out the shampoo my hair is a knotty and unflexible mess.
The Silky Smoother conditioner is not very effective. Again, it smells absolutely lovely, but the product is too thin and not very conditioning at all. I have to double-condition, sometimes even triple-condition (!) just to detangle the knots. And keep in mind, the shampoo is causing the majority of the knots in the first place…
In summary, I don’t think you’d be happy with these products if you have long, thick and curly hair (like me). It might be different if your hair is straight or thin (or both) though.
I’m glad I finished the conditioner. And my husband will use up the shampoo. My husband actually loves this shampoo, and he said he’d definitely want me to buy it again for him – but he has short hair, and he admits he’s totally drawn to the vanilla fragrance.
If you want to give Garnier’s Ultimate Blends The Silky Smoother shampoo and conditioner a try, these products are available as 400 ml each for about £3.99 – but there’s always a half price or BOGOF offer somewhere. These products are also available in a smaller size – 250 ml shampoo and 200 ml conditioner – for about £2.79 each.
Mrs Strawberry Blonde