2022 Favourites (Skin Care, Hair Care, Eyes, Lips, Fragrances)

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite products in 2022. Only the best of the best! Let’s take a look!

Scinic Sparkling Pore Toner

This is one of the best toners I’ve ever used. 😍

Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense Eau De Parfum

Fatale Intense is like a lighter version of Thierry Mugler’s Angel. 😇

Jil Sander Simply Elixir Eau De Parfum & Rich Body Cream

Simply Elixir was a very successful blind buy. It’s like a lady’s version of Dior Fahrenheit! 🌡

Oriflame Mirage Eau De Parfum

Mirage is one of the most beautiful and unique fragrance I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling. It’s the Moira Rose of fragrances. 😍

Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2011, Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2012

I love YSL’s limited editions of Elle! 🗼

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Moisturising Facial Oil

Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Facial Oil is a skin care super hero! 💗

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner

These Pantene hair care products are some of my all-time favourite shampoo and conditioner combos. 😍

Antonio Banderas Her Secret Temptation Eau De Toilette

Her Secret Temptation is another amazing Antonio Banderas fragrance. Wow! 💗

Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Whipped Body Cream

This whipped body cream is one of the best body moisturisers I’ve used over the past year (or more). Insanely beautiful fragrance, perfect formula. 😍

Marks & Spencer Lip Balm
Prada Infusion De Fleur D’Oranger Eau De Parfum

This M&S lip balm is one of the best lip products I’ve ever used. Incredible stuff. 😍
Prada’s orange flower fragrance is my favourite Prada fragrance. I hope they’ll relaunch it so I can repurchase this gem! 💗

Revlon Custom Eyes 020 Naturally Glamorous

I love this eye palette so much! The quality of the eyeshadows is insane! 😍

Lancôme Hypnôse

Hypnôse is a cult classic and an incredibly beautiful fragrance. I love it! 💗

Ekél Natural Clean Peeling Gel Rice Bran

This is Ekél’s best peeling gel. Awesome stuff! 💗

MakeUp Revolution Redemption Palette Romantic Smoked

Wow, what an eye palette! This one was a wonderful surprise! 😍

Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette

M&S did an amazing job with this budget Light Blue-style fragrance. No, it’s not a dupe for Light Blue, but it’s the same type of fresh and summery citrus fragrance. 😍

Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche
Nip + Fab Renew Retinol Fix Tonic Extreme

Armani Code Summer was a wonderful summer surprise. 🌞
Nip + Fab’s retinol toner is simply magical. 😍

Aussie Mega Shampoo & Conditioner

Aussie Mega is truly mega! An all-time favourite hair care combo. 💗

Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette
Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette

Yves Rocher’s Cerisier En Fleurs fragrance was another lovely summer surprise. 🌞
Dalissime is one of my all-time favourite fragrances. I’ve been buying it since the 90s! 😍

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream

This Olay moisturiser is simply stellar! I love it! 💗

Botanical Lab Neem Leaf + Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Gentle Face Wash
Neutrogena Clear & Soothe Toning Mist With Turmeric

This Botanical Lab face wash is one of the best face washes I’ve ever used. 😍
Neutrogena’s face mist with turmeric is a new skin care favourite. 💗

Ramer Sponges Cleansing Shammy For Sensitive Skin

This Shammy by Ramer Sponges is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. It’s that good that I bought 6 more already. These should last me for a long time – but I would always stock up on these. 💗

Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette

This fragrance is one of my favourites. It’similar to Light Blue (no, they’re not the same), and it’s refreshing and has this happy aura… I love it! 😍

Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner

Superdrug did a fabulous job with these brilliant vegan collagen hair care products. 😍

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante / Delectable Fragrant Water
Poundland #6 Vit C Toner

Rêve de Miel is one of my new favourite fragrances. I wish I had tried it sooner! 💗
Poundland’s Vit C Toner is an amazing skin care product. I love using it. 😍

Superdrug Extracts Banana 3 In 1 Hair Mask

Another amazing surprise find – I’m still enjoying this banana hair mask from Superdrug. 💗

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream With SPF 15

Olay products have served me so well over the years, and this lovely face cream is no exception. I love it! 💗

I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter
Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum

OMG, this Chocolate Truffle Body Butter is out of this world. LOVE! 😍
And what can I say about Kenzo Amour? It’s one of the most beautiful fragrances ever. 11 stars don’t do it justice. 💗

And this is it for the year! I hope you love some of these awesome products too – and if you don’t know them, I hope you’ll give them a try. Thanks for stopping by again today. Have a happy and healthy 2023! 🥳🥳🥳

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Lift N’ Volume Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Pantene Pro-V Miracles Lift N’ Volume Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner combo. I really enjoyed the Grow Strong shampoo and conditioner from this range, but I didn’t care for the Silky & Glowing products. So how did these volume products do?

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Lift N’ Volume Thickening Shampoo works. it just works. I knew it was volumising the first time I tried it. It felt amazing on my head, and I could tell that it managed to thicken my hair immediately. The only downside is the scent – it smells like a mix of that awful Chloe rose fragrance (yes, many people love it, but if you hate it, you really hate it) and cold air.

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Lift N’ Volume Thickening Conditioner is just as brilliant as the shampoo. It detangles my hair with ease, but it doesn’t flatten it or weigh it down. Most volume conditioners either give me crunchy hair – or they’re just so bad that I end up using a ludicrous amount of product which then has a flattening effect. But not this one. Nope! This conditioner is excellent. Soft and bouncy hair, tons of volume… my only complaint is the smell.

Based on my experience, I’d actually recommend these products. And if you like fragrances like that Chloe fragrance, you’ll love the scent of these 2 products. I don’t know if I’ll buy these products again. Time will tell. If you’re interested, Pantene Pro-V Miracles Lift N’ Volume Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml and 275ml respectively. These products are usually about £5 each, but I paid £2.50 each (half price offer, Tesco Clubcard).

EDIT 2 January 2023: I’ve finished these products now, and I’m glad they’re gone. The last 2 weeks, I woke up with what I’d call clown hair. Every single day. These products made my hair totally unmanageable. They were pretty good for the first 2 weeks, but the last 2 weeks were the worst 14 bad hair days of my life. Good riddance!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Extracts Banana 3 In 1 Hair Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Extracts Banana 3 In 1 Hair Mask which promises to nourish dry hair. Accoding to Superdrug, this hair mask can be used in 3 ways:

– as a conditioner (after you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, leave it in for 2 minutes),
– as a rinse-out hair mask (after you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, leave it in for 10 minutes),
– or as a leave-in conditioner (work it into dry or damp hair).

I’m not a fan of leave-in products as I hate the feeling of “product” in my hair, and I have no time to do a 10 minute hair mask. But I’ve been using this product as a conditioner (leaving it in for 2-3 minutes), and here’s what I think…

I think this hair mask is fab when used as a quick deep conditioner for 2-3 minutes. I like the fruity banana scent – very gourmand! And I like that this hair mask leaves my hair feeling soft and clean. Some hair care products can weigh down my hair, and others seem to grease up my hair rather quickly. But this hair mask doesn’t do any of that. I think this hair mask also adds a bit of volume for about half a day. All in all, this banana hair mask gives me lighweight, soft and fluffy (!) hair. 😀

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this hair mask. Superdrug Extracts Banana 3 In 1 Hair Mask is available as 300ml for £4.99. I paid £2.49 (half price offer). Also, this hair mask carries the Leaping Bunny logo – this means that it’s certified cruelty-free. The ingredients and the overall product are also vegan!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner combo. These 2 products promise to add a bit of volume to fine hair. I’ve been using these products every morning for about 2 weeks now, and here’s what I think.

Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo is a clear gel-type of shampoo. I find it cleansing but not stripping. Really nice. I also love the beautiful fragrance. I can’t describe it, but it smells fancy and feminine. A definite repurchase!

Onto Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Conditioner which is just as nice as the shampoo. It detangles my hair with ease – which is something that most volume conditioners aren’t good at. But this conditioner delivers soft hair with a bit of volume. Very nice!

These 2 products are already on my to-buy-again list. I would definitely recommend them! If you’re interested, Superdrug Revive Hair Care Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml each for £4.99 each. I bought them on a Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer. Also, both products are suitable for vegans and certified cruelty-free – they carry THE Leaping Bunny logo!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Silky & Glowing Biotin & Hydrolised Silk Protein Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about the hair care combo I’m using at the moment – Pantene Pro-V Miracles Silky & Glowing Biotin & Hydrolised Silk Protein Shampoo & Conditioner. These 2 products promise to repair straw-like or processed hair to silky soft.

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Silky & Glowing Biotin & Hydrolised Silk Protein Shampoo is a creamy white shampoo. It doesn’t look or smell spectacular. It has a dense, warm and almost cloying scent. Something I can’t describe plus coconut. Not really great for summer. It does feel nice on my hair and my head though.

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Silky & Glowing Biotin & Hydrolised Silk Protein Conditioner is a weird one. It doesn’t have that typical conditioner formula. This one’s more like a cream. I need quite a bit of product to be able to detangle my hair. I also don’t like the fragrance. It has a strong chemical smell – reminiscent of hair dye – plus lots of coconut. It doesn’t smell good.

I’ve also noticed that this hair care combo does the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. Instead of silky and soft hair, it leaves me with crunchy hair after every single wash. So I now wear my hair up during the day. ☹️ Well, I won’t buy this hair care combo again.

If you’re interested, Pantene Pro-V Miracles Silky & Glowing Biotin & Hydrolised Silk Protein Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml and 275ml respectively. These products are usually about £5 each, but I paid £2.50 each (with Tesco Clubcard).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Revisiting Old Favourites – Aussie Mega Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about a hair care combo that I loved but haven’t used for ages – Aussie Mega Shampoo & Conditioner. These 2 products are aimed at daily washers like me, and they promise effective everyday cleansing.

Let’s start with the shampoo! I simply love Aussie Mega Shampoo! It smells divine – like gummy bears and flowers. And it cleanses my hair and my scalp gently and effectively. Truly great stuff!

Aussie Mega Conditioner is amazing too. I don’t even need to use a lot of product to condition and to detangle my hair. This stuff is brilliantly effective! I love it!

I’m glad I repurchased these amazing products. It won’t be another 4 years until I pick them up again. In fact, I’m already on the lookout for special offers, so these hair super heroes will become beauty staples!

If you’re interested, Aussie Mega Shampoo is available as 90, 300 and 500ml. Aussie Mega Conditioner is available as 90, 200 and 350ml. Price vary greatly (taking special offers into account).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Strong & Long Biotin + Bamboo Keratin Reconstruct Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Pantene Pro-V Miracles Strong & Long Biotin + Bamboo Keratin Reconstruct Mask. This hair mask promises to strengthen hair against styling damage (vs. non-conditioning shampoo) and to help reduce hair loss due to breakage.

The instructions state that you should apply the hair mask to your wet hair, then rinse it out, then dry and style your hair.

I’ve used this hair mask about once every 5-7 days for the past 5 weeks, and I think it’s alright but not great. I tried this hair mask because the shampoo and the conditioner from the same collection blew me away. Whilst the shampoo and the conditioner are all-time faves, the hair mask is not. And here’s why:

It starts with the instructions – they don’t state how often you should use the mask, and for how long you should leave it in. Pantene needs to improve this. I just leave the mask on for 2-3 minutes. But I have no idea if this is how Pantene expects people to use this hair mask.

Also, I don’t style my hair. I have long, wavy-to-curly hair, and I just wash and condition my hair (and blow-dry it if I have to go anywhere) – and my hair just looks great. I don’t use any kind of foam, gel, spray, etc. So I can’t evaluate how effective this hair mask is if you style your hair. However, I have noticed zero difference between this hair mask and a regular conditioner. I guess that’s why Pantene promises a strengthening effect compared to the use of a non-conditioning shampoo only. If you style your hair, and this mask works for you, this is great. But it doesn’t do anything special for me.

Another thing is that this hair mask makes no difference to how much hair I lose in the shower the next day. I’m a daily washer, so I know how much hair I lose or should lose. Whilst the shampoo and the conditioner from this range made a visible difference from day 1, this mask makes no difference.

Because of the above, I won’t repurchase the mask. I will continue to use it for as long as it lasts, but since it’s not better than a random conditioner, I don’t really need it. But if you’re interested, Pantene Pro-V Miracles Strong & Long Biotin + Bamboo Keratin Reconstruct Mask is available as 160ml for about £5. I paid £2.50 (Tesco Clubcard offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

L’Oréal Elvive Hydra Hyaluronic Moisture Boosting Shampoo & Moisture Locking Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about the hair care combo I’m using at the moment – L’Oréal Elvive Hydra Hyaluronic Moisture Boosting Shampoo & Moisture Locking Conditioner. These products are aimed at people with dehydrated hair. My hair isn’t dehydrated, and I wash my hair every morning, so I can’t comment on the “up to 72h moisture” claim. But I can comment on how these products work for me.

Let’s start with the shampoo! I think it’s really nice. It’s a creamy white shampoo, but the formula feels a bit lighter when I compare it with other L’Oréal shampoos. I think it cleanses my hair gently, and I also like the fresh and floral scent.

Onto to the conditioner which is just as lovely. I’m impressed with how quickly and easily this conditioner detangles my hair. It’s really good! I also like how soft and silky it makes my hair feel without weighing it down.

I’m very happy with these hair products. Based on my experience, I’d recommend them, and I will buy them again, no doubt. If you’re interested, L’Oréal Elvive Hydra Hyaluronic Moisture Boosting Shampoo & Moisture Locking Conditioner are available as 400ml each for about £6. I paid £2.99 each (half price offer). I just checked the prices on Boots’ and Superdrug’s websites, and Boots is actually running a half price promotion, and Superdrug has a 2 for £6 deal (no idea when these offers expire though).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about a new hair care combo I started to use very recently – Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner. These products promise to reduce hair loss and to help hair grow stronger.

Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo is fabulous. It feels cleansing but not drying, and it makes my hair feel super light. The luxurious fragrance (I call it “cashmere apple”) is very enjoyable too!

Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Conditioner is a pleasure to use. The formula comes close to the incredible Herbal Essences Classics formula – it’s thick and luxurious, it feels amazing and it also makes my hair feel amazing (light and nourished at the same time). And yes, the conditioner smells gorgeous too!

I’ve also noticed fewer hairs in the sink strainer in the shower from the first use of these products, so this stuff seems to work! Based on my experience, I would recommend these hair products. And I know I’ll buy them again (after I’ve tried the other 2 new Pantene hair care combos).

Pantene Pro-V Minerals Grow Strong Biotin + Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml and 275ml respectively. These products are usually about £4.50 each, but I paid £2.75 each. At the moment, Tesco has them for £2.50 each with Tesco Clubcard! A total steal!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

2021 Beauty Awards – Part 2 – Hair, Body & Nails

Hi there! Today’s post is Part 2 of my 2021 beauty favourites. Yesterday, I focused on fragrances and products for the face. And today is all about hair and body products and my favourite manis of the past year. Onto the favourites!

HAIR

Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

Holy grail stuff!

Herbal Essences Moisture Balance Shampoo & Conditioner

More holy grail stuff!

Revisiting Old Favourites – L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Caring Shampoo & Conditioner

Elvive Colour Protect is an all-time favourite combo. Great stuff!

Alberto Balsam Exotic Mango Shampoo & Conditioner

These mango-scented hair products are simply amazing!

Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Ginseng Extract

It’s a shame that the Harmony collection has been discontinued. This particular hair care combo was a delight.

Daily Defense Advanced Deep Conditioner With Argan Oil From Morocco

This deep conditioner is simply fantastic!

BODY

Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Smoothing All Over Body Cream With Acacia Collagen

This body cream with acacia collagen has been my favourite body moisturiser this year. I love it!

Palmolive Aroma Therapy Morning Tonic, Sensual, Absolute Relax

If I could only use 10 different shower gels for the rest of my life, these 3 would be in my top 10!

Radox “Shell Yeah” Sea Mineral Scent Shower Gel, Radox “Donut Mind If I Do” Vanilla Bean & White Chocolate Scent Shower Gel

These Radox shower gels were one of the most delightful beauty surprises this year.

Sanctuary Spa Mestizo Acai Rain Shower
Westlab Himalayan Salt Cleansing Bath & Shower Gel

2 more totally fabulous shower gels!

Sanctuary Spa Foaming Bath Soak
Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life
Palmolive My Fresh Splash Shower Gel

And the final 3 shower and bath favourites from this year.

NAILS

Marble Nails
Purple Nails
Blue & Red Nails

Some of my favourite manis from 2021. In no particular order!

Foil Nails
Gold & Magenta Nails
Lilac Nails

Here’s another 3 manis.

Marble Nails
Purple Nails
Red Nails

The last set of my favourite manis from 2021.

Thanks for stopping by today! And I hope you have a great start into the new year. Happy 2022! 😘🥂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde