Nivea Age-Defying Q10 Hand Cream – With SPF!

Hi there! Since summer has basically arrived, I thought I should try and review a hand cream with SPF!

So today’s post is about Nivea’s Age Defying Q10 Hand Cream. This hand cream is aimed at people who want an anti-wrinkle hand cream that takes care of dry hands, protects hands from sun damage and helps prevent sun spots.

So how’s this hand cream? I think it’s great! It’s quite rich, so it’s not the formula you’d expect from a summer hand cream. But it’s not sticky and it’s absorbed quickly.

I don’t think that this hand cream made my hands appear younger. However, I’ve always taken care of my hands (I think that my hands look 15 years younger than they are), so I wouldn’t expect a new product to do wonders anyway.

I also don’t have any sun spots, but I am satisfied that this hand cream protects my skin from sun damage. My hands look as pale as they did in March, so I trust the SPF in this hand cream.

Oh, one more thing… this hand cream smells lovely. I’d describe the fragrance as happy and yellow – which is perfect for summer!

Nivea’s Age-Defying Q10 Hand Cream (which I would recommend to everyone) is available as 75ml for £4. Nivea used to do 100ml tubes (like the ones I have) for about the same price. However, Nivea updated (= shrunk) the packaging of this hand cream.

If you wonder if the 100ml tubes are still around… yes, they are! Just a few weeks ago I found this hand cream at Poundland (or Poundworld?). And I bought 5 tubes for £1 each. Fantastic value!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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The Ultimate £1 Stocking Filler – Leafy & Lovely Floral Hand Lotion

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Leafy & Lovely Floral Hand Lotion – which I bought around Valentine’s Day. But since this hand lotion is still available (and it’s £1 only) I thought I should do a quick review.

First of all, I love the fancy packaging. The design is really cute, and the hand cream tube reminds me of considerably more expensive hand creams from The Body Shop, L’Occitane or Roger & Gallet. So I think this hand cream is a budget luxury product!
Superdrug Leafy Lovely Hand Cream 2
I also like the fragrance – it’s floral and green – like spring! By the way, the fragrance is the exact same fragrance that Superdrug used in last year’s Summer Meadow hand lotion. 🙂

Another thing that’s great is that this hand cream isn’t sticky. It’s absorbed quickly, but it makes my hands feel silky-soft. Very nice! So if you’re looking for a budget luxury hand cream (for yourself or as a stocking filler or as a gift…), this is what you want! Superdrug’s Leafy & Lovely Floral Hand Lotion is available as 60ml for £1 which is excellent value.

Have you tried this hand lotion, or would you like to try it? Feel free to let me know in the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Perfect Stocking Fillers For £1 – Superdrug Sweet Snuggles Lip Balms and Hands & Nails Sets

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Lip Balm Set and Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Hand & Nail Set. I bought these two sets last year – for £1 each. And since Superdrug is now selling two almost identical sets (the design is a little different – but everything else is the same), I thought I’d tell you if they’re any good.
SD Sweet Snuggles Hand Nail Set2
Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Lip Balm Set consists of 3 lip balms. They’re vanilla-flavoured and they’re very nourishing. I also love the cute design – very fitting for the colder season! This year Superdrug is selling essentially the same lip balm set (as I said before, they chose a new design, but the name and the product are basically still the same) – and it’s available for £1. Considering the good quality of these lip balms, the set is a total steal!

Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Hand & Nail Set consists of a small 30ml hand lotion and a small emery board (= the perfect size for every cosmetic bag). I think the hand lotion is very nice. It’s wonderfully moisturising, but it’s not sticky at all. And it makes my hands feel so soft! I also like the delicious and sweet vanilla scent (it reminds me of Boots’ vanilla body butter). The emery board is nothing special – it does its job – like every other emery board. At the moment Superdrug does a near identical set (the emery board is the same, but this year’s hand lotion features a penguin image) wich is £1 only.

I would definitely recommend these little sets. They’re cute, they’re great stocking fillers, and the products are actually useful! I haven’t seen the new sets in store yet (online only), so I’m not sure about whether or not they carry the Leaping Bunny logo. My guess is that they do because last year’s sets were BUAV-approved, and they did carry the Leaping Bunny logo – and Superdrug’s own brand products are generally certified cruelty-free.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream and Hand Rescue Balm

Hi there! I spotted these relatively new hand creams at my local Superdrug store. They were 99p each (they’re usually £1.49 each), and they went straight in my basket! 🙂 I’ve been using these quite a lot over the past few weeks. And now meet Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream and Superdrug Hand Rescue Balm.
SD Hand Cream
Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream is a decent hand cream. It moisturises my hands nicely and it makes my skin feel softer and more elastic. However, this ‘effect’ is only superficial and I need to keep moisturising, otherwise my hands will return to their very dry state in under a day.

Superdrug Hand Rescue Balm is decent as well. I didn’t think it would be – because when I used it for the first time, it didn’t feel as rich as most other hand creams. But I noticed the difference this hand cream made after washing my hands for a few times. I’m not sure how it works, but it feels like it’s doing something from underneath the skin surface. But just like the other hand cream, I need to keep using it a few times each day for maintenance, otherwise it’s game over again for my hands.

In summary, these hand creams are quite alright. But they’re not very special. They can’t compete with Dove’s lovely hand cream, or with Baylis & Harding’s wonderful hand lotion. I think I should also mention that Superdrug’s hand creams don’t smell that great. They don’t stink, but their scent is quite plasticky.

The good stuff: Just like the other Superdrug beauty products, these hand creams carry the Leaping Bunny logo. They’re cruelty-free and suitable for vegans!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Kirstie Allsopp Lansdowne Rose Shower Gel, Hand Soap & Hand Lotion

Hi there! My local Home Bargains store is now stocking Kirstie Allsopp products for only £1.99 each (they’re about £8 each at Waitrose). So I got myself three 400ml rose-scented products. Meet Kirstie Allsopp Lansdowne Rose Shower Gel, Hand Soap and Hand Lotion.

I like that the shower gel and the hand soap aren’t drying at all. And the hand lotion is non-sticky and fast-absorbing – and it makes my hands feel moisturised and soft. I like!
Kirstie Allsopp Lansdowne Rose
Now let’s get to the fragrance! I think this Lansdowne Rose fragrance is very nice. Most of the time I find rosey scents a bit annoying. I think they’re usually not very well done – or they smell a bit sweaty. But this rose fragrance is absolutely perfect. It’s clean, clear, feminine and it’s very ‘Turkish delight’. Very nice!

I also love the cute bottle designs. And I think these products would look great in a home-made gift box or hamper. If you’d like to try Kirstie Allsopp products for less than their RRP, you should swing by your local bargain stores. Good luck!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rose, Ylang Ylang & Patchouli Hand Wash and Hand Lotion

Hi there! My last treasure hunt 😀 led me to my local Home Bargains store where I found quite a few lovely products. Two of them were Baylis & Harding’s Skin Spa Rose, Ylang Ylang & Patchouli Hand Wash and Hand Lotion. I paid £3.98 in total for two 500ml bottles – bargain!
Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Hands
The hand wash is very gentle to the skin. It doesn’t feel harsh or drying at all. The hand lotion is definitely one of the better ones I’ve had this year. It moisturises my hands nicely without feeling too sticky on the skin.

Now let me get to the Skin Spa scent. When I tried the hand wash for the first time, I thought the patchouli note was too smoky and too strong in general. However, only moments later the rose and ylang ylang notes began to shine through – absolutely lovely!

I encountered the same initial problem with the hand lotion, but the smoky patchouli note didn’t last long before the rose and ylang ylang notes made an entrance. So if you smell these products in-store and you think the patchouli note is overpowering, I promise you it won’t take long for the scent to change for the better! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I wouldn’t recommend… Sweet Snuggles Chocolate Vanilla Hand Cream & FCUK Pure Bodyspray

Hi there! This is my first post about stuff I wouldn’t recommend. I’ve done a few posts about products I wouldn’t repurchase, but I’m thinking that I might make it clearer in the title from now on. Now, let’s get to the products! Meet Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Chocolate Vanilla Hand Cream and FCUK Pure Bodyspray.
FCUK Body Spray & Sweet Snuggles Hand Cream
Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles Chocolate Vanilla Hand Cream is a product I found in the bargain bin at my local Superdrug store. Whilst this cream does a good job moisturising my hands, the sickly sweet vanilla scent annoys me big time.

FCUK’s Pure Bodyspray is another product I regret buying. The fragrance contains notes of violet, pepper and vanilla. In theory, this doesn’t sound bad at all. In reality, I find this fragrance obnoxious. I tell you why…

At first there’s a blast of old-fashioned violets, the next thing my nose picks up is the smell of butcher – the intensity of the white pepper in this fragrance is beyond words. After a minute or two the  pepper note is gone and what remains is the scent of dried violets with a hint of candy vanilla. Not pleasant. At all.

I’ll give the hand cream and the bodyspray to a teenage relative who’s always happy to take all kinds of unwanted stuff off my hands. She loves sickly sweet scents in everything, so she might actually like these two products.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde