I Love… Chocolates & Oranges, Iced Cookies, Mixed Berries Bath & Shower Crèmes

Hi there! About two months ago I told you that I found two cute I Love… gift sets at my local Asda. One of the gift sets contained summery shower gels, the other set contained winter-themed shower gels. Of the six summery shower gels only two were interesting (and new) to me.

However, I found four of the six winter-themed shower gels tempting. The two shower gels that I didn’t care for were Cherry Almond Sparkle (had it last year, it annoyed me half way through the bottle) and Spiced Cinnamon (I gave it a sniff and I knew I wouldn’t like it). I gave these two away with the four summery shower gels that I didn’t love.

And the four winter-themed shower gels I kept were I Love… Sugared Cranberries (which I’ve already reviewed), Chocolates & Oranges, Iced Cookie and Mixed Berries. Now let me tell you more…
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I Love… Chocolates & Oranges disappointed me. Yes, it smells somewhat chocolately, and yes, it also smells somewhat orangey, but it doesn’t smell delicious at all. It smells more like cheap dish soap. I’ll finish this shower gel (fortunately it’s only a 100ml bottle), but I have to say that it’s definitely one of my least favourite shower products ever.

I Love… Iced Cookie is very nice! It’s cookies and icing and Christmas… This shower gels reminds me of the extremely delicious soft and fluffy German gingerbread thingies (?) I stuffed my face with when we visited Cologne a few years ago. So yeah, this shower gel is awesome!

I Love… Mixed Berries is a decent shower gel. It doesn’t smell particularly christmassey but the fragrance is pleasant. It’s fruity, but it’s not a sugarbomb. Nice!

I found my two I Love… sets (6 different shower gels per set, 100ml per bottle) for £2.99 each at my local Asda. Unfortunately the majority of the fragrances in these sets aren’t part of I Love…’s permanent collection, so if you end up loving one (or several) of the shower gels, you won’t be able to buy a full-size bottle.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty & Cutie Haul – Superdrug, Poundland, Poundworld

Hi there! You know that a true bargain hunter never sleeps. Well, at least not when out and about. 😉 So you won’t be surprised to read that I’ve gotten my hands on a few bargains this month. And I didn’t buy any toiletries at all which is… something new! But let me show you what I did buy.
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I bought a Maybelline Color Show nail polish (£1) because I liked the colour, a Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (£1) – which I’ve already reviewed, a Barry M Duo Eyeshadow Pack (£1), and 3 I Love… Tinted Moisture Balms (£1 each). That’s £6 in total for these 7 products!
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I also bought 9 more face masks – 1 Montagne Jeunesse Super Fruit Mud mask (£1), 2 Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac + Amore Rose mask duos (£1 each), 2 Superdrug Orange & Black Lava masks and 4 Superdrug Superfruits Exfoliating masks. Superdrug’s masks are 99p each – but they were on a 3 for 2 promotion. That’s £6.98 in total for these 11 masks.
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In regards to non-beauty items, I picked up a My Little Pony Calendar (£1) at one of the Poundstores. And I found My Little Pony PEZ Dispensers at Superdrug. They were £1.50 each. So I spent £5.50 in total for these non-beauty cuties.

What do you think of my little haul? I’m happy because I didn’t go overboard. I’ve been a good girl! Feel free to let me know what you think. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Lemons & Limes, Vanilla & Ice Cream, Sugared Cranberries Bath & Shower Crèmes

Hi there! Not too long ago I found a few cute I Love… gift sets at my local Asda. Each set contained six different shower gels (100ml each). And there were two different sets to choose from – one of these sets was Christmas-themed, the other one contained summery and fruity shower gels.

The fragrances in the fruity set were Coconut & Cream (I don’t like coconuts), Strawberries & Cream (I don’t like strawberry aromas in toiletries), Mango & Papaya (I have a big 500ml bottle of this one), Raspberry & Blackberry (I have several full size bottles), Lemons & Limes and Vanilla & Ice Cream. Only the last two shower gels were new (and interesting) to me, so I kept these. I gave the remaining four shower gels to a teenage relative.

So today I’ll tell you if I Love… Lemons & Limes and Vanilla & Ice Cream Bubble Bath & Shower Crème are any good. I’ve also decided to include my thoughts on the Sugared Cranberries Bath & Shower Crème (this one was in the Christmas-themed set) in this review. I’ll be reviewing the remainder of the Christmas-themed keepsies shortly.
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I Love… Lemons & Limes is a decent shower gel. I don’t think this product is particularly moisturising, but it doesn’t make my skin feel dry. The fragrance isn’t too fizzy or too cool, it’s more like candied lemons and limes. So this one is definitely suitable for colder days too.

I Love… Vanilla & Ice Cream is a revelation. Whilst the shower gel isn’t very moisturising, its fragrance is one of the most gorgeous vanilla fragrances I’ve ever smelled. It really smells like vanilla ice cream! This shower gel is that good that my husband snatched it – at least I got to use it once! 🙂 Too bad this one isn’t part of I Love…’s permanent collection. I’d be buying the big 500ml bottles all the time!

I Love… Sugared Cranberries is a really nice shower gel. It smells sweet, fruity and warm, and I think it fits the sugared cranberries theme perfectly. It’s not the most original fragrance, but it’s definitely enjoyable!

I found my two I Love… sets (6 different shower gels per set, 100ml each) for £2.99 each at my local Asda. Unfortunately the majority of the fragrances in these sets aren’t part of I Love…’s permanent collection. So if you find these sets at your local Asda (or wherever), just buy them. I’m sure you won’t regret it. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland & Bargain Store Beauty Haul

Hi there! When I went to back to Poundland the other day, I felt like I hit the jackpot. I found Nails Inc. polishes for £1 each! I got Old Bond Street, Hampstead Gardens, Royal Arcade, Gatwick and Chelsea.

Not too long ago Nails Inc. came up with new bottle designs – so the ‘old’ bottles have to go now. Nails Inc. polishes are usually more than £10 each (I’d never spend that much money on a mediocre polish). So thank you, Nails Inc., for redoing your bottle design and for letting people buy your old polishes for less than 10% of the normal price! 🙂
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I also bought more hand cream (which I don’t really need more of at the moment) and a small eyeshadow trio. I got Vaseline’s Intensive Care Hand Cream + Anti-Bac. And I picked up a Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Trio in 2 Naughty n Nude. And I couldn’t resist when I saw another promising hand cream – I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Hand Cream. Another £3 (in total) well spent at Poundland.
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I’ve never used any TRESemmé products (commitment issues – their bottles are too big). But I picked up a regular-sized Renewal Hair & Scalp Deep Conditioning Masque. I’m looking forward to trying it! And I also bought a Pantene Pro-V Nutri-Plus Youth Protect Rejuvenating Intensive Conditioner. So that’s two more products for £2 in total.
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Last but not least – I also went to B&M Bargains. Generally I prefer Home Bargains (they’re cheaper), but every now and then I swing by the local B&M to see what they’ve got. I picked up a limited edition shower gel and two Gliss hair care products which I haven’t had before. Original Source’s Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea Shower sounds really lush. And I’ll soon find out how Gliss’ Satin Relax Shampoo & Conditioner pan out. I spent £3 in total for these three products.
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I’m super happy with the bargains. 🙂 I spent £13 in total and I got so many products! My husband isn’t happy that our toiletries stash is growing again (yeah, I’m working on it…), but he appreciates that we’ll never run out of toiletries and that everything in our stash was half price or less. 🙂

Did you pick up any bargains lately? Have you tried any of the products I bought? Feel free to let me know in the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Choca Mocha lala, Tangerine Dream, Raspberry Vanilla

Hi there! I found a few I Love… shower products for 89p each (!) at my local Home Bargains store a while back. I had a sniff, I liked them, and I bought them. Now meet I Love… Choca Mocha Lala, Tangerine Dream and Raspberry Vanilla.
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Choca Mocha Lala is a shower cream. The formula is quite runny, and the shower cream doesn’t produce much of a lather. But it’s really gentle and it makes my skin feel soft and nourished. The authentic (!) chocolate fragrance is absolutely addictive – it’s super sweet and yummy. 🙂 I think I’ll leave this one for autumn.

Tangerine Dream is a shower gel. It’s just as runny as the Choca Mocha Lala shower cream. However, this one isn’t very nourishing. Saying this, I love the fragrance. Tangerine Dream smells of sunny citruses. It’s like a refreshing breeze on a summer morning. It’s wonderful!

Raspberry Vanilla is another shower cream. It’s quite thick and it feels rich and nourishing. The fragrance is perfectly delicious – like raspberry ice cream!

All these shower products have been discontinued – which is a shame. I know I Love… revamped its entire collection – and I hope the ‘new’ (?) chocolate and raspberry products are similar to Choca Mocha Lala and Raspberry Vanilla. I’ll give the new products a sniff soon! However, it’s sad that Tangerine Dream didn’t make a comeback.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Strawberries & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Crème, Nourishing Body Butter and Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! I got myself a few more I Love… products. These were on sale for half price (£1.49) because I Love… is currently giving it’s entire collection a makeover. I think the line didn’t need updating – not yet. That’s because I Love… manages to capture the scents of fruits and sweets perfectly – which is something that some high street brands struggle with. But I don’t want to complain about ‘other brands’. I’d rather tell you what I Love’s… Strawberries & Cream collection is like! 🙂
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I Love… Strawberries & Cream Bath and Shower Cream (available as 500ml) is a gentle bath and shower product. I wouldn’t say it’s moisturising, but it’s certainly not drying. The strawberries & cream fragrance is very sweet!

I Love… Strawberries & Cream Body Butter (available as 200ml) is a reasonable moisturiser. It’s not as thick as many other comparable body butters, so it’s a bit easier to apply. But it isn’t as rich as those thick body butters. Still, it’s definitely a good product! The strawberries & cream scent is sweet, intense and longlasting.

I Love… Strawberries & Cream Body Spritzer (available as 100ml) really is the cat’s whiskers – if you’re into strawberry-scented body sprays. On its own this body spritzer isn’t that longlasting (which is OK). But if you spray it on after you’ve used the matching body butter, you’ll be surrounded by the sweet aromas of strawberries & cream for hours – probably even half a day. I think that’s fairly impressive!

I’m not the biggest fan of super sweet scents in toiletries. So I’ll be giving the body spritzer and the bath and shower cream away. I’ll use up the body butter myself (my fingers have been in the tub, so I wouldn’t want to give this one away). But my teenage relative will surely be happy to take the other two products off my hands.

Saying this, if you’re a fan of strawberry-scented toiletries, I would definitely recommend this I Love… collection. The strawberries & cream fragrance is sweet, intense and much more authentic than some high street brands’ (more expensive) strawberry-scented offerings.

The I Love… Strawberries & Cream product line has been updated – the design of the packaging has changed and some products might be replaced. However, the price seems to have remained the same – most I Love… products are still £2.99.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Cherry Almond Sparkle Refreshing Body Spritzer

I Love... Cherry Almond SparkleHi there! If you read my blog, you know I’ve been buying all things I Love… lately. I bought quite a few body mists (and other products) – for £1 each from Poundland! Here’s the haul post.

I thought I was very lucky that I Love…’s 2015 Christmas collection hit the bargain stores. I already had the shower gel and the body butter. So I was happy to try the I Love… Cherry Almond Sparkle Refreshing Body Spritzer as well.

However, after trying the body mist, I have to say it’s not for me. Whilst the shower gel and body butter do smell like cherry bakewell tarts, the body mist smells like a mix of almonds and baked bread – without the tiniest hint of cherries.

And when the fragrance dries down, it leaves behind a bread-like scent on my skin and my clothes. I may be too critical, but I don’t like the smell or the taste of bread, so I won’t be using this body mist again. But the product won’t be wasted. It’s going in my beauty box for the women’s shelter. Hopefully someone else will like this body mist a lot more.

If you would like to try I Love… Cherry Almond Sparkle Refreshing Body Spritzer, it’s £2.99 at Superdrug’s or onlline. Or swing by your local Poundland where you might find it for £1.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde