Empties – September 2020

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I emptied in September. As always, I used a number of single-use face masks, and if you’re wondering if they were any good, you can click here to read about my latest face mask finds. Now let’s take a look at the big bottles, tubs, etc…

1 Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic – one of my favourite skin care products. I’ve already repurchased it.

2 L’Oréal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash – this is a decent face wash. Repurchase? Probably!

3 NSPA Deliciously Soft And Sweet Peach Shower & Bath Gel – this isn’t a great shower gel. Most of it went into the hand wash dispenser. I wouldn’t care to buy it again.

4 Original Source Hydrating Water Infusions Pineapple & Lemon Zest Shower – this is a nice shower gel that I might buy again.

5 I Love… Juicy Watermelon Revitalizing Shower Gel – a decent shower gel. However, this is a huge 750ml bottle, and the fragrance got old less than halfway through the bottle, so I repurposed this shower gel as a hand wash.

6 Original Source Plum & Blackcurrant Shower – I really liked this one. Smells like yummy cough lozenges. 😍 I believe this one has been discontinued, but I think I have one more bottle in my stash.

7 Orly Clear Nail Polish – the best quick-dry polish I’ve ever used. I can paint my nails with it and 2 minutes later I can get in the shower and wash my hair. I have 7 or 8 more bottles of this amazing nail polish.

8 NYC 16H Lipstain 491 Forever Freesia – this is an amazing product. I think that I have a backup!

9 Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude – I love this lipgloss. I think this is the 3rd one I’ve finished. And I have 4 more – 2 red, 1 brown(ish) as above, 1 berry! 😍

10 Elizavecca Milky Piggy Aqua Rising Argan Gelato Steam Cream – this is a very good face cream. It doesn’t have SPF, but since I’ve been working from home since March (and still am), I used it as a day and night cream. I would buy this face cream again! But I have a few other Elizavecca products to try first.

11 Original Source Hydrating Water Infusions Raspberry & Rose Water – a nice shower gel. I can see myself buying it again.

12 L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo & Conditioner – this is a very good conditioner. I will buy it (and the matching shampoo) again.

13 Boots Extracts Sweet Mango Body Lotion – I loved this body lotion. Unfortunately, the entire line has been discontinued, and I’m sad that I won’t be able to buy it again.

I think I’ve done well with the big bottles – 5 more shower gels are history. And I’m glad to have finished a few more skin care products as well! Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? What have you emptied recently? Feel free to get in touch via the comments and thanks for reading! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

September Beauty Awards

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the beauty products I loved the most this past month. Read on to see the favourites (and there are a few honourable mentions further down as well). 🙂

3rd place – L’Oréal Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo & Conditioner

L’Oréal did a great job with these hair products. I’m a fan!

Runner-Up – Astor Rouge Couture Lipsticks

Astor’s Rouge Couture lipsticks were amazing. It’s too bad the entire collection has been discontinued.

WINNER – Zatik Rosehip & Black Seed Organic Oil Serum

Zatik’s facial oil is simply fantastic! It’s a new beauty favourite, and I know it’ll serve me well over the colder months ahead.

Onto the honourable mentions! M&S The Fragrance Collection Peony & Rhubarb Eau De Toilette almost made it into the top 3. Superdrug’s Anti-Ageing Moisture Mask was a very nice surprise, and Skin Treats’ Olive Oil Mask was lovely too!

There were a few other products I’ve enjoyed a lot (and still enjoy), but I’ve limited myself to 6 favourites this month.

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 21 – 27 September 2020

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to on my blog this past week. 🙂

Monday 21 Sep – Nail Of The Day
Tuesday 22 Sep – Skin Treats Olive Oil Moisturising Sheet Mask

Monday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Tuesday, I reviewed a face mask. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 23 Sep – NSPA Grapefruit & Orange Bath & Shower Gel, NSPA Green Tea & Aloe Vera Bath & Shower Gel

Wednesday’s post was about these 2 shower gels. Click here to read my review.

Thursday 24 Sep – Revlon CustomEyes 010 Sweet Innocence, NYC Metro Quartet Eyeshadow 816A Chelsea Chic

On Thursday I reviewed 2 eyeshadow compacts. Click here to read the post.

Friday 25 Sep – Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 105 Pink Bloom, 150 Bois De Rose, 151 Blushing Rose, 260 Tequila Sunrise, 301 Warm Sand, 350 Flirty Beige

And Friday’s post was about a number of lip products. Click here to see all of them.

And this is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by, lovelies! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 105 Pink Bloom, 150 Bois De Rose, 151 Blushing Rose, 260 Tequila Sunrise, 301 Warm Sand, 350 Flirty Beige

Hi there! Today’s post is about a bunch of Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care lip stains. I bought one which I liked – and then I bought all the colours… Let’s take a look at some of them!

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 105 Pink Bloom is a beautiful raspberry shade. I like it a lot! I will keep this one.

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 150 Bois De Rose is a dark, dusty rose shade. It actually looks really nice on me, so I will keep this one too.

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 151 Blushing Rose is a soft rosey shade. The name Blushing Rose is perfect. I will keep this one too because it suits me well.

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 260 Tequila Sunrise is an ugly orange shade. I won’t wear it. In the bin it goes…

Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 301 Warm Sand is not bad at all. I’ll use it this autumn for sure!

And last but not least… Astor Perfect Stay Transferproof Lip Tint & Care 350 Flirty Beige is my favourite of the bunch. It’s an almost 80s kind of light brown. It suits me incredibly well. This one’s a bit lighter than Warm Sand, and it’s perfect for every occasion.

All in all, I’m surprised that I liked 5 out of 6! But I’m not complaining. I’m glad that these will finally get some use!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Revlon CustomEyes 010 Sweet Innocence, NYC Metro Quartet Eyeshadow 816A Chelsea Chic

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 small eyeshadow compacts – Revlon CustomEyes 010 Sweet Innocence and NYC Metro Quartet Eyeshadow 816A Chelsea Chic. Let’s take a look at Revlon CustomEyes 010 Sweet Innocence first!

Sweet Innocence is a cute looking little compact. The 5 shades are dark grey, peachy nude, champagne, dusty plum and vintage pink.

I’ve done a few looks with this palette, but I found the quality of the eyeshadows to be poor. They were chalky, it was impossible to build them up, and they didn’t blend.

After the disappointing experience with the Revlon eyeshadows, I tried NYC Metro Quartet Eyeshadow 816A Chelsea Chic.

This little eye palette contains 4 shades: a pale gunpowder, a medium chocolate brown, a frosty baby pink, and a light brown tinted grey.

I’ve done a few looks with this eyeshadows as well, and I think that the pale gunpowder and the brownish grey were alright. The chocolate brown shade was extremely chalky, and I didn’t care for the frosty pink.

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend these small eye palettes (or compacts). I found them at some bargain store (Poundland?), so at least I didn’t spend much money on them.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

NSPA Grapefruit & Orange Bath & Shower Gel, NSPA Green Tea & Aloe Vera Bath & Shower Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 shower gels I picked up at my local Asda – NSPA Grapefruit & Orange Bath & Shower Gel and NSPA Green Tea & Aloe Vera Bath & Shower Gel. I love oranges, grapefruits, green tea and aloe, so I thought these would be perfect for me. Here’s what I think:

NSPA Grapefruit & Orange Bath & Shower Gel is disappointing. It’s like a really bad orange soda. I can’t imagine anyone would enjoy this odd fragrance in a shower gel. I think this is another shower gel that will end up as hand wash.

NSPA Green Tea & Aloe Vera Bath & Shower Gel is nice. It smells green and refreshing with a hint of sweetness. I’m glad I bought this one. I know I’ll enjoy it over the coming weeks.

NSPA Grapefruit & Orange Bath & Shower Gel and NSPA Green Tea & Aloe Vera Bath & Shower Gel are available as 400ml each for £3 each. I paid £1.50 each (half price offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Skin Treats Olive Oil Moisturising Sheet Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Skin Treats Olive Oil Moisturising Sheet Mask which promises to hydrate, sooth, nourish and revitalise skin.

This is a regular sheet mask. Cleanse your face, then put the sheet mask on. Leave it alone for 15-20 minutes and massage the leftover essence from the sachet into your skin.

I think this is a really good mask. It’s definitely one of the best I tried over the past few weeks. I found this mask to be deeply hydrating, I enjoyed the subtle and pleasant green fragrance, and I’m happy to report that the mask didn’t leave a sticky film on my face. I will buy this mask again, no doubt!

Skin Treats Olive Oil Moisturising Sheet Mask is available as a single use face mask for £1 at B&M Bargains. Savers might have this one too.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Manhattan Buffalo 12, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Sonic Bloom, Essence Colour & Go 105 Party Princess & Stamping With MoYou London Suki 01

Hi there! Today’s post is a Nail Of The Day post.

For this mani I painted my nails with Manhattan Buffalo 12 (2 coats, thumbs, index and middle fingers) and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Sonic Bloom (2 coats, ring fingers, pinkies).

The cute glitter top coat I used on the pink nails is Essence Colour & Go 105 Party Princess.

For the images I used my MoYou London Suki Collection 01 stamping plate. The black polish I stamped with is Revlon Nail Art Expressionist 310 Night & Degas.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 14 – 20 September 2020

Hi there! Happy Sunday. Today’s post is about all the posts I’ve written this past week – so read on if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to on my blog.

Monday 14 Sep – Nail Of  The Day
Tuesday 15 Sep – Superdrug Anti-Ageing Moisture Mask

Monday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Tuesday I reviewed a face mask. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 16 Sep – Battle Of The Peachy Shower Gels – Yves Rocher Les Plaisirs Nature Yellow Peach Shower Gel vs. NSPA Deliciously Soft And Sweet Peach Shower & Bath Gel
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Wednesday’s post was about 2 peachy shower gels. Click here to read it.

Thursday 17 Sep – 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Zatik Rosehip & Black Seed Organic Oil Serum

On Thursday I reviewed one of the facial oils I’m using at the moment. Click here to read the post.

Friday 18 Sep – MUA MakeUp Academy Matte Lipstick Fawn Fancy, NYC Color Instinct Eyeshadow Palette 969 Rooftop Cocktails

And on Friday I reviewed a lipstick and a small eyeshadow palette. Click here to have a quick read.

And this is already it for this week. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! 🥰

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

MUA MakeUp Academy Matte Lipstick Fawn Fancy, NYC Color Instinct Eyeshadow Palette 969 Rooftop Cocktails

Hi there! Today’s post is about a lipstick and a small eyeshadow palette. And I’m starting with this MUA MakeUp Academy Matte Lipstick in the shade Fawn Fancy which was £1.

This lipstick is awful. The shade is nice, but the lipstick is waxy, strangely dry and impossible to apply. It broke off the first time I used it. Not a surprise – I tried a few lipsticks from this line before, and I remember that this happened with at least 2 of them. I don’t think I’ll ever buy a matte lipstick from MUA again. Having said this, their creamy lipsticks (which are also £1 only) are lovely!

Onto this NYC Color Instinct Eyeshadow Palette 969 Rooftop Cocktails which was 99p at Fragrance Direct.

This is a small eye palette that contains 4 eyeshadows – a dusty lavender, a light blue, a light green, and a pale champagne highlighter shade.

I bought this palette a while ago, but I never used it until I gave it a try a few weeks ago. The dusty lavender shade is nice, but it’s poorly pigmented. And I didn’t care for the other 3 shades.

Since I have no use for this palette, it’ll be the latest victim of my 6 months early spring declutter.

Have you tried these products? Which products did you get rid of recently? Feel free to get in touch, and thanks for reading! 😊

Mrs Strawberry Blonde