Empties – July 2018

Hi there! It’s the 1st of August, so it’s time for my monthly empties post. Before I show you the big bottles and tubes I emptied, let me add that I also used a number of single use face masks – but I didn’t keep the sachets. I never do! Now, onto the big empties.

1 Kenzo Madly Kenzo Eau De Toilette – this is a lovely fragrance! It’s fresh, youthful and happy. Great stuff, Kenzo!

2 NSPA Luscious Fresh Clementine Fragrance Body Mist – I enjoyed this body mist quite a bit. I think the fragrance is fresh and tangy, and the body mist felt really cool on the skin. I’d like to buy it again, but NSPA replaced the clementine products with a different fragrance.

3 Sukin Purifying Shampoo – this was a nice enough shampoo. I don’t think it was very purifying, but if you don’t get your head & hair dirty, this is alright for daily use. I won’t buy it again.

4 Aussie Colour Mate Conditioner – this is a below average conditioner, and I wouldn’t buy it again.

5 Boots Luscious Vanilla Body Spray – this is a nice vanilla fragrance. I have 2 back-up bottles, I think.

6 Imperial Leather Foamy Banana Shower Cream – I love it! I have another bottle in my stash!

7 Sukin Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic – this is a nice toner. It’s really powerful, so I couldn’t use it every day, but I can see myself picking it up again!

8 NSPA Lemon Shower & Bath Gel – this is a very refreshing shower gel. My husband used it too, so this one’s a shared empty. I’m happy to repurchase this shower gel!

9 Tesco Pro Formula Fresh Skin Brightening Facial Scrub – this was nice while it lasted, but I wouldn’t buy it again. There are much better face scrubs out there.

10 Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree Shower Gel – this is a nice shower gel. It’s one of my summer staples. I have a few more bottles in my stash, and I think there might be another empty bottle next month! By the way, this is a shared empty because my husband used it too.

11 Daily Defense Moisturizing Argan Oil Body Wash – this is a very nice shower cream. I’ve been using it on and off since November! I wouldn’t repurchase this huge 946ml bottle, but I would buy a normal size.

12 L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist 60 Second Saviour – this is a lovely deep conditioner. I’d love to buy it again, but I can’t find it anywhere. 😦

This is what I emptied in July. Have you tried any of these products? Or would you like to try any of them? What have you emptied this month? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 9 – 15 Apr 2018

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

Monday 9 Apr – The A-Z Nail Art Challenge Wrap-Up (all the manis)

On Monday I showed you all the manis I did for the A-Z Nail Art Challenge. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 10 Apr – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream

On Tuesday I reviewed one of Superdrug’s day creams. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 11 Apr – Boots Extracts Luscious Vanilla Collection

Wednesday’s post was about Boots’ Vanilla body care collection. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 12 Apr – Nail Of The Day
Friday 13 Apr – Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub

On Thursday I showed you a mani I did recently. Click here to read the post.
And on Friday I reviewed a Garnier face scrub. Click here to read the post.

And this is it for this week. I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – August 2017

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I finished last month. Like always, I’ve used a couple of single-use face masks, but I didn’t keep the sachets (I never do). So let’s focus on the big empties – the real empties!

1 Givenchy Ange Ou Démon – a lovely fragrance! I would buy it again, no doubt. However, I think I’d like to try the purple version first (I’m sorry, I can’t be bothered to look up the exact name).

2 Boots Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Spray – this is such a wonderful all-over body spray. The vanilla fragrance is sweet and dreamy – awesome stuff! This one is a shared empty. Yes, my husband used this body spray too! I have 2 back-up bottles.

3 Boots Extracts Sweet Mango Body Spray – I love it! This is the perfect mango fragrance. I have 2 large back-up bottles!

4 Max Factor Pan Stik 25 Fair – my holy grail foundation. Yes, I have several back-up Pan Stiks. 🙂

5 Superdrug Vitamin C Boost Mango & Papaya Body Butter – this body butter is really nice. It smells natural and authentic. I will buy it again.

6 NYC In A Minute 001 Evil – this is one of the nicer black polishes I had / have (I have several back-up bottles). And this is also one of the black non-stamping polishes that I used for stamping. This polish was only about 1/3 full, so I poured the leftovers into another half full black polish bottle. Tadaa!

7 Montagne Jeunesse Buriti Fruit Body Smoothie – this is a fantastic moisturiser. I already bought a back-up!

8 The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter – my husband and I used this one as a foot butter. It was OK. I have another tub which will also be used as a foot butter…

9 Original Source Skin Quench Cherry & Jojoba Oil Shower – this is a nice shower gel. It has moisturising oil beads that burst on the skin, and I like the fun fragrance. I have a back-up bottle.

10 Radox Revive Mandarin & Lemongrass Shower Gel – this is one of the best summer shower gels ever. It’s so refreshing! I will buy it again, no doubt. My husband also enjoyed this shower gel. So this one’s a shared empty.

11 Superdrug Extracts Aloe Vera & Mango Conditioner – this conditioner is the definition of average. I won’t buy it again. My husband is using up the leftover shampoo – he doesn’t care for it.

12 Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree Shower – this is another shower gel that my husband and I like. I have at least 2 back-up bottles. This one’s another shared empty.

And this is all the stuff I finished last month. It’s not much compared to what I’ve finished over the past few months, but that’s OK. I know that I’ll finish a couple more products very shortly. Anyhoo, have you tried any of these products? Which products did you finish recently? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – May 2017

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I finished in May 2017. I threw out a konjac sponge (I am now using a cellulose sponge which I’ll review soon). And as always, I’ve used quite a few single-use face masks. I haven’t kept those empty face mask sachets, but let me show you what else I managed to finish. 🙂

1 Boots Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Spray – I’ve been using this fantastic body spray on and off since February. This is the 2nd small 70ml bottle that I’ve gone through this year. I’ve already stocked up – I have two big bottles in my stash!

2 Sanctuary Spa Mela Rose & Pistachio Body Butter – this is heaven in a tub! I think I started to use this body butter in September – maybe October – last year. I’ll review the Sanctuary Spa Mela collection shortly. 🙂

3 Olay Regenerist Regenerating UV Lotion – this is a fantastic moisturiser! I started to use it in March last year (!) but then I decided to focus on finishing all those part-used skin care products I had in my stash, and then this fantastic moisturiser became of those ‘to be finished’ ones… well, I managed to use up the last oldie about 6 weeks ago, then I’ve been using this moisturiser again. And two weeks later it was finished. But I’ll buy it again, no doubt.

4 Kenzo Amour Le Parfum – this is a lovely fragrance! It’s sweet, warm and incensey. This is an old limited edition fragrance that sold out years ago – so I can’t repurchase it. However, I don’t think I would repurchase this fragrance because a little goes a long way and bottle number 2 would probably last me for another 10 years or so…

5 Boots Extracts Marshmallow & Peppermint Body Scrub (75ml travel size) – this is an okayish scrub. I’m not a fan of the fragrance, though. This scrub was a limited edition product, so I couldn’t repuchase it even if I wanted to. I started to use this scrub in March.

6 Palmolive Chocolate Passion Shower Cream – this is nice! My husband and I used this shower cream on and off for 6 or 7 weeks. This is a shared empty. Yes, I will repurchase this shower cream!

7 Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Conditioner – this is the best conditioner that was ever made. I will continue to buy it. This conditioner lasted for almost 5 weeks (I wash my hair every day). If you’re wondering what happened to the matching shampoo… I passed the leftover Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine shampoo on to my husband (I always do that once I finish a conditioner) and now I’m using a different shampoo and conditioner combo. 🙂

8 Baylis & Harding Blueberry Donut Glaze Shower Crème – this is a decent shower cream. I started to use it in early May – and now it’s finished. Whilst this shower cream was nice while it lasted, I don’t think I’d repurchase it.

9 Calcot Manor The Perfect Day Rich Body Butter – not a favourite. The strange fragrance started to annoy me halfway through the tub. I’m glad this body butter is gone. It took me about 8 weeks of on-and-off use to finish this body butter. I won’t repurchase it.

10 Superdrug Red Colour Conditioner – this product is completely useless. Fortunately it was just a small 50ml bottle (which contained just enough product to “condition” my hair 3 times). I won’t repurchase this product.

11 Simple Pleasures Winter Woodland Snow Flurries Body Lotion (120ml travel size) – I’ve been using this body lotion since early March. It was nice while it lasted, but I don’t think I’d buy it again.

12 Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturiser – this has been my night cream for 10 weeks. Awesome stuff! I already bought a back-up!

13 Boots Extracts Luxurious Coconut Body Butter (50ml travel size) – this body butter is nice. I wouldn’t purchase it on its own, but if it’s in this year’s Extracts Christmas set again, I won’t complain.

14 Boots Extracts Luxurious Coconut Body Wash (75ml travel size) – this is a nice body wash. In regards to repurchasing it… see my comment on the matching body butter. 🙂

I think May was another good month for empties. I’m not sure how many items I can finish this month, but let’s hope I’ll continue to make progress! Have you tried any of the products I finished? If so, how do / did you like them? What did you finish this month? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty & Cutie Haul – Boots, Superdrug, Asda & Primark

Hi there! Some of you may remember that I used to buy toiletries, skin care and make-up in bulk. But I’ve stopped doing that a few months ago. Since then my approach to shopping has been 3 out / 1 in, which is going surprisingly well, so I’m sticking to this approch until (at least) the end of the year. 🙂 OK, I haven’t done much shopping lately, and because of that I’ve built up some “shopping credit”. So I decided to treat myself to a few new products. Now let me show you what I bought!

I found this Baylis & Harding Beauticology Donut Shop gift set at my local Asda store. It was £6 and it contains the following full size products: Blueberry Glaze Donut Shower Crème, Frosted Sprinkles Bath Soak Crystals, Vanilla Sugar Donut Body Butter. Yummy!

I also found lots of cute trainer socks at Primark. I bought a set of 3 pairs of Pokémon socks…

… and a set of 3 pairs of Care Bears socks. No, clothes and accessories have nothing to do with the 3 out / 1 in policy / approach / thing. However, I still wanted to show you that I bought these super cute trainer socks. 🙂 OK, now let’s get back to the toiletries and the beauty products that I picked up from Boots and Superdrug!

I bought 2 Carex shower gels. Carex used to do hand soaps and hand gels only, but they’ve recently launched shower and bath products too. These Carex shower gels were £1 each (special offer, Boots). I also bought 3 Boots Extracts Body Sprays – 2 mango sprays and 1 vanilla spray. These sprays are £3.50 each, but Boots ran a 3 for 2 promo, so I spent £7 in total for these 3 fantastic body sprays.

I found this super cute Caolion O2 Sparkling Purifying Soap by accident. I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t need it. But it was £4 (Boots) and it looked cute… I wanted it, and I bought it! I also bought 3 more B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritzes. They’re normally £7.95 each, but they were on special (half price), so they were £3.95 each. However, Superdrug also ran a 3 for 2 promo on selected skin care products, so I paid £7.90 in total for these 3 body spritzes. Fantastic value!

I bought 3 more items from Boots’ Essentials collection – a Cucumber Facial Scrub, a Cucumber Facial Toner and a Cucumber 3-Minute Clay Mask. I’m really looking forward to testing these products!

I also bought several Carex Bubble Gum hand washes (Superdrug, 89p each) and several Carex Bubble Gum hand gels (£1 each, Boots). But these products are essentials, so I always stock up when they’re on special. 🙂

Any comments on my beauty and cutie haul? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

April Beauty Awards

Hi there! And welcome to this month’s Beauty Awards! April 2017 is almost over, so it’s time for my monthly favourites post. As always, I’ve chosen 3 favourites of all the products I’ve reviewed this month, and I’ve also thrown in a few honourable mentions. Now onto the favourites!

3rd place – Olay Hydration Balancing + Purifying Cleansing 2 In 1 Refreshing Face Wash
Runner-Up – Boots Extracts Body Sprays – Sweet Mango & Luscious Vanilla

I only paid £1.45 for this Olay face wash, so I’m extremely happy that it turned out to be such a fantastic product! I also love these two Boots Extracts Body Sprays. They smell great!

WINNER – Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Moisturiser

Olay’s Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Moisturiser is just great. I already bought a back-up!

Now onto the honourable mentions! I really enjoyed Montagne Jeunesse’s Buttercream Dream Mud face mask, and I think Superdrug’s Yoghurt Smoothie Mask is very good too. I Love…’s Yummy Caramel products were a nice surprise, and L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection Correcting Concentrated Serum is another good product that’s worth mentioning.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, how did you like them? And which products did you like this month? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 3 – 9 April 2017

Hi there! Welcome to my weekly recap. Let me show you what I’ve been up to on my blog this week. 🙂

Monday 3 Apr – March Empties

Monday’s post was about all the products I emptied in March. I emptied quite a lot! If you’d like to read this post, >>click here<<.

Tuesday 4 Apr – Simple Pleasures Winter Woodland Body Mists

On Tuesday I reviewed these Simple Pleasures body mists. >>Click here<< to read the post.

Wednesday 5 Apr – Nail Of The Day / Nail Art Challenge
Thursday 6 Apr – Montagne Jeunesse Buttercream Dream Mud Face Mask

On Wednesday I showed you another mani. >>Click here<< to read which products I used. On Thursday I reviewed Montagne Jeunesse’s Buttercream Dream Mud face mask. If you want to read this post, >>click here<<.

Friday 7 Apr – Boots Extracts Body Sprays – Sweet Mango, Luscious Vanilla

Friday’s post was a quick review of these fantastic Boots Extracts Body Sprays. If you want to read the post, >>click here<<.

This is it for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde