Empties – April 2017

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I emptied in April. I have used several face masks – but I didn’t keep the empty sachets. But you can read about my latest face mask finds here. Now let’s get to the big empties! 🙂

1 Olay Anti-Wrinkle Face Wash – this is a nice creamy face wash. I have 10+ face washes in my stash, so at the moment I’m not buying any more. I would, however, buy this face wash again! I’ve been using this product since November last last year.

2 Burberry Weekend – the ultimate inoffensive office fragrance. I won’t be buying this fragrance again. It’s just too random and too forgettable. I’ve been using this fragrance on and off for several (5+) years.

3 Boots Extracts Rosehip Body Butter – one of my favourite body butters. It’s been discontinued, but I have a few more tubs in my stash! This body butter lasted me for about six weeks – although I didn’t use it every day.

4 Boots Extracts Satsuma Body Spray – a decent body spray. This one was a limited edition body spray, so I can’t repurchase it. I’ve been using this body spray since February – but not every day.

5 Superdrug Moisturising Cocoa Butter Body Lotion – not great. I wouldn’t buy it again. My husband and I used this body lotion as a foot lotion – so this one is a shared empty. We’ve been using this “foot lotion” on and off since September last year.

6 L’Oréal Elvital Color-Vive Deep Conditioner – this deep conditioner is fantastic! I bought a back-up bottle last month. I started to use this product in April last year, so it lasted 12 months!

Superdrug Extracts Grapefruit & Papaya Conditioner – a mediocre conditioner. It’s not good, it’s not bad… it’s just mediocre. I won’t buy it again. The conditioner lasted me 3 weeks. I have passed the matching leftover shampoo on to my husband.

8 Maybelline Black Eyeliner – this is a nice eyeliner. I would buy it again. However, I have five more of these and dozens of other black eyeliner pencils, so I won’t be stocking up any time soon. I don’t know when I started to use this eyeliner because I have about 20 eyeliners in a rota…

9 Yves Rocher Lemon Basil Refreshing Shower Gel (50ml) – this one is quite nice. I might buy it again – but next time it would be the full-size bottle! I finished this travel-size shower gel within a few days.

10 Simple Pleasures Winter Woodland Snow Flurries Shower Gel (120ml) – it was nice while it lasted. But I wouldn’t buy it again. I’ve been using this shower gel on and off for 2 or 3 weeks.

11 Simple Pleasures Winter Woodland Berry Frost Shower Gel (120ml) – just like the other Simple Pleasures shower gel, this one was nice enough. But I don’t really need to buy it again… I’ve been using this shower gel on and off for 2 or 3 weeks.

12 Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Nourishing Eye Cream – I liked this eye cream. It’s not as nourishing as I expected it to be, but it’s still a really good eye cream. I will repurchase it. I started to use this eye cream in October last year. Then I lost it, but I found it again, and now it’s finished!

13 DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Body Lotion (150ml) – I received this boy lotion as a gift ages ago, but I only started to use it (on and off) in December last year. This body lotion is extemely runny, and I also don’t care for the fragrance. I should have re-gifted it…

14 Sanctuary Spa Crème Soufflé – this moisturiser feels very luxurious. And I love the Sanctuary Spa fragrance! I’ve used this product on an off for about a year (it’s a huge 475ml tub after all), and now it’s finished. I have another tub left in my stash. But I promise it won’t take another year for tub number 2 to be finished. 🙂

15 Superdrug Clearly Youthful SPF 15 Skin Balancing Moisturiser – I’m glad this product is gone. It’s the worst face cream I’ve ever tried because it’s not even a proper cream. This awful ‘paste’ balled up every time, so I could only use it as a targeted night-time blemish treatment. I started to use this product in late October or early November last year.

16 Max Factor Pan Stik 25 Fair – my holy grail of foundation! This Pan Stik has been 1 of the 6 Pan Stiks I’ve been using for the past year. I have a few back-up Pan Stiks. 🙂

17 Yves Rocher Apple Star Anise Refreshing Exfoliating Shower Gel – this is a very nice exfoliating shower gel! Unfortunately it’s been discontinued, otherwise I’d buy it again. I started to use this product in July last year (!), then I used other exfoliating shower products, so I only finished this one this month.

18 Imperial Leather Indulgence Beautiful Shower Gel – I love this shower gel! Of course I have a back-up bottle! 🙂 I started to use this shower gel in January.

19 Body Fantasies Pink Grapefruit Fantasy – this sugary grapefruit fragrance is not very sophisticated, and it’s incredibly sweet. However, it’s alright. It’s also a good ‘base’ for musky fragrances that you wouldn’t like on their own. I’ve been using this fragrance on and off since June or July 2016. I have another bottle, but once bottle number 2 is finished, Pink Grapefruit Fantasy will not move in with me again.

This is everything I finished in April. I didn’t think it would be this much because March already was an exceptionally good month for empties. But hey, I’m not unhappy! 🙂 Let’s see how many products I’ll empty this month! Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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March Beauty Awards

Hi there! And welcome to Mrs Strawberry Blonde’s March Beauty Awards, a.k.a. my monthly favourites post. As always, I selected my favourites from all the products I’ve written about this month. And I’ve also thrown in a few honourable mentions. 🙂 Now, let’s get to the actual favourites!

3rd place – Daily Defense Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner
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Since I paid £2 in total for a shampoo and a conditioner, I wasn’t expecting too much. However, these Daily Defense Keratin products are actually very good!

Runner-Up – Boots Extracts Rosehip Body Butter
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Boots’ Extracts Rosehip Body Butter is an old favourite. This body butter is just amazing. It makes my skin feel sensationally soft, and the fragrance is fantastic.

upload-1 WINNER – Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish

I can’t believe I’ve never tried this Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish before! Why didn’t I? I loved Boots’ old Botanics collection, especially the brightening toner and the brightening face wash, so at some point I should have tried Boots’ new (=current) collection…

Well, I’m glad that I’ve finally picked up a few Botanics products recently. The first product I tried was the Microdermabrasion Polish – which is excellent!

Thanks to this product my skin is brighter and my skin tone is more even than ever. I’ll definitely continue to use this product, and I can’t wait to try the other Botanics products!

If you want to read my review of this fantastic Microdermabrasion Polish, click here. 🙂

Now onto the honourable mentions: Whilst Boots’ Luminous Youth Sheet Mask isn’t perfect, I must say that I do like it very much and I will buy it again.

I also liked Montagne Jeunesse’s Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask. And I think Superdrug did a great ob with their Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Which products did you like best this month? Have you tried any of my favourites? If so, I’d like to know what you think. Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 13 – 19 Mar 2017

Hi there! I hope everyone had a good week. Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. So let me tell you what I’ve been up to on my blog this week.

Monday 13 Mar – Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish
Tuesday 14 Mar – Nail Of The Day
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On Monday I reviewed Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish. It’s a fantastic product! Click here if you’d like to read my post. Tuesday’s post was a nail post. Click here if you’d like to know which products I used.

Wednesday 15 Mar – Boots Extracts Rosehip Body Butter
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Wednesday’s post was about the one and only Boots Extracts Rosehip Body Butter. If you’d like to read my post, click here.

Thursday 16 Mar – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser
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I reviewed Superdrug’s Hot Cloth Cleanser on Thursday. If you missed the post, click here to read it.

Friday 17 Mar – I Love… Refreshing Body Spritzers – Chocolates & Oranges, Gingerbread
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On Friday I reviewed two I Love… body mists. If you’d like to read the post, click here.

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – Boots Extracts Rosehip Body Butter

Hi there! Welcome to today’s episode of “Reducing My Oldies Stash”. 🙂 It’s been a while since I bought several tubs of Boots’ Extracts Rosehip Body Butter. Whilst I managed to finish the first tub within weeks of purchasing the lot, the remaining tubs have been sitting in my stash for ages – until recently! I’ve been using this body butter on and off for a few weeks now. And if you read on, I’ll tell you how I like it.
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I think this rosehip body butter is fantastic. It’s rich but it’s absorbed quickly. It makes my skin feel soft and hydrated – but it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy at all. It’s perfect! I also like the fragrance – it’s subtle and very natural. It’s almost like rosehip tea – but fresher!

Unfortunately Boots’ Extracts Rosehip Body Butter has been discontinued (Idiots!). However, I have a few tubs left, and I’ll be enjoying them for as long as they last.

Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde