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

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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

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

You Need These In Your Life – Boots Extracts Sweet Mango Body Spray & Boots Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Spray

Hi there! Today’s post is about Boots’ Extracts Sweet Mango Body Spray & Boots’ Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Spray. I’ve already emptied one of these vanilla sprays (I have 3!), and I’m almost halfway through the mango spray. So it really is time for a review! 🙂
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Boots’ Extracts Sweet Mango Body Spray is gorgeous! It smells exactly like the delicious and divine Boots Extracts Sweet Mango Body Butter. It’s so good that I could kick myself for not trying it sooner!

Boots’ Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Spray is really lovely too. It’s wonderfully sweet and cuddly – just like Boots’ Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Butter.

I would recommend these 2 body sprays to anyone! They’re available as 150ml for £3.50, which is good value. But on top of that, Boots runs 3 for 2 promotions quite frequently, so there’s no excuse not to stock up! Now go! Buy! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – February 2017

Hi there! It’s the 1st of the month – so it’s time for last month’s empties. In February I threw out a konjac sponge and a nail buffer, and I used several face masks. I didn’t keep the beaten-up beauty tools or the empty face mask sachets – this kind of stuff gets thrown in the bin right away. Now, let’s get to the ‘real’ empties!
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1 Laura Biagiotti Venezia – I can’t believe it’s gone! Venezia is one of the most gorgeous fragrances from the 90s. It’s strong, powerful, warm, sensual and multi-dimensional. I’m sad I can’t repurchase it, but I’m glad that it didn’t turn whilst it’s been sitting in my stash for all those years. To sum it up – I’m happy that I had the chance to enjoy this fragrance!

2 Boots Extracts Luscious Vanilla Body Spray – this body spray smells exactly like the one and only Boots Extracts Vanilla Body Butter. So yes, this body spray smells wonderful! I’ll review this one properly – very soon! Oh, and I have two back-up bottles – another small 70ml bottle and a full-size 150ml bottle.

3 Dolly’s Mixtures Peach Melba ‘Just Peachy’ Body Mist – a decent body mist. Nothing special though. I won’t repurchase it, but if you like the scent of peaches and peach skin, give this one a try.
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4 Boots Extracts Olive Body Butter – one of my favourite Boots Extracts body butters. Unfortunately this body butter has been discontinued. But I have a few tubs left! 🙂

5 Superdrug Tea Tree Skin Care Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash – a decent face wash. I really liked it in the beginning but I grew tired of it because it took me ages to finish it. I might repurchase this product in the future. However, I’ve got lots of other face washes to go through, so I won’t be repurchasing this one any time soon.
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6 Herbal Essences Moisture Balance Conditioner – this conditioner is the best thing ever! If you’ve never used the original Herbal Essences products, you have no idea what you’ve been missing out on. Buy this conditioner – and the matching shampoo. And buy the pink versions (Herbal Essences Classics Silk N’ Shine) as well. The shampoos are clarifying, and the conditioners give your hair tons of moisture without making your hair feel heavy or greasy. 100% Awesome!

7 Radox Relax Bath Gel – I really like this one. The lavender and waterlily fragrance is wonderful. I’ll buy this bath gel again, no doubt.

8 NSPA Caramel Chocolate Shower & Bath Gel – this shower gel has been one of my favourites this winter. It was a limited Christmas edition and I hope that NSPA will relaunch it (together with the one and only NSPA Caramel Fudge shower gel) this autumn. Fingers crossed!
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9 Boots Mediterranean Bergamot Olive & Orange Body Butter – this is a nice body butter. Rich and hydrating – but not sticky. Too bad Boots discontinued their Mediterranean collection. Otherwise I’d probably repurchase this body butter!

10 Max Factor Pan Stik (2) – I almost despaired when I realised that I’ve been using 6 Max Factor Pan Stik foundations at the same time. However, I managed to prioritise the near-empty ones – this means that I finished 2 Pan Stiks this month! The Pan Stik is also my Holy Grail foundation and I would recommend it to everyone with dry skin. I will repurchase this product, no doubt. However, in addition to the other 4 Pan Stiks I’m currently using, I think I have at least 6 unused Pan Stiks in my stash. So I don’t need to buy foundation any time soon.
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11 Radox Mango Mayhem Shower Gel – this is a fantastic shower gel. The mango fragrance is just lovely – it’s almost as good as the Boots Extracts Mango fragrance! Repurchase? Yes!

12 Imperial Leather Effortless Rich Moisturising Body Wash – this one smells great. One of the best shower gels I’ve ever had. Ever! Repurchase? No doubt!

13 Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion – I really liked this body lotion. It’s not the richest formula, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – especially when you’re in a hurry. I will definitely repurchase this body lotion!

This is it for this month. I think I did quite well! I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to finish the Imperial Leather shower gel, but I did it! Success! I hope I’ll be able to finish just as many (or more) products next month. Wish me luck! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde