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
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
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 27 Feb – 5 Mar 2017

Hi there! Happy Sunday everyone! Today’s post is my weekly recap – so you can check what I’ve been up to on my blog this week. 🙂

Monday 27 Feb – Small Haul, New Products
Monday’s post was about a few new beauty items I bought for myself. I bought a few Boots sheet masks and an I Love… Chocolate Truffle and Raspberry & Blackberry gift set. If you’d like to read the post, click here.

Tuesday 28 Feb – Monthly Favourites
Flower Pharm Wild Rose
Tuesday’s post was about my favourite products from last month. There were quite a few products I fell in love with! Click here if you’d like to read the post.

Wednesday 1 Mar – February Empties

Wednesday’s post was about all the products I emptied in February. I emptied quite a lot! If you’d like to read my February Empties post, click here.

Thursday 2 Mar – Nail Of The Day
Friday 3 Mar – Boots Ingredients Luminous Youth Sheet Mask
Thursday’s post was another nail post. If you’d like to read it, click here. And on Friday I reviewed Boots’ Luminous Youth Sheet Mask. Click here to read the review!

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Ingredients Luminous Youth Sheet Face Mask With Safflower & Peony

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing a new face mask – Boots Ingredients Luminous Youth Sheet Face Mask with Safflower & Peony.

Boots says that this mask contains safflower and peony extracts which, apprently, leave skin looking and feeling younger. In addition, Boots says the mask helps to improve skin tone and texture. This sounds great, doesn’t it?

I’ve tried the mask, and whilst I’m not 100% happy with it, I know I will buy it again. But before I tell you what’s good, let me start with the things I’m not happy with.

First of all, this mask fits extremely poorly. The eyeholes are huge, the parts that go on the cheeks are too big and too wide, the part that goes on the nose is too short and too small in general… it’s all wrong. It looks like the mask was tailored to fit Stewie Griffin‘s face! I’m well aware that sheet masks can’t fit every face shape, but Montagne Jeunesse did a much better job with their Glacial Spa fabric mask!

Another thing that annoys me quite a bit is the waste of product that comes with sheet masks. Let’s be honest, 20ml of product is quite a lot! And unfortunately most of the actual product gets left behind in the sachet. So whilst I discarded the sheet mask after I’d used it, I resealed the sachet to keep the leftover product fresh – and I used said leftover product, which lasted me for almost a week, as a night cream. Some of you might think this is extreme. However, I think it’s more like not being too wasteful. 😉

Anyway, let’s get to what’s good about this mask! I liked how the mask felt on my face. It was cool (not cold) and actually relaxing. On the back of the sachet it said that the product may cause a tingling sensation – but I haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary. If this mask had caused a stingling (= stinging and /or tingling) sensation, I would have washed my face right away. But yeah, everything was perfectly fine and nothing bad happened!

What else is good? When I took off the sheet mask, I noticed that my face looked younger. Sure, my complexion looked like always, but the fine lines on my forehead were gone. Pouf – Gone! I still don’t understand how this is even possible – but it happened! Sure, I was tired and about to go to bed, but I took a close look and I know what I saw. OK, the fine-lines-be-gone effect only lasted until I washed my face in the morning, but I was (and still am) very impressed!

I’ve also enjoyed using this mask as a night cream for a few days. The rich formula is just perfect for my dry skin. And in all honesty, I’d be perfectly happy if Boots ditched the sheet mask and sold the actual mask as a face cream or as a leave-on mask instead. I’d buy it!

So all in all, would I recommend this face mask? Absolutely! But please make the most of the product, OK? 🙂

Boots Ingredients Luminous Youth Sheet Face Mask with Safflower & Peony is available for £2.50 at Boots. I got my Ingredients face masks when Boots ran a 2 for £3 promotion. So don’t forget to check for offers before you buy!

Any thoughts? Please feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde