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

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Weekly Recap 31 Oct – 6 Nov 2016

Hi there! A few of my blogging buddies (Jodi, Stashy) have started to do weekly recaps on their blogs. And I really like the idea, so from now on I’ll be doing weekly recap posts too. OK, let’s take a look at what I’ve been up to this week!

Monday 31 Oct – October Beauty Awards
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I liked several new products in October. Two of them were Superdrug’s Superfruits Exfoliating Mask and L’Oréal’s Velvety Soft Toner. If you’ve missed the post or if you’d like to know which product I loved the most, click here.

Tuesday 1 Nov – Empties October 2016
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I’m pleased with what I’ve emptied in October. I even managed to use up a few skin care products and nail polish! If you’re curious what else I’ve used up, click here to read the full post.

Wednesday 2 Nov – Haul! 30+ New Products
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I also bought a lot of stuff in October. No surprise here! I bought nail polish, lip balms, hair care, make-up brushes, moisturisers, face masks and quite a few different face care products. Click here to take a look at all the stuff I bought.

Thursday 3 Nov – Nail Of The Day + Nail Art Challenge
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I’m continuing with the 31 Days Nail Art Challenge – but on my own terms. 🙂 If you’ve missed the post or if you’re curious about which challenge I’ve completed, click here to read this week’s nail post.

Friday 4 Nov – Boots Mediterranean Body Butters
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Since I’ve always bought more products that I could use, I’ve ended up with lots of old products. At the moment I’m making an effort to get on top of these old products. And I started with 2 Boots Mediterranean body butters. Click here to read the full post.

So, this is it for this week. I hope you liked this little recap. As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – Boots Mediterranean Grape, Avocado & Lemon Body Butter And Bergamot, Orange & Olive Body Butter

Hi there! Not too long ago I told you that I have lots of old products in my stash. You could say some of these products are ancient! 😉 Now I’m not one who would just throw out a product – unless it’s off. So at the moment I’m making an effort to check out which oldies are still perfectly good to use. Today I’m telling you about Boots’ Mediterranean Grape, Avocado & Lemon Body Butter and Boots Mediterranean Bergamot, Orange & Olive Body Butter.
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The Grape, Avocado & Lemon Body Butter doesn’t smell great. It doesn’t smell funky or off, it’s just that the scent isn’t great. The body butter itself looks and feels perfectly fine, so I’ve decided to use it as a foot butter (yes, that’s another one…). In fact I have used it on my feet for a few times now and it does a great job!

The Bergamot, Orange & Olive Body Butter smells absolutely fine. Actually, I really like the fresh citrus fragrance. And just like the other body butter, this one looks and feels perfectly alright. I have used this body butter a few times already, and it moisturises my skin very well. I will continue to use this one as a body butter.

So whilst these products have been discontinued a while ago, I’m quite impressed that they’re still perfectly good to use. So thank you, world of science, for preservatives in cosmetics and toiletries! And just a quick note: I may have more body butters from Boots’ old Mediterranean range… I know I used to buy toiletries in bulk, so I wouldn’t be surprised to find more tubs and tubes…

Mrs Strawberry Blonde