100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Alphabet Personalised Beauty Gift Set

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Personalised Beauty Gift Set. They had a few random letters left on sale (half price = £6.25), and I opted for J over X or Q. This gift set contains 3 items – a fragrance, a hand cream and a lip balm. All of these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free – they carry the Leaping Bunny logo!

Let’s start with the fragrance which contains the following notes: red berries, pomegranate and musk. On paper, this doesn’t sound bad. However, this fragrance is the stuff of nightmares. They forgot to list one major ingredient – cloves! I’ve never smelled such a disgusting mess of cloves and overly ripe fruit.

I sprayed it once, smelled it, then I washed my arm and threw my cardie in the washing machine. The stink lingered for hours despite the window being open. I couldn’t and wouldn’t gift this to anyone. This fragrance is rubbish!

Onto the next product, the hand cream! The hand cream smells like an extremely watered-down version of the fragrance. Fortunately, the scent is very weak and fleeting, so it doesn’t stink up the room. The formula is very rich and nourishing. However, after the fragrance nightmare, I wasn’t too keen on the hand cream. So my husband is using it as a foot cream – and it works well.

And here’s item number 3 – the lip balm. This is the surprise of the month! Wow, what a beautiful lip balm! It’s very similar to Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care! This beautiful lip balm has a very subtle vanilla scent, it glides on, it’s very lightweight, and it’s incredibly hydrating. I love it! 😍 One of my favourite products this month!

All in all, whilst the lip balm is the absolute bomb, I had to bin the fragrance and I’m also not using the hand cream. I would hope that M&S will bring back the lip balm next Christmas, or that it will be available to buy on its own!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Cruelty-Free – Primark PS… Brightening Probiotic Multi-Mineral Sheet Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Primark PS… Brightening Probiotic Multi-Mineral Sheet Mask with minerals, pro-vitamin B5, shea butter, argan oil and sodium hyaluronate. Sounds good! Also, this mask is certified cruelty-free – it carries the Leaping Bunny logo!

Alrighty, how does the mask work? Cleanse your face, then put the mask on. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then massage the essence into the skin.

When I opened the sachet, I was disappointed to find that the essence was creamy. Creamy essences aren’t bad, but I prefer water-type essences in face masks. I also noticed a strong scent which reminded me of old-fashioned green fragrances from the 90s – that strange scent that smells like a mix of overly fresh air and freshly cut grass. Great if you like it, but I didn’t care for the scent at all.

What else? I didn’t find the mask to be brightening. It felt nourishing – thanks to its formula, but that was about it. The scent annoyed me quite a bit, so I took the mask off after about 10 minutes and I binned the sachet. I didn’t bother massaging the essence into my skin.

If you’re interested, Primark PS… Brightening Probiotic Multi-Mineral Sheet Mask is available as a 23g single-use face mask for 80p (Primark).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse Turmeric & Matcha Glow Clay

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Montagne Jeunesse Turmeric & Matcha Glow Clay face mask.

According to Montagne Jeunesse, this face mask is “the perfect blend to help cleanse and purify” the skin. This sounded promising, so I gave this mask a try.

This is a regular clay mask. Cleanse your skin first, then apply the mask to your face. Let it dry for about 15 minutes, then rinse it off – and that’s already it.

The first thing I noticed about this mask was its pleasant scent – a fresh, botanical fragrance that, I think, fits the theme well.

I was very happy with the mask’s cleansing powers – the mask made my face look clear and refreshed.

I really enjoyed this mask, and I would like to buy it again. It’s definitely one of the nicest masks I’ve had over the past few months, and I would recommend it.

Montagne Jeunesse Turmeric & Matcha Glow Clay face mask is available as a 15g single-use face mask for 90p (Primark). On another note, this face mask is certified cruelty-free. It carries THE Leaping Bunny logo! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Live + Be Beautiful Connection Hand Cream, Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Hand Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 hand creams I started to use just recently – Boots Live + Be Beautiful Connection Hand Cream and Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Hand Cream. These are part of Boots’ vegan and cruelty-free Live + Be collection which, unfortunately has been discontinued. But stores still have random stock, and there are quite a few different products available online.

Alrighty, let’s move on to Boots Live + Be Beautiful Connection Hand Cream. This is a rich, almost buttery, and luxurious hand cream with a fresh rose scent – reminiscent of subtle rose fragrances like Stella or Chloé. I like the formula a lot. It’s great for dry hands!

Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Hand Cream has the same beautiful formula – it’s nourishing and caring. Very nice! The fragrance is a bit random – it’s a sweet, powdery and slightly musky scent. This is a fragrance that, I think, teenagers would enjoy more. However, the formula is what’s important, and I’m happy to use this hand cream!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend these hand creams. I think I paid £1 per hand cream. These were from the reduced to clear shelf.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Moisturising Facial Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Naturally Radiant Moisturising Facial Oil with kiwi fruit and mulberry extracts. This facial oil promises to moisturise, brighten, renew and soften the skin.

The instructions state that you should massage 1-2 drops of facial oil into your skin (after cleansing). For a more intensive moisture boost, you should use the facial oil under your night cream.

I’ve been using this facial oil on and off for about 2 months now, and I’m enjoying it very much. I love how it feels on my skin and that it plays well with my other skin care products and with my foundation. And I love how nourishing the facial oil is. At the moment it’s helping my skin heal after an unpleasant psoriasis flare-up.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this Superdrug Naturally Radiant Moisturising Facial Oill. It’s available as 30ml for £7.99. I paid £3.99 (half price offer at Superdrug). Also, this facial oil is certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo), and it’s suitable for vegans!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask. This mask promises to detoxify the skin, to remove impurities and to give skin a deep cleanse. This is a leave-on sheet mask. Enjoy the mask for 10 minutes, then just remove it and follow with your regular skin care.

I’ve given this mask a try, and I think that this is a good mask – just not for me. Here’s why. The mask tingles. On the pack it says this is normal, but I’m not a fan of masks that tingle. The mask also had a strong chemical smell. And while the mask was cleansing, it made my skin feel rather dry.

I won’t repurchase this mask, but if you have oily skin and want a deeply cleansing mask, you might want to check it out. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask is available as a 20ml single-use mask. I paid £2 for 3 masks; I will give the remaining 2 masks away. To end the post on a postive note – this mask is certified cruelty-free. It carries the Leaping Bunny logo!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream which also contains pomegranate, kakadu plum and a bunch of other botanical ingredients. This day cream promises to help relieve dehydrated skin and fight the signs of ageing.

I’ve been using this day cream for a few weeks now and I think it’s not the best product for my skin type. It’s probably better suited to people with oily skin types. I don’t think someone with normal to dry skin would find this day cream hydrating enough. What I like about this day cream is that plays well with the other facial products I use and that it doesn’t irritate my skin. However, this cream is just not enough for my dry skin, and I often end up using face mist and facial oil as a booster.

If you’re interested, Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream is available as 120ml for £18.95. I got this product as part of a £12.99 gift set which contained Sukin products worth over £40! So far, the cleanser was disappointing, and this night cream is not suitable for my skin type (even though it says it is). Fingers crossed for the facial oil!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss 06 Soft Almond, Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Lip Balm, Malibu Sun Lip Care Vanilla Flavour

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 lip products I’m using at the moment – Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss 06 Soft Almond, Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Lip Balm which is 100% vegan and cruelt-free, and Malibu Sun Lip Care Vanilla Flavour.

Let’s start with Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss 06 Soft Almond! This is a gorgeous lip gloss. It has a subtle sweet flavour and a sheer brownish tint which is a good match for me (pale ginger with green eyes). I also like that the gloss doesn’t slip. All in all, this is a really good lipgloss! I paid £1 for it (Wilko, sale)

Onto Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Lip Balm! I’ve been enjoying this lip balm for a few months now, and it’s almost finished. Why is it good? It has a beautiful texture that glides on and provides a real hydration boost. I’ve even used it around my eyes and my nose to heal broken, flaky skin. One word of caution though – this lip balm has a strong ricinus oil scent – if that’s not your cup of tea, you won’t like this lip balm!

If you’re interested, this lip balm is available as a duo pack for £3.49. I paid just over £2 during a Save 1/3 promotion (which Superdrug runs most of the time). Also, this lip balm is vegan and certified cruelty-free as it carries the Leaping Bunny logo!

Malibu Sun Lip Care Vanilla Flavour is a decent lip balm. It has SPF30 – this is great in many ways. However, this also means that the lip balm stings on broken skin. This lip balm is nice for healthy lips, and I would recommend as a summer holiday lip balm. The sweet vanilla flavour is alright too. Malibu Sun Lip Balms are usually available in sets of 3 for about £1.99 (Home Bargains and other bargain stores although the price may be different).

Whilst this post is not a product comparison, let me rate these lip products from best to 3rd best = Essence lipgloss, Superdrug lip balm, Malibu Sun lip balm. But I like them all; there’s not a single stinker amongst these products!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Revisiting Old Favourites – 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic.

This glycolic toner is an old beauty favourite, but I neglected using it for a while because I had so many other toners that I wanted to get to. But I’ve started using in again in September, and I’m over the moon with it. But let’s start with what the product promises…

This toner with 5% glycolic acid, kiwi fruit and mulberry extracts promises to exfoliate and to retexturise the skin, to fade pigment irregularities and to reduce discolouration, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and to brighten and even out the skin tone. Wow, that’s quite a few promises!

But guess what – this toner keeps all of its promises! I’m using this toner once a day, in the morning, after I’ve showered. I love to start the day with a squeaky clean face, and this toner really makes it happen.

What does it do? It’s the ultimate post-cleansing product that catches all the dirt and gunk that your other cleansers and toners don’t catch. This toner keeps improving my skin tone – my skin is more even and brighter, and, my skin feels and looks smoother as well.

I’m in love with this toner’s exfoliating and brightening powers. It’s just incredible that this toner manages to keep my melasma in check. I know where the dark patches are (one of them is the size of a coaster), but you wouldn’t notice them unless I told you to look for them.

I love this toner so much, and I would recommend it! Since this toner has glycolic acid, please make sure to do a patch test before you use it, and use it gently, at least for the first few days until you’re satisfied that your skin tolerates it. Also make sure to use sunscreen!

If you’re interested, Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic is available as 100ml for £6.99 and 300ml for £11.99. Superdrug runs Buy 1 Get 1 Free or Better Than Half Price off promotions almost all the time. The 2 toners I bought were on a Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal.

Also, this toner is 100% vegan and certified cruelty-free. It carries THE Leaping Bunny logo! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Montagne Jeunesse Pink Berry Glitz Peel Off

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Montagne Jeunesse Pink Berry Glitz Peel Off face mask.

This face mask is aimed at all skin types, and it promises to cleanse the skin by lifting off dead skin cells.

Apply this mask after you’ve cleansed your face. Leave it on until it’s dry – this takes 15-20 minutes. Then peel it off and wash your face again.

I’ve given this mask a try, and I think it’s rather basic. It didn’t have much of an effect as it came off too easily.

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend this face mask.

Montagne Jeunesse Pink Berry Glitz Peel Off face mask is available as a 10ml single-use mask. I paid 90p (Primark).

On another note, this face mask is certified cruelty-free. It carries THE Leaping Bunny logo! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde