Empties – December 2018

Hi there! Happy New Year, everyone! 🙂 Since it’s the 1st of the month, this post is about everything I finished last month. I’ve used a few single-use face masks. Whilst I don’t keep the empty sachets, you can read about my latest face mask finds if you click here. Onto the empty bottles, tubes and tubs!

1 Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Body Butter – this is, without doubt, one of the best body butters I’ve ever tried. I have a few back-up tubs in my stash!

2 NYC Expert Last Nail Polish 138 Classy Glassy – this is a lovely clear polish. I love to use it as a top coat when I do foil manis. I have a few more bottles in my stash.

3 Orly Nail Lacquer Clear – this is the best quick-dry polish ever. I have 10+ back-up bottles.

4 Enliven Mango & Papaya Shower Gel – this is a nice shower gel that I can see myself buying again. My husband used this shower gel too, so it’s a shared empty.

5 Yves Rocher 3 Min. Cranberry Cooling Effect Mask – this is, without doubt, one of the most useless “beauty” products I’ve ever come across. It doesn’t do anything at all.

6 Boots Garden Collection Rose Body Wash (travel size) – this is a great little shower gel. I have one more bottle in my stash.

7 Max Factor Pan Stik 12 True Beige – my holy grail foundation!

8 Palmolive Aroma Moments So Vibrant Shower Gel – this is a fantastic shower gel that I would love to repurchase.

9 Herbal Essences Bio Renew Whipped Cocoa Butter Strength Conditioner – I thought this conditioner and the matching shampoo were not bad, but I’ve changed my mind. They were bad! For weeks, I thought my hair needed a trim, but I realised how incredibly flattening these 2 products were just after I had finished this conditioner (which was the day I passed the matching leftover shampoo on to my husband). I started a new shampoo and conditioner combo (Gliss), and those new products made my hair look big from day 1. Thank you Gliss! Goodbye and good riddance Herbal Essences Cocoa Butter products.

10 Boots Extracts Sweet Mango Body Spray – this stuff smells gorgeous! It’s the best mango fragrance out there! I have another bottle – which is already in use!

11 Enliven Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel – another great shower gel that I would like to repurchase. My husband helped with this one, so this one’s a shared empty.

12 Imperial Leather Thai Fusion Bath Moments – if this one hadn’t been discontinued, I’d buy it again.

13 Classics Nail Polish Remover – I will continue to buy this nail polish remover for as long as it’s made.

14 Simple Pleasures Winter Woodland Frosty Delight Body Lotion (travel size) – I found this half-empty bottle in my stash, so I made an effort to finish it. Success! This one was alright, but I wouldn’t buy anything from this brand again.

15 Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub – I liked this gentle scrub, but I didn’t love it. I don’t think that I’ll repurchase it.

16 Wonder Woman 2 In 1 Shampoo / Conditioner (travel size) – this is a nice shampoo. Very clarifying! But it doesn’t replace a conditioner. I might pick up another Wonder Woman toiletries set in the future.

17 Elizavecca Milky Piggy Kangsi Pack – this is another product that didn’t do anything for me. I won’t repurchase it.

18 Ciaté Amazing Gracie – another low quality polish from Ciaté that I am happy to say goodbye to.

19 Super Facialist By Una Brennan Vitamin C + Brighten Sleep & Reveal Night Cream  – this night cream isn’t the most suitable product for dry skin. And I think it didn’t do anything for my skin. I won’t buy it again.

20 Superdrug Treat Me Salted Caramel Shower & Bath Soak – this is a nice shower gel that I would repurchase. Since my husband used this shower gel too, this is another shared empty.

I did well again in December, didn’t I? I’m glad I finished all these shower and bath products. Some of them have been sitting by the shower – in various states of empty – for much, much longer than I’d care to admit. But (with a little help from my husband) I finished them – one by one. I’m actually a little proud of myself!

Since this is also the last Empties post for last year, I thought I’d let you know that I emptied 239 products in 2018. This figure includes the single-use face masks I’ve used. Whilst I don’t keep the empty sachets for my Empties posts, I do count them in my overall empties.

Again, Happy New Year! I hope it’s going to be a great year for everyone!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Weekly Recap 10 – 16 December 2018

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is my weekly recap. I wrote 5 blog posts this week, and here they are:

Monday 10 Dec – Nail Of The Day
Tuesday 11 Dec – Nivea Refining Peel Off Mask

On Monday I showed you a mani I did a while ago. Click here to read the post.
Tuesday’s post was about a face mask. Click here to read it.

Wednesday 12 Dec – Skinlab Revitalize & Hydrate Facial Serum

On Wednesday I told you all about the serum I’m using at the moment. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 13 Dec – Major Haul!

Thursday’s post was about all the beauty stuff and all the stationery I bought over the past 4 weeks. It was a lot! Click here to read the post.

Friday 14 Dec – Enliven Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel, Enliven Mango And Papaya Shower Gel

These 2 shower gels were the stars in Friday’s post. Click here to read it.

This is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Enliven Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel, Enliven Mango & Papaya Shower Gel

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing 2 shower gels – Enliven Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel & Enliven Mango And Papaya Shower Gel. I’ve never heard of the brand Enliven until I found these shower gels at my local Poundstretcher store. These are 400ml bottles, and they were 69p each. This is incredible value if you consider that these shower gels contain quality skin care ingredients like vitamin E, shea butter and argan oil. I’ve been using these shower gels on and off for little while now, and here’s what I think.

Enliven Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel smells like pink grapefruit! The fragrance is perfectly natural, sunny and slightly tangy. It’s the perfect shower gel to wake you up in the morning. It’s very nice, and I’ve been enjoying it a lot lately.

Enliven Mango And Papaya Shower Gel smells unbelievably natural. The fruity fragrance is 100% spot on. If you love sweet mango (with a touch of papaya), you should give this a try!

Based on my experience, I would recommend these shower gels. I love the grapefruit shower gel a little more, but they’re both excellent, and I can definitely see myself picking them up again! Enliven Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel & Enliven Mango And Papaya Shower Gel are available as 400ml.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Haul! Lots Of New Products – Herbal Essences, True Skin, Ekél, Valjean Labs, Sante Naturkosmetik, Skinlab, By Nature, Gliss & More

Hi there! I haven’t done a haul post for quite some time, so here’s what I bought over the past couple of weeks (months even…). 🙂

1 True Skin Hydrating Facial Water – 207ml for £5.99
2 Sante Naturkosmetik Instantly Smoothing Night Cream – 30ml for £4.99
3 Nourish Cooling Toning Mist – 100ml for £3.00
4 Nourish Refining Toning Mist – 100ml for £3.00

5 Skin Assistant Collagen Morning Glow Serum – 59ml for £6.00
6 Skinlab Facial Serum – 30ml for £5.00
7 Spa Cosmetics Rose Serum Oil – 50ml for £6.00
8 Valjean Labs Restore Facial Serum – 54ml for £6.00

9 By Nature Nourishing & Firming Face Mask – Pack of 5 for £5.99
10 Boo Bamboo Bamboo Fibre Charcoal Sheet Mask – Pack of 3 for £4.00
11 Rata & Co. Activated Charcoal & Natural Clay Sheet Face Mask – Pack of 5 for £3

12 Ekél Green Tea Cleansing Cream – 300ml for £4.99
13 Ekél Aloe Cleansing Cream – 300ml for £4.99

14 + 15 Gliss Total Repair Shampoo & Conditioner – £1 each
16 + 17 Nutrafix Keratin Hair Mask & Argan Oil Hair Mask – £1 each

18 Carex Fun Edition Unicorn Magic Shower And Bath – 500ml for £1
19 Imperial Leather Cosmic Unicorn Fantasy Icon Bath Soak – 500ml for £1

20 + 21 Herbal Essences Bio Renew Rosemary & Herbs Shampoo & Conditioner – 400ml for £1.99 each

22 + 23 Enliven Pink Grapefruit & Mango And Papaya Shower Gels – 400ml for 69p each

This is most of what I’ve bought over the past couple of weeks (or months…). It’s quite a lot, but I’ve finished quite a few shower and skin care products, so I deserved to treat myself!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde