Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I started to wear just a few weeks ago – Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum. This fragrance was a blind-buy for me. I’ve never smelled it before, but the 50ml bottle was under £15, and the notes sounded promising.

And those notes are pink pepper, mango and blackcurrant (top notes), gardenia, orris and patchouli (heart notes) and musk, vanilla orchid, chocolate and labdanum (base notes). Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

To make a long story short – the fragrance is nice! Very nice actually! On my skin, it’s mainly patchouli, musk and blackcurrant with a touch of powder (orris) and a hint of chocolate. I love it! On my clothes it’s vanilla, chocolate and patchouli. This is lovely too! Whilst this fragrance isn’t particularly longlasting, I don’t mind spraying it every few hours. I love the rich and slightly bitter blackcurrent note that I get with every spray. It’s really beautiful, and it works well with the patchouli and the musk.

I think this is a great fragrance for people who are just getting into musk and patchouli in perfumes. It’s not a real chypre, but it’s also not a random fruity patchouli fragrance (of which there are too many). It’s a modern and wearable composition; definitely suitable for men as well. And despite the name – Fatale – it’s a well-behaved (almost tame) fragrance that’s perfectly suitable for the office.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance! Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum is available as 30ml, 50ml and 100ml.  I’ve got a 50ml, but I’ve already ordered a 100ml as a back-up.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Best Of Beauty 2020 – Hair, Lips, Body

Hi there! After yesterday’s post about my favourite face products from 2020, today’s post is about my favourite non-face products from 2020 – so that’s hair and body products, but also lip products which I didn’t want to lump together with the creams and serums. Let’s start with hair, then onto lips, then shower products, fragrances and, finally, body lotions and creams.

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Bourbon & Manuka Honey Deep Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Herbal Essences did an amazing job with their bourbon and manuka honey products.

L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo & Conditioner

Triple Resist is one my favourite hair care combos from L’Oréal.

NYC Kissgloss 534 Tribeca Tangerine

NYC’s banana-flavoured lipgloss was one of the big surprises of 2020. I love this lipgloss!

Astor Rouge Couture Lipsticks

Astor’s Rouge Couture lipsticks were simply wonderful.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick 250 Stare At Me

Rimmel did a fabulous job with this lipstick. I love it!

L’Oréal Color Riche 231 Sepia / Silk

L’Oréal’s silk lipstick was a lovely surprise.

Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude

Manhattan’s soft nude lipgloss is an all-time favourite. I’ve gone through 2 or 3 of these already.

Sanctuary Spa Mandelular Sensuous Body Scrub

Whilst the photo is one of the worst photos I took last year, the actual product is one of the stars of 2020.

Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk, Palmolive Aroma Moments So Sweet Shower Gel With Rooibos Tea, Rose And Almond

Palmolive’s black orchid and So Sweet shower gels are long-term body care favourites.

Palmolive Aroma Moments So Relaxed Aromatic Bath Foam
Yves Rocher Monoï Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist


Palmolive’s So Relaxed bath is truly outstanding.
Yves Rocher’s Monoï body mist smells like the most wonderful summer holiday.

Yves Rocher Collection Été

Another amazing Yves Rocher fragrance!

M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette

I didn’t expect an M&S fragrance to be in my best of 2020 post – but this beautiful fragrance is a firm favourite, and I already repurchased it.

Lucy B. Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk Eau De Parfum
I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer

Lucy B.’s fragrances are amazing – this one is no exception.
I Love…’s raspberry and blackberry body mist smells like sugar-free fruit jelly. Delicious!

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream

Nivea Soft Cream is now a firm beauty favourite!

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Oil Gel
Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Non-Greasy Lotion
Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Soothing Hydrating Lotion With Delicate Oat

Vaseline’s cocoa oil gel is amazing for dry skin.
Vaseline’s essential healing lotion is awesome too.
And Garnier’s oat body lotion is simply lovely.

These are my favourite non-face products from 2020. Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? Feel free to let me know via the comments. And thanks for stopping by! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – M&S Discover Spiced Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Soft Iris

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance set (3 x 30ml) that I picked up about 2 weeks ago – M&S Discover Spiced Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Soft Iris. I’ve now given these fragrances a try (= I’ve worn each of these fragrances for at least 3 days in a row), and here’s what I think of them.

M&S Discover Spiced Bergamot contains the following notes: bergamot, lemon and orange flower (top notes), white flowers and cardamom (heart notes), and cedar and amber musk (base notes). Spiced Bergamot smells like a pink version of D&G Light Blue. It’s lovely! The fragrance is on the fleeting side, but it’s dirt cheap, so… spray away! This fragrance is my favourite of the bunch and I’ve already purchased the large 100ml bottle. 😍

M&S Discover Pink Pepper contains the following notes: bergamot, grapefruit and mandarin (top notes), iris and jasmine (heart notes), and pink pepper, vetiver, vanilla and musk (base notes). The notes sound promising, but Pink Pepper is a rather unsophisticated scent which smells of candy floss with hints of fruit chew (during the first few minutes) and coffee (towards the end). This is my least favourite fragrance from this set, and I think it would be most suited to a teenager or someone who generally likes sweet and simple fragrances.

M&S Discover Soft Iris contains the following notes: iris, jasmine and bergamot (top notes), orange blossom essence (heart note), and vetiver, amber and patchouli (base notes). This is an inoffensive floral and powdery scent – it’s perfect for the office or for wherever you just want to smell nice without trying to attract attention. This isn’t the most special fragrance, but it’s definitely nice and pleasant.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend the set. M&S Discover Spiced Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Soft Iris is £9.50 (I paid £6.65 thanks to a pre-Christmas 30% off offer), and you get 3 30ml fragrances to try and wear for a short while. Even if you end up not liking one of the fragrances, I’m sure you’ll have a friend or relative who will be happy to have it. For those who end up loving one or more of these fragrances, they’re also available as individual 100ml bottles for £9.50 each.

Also – these fragrances carry the Leaping Bunny logo – this means they’re certified cruelty-free. On the individual product pages on M&S’ website I found “suitable for vegans” under the product description of every single one of these fragrances!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I’m using at the moment – M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette.

This fragrance has the following notes – bergamot, orange flower and mandarin (top notes), lavender, orris and blonde woods (heart notes), and amber, patchouli, vanilla and musk (base notes).

This fragrance has the most wonderful vanilla scent. It’s sweet, gentle, has a touch of warm lavender and a hint of sweet orange to it. It’s wonderfully cuddly, and I can’t imagine that any lover of vanilla fragrances wouldn’t love this fragrance. I think it’s the cutest vanilla fragrance since Kenzo Amour, and based on my experience (love at first sniff), I would recommend it.

M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml for £12.50. I paid £10 (special offer). Another great thing is that this fragrance is certified cruelty-free! It carries the Leaping Bunny logo! 🥰

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Jardin Des Nymphes Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s short post is about one of the fragrances I’m using at the moment – Yves Rocher Jardin Des Nymphes Eau De Toilette. This is a limited edition fragrance which is based on floral and aquatic notes.

This fragrance was a blind-buy, so I didn’t know what to expect. And since I’m not a big fan of fragrances with water lily or lotus, I was wondering whether I should have given this fragrance a pass…

Well, it turns out that this fragrance is actually quite alright. Whilst Jardin des Nymphes has a strong water lily feel to it, I do like it because, fortunately, it doesn’t have that smothering density that the overwhelming majority of aquatic fragrances have. Jardin des Nymphes feels light and airy, and I enjoy wearing it to the office.

Yves Rocher Jardin Des Nymphes Eau De Toilette is available as 75ml. It’s a limited edition from a while back, but it can still be found online.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Calvin Klein CK IN 2 U Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about my current office fragrance – Calvin Klein CK IN 2 U Eau de Toilette.

This fragrance contains the following notes: grapefruit and bergamot (top note), orchid and white cactus (heart note) as well as amber, red cedar and vanilla (base notes).

How’s the fragrance? I think it’s lovely! It smells like lemon and vanilla – it’s a rather simple fragrance, and I’m also sure that it’s aimed at younger women, but I don’t care! I like the youthful and cuddly scent very much!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance. Please do give it a sniff next time you’re shopping for a new perfume!

Calvin Klein CK IN 2 U Eau de Toilette is available as 50ml, 100ml and 150ml. I’ve got a 150ml bottle, and I paid about £20.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance – Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba Eau de Toilette. This fragrance is inspired by the paraiba tourmaline – a rare and precious gemstone. The fragrance notes are passionfruit and bitter orange (top note), passionflower (heart note) and cocoa bean (base note).

I’ve worn Omnia Paraiba on and off for a few weeks now, and I think it’s one of the worst fragrances I’ve ever used. It smells like a very basic passionfruit body spray – the stuff teenagers douse themselves in after PE (gym class). If I hadn’t known this is a Bvlgari fragrance, I would have guessed it’s the latest “So…” body spray for £2.99. Having said this, So…’s offerings are usually more sophisticated than Omnia Paraiba…

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba. However, if you’re interested, the fragrance is available as 25ml, 40ml and 65ml Eau de Toilette. I paid £24 for the 40ml bottle, but prices depend on where you shop. If you really are looking for a cheap passionfruit fragrance, I recommend Asda’s own brand passionfruit spray!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Jennifer Lopez Glow Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about Jennifer Lopez Glow Eau De Toilette.

I’ve had this fragrance in my stash for ages, and I’ve never even given it a try – until this summer.

Jennifer Lopez Glow contains orange blossom, neroli and grapefruit (top notes), tuberose, jasmine and rose (heart notes), as well as sandalwood, amber, musk, orris root and vanilla (base notes).

What does the fragrance smell like? It’s difficult to say! It smells soapy, powdery, a little musky and strangely clean. It leaves my clothes and scarves smelling like bubblegum. The fragrance is beautiful, and the “leftover” bubblegum scent is incredibly addictive.

I’m pretty sure I’ll finish my bottle of Glow over the next 4 weeks, and I can definitely see myself buying it again!

Jennifer Lopez Glow Eau De Toilette is available as 30, 50 and 100ml. Prices vary quite a bit – depending on where you shop.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Ted Baker London Body Wash, Body Spray, Bubble Bath & Body Soufflé

Hi there! I received this Ted Baker gift set for Christmas last year. I wouldn’t have chosen it for myself because I don’t care for the brand, but I’m glad I received this gift set because I got the chance to try these products! 😊

This gift set contains 4 products – a body wash, a bubble bath, a body soufflé and a body spray. Onto the reviews!

The body wash is a clear gel. It lathers up reasonably well, and it cleanses my skin gently. The fragrance is a bit random but nice enough.

The body spray isn’t my favourite product of the bunch because it’s a “floral alcohol hairspray” type of fragrance. It doesn’t smell terrible, and I think I might have loved it if I were a teenager (… do you remember Chipie?), but it’s not something I would choose for myself now. On a positive note, my husband says he likes the smell of this body spray, and I would definitely consider buying it as a present for a teenage relative.

I think the bubble bath is the same product as the shower gel. Same consistency / thickness, smells the same, feels the same on my skin…

Last but not least… the body soufflé! I’m really enjoying this moisturiser because it feels very hydrating without being sticky. This one’s definitely suitable for warm-to-hot summer days!

All in all, I’m grateful that I received this gift set, and I’m glad that I had the chance to try these products!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Monoï Eau Des Vahinés Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a new fragrance favourite of mine – Yves Rocher Monoï Eau Des Vahinés Eau De Toilette. I’ve wanted to try this fragrance for ages, but I didn’t want to spend money on another fragrance I might not like. However, when I placed an order a few months ago, this fragrance was a free gift with purchase. 😎

I’ve been wearing this fragrance a lot over the last 2 months, and I’m blown away. This is the most wonderful tropical fragrance one could imagine. It’s all about tiaré flowers with drops of ylang-ylang flower water and a touch of vanilla. It’s very creamy, and it smells much more expensive than it is. I would describe the fragrance as seductive, heavy and heady. However, it would still be perfect for the hottest summer days because it smells like a tropical holiday. 11 STARS!

Yves Rocher Monoï Eau Des Vahinés Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml eau de toilette. Yves Rocher does matching body products as well. I bought 3 more bottles of this fragrance, and I bought a few bottles of the matching body mist as well. I just don’t want to be without this amazing fragrance!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde