Hi there! Today’s post is about Elizabeth Arden White Tea Ginger Lily Eau De Toilette. I’ve been wanting to buy the original White Tea fragrance for ages – but I never did. But when I saw this White Tea Ginger Lily for half price (£21), I pounced on it! And since I liked the original White Tea, I was confident that this blind buy wouldn’t turn out to be a bad buy.
Alrighty, Elizabeth Arden White Tea Ginger Lily contains the following notes: bitter orange, bergamot, neroli and mandarin (top notes), ginger, white ginger lily and violet (heart notes), and musk, mate tea, cedar and tonka bean.
I’ve been sniffing, testing and wearing White Tea Ginger Lily for a week now, and I love it! This is definitely a summer fragrance. It’s bursting with sunny citruses and white tea. I also think it smells very similar to the original White Tea. If you own one of them, you probably don’t really need the other unless you really love the fragrance. Personally, I love this fragrance, and I’d still like to buy the original White Tea. And I’d also like to try some of the other White Tea editions.
If you’re interested, Elizabeth Arden White Tea Ginger Lily Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml for usually about £42. I bought mine for half price (£21 at allbeauty.com).
Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛
Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 products – Jil Sander Simply Elixir Eau De Parfum & Rich Body Cream. The fragrance Simply Elixir contains the following notes: pink pepper, ginger and blood orange (top notes), violet, iris, cedar and rose (heart notes), and leather, vanilla and patchouli (base notes).
Let me start with the fragrance review and say… this fragrance is gorgeous! It’s violet and leather on a sweet iris and vanilla base. This fragrance is feminine and sophisticated, probably more suited to people aged 30 and over as it gives off a grown-up vibe. Simply Elixir could be a female version of Dior Fahrenheit, however, it would still be suitable for men who enjoy sweeter fragrances. The other day I doused my husband in Simply Elixir (he didn’t know the fragrance), and he actually liked the beautiful scent on himself (and so did I).
The body cream is great too. The formula is simply perfect. It’s quick and easy to apply the cream. It hydrates my skin perfectly, and it smells just like Simply Elixir. Awesome stuff!
If you’re interested, Jil Sander Simply Elixir Eau De Parfum (40ml) & Rich Body Cream (75ml) are available as a gift set. I paid £13.95 (post Christmas sale). The price is absolutely ridiculous. Even though the price has gone up to over £20 again after the sale, the gift set is still a total steal. This exact gift set is over 50 EUR in Germany (I looked it up and found it on a website for a department store chain similar to the UK’s John Lewis).
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today’s post is about this Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink Eau De Parfum which I’ve been wearing for the past 2 weeks now. This fragrance has the following notes: tangerine, yuzu and whipped cream (top notes), datura, white camellia and pink lotus (heart notes), and bamboo, musk and black saffron (base notes).
I found this fragrance to be a huge disappointment. Fatale Pink is remarkably faint, and it doesn’t last for more than 30 minutes on me. I’m almost halfway through a 100ml bottle after 2 weeks – ridiculous. What little I can smell is nice enough – citrus and a whiff of pink flowers. However, I wouldn’t recommend this fragrance for obvious reasons.
Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink Eau De Parfum is available as 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. I paid £19.07 for the 100ml.
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today’s post is about this Anna Sui L’Amour Rose Versailles Eau De Parfum which I’ve been using on and off for almost a month now.
The top notes are apricot, sweet orange and quince. The heart notes are rose, jasmine and freesia. And the base notes are amber, macarons and patchouli.
When I looked up the notes, I was actually surprised to find this many fruity notes. To me, L’Amour Rose Versailles smells like a mix of sweet yellow roses and powder. I think this fragrance is a safe blind-buy. It’s not the most original fragrance, but it’s lovely and pretty in its own way. I also find it very enjoyable in this weather.
Anna Sui L’Amour Rose Versailles Eau De Parfum is available as 50ml. I paid a ridiculous £13.61!
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I discovered by accident – Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette. Celebrity fragrances can be hit or miss – I loved Priscilla Presley’s Moments and Indian Summer, and J Lo has a few lovely fragrances. But I don’t care for most celebrity fragrances. Still, when I found Her Golden Secret for just over £10 for 80ml, I looked up reviews, and then decided to blind-buy it.
Her Golden Secret has the following notes – bergamot, mandarin, apple and peach (top notes), gardenia, orange blossom, and black currant (heart notes), and patchouli, cedar, tonka, vanilla and musk (base notes).
I’ve worn Her Golden Secret for the past 3 weeks, and I am absolutely blown away. This fragrance is a little gem. It starts out fresh with plenty of juicy peach and bright citrus notes, and as time passes, the gardenia note takes centre stage – followed by sweet vanilla and tonka. The colours of the bottle – white and gold – represent the fragrance perfectly. If I had to describe Her Golden Secret with just a few keywords, I’d describe it as a bright, honeyed white floral fragrance.
Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance. It smells a lot more expensive than the price suggests, and I think it’s great for all occasions or places – office, meeting friends, dinner with your loved one, theatre, etc… Honestly, it’s so cheap, but so good! Go, grab a bottle! Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau De Toilette is available as 80ml. I paid £10.38.
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette. How did I discover these? Well, I remembered that Mugler Alien (now under L’Oréal) smells super weak compared to Thierry Mugler Alien (back then under Clarins). So I googled to see if other Alien fans would agree, and I found dozens of reviews saying that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom smells like Alien! Since these Superdrug products were super cheap, I picked these up on my next visit to Superdrug, and I’ve given them a try!
And now I can say that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist smells just like Alien. Oh! My! Gawd! It’s “just” a body mist, and I started with 2 sprays on my wrist – so I would be able to take regular sniffs with a “clean” nose. After the initial 30 seconds – when it smells like Alien mixed with hair spray – this body mist turns into “proper” Alien. Just wow! It even has the same slightly dirty drydown. It’s incredible!
Now, please keep in mind, this is just a body mist, so it won’t last all day – but neither does L’Oréal’s Alien. And this body spray is only £3.99 for 100ml (even if there is no special offer, although I bought them for 2 for £6, I believe), so you can afford to spray away! My husband loves this body mist, and he agrees that it smells just like Alien. I’ve been through several bottles of Thierry Mugler’s Alien before the reformulation and through a number of Alien limited editions over the past 15 (or so) years, and you can trust me about this one. But even if you don’t, you can visit Superdrug’s product page where you will find dozens of reviews from women saying the same thing. I love to douse myself in this body mist – and so does my husband – I can’t blame him! Thank you, Superdrug! 11 stars!
Onto Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette! Based on the body mist, I had high hopes for the EdT, but the EdT isn’t a carbon copy of Alien. It doesn’t even smell similar to Alien. I do like this fragrance, because it has a sharp jasmine note. But I do recognise it for what it is – a cheap fragrance which would be good for a teenager who’s done with Impulse sprays and wants to “move up” to drustore fragrances. I think this EdT is also nice enough for the office, or if you want a fragrance and either can’t or don’t want to spend a lot of money – the 30ml is £5, and the 100ml (which I have) is £6.99. I actually bought the 100ml for £4.66 on a special offer – so cheap!
Based on my experience I’d recommend the body mist to Alien lovers. If you want to give both products a try, at the moment, Superdrug actually does run a promotion on these (but I have no idea when the promotion ends and what’s next) – the 100ml body mist is £2.65 (go, grab a bottle…), the 30ml EdT is £3.32, and the 100ml EdT is £4.65. Also – these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free – they carry the Leaping Bunny logo! And one more thing… matching body products are also available. I haven’t tried any of them as of now, so I can’t (yet) comment on how good or similar to Alien they are.
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
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
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
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
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