November Beauty Awards

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite products in November – I’ve only got my TOP 3 this months, and here they are!

3rd place – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream With SPF 15

This Olay moisturiser is simply wonderful! I’d recommend it, and I’d buy it again.

Runner-Up – I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter
WINNER – Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum

I Love’s Chocolate Truffle body butter is an all-time favourite. Delicious!
Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum is even more delicious – it’s one of my all-time top 10 fragrances.

And this is it for today and also for the month. Thanks for stopping by! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Weekly Recap 14 – 20 November 2022

Hi there! Today’s post is my weekly recap. Again – only 2 posts this week – and here they are.

Tuesday 15 Nov – Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum
Saturday 19 Nov – Superdrug Fruity Vanilla Ice Cream Shower Gel

Tuesday’s post was about one of my all-time favourite fragrances. Click here to take a look.
And on Saturday I reviewed a limited edition shower gel. Click here to read my review.

And this is already it for this week. Thanks for stopping by today! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pure Awesomeness – Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum

Kenzo AmourHi there! Today’s post is about this Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum which I’ve had in my stash for ages but forgot about.

I’ve actually gone through several bottles of this fragrance in the past (before I started this blog), so this fragrance isn’t new to me. However, even though I used to love it, I kind of forgot it existed. I’m not proud of it!

Alrighty, let’s look at the notes! Kenzo Amour contains rice and white tea (top notes), frangipani, cherry blossom and heliotrope (heart notes), and vanilla, incense, musk and thanaka wood (base notes).

Kenzo Amour is the most delicious vanilla, powder and rice pudding fragrance imaginable. It couldn’t be any more beautiful. Kenzo Amour is bottled innocence, hugged by love, light, more love and warmth. It’s so special!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance to absolutely everyone. Go and give it a sniff! Kenzo Amour Eau De Parfum is available as 30, 50 and 100ml.

Kenzo used to do different colours for the different bottle sizes. I know because I have them all (plus lots of limited editions but that’s for another day). However, I think they only do red bottles now. The one in the photo is a 100ml – the bottles used to be orange, but now they’re red. Ah well, as long as they don’t change the fragrance, I don’t mind the colour of the bottle it comes in.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Hugo Boss Pure Purple Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Hugo Boss Pure Purple Eau De Parfum which I got in a swap with a good friend.

This fragrance contains the following notes: Nectarine and cyclamen (top notes), black velvet und floral notes (heart notes), and marzipan, suede and amber (base notes). This sounds like a rather unusual and interesting combo!

I’ve worn this fragrance most days for the past 3 weeks, and I think it’s pretty in its own way, but it’s not a favourite.

When I spray it on me, Pure Purple is a cyclamen and sugar bomb. Fortunately, the sugar doesn’t cancel out the floral freshness – although it disappears within minutes. Then the fragrance gets sweeter and sweeter. I think the “velvet” and the “floral notes” are basically violets. Maybe with a hint of orris root? There’s no suede – at least I can’t smell any. The marzipan note is very strong though! And it lasts and lasts and lasts…

I wouldn’t necessarily think that this fragrance smells “purple”. It has more of a pink feel to it. Sweet pink – very suitable for teenagers. Although this fragrance is, of course, much more elegant compared to what the drugstore has to offer to teens.

If you’re interested, Hugo Boss Pure Purple Eau De Parfum is available as 50ml and 90ml. I’ve seen these 2 sizes on ebay.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Pure Awesomeness – Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante / Delectable Fragrant Water

Hi there! Happy Friday! Today’s post is about this Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante – or Delectable Fragrant Water.

I went to M&S the other day to try out a bunch of fragrances – and I came across this beauty. I sprayed it on me, let my husband have a sniff who then also sprayed it on himself – and a few minutes later we decided to buy this simply wonderful fragrance!

What does it smell like? According to Nuxe, it contains citrus notes, flowers, honey, sandalwood, tonka bean, orange blossom and musk. I think it smells like a sunkissed floral honey – like actual honey! The fragrance is sweet and gentle… it’s so lovely! Even though it’s just a “fragrant water” formula, it lasts for a long time on my skin, my scarves and my tops. Very nice!

My husband also enjoys this fragrance every once in a while – when he is in the mood for a sweet and cuddly fragrance.

Based on my own experience, I’d recommend this product. Interested? Nuxe Rêve de Miel Eau Savoureuse Parfumante / Delectable Fragrant Water is available as 100ml for £29.50 (M&S).

As always, make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients before use!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum. This fragrance contains the following notes: pineapple, acai berry and mandarin blossom (top notes), passion flower, vanilla orchid and star jasmine (heart notes), and musk, vanilla and sandalwood (base notes).

I’ve given this fragrance a try, and I didn’t care for it. I gave it another try, and another, and another… but this fragrance is just not good. Don’t believe anyone who says this fragrance smells like Deseo. It doesn’t. Deseo was such a sophisticated, grown-up and sexy tropical fragrance. Tempting smells nothing like it. OK! But what does it smell like? It’s a good question. Tempting doesn’t smell of much, and what little I can smell is a fruity mess, mixed with headache-inducing powder and… pencil shavings. If I hadn’t know that this is an actual celebrity fragrance, I would have thought it’s a cheap body spray.

I’m really disappointed with this fragrance, and I wouldn’t recommend it. Not even as a joke gift because it’s too expensive for that. But if you’re interested, Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum is available as 100ml. I paid just under £20, I believe. A total waste of money. This is another fragrance I’ll “forget” next time I go to the office. I hope someone else will be happy to have it.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette. I’ve previously given this fragrance a quick review. So I could have written today’s post under the “Revisiting Old Favourites” tag. But the heading just didn’t look right. And this fragrance deserves its own stand-alone review.

Anyhoo, back to this fragrance! The notes for Water Jasmine are citrus (top note), jasmine and rose florals (heart note), and soft musk, cedar and amber (base note). Sounds fresh and summery! 😍

What’s this fragrance like? It’s a burst of citrus freshness. It’s like Light Blue – but Light Green. I am in love with the fresh and unisex citrus aroma and the transparent shades of jasmine. This fragrance is a delight, not just on hot days. I’m glad I bought 2 big 100ml bottles which I know I’ll enjoy!

I cannot recommend this beautiful fragrance enough. If you’re interested, Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml for £5 and 100ml for £9.50. Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free (it carries THE Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist. Most of Superdrug’s Layering Lab body mists happen to smell like expensive fragrances. Their Blossom body mist smells like Alien, and their Paradise body mist is pretty close to Olympéa! Now let’s see if Sweetie and Oriental are just as nice.

Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist is supposed to smell like Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle. I don’t know this fragrance. And, unfortunately, NONE of the local drugstores or perfumeries stock it, so I couldn’t test it. Having said that, I do like Sweetie!

When you spray it, the first few seconds are difficult as Sweetie is too loud and too sweet, but it settles quickly and turns into a gentle, non-descript floral fragrance. It definitely has a “French” touch to it, but it also has an obvious drugstore aura. The fragrance is nice and office-safe – just don’t spray it immediately before you enter the office as it needs a few moments to calm down.

Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist (“spice, berries, floral”) smells sickeningly sweet. Good grief, what is this fragrance? Dupe lists have it as Diesel Loverdose (which I dislike). But I think it actually smells like Diesel Loverdose Tattoo (which I also dislike), with Britney Spears Fantasy (which I strongly dislike) mixed in, all rounded off with a giant load of whatever concoction vanilla-scented dolls are scented with.

Next time I go to the office, I will “forget” the bottle in one of the bathrooms. Someone else will take it with them, no doubt. If you love super sweet fragrances, you might want to give this one a try. But please, do test before you buy!

If you’re interested, Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist are available as 100ml for £3.99. Superdrug runs special offers on the Layering Lab products most of the time which might come in handy if you want to try different products or if you want to stock up on your favourite cheap scent. Also, these body mists are suitable for vegans, and they’re certified cruelty-free (they carry the Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette which I received as a free gift with a previous Yves Rocher order. Yes, a full size fragrance as a free gift… I really miss Yves Rocher in the UK. 😭

Alrighty, this fragrance contains the following notes: Green notes and mandarin (top notes), cherry blossom and almond blossom (heart notes), and musk and patchouli (base notes).

I’ve been wearing this fragrance for a few days now, and I like it a lot! This is a rather light fragrance that doesn’t last for more than 2-3 hours and that stays close to the skin. I’m generally a rather liberal sprayer of perfume, so with this one I can spray away to my heart’s content!

The fragrance itself is beautiful – it smells like cherry blossoms with a hint of lemon and strawberry, kissed by almond blossoms. The overall feel of this fragrance is floral, airy and transparent, youthful, definitely fresh and light, and absolutely perfect for spring and summer. ☀️

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance. Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml. Mine was a free gift with purchase.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Awesome – Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance. Not just any fragrance, but a fragrance that I’ve loved dearly since the late 90s – Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette. I’ve gone through numerous 30ml and 100ml bottles over the years, and I guess I really could (should?) have reviewed it sooner. Well, better late than never, right? 😁

This fragrance contains the following notes: peach, apricot, pineapple and plum (top notes), tagetes, jasmine, rose, narcissus and lily-of-the-valley (heart notes), and vanilla, sandalwood, musk, litchi, amber and tonka bean (base notes).

What does this fragrance smell like? It smells like… paradise! OK, let me be more specific. Dalissime is a beautiful mix of peach, apricot, vanilla, amber, rose and other floral notes. The 2 strongest notes are peach and rose, and they remind me of Lancôme Trésor. Dalissime and Trésor do NOT smell alike, but they share a few important notes (peach, apricot, rose, vanilla, etc), and they both have that 90s perfume aura. 🥰

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance! If you’re interested, Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml and 100ml. Prices vary greatly, but you can find the small 30ml bottle for under £15, and the big 100ml bottle for under £25.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛