Empties – June 2017

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I emptied in June. I used several face masks (What else is new?!), but I don’t keep empty face mask sachets, so I can’t show you which masks I used recently. However, if you’re interested, click here to read about my latest face mask finds. Alright! Now onto the bulky empties = the ‘real’ empties. 🙂

1 Wonder Woman Shampoo & Conditioner (100ml travel size) – this is a surprisingly nice shampoo. However, it doesn’t replace a conditioner. I used this shampoo once a week, followed by a deep conditioner (this one or that one). I think I got 8 uses out of this bottle. I have another Wonder Woman shampoo bottle.

2 I Love… Yummy Caramel Body Butter – a great body butter. Smells as yummy as it sounds. I started to use this body butter in April, and I finished it in early June. Unfortunately I cannot repurchase this product because Yummy Caramel was a limited edition.

3 L’Oréal Skin Perfection Serum – this was a nice serum. I started to use it in early April, and I really enjoyed using it. I believe L’Oréal discontinued their entire Skin Perfection collection, so I cannot repurchase this product.

4 Gliss Satin Relax Conditioner – a decent conditioner. I started to use it in May, and I finished it in early June. I got 14+ uses out of this bottle which is actually quite good. I have passed the matching leftover shampoo on to my husband – I am now using a different shampoo and conditioner combo. I am fairly certain that I will repurchase Gliss’ Satin Relax products!

5 Sudocrem Skin Healing Cream – this is great skin healing cream. Helps with cuts and grazes, helps with spots and all sorts of skin impurities. It took me over a year to finish this tube. I will repurchase this cream, no doubt!

6 The Red Forest Moonlight Raspberry Shower Gel (60ml travel size) – this was an OK shower gel to use for a few times. Nothing special. Random fragrance. This was from an old bargain-store gift set, so I doubt I’d ever come across it again. In any event, I wouldn’t buy it again. Saying this… I have a few more random products from this line!

7 Boots Botanics Firming Body Gel (40ml travel size) – this product had no effect at all. However, I just got a few uses out of this small tube, so I don’t think I can actually judge the product. This product has been discontinued, but I don’t think I’d have repurchased it anyway.

8 I Love… Yummy Caramel Bath & Shower Crème – I really liked this shower cream, and so did my husband! So this one is a shared empty. I started to use this shower cream in April, and I finished it in early June, just a few days after I’d finished the matching body butter. Unfortunately I cannot repurchase this product because Yummy Caramel was a limited edition.

9 Baylis & Harding Vanilla Sugar Donut Body Butter – this is a decent body butter. I started to use it in May, and now it’s finished. I don’t think I’d repurchase it because the fragrance is quite faint. In addition, I prefer Boots’ and Superdrug’s own brand vanilla body butters.

10 Moschino Cheap & Chic Toujours Glamour Bath & Shower Gel (50ml travel size) – I liked this shower gel. However, I don’t love the Toujours Glamour fragrance, so I won’t be repurchasing this shower gel.

11 Moschino Cheap & Chic Toujours Glamour Body Lotion (50ml travel size) – this is a decent body lotion. But I wouldn’t buy it again.

12 Wood & Forest Body Lotion (60ml travel size) – this body lotion was alright. I think it lasted for 5 or 6 days. I wouldn’t repurchase it.

13 Ciaté Sugar Plum – a decent polish. But it was never a favourite. Took me ages to finish it. I wouldn’t have bought this polish if it hadn’t been in Ciaté’s advent calendar…

14 NYC Expert Last 138 Classy Glassy – this is a great clear polish. Perfect base + top coat. Dries reasonably quickly, doesn’t shrink colour polish. I have several back-up bottles.

15 The Red Forest Body Lotion (50ml travel size) – this is the exact same product as the Wood & Forest body lotion. This one lasted me for about 5 or 6 days as well.

16 Boots Extracts Luxurious Coconut Body Scrub (75ml travel size)  – this is an okayish scrub. I prefer grittier scrubs, so I wouldn’t purchase this one on its own. However, if this scrub is part of the big 2017 Boots Extracts Christmas gift set (which I intend to buy on Boxing Day), I really won’t mind using this scrub again.

17 The Sanctuary Spa Classic Eau De Toilette – I love this fragrance. I have several bottles in various states of empty. 🙂

18 Treacle Moon That Vanilla Moment Bath And Shower Gel – this shower gel is fantastic. My husband loves it too. And yes, I will repurchase this shower gel, no doubt! Oh, this one is a shared empty.

19 Olay Anti-Wrinkle Cleansing Milk – this is a fantastic cleansing milk. I’ve been using it since November or December last year. I cannot repurchase this product because, unfortunately, it has been discontinued.

I’m quite happy with what I emptied this month. I’m glad I was able to get rid of so many travel-sized products, and I feel a sense of achievement because I finished 2 big 500ml shower gels! I hope I can keep up the good work over the next few months! Feel free to comment if you want to. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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June Beauty Awards

Hi there! Today’s post is about my current beauty favourites. As always, I’ve picked my top 3 and a few honourable mentions from all the products I reviewed this month. And these are the products that I liked best!

3rd place – Montagne Jeunesse Berrylicious Mud Masque
Runner-Up – Nivea Age Defying Q10 Hand Cream

When I used Montagne Jeunesse’s Berrylicious Mud Masque for the first time, I liked it a lot. Then I used it again, and I started to love it! This mask is one of the best masks I’ve tried in the past 12 months. Awesome stuff!

Nivea’s Age Defying Q10 Hand Cream is a great product. This hand cream does everything you’d expect from a hand cream. But it also smells extremely nice, and it has sunscreen! Just fantastic!

WINNER – Primark PS… Cellulose Facial Cleansing Sponges

Primark’s PS… Cellulose Facial Cleansing Sponges are my new go-to facial cleansing tools. Beauty and skin care trends come and go, but I think these sponges might become all-time favourites, so I’ve already stocked up on these wonderful (and sensationally cheap) sponges. You really, really need to try these amazing beauty tools!

Now onto the honourable mentions! I really liked I Love…’s Tropical Paradise and Mango & Papaya body care products. Superdrug’s Vitamin C Boost Body Butter, Superdrug’s Manuka Honey Peel-Off face mask, and Gliss’ Satin Relax hair products were very nice too!

Have you tried any of these products? If so, how do / did you like them? Which products did you like best this month? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 12 – 18 Jun 2017

Hi there! Today’s post is my weekly recap. So let me show you what I’ve been up to on my blog this week.

Monday 12 Jun – Gliss Satin Relax Shampoo & Conditioner

Monday’s post was about Gliss’ Satin Relax hair products. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 13 Jun – I Love… Mango & Papaya products

Tuesday’s post was about I Love…’s Mango & Papaya products. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 14 Jun – Primark PS… Facial Cleansing Sponges

On Wednesday I reviewed Primark’s Cellulose sponges. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 15 Jun – Nail Of The Day / Nail Art Challenge
Friday 16 Jun – Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off

Thursday’s post was about a recent mani. Click here to read the post.
And Friday’s post was about Montagne Jeunesse’s Black Seaweed Peel-Off mask. Click here to read the post.

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Gliss Satin Relax Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about Gliss Satin Relax Shampoo & Conditioner. I’ve already finished this hair care combo a few days ago (well, I finished the conditioner, and I have passed the leftover shampoo on to my husband). So let me tell you how I got on with Gliss’ Satin Relax products.

First of all, these two products are aimed at people with rebellious or frizzy hair. And they promise to tame hair, to prevent frizz even in humid conditions, and to make hair smoother and shinier. Sounds great! Now onto the review!

Gliss Satin Relax Shampoo is really nice. It’s clarifying, but it feels creamy and gentle. I’ve enjoyed using this shampoo. Gliss Satin Relax Conditioner isn’t perfect, but it does the job. The conditioner is quite thick, but it conditions and detangles my hair just fine.

And I think these products work! OK, my hair doesn’t really frizz, and I’m pretty sure that’s because I use conditioner after every wash. However, I’ve used other ‘taming’ hair products before, and all of them flattened my hair – whilst Gliss’ Satin Relax products kept my (frizz-free) hair in shape. I also think these products smell quite nice. The fragrance is similar to the Gliss Liquid Silk fragrance – albeit stronger and without that cute powdery cotton note.

I would recommend these Gliss Satin Relax products! If you want to try Gliss products, there are many bargain stores that stock them for 99p or £1 each. The shampoos are 250ml, the conditioners are 200ml.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland & Bargain Store Beauty Haul

Hi there! When I went to back to Poundland the other day, I felt like I hit the jackpot. I found Nails Inc. polishes for £1 each! I got Old Bond Street, Hampstead Gardens, Royal Arcade, Gatwick and Chelsea.

Not too long ago Nails Inc. came up with new bottle designs – so the ‘old’ bottles have to go now. Nails Inc. polishes are usually more than £10 each (I’d never spend that much money on a mediocre polish). So thank you, Nails Inc., for redoing your bottle design and for letting people buy your old polishes for less than 10% of the normal price! 🙂
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I also bought more hand cream (which I don’t really need more of at the moment) and a small eyeshadow trio. I got Vaseline’s Intensive Care Hand Cream + Anti-Bac. And I picked up a Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Trio in 2 Naughty n Nude. And I couldn’t resist when I saw another promising hand cream – I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Hand Cream. Another £3 (in total) well spent at Poundland.
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I’ve never used any TRESemmé products (commitment issues – their bottles are too big). But I picked up a regular-sized Renewal Hair & Scalp Deep Conditioning Masque. I’m looking forward to trying it! And I also bought a Pantene Pro-V Nutri-Plus Youth Protect Rejuvenating Intensive Conditioner. So that’s two more products for £2 in total.
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Last but not least – I also went to B&M Bargains. Generally I prefer Home Bargains (they’re cheaper), but every now and then I swing by the local B&M to see what they’ve got. I picked up a limited edition shower gel and two Gliss hair care products which I haven’t had before. Original Source’s Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea Shower sounds really lush. And I’ll soon find out how Gliss’ Satin Relax Shampoo & Conditioner pan out. I spent £3 in total for these three products.
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I’m super happy with the bargains. 🙂 I spent £13 in total and I got so many products! My husband isn’t happy that our toiletries stash is growing again (yeah, I’m working on it…), but he appreciates that we’ll never run out of toiletries and that everything in our stash was half price or less. 🙂

Did you pick up any bargains lately? Have you tried any of the products I bought? Feel free to let me know in the comments. And thanks for stopping by!