100% Awesome – Alberto Balsam Volume Boost Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about Alberto Balsam’s Volume Boost Shampoo & Conditioner with Jericho Rose & Pink Grapefruit. I bought these 2 products quite some time ago when they were on special (£1 each), and I’ve finally managed to try them.

These products are aimed at people with fine or flat hair, and they promise fullness and a healthy look. And guess what, these 2 products are simply awesome! Read on, I’ll tell you more! 🙂
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The shampoo feels amazing on my head. It feels clarifying, but it’s  also sensationally soft! The formula is pretty much perfect! The conditioner is fantastic too. It feels very conditioning, and it detangles my hair with ease. It actually feels like a “soft & smooth” conditioner. Brilliant!

I’m also happy that these 2 products make my hair appear fuller. And yes, at the same time my hair feels soft and smooth. Alberto Balsam delivers on its promise again! Oh, one more thing – these two products smell divine. The fragrance is perfectly natural, and it’s the perfect mix of rose and grapefruit. Gorgeous!

To sum it up… Alberto Balsam’s Volume Boost Shampoo & Conditioner with Jericho Rose & Pink Grapefruit mop the floor with comparable (yet pricier) offerings from brands like L’Oréal and Pantene. I paid £1 (special offer) each for the 300ml shampoo and 300ml conditioner. Alberto Balsam Blends products are usually £2 each which is still fantastic value. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Pantene Breakage Defence Hair Strength Tonic

Hi there! Pantene’s Breakage Defence Hair Strength Tonic has been sitting in my stash for quite some time. So I thought it’s time to give it a try! Before I tell you if this product is any good, here’s what it claims to do. 🙂

This product promises to provide “extra strength and resilient fullness”. It also claims to protect hair from styling damage. In order to reap the benefits, you’re supposed to use this tonic daily by spraying it at your roots (15 pumps, your hair can be dry or wet) and to massage it in. Now onto the review…

I’ve used this tonic twice – and I won’t be using it again. This tonic stinks. Literally. It stinks up my hair! But it’s not really surprising considering that the first ingredient listed on the back of the bottle is alcohol! I’m also not convinced that spraying alcohol at my roots and massaging it into my hair and scalp is a good thing…

In summary, this product is going in the bin!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Daily Defence Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner With Argan Oil

Hi there! Today’s review is about a hair care combo I started to use over a month ago – Daily Defense Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner With Argan Oil.

I’d never heard of the brand Daily Defense until I found a couple of shampoos and conditioners at my local Poundstretcher store. The big 473ml bottles were £1 each, and the products were cruelty-free and made in Canada. So I thought I’d be stupid not to buy them! I’ve already reviewed the other Daily Defense shampoo and conditioner combo, and now I’m telling you if these hair products with argan oil are any good.
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I really like the shampoo. It’s quite runny (just like the keratin shampoo), but it feels great on my head – it’s very gentle which is really nice! Oh, and the shampoo is low in sulfate, but it lathers up perfectly well. Awesome! The conditioner is very good. It helps me detangle my hair with ease, and it makes my hair feel incredibly soft and silky. I noticed a huge difference right after the first use. This conditioner made me realise how average L’Oréal’s Nutri-Gloss Crystal Conditioner and Superdrug’s Aloe Vera & Mango Conditioner were.

I think this hair care combo is outstanding! These 2 Daily Defense products are suitable for most hair types (but not oily hair), and they mop the floor with half of L’Oréal’s offerings. They’re also light years ahead of everything Pantene has ever done. And I’m saying this as someone who buys L’Oréal and Pantene products regularly. Oh, by the way, these 2 Daily Defense products smell very nice. I can’t really describe the fragrance, but it smells creamy and warm. Absolutely lovely!

If you’d like to try Daily Defense’s Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner With Argan Oil, swing by your local bargain stores! I bought these two big 473ml bottles for £1 each (Poundstretcher), and I’ve also seen the shampoos in jumbo bottles (probably around 900ml) for £1.49 at Home Bargains! Now go, buy and try! I’d love to hear what you think about these Daily Defense hair products!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty Haul! 20+ New Products – Olay, Ekél, Scinic, Daily Defense, Sukin, Balance, Rimmel, Primark, Sinful Colors, Orly & Max Factor

Hi there! Today’s post is about the beauty, skin care & toiletries I bought in August. Well, this is most of what I bought. There were a few purchases in between, but these were 1 or 2 items only each time, and I already stashed those products away…

Anyway, before I tell you what I bought, I’d like to remind you that I’m still doing 3 out / 1 in which means that I can buy 1 item (make-up, skin care, shower stuff, etc.) for every 3 items that I finish. I’m committed to the 3 out / 1 in policy. However, this time I had to ‘borrow’ from future empties. The offers were just too good! OK, now onto the goodies!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream – finally, it is mine! This is an import from the US. Olay doesn’t sell this moisturiser in the UK. I’ve read great things about it, and I didn’t have to think twice when I found it for £12.99.

Ekél Natural Clean Peeling Gel Apple & Rice Bran – I bought the Grape version of this Peeling Gel a few weeks ago – and I fell in love with it. So I bought the apple and rice bran versions as well. They were £4.99 each.

Scinic Aqua All In One Ampoule – I’m only 50% sure of what this product is supposed to do. Yeah, I know what ‘all in one’ means, but still… anyway, the reason I bought this was because it just looked so cool. I’ll try to review this one asap. I paid £9.99.

Sukin Facial Recovery Serum – I bought this serum because it was £4.99 only. It’s usually just under £14, so this one was a total bargain.

Balance Active Formula Instant Effect Wrinkle Filler & Dragon’s Blood Eye Lift Balm – I’ve never heard of this brand, but the wrinkle filler was £2.99, and the eye lift serum was £1.99. I can’t wait to test these products!

Daily Defense Argan Oil 3-Minute Leave-In Treatment – So far I’ve been impressed with Daily Defense’s hair products. And that’s why I bought this deep conditioner. It was £1.99 only!

More Daily Defense! I bought the Daily Defense Macadamia Oil Shampoo & Conditioner combo and a massive 946ml Argan Oil Body Wash (which will probably take me a year to finish). These 3 products were 99p each!

I also bought 2 more Max Factor Pan Stiks. The shade 12 True Beige is the perfect shade for me, but I only use it as my winter foundation because it’s not easy to find anymore. The Pan Stiks were 2 for £5.99. I also bought 2 clear Orly polishes for 99p each. And I bought another Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 702 Marshmallow nail polish for 75p. I already have one bottle of this polish, but love these bubblegum purple nail colours so much!

I went to Primark and Poundland again. I picked up 2 cheap white polishes (Primark own brand, 60p each), and 5 Sinful Colors nail polishes (Poundland, £1 each).

This is (most of) the stuff I bought in August. I didn’t need any of these products, but I was lured in again… Have you tried any of these products? If so, how did / do you like them? Or would you like to try any of these products? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

L’Oréal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo & Conditioner. These products claim to provide weightless moisture to make hair feel ‘velvety soft and as light as a feather’. In addition, these products promise to make hair extra shiny by smoothing the hair surface to boost light reflection. Alrighty! Now let me tell you if this hair care combo is any good.
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L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo is the prettiest shampoo ever. It’s a clear gel that shimmers and sparkles. It looks gorgeous! I think this shampoo cleanses my hair and scalp nicely. However, for some reason it causes my hair to tangle up which isn’t the best prep for a conditioner…

L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Conditioner is an average conditioner. I think it’s not good enough to detangle the knots that the matching shampoo causes. No matter how much conditioner I use, I always end up with at least 2 messy knots, so I have to double-condition those knots, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to detangle them at all…

All in all, I think these two products are just OK. I don’t think that my hair looks shinier than usual, and I also don’t think that my hair feels smoother. Saying this, I’m happy that these two products don’t grease up my hair.

Will I buy these products again? Yes – because I want to do an experiment! L’Oréal’s Nutri Gloss Luminiser products made my hair feel super soft and silky. However, they made my hair go greasy rather quickly. So they did the opposite of what the Nutri Gloss Crystal products did. Because of this I want to find out if the Luminiser shampoo + Crystal conditioner and the Crystal shampoo + Luminiser conditioner would be better match-ups.

L’Oréal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml each for £4.50 each. But they’re almost always on special (half price, BOGOF, 2 for £5, etc.) somewhere. I always (!) wait for half price or BOGOF offers! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Masque

Hi there! Today’s post is about a product that I’ve been using once a week since early May – L’Oréal’s Fibrology Thickening Masque. This product promises to expand hair from within, thus increasing the diameter of every single hair. L’Oréal also says that the thickening effect is long-lasting and buildable. This sounds fantastic! But does it work? If you read on, I’ll let you know.
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This mask is easy to use. It’s supposed to be used instead of a regular conditioner – you just need to leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing it out.

I’ve used this mask several times, but I’m not impressed because this mask feels like ‘product’ in my hair even after it’s rinsed out. I also don’t see or feel any immediate thickening effect. The only thing I can feel right away is that, as soon as my hair is blow-dried, it feels crunchy.

But whilst there’s no immediate thickening effect, there is, without doubt, a delayed thickening effect which seems to kick in after about 18 to 24 hours. Unfortunately I can’t appreciate the delayed thickening effect because I wash my hair every day, so I won’t benefit from products which (claim to) start working after 24 hours.

I will continue to use this hair mask because I can hardly give it away now, and I don’t want to be wasteful, so I won’t throw it away. Maybe I should treat my husband to a thickening hair mask every now and then! 😀 L’Oréal’s Fibrology Thickening Masque is available as 300ml for £5.09. I paid £2.49 (better than half price offer).

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