Empties – December 2017

Hi there! Happy New Year, everyone! My first post in 2018 is about all the products I emptied in December 2017. If you read my empties posts regularly, you know that, every month, I use a number of single-use face masks and that I don’t keep the empty sachets. If you want to read about my latest face mask finds, click here. Now… onto the tubs, tubes and bottles… the big empties… the real empties!

1 Olay Total Effects 7 In 1 Day Moisturiser – this is a fantastic moisturiser. I will buy it again, no doubt!

2 NYC In A Minute 202 Grand Central Station – this is one of the best clear polishes. I emptied one last month, and I emptied one this month. I’m really getting on top of my part-used clear polishes!

3 Max Factor Pan Stik 25 Fair – my holy grail foundation!

4 The Body Shop Vanilla Eau De Toilette – I loved the original TBS Vanilla, but this stuff is just average. I do have a few more bottles in various states of empty. I hope my teenage relative or someone at work wants them…

5 Palmolive Aroma Moments Feel Good – this shower gel is wonderful. Happy to buy it again!

6 Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care All Over Body Cream – this is a lovely moisturiser. It smells divine and it’s not sticky at all which makes it the perfect moisturiser for whenever you need to get ready in a hurry. Plus: This is a huge 475ml tub which is £2.99 only – and there’s usually a buy 1 get 2nd half price offer on SD Vitamin E products as well! 🙂

7 Gliss Ultimate Colour Conditioner – this is a good conditioner. I’ll buy it (+ the matching shampoo) again.

8 Radox Uplifting – this is a wonderful grapefruit shower gel. I will buy it again!

9 Classics Nail Polish Remover – 400ml for £1. Awesome stuff! I have a few more bottles, and I’ll continue to stock up on this nail polish remover.

10 Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra-Replenishing Lotion With Shea Butter – this is a lovely body lotion. It’s nourishing and it smells gorgeous. Happy to buy it again!

11 Manhattan Colour Loop Lipgloss 52S Soft Nude – this lip gloss was awesome. I’ve got a few more of these glosses (different colours), and I’ll review them soon!

12 My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Shower Gel – this travel-sized shower gel was part of a gift set. The shower gel was nice, and I’m sure I’ll buy MLP branded toiletries again soon!

13 Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Scrub – this scrub was really good. I’ll buy it again!

This is what I emptied in December. I was hoping I’d be finishing a few more products, but it wasn’t meant to be. Ah well, so I have a few more empties this month. 🙂

One more thing… I finished 191 products in 2017. Those 191 products are…
41 shower and bath gels,
31 body and hand moisturisers,
22 fragrances (fragranced body mists included),
16 conditioners and deep conditioners (I don’t count shampoos – I’ve explained this here),
16 nail polishes,
11 face creams and lotions,
6 face serums,
6 face washes and cleansers,
5 Max Factor Pan Stiks
4 body scrubs,
4 face scrubs,
4 toners,
4 foot creams,
4 nail polish removers,
4 lip balms and lip glosses,
4 eyeliner pencils,
3 B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritzes,
2 eye creams,
2 glycolic peels,
2 face mask tubes (I didn’t count single-use face masks).
Not bad, eh?

Anyway… Happy New Year, everyone! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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My Little Pony Cutie Beauty Bath Set

Hi there! A few days ago I swung by my local B&M Bargains store. I saw a My Little Pony toiletries set – and then I remembered that I bought one last year! This year’s toiletries set looks a little different, but it’s probably quite similar because it also contains 4 travel-sized (75ml) hair and body products. So read on to find out if the My Little Pony Cutie Beauty Bath Set is any good. 🙂

Let’s start with the bath bubbles! The Pinkie Pie bath gel smells of fresh green apples. I’m not really into apple-scented hair and body products because they usually don’t smell very natural. However, this apple fragrance is actually very well done. I like it!

The Fluttershy bath gel smells of mixed berries. It’s not too sweet which is nice. The berry fragrance reminds me of the flavour of M&S’ new Connie Caterpillar Berry Gums!

The Rainbow Dash shower gel smells like mixed yellow fruits. It’s not the most special fragrance, but it’s pleasant. The shower gel is also super gentle!

The Rarity shampoo doesn’t lather up very well, but it’s suprisingly clarifying. But the best thing is the fragrance. The shampoo smells of sweet and juicy raspberries. Delicious!

I paid £3.99 for this My Little Pony Cutie Beauty Bath Set. This year’s My Little Pony toiletries set is £3.99 as well. I would definitely recommend the set!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Gliss Ultimate Colour Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! Today’s post is about a shampoo and conditioner combo that I’ve been using for 2 weeks now – Gliss Hair Repair Ultimate Colour Shampoo & Conditioner. These 2 products with liquid keratin and uva + uvb filters promise colour protection and extra shine for coloured hair.

So… how’s the shampoo? It’s fantastic! The shampoo makes my hair feel sensationally soft. And I love how it feels on my head when I wash my hair. It’s pretty much as amazing as L’Oréal’s Restore 5 Extreme shampoo!

And the conditioner? I think the conditioner is quite good. It helps me detangle my hair without weighing it down, and I have no complaints about the conditioner. However, it doesn’t have that amazingness that she shampoo has…

What else? These 2 products smell lovely! The fragrance is similar to Gliss’s Liquid Silk fragrance, but the Ultimate Colour fragrance smells a little more floral and a bit darker. Very nice! I’m also happy that these 2 products help maintain my hair’s natural shine. All in all, I’m hapy with these products, and I’ll buy them again!

Gliss Hair Repair Ultimate Colour Shampoo (250ml) & Conditioner (200ml) are available for 99p at a number of bargain stores. I got these 2 Gliss products from B&M Bargains.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

L’Oréal Elvive Smooth & Polish Thermo Detangling Spray

Hi there! Today’s post is about one of the detanling sprays I picked up a few months ago – L’Oréal Elvive Smooth & Polish Thermo Detangling Spray.

I found this product at one of the local Poundstores. It was £1 only, so I thought I’d be stupid not to buy it.

Anyway, this leave-in product is aimed at people with unruly and fine to normal hair. It promises instant detangling and super smooth hair. Sounds great.

But is the product any good? Well, I didn’t like it, so I gave it away. Here’s why…

I don’t think this detangling spray is very effective. It didn’t help detangle my hair at all, so it doesn’t do what it says on the bottle!

I also don’t like the fragrance because it’s quite strong. It’s a synthetic “pink” fragrance that annoyed me instantly. I’m sure many women love the fragrance. I’m just not one of them.

And here’s the best (=worst) bit. This detangling spray seems to straighten hair. This is surely great if you already have straight hair. But if you have wavy to curly hair, this spray just ruins your hairdo.

So yeah, I didn’t like this detangling spray at all. I passed it on to a relative – she has straight hair, and she uses detangling sprays in general, so I hope she likes this product.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – L’Oréal Elvive Full Restore 5 Extreme Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi there! I’ve got a hair care post for you today! A little while ago I found L’Oréal’s Elvive Full Restore 5 Extreme Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner at my local Tesco.  I had never seen this hair care combo before, so I just bought it. And now I’ve finally gotten around to try these products, so let me tell you if they’re any good. 🙂

L’Oréal’s Elvive Full Restore 5 Extreme Repairing Shampoo for very damaged and dry hair is very nice. It feels gentle, and I do believe that it has hair repairing powers. This shampoo feels great on my head, and it makes my hair feel super soft.

L’Oréal’s Elvive Full Restore 5 Extreme Repairing Conditioner is just as nice. This conditioner is one of the best L’Oréal conditioners. It detangles my hair with ease, and I swear I can feel that this conditioner repairs my hair. It’s really good! Well done, L’Oréal!

L’Oréal’s Elvive Full Restore 5 Extreme Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 400ml each for about £4.50 each at Tesco’s (I’ve never seen them anywhere else). I bought these 2 hair care products on a BOGOF deal. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

TRESemmé Renewal Hair & Scalp Nourish & Renew Deep Conditioning Masque

Hi there! Today’s post is about TRESemmé’s Renewal Hair & Scalp Nourish & Renew Deep Conditioning Masque which I found at one of the bargain stores.

This “professional quality” deep conditioning masque with tea tree extract and sunflower seed oil promises to help repair hair to make it soft and manageable.

You’re supposed to use this product like a regular conditioner. However, you need to leave this product on for 2-3 minutes before you rinse it out.

Alright! So is this product any good? I think this deep conditioning masque is quite alright. It’s not ground-breaking, and it’s not as good as my favourite regular conditioners.

However, I enjoy using it on a weekly basis because it does make my hair feel soft without greasing it up.

All in all, I think this is a reasonable hair mask. I paid £1 for the 180ml tube which is, without doubt, good value.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

My Little Pony Body Mist, Bath & Shower Gel, Leave-In Hair Detangler

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 My Little Pony branded products – My Little Pony Body Mist, My Little Pony Shower Gel, and My Little Pony Leave-In Hair Detangler. These 3 products were made by Kokomo Studio, a UK-based toiletries manufacturer.

Alright, let’s start with the My Little Pony Body Mist! The fruity and powdery fragrance is quite faint, and it evaporates quickly. After a few minutes you won’t be able to smell it on your skin anymore. However, since this body mist is clearly aimed at young girls, the faint fragrance isn’t really an issue because kids can spray away without stinking up their bedrooms with sickly sweet smells. Cool!

So whilst the fragrance isn’t what an adult would expect, I still like the body mist because it feels hydrating. It contains oils, but I promise you that it’s not sticky. I really like to spray it down my back. Just 2 or 3 sprays a couple of times a week – that’s enough to make the skin on my back feel super soft. Great stuff! If you’d like to try this body mist, or if you’d like to buy it as a present for a young relative, the 100ml bottle is £2 at Primark.

Onto the My Little Pony Bath & Shower Gel! I really like this shower gel. It lathers up nicely, and it smells of honeydew melons. It’s also not drying! What’s not to like? I paid 99p for the big 400ml bottle (Home Bargains).

And how’s the My Little Pony Leave-In Hair Detangler? I think this product is quite alright. It’s not ground-breaking, but it’s much better than L’Oréal’s Elvive Smooth & Polish Thermo Detangling Spray (which I will review shortly). So yes, this dirt-cheap My Little Pony product really helps detangle my hair! In regards to the fragrance, all I can say is that it’s faint and fruity (something like pear and melon…), and that it evaporates quickly. But that’s great because I wouldn’t want my hair detangler to compete with the fragrance I’m wearing. By the way, the 150ml bottle can be yours for £1 (Poundworld).

To make a long story short, I’m happy that I picked up these products. I don’t always make the best decisions when I buy products just because I love the cute packaging. However, these 3 products will serve me well for the next couple of months, so I have no reason to complain at all!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde