Empties – June 2021

Hi there! It’s the first of a new month (wow, halfway through the year already…), and this means that today’s post is about all the products I finished last month. As always, I used a bunch of single-use face masks, and you can read about my latest face mask finds if you click here. Now, let’s look at the big bottles, tubes and tubs!

1 Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum (50ml) – what a beautiful fragrance! I’ve already repurchased it – and I went for the big 100ml bottle this time!

2 Boots Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Gel – this is a good face wash. But the strong yuzu scent put me off, and that’s why I won’t repurchase this face wash.

3 Anna Sui L’Amour Rose Versailles Eau De Parfum – this is a really nice fragrance, and I enjoyed wearing it very much, but I won’t buy it again.

4 Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Conditioner With Ginseng Extract – I loved this conditioner (and the matching shampoo) so much! I’m sad this line has been discontinued. 😢

5 Imperial Leather Tropical Rainforest & Exotic Papaya Shower Gel – I love this shower gel! Repurchase? Yes!

6 Imperial Leather Cotton Clouds & White Cashmere Shower Cream – this shower gel is very good too, and I hope to buy it again soon.

7 Sanctuary Spa Heel Balm – a very good product. It’s too expensive, so I won’t buy it on its own, but I’d be delighted to find it in another Sanctuary Spa gift set.

8 Radox Mineral Therapy Muscle Soak Bath Salts – I really enjoyed these bath salts. I will buy them again!

9 Westlab Mindful Epsom & Himalayan Salts With Frankincense & Bergamot – these were good but not great. I might buy them again for half price, but I might not.

10 Westlab Cleansing Himalayan Salt – I like these a lot. Whilst these salts are unscented, they make my skin feel amazing. I enjoy using these on their own or mixed in with scented bath salts. I will buy these bath salts again, no doubt!

And this is everything for this month. Not a huge number of products, but finishing bath salts (those Westlab ones are 1kg each) frees up a lot of space under the sink! I expect a bit of skin care to finish next month, and at least 4 shower gels as well, so there should be more than 10 products in total.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

May Beauty Awards

Hi there! Today’s post is my Monthly Favourites post. I’ve picked my top 3 from all the products I reviewed in May. And there are a few honourable mentions as well. Let’s take a look at the goodies!

3rd place – Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Ginseng Extract

These Harmony Hair Indulgence products with ginseng were lovely! I’m so sad that this line has been discontinued!

Runner-Up – Astor Rouge Couture 301 Nude Silk

OMG, this lipstick is just wow! I love this shade, it’s perfect for me.

WINNER – Mitomo Retinol Facial Essence Mask

This retinol face mask is the bomb! I love it! It’s one of the best sheet masks I’ve ever tried.

Onto the honourable mentions! I enjoyed Sanctuary Spa’s Salt Scrub and I’m still enjoying Sanctuary Spa’s Hand Cream and Heel Balm. Primark’s Pearl Mask and Global Beauty Care’s Collagen Mask were lovely. And Boots’ Glycolic Acid Mask was a surprise find which will now become a regular purchase.

Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try them? Which products have you been loving lately? Feel free to comment, and thanks for reading! x

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 17 – 23 May 2021

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to on my blog this past week.

Monday 17 May – Nail Of The Day (Nail Fail)
Tuesday 18 May – NSPA Fruit Extracts Luscious And Juicy Red Cherry Shower & Bath Gel

Monday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Tuesday I reviewed a shower gel. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 19 May – Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Ginseng Extract

Wednesday’s post was about the hair care products I’m using at the moment. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 20 May – Declutter & Swatches Part 1 – Rimmel, Essence, NYC, Manhattan, Astor, Beauty UK & W7

And on Thursday I did a big swatchfest and declutter post. Click here to take a look.

I didn’t post on Friday, so this is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Revisiting Old Favourites – Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Ginseng Extract

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Ginseng Extract combo. These are old favourites from a while ago, and I thought it’s time to revisit them!

Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo is amazing! It’s a clarifying shampoo that smells of ginger (Is ginseng that similar?) and soft musk. It’s amazing!

Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Conditioner is simply fabulous. It detangles my hair with ease. And I only need a bit of product. Wow! The conditoner has a clean and soft musk fragrance – I love it!

I’m enjoying these products very much! They make my hair look and feel amazing – and they smell like pretty fragrances (i.e. Narciso Rodriguez or J Lo Glow minus the bubblegum note). What’s not to love? Based on my experience, I’d recommend these hair products! Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner With Ginseng Extract are available as 250ml each for about £1 at discount stores. I found these at Poundland!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – September 2016

Hi there! It’s a new month (Can you believe it’s October already?), so let’s look at the products I used up last month! As always, I’ve used several face masks (Yay!) which means I’m getting on top of my stash – and I can buy new face masks later this fall – although not this month. But now, let’s look at what else I’ve used up in September.
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1 Original Source Tropical Pineapple Shower – a decent shower gel that smells like the white Haribo gummy bears. I’ve used it on and off for over a month. I do have a back-up bottle but once that one’s finished too, I wouldn’t repurchase it.

2 Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Wash – a decent face wash which I’ve been using on an off for about a year. I don’t think I’d repurchase it. Whilst it was nice while it lasted, it’s simply not a favourite.

3 Harmony Hair Indulgence Herbal Conditioner With Ginseng Extract – a good conditioner that detangled my hair without problems. Of all the Harmony conditioners this is the best one. In addition, this conditioner smells amazing! I will buy it (and the shampoo) again! If you’re wondering what happened to the shampoo, I’ve passed it on to my husband who always uses up my shampoos once I’ve emptied the matching conditioners.
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4 Garnier Ultimate Blends The Shine Revitaliser Conditioner – I’m pretty sure this is the best Garnier conditioner I’ve ever had. The Garnier shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried in the past made my hair go greasy within about 12 hours after washing, but this one didn’t. I was also pleased with how nicely this conditioner detangled my hair. And whilst the fragrance isn’t my favourite (it’s not bad, but it’s just OK), I’ll buy this shampoo and conditioner combo again.

5 Original Source Mango & Macadamia Shower – a gorgeous shower gel that’s exclusive to Poland. I used it on and off for over a month. I love the sweet and delicious fragrance. If only Original Source would permanently replace the sickly sweet mango shower gel with this one… In the meantime, I’m glad I have a back-up bottle! 🙂

6 Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub – a very nice, gentle and creamy (!) face scrub that’s perfectly suitable for dry and sensitive skin. This product lasted me for over a year! This scrub has been discontinued, so I can’t repurchase it, but I have two back-up bottles!
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7 Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter (73ml travel size) – this is one of the few Pacifica products I didn’t like at all (the smell is very unpleasant). But since I always try not to be wasteful, I used this product as a foot cream. It did an OK job, but compared to other body butters I’ve tried, this one is considerably less moisturising. And it’s actually not even a body butter, but more of a lotion.

8 Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Body Lotion (30ml travel size) – a decent body lotion. Ages ago. I got it as a sample to figure out whether to buy the fragrance. I’ve used up the body lotion now, and I can safely say it made me fall out of love with the fragrance.

9 The Healing Garden JasmineSensations (15ml) – the sweetest and most delightful jasmine fragrance I’ve ever come across. It’s all sweet, innocent jasmine and bubble gum. It’s delicious. The bottle was near empty (5ml left?) when I started to use it again this month. Ages ago, I found this fragrance at one of those bargain basement stores (I think the store name might actually be Bargain Basement or something like that), and I’ve never seen it anywhere else before or after, so I assume I’ll never be able to buy it again. BUT I have several back-up bottles!

10 Boots Extracts Mango Body Butter (50ml travel size) – the best and most delicious mango body butter out there. Forget the more expensive one from you know where. 😉 Get this one from Boots. It mops the floor with its competitors. I will, without doubt, repurchase it.

11 Boots Extracts Mango Shower Gel (75ml travel size) – it smells just as amazing as the body butter, it lathers up nicely, and it’s not drying at all. Yes, I’ll repurchase it.

12 The Red Forest Moonlight Raspberry Bath Salts (50g, single use) – Ages ago, I got these bath salts as part of a small limited edition gift set from the 99p Store (R.I.P. 99p Stores!). I think these bath salts are actually decent. And the rose & raspberry fragrance is pleasant.
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13 Dolly’s Mixtures Piña Colada ‘Don’t Be Shy’ Shower Gel – a decent shower gel that smells mainly of pineapple with a hint of coconut. I do like it, but it’s not a favourite, so I don’t know if I’ll repurchase it.

14 Classics Nail Polish Remover – my favourite nail polish remover. Not tested on animals, made in the EU. What’s not to love? For as long as this nail polish remover is made, I’ll keep buying it.

15 Superdrug Refreshing Day Cream SPF 15 For Normal Skin – a decent SPF face cream that moisturises well. However, I’m not in love with the fragrance (the next person might love it), so I won’t repurchase this cream. Saying this, if you’re on a budget and if you’re looking for a nice moisturiser with SPF, I would definitely recommend it.

16 I Love… Strawberries & Cream Body Butter – if you love strawberry-scented toiletries, I’d definitely recommend this one because I Love…’s Strawberries & Cream collection is the most natural smelling strawberry-scented product line out there. Personally, I found the fragrance overwhelming, so I used this body butter as a foot butter – with great results. But I wouldn’t repurchase the product.

So this is it for this month! I finished several travel-sized products, I managed to finish a face cream and I emptied a seemingly bottomless face wash. Success! What have you used up this month? Have you used any of the products I used? If so, please let me know in the comments.

And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde