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 💙💛

Revisiting Old Favourites – I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter

Hi there! Today’s post is about this I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter. This is an old favourite, so when these body butters hit the shelves of the local discount stores, I stocked up. I mean, we all know that a lot of the products that can be found at Home Bargains, B&M Bargains, etc are end of line items which have already been discontinued. So when your favourite product makes an appearance there, and it’s 80% off… well, this is your last chance!

I’ve rediscovered this body butter in my stash. And I started to use it immediately. And OMG – I love it! This body butter smells like chocolate ice cream. Proper chocolate ice cream. Whenever I use it, it fills the room with the most amazing chocolate ice cream fragrance. Even my husband loves the fragrance so much that he’s using this body butter as a hand cream.

I also love how nourishing this body butter is. It’s taken care of all the dry patches that the other moisturiser I’m using at the moment just isn’t nourishing enough for. And despite the rich formula, this body butter is quick and easy to massage into the skin, and it’s absorbed in my time.

What’s not to love? I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter is (or was) available as 200ml. Fortunately, I have a few more of these. However, I would hope that I Love… will bring this gem back. None of their current products tickle my fancy, so I hope that the brand can revive the Chocolate Truffle and the Raspberry & Blackberry collections. Fingers crossed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Lip Balm Favourites – Vaseline Lip Therpay + SPF 15, I Love… Choca Mocha Lala Moisturizing Lip Balm

Hi there! Today’s short post is about 2 lip balms that I’ve been using for the past few weeks – Vaseline Lip Therpay + SPF 15 and I Love… Choca Mocha Lala Moisturizing Lip Balm. I think these 2 lip balms are amazing, and here’s why.

Vaseline Lip Therpay + SPF 15 is a classic. It has the most wonderful formula. The lip balm just glides on, and it makes my lips feel hydrated and cared for. The yummy cocoa flavour is an added bonus. A great lip balm!

I Love… Choca Mocha Lala Moisturizing Lip Balm was a lovely surprise. I’ve had this lip balm in my stash for a little while, and I’ve never tried it until a few weeks ago. I fell in love instantly because this lip balm is very hydrating and it has the most amazing flavour – it comes close to Kinder chocolate! Another great lip balm!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend both these lip balms. The price for each item will depend on where you shop, but I found them both at Poundland!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Reducing My Oldies Stash – I Love… Mango & Papaya Bubble Bath & Shower Crème

Hi there! Today’s post is about this I Love… Mango & Papaya Bubble Bath & Shower Crème.

I’ve previously reviewed 2 products from the Mango & Papaya range, and I liked them a lot. So when I dug up this shower gel, I was happy to give it a try.

If you sniff the shower gel from the bottle, you think it has a generic fruity scent. It’s not bad, but definitely not remarkable.

However, once you start lathering up the shower gel on your skin, it smells delicious! Think of a mix of sunlight and juicy fruit bubblegum – but without the sugar. This shower gel smells like summer in a bottle!

This product is also supposed to work as a “bubble bath”. So I’ve tried that too. And I’m very happy to confirm that it creates amazing bubbles and that the fragrance also works for a bath. Great stuff!

If you’re interested, I Love… Mango & Papaya Bubble Bath & Shower Crème is available as 250ml and 500ml. I picked up the 500ml bottle at some discount store, although I don’t remember how much I paid.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter, I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 lipglosses which I’ve recently tried for the first time – Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter and I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach. And here’s what I think of these 2 lipglosses…

Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter is a clear lipgloss with metallic silver micro shimmer. It looks like a full-on metallic gloss in the photo, but I can assure you that it’s not. It actually looks alright on my lips, but it has the most awful flavour – it’s like a ton of overly ripe strawberries mixed with another ton of sugar. I can’t get over the flavour. It’s too much. Because of this, I’ll bin this product. This was a gree gift with purchase.

Onto the I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach! This lip balm has a fruity peach flavour. It’s natural and not over the top sweet. This is nice! However, the colour is simply ugly. It’s a washed-out pale salmon pink. And it’s not just a tint – the coverage is comparable to the coverage of a lipstick. This lip tint makes me look like I’m in the final stages of a fatal disease. I cannot imagine that anyone could get away with wearing such an awful lip colour. I’ve binned this one too! Since it was £1 only, I won’t complain.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend you give these awful lip products a wide berth. However, if you’re interested, Barry M Gloss Me Up Lipgloss 826 Party Starter is available at Superdrug (maybe elsewhere too, but I don’t know), and I Love… Tinted Moisture Balm Peach is available via online retailers.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Juicy Watermelon Revitalizing Shower Gel & Palmolive Naturals Pomegranate Shower Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 shower gels – I Love… Juicy Watermelon Revitalizing Shower Gel and Palmolive Naturals Pomegranate Shower Gel. These are super big bottles. I’m trying not to buy too many mega sizes and back-ups anymore, but these shower gels looked so tempting 😍 that I couldn’t resist. Onto the reviews!

I Love… Juicy Watermelon Revitalizing Shower Gel is nice. It feels cleansing (definitely suitable for your post-gym shower), but it’s not drying at all – this is great! The watermelon fragrance is not bad, but I can see it getting old rather quickly. I’ll continue to use this shower gel in the shower. But I think I’ll end up squeezing a lot of it into a hand wash dispenser.

Palmolive Naturals Pomegranate Shower Gel with its vegan and 96% bio-degradable formula is lovely. It smells of juicy pomegranate seeds with a touch of lemon juice. It’s fruity and refreshing but not overly sweet. This shower gel is gentle on the skin too, so what’s not to like?

I Love… Juicy Watermelon Revitalizing Shower Gel is available as 750ml. I paid £1.99 at B&M Bargains. Palmolive Naturals Pomegranate Shower Gel is available as 500ml. I paid £1.49 at Savers.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! Today’s post is about this I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer which I’ve been using on and off since March.

I’ve used so many different I Love… products over the years. And I had this body mist in my stash for a while. I can’t believe I’ve only started to use it this year! 🤦‍♀️

Anyhoo, how’s the product? Well, it’s amazing! I could kick myself for not trying it sooner! The fragrance itself is incredibly yummy. It smells of sunny blackberries and raspberries, and it’s as refreshing as a cool lemonade on a hot summer day. This is so much better than all of those sickeningly sweet strawberry fragrances many women seem to enjoy.

Whilst this is obviously not a sophisticated fragrance, I’m enjoying the refreshing scent quite a bit. My husband likes this one too!

I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer is available as 100ml. I paid £1 (Poundland).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Awesome – I Love… Chocolate Truffle Bath & Shower Crème, Nourishing Body Butter, Bath Fizzer, Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! It’s been a while since I picked up a number of I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle products. Whilst I hadn’t forgotten about these gems, I haven’t managed to actually try them – until now! If you read on, I’ll tell you why I love these products (well, 3 out of 4) so much. 🙂

Let’s start with I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Bath & Shower Crème! I think this shower cream is amazing. The chocolate truffle fragrance is simply delicious! But there’s more! This shower cream produces the perfect lather, and it doesn’t feel drying at all. Great stuff!

I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter is one of the best body butters I’ve ever tried. It’s rich and nourishing. However, it’s not sticky! And the chocolate truffle fragrance is 100% awesome!

I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Bath Fizzer is kind of a dud. This bath fizzer hardly smells of anything. I’d describe the fragrance as carton with a hint of bottom shelf milk chocolate. Disappointing!

I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Refreshing Body Mist is really lovely! It’s not the most longlasting fragrance – but I wouldn’t expect a body mist to last all day anyway. In any event, this body mist smells lovely, and the yummy chocolate truffle fragrance lingers on my scarves. Wonderful!

If you’re interested in this collection, you can find the following products:
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Bath & Shower Crème 500ml,
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter 200ml,
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Bath Fizzer 150g (= 2 fizzers, 75g each)
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Refreshing Body Mist 100ml

Most of these products are only available as part of gift sets (I’ve seen Chocolate Truffle gift sets at TK Maxx just days ago). However, I managed to buy about 8 single tubs of this fantastic body butter (Poundworld).

Have you tried these products? Or would you like to try them? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie + Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! Today’s post is about I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie and I Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer. I’m not entirely sure where and when I bought these products. But I’m sure I’ll be able to finish them this summer. Now onto the review!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie is a true 2 in 1 product. It exfoliates my skin nicely, but it’s also a proper shower product. And it smells fruity and juicy. It’s really nice!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer turned out to be just as nice. Initially I thought this body spray was OK, but after a  few days I started to like it. The mango & papaya fragrance is quite well done. It’s fruity and juicy, but it’s not cloyingly sweet. It smells just like… summer!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie is available as 200mlI Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer is available as 100ml. Superdrug no longer sells I Love…’s Mango & Papaya collection, so I’m not sure where you’d be able to get these products. But there are quite a few bargain stores that seem to stock I Love… products (incl. gift sets) from time to time, so don’t ignore those stores. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Tropical Paradise Bath & Shower Crème, Nourishing Body Butter

Hi there! Today’s post is about I Love…’s Tropical Paradise Bath & Shower Crème and Nourishing Body Butter. I bought these two products a few months ago, and I think now’s the right time to actually use these summery products. And since I’ve been using these two products for a week now, I’m ready to let you know what I think. 🙂
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I Love…’s Tropical Paradise Bath & Shower Crème isn’t a shower cream. It’s a shower gel. However, it isn’t too drying which is nice. I like this shower gel mainly because of its fragrance – it’s 95% passion fruit with just a hint of a mix of tropical fruit and coconut milk. Very summery. Very tropical.

I Love…’s Tropical Paradise Nourishing Body Butter smells just as tropical as the shower gel. This body butter is also perfectly suitable for warm summer days because it’s not sticky. But it hydrates my skin well!

I would recommend these I Love… products to everyone. I found these products at my local Poundworld, but I’ve also seen them at Bargain Buys – for £1 each!

I Love…’s Tropical Paradise Bath & Shower Crème is available as 500ml, and
I Love…’s Tropical Paradise Nourishing Body Butter is available as 200ml.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde