Empties – August 2019

Hi there! It’s the first weekday of a new month, and this means that today’s post is about all the toiletries and beauty products I finished last month. I’ve done very well again (yes, my husband helped), and for the first time in what feels like a million years I managed to use up a mono eyeshadow! YESSS! 🤣💪 Now, onto the empties!

1 Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel – of all the eye creams / gels I’ve tried so far, this is my favourite! Yes, I have a backup.

2 Manhattan Multi Effect Eyeshadow 92W Caramel Fudge – I enjoyed this eyeshadow a lot! Great quality and colour. Repurchase? Nope! I’d never repurchase the same eyeshadow because of how long it takes to finish such a product.

3 Radox Scent Touch Feel Free – this is a good shower gel with a pleasant and long-lasting fragrance, and I might buy it again. This is a shared empty because my husband used this shower gel too.

4 Herbal Essences Bio Renew Rosemary & Herbs Moisture Conditioner – this is a great conditioner, and I will buy it (and the matching shampoo) again, no doubt!

5 Original Source Lemon And Tea Tree Shower – this is a summer favourite and another shared empty. Repurchase? Yes!

6 – 7 Hello Kitty Lipstick & Lipgloss – these products aren’t empty, but they’ve been living in my drawer for far too long. I’m not going to use them at this point, so bye-bye!

8 Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer – another product I’m throwing out because I won’t use it. This is a lip lacquer in an insanely bright neon-raspberry kind of shade. I don’t know why I bought it because I can’t wear such shades.

9 Essence Eyeliner 02 Blue – I tried to get some use out of this light blue eyeliner, but it’s just not me, so I’m binning this one too. I have green eyes, and this shade of eyeliner just doesn’t work for me.

10 Baylis & Harding Beauticology Pink Grapefruit & Raspberry Fragrance Mist – I enjoyed this body mist while it lasted, but I don’t think I’d repurchase it because I’ve grown tired of the fragrance.

11 Good Things Spa Acai Berry Daily Essential Body Wash – I enjoyed this body wash, but it’s been discontinued, so I can’t repurchase it.

12 Carex Moisture Plus Shower Cream – this is another shared empty and another nice shower product that I might buy again!

13 Original Source Hydrating Water Infusions Apple & Melon Shower – this is one of 2 hydrating (!) shower products that helped me stay on top of my dry skin and my eczema when it was almost 40C in July (I just couldn’t bring myself to use body lotion for 3 days). But I don’t think I’ll buy this particular fragrance again; the grapefruit & mint shower gel was nicer!

14 Sleek Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette – this palette isn’t empty, but it’s as near-empty as it can possibly be. I’ve now decided to throw it away because I haven’t used it in ages, and I’m not going to use it anymore. But I DID empty 9 of the 12 pans! Anyhoo, before I took the photo, I gave the palette a quick wipe – but then I dropped it and the lid broke off.

15 Superdrug B. Vitalised Vitamin Facial Spritz – this is another amazing face mist from Superdrug. I enjoyed it very much, and I will buy it again!

16 Boots Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream – one of the best cleansers I’ve ever tried. Repurchase? Yes!

17 Superdrug B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz – I love this face mist! This was the first Superdrug face mist I’ve ever tried, and I loved it from day 1! Superdrug repackaged this one but the ingredients are 100% the same! If you’re wondering why I emptied 2 face mists, this was the one I had in my handbag.

August was a good month for Empties – I said goodbye to small items and big bottles, and I even threw out unloved stuff that I won’t be using and can’t repurpose. I do hope I can say goodbye to just as many products in September. Fingers crossed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Weekly Recap 26 August – 1 September 2019

Hi there! Today’s post is my weekly blog recap. Read on to check if you’ve missed a post that you might have liked. 🙂

Monday 26 Aug – Montagne Jeunesse Face Food Orange Oil & Vitamin C Peel-Off Masque AND Cucumber & Apple Reviving Masque

On Monday I reviewed a face mask duo. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 27 Aug – Max Factor Wild Eyeshadow Pots, Superdrug B. Vivid Eyeshadows, NYC Eyeshadow Trio & Essence Blush Up!

Tuesday’s post was about a number of eyeshadows and a blush. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 28 Aug – Nail Of The Day
Thursday 29 Aug – Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Shower & Bath Gel

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

Friday 30 Aug – Monthly Favourites

And Friday’s post was about the products I loved the most in August. Click here to read the post.

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

August Beauty Awards

Hi there! It’s the last working day of the month, so today’s post is about my current beauty favourites. As always, I’ve picked my favourites from all the products I reviewed this past month. I’ll start with the TOP 3, but I’ve thrown in a few honourable mentions as well.

3rd place – Superdrug B. Vitalised Vitamin Facial Spritz
This is a lovely face mist that I can’t wait to buy again.

Runner-Up – Boots Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15
Boots did a fantastic job with this day cream. It hydrates my skin deeply, and I really love it!

WINNER – Superdrug Deep Action Extreme Skin Brightening Solution
This is the best skin brightening product I’ve ever tried. Priced at £5.99, it’s a total steal!

Onto the honourable mentions! I love Boots’ Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash (which came in 4th), Original Source’s Hydrating Water Infusions Grapefruit & Mint is just fabulous, and Good Things Spa’s Manuka Honey Nourishing Body Wash is super lovely.

I’m enjoying Manhattan’s Lip Jelly, I adore the 3 Max Factor Eyeshadows I’m using at the moment, and I fell in love with Superdrug’s B. Vivid 058 Filigree Eyeshadow.

Have you tried any of these products? Or would you like to try any of them? Which products have you been loving lately? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Shower & Bath Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Shower & Bath Gel.

It’s been quite hot ☀️ 🥵 since last Friday, so I thought I could try another refreshing shower gel.

And since I’m already using 2 Treacle Moon shower gels at the moment, I thought I might as well make it 3!

So how’s the shower gel? I like it a lot! It’s a great shower gel that wakes you up in the morning, and the fresh and green ginger fragrance is perfect in this hot wearther.

My husband’s enjoying this shower gel too, so I’m happy to say this one will be repurchased next summer!

Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Shower & Bath Gel is available as 500ml for £3. I paid £1.50 (special offer, Tesco).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Lycra Pro 313 Cocktail Passion & Stamping

Hi there! Today’s post is about a mani I did not too long ago. I thought I’d share this summery mani before we have to say goodbye to the summer of ’19.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel Lycra Pro 313 Cocktail Passion (2 coats). I like this polish a lot because the colour is simply gorgeous, and I like Rimmel’s Lycra Pro formula in general.

For the images I used my unbranded FLOWERS 02 stamping plate. I don’t remember which polish I stamped with. I just picked the first black polish I could find because I had trouble locating my black Revlon polish that day. Typical, I know! 🤣

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots 20 Golden Amazon, 75 Smouldering Red, 80 Passionate Violet, Essence Blush Up! 10 Heat Wave, NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eyeshadow 002 Feelin’ Fab, Superdrug B. Vivid Eyeshadow 172 Neptune, 058 Filigree, 139 Regalia

Hi there! Today’s post is about a number of eye and cheek products I’m using at the moment. I don’t want to do a big intro today, so let’s start with the first 3 products – Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots. The shades are 20 Golden Amazon, 75 Smouldering Red and 80 Passionate Violet.

I like these 3 eyeshadows a lot, and I’m glad I was able to pick them up for £1 each (Poundland). I’m very happy with the quality of these eyeshadows!

And here are the swatches! 20 Golden Amazon is a bright shimmery gold, 75 Smouldering Red is a cute rosey shade with a light shimmer, and 80 Passionate Violet is a very sparkly violet shade with wannabe-holographic hues.

Up next is a beautiful blush – Essence Blush Up! 10 Heat Wave! This is a powder blush that I’ve had for a while, but I only started to use it recently.

The blush looks pretty, and the quality is fantastic too. The blush is easy to blend, and it’s highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way.  And I love the coral-to-raspberry shade(s).

I tried to capture the beautiful gradient in my swatch. It wasn’t easy, and I could have done better, but I think I did just well enough. It’s a powder blush after all!

And I started to use one of the cheap NYC compacts I found at Poundland. This one’s NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eyeshadow 002 Feelin’ Fab.

The trio contains 3 eyeshadows – a glittery silver shade which isn’t for everyday wear, a soft shimmery bronze which is very pretty and lovely to wear, and a blue-to-violet shade which, to be perfectly honest, was disappointing because it’s poorly pigmented. By the time this post is published, this eyeshadow will have been repurposed (mixed with a blue nail polish to make stamping polish).

And there are 3 more single eyeshadows – Superdrug B. Vivid Eyeshadow 172 Neptune, 058 Filigree and 139 Regalia.

I purchased these eyeshadows when they were 10p each (clearance), and I actually bought 3 of each colour – that’s 9 single eyeshadows for 90p in total! 🤪

172 Neptune is a shimmery royal blue shade, 058 Filigree is a beautiful golden olive shimmer and 139 Regalia is a matte purple eyeshadow. Unfortunately, Regalia is quite a stinker. It doesn’t stick to anything, and it cannot be used as an eyeshadow at all. This is another product which, by the time you read this post, will have found a new life as a stamping polish!

And this is it for today! I enjoyed reviewing a number of products in 1 post. I hope you like the format too, because I will continue to do this for products like eyeshadows, blushes, lip balms and the likes.

Have you tried any of these products? Or would you like to try them? Feel free to comment, and thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Montagne Jeunesse Face Food Orange Oil & Vitamin C Peel-Off Masque AND Cucumber & Apple Reviving Masque

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing a face mask duo – Montagne Jeunesse’s Face Food Orange Oil & Vitamin C Peel-Off Masque and Cucumber & Apple Reviving Masque. I found this face mask duo at my local Savers drugstore, and I think it was 69p only which is a total bargain for any face mask!

Montagne Jeunesse Face Food Orange Oil & Vitamin C Peel-Off Masque claims to peel away impurities and dead skin cells. It contains vitamin C as well as a number of botanical extracts. I don’t care for the cheap orange fragrance, but I think this is a decent face mask that made my skin feel feel softer.

Montagne Jeunesse Face Food Cucumber & Apple Reviving Masque promises to give skin a deep cleanse. I think this is an effective clay mask that does what it claims to do. This mask left my skin feeling refreshed and purified, and I was happy with the result.

Montagne Jeunesse’s Face Food Orange Oil & Vitamin C Peel-Off Masque and Cucumber & Apple Reviving Masque are available as a face mask duo. I’ve seen (and purchased) other varieties, so if you’d like to try new face masks, you might want to swing by your local Savers drugstore. 😊

Mrs Strawberry Blonde