Empties – September 2019

Hi there! It’s the 1st day of a new month (Hello October!), and this means that today’s post is about all the products I said goodbye to in September. I have quite a few empties as well as a few old products that I binned.

1 Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Brightening Serum – this is a great serum, and I’d like to repurchase it!

2 Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care All Over Body Cream With Dragon Fruit – I enjoyed this body cream a lot this summer. Unfortunately, this one’s a limited edition, and it really is gone. Otherwise I’d buy it again.

3 Make Up Gallery Top & Base Coat – 100% rubbish. This stuff will make your new mani chip within hours, and it will cause your nails to split – well, that’s what it did to me. I poured this stuff into the bin so I wouldn’t accidentally use it.

4 The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiaré Shower Gel – of all the TBS products I’ve tried over the years, this is my favourite by far. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued, and I’m sad to see it go.

5 Imperial Leather Funfair Nostalgia Body Wash – this is a nice shower gel. I’d like to repurchase it, but I think it’s been discontinued as well.

6 Original Source Hydrating Water Infusions Grapefruit & Mint Shower – one of my favourite shower gels this summer. Repurchase? Oh yes!

7 My Little Pony Coconut Lip Balm – I liked this lip balm (fortunately, the coconut flavour wasn’t very strong). I have a few more My Little Pony lip balms (different flavours), so I don’t need to stock up.

8 Essence XXXL Lipgloss 2 Coral Delight – I enjoyed this gloss very much. It’s been discontinued, but I wouldn’t repurchase it (only because I don’t want to buy the same product more than once – unless it’s an all-time favourite).

9 Bourjois 3D Effect Lipgloss 26 Cassis Tropical – this is really old! I won’t use it at this point, so I binned it.

10 UNE Sheer Lips Gloss S05 – another oldie I found by accident – bye bye!

11 Miss Sporty Perfect Colour Lipstick 122 Poem – another old lipstick that I won’t use anymore. On a positive note, back then I used the lipstick quite often… you know… before I “lost” it to the abyss that it my beauty stash…

12 Collection 2000 Volume Boost Lipstick 12 Cocoa – I remember that I didn’t use this lipstick in the first place because it was terrible. I think I have more of these (different shades). Anyhoo… good riddance!

13 Creightons Pink Grapefruit Mattifying Face Mask – this is a good face mask. I enjoyed using it, and I might buy it again.

14 Boots Extracts Olive Body Butter – I love this body butter, and it’s sad that Boots discontinued it. But I do have back-up!

15 Ekél Natural Clean Peeling Gel Apple – I enjoyed using this peeling gel. I have a back-up (different fragrance).

16 TRESemmé Expert Keratin Smooth Conditioner – this conditioner isn’t terrible, but it’s just about average. For the first 10 washes I liked it, but it started to annoy me halfway through the bottle. I wouldn’t repurchase it.

17 Treacle Moon Marshmallow Hearts Shower & Bath Gel – this shower gel smells insanely yummy! I’ll buy it again for sure!

I also used a number of single-use face masks. And if you’d like to read about my latest face mask finds, click here.

Have you tried any of these products? Would you like to try any of them? Which products did you say goodbye to recently? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

 

Empties – October 2018

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I emptied last month. As always, I used a number of single use face masks. Whilst I don’t keep the empty sachets, you can read about my latest face mask finds here. Onto the big empties!

1 Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 in 1 Instant Hydration + Radiant Glow – this is a lovely moisturiser. I have a back-up bottle!

2 Essence Black Eyeliner Pencil – my favourite eyeliner pencil! I have several more in my stash and in my rota!

3 Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum – another great product from Sukin. I can definitely see myself buying this serum again.

4 Superdrug Naturally Radiant Flycolic Tonic – this is one of my new holy grail products!

Nivea Waterlily & Oil Shower Gel – this is a lovely shower gel. My husband used it too, so this is a shared empty. I hope I’ll find it again somewhere.

6 Herbal Essences Moisture Balance Conditioner – the best conditioner ever. It’s been discontinued, but I have an impressive number of back-up bottles (shampoo and conditioner).

7 The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Lotion – I enjoyed using this body lotion while it lasted, but I won’t buy it again.

8 The Crème Shop Detoxing & Renewing Overnight Gel Mask With Charcoal – whilst I liked using this product, I don’t think I’ll buy it again. When the seasons changed, I noticed that I would need a more hydrating product for 9 months of the year.

9 Max Factor Pan Stik 25 Fair – this is my holy grail foundation!

10 My Little Pony Strawberry Lip Balm – a nice lip balm. It’s very hydrating, and it has a fruity taste. I have a few more My Little Pony branded lip balms.

11 Superdrug Lip Balm – a nice vanilla-flavoured lip balm. I have a few more of these.

12 Ekél Natural Clean Peeling Gel With Grape – this is a truly awesome product. I have 3 more of these with different fragrances (apple, apricot, rice bran).

13 My Little Pony Shower Gel – a nice shower gel. The melon fragrance is lovely. I might repurchase it at some point.

14 Radox Scent Touch Feel Lively Body Wash – I don’t like the fragrance of this one very much. I managed to use it up but I won’t buy it again.

15 Superdrug Cucumber Peel-Off Mask – this is a nice face mask. I enjoyed using it. I have a back-up!

16 Anna Sui Flight Of Fancy – this is a lovely fragrance. I can definitely see myself picking it up again!

I think I’ve done well again this month. I’m happy I managed to finish a lot of skin care products. What did you empty last month? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

My Little Pony Lip Balm Trio

Hi there! Today’s post is about a cute My Little Pony Lip Balm Trio which I picked up on Boxing Day 2016. I’ve seen a very similar set (3 MLP themed lip balms, similar packaging) at the same store very recently, so I think it still makes sense to review these lip balms. 🙂

Alright! The lip balm flavours are Cherry, Coconut and Strawberry. And I think these lip balms are great. They feel super hydrating, and the flavours aren’t too strong. I’m actually not a fan of coconut and strawberry flavoured (or scented) products – but I’m enjoying all these lip balm flavours very much!

Back then this My Little Pony Lip Balm Trio was £2.99. B&M Bargains now stocks a very similar looking set (which would be an awesome present for MLP fans of all ages) for the same price.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

My Little Pony Lovely Lip Balms – Fruity Lip Balm & Strawberry Lip Balm

Hi there! Today’s post is about the My Little Pony Lovely Lip Balms that I found at Primark. This lip balm duo pack is £1.50, and it contains a fruity lip balm and a strawberry lip balm.

Before I get to the actual review, let me tell you a little about the manufacturer of these lip balms… Kokomo Studio is an Oxfordshire-based company. They manufacture toiletries for lots of different brands, i.e. Hasbro, Disney, Cartoon Network, Tokidoki and many more! I’ve never heard of Kokomo Studio before, but I’m impressed that they’re working with some of the big brands. Thumbs up!

Now onto the review! These two lip balms are very nice and I really enjoy using them. The juicy melon-flavoured Fruity Lip Balm is simply awesome. It tastes like heaven! It’s definitely my new favourite lip balm flavour. The Strawberry Lip Balm tastes of fresh strawberries. The flavour is rather subtle, but that’s perfectly fine.

I think these two lip balms are very nice and I’m even thinking about stocking up! 🙂 Have you tried these lip balms? If so, how do / did you like them? Or will you pick them up the next time you swing by Primark? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Haul! New Products – Primark, Poundworld, Poundland, Boots, Wilko, Home Bargains, M&S

Hi there! I’ve done a little shopping this month. I haven’t gone nuts, I promise. But I picked up quite a few bargains. So let me show you what I bought!

I bought 4 PS… Facial Cleansing Sponge duo packs. That’s 8 sponges for £4. The reason I stocked up is because I’ve been using one of these sponges for a few weeks now – and I love it! I also bought 2 more PS… Konjac Sponges. That’s £3 for 2 konjac sponges.

It appears that Superdrug has given up on selling reasonably priced konjac sponges which is their loss, really. They also discontinued a few other fantastic products, so I haven’t done much Superdrug shopping lately. So yeah, it really is their loss! Anyhoo, those PS… sponges are from Primark!

I don’t think I’ve ever left my local Poundworld store empty-handed. Poundworld and Bargain Buys (which is part of the Poundworld family) have awesome nail products. I bought a cute Nails Inc. glitter topper (RRP £13), a Revlon Base Coat (RRP £6.49) and a J Lo exclusive collection L’Oréal polish (RRP £4.99). I paid £1 per polish – that’s £3 in total for these 3 polishes.

I picked up 4 new Montagne Jeunesse masks – Relaxing Spa Mud Mask, Candyfloss Scrub, Sea Splash Peel Off and Blueberry Blast Mud Masque. These masks seem to be exclusive to Primark, and they were 90p each. This adds up to £3.60 for 4 face masks.

Sukin’s Purifying Facial Masque is normally £11.95 at Boots. Thanks to a Save 1/3 offer it was £7.97. However, I didn’t spend any money, I paid with points!

I picked up 3 more Montagne Jeunesse face masks (they’re £1 each at Boots). However, these were on a 3 for 2 promotion, so I paid £2 (I paid with points for these products as well!) for these 3 face masks. I also went to Poundland where I found this Imperial Leather Foamy Banana shower cream – I paid £1 for it.

I bought these 10 Essence Colour Boost nail polishes – these are supposed to be one-coaters, so I bought them all to find out if they stamp on a black base. Well, if they stamp, they’re the cheapest quality stamping polishes out there (£1.80 each). If they don’t stamp, they don’t.

I got myself 2 more Essence Out Of Space Stories nail polishes (£2 each) and 4 Essence Glamaxy top coats (£2 each). Why 4? This is a flakie topper! All in all, I paid £30 for these 16 Essence nail polishes.

When I went to Home Bargains the other day I picked up 3 promising products. Creightons Charcoal Deep Cleansing Scrub and Creightons Charcoal Detoxifying Clay Mask were 79p each, I believe (sorry, I lost the receipt). I also picked up a strawberry-flavoured kids’ toothpaste. Yes, I bought it because of the Twilight Sparkle image!

Then I went to a different Primark store where I picked up a My Little Pony Lip Balm duo for £1.50, a My Little Pony Body Mist (100ml) for £2, and another Montagne Jeunesse Sunburst Sauna mask. On the way back home I swung by Marks & Spencer – and I bought a 100ml Monotheme Il Libro Degli Agrumi Pompelmo fragrance for £22.

Have you tried any of these products? Have you done any shopping recently? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Major Boxing Day Haul – 80 New Products (Sanctuary Spa, Boots Extracts, My Little Pony, Pusheen And More)

Hi there! I know I did a haul post only 2 weeks ago. But I also said I’d be doing some serious bargain shopping on Boxing Day. I ordered lots of stuff online, and I also went to a few stores (Boots, M&S, Poundstretcher, B&M). Here’s what I bought!

I found this My Little Pony Lip Balm Trio at B&M Bargains. I don’t know how much it was because…
1. I didn’t care, and 2. I lost the receipt. I guess it was £2.99 – the My Little Pony nail polish set which I bought recently was £2.99, and I just assume these sets would cost the same.
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My local Poundstretcher had a few different Daily Defense hair products. I bought the Keratin shampoo and conditioner, and the Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner. These are huge 473ml bottles – and they were £1 each. I’ve never seen these before, and my guess is they were discontinued ages ago. But I sniffed the products before I decided to buy them – and these 4 products smelled excellent! And something else – these products were made in Canada – and they’re cruelty-free!
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Boots Extracts Vanilla House Of Treats was on top my Boxing Day wish list – because my husband loves Boots’ vanilla fragrance very much. I ended up buying 2 of these vanilla sets, each of which contains 200ml shower gel, 200ml body lotion, and 150ml body mist. The Vanilla House Of Treats was half price on Boxing Day – so I only spent £5 per set.
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Another half price bargain I got my hands on was this cute Pusheen plush cosmetic bag. It was £4 only (Boots). The cosmetic bag is quite big – it’s the biggest cosmetic bag I’ve ever owned. I’ll take measurements… I promise.
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The next awesome half price set is I Love…’s The Takeaway Trio. It contains 3 chocolate truffle scented products – 500ml bath & shower cream, 200ml body butter and a big 150g bath fizzer. Priced at £4 (Boots) this set is amazing value!
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Then I spent £2.50 on this Garden Collection Mini Indulgence set (Boots). It contains 5 products – a lavender body wash and a lavender body lotion, a rose body wash and a rose body lotion, and a magnolia body wash. The bottles are 100ml.
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I found 2 cute Winter Woodland toiletries sets. The first set contains 3 shower gels and 3 body lotions.
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And the second Winter Woodland set contains 5 body mists. These sets are from Poundstretcher.
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I also bought a Boots Extracts Body Spray trio. For £3 I got Vanilla (My husband’s favourite!), Strawberry (I’ll give it a sniff, but I think I’ll have to pass this one on to my teenage relative), and Mango (Yummy!). The body sprays are 70ml.
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My local Marks & Spencer store had a few Pusheen sets for half price too. I bought a nail polish set for £5 and a lip balm duo for £3.

Up next is the My Little Pony Cutie Beauty Bath Set. It was £3.99 at B&M Bargains. It’s that cute that I don’t even care if any of these products are good. 🙂
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I also got the big Boots Extracts House Of Treats – which contains several shower gels, shower scrubs and body butters. All of these products are travel-sized. This set was £10.
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And here’s what’s in the House Of Treats – 4 shower gels, 4 body scrubs, 4 body butters. The fragrances are Marshmallow & Peppermint (limited Christmas edition), Coconut, Vanilla & Mango.
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I was glad that I Love…’s Pamper Me Essentials set wasn’t sold out by Boxing Day. So I got this set for £5.
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The Pamper Me Essentials set contains a 200ml Raspberry & Blackberry Shower Gel and the matching hand cream, and it contains 2 chocolate Truffle products – a body butter (which I already had in a different set) and a body mist (which was the reason I bought this set – I really wanted this Chocolate Truffle body mist).
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I bought the Sanctury Spa’s Escape And Let Go set which contains an exfoliating mitt, a 100ml body butter, a full size shower gel and a full-size body scrub. All these products have the same fragrance – White Lily & Damask Rose.
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I think this Sanctuary set was good value. It was £8! The shower gel and the shower scrub are usually £5.50 each, so I’m really happy with this set.
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I Love…’s The Big Tub Of Fun was £7.50 only. Yes, I only bought it for the Chocolate Truffle products… anyhoo, this set contains a 500ml Chocolate Truffle shower cream, a bath fizzer, a body puff and three Raspberry & Blackberry products – body butter, hand cream and body mist. I think this set is fantastic considering the low price!
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I also bought the huge Sanctuary Spa Make A Wish And Let Go box. It was £22.50 and it’s packed with awesome products!
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What’s in the box? Heel balm, mini shower gel, bath soak, face mask, body butter, shower gel, salt scrub, body scrub and hand cream.
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And here are two non-beauty items – I bought a My Little Pony ringbinder. It was £1.99. And I got myself a foam sticker set for 99p. I found these items at B&M Bargains. 🙂

So this is what I got myself on Boxing Day (in store and online). It’s quite a lot, I know. But it’s nothing compared to what I’ve bought in the past. This Boxing Day (well, technically it’s last boxing Day already…) I managed to ignore all those half-price make-up and nail polish sets. Well, I got the Pusheen nail polish set but that doesn’t count because it’s Pusheen!

I also spent just over £106 for all of this. And whilst I don’t know where to store all these sets and products, I don’t think I spent too much. I do think that I’m a reasonable Boxing Day shopper because I’ve never been someone who’d spend hundreds of £ on ‘impulse items’ (aka stuff you’ll regret buying – like those 5 evening dresses, or those 9 pairs of red high heels…). Yeah, I had to get that out of my system because I know people who still pay off their 2012 Christmas shopping…

Feel free to comment if you want to. Oh, and congratulations if you’ve made it to the end of the post. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde