Westlab Mineral Bathing Recover Epsom Salts With White Willow & Eucalyptus

Hi there! Today’s post is about these Westlab Mineral Bathing Recover Epsom Salts With White Willow & Eucalyptus. These bath salts promise to give your body a boost to help support recovery and to make you feel energised and uplifted. Simply add 2-3 handfuls of these bath salts to your bath water.

I’ve given these bath salts a try, and I do like them! I’m not sure if I felt more energised after the bath, but I found the bath to be relaxing. I also enjoyed the fresh herbal scent. My husband has given these bath salts a try too, and he was just as happy with them.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend these bath salts. If you’re interested, Westlab Mineral Bathing Recover Epsom Salts With White Willow & Eucalyptus are available as 1kg for about £6. I paid £2.99 (half price offer, Boots).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Essano Rosehip Visible Lift Eye Crème

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Essano Rosehip Visible Lift Eye Crème for all skin types. This eye cream contains shea butter, rosehip and seed jojoba oils, vitamins A, B3 (Niacinamide) and E, as well as pro-vitamin B5. The packaging states that over 97% of the ingredients are of natural origin.

This eye cream promises what most eye creams promise. It says it will soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, firm the skin for a visible lift, even out the skin tone and restore a youthful glow. Use it like any other eye cream = simply dab a small amount around the eye contour area.

I’ve been using this eye cream for over a month now, and I think it’s quite alright. It’s a lot better than the eye gel I used before. This eye cream feels rich and nourishing, but it’s not greasy. I haven’t seen any actual youthful glow or a visible lift, but I like the hydration I’m getting from this eye cream. One thing though – this eye cream could smell better! It smells a bit like furniture polish. Fortunately, the scent isn’t strong, and it doesn’t linger.

In any event, I’m happy to continue to use this product. If you’re interested, Essano Rosehip Visible Lift Eye Crème is available as 15ml. I paid a ridiculous £3 (TK Maxx). On another note, according to the manufacturer, this eye cream is vegan and cruelty-free! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Weekly Recap 8 – 14 August 2022

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 8 Aug – Cellio It’s True Pomegranate Deep Cleansing + Massage Cream

On Monday I reviewed a cleansing cream. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 9 Aug – Palmolive Hidden Heaven Shower Gel, Palmolive Sauna Retreat Shower Gel

Tuesday’s post was about 2 shower gels. Click here to read it.

Thursday 11 Aug – Maxbrands My Skin Facial Sheet Mask “Panda Face”

And on Thursday I reviewed a face mask. Click here to take a look.

And this is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Maxbrands My Skin Facial Sheet Mask “Panda Face”

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Maxbrands My Skin Facial Sheet Mask “Panda Face”. This sheet mask with cucumber extract promises to improve skin elasticity and to boost the skin. You’re supposed to cleanse your face first, then put the mask on, leave it on for 10-15 minutes – and then rinse it off.

I’ve given this sheet mask a try, and I think it’s alright. I don’t think it did much for my skin, but it felt mildly refreshing and hydrating. The essence wasn’t too sticky (not that it would have mattered considered the essence has to be rinsed off anyway), and I liked the cute panda print.

This is not the most special face mask, but hey, it looks cute! Maxbrands My Skin Facial Sheet Mask “Panda Face” is available as a 25ml single use mask. I paid 50p (independent bargain store).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Palmolive Hidden Heaven Shower Gel, Palmolive Sauna Retreat Shower Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 new shower gels I picked up at Superdrug last week – Palmolive Hidden Heaven Shower Gel and Palmolive Sauna Retreat Shower Gel. Palmolive is probably my favourite brand for shower and bath products, so I’m always happy to give their new products a try.

Let’s start with Palmolive Hidden Heaven Shower Gel. From the bottle, it smelled a bit familiar. Lovely and familiar. But I couldn’t put my finger on it. When I used it in the shower, I realised it was the reincarnation of an old favourite – Palmolive Aroma Therapy Morning Tonic. I have one more bottle of Morning Tonic in my stash, and after sniffing and testing both shower gels side by side, I can confirm that Hidden Heaven and Morning Tonic are about 97% the same. Morning Tonic is a bit stronger, and that’s what lets me tell these shower gels apart. But it’s pretty much the same tangerine and lemongrass fragrance! 😍

Onto Palmolive Sauna Retreat Shower Gel! This is another fabulous shower gel that I like a lot! It has a beautiful warm and cuddly vanilla scent with woods and macadamia in the background. Macadamia isn’t listed anywhere, but vanilla, woods and macadamia come to my nose. I will leave this shower for when it’s less hot in a few weeks.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend these shower gels. If you’re interested, Palmolive Hidden Heaven Shower Gel and Palmolive Sauna Retreat Shower Gel are available as 250ml each. I paid £1 each (special offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Cellio It’s True Pomegranate Deep Cleansing + Massage Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Cellio It’s True Pomegranate Deep Cleansing + Massage Cream. This product is a cleansing cream with a fancier name. There is one difference though! Most cleansing creams (or milks) don’t need to be rinsed off as long as you use a toner right after. However, this one specifically states that it should be washed off.

With respect to its formula, this product is a thick cream. It’s reminiscent of body butter. I started to use this product about 2 weeks ago. I use it to remove my make-up with a cotton pad at the end of the work day and right before I take my evening shower. This way I can wash off the product as instructed.

I think this product dissolves and removes make-up (including eye make-up) reasonably well and without causing me any discomfort, but it’s nothing special. Right after I’ve gone over my face with this product, I’ll jump in the shower, and I’ll use a bit of face wash to get rid of the cleansing cream residue. Despite this, my current toner still catches quite a bit of beige when I use it right after I’m out of the shower.

I will use up this product, but I wouldn’t repurchase it. Having said this, I’m still happy that I got to try another Korean skin care product! If you’re interested, Cellio It’s True Pomegranate Deep Cleansing + Massage Cream is available as 300ml. I paid £6 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Weekly Recap 1 – 7 August 2022

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is about all the posts I’ve written this past week. Here they are:

Monday 1 Aug – July Empties

Monday’s post was about the products I finished last month. Click here to see them all.

Tuesday 2 Aug – Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum

On Tuesday I reviewed a facial serum. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 4 Aug – Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist

I didn’t post on Wednesday, but on Thursday I reviewed 2 fragrances. Click here to read the post.

Friday 5 Aug – Poundland #6 The Mask Collection Aloe Vera Face & Neck Sheet Mask

Friday’s post was about a face mask. Click here to read my review.

This is it for the first week of August. Thanks for stopping by today! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Poundland #6 The Mask Collection Aloe Vera Face & Neck Sheet Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Poundland #6 The Mask Collection Aloe Vera Face & Neck Sheet Mask. This mask is aimed at all skin types, and it contains aloe vera leaf juice and a bunch of botanical extracts (green tea leaf, rosemary leaf, licorice root, chamomile, etc). This mask is a standard sheet mask – use it after you’ve cleansed your face. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. And that’s it!

I’ve given this mask a try, and I didn’t like it. At all. There were 2 of these masks in the Poundland face mask set, and I’m not keen on using the 2nd one. Here’s why: The neck part of the mask is just as big as the face part – why would that be? I found that piece of fabric so irritating that I tore it off before putting on the facial part of the mask. I’m glad I removed the neck part because the mask is also quite sticky. I wouldn’t want sticky skin around my neck.

There’s more! This mask also has ear loops. I didn’t use them. I had just showered and washed my hair, so why would I want face mask essence in my hair? I folded the ear loops over, so that these bits of fabric would be on my cheeks. I don’t understand why this mask has ear loops in the first place. This mask is sticky. Who wants sticky skin around their ears, and who wants sticky essence in their hair? If you wore this mask as intended, you’d have to wash your hair immediately afterwards. I cannot imagine that anyone would resist the urge to wash the sticky mess away.

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend this face mask. I’d say this is one to avoid. But if you’re interested, Poundland #6 The Mask Collection Aloe Vera Face & Neck Sheet Mask is available in a set of 6 sheet masks (2 vitamin E masks, 2 collagen masks and 2 aloe vera masks). I forgot how much exactly I paid, but this set was £5 max.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist. Most of Superdrug’s Layering Lab body mists happen to smell like expensive fragrances. Their Blossom body mist smells like Alien, and their Paradise body mist is pretty close to Olympéa! Now let’s see if Sweetie and Oriental are just as nice.

Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist is supposed to smell like Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle. I don’t know this fragrance. And, unfortunately, NONE of the local drugstores or perfumeries stock it, so I couldn’t test it. Having said that, I do like Sweetie!

When you spray it, the first few seconds are difficult as Sweetie is too loud and too sweet, but it settles quickly and turns into a gentle, non-descript floral fragrance. It definitely has a “French” touch to it, but it also has an obvious drugstore aura. The fragrance is nice and office-safe – just don’t spray it immediately before you enter the office as it needs a few moments to calm down.

Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist (“spice, berries, floral”) smells sickeningly sweet. Good grief, what is this fragrance? Dupe lists have it as Diesel Loverdose (which I dislike). But I think it actually smells like Diesel Loverdose Tattoo (which I also dislike), with Britney Spears Fantasy (which I strongly dislike) mixed in, all rounded off with a giant load of whatever concoction vanilla-scented dolls are scented with.

Next time I go to the office, I will “forget” the bottle in one of the bathrooms. Someone else will take it with them, no doubt. If you love super sweet fragrances, you might want to give this one a try. But please, do test before you buy!

If you’re interested, Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist are available as 100ml for £3.99. Superdrug runs special offers on the Layering Lab products most of the time which might come in handy if you want to try different products or if you want to stock up on your favourite cheap scent. Also, these body mists are suitable for vegans, and they’re certified cruelty-free (they carry the Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum. This serum promises to moisturise the skin, to reduce redness, to make the skin look clearer, and to make the skin feel more balanced and less oily.

Simply use this serum as you would use any other serum – after you’ve cleansed your skin and under your regular day or night moisturiser. Also, according to Boots, this product is vegan and cruelty-free!

I’ve been using this water-based serum for a few weeks now, and I think it’s alright but nothing special. The watery formula is nice for the warmer summer months. It feels comfortable on my skin (after an initial 2 minutes of stickiness). Well, it feels comfortable most of the time. I had a small cut on my face, and of all the products that I’ve used during this time, this serum was the only product that stung around the area of the cut. I have to deduct imaginary points for that.

I’m fairly happy with the level of hydration I get from this serum. Well, water and glycerin are the first 2 ingredients listed on the bottle, so that explains it. And I found that this serum also plays well with my other skin care products. However, I’m not convinced that it does much more. In comparison to the last serum I used (Olay), this Boots serum doesn’t give me an immediate smoother look and silkier feel.

I will finish this serum, but I wouldn’t buy it again. If you’re interested, Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum is available as 30ml for £4. I bought this serum when Boots ran a 3 for 2 promotion across their Ingredients and Vitamin C ranges.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛