Suitable For Vegans – Original Source Shower Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea, Vanilla & Raspberry, Skin Quench Cherry & Jojoba Oil

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing 3 shower gels which sound perfect for summer – Original Source Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea, Vanilla & Raspberry, and Skin Quench Cherry & Jojoba Oil. These shower gels are also suitable for vegans – they’re approved by the Vegan Society.

You can find Original Source shower gels in most supermarkets and drugstores where the 250ml bottles retail for £2 to £2.30. Or you can pick them up for £1 or less (bargain stores, special offers). Now onto the reviews!

Original Source Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea is very nice. It smells of tea, red fruits and exotic flowers. Despite the ‘red’ fragrance this shower gel is actually refreshing. I think it’s one of the best limited editions Original Source ever did!

Original Source Vanilla & Raspberry sounds great – but it’s not. From the bottle it smells like raspberry ice cream, but as soon as you start to lather it up on your skin, the ice cream fragrance disappears, and the shower gel starts to smell like candle wax. The only good thing about this shower gel is that it doesn’t feel drying. However, since I don’t want to shower with anything that smells like candle wax, this shower gel will end up in the hand soap dispenser in the kitchen…

Original Source Skin Quench Cherry & Jojoba Oil is really good. This shower gel is very moisturising (those jojoba oil beads really work), and it smells like boiled cherry sweets. Awesome fun!

Have you tried any of these shower gels, or would you like to try them? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde


Never Again! The Ultimate Beauty Duds – Part 1

Hi there! I’ve tried and tested countless products in my life. Most of them were good, some were great, and some were disappointing. So I thought I’d to a Top 10 (in no particular order) of binworthy products. 🙂 OK, here we go!

10 Gliss Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner

These two products did smell amazing. But they made my hair feel and look greasy within hours after washing it. Not good.

The conditioner is one of the worst I’ve ever had. It robbed my hair of its elasticity and flexibility, and I had to double-condition after each wash because detangling my hair was like the new ‘Mission Impossible’. Fortunately the conditioner only lasted 7 days (yes, this means I emptied the bottle in 7 days). In the end I used the leftover shampoo to wash my scarves – well, it smelled really nice!

9 Paperchase Blackcurrant, Strawberry and Cherry Lip Balms

Paperchase Lip Balms 1We all love Paperchase, don’t we? Quirky cards, cute stationary, lots of geeky gadgets (I might show you my cat lamp some time), button badges… and lip balms!

Whilst these Paperchase lip balms were moisturising, they tasted like… plastic!

That’s not OK when they promise you blackcurrant, cherry and strawberry flavours…

I tried to use these lip balms because I didn’t want to be wasteful. But I had to throw them out.

8 Miss Sporty Morning Baby BB Cream 001 Nude Radiance

Miss Sporty Morning Baby BB CreamMiss Sporty’s BB cream. I’m still laughing about this one!

I bought this BB cream to use it as a primer. I find the majority of primers too drying for my dry skin. And as I have eczema, primers tend to highlight my dry patches.

Some women with dry skin use BB creams under their make-up. So I thought I’d try a cheap one to see how it goes. I think it’s fair to expect certain benefits from a BB cream – sunscreen, moisture, a natural complexion… And this BB cream actually claims to moisturise skin, to erase imperfections, to make skin look and feel smooth…

And what did it do? First of all, this products wasn’t moisturising. I found it drying. And it doesn’t contain sunscreen – ? This BB cream also didn’t cover up any skin imperfections. It highlighted them! Simple redness turned into shiny redness.

And at the same time this BB cream made my skin look orange. And on top of that, this BB cream balled up!

7 Original Source Skin Quench Pineapple & Coconut Oil, Peach & Apricot Oil, Watermelon & Jojoba Oil

These three shower gels sounded really promising. Last year they were brand new – and they were on special. So I picked them up. These shower gels share a single benefit – they’re actually moisturising, but that’s it!
Original Source Shower 01
The Pineapple & Coconut Oil shower gel smelled like… almost nothing. It’s very, very faint. And from what little I could smell I wasn’t impressed. Below average. The Peach & Apricot Oil shower gel was horrible. It smelled like furniture polish. I’m not surprised this one was discontinued quickly. The Watermelon & Jojoba Oil shower gel was the winner of the three – because it smelled OK. Still, the scent wasn’t special at all and it was very faint.

6 B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Superdrug gave these away for free if you spent £5 on skin care. I ended up with four packs because I bought several skin care products in several transactions. Yes, I know how to get multiple freebies out of a single promotion. 🙂 However, these micellar wipes for sensitive skin aren’t great. They made my face tingle in an unpleasant way and they’re definitely not suitable for use around the eyes.
B. Pure Micellar Wipes
Another thing that grossed me out is that these wipes leave a film on my skin. Why Superdrug thinks these wipes would replace a face wash and a toner, I don’t know. And why Superdrug thinks these wipes prep the face for moisturiser and make-up, I’ll never understand. These wipes leave a sticky film and this film really needs to be washed off!

I’m now using these wipes for swatches – so I use them on my arms only. And since then I’ve also noticed that these wipes leave a sticky film on my nails too. How disgusting is that? I think these wipes are useless at best because you need to wash whatever area of skin these touch anyway.

5 Poundland Make-Up: Make Up Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadows

Poundland ESI was so excited when Poundland launched its own make-up line. We were promised foundations, powders, blushes, lip gloss, eyeshadows, lipsticks and other make-up basics for £1 per item.

I ended up with one lipstick (the only wearable shade), one nail polish (glitter) and three eyeshadows.

The eyeshadows are rubbish. They’re chalky, they’re not well pigmented, and they’re not buildable at all. Definitely the worst eyeshadows I’ve ever tried.

4 Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Eye Swirl

Olay Regenerist Eye SwirlIf you read my blog regularly, you know I’m a total Olay nut. I love Olay. I’m an Olay girl!

So whilst I usually find Olay products excellent, this eye swirl disappointed me.

Olay Regenerist Luminous promises to fight signs of ageing and to make dark circles disappear.

Let me be clear, this eye cream didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t see any improvement in my fiine lines or my dark circles.

So whilst the shimmer particles in this eye cream reflect light and can make dark circles invisible, this effect is only temporary and it’s gone as soon as you cleanse your face.

Another problem is that eye cream is too rich. Because of this I couldn’t use it under my make-up. You could say ‘use a different foundation’, but I’m certainly not giving up on my holy grail foundation for an eye cream I don’t really like.

So in the end I could only use this eye cream on homeworking days (= when I don’t wear make-up) and before I went to bed. Not what I wanted or expected…

3 & 2 Sweet Snuggles Chocolate Vanilla Hand Cream & FCUK Pure Bodyspray

I lumped these two together because I tried (and disliked) them around the same time. And in the interest of recycling photos that I’ve already uploaded, I let these two stay together. Also, I don’t have these products anymore, so I couldn’t take photos even if I wanted to.
FCUK Body Spray & Sweet Snuggles Hand Cream
So, I really hated this hand cream. I used it once and it moisturised my hands well. But this hand cream had the most sickly sweet vanilla scent I’ve ever had the misfortune of smelling. The FCUK fragrance annoyed me just as much. The strong white pepper note reminded me too much of the raw meat smell at the butcher’s. And the drydown was all about violet and, again, sickly sweet vanilla. I just couldn’t stomach smelling these two products so they had to go.

1 MUA MakeUp Academy Matte Lipstick Lilac Belle

MUA’s matte lippies are probably the worst matte lippies out there. I’ve read a few positive reviews (?), but I can only guess the reviewers never had a decent matte lippie to compare MUA’s offerings with. Or they never actually tried the lippie. Or they found it rubbishy too, but didn’t want to be negative. Who knows?
MUA Matte Lipstick Lilac Belle
Now why is this lipstick so horrible? Well, this lipstick is very waxy. It’s almost impossible to apply it properly, it’s poorly pigmented and it’s drying. And because it’s so difficult to apply, my lippie broke off the first time I’ve used it. Rubbish!

So, this was the first edition of The Ultimate Beauty Duds. Like I said, the Top 10 weren’t in any particular order because I disliked all these products (more or less) equally. 🙂 I’m not saying that no one could ever like these products (some of them are probably still around). So if you do like any of these products, that’s good for you.

As always, thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Original Source Pink Grapefruit Shower, Blood Orange Daily Scrub and Skin Quench Blackcurrant & Moringa Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about some of Original Source’s fruitiest shower gels: Original Source Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange Daily Scrub and Skin Quench Blackcurrant & Moringa Oil. These shower gels are perfect for summer because they’re fruity, juicy and truly refreshing. I think they’re absolutely fantastic and I’ll buy them all again. But let’s take a closer look…
Original Source Shower
I love all things grapefruit, so I was happy to see that Original Source finally did a Pink Grapefruit shower gel. It’s incredibly refreshing and it smells of juicy grapefruits. Yummy!

The new Blood Orange Daily Scrub is absolutely fantastic. It makes my skin feel really soft, and the fresh and zingy scent of this shower scrub is truly delightful. This is definitely going to become a new beauty staple for me.

The Blackcurrant & Moringa Oil shower gel was a very pleasant surprise after the other three skin quench shower gels left me disappointed. This Blackcurrant & Moringa shower gel contains moisturising oil beads that really work, and it smells like sun-drenched blackcurrants.

Original Source shower gels are approved by the Vegan Society. The skin quench shower gels and the scrubs are quite new and they’re £2.69 each, the regular shower gels are £2.20 each. However, if you shop around, you can find half price or BOGOF deals easily. At the moment the big four supermarkets, Wilko and the two big drugstores all have some kind of deal.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Original Source Skin Quench Pineapple & Coconut Oil, Peach & Apricot Oil, Watermelon & Jojoba Oil

Hi there! I spotted some of the new Original Source Skin Quench shower gels for £1 each and even though I’ve got drawers full of toiletries, I had to have these. 🙂

I opted for the following three scents: Pineapple & Coconut Oil, Peach & Apricot Oil and Watermelon & Jojoba Oil – all of them packed with moisturising soft oil beads. Now let’s see how good these shower gels actually are.
Original Source Shower 01
The first shower gel I used was the Pineapple & Coconut Oil scented one. I was hoping it would smell exotic and juicy, but I was a bit disappointed because it just smells faintly of pineapple with a hint of coconut. It’s not horrible, but it’s below average.

Up next was the Peach & Apricot Oil shower gel. I love peaches and apricots, so I was hoping this one might be a new favourite. Unfortunately it wasn’t. I would describe the scent as a mix of bitter lemons and nutshells – more like furniture polish than shower gel.

I didn’t have high hopes for the Watermelon & Jojoba Oil shower gel. And it turned out that being sceptic wasn’t wrong. Whilst this shower gel doesn’t smell unpleasant, its watermelon scent is incredibly faint.

In summary, I was quite disappointed and I won’t buy these three shower gels again. But I have to say that the oil beads do a nice job moisturising my skin.

Original Source shower gels are approved by the Vegan Society. The skin quench products are quite new and they’re £2.69 each. But if you check for special offers, you can find them for £1 each. (In case you wonder, I bought mine at Asda.)

Mrs Strawberry Blonde