Major Haul! Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler, The Crème Shop, Patisserie De Bain, Soap & Glory, Sanctuary Spa, Boots No.7, Valjean Labs & More!

Hi there! Since I’ve been shopping a lot lately, I thought I’d let you know what I got my hands on. It’s mainly stuff from the bargain stores and discounted gift sets from the post-Christmas sale. OK, here’s everything I picked up!

Thierry Mugler Aura gift set£32.66. Debenhams.

Max & More No. 4 Nude Eyeshadow Palette£2. I haven’t heard of Max & More, so I looked up the brand… apparently it’s a cruelty-free brand from the Netherlands. Fantastic stuff!

Max & More No. 1 Forest Eyeshadow Palette£2. I found these palettes at Poundland.

Primark Holler And Glow Nails Before Tails Nail Polish Set£4.
Patisserie De Bain Raspberry Roulade Hand Cream, Orange Crush Hand Cream£1 each.
Patisserie De Bain Sweet As Cherry Pie Body Mist£1.
The Patisserie De Bain products are Poundland finds!

Lisseau Cocoa Body Butter80p.
Liseau Vanilla Body Butter80p.
These body butters are from Poundstretcher!

YSL Cinéma Eau de Parfum£31.50 (half price offer, Debenhams).
Malki Dead Sea Natural Sulphur Soap x2, £3.75 each and a 3 for 2 offer, so I am pretty annoyed that Boots forgot the 3rd item – but I have dropped them an email, and I hope they send me the missing Dead Sea soap asap.

The Crème Shop Santa’s List Charcoal Sheet Mask (pack of 5)£4.99.
The Crème Shop Pumpkin Spice Fusion Sheet Mask (pack of 5) £4.99.
These masks are from TK Maxx!

The Crème Shop Last Christmas Naughty & Nice Sheet Masks (pack of 6, 3 Naughty and 3 Nice masks) – £5.99.
TK Maxx, again.

The Crème Shop Holiday Cheer & Clear Sheet Masks (pack of 6, 3 Naughty and 3 Nice masks) – £5.99.
Yup, they’re from TK Maxx as well.

Valjean Labs Revive + Renew Day Serum And Sleeping Mask Duo £9.99.
Another TK Maxx find!

Sanctuary Spa gift set£7. Boots.

Another Sanctuary Spa gift set. This one contains a shower gel, luxury bath float, body butter and hand cream. These are all full sizes. I’m sorry I haven’t opened this one yet. 1 at a time! This set was £12.50. Boots.

Sanctuary Spa gift set number 3 – £10. Yes, Boots again.

Soap & Glory Clean On Me and Scrub Of Your Life. These came in a gift set with…

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, Hand Food and 2 bath bombs. I am not going to use the bath bombs. They’re glittery. I’ll give them to the first person who wants them. The gift set with all 6 products was £10. Boots.

Creightons Hand CreamsArgan Oil, Cocoa Butter, Manuka Honey. I am not sure how much these were, but I’ll check the next time I swing by Home Bargains.

2 more Patisserie De Bain Hand Creams – these were £1 each. Poundland.

Boots No.7 gift set – this set contains all sorts of goodies. It was £39 (better than half price offer before the sale even started). Boots.

And finally… I bought 2 more George at Asda duvet cover sets. They’re king size, and they were £14 each. I love these designs! However, I need to stop buying duvet cover sets. I bought 6 over the past year, and even though I got rid of all the old (very old, actually) duvet cover sets, I have more than enough now.

*** By the way, please remember not to dispose of unwanted textiles of any kind (clothes, towels, bedding, etc) with your household rubbish. Your local charity shop will gladly accept items in good condition, H&M and other high street stores run textile recycling schemes (H&M accepts clothes and household textiles like towels and bedding), and animal shelters are usually happy to accept towels and duvet covers (but not duvets as they’re difficult to clean and they can’t be recycled). ***

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – Sanctuary Spa Kyphi 24-Hour Moisturising Shower Cream & Nourishing Body Butter

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 products which I’ll miss dearly when they’re gone – Sanctuary Spa Kyphi 24-Hour Moisturising Shower Cream & Sanctuary Spa Kyphi Nourishing Body Butter.

Sanctuary Spa Kyphi 24-Hour Moisturising Shower Cream is one of the best shower products I’ve used all year. It cleanses my skin, but it also makes my skin feel super soft. I love it! The oriental fragrance is simply gorgeous – it’s dark, feminine and positively addictive. This product deserves 11 stars!

Sanctuary Spa Kyphi Nourishing Body Butter with sweet almond oil, shea butter and argan oil is a perfect 11 too! This body butter is one of the richest body butters that I’ve ever tried. However, this body butter is absorbed quickly, and it doesn’t feel sticky at all. The fragrance is 100% gorgeous and longlasting. This body butter is simply perfect!

Unfortunately, Sanctuary Spa Kyphi 24-Hour Moisturising Shower Cream & Sanctuary Spa Kyphi Nourishing Body Butter have been discontinued and replaced with lesser products. 😦

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Sanctuary Spa Intensive Heel Balm

Hi there! Today’s post is about the foot cream I’ve been using since early January – Sanctuary Spa Intensive Heel Balm.

This product promises “pampering moisture and concentrated nourishment” to make rough and dry heels feel super soft.

How’s the product? I think it’s awesome! It’s rich, but not greasy, and a little goes a long way. And it really helps with cracked heels!

OK, my feet are actually fine because I apply lotion or cream every day, but my husband’s feet… you don’t want to know! 😀

But guess what – this heel balm took care of my husband’s cracked heels – in 4 days. Is this awesome or what? I’m impressed!

The Sanctuary Spa Heel Balm is available as 75ml for £7.50. It’s not cheap. However, if you’re looking for a product that will take care of dry feet and cracked heels, you should give it a try!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Sanctuary Spa Cleanse 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Hi there! I’ve got another face mask review for you today. 🙂 The Sanctuary Spa Cleanse 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is a self-heating mask. It contains charcoal and essentials oils which promise to cleanse and purify the skin.

When I applied the mask, it felt warm. However, the warming effect lasted for just a few seconds. I left the mask on for about an hour before I washed it off with a foaming cleanser and a sponge.

I didn’t think that my skin felt particularly soft or that my pores looked different. But the mask did a great job around my nose! All in all, I am happy that the mask gave the skin around my nose a deep cleanse. However, the mask didn’t do much else, so I don’t think that I’d repurchase it.

The Sanctuary Spa Cleanse 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is available as 15ml (sachet) for £2.99 and 100ml (tube) for £10.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Being By Sanctuary Spa Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Mist, Boots Being By Sanctuary Spa Chilli Mango & Tonka Bean Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 body sprays I picked up a few months ago – Boots Being By Sanctuary Spa Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Mist and Boots Being By Sanctuary Spa Chilli Mango & Tonka Bean Body Mist.

Being By Sanctuary Spa is a relatively new body care collection – there are shower gels, body scrubs, body butters, body mists, cosmetics bags… and so on. I would have liked to try the body butters, but they’re £10 each – and I think that’s just too expensive for a run-of-the-mill moisturiser. But when the body mists were on special, I bought 2! So let me tell you if these body mists are any good. 🙂

Boots Being By Sanctuary Spa Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Mist smells of lychee, berries and water lilies. It smells cheap. It’s the definition of a cheap body mist. I tried to get rid of it, but – surprise, surprise – none of my colleagues wanted it. I’ll pass it on to my teenage relative.

Boots Being By Sanctuary Spa Chilli Mango & Tonka Bean Body Mist is alright, and I think I’ll finish it. This body mist smells of mangoes and fruit punch. There’s nothing even remotely spicy about it. It’s a random fruity body spray. If you’re looking for a lovely mango fragrance, you must try Boots Extracts Sweet Mango Body Spray.

By the way, the Chilli Mango & Tonka Bean Body Mist wasn’t my first choice. I actually picked up the Salted Caramel & Macadamia Nut Body Mist from the same collection because the matching body butter smelled delicious. However, I returned the caramel & macadamia body mist the next day because it smelled of burned bread. It was disgusting.

I don’t think I’ll be picking up any other Being By Sanctuary Spa products. The entire line seems to be way too expensive for what it is. If you’re interested… Being By Sanctuary Spa Body Mists are available as 100ml for £5 each. I picked them up when they were on special (I believe it was a Save 1/3 offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – June 2017

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I emptied in June. I used several face masks (What else is new?!), but I don’t keep empty face mask sachets, so I can’t show you which masks I used recently. However, if you’re interested, click here to read about my latest face mask finds. Alright! Now onto the bulky empties = the ‘real’ empties. 🙂

1 Wonder Woman Shampoo & Conditioner (100ml travel size) – this is a surprisingly nice shampoo. However, it doesn’t replace a conditioner. I used this shampoo once a week, followed by a deep conditioner (this one or that one). I think I got 8 uses out of this bottle. I have another Wonder Woman shampoo bottle.

2 I Love… Yummy Caramel Body Butter – a great body butter. Smells as yummy as it sounds. I started to use this body butter in April, and I finished it in early June. Unfortunately I cannot repurchase this product because Yummy Caramel was a limited edition.

3 L’Oréal Skin Perfection Serum – this was a nice serum. I started to use it in early April, and I really enjoyed using it. I believe L’Oréal discontinued their entire Skin Perfection collection, so I cannot repurchase this product.

4 Gliss Satin Relax Conditioner – a decent conditioner. I started to use it in May, and I finished it in early June. I got 14+ uses out of this bottle which is actually quite good. I have passed the matching leftover shampoo on to my husband – I am now using a different shampoo and conditioner combo. I am fairly certain that I will repurchase Gliss’ Satin Relax products!

5 Sudocrem Skin Healing Cream – this is great skin healing cream. Helps with cuts and grazes, helps with spots and all sorts of skin impurities. It took me over a year to finish this tube. I will repurchase this cream, no doubt!

6 The Red Forest Moonlight Raspberry Shower Gel (60ml travel size) – this was an OK shower gel to use for a few times. Nothing special. Random fragrance. This was from an old bargain-store gift set, so I doubt I’d ever come across it again. In any event, I wouldn’t buy it again. Saying this… I have a few more random products from this line!

7 Boots Botanics Firming Body Gel (40ml travel size) – this product had no effect at all. However, I just got a few uses out of this small tube, so I don’t think I can actually judge the product. This product has been discontinued, but I don’t think I’d have repurchased it anyway.

8 I Love… Yummy Caramel Bath & Shower Crème – I really liked this shower cream, and so did my husband! So this one is a shared empty. I started to use this shower cream in April, and I finished it in early June, just a few days after I’d finished the matching body butter. Unfortunately I cannot repurchase this product because Yummy Caramel was a limited edition.

9 Baylis & Harding Vanilla Sugar Donut Body Butter – this is a decent body butter. I started to use it in May, and now it’s finished. I don’t think I’d repurchase it because the fragrance is quite faint. In addition, I prefer Boots’ and Superdrug’s own brand vanilla body butters.

10 Moschino Cheap & Chic Toujours Glamour Bath & Shower Gel (50ml travel size) – I liked this shower gel. However, I don’t love the Toujours Glamour fragrance, so I won’t be repurchasing this shower gel.

11 Moschino Cheap & Chic Toujours Glamour Body Lotion (50ml travel size) – this is a decent body lotion. But I wouldn’t buy it again.

12 Wood & Forest Body Lotion (60ml travel size) – this body lotion was alright. I think it lasted for 5 or 6 days. I wouldn’t repurchase it.

13 Ciaté Sugar Plum – a decent polish. But it was never a favourite. Took me ages to finish it. I wouldn’t have bought this polish if it hadn’t been in Ciaté’s advent calendar…

14 NYC Expert Last 138 Classy Glassy – this is a great clear polish. Perfect base + top coat. Dries reasonably quickly, doesn’t shrink colour polish. I have several back-up bottles.

15 The Red Forest Body Lotion (50ml travel size) – this is the exact same product as the Wood & Forest body lotion. This one lasted me for about 5 or 6 days as well.

16 Boots Extracts Luxurious Coconut Body Scrub (75ml travel size)  – this is an okayish scrub. I prefer grittier scrubs, so I wouldn’t purchase this one on its own. However, if this scrub is part of the big 2017 Boots Extracts Christmas gift set (which I intend to buy on Boxing Day), I really won’t mind using this scrub again.

17 The Sanctuary Spa Classic Eau De Toilette – I love this fragrance. I have several bottles in various states of empty. 🙂

18 Treacle Moon That Vanilla Moment Bath And Shower Gel – this shower gel is fantastic. My husband loves it too. And yes, I will repurchase this shower gel, no doubt! Oh, this one is a shared empty.

19 Olay Anti-Wrinkle Cleansing Milk – this is a fantastic cleansing milk. I’ve been using it since November or December last year. I cannot repurchase this product because, unfortunately, it has been discontinued.

I’m quite happy with what I emptied this month. I’m glad I was able to get rid of so many travel-sized products, and I feel a sense of achievement because I finished 2 big 500ml shower gels! I hope I can keep up the good work over the next few months! Feel free to comment if you want to. 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