Empties – January 2023

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I finished in January. The post was meant to go up on the 1st, but work is still crazy. Anyhoo, let’s look at the empties!

1 Essano Rosehip Visible Lift Eye Crème – a decent eye cream, but not the most special one. I wouldn’t buy it again.

2 Boots Glow Pineapple Serum – this serum was nice enough while it lasted, but I don’t think that it’s repurchase-worthy.

3 I Love… Mango & Papaya Nourishing Body Butter – a nice body butter. But I wouldn’t buy it again as the fragrance started to bore me halfway through the tub.

4 Faith In Nature Aloe Vera Hand Made Soap (no photo) – this is an alright soap. Not bad, but not great. It took me a while to finish it as I always have several shower products in the shower, and this soap was never my first choice. I wouldn’t buy it again.

5 Poundland #6 Vit C Toner – this is an amazing toner! Vitamin C, glycolid acid, retinol… what more can you want? £3 for 300ml. An incredible bargain!

6 Herbal Essences Moisture Balance Conditioner – an all-time HOLY GRAIL product. I have plenty of these conditioners and shampoos left in my stash for years to come!

7 Oriflame Believe – such a lovely fragrance! I have another bottle somewhere!

8 Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet – this is a nice fragrance, but nothing I would enjoy wearing all the time. My husband liked this fragrance on me, but I wouldn’t buy it again.

9 Palmolive Naturals Pampering Touch With Coconut & Moisturising Milk – one of my all-time favourite shower gels. Too bad it’s no longer available. I have one more bottle in my stash though.

10 Astonish Bath Soak Soothing Deep Blue – the fragrance is a bit too masculine for me. I might repurchase it, but more for my husband than for me.

11 Westlab Himalayan Salt Cleansing Bath & Shower Gel – another all-time favourite shower gel. I bought 2 more bottles about 2 weeks ago. This shower gel is so special!

12 Superdrug Naturally Radiant Moisturising Facial Oil (no photo) – I liked this facial oil a lot! I wanted to buy it again but it’s been discontinued. What a shame!

I’m glad I managed to finish a few more products in January. The past 2 months have been remarkably bad for empties. Hopefully I can finish lots of products this year. Fingers crossed! And thanks for stopping by today!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Poundland #6 Vit C Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Poundland #6 Vit C Toner. Poundland is not the first shop that comes to mind when you think of skin care. But their #6 range is actually quite good. I tried a bunch of their products, and I don’t remember a single stinker.

When I saw this vitamin C toner, I had to have it. I love vitamin C in skin care, and this toner is a ridiculous £3, so why would I leave it on the shelf?

Looking at the ingredients, glycolic acid is the 2nd ingredient, and vitamin C is the 3rd – this is really amazing! This toner also contains aloe vera leaf juice and a bit of retinol. Wow!

I’ve been using this toner for about 2 months now, and I’ve loved it from day 1. It’s quite a powerful toner. It exfoliates and brightens the skin. I use it every morning, and I can feel its exfoliating power. This toner has made a visible difference to my skin, and I love it very much!

With respect to its strength, I think this toner is comparable to Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant toner. However, you should still patch test this toner before you use it. Glycolic acid is powerful stuff, so make sure your skin tolerates it.

If you’re interested, Poundland #6 Vit C Toner is availabe as 200ml for £3. On the back of the bottle is also says that the product is vegan and cruelty-free!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Pure Awesomeness – Scinic Sparkling Pore Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Scinic Sparkling Pore Toner which I found at TK Maxx. This toner with sodium hyaluronate, lemon, lime and plenty more botanical extracts promises to remove sebum and dead skin cells, to soothe the skin and to make pores appear smaller.

I’ve been using this toner for a few weeks now, and I love it! Wow, what a product! Since this toner contains lemon and lime extracts as well as other fruit extracts, it has a brightening effect on the skin. It’s amazing! This toner has insane cleansing powers. It makes my face look and feel clean and clear, but at the same time it doesn’t feel drying at all. This is, without doubt, one of the best toners I’ve ever used!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this awesome toner. If you’re interested, Scinic Sparkling Pore Toner is available as 150ml. I paid £6 at TK Maxx.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Gel for all skin types.

This face wash promises to cleanse skin deeply without drying it out, and it also claims to achieve brighter looking skin within 14 days.

I started to use this product just under 2 weeks ago, and I think it’s good but not great.

I’m using this face wash with a konjac sponge, and I found that a tiny drop will lather up very well. Great if you don’t want to use a lot of product.

I can’t comment on whether this face wash is indeed brightening. I’ve been using glycolic acid products for a while now, and I’m not expecting a face wash to outperform those products. But if you’re not using any other brightening products, I think this face wash might be good starter product.

I am very happy with how well this face wash cleanses my skin. It leaves my skin feeling and looking clean and refreshed.

At the same time, I’m very happy to confirm that the face wash doesn’t feel drying at all, so it’s definitely suitable for my very dry and moody skin. Well done, Boots!

However, here’s the big but – the scent. The face wash doesn’t smell bad or artificial. But it smells very strongly of yuzu. I’ve used yuzu-scented products for the past few months, and I can’t stand them anymore. I usually love all things citrus, but I’m literally done with yuzu-scented stuff. I might change my mind at some point in the future. And the next person might love how this face wash smells – so this is not the most objective finding. But because of its scent, I won’t repurchase this face wash.

Having said this, I think that, in most aspects, this is a really good face wash, and I’d recommend it (unless you’re not keen on yuzu-scented products either).

Boots Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Gel is available as 100ml for £4. Mine was free (3 for 2 offer, and this was the freebie I chose on top of the other 2 products I bought that day!).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Vitamin C Sheet Mask With Added Vitamin C

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Vitamin C Sheet Mask With Added Vitamin C. This mask is aimed at all skin types, and it promises deep nourishment for smooth and radiant skin. It also claims to leave skin brighter within 14 days – but this claim seems to be misplaced here; I assume this is the catchphrase for the entire Vitamin C collection, and it would make more sense for the other products which are meant for daily use, i.e. face wash, moisturiser, etc.

Anyhoo… this is a regular sheet mask. Cleanse your face before you use it! This sheet mask is supposed to be left on for 15 minutes, and after you’ve taken it off, you’re supposed to massage the leftover essence into your skin.

I’ve given this mask a try, and I think it’s very good! I’m using a number of different brightening products at the moment, so at this point it’s hard to say which product does what, but the mask feels very refreshing and hydrating. I enjoyed the cool feel of the mask, and I was over the moon to find that it hydrated my skin deeply without leaving a sticky film behind. The essence in this mask is simply perfect! On another note, this product is vegan and cruelty-free which is great too!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this face mask. Boots Vitamin C Sheet Mask With Added Vitamin C is available as a 23g single-use face mask for £1.50. Boots runs 3 for 2 promotions on own brand products frequently – and I made use of this offer, so I paid £3 for 3 of these masks.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Spascriptions Brightening Spa Treatment Mask With Vitamin C & Glycolic Acid

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Spascriptions Brightening Spa Treatment Mask with vitamin C and glycolic acid. This mask promises to brighten and to revitalise the skin.

You’re supposed use this mask after you’ve cleansed your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse. On the back of the pack it also says that the mask should not be left on for longer as it might cause an allergic reaction. This sounds scary! So I looked at all the ingredients first. I was satisfied that there’s nothing in the essence that I don’t use regularly, so I was happy to give this mask a try.

I think this is a very good mask! Whilst the mask was on my face, I could feel that it did something. But it didn’t feel unpleasant, weird or scary at any point. When I took it off, I noticed that my skin looked indeed brighter. It was exciting to see! 😍 I have 4 more of these masks, and I’m looking forward to using these over the next few weeks or months.

Spascriptions Brightening Spa Treatment Mask is available as a pack of 5 masks. I paid £4.99 at TK Maxx – a total steal!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

January Beauty Awards

Hi there! Since it’s the last day of the month, today’s post is about my favourite products in January. I’ve chosen my TOP 3 and the honourable mentions from all the products I reviewed this past month, and here they are…

3rd place – Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Soothing Hydrating Lotion With Delicate Oat
Runner-Up – Boots Sheet Mask With Added Dipeptide

Garnier’s oat body lotion is amazing. My skin’s enjoying it very much!
Boots did a fantastic job with their Dipeptide sheet mask. It’s wow!

WINNER – Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skin Care Refreshing Cleansing Pads

Superdrug’s vegan and cruelty-free vitamin C cleansing pads are outstanding. They’re cleansing, brightening and safe for use around the eyes! Well done, Superdrug!

Onto the honourable mentions! I love Imperial Leather’s Spa shower creams. Nivea’s Fresh Skin face mask was lovely, and Primark’s Hydrate sheet mask was a very nice surprise!

Have you tried any of these products or would you like to try any of them? Which poducts are your latest beauty heroes? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by! 😘

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Refreshing Cleansing Pads

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug‘s Vitamin C Detox Skin Care Refreshing Cleansing Pads with goji berry and kakadu plum extracts. These pads promise to cleanse skin and to remove impurities, excess oil and makeup – including mascara.

They also claim to leave skin feeling softer, smoother and visibly brighter. I’ve been using these pads on and off for over a month now, and here’s what I think!

I’m enjoying these cleansing pads very much! I use them instead of a toner, and I’m happy to report that they’re effective at removing all sorts of gunk, and that they’re gentle enough to be used around the eyes (which was expected since they claim to remove mascara).

These pads aren’t as powerful as Superdrug’s Glycolic Acid Pads, but these pads are perfect if you have sensitive or delicate skin that doesn’t tolerate AHAs, BHAs and the likes, or if you want an all-in-one pad that you can use around your eyes.

Superdrug‘s Vitamin C Detox Skin Care Refreshing Cleansing Pads (which are vegan and certified cruelty-free) are available for £4.99 (for 60 pads), and most of the time there’s also a Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price offer on Superdrug’s Vitamin C products!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Polish’d Vitamin C Face Mask

Hi there! Since it’s face mask week, today’s post is a face mask review. I tried this Polish’d Vitamin C Face Mask just last week, and here’s what I think!

This face mask contains vitamin C from grapefruits, and it promises to even out skin tone and to rejuvenate dull and tired skin. The instructions sound fairly standard – cleanse your face before you use the mask, leave it on for 20 minutes and massage the leftover essence into your skin.

I think this mask is good but not great. What’s good? A quick look at the back of the sachet shows vitamin C is the 2nd ingredient listed, and vitamin E ist the 3rd. This is impressive! And I’m happy to confirm that this mask makes my skin look and feel refreshed, brightened and exfoliated. Really good stuff!

However, I need to point out that the essence is more of a jelly than a liquid. It’s quite sticky. And it doesn’t help that this mask is one of those ultra-fine sheet masks which are wrapped around a mask-shaped piece of plastic. It’s quite wasteful because the jelly sticks to the plastic, and it’s incredibly messy to handle. I’ll use the masks I have left, but I won’t repurchase them.

Polish’d Vitamin C Face Masks are available in packs of 5 sheet masks for £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 17 – 23 June 2019

Hi there! Happy Sunday! It’s the last day of the week. This means that today’s post is my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to on my blog this past week.

Monday 17 Jun – Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Brightening Serum

On Monday I reviewed the face serum I’m using at the moment. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 18 Jun – Nutrafix Keratin Hair Mask

Tuesday’s post was about a hair mask I tried recently. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 19 Jun – Body-X Endless Weekend & Feel Enchanted

On Wednesday I reviewed 2 shower gels. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 20 Jun – Nail Of The Day
Friday 21 Jun – Primark PS… Brightening Foaming Bubble Mask

On Thursday I showed you a mani I did recently. Click here to read the post.
And on Friday I reviewed a face mask. Click here to read the post.

This is already it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! 🥰

Mrs Strawberry Blonde