Garnier Body Repair Anti-Dryness Restoring Lotion For Extra Dry Skin

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing this Garnier Body Repair Anti-Dryness Restoring Lotion. This body lotion with maple sap is aimed at people with extra dry skin.

It promises nourishment extraordinaire as well as soothed and protected skin that’s free from discomfort, tightness and roughness.

I used this body lotion a lot in 2005 and 2006, but I somehow “forgot” about it when I jumped on the body butter bandwagon. But a little while ago I saw this body lotion on sale for £1.59, and I remembered that I used to like it a lot, so I picked it up.

I’ve been using this body butter on and off for 2 months now, and I think it’s just as amazing as it used to be back then.

The formula is a dream. It’s easy to apply this body lotion. It’s a true lotion, so it’s not sticky at all. However, it does feel like a soothing and protective layer on the skin. It’s lovely.

The fragrance is pleasant too. I can’t liken it to anything, but it’s one of those cosmetic scents which are perceived as nice all year round.

If you’re looking for a body lotion that nourishes skin deeply and pretty much immediately, you should give this one a try! Garnier Body Repair Anti-Dryness Restoring Lotion is available as 250ml and 400ml. I paid £1.59 (special offer) for the 250ml bottle.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Valjean Labs Glow Face Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about Valjean LabsGlow Face Mask with vitamin C and magnesium. This mask promises to brighten skin and to even out skin tone.

This mask is easy to use. Cleanse your face, place the sheet mask on your face, leave it on for 20 minutes (I always leave sheet masks on until they’re dry) and relax. Then take it off and massage the remaining essence into your skin.

I’ve now used 2 of these masks, and I think they’re pretty awesome. Since Valjean Labs’ Hydrate masks weren’t great, I didn’t expect these Glow masks to be much better. But I couldn’t have been more wrong!

These masks do what they claim to do. I used 2 Glow masks on 2 consecutive days, and I’m happy to confirm that they made my skin tone look brighter and more even. In addition, these masks left my skin feeling great. The essence is rich, but it’s not sticky and it doesn’t feel uncomfortable. It really feels great on my skin.

Based on my experience, I’m happy to recommend these masks! Valjean Labs Glow Face Mask is available as a set of 5 masks. I paid £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nourish Balance Refining Toning Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about the face mist I’m currently using – Nourish Balance Refining Toning Mist for Combination Skin. This product, which is 97% organic, promises to balance skin PH, to close pores, and to prepare skin for nourishment.

This face mist contains vitamins C, B3, B5 and E, as well as well as niacinamide. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I’ve been using this face mist for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think.

I think this product is a lot better than the last facial water I’ve had. And whilst I think that this product is alright, I don’t love it. And here’s why…

I think this product works well as the first step in my skin care (after cleansing). I spray my face (about 4-5 sprays) right before I use my serum or facial oil. However, I’d like this product more if it had a better spray nozzle. With this nozzle, a spray is more like a splash, and I’d prefer a light mist. Superdrug managed to get the spray nozzles right for their cheap face mists, so I’d expect “better” brands to get this feature right too. Apparently I’m expecting too much.

Another thing I don’t like is the strong fragrance. It’s a mix of concentrated apple juice and something else. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s very strong and it’s cloyingly sweet. Fortunately, the fragrance doesn’t linger!

I haven’t noticed any benefits other than hydration. My pores look the same, and my skin tone and texture don’t appear any different. I will continue to use this product because it plays well with my serums and facial oils, but I wouldn’t repurchase it. As of now, Superdrug’s B. Facial Spritz and Superdrug’s Calm Skin Facial Spritz are still my favourite face mists.

Nourish Balance Refining Toning Mist for Combination Skin is available as 100ml for £12 through Nourish’s own web site. I paid £3 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Valjean Labs Hydrate Face Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about Valjean Labs’ Hydrate Face Mask with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5. This face mask promises to plump up skin, and to improve skin’s elasticity.

This mask works like any other sheet mask. You’re supposed to… cleanse your face, place the mask on your face, leave it on for about 20 minutes, then remove it and massage the remaining essence into your skin.

I’ve already used 2 of these masks, and I have to say that I’m not impressed. I found that the mask doesn’t hydrate my skin, but that it makes my skin feel sticky. And this makes my skin feel uncomfortable to the point that it feels like something is pulling at my skin.

Whilst I can report that the mask did plump up my skin and smooth out the lines on my forehead, this effect was very short-lived (20 minutes). I’m not impressed.

A look at the ingredients showed that the essence contains a number of botanical extracts, and this is great. However, it also revealed that sodium hyaluronate was listed near the end of the ingredients list and only after parfum, so there can’t be much of it in this mask. Overall, I’m disappointed with this mask. I won’t recommend it, and I’ll take the remaining masks from the set into work, and whoever wants them can have them. If you’re looking for a hydrating face mask, I recommend Nature Love’s Hyaluronic Face Mask.

Valjean Labs’ Hydrate Face Mask is available as a set of 5 masks. I paid £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Refreshing Foaming Facial Wash For Normal Skin

Hi there! Today’s post is about the face wash I’m using at the moment – Superdrug‘s Refreshing Foaming Facial Wash for normal skin.

This product with lemon and grape extract promises to remove make-up and impurities gently and effectively, and to refresh and revitalise skin.

I’ve been using this face wash for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think.

I think this face wash is very effective. It cleanses my skin deeply. However, I don’t agree that this product is gentle. It feels very drying. Based on this, I think this face wash is more suitable for people with very oily skin.

Another thing I’m not happy with is the strong fragrance. I love nice fragrances and scented products, but this face wash is just too much! I would describe the fragrance as one of those cheap smelling chemo-cosmetic fragrances. I’m not a fan, and I don’t understand how Superdrug got this fragrance so very wrong…

Based on my experience, I would not recommend this face wash. However, if you have very oily skin, you might want to give this a try.

Superdrug‘s Refreshing Foaming Facial Wash for normal skin is not only suitable for vegans, but also certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo). However, this product is being discontinued (which isn’t surprising), so this is one you will only find in your local Superdrug’s bargain bin.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Dove Go Fresh Nectarine & White Ginger, Dove Go Fresh Pear & Aloe Vera

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing 2 Dove shower gels – Dove Go Fresh Nectarine & White Ginger and Dove Go Fresh Pear & Aloe Vera. Dove’s pear shower gel is completely new to me. However, Dove’s nectarine shower gel used to be one of my favourites. Then it was discontinued, and I stashed away the last bottle I had. I didn’t buy anything else from Dove for a few years, and then, all of a sudden, I found a few more bottles of Dove’s nectarine shower gel at a local bargain store. But instead of using the shower gels, I put them in a box and stored them under the bed…

I’ve now made the decision to dip into my Dove stash, and I think that Dove Go Fresh Nectarine & White Ginger is still amazing. It feels great on my skin, and it smells like nectarine yoghurt with a hint of ginger. It’s fruity, sweet, but also refreshing. My husband loves the shower gel too. I have no doubt we’ll be going through this one quickly.

Dove Go Fresh Pear & Aloe Vera is simply wonderful. The formula is kind to skin, and the shower gel smells of juicy pears and aloe vera. I love the refreshing fragrance, and my husband is quite fond of this shower gel too. Dove did a great job with this one!

Dove Go Fresh shower gels are available as 250ml, occasionally as 500ml as well. Prices vary depending on where you shop. I don’t mind picking up my Dove products for £1 at bargain stores. 😎

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sante Naturkosmetik Instantly Smoothing Night Cream

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing a skin care product – Sante Naturkosmetik Instantly Smoothing Night Cream. I swapped The Crème Shop’s Rose Oil Overnight Gel Mask for Sante’s night cream when I realised that this vegan and cruelty-free night cream has an expiry date. 😲 I still have a few months to finish this night cream before it “expires”, but I thought I should start using it right away so I won’t feel rushed 4-6 weeks from now.

OK, this night cream contains paracress as well as tea extracts, and it’s is aimed at people with demanding skin. It promises to revitalise skin and to smooth lines and wrinkles. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think.

The first thing I noticed about this night cream is its scent. Or smell. This night cream smells strongly of random oils. I’m more or less OK with the scent. However, my husband hates it – and this isn’t great.

I don’t think that this night cream has any skin-revitalising or wrinkle-smoothing properties. I believe the formula is to blame. I have very dry skin, and I find that this night cream is way too rich – greasy even. It feels like a heavy oil film that’s sitting on my skin. However, when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels strangely dry. I can feel a bit of an oily residue on my skin, but the skin underneath feels dehydrated. I’m not impressed.

I will try to finish this night cream, but I’ll use it in conjunction with a facial oil, otherwise it might do the opposite of what it promises to do.

Sante Naturkosmetik Instantly Smoothing Night Cream is available as 30ml. I paid £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde