I Love… Peachy Passionfruit Nourishing Body Butter

Hi there! Today’s short post is about this I Love… Peachy Passionfruit Nourishing Body Butter. I’ve used lots of I Love… products in the past, and I generally liked their body butters, so why would I not give this one a try?

I think this body butter is amazing. It has a sunny, yellow, fruity fragrance which I know I’ll enjoy over the coming months. And the formula is simply gorgeous – rich and nourishing, but not tacky. This body butter leaves my skin feeling super soft without feeling like product – I love it!

I Love… Peachy Passionfruit Nourishing Body Butter is (or was) available as 200ml. I have several of these, so I guess these were from Poundland! 😀

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask which I just tried.

This is a bubble sheet mask. Before you use it, rub the sachet to activate the bubbles. Apply the mask to a clean face and then leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Then remove the mask, massage the bubbles into the skin, rinse and pat dry – and that’s already it.

I’ve given this mask a try, and I was disappointed. The face mask didn’t create lots of bubbles, and the fragrance was borderline unpleasant. I can’t comment on whether I’ve received old stock. I had high hopes for this mask (I love all things grapefruit and I love bubble masks). Sadly, the mask did absolutely nothing for me.

If you’re interested, Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask is available as a single use mask. The price depends on where you shop. I’ve seen this mask for between £1.25 and £1.99. This face mask is certified cruelty-free. It carries THE Leaping Bunny logo!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Garnier Organic Thyme Purifying Perfecting Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Garnier Organic Thyme Purifying Perfecting Toner for combination to oily skin which I started to use a few weeks ago.

This toner is recommended for daily use. It promises to purify and to mattify the skin, to make pores appear tightened, and to make the skin texture appear more refined. OK then!

When I started to use this toner, I found it rather harsh. It’s definitely not the type of toner that you want to use around your eyes to remove the last few traces of make-up that your cleanser and cloth didn’t catch.

Fortunately, I didn’t use it around my eyes. The strong scent and the borderline scary feel of the toner on my forehead were enough of a warning.

What does the toner do? Good question. I have very dry and moody skin, and the only thing I’ve noticed is that this toner makes my skin feel very dry for a few minutes – and then my skin starts to produce more oil than ever.

I can’t speak for people with oily skin types, but I would find that counterproductive.

Well, I will use up this toner but I won’t buy it again.

First of all, it has a strong chemical smell. It says the fragrance is 100% natural –  which is a good thing, I guess. But it doesn’t smell good. And it’s not a subtle fragrance either. It’s also not the most suitable product for my skin type. Granted, I’m not the customer this product is aimed at, but it shouldn’t feel so wrong to use it. I would definitely recommend a patch test* if you have sensitive skin. Whilst I haven’t had any bad reaction to this toner, I can see the possibility that it might be a bit too strong for some people with sensitive skin.

If you’re interested, Garnier Organic Thyme Purifying Perfecting Toner is available as 150ml for £5.99. I paid £3.99 (Save 1/3 at Boots).

*You should always to a patch test for any new product you use. Always check the ingredients to make sure a product is safe for you. If it is (based on the ingredients), then do a patch test.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

March Beauty Awards

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite products in March. Another late post – because work is a completely unmanageable CF. Anyhoo, let’s look at 3 products which I reviewed last month and which I truly love!

3rd place – Wright’s Cleansing Traditional Soap With Coal Tar Fragrance

Wright’s Traditional Soap with Coal Tar Fragrance is simply amazing. It’ll be a regular purchase from now on!

Runner-Up – Beckham Fragrances Intimately Beckham Eau De Toilette

Intimately Beckham is a simply wonderful fragrance. It’s a dupe for Dior Pure Poison!

WINNER – Palmolive Naturals Almond & Milk Shower Cream, Palmolive Naturals Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk Shower Milk

These 2 Palmolive shower gels are in another league – especially the almond milk one which has been one of my favourite shower gels since some time in the 90s! Pure awesomeness!

And this is already it. Thanks for stopping by today. xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Garnier Organic Lemongrass Fresh Detox Gel Wash

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Garnier Organic Lemongrass Fresh Detox Gel Wash with organic lemongrass essential oil, organic cornflower water, botanical glycerin and with a fragrance of natural origin.

I’ve been using this face wash for a few weeks now, and I like it – but I don’t love it. The fragrance may be natural, but it’s not the most pleasant fragrance. It’s kind of harsh.

I’ve noticed that this face wash gives my skin a bit of redness if I use it twice a day. But there are no issues at all if I stick to using this face wash in the morning only.

I would say that the face wash cleanses my face reasonably well. It’s not the best face wash ever, but much better than Nivea’s blue face wash and other such random products.

I will continue to use this face wash. I might buy it again – but I’m not sure at this point. But I’ll know by the time this bottle is empty.

What else is good? According to Garnier, the bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic, and the formula of the face wash is vegan and organic!

If you’re interested, Garnier Organic Lemongrass Fresh Detox Gel Wash is available as 150ml for £5.99. I paid £3.99 (save 1/3 offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

February Beauty Awards

Hi there! Today’s post is about my favourite products from February. The post is a day late but hey ho… what can I do? I didn’t review that many products lately. But I’m very happy that I got to try and review 3 products which I ended up loving. And here they are.

3rd place – Essano Rosehip Moisture Restoring Night Crème

This Essano night cream is lovely! It’s rich and hydrating, but it doesn’t clog up my pores. It’s a great moisturiser.

Runner-Up – Creightons Keratin Pro Damage Repair Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner

I didn’t expect too much from these cheap hair products, but I ended up loving them! I will buy them again next time I swing by the bargain store!

WINNER – Diesel Fuel For Life Unlimited Body Lotion & Eau De Parfum
Diesel Fuel For Life Unlimited is a magical fragrance! No idea why this was a limited edition, but this is the best fragrance by far that Diesel ever made. I love the fragrance and the body lotion. True 11 STAR products!

And this is it for today. Thanks for stopping by! xx

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Essano Rosehip Moisture Restoring Night Crème

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Essano Rosehip Moisture Restoring Night Crème with organic rosehip oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil and shea butter. It is made in New Zealand, and it says that it’s vegan and cruelty-free – which is awesome! This night cream claims to moisturse and nourish the skin, to promote skin elasticity and a healthy complextion.

I started to use this night cream a few weeks ago, and I liked it right away. The rich formula is certainly deeply hydrating and nourishing – without clogging up my pores. It can be hit and miss with richer night creams but this one of the good ones. I’ve also used it as a day cream under make-up the other day – no issues here either. This night cream sat nicely under the foundation, and it played well with all the other products I used that day.

I can’t comment on whether it will do anything special to my complexion. I’ve only been using this night cream for a few weeks. Also, it’s not like I’ve never used any skin care before – I’m hardly starting with the worst possible skin!

In any event, based on my experience, I’d recommend this night cream – just make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients and maybe do a patch test. If you’re interested, Essano Rosehip Moisture Restoring Night Crème is available as 50g. I’ve seen it for £15-£20 on different websites. I paid a ridiculous £6 (TK Maxx clearance).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil for dry and distressed skin types.

According to Sukin, this facial oil contains “no less than 70% essential fatty acids”. In addition, vitamins have been added – to soften, hydrate and soothe the skin.

The facial oil claims to help reduce the appearance of scars, to fight the signs of ageing, to reduce redness and dry skin, and to maintain skin health.

How do you use it? You’re supposed to massage 2-3 drops of oil into cleansed skin. Nothing complicated.

I’ve been using this facial oil for almost a month now, and I think it’s average at best.

This facial oil is quite thick, so I always use it in conjunction with 2-3 sprays of face mist, otherwise it’s rather difficult to spread it all across my face and neck.

Despite the thick formula, it’s not as rich as other facial oils that I’ve used in the past.

And yes, I’ve also “watered down” those other facial oils by spraying face mist onto my skin. So I’m using a lot more of the facial oil that what’s recommended on the back of the bottle.

I have an eczema patch and another small area on my face which is healing from a giant spot. No matter how much facial oil I apply at night, I still wake up to scaly skin around those areas. And no matter how much facial oil I apply in the morning, those areas are starting to dry up quickly, so I have to keep applying more oil.

I haven’t seen any other benefits yet. I know I’m just a month into using this facial oil, but it’s not helping with skin healing, and I also dislike its strong smell. It smells like… something you’d mix into salad dessing. I’ve previously had a few products with strong “natural” smells, and it was always a struggle to finish them. I’m not a wasteful person, so I rarely throw stuff away. I’m not binning this facial oil, but I can only continue to use it in conjunction with other scented products, otherwise the smell is just too much.

One more thing – this oil stains! So be careful when you use it!

I know I won’t be buying this product or any other products from Sukin’s Rosehip range again. I’ve now had this rosehip facial oil, the rosehip cleanser and the rosehip day cream, but none of these products wowed me. There is one more product in this range that’s available in the UK – the night cream. But I’m giving that one a pass!

But if you’re interested, Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil for dry and distressed skin types is available as 50ml for £19.95 (Boots). I got this product as part of a £12.99 gift set which contained Sukin products worth over £40.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Skin Techniques Vitamin C Eye Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Skin Techniques Vitamin C Eye Serum. This eye serum promises to repair the skin around the eyes and to improve the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles.

You’re supposed to use this product after you’ve cleansed your skin. Simply pat 1-2 drops of this eye serum around the orbital bone without pulling or stretching your skin. Then apply your regular moisturiser.

I’ve been using this eye serum for just 2 weeks now, but I like it a lot! The eye cream that I used for the past 6 (or so) months was nice, but this eye serum is much better. I love the watery formula – it’s very hydrating. The serum plays very well with my other facial products – face mist, moisturiser, make-up and so on. No issues at all!

I’ve also noticed that the skin around my eyes feels smoother. No difference in how it looks though – hey, it’s only 2 weeks. But based on the feel and the rich hydration I’m getting from this eye serum, I’m already very happy with it.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this product. If you’re interested, Skin Techniques Vitamin C Eye Serum is available as 15ml. I paid £1.49 (B&M Bargains).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask

Hi there! Today’s short post is about this Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask. This is a night cream with a fancy name, and it promises to smooth and to hydrate the skin. I’ve been using this product for about a month now, and here’s what I think.

I’ve been positively surprised by this product. While the gel moisturiser from the same range wasn’t a favourite, this sleep mask is much better. I love the thick formula, although I always mist my face before I use this sleep mask to lock in some extra moisture, and to make it easier to massage it into my skin.

I’m very happy with the nourishing formula, although it’s probably not the best product if your skin tends to develop impurities. I’ve also been using product as a day cream during the recent cold spell, and I’m happy to report that it’s a brilliant base for my foundation. Very nice! The fragrance is alright – it’s not annoying, so this is a huge step up from the gel moisturiser.

I’m happy with this product and I would recommend it. If you’re interested, Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask is available as 50ml for £4. I bought 3 items from this range on a 3 for 2 special offer.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛