Weekly Recap 24 – 30 January 2022

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Today’s post is about all the posts I’ve written this past week, and here they are:

Monday 24 Jan – Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream

Monday’s post was about the day cream I’m using at the moment. Click here to read my review.

Wednesday 26 Jan – Skin Treats Aloe Vera Restoring Sheet Mask

I didn’t post on Tuesday, but Wednesday’s post was about this face mask. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 27 Jan – Carex Vitamin Fresh Shower Gel & Carex Nourishing Shower Cream

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

Friday 28 Jan – Jil Sander Simply Elixir Eau De Parfum & Rich Body Cream

And Friday’s post was about a fragrance and the matching body lotion. Click here to take a look.

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

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream which also contains pomegranate, kakadu plum and a bunch of other botanical ingredients. This day cream promises to help relieve dehydrated skin and fight the signs of ageing.

I’ve been using this day cream for a few weeks now and I think it’s not the best product for my skin type. It’s probably better suited to people with oily skin types. I don’t think someone with normal to dry skin would find this day cream hydrating enough. What I like about this day cream is that plays well with the other facial products I use and that it doesn’t irritate my skin. However, this cream is just not enough for my dry skin, and I often end up using face mist and facial oil as a booster.

If you’re interested, Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream is available as 120ml for £18.95. I got this product as part of a £12.99 gift set which contained Sukin products worth over £40! So far, the cleanser was disappointing, and this night cream is not suitable for my skin type (even though it says it is). Fingers crossed for the facial oil!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Rosehip Nourishing Cream Cleanser

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is about this Sukin Rosehip Nourishing Cream Cleanser.

You’re supposed to apply a small amount to moist hands, gently massage it into the skin, and then rinse it off thoroughly. You should use this cleanser once or twice daily. I think this sounds pretty standard.

I’ve been using this cleanser for a few weeks now, and I have to say that I’m not impressed. It doesn’t feel cleansing – and that’s because it isn’t cleansing.

It’s like rubbing hand cream all over your face. Sure, it’ll bind some of your make-up / face cream (whatever you have on) which you can then rinse off. But it still leaves a lot of product and a greasy residue on the skin. This cleanser is supposed to be nourishing, but all it does is make my skin feel and look rather unclean.

But then… the majority of the ingredients are oils – so where is the cleansing effect supposed to come from?

I wonder whether Sukin made this product for those people who don’t use any skin care products but who still moan about dry skin.

I also assume that a lot of people who have more than a basic interest in skin care would use a toner and a moisturiser after cleansing. I can’t comment on any medical skin issues, but a toner and a face cream would solve a lot of minor skin issues which some people who don’t take care of their skin like to complain about. I know quite a few people who fall into that category…

Anyhoo, back to this product! I found a lot of positive reviews for this face wash, and I don’t understand them. I can only imagine that those reviews come from people whose skin care regime starts and ends with a face wash. I appreciate there are different skin types, and yes, people like different things. However, I cannot see how anyone would enjoy a “cleansing” product that doesn’t cleanse skin properly and that clogs pores instead.

I never thought I’d bin a Sukin product, but this is exactly what I’m doing now. I don’t want to double-cleanse (using another face wash after this one) or double-tone (my poor skin…). Surely, this would defeat the purpose of a supposedly gentle and “nourishing” cleanser.

If this cleanser works for you = great! I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re interested, Sukin Rosehip Nourishing Cream Cleanser is available as 125ml for about £12.95. I got this product as part of a £12.99 gift set which contained Sukin products worth over £40! So I’m hoping the other 2 products (night cream, facial oil) will be considerably better than this one.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Nourishing Chia Seed Oil & Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 skin care products that I’m using at the moment – Sukin Nourishing Chia Seed Oil & Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser. I bought a set containing these 2 products for £7.99 a little while ago – this was a total bargain because the 25ml chia seed oil alone was £14.95 back then. Thanks, TK Maxx!

Now let’s look at the products! Sukin Nourishing Chia Seed Oil for all skin types is rich in omega 3 and 6, amino acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Sukin recommends the oil be applied to the face once or twice a day. However, they also recommend patch testing before you start using this product – I think this is generally the right thing to do!

I’ve used this facial oil since the beginning of March, and I think it’s good but not great. This is a heavy oil that isn’t easy to spread. I use it in conjunction with a face mist, and this helps a lot! I do agree that the oil is nourishing, and it helps boost my current night cream. But I don’t like the strong fragrance (which is 100% natural), so I wouldn’t buy another chia seed oil.

I’ve been using Sukin’s Foaming Facial Cleanser since the beginning of the month, and I think it’s nice. I use this clear gel cleanser with a konjac sponge in the morning, and even though it doesn’t have SLS, it lathers up well. It seems to remove dirt effectively without drying out my skin. And despite it containing a number of oils, it doesn’t make my skin oily.

What else? This cleanser is bursting with natural ingredients – aloe vera, chamomile, tea tree, witch hazel, evening primrose, rosehip, avocado, wheat germ, sesame, lavender, etc. Good stuff! If you’re interested, Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser is available as 125ml for £7.95.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Anti-Pollution Oil Balancing + Charcoal Facial Masque

Hi there! Today’s post is about Sukin‘s Anti Pollution Oil Balancing + Charcoal Facial Masque. This face mask contains bamboo charcoal, moringa extract, willowherb, aloe vera, rooibos tea, as well as quince, bilberry and pomegranate extracts, and coconut, avocado and rosehip oils.

It promises to absorb toxins for a deep cleanse, to revitalise and refresh skin, and to tighten pores and reduce shine for a balanced complexion.

This mask is eays to use – apply it your face, leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash it off. I’ve used this mask for a few times now, and here’s what I think. 🙂

I think Sukin did an amazing job with this mask. I didn’t expect much because I couldn’t “feel” the mask doing its magic. However, when I washed my face, I was seriously impressed! My skin looked and felt super clean without being dry, my skin tone looked more even, and my pores were much smaller. I get this effect every time I use this mask, and I can definitely see myself picking up another tub once this one’s finished.

I would recommend this face mask to everyone who wants clearer skin. Since this mask works well for my very dry and moody skin, I would also recommend this mask to people with similar skin types.

Sukin‘s Anti Pollution Oil Balancing + Charcoal Facial Masque is available as 100ml. I paid £5.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about Sukin‘s Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum. This serum contains cocoa seed butter, vitamin E, avocado oil, grape seed oil, carrot seed oil, acai and goji fruit extracts, as well as kale, spirulina and parsley extracts.

The product does not contain SLS, mineral oils, animal derivatives, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances or parabens. It’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

What does it do? This serum promises to give skin a healthy glow. And does it work? I think it does!

I’ve been using the serum for about 4 weeks now, and I like it. Thanks to all the oils it contains, it seems to be very hydrating – almost nourishing. This is a welcome change from Scinic’s useless Aqua Ampoule. I enjoy using this serum mornings and evenings. It plays well with my hyaluronic acid face mist and with my day and night creams.

This serum isn’t like your normal serum. This one’s white and runny – it’s pretty much like milk! I’m OK with the scent, but I don’t love it. It smells like a random mix of oils.

I’m really happy with the results. My skin looks and feels much better now than 4 weeks ago. But I’m not surprised. Looking back, Scinic’s Aqua Ampoule was actually much worse than I thought it was! So thank you, Sukin, for making my skin look better and healthier!

Sukin‘s Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum is available as 30ml for £14. I paid £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Purifying Shampoo

Hi there! Today’s post is about Sukin‘s Purifying Shampoo.

This shampoo, which is aimed at daily washers and all hair types, contains lots of natural ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice (which is listed as the 2nd ingredient), nettle, horsetail and burdock.

The product promises to cleanse, nourish and soften any type of hair, and to be gentle on sensitive scalps.

I’ve used the shampoo for a few times now, and I think it’s OK.

This shampoo doesn’t contain SLS, but it lathers up well. However, it doesn’t feel very cleansing, so this isn’t the best shampoo for post-gym use (believe me, I tried).

The fragrance is very sukin (= the product smells like the sum of its ingredients which is nice).

I will continue to use this shampoo once a week (and followed by a deep conditioner). However, I don’t love it, and I don’t think I’ll miss it once it’s gone, so I won’t be buying it again.

If you’re interested, Sukin‘s Purifying Shampoo is available as 50ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1l. Sukin also offers a matching conditioner.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing Sukin’s Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic. But let me tell you a little about the brand first. 🙂

Sukin is an Australian brand that is known for vegan, cruelty-free and carbon-neutral beauty products and toiletries.

Sukin products don’t contain SLS, SLES, harsh ingredients, animal derivatives, synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, mineral oils or parabens.

OK, so what’s this product like? Well, this tonic is essentially a toner. It contains white tea, pomegranate, bilberry and coconut extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, chamomile, cucumber and aloe vera extracts. Awesome!

This toner promises balanced, refined and soothed skin as well as purified pores.

I’ve been using this toner on and off since December, and I think that it’s really powerful. It smells harsh. Well, I think it smells like poison. And when I use this toner for more than 2 days in a row, it makes my skin feel like it’s being poisoned!

Having said that, I have no issues at all when I’m using this toner every other day – and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for a while. (The other toner I use it Boots’ cheap yet awesome cucumber toner.)

I haven’t noticed any oil-balancing effects, and I don’t think that the toner feels particulary soothing or calming. However, I actually enjoy using it every other day because it feels like it’s killing (=poisoning) all sorts of nasty bacteria. 😀

If you’re into natural skin care, I think you should try this toner – but be careful if you have sensitive or moody skin. And please make sure you do a patch test first!

Sukin’s Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic is available as 125ml for £9.95 (Boots). I paid £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Purifying Facial Masque

Hi there! Today’s post is about Sukin’s Purifying Facial Masque. This mask for all skin types contains cleansing kaolin clay, as well as soothing aloe vera and hydrating rose hip oil.

The instructions are quite simple – apply the mask, let it dry and leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off… and you’re done! 🙂

So how’s the mask? I think that this mask is quite alright. It doesn’t give me any visible results, but it makes my skin feel clean and soft. So yes, I’m satisfied that this face mask works!

However, I don’t love the fragrance – the mask smells like marzipan. If you like marzipan, you’ll love the mask, but the fragrance is just way too sweet for my taste.

All in all, I’m happy to continue to use the mask on a weekly basis. Sukin’s Purifying Facial Masque is vegan, cruelty-free and carbon-neutral. I paid £7.97 (well, I spent 797 store points).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty Haul! 20+ New Products – Olay, Ekél, Scinic, Daily Defense, Sukin, Balance, Rimmel, Primark, Sinful Colors, Orly & Max Factor

Hi there! Today’s post is about the beauty, skin care & toiletries I bought in August. Well, this is most of what I bought. There were a few purchases in between, but these were 1 or 2 items only each time, and I already stashed those products away…

Anyway, before I tell you what I bought, I’d like to remind you that I’m still doing 3 out / 1 in which means that I can buy 1 item (make-up, skin care, shower stuff, etc.) for every 3 items that I finish. I’m committed to the 3 out / 1 in policy. However, this time I had to ‘borrow’ from future empties. The offers were just too good! OK, now onto the goodies!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream – finally, it is mine! This is an import from the US. Olay doesn’t sell this moisturiser in the UK. I’ve read great things about it, and I didn’t have to think twice when I found it for £12.99.

Ekél Natural Clean Peeling Gel Apple & Rice Bran – I bought the Grape version of this Peeling Gel a few weeks ago – and I fell in love with it. So I bought the apple and rice bran versions as well. They were £4.99 each.

Scinic Aqua All In One Ampoule – I’m only 50% sure of what this product is supposed to do. Yeah, I know what ‘all in one’ means, but still… anyway, the reason I bought this was because it just looked so cool. I’ll try to review this one asap. I paid £9.99.

Sukin Facial Recovery Serum – I bought this serum because it was £4.99 only. It’s usually just under £14, so this one was a total bargain.

Balance Active Formula Instant Effect Wrinkle Filler & Dragon’s Blood Eye Lift Balm – I’ve never heard of this brand, but the wrinkle filler was £2.99, and the eye lift serum was £1.99. I can’t wait to test these products!

Daily Defense Argan Oil 3-Minute Leave-In Treatment – So far I’ve been impressed with Daily Defense’s hair products. And that’s why I bought this deep conditioner. It was £1.99 only!

More Daily Defense! I bought the Daily Defense Macadamia Oil Shampoo & Conditioner combo and a massive 946ml Argan Oil Body Wash (which will probably take me a year to finish). These 3 products were 99p each!

I also bought 2 more Max Factor Pan Stiks. The shade 12 True Beige is the perfect shade for me, but I only use it as my winter foundation because it’s not easy to find anymore. The Pan Stiks were 2 for £5.99. I also bought 2 clear Orly polishes for 99p each. And I bought another Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 702 Marshmallow nail polish for 75p. I already have one bottle of this polish, but love these bubblegum purple nail colours so much!

I went to Primark and Poundland again. I picked up 2 cheap white polishes (Primark own brand, 60p each), and 5 Sinful Colors nail polishes (Poundland, £1 each).

This is (most of) the stuff I bought in August. I didn’t need any of these products, but I was lured in again… Have you tried any of these products? If so, how did / do you like them? Or would you like to try any of these products? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde