Empties – August 2019

Hi there! It’s the first weekday of a new month, and this means that today’s post is about all the toiletries and beauty products I finished last month. I’ve done very well again (yes, my husband helped), and for the first time in what feels like a million years I managed to use up a mono eyeshadow! YESSS! 🤣💪 Now, onto the empties!

1 Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel – of all the eye creams / gels I’ve tried so far, this is my favourite! Yes, I have a backup.

2 Manhattan Multi Effect Eyeshadow 92W Caramel Fudge – I enjoyed this eyeshadow a lot! Great quality and colour. Repurchase? Nope! I’d never repurchase the same eyeshadow because of how long it takes to finish such a product.

3 Radox Scent Touch Feel Free – this is a good shower gel with a pleasant and long-lasting fragrance, and I might buy it again. This is a shared empty because my husband used this shower gel too.

4 Herbal Essences Bio Renew Rosemary & Herbs Moisture Conditioner – this is a great conditioner, and I will buy it (and the matching shampoo) again, no doubt!

5 Original Source Lemon And Tea Tree Shower – this is a summer favourite and another shared empty. Repurchase? Yes!

6 – 7 Hello Kitty Lipstick & Lipgloss – these products aren’t empty, but they’ve been living in my drawer for far too long. I’m not going to use them at this point, so bye-bye!

8 Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer – another product I’m throwing out because I won’t use it. This is a lip lacquer in an insanely bright neon-raspberry kind of shade. I don’t know why I bought it because I can’t wear such shades.

9 Essence Eyeliner 02 Blue – I tried to get some use out of this light blue eyeliner, but it’s just not me, so I’m binning this one too. I have green eyes, and this shade of eyeliner just doesn’t work for me.

10 Baylis & Harding Beauticology Pink Grapefruit & Raspberry Fragrance Mist – I enjoyed this body mist while it lasted, but I don’t think I’d repurchase it because I’ve grown tired of the fragrance.

11 Good Things Spa Acai Berry Daily Essential Body Wash – I enjoyed this body wash, but it’s been discontinued, so I can’t repurchase it.

12 Carex Moisture Plus Shower Cream – this is another shared empty and another nice shower product that I might buy again!

13 Original Source Hydrating Water Infusions Apple & Melon Shower – this is one of 2 hydrating (!) shower products that helped me stay on top of my dry skin and my eczema when it was almost 40C in July (I just couldn’t bring myself to use body lotion for 3 days). But I don’t think I’ll buy this particular fragrance again; the grapefruit & mint shower gel was nicer!

14 Sleek Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette – this palette isn’t empty, but it’s as near-empty as it can possibly be. I’ve now decided to throw it away because I haven’t used it in ages, and I’m not going to use it anymore. But I DID empty 9 of the 12 pans! Anyhoo, before I took the photo, I gave the palette a quick wipe – but then I dropped it and the lid broke off.

15 Superdrug B. Vitalised Vitamin Facial Spritz – this is another amazing face mist from Superdrug. I enjoyed it very much, and I will buy it again!

16 Boots Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream – one of the best cleansers I’ve ever tried. Repurchase? Yes!

17 Superdrug B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz – I love this face mist! This was the first Superdrug face mist I’ve ever tried, and I loved it from day 1! Superdrug repackaged this one but the ingredients are 100% the same! If you’re wondering why I emptied 2 face mists, this was the one I had in my handbag.

August was a good month for Empties – I said goodbye to small items and big bottles, and I even threw out unloved stuff that I won’t be using and can’t repurpose. I do hope I can say goodbye to just as many products in September. Fingers crossed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – June 2019

Hi there! It’s the 1st day of a new month, and this means that today’s post is about all the products I said goodbye to last month. I used a number of single-use face masks. Whilst I didn’t keep the empty sachets, you can read about my latest face mask finds if you click here. Now let’s get to the tubs, tubes and bottles I emptied in June.

1 Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream – this is a great moisturiser. I enjoyed using it, and I’m looking forward to using it again in the not too distant future!

2 Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream – this night cream is just as amazing as the day cream, and I’ll be using this one again soon too!

3 J Lo Deseo Eau De Parfum – this is a large 100ml bottle, and it took me almost a decade to finish it. No, the fragrance isn’t bad. Quite the contrary! This is not a standard sugar water celebrity fragrance. Deseo is a gorgeous bamboo and patchouli fragrance. I’ve enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued quite some time ago, otherwise I’d buy it again.

4 Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Conditioner – my favourite conditioner ever. It’s been discontinued but I have plenty of back-up (shampoo AND conditioner). 😎

5 Imperial Leather Moisturising Night Blooming Jasmine & Vanilla – a nice shower gel, but nothing special. I might buy it again, but I don’t think it’s likely.

6 Palmolive Welcome to Japanese Garden – this is a gorgeous shower gel that I can see myself picking up again!

Superdrug B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz – this is one of my holy grail products, and I have a few more in my stash.

8 Dove Go Fresh Pear & Aloe Vera Body Wash – this is a nice body wash that I can see myself buying again.

9 L’Oréal Skin Perfection Velvety Soft Toner – this is a great toner. Too bad it was discontinued. But I have 1 more in my stash!

10 Astor Lipliner Pencil 014 Bronze – one of my favourite lipliners. I have a few more of these in my stash and in my rota.

11 Revlon Nail Polish 902 Craving Coral – a nice enough shade. I wouldn’t repurchase it because I have around 20 very similar shades in my nail polish stash.

12 Baylis & Harding Beauticology Pink Grapefruit & Raspberry Body Butter – this is a great body butter. I won’t repurchase it because I’ve grown tired of the fragrance, but I would certainly recommend the product.

13 Superdrug Shea Butter & Bamboo Shower Gel – this is a very nice shower gel. I’ll repurchase it for sure.

14 Superdrug Simply Pure Leave On Water Mask – this is a fantastic product, and I will buy it again as well.

15 Sweet Snuggles Christmas Cookie Body Scrub – this was a cute little body scrub, and I might repurchase it if it pops up again for Christmas this year.

16 Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care All Over Body Cream With Manuka Honey – one of the best summer moisturisers ever! Too bad it was a limited edition. But I think I have 1 more tub!

17 Classics Nail Polish Remover – this is my go to nail polish remover. £1 for 400ml. Awesome stuff!

I’ve done well again with my empties in June. I’m always happy to finish big bottles as well as small items like lipliners. I hope I’ll be able to say goodbye to 12+ items in July too!

One more thing… HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my Canadian blogging buddies!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Empties – November 2018

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I emptied in November. First of all, I used a number of single-use face masks. Whilst I don’t keep the empty sachets, you can read about my latest face mask finds if you click here. Now, let’s have a closer look at the big bottles and tubes!

1 Balance Active Formula Dragon’s Blood Eye Lift Balm – this eye cream hydrates skin nicely, but that’s about it. I don’t think I’ll buy it again.

2 Positively Fruity Smells Like Wild Cherries Body Lotion – this is a shared empty. My husband and I used most of this body lotion as a foot lotion. I wouldn’t repurchase this product.

3 Boots Garden Collection Rose Body Lotion (travel size) – this is a decent body lotion. I have one more tube!

4 Derma V10 Mango Body Butter – this is a nice body butter. I might buy it again.

5 Superdrug Hand & Nail Cream – this is another shared empty. My husband and I used this hand cream as a foot cream. I wouldn’t repurchase this product.

6 Possibility Amber & Lavender Bath and Shower Body Scrub – this is a great product. I’d love to buy it again, but this lovely fragrance is no longer availble. 😦

7 Daily Defense Pomegranate And Vitamin E Moisturizing Conditioner – another awesome hair product from Daily Defense. I’ll repurchase it, no doubt! If you’re wondering what happened to the matching shampoo… I like to use matching hair products, and whenever I finish a conditioner, I pass the leftover shampoo on to my husband.

8 Imperial Leather Invigorating Mango & Papaya Shower Cream – this is a great shower cream, and I’ll repurchase it soon. My husband used it too, so this is another shared empty!

9 Sanctuary Spa Kyphi Nourishing Body Butter – this is one of the best body butters I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued. 😦

10 MUA Blusher Shade 2 – I liked this blush. Good pigmentation, east to blend, lovely shade. I wouldn’t buy it again, but that’s only because I have way too many blushes…

11 Superdrug B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz – one of my holy grail products!

12 Garnier Pure Active Anti-Imperfection Cleansing Gel – this is a very effective face wash. This is another shared empty (my husband enjoyed this face wash very much). If you’re looking for a simple product that gives your skin a proper deep cleanse, look no further! I can see myself buying this face wash again.

13 Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser – this is a nice and effective cleansing cream. I’ve been happy with it, but I won’t buy it again any time soon because I have a few similar products in my stash, and I need to get on top of those cleansers first.

14 Boots The Garden Collection Lavender Body Lotion (travel size) – I think this is a great little body lotion. I have a back-up!

15 Boots The Garden Collection Lavender Body Wash (travel size) – this shower gel was really lovely. I have one more bottle!

16 Baylis & Harding Mango & Mandarin Fragrance Mist – I enjoyed this body mist while it lasted, but it wasn’t special enough for me to buy it again.

I’m happy with what I finished in November. I said goodbye to a blush, I emptied a few travel-sized products, and I managed to finish several skin care products. Not bad, eh? 🙂 What have you finished last month? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Beauty & Cutie Haul – Boots, Superdrug, Asda & Primark

Hi there! Some of you may remember that I used to buy toiletries, skin care and make-up in bulk. But I’ve stopped doing that a few months ago. Since then my approach to shopping has been 3 out / 1 in, which is going surprisingly well, so I’m sticking to this approch until (at least) the end of the year. 🙂 OK, I haven’t done much shopping lately, and because of that I’ve built up some “shopping credit”. So I decided to treat myself to a few new products. Now let me show you what I bought!

I found this Baylis & Harding Beauticology Donut Shop gift set at my local Asda store. It was £6 and it contains the following full size products: Blueberry Glaze Donut Shower Crème, Frosted Sprinkles Bath Soak Crystals, Vanilla Sugar Donut Body Butter. Yummy!

I also found lots of cute trainer socks at Primark. I bought a set of 3 pairs of Pokémon socks…

… and a set of 3 pairs of Care Bears socks. No, clothes and accessories have nothing to do with the 3 out / 1 in policy / approach / thing. However, I still wanted to show you that I bought these super cute trainer socks. 🙂 OK, now let’s get back to the toiletries and the beauty products that I picked up from Boots and Superdrug!

I bought 2 Carex shower gels. Carex used to do hand soaps and hand gels only, but they’ve recently launched shower and bath products too. These Carex shower gels were £1 each (special offer, Boots). I also bought 3 Boots Extracts Body Sprays – 2 mango sprays and 1 vanilla spray. These sprays are £3.50 each, but Boots ran a 3 for 2 promo, so I spent £7 in total for these 3 fantastic body sprays.

I found this super cute Caolion O2 Sparkling Purifying Soap by accident. I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t need it. But it was £4 (Boots) and it looked cute… I wanted it, and I bought it! I also bought 3 more B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritzes. They’re normally £7.95 each, but they were on special (half price), so they were £3.95 each. However, Superdrug also ran a 3 for 2 promo on selected skin care products, so I paid £7.90 in total for these 3 body spritzes. Fantastic value!

I bought 3 more items from Boots’ Essentials collection – a Cucumber Facial Scrub, a Cucumber Facial Toner and a Cucumber 3-Minute Clay Mask. I’m really looking forward to testing these products!

I also bought several Carex Bubble Gum hand washes (Superdrug, 89p each) and several Carex Bubble Gum hand gels (£1 each, Boots). But these products are essentials, so I always stock up when they’re on special. 🙂

Any comments on my beauty and cutie haul? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

January Beauty Awards

Hi there! And welcome to my first ‘beauty awards’ – aka my monthly favourites – of 2017. 🙂 As always, I’ve chosen three favourites (and a few honourable mentions) from all the products I’ve reviewed this month. So let’s see which products I liked best!

3rd place – NSPA Caramel Chocolate Shower & Bath Gel
Runner-Up – Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion
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NSPA’s Caramel Chocolate Shower & Bath Gel is a fantastic shower gel. It smells… delicious! Too bad it’s a limited edition. I also really like Nivea’s Q10 Body Lotion. Yes, it made my skin feel firmer within days. I will buy this body lotion again, no doubt!

superdrug-b-hyaluronic-acid-facial-spritzWINNER – Superdrug B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz

I’ve never used a facial spray/spritz/mist until I tried Superdrug’s B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz.

And what happened when I started to use this product? I fell in love with it. Now, just 8 weeks later, I can’t imagine being without it.

I use this hyaluronic acid mist almost every day. And I even have a bottle in my handbag!

On top of that I already bought four back-up bottles – just in case! 😀

If you haven’t tried this product, I’d definitely recommend you buy it right away. It’s great for dry skin (I think it’s probably suitable for all skin types), and it hasn’t caused my sensitive and moody skin any trouble at all.

Now onto the honourable mentions! I really like Imperial Leather’s Effortless and Beautiful shower gels. They’re 100% fantastic.

And Radox’s Mango Mayhem and Passion Fruit Splash shower gels are extremely nice too. These two products remind me of my favourite season of the year = summer!

These are the ‘new’ products that I liked best this month. Have you used any of these products? If so, how did you like them? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

You Need This In Your Life – 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz

superdrug-b-hyaluronic-acid-facial-spritzHi there! I’ve been using Superdrug’s B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz for over a month now. So I think it’s time to tell you a little bit about this product.

First of all, this product is certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo) and it’s suitable for vegans!

I didn’t know that hyaluronic acid could be obtained from plant sources – but it appears that the humble potato is an excellent source of hyaluronic acid. So keep eating your spuds, OK?

Now let’s get away from the trivia. Superdrug’s B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz promises 12 hours of skin hydration and healthy skin with regular use. Sounds good!

In addition, the product claims to be a perfect pick-me-up for tired skin. And apparently this facial spritz is non-comedogenic, so it doesn’t clog pores. Nice!

The directions for use state that you can use this product on freshly cleansed skin, you can spray it over make-up, or you can use it “whenever your skin needs a refreshing boost”. So in summary, you can use it whenever you want. 🙂

As I said, I’ve been using this product almost every day for a month now. And I love it. I have to admit that I rarely use it right after cleansing. But I love to spray it over my make-up. Here’s why…

… I have very dry skin and I have eczema. Of course I also have semi-permanent dry patches, and there is only one foundation (Max Factor’s Pan Stik) that doesn’t highlight those dry patches. Actually, the Pan Stik conceals those dry patches perfectly! However, because of the cold and dry air in our office (I think the air con is set to permafrost…) I usually need to do some serious touching up on my make-up by lunch time – otherwise the dry patches show their ugly… scales.

But since I’ve been using this hyaluronic acid product, I don’t have to ‘redo’ my make-up during the day anymore! Two sprays in the morning after I’ve done my make-up, two sprays at lunch time, and sometimes two more sprays before I leave the office (but this depends on whether I’m doing anything exciting after work, or whether I just head home) – and that’s basically it. The only other thing I still (feel I have to) do is to go over my face with a kabuki brush every couple of hours – just to rearrange my face (that’s what my husband calls it…).

In summary, this product is amazing! It’s the best thing since I discovered konjac sponges (again, thank you Stashy and Kathy). Buy it! And buy konjac sponges! Superdrug’s B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz is available as 75ml for £7.99. However, at the moment Superdrug is running a buy one get one free promotion on selected B. skin care, so you really have to get two of these face mists (one for at home, the other one for your handbag). 😉

Mrs Strawberry Blonde