100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Deep Action Extreme Skin Brightening Solution

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Deep Action Extreme Skin Brightening Solution.

Deep Action is Superdrug’s clear skin range. And now they’ve done 3 new skin care “solutions”. I’ve looked at all of them, but I opted for this one since it seems to be the one with the highest number of active ingredients.

In addition, this product promises to promote brighter and more even skin – so it was an obvious choice!

The instructions state… “Use three times a week, in the evening, on cleansed skin, using a cotton pad. Avoid the eye area and allow to fully absorb into skin.

I think the instructions could have been a lot better. But in a nutshell, you’re supposed to use this product like a toner – just steer clear of your eye area! Once you’ve gone over your face a couple dozen times (yes, that’s how I do it), just leave it alone for a little while (I give it 10 minutes) before you apply any other products to your face.

I’ve been using this product every other night for about 6 weeks now, and I’m blown away! I think this is the most effective brightening product I’ve ever tried. It’s unbelievably powerful, and it’s even better than Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic. I agree with Superdrug’s claim that results are visible after 2 weeks. This stuff is incredible! I’ve used it on my face and on my body, and I’m happy to report this product took care of everything!

All in all, I’m glad I bought 2 bottles when they were on a Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price promotion. When Superdrug ran the same promotion again, I bought 4 more bottles!

Superdrug Deep Action Extreme Skin Brightening Solution is vegan and certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo). It’s available as 30ml for £5.99.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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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

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug‘s Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic with 5% glycolic acid.

In addition to glycolic acid, this product also contains kiwi, lemon and mulberry fruit extracts, lotus flower extract and witch hazel.

This toner claims to… help revive skin’s radiance, even out skin tone, refine pores, retexturise the skin surface, and make fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother. The promised result is a brighter, healthier and more youthful complexion.

Use this product like any other toner. Superdrug recommends it be used twice a day (mornings and evenings). I’ve been using this toner once a day (evenings) on most days since some time in July, and I think it worked wonders for me.

I don’t think this toner refined my pores at all, but it did everything else it promised. This summer, I’ve had new dark skin patches (I learned that this is called melasma) develop on my forehead, above my upper lip, on the bridge of my nose, and on my cheekbones. Thanks to this toner, these dark patches have almost disappeared. I can still see them if I take a very close and prolonged look, but this toner has been amazing at brightening and evening out my skin tone.

I have been really impressed with this toner. I already bought 4 back-up bottles! I would also recommend this toner to everyone! If you don’t at least give this toner a try, it’s your own fault!

Superdrug‘s Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic with 5% glycolic acid is available as 100ml for £5.99. I paid £2.99 (half price promotion). This product is suitable for vegans, and it’s certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo).

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 – Superdrug Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser, Mask & Scrub

upload-1Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser, Mask & Scrub.

Like all the other products in the Clearly Youthful range, this cleanser is aimed at women who want an anti-ageing product that also tackles skin impurites.

So how’s the product? It works. It’s really good! Whilst I can’t comment on its anti-ageing benefits, I think this mask/cleanser/scrub makes my skin look and feel clearer. Brilliant!

I use this product once a week and I make use of all its benefits. I apply it (thinly!) as a mask, I leave it alone for 10 minutes, then – with a splash of water – I give my face a good scrub. And then I just rinse it off. Done!

I think this triple action product is really nice. And it doesn’t contain crushed apricot stones or walnut shell powder. So it’s safe to use it on the face.

I went to Superdrug to stock up on this product a few days ago. But all the Clearly Youthful products had disappeared from the shelves. The store assistant told me that the Clearly Youthful collection is being redone (and so is the B. make-up range). I just hope Superdrug won’t change the formula of this product…

If your local Superdrug store has any Clearly Youthful products left, you should buy them! I’d recommend this triple action product, the face mask, the day serum and the night serum. But I wouldn’t bother with the blemish gel, the cream cleanser or the face cream. You can check out my reviews of all the Clearly Youthful products here.

Anyway, for now I hope the new Clearly Youthful line will be (more or less) the same as the old one. And I hope the new stuff will be launched soon. Fingers crossed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Clearly Youthful AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Cream CleanserHi there! I bought lots of Superdrug own brand products recently – with all those half price offers and triple points I couldn’t resist.

One of the products I’m currently using is Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser which claims to target skin ageing and problem skin.

Superdrug says… (and I’m almost quoting from the back of the tube) apply this cream cleanser to a cotton wool pad and (gently) wipe it across the face – avoiding the delicate eye area – until all (unspecified) residue has been removed.

Superdrug also recommends that this cleanser be used alongside other products from the Clearly Youthful range.

Unfortunately Superdrug doesn’t mention whether the cream cleanser is supposed to be left on the skin to work its magic overnight – or whether it’s OK (or even recommended) to wash it off or to use a toner. The thing is that there’s no toner in the Clearly Youthful range – otherwise it would have been a no-brainer!

I know not everyone likes to tone or moisturise after cleansing. But I always tone and moisturise after I’ve removed my make-up, no matter whether I use a face wash or a cleansing milk. Now, if you just thought “so use a toner”, I hear you! However, I’m still wondering whether I’m missing out on some of the benefits this product promises because I still have no idea what the manufacturer of this cream cleanser would recommend…

Anyway, now let me tell you about my experience with this cream cleanser. The first thing I noticed was the product’s smell. It’s strong, it’s unpleasant and it reminds me of a mix of stale beer and overly ripe fruit. Apparently this is what the sum of all the ingredients smells like.

When I used this cleanser on my face, I felt a tingling sensation. I didn’t notice any redness or any other unpleasant reaction. But I knew that I really couldn’t let this product get anywhere near my eyes. And whilst this cream cleanser did a good job removing most of my make-up, I was a little annoyed that I had to use another product to remove my eye make-up. And I need to mention the smell again – wow, it really lingered!

I’ve been using this cream cleanser several times now. And I tried different ways to make it work for me. But I’m not really happy with it. As I don’t want to be wasteful, I’ll continue to use it. However, I’ll limit the use of this cream cleanser to make-up free days (= when I don’t leave the house) like homeworking days and the odd Saturday or Sunday. And when I use this cleanser, I use it as a mask in the morning – this way I get to wash it off in the shower half an hour later.

Since I’m using this cream cleanser a few times per week only, I can’t comment on whether it really delivers on its ‘anti-ageing’ and ‘clear skin’ promises. I have to admit that my skin looks a lot better (brighter, clearer, more even) than it did four weeks ago, and I’ve only had two tiny spots in these four weeks. But I don’t think my on/off use of this cream cleanser is anything more than a minor contributing factor. I think Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant products deserve the credit!

I know I won’t be repurchasing this cream cleanser. But I acknowledge that it seems to work well for some people – all the reviews on Superdrug’s web site are very favourable. So if you’d like to try Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cream Cleanser, you can pick up a 150ml tube for £3.69. I paid £1.79 only (half price offer), so keep your eyes peeled for promotions to get the best deal.

Thanks for reading! Have a good day! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask

Superdrug Dead Sea Purifying Clay MaskHi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask.

The product claims to ‘deeply cleanse pores’ and to ‘help draw out impurities’. So I put it to the test. 🙂

This mask is a regular clay mask. I applied it to my face and let it dry for about 15 minutes. Then I washed it off with water.

I didn’t see much of a difference, but my skin felt smoother, cleaner and clearer. So yes, I believe this face mask really does something.

I also liked that this mask didn’t aggravate my skin in any way – no redness, tingling, stinging or burning.

So yeah, I did like this mask and I’ll definitely buy it again! I think I’ll pick up a few more of these face masks to use them on a weekly basis.

If you’re interested, Superdrug’s Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask is available for 99p. But at the moment Superdrug runs a 3 for 2 promotion on selected face masks. If you want to mix and match, why not have a look at Superdrug’s Fruit Sorbet Antioxidant Peel-Off Mask too? 🙂

Another bonus: This product is suitable for vegans. And it’s BUAV-approved (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo), so it’s cruelty-free!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde