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 – Superdrug Nourishing Pro-Vitamin B5 Body Lotion For Dry Skin

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Nourishing Pro-Vitamin B5 Body Lotion For Dry Skin.

In addition to pro-vitamin B5, this body lotion also contains vitamin E which is known to be beneficial for the skin.

I’ve been using this body lotion for a few days now, and I do like it!

This body lotion smells lovely. It has a fresh and fruity scent. I can’t put my finger on it, but it reminds me of pomegranate and spring flowers. Nice!

I’m also happy with the formula. The body lotion sinks right into my skin without leaving a sticky film behind. I’m happy that I don’t have to wait (=waste time) between moisturising and getting dressed.

This is a nice body lotion, and I would recommend it!

Superdrug Nourishing Pro-Vitamin B5 Body Lotion For Dry Skin is available as 375ml for £1.49.

Also, this body lotion is vegan and certified cruelty-free – it carries the Leaping Bunny logo! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Brightening Vitamin C Tonic

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Brightening Vitamin C Tonic which I’ve been using since I finished Boots’ Glycolic Acid Toner some time in June (or July).

This toner with kakadu plum and goji berry promises to brighten, smooth and exfoliate the skin for a more radiant complexion.

The instructions state that you’re supposed to use this toner after you’ve cleansed your face in the evening. Use it like any other regular toner.

I’m using this toner in the morning – within minutes after coming out of the shower. I’m also working from home, so there is no risk of me getting a sunburn.

How’s the toner? It’s excellent! One of my favourite skin care products this year – but not just for this year. It has brightened my skin so much, it’s insane! No spots, no dry patches – just bright and beautiful skin! This toner is almost finished, but I will repurchase it very soon. This toner is a new beauty staple!

Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Brightening Vitamin C Tonic is available as 100ml for £4.99. I bought this and another product from this collection on a special Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price offer.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Exotic Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Gelato Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Exotic Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Gelato Body Mist. I bought these after the successful purchase of the Blossom scent from the same collection as that one’s a dupe for Thierry Mugler’s Alien!

Let’s start with Superdrug Layering Lab Exotic Body Mist with orange blossom and night jasmine, which, according to a bunch of reviews, is a dupe for YSL Black Opium. I would agree that it has similarities to YSL Black Opium – it has that recognisable mix of sugary coffee and flowers. However, Exotic smells like a cheap hairspray version of it – especially in the beginning right after you sprayed it. I will use it here and there as my husband likes the scent once the initial hairspray note is gone, but I won’t repurchase it.

Onto Superdrug Layering Lab Gelato Body Mist with orange, cedarwood and ambergris! I’m not sure what this is supposed to be a dupe for. This is a simple fruity-floral body mist. It smells rather pleasant, but it’s nothing special. A safe (yet not very exciting) blind buy. I will continue to use it (and will probably finish it this month), but I don’t know if I’d repurchase it.

If you’re interested, Superdrug Layering Lab Exotic Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Gelato Body Mist are available as 100ml each for £3.99 each. Superdrug runs promotions on the Layering Lab products frequently, and I bulk-bought about a dozen of these body mists (mainly “Blossom” and a few others to test) when they were on special.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Farm Skin Mangosteen Balancing Sheet Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Farm Skin Mangosteen Balancing Sheet Mask which is part of Farm Skin’s Superfood 7 Pcs face mask set. This sheet mask contains mangosteen extract and hyaluronic acid, and it promises to cleanse and balance the skin.

How does it work? This is a regular sheet mask. Cleanse your face first, leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, then pat the remaining essence into your skin.

I think this sheet mask is excellent. The essence is hydrating (not sticky), and I enjoyed the subtle fruity scent. With leave-on sheet masks, it’s often not easy to say whether they have a cleansing effect, but my skin looked calm, clean and clear even when I woke up the next day, so this mask kept its cleansing / balancing promise!

Farm Skin Mangosteen Balancing Sheet Mask is part of Farm Skin’s Superfood 7 Pcs face mask set which I bought for £6.99 (TK Maxx). Also, this face mask is vegan! 🥰

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – M&S Fragrance Collection Mimosa & Bergamot Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this M&S Fragrance Collection Mimosa & Bergamot Eau De Toilette which I bought as part of a fragrance duo. The other fragrance is Peony & Rhubarb, and I’ve already reviewed it.

But let’s focus on the Mimosa & Bergamot fragrance now. According to M&S, it contains… bergamot, pink grapefruit and coconut water (top notes), ocean breeze (?), fig leaf and violet (heart notes), and sea salt, sandalwood and musk (base notes). M&S doesn’t mention “mimosa” in the notes. 🤷

I think this fragrance is good. But unfortunately, it hasn’t wowed me.

Ler’s start with what it smells like – the bergamot and musk notes are very strong. The bergamot note in particular gives the fragrance a rather masculine feel. This fragrance smells like a summer edition of a “for men” fragrance.

I don’t really mind looking at fragrances as unisex – I love the pink Joop “for men”, and I’ve been obsessed with Midnight in Paris – another “for men” fragrance – until it was discontinued. At the same time, I love it when my husband wears D&G Light Blue “for women” – which, I think, is THE most perfect unisex fragrance ever.

Having said all this, Mimosa & Bergamot is a lot more masculine than any of the fragrances I listed above. I also find it more masculine than CK Be. I do like wearing it, but I actually prefer this fragrance on my husband. Why am I saying all of this? Well, I was hoping for another sweet and cuddly fragrance like M&S Vanilla & Woods. And if you have the same expectations, you’ll be disappoined. However, if you love the sugarfree zest of bergamots, this fragrance might be right up your street.

If you’re interested, M&S Fragrance Collection Mimosa & Bergamot Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml for £12.50. I have a 50ml special edition from a gift set. Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free – it carries THE Leaping Bunny! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 body mists – Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist. I picked these up after the Blossom body mist from the same collection blew me away. And I’ve now given them a try…

Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist is supposed to smell of citrus, apple and peony. I’d describe the scent as a cheap apple hairspray scent. Maybe something a young teen would enjoy. But this stuff is not worth my time. I’ll give it away.

Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist is supposed to smell of peach sorbet, plum and raspberries. According to some of the reviewers at Superdrug, this body mist smells like Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon; someone else likened it to a Britney Spears fragrance. I don’t know either of those fragrance, but I’d be shocked if anything above £5 were to smell like this body mist. What does it smell like? Pretty much like a mix of burnt sugar mixed with burnt berries. It’s not pleasant at all. I can definitely see that some young teens might like this, maybe to cover up BO after PE/gym or exercising? But this stuff is more of a smell than a scent. I will give this stuff away too.

If you’re interested, Superdrug Layering Lab Fresh Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Sorbet Body Mist are available as 100ml for £3.99 each. On top of this, Superdrug often runs promotions on these Layering Lab products. I bought them when they were on special. To end this post on a positive note, these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free (they carry the Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Wash, Body Lotion, Shower Foam & Shower Jelly

Hi there! Today’s post is about a bunch of body products – Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Wash, Body Lotion, Shower Foam & Shower Jelly. I bought these products because they’re supposed to match the fragrance of Superdrug’s Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist which is a perfect dupe for Mugler’s Alien fragrance. Let’s see if the body products are any good!

Let’s start with Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Wash which is actually the last Blossom products I tried. I think this is a basic shower gel. I hate the bottle and the formula. It takes a lot of time and effort to squeeze the shower gel out of the tube. I don’t even understand what the problem is… with respect to the fragrance… it’s pretty random, and it bears no resemblance to Mugler’s Alien fragrance!

Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Lotion is OK. What I like about it is that it’s quick and easy to massage into the skin, and that it doesn’t leave a sticky film on the skin. However, the fragrance is not my favourite – it’s a sharp artificial scent. Fortunately, it evaporates quickly. No resemblance to Mugler’s Alien.

Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Shower Foam (150ml) was the first product of this bunch that I tried. The foam is fun to use, but it doesn’t feel very cleansing. And the fragrance is best described as negligible. It hardly smells of anything, and the little fragrance there is… well, it’s not even nice. No resemblance to Mugler’s Alien.

Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Shower Jelly (200ml) is an odd product. I’ve never used a shower jelly, so I didn’t know what to expect. To make a long story short… I didn’t like the formula. The jelly is quite stiff, and it takes ages to transform it into a lather. Some patches of jelly remained jelly. It was impossible to lather them up. If all shower jellies are like this, I’ll be happy to never touch one again. With respect to the fragrance… it’s a random sharp fragrance. It’s not as bad as the shower foam or the body lotion, but also no resemblance to Mugler’s Alien.

All in all, I wouldn’t buy these products again. Based on the poor quality of these products, I won’t be trying any other shower, bath or body care product from the Layering Lab collection, regardless of the fragrance. On a positive note, these products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, they’re even certified by BUAV – they carry the Leaping Bunny logo! If you’re interested, these products start at £3.99, and Superdrug usually runs some kind of offer on the Layering Lab products. I bought these when they were on Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price, so just under £12 for these 4 products. Still, a total waste of money in my book – I’m really struggling to finish these products. I’m forcing myself to keep using them!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Simple Ultra Calming Sheet Mask With Hemp Seed Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Simple Ultra Calming Sheet Mask With Hemp Seed Oil. This sheet mask also contains omegas 3, 6 and 9, as well as vitamin E, sodium hyaluronate and retinyl palmitate! It promises to calm skin dryness and to replenish lost nutrients. And it’s aimed at people with stressed and sensitive skin.

This is a regular sheet mask. Cleanse your face before you put the sheet mask on. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then massage the excess serum into your skin.

I’ve given this sheet mask a try, and I think it’s quite good. I found it hydrating, mildly refreshing and calming as well. The mask was on the stickier end, and I had to break up the sticky film with face mist and a light moisturiser. However, this was the only negative bit, and the mask was good otherwise.

What else? This mask is free from artificial colour or perfume, it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, mineral oils or animal products. On the back of the pack it says the mask is vegan, and it’s certified cruelty-free by PeTA! If you’re interested, Simple Ultra Calming Sheet Mask With Hemp Seed Oil is available as a single use 21ml sheet mask for £2.99. I paid £1.49 (half price offer at Boots).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette. How did I discover these? Well, I remembered that Mugler Alien (now under L’Oréal) smells super weak compared to Thierry Mugler Alien (back then under Clarins). So I googled to see if other Alien fans would agree, and I found dozens of reviews saying that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom smells like Alien! Since these Superdrug products were super cheap, I picked these up on my next visit to Superdrug, and I’ve given them a try!

And now I can say that Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Body Mist smells just like Alien. Oh! My! Gawd! It’s “just” a body mist, and I started with 2 sprays on my wrist – so I would be able to take regular sniffs with a “clean” nose. After the initial 30 seconds – when it smells like Alien mixed with hair spray – this body mist turns into “proper” Alien. Just wow! It even has the same slightly dirty drydown. It’s incredible!

Now, please keep in mind, this is just a body mist, so it won’t last all day – but neither does L’Oréal’s Alien. And this body spray is only £3.99 for 100ml (even if there is no special offer, although I bought them for 2 for £6, I believe), so you can afford to spray away! My husband loves this body mist, and he agrees that it smells just like Alien. I’ve been through several bottles of Thierry Mugler’s Alien before the reformulation and through a number of Alien limited editions over the past 15 (or so) years, and you can trust me about this one. But even if you don’t, you can visit Superdrug’s product page where you will find dozens of reviews from women saying the same thing. I love to douse myself in this body mist – and so does my husband – I can’t blame him! Thank you, Superdrug! 11 stars!

Onto Superdrug Layering Lab Blossom Eau De Toilette! Based on the body mist, I had high hopes for the EdT, but the EdT isn’t a carbon copy of Alien. It doesn’t even smell similar to Alien. I do like this fragrance, because it has a sharp jasmine note. But I do recognise it for what it is – a cheap fragrance which would be good for a teenager who’s done with Impulse sprays and wants to “move up” to drustore fragrances. I think this EdT is also nice enough for the office, or if you want a fragrance and either can’t or don’t want to spend a lot of money – the 30ml is £5, and the 100ml (which I have) is £6.99. I actually bought the 100ml for £4.66 on a special offer – so cheap!

Based on my experience I’d recommend the body mist to Alien lovers. If you want to give both products a try, at the moment, Superdrug actually does run a promotion on these (but I have no idea when the promotion ends and what’s next) – the 100ml body mist is £2.65 (go, grab a bottle…), the 30ml EdT is £3.32, and the 100ml EdT is £4.65. Also – these products are vegan and certified cruelty-free – they carry the Leaping Bunny logo! And one more thing… matching body products are also available. I haven’t tried any of them as of now, so I can’t (yet) comment on how good or similar to Alien they are.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde