Posts tagged ‘Boots’

April 18, 2012

Have Boots No. 7 Done It Again?

So I see that Boots have brought out a new anti-aging line for their No. 7 brand, “Lift and Luminate”. Intended for users of 45 years and older, they say it contains high levels of the same ‘miracle’ ingredient that caused the publicity & shopping sensation for their “Protect and Perfect” serum – I’m sure most people remember that! This seems like an attempt to whip up another storm like the previous one in my opinion as No. 7 already have countless anti-aging products in their several separate lines. If it gets any more confusing I can imagine people just buying at random.

Anyway, I’m only 21, so I can’t test this out; I can only wait and see the response among the ladies and gents that use it.  I’m just hoping that all these miracle ingredients lead to some actual miracles pretty soon – come on cosmetic/pharmaceutical researchers, you only have about 14 years until I become a willing customer! And heck, I’m already buying eye cream.

If you want to check out this new line, click the pretty picture:

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December 15, 2011

Review: Boots Essentials Cucumber Moisturising Cream

Green tub of moisturiser

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OK, so this isn’t the most glamorous product in the world. But I’m a poor student, and I know there are plenty more like me out there that, faced with some moisturiser for £1.52, are at least going to consider it. Given that my last night cream was Origins Night-a-mins at £32 a pop, I think I’m allowed to retreat back to my cheapy ways!

You get a satisfyingly large (100ml) green tub of this stuff, and the cream itself has a pleasant and very slight green tint to it. Obviously, this is synthetic and nothing to do with the cucumber content, but it does help to make it seem cucumbery, as does the light scent. The back of the pot says: “Contains extract of cucumber to help gently soften and soothe. Enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins this cream is suitable for day or night use. Contains antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental damage.”
It may be suitable for day use, but I would only use this in extreme cases of dry skin – perhaps in the depths of January I’ll be using it as day cream too, but right now it’s definitely too rich. However, as a night cream it’s pretty good – it sinks into the skin better, and so leaves way less of a greasy film on my skin, than my more expensive Nivea Visage night cream which is apparently for combination skin! One thing I would mention though, is that others have said it can be sticky – to avoid this, use less than you think you need. That’s a good rule for most products really – it’s so much easier to add more than to deal with too much!

Obviously, I am not expecting luxurious wonders from such a cheap cream. But it genuinely does do the job; it hasn’t yet broken me out or anything, though I must say that having used the Origins cream (which basically healed my skin overnight, every night), nothing that just “does the job” will ever be quite enough for me again! it’s getting me through the months of having no money whatsoever, without having to spend any more than my small change – and as the wind gets fiercer outside, a night cream really is essential.

I’m going to start giving my reviewed products a star rating out of 5 – it’ll be clearer, I reckon, and it’ll actually help me to remember quickly exactly how much I liked something. Sometimes I flirt with the idea of repurchasing something, thinking it was ok, and then remembering that I didn’t like it afterwards…yes, I am that silly.

Boots Essential Cucumber Moisturising Cream gets 3 stars! Yay!

3 yellow stars

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September 3, 2011

Review: Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner

I know, this isn’t anything new or gimmicky! In fact, rosewater has been used on the skin for hundreds and hundreds of years. This toner by Boots brand Botanics is one of the modern incarnations of the classic, made with gorgeous damask roses, and is certified organic. This is what it looks like:

Bottle of clear toner

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That bottle is 150ml, which is (in my opinion) worth the £4.07 it costs. However, the other toners in the Botanics line cost the same amount but come in 250ml bottles. Now I get that damask rose is not a cheap ingredient to use, but I use this stuff every day and I get through it pretty quickly. I would much prefer it if they also sold it in the bigger bottles, and priced it at the £6.70 or so it would be. But that’s a minor gripe – now down to the actual stuff in the bottle!

As you may have gathered, I really do like this toner. I frequently suffer from VERY annoying redness of my skin, mainly across the centre of my face, tops of cheeks etc. This is only made worse by the natural amount of rubbing that I have to do while cleansing! However, this toner makes a noticeable difference to the amount of time it takes for the redness to go away – it really calms it down quickly. This was the first thing I loved about it – but there’s more!

Next, I noticed that my skin didn’t feel tight or dry about 5/10 minutes later. My skin’s not dry, but depending on my cleanser it can feel a little tight after cleansing. This toner made it totally unnecessary for me to moisturise that night; there wasn’t any residue on my skin, but it just felt…comfortable. Obviously, I do still use a night cream often. But if my skin’s having a bit of a strop, and going oily, I can just use this and know that there’s enough moisturisation in it to keep my skin calm without overloading it.

I never used to use toner, as I didn’t really see the point. But I’m quite enthusiastic about this one! It’s made of good things, and I’ve personally found it much better than high-end ones I’ve tried, such as Lancôme’s. Recommended!

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