Product Review: Boots No 7 & Vichy Laboratories

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I have been in search for a fabulous body oil since I ran out of my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-over Miracle Oil. I came across this Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Oil while browsing online and decided to give it a try. I like to have many lip balms around during the autumn/winter months, so I also got the Boots Essentials Strawberry Lipsalve. And I needed a different exfoliator; after using my Clean and Clear for Donkey Years, I needed a change. So I went for the No 7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator.

 

Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Oil

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The unique combination offers smoothing and nourishing properties and combines 10 luxurious oils extracted from: Apricot kernel, Passionflower, Corn, Rice Bran, Sunflower, Blackcurrant Pips, Rosehip, Coriander, Macadamia and Jojoba oils.

Here are my thoughts on this body oil:

PROS

  1. I love the packaging and the rich gold colour.
  2. It has a subtle scent which I love.
  3. It is great for sensitive skin.
  4. No parabens.
  5. It is a dry texture so not too oily, which is great for my combination skin.
  6. It nourishes my skin.
  7. It leaves my skin feeling and looking smooth and soft.
  8. It can be used all over the body, including on the hair.

CONS

None

This is my first time trying a Vichy product and I am very impressed with this body oil. I will be buying it again and I recommend it to anyone in need of a rich body oil. This Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Oil is what you need. It currently retails for £22 per 100ml at Boots and many other stores.

 

No 7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator

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This is a new product from the No 7 range so there is no product description on the website yet. Here are my thoughts on it:

PROS

  1. It exfoliates my skin beautifully, getting rid of all the dead skin cells, leaving it soft and smooth
  2. I like the combat packaging. Great to take along on holiday.
  3. At £8.50, it is good value for money.
  4. It is easy to apply and wash off.

CONS

  1. No waiting time instructions on the pack. So I leave mine on for about 5 minutes, but it would be great to know the recommended application and waiting time.
  2. It does the work but I expected a lot more from it. Maybe because I was blown away by the No 7 products I tried the other day. I expected this to be as fab as they are.

It is a good product but I won’t be buying it again. I am still in search for the perfect exfoliator, so let me know if you have any in mind.

 

Boots Essentials Lipsalve Strawberry

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Keep your lips looking hydrated and luscious with Boots Essentials Lip Balm Strawberry.

Dermatologically tested.

 

PROS

  1. I like the pretty pink packaging.
  2. It is easy to carry around.
  3. It is very cheap – £1.
  4. I like the fact that it is in form of a lipstick.
CONS
  1. I don’t like the smell of this lip balm at all.
  2. It does not nourish my lips properly. I have to apply loads on my lips to get them moisturised.
  3. It breaks easily, making a mess.

I won’t be buying this lip balm again and I do not recommend.

 

What do you think of these products? Have you tried any?

 

 

 

The Benefits of a Face Mask

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I like treating myself to a face mask every now again. It soothes my skin and my mind, putting me in a very relaxing state.

Face masks form a usual part of an effective skin care regimen, and are one of the easiest ways to give your face the treatment it needs. The weather, central heating, stress, lack of sleep, and other harmful elements in the air can rob your skin off life, vigor and beauty. With a face mask you’ll give your face the necessary care in just a couple of minutes.

Face masks can come in different forms, colours and textures. We have the clay-based masks that have to be washed off after a couple of minutes of sitting on your face. Another type is the liquid form which dries into a sheet that you can easily peel off. Some face masks are made from artificial products while others are made from natural products that come straight from the kitchen or garden.

Whatever the face mask is made of, face masks have a lot of benefits for the skin. Here are a few reasons why you should pamper yourself with a face mask today and why your skin will thank you for it.

  1. Easy to use and quick improvement to your skin

I find this the most impressive quality of face masks. Face masks can be applied on your face and left for as little as 5-15 minutes and the changes you’ll notice on your face are quite amazing for such a short period of time.

Whenever I use a face mask I see changes immediately after washing it off. My skin looks and feels soft and supple. I consider face masks one of the fastest and most effective steps in a skin care regimen.

  1. Cleanses the pores of your skin

I know it may sound strange that a messy-looking face mask could cleanse your pores. Face masks, depending on the type of face mask you use, have the power to remove impurities from the pores of your skin. The ingredients in the face masks have the ability to penetrate deep into your skin and remove those impurities. Apart from this, face masks help to remove dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and clear.

  1. Keeps your skin hydrated

The water from the face mask helps to keep your skin moisturized. As the face mask moisturizes your skin, your skin becomes soft and plump, and the elasticity of your skin increases.

 

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  1. Makes your skin look more youthful

Face masks help to tighten your skin minimizing the appearances of fine lines on your skin. The contents of face masks promote collagen production in your skin. This gives your skin a more youthful glow. In addition to this, your skin will feel softer and look smoother as well.

  1. Improves your skin tone

Face masks are quite effective in dealing with hyperpigmentation. The active ingredients in the face mask help to tone your skin and lighten the dark patches and spots on your face.  Those ingredients not only even your skin tone, they also improve the texture of your skin.

 

Do you use a face mask regularly? Which do you swear by?

 

Product Review: Boots No 7 Products

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I had a mini shopping haul in my local Boots store some days ago, and I decided to step up my skin care routine, and try some new skin care products. I usually never go for Boots No 7 products because I believe they are not made for my skin tone. But there was a 3 for 2 offer going on that day and I needed to try the No 7 Lash & Brow Perfector so badly  (I heard all about it at the Street Style Bus Event), so I went for that and 2 other cool products I needed, which were – No 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask for Normal/Oily Skin and No 7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Radiance Boost for All Skin Types.

 

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No 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask for Normal/Oily Skin

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Starting off with this amazing purifying mask, I have used it a few times now and I love it. I wish I could use it every day. It is so far the best face mask I have ever used. It is a new product so no product description on Boots Website but here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It feels amazing on the skin. Once it is applied on the face, it heats up and feels so warm and nice. I love the warmth. It feels like I am in a Spa.
  2. I like that the application and waiting time is quick. The mask should be massaged for 2 mins, and the waiting time is an extra 2 minutes before rinsing off.
  3. My skin feels AMAZING after. It feels and looks smooth. And it looks brighter as well.
  4. It is affordable at £12.50, and there is usually the 3 for 2 offer to take advantage of.
  5. I like the packaging.

 

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CONS

None

I will be buying this purifying mask again. I use this once a week now and I really like how clear my skin is looking. No cons here guys.

 

No 7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Radiance Boost for All Skin Types

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I use this No 7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Radiance Boost for all skin types every night. I massaged it into my skin, using small circles after cleansing. Here is the product description –

No7 Beautiful Skin Over Night Radiance Boost for all skin types. Wake up to brighter, more radiant skin.

Boost the skin enhancing power of your beauty sleep and treat your dull, tired looking skin to an overnight pick me up. While you sleep, this hydrating serum helps to optimise skin renewal, mildly exfoliating to reveal fresher, more radiant skin in the morning.

Enriched with No7’s unique multivitamin and mineral blend to help hydrate and energise plus a blend of natural fruit acids, vitamin C and caffeine to help renew the skin’s surface and boost skin’s radiance.

 

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. I love the packaging. I think it is so chic and pretty. It comes in a pump which I like.
  2. I love the light fragrance.
  3. I love the texture. It feels good on my face.
  4. It exfoliates my skin overnight.
  5. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. My skin is looking so radiant and healthy.
  6. It is quite affordable at £14.

 

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CONS

None

No cons here either. I will definitely be buying this again.

 

No 7 Lash & Brow Perfector

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I have been after a good Lash and Brow Gel for awhile now. I ran out of The Body Shop Brow Gel some months ago, and I have been in search of another since then. So when I saw how brillant this No7 Lash & Brow Perfector was at the beauty sessions at the Street Style Bus Event, I knew I had to get it.

No7 Lash & Brow Perfector is a caring, conditioning gel to enhance and shape your lashes and brows.

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It conditiones my lashes and brows.
  2. My brows stay in place all day.
  3. I love the compact packaging.
  4. It is quite affordable at £8.50.
  5. It has a very light texture. It does not clump the brows or lashes.

 

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CONS

None

 

I really like all 3 products. And I can see myself buying them again.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?