Boots is probably my most favourite place to shop for beauty items in the UK. There is such a huge variety of products and brands to choose from, whether it's high end luxury or budget beauty there are products available which cater to everyone. What with so many brands being available I think it may be easy to overlook some of Boots very own brands, of which there are quite a few products available which cater for different skin types, needs and of course ages. Recently I have been able to try out some budget skincare from Boots after they sent out to me their #BootsBeautyBox which is often sent out to a review panel. They're not launching a beauty box which I think is important to stress here, however wouldn't it be great if they did!
The Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream* was a welcome addition to my skincare routine as it provides hydration to the delicate eye area. Eye creams are something I have to use because I do suffer from dehydration myself. Formulated without parabens and with active ingredients such as Gingko which acts as anti-oxidant against environmental stresses this is a product that may well be worth looking into if you're in the market for a budget eye cream. At the time of writing this post this eye cream is currently on offer at £5.00 instead of £8.99.
We have all been there, an important event is cropping up and we wake up the next morning with a new friend on our face. In those times we can all do with something like the Boots Skin Clear Ultra Rapid Action Spot Gel* which aims to reduce the size of spots within two hours and redness within four. At just £4.99 but currently on offer for £3 this is a handy product to have in your arsenal as you never know when one may strike!
The Boots Simply Sensitive Day Moisturiser SPF15* for me is an extremely affordable moisturiser priced at just £3.49. Particularly targeted towards those with sensitive skin this is a nice light hydrating moisturiser which does not contain any fragrances; however I have noticed that it does contain mineral oil so this is one to think about if you are wary of using products with that particular ingredient in, if you're not however then I think it would be a lovely one to incorporate into your routine. My skin type is oily to combination and I do find that this can be a little bit greasy for me, although if you have dry skin and are on a budget I do think this would be worth checking out.
Micellar waters are extremely popular still and I can't see them going anywhere just yet. The Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution* is yet another one which promises to dissolve make up and to tone and purify the skin; it also says that no rinsing is required. Now, where that last point is concerned I would still recommend washing your face and rinsing this off; micellar water is no substitute for cleaning your face. Having said that this product does work very well at removing my eye make up (I haven't tried it on waterproof mascara mind you), whereby at just £2.99 it will be one I buy for myself when my trusty Garnier version is not on offer.
Moving onto the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Charcoal Facial Scrub* this has been a product that I have looked at before in store and had wondered myself what it was like. Having now tried this I am actually quite torn about it and my reasons for this are as follows. Firstly at £3 it is super affordable and when I have used it I have always been left with skin that feels incredibly smooth and clean afterwards which is always a good thing, however there are fine apricot seeds in there which I think are on the cusp of being a little too abrasive. Personally I can deal with it because my skin is not super sensitive however I think for those of you that do have sensitive skin then this may be one worth reading more about first.
My favourite product was the Boots Essentials Cucumber 3 Minute Clay Mask* which at just £1.50 I do think is an absolute bargain. This is a really lightly scented mask which feels lovely on the skin and sets quite quickly. You only have to leave it on for three minutes and then it can be easily washed off. After use my skin is left looking clear and bright without any tight feeling what so ever. Despite this mask containing parabens I do think it is a product worth checking out if you're on a budget because it really is quite lovely, in fact I would happily pick this up for myself in the future.
Rounding up this post today is the Boots Essentials Moisturising Wipes* which I have to say I am personally not keen on at all. I never use this type of product for my face because they're just not an adequate substitute for cleaning your face properly. I guess if you're going away to somewhere where there are not many cleaning facilities such as a festival then these may come in handy but if not then I personally would find no other use for them other than for cleaning my make up packaging.
Overall there is a bit of a mixed bag of products here, some hits and misses yet ultimately I do think that Boots have some great products on offer at some truly amazing prices.