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Brand: Boots / Type: Eye Cleanser / Subcategory: Eye Care / Suitable for: Eye / What it does: Cleanses, Soothes / Product line: Boots Botanics / Suitable for: sensitive eyes / waterproof: yes

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      02.08.2013 10:56
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      There are better products out there

      A good eye makeup remover is an essential product in my toiletries collection and I prefer the products which are made with two layers, as I generally find these to be most effective. Recently I had the opportunity to try a new product when I saw that the Botanics range was being relaunched in Boots. All the products were on special offer so I picked up a few, including this Soothing Eye Makeup Remover (full price £3.99). This product comes in a clear plastic 150ml bottle, which is handy for seeing how much product you have left and for checking out the layers (one clear, one pink) which you need to mix up before use. In keeping with the rest of the range, the bottle has a white lid and a white label with a pretty picture of flowers. The range has been developed with Kew Gardens, who have approved the active plant extracts included in the range. This eye makeup remover is supposed to be able to remove even waterproof makeup, though as I don't use waterproof mascara I've been unable to test this claim. It contains hibiscus, which helps to brighten, and natural AHAs which act as mild exfoliants. The product is suitable for all skin types and is made up of two layers, a clear oil phase which removes makeup and a pink aqueous phase which soothes and conditions. As with all products of this kind, you need to give the bottle a good shake to mix up the layers before removing the lid and pouring a little product onto a cotton wool pad or muslin cloth. The white lid is a screw-top lid similar (though by no means as strong and secure) to the kind you get on medicine bottles - you need to press down while unscrewing it in order to open the bottle. This is handy if you have kids as you don't want the product all over your carpet! Watch out when the bottle is open, however, as the neck is fairly wide and if you knock it over the liquid will spill out faster than you can say 'Oops!'. To use the product, I hold the cotton wool pad soaked in remover over my closed eyelid, leave it a few seconds, then wipe. I have no complaints about the makeup removing qualities of the product; it is effective and I don't need to rub my eyes (which is important as I wear contact lenses), although I do sometimes need to wipe the cotton wool over my eyes a few times to remove all traces of mascara and eyeliner. What I don't like about this product is the oily feel. I find that most products of this type are oily to some extent, and I normally don't mind because by the time I've used my facial cleanser and toner, all traces of oil have gone. However, this product is even oilier than most and I'm not keen on the feel on my skin. After regular use even the bottle itself has an oily feel to it - it's nearly as bad as my bottle of Johnson's Baby Oil! Reading other reviews online, it seems that the original product was great but several reviewers have commented that since the range was relaunched with different formulations and packaging, the quality has gone downhill. It seems I'm not the only one to be affected by the extreme oiliness of the product! Overall, this is an effective eye makeup remover let down by the extreme oily feel. I probably won't buy it again, simply because I know of similar products without this excessive oiliness, but it's not a bad product at all - just not for me.

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      26.11.2012 10:06
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      oily but effective

      I recently bought this as I used to get my eye make-up off with face wipes, but found I was having to scrub at my eyes and pull at my lashes, which really cant be good for them so I decided to invest in a make-up remover. Botanics currently have an offer on where there is a 3rd off their products so I decided to invest in their eye make up remover. I was torn between getting a cream based one and an oil based one, but since I have started to wear liquid eye liner I thought an oil based one would be more effective at getting off more stubborn make-up. The eye make-up remover itself has changed from the one pictured above, Botanics have recently re-designed their packaging. It now comes in a tall clear bottle with a white label on the top and a screw off cap which is the same width as the bottle. The bottle is clear which is good as you can see the different elements inside, the oil stuff and the other stuff, which clearly separate when left alone. Before use you have to really vigourously shake the bottle to get it all to mix together. Then apply a little bit to a cotton wool pad and sweep across your eyes. I find this easily gets rid of almost all make-up, it does leave a little bit of residue behind however, though a splash of water to my face and its all gone. As this is an oil based make-up remover you do need to wash your face afterwards or you will feel like you've dabbed some olive oil around your eyes. As far as oil based make-up removers go I have used some that have left so much oil on my face its been unbearable, this one however isnt too bad and its easily rinsed away with water. Overall I would definitely recommend it, it gets rid of stubborn make up easily and is gentle on the skin around the eyes. Definitely better than scrubbing at my eyes with face wipes!

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        12.02.2012 12:14
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        Not a formula for everybody, but effective and great value for money.

        As a big wearer of waterproof makeup, I'd recently become more and more conscious of (my lack of) good skincare. I no longer wanted to manhandle delicate areas of my face trying to get makeup off, only to roll out of bed the next day with gritty panda eyes anyway. Time for a regime change! I had read some reviews on the blogosphere that recommended the Boots Botanics range as reliably good, healthy, budget-friendly products, so thought I'd give this makeup remover a go. PACKAGING: The product comes in a plastic 150ml bottle, presentable but nothing out of the ordinary. It looks very small and slim, much smaller than I'd expected, and at first I was worried that I wasn't going to get my money's worth. Thankfully, you only need to use a couple of small dabs at a time, so I can see 150ml will last me a good while. APPLICATION: The bottle contains two separate layers of fluid (it's magic, I tell you) that need shaking up before use. A small amount on a cotton pad is all I need to remove almost all makeup from both eyes. The best technique for me is to swipe the cotton wool slowly over the eyelid, pausing at the inner and outer corners to give the cleanser time to work on fiddlier areas. No need for any rubbing or yanking on the lids! The liquid has a faintly flowery, oily smell, but it's not noticeable when applying. QUALITY: So far this is my favourite makeup remover. It removes eyeshadow at the first stroke, as well as most of my (amply applied) waterproof eyeliner. Waterproof mascara is more tenacious - it removes most of it with another few swipes, but you'll probably have to fall back on some facial wipes or a good rinse. I'm not keen on the oily residue it leaves behind, and I can see how other people might find the oiliness unpleasant, but I try to let it sit a minute or two before rinsing since it leaves my eyelids feeling soft and refreshed. I don't know how it works, but it works! This is a great one to try if you don't mind oil-based facial products, and an inexpensive own-brand Holy Grail compared to other makeup removers. It costs around £3.05 on its own from Boots, though the range is subject to frequent offers, and I'd recommend taking advantage of those.

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          22.11.2010 23:13
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          good make-up remover

          A couple of months ago, I started to wear make up regularly. Even though every day I tend not to put heavy make up on - just a bit of a mascara, eyeliner and blusher, I like to put heavier (perhaps waterproof) make up on in the evenings. Therefore I need a good make up remover. Being on a budget, I spent some time around Boots trying to find something sensible. In the end, I decided to purchase Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover (from the reviews I have read and the description/picture above I conclude it's the same product that I am talking about - probably under a new name). It comes in a thick transparent plastic bottle with an aluminium lid at the top. When you open it, there is no protection - just a fairly big 'hole' from which you distribute the cleanser. It is a bit inconvenient as I spilled it a bit a couple of times but I guess you just need to get used to it. The scent is very mild and quite fresh - it is not flowery, but 'The Power of Plants' matches with the scent quite well. I must admit I am not a great fan of this scent but it does not majorily annoy me. The remover is in two layers; I have seen make up removers like this before but I have not idea why this is the case. The producer does not explain it either but you are advised to shake it well before using. Then you just apply it on a cotton wool and you are ready to sweep it across closed eyes. I must admit it does its job well. I haven't had any problems removing make up with it. It works perfectly fine but the only thing I don't like about this product is that it leaves unpleasant, greasy after-feeling. It is not very annoying though. The producer says that 'Iceland moss hydrates and soothes' so I suppose that may be it. I really feel my skin has been hydrated and I think this is a very nice thing about this remover. A bottle of 150 ml costs £2.99 so I think it represents good value for money. Thank you for reading my review. It may also be posted elsewhere.

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            02.10.2010 22:27
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            A potentially good product if you do not have sensitive eyes.

            I am currently using the face wash, toner and moisturiser from the Botanics range and I love them, so I decided to try out their eye makeup remover as well. The range promotes itself as using naturally sourced ingredients from plant extracts within its products and being recognised by the botanical people at Kew Gardens. The eye makeup remover can be picked up for £2.99 in Boots only, it cannot be purchased at any other store. As you can see from the picture above, the product separates into two layers, one of which I believe is an oil. Before you use it you therefore have to shake it up to mix the two layers. I then put some on a cotton ball and hold it to my eye first to melt away mascara and then I gently wipe away the rest of my makeup. The remover does work, however I will not be repurchasing it for a few reasons. Although it does remove makeup well, the product is very oily, but also very dry so I find it uncomfortable when I rub the cotton wool on my eye as it feels very dry. Secondly, the oil seems to somehow get into my eye even though it is closed! I then get a film of oil over my eye which makes my eyes go slightly bloodshot and it just feels uncomfortable. I think in future I will avoid heavily oil based makeup removers and will opt for more water based ones. Although I have had some problems with this remover, I will say it does remove mascara and eye makeup well and I do not get panda eyes in the morning, however this product is unfortunately not for me. If you have sensitive eyes I would be aware that the oil may irritate them slightly.

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              17.06.2010 16:25
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              Get yourself some!

              I absolutely love this eye make-up remover!! In my opinion, nothing beats it. I wear waterproof mascara everyday, due to runny watery eyes. And if you wear waterproof mascara, you know it can sometimes be a pain to get off! Especially after a night out & you've had a few spritzers ;-) Anyway, I tried so many other eye make-up removers, all claiming to be able to remove "even the most stubborn make-up!" I finally found this & cannot get enough of it. It doesn't take long at all, no scrubbing your poor little eyeballs & skin around it. Just soak a cotton wool pad, leave on for a few moments, wipe & hey presto, nice clean eyes! The only down-side is, due to the oiliness of it, you can't really use it in the daytime. Well, you might, but I can't, as it makes my eyes feel like they got some kind of film on them. If Boot's ever stop doing this, I will cry & cry & cry. But make sure I'm wearing waterproof mascara first! Hope this helps, cos I know how frustrating it can be spending a fiver or so on removers that promise things they can't fulfill.

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                20.03.2010 20:02
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                Excellent eye make-up remover.

                BOOTS BOTANICS Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover 150ml This is a nice looking bottle to have on your bathroom shelf or dressing table; it is clear plastic, tall and slim, with a metallic effect screw top. The label is in varying shades of light green too, as are all the range. It apparently contain such lovely natural products as Icelandic moss, which is allegedly very soothing. The liquid inside looks pretty, as it is actually two separate fluids: one clear and one a delicate pale green. Before each use, you are supposed to shake the bottle and the two mix together into one product. I first tried this product around fifteen years ago, when in was in different packaging. I often stray, but always come back to this one as I have found it to be my favourite. It normally retails at £2.99 for the 150 ml, but is currently (March 2010) on special offer at only £1.99, so this could be a good time to try it. Even at full price, it would still be excellent value for money. As Botanics is a Boots brand, this obviously means that you can only get it in Boots. I wear waterproof mascara every day, as my sensitive eyes are always running, whether that's with cold weather, hot weather, hay fever, or just plain old tears at the thought of not winning the lottery again. Anyway, the point is, I need something strong and effective, yet gentle on the skin and the eyes: This is that something. Applied with a little bit of cotton wool, I press it on for a few seconds to give it a chance to soak in, then sweep away the make-up. I find that even the stubborn waterproof stuff gets taken right off. It is slightly oily, so I always turn the cotton wool over, wet with cold water, and wipe again to remove the excess - this gets rid of the make-up and the leftover remover, job done. There is no particular smell to this product, and it feels nice and light - All in all, it has been around for a long time and is still a really good little product.

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                  12.03.2010 17:15
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                  A very good value and effective eye make up remover.

                  Now I must confess that eye make up remover had not been on my shopping list on the first occasion I bought this Boots 'Botanics' product. I had been shopping in a very small, local branch of Boots and noticed that this item was included in a range of buy-one-get-one-half-price offers. The price attracted me but so did the packaging. The wording on the bottle also drew me in: "The Power of Plants"; "effortlessly removes eye make up"; "soothing benefits". All very tempting. And as for including "Iceland Moss" - how could I say no? The very words conjured up images of freshness, of nature, of the purity of Northern climes. So into my basket it went. Fifteen minutes later it was undergoing its first trial. So does it work? Yes, is the short answer. Let me expand on that though..... I have long been a fan of eye make up removers composed of two separate solutions which have to been shaken before use. I find them far better at removing waterproof mascaras and yet they are usually light and non-greasy in use. I am thinking along the lines of Lancome and Clarins here - excellent products but not cheap. Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover is exactly this type. The bottle must be shaken to mix the two layers to produce a pale green cloudy solution. The metal screw cap opens to reveal a bottle neck without a perforated insert - so be careful the first time you open one of these containers. I found that only a small amount of the product was needed so rather than pouring out the liquid onto a cotton wool pad I would recommend holding the pad over the top of the upright bottle, up-ending the bottle a couple of times and using the small amount which has soaked into the pad. The smell is very light - it reminded me slightly of freshly cut cucumber. The instructions on the bottle recommend that you "gently sweep (the pad) across closed eyes". I was sceptical. Some waterproof mascaras demand a good scrubbing to get them off! Could it be so easy? Well, it worked. A gentle wiping was indeed sufficient to remove even my most stubborn mascara. Now I can be very quick to jump to conclusions and "it IS greasy" was my instant thought as I was wiping the pad over my eyelids. I expected to have that familiar blurry, oil-smeared vision as soon as I opened my eyes, but I was quite surprised to find that was not the case at all. I waited a few seconds before touching my skin and found it not in the least greasy and very, very smooth and silky feeling. There was no stinging and no tightness in the eye area after use. Now that I have been using this product as part of my regular routine for over a year I can say that I believe this gentle product has benefitted my skin - I certainly didn't experience any of the dryness I usually encounter during the winter months. But what's this business with Iceland Moss? Sounds wonderful - but what are its properties? Why would anyone include it in a cosmetic preparation? I did a little research. This lichen, Cetraria Islandica, grows in Iceland (as you would expect) but also in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, North America and even in Scotland and northern England. It has medicinal uses - having been used traditionally to treat chest conditions, throat infections and fevers. It has also been used in topical preparations to heal wounds. It has a high polysaccharide content and this constituent is known to soothe and protect the skin and also to contribute to skin growth and repair. This would seem to lend some support to the claim on the label "the high sugar content of the moss can help hydrate and calm skin". Could I find any negative points about this eye make-up remover? Well, I am aware that a growing number of people actively search out products which are free of parabens - a group of preservatives widely used in cosmetic production - and that some people are allergic to parabens. This product will not suit these groups. Parabens are listed clearly on the product information label. From my own point of view, the only real negative I could find is the bottle top - a metal screw cap. It may give a traditional appearance to the container but I don't find it entirely practical. I travel a lot and found out the hard way that once opened, it is not possible to replace this lid in a way that makes it watertight. So if you are travelling you would do well to transfer the contents into a different container. Bear in mind too that the bottle holds 150 ml so it cannot go into your hand luggage if you are flying. My overall opinion, however, is that this is a very good quality and effective product at a superb price. Currently it can be bought online directly from Boots at a cost of £1.93 per bottle. I seem to use up eye make-up remover very quickly but so little of this is needed it is also extremely economical in use. Good value all round.

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                    02.02.2010 16:40
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                    Nice product.

                    I have used a Tesco own brand make up remover for many years now and had always been very happy with it. Worked well, easy to get hold of, and a good price, so I had never really looked elsewhere. This all chaged when the product changed and no longer worked. I love having a browse round Boots stores, so I took myself there to check out their special offers. At the time when I bought this it was buy one get one half price, and I had an extra points voucher for Botanics (which sealed the deal) so all in all it worked out about three pounds for two make up removers. pence per ml this worked out about the same as the bargain Tesco one I had been buying. The packaging of this range is incredibly funky and pretty classy. It has a split colour mix, of two different shades of blues and should be shaken before use to obtain the best solution to apply to your face. Botantics labelling is fairly natural and earthy, and simple and not overdone. The top is a silver screw top. The make up remover is liquidy and thin, which I prefer to thick and greasy. Although it is blue in appearance, it certainly doesnt make your face that colour. It removed my make up well, inclusing stubborn mascara (not waterproof), eyeliner, false eyelash glue, foundation and lip stick. It did not make my skin feel greasy or sticky afterwards. I really like this make up remover, it works well and comes in funky packaging. I will always make sure that I stock up when it is on special offer to make sure it is a bargain price too!

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                    12.01.2010 13:39
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                    The best I've tried - out of many.

                    I've tried masses of different eye makeup removers and have found they mostly irritate my eyes and/or the skin around my eyes, or you need to do a lot of rubbing to get makeup off - or they are pretty expensive! My go-to was Lancome Bi Facil but this cost more than I could justify paying (£13 or £14 a bottle - eek!). The ideal thing would be a much cheaper version... was there such a thing, I wondered... Happily for my wallet and my eyes, yes! Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover from Boots is very similar and a fraction of the price. Like Bi-Facil, it is a dual-phase liquid, so it needs a very good shake before using, in order to mix the two parts. And also like Bi-Facil, it easily removes heavy eye makeup without any need to rub hard at my eyes and the surrounding skin. I've heard some people say they found it too oily, but for me it isn't - and I really hate those makeup removers that are pure oil, they make my eyes horribly blurry. This one doesn't at all though. The skin around my eyes feels nice and smooth after use. The only thing I should add is that I don't use waterproof eye makeup so couldn't say how well it performs on this - although according to the information on the bottle, it is suitable for removing waterproof mascara. Other information: £2.93 for 150ml at Boots, but they often have buy one get one half-price type offers on the Botanics range. Update 19/7/13: I think this may be discontinued as I've not been able to find it in Boots stores or on their website. What a huge shame...

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                      31.12.2009 15:33
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                      A good product to remove all kinds of eye make up.

                      On a recent recommendation I bought a bottle of this eye make-up remover. I don't usually use eye make-up remover, but I'd rather use something that I know works rather than scrubbing with one of those facial cleansing cloths which is what I usually do. I wear eye make up every day and when it comes to taking it off, using this product makes it a pleasure. You shake the two layers to activate it, and put some on cotton wool. The smell is really nice and comforting, and when used, the cotton wool glides over eyelids and lashes. It removes the vast majority of eye make-up in one go, with a secondary pass taking off the remainder. Stubborn or waterproof mascara does take a little bit more work, but it comes off a lot easier than some other eye make-up removers I've used. Certainly that is going to be a lot easier on the delicate under-eye area. I think this product is very good value for money and will definitely be buying more of it. My eyes feel cool and soothed when make up is removed, and I don't need to use as much eye cream.

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                      25.08.2009 19:46
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                      Would definitely reccommend as a 2nd option or for good value.

                      I bought Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make-up cleanser as part of a deal in Boots. The product can be bought from any Boots the chemist or at the online store, Boots.com. As the Botanics range is a Boot's own brand, there are frequently offers on these products, and I think they are quite reasonably priced for the quality. So the offer was evidently outstanding as there were at least 20 of them in my drawer. They usually retail for £2.99, but Botanics often have "buy one get one half price" deals or "buy one get something free" but even at full price I think these are very good. It is packaged in a clear bottle with a cute silver lid, nothing special, green labels and liquid looks greeny and clear too. Compared to a bog standard cream eye makeup remover, this product is king. Cream eye makeup removers just do not remove waterproof mascara properly and consequently I wake up looking like 'ole Panda eyes'. This is an oil based product with 2 layers, so the bottle must be shook before you start using it. One thing I do notice is that the 2 layers separate out quickly and I find that for most of the bottle I end up with a much oilier proportion on the cotton wool pad, but by the time you get to the bottom, there is too much of the 'other' stuff left, and not enough oil to do a decent job of cleansing. I tend to decant the bottle into another one and discard a lot of the 'green stuff' at the bottom as the oil is the bit that does the job. I'm assuming the densities aren't quite right to mix, but that is a whole other story. So you get 150ml of eyemakeup remover, open the top, dampen the cotton wool pad with the makeup remover and sweep across the eye. One thing you will notice is it is very oily , so I always wipe it after with a dry cotton wool pad to get rid of the hideous oil. It takes the make up off - even waterproof mascara very quickly- but I find that it doesn't take 100% of the mascara off, there is always a bit of residue. The other downside, is that I find the lid doesn't screw on quite properly so if you drop it, you seem to get a splash of the eyemakeup remover which is quite annoying as it is oily! So as I say - comapred to cream cleansers or wet wipes, this stuff is amazing. Compared to these, it is 100% better. However, when compared to other oil based cleansers (such as the Avon Perfect Wear Eyemakeup Remover), this stuff doesn't stand up as well. The way it is too oily annoys me whereas the Avon one seems to have the same amount of oil but does a much better job of getting the residue off. The upside to the Botanics is that it is 150ml for £2.99 - the AVON is £5 for 50ml. Compared to the AVON one, this would only get 6/10. Another thing to bemoan (!) is that I can't use this every night, I have to break it up with another remover as my eyes become dry if I use it too much day after day. Maybe I've just got sensitive eyes???

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                        Great!

                        I do not tend to use make up very often. I hate the feel of it on my skin and I always feel dirty when I am wearing it. Therefore when I do wear it and come home from a night out, I really want a good cleanser to get rid of it. I like to scrub my face with a facial cleanser and water to get rid of it from my pores but I find that if I do this straight off, the make up smears around and I end up soaked by the time I have got rid of it all. This is where Boots Botanics come to the rescue. I use their Eye Make-Up Cleanser to get rid of the eye shadow and mascara. I use waterproof mascara and find that it is so hard to remove at times - not so with Botanics Eye Make-Up Cleanser. This removes it easily with no fuss. I also use this all over my face to get rid of the bulk of the make-up. I then wash my face thoroughly to get rid of the chemicals that are in this product. Ok so I know it's from Botanics so it is full of lovely natural healthy things but after a night of torturing my skin under make up I like it to be product-free. That is not to say that this product hurts your skin. On occasions when I have been too drunk to do anything more than smear a bit of mascara off with this Cleanser before I got to bed, my skin feels fine in the morning. The best thing about this product is that it feels so cooling and soothing on your skin. This is really nice around the eyes if you have had a long night out, especially if it has been in smokey atmosphere. Not only is this a great make-up remover but it is a bargain. At just £3 for 150ml, you cannot beat it!

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                          11.11.2008 17:46
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                          Botanics Eye Make-up Remover

                          I have used Boots No.7 cleanse and care eye make-up remover for absolutely ages now and love it. Normally I get it with one of those £5 off No.7 vouchers that you tend to get given at the tills, but last time I ran out there wasn't a voucher offer on at the time, and I was trying to save money, so decided to try out a cheaper brand. I was all set to purchase a Garnier one, when I noticed that I could get a free pack of skin care wipes with any purchase from the Botanics range, and also the advantage card had an offer to get extra points when buying anything from the range, so I settled on the Botanics Soothing Eye Make-up remover instead to get my free wipes and free points! The eye make-up remover comes in a clear bottle with a silver screw top lid. The design of the bottle actually looks a lot like glass, until you get up close and realise that it's actually plastic. Although the liquid inside looks blue on the picture above, it is actually green and you can see the liquid is split with the oily liquid on the bottom, water on the top, which is why you must remember to shake the bottle before each use. The product contains Iceland Moss, which has apparently been used for years for its soothing benefits. It has a high sugar content, so helps hydrate and calm the skin - according to the back of the bottle that is! When you apply this to your eyes, it immediately feels cool and soothing on the skin, and is not as greasy as some others I have used in the past. It usually takes off eyeshadow and waterproof mascara no problem, although sometimes I have had to hold the cotton wool pad over my eye for a few seconds to dissolve the make-up, and get it to come off fully. To be honest I'm not sure why it seems to work better some times than others. Perhaps on the occasions it hasn't worked so well I may not have shook the bottle thoroughly enough. After using this there is very little residue left on my skin and my eyes do not feel irritated at all. I wear contact lenses and haven't suffered any irritation when wearing them and using this, although I must stress, it doesn't actually say anywhere on the bottle whether this is particularly suitable for lens wearers. The make-up remover usually gets rid of all eye make-up. I must admit I don't wear a huge amount, but it always shifts all of it - I hate when you think you've got rid of all your eye make-up then wake up to find bits of dried mascara all over your pillow! A 150ml bottle of this costs just £2.99 from Boots, but is currently on special offer at just £1.99 from www.boots.com. Either way, it won't break the bank. Overall, I am very pleased with this and will definitely buy it again. It does everything that my preferred No.7 eye make-up remover does, but is less than half the price! The one thing I do dislike slightly is that it sometimes takes a while to get all my make-up off, which is why I've knocked a star off, but as I said it's perhaps down to me not shaking the bottle properly.

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                            18.07.2008 22:27
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                            This is definately not one for me, although most people shouldn't have a problem with it.

                            I have been using the Boots Botanics range of face care for a few years now. I used to use the Daniele Ryman range, which was made from plant and other natural ingredients, however it became increasingly difficult to get hold of and I haven't seen it at all for at least two years. So I tried a one or two other brands and my eczema worsened, until one day I saw the Botanics range being advertised, made the connection that both the Daniele Ryman products I had been using and the Botanics range use similar ingredients and decided to give them a try - after all, what did I have to loose! So I decided to start off with the basic cleanser to see whether I got on with the brand. I loved it, not quite as good as the Daniele Ryman, but for £3.99 as a pose to £10.50 I'm not complaining and certainly won't be looking elsewhere for a cleanser. Due to the success of my find, and my recent 'discovery' of makeup, I decided to try out Botanics' Soothing Eye Make Up Remover. PRODUCT The makeup remover consists of one liquid and one gel. The clear liquid sits on top of a translucent green gel. Mixed together, the gel and the liquid create the makeup remover. This product has got quite a specific almost clinical smell, however it is a not like anything else I have smelt before. This is not one of the makeup remover's biggest assets but it certainly isn't something that would put me off the product. This makeup is dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types. PACKAGING The makeup remover comes in a 150ml clear recyclable plastic bottle with a screw top lid. The bottle has a sticker around it containing the make, an ingredients list, a product description and the barcode. This is the type of packaging that I can imagine would look nice on a bathroom shelf, not expensive packaging but not cheap looking either. PRICE The Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover costs £2.99 and is exclusive to Boots. If you own a boots advantage card then you can either receive about 16 points (4 points per pound, worth 16p) or purchase the product with 299 points. USING IT The first thing that you need to do with the makeup remover is shake the bottle. This mixes the liquid and the gel together. The liquid and the gel separate quickly and if you need to use the makeup remover repeatedly like I do, you will find that you need to shake the bottle each time. ADVANTAGES This makeup remover is a lighter option as a posed to a makeup remover with a creamy texture to it. It is made from natural plant extracts and removes makeup successfully, although takes more effort than I would like. DISADVANTAGES I have sensitive eyes and I have found that this product irritates them. I noticed white flaky bits around my eye area and after using the makeup remover for two or three days running, I noticed the development of eczema on my eyelids (although I have never had any other problems with my eczema and other Botanics products). I left my eyes to settle down and when I tried again I found the same thing to be true. I had to pour the rest of the bottles contents down the sink. I have also found the makeup remover I now use to be much more effective, using less makeup pads and therefore leaving less chance for irritation. OVERALL This product is definitely not one for me. However, it is the only product in the range that I have had a problem with and so would probably be work well for a lot of people and so I have taken this into consideration in my rating.

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                            Botanics Soothing Eye Make-up Cleanser gently disolves eye make-up, including waterproof mascara / Cornflower extract soothes & wheat protein helps to strenghten & condition the lashes / Suitable for sensitive eyes /