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Boots Botanics Pore Perfecting Foundation I'm a big fan of the Boots Botanics range - I'm yet to find a product within the range that I've been less than satisfied with, and Botanics Pore Perfecting Foundation is another of those that's added to my favourites list. Botanics Pore Perfecting Foundation, in Boots' own words: "Absorbs excess oil to control shine, with clarifying rosemary and burdock to help clear and protect from blemishes" Being a person who has problem skin from time to time, this sounded perfect for me, so despite what I thought at the time to be quite a hefty price, I invested my £10.00 in a bottle of the stuff! The product comes packaged in a cylindrical glass bottle, with a plastic silver lid. Lid included, it stands just short of 10cm tall. As with all Botanics products, the packaging is simple looking. The glass is clear with all the writing in white, and the lid is a plain looking screw top design. It holds 30ml of foundation. The main label on the front of the packaging gives little away - a small Boots logo stands above the larger Botanics logo, and in small letters beneath that is the product name - Pore Perfecting Foundation - Clarifying. The reverse of the bottle gives a little more information on the product, the shade name and the ingredients. I was unsure what to expect when I unscrewed the lid for the first time - foundation's I've used in the past have all come in squirty tubes. Inside the lid is what I can only describe as a stick! The stick is kind of ice-lolly stick shaped - thin and flat, and fastens to the inside of the lid in the way a brush would fasten to the inside of a lid in a nail varnish bottle. The stick is made of clear plastic and is about the length of the bottle, so it sits neatly inside it. No matter how you prefer to apply your foundation, the stick can come in really useful. If you want to only use your fingers , you can dab your fingers in the foundation that's on the stick, if you use a sponge you can wipe it on the stick, or you can dob little spots of foundation onto your face using the stick and blend it in with your fingers or a sponge afterwards. Personally I go for the blobbing it on your face with the stick method, followed by blending it into my skin with my fingers! The foundation itself is fairly thick and creamy in consistency, not at all runny, however it's not so thick that you can't spread it into a nice thin layer on your skin. As you rub it into your skin its consistency turns almost powdery and it seems to vanish into your skin, leaving it looking even toned and fresh. Kind of invisible, yet visible all at once! It's lastability is really very good - being 'pore perfecting' it's designed to help control oily skin, and it certainly does its job. My skin stays fresh looking, and doesn't get oily as the day goes by like it has done with certain other products in the past. I don't find that it clogs my pores or causes more skin problems either - it's easy to remove with makeup remover or face-wash or whatever else you prefer to use! Pore Perfecting foundation is available in six different shades at present: * Cumin * Cinnamon * Star Anise * Nutmeg * Sweet Ginger * Almond These cover a range of skin tones, from the very pale, to quite brown coloured. These shades can be seen on the Boots website at: http://www.boots.com/shop/product_details.jsp?productid=1042045 however, it's hard to tell from your computer what the shades look like in reality. I have fairly pale skin, but cumin matches my skin tone, despite looking fairly dark on the website. I wouldn't suggest purchasing from the website unless you're confident which of the shades will suit you - Boots usually have testers on the displays within their shops. This is certainly a product where a little goes a long way, and despite every day use, I'm still on my first bottle, which I've had for months! The screw top lid keeps the product air tight, so it doesn't go dry or get dirt in. I would certainly recommend this product to anyone - not just those with problem skin. The product doesn't dry your skin out, but gives a nice even looking finish. At £10.00, it's definitely reasonably priced. Worthy of 5 stars! * * * * *
I use the Botanics Balancing Deep Clean Gel. It comes in a 150ml plastic squeezy bottle. It is a green gel and it does smell a bit soapy, but it is not like soap at all once you add some water to it. You just put a small dollop in your hand, add some warm water and lather it up. Then you massage it in to your pre-wetted face. It currently retails at £3.99. This gel claims to flush away impurities and make-up, and contains extracts of burdock and liquorice. I can't claim to know much about burdock and liquorice but they seem to work! The Botanics range uses pure natural plant extracts. I cannot use soap on my face and this face gel is a fantastic alternative. I have been using it for a couple of years now and as long as they keep making it I'll keep on buying it! Without trying to sound like an advert it makes my face really clean without drying it out and I only have to use it once a day. I have always had combination skin and still do even though I'm in my late twenties, and this face gel helps to balance it out really well. It smells lovely and foams up nicely so a little goes a long way. I also use other products in the Botanics range, including day and night face creams, and as Boots often do 3 for 2 and similar offers on these products it suits me down to the ground! For once here is a product that really does what it says on the label - leaves skin balanced and shine free. I particularly like the fact that it has plant extracts, it says that it contains the purest plant extracts at levels that really work - I believe this to be true! I have tried other face washes, some good, some not so good but I am hooked on this one. Actually I just remembered that I have tried a product in the Botanics range that I did not like, and this is the one-step moisturising cleanser. It is a gel that comes in a pump dispenser, and you just sweep it over your face with cotton wool. I found that it actually made my sk in feel quite tight and I just wanted to wash it off, even though it doesn't say to. I think I am just one of those people who like to wash properly! Botanics now has a very large skincare range, including make-up, shampoos, conditioners, hair removal products and aromatherapy. You can't get all the products in all stores but it is all available to buy on the Boots website.
This is really good. If like me you end up washing your hands so many times in a day it's just not worth applying hand cream inbetween (No am not an obsessive compulsive, just have 18 mth old baby) this could be for you. You apply at bedtime and wake up with really soft hands in the morning. The consistancy is a little greasy, but no more so than other hand creams. I has a really lovely lavender smell which send you off to sleep in a minute. This has worked wonders on my hands which tend to be very dry, however if you have chapped skin which is broken it does sting a bit as it is quite perfumed. It comes in a tube rather than a tub which makes application easy and lasts ages.
Before I begin this isn't strictly the right category as I'm going to write about Boots Botanics revitilising eye masks, rather than Boots Botanics. There isn't a category for eye masks and as I'm sure you're all aware you can't suggest items. Anyway everyone else is doing this so I shal, so there! I'm usually knackered by the end of the day. Tiredness, smoke, busy train stations take their toll on my peepers. The other day I forgot my glasses, so by the end of a day at work my eyes were heavy and tired. I've had a tin of Botanic revitalising eye masks lingering on my shelf for a while and decided to put them to action. So what do they promise? The blurb on the tub promises instant cooling and moisturising of the delicate eye area which will reduce dehydration and puffiness. The tub promises 'active natural ingredients'. These are sweetbalm for cleansing, cornflower for soothing, spotted geranium for firming and wheat protein for decreasing wrinkles. The term botanics implies it's all plant derived. However the ingredients on the bottom of the tub aren't particularly along with the wheat and cornflower etc there are a lot of long sounding ingredients. You open up the tub (which is fairly small white with green writing if you're interested) and there are 60 pads, they cost roughly £4.50. The pads are circular and just big enough to fit over your eye and encompass the eye sockets. I followed the instructions which are to remove eye make up, place one pad over each eye, lie back and relax for five to ten minutes. It?s cool and refreshing on the eyes and I did feel very relaxed, sleepy almost but I think thats because I was lying down and closing my eyes. The skin around my eyes felt refreshed afterwards, like it had been wiped by one of those refresh pads you get given on planes for after your meal. My actual eyes felt a bit more awake directly after I'd taken the pads off. My eyes looked slightly more watery than usual, watery in a good way rather than a chronic cold way. The effect is a temporary perk up to the eyes that I could've gotten with a cold spoons or cucumber slices. The pads are hypo allergenic and have been formulated for sensitive skin. Although if your have sensitive skin, it's probably best to test one of the pads on another part of skin, rather than have a rash or something on the delicate skin around your eyes. Boots Botanics is a part of Boots company plc, they produce a range of skin care products with botanically natural extracts. I'll be sticking to my cold spoons once I've finished off the tub.
I have usually only bought very cheap foundations, such as Maybelline Great Wear, but decided for a treat to splash out on a more expensive one, imagining that the quality might correlate with the price in some manner. I bought this when I went to boots, for the first time ever asking an assistant to help me find a makeup of exactly the right tone for my skin. I wanted to buy a Ruby and Mille foundation, but the colours were a bit too peachy for my skin, which despite being pale, tans easily and I need more of a beige colour than the pinky tones that seem to be in most of the foundations made for pale skin. The only one which the assistant was able to find which matched my skin tone was Botanics. I must admit that for once i have found a foundation of a perfect colour for my skin, neither too orangey nor roo peachy/pink. However, that is where the advantages of this product end. It is far too thick and very hard to apply and blend in, as it dries out before you have a chance. Also, for some reason it seems to settle out of your wrinkles emphasising them somewhat. I am only 21 and don't really have wrinkles bad enough to worry about, I don't think I had even thought of them until I used this product. It also makes your skin feel very greasy, but seems incompatible with every powder i have tried which just seems to stick to it in clumps no matter how little you apply. It also gave me spots which I am not usually particularly prone to. I think I am going to stick to Maybelline Great Wear foundation from now on, which is less than half the price and which i have now realised is faultless, despite the bargin price, on my skin at least. I do occasionally resort to this foundation, on those days when my skin is in particularly good condition for a change, as i must admit that the colour of it is perfect, an attribute which I have as yet been unable to find in any other foundation. This experience has taught me that high(ish) price tags and nice packaging to not necessarily indicate the quality of the product.
Yuk! I didn't like this at all. I borrowed it from a friend, with the same skin tone and type (comination) and found it very disappointing indeed. I usually use the liquid concealer from the body shop which i love, but this one was horrible! It went all flaky when it was applied, and did not glide on smoothly like my usual concealer. the tone was greyish, not the best for under-eye bags, i would have thought. i think whatever skin type you have, it wouldn't work. it was so nasty!! Almost as bad as mabelline great wear concealer. Which is rubbish, too. I wouldn't recommend this. Try the body shop one! It's the same price, and a much nicr texture and colour.