Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum. This serum promises to moisturise the skin, to reduce redness, to make the skin look clearer, and to make the skin feel more balanced and less oily.

Simply use this serum as you would use any other serum – after you’ve cleansed your skin and under your regular day or night moisturiser. Also, according to Boots, this product is vegan and cruelty-free!

I’ve been using this water-based serum for a few weeks now, and I think it’s alright but nothing special. The watery formula is nice for the warmer summer months. It feels comfortable on my skin (after an initial 2 minutes of stickiness). Well, it feels comfortable most of the time. I had a small cut on my face, and of all the products that I’ve used during this time, this serum was the only product that stung around the area of the cut. I have to deduct imaginary points for that.

I’m fairly happy with the level of hydration I get from this serum. Well, water and glycerin are the first 2 ingredients listed on the bottle, so that explains it. And I found that this serum also plays well with my other skin care products. However, I’m not convinced that it does much more. In comparison to the last serum I used (Olay), this Boots serum doesn’t give me an immediate smoother look and silkier feel.

I will finish this serum, but I wouldn’t buy it again. If you’re interested, Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum is available as 30ml for £4. I bought this serum when Boots ran a 3 for 2 promotion across their Ingredients and Vitamin C ranges.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Glow Banana Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Glow Banana Toner which I’ve been using once to twice a day for the past 3 weeks.

This toner claims to refine the pores and to make the skin appear smoother.

This toner contains niacinamide which is listed as the third ingredient on the back of the bottle. Unfortunately, Boots doesn’t state the percentage.

Alrighty, how’s the toner? Well, it does have a beautiful foamy banana fragrance. However, this toner isn’t the best one for my skin type.

Whilst I like that this toner leaves my skin feeling velvety soft, I don’t find it cleansing enough. Within 2-3 days of starting this toner, I noticed considerably more impurities.

I haven’t started to use any other new products for well over a month, I haven’t taken any new medication, and I also haven’t eaten a lot of junk food. What other explanation could there be? I’ve also noticed that my dark patches (melasma) have become a lot more visible over the past 2 weeks. The only difference in my skin care routine is this toner.

I will continue to use this toner after I’ve cleansed my face in the evening. It’s super gentle, so I’m happy to use it around my entire face – the eye area included – to remove the last traces of make-up. However, as part of my morning routine, I’ll go back to using a vitamin C or glycolic acid toner.

I won’t buy this toner again, but I might try other products from this collection. If you’re interested, Boots Glow Banana Toner is available as 100ml for £4. Boots sometimes runs 3 for 2 promotions across their Glow and Ingredients ranges, so if you’re on a budget, you can try an extra product for free. On another note, on the back of the bottle it says that this toner is vegan and cruelty-free. This is great!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Live + Be Captivsting Pause Whipped Body Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Live + Be Captivsting Pause Whipped Body Cream. Live + Be is a discontinued vegan and cruelty-free product range from Boots. Whilst the line has been discontinued, Boots still has stock, and this body cream is still available as 300ml for £1.75 (I bought it via Boots’ website.)

This body cream is supposed to smell like nutmeg, jasmine, coconut and black sugar – these are the notes listed on the back. I’m not gonna lie, after using a bath foam, face mask, hand cream and body mist with the same fragrance, I don’t want to smell this stuff anymore. The fragrance isn’t the greatest one to begin with. It’s a strange slightly herbal, powdery (almost dusty) and dry scent.

With respect to the formula, this body cream is actually great. Such a shame is doesn’t smell better. My husband has volunteered to use this body cream as a foot cream – and it will serve him well, no doubt. But I’m really glad that I don’t have to use this product; and based on what my nose is telling me, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Rose Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Rose Toner which I picked up not too long ago.

I bought this toner because it was cheap, and I thought it would work well to replace Garnier’s rose-scented toner which I finished at some point this past winter.

Alrighty, this toner is supposed to cleanse the skin of make-up, impurities and oil, and it promises to leave the skin feeling soothed.

On the back of the bottle it also says that the product is vegan, cruelty-free and suitable for people with sensitive skin.

I’ve been using this toner on and off since February, and I think it’s good but not great. It doesn’t smell as nice as Garnier’s rose toner. This Boots toner smells of an artificial rose that’s been drenched in alcohol. It’s not as bad as it sounds, but I doubt this is anyone’s favourite scent. However, there are more important points to consider.

Is the toner cleansing? Yes, it is. It’s not perfect, and I’ve had plenty of more effective toners, but with respect to its cleansing properties, it’s a lot better than Garnier’s rose toner. This one actually catches make-up, oil and general product residue, so I can’t complain.

I’m also happy to report that this toner doesn’t aggravate my very dry, sensitive and generally moody skin. I mainly use this toner at night time (after using a cleansing lotion), but I think this toner would also work well in the morning. Although personally, I prefer to use vitamin C or glycolic acid toners in the morning. (I work from home, so I won’t be burned by the sun!)

All in all, this is a decent toner. If you’re interested, Boots Rose Toner is available as 150ml for £1.50.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Botanics Refreshing Toning Spritz

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Botanics Refreshing Toning Spritz with organic rosewater which is aimed at all skin types.

This face mist promises to purify and to refresh the skin after cleansing. It claims to remove traces of make-up and to leave the skin feeling revitalised.

You’re supposed to mist your face after cleansing. That’s it.

I’m not really sure about this product. How is it supposed to remove make-up and impurities when I don’t wipe it off? Is it supposed to be wiped off, and did they just forget to add it to the instructions? I was unsure, so I read some reviews on Boots’ website, and it became clear that many people use this product differently. I guess that’s because of the poorly written instructions.

I tried to use this face mist as a toner. It’s not very effective. It will leave the make-up pad clear, so you might think your face is clean. But when you use an actual toner right after, that toner will remove A LOT more product and gunk!

I tried to use this face mist as just that – as a face mist. But it’s terribly drying. Yikes! f you have oily skin, you might like this toner.

I also tried to mix it with my serum, but it also doesn’t work. I feel like the insane alcohol content in this face mist is cancelling out any positive effects of a serum.

The way I use this toner now is by spraying it on my face right before I use facial oil. This is a decent middle ground. It helps to stretch the facial oil and make it less smothering, thus preventing spots around my chin.

All in all, I’m not really impressed with this face mist. I will finish it, but I won’t buy it again. If you’re interested, Boots Botanics Refreshing Toning Spritz is available as 150ml for £8. I bought it on a multibuy offer, along with something else from the Botanics collection. I think this face mist worked out as just under £6. But this is still way too expensive for what it is. Superdrug’s face mists are a lot better than this one!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Whipped Body Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Whipped Body Cream. Live + Be is a vegan & cruelty-free collection which, unfortunately, has been discontinued.

Woodland Whisper is, in my opinion, the stand-out fragrance of the entire collection. I already love the shower gel and the body mist, so trying the matching body cream was a no-brainer.

Let’s start with the fragrance – Woodland Whisper has the following notes – fennel, coriander, cardamom and charcoal. I don’t think it smells like any of these notes (or the sum of these notes), but I would describe the fragrance as warm, sweet and woody. It’s beautiful!

The formula of this whipped body cream is just as lovely as its scent. The cream is rich, but it’s easy to spread and it sinks right into the skin. It moisturises my skin well, it feels velvety on the skin, but it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all. It’s perfect!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this product! Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Whipped Body Cream is available as 300ml for £1.75. What a bargain!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Shower Cream, Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Bath Soak

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 products I started to use earlier this month – Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Shower Cream and Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Bath Soak. These are part of Boots’ vegan Live + Be collection.

Let’s start with Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Shower Cream which is a dream come true! The shower cream feels amazing on the skin! Wow! And the fragrance is just dreamy. It’s woody, warm, green, slightly sweet, but still transparent. Wow! I’m so glad I bought this product. It’s one of my favourite products so far this year!

Onto Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Bath Soak! This product is rich and creamy, and I was impressed to find that it’s not drying at all. Lots of so-called creamy bath products feel nourishing, but 10 minutes after the bath the skin is dry. This bath product is NOT one of those products. It makes my skin feel really good. However, the scent isn’t my favourite. I had a body mist with the same fragrance before, and it got old quickly. I do think this one would make a nice hand wash though.

Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Shower Cream and Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Bath Soak are available as 400ml each for £1.25 each. A total steal!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Live + Be Beautiful Connection Hand Cream, Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Hand Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 hand creams I started to use just recently – Boots Live + Be Beautiful Connection Hand Cream and Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Hand Cream. These are part of Boots’ vegan and cruelty-free Live + Be collection which, unfortunately has been discontinued. But stores still have random stock, and there are quite a few different products available online.

Alrighty, let’s move on to Boots Live + Be Beautiful Connection Hand Cream. This is a rich, almost buttery, and luxurious hand cream with a fresh rose scent – reminiscent of subtle rose fragrances like Stella or Chloé. I like the formula a lot. It’s great for dry hands!

Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Hand Cream has the same beautiful formula – it’s nourishing and caring. Very nice! The fragrance is a bit random – it’s a sweet, powdery and slightly musky scent. This is a fragrance that, I think, teenagers would enjoy more. However, the formula is what’s important, and I’m happy to use this hand cream!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend these hand creams. I think I paid £1 per hand cream. These were from the reduced to clear shelf.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Small Haul! Boots, Wright’s, Little Soap Company, M&S, Botanical Lab & Nivea

Hi there! Today’s post is about a bunch of products I bought recently. It’s not that many. And here they are:

Boots Glow Banana Toner, 100ml for £5 (plus “points received” for buying this products – I would have bought it anyway, so the points worth £1 were welcome).
Boots Rose Toner, 150ml for £1.75. This rose toner will replace my used-up Garnier rose toner.
Wright’s Traditional Soap With Coal Tar Fragrance, 85p. Finally!
Little Soap Company Sweet Orange Soap, £1.85. I liked the look of this soap!

Boots Botanics Revive & Protect Postbiotic Facial Mist (100ml) and Boots Botanics Refreshing Toning Spritz (150ml) – these were £11.98 together (Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price deal, usually £7.99 each).
Nivea Refreshing Face Wash
, 150ml for £2.10. This face wash has been around forever, but this is the first time I bought it!

Botanical Lab Neem Leaf + Salicylic Acid Gentle Face Wash, 150ml for £2.
Botanical Lab Pumpkin & Papaya Enzymes + AHA Daily Tonic, 200ml for £3. Both of these products were half price with Tesco Clubcard!

M&S The Fragrance Collection Vanilla & Woods Eau De Toilette, 2 x 100ml for £10 each.
M&S Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette, 200ml for £6.25 (half price post-Christmas clearance sale).

M&S Alphabet Personalised Gift Set, £6.25 (half price post-Christmas clearance sale).

They had all sorts of different letters in the sale. I picked a random one. The contents of the set would always be the same.

And this is everything. A bunch of cheap and cheerful items that I look forward to giving a try!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner which I started to use just over 3 weeks ago. I finished a powerful AHA fruit toner last month, and then I moved on to this Boots toner right after.

This toner promises brighter, renewed and more radiant looking skin. And for best results, you’re supposed to use this toner twice a day.

I can make a long story short – this toner is very disappointing. There isn’t much glycolic acid in it. Glycolic acid is listed as the 6th ingredient, right after phenoxyethanol – which is a preservative and, and its use in cosmetics is permitted up to a maximum of 1%.

If we were to assume that this toner contains the maximum permitted 1% of phenoxyethanol, the glycolic acid content in this toner is under 1%. It might even be around 0.5%. I don’t know. What I do know is that I got quite a bit of this product in my eyes by accident, and whilst I was expecting the toner to sting and burn, I felt absolutely nothing. Now please don’t do such a stunt at home. Mine was an accident. And your eyes might react differently. However, my experience reaffirmed by initial finding that this toner is very weak.

If you’ve never used glycolic acid before, you might want to start with this one, but if you love glycolic acid products already, this product will disappoint you, and in this case, you’re much better off with Superdrug’s amazing glycolic acid toner.

But if you’re interested, Boots Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner is available as 100ml for £5, but Boots runs 3 for 2 promotions on their Ingredients collection frequently. I also picked up this toner as part of a 3 for 2 deal.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde