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

Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator

Hi there! Happy Thursday! Today’s post is about this Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator which was part of a gift set I treated myself to (half price, Boxing Day).

This exfoliator is quite something – it comes with its own leaflet which features a how to use section and a separate warning section.

But it’s not as scary as it sounds – since this is a micro-dermabrasion product, it shouldn’t be used in conjunction with retinol, AHA, BHA and other exfoliating products. It’s also important to note that this product increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so you should use a sunscreen!

This is a very powerful product which should be used once to twice a week and never on 2 consecutive days.

Make sure you read the leaflet in its entirety before you use the product – just to be on the safe side!

Alrighty – let’s get to my findings! When I tried this product for the first time, it reminded me of some of the harsher scrubs. It’s a very effective exfoliator! However, unlike those harsher scrubs, this product doesn’t cut the skin – so you won’t end up with spots all over your face. This exfoliator always leaves my skin feeling insanely soft. I’m blown away! I don’t have lines or wrinkles, so I can’t comment on any potential anti-ageing effect, but judging by how powerful it is, I am more than happy to continue using this product, and I will buy the full size, no doubt!

If you’re interested, Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator is available as 75ml for £11. Boots often runs 3 for 2 promotions on their No 7 products, so this might be something to look out for! In any event, if you decide to use this product, please make sure you read the leaflet and follow the instructions!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Ultra Fine Sheet Mask With Added Pomegranate Extract

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Ultra Fine Sheet Mask With Added Pomegranate Extract which promises to brighten and to hydrate the skin. This is a regular leave-on sheet mask. Cleanse your face, put the mask on, leave it on for about 15-20 minutes, then pat the excess essence into your skin.

I tried this mask the other day, and I did like it. It’s not the most original sheet mask, but I found it hydrating and refreshing. The mask leaves a slightly sticky film on the skin, but it’s not too bad. I would buy this mask again, although using it 2-3 times per week (as it says on the back of the pack) isn’t what I have in mind!

I think this mask is definitely worth a try, and if you’re interested, Boots Ultra Fine Sheet Mask With Added Pomegranate Extract is available as a 25g single-use mask for £1.50. I bought it as part of a bundle of different face masks (6 masks for £5).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Ultra Fine Sheet Mask With Added Mixed Berries Extract

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Ultra Fine Sheet Mask With Added Mixed Berries Extract. This face mask with soldium hyaluronate and acai, raspberry, blueberry and black mulberry extracts promises to leave the skin more radiant, revitalised and with tightened pores.

This is a leave-on mask. Start by cleansing your face, then put the mask on. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes, then take it off and massage the essence into the skin. Then continue with your regular skin care.

I’ve given this face mask a try, and I liked it. I would say that it felt both relaxing and revitalising. My pores didn’t look different, and I wouldn’t say that my skin looked any more radiant, but it was still an enjoyable mask. The essence was lightweight and not overly sticky, and the fragrance was very subtle. All in all, this is a good mask!

If you’re interested, Boots Ultra Fine Sheet Mask With Added Mixed Berries Extract is available as a 25g single-use mask for £1.50. I bought it as part of a bundle of different face masks (6 masks for £5).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Plastic Free Fabric Sheet Mask With Added Glycolic Acid

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Plastic Free Fabric Sheet Mask With Added Glycolic Acid. Wash your face, put the mask on, leave it on for 15 minutes, then pat the leftover essence into your skin. Boots recommends the mask be used 2-3 times a week for best results.

I’ve used one of these masks so far, and I found it excellent. I’m happy to report that it made my skin look brighter and refreshed, and that it left my skin feeling amazing. I will buy this mask again, no doubt, although I don’t think I can commit to using the same mask 2-3 times per week.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend the face mask. Since it contains glycolic acid, make sure you follow the instructions for use and after care, especially when you’ve never used products with glycolic acid before. If you’re interested, Boots Plastic Free Fabric Sheet Mask With Added Glycolic Acid is available as a 16g single-use sheet mask for £1.50. According to Boots, this mask is cruelty-free and suitable for vegans! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Gel

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Gel for all skin types.

This face wash promises to cleanse skin deeply without drying it out, and it also claims to achieve brighter looking skin within 14 days.

I started to use this product just under 2 weeks ago, and I think it’s good but not great.

I’m using this face wash with a konjac sponge, and I found that a tiny drop will lather up very well. Great if you don’t want to use a lot of product.

I can’t comment on whether this face wash is indeed brightening. I’ve been using glycolic acid products for a while now, and I’m not expecting a face wash to outperform those products. But if you’re not using any other brightening products, I think this face wash might be good starter product.

I am very happy with how well this face wash cleanses my skin. It leaves my skin feeling and looking clean and refreshed.

At the same time, I’m very happy to confirm that the face wash doesn’t feel drying at all, so it’s definitely suitable for my very dry and moody skin. Well done, Boots!

However, here’s the big but – the scent. The face wash doesn’t smell bad or artificial. But it smells very strongly of yuzu. I’ve used yuzu-scented products for the past few months, and I can’t stand them anymore. I usually love all things citrus, but I’m literally done with yuzu-scented stuff. I might change my mind at some point in the future. And the next person might love how this face wash smells – so this is not the most objective finding. But because of its scent, I won’t repurchase this face wash.

Having said this, I think that, in most aspects, this is a really good face wash, and I’d recommend it (unless you’re not keen on yuzu-scented products either).

Boots Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Gel is available as 100ml for £4. Mine was free (3 for 2 offer, and this was the freebie I chose on top of the other 2 products I bought that day!).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Live + Be Awakening Glow, Captivating Pause, Woodland Whisper Body Mists

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 body mists from Boots’ vegan & cruelty-free Live + Be collection. The entire collection is being discontinued, and all the products have been heavily discounted. These 100ml body mists were £1.25 each!

Let’s start with Boots Live + Be Awakening Glow Body Mist! This body mist smells just like the matching shower gel (I mention this because the matching whipped body cream smells different). What does this mean? According to Boots, this body mist contains notes of mandarin, yuzu, mimosa and almond. I would describe the scent as yellow and yoghurty, with a strong yuzu note. It doesn’t last very long, but it produces a nice scent cloud when I spray it generously all over my body.

Onto Boots Live + Be Captivating Pause Body Mist! I haven’t used any of the matching body products yet, but this body mist is supposed to smell like a mix of nutmeg, jasmine, coconut and black sugar. I can’t smell any coconut or jasmine, but I would describe the fragrance as unisex, dry, powdery, slightly herbal and a tad sweet. This body mist isn’t ground-breaking, but it’s great for when you want to smell nice but don’t feel like wearing fragrance.

And last but certainly not least… Boots Live + Be Woodland Whisper Body Mist – which is the best of the bunch! This one is supposed to smell like fennel, coriander, cardamom and charcoal. I would describe the scent as woody, warm and slightly sweet with a touch of musk. It’s a wonderful sweater weather fragrance that makes me think of a cosy night in a cabin with a fireplace. I’m glad I bought 2 of these body mist as well as additional products from this range (2 body creams, shower cream, bath fizzer).

If you’re interested in trying products from Boots’ vegan and cruelty-free Live + Be collection, be quick! If you’ve had any products from this collection, feel free to let me know your favourite via the comments! And thanks for stopping by today! x

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Vitamin C Sheet Mask With Added Vitamin C

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Vitamin C Sheet Mask With Added Vitamin C. This mask is aimed at all skin types, and it promises deep nourishment for smooth and radiant skin. It also claims to leave skin brighter within 14 days – but this claim seems to be misplaced here; I assume this is the catchphrase for the entire Vitamin C collection, and it would make more sense for the other products which are meant for daily use, i.e. face wash, moisturiser, etc.

Anyhoo… this is a regular sheet mask. Cleanse your face before you use it! This sheet mask is supposed to be left on for 15 minutes, and after you’ve taken it off, you’re supposed to massage the leftover essence into your skin.

I’ve given this mask a try, and I think it’s very good! I’m using a number of different brightening products at the moment, so at this point it’s hard to say which product does what, but the mask feels very refreshing and hydrating. I enjoyed the cool feel of the mask, and I was over the moon to find that it hydrated my skin deeply without leaving a sticky film behind. The essence in this mask is simply perfect! On another note, this product is vegan and cruelty-free which is great too!

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this face mask. Boots Vitamin C Sheet Mask With Added Vitamin C is available as a 23g single-use face mask for £1.50. Boots runs 3 for 2 promotions on own brand products frequently – and I made use of this offer, so I paid £3 for 3 of these masks.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots No 7 Radiant Results Revitalising Daily Face Polish

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is about this Boots No 7 Radiant Results Revitalising Daily Face Polish.

This product with red ginseng and vitamins C, E and B5 promises radiant, smoother, brighter, more even and healthier looking skin after just 1 week of use. As the name of the product suggests, you can use it daily, and it’s suitable for sensitive skin too.

I’ve been using this product 3-4 times per week since the end of January, and I think it’s very good.

I’m using a number of very effective products already, so I’m not seeing or feeling any drastic changes, but I agree that this face polish makes my skin feel smoother. I also like the formula – it’s a cream wash and a gentle face scrub in 1 product.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this product. But if you have very sensitive skin, you might want to use it 3-4 times a week (and not on consecutive days) only.

Boots No 7 Radiant Results Revitalising Daily Face Polish is available as 100ml for £7. I have 3 small 15ml tubes from gift sets. 😊

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

HAUL! New Products From Boots, No 7, Sanctuary Spa, Marks & Spencer, Fragonard, Olay, Westlab, Radox, Dead Sea & More

Hi there! Today’s post is about most of the stuff I bought since the post-Christmas sale started. I’m saying most of the stuff because I always forget a lot… OK, let’s take a look at the goodies!

Boots Skincare Treats The Discovery Collection – this was £10 on Boxing Day. I bought 3 of these. The 2 moisturisers are worth £25 alone! The set would have been great value for full price = £20, but it was the most amazing bargain for half price on Boxing Day!

I bought more face masks – but what else is new? Some half price Disney masks, some £1 masks from B&M Bargains.

The Sanctuary Spa Celebration Hamper – this was £20 on Boxing Day and it had the following goodies:

These look amazing!

And these too!

I bought a few more products from Boots’ discontinued Live + Be range. The cheapest item was £1, the most expensive item was £1.75.

A few more Live + Be products.

I also bought fragrances from M&S. The first 2 were £9.50, the third was £12.50. All of them are repurchases.

I bought a number of different Westlab bath salts, the one above was £2.99 at Boots.

I also bought more Radox bath salts. The one above was £2.25 at Sainsburys.

2 more Radox shower gels – these were about £1.30 (or so) each at Superdrug.

Fragonard Belle De Nuit fragrance – £20 at M&S, the Olay Face Wash was £2.09 at Boots, the the Botanics Face Scrub was 33p (£2.33 plus 200 Advantage points for buying a Botanics product).

I also rescued 2 Dead Sea Natural Mineral Soaps from the clearance bin.

And this is it! Quite a bit, eh? Well, what can I say. I’ll always be a bargain hunter! Thanks for stopping by today! 😊

Mrs Strawberry Blonde