Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Scrub, Cucumber Toner & Cucumber 3-Minute Clay Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 dirt cheap Boots own-brand products – Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Scrub, Facial Toner, and 3-Minute Clay Mask. These products are £1.50 each, but Boots ran a 3 for £3 promotion, so I paid £1 each. Now let me tell you if these products are any good!

I really like Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Scrub because it’s effective without being too harsh. And the fragrance – which I’d describe as a clean and feminine fragrance with a hint of cucumber – is nice and pleasant. If I hadn’t known that this is Boots’ cheapest and most basic own-brand scrub, I wouldn’t have believed it. Well done, Boots!

Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Toner is very good. It feels refreshing, and the cucumber fragrance is really nice. And whilst this toner contains alcohol, it doesn’t feel drying at all. I’m also glad to be able to report that I found this toner perfectly safe to use around my eyes. There was no stinging or burning at all! Outstanding!

Product number 3 is Boots Essentials Cucumber 3-Minute Clay Mask which promises to leave skin deeply cleansed, soothed and toned. Does it work? Oh yes! After a single use of this mask my skin felt cleaner and my pores looked considerably smaller. Yes, I left the mask on for longer than 3 minutes, but I always leave masks on for longer than recommended. In any event, the important thing is that my pores looked smaller. Considerably smaller! Awesome!

Like I said, these Boots Essentials products are £1.50 each. The scrub and the clay mask come in 50ml tubes, and the toner bottle houses 150ml of product. I will continue to use these products, and I will buy them again, no doubt. I will also try other products from Boots’ Essentials collection.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, how do / did you like them? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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100% Awesome – Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish

upload-1Hi there! Not too long ago I finished Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish. And since then I’ve been using this Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish.

This product is meant to be used on a weekly basis. And it promises brighter skin and a smoother and more even complexion.

Is it any good? Yes, it is! This product feels grittier and more effective than Superdrug’s micro polish.

And I think it made my skin look even brighter – I didn’t think that was even possible because I thought Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant products had already brightened my skin to the max… but I’m certainly not complaining! 😀

However, this Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish takes skin brightness to a whole new level! I saw results after a single use of this product. And since then this product has helped me maintain my brighter and more even (!) complexion. 100% awesome!

Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish is available as 120ml for £4. At the moment it seems to be out of stock online. However, you should be able to find it in larger Boots stores. My local store has plenty of stock. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser, Mask & Scrub

upload-1Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser, Mask & Scrub.

Like all the other products in the Clearly Youthful range, this cleanser is aimed at women who want an anti-ageing product that also tackles skin impurites.

So how’s the product? It works. It’s really good! Whilst I can’t comment on its anti-ageing benefits, I think this mask/cleanser/scrub makes my skin look and feel clearer. Brilliant!

I use this product once a week and I make use of all its benefits. I apply it (thinly!) as a mask, I leave it alone for 10 minutes, then – with a splash of water – I give my face a good scrub. And then I just rinse it off. Done!

I think this triple action product is really nice. And it doesn’t contain crushed apricot stones or walnut shell powder. So it’s safe to use it on the face.

I went to Superdrug to stock up on this product a few days ago. But all the Clearly Youthful products had disappeared from the shelves. The store assistant told me that the Clearly Youthful collection is being redone (and so is the B. make-up range). I just hope Superdrug won’t change the formula of this product…

If your local Superdrug store has any Clearly Youthful products left, you should buy them! I’d recommend this triple action product, the face mask, the day serum and the night serum. But I wouldn’t bother with the blemish gel, the cream cleanser or the face cream. You can check out my reviews of all the Clearly Youthful products here.

Anyway, for now I hope the new Clearly Youthful line will be (more or less) the same as the old one. And I hope the new stuff will be launched soon. Fingers crossed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub

Garnier Skin Naturals ScrubHi there! Quite some time ago I mentioned that I wouldn’t let scrubs that contain crushed apricot seeds or walnut shells anywhere near my face.

But I’m very happy to use face scrubs without abrasive ingredients, like Garnier’s Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub.

This paraben-free scrub is aimed at people with sensitive, dull and tired skin. And it promises to purify and revitalise skin.

I’ve used this scrub for a few times now, and I think it’s really good. It’s not too harsh, so it doesn’t harm my skin. But it still gives my face a good scrub. I also think this scrub smells and feels refreshing. In case you’re wondering, it smells like sunny citrus fruits. 🙂

I will continue to use this scrub for sure. I will use it on a weekly basis. And I would definitely recommend this scrub, especially if you want to say goodbye to abrasive scrubs, or if you have dry or sensitive skin. Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub is available as 150ml for £3.99. I bought mine on a save 1/3 deal.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro PolishHi there! A few weeks ago I fell in love with Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask. So I wanted to try a few more products from Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant range.

Superdrug also ran a half price promotion. Needless to say, I bought several products. 🙂 But now let’s focus on Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish.

This product promises to exfoliate skin, to refine skin texture and to clarify skin discolouration with the help of kiwi and mulberry extracts, blueberry seeds and fruit acids.

As per the instructions on the back of the tube, this micro polish should be… (I’m almost quoting) massaged over wet or dry skin in a circular motion. Then you’re supposed to add a splash of water and work the product into a lather. And then the product should be rinsed off.

Oh, and this micro polish scrub is meant to be used once or twice weekly.

When I used this product for the first time, I noticed that it wasn’t as gritty as I thought it would be. That’s because this micro polish doesn’t contain any harsh and abrasive ingredients like ground walnut shells or crushed apricot seeds. So whilst this micro polish doesn’t give my face the St. Ives treatment, I can definitely feel its cleansing and exfoliating powers. And I don’t have to worry about microscopic cuts on my skin surface. 🙂

By the way, other scrubs that don’t contain walnut shell powder or crushed apricot seeds are Superdrug’s Simply Pure Smoothing Face Scrub and Olay’s Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub (which, I think, is being discontinued – it’s now available for £1 at Poundworld and Bargain Buys).

Now back to Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish. 🙂 I think it’s a fab product and I’d recommend it in an instant. I’ll continue to use it weekly and I’ll definitely buy it again! The 75ml tube is usually £4.99. But I paid £2.45 only for my micro polish. So I suggest you keep your eyes peeled for half price or BOGOF offers to get the best deal! 🙂

By the way, since I’ve been so impressed with the face mask (I use it every Saturday) and the micro polish (I use it every Tuesday), I bought a few more Naturally Radiant products which I’ll review within the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the post. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Simply Pure Smoothing Face Scrub

Superdrug Simply Pure Face Scrub 2Hi there! Superdrug has a relatively new product line. It’s called Simply Pure and it’s aimed at people with sensitive skin. Superdrug ran a half price promotion recently, so I thought I’d give some of these new products a try.

I’ve now used Superdrug’s Simply Pure Smoothing Face Scrub for a few times and I’m really happy with it.

First of all, this scrub doesn’t contain crushed apricot seeds or walnut shells which have become unpopular because they’re very harsh and they can cause tiny cuts on the skin’s surface.

So this scrub would be great for those who look for a non-abrasive and gentle facial scrub that won’t harm their skin.

The Simply Pure scrub won’t give your face the ‘St. Ives treatment’, but I think it’s definitely effective. And it’s very gentle and doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin. So I could probably use it every day if I wanted to.

I would definitely recommend Superdrug’s Simply Pure Smoothing Face Scrub – not only to people with sensitive skin, but to everyone. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll probably be glad to hear this scrub is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. In addition, it also doesn’t contain methylisothiazolinone, so that’s another potential irritant you don’t need to worry about.

Superdrug’s Simply Pure Smoothing Face Scrub is available as 75ml for £2.69. Mine was £1.29, so I’d recommend you keep your eyes peeled for better than half price promotions. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub – Blemish Fighting

St Ives ScrubHi there! After years and years of using rather gentle face scrubs only, I have bought my first ever St. Ives face scrub. 🙂

Say ‘Hello’ to St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub (Blemish Fighting).

I haven’t used apricot scrubs since my early twenties, but when I spotted this scrub for half price at one of the two big drugstores, I thought, why not give St. Ives a try?

In terms of exfoliating, this scrub is quite powerful. After the first use I felt that my skin was much softer. The scrub got rid of quite a few dead skin cells and dry patches. I’ll continue to use it every five to seven days.

I can see that this St. Ives Scrub would work very well for people with oily skin and / or skin impurities too.

If you’re looking for a powerful and reasonably priced facial exfoliator, you might want to try one of St. Ives’ offerings. St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub (Blemish Fighting) is available as 150 ml for around £4, although right now it’s on special offer for £2.50 at Asda.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde