Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask

Hi there! Today’s short post is about this Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask. This is a night cream with a fancy name, and it promises to smooth and to hydrate the skin. I’ve been using this product for about a month now, and here’s what I think.

I’ve been positively surprised by this product. While the gel moisturiser from the same range wasn’t a favourite, this sleep mask is much better. I love the thick formula, although I always mist my face before I use this sleep mask to lock in some extra moisture, and to make it easier to massage it into my skin.

I’m very happy with the nourishing formula, although it’s probably not the best product if your skin tends to develop impurities. I’ve also been using product as a day cream during the recent cold spell, and I’m happy to report that it’s a brilliant base for my foundation. Very nice! The fragrance is alright – it’s not annoying, so this is a huge step up from the gel moisturiser.

I’m happy with this product and I would recommend it. If you’re interested, Boots Glow Pineapple Sleep Mask is available as 50ml for £4. I bought 3 items from this range on a 3 for 2 special offer.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Glow Pineapple Gel Moisturiser

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Glow Pineapple Gel Moisturiser which promises to nourish the skin and to prep the skin for the day ahead (that’s what it says on the tub). Accodring to Boots, this moisturiser is suitable for day and night time use.

I’ve been using this moisturiser on most days for well over a month now (maybe even two months), and I think it’s actually alright. I think the scent could be nicer – it’s an old-fashioned fruity mes. It’s not “off”, and it’s not even bad, but it reminds me of fruity teenage “fragrances” from the 90s. I know because those were my teenage years too! Read on…

This moisturiser is hydrating my skin nicely. I’m actually surprised because I find that gel moisturisers are often more suitable for oilier skin types. But I haven’t had a single dry patch since I’ve been using this moisturiser, and my skin feels nice and comfy. I have no reason to complain actually.

However, I don’t love the glibbery formula and the fragrance is starting to get old. I’m now 80% through the tub, and whilst this moisturiser is actually decent, I know I won’t buy it again.

If you’re interested, Boots Glow Pineapple Gel Moisturiser is available as 50ml for £4. I bought 3 items from this range on a 3 for 2 special offer.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Boots Glow Pineapple Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots Glow Pineapple Serum.

This serum promises “to smooth and care for the skin.” This isn’t the most specific claim, but I guess they don’t really bother with a £4 product.

Anyhoo… I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now. And I think it’s actually quite alright. The serum I used before (also Boots) wasn’t great, so this one was much nicer from day 1!

This is a typical serum formula. It’s not a gel, but it’s also not watery. I guess it’s something in between. Quite nice. I like it!

The serum sinks into my skin beautifully. It does feel like “product” but in the most non-smothering way. It feels quite good.

Would I say that this serum is smoothing and caring? I guess it is. Don’t expect miracles, but this is definitely a decent serum, especially for the tiny price tag.

If you’re interested, Boots Glow Pineapple Serum is available as 30ml for £4 (I think it’s £3 at the moment for Advantage Card holders). I bought this product when Boots ran a 3 for 2 promotion on their Glow products.

By the way, according to Boots, this product is vegan and cruelty-free! 😍

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

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 No7 Skin Illuminator

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Boots No7 Skin Illuminator.

This product promises “natural looking radiance for a beautiful glow” – this sounds great!

This product can be used in 3 ways – as a primer before you apply your make-up, mixed with your foundation, or as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones.

I’ve been using this product on and off for a few months now. It doesn’t work as a primer prior to applying my make-up (it makes my foundation ball up). And I don’t think that it makes my skin look glowing or radiant.

However, it works wonders when I mix it with my foundation and apply both products in one go. I have very dry skin as well as eczema and psoriasis, and moisturisers, face mists and facial oils will always just be temporary fixes.

Because of this, I’m happy to say that this product makes my foundation look dewy all day long. My foundation does lose a bit of coverage, but it’s not too bad.

This product might or might not work for you, and this will depend on your skin type and which other products you use on your face. Some products are simply not compatible, or they might only be compatible if used in a specific way.

I’m hesitant to recommend this product for the above reasons, and whilst it only works for me when used in one specific way, I’m enjoying it a lot, and I can see myself buying it again.

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator is available as 30ml for £12.50. Mine is from a half price No7 gift set I bought for myself.

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 💙💛