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 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 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 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 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 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