skincare

Boots Ingredients Rooibos Sheet Mask

Would you believe I have a mask drawer? Have a variety of mask types, mainly for hydration but I think I have a mask for every skin scenario! I love sheet masks as I find them especially good for my dry skin.

Boots Ingredients Rooibos Sheet Mask Tasha's Face energising and revitalising

The Boots Rooibos sheet mask promises to be “energising & revitalising” and my dry skin does need extra help revitalising. The question is, would extra hydration with a simple hyaluronic mask be enough or do I need the extra boost from the rooibos? Let’s face it, “energising & revitalising” is quite vague!

 

“Rooibos” means red bush and you might have heard of it from the tea. I drink rooibos tea because it doesn’t have caffeine and I don’t put milk in my tea. You can also get different flavours. I have to say, my love of the tea partly persuaded me to buy this mask.

 

Instructions are to cleanse, apply, relax for 15 minutes then massage in the excess.

 

The mask itself was soft and easy to apply and it stayed securely on my face. It was a good fit but was quite close to my eyes (it says to avoid contact with eyes which was tricky). My poor child couldn’t figure out what happened to his mummy. He didn’t know whether to laugh or run away!

 

The mask looked a little yellow but I think (and hope) that was because of the “red bush”.

 

The pack says the colour may vary due to the natural ingredients. Depending on what you would call natural, I recognise water, glycerin, grapefruit extract, and orange flower extract. It contains added fragrance. Other ingredients are in the photo and “aspalathus linearis extract” is the red bush ingredient.

Boots Ingredients Rooibos Sheet Mask Tasha's Face energising and revitalising

The mask felt cooling on my face to the extent of being a little chilly but it was tolerable for the 20 minutes I kept in on. Afterwards I massaged the excess into my face and used the serum from the packet on my neck. I didn’t need to moisturise my face with anything else which was a pleasant surprise.

 

My face had more colour to it once I had removed the mask. I have no idea if the rooibos in there slightly darkened my skin (I’ve never put the tea on my skin before!) or that my skin looked healthier thanks to the hydration boost. Either way, my skin was energised and revitalised, just as promised. The healthy look lasted until I went to bed so not particularly long-lasting. I think this mask is best for a quick boost before going out.

 

I am intrigued about the colour aspect. Maybe I’ll buy one more to see if it has the same effect. If it does, then the Boots Rooibos sheet mask will probably become a repeat purchase because my complexion becomes so sallow in the winter and I need all the help I can get!

 

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Base, Concealer, Foundation

No7 Foundation and Concealer Match Made Service

Foundation
Foundation blobs!

I popped along to my local Boots No7 counter to try out the foundation and concealer Match Made Service.

The consultant used a little gadget to find my foundation shade, “Deeply Honey”, which I think is the third darkest shade. She also found my concealer shade which is number 60.

I was then asked my skin type which is combination dry and oily. The consultant used No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15 to prepare my skin for the foundation trial.

After asking what type of coverage I wanted, she tried some foundations on my. My main criteria were that the foundation must be quick to apply and that it must not hide my freckles.  I just want something to even my skin tone rather than cover any blemishes.  Also, although I want to apply my foundation quickly, I always use a brush rather than my fingers so that I get an even finish and so I don’t end up in a mess!

I first tried a light coverage foundation, the No7 Essentially Natural Foundation.  It was very light, so light that I decided I wanted something a little heavier.  Having said that, for only £9.95, I might just go back and buy it for everyday, casual use.

For the medium coverage foundation, I had a choice of a matte foundation or a glowing, dewy look.  I actually found it very difficult to decide as for me it depends on the season, the weather and my mood on the day!  In the end I decided on “glowing” and I tried No7 Instant Radiance Foundation.  As it is a medium coverage foundation, it still feels nice and light on the skin.  It evened out my skin without making it look plastered in makeup. It ticked the “quick to apply” box as it is a one-step foundation – apply the liquid and leave it alone.  Powder should not be used as it would take away the glow. My freckles were nicely on show too, even after the consultant applied a touch of blusher in Coral Flush.

The final piece of the puzzle was the No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer which was ok but not amazing. My eyes did look brighter but I think I need something tougher to tackle my dark under-eye circles.

As a very pleasant surprise, the foundation only costs £12.50 – less than half of what I usually pay for foundation! For that price I would be willing to buy the matte version also, just because I can.

In all, I was pleased with my experience and impressed with the products. Looks like I don’t always have to spend £30 on foundation after all!

Cleanser, Moisturiser, Suncare

Affordable Travel Skincare – Eyes, Face and Lips

When traveling I want to be prepared for anything and skincare is no exception. On my recent holiday to the hot and humid Caribbean, I had to carefully pick products that were small enough to fit into the little plastic hand luggage bag for liquids, keep me hydrated during the 9 hour journey then protect me from the sun when I eventually landed. I also needed a product which would cleanse and effortlessly remove make-up in one to keep the luggage weight down.

Firstly, to deal with the skin dehydration I packed a mini Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream for Normal/Dry skin which I applied several times during the flight. Every application felt like I was splashing cool water on my face – refreshing and moisturising! For my eyes I used Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm, again very hydrating and I was so glad this was the eye product I packed. Finally, for my lips, only the original Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream would do. It calls itself a skin protectant and that’s exactly what it does.

No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm
No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

For sun protection once I landed I had Ultrasun SPF30 for the face as well as Boots Soltan Protect and Moisturise for Face in SPF30. I don’t know why I packed both! I like Soltan as it protects from UVA and UVB rays. I also need my sun cream to moisturise my dry skin. I chose SPF30 as I already have a little built in sun protection but it still important to protect against burning. To protect my lips I used Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick in SPF30 and for my eyes I used No7 Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen in SPF30. I believe the Lip & Eye screen was new for this year which was great as I have been searching everywhere for a reasonably priced eye protectant with an appropriate SPF. Usually eye cream will come with and SPF of 15, if at all and this simply is not good enough for such a delicate area!

No7 Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen,  Ultrasun SPF30,  Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick
No7 Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen, Ultrasun SPF30, Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick

Finally, to cleanse and remove make-up, my product of choice was a mini DHC Deep Cleansing Oil which I got though a couple of beauty boxes. No need to pack cotton wool and take up precious suitcase space.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

So, there you have my affordable skin travel kit! What’s in yours?

eye cream

Review: No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream

No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream
No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream

I think I bought this No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream as part of a skincare gift set. I have heard good things about the Protect & Perfect range so I had high hopes for this cream. Unfortunately there were no miracles.

To me, it is a basic, and therefore overpriced cream. I don’t think it has any SPF and I really doesn’t do anything for me except keep my eye area moisturised. Maybe there is some protection going on that I don’t know about but without an SPF, it certainly is not protecting me from the sun!

I much prefer the cheaper Boots brand Vitamin E eye cream which I reviewed a while ago. That cream moisturises, protects with SPF and illuminates. I will not repurchase this No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream.

 

Blue, Glitter, Seventeen

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint

Seventeen Quicker Slicker in Navy Glint is a quick dry glitter nail polish. I always need to keep a stock of quick dry polishes in the collection! I find that glitter polishes in general dry quicker and are easier to put on in a hurry because there’s no risk of seeing the brush strokes due to the glitter.

As a quick dry nail colour, it is slightly thick which is difficult to work with using the tiny brush. I got this as part of a set so I assume the full size bottle has a larger brush.

Colour wise, I love it! I wouldn’t call it navy myself, maybe a very dark petrol blue. The glitter pieces are tiny so it doesn’t look too party-like or Christmassy. The glitter just make it more shiny and reflective. I think it’s good for both daytime and evening.

This has become a favourite in my collection!

 

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint
eye cream, review

Review: No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm
No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

I received this No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm as part of a gift set for Christmas. It claims to visibly improve dark circles and puffiness. I’m not sure about that but I like it anyway!

It is a transparent balm which soothes and moisturises the eyes overnight. I wake up with my eyes feeling refreshed which is much more pleasant than my eyes feeling dry!
Recently I have been wearing this over my Green People Age Defy Line Eraser Lip & Eye serum and they seem to work well together to keep my eye area hydrated. This is one of the few No7 products I am likely to repurchase, and want to repurchase!

Red, Seventeen

Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Colour in Risky Red

Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Colour in Risky Red
Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Colour in Risky Red

Happy Easter!

This gorgeous orange-toned red nail polish is Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Colour in Risky Red! Unlike the creamy Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Colour in Love, this really is very shiny! It reminds me of Barry M Hi-Shine Gelly Nail Paint in Blood Orange, another favourite nail colour of mine. It actually shares a few similarities.

Risky Red needs two coats as a minimum but to get it completely opaque I think you’ll need three coats. The shine is quite plastic, for want of a better word. I quite liked the effect. My nails looked like they had been coated in something more special than a high street nail polish! I also found it to be fairly flexibly which helped it to stay on my nails for longer.

The only downside is the tiny brush but then I did get this as part of a set. I’m glad this was is in the set because I wouldn’t usually buy reds, especially orange-reds. The lean towards orange makes this quite fun, and the shine is striking so I enjoy wearing it.

Seventeen

Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Colour in Love

Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Polish in Love
Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Polish in Love

 

This mini bottle of Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Polish in Love was part of the gift set I bought in the January sales. It’s a pretty pink purple. At the time I described it as almost radiant orchid – Pantone’s colour of the year.

I love this as it is pretty without being too girly – the purple colour tones down the pink. It is a very romantic colour without being obvious so “Love” is the perfect name for it.

Colour wise, I found two coats to be sufficient and the shine is ok. I wouldn’t call it supreme but I don’t mind because I really like the creaminess of the colour.

The only thing I don’t like is the tiny, tiny brush! I find small brushes awkward to work with so I would be better off with the full size bottle.

I am a fan of Seventeen nail polishes and this is no exception – I love it!

 

Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Polish in Love
Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Polish in Love