#BootsBeautyBox Skincare Reviews

Monday, 22 June 2015

This week I had a rather exciting delivery in the form of this (beautifully presented) #BootsBeautyBox so I thought I would share it with you all and do some mini-reviews on the contents now that I've had a few days to test them. These are obviously my first impressions on the products and I'll be doing detailed reviews on the products in due course, when I've had a chance to test them out properly. The box has been designed to promote Boots own brand skincare products and includes seven full size products...and the best part? They're all super purse friendly, so if you fall in love with one of the products, it won't cost you the earth to repurchase it! 

The box also arrived beautifully presented with a gorgeous pink ribbon tied around, and each product was also individually wrapped in pink tissue paper. The inner hoarder inside of me also loves the fact that the box is fairly sturdy and has a magnetic close, perfect for me to re-use as storage and for gift wrap...I know, I have a problem. Anyway, on to the products...

I've mentioned before that for around 10/11 years, I suffered with terrible acne...thankfully it's a lot better now but I do still suffer with spots, so I was happy to receive this product to test out. The product claims to reduce spot size in just two hours, which is a pretty big claim if you ask me. I've tried a lot of these spot treatment gels in my time and often find that they never live up to these outrageous claims, and unfortunately this one was no different. It did reduce the redness a little bit but not really enough to make those kinds of claims as the spot was definitely still there. However, one thing  I really loved about this product was that it didn't sting at all, not even a tingle. I often find that skincare targeted at acne prone/spotty skin is very acidic and hurts like hell when you apply it, but this one was cooling and soothing which makes a nice change from your regular spot zappers. 

Eye cream is something I always really struggle to find. I get very dry and tired eyes throughout the day (mainly due to neglecting my glasses) so need a good eye cream which will hydrate my eye area and sooth it when it gets tired and irritated, however I find that most eye creams are targeted at ageing skin and tend to be quite thick and heavy...resulting in the cream just sitting on top of my skin and not really doing much for my dry eyes problem. However, I actually really like this eye cream. It sinks into my skin straight away and hydrates my eye area, and kind of has a lovely soothing effect on the skin. I'm not sure just how brightening this is, as it's not really a problem I have but it's definitely a lovely eye cream if you're looking for something hydrating but not too heavy. 

I love a good clay mask, and when I saw this in the box I was excited to try it and see how it compares to the likes of REN and Origins. Firstly, this mask smells amazing, as the name would suggest it has a cucumber scent which makes the mask smell so fresh and relaxing - perfect for a pamper night. But how did it perform? Well, when I first applied this it stung like hell, as in I thought it was burning my skin off..but being the trooper that I am, I stuck with it and I am so glad that I did. After about 30 seconds the stinging subsided and since using this a couple of times my skin has cleared up dramatically and has been a lot smoother. I'm not sure it compared to my beloved REN Invisible Pores Mask, but at £1.50 I think I'll definitely be repurchasing this until I can afford the REN one again. 

Much like Simple products, this moisturiser contains no fragrance or artificial colouring, making it a great choice for people with sensitive skin like myself. This is actually a lot like the Simple Hydrating Moisturiser, however I like this one a little bit more as it's slightly thinner, yet just as hydrating. I'd say that this product is probably better for people with normal to dry skin, as it sometimes has the tendency to sit on top of my oily skin. However, I have been enjoying using this on days when my skin has been on the drier side, and it hasn't clogged my pores or broke me out which is always nice. This moisturiser also contains Aloe Vera, which will be ultra soothing for you if you're skin has been a little angry recently (a regular occurrence for us ladies with sensitive skin!). 

Now, I'm not really an advocate of face wipes, and my days of using and abusing them are well in my past, however I think they're always a handy product to have around for days when you're just too tired (we all have them), correcting makeup mistakes or if you're lucky enough to be off to a festival this summer. I always have a pack handy for removing arm swatches too....blogger struggles. If you are going to go down the face wipes route, then these ones are actually pretty nice as they aren't as drying as your regular face wipe, and they're not too expensive either. 

I'm also a big lover of face scrubs...it's like this box was made for me, honestly. The mask contains three key ingredients (which hazel, tea tree and active charcoal) all designed to draw out impurities, unclog pores and leave your skin looking clearer and smoother. What I liked about this scrub was that the grains weren't too rough for my sensitive skin and you could also feel it really working to deep cleanse your pores. I've also really enjoyed using this as a mask as well, so I scrub my face then just leave the charcoal/tea tree mixture on top of my skin and let it really get to work at drawing out impurities and it seems to work really well used in that way. 

I'll obviously have to keep testing this before I give a final opinion, but so far I've been really liking it for keeping my skin smooth and clear...however, the smell is quite strong so if you've got a sensitive nose then you may want to consider that. 

I'm sure you're all familiar with what a micellar solution is by now, however just incase, a micellar solution is basically a cleansing water designed to remove any makeup and impurities and tone the skin all in one simple step. I do like micellar waters as a first cleanse but I'd never just use them on their own, as my skin doesn't feel clean unless I've given it a proper cleanse with some warm water. So far, I've really been liking this micellar solution. After being disappointed in the L'Oreal and Good Things micellar solutions, I didn't have high hopes but this easily removes my makeup and doesn't leave me with that horrible sticky feeling that some cleansing waters can leave behind. 

Like I said, it was like this box was designed for me (although it wasn't) as I've really been enjoying using some of these products over the past week. It just goes to show that you don't always need expensive skincare to see results. Unfortunately this box isn't available to buy as a bundle, however all of the products mentioned are available from Boots either in store, or on their website here

Have you tried anything from the Boots skincare range?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x


  1. The clay mask looks so good!

    Lauren x | http://kissand-make-up.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Ah I wonder if you can get this box in the U.S.? Great products!

    The Gift of Gab | http://gabofgift.wordpress.com

  3. The clay mask sounds and looks amazing! I've been considering doing a boots online order and at just £1.50 I might have to give this a try! x


  4. It looks like a really good box. I've tried Boots skincare before, but none of these particular products. Shame they don't have the beauty box on sale because it's a good idea x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  5. I really like Botanics products, they seem to work just as well as more expensive alternatives (:

    Philippa - ByPhilippa

  6. What a lovely box to receive! I want to try some of the Botanics products x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  7. I so wish this box was a subscription type of thing, this is amazing! Xx

  8. Ooh what a fantastic idea this is from Boots! I am definitely going to be seeking that charcoal mask out x

  9. Oooh! I'm so behind with everything beauty related! I didn't know that Boots did beauty boxes. The box itself looks really pretty and the products inside sound really nice too. :)

    Olivia x
    Beauty from the Fjord
    Huge Blog Anniversary Giveaway

  10. This is such a nice idea. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this before!


  11. I didn't realise good old Boots did a beauty box! I like the sound of the makeup remover and the face scrub with charcoal x


  12. Clay mask looks great! The concept of this is great and I for one would defo go for it as I am always in Boots and I love their own skincare.xoxo



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