Skincare product review: Boots Botanics Organic Super Balm #SkincareFridays

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Product Review by @iamcherrylemon

Yup!! Skincare Fridays are here!! I’m *trying* to commit myself to post more regularly on Fridays! Mostly skincare related products  :) (starting to sound like a reality.. Gulp!)

So here’s first of many #SkincareFridays posts by me! Today I am reviewing purchase #2 from my short trip to Boots on Monday.

Boots Botanics Organic Super Balm

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Product Review by @iamcherrylemon

 What is it?

Have you heard of Liz Earle Super balm before? I couldn’t help but to compare this Boots version to Liz Earle’s.
The basic principles of these balms are the same. A superhero fix-all balm that created using the most active botanic plant extracts.

 

Official description: Boots Superbalm is developed using plant ingredients approved by Royal Botanic Gardens. (If you are not from the UK, Kew garden is a famous botanic garden in the UK. See here for more details. I love this place!) Boots organic super balm is 93% organic and it contains rosehip. Rosehip is nature’s nourishing gem.  The seeds are a rich source essential Omega oils, which help to improve suppleness and keep all skin types beautifully soft and healthy looking.

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Product Review by @iamcherrylemon

Shea butter, sweet almond oil and argan oil combine to rescue skin in desperate need of hydration. Use on lips, hands, elbows or anywhere needing relief to instantly soften and calm.

 

Clash of the Superbalms! (just what I think of the products :p)

I liked the Liz Earle one, it does everything it claims to do but it goes off pretty quickly. Then you are left with an oily-smelling balm that is still useable but not as pleasant to use due to the smell. It’s very understandable as Liz Earle’s doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals.
I have only had this Boots version for a few days. So I can’t comment on its shelf life. There is only 11ml of product in this little hard plastic tub. As you don’t need to apply a lot of product on problem areas, I believe this little tub will last awhile.

I personally think the tub is perfectly sized! Great for handbags and to keep at desks/bedside tables! The hard plastic tub looks and feels pretty tough, while I do not suggest you throw this against the wall.. it shouldn’t smash into pieces if you accidentally drop this on the floor. Don’t worry, I will try that tonight ;)

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Ingredients list @iamcherrylemon

For it being organic, it makes me feel like I’m being very good to my skin! Please note that this balm is very balmy (is this a word)? Consistency is like set honey!? To apply, you dab your finger into the tub of product, the warmth of your finger tip should melt the product slightly. It seems to turn into semi-liquid balm upon application. For me, my skin absorb this balm easily and it does leave a tiny amount of grease-like residue just like Vaseline! This balm has no fragrance to it, not that I can detect anyway.
The results
In terms of effectiveness, I do like this balm a lot. It feels light yet nourishing enough for the dry patches. Since *fixing* my dry patches in 4 days (so impressed!). I have also used this on my lips, cuticles, elbows and knees. Pushing it further, I have applied this on my spot to speed up recovery. It seems to soften the dried up areas. Can this balm do no wrong? I will continue to find what else I can use this balm for.  Now who doesn’t like a multi-purpose beauty product!? :D
Price: £4.99 for 11ml (currently on offer, saving 1/3 off RRP £3.33)
Availability: Boots instore / online; US: you can check if your local Target/Ulta stocks Boot Botanics!
Overall summary: A whooping 4.5 out of 5 from moi!

 

Skincare Product: Boots Botanics Cleansing Face Wipes ALL BRIGHT (Quick Review)

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Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes - Product review @iamcherrylemon

Today I am reviewing Boots Botanics makeup removal wipes. Boots Botanics is not a new range from Boots, for the products I have tried before they are either big hits or misses.

 

Yesterday, I’ve picked up the makeup removal wipes and the Super balm while on my way to my hot yoga class. Random selection I hear you say… Well I don’t really want to look like a melting panda after the class, that would be very scary indeed… As I doubt my mascara is heatproof :p and I have noticed some very dry and rough skin on my hands. So both products were purposely bought! I will review the superbalm next, but that post is a little bit more heavy, so I have to split them up.

Makeup removal wipes – one of many must haves for lazy gals like me! Makeup removal wipes are great for removing makeup on the go, for travelling and those days that you just can’t bear to go through the entire skin cleansing routine. Although I do not encourage you to rely on makeup wipes, as all skin needs good proper skincare routine and no shortcuts! I used to use makeup wipes but I no longer relying on them. As they just don’t clean my skin well enough.

 

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Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes - Product review @iamcherrylemon

Official Description: Cleanses and removes waterproof make up, suitable for sensitive skin; with brightening hibiscus
I’ve used these Boots Botanics wipes for the first time on last night… I was wearing foundation, non-waterproof mascara and liquid eyeliner. (aka, not a lot of makeup for me!)
The wipes felt pretty wet and drenched when I pulled it out of its pack, which is better than dryer ones I guess. I have used dryer ones in the past, those just don’t remove anything and feels pretty rough on the skin. Anyhow I still need to use 2 wipes to remove my makeup! These wipes feel gentle on skin, but for me they are not effective on removing makeup. I don’t have highly sensitive skin, but the residue substance did make my face felt tingly. I sustained it for about 5 seconds before I splashed water on my face to remove the leftovers. Feeling a bit annoyed with that.

Price: £3.49 for 25 wipes (currently on offer, saving 1/3 off RRP)
Availability: Boots in-store / online
Overall Summary: 1.5/5 these are gentle makeup removal wipes, but just not for me.
Wow, second post on a Tuesday! Blogging engines on fire! wahahahaha!!!
Thank you for reading and enjoy the sunshine :)

 

Wanting something you don’t need…? Eyeko Eyelash Curlers free with magazine

Good morning everyone!

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InStyle magazine May issue edition, free Eyeko eyelash curlers @iamcherrylemon

There is something programmed into me, and maybe some of you out there. Wanting something we don’t need. This is a classic example..

LOOK what have I found at the newsagent this morning!?

Instyle magazine May edition, it comes with a free pair of Eyeko Eyelash curlers, worth £12.
15% off at Topshop and 20% off Eyeko products (who fancy trying out their skinny liner, “Eye do” liners? :P)

May issue of Elle has a £10 giftcard to use at nails inc nail bar, for mani and pedis, plus 15% nails inc online. Now that’s very handy if you have a nails inc nail bar near you!

okie so now I have a pair of free lash curlers, which I will keep at work for emergencies.. emergency afterwork drinks :p

 

Spring Fever Tag

Hello all,

I was so excited last Friday when I got tagged by the lovely Steph from Think.Love.Makeup to do this Spring Fever tag.

I love reading Steph’s blog, she dishes out alot of great skincare tips and I love reading her blog posts.

Rules: Answer all ten questions and tag amazing bloggers.

1. What eye palette will you use most this spring?

It will be one of my Urban Decay palettes from last year. The Oz palette in Glinda. It has the most beautiful shadow called Aura (duo), pretty nudes and I also get the option of using gold on purple for night outs.

Glinda is one of the 2 palettes launched by Urban Decay in collaboration with the Disney film (Oz, the Great and Powerful). I also love the Theodora palette!

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Spring fever tag, Urban Decay Oz palette @iamcherrylemon

2. What blusher in your collection is a Spring must? And what about lipstick too?

I love using NYX powder blusher PB28 in Bourgeois Pig for spring! It is such a gorgeous (or should I say bourgeois) PINK! It looks fresh on your cheeks and springy! I love it! As with all NYX blusher, they last for 5 to 6 hours for me before fading a little. (The picture I have found on the net is not a true representation of the blusher, I will try to photograph my own one if I can..)

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Spring fever tag, NYX bourgeis pig, @iamcherrylemon

For lipsticks, I have not stuck to only one. I have frequently used my Revlon’s “Kiss me Coral” (my orange lippy) and Revlon lip gloss in Pink Pop. They can’t be more different… I know :p I am random kinda girl :)

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Spring fever tag, Revlon Kiss me coral @iamcherrylemon

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Spring fever tag, Revlon lip gloss in pink pop, @iamcherrylemon

3. What nail polish do you love to wear in Spring?

All the pastel colours!! Well if I had to
choose only one, then it has to be Barry M Silk nail paint in Mist. It is just a lovely pastel blue, pearly and shimmery!

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Spring fever tag, Barry M Silk Nail paint in Mist, @iamcherrylemon

4. What is on your Spring break agenda?

Er.. work? But I took 2 weeks off earlier in March and had my staycation. I feel that sometime, you just need some time out for doing absolutely nothing. Time for you to reflect on the past and plan for the future. (well I made and ate alot of cakes LOL)

5. What trends are you looking forward to- fashion nail polish make up etc?

For makeup, I like the bold orange lips trend, I can dig our my reddy orange lippies! yay!

For nail polishes, I like pastels for Spring. I am still liking my NOTD using Barry M’s Silk nail paints.

For fashion, I don’t follow trends that closely… maybe this is something I need to address. Incorporating some trends into my wardrobe, in the subtle way :P

6. What is your signature Spring scent?

I am currently wearing Burberry Brit Rythmn for Womens. It smells fresh floral with heavy lavender orange notes.

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Burberry Brit Rhythmn for Womens

(I don’t wear heavy, musky autumn/winter scents… so my fragrance bottles are season-less in that sense)

7. Do you have a Spring skincare regime?

Yes!! After months of UK winter months, skin is pretty dull and tired. I am currently on a bi-weekly mask routine, just to give some nourishment and gentle exfoliation on a regular basis. I get so lazy during the Winter, and very reactive, meaning I don’t do enough prevention!

8. What is Spring like where you live?

UK, spring time is pretty wet this year with floodings in Feb and March in some parts of UK. The temperature is warming but I still need to go into work with my winter jacket and scarf!

9. Florals, got to have them or make them stop?

I am neutral on this one, I like wearing florals but I think you have to be careful what you pair florals with to avoid looking like aunt Marge! I play very safe :p

10. Favourite activity to do in the Spring?

Sounds weird, but it will be planting new flowers in the flower beds :D (obviously not plan ting from seeds, I don’t have the patience for that). ehehhee and NO, I am not a retired pensioner!!

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Spring fever tag, primrose from my garden @iamcherrylemon

 

I will now tag the following lovely bloggers..
Call Me Jagi

Nail Luxxe

Hankie’s Delight

In the Gray Areas

Ohhhoney

MissHappy’s Beauty Blog

Makeupbydionnad

And This Is Why I Will Die Alone Surrounded By Cats

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this tag post. I love doing it!

If you are not tagged but would like to do the tag, please do! and let me know, I would love to read your Spring Fever answers! :D

Skincare Product review: Utena Puresa facial sheet masks with Pearl Extract 

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Hello,  I’m back today with another skincare product review .. hmm I might think about skincare Fridays in the future :p

Sheet masks are like Marmite… you either love it or hate it. I love my sheet masks,  I find them super convenient, easy to use and non-messy, HA, nothing to wash is a big bonus too! They are probably not as economical as using mask from a tube but I like the fact that I can carry as many or as few on holiday/trips. Easy to pack too! This is one of many products from my Japan beauty haul.

Back to the review!  As I’ve explained before,  I didn’t actually know what I was buying at the time or if the products were any good during the  supermarket sweep at Matsumoto Kiyoshi. Let’s say I didn’t do my homework… yes some paid off and some I just couldn’t use (wrong shades).

The product
Each box contains 5 individually wrapped facial sheet masks.
(I couldn’t read the Japanese on the packaging, so the following information is taken online via official sites)
These facial sheet masks contain pearl extract and collagen, both known for their beautifying properties, moisturising and nourishing the skin. Each mask is packed with plenty of serum. It is fragrance free and colour free. It even sounds gentle!  ;p
According to yesstyle.com, this has won the best mask at Japan’s cosme award 2011 and it has sold over 16 million packs in Japan alone. Impressive!

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Steps for application
1. Remove mask from sachet and apply mask onto face.
2. Align the mask well using the mouth and eye area as guideline. You can fold the eye area down as double-layered mask on the under eye area OR you can cover your lids.
3. Relax for 10 to 15 minutes
4. Remove mask and rinse face with warm water
5. Apply serum and moisturiser :)

It was super easy to use, the sheet mask is very thin yet strong. It laid very comfortably on my face and it stayed on for the full 10 minutes. It did not tear at all, even with me tugging and pulling it.
As the mask is very thin and flexible, it was almost 100% in contact with my face, no annoying bits so I don’t have to keep pressing and reapplying it! Great!
I have used sheet masks before that felt just like wet cardboard! Scratchy and I had to re-apply it constantly. That went into the bin straight away!

The results
I’ve noticed my skin tone is slightly more even, and skin felt more moisturised after the mask application (and before the serum obviously!).
Skin looked brighter than before and the brightening effect seems to have lasted overnight. I understand that these are temporary benefits but it lasted longer than I expected.

Would I buy again?
I believe if your skin is normal and just needed a pick-me-up then this is perfect for you. My skin was dehydrated, dull and tired. So I needed something with more OoMph. So I probably won’t buy it again as I like trying new skincare products and I only stick with products that wows me :P

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Price:  $12 usd on yesstyle.com
Availability: yesstyle.com, Sasa.com or major drugstores in Asia (I believe I have seen some on Amazon and ebay)

Overall summary: 3 out of 5! Good product that would benefits normal skin

Thank you for dropping by and have the most wonderful weekend!

Skincare product: Lancôme Tonique Douceur Softening Hydrating Toner: Alcohol-Free (quick review)

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Lancôme Tonique Douceur, toner review @iamcherrylemon

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! It has been a long time indeed! Having been moving houses (with millions of boxes!) and doing house chores for 2 solid weeks mean my nails are at their worse condition ever! So no NOTD for a while for me! boohoo! My nourishing base coat is still hiding somewhere :(

Anyway, I have a toner review for you today. I have been using toner lotions since I was a teen, my first favourite toner was Liz Earle Skin Tonic (back in those QVC days!!). I have had many great finds to some down right “good for nothing” ones!! I have combination oily skin and slightly sensitive during Winter, so I generally would look for alcohol free toner that is moisturising, hydrating and skin calming.

Toner is a very important part of my daily skincare routine, I clean my face and neck with my cleanser then follow by a toner before applying serum/moisturiser, twice a day. I rely on my toner to remove the last traces of makeup since I wear makeup 5 days a week just to go to work :p I won’t blah on and on about why toner is a must, I will do that later ;)

After finishing my 3rd bottle of Elemis Soothing Apricot toner around November last year, I thought I will give other brands a try. I’ve picked this Lancôme Tonique douceur from Debenhams while it was on promotion around Christmas time.

To me, Christmas is one of the best times to pick up any beauty and skincare products (and stock up!). I hardly buy products at their normal RRP, products being on discount or offers fools you into thinking you have saved yourself some dosh and/or getting a great bargain!

Beauty sales associates get me every time with this type of sales pitch: “Before this amazing offer the product would have cost £50 for 10ml, now with this offer you can get a massive 15ml for the same price! That’s 50% FREE! Saving yourself £25!”

OK OK I am trying hard NOT to fell for it again :p

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Lancôme Tonique Douceur, toner review @iamcherrylemon

My expectations on the product

“Gentle refresher that is alcohol free, hydrates and brightens skin”

Noticing it being alcohol free(!) which is a BIG must for me and it being very gentle on skin. Secretly, I was hoping that it will do what Elemis Apricot toner would do for me; calming, refreshing, remove last traces of makeup etc. This toner is recommended for normal to combination skin, as it contains plant extracts, it calms to gently tones and refines skin texture, removes last traces of make-up and impurities.

The product low downs
The bottle itself is £22.50 for 200ml, it is on the pricier side for any toner!! But it does claim to do alot!

It does have a light pleasant scent to it, not overpowering and hence not bothering me too much. If you are sensitive, please patch test before trying on your skin!

What it can do/has done: Remove last traces of makeup; refresh skin with no tight-feeling on skin

What it hasn’t really done  I hoped it would: Brightens skin, hydrates skin and make my pore looks refined/smaller?! But it didn’t happen for me…

Okie, you might have guessed. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it.

Yes, that’s about it, unfortunately :( these can be achieved by other toners of lesser value. My skin doesn’t look and feel much different after using it, and I have been using this twice a day for months now. I have used about 120ml in 14 to 15 weeks… so in theory, this 200ml bottle should last me 4 to 5 months!? Because it is not working for me, I just want to finish it so I can crack open another bottle of toner :p

Price: 1 of 5, £22.50 for 200ml (unfortunately, for what it can do for me, I cannot justify the price to get another bottle)

Value: 1.5 of 5

Ease of use: 4 of 5, you only need very little for your whole face

Availability: All major department stores, inc Boots online

Overall: 2 of 5

Do you use toner regularly? What do you look for in a toner? Which toner(s) are your favourite :D

Thank you for dropping by and reading this! Until then, have a lovely weekend :)