Beautiful Skin with Boots No 7

Working in central London your never to far from a Boots drugstore and typically I always seem to go in there for one item and come out twenty pounds lighter.  On one of my so called trips to pick up some shampoo that I had run out of, Boots managed to present me with that ever so tempting voucher to lure me back in the very next day. The money off voucher was on their own brand No 7 range and with £5 off No 7 skincare it would be almost a crime to not have a look.  Now before I go into my product reviews I want to let you all know that I’ve never really been a cult follower of No 7 and probably haven’t given it the chance it deserves.  As lets face it, if Boots can come out with wonder products like protect and perfect then they must be doing something right.  The two products that I picked to try were from the Beautiful Range, the Hydration Mask and the Hot Cloth Cleanser.

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No 7 Beautiful Skin – Hot Cloth Cleanser

No 7 Beautiful Skin – Hot Cloth Cleanser (All Skin Types).  Not being shy to a hot cloth cleanser I picked  the boots version up as I was curious to see how it would hold up in comparison to Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Userbility – 4/5. It’s easy to use with a pump format.  The instructions advise to use your fingertips to apply the cleanser onto dry skin in a circular motion up the face, placing a comfortably hot cloth on the face, before using the cloth to wash the rest off. With Hot Cloth Cleansers I never know how hot is too hot and what difference the muslin cloth actually makes versus a flannel so if anyone can give me the benefits then comments below please. Also being that the cleanser has to be put onto dry skin I found that this was best for me to use first thing in the morning, as opposed to in the evening after wearing makeup all day. One thing to note is that the muslin cloth needs to be hung flat to dry for use the next day and washed regularly in warm soapy water, which can be a bit of a faff if you don’t have the time.

Packaging – 3/5. Overall I rate the packaging quite highly and the pump bottle function that automatically squeezes the contents to the top is ideal when your fingers are covered in cleanser.  It’s also clear packaging so a double bonus as you can clearly see how much you have left.  The one thing that I would have liked is another muslin cloth, if your planning to make this cleanser a part of your twice daily routine then one cloth is going to be a pain to wash and dry daily.

Value for Money 4/5.  At £9.95 for a 200ml bottle this hot cloth cleanser is a bargain,  a few pumps is more than generous for the whole face and a perfect introduction into hot cloth cleansers.

Verdict – A perfect everyday light cleanser.  For me personally I would only be able to use this in the morning or on makeup free days as I feel it’s too light in the cleansing process for me after a full day of makeup.

To try the Boots No 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser click here.

 

 No 7 Beautiful Skin – Hydration Mask

No 7 Beautiful Skin – Hydration Mask (Dry/ Very Dry Skin).  I was drawn to the hydration mask for two reasons. One because my skin/eczema has been playing havoc with me and this cold weather wasn’t helping.  Anything with some hydration that wouldn’t irritate my skin was a certain winner.  The second was the clear packaging and being able to see what your going to put on your skin (it really looks good enough to eat!)

Userbility – 4/5. Again the Hydration mask comes in the handy to use pump format with clear packaging.  The mask is meant to give you an intense moisture boost.  The instructions state to sweep the mask generously all over the face after cleansing. You can leave the mask on for three to ten minutes and wash off.

It’s easy to use with a pump format.  The instructions advise to use your fingertips to apply the cleanser onto dry skin in a circular motion, placing a comfortably hot cloth on the face, before using the cloth to wash the rest off. With Hot Cloth Cleansers I never know how hot is too hot and what difference the muslin cloth actually makes versus a flannel so if anyone can give me the benefits then comments below please. Also being that the cleanser has to be put onto dry skin I found that this was best for me to use first thing in the morning, as opposed to in the evening after wearing makeup all day. One thing to note is that the muslin cloth needs to be hung flat to dry for use the next day and washed regular in warm soapy water, which can be a bit of a faff if you don’t have the time.

Packaging – 4/5. Easy simple the pump bottle function that automatically squeezes the contents to the top.

Value for Money 4/5.  At £12.50 for a 100ml  it’s mid range for an own brand product, and only requires a small amount to generously cover the whole face and would definitely last a few months if used once a week.

Verdict – I used the Hydration Mask for ten minutes as I personally don’t see the point in wearing a mask for three minutes as by the time I got it on it only has to be washed off again.   A few extremely dry areas felt a bit sensitive when the mask was on but I pursued.  After ten minutes the Mask had turned gel like and wasn’t easy to wash off, so be careful of getting the mask in your eyes.  After the use of a flannel the mask was off and my skin felt soft and looked genuinely brighter than it was ten minutes ago and even the dry bits felt a bit better. Over all a good mask that is affordable and easy to use once a week.

To try the Boots No 7 Hydration Mask click here.

Mrs J xx

 p.s Can you recommend any No 7 products for me to try?

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