Needing a new facial oil after the festivities, (and needing it to be a budget buy thanks to an insanely decadent Christmas… #noregrets) I made way to my local Boots and scanned their glorious aisles….
I settled on their Botanics Organic Facial Oil, before swiftly adding the Botanics All Bright Micellar Water and the Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm to my basket. As a whole I love the Botanics range as a less spendy (mainly) organic skincare line. The All Bright Radiance Balm was a repurchase, and I’m also quite a fan of the Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish (Browse my mini review of said exfoliator here)…
But onto the newbies!
The Botanics Facial Oil is an organic blend containing a paraben-free mix of various fruit oils (rosehip, almond, bergamot, argan oil…) and retails at €14.99. It’s generally always on special offer as well, (although of course my luck was out on the day of purchase!). However, even at fifteen euro it’s a total bargain, with the majority of its active ingredients being replicated in skincare brands far more spendy.
Before trialling the facial oil, I had been using my beloved Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate Oil (read my glowing review here!), and also the Dermalogica Overnight Repair (speedy review available to read here!) – Subsequently this poor facial oil had a lot to live up to.
I found it quite heavy – very greasy in comparison to my Kiehls/Dermalogica offerings. This is more than likely due to the castor oil, (which is highly viscous and comes listed as the first ingredient). Via le instructions, you’re recommended to massage a few drops into your skin morning and night post-cleanse.
Personally, it’s far too greasy for morning use – ain’t nobody got time for lengthy sinkage post skincare pre-makeup. But as an evening oil it does the job; I’ve no issues getting my sleep on with a shiny face! And so, I’ve been using it nightly for the last week or two – and have to say I’m V. impressed.
Today alone two colleagues have commented on my skin looking great – Perhaps due to the sudden lack of/(well, less…) chocolate since Jan 1st, but also perhaps due to this little oil.
I love using rose-hip oil on my dehydrated skin (Trilogy’s Organic Rosehip Oil springs to mind), and obviously argan oil is a major biggie in skincare. Thanks to these two ingredients (amongst the others too I suppose), I’ve been waking up with a smoother, calmer, brighter complexion. And I’m also quite enjoying the (mild) scent – very botanical (obvz), very tranquil.
Highly recommend if you’re looking for a purse friendly, hydrating facial oil. It’s fantastic for moisturising if you’re skin is dry/dehydrated – I’ll definitely be stocking up big shtyle next time it’s on offer.
Moving onto the Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm… Every blogger and their mother reviewed this in 2015 so I’ll keep this snappy. This is a repurchase, and an amazing addition to your makeup routine if your skin is looking a tad dull.
It has been unanimously hailed as a dupe for Mac’s Strobe Cream, and not without good reason. Whilst I don’t think both are identical – and the Mac versh definitely feels more luxe on the skin – all in all once applied both options give the same effect – a radiant, glowing filter to the skin. I generally just mix a few drops with my base for an everyday boost, or else prime my face with it before applying foundation. Retailing at €7.99 (and literally never not on special offer -today’s price being €5.33) you can afford to go a little cray with it; I tend to mix a generous dollop of it with my body moisturiser for nights out.
And finally the Botanics All Bright Micellar Water –
ADORE. I use micellar water daily – in the mornings if I’m in a rush, after a workout, at night before cleansing, to remove eye makeup, to remove makeup from my hand, to fix dodge eyeliner… And I may have just found my all time favourite. I’m never fussy when it comes to micellar water – I love Bioderma, but am happy out using Garnier as well. However of all the drugstore versions I’ve hauled – Simple, Nivea, Vichy, etc – The Botanics one is my favourite (not sponsored, I wish!).
It’s super effective at removing makeup without drying the skin, it contains hibiscus (which acts as a natural AHA exfoliant), and it brightens and tones without drying out your complexion. I LOVE it and will definitely be repurchasing. My only gripe (one small gripe!) is the packaging could do with a narrower top – When used whilst still half asleep it’s too easy to dispense far, far too much in one quick bottle turn. (But sure look, I’m only nit-picking!)
Next on my wants list is the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, of which I’ve heard great reviews. Also, the Botanics Shine Away Mask is apparently a decent GlamGlow dupe, and so obv that needs to be trialled in the near future. And finally, whilst recently watching the talented LetzMakeUp on the youtubes, I noted her Mac Fix Plus dupe – Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz… #justsayin…