New Drugstore Skincare Haul and First Impressions

I have just got back to the UK from Canada – I’m here for six weeks. As usual, when packing my bags to come home I didn’t leave any room for toiletries, which meant I had to make a trip to Boots as soon as I got off the plane to grab some skin care stuff (not complaining, I love Boots). I thought I’d show you what products I picked up and also let you know my initial thoughts on them. So here we go:

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
This is not new to me, I have been using this non-stop for the past 3 months and this makes my third bottle. It was a given that I would buy this when I went to boots. I am extremely lazy when it comes to skincare and so the fact that you don’t have to wash this off makes it perfect for me. I just wipe this all over my face using one of the large cotton wool pads (pictured above) and I’m good to go. The only thing I will say is that I do seem to go through it far quicker than it says on the bottle – there is no way I get 200 uses out of one bottle but for £3.33 that’s really not a big deal at all.
Verdict: 100% would recommend.

Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub
This product is actually new to me, but I am no less impressed by it. As I am so lazy with skincare I’m definitely not someone who will exfoliate every single day, cleansing and moisturising is enough for me. I knew better than to set myself up for failure and so I went looking in the skincare aisle specifically for a scrub that only needs to be used twice a week. This task actually ended up being much harder than I had anticipated and I ended up choosing this one because it was the only one that I could find. However, I don’t mind at all because I love it. I use this scrub twice to three times a week after cleansing and it leaves my skin unbelievably soft. So soft that I almost want to use it more often than I should. It’s not too harsh or rough at all, extremely quick and easy to use and only £3.99 – you cannot go wrong.
Verdict: 100% would recommend

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser
I have a massive fear of moisturisers. I know that sounds bizarre but as someone with quite oily skin, using the wrong moisturiser can have quite adverse effects on my skin. I love and trust Simple as a brand (their face wipes are my go-to) so I immediately starting looking for a moisturiser from them. As soon as I saw this one I picked it up, I usually stick to oil-free facial moisturisers but ‘oil-balancing’ sounded even better and I knew I could use this moisturiser without being scared of it breaking me out. I use this moisturiser after cleansing (or after exfoliating on scrub days) and it hasn’t let me down at all. It is extremely hydrating and leaves my skin feeling extremely smooth. It isn’t sticky at all, and doesn’t take too long to soak in which is something that I like a lot. Only £4.27, no breakouts and a noticeable reduction in the oiliness of my face.
Verdict: 100% would recommend

I have never really struggled with acne scars or pigmentation issues until very recently, but now I seem to be plagued with them. Even the smallest blemishes leave dark purple scars on my face – particularly on my chin and around my mouth and I hate it. Bio-Oil had been recommended to be for scars before and so when I saw it in Boots I decided to pick a small bottle up to give it a try. I am using it twice a day on my scars after moisturising but it says in the instructions to use it for a minimum of 3 months and so there are no noticeable results as of yet (but I will keep you posted). However, although it is an oil product it hasn’t broken me out and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily at all. It sinks into the skin leaving it extremely soft and it also smells incredible. It costs £8.99 for this little bottle and so is a little more on the pricey side but if it does end up working it will definitely be worth it to get rid of these scars. I will do a full review of this product after 3 months and let you know if it actually works.
Verdict: To be Determined

Soap And Glory ‘Dr Spot’ Super Strength Breakout Clearing Gel 
I am normally pretty skeptical when it comes to these kinds of products. They’ve never really worked for me and so I normally just walk right past them. However, Soap and Glory is one of my absolute favourite brands, I love everything I have ever tried from them and so when I saw this I thought ‘why not’? I am now so glad that I took a chance on this. I am not someone that gets a lot of spots, I tend to just get one big one at a time and this gel is amazing on them. I use this about twice a day. It is so soothing and cooling and it noticeably reduces redness and swelling in what feels like minutes. I’m literally obsessed. It is a little pricey at £8.00 but I honestly think it’s worth it.
Verdict: 100% would recommend

I somehow ended up loving pretty much all of the products that I bought. This never happens to me, because I have such temperamental skin I am normally quite hard to please when it comes to skincare. I can’t believe that for under £30 I managed to get such a great entire skin care routine. I will definitely be re-buying all of these products to take back to Canada with me and if you are looking for new skin care I would definitely recommend these products.

I hope you enjoyed this post,

Isobelle Lucy

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