Thursday, 13 September 2012

Skin Savers

Skin care is not easy for me, I have very dry and very sensitive skin so I tend to have to introduce things slowly and even things designed for sensitive or dry skin can cause a reaction which can be bit of bugger. As a result I tend to stick to what I know.

Over the last few weeks I have introduced and been using with great success the products pictured above; Boots Botanics Ultra Calm Serum, Garnier BB for sensitive skin and Avon's Anew Reversalist Night Cream.

I love the Botanics range and really like the re-designed package which I think is much more modern and fun than it was before. I've been wanting to try a serum for some time and to be honest had my eye on the No.7 version but at £22.00 I felt that I needed to save up a few more advantage points.
So I found this on the shelf, it is currently on an offer so is £4.99 and then when I checked the Advantage card machine I had a 300 points voucher for any purchase from the Botanics range, it is like it was meant to be.

The consistency is a little watery compared to some of the other serums I have tested on my hand but it smooths on easily to the face and is quickly absorbed which is great, because I did worry that it would sit around and make my face look greasy. I have been using it morning and night, as directed before putting on my moisturiser for a week now. My skin tone is definitely more even, my face is less dry and I think it is just genuinely looking in better condition.

I would buy it again, and would happily make it part of my everyday routine going forward, but next time I might buy a different serum and see if it makes a difference. It is definitely a good choice for a start.
It has also made me think that I want to have a better look at this ultra calm range given that I have had no negative skin reactions to the product, as well as a look at the facial oil and the Rosewater Toning Spritz from 2 of the other Botanics ranges which are getting such great reviews at the moment.

I'm afraid I am a bit behind when it comes to BB and the benefits of them. I have my favoured Bobbie Brown foundation, but it is dear and so I wanted something to wear to work, that would provide a little coverage and would be suitable for the working day. I work in a corporate environment so over the top make up is not really appropriate.

Again I have to be aware of the condition of my skin so chose the version for sensitive skin in the 'light'. What can I say, I love this product. Time is of the essence in the morning so the fact that this will moisturise and give me coverage is great. The coverage is sheer, but does even out my skin tone, and 2 light layers gives sufficient coverage for a work day and a great dewy glow. It also works well as a base for the make up that is already in my collection so definitely a great purchase. Again, a great first go at a BB, and I will be really keen to try another, perhaps from a more premium brand.

Anew Reversalist Night Renewal Cream

OK I'm not going to lie this is a cream for 40+ skin, which is obviously something I don't have but I found this on my mums dressing table and tried it and knew that I had to use it. When I purchased it off Avon I got a great discount, usually it costs £21.50 but I got it for £12.99 along with a complete miniture set of a Renew range, so definitely great value.

Because of who it is aimed at, it is really rich but given that it has around 8 hours to soak in that is not a problem for me and it is definitely helping me combat the dryness that I suffer with. I wake up in the morning with plump and very soft skin, giving the perfect base for my make up.

I think this shows you can't be too black and white with the use of products. Yes this is for 40+ skin but it works for me and certainly earns its place as a skin saviour!

Tell me what your skin saviours are, or if you have any products that are working for your dry and/or sensitive skin?

Until next time ...


  1. I love Boots botanics too :)
    Just found your blog on the bbloggers blog hop- I'm there too :)

    Very pleased to be your first GFC friend your blog is lovely x

    1. Hi Joanna

      Thanks for the comment, and yeah for being the first GFC follower, that is very exciting. I have had a read of your blog, although that is an understatement, I've read through loads of your posts. I've now added it to my reader as don't want to miss any more. I love it's styling!


  2. Newest follower, love your blog! Found you though the blog hop! x

    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment and for your follow! I have followed back.