Saturday 28 September 2013

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm Review

I have recently discovered a new budget balm that reminds me very much of my favourite Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but a more affordable version under ten pounds! I enjoy using cleansing balms, especially in the colder months when my skin is feeling parched and tight with the over-use of central heating!
The Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is an organic deep-cleansing balm that contains a luxurious blend of Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth and beautifully clean. The solid Balm can be used morning and evening and comes with a muslin cloth which gently exfoliates and gives skin a deeper clean. The Balm is rich and luxurious to use and does a great job of removing dirt, lifts makeup and impurities. My skin is left clean, smooth and well hydrated thanks to the organic oily balm and the use of the muslin cloth to gently remove any dead skin cells that can leave the complexion dull.
A little goes a long way so take a small amount of the balm and warm with your fingertips until it turns into an oil then massage over the face avoiding the eye area (I tend to use Bioderma to remove my eye makeup) and neck using light upward strokes. Soak your muslin cloth in warm water and use as a gentle compress to draw out impurities, then rinse and remove remaining balm in small circular movements. Finish by soaking cloth in cold water and pressing gently over your face to close pores.
The Emma Hardie version has a more silky texture and melts into the skin like a dream, whereas the Boots Balm is a little more waxy in comparison but if you are on a budget then Botanics is a definitely winner! I'm impressed that this balm is  97% organic and contains no parabens, lanolin or mineral oil. I found the muslin cloth that came with the balm quite scratchy so I used a softer cloth but overall, this product fabulous value for money!

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is priced at £8.99 for 70ml and is available from Boots however it is currently on offer for just £5.99! Have you tried this budget beauty item? Do you recommend any other products from the Botanics range?

Thursday 26 September 2013


Whilst I was in New York, I went along to a New York Fashion Week event at House of Bumble & Bumble. I was introduced to Pinchme - a new online destination to discover and discuss products from the world's leading brands. It offers a sample box that allows you to try new products for free! It has already launched in Australia and due to launch in October in the USA - I hope it launches in the UK too!

The service offers products from a wide range of categories: Groceries & Beverages; Mens Health & Grooming; Parenting & Baby Care; Pet Products; Homecare & Cleaning; Natural & Organic; Health & Well Being; Snack Foods & Candy; Cosmetics & Beauty; Premium Goods and Entertainment.
When you sign up for the service, tell them a little about yourself, and each week they shall personalise a new selection of products for you to choose from. Create your box and choose up to 8 products from their leading brands, they will add them to your box and deliver to your door for free! Sounds too good to be true? The only 'catch' is you have to taste, test and try your chosen products then tell them what you think by filling in a short questionnaire. My lucky American and Australian readers can sign up here.
I was given a sample box with 8 products to try and I am so impressed - they have amazing brands on board, it's great that you have control of which products you would like to try and the best part its delivered to your door each week completely free! The packaging is very basic but the freebies inside definitely make up for that, I would share what I got as an example:
  • Full size OPI nail polish in 'Deutsch You Want Me Baby'
  • Wild Ophelia Mount Sequoia Granola Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Biokleen Grapefruit Seed & Citrus Extracts Laundry Liquid
  • Sun Guard Washes in SPF 30 Sun Protection to Everyday Clothing (Interesting Product!)
  • Nexus Rejuvenating Hair Elixir
  • Oribe Shampoo, Conditioner and Super Shine Cream Sachets
  • Toni & Guy Shine Gloss Serum  
What do you think to PINCHme?
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