I don’t think I’ve really ever done a first impressions post before, I pretty much always just do your bog standard reviews but we’re mixing it up a little considering I’ve already taken beautiful photos and am very very eager to share them.
So I was fortunate enough to be sent a little box of goodies from the guys and gals over at Botanics – I have actually used this skincare before they revamped the packaging so I was very excited about it. Can we take a minute to talk about the new packaging? It’s literally beautiful and it was a dream to photograph, you can’t make them look bad. Not that you’d want to though. I’ve been testing these out for a few weeks now and I have genuinely fallen in love with the brand; I even bought some of my own products with my own money, as in not sent to me and I willingly bought them. That’s when you know the relationship is #real. They have 4 ranges – organic, brightening, hydrating and for signs of aging. They also do shampoos and conditioners and those little nail scrubby brushes, they do EVERYTHING. They also sent me a cactus which made me weep with joy.
First up we have the 81% Organic Day Moisturiser – I found this to be quite strong smelling at first but that doesn’t make it harsh on your skin or anything, plus the smell gets a lot nicer over time. It’s quite thick, so you only need the tiniest bit to cover your whole face, but it sinks in really quickly and doesn’t leave any oiliness or anything, as so many other daytime moisturisers seem to do to my skin. Seeing as I get up at 6am to get ready for work everyday, my morning skincare routine now consists of nothing – so to continue to get my Botanics fix I purchased the All Bright Night Cream.
I love me a good face spray, especially ones with rosewater. This one is a 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz with rosewater and I pretty much wish I could bathe in it. I love the smell of rosewater and I use this obsessively on my no-makeup days. It makes my skin feel so alive and refreshed, it’s also very good for waking you up if you’re really tired because spraying stuff on your face is scary and cold. Rosewater is so beneficial for your skin and you can tell when you use it.
The All Bright Radiance Skin Balm is something I was a little unsure how to use at first – before my moisturiser? After my moisturiser? Instead of moisturiser?! I’ve found something that works for me though, I use it in the evenings before my moisturiser and in the mornings instead of moisturiser. The best part is it doubles as a primer, which I’ve actually found works insanely well. My face is left feeling ridiculously soft and hydrated, which stays with me all day. My makeup stays put and although there is some oiliness, which is probably due to me not washing my face in the mornings, it looks more like a healthy glow. I’ll take that.
I don’t use face scrubs a lot of the time because I do microdermabrasion a lot (post to follow) but I’d like to think I’ve given the All Bright Purifying Face Scrub a good go. It smells so relaxing so I take it into the shower with me and exfoliate my face in there. The cream alongside the beads means it’s also quite moisturising so it doesn’t leave my face feeling tight or like it’s been stripped of anything, which is exactly what you want in an exfoliator.
I also purchased the All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum but I’ve not long started using it so I can’t really comment on the effects of it just yet – what I can tell you is that it’s quite a thick formula (I was expecting more of a liquid) but it has the same gorgeous, subtle, floral scent as the other products. I have no doubt it’ll be just as amazing as everything else I’ve been trying.
So all in all I’d say that’s quite a successul PR package/purchase I’ve had, I use these products pretty much daily now and they’ve become a staple in my skincare. I have an extremely long wishlist of other Botanics products to try out, and if your list is as long as mine then I have a code for you! You can use the code BOTANICS2 to get £2 off any product. Treat yo’ self.
Have you ever tried any Botanics products?