The fashion industry has been riding high on a tide of diffusion lines for some time now; Kate Moss for Topshop, Giles Deacon for New Look, even Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field has designed an up-and-coming range for Marks & Spencer. It’s about time the beauty bods caught up with the trend for all things high street. Hooray then for the new Good Works range: 18 products priced from £6 to £12, which promise to bring affordable, quality aromatherapy to the mass market.
As former beauty director of Vogue magazine, Kathy Phillips, used her considerable insider knowledge and commercial clout to found her original range, This Works, in 2004. With products carefully crafted to combine pampering and practicality, the range uses only ‘therapeutic standard’ aromatherapy oils at levels that promise real benefits. However, quality comes at a cost, with many prices hovering around the £30 mark. In association with Boots, the new Good Works range offers an affordable alternative. There’s also a philanthropic edge, with £2 from each £8 bottle of Good Karma Shower Gel going towards Kids Company, which offers support to at-risk children in Britain.
What’s the verdict then? Well, being a charitable sort, I plumped for the shower gel. The delicious infusion of rose, cedarwood and jasmine immediately calms my tired body and busy mind. The gel has a thin consistency but lathers well and leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean but without the drying effect brought on by harsh detergents in some shower gels. Top marks. The whole range is also on offer at Boots at the moment, with a third off normal prices. Go on, treat yourself!
People with great skin keep telling me they use Boots Essentials Cucumber skin care range, so when I found myself in the beauty-haven a while ago I decided to give something from the range a go.
I’ve been looking for a good eye make-up remover lately. I resent paying the earth for something so basic, yet it can be a struggling finding something not only cheap, but effective enough to remove the copious amounts of Diorshow mascara gripping my lashes.
I decided the Cucumber Eye Make-Up Remover Gel would be a good purchase.
The gel is not only refreshing and incredibly soothing for tired eyes, but it works pretty well too. Admittedly, there was still a bit of panda-stylee smudging the morning after, but much less than usual. For a couple of quid this product will do me just fine. It doesn’t irritate my eyes, it’s cheap and it does what it says on the tin.
Hard as it may be to believe, there are some beauty essentials which I really don’t want to splurge on. One of these is nail varnish remover. All I need is something that will wipe my polish away from my finger nails, no muss, no fuss.
Honestly, I don’t believe in all of this nutritive remover nonsense. Varnish remover will never be good for your finger nails, so get over it. Not to mention these gentler removers take forever to actually do their job. I would rather use a harsh product to sweep away colour in one swift step than spend ten minutes trying to work the product off. My favourite is Boots Nail Polish Remover, it does what it says on the tin and it is cheap as chips. The pads are pretty nifty too.
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After the surprisingly good results from Boots Expert anti-blemish toner, I decided to give another product from the range a go. This time I chose Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo.
I go through stages of using a lot of product and I find that my hair gets pretty nasty when I do. It goes dull and gunky, and t feels grimy no matter how much I wash it. A clarifying shampoo which strips all that junk away from my follicles is what’s needed but I know I won’t use it enough to justify a big spend.
Really, a clarifying shampoo doesn’t need to be expensive or luxurious, the results are going to be pretty much the same no matter which brand you opt for. So I picked up the Boots Expert option at a teensy £1.99.
Afterwards, my hair was revived; blonder, brighter and lighter. This is a must-have for anyone who uses styling products or goes swimming.
Whether you are tanning from a bottle or the sun (naughty!), the key to a smooth and even colour is all in the preparation.
If you don’t thoroughly exfoliate prior to slathering on fake tan you will no doubt end up with ugly patches of darker colour. It doesn’t matter how good the brand is, if the foundations aren’t right then the final results will be all wrong.
Boots Mediterranean Olive, Bergamot and Walnut Body Scrub is a huge tub of exfoliater for just £7.50. The smell is light and fresh, not sickly sweet nor too heavy for summer days, and the texture is divine. The grains are small enough to spread over the skin easily for some gentle skin-buffing and there is enough lotion in the mix to soften the skin up too.
If you haven’t exfoliated for a while, build up to putting on your faux-tan by exfoliating every two or three days for at least a week. It may feel like too much faff at the moment, but you’ll thank me for it when you have an even, sun-kissed, California glow.