My Skin Care Story & Botanics Review

My Skin Care Story & Botanics Review

Hello everybody,

As a Botanics Brand Ambassador I get sent some great skin care products and this month I can honestly say I’m more excited about them than I have ever been before!

Before I hop into what products I have received this month, I thought I’d share ‘my skin care story’ with you.

My Skin Care Story

In my early teens my skin got really bad and it was a major insecurity of mine, although I know this isn’t particularly uncommon- it’s one of the sucky parts of being a teenager. But I had lots of spots under the skin and they were beginning to scar.

So after a year or so of trying out different high street products, my Mum and I took a trip down to the Doctors and we were given a cream named Quinoderm. Quinoderm literally stripped my face, it made my (naturally oily combination) skin very dry, itchy and sore. It also did not make my blemishes any easier to conceal… if anything they were even more pronounced on my face. Although, after the initial erosion of my skin, it did clear away my under-the-skin spots. But only for a few months.

My skin quickly became ‘immune’ to Quinoderm… or I assume it did! It just stopped working, and at this point the high street skin care was barely touching my acne. So I was essentially in a worse position than I was before I started using Quinoderm.

My Aunt recommended using something less invasive and more of a long-term solution… but more pricey: Clinique. I can honestly say that Clinique was a huge game changer for me. By 16 I was using Cliniques’ Teenage Skincare Kit that consisted of a foam, a cleanser and a moisturiser. It worked really well on my skin. But it was also far more expensive than I could afford. So it became one of those gifts I got at Christmas or my birthday, or even at airports!

Age 18-20 and a student, I used mostly high street brands and that was great, my skin had calmed down and I was able to get away with using products such as Garnier face scrubs and all things Simple.

But recently my skin has flared up again… and its honestly really knocked my confidence. I’m 21 and I feel like I had my fair share of spots in my teenage years, but now I’m going through it all again. This time I can pin point why I have had this sudden flare up and it is simply from changing from a combination contraceptive pill, to a progesterone only pill… and my face did not like it! Or my back… or my chest... and to make it worse, these spots were scarring again.

So the pill, combined with Final Exams (aka. stress!) made for rather angry looking skin. Which leads me onto Botanics. 

Botanics has acted, for me, in a very similar way that Clinique did a few years ago. It cleared up my face, without drying it out. It’s a long term skin care routine… with a much lower investment!

Plus there are so many different varieties that no matter what skin type you are, Botanics will have one perfect for you. It’s all natural and all from the Botanical Gardens at Kew Palace- which is well worth a visit, if you get the chance!

Botanics UK Products I Received This Month:

All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover- £5.49

This product is really gentle and hydrating for the skin. You have to give it a good shake before putting it on a cotton pad and it practically melts the makeup off of your skin. The Hibiscus in the soothing formula also brightens the area around the eye, which is just another bonus!

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Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream- £11.99

This nourishing eye cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles for a more illuminated under-eye appearance. I use it every night before bed and I have noticed how much more moisturised that area of my face feels. I use concealer under my eyes as part of my everyday makeup and I’m always conscious of drying out my skin, so it feel so good to target this area every night.

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Radiant Youth Protecting Day Cream SPF 15- £9.99

The next two products are face creams… and both of them smell DIVINE. I can’t get over how good it smells. This day cream focusses on  radiance-boosting and is infused with a cocktail of anti-oxidants. It also helps to keep skin looking younger with added UV protection. I put this on about 5 minutes before I do my makeup, so that it soaks in and gives me a moisturised, but not sticky, base to apply my makeup to.

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Radiant Youth Replenishing Night Cream- £9.99

The night cream is similar in consistency to the day cream, and smells equally fantastic! I love having this as a step in my night skin care routine, my face just feels so fresh before bed. It also acts as an anti-aging cream and I am a firm believer that you are never too young to start using these! This cream is infused with a cocktail of antioxidants from the leaves of the Ginkgo plant.

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If you fancy trying these products out, they are available on Botanics UK own website, or through Boots!

Bee xoxo

Holiday Must-Haves

Holiday Must-Haves

Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen and hydrating moisturiser- the best smelling suncream on the block. Honestly smells insanely good and, most importantly, lasts hours without reapplication. Though I do tan, I have rather sunburn prone skin- so factor 30 for me!

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Create a Curl Scrunching Jelly- the hair dryer is never appealing on a hot holiday. I love hopping out the shower, pulling a comb through my hair and towel drying it, then scrunching the product from the middle of my hair to the ends. It doesn’t leave your hair crunchy like other products I have tried and helps wavy hair hold curls.

An Epilator- I wasn’t sure about epilators, so I bought a cheap £20 one from Boots to give it a go, and I love it. I always use it before bed as it leaves a “chicken skin” effect that dies down after a few hours. I have to admit it stings a tad, but it’s so worth it- much less hassle!

Bare Minerals Bronzer- for some reason my face never seems as bronzed as the rest of my body after sunbathing. I am in love with this Bronzer. I was given it as a gift in a set and it’s a small pot of dark powder. You don’t need much at all and it lasts all day. It really does look super natural. I highly recommend it.

Makeup Revolution London Highlighter- I have discussed my highlight palette before, but this product would be up on my must haves all year list! I always like putting in the extra bit of effort when we go out on holiday, and I feel the highlighter does this super easily. My personal favourite shade at the moment is the white or the lilac. Even better, you need very little to enhance your summer tan.

Swim Suit and Bikini- I love having the option, one for the summer tan and one for water games.

Lemon- as a natural blonde, I get a great sense of achievement in coming back a few shades lighter. Lemon juice squeezed evenly in your hair throughout the day can do this naturally and quickly! However, I always use conditioner in my hair afterwards to prevent that crunchy and dry feel the next day.

Aussi Spray in Conditioner- leading on from this point, this spray really does work miracles. Chlorine can dry out my hair pretty quickly so preventing the knots and cots is top of my list. This aussi spray is slightly more pricey, but works immediately and smells good enough to eat.

Sarong- I always bring something to cover myself up if I need to, and this year I bought a thin, white, cotton shirt. I love it. It’s so easy to put on, and looks great with bikinis!

Mosquito Spray- I ain’t having no bites.

Nail Varnish- to top up those toes! I always go for pinks and corals as they emphasise a tan.