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August 30, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Beauty Review: Boots No 7, Kiehl's and Benefit are All Yesses

By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This Author

As summer winds to a close, it’s time yet again to change beauty routines. The inexpensive bronzer I was using appears a little orange now that my warm-weather glow is fading. Similarly, the cooler nights are already showing themselves on my dry skin. A heavier moisturizer is now necessary. As long as I’m trying to soothe the skin on my face, I should give some attention to the rest of my body, which will be parched by the time winter is in full-swing. Perhaps a more proactive approach is necessary.

REVIEW:  Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream

The softest, most luxurious moisturizer I ever used. The flakes and dry patches are gone!

For my face, I went out on a limb and tried Boots No 7, a line of skincare products originally from Britain. I purchased Day Cream for dry/very dry skin from the Beautiful Skin line. The purchase price of $13.99 from Target was slightly higher than the Neutrogena and Aveeno products I’ve tried in the past, but not enough to raise my alarms.

I am glad I purchased this product. It is much softer and more luxurious than any other moisturizer I’ve ever used. It claims to nourish and hydrate skin for 24 hours, and I can testify it does just this. All of the flakes and dry patches are gone from my face, and my skin feels fresher and smoother than it has in a long time. With added SPF 15 and Broad Spectrum UV protection, I feel good about the care I’m giving my skin now and for the future.

REVIEW:  Kiehl's Lavender Foaming-Relaxing Bath

It's not just for baths!  Light, feminine scent, with real lavender and dead sea salts. A splurge, but one that'll make your skin feel like silk.

Hoping to offer the same nourishment to the rest of my body, I ordered Kiehl’s Lavender Foaming-Relaxing Bath with Sea Salts and Aloe from the Kiehl’s website. I do not take baths, so I used this product in the shower, and I was pleasantly surprised. It has the most relaxing smell – light and feminine with the perfect blend of lavender. My arms and legs felt like silk after my shower, and I was clean without the usual tightness. This product contains real lavender and Dead Sea salts, so you’ll pay $21 for an 8.4-ounce bottle. But it is a great way to splurge without breaking the bank. Also, if your skin is dry and you need to try a product other than what you find in retail shops, Kiehl’s comes highly recommended. This company is 150 years old and uses naturally-derived ingredients to deliver quality skincare.

REVIEW:  Benefit's Hoola Bronzing Powder

Long-lasting, matte, in the perfect shade.  Used for contouring, it gave my face a the perfect sun-kissed touch.

From Ulta, I decided to purchase a new bronzer. I had three requirements before making a decision: (1) it had to be matte and not shimmery; (2) it had to be long-lasting; and (3) it had to be in a subtle shade not too light but dark enough to give color and shape to my cheeks. I found all of this in Benefit’s Hoola Bronzing Powder. This product gives beautiful color with a sun-kissed touch. It stays on without fading like so many other bronzers do, and it can be used to accentuate and contour the face’s natural shape or to just sweep color across the cheeks. At $28, this product is not for the faint of heart. But considering all the money I’ve previously spent on less expensive bronzers that didn’t deliver, I’m happy to finally have one that fully meets my needs.

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