face cream

Product Review – Boots no7 Restore & Renew – Boots no7 Essential Moisture face creams

 

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I’ve decided to review these two creams together, mostly because I’ve used both one after the other and also to save time and space.

Both of these creams are thick and luxurious and without too much of a smell.  They both come in a generously sized tub.  They both make my skin beautifully soft and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them both.

The only problems are that the Essential Moisture Day Cream has no SPF at all, which in today’s world of awareness about the damaging effects of the sun, amazes me.  Also, the Restore and Renew, which has an SPF of 15, is WAY more expensive.

Out of the two, I much prefer Restore and Renew.  I’m 51 and need a richer cream nowadays.  I’ve passed the stage of having to worry about blackheads, so the thicker cream suits me and will help avoid wrinkles a little longer.  It’s over £25 though, which for me is a tad too much.  The Essential Moisture is only around £13, which is much more affordable but at the cost of sun damage.

I’m trying to find a high SPF rich cream which is as good as Restore and Renew but at a lower cost.  I’m halfway through my tub of Essential Moisture at the moment, but when it’s finished I shall not be buying it again, simply because of the lack of SPF.

If money is no object and you want sun protection, then Restore and Renew is for you.  If money is tight and you don’t care about sun damage, then Essential Moisture is basically the same product without the SPF and at a much lower cost.  They are both fab moisturisers.

Final Review of Wish Upon a Jar

wish-upon-a-jar2It’s now been quite a few weeks since I purchased this product for the first time and I thought it about time I gave my final verdict.  The packaging is lovely and I will admit that this was the first thing that drew my attention.  The instructions say to use the product for 21 days, after which you go back to your usual cream for three months, when you can then use it for another 21 days.

I still love the smell of this cream but I won’t be buying it again, for 2 main reasons.  Firstly, there is no noticeable difference in my wrinkles.  Secondly, it’s very thick and doesn’t spread easily when cold.  Let me explain.  I’m a destitute writer and cannot afford to put the heating on in my flat.  I’ve managed the whole winter so far without heating; through wind, rain and snow and because of this, my bathroom is colder than a penguin’s arsehole.  I find this cream very difficult to spread at these temperatures, due to its thickness, which forces me to use more of it.  This then makes my skin feel overloaded and uses the product up quicker.  Thirdly, it’s very expensive; over 15 quid a pot and I cannot justify such an expense when it doesn’t help my wrinkles.

Okay that’s three reasons, well I’m a writer not a mathematician!

For those who want a very thick cream that smells wonderful, who are financially comfortable and able to afford botox or laser resurfacing and who live in a warm climate, this product would be perfect for you.  Me?  I’ll stick to Lidl’s own brand at £2.50 a pot.

 

 

Wish Upon a Jar – Review

I seldom do review blogs but having tried a new product recently, I feel compelled to write about my experience.  The product in question is this:-

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This new face cream is made by the Soap & Glory company and they market it as a “21 day collagen overhaul cream.”  The wonderfully retro packaging always delights me and having used a few of their products before, I was happy to give this fairly expensive cream a go.

I bought it in Boots for just under £15.00 and the packaging says you should use it either in place of or underneath your usual moisturiser, twice a day for 21 days and then stop.  You have to wait 3 months before using it again.

It comes in a gorgeous silver globe pot which made me drool as soon as I saw it on the shelf as I’m heavily into anything chrome and I will admit that one of my first thoughts was how well it would go with my decor (yes, shallow of me I know, so sue me.)

The cream itself is thick in texture and a beautiful pale pink colour with the most heavenly slightly orange smell.  A little goes a long way and in fact, if you’re too generous with it I find it hard to get it worked in, so remember, less is more.  It glides on, despite being quite thick and even though I have oily skin, it sinks in quickly without leaving a shine.

It claims to reduce fine lines but as I’ve only been using it for 3 days now, I can’t verify that.  What I can verify is the amazing smoothness of my skin.  My complexion is fairly open and, being 50 now, not as fine as it once was but I noticed immediately how amazingly smooth my face feels with this cream.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this product, just for the softness if nothing else (apart from the uber cool pot of course) and I will update after the 21 days are up as to the state of my ‘fine lines’ (wrinkles to you and me).