Monday, April 27, 2009

Top-quality skincare at budget prices, from Nottingham, England--Robin Hood would approve!

You may have heard the raves about the Boots skincare line for awhile now--outstanding skincare products that work well on sensitive skin, and priced for those of us on a budget. It's been stateside for a couple of years, but for awhile it seemed our European friends would have the Boots skincare line all to themselves for eternity.

Created in 1849 by John Boot in his first pharmacy store in Nottingham, England, Boots has been providing women on the other side of the Atlantic with outstanding and inexpensive skincare for more than 150 years now--made with quality ingredients, and never tested on animals (you may have noticed by now that I prefer cosmetics makers who take a cruelty-free approach to their products).

They also make cosmetics and bath and body products, but their skincare line is the real standout, especially the Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum. European women went wild for this product when it was first introduced, and for good reason. It's super-light and non-greasy, and with 4 weeks of continued use, you'll notice fine lines reduced, pores minimized, and skin brightened. This is a permanent fixture on my bathroom shelf, so consider me one of the legion of fans. Considering the astronomical price of similar products (La Mer? Stri-Vectin?), Boots No. 7 is a steal at $21.99, and you'll find it at Target or CVS drugstores.

I use it with their Time Dimensions moisturizers, which have to be the best-smelling products I've ever used (no, really--you won't believe how wonderful they smell!). I can't quite put my finger on whether it's a sweet scent or a floral scent--probably somewhere in between--but it smells absolutely heavenly. And at $17.99 for a decent-sized jar, it's just right for my budget.

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