A few weeks ago, I received a set of products from Mary Kay which I have been wanting to try out. To those who read my blog, I am sure you know that I reviewed a few products from Mary Kay before and by far I have to admit that their products are really up to my expectation. This time I am really lucky to have the opportunity to try out the new Botanical Effects® Skin Care range.
Many of my friends are aware that I am a huge fan of beauty products especially skin care. I put on minimal makeup to work or events most of the time. So the key to great and flawless skin is to have proper skin care. I have tried using the old packaging of Botanical Effects and when I opened this, I was more than happy to try them out especially their products contain fruit and plant extracts i.e Dragon Fruit and Aloe Vera. Botanical Effects® range delivers a wealth of essential benefits for fresher and healthier-looking skin.
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Dragon fruit: The Ultimate Super Fruit
· Also called pitaya, dragon fruit contains fatty acids and several B-complex vitamins, including the often-called “anti-stress vitamin” B1 (thiamin), plus B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
· Dragon fruit also is full of minerals like iron, calcium and phosphorous.
· The dragon fruit extract included in Botanical Effects® Skin Care is rich in antioxidants to help fight skin-damaging free radicals.
Aloe Vera: Dependable + Legendary
· One of the most nutritious plants in the world, aloe gel contains more than 75 nutrients, including 20 minerals and 12 vitamins.
· Aloe vera is shown to help maintain the skin’s moisture barrier and has high vitamin E content, a popular antioxidant in skin care.
· Aloe also is shown to promote healthy skin and cell turnover.
· The aloe extract in Botanical Effects® Skin Care gives your skin an added boost of antioxidants.
Let me start off with the Botanical Effects® Cleansing Gel. Washing face seems like the least complicated part of our beauty routine. Turns out that some common lathering habits and wrong selection of cleanser can cause a whole list of skin woes, including dryness, irritation, oiliness and breakouts.
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This Cleansing Gel has clear and slight watery texture. The foam lathered on the palm is not as foamy as the cream cleanser and they are more gentle as compared to the foam cleanser. Gel cleanser also works well for all skin types. This Cleansing Gel is priced at RM75 for 127 g.
Massage the gel cleanser onto skin softly to ensure all the makeup and impurities are washed off completely.
One of the best gel cleanser I have ever tried. To be honest, I have never tried out any gel cleanser before. I used to be very skeptical using gel cleanser to cleanse my face. My skin is rather on the oily and dry skin combination, so I always think that gel cleanser will not remove the impurities and debris away on my face. However, after using this for a month, I realised that this is one of the gel cleanser which I would highly recommend this to my friends.
Keep in mind that if you have dry skin, use a moisturising cleanser such as a cream, foam, lotion or milk cleanser. If you have oily skin, look for products that are oil-free and contain salicylic acid to help remove excess serum. And if you have sensitive skin, try avoiding cleansers with acids, fragrances, dyes and other harsh ingredients.
It is important to understand that on a daily basis, the right cleanser can be more effective and less expensive, and likely less irritating in the long run.
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Next step is to use the Botanical Effects® Invigorating Scrub. Priced at RM75 for 88 ml, this mild scrub contains antioxidant-packed dragon fruit extract to help fight skin-damaging free radicals. It also features aloe extract for an added boost of antioxidants.
|Botanical Effects® Invigorating Scrub|
Besides that, it is also formulated with natural exfoliating fruit seeds to help unclog pores. The scrub does not only make your skin look smoother, it also awakens tired-looking skin for a well-rested radiance and healthy glow.
Some of us think that we are too sensitive for a scrub. However, exfoliation can benefit every skin type. In addition to revealing fresh skin cells, exfoliating removes dead cells from pores, making them appear smaller. Removing the buildup enhances your skin's ability to absorb everything else.
Bear in mind not to use the scrub too often. However this scrub is more on the mild side and you can use it twice or thrice a week. It instantly makes my skin softer after one usage.
After cleansing and exfoliation, next step is to apply toner. This Botanical Effects® Refreshing Toner (RM75 - 147 ml) helps to tighten the appearance of pores while removing the excess oil. It contains an extract of witch hazel which has been used traditionally as an astringent, yet skin will not feel tight or dry.
|Botanical Effects® Refreshing Toner|
Toner functions to complete the cleansing of the skin i.e removing the dust, pollution and impurities that can still be lingering after washing with a cleanser as cleansers usually contain ingredients such as oil which can leave a film on your face.
With this toner, traces of dirt are wiped away and at the same time helps to control shine, leaving skin looking healthy and feeling refreshed.
After the application of toner, one should not forget to apply moisturiser as well. This Botanical Effects® Moisturizing Gel (RM85 - 85 g) is a lightweight and quick-absorbing gel which provides optimal moisturization to any skin type, leaving it looking healthy.
|Botanical Effects® Moisturizing Gel|
For anyone with oily or combination skin, gel moisturizers are your everything year-round and especially for summer. This moisturizing gel does not feel greasy and yet it moisturizes my skin for 12 hours. I love how it makes my skin feels soft, smooth and fresh without any dry feeling.
This gel moisturiser can be stored in the fridge and acts as a cooling de-puffing mask or an instant sunburn soother on face, neck, shoulders and anywhere if you have sunburnt.
For day use, add this Botanical Effects® Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Sunscreen (RM65 - 50 ml) into the skincare routine. This lightweight lotion offers 12 hours of moisturization plus sun protection in one little tube.
|Botanical Effects® Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Sunscreen|
This moisturizing lotion features broad-spectrum sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays. It absorbs quickly without any leftover residue so that any next steps can be delay-free.
This non-greasy moisturiser leaves my skin feeling refreshed and more moisturized. I do not have to worry about putting on sunscreen separately from my moisturizer which saves a lot of time in my skincare routine.
Overall, I love this range of products. I felt my skin is more nourished and refreshed with this Botanical Effects® Skincare range after a few weeks. This easy-to-use skincare enables us to get an antioxidant-packed infusion in every product in their range.
Mary Kay Botanical Effects® is now available through Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants at www.marykay.com.my or call 03-7711 7500 for more information about the products. Follow them on Instagram @MaryKayMYSG or like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryKay.com.my.
Disclaimer: Photos taken above are not edited and the products were sent to me for review purposes. However this does not affect my judgement in the review in any way and all opinions expressed are solely my own.
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