Hi guys, happy Friday!! I hope you have something nice planned for this weekend. If you’re a fellow spoonie and you’re stuck in bed, get cosy and watch lots of great films 😀 If you’re a regular reader, you may remember my exciting news: I’m a Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador! This means that they send me a different product each month to test, for me to review. My reviews will always be honest, I’m not being paid for the posts or to say anything I don’t mean! Last month’s super-luxurious product was the Moroccan Rose and Shea Body Cream – click on the name to read my review. But more to the point, this month’s product is the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque!
Who Are Dr Botanicals?
Dr Botanicals are a 100% natural UK skincare brand, who use no parabens. But even better than that, they are completely cruelty-free and vegan-certified! They are based in London and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking with the latest science.
Dr Botanicals use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe they can make a genuine difference to the skin. I love that they use 100% totally natural ingredients. It’s so easy to claim to be a ‘natural’ brand but most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source. There are no harmful preservatives in any of the products.
What On Earth Is An Overnight Masque?!
This month’s theme is based around the fact that March is National Bed Month! I am mostly bedbound and didn’t even realise such a thing existed!! But now I know, it’s obviously right up my street as someone who has to spend most of their time in bed. Dr Botanicals chose the overnight masque as this month’s product, as it is something that can get to work on your skin whilst you’re sleeping away in bed.
Although I’m quite into skincare, I personally didn’t know what an overnight masque was, so I asked the lovely Emma at Dr Botanicals. She described it as, “Basically like a richer moisturiser. It contains fatty acids and has a lot of orange, lemon and grapefruit extracts. It contains the right active ingredients to rejuvenate the skin overnight”. Sounds great! So you just apply it like your normal moisturiser at night and let it go to work.
My Thoughts on the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque
As with all their products, this one comes in brown secondary packaging which has lots of useful information on it. The jar itself is lovely quality; made of glass with simple monochrome labelling. Dr Botanicals overall look is very simple, understated and classy, which suits them as a luxury skincare brand. You get 50ml of product, which is pretty decent for a moisturiser.
My first impression was that it smells gorgeous (like everything of theirs I’ve tried!) You can smell the papaya and citrus in it. The texture is almost like a cross between a gel and a cream. Now I always promise to be honest with you, and my honest opinion on first use was that it probably wasn’t for me. It seemed to leave my skin feeling sticky and didn’t quite sink in.
For the first couple of nights, I followed my usual skincare routine, which means applying a serum after cleansing and toning. I was adding the overnight masque on top of the serum. It struck me that perhaps it wasn’t intended to combine with anything else and that maybe I was overloading my skin a bit.
How I Feel Now
After that, I applied it straight onto cleansed, toned skin and used the product a bit more sparingly. That was the trick! I think this is definitely best used alone, or at least for my skintype, which is oily. I also think a little goes a long way (which now I think about it, is the case with all four of their products I’ve tried, which can only be a good thing!)
Now I’m applying the overnight masque sparingly, and in the right way for my skin, I absolutely love it! It sinks in much better (although it does take a couple of minutes) and leaves my skin lovely and soft the next morning. It also seems to leave my skin with a nice glow. I’m not ready to give up my oils and serums totally, so I’ve settled into a routine of using the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque two to three times a week!
What Does It Cost, Where to Find It & Discount Code
Dr Botanicals have kindly given me a code for a huge discount that I can share with you. The only way you can get the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque at a discount is with my code. It will take the cream from £67 to £19.99 – which is a crazy bargain for such a luxurious brand! You’ll be saving £47!!
Simply use the code: CUPCAKEBLOG at checkout! The code will be valid until the end of March 2017.
You can find the overnight masque here.
Did you know about National Bed Month? Have you tried any Dr Botanicals products? Let me know in the comments! 🙂Never miss another post from me! Click below to follow me on Bloglovin. If RSS or social media are more your style, check out my sidebar! Follow