Review: Mary Kay Botanical Effects Skincare Line*

I was recently sent the Botanical Effects Skincare line from Mary Kay for review and as an avid skincare lover, I was very intrigued to try out some skincare from them. In addition to this line, they also have ones dedicated to dry, normal and oily skin - all with their own cleanser, mask, facial spritz (almost like a toner), and moisturizer. 

For this review/blog post, I will be focusing on the products in the photo - this specific line is aimed at those individuals who are not showing signs of aging but want to take care of it and keep it refreshed and nourished. The key ingredient in this skincare line is the dragonfruit and aloe ~ which means theres tons of antioxidants and vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. 

What I really like about this skincare line is that it is free of sulfates, paraben, fragrance and is oil free. In addition, it won't clog pores and is suitable for those even with sensitive skin as it has been tested for skin irritations and allergies by dermatologists. 

Above we have the cleansing gel ($21 cad), it contains coconut derived ingredients and works well to completely cleanse your face of any makeup without stripping it. I have included an image of the products on my hand below so you can see the consistency. It is lightweight and gel form and does not strip your skin at all - in fact your face is left feeling very refreshed and moisturized with a glow. 

The invigorating scrub ($21 cad) contains fruit seeds that naturally help you to exfoliate your skin without irritating it. This isn't a necessarily very gritty exfoliator, there is more gel in ratio to the exfoliants, but it still works well enough to make you feel like it is indeed cleansing and ridding dead skin cells on your face as it feels a lot cleaner. 

The refreshing toner ($21 cad) in addition to the dragon fruit extract, it also contains witch hazel which helps to add another cleansing component to the skin by removing oils, bacteria and closing the pores. It also helps with oil production on the face so I love it as I do get quite oily in the tzone for the summer months. 

Lastly, *TIP* it is so important to not forget toner as it really does help to cleanse the face of anything the cleanser might not have picked up and it preps your skin for the rest of your skincare routine - i.e. your essence, serum and moisturizer. 

The moisturizing gel ($21 cad) is said to keep your skin moisturized for at least 12 hours - and while I often already do my next cycle of skincare (i.e. night time skin routine regiment or shower etc), I do feel like it efficiently keeps my skin hydrated enough and it doesn't feel dry or irritated. As this is a gel formula, a little goes a long way - I use about a pea size and it is good enough for my entire face. 

Until next time, XO - M.

*Products were sent to me for review - all opinions are my own


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