19 October, 2012

Boots hits Hong Kong – and we’ve got the scoop!

19 October, 2012

Yes girls, the rumours are true – Britain’s favourite health and beauty brand is FINALLY here! Boots has arrived in Hong Kong… and Sassy has got you the full scoop!

In case you’ve been out of the loop, Boots has been one of Britain’s most-loved shops since its humble beginnings as a pharmacy back in Nottingham in 1849. Nowadays, it’s more like a bigger better British Sephora – selling everything beauty, skincare and health-related you can think of (and much much more!), from every brand under the sun.

First, let’s get the disappointment out the way – Boots is NOT opening a stand-alone store here… so sorry, no Advantage Card, Meal Deals, crazy Christmas 3 for 2 shopping sprees, Kirby grips, hair straighteners, children’s toys and hundreds of make-up, skincare and hair brands to choose from, I’m afraid. However, they WILL be bringing fifteen of their best in-house lines to be sold at selected Mannings in Hong Kong, with the first products making their way to the shelves of the President Theatre Mannings in Causeway Bay on Monday, 22 October!

This on a much bigger scale than their previous attempt at Watsons a few years ago, and Boots will have their own trained beauty advisors in-store too. Given that loads of Boots bigwigs were flown over here for the launch (including Boots science guru Dr Mike Bell), we believe they are definitely trying to do things properly this time round – and if things go well, they may roll out even more products at even more Mannings stores in the future, so keep your fingers crossed!

The three key brands that Boots is bringing over to Hong Kong are their make-up and skincare line No7, skin and haircare brand Botanics and the luxe pampering range from British spa Champneys! These products all live up to Boots original aim to make you feel good and look beautiful both inside and out.

As a Boots diehard fan (over 100 quid still sitting on that Advantage Card!) and born-and-bred Notts girl, Rach was super excited to see that both No7 and Botanics had undergone total revamps, with even more products than ever and more modern, classy packaging.

The No7 product with the most buzz is No7’s Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum, an anti-ageing serum clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles! No other product has been tested like this one – it’s been through extensive testing in an independent double-blind twelve-month trial, with results published in the British Journal of Dermatology! Seriously, this is the real deal and one of the most sought after items in the Boots family (UK ladies nationwide caused stampedes and full-on fights for the serum after it was featured on BBC science programme, Horizon)… and now it’s available over here! There’s even a whole Protect & Perfect skincare range of moisturisers and creams, so if you want to say goodbye to those little wrinkles, make a beeline for these – and after hearing Dr Bell’s wise words, we’ll be slathering our faces in the lot!

No7 also does a great range of cosmetics, which have improved vastly in recent years. We’re loving the two-in-one blush/highlighters, ultra-convenient eye shadow trios, range of moisturising lippies and the new Fanomenal Lashes Mascara… basically, everything!

Another Boots’ fave are their Botanics skin and haircare products, which use active plant extracts to bring you real results. Botanics has everything you might need for your everyday face and body beauty regime; there’s something for every skin type (they’re especially good for sensitive or oily skin) and the natural extracts are extremely soothing to the skin. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something for the boys (Christmas time is near!), both No7 and Botanics have lines for men, which would make great effective but inexpensive presents for blokes!

Finally, Champneys will be bringing its signature spa range of products to HK, all of which are used in their luxury spas in the UK. We’re particularly excited about the Citrus Blush (zesty orange peel and lemon oil) and Mediterranean Bliss (soothing blend of fig milk, olive leaf and green tomato) ranges, which both smelled delicious and will surely be a treat for your skin and all your senses! And don’t worry… Champneys will be making sure they have plenty of luxurious shower gels, not just bath ones, for the HK market!

So if you’re as excited as we are, get ready to become a fan of Britain’s most trusted and favourite brand! Boots will be sold exclusively at Mannings in Hong Kong, so don’t miss out and get Boot-iful with Boots stat!

Boots will be stocked in Hong Kong at the following Mannings locations:

G/F, 517 Jaffe Road Shop B, President Theatre, Causeway Bay, 2574 5483

Shop B, Basement 2, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, 1408 7292

Shop F01, 1/F, Hang Lung Centre, 2-20 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, 2504 3782

Shop 2, G/F, Regent Centre, 88 Queen’s Road, Central, 2537 1241

Shop 2004, Podium Level Two, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, 2523 9672

Shop A, G/F, Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, 2284 4811

Shop 420, City Plaza 1, Tai Koo, 2907 0621

Shop 1092, Level 1, Elements Mall, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2196 8125

Shops 155-156, Level 1, New Town Plaza Phase 1, Shatin, 2699 8981

Shop F66-67, PopCorn Mall, Tseung Kwan O, 2715 7018

Shop No. L1-28 & L1-29, Level 1, APM, Millennium City 5, Kwun Tong, 3148 9369

G/F, Wu Sang House, 655 Nathan Road, Kowloon, 2390 2051

Shop 2186-90, Sunshine City Plaza, Ma On Shan, 2633 6674

G/F, Golden Dragon Centre, 38-40 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2724 4605

Unit 6W511, Level 6, Northwest Concourse, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, 2261 0465

Unit 7T100, Level 7, Landside Check-in Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, 2261 0407



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