My Boots Advantage Card is easily my most frequently used, longest standing and most valued loyalty card in my purse (and it has been for more years than I’d like to admit). I shop in Boots ridiculously regularly – I pop in for essential toiletries, splurge on gorgeous cosmetics, grab the odd meal deal (their vegan options have expanded hugely recently, I’m so impressed), and also make the most of their incredible 3 for 2 offers throughout the festive season.
I first started my vegan diet about 2 and a half years ago, and have gradually changed my lifestyle to match. I know that a few years back, it was really tricky to find vegan-friendly products in mainstream shops, but at the moment it seems to get easier by the day.
Every supermarket and chain restaurant now offer a plethora of vegan-friendly treats, but there are also a number of mainstream beauty brands offering animal-free products too. It’s no longer a challenge to live a vegan lifestyle and it’s now much more accessible to the majority of people.
I recently spent a few pennies over £100 in Boots, so wanted to share my little haul with you all.
The first item I picked up was the Super Facialist Purifying Cleansing Wash. It’s a daily cleanser packed with salicylic acid and niacin (vitamin B3) to deeply cleanse bacteria from breakout-prone skin. It’s not a cleanser I have used before, but I’ve been eyeing it up for a while. As someone with super oily and blemish-prone skin, I’m always on the look out for the best gentle and cruelty-free cleansers to clarify my skin, and I’ve heard amazing things about this one.
I then picked up the Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover. I have tried this product before – I attended the press launch of Botanics when they decided to completely overhaul and rebrand the collection, and fell in love with a number of products on show. It’s a really gentle yet effective eye-makeup remover, that easily removes even the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras with ease. I have to admit that as this hibiscus-containing cleanser also has gorgeous packaging (I’m a sucker for anything baby pink), it’s also something I’m proud to have on show in my bathroom or on my dressing table.
I then discovered that the Spectrum brush collections were on special offer, so spent ages eyeing up the different options. After a lot of pondering, I decided I would treat myself to a whole new range of makeup brushes. The white marble set really caught my eye, so I picked up the eye collection, face collection (oh and another eye collection as it was all on 3 for 2!!!)
Spectrum brushes are incredibly dreamy. They’re super soft, yet seem to hold powers and pigments beautifully, and are a joy to apply makeup with. All of their brushes are 100% cruelty free and made out of synthetic fibres. Spectrum are actually known for their wonderfully colourful and themed collections. They’ve recently collaborated with Disney and have the most insane collection of brushes. Having said that, I like a classic look, and therefore the white and rose gold design of the Marbelous collection really drew me in.
I then gravitated towards NYX for some new makeup (I already own an obscene amount of makeup, but it only felt right to treat myself to new makeup to go with my new brushes…!) NYX Worth The Hype mascara was the first item I picked up. I tried it when it first came out (because of the name, i must admit), but to my astonishment, it actually lived up to it’s name. This is now my third tube of this mascara and I’m always receiving compliments on my lashes, so I decided to grab some more before I run out of my current one. It’s great at lengthening and volumising lashes, and lasts for hours without budging.
I then found myself lusting over the NYX make your own palettes. The idea is that you choose your palette (I chose the largest size of 9 shades but there is a quad too) and then you can select individual shades to slot in. The palette is magnetic, so the shadows hop straight in with ease, and more importantly, stay in place. At first glance, my chosen palette may not be the brightest or most adventurous of eyeshadow shades, but it is in fact the shades that I know I will use all of, and that I will love.
I picked a mixture of matte and shimmers, but stuck to pale pink and gold colours, with deeper bronzes and one very deep green to use on the outer corner and creases of my eyes. I love blending a number of shades and these are the kind of shades I tend to reach for, and they usually go together beautifully. NYX does of course offer a much wider variety of colours for you to choose from, so you can create your own completely different palette.
Do you shop at Boots? What have you bought from Boots recently?