In Boots We Trust

In the past year I’ve walked out of Boots with a white carrier bag, way, way, way too often. For reference, my friends and housemates would just snort when they’d spot me smuggling my Boots bag past them, yet again. So after a careful look at the rather daunting amount of products I have in my stash and the fact that I need to fit all my luggage in just 2 suitcases, I decided it was time to call it quits and just take a break from Boots. After a good few weeks (or months?) of going cold turkey, I popped in last week. There were so many good deals, new launches and just things I had to try —for the blog of courszeee. The things I do for you guys…

The first thing that actually triggered this whole haul is Indeed Labs’ Pepta-Bright —and the current skincare promotions in Boots. I’ve been a fan of Hydraluron, but never really caved for Pepta-Bright until now. It’s a serum that diminishes dark spot, reduces pigmentation and evens out skin tone, and doesn’t contain hydroquinone, kojic acid, mercury and parabens —supposed ‘bad guys’. The other skincare item I got is Hylamide’s Booster Low-Molecular HA, a new kid on the block. Its description reminds me of Hydraluron, but then more… scientific and perhaps more effective? Side note: both Indeed Labs and Hylamide are from the same mothership. It contains various versions of Hyaluronic Acid – I’m guessing that’s what the HA stands for – and a very low-molecular version, which supposedly, “Targets lower layers of the skin for hydration build-up and encourages better absorption”.

Now for makeup, I think that’s where I may have gone a little bit overboard and ended up with three lip products. I had to pick up Rimmel’s Salon Pro by Kate Nude Collection in 45, because I’ve never been disappointed —until now. I know everyone has been lyrisch about the whole range, and I’m not quite sure what went wrong during the shade selection, but shade 45 appeared really different – and patchy – when I wore it. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and will give it another go, but I don’t think we’ll be getting along. L’Oréal’s Infallible Mega Gloss on the other hand, I love. It is very hydrating and comfortable to wear, maybe because it contains Hyaluronic Acid, and very opaque for a gloss. It’s got 4 different types of formulations, where the formula changes slightly depending on the type of finish. Hold Me Close is a sheer gloss that is the perfect M.L.B.B. shade, think slightly more mauve than Dior Extreme Addict’s Cherie Bow, and then in gloss form. When I first wore The Bigger The Better, I got so many complements from random people on the street and several SA’s literally stopped me and asked me what I was wearing. It’s such a vibrant and bright plummy-red that just brightens the skin and is so easy to apply and nice to wear, you’ll actually forget it’s on your lips.

The very last bit I picked up was Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Concealer in 30, and wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it, so I guess that says a lot about a product. It’s very creamy and rather thick, so I tend to use a brush to apply and blend it into my skin. It stays on forever, gives medium to full coverage and it reminds me of MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer, which I just ran out of (and really really liked). Guess who’s saving a lot of pennies…