While I was off stuffing my face with free fruit samples at the farmer’s market last night, I road tested a couple of goodies from the Boots makeup line — Natural Blush Cheek Colour in Candy Pink ($9) and Botanics Lip Gloss in Star Anise ($6). ‘Cause, you know, I’m all about beauty bargains. And multi-tasking. And free food!
Have you tried any Boots makeup before? I’m new to their makeup, but I like the few Boots skin products and makeup wipes I’ve tried.
Originally from merry olde England, the Boots line sailed onto Target shelves a few years ago. Their makeup offering looks pretty thorough with lots to choose from (foundation, blush, eyeshadow — basically, the works) in colors galore.
Candy Pink blush (a sheer matte pink) and Star Anise gloss (a sheer, creamy nude rose) represent my first dalliances with Boots makeup, and based on the two of them I’m thinking chocks away! — here’s something great for gals who love natural-looking makeup.
Candy Pink Blush
Candy Pink goes on VERY sheer. As a matter of fact, the lightly flushed look in these pics took about three layers. The powder feels velvety soft, and even though it took a few layers to reach the level of color I wanted (it may take you less if you’re lighter than moi), the blush was still pretty easy to apply and blend… Might be something to consider if you’re on the market for a natural pink cheek look.
Star Anise Gloss
I Star Anise and her medium-weight, moisturizing texture. She’s uber-smooth, too, NOT uber-sticky, and doesn’t feel or look thick or heavy at all. She also has a wonderfully subtle shine.
Candy Pink Blush
Star Anise gloss
Swatches from left on NC35 skin: Candy Pink blush, Star Anise gloss
A closeup of Star Anise
Yesterday Star Anise lasted about two hours on my lips, which is great considering what I shoveled into my mouth (a veggie Greek wrap, hella random fruits and veggies, a small bag of kettle corn and a weird but totally delicious sour cherry soda).
Lest you think all I did was eat at the farmer’s market, here’s photographic evidence to the contrary. I also bought things to eat AFTER the market ended, NOM!
Sweet white peaches, bok choy and blackberries
Red chard… What the heck do I do with this?!
Apparently, I shop for veggies in much the same way I shop for shoes, making my decision at the last possible second. The red chard was a spur-of-the-moment purchase based solely on how it looked. I love the reddish purple veins! Urgh, too bad I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. ‘Twas thinking about chopping and lightly steaming it, but now that sounds unappealing. If you have any ideas for “the red chard,” PLEASE HOLLA!
Oh, and also holla if have any experience with the Boots makeup line (available at Target stores here in the U.S.). Anything you can’t live without? Inquiring minds wanna know!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,