Kickin’ It with Boots Makeup on a Monday Afternoon

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

They say you learn something new every day (learning is fundamental, yo!). Among my Monday epiphanies…

  1. Butter pecan ice cream eaten straight from the carton dulls the symptoms of monster PMS.
  2. Tabs knows how to smile with his eyes.
  3. Boots killed it with their Botanics Eye Colour Duo in Velvet Pansy ($7) and Lip Glace in Marshmallow ($10).

Before my PMS-fueled junk food fest/impromptu photo session with Tabs earlier today, I tried on both of the aforementioned tidbits from Boots.

One of six Eye Colour duos in the Boots Botanics makeup line, Velvet Pansy’s shimmery purple and pink shades caress my skin with color, but they don’t feel quite as fine as the Boots Stay Perfect Shadow single I recently tried in Khaki. Not a problem, though, as both of the shadows in the duo blend together like they were cut from the same cloth.

Lip Glace in Marshmallow, a sheer and shimmery pink gloss, gets gold stars from me for its thin, non-sticky texture, even though it only lasts about two hours (which isn’t entirely unusual for a thin gloss), but its strong fruit punch flavor and scent might be a turnoff for some.

Boots Botanics Eye Colour Duo in Velvet Pansy

Boots No7 Lip Glace in Marshmallow

Swatches from left on NC35 skin: the shimmery pink and shimmery purple eyeshadows from the Velvet Pansy Duo; Lip Glace in Marshmallow

Wearing Velvet Pansy on my eyes and Marshmallow on my Lips…

Tabs and I spent a long time just sitting and hanging out on the deck this afternoon (apparently he deemed me worthy of his valuable time). While I snapped pics and calculated the number of miles I’d have to run to burn off the ice cream I ate for lunch, he stared at birds in an adjacent oak tree through slats in the floor.


I wish people were so easily amused…

Actually, many of us are. πŸ™‚

So how was the rest of your Monday? Was there a highlight?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vanessa H says:

    I love the pics for this post! Your hair looks fabulous and Tabs, as always, looks FIERCE!

    The eye shadows are so pretty and bright, added to my wish list!
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  2. elle says:

    to me this looks like a chanel glossimer, do you agree?

  3. Lee says:

    Hey Karen and Tabs hehe

    Ur lucky cos it seems all colours suit ur skin tone…am i right???
    I ike these shadows but i dont think they would suit me, im NC30, which is funny cos i thought the girl at Mac was crazy since in the bottle it looks a tad 2 dark 4 me, but it always seems match once i put it on πŸ™‚

    As for mondays well its 2:20pm tuesday arvo here and monday was pretty good yesterday hehe except 4 the downpour at night and the freaking strong winds that came up over night and seem 2 have stayed today!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lee,

      Sounds like you’re having some crazy weather! If you’re driving be safe.

      Oh, and there are definitely shades I can’t wear, like shimmery reddish purples.

      • Lee says:

        Its crazy alright! hows the weather over there?
        Warmer weather here soon YAY πŸ™‚

      • Karen says:

        It’s supposed to be summer, but it really doesn’t feel like it. It’s overcast and cold in the mornings (I’m wearing sweats, a sweatshirt and some fake Uggs right now, LOL) and then it clears up at around noon or so.

  4. Alex says:

    Where did you get your sunglasses? I love them!
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  5. Appu says:

    U r lookin great in the pics Karen…Nice sunglasses πŸ˜‰ My Monday was mundane πŸ™‚ the usual…nothing new…still browsing, coz am havin a hard time going to sleep πŸ™‚

  6. Jessica says:

    You take such beautiful pictures!
    I absolutely love reading your blog, it’s always a highlight of my day.

  7. BlovetBeauty says:

    wow, u look great and now I really wana try some boots makeup!
    BlovetBeauty recently posted … KOJI Eyelash Curler Review

  8. Agnes says:

    love the purple shade of the duo πŸ˜€ hehe and omg. what are you wearing on your nails! that color is so pretttyyyy!
    Agnes recently posted … Sedona Lace 88 Shimmer Palette – Swatches Part 1

  9. gio says:

    You look great! That purple is beautiful and I love your hair.

    Tabs looks fab, as always.
    gio recently posted … Product Review- Eyeko Saucy Polish

  10. Nina says:

    I think Tabs is really, really, really hawt! πŸ˜€

    The first picture of you together was so adorable!

    I was eyeballing Boots makeup when I was at Target last Sunday … I havent bought any since that awesomesauce lipgloss but I will prolly pick up Marshmallow! So cute!

    • Karen says:

      I read your comment out loud to Tabs… and then he bit me. LOLOL!

      As for the gloss, it’s very comfy but the scent is so strong. You gotta be cool with fruit punch, fo’ sho.

      Anyway, Tuesday! What do you have going on today?

      • Nina says:

        Uh oh … that was prolly a love nip! πŸ˜€

        Ah … hmm iono bout the scent. Im not usually a fan but fruit punch is yummy! πŸ˜€

        Work as always … but I really must shop for the Hubs’ birfday gift. We’re driving out to his parents after work tomorrow so I wont have time then. I feel a tad pressued already! πŸ˜€

      • Karen says:

        What are you thinking of getting him?

        • Nina says:

          Ive gotten him a tshirt and 2 polo shirts for work. I was thinking a pair of jeans and some of those SmartWool socks that he so loves (the only kind he wears, whatever the season). I like giving him stuff that he will not buy for himself (he buys his own books, cds and stuff) …

          Thing is I have no time to go! Im busy at work, dont really enjoy shopping after work … sigh!

        • Karen says:

          That’s good you can shop for clothes for him — that’s always a good gift. Maybe throw in an amazon gift certificate so he can get some books/cds and stuff too?

  11. Tiffany says:

    this post made me smile πŸ™‚

    that gloss looks great – I need to check that one out when I go hunting for star anise that you wrote about.

    highlight of monday… hmmm, maybe watching a terrible movie (the final destination πŸ™‚ ) while eating mint choc chip ice cream?

    • Karen says:

      Hey Tiffany!

      Ya know, I liked the first movie from that series. As far as horror flicks go I thought it was interesting and engaging. The rest of ’em were kinda dumb, though, LOL!

      We usually have a tub of mint chocolate chip at our house. El Hub is quite the fan, too. πŸ™‚

      • Tiffany says:

        Yah I liked the first one too! This one was just ridiculous. Although I did kinda like the crazy series of cause and effect that would lead each person to die a totally random death, lol.

        Mmm mint choc chip is my fave flavor!

        • Karen says:

          I like mint chip but I gotta be in the mood for it. El Hub usually likes the ones with the artificial green coloring, go figure!

          • Nina says:

            The hubs is a fan of mint choc chip ice cream too … im not! We have those little Dreyer’s cups at home at the moment. He says theyre the best he’s had. I wouldnt know! πŸ˜›

          • Karen says:

            I might have to hunt those down. They sound perfect for El Hub! πŸ™‚

            The only mint choc chip I really like is Baskin Robbins! I’ll do Dryers if the urge strikes and I’m desperate, ha ha!

          • Nina says:

            The hubs is mortified when I say eating mint choc chip icecream feels like eating toothpaste!

            He also lurves those Andes mints!

  12. Kerry says:

    Tabs is such a beautiful boy! (but shh! you can tell him that I said he’s handsome, not beautiful)

  13. Pinch says:

    The look is great, but WOW! Karen, since you’re always talking about eating Nutella I didn’t think you’d be so FIT! What’s your secret?
    Pinch recently posted … MAC Fresco Rose

    • Karen says:

      Aww, thanks Pinch. I’ve actually put on quite a bit of weight in the last year, but what are ya gonna do, you know?

      As for (trying) to stay in shape, I run and bike a few times a week. πŸ™‚

  14. Trude says:

    That purple looks so pretty! I might just have to try. My latest lip gloss obsession (and I’ve had sooo many!) is Fresh Sugar gloss in Sugar Cherry. It looks really red but actually goes on totally natural-looking, like glossed popsicle-dyed lips. πŸ™‚

    And no worries, everyone knows PMS-induced snacking doesn’t count towards your daily intake! πŸ˜‰

  15. Gina says:

    what cute pictures!

    you look superpretty in the first one, loving the eyesahdow, can’t wait to check it out at target
    Gina recently posted … party dress

  16. Phyrra says:

    I love the purple, it’s so pretty! My Monday night I spent doing some hard modes in WoW, reading a Kelley Armstrong book, and cuddling my poodle.
    Phyrra recently posted … Violet-Tinged After Party

  17. Phyrra says:

    It’s a supernatural book about a witch, her ward, and a supernatural mafia of sorts. I’m enjoying the book πŸ™‚
    Phyrra recently posted … Violet-Tinged After Party

    • Karen says:

      I’m always down for a good supernatural mafia!

      Right now I’m waiting for the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy called Mocking Jay to come out at the end of the month. I’m counting down the days!

  18. Kim says:

    Oh, I’m SO envious of your ability to wear purples so beautifully! In a “happy for you” kind of way, of course. πŸ™‚ The gloss is nice, but not what I expected with a name like Marshmallow. You’d think I’d have learned not to have preconceived notions by now. πŸ™‚

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