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Remember when beauty shopping in Boots was a choice between a Rimmel eyeshadow quad and expensive creams from the Estee Lauder counter? Well, it's all change these days at the most ubiquitous high street health and beauty store in the country and these are some of my favourite products that you can now pick up with your Advantage Card Points!
The first product I want to talk about is what I spent my last round of carefully-collected points on. IT Cosmetics landed in Boots a few months back and I obviously wanted to try their iconic Your Skin But Better CC Cream | £31 | full review. This has been my 'every single day' base product since the start of this year for work days. It looks fresh, it looks natural (though still has great coverage for this sort of product), it truly does make my skin look its best self whilst still looking like my skin, it's long-wearing and it doesn't get greasy throughout the day! It evens out the tone of my complexion and also has added skincare benefits - including SPF50. I really don't have a single bad thing to say about this formula; I only wish it came in more shades...
The first very affordable US drugstore brand that has made its way to the UK is Elf. I have really fond memories of their products, as I used to do regular orders from their website (mainly of their Studio brushes). However the product I use the most from them these days is the Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow | £5. I always have to preface my endorsement of this product on my blog by letting you know that this highlighter has a bit of a weird overspray on it so I recommend wiping off the top layer of the powder before using it, because otherwise you'll just get this weird glitter! However underneath is a gorgeous, soft and sheeny highlighter that gives the skin a natural but noticeable glow. I absolutely love the warm golden-peach tone of Apricot Glow because it's so unusual for a drugstore product and I find it perfect on my skin tone for the summer months!
The next is WetnWild! Setting aside the somewhat cringey name and admittedly cheap packaging; I picked up some of their eyeshadows in the US and when this brand arrived in Boots I also tried the product I'm going to talk about for this post and found the quality so impressive for such a low price. I'm in love with the MegaGlow Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals | £4.99. Affordable or high-end; it's one of my favourite highlighters. It's a sort of warm peachy champagne with such a smooth texture. It doesn't have any glitter and isn't overly blinding but still gives a gorgeous, striking highlight. Somehow it also looks quite natural at the same time!
I didn't want to mention two products from the same brand but I had to for Fenty Beauty! Rihanna's makeup line changed the game when it launched a few years ago and I'm so excited that more people will have access to it as it rolls out in Boots stores across the country. Obviously I had to mention the iconic Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation (250) | £27 | full review. This comes is such an incredible shade range with everything from the lightest to the deepest shades on the market with a range of undertones. I love the build-able coverage and the flawless, long-wearing matte finish - it's my go-to product for evening wear. My 'every single day' bronzer for the past couple of months has been the Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Bajan Gyal | £25 | full review. I've never used a matte formula that's this smooth, creamy and easy to blend. It's foolproof to apply and adds a gorgeous, natural warmth to my skin. I love this tone too - it's perfect for me; giving my face dimension bringing my complexion to life!
One of the most exciting recent additions to Boots aisles across the country has been Pixi Beauty and it'd be easy for me to talk about the iconic Glow Tonic* (review) but I wanted to spotlight an amazing but lesser-known product in their range: the Rose Cream Cleanser* | £18 | full review. I love it so much that when Boots recently had an amazing discount across the Pixi range - I picked up a backup! It's a lovely, hydrating, softening cleanser formulated with rose and avocado. It cleans the skin but feels so gorgeously nourishing at the same time!
A brand I personally think deserves a bit more love on the internet is Sukin - they create effective, very affordable natural skincare products. I particularly like the Purifying Facial Masque* | £11.95 | full review. It reminds me a lot of a much more expensive one that I use from Niod! It gives my skin a deep cleanse, decongesting things and ensuring my skin is radiant and fresh after use.
I'm a long-time fan of French pharmacy skincare brands and one of my favourite products is from Embryolisse. The Lait-Creme Concentre* | £20 (75ml) | full review | is a cult favourite for a reason! It's a lightweight but intensely nourishing whipped cream. It doesn't make my skin greasy but has an amazing hydrating, smoothing effect on my skin, as well as making my complexion look healthy and radiant. I use this as a day cream, it makes a really great primer and you can slather on a thick layer overnight for an intensely-hydrating sleeping mask.
A new, fun Korean skincare brand with impressive products to go with the cute packaging is Too Cool for School. There are several products I've been really liking lately but for this post I wanted to shout out the Egg Mellow Body Butter* | £29.50. This has the same amazing texture as the face cream from this range - it's creamy and light but so nourishing and absorbs easily into the skin. It has a very slight sweet scent to it (not eggs or anything!) and softens the dry skin on my body, providing lasting moisture. It's formulated with egg, butter and oil.
Finally, I wanted to mention a product that I love and that represents the leaps and bounds we've come on in terms of having afro-specific hair brands on the British high street. Cantu's range of hair products is built around moisturising shea butter and I absolutely love their Thermal Shield Heat Protectant | £7.99. It smells incredible and it's more of an oil-based heat spray so is nourishing on dry hair as well as protecting it from heat styling. This is just one of the hair brands you can now get at Boots!
Have you found any surprising products in Boots recently?