Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 21-24

The day has finally come: time for my last advent calendar update. I am going to include my brief thoughts on the calendar as a whole at the end too.

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On the 21st I got a sample of Boots Botanics Heat Protection Shine Serum. I’m interested to try this as I don’t use a lot of hair products at the moment. For once I don’t mind it being a Boots own product as it’s a little out of the ordinary and the Botanics range is quite nice in general.

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Behind door 22 was a sample of Nails Inc polish in the colour Porchester Road. It isn’t something I would pick in a shop but actually it’s really nice and I wore it on Christmas Day with silver glitter over the top and it looked great. My only disappointment is the size – I don’t think a full size bottle would have broken the bank.

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I’m very intrigued by this gift: Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle. I hadn’t heard of this before but it sounds really cool, it is supposed to give you the volume and effect of back combing without having to wreck your hair by actually doing it. I’m looking forward to trying it!

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And finally, on December 24th I got a 17 (Seventeen) mascara. I was a bit surprised by this as I expected the best gift to be last. I’m sure this is great, but I think there were better gifts in the calendar.

So what were my overall thoughts? The calendar was a bit of a mixed bag. The nail polishes were a high point, as were the two Soap and Glory products. The Vichy samples are probably great for the older lady, but anti-aging is not something I think about yet. The low points were the terrible scrunchy and the perfume samples. I was looking forward to perfume samples but I was expected more than a tiny tube you could be given free in a magazine on any occasion. Overall I am glad I gave it a try, but I don’t think I would repurchase it next year as it didn’t wow me. I might look at getting a Benefit calendar next year instead.

Recent Boots and Superdrug Goodies

I haven’t been on a big shopping spree in a while, but I have picked up some exciting new bits and bobs on several different cheeky shopping trips. I thought it would be fun to combine them all into one post and show you what I’ve been buying!

Trip one was to Superdrug for nail goodies. I have been getting more into nail art recently so I liked the look of the Barry M Nail Art Pens. They don’t have a great range of colours at the moment so I stuck to the staples of black and white. Expect to see some (no doubt terrible) attempts at nail art with these in the coming weeks! I also fell in love with an amazing¬†Jewel Glitter Nail Paint in the shade Pink Sapphire.

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The next trip was to Boots where I picked up a strange assortment of different goods. I stocked up on fun, thick tights for Winter and bought a new Eco Tools Powder Brush. I thought the Veet Easywax Face Precision Wax & Care sounded interesting and I think it might be fun to try waxing my eyebrows instead of plucking. I’ll put a review up when I’ve used it. Finally, I¬†spotted the Champney’s Exfoliating Mitt as I was heading to the till and grabbed it because it looked like a great alternative to Boots.

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My last recent purchase is also from Boots and it’s something I’ve had my eye on for a few weeks now – the Boots Beauty Advent Calendar! If you haven’t seen this already, it has products from a great range of brands including Nails Inc, Mavala and Vichy. I finally caved and ordered it from the Boots website. I can’t wait for 1st December now! I plan to group together 4 or 5 days’ worth of items at a time and then put up a post to show you what I got!

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