The Boots 3 For 2 Make-up Challenge Part 1: £20

I do love a Boots 3 for 2, but it’s a dangerous time. With such easy access to local Boots it’s too easy to pop in and pick up three 3 for 2s, but then at least you’re technically doing two 3 for 2s price-wise? In any case, it’s pricey, and so to attempt to reign it in I recruited my sister Joanna to partake in the Boots 3 for 2 Make-Up Challenge Skincare, Hair and Gift editions to inevitably follow. 

This week’s an easy one. With a budget of £20.00 each we pretty much had our pick of our local Boots’ makeup section, but indecision kicked in and we still ended up being there for half an hour. Here’s what we each eventually emerged clutching triumphantly.

My Picks


From left:

Essie Nail Polish (£7.99): I am just loving these nail polishes at the moment. I was actually looking for a chocolatey-brown kind of colour, but ended up going for a mint green instead for reasons largely unbeknownst to me. This one is called “Mint Candy” and it’s awfully nice; not my usual shade at this time of year but it’s good to shake things up a bit. There’s nothing like a bit of nail polish subversion…

Real Techniques Blush Brush (£9.99): I probably have most of the brushes from this brand by Samantha Chapman and will be doing a review of these soon. I didn’t have the blush brush, so I bought the blush brush. That’s pretty much it! I’m impressed with it so far.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Waterproof Mascara (£7.99): I’ve heard a lot of good things about this mascara, and the sample I’ve been using recently, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, is definitely on its last legs so I thought I’d give this a go. I’ve used it once so far and quite like it, though it feels a bit tacky. Will persevere.

Total Spent: £17.98

Total Without Offer: £25.97

Total Saved: £7.99

Jo’s Picks


From left:

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara in “Film Noir” (£10.60): Quite a pricey mascara for a budget make-up brand, but Soap & Glory’s prices do tend to be at the higher end of drugstore make-up prices, and they are usually very high quality. I’m quite obsessed with their lipsticks just now.

Revlon Nail Art Chalkboard (£7.99): THIS LOOKS FUN. Jo is far, far more skilled at painting nails than I am, my attempts often turn into an evening long affair, thanks shaky hands, but my dear sister will be a whizz with this. Matte black nail polish one one end, with a pastel nib on the other side to draw a little doodle with. The pastel side comes in various colours like white, peach, mint, lavender, etc. (Jo went for the pale blue one, “Liberal Arts”). I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with. I’m willing to bet that cats will be involved.

Revlon Nail Enamel in “Posh” (£6.49): Now, the day we went shopping in Boots was also Hallowe’en yes I still spell Hallowe’en with an apostrophe, what of it, for which Jo was going as Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Therefore, she was looking for a nail polish that emanated a seaweedy, underwater kind of feel, but that she’d also wear on other, non-Disney-aquarian-princess days. I think this Revlon polish covers all bases for that. And now, the figures!

Total Spent: £18.49

Total Without Offer: £24.98

Total Saved: £6.49

So, it was a pretty close-run thing, and to be honest we weren’t thinking too much about the competitive side of things when we were shopping, although I’m sure with lower budgets next time that will kick in far more. I’ve slightly cinched it by both spending less and saving more, but there’s not much in it, and Jo got £20 from me so to be honest I think she’s probably the winner. And we both have nice things, hurrah, huzzah. Join us next week for the second part of our Boots make-up shopping extravaganza when we’ll have only half the money to spend this time…

What would be in your Boots 3 for 2?


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