Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover

I wear a lot of eye makeup. On a regular day, I have the whole works on: primer, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, eyebrow pencil. The mascara may or may not be waterproof - usually in the summer it is. And many of my eyeliners are waterproof as well. This means that it is tricky to find a good eye makeup remover that does it's job well without me having to pull and tug on my delicate skin on my eyelids.

Enter Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover. This little gem was discovered during one of my many trips to the holy land of Target. I had always heard great things in the beauty world about the British brand, but I had never tried it. I figured $5.99 was an easy price to pay to see if this one would work better than the Sephora brand I was currently using.

I was surprised to find out that this product works just as well, if not better than many of the very expensive lines I had tried in the past. It quickly removes all traces of eye makeup with no tugging on my part, and the price is certainly right. I experienced no burning, no problems with it getting in my sensitive eyes, and no problems at all with my contact lenses.

If you're an eye makeup addict like I am, this product should have a permanent spot on your shelf. I can't recommend it enough.

I picked mine up at Target, although I couldn't find it online. You can, however, find it at the Boots US site and CVS.

Bargain of the Week, or Maybe the Year


So I was browsing about in a new shopping center this past week and found a store called Five Below. It's an interesting place, billing itself as the "cool store for teens and beyond." My seven year old was all fired up to go in. While browsing around, I found this Punk Palette by Hard Candy. At first I was kind of, "ew" because I figured that it was extremely old and discontinued. But for a $5 price tag, I figured what the heck. I'd take it home and check it out.

I have quite a few Hard Candy palettes, and I love them all. My absolute favorite is Suede, a gorgeous combo of browns, bronzes, and a vibrant turquoise. I also have Drama Queen and Techno, all of which are fantastic.

This palette has three eyeshadow shades, a blush, a shimmer powder, and two glosses. At first, I didn't know if the three shadows would blend, but they actually blend together quite well and create a subtle look as well as a more "wild" one. And for those of you who need a bit of direction, on the inside cover there are directions for a "mild" or a "wild" look using all the colors in the box. The lip glosses aren't as dramatic as they look - the "wild" one being a nice grape shimmer and the "mild" one an almost transparent bronze. The shimmer might be a little much for the over 30 set for daytime use, but it is a nice highlighter to have on hand. The blush isn't really my cup of tea, but it's a coloring issue, I think. I tend to go for more sheer colors on my cheeks, although it might encourage me to expand my horizons. I definitely don't focus much on blush.

All in all, this is a really great palette for $5. I would even consider it at the full price of $25, probably just for the instructions alone - I think those are super handy. It's really just a fun little thing that I will use every now and again and takes up too much room in my makeup basket. But if you're in Five Below, head to the makeup section (yes, they do have one) and pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.
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