If there is one thing that I’ve always wondered about when I read UK beauty blogs, it is Boots. In my mind, Boots has always been this allusive place much like a US drugstore, overly expensive, small, and empty. However, when I walked in for the first time yesterday, it was the exact opposite of what I expected.
For one, Boots is a big place. The one in Leicester is two stories, and each floor is big with multiple aisles which has a mix of both drugstore and high end brands. There are employees basically everywhere and, customers come up and ask questions about products and for recommendations.
It’s a lot like a Sephora, but bigger, cheaper, and busier.
Anyway, the trip to Boots was a necessary one. I needed toiletries that didn’t come in a travel size tube, and when I asked the local British students, they said Boots was the place to go for cheap beauty products. Hence, a good excuse to go somewhere I was already planning on going.
The first stop was the hair care aisle because a pinky size tube of shampoo isn’t going to cut it for the next three months. I decided on the Pantene Pro-V shampoo and conditioner for Volume & Body because it was the cheapest I could find at £3.49 ($5.57) a tube. Apparently, that whole conversion rate thing is quite the pain in the butt.
However, Boots was a running a 2 for 3 special (it took me about five minutes to realize that meant buy two and get one free), so I also got the Pro V Clarifying shampoo. I will swap this out with the volume shampoo, and hopefully that will help with any buildup.
Next up, I needed some essentials. I graduated to some big girl sized toothpaste for £.59 ($.94) and splurged on some mouthwash for £4.01($6.40). Here’s me warning you that while the next few months will be probably be filled with me raving about Europe, the money conversion rate will not be one of those things.
Last but not least, I needed something to get off my chipped nail polish from the past few days. I got some Boots Nail Polish Remover for £.50 ($.80), two sets of cotton pads for £2.53 ($4.05), and Q-tips for £1.05 ($1.68). I already used the polish remover, and I have to say it works better than any American nail polish remover I’ve owned.
I only needed to use one cotton pad and it got all my polish off – pretty awesome for being less than a dollar.
Overall, I would say Boots is a pretty cool place. If I didn’t have to convert to dollars, I would say that the prices are more than fair and as cheap as Walmart is in the States. The makeup selection is even better than Walmart, and Boots also has testers for a lot of the foundations and skin products.
You can expect a Boots haul in the future. After all, the conversion rate aside, there is no way I am living in a foreign country for three months and not trying out some UK-only makeup.
Do you shop at Boots? What’s your favorite drugstore/high street stores?