Recently I've been reading so much on spending bans, tips to save money, blogging on budget etc. I too am feeling the pinch after Christmas. But I'm not going to give you any tips on how to save money or enforce your spending ban because, to be frank, I'm rubbish at it! But what I am going to give is my top makeup picks for the drug store! I will also be posting my top drugstore skincare, hair care and everything else so keep your eyes pealed for those!
Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter // £5.99
Seventeen is a brand that I think is highly over looked by the blogger community! I think they have some great products at really good affordable prices. And this 3 Way highlighter is brilliant! This can be used as a primer for an all over glow, add it to foundation to give a dewy finish, or use as a highlighter on the tops of the cheek bones for a sculpted look. I love this as primer. My dull, dehydrated skin is instantly awakened. It glides over imperfections, leaving a smooth, glowing base for makeup.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation // £9.99
This was a tough category to whittle down! But Bourjois claimed the crown with their Healthy mix foundation. Everything about this foundation is brilliant. It has a good medium but buildable coverage, leaves a lovely subtle glow to skin and blends seamlessly into the skin. And at £9.99 a pop - a definite drugstore must have! The only down side is the lasting power. It only lasts around 5-6 hours before breaking down. But this is to be expected with most 'glowy' foundations.
Maybelline Fit Me // £5.99
Dubbed a dupe for NARS radiant creamy concealer this definitely rivals some high end concealers. Although I've not actually tried the NARS one I cant make the comparison - but this is definitely a good alternative to my trusty Urban Decay naked skin. Its has good coverage, its creamy, doesn't crease under my eyes and is perfect for highlighting!
NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer // £5.50 POST
I couldn't do this post and not mention this. I haven't had this long but its one of the best concealers I've ever used to cover my horrendous dark circles! I have the shade yellow (I find yellow shades way better for concealing my dark circles than salmon tones). Its rather solid in constancy and takes some working into the skin but once its blended my dark circles are gone! Which is impressive! I've also picked this up in a skin tone colour for any blemishes that decide to make an appearance.
Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder // £8.99
I tend to shy away from powders because most dry my skin out and leave my face feeling dry and tight - which is not a good feeling in the slightest. But this!! Is amazing, its so finely milled it doesn't cake or look cakey. It doesn't dry my skin out or leave it feeling tight. It just sets my foundation perfectly with out any fuss!
Blush & Contour:
Collection Contour kit // £4.19 POST
Regular readers your probably bored of hearing about this now! But this is one of the best drugstore contour kits I've used! Not so much the highlight - I mean its okay but the contour shade is just brilliant! The shade is perfect for my skin tone, it blends easily, its not chalky at all and its well pigmented but too pigmented that you end up with crazy lines!
Max Factor Crème Puff Blush // £8.99 POST
These Max Factor blushes are the best that can be found in the drug store, in my opinion! If pigmentation, blendability and long wearing are what you want from a blush then these are for you! My favourite shades are 30 Gorgeous Berries - which is a lovely purple berry colour! And 5 lovely pink - which is a stunning pale pink shade. These blushes are buttery soft and blend out like a dream!
Makeup Revolution Blush // £1
Granted the Max Factor blushes are at the pricy end of the drug store blush scale. But these Makeup revolution blushes are brilliant for those on a tighter budget. They are easy to blend, well pigmented and have a great shade range. My Favourites are Treat - an orangey peach colour and Now which is very similar only more of muted orange colour with shimmers in it. And these are just £1! Yes, £1!!
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in the shade Crème De Nude // £4.99
I'm a huge fan of the colour Tattoo but this one in particular is my favourite! I like to use it as an eye shadow base. Its a creamy pale yellow colour which is perfect for hiding and discolouration, it also extends eye shadow wear and makes the colours stand out more.
Makeup Revolution Eye Shadow Palettes // £4 - £8
For Eyeshadow Makeup Revolution wins hands down! The brand offers a huge variety of palettes and colours and some pretty good dupes of eye shadows palettes. But the formula they offer at such low prices is crazy! All the palettes I have tried are pigmented, easy to blend and last all day! My favourites are:
- I heart cholocate palette - which has a stunning aray of a shadows inspired by chocolate. This also looks like a dupe of the Too Faced Chocolate palette.
- Redemption palette Iconic 1 - Has a beautiful collection of warm tones browns and nudes. This is very similar to the famous Naked palette.
- New-trals vs Neutrals palette - This palette offers a twist on your every day neutral palette, with colours ranging from burnt oranges to deep plums. This palette can create almost any eye look!
Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick // £6.99 POST
The drugstore have really up-ed their lipstick game! And these Matte lippies from Maybelline are some of the best the drugstore have to offer! They're matte, creamy, comfortable on lips and super long lasting! The shade range in the Uk is pretty poor compared to the range in America but the formula makes up for it! I have all the shades available. You see them all in action here. But my favourites are Divine Wine - a beautiful deep wine colour and Nude Embrace - a pale brown toned nude.
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Perfection Lipstick // £5.49
I had to give my Rimmel lipstick in the 03 an honourable mention! This is one of my favourite everyday matte lipsticks. Its a beautiful pink nude with brown undertones. The formula is great, it is creamy, opaque and easy to apply!
That's a lot of drug store products! I didn't include mascara because I just couldn't pick one! What are your favourite drug store products?
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