Hello, my Loves!
As much as I love high-end makeup, and sometimes think that you really do pay for what you get, I am hands down a drugstore girl! As a student, I really don’t splash out on makeup that often, so I prefer to take a trip to Boots and Superdrug and explore their counters for the best products from the drugstore. Today I wanted to go through each makeup category and tell you all about my favourite affordable products, I hope you enjoy!
I have tried many illuminating primers from the drugstore, and this one is hands down my favourite and I will continue to repurchase until I find something that is even better (which I think is highly unlikely). I love how although it has a light blendable consistency, my skin instantly looks illuminated and no matter what foundation I apply, my skin still continues to glow. I also want to try out the Lumi Foundation!
One of my favourite factors of this foundation is its huge shade range so I can assure that you will find the perfect shade for you! This also means that I can still wear my foundation whether I am wearing fake tan or not. With the perfect combination of longevity and full coverage, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or make it look cakey. I can not fault the majority of the L’oreal base products.
I am never without this concealer in my collection and have repurchased so many tubes, to which I have both the shades Fair and Medium. I use the shade Fair to highlight and conceal my dark circles, whilst on the other hand, I use Medium to conceal my blemishes, but only when I am wearing fake tan! Just like True Match, it is full coverage without being cakey, and it really does last on the skin!
Now contouring is an area I’ve always found hard, as the products have either been to red toned or look muddy when applied. Until I discovered this little gem! I apply the contour shade to my cheekbones and forehead and blend it gently with a stippling brush, and my face instantly looks so sculpted. I also use the highlight shade to carve out my brows, as I find that as a concealer product is it far too greasy.
On a daily basis, I don’t tend to powder my face, as I decide to just use a setting spray. Although I do use this powder every day to set my eyelid primer, and I have found that it does make my eyeshadows last even longer, and blend so much easier. Although when used with a huge powder brush, this is the perfect powder for a night out.
I have finally found the perfect bronzer for me, to which when this is applied over the cream contour it just sets everything in place. It allows my skin to look bronzed and golden, without looking muddy. I always carry this in my handbag to make sure I am glowing throughout the day.
Now I own so many MUR highlighters, as for the price of just £3, the add such a beautiful sheen to the skin, to which I prefer this to a highlighter which is filled with glitter. When I apply this to my inner corners, my eyes and eye makeup looks lifted and makes me look so much more wide awake. I love it!
When it comes to blushers, I prefer those that just give me a healthy glow. I most often go for a subtle baby pink, as I find that pink tones make my green eyes really pop. I love how the max factor ones are mineralised, so when all of the colours are swirled together it creates a much more natural effect, that one whole block of colour.
I like how although this mist is supposed to leave your skin feeling matte, it locks in the oils that your skin produces throughout the day, it does not affect the luminous glow from the other base products!
This is my drugstore dupe for the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, although this one is a lot less ashy and little harder to work with, it is still a wonderful product if you have a lot of patience. This is also the perfect travel brow product, as it has a spoolie on one end and the product on the other!
I adore this brow powder! Applying the darker powder from the middle to the tip of my brow and the lighter powder at the beginning of my brow in order to create the effect of natural fuller brows.
I often prefer a tinted brow gel, although this one still adds texture to my brows, whilst setting them in place all day! I believe that it is the argan oil that makes them look texturized. I also love how it has a flexible applicator which makes it easier to get your brows in the perfect shape. Super quick and easy!
I apply this with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, in my opinion, this is the best eyeshadow primer on the market, as it dries instantly and allows you to easily blend any shadow that is applied.
In my opinion, this is the most versatile palette from the drugstore. I use the matte brown and oranges during the day from something easy and simple, as well as using the shimmers to highlight my inner corner and brow bone. And when I’m feeling bold I will use the pinks and red tones, as I still feel you can still create a neutral look if you apply them with a light hand.
I can never be without my classic wing, and this is my favourite liquid liner to create it with. It is so easy to work with, and I now believe I am liquid liner pro! it has the extreme black pigmentation combined with the perfect amount of longevity.
One of my pet peeves with mascara is when it flakes and falls onto my face, which this mascara certainly does not do. It adds life to my limp lashes, and is the blackest of the black! I will most certainly be repurchasing it until I find something better!
I alternate between these lip liners and the essence ones, although I find that these ones are so much more pigmented and more creamy. Brown & Nude can be applied to any kind of nude lip product, and it just amplifies the pigmentation of the products.
I think I’ve already said enough about these liquid lipsticks on my blog, but they really are my favourite liquid lipsticks of all time. They are pigmented, creamy and every shade is quite simply beautiful, I need them all!
L’oreal also provide my favourite lipsticks, in particular, this one! It can be applied as a subtle nude sheen, or as a lip topper on top of the matte lip paint in Babe-In!
Tiramisu is my perfect nude gloss shade, whether it is against my fair skin or even when I have a tan, as it is the perfect pink toned nude. The formula of the non-sticky ‘buttery’ glossy finish combined with the powerful longevity means this is the best everyday lip product!
What is your favourite drugstore product?
Thank-you for reading
lots of love