I have so much to write about that I had to divide this post into two parts. Part 2 ULTIMATE GUIDE : BEST DRUGSTORE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS




I’ve had a long term loving relationship with my local drugstore.I visit the makeup aisles so much that I know the cosmetic counter ladies by name. This love affair blossomed when I started wearing makeup in grade nine. All my¬†girlfriends were into M.A.C and I¬†honestly couldn’t afford it so the drugstore was my best¬†friend! My makeup bag was full of Covergirl, Maybelline, Revlon, Jane, and Bonne Belle ( as well as scrunchies and butterfly clips). These were all very affordable brands. I was constantly asked¬†what¬†lipstick is that your wearing or how come your eyeliner¬†doesn’t smudge like mine ? How you apply a products is important but¬†the product itself and the quality of¬†the product is key. To this¬†day, if I need an eyeliner or blush I hit the¬†drugstore first to see what’s on the market before I go to Sephora or M.A.C.¬†So it was only fitting for me to write a post about drugstore products that I personally use, love and repurchase over and over again!¬†

I’ve talked about this mascara on the blog before. I have this product in my¬†personal and professional kit. It doesn’t¬†clump or flake even after a 7.5 hr day. The wand itself is comfortable to hold and easy to use. Your lashes will look extra thick or as Maybelline promotes, Pumped UP!Hands down¬†the best mascara at the drugstore!

I’ve been using this liquid liner for about 10 years now. No joke. The packaging has changed slightly, but Revlon has¬†kept¬†the¬†same great formula.I love how the super skinny¬†tip makes drawing a cat eye simple and quick. I don’t feel the tip drags on¬†your skin like other liners do. The staying power is great for a drugstore¬†brand and I have this product in a brown and black. This is my most repurchased drugstore product.
I have to admit, the first time I tried these shadows I wasn’t a fan. I was comparing¬†them to the Mabyelline Tattoo shadows ,¬†which I ¬†still love and use.I¬†don’t know if L’Oreal changed the formula or if I just didn’t give¬†them a fair chance, but now I have quite a collection. I love how¬†creamy they feel and when applied change to a powder consistency. You can wear them sheer or layer them on for a more¬†intones look.¬†The pigmentation is ridiculous, especially Purple Obsession and¬†Glistening Garnet. These are not matte shades so there is a shine to them. These shadows remind me of the Urban Decay single shadows. My favourite combo is Pink Sapphire and Iced Latte.

I¬†love how silky the formula feels and once applied isn’t too drying or too dewy. It melts into the skin very¬†easily when patted down with a brush or a beauty blender. The applicator¬†tip on the¬†wand is great to use as well. I dab the product onto the back of my hand to warm it up and¬†then apply it with the beauty blender. As¬†with any concealer there is a bit of creasing after¬†about 7 hours of wear.¬†This is normal. It’s a great everyday¬†concealer and because of the¬†variety of shades available you can¬†definitely find¬†your perfect shade.
I know what your thinking, another Maybelline product ? I¬†can’t help it, Maybelline has some of the best drugstore products out there.¬†The quality of the¬†products IMO is very comparable to some of the higher end products that you may buy at Sephora or Ulta. This foundation is another example of how a¬†drugstore product can work wonders¬†of¬†you.The whole FIT me! line is great and this is my favourite MATTE foundation. I’ve¬†reached for my Becca Ever Shine Proof Foundation¬†less and less since I discovered the FIT me! collection. It’s much¬†cheaper and does a¬†great job! Will if dimish your pores? It’ll help blur them slightly but not get rid of them. ¬†This foundation is medium¬†coverage but it is very¬†buildable and¬†won’t look¬†cakey with more than one¬†application. I also use my trusty beauty blender to apply it. I find it dries super matte and lasts about 8 hours¬†before you may have to¬†reapply powder. This is very impressive!
Yes, another star product from Maybelline and No,¬†they are not¬†sponsoring this post! I have this matte lipstick in the shades Divine Wine,¬†Burgundy Blush( for olive skin tones wow!), Daringly Nude and I’m trying to get my hands on Rich Ruby.¬†This creamy matte lipstick is exactly that…it’s creamy and its matte. It’s non drying even while applying it. There’s no dragging of the lipstick as per usual practise with matte lipsticks. I love the bold colour choices Maybelline offers¬†with the¬†product. You will have no problems finding a shade or two or three (¬†like me) for every season. If your lips tend to be on the dry side, you can¬†apply a bit of Vaseline to your lips before applying¬†the lipstick,¬†however the matte formula¬†will¬†take a bit longer to settle in. I notice towards the end of the day the¬†formula does start to become dry but I reapply the lipstick and it looks as if I just applied it for the first time. This is how good¬†this product is. My sister and I adore these lipsticks so much that one Summer we bought upwards of ten¬†different shades and gave them away as gifts to relatives overseas. They still request and rave¬†about these lipsticks. For the price, you can’t go wrong!
I’m a M.A.C pressed powder girl and have been for many years now. With that being said, I have tried drugstore brand pressed powders.I’ve tried this , this and L’Oreal true match. By far my favourite is the¬†true match. The true match¬†formula contains no oils ¬†or¬†fillers so you always¬†have a weightless application with great coverage.¬†L’Oreal offers this¬†super-blendable powder in 18 shades. ¬†Combine¬†this powder with Super Blendable True¬†Match¬†Foundation and you have¬†yourself a winning¬†combination with flawless coverage. I love to pack this powder with me when I¬†have a small evening purse,it’s the perfect size and gets the¬†job done ver well.¬†
I wasn’t going to¬†include¬†any NYX products to this post because I¬†already dedicated a whole post to NYX Products(you can read it here),¬†but since I promised you the best of the best drugstore products I¬†had to include it. Hands down the best drugstore blush on the market. The texture is very silky and goes on sheer but you can build it up for more intensity. These are great for all skin tones as they have a wide¬†variety of shades to choose from. My last post I was up to 3 of these blush’s¬†but I¬†recently added¬†Red. It’s one of their more vivid colours. I haven’t worn it¬†yet and I¬†honestly can’t¬†wait to try it on!
I had to add another one of my favourite drugstore blush’s. This one is fairly new to the market (at least to the drugstores I frequent) and the packaging just got me! Physicians¬†Formula packaging is¬†just the best! It’s very reminiscent of BENEFIT packaging. According to the¬†instructions ,this blush can also¬†be used to highlight and¬†contour, but I just use it as a blush. I used it a lot in the Sumnmer just to achieve a¬†healthy glow as I¬†picked up¬†the natural shade. It does have¬†a soft¬†iridescence shine to it¬†which I really like¬†in the Summer and it looks very natural! The blush is super soft and it’s finely milled so you don’t need a¬†lot¬†of product to¬†achieve a nice glow. The technology behind this product is actually pretty cool. According to the company the blush is “infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress”. OK so now I¬†know why I’m so happy when I¬†wear this blush ūüôā
This bronzer is well deserving of it’s ELLE 2015 Beauty Grand¬†Prix win. This is another product that I’ve repurchased many times. It’s very soft, has a silky texture and is buildable. This bronzer comes in a matte and shimmery tone and is offered in 5 different shades. ¬†I usually scoop up Sun Dance which does have a bit of shimmer in it but nothing too crazy. As for the packaging , it’s very basic but for $8-$9 you get an award winning product so who cares about the lacklustre packaging.
I think this is the product that I’m most excited about! It’s a new product but I¬†defiantly see myself¬†repurchasing this so that’s why I wanted to¬†share this.¬†I have used a few of the essence products in the past(mascaras, eyeshadows) and I¬†liked them. I¬†wouldn’t say¬†that they’re my favourite¬†drugstore brand, but they’re good. Then I discovered this amazing¬†product. I¬†don’t know how long they’ve¬†been at my local drugstore but I only discovered them a¬†month ago. I quickly fell in love with their non sticky consistency as well as the¬†colour payoff!. One¬†swipe was all that I needed for full lip coverage. The liplgloss also¬†contact Vitamin E to¬†keep your lips hydrated. I’ve never liked¬†spending upwards of $20 on a lipgloss,so this find right here is the find of the¬†year!¬†These¬†glosses are¬†definitly on¬†rotation now! I’m in LOVE with¬†Red Blossom, Big Night Out and Fabulous¬†Fuchsia(¬†which I have only seen on other bloggers but¬†can’t seem to find).


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