STAR PICKS FROM THE 'DRUGSTORE'
*SORRY NOT SORRY FOR MAKING YOU BUY ALL THE BELOW
Makeup is such a wonderful thing, it allows you to transform yourself into whoever you wanna be, allows you to express your inner creativity and of course, allows you to pretend as though you haven't been knockin' back all the shots the night before and only got 3 hours sleep. Can I get a hallelujah for concealer?!
Makeup and beauty trends change all the time, one minute matte lipstick is the thing and the next it's all about glossy numbers... with that in mind, constantly overhauling your makeup collection is not only exhausting but can be pretty darn expensive.
High-end beauty products are a real treat, that's for sure and there's so much to love... impeccable packaging, great formulas and even better results but the obvious downfall is that high-end beauty often comes with a hefty price tag. The kind where you get to the till with only a handful of items and choke because you realise you're about to spend half your rent on a couple of bits.
Beauty guru's have harped on about drugstore finds for years and years and I've found some of my absolute favourite, holy grail products whilst scouring the shelves of Boots.
Seeing as I recently showed you some high-end bits that had been added to my collection (if you missed it, you can read it here), I thought it was only fair to do a roundup of my favourite 'drugstore' products too!
FOUNDATION - Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
This foundation has been around for yonks and has been reformulated a few times but its always one that I turn back to. There are just so many aspects that make it so enjoyable to use; firstly there's a wide colour range so it will suit lots of different skin tones, the formula itself is fab and blends really well into the skin, it has the perfect skin-like finish as it's not too dewy but not too matte but the highlight for me is the smell. It smells so bladdy good; all fruity and delicious and I'm not sure if that's what you really should be looking for from a foundation but well, it doesn't hurt at all! I couldn't recommend this foundation enough!
This is SUCH a cult product and again, one that has been around for years and years. I actually discovered this concealer after loads of beauty guru's on Youtube were raving about it and so I naturally had to test it out for myself. For roughly £4, it's a bloody bargain and not only that but it does a great job! It gives medium-to-full coverage and so is ideal for covering blemishes, redness and other imperfections, it blends really well, has good longevity and doesn't crease. Absolute winner! I don't tend to use it for under the eye, just because I personally like something with a bit more brightness but I know many people that use this all over!
POWDER - Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
This was actually a recommendation from Tanya Burr and she swears by it! I have quite an oily t-zone, especially in the summer so a powder is crucial for me. I find loose powders so irritating because they're just so messy and go absolutely everywhere so I tend to stick to pressed powders. This one ticks a lot of the boxes, it's finely milled, reduces any shine, minimises any pores and doesn't sit in any weird lines!
MASCARA - L'Oreal Paradise Mascara in Black
I'm forever on the hunt for a good mascara because I think a good set of lashes are something that can completely transform your face! This is a new one for me but even after one use, I can already tell that it's a real gooden'. Firstly, the packaging is rose gold so the packaging already ticks one box for me but it's one of those mascaras that works wonders in just one coat. Of course it's build able and even with more coats, its not clumpy at all, it provides you with a fanned out, feathery lash look whilst still managing to add volume and length. I AM IN ABSOLUTE LOVE.
EYELINER - Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen
I can't rave about this product enough and I've actually recommended it to so many friends over the years. I actually have quite oily lids, especially if I don't use a primer, so I find that a lot of liquid eyeliners can transfer which is obviously not ideal. However, this one doesn't do that!!! The nib is rigid and firm so there isn't too much flexibility, in a good way, as it means you can literally draw your line with great precision and really quickly. The liquid itself is the perfect consistency, not too wet and not too dry. The black dries off to a satin finish so it has a slight light reflection but you can build it up to look more matte if that's the look you're after.
BROWS - NYX Micro Brow Pencil
Similarly to lashes, brows are another thing that can completely transform and frame your face. The best thing I love about this product is that it's just super handy and practical, with the waxy brow pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. It is super pigmented, even with the lightest touch, it glides on so smoothly and because of its fine tip, you can control exactly how thick or thin you want the strokes. The formula is pretty dry and hard which means that you can create quite a natural effect - plus it also means that it'll last longer.
BLUSH - Soap & Glory Love At First Blush
This is actually kinda a two-in-one product as it has not only peachy pink blush shades but also lighter highlight-esque shades running through it too. This makes it extremely versatile and I've found lots of different ways to use it; you can use the whiter shades to highlight your skin, a very light swirl mixing the colours together for a glowing finishing powder or just concentrate on the peachy pink shades as a blush. I'd say it's definitely quite a summery product as it leaves quite a glowy, almost sheeny finish on the skin but it's very build able, the colours would be flattering on a lot of skin tones and it blends nicely too!
Firstly, yes, I do realise that this is a blush but the colour and formula actually works even better as a bronzer. This was a bit of an impulse buy for me but I really, really love it! I'm definitely one to go for a matte bronzer over a shimmery alternative which I think is actually quite hard to find, especially on the high street. The powders are very buttery and blend able, and have just the right amount of pigment for a bronzer. It applies beautifully on the skin, leaving almost a sheeny finish which lasts pretty much all day.
One thing I must point out that for actual lipsticks, I tend to go high-end because I do like to invest in them and think you do tend to pay for what you get however when looking through my collection, I did notice that I've got quite a few liquid lipsticks from the high street, all of which I really enjoy using.
They almost have this mousse-like consistency which just glide onto your lips. They tend to take a few seconds for the liquid lipstick to dry matte so don't be fooled once you first put them on, and also note that they do dry to look a bit different than what's in the tube. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. They leave a nice satiny finish on the lips and lasts for a long time. The only slight negative is that although its not drying at all, it can enhance any cracks or dryness on your lips so make sure you exfoliate and pop on some lip balm beforehand.
Unlike the above, this really does dry into a matte which is definitely the finish I prefer for a darker lip. They're really versatile as they work well as a slight stain on the lips but can be built up very easily to be very opaque and striking in colour! The best bit is that they just don't budge, even when eating and drinking, so you don't have to worry about having red lipstick smeared all over your face haha.
... bloody hell that was a long one and congratulations if you got all the way to the end haha! I hope you enjoyed my roundup of products and if you have any recommendations, I'd love for you to leave me a comment below!