drugstore

Today is a bit of a preview to my absolute favourite drugstore products which I will share with you tomorrow but I thought I would quickly go through the UK drugstore brands, what products I like and which I love. I’m hoping it might help anyone that is a little scared of drugstore, looking for great affordable products or someone coming to the UK and looking to get a few products which you might not be able to get in other countries.

B. (available here)
My top pick: Brush Cleanser
Available exclusively in Superdrugs B. is quite a new brand and I haven’t tried too much from them, their brushes are quite nice but their brush cleanser is my favourite!

Barry M (available here)
My top pick: Nail Paints
One of the best brands to pick up whilst in the UK as it still isn’t too widely available everywhere else, their Dazzle Dust are quite underrated if you love shimmery shadow but their nail paints are a must try and very affordable. They offer everything from nail care to glitter and gel effect polishes.

Bourjois (available here)
My top pick: Healthy Balance Powder
Available quite readily in Europe Bourjois has really high quality products at great prices. Although their foundations break me out I think they are a great drugstore option for anyone that doesn’t have sensitive skin. Their blushers are some of my absolute favourites but their concealers and lipsticks are also worth a look.

Collection (available here)
My top pick: Lasting Perfection Concealer
Very affordable drugstore brand, I personally find the Lasting Perfection Concealer a little drying but it’s very affordable and highly rated by so many people that it’s a must try.

Gosh (available here)
My top pick: Velvet Touch Liners
Surprisingly this was the hardest brand for me to pick a top product from, everything is nice but there isn’t really anything I can’t live without. Other than the Velvet liners, the lipsticks and blushers are also both really nice.

L’Oreal (available here)
My top pick: True Match Foundation
L’Oreal True Match foundation is an absolute must have with a nice colour selection but the liners, neutral eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks are also worth picking up.

Makeup Revolution (available here)
My top pick: Eyeshadow Palettes
Known for offering affordable alternative to cult beauty products, their palettes and lipsticks are great alternatives to highend brands.

MaxFactor (available here)
My top pick: Mascaras
Although I love the whole range, no other drugstore brand offers better volumising mascaras than MaxFactor, I don’t have a particular favourite but all the ones I have tried have been great.

Maybelline (available here)
My top pick: Instant Eye Eraser Concealer
Great all round brand but the Instant Eye Eraser is a great alternative to highend concealers and I would quite happily swap my usual cocnealer for it. I also really like Dream Flawless Nude Foundation, Brow Satin Eye Pencil and their Color Sensational Lipsticks.

Models Own (available here)
My top pick: Nail Polishes
Models Own started by offering nail polishes and I still think it’s what they do best. My favourite colours are Beach Bag and Utopia although their Hypergel and glitters are generally great ranges.

MUA (available here)
My top pick: Luxe Velvet Lipsticks
Anther super inexpensive UK beauty brand, their eyeshadow palettes are also great value for money!

Real Techniques (available here)
My top pick: Core Collection brushes
Probably my favourite brush brand, their original collection is still by far my favourite along with their sponge, I would personally skip the bold metals collection (although they look beautiful) as they’re pricier and not as soft.

Revlon (available here)
My top pick: Colorstay Foundation (particularly for oily skins)
Revlon is a great brand for almost everything and it has quite a makeup artist feel to it. If you like lip crayons then Revlon do the best affordable ones.

Rimmel (available here)
My top pick: Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob
Theres so many great items from Rimmel, the whole Exaggerate range is excellent, I love their lipsticks and I reach for their foundations and concealers regularly.

Sleek Makeup (available here)
My top pick: Contour Kit
Has a special place in my heart as I use to blog about Sleek endlessly when I first started blogging. Palettes, blushers and Matte Me in Birthday Suit are all well loved in my collection.

Soap & Glory (available here)
My top pick: Kick Ass Concealer
Slightly higher price point in comparison for drugstore products but I adore their body products. Other great product include Brow Archery, Supercat liner and Thick & Fast Mascara

Topshop (available here)
My top pick: Lipsticks
Not strictly drugstore as it’s available only in Topshop stores but a great price point. All the lip products, blushers, bronzers and nail polishes I have tried have been fab but the glow highlighter has to be the best cream affordable one I own.

Would love to hear your drugstore recommendation in the comments, are there any drugstore secrets I am missing?

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Liquid lipsticks seem to be everywhere recently and I have really been enjoying trying them which is why I was super excited for the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor to come through the door.

Sadly they’re only available to purchase in March so theres a little while to go still but I have been road testing them and wanted to share my thoughts.

Overall I really love them and I can’t wait to check out the other three colours from the seven colour range. The video below includes swatches, my thoughts and the overall wear throughout the day.

Available from March, RRP £8.99 at Boots, Superdrugs and Amazon

I’m always excited for a new drugstore launch, especially either Revlon or Bourjois so naturally I was looking forward to getting the new Revlon HD Lipsticks a try and I was ready to fall in love.

At first glance the colour’s are beautiful, packaging is quite nice and sound like exactly what I want for spring/summer. Although I remain a little unsure what a HD lipstick actually is, I have been trying these for a while and I’m still a little on the fence about these. 

The biggest problem has to be the packaging, I like the silver mirrored barrel and I don’t mind the clear case however the lipstick doesn’t go the whole way down meaning I always manage to dent the lipstick and smear it down the clear lid when closing which doesn’t look great. I find that this has pretty much meant I have to force myself to use these as I almost fear denting them even more. That said the clear lid is great as you can see exactly which colour you are picking up even if you can see the smudged lipstick. 

The formula is unlike any other I have tried, it’s creamy with a slightly sheeny finish, although Hydrangea has got some sparkles in it. The pigmentation is nice and opaque within two swipes but I find that they cling into any lines or dry patches I have. I do find that if my lips are in good condition then it is actually a really hydrating and comfortable lipstick to wear. The colours range from nudes to pinks and oranges, meaning there is something for almost everyone but Peony and Rose are my personal favourites. 

However the fear of smudging, denting and ruining the lipstick still makes me avoid these lipstick, a repackage would really help. Worth trying but I’d recommend buying just one and seeing how you get on with it before buying a few different shades. 

Since it’s January I thought I would share some of my favourite drugstore products which are under £10. Let me know in the comments which are your favourite inexpensive products that you use on a regular basis.

There has been quite a big move towards pencils and crayons in the last few years in the beauty industry and I can totally see why. They’re easy to carry in your handbag, don’t require brushes, the textures are usually beautifully creamy and I could almost do my whole face with just crayons and pencils (apart from foundation and mascara)

The reason I started thinking about this blog post was because of the Nudestix I tried a while back, although I think they’re all quite nice the concealer stuck out to me the most and I’ve had it in my handbag since. The Nudestix Concealer Pencil is creamy and easy to apply, I never apply too much and can just use my fingers to blend it all in. 

Another product which is permanently in my handbag and which I find really helps me look more awake after a long day other than concealer is the Benefit High Brow. It’s designed for the brow bone and it’s great for this but I also love it in the inner corner of my eye or warmed up and blended on to my cheeks. The colour is great and it saves me carrying around highlighters which I always manage to shatter. 

Pencils we all use are eyeliners and brow pencils- there are so many great ones that I’m not at all too fussy as long as they’re pigmented and creamy. I love the Urban Decay 24/7 Liners and the Rimmel Liners, they’re just the best! 

Everyone has jumped on the Clinique Chubby Stick bandwagon but I still think Clinique does it best although the Revlon ones do come a close second. However when I am after something a little brighter, more pigmented and often matte I reach for either Topshop Bullets or Nars Lip Pencils. I also love Clinique Chubby Sticks Cheek Colour which are great if you are into cream blush! 

I don’t think I’ve quite mastered the eyeshadow crayon and usually do finish off with a shadow on top or through the crease but I do love the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows. 

What are your essential pencils/crayons?