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I think I have finally finished my Christmas shopping and I am just after a couple of extra bits and stocking fillers but thought I would share some ideas I’ve had so far.

I’ve been very impressed by Superdrug’s Christmas Stocking offerings this year for both men and women, and actually looking at the photo above now, a lot of it did come from Superdrug. They have great makeup bags, pom poms, affordable MUA palettes, affordable bath bits from Sweet Snuggles and Zoella, as well as the Sweet Shop Jars which I have made my way through rather quickly.

Onto hand creams, I honestly think hand creams are Christmas essentials, most women use hand creams, they’re perfect for any age and affordable. They work as great stocking fillers or smaller gifts for people you don’t know too well. Patisserie de Bain have great affordable hand & body lotions but if you’re looking for something a little fancier, then the tinned hand creams are great. The Body Shop tin comes with a nail file or alternatively the Vintage & Co hand cream is affordable but a really good size.

Another great option that every girl needs are hair accessories, hair clips and hair ties. Kitsch do some really cute options but my whole family are loving Invisibobbles and they’re much cooler than normal boring old hair bands so I’ll definitely be throwing some in for them.

Other great affordable options are lip balms like the Dr. Lipp one, The Body Shop Body Butters and face masks such as the Starskin sheet masks- great for some post-Christmas pampering.

Then you have the obvious socks and chocolates, I personally like my stocking to always have a few useful/must have bits like socks as well as fun beauty bits.

What do you most look forward to finding in your stocking on Christmas day?

mens-giftsAdmittedly, this post is a little later than expected but I’m sure I can’t be the only one that hasn’t finished their Christmas shopping so I thought I’d still share! I always struggle when buying men gifts, most of my girl friends I know would love a new MAC lipstick or an Urban Decay Palette but what do you buy the boys?

I’m going to start by pointing out the blog post is pretty beauty heavy, head to the end of this post if the men in your life aren’t too into beauty as I have some more ideas.

One of my favourite brand for men is Neal’s Yard as I find most of their packaging to be very luxe and unisex, I love the navy glass bottles! The Men’s Everyday Essentials Gift Set has a moisturiser, body wash and face wash, all essential items men will actually use.

If you’re on a bit of a budget Next and The Body Shop have some great gifts. My boyfriend loves The Body Shop shaving items and uses them almost daily so they’re always something I pick up for him but there are also other great sets from them. If you’re looking for a skincare and fragrance set then Next have it covered. Although Next fragrances aren’t the most expensive I personally really like them and are often very reminiscent of other fragrances. This signature set comes with a shaving gel, fragrance, post-shaving moisturiser and a really lovely toiletry bag!

If the man you are buying for is quite into skincare, then Clinique have a few different options to choose from. The Clinique Great Skin for Him would probably be my top pick as I love the toiletry bag and it’s very reasonably priced too! If you’re looking to get him a facial brush then I can’t recommend the Clinique one enough, in my opinion, it’s the best value for money and the one I recommend every time someone asks.

I’m going to be doing a whole post on Christmas fragrance but I have picked out Aramis Voyager and Joop! Homme Sport. Aramis Voyager is a great spicy fragrance, it’s not too strong and a quite a safe bet, especially if you don’t know the man’s fragrance taste too well. Joop! Homme Sport is a great scent for a younger man going into spring especially if he’s a fan of the original Joop!

If you’re looking for secret santa or stocking filler ideas then I’d head to Superdrug, not only do they have affordable pamper sets like the Man’s Stuff one which is photographed above but they also have great novelty gifts. I’m going to pick some up myself for my boyfriend as they’re so inexpensive that you can’t go wrong!

If your dad/partner likes beer then I can’t recommend the Brew Barrel enough. My dad rarely gets excited about gifts but I gave him one for fathers day and he really liked it. I ended up helping him make it and he was surprised about just how good the beer was. They’re reasonably priced, you can pick the sort of beer they like and it’s really quick and east to make. I really regret not picking up a few more of these as I know so many men that would have really appreciated it!

If you’re still in need of idea’s I always find Urban Outfitters have a good gift section, I’m buying my Boyfriend a good coat this year (which I am yet to find) but have previously bought watches, scarves, Playstation Games and shoes which have all gone down quite well.

If you have any other ideas leave them down below and be sure to come back tomorrow for another gift guide.

drugstore favesSo drugstore week has come to a close, I do have one more video to upload but it requires me recording a voice over and I have a cold so I’m going to try to postpone to a time where I have a slightly less nasally voice.

I really enjoyed forcing myself back into the drugstore and have discovered so many great products in doing so. A few years back whilst I was still a student this blog was focused almost fully on drugstore makeup but as my blog grew and as I became an adult (and got a job) I seemed to move on to higher end products which often feel more luxurious but there are some real treasures to be found in Boots and Superdrugs.

My top new discoveries of this week have been the Maybelline Brow Satin which I have used every day since discovering it and the Sleek Matte Me Lipstick in Birthday Suit.

When filming my new video (out later this video) I had a good rummage through my collection and made some great re-discoveries. The L’Oreal Glam Bronze is the perfect winter bronzer, adding just the perfect amount of warmth to the face. I also used the Seventeen Eyes On Me palette in Birthday Suit and turns out it has some truly beautiful, creamy colours (I didn’t try the creams shadows though).

The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Me Lip Colors are out in March and I’m so glad that you guys seem to be as excited as I am (Swatches here).

I’ve embedded all my #drugstoreweek videos below incase you haven’t had a chance to watch them all yet but don’t forget to check out My Guide to the UK Drugstore. 



I’m thinking of making Drugstore week a regular thing, maybe every 3 months or so- let me know what you think in the comments. I really want to share my favourite affordable brushes, as well as dive into drugstore skincare.

What drugstore posts would you like to see next?

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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?

This morning whilst browsing in Boots and picking up a few foundations I noticed that there are brands I trust more than others for certain products and I thought I would share which they are. I know some people are a little scared of drugstore products as there often is anyone to help you chose the best product and there are so many brands it can often be overwhelming. 

I try to stay clear of the very inexpensive brands when it comes to foundation and my go-to has to be L’Oreal, I think True Match is just as good as most of my highend foundations and I have high hopes for Infallible too (picked it up today so will get back to you soon). Other great options are the Bourjois range (although do be careful as my skin is particularly sensitive to these) and Revlon Colorstay if you are looking for good coverage. To set my foundation I almost always use Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder if I want one with a little colour. 

Although it seems every blogger loves the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I find it to be far too drying my go-to are Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, Rimmel Wake Me Up and Bourjois Healthy Mix although I have also been loving the Barry M Instant Light Concealer which is great if you don’t need too heavy coverage.

I would be lying if I said I regularly reach for drugstore eyeshadows, it’s not that I think they’re bad it’s just that I love my highend palettes. If I had to pick I do use my Makeup Revolution palette every now and then, the L’Oreal Maybelline Colour Tattoos and I’ve heard great things about the L’Oreal La Palette Nude although I have never tried it myself. 

I haven’t strayed from Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for a while but before I became so loyal I loved all of the Max Factor mascaras, if it’s volume that you want than I find that they always deliver and would always be my best drugstore bet. 

In terms of lipliner and eyeliner Rimmel are my fail safes, super inexpensive, great colour range and just work exactly as I want them too. Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob is one of my all time favourites. I haven’t yet found a liquid/gel liner that I love (I’m struggling in general with these) but I’d love some recommendations if you have any.

I think Bourjois do the best blushers and bronzers with their baked blush in Rose D’Or being an absolute must have for everyday. 

There are so many great lipsticks in the the drugstore; L’Oreal do some beautiful reds, I regularly reach for my Rimmel Lipsticks but Revlon and Bourjois also have great ranges. 

The one place I always save on has to be nails, I rarely buy highend nail polishes, instead opting for; Barry M, Rimmel and Models Own, the quality is great and the colour range is extensive.

There are some real gems to be found in the drugstore, hopefully this will help you with your journey if you are someone that feels a little overwhelmed/untrusting of drugstore. Every brand has a few good products it’s just knowing which ones they are, if you have any further questions regarding Drugstore makeup head on over to my Facebook Page where I am happy to help