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?

With Easter this week I thought I would share a fun nail look which anyone can achieve but is also a great way to share five beautiful pastel shades with you. This isn’t really a work appropriate nail but it’s great for anyone that is on half term from school/uni or someone that wants something a little more fun for the four-day weekend.

Three of the shades were from the new S/S15 Gosh range, which is a high-shine and fast drying line made up of seven colours. I used Pretty Ballerina, French Dream and Sunkissed which all applied well with two/three coats which is pretty standard from a pastel polish but dried very quickly too (I also used Snow White for the dots). At only £3.99 they are a great option if you are looking for affordable polishes.

Also affordable is the Collection 7 Day Wear polish which I used in Ice admittedly this is a little bit streakier but look great after three thin coats and is a really beautiful pastel robin egg blue,

Quality wise I really love the Nails Inc Gel Effect polishes (Nails Inc have some truly beautiful new shades which I will hopefully share soon!) and although they are more expensive they are worth the extra ££, especially if it is a shade you will get lots of wear from. The pigmentation is excellent requiring only two thin coats but the high-shine is really comparable to that of a gel manicure. I used the shade Seven Dials which although isn’t to everyones taste I find really brightens up the other colours.

Along with having a tan I would say pretty coloured nails can really brighten my mood, these five are my current favourites and the ones I will be reaching for to lift my mood over the next few month.

I realise that Nails Inc VVB Bamboo White (review here) isn’t cheap, possibly the most expensive in my collection but I have worn it so much since getting it: it’s perfect! Although it’s quite a natural shade it looks effortlessly chic and works both on long and short nails, I’m already considering buying another bottle but it’s a shame it is only available as a duo as I haven’t had much wear from the red.

Another alternative which is quite classic but much brighter is Burberry Bright Coral Red, which applies like a dream and can really carry you from spring into summer. I also love a bright blue polish in spring (actually all year round) and have really fallen for the new Bourjois La Laque range, this one is in Only Bluuuue.

In terms of pastels, which are a must, my two favourites are Barry M Speedy in Eat My Dust (review here) and Gosh Apple Bloom. This Barry M one dries really quickly so it’s a great one when you a rushing out the door and don’t have much time but Gosh Apple Bloom is beautiful too and I think pastel green often gets forgotten.

Off to paint my nails now, probably Nails Inc VVB Bamboo White… again.

 A while back I went to the Gosh A/W event and fell in love with many of their products. I think Gosh is a great highstreet brand (although it can be a little over priced) and I am a great fan of their nail polishes. I don’t know too much about this polish, I’m not sure if it is out already although I am assuming it is limited edition. I love the colour Spot On! Pink its a mid toned pink leaning slightly on the red side.

This polish was a great to apply; I like brush, it applied really easily as well as quickly. This colour needed just two coats and dried really quickly. As an extra bonus I really like the packaging I think the little stars make it super cute. The only thing that confuses me slightly is that I see this colour as being quite summery and not something I would expect to see in an Autumn/Winter Collection- either way great polish!


Gosh Nail Lacquers are available for £5 from Superdrugs

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 Over Christmas I got a Gosh set which had the Extreme 2 Step Volume Mascara in it, I was actually going to give it away but I remember that one of my friends always raves about two step mascara. In the past I have tried them and not quite got on with them, it takes me long enough to apply one set mascara let alone two! However most of all I hate the sometime you can see the white coat which is underneath, but onto the review…

 The brush on both sides of the mascara is normal size average mascara brush which I was quite happy to see, the size makes the mascara easy and quick to apply.

 Step one
I was left with white lashes which didn’t look much thicker and only a little longer….

 Step two
My lashes look much thicker and longer however I was still disappointed. Before apply mascara I always curl my lashes however this really didn’t hold the curl at all, making my lashes almost instantly straight! Although it did add volume my lashes were crispy and flaky which always gets really uncomfortable towards the end of the day.

Overall, this mascara deliver what it claims to, thicker lashes however for me the fact it doesn’t hold a curl means my eyes don’t look as open as I like and the dryness of the products gets uncomfortable once it begins to flake.

Gosh is available from Superdrugs

Have you tried any Gosh mascaras?
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