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

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? 

Over the last few weeks I’ve been embracing autumn and reaching for darker shades of lipsticks. Here are my picks of the top drugstore ones, all for under £8 and one even as low as £1.99. They’re great if you’re on a budget or simply want to try a new lipstick without forking out too much. 
I’d love to find out which lipstick is your favourite for autumn in the comments.

I don’t often talk about product I dislike as I see it as almost a waste of time being negative however I thought I would share some products that didn’t quite meet my expectations. Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean you wont especially as soon of the products I mentioned are loved by the beauty community. I also don’t have photos for many of the products as I don’t use them but they are all linked so you can have a look.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter (£12) & Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£10)
I gave this cleansing butter and oil a really good go and loved using it however there is something that is in them that breaks me out in really painful spots that I had to stop using it. If you don’t have sensitive skin then you may actually love this and the price point is great too.

Bioderma Micelle Solution (£18.40)
Is there anyone that hasn’t tried Bioderma Michelle Solution? I absolutely love the idea of it and it’s great to use occasionally or if you are a makeup artist however I have had to stop using it. I use to use it as my first cleanse before following with a balm/cream cleanser but I found it really dehydrated my skin and in turn caused me to breakout. I have even tried the version for dehydrated skin and it was just as bad, if not worse!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19)
I used this for a while years ago as it is very inexpensive and everyone raves about it, however I believe there is lots of drugstore concealers that are much better. Although this concealer offers good coverage and staying powder I find it to look very heavy on the skin and crease under the eye area. Keep and eye out for a post featuring my favourite drugstore concealers which are much better alternatives.

Bronze Buffer ($10)
There are products that simply didn’t work for me and then there is this. I wouldn’t recommend anyone go anywhere near this, the reviews online are bad and it completely burnt my skin off and was unbearably painful. It done what it said it would be removed my skin as well as my patchy fake tan, I was really light with it but it still completely ruined the skin on my chest for a whole week.

Rimmel Wake Me up Foundation (£7.99)
I’ve been using the Wake me Up Concealer for a while now and love it but since I hear lots of people rave about the foundation too I thought I would give it a go. I don’t think these foundation is a bad one and might actually be great if you have very dry skin but I was still a little disappointed. On application it’s a beautiful foundation with a glowy finish and medium coverage but even on my combination skin it gets very greasy and almost slides off. I really wanted to love this as the finish is stunning and the price is great but it doesn’t last long enough and I won’t be repurchasing.

What products have you recently been disappointed by?

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I love shorts, skirts and dress even though my legs are far from perfect. To help get them looking better I insist on fake tan (or natural too) as it gives me a little added confidence. I have a range of products which I always rely on for some leg help…

St Tropez Instant Tan Waterproof £10
I’ve been using this for years now, even before it was a waterproof product and find it to be my favourite instant tan. The colour isn’t very dark but it adds a little colour, dries quickly and I don’t have to worry about rain or spilt drinks. Even my mother, who is scared of fake tan loves this!

MAC Face & Body, £21.50
If you are looking for some coverage as well as a little colour I really like the MAC Face & Body. I find this foundation to be a little too sheer for my face most days but I love wearing it on my body, it isn’t going to cover bruises or tattoos but it will really help even out your skin tone and I’ve even used it to cover fake tan mistakes. As it is quite sheer you can go a shade or two darker and once it sets you don’t need to worry about it transferring.

He-Shi Rapid 1 Hour Tan £22.50

Unlike most fake tans this one develops and is ready to wash off in as little as an hour although I think three hours is the perfect time. You also won’t have to worry about it fading throughout the day or getting spilt on as the guide colour would have been washed off and it will remain perfect all day. If I have a spare few hours this is my favourite out of all the options.
Clinique Self Sun Body Tint £19
If you want a light-medium looking tan I’ve been loving the Clinique Self Sun Body Tint which adds the perfect glow without being too dark and lasts a good few days. It also doesn’t have a very strong scent for those of you that hate the biscuity fake tan smell.

Bioderma Photoderm Autobronzant £15
If you are looking for a slightly darker tan I would recommend this one which is super easy to apply and has a very natural but darker colour. I also find that this hides imperfections quite well due to it’s consistency, although it comes in a spray I personally still love a mitt.

Lush Charisma £12 and Black Stocking £7.95
If you are looking for something a little more natural I have been reaching for these two Lush offerings recently. Charisma is a skin tint which is designed to be used on the face but I have found it also works really well down the lets if you already have a bit of a tan and simply want to add a little more warmth. It is quite a small tub so you wouldn’t want to do your entire body but you don’t require too much to cover just your legs. 

What are your favourite tans and highlighters for the legs?
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