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?


It’s January. Most of us spent too much on food and presents last month and therefore our bank balances aren’t looking as healthy as usual. It’s also cold and getting colder – I’m seriously starting to miss the sunshine and am patiently waiting for the summer months to get here.

When life gets tough(er) I like to call on all those lipstick quotes, you know ‘lipstick can’t solve all your problems, but it’s a good place to start’; ‘If you’re sad add more lipstick and attack’; or ‘Just put your favourite lipstick on and deal with it.’ Any of these cliche quotes will do. Basically I think lipstick goes a long way to making you feel better and help you deal with life.

If I’m having a really rough day then I always go for a bright red, not only does it portray a certain amount of confidence but it makes me feel that little bit more powerful and able to conquer my day. The drugstore does great affordable red’s. However, theres something extra special and bold about Topshop Rio Rio. As it’s an orange red, it’s a colour I would typically associate with summer, but the hint of blue makes it wearable all year round.

Another great powerful shade, which is a little more appropriate for winter, is Rimmel ‘The Only One Lipstick in Under My Spell.’ It’s a great vampy shade which actually isn’t too scary or dark making it very wearable- I also love the smell, which is a plus!

Then onto nudes, which I simply can’t get enough of recently…

Sleek Matte Me in Birthday suit has been my favourite lip product recently. It’s a matte liquid lipstick in a dusty rose shade, perfect for everyday especially as it last pretty much all day.

If you’re more of a traditional lipstick gal then the L’Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks are amazing! From the bright colours to the nudes, I love them all and there is a colour for everyone. Julianne’s Nude has been my Colour Riche of choice, it’s a great nudey pink which feels really nice on the lips.

If trying a new brand fills you with excitement, as it does for me, then I have been trying out the Color Studio Matt Lipsticks. Asia is a beautiful darker nude, especially for a medium skin tone looking for a MLBB shade, but the whole range has some great colours!


What drugstore lipstick gets you through dark January days?

I’m trying hard to not be that girl that takes a whole suitcase for a single night away and to help with that I’ve turning to palettes that have a mixture blush, eyeshadow and more. There seem to be quite a lot of these at the moment and I’ve got my eye on both the Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette and the Nars Laser Cut Palette but I thought I would also share my picks of the ones I have.

With a mixture of blush and eyeshadows I love the Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek Palette £10, theres a choice two colour combinations each coming with two blushers and four eyeshadows. It’s very affordable and perfect to travel with, I love the Dancing til Dusk Palette which houses four perfect brown shadows and two very wearable blushers. I actually prefer these two the standard Sleek Eyeshadow palettes as they really have just what you need to create an easy but polishes eye and cheek look instead of lots of colour you might not use.

If you are looking for something offering more than the Illamasqua Multi Facet Palettes £45 which has not only eyeshadows and blush but also a cream pigment and a brow powder is great. I’ve taken this away with me various times and not needed much else but a foundation, lipstick and mascara. The quality is what you would expect from Illamasqua- perfect and I love the enormous mirror for on the go.

If you’re looking for one with lipstick options than the Aerin Essential Palettes is my suggestion. Elegantly packaged it offers blush, eyeshadow, highlighter and lipstick. There is a weekday and weekend option in palettes but I do find the weekend palette to be a little more wearable. It looks very luxurious and I love pulling it out of my handbag for touch ups.

Not the most travel friendly but great gifts, Benefit Cosmetics offer Beauty Kits filled with some of their best-selling products. They’re a very affordable way to try lots of their products in mini sizes without buying full sizes and have everything from cheek and lips to lashes and primers.

My favourite of all have to be the Trish McEvoy Planners, they look beautiful and are such a great option although they are pricey. I love that all I need to grab is this and a foundation and be set- it has mascara, primer, a great eyeshadow selection and lots more. They do vary depending on the size but you can add/remove pages and change the products you want to keep in it so you are always ready to leave at a moments notice. Although they seem like a lot of money in comparison to the rest you get a lot of products which probably works out cheaper in the long run.

What is your favourite all-singing all-dancing palette?

It’s always nice to try a product that exceeds your expectations, I liked the sound of the new Sleek Gel Effect Lacquers but wasn’t expecting them to be amazing.

I started by first trying out Smokin’ Violet and was surprised by just how opaque it actually is, it needed two thin coats for an even application. I also noticed that compared to a lot of other gel polishes it is actually quite thin which makes it easier to apply but still remains pigmented. It also has a great flat brush but I actually struggled to use it as it was positioned a little off compared to the rectangular lid.

I also noticed how long Smokin’ Violet actually lasted, a whole five days which for me is rare and although I did have a little tip wear, there were no chips.

I also have three other colours Waikiki which is a beautiful pastel orange, Coffee Tea or me which is a mauve and that are both as easy to apply as Smokin’ Violet. I also have Sugar Coat Me which is a beautiful colour but as you can probably guess a little less opaque and slightly harder to apply.

I am actually really impressed by this new range from Sleek and look forward to them expanding the fairly small 8 colour range. Apart from the colour selection being a little narrow I would these may actually be the best gel polishes for this price point.

Have you tried any Gel Effect Polishes?

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I’m already struggling with winter lighting so prepare yourselves for badly lit, slightly out of focus lighting. Trust me, I am not happy about it but it was this or no post at all. I should have gone with the latter but here we are…

With Halloween days away I thought I would share a quick slightly more vampy makeup look, don’t get me wrong it’s still pretty wearable but just slightly inspired by Taylor Momsen.

As I was going for dark eyes and red lips I felt that the skin still required quite a lot of attention. Heavy foundation would easily turn this look into a drag queen one but not very flawless one would leave everything looking pretty messy. I turned to my Nars Radiance Enhancing Pro-prime teamed with my trust YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation which I applied with a damp Real Technique Miracle Complexion sponge. I love this sponge, it’s perfect if you want a great base that isn’t cakey at all (and surely that’s the dream!) I even used the more pointed corner to apply the Bourjois Happy Light Concealer under my eyes.

On the eyes I started with the obligatory primer, I chose Urban Decay Primer Potion because it’s a good’un and I am trying to finally finish it! Using the Sleek Au Naturel Palette I built up a dark brown/purple smokey eye. I’d completely forgotten about this palette but I have a feeling I may reach for it a lot now that I have rediscovered it, it’s the perfect autumn shades (I feel I say this a lot.) I love Sleek Makeup for Halloween looks as it’s so affordable and I don’t want to be splurging on items I am going to use once a year but the quality is still quite good and the pigment is very impressive!

I lined my eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Liner and piled on my favourite YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara before giving a Sleek Eau la la in Nutcracker liner a go. I wasn’t sure it was going to be the right colour but it’s perfect for adding a little colour under the eye and being a pencil it is so much easier than an eyeshadow. This has actually been upgraded to handbag status as it’s just a quick and easy way to update a makeup look. Through my brows I used the Eyeko Brow Gel as I wanted to keep them in place without making them any darker.

Cheeks I went for a mixture of the two colours on the left from the Sleek Blush palette in Lace as I really didn’t want anything too pink and then finished it of with a Mixture of two Sleek Lipglosses (Matte me in Rioja Red and Gloss me in So Berry Sweet)

It’s not an overly vampy look however I wouldn’t usually go for both smokey eye and red lips but I feel that around Halloween it’s acceptable. I do actually love this makeup and will recreating the same eye, with a little more cheek contour and a nude lip next time I go out.

What have you got planned for halloween? What do you think of a smokey eye and red lips?
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