Saturday, November 13, 2010

Beauty on a Budget: Drugstore Must-Haves


Hey guys!  Today I filmed a video on my drugstore favourites.  It had been requested on my channel page, which is a great way for people to leave video requests and vote on which videos you want to see first!  I decided to do this with the possibility of making it into a series, "Beauty on a Budget" because I know all too well about being on a budget and trying to figure out how to follow trends and look good without breaking the bank!  

For me, my love affair with drugstore make-up started two years ago when I left home and moved to the UK for college.  Prior to that I was living at home and going to school, and I was lucky enough that my parents would pay for all my clothes and make-up so I never really thought about the price-tag of the high end products I would buy.  I first got into make-up when I was about 19 and started working for Estee Lauder as a part-time job.  Before that I really didn't wear make-up at all, maybe some mascara and a little concealer but that was it.  But from the time I really got into it I was a make-up brand snob...I thought drugstore products were for inexperienced pre-teens and would only ever buy Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, MAC etc.  But I was so wrong!

When I moved to the UK I was suddenly thinking about paying bills and buying groceries...so expensive make-up was the last thing on my mind!  I no longer could rely on my parents so I had to give up my expensive habit and turn to places like Superdrug and Boots instead.  Luckily it was then that I started watching beauty videos on YouTube and in a small amount of time, I learned a lot about which drugstore items were good and which ones weren't.  That's something I really love about the beauty community on YouTube, you get honest and genuine reviews which help save you money and time!  So after about two years of experimenting with all kinds of drugstore make-up, I'd like to share my top affordable must-haves with you guys!


1. Bronzer: Barry M Natural Dazzle Compact
This is the perfect contouring bronzer.  It lasts all day, isn't patchy at all and is in a gorgeous brick shade.  Not the best for the fairest of skin tones, as I try to use this mostly in the summer when I'm more tanned.
2. Blush: Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in #7 Peach Satin
I get compliments every time I wear this blush!  It gives you such a healthy, fresh-faced glow.  This is the perfect natural peach shade that gives you just a hint of colour which makes you look like you've just come back from a walk in the countryside!  It has a hint of shimmer to it (not a lot though), so beware if you don't like shimmery blush.
3. Eye-Shadow: Sleek Storm Palette
I rate Sleek eye-shadows very highly.  In my opinion they're comparable to MAC in their quality and pigmentation.  My only problem with them is that they have a lot of fall-out so be prepared to use translucent powder under your eyes before applying some of the darker shadows.  The Storm palette is the most neutral of the bunch but you can get a huge variety of different shades for an amazing price of £4.99.
4. Liquid Eye-Liner: Maybelline Line Definer
Hands-down, this is one of my holy grail products!  If I were to do another post on my favourite beauty products across the board, this would feature on that as well.  I'm the kind of girl who loves my eye-liner so finding something affordable that works is really important!  I love the felt-tip applicator as it makes it so easy to apply to the top lids.  This stays on all day without creasing, the only time it has ever budged is if I've been crying or gotten really wet (it's not waterproof).
5. Pencil Eye-Liner: Impala Waterproof Eyeliner
This is my current favourite for lining the waterline, it doesn't budge or tear, it's very pigmented and doesn't take a lot of work to apply.  Impala is a German brand and I got this as a gift but I'm pretty sure it's not available in the UK or Ireland.  The only other drugstore kohl liner I really recommend is Revlon Colorstay.  It is great for staying in place and has the same effect as the Impala one.
6. Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlastVolume
Again, this product is only available in the US unfortunately!  But I've been told its UK equivalent is MaxFactor's False Lash Effect mascara.  I don't know that from experience though, but a lot of people have commented on previous videos telling me that is the case.  I love LashBlast, it's by far the most volumizing and lengthening drugstore mascara I've used, and it doesn't transfer at all.  Plus it gives you that false lash effect without all that effort!
7. Lipstick: Rimmel Summer Angel
Since I first bought this lipstick in the summer of '09, I've been in love with it!  It's my favourite shade, with golden/warm undertones and tiny gold shimmers in it, it's the perfect neutral pink for my colouring.  Added to that, it's not drying in the slightest and is very buttery and moisturizing on my lips.  I really recommend Rimmel lipsticks in general, but this has to be my favourite shade.
8. Lipgloss: Maybelline Watershine Gloss in Crystal Rocks
I'm not a lipgloss girl, in fact there are only about two different lipglosses that I really like at the moment and this is the drugstore one.  It's very sparkly and shimmery so be prepared for some plumped up looking lips!  Everytime I wear this in videos I get asked whether I got my lips done...(the answer is NO by the way!  I was born with these lips!!)  I love this peach shade as it's very wearable and neutral and it has a large doe-foot applicator which makes it very easy to apply.

I hope this post was helpful to you guys, please let me know in the comments section what your drugstore must-haves are and maybe we can all learn about some great quality, affordable products!  

Stay Stylish!
xoxo


16 comments:

  1. Great drugstore choices and all in the colors I love! I have to say I was lucky like you and growing up, my parents paid for all my clothes, make-up and what I needed and I really didn't think about it, but now, that I'm living on my own, I pay attention to that, always look for deals, use coupons, and only get what I really need...sometimes it is fun to see how much I can save when doing it...hence the whole affordable shopping love of mine! :)

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  2. your eyes be poppin in that pic! SO BROWNNNN and pretty!!! SLUTFACE..as usual...

    LOL love you honey bunch

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  3. I bought Summer Angel because you loved it so much and it really is the best shade of lipstick!! Not too beige or pink or that matte foundationed-out effect, it's so nice!

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  4. I use that Maybelline mousse blush as well, but I don't like it all that much. I'm not a fan of the shimmer it has in it. I find it works much better as an eyeshadow and blends powder eye shadows beautifully.

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  5. Being in the US there are a few of these brands I have never heard of before...I will definitely have check them out online! Thanks for the great recommendations.

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  6. thanks for this, how much is the cream blusher?

    Terri, xoxo

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  7. Thanks for this! I'm definitely going to look into buying the Revlon Colorstay eyeliner you mentioned and the Maybelline mousse blush!

    www.fortheloveofallthingsgirly.blogspot.com

    Terri, xoxo

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  8. I didn't know you had worked at Estee Lauder, neat. What do you think of the brand now? My favorite drugstore products include: L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon black mascara, Maybelline dream mousse foundation (the new one out), Revlon lipsticks, Rimmel lipsticks (I bought summer angel also months ago when I first watched your videos, now I have four Rimmel lipsticks and they are pretty good), and Rimmel lasting foundation. Those are my favs/must haves, especially the mascara. I've tried Dior Show and also Make Up For Ever smoky lash and they were either the same or not as good as L'Oreal, but obviously they cost a ton more so what's the point.

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  9. these are great! My favorite mascara is l'oreal voluminous million lashes, it's absolutely incredible! it makes my lashes so so long and full. adorable blog!

    xoxo

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  10. thanks for the post! i love drugstore make up as well but sometimes I feel like splurging on stuff which I can't find in my country.. however, then afterwards i get that guilt feeling and think that with the same amount of money I spent on one high end product I would've bought like 3 drugstore items which is a big difference!! xoxo

    http://blushmebeauty.blogspot.com

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  11. I didn't know that impala was a German brand. I am German and I am looking for a kohl eyeliner that lasts on your waterline. maybe I should check it out! Thank you!

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  12. I love CoverGirl LashBlast (=

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  13. Hi Anna,

    Great idea for a post! I bought Rimmel's Summer Angel a few months ago because I have a similar coloring as you and you seemed to love it so much. Well I think you are so right, and I have loved it ever since. So thanks for that! I also think Rimmel's soft kohl eyeliners are quite good as well.

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  14. I love Rimmel lipsticks! My favorite it's wild thing! such a gorgeous hot pink color (:

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  15. such fantastic tips. My favorite drugstore find is L'Oreal double extend mascara ...it's the best! You're adorable.

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  16. I haven't tried any of these products but I would love to try a few of them! :) I trust your opinion since I've discovered L'oreal Out of bed (you made me buy it). :D

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