I’ve been kind of a makeup snob for the longest time, meaning that I literally refused to try any drugstore makeup whatsoever. Then years ago I discovered YouTube and Tati, aka GlamLifeGuru and slowly started to change my mind. In her videos she’s been raving about so many drugstore products that I just had to try some of them out. Sadly though not many of them are available in Slovenia (thank you God for online shopping, although twice the price :-). Not all the products worked for me but here are some which I really like.
The CC cream has been a staple of mine for a really long time now. I keep repurchasing it because this particular shade really suits my complexion, it’s very easy to blend and the coverage is not bad either. However, I do have to mix it with the Infallible matte because I have very oily skin that gets shiny very quickly and this foundation kind of prevents that from happening. I don’t really like the Infallible matte on its own as a matter of fact. It clings to dry patches too much and exaggerates the fine lines. Nobody wants that, right?
For concealing the undereye area I really like Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. I have two shades; 03 fair and 06 neutralizer.
The shade fair doesn’t really work for me, because it’s too dark and does not brighten the undereye area enough. I occasionally use it as a corrector to cover any problem areas on the face. However the neutralizer is really nice. It blends nicely, does not set into the fine lines and the coverage is decent, not full by no means but ok for everyday use. I’ve recently discovered on feelunique that there’s a shade called brightener so of course I now want to try this one too.
For setting the foundation and the concealer I’ve been using two powders recently. One is a long time favourite Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanille. It’s silky, applies very evenly and keeps the shine at bay. The other one is a recent discovery of mine and comes in the Revolution Ultra Contour Palette.
You can see that I do like the setting powder since I’ve already hit pan on it. It’s not as silky as the Bourjois one but equally effective at keeping the shine away. I set my undereye area with the yellow toned powder from the same palette and it’s nice as well, quite brightening too. The bronzing shades from the palette are ok, but not my favourite. I’m still to find a good drugstore bronzer. I do use them from time to time, but I do think they are quite patchy and don’t blend very well. There are three baked highlighters in the palettes. The two warm-toned are very similar but nice not-in-your face highlighters, however the icy one is quite intense.
For the cheeks I still like an oldie but goodie Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. It’s basically a 2 in 1 product, a blush and a highlighter. The colour is warm and flattering for every skin type. Mine is sadly over and done as you can see but I’ve already ordered a new one since I really miss it if I don’t have it at hand.
Let’s move to the eyes, shall we? You know when you wake up late in the morning and don’t really have time to blend twenty different eyeshadows, the eyeshadow sticks are a real lifesaver. And a really good budged friendly option are KIKO long lasting sticks and Milani Shadow Eyez.
The Kiko sticks are creamy and easy to blend just with your fingers. They do work better if you apply them over some sort of a transition shade in your crease but they work just as well on their own. They last quite well on the eyes and they don’t crease. I use the darker shade all over the lid and the lighter one for the browbone highlight mainly (swipe over the picture for the shade names). For the inner corner highlight I like the Milani one in Champagne Toast. It’s creamy and blends really well. The lasting power of this one is even better than of the Kiko ones.
As for mascara I’ve been loving the L’oreal Paradise Extatic (Lash Paradise in the US). It’s all in all a great mascara since it ticks all the boxes; lengthens, gives volume and holds the curl well enough. There’s a drawback, of course. It dries out very quickly. I couldn’t stretch it for more than a month. If you think about that it’s not budget friendly at all. But as far as the quality is concerned it goes hand in hand with my favourite HE mascaras, such as Dior Iconic Overcurl and Le Volume De Chanel.
Last but not least, the lips. There’s a lipliner that I’ve discovered recently in one of our drugstores, DM. The brand is called Trend it up and I think it’s their in-house brand. The liners are called Contour & Glide Lipliner and a have them in two shades (swipe over the picture).
Over the either of the two lipliners I put the Catrice Infinite Shine Lip Gloss, which unfortunately is no longer available so I won’t rave about how great and budget friendly it is.
Well, that’s it. If you made it till the end of this lengthy post, congrats and thank you. Until next time.