Drugstore Beauties

Writing about drugstore gems can be tricky because it seems that so many people have such high expectations of finding dupes and replacement products for high-end items. For me, my drugstore beauties are consistent products that I choose to re-purchase over and over again — despite the fact that I can find them at high-end department stores. This is simply because they perform just as good or even better and I find no reason to spend the extra money.

Here, I’m showing you my drugstore favorites; and, besides some of the newly released items, I’ve been purchasing the rest for years and years.

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1. Cetaphil is my favorite morning cleanser because it’s so gentle for my sensitive skin. Whether you’ve been out in the sun or you’re going through a hormonal breakout phase, this is the best and most gentle cleanser you can use on your skin.

2. I stock up on the Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover whenever I can. This is my most favorite of all drugstore products in the world. This is because it truly removes all traces of your eye makeup, even waterproof mascara. Another reason why I’m so loyal to this particular remover is because it removes Japanese mascaras, which are seriously hard-core.

3. The L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara has been a staple of mine for at least 10 years. I use it as a layering mascara, after I’ve applied an initial layer of whatever Japanese mascara I’m using that week. This builds volume and is really, really black.

4. While I do treasure my high-end lip balms, I still equally rely on my drugstore lip balms like the EOS lip balms and the Nivea Lip Butters. They are both hydrating, easily portable, and wear well under lipstick and lip gloss.

5. Man, remember when the Revlon Lip Butters were released and everyone was flocking to them like they were going out of style? I do. I think the Lip Butters really set the bar high for the drugstore lip product department and I’m glad for that. These are great for on-the-go and are perfect options for when you’re strapped for time. They’re hydrating and my lips feel comfortable — while looking pretty in whichever shade I choose that day.

6. The Real Techniques Blush Brush (used for powder) and the Expert Face Brush (for foundation and cream blushes) are true drugstore gems. They are great value and are excellent quality. More often than not, I reach for RT brushes over many of my more expensive brushes. Because they’re affordable, I tend to buy multiples of my favorites and hoard, lol.

Remember that the drugstore has many reliable options, and they’re getting better and better as time goes on. It’s great that we can find great products that are affordable and easily accessible. However, there are some products in the high-end market that are worth investing in, and I will be writing a post on that as well soon. After all, expensive isn’t always better! :)

As always, thanks for reading.

Haul: Makeup Retail Therapy

Every day is a “haul-iday” in makeup land. What do you guys think? :)

It’s a modest haul and nothing extravagant. But my excuse to myself was: I need to pick up things I need (and while I’m out and about, I’ll just have a look around). In my defense, I really did need more of my trusty Neutrogena eye makeup remover and I really did need my Cetaphil soap. Recently, I randomly switched over from their liquid cleanser to the bar soap one and I’m totally loving Cetaphil in a whole ‘nother way.

My old eyelash curler was the Shu Uemura one – which I’ve been dedicated to for the past 10 years. It’s held up well because I just replaced the rubber pads and I was too stingy to pay the $20 for a stupid eyelash curler, haha. And FINALLY, it was time to part with it because it was just old and I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t replaced it this whole time. So after going back and forth with what I wanted to do, I gave into purchasing and new eyelash curler for yet another $20. But I do have to say that I like that it’s a dark gray (but shiny) color; and it’s just nice to have a new tool.

My favorite purchase is the NARS tinted moisturizer. I’ve been drooling over pictures of this product online for months, and even though that sounds totally creepy, I’ve been waiting for it be available in stores. When I was innocently “picking things up that I ‘needed,'” I saw the Sephora sales associate putting them out on display. The testers weren’t even put out yet, so I creeped around the corner pretending to look at other things. When she asked if I needed help with anything, I asked to play with the testers, lol. I know that sounds so obsessive, but she was nice enough to let me color-swatch and I was instantly sold. :)

And, the best part of today is FREE stuff. Actually, it wasn’t totally free since it takes some dollars spent to rack up some major reward points.

I scored the Tarte set for my 500-points Beauty Insider reward. I’ve been saving my points because nothing had appealed to me for months. But I’m glad I saved because I love everything in this set!

This was my free gift at Ulta for the quarterly reward thing. This retails for $20 so it’s not too shabby. I haven’t tried this brand and normally I don’t gofor leave-intreatments. But I’m eager to try it since my hair has been getting super long, so I’ll report back soon.

Here is everything unpackaged and looking pretty. Oh yea, I got a nail polish too. It’s taken me awhile to purchase Butter London polishes because of the price. But I bought the color “Trout Pout” from the Spring line because YouTube made me do it. I’m going to take this baby with me to the nail salon when I go in for a pedicure – woohoo!

Review on the tinted moisturizer will be coming up soon. I’m going to be trying it out for the next few weeks; however, let me just forewarn you that I have ridiculously high expectations for base makeup and I normally don’t even stick with wearing tinted moisturizers unless they totally wow me. I will be comparing this to the famoulsy popular Laura Mercier one. We shall see.

What did you guys buy this weekend?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)