Wednesday, January 11, 2017

8 Drug Store Beauty Products To Try (Save VS Splurge)

As you all know, I’m a product junkee and I am constantly trying out new products - whether it be high end or drug store (aka affordable). I was going through my makeup recently and realized I have a lot of drug store products that I love & really should share! Finding a drug store product is honestly SO much fun - its almost a rush.. lol. It’s like a good sale! All of the above products are product that I actually really like - if it has a heart over the top, it is simply the ‘preferred’ product. So I recommend trying out either.. not just ones w/hearts! 

This summer my FAVE highlighter was THIS one, I constantly got asked about what I was wearing, too! However, I got a PR package from Colourpop and on a whim, I tried their highlighter in “Might Be” and ended up switching! Now, if you are oily - you may prefer the first one (Gilded Honey), but if you are dry, save some $$ and use the ColourPop! (if you have texture or bumps on your face, you may like this one better tho!)

For years I have loved loved loved Stila’s Lip Stains (hello Patinaa!), they stay put ALL day. They are pigmented (a little drying) but they are seriously good. There’s a reason you’ll sometimes see them on Backorder. However, if you are looking for a dupe, try the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipsticks! I recently got the ‘Ultimate Orchid’ and really like it! But I do prefer the Stila over the Revlon!

Okay, it is 2017 and if you are NOT using a setting powder, it is time to check in - right here, right now. I do not even use a compact powder anymore bc  these babies are the BEST.  If you want your makeup to stay put all day, look super smooth and flawless, its time to try a setting powder. I use them to bake as well... (like bake my face, we all know I don’t actually bake a lot in the kitchen.. oops). Any who, these are TIED. In the summertime, I swear by the Laura Mercier one but in the winter, I save some $$ and use the RCMA one! If you are dry, try the RCMA, but if you are oily or shiny, try LM one! Both are amazing and will last you a long time! 

It’s no secret that the Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner is my jam! I honestly buy a new one ever other month bc I hate the idea of running out. It stays all day, is super black, and is easy to use!! However, if you aren’t wanting to splurge, definitely give this Revlon one a try. It is very comparable and I wouldn’t be sad if I forgot to pack my Stila and had to use it! The only thing is, I think the Revlon is a little harder to use, so be careful. 

Bronzer is literally my BFF. If I got stuck on an island and only had 3 items of makeup, I’d ask for Bronzer, Foundation, and Mascara! Anyway, everyone LOVES Give Me Sun (its a YouTube top product I think!) but Physicians Formula makes a similar product at half of the price! Now, I love both, but THIS is my favorite bronzer of all time.. it is just a little pricy. 

Nars Orgasm has been a super popular blush for YEARS now. I think every girl has tried it! Personally, I don’t love love love it like everyone else! I think it is beautiful on many, but I actually like the Milani Baked Blush in ‘Luminoso’ better! It’s a fraction of the price, too! (This is the blush I wear daily and get lots of ?s about!)

I think one of the top products people search for on my blog is my mascara and I know many of you already own my personal favorite, Eye Opening by Bobbi Brown. However, if you are looking to save some money, def try out Maybelline’s Big Colossal Lash! I don’t think you will be disappointed... it won’t give you the ‘falsie’ look that Eye Opening does, but if you layer it, you will have super thick, black lashes!

I get asked about my lashes daily for YEARS now. And I have always sworn by L’Oreal’s eyelash primer. It is NO joke. If you want to have crazy thick, long lashes - try two coats of this stuff! It is a game changer. Lancome is known for having an amazing primer as well, but I prefer spending $7 and getting the L’Oreal!


Okay, that about wraps it up - do you have any dupes you love?!?!? LMK in the comments!


  1. I love NARS blushes too! I'll have to try Milani. And I also use Give Me Sun, but I find that it's a little too orange for me. I like Too Faced Chocolate Soleil!

    Katie |

  2. love the milani blushes and that bronzer from physicians formula is the best to bronze up my face you are like me i couldn't live without it. i haven't been able to find it since the summer because i am almost out!

  3. I'm so glad we have some of the same favorites! The L'Oreal primer, Milani Baked Blush, Stila liquid lipstick are the bomb (can't live without them). Going to try the Maybelline mascara next soon! NYX lipsticks (original) are great and super moisturizing, plus come in a ton of colors.


  4. Do you know of a similar product to the "shimmer highlight" in the lorac pro contour kit to use under the eyes? I'm trying to find one so I don't have to spend $40 for just one thing in the kit because I love it!

  5. I love this post! Drugstore finds are the best! I ONLY use Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara and have since high school. I swear by it! Neutrogena is also the only brand of foundation I can use that doesn't break my skin out.

  6. My favorite drug store powder is the airspun! Its great for baking your under eyes.

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  9. Any suggestions for a drugstore foundation primer to hide fine lines? Thanks!

  10. I actually just started wearing L'Oreal eyelash primer and it's a game changer! I've also been wanting to try Stila's lipgloss so glad to hear you love it :) always love reading your product reviews- thanks lady!!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

  11. I need to try that lash primer out! I love the L'Oréal voluminous mascara so I'm sure their primer is just as great!


  12. I absolutely love posts like this! Do you have any recommendations for drugstore BB/CC creams as well as drugstore eye creams and face lotions?

  13. This was such a great list! I pretty much already love everything you've listed. Such great items :)
    XO Janina

  14. I have been using Lancome's primer for YEARS and I love it. But maybe it's time I give the drugstore version a try! I also need to try that blush!

    By Lauren M

  15. Do you let the L'Oréal primer dry first before applying mascara.

  16. Can you please post another blog with your favorite foundations,primers,and concealer?? Thank you 😊

  17. Do you still use Bare Minerals Mineral Veil in addition to the RCMA setting powder? I'm highly addicted to Mineral Veil since you posted about it but would like to try a setting powder too!

  18. Great picks! The Nars blush is amazing!

    The Black Blush

  19. I had no clue there was a Voluminous PRIMER!! I LOVE the mascara, but I think I need the primer to help define my super long, but fine, eyelashes. Thanks for sharing!
    Piper Ellice @
    Starting Out Southern blog

  20. I loved this post!!!!! Totally buying the blush and bronzer recommendations.

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  22. really excited to try the primer. I'm going to buy it on my home tonight - the other day I was showing your insta to my bf and i was like her lashes are insane! I always wondered about your lashes and whether or not you had extensions or false lashes. I'll give a whirl! Thanks for the tip!

  23. Great post!

  24. Thanks for the beauty post!! I just bought the primer mascara and the mascara mascara. I'm excited to try them tomorrow. I told my husband Emily Gemma made me do it, and he said well at least this time it's drugstore finds. Hehe!!

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