Drugstore Hero Products

From my month of only wearing drugstore makeup I discovered quite a few lovely drugstore products. I wanted to share some drugstore products that are sort of hero products in my collection. This was also in part inspired by Mariah Leonard. Stay tuned this month for a “what happened to my skin when I used high end makeup for a month”.

Joe Fresh powder highlighter. Again, another gem from the Canadian drugstore. This is such a nice subtle highlighter that creates a beautiful glow on the skin. I thought this might be too icy for my liking but it is a nice neutral highlighter for my skintone.

Annabelle Matte bronzer. This is a really nice matte bronzer. It is a spot on dupe for the Anastasia powder bronzer. I love how this warms up the skin without being orange. Definitely a must have if you visit a Canadian drugstore.

Burt’s bees blush in Bare Peach. This is one of the best blushes I own. It is pigmented but fades quickly so I like going ham with it and taking it up on my temples for a more peachy look and it tones itself down by the time you are done the rest of makeup.

L’Oreal Blush in bare honey. Another great neutral blush from the drugstore. This is a lovely warm blush.

Burt’s Bees multi-sticks. These were sent to me by topbox cirlce in exchange for a review. I love these products. Glossy glowy goodness that creates a lovely dewy moment on the cheeks.

L’Oreal stick foundation. This is an awesome full coverage yet lightweight foundation from the drugstore. Again, not really drugstore priced, as its $19 CAD. It blends out easily and does not irritate my skin.

Burt’s Bees goodness glows foundation. This foundation was something that I did not life before – and I still do have a bit of hard time working with it in terms of blending it out and blending it into the skin. However, I found that using this with a good moisturizer and a good hydrating primer it works wonderfully. I also like that it is clean ingredients so I do hope they expand their shade range.

Annabelle hydrating illuminating veil. This is a lovely hydrating primer that I would repurchase. It is pearly without being glittery and creates a lovely dewy base that works well under any foundation.

Joe Fresh concealer. I love this concealer. It is from a Canadian brand and it has light coverage but covers just enough under the eye so you look awake.

Maybelline Age rewind. The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is perhaps on of the best concealers I’ve ever tried … including the Charlotte Tilbury concealer except I would still repurchase both. The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is light weight but full coverage and has great lasting power.

Revlon Candid Concealer. This is a lovely medium coverage concealer. This is eons better than the Too Faced Born This Way sculpting concealer (which has grown on me) but nonetheless this is a lot less expensive and is easier to blend out!

Colourpop eyeshadow in cornelious. These supershock shadows are awesome in general. They are easy to wear one wash wonders that are easy on the daily.

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Earth toned makeup look

I have always been a fan of earth-toned makeup, while this could have been a green look or a blue look I don’t tend to buy lots of colours so I decided in honour of earth day I wanted to create earth-toned look. I want to acknowledge that the beauty industry is a wasteful industry, packaging, advertising, etc. I constantly buy products in packaging and find myself buying before completely using something up. In any case, I didn’t buy any new products for this makeup look, I used what I had and what is more fitting for an earth-toned look than the Milani earthy elements palette.

The eyes

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me wearing the palette and entire makeup look
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First I started with the light brown transition shade in the crease focusing it on the outer corner of my eye. I then built that shade up slightly more. After that I added the orange shade on the outer corner, really blending it into the skin. I then took the fun gold shade and padded it all over the lid. I really like this palette because it is so easy to us and while you can only get a few different looks out of it, it never fails me.

Base Products

Milani Romantic Rose Blush, Maybelline dream fresh bb cream, L'Oreal True Match Mulit use concealer, Annabelle Hydrating illuminating veil, Rimmel Kate Sculpting contour kit

I used the Maybelline dream fresh BB cream in a light layer over the Annabelle hydrating illuminating veil. I then used the L’Oreal true match multi-use concealer I then used my project pan bronzer in the Rimmel contour kit. It’s a nice warm-toned glowy bronzer. I also wanted to use one of the most neutral blushes in my collection and that is the Milani brush in romantic rose. I forgot to photograph the highlighter I used but it was the physician’s formula butter highlighter in the shade pearl.

The lip

Maybelline made for all lipstick in spice for me.


The whole inspiration for this look was the Maybelline made for all lipstick in spice for me. This is a warm toned terracotta lipstick that I think works for any season.

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Favourite L’Oreal Products

It is no secret that L’Oreal is one of the biggest beauty brands in the drugstore and one of the biggest owners of other beauty brands. I think that L’Oreal is a somewhat underrated brand because it has been around for so long that everyone is just like “oh yeah that’s the L’Oreal stand”. My bestie loves their infallible matte foundation and I used to love their Lumi true match foundation, alas it expired before I could use it all. However, I notice a few of my favourite products (also bought because of Youtube) are from L’Oreal. They are also one of the few drugstore brands that have more than 6 shades of foundation, the undertones can be a bit iffy, but generally, they have a larger shade range than other drugstore brands.

L’Oreal True Match Blush in Bare Honey

Blush in bare honey

In general L’oreal mascaras and cheek, products are what I gravitate towards. I love blush … as we know… and finding a great nude blush is a bit difficult when it comes to the drugstore. The shade bare honey was used by Estee Lalonde years ago and of course, I bought it. This blush is intended to be for people with a warm undertone. I have more of a neutral undertone but I find this blush is a simple, fail-safe blush for the daily grind. It has a nice peach undertone without being fully peach. It is also lightly pigmented so I don’t need to worry about overapplying in the morning.

The L’Oreal Glo Lotion

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I love me a good glow giver. I resisted buying this for a while because I didn’t really know if it was worth it or not. But after seeing Allana Davison always glowing wearing this, I bit the bullet and spend the $17 on it. Not a drugstore price in my opinion, but I love this for a nice glow to the skin on no makeup makeup days and on days where I’m going for a bit more of a full coverage look.

The L’Oreal Lash paradise

From bottom left in a clockwise direction: L'Oreal Lash paradise, L'Oreal true match blush, L'Oreal Lumi Glotion

The first mascara I’ve worn where my mother complimented my lashes. This mascara does dry out within 3 months. I mean technically you are supposed to replace your mascara 3-6 months into the tube but I like to get mine teetering on 8 months. (I Know fam I know). This is cheapest on amazon.ca but can be found at shoppersdrugmart and walmart. This gives me the best, fanned out, volumized lashes. I really enjoy this and it doesn’t smudge on me unless user error hits like accidentally smacking your eye with it, it never gets on my lids or on by bottom lash line.

What are your favourite products from L’Oreal?

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Day 9 of 12 Days of Blogging: Drugstore Holiday Makeup Look

I wanted to do a drugstore holiday makeup look for you! Featuring a lot or Rimmel which was unintentional but for some reason I just had a lot of Rimmel on hand, and have been really enjoying their products.

I started with the eyes, as per usual if I’m doing a smokier look. I started with the third shade from the left as a transition in my crease. After that I went in with the next shade over  – the more true pink to add a bit more depth. Then I went in with the 10th shade in the palette – the more darker pink cherry shade to add depth on the outer corner. Then I did a bit of shimmer action with the first and eighth shade  for some shimmer on the lid and the inner corner. I then put 20,000 coats of the L’Oreal Lash paradise mascara on.

The face I kept quite simple using the Rimmel breathable foundation and a mixture of the Collection lasting perfection concealer and the Annabelle concealer under the eyes. I used the Physicians Formula butter bronzer, blush and highlighter for all my glowiness.

I like this look because it’s a bit of a different take on the classic red lip and winged liner (mostly because I cannot do winged liner). I liked the cherry trend that’s going on, well I mean who am I kidding I love the warm tones but this palette seemed like such a good steal and had a similar vibe to the naked cherry so I wanted to do a look for you. I also think the formula of this palette is really great. It has minimal fall out and blends out rather nicely.

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I wanted to give you two lip options. The first is a nude the Revlon kiss plumping lip cream in 510 nude honey that I would wear to Christmas dinner or what have you and the second is the Covergirl Succulent Cherry.

What did you wear for the holidays this season?


Makeup Stash Friday’s: Highlighters

Highlighters without a doubt are my favourite thing to purchase and my favourite makeup item. Aside from lipsticks, this category was one of the hardest for me to pick out a few to focus on and attempt to pan throughout the fall and winter season. I love and will always keep NARS Forte De France and Becca Champagne pop in my rotation so those are not included in this post. I also am not including my project pan highlighter from Colourpop in Lunch Money. Also be warned, a few of these may appear in future project pans!

The Warm Toned Highlighters

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Warm toned highlighters

Warm toned highlighter swatches

Left to right: Maybelline Master Chrome, Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Dome

First is a newer one to my collection. I was reading the best in beauty for Allure and of course love reading Byrdie and Into the Gloss, and all three platforms constantly mention the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in Molten gold. I finally broke and picked it up (on sale). In the Allure best in beauty the tag line was that it can be applied with a brush and a finger, This formula is so creamy and blendable. This is a poppin’ highlight and I think it’s going to be a beautiful addition to my (already too large) golden highlighter collection. I also wanted to pick a few cream highlighter for the fall season and the warm toned one I wanted to use is the Body Shop Honey Bronzing dome. It is a buildable highlighter and can be worn in more of a subtle way or can be built up. The Essence Pure Nude highlighter in number 10 be my highlight. It a bit of a more nude peachy champagne shade. Again, as seems to be the theme lately, this is a pretty subtle highlighter but you can really build it up to be in the page

The Cool tones

cool toned highlighters

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cool toned highlighter swatches

Left to Right: Nudestix Illumi-Naughty, Annabelle Highlighter in Light Champagne, Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter in pearl, Joe Fresh highlighter in Champagne

I wanted to throw in a few icy white shades. The Joe Fresh highlighter in champagne which in my opinion isn’t what I think of when I think of champagne shades such as Becca Champagne pop. This highlighter is a beautiful gem, the brand is only being taken out of shoppers but will still be in Loblaws and Superstores! unfortunately I have been hearing chatter that the entire brand of Joe Fresh is being discontinued . I love how subtle but also noticeable this highlight is. It is a super light white champagne shade which is something I’ve been gravitating towards lately. I also wanted to pick a lighter cream highlighter and decided to go with the Annabelle cream highlighter stick in champagne. It is a more subtle highlighter but because I am extra this will not only act as the only highlighter I’m using, it also will be a layering highlighter. The Physicians Formula butter highlighter in Pearl. I watched a video from Mariah Leonard quite a while ago and she was talking about this was a perfect satin highlighter and that is the best description for it. I love the sheen this gives to the skin and the (no pun intended) buttery formula.Nudestix Illumi-naughty is a product I bought last year around this time and haven’t used it as much as I thought I would. This is a really nice glossy highlighter so I think that I will be able to use this a lot alone and as a layering highlighter. 

What highlighters have you been loving?


Makeup Stash Fridays: Fall Eye Shadow Palettes

I LOVE me a good fall eye shadow palette and I do have my eyes on a few colourpop ones but alas I’m holding off. The reason being I have so many other palettes in my collection that are perfect for the fall season and can carry us into the holiday season. I have rounded up a few palettes I’m bringing in to my rotation for the fall season.

The orange tones

milani earthy elements

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naked heat

naked heat swatches

Left-right: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En fuego, Ashes, Ember

I love orange eyeshadow…like a lot. I have a few palettes that are more specifically geared towards the oranges. First is my all time favourite drugstore palette and that is the Milani Earthy Elements palette. The quality in this palette is just amazing. It has every shade you need for a simple look or for a full on fall look. The next one is the Naked Heat Palette. I love this palette really for all seasons but I want to use it a lot for the remainder of the year. There are warm browns, oranges, reds and purples. An all around great palette.

The neutral palette

anastasia soft glam\

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Left to right: Tempera, Dirty Rose, Glistening, Fairy, Orange Soda, Burnt orange, Rose pink, Sienna, Sultry, Bronze, Rustic, Cyprus umber, Mulberry, Noir

I have one palette for this category. This palette is not necessarily the traditional neutral palette you might see but it is one of the most versatile in terms of shades and the ease of use it what makes a neutral palette easy to use. The Anastasia soft glam has a variety of tones including cool purples, dusty pinks, neutral warm browns and a matte black. I put this one in a neutral section because for me I feel like this is a really versatile palette for every season but you can really make this palette very fall and then also create more cool toned rose looks. Every time I use this palette I am floored by the quality of these shadows

The coloured gems

sweet peach

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Left to right: White peach, Nectar, Peaches n cream, Luscious, Cobbler, Georgia, Just peachy, Candied peach, Caramelized, Bless her heart, Bellini, Puree

sweet peach dark shades

Left to right: Tempting, Peach Pit, Summer yum, Charmed I’m Sure, Delectable, Talk Derby to Me 

Coral obsessions

coral swatches

no shade names rip 

NYX perfect filter olive you

nyx swatches

also no shade names rip 

Again, going off of the pumpkin makeup theme we discussed last time. I have three for this one. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions really is one of the most versatile monochrome palettes. It has neutral browns and reds as well as peaches all coming together for a seamless fall look. My ride or die the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I love all the shades in the palette and the variety of tones including peaches, warm browns, light bone shades, purples, etc making it a seasonless and an easy palette to use. Lastly, we have the NYX Olive You palette. Tonally this is the perfect fall palette (there I said it okay, I admit it). I love the tones in this palette, the bronze shade, the warm orangey-brown crease shade, the olive shades and the golden shimmer shade. This palette is simple to use but not lacking in shades you need to create a fall look of your choice. I like that it has a variety of colours, but not too much variety that it becomes overwhelming. Perfectly balanced and a beautifully formulated!

What are your favourite fall palettes?

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Bits I Tend to Buy From The Drugstore

I saw the YouTube channel Too Much Tash do this as a video quite a while ago and she was talking about products she doesn’t splurge on. I thought it was a fun idea but I wanted to put my own spin on it.  None of these are hard and fast rules, but as it stands I have certain items in my collection I find myself going to the drugstore for vs. sephora or a department store. My collection is mostly drugstore but I do foray into high end items for a few areas of my routine.  I wanted to take you through a few areas of my collection that I tend to go to the drugstore when it comes time to repurchase

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Concealer. I feel like I go through concealer rather quickly and it’s something I need to replace more often than a blush or highlighter. I often find myself having on my to “buy next” list, high end concealers, but when it comes to taking the plunge I always end up getting a drugstore one. I would love to buy a more pricey concealer but as you might know from my Too Faced review it hasn’t been going well (however I may have found a way for this concealer to work and will report back). I haven’t noticed a huge difference in quality in terms of the too faced compared to other concealers.

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Setting Spray. I always have big plans to try a more high end setting spray but always end up going with something drugstore to mid range. Currently I’m alternating between two of the Body Shop’s setting sprays, the mint matte and the rose dewy glow face mist. I can’t say as if these two setting sprays are any better than high end because I haven’t tried any. I would love to find one that is soothing and made with clean ingredients but it is hard to justify spending money on one when I use them so often (I douse myself so I run through setting sprays super fast).

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Brows. I am not a super large brow person, I am a brow gel kinda gal, and usually use whichever drugstore one I’m fancying. Again, this is another product I always find myself buying at the drugstore – like the Annabelle one that is my current fave. I would love to try Glossier boy brow or the Milk Kush brow gel but alas for now I find myself gravitating towards the drugstore. 

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Foundation. This only applies to full coverage foundations because I don’t wear them that often. Currently I have been using the Wet n wild photo focus and the Gosh foundation drops (rip these are no longer in Canada) which are both drugstore priced!  I buy mid range to high end tinted moisturizers (looking at you FAB Tinted moisturizer which I love), but for a foundation I can’t at the moment see myself purchasing a super luxury foundation because the majority of what I wear are skin tints, B.B creams or tinted moisturizers.

Finally Mascara. I always have great intentions of buying a brand new high end mascara once I finish my others but I always find  myself back at the drugstore attempting to find the perfect volumizing mascara. I always find myself going with a Maybelline or an Essence mascara, or a Covergirl!

What do you like to buy at the drugstore?!