My Favourites From The Drugstore

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Believe it or not it’s not all high-end for me, I have a ton of favourites from the drugstore and I can rarely go into Boots without purchasing something.  Saying that I still think it’s really easy to go crazy with drugstore items because you fall under the pretence that it’s cheap and cheerful or under a special by 1 get the 2nd half price scheme, and you can end up spending a lot of money on products you will never use….we’ve all done that right?

Well, I decided to narrow down those beauty products that I love from the drugstore that are not only excellent value for money but also real gems in my opinion.

Firstly, which should come as no surprise, are Real Techniques brushes.  I think I have nearly every set possible and the ones featured below are the Buffing Brush from the Core Collection Set and the Stippling Brush.  These two in particular are absolute staples for me in terms of foundation application as they give a flawless finish and the quality is superb considering how affordable they are.

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I also adore the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks.  As they are matte they are a bit drying on the lips but the colour pay off is insane, they last really well and there are a great choice of colours in this range. My favourites are Frambourjois, a gorgeous hot pink on the left above and Peach Club, a dark orange toned coral on the right.

Ever since the Co Lab Dry Shampoo range created by fellow blogger Ruth Crilly hit the market, I have literally gone through bottles of this stuff.  I love everything about this range – the smell, the texture, the volume it gives and most importantly, that it is undetectable on the hair.  At just £2.49 this stuff really works wonders and does what it says.   There are a number of scents to choose from, all named after popular cities and my favourites are London and Paris (pictured below).

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Another firm favourite is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which is extremely effective at removing all traces of makeup.  I always use this as the first step in my cleansing routine before I go in with the more heavy-duty stuff.  That said, this is pretty effective on its own too and it comes in both a large 400ml size plus a travel friendly size as pictured above.

I’ve already mentioned my love for drugstore mascaras before (click here to see my recent post) and my current favourite is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara which gives excellent length, volume and curl.

Another great drugstore find is the Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush which I always have on rotation.  Its fine nib allows for that extra precision plus the spooley at the end makes this a great multi-purpose product.

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The Models Own 4 Way Nail Buffer is something I always have to hand and it is a regular part of my DIY manicure routine.

Lastly, and by no means least, no drugstore favourite would be complete without a mention of Essie nail polishes.  I love them, from the vast and unique colours, the different finishes and the lasting power to even the names.  The two I have pictured below are Watermelon and Topless & Barefoot.

So there you have it.  It just goes to show that it is always possible to find affordable yet still amazing products from the drugstore.  I’m sure you all have even more wonderful drugstore finds and I’d love to know what these are, so please drop me a note in the comments below. x

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  • Love this post! Supercat + Lash Sensational is just my dream paring and of course RT brushes are amazing 🙂 I was a little late to the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet party but I’m currently obsessed! xx

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    • The Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks are just so fab, I love how pigmented and long lasting they are x

  • the real techniques brushes are amazing. i still need to try the maybelline mascara. 😀
    chris |

    • Both the brushes and the mascara are my favs and so worth the money x

  • I’m in love with the Maybelline mascara and I’m pretty sure I said that on your last post about it! I also just discovered L’Oreal Infallible eye shadows… so stinking pretty. My favorite is amber rush a really, really fun champagne bronzed color. xo
    Kelsey |

    • Oh wow these L’oreal eyeshadows sound great too I love Champagne bronzey colours. I will have to try these out xx

  • Great photography, so glad I came across your blog!

    Anika |

  • There are definitely great products in drugstore and some of these are my favourites! I love using Garnier micellar water, it doesn’t only remove my makeup but also leaves my skin so soft! xx

  • Anna

    Oooh thanks for these recommendations and reviews! Super helpful for beauty noobs like myself! 🙂

    Anna xx

  • The Garnier Micellar Water is amazing! I’m so glad I ended up buying it even though I had my doubts. The Real Techniques brushes are my faves too. Even though I prefer applying my foundation with my Beauty Blender, the Buffing Brush does the job. My favourite must be the Blush Brush though, love it!

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    • So glad you enjoy these products too, I use my buffing brush every day and love it x

  • Yess, I love Essie polish! And I’ve heard such good things about Micellar, I can’t wait to try it!!

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  • Caroline Malone

    I absolutely love the real techniques brushes they are amazing, the powder brush is by far my favourite if you have the chance to get that one! I’ve only just recently started using the garnier water cleanser after hearing so much about it, and finally something that removes my stubborn eyeliner! xx

    • Thanks for the recommendation on the powder brush, a girl can never have too many xx

  • gegeness

    I have always been inlove with the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara! It’s always been one of my faves next to the Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara! <3


    Angelie // My Cup of Tea

    • I haven’t tried the hyper curl, it sounds like another good one x

  • Sam

    I’m totally with you on the Essie Polishes! They are just so good quality and have such a great selection of colours xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  • rae

    The Drugstore is definitely full of some awesome finds and products that are just as good as some of the more high-end stuff out there. Haven’t get gotten my hands on the Garnier Miceller Water but it has been on my list of things to try for a while now, as have the Real Techniques brushes.

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  • You picked up some really great bargains. The Garnier Micellar water is one of my absolute favourites to remove my makeup before going in with cleanser & the Co Lab dry shampoo has repaced my usual Batiste vesrion recently, it’s perfect x

    Beauty with charm

    • I much prefer Co Lab to Batiste and now there is a new luxe shine range out as well, I have to try this out too x

  • I only have one brush from RT but I love it so much! It’s amazing! I also use the Garnier Micellar Water everyday, it’s great and really inexpensive! Xx

  • helpful post, I have been wanting to try the garnier micellar cleasing water I think I will give it a try.

    • Thanks. The Garnier Micellar water is great and so affordable x

  • Oooh most of these are my faves too! Love RT brushes. I actually just purchased the Bold Metals Triangular Brush. I’m excited to try it out. 🙂


    Yours Truly, NY

  • I love the RT Expert Face brush as well as the two you’ve mentioned. Also a massive fan of Essie polishes & that Garnier Micellar water – I much prefer it to Bioderma! xx


    • Yeah I prefer it to Bioderma too, it’s much cheaper and easier to get hold off. x

  • I love Garnier Micellar Water and use all the time to remove my makeup, the Maybelline Sensational mascara is one of my favourite as well. And the Bourjois Velvet lipsticks are awesome. I love drugstore makeup, there are so many great products nowadays 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I know there really are and now you don’t even have to look hard to find some amazing stuff! x

  • I haven’t tried any of these Bourjois Velvet lippies but they look beautful 🙂 love the Maybelline mascara too x

    • These lipsticks are awesome, highly recommend to check them out x

  • Oh I’ve never seen the Velvet lipsticks, I’m going to have to check them out. The colours do look beautiful! Your pictures are lovely too by the way! X

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • You should really check these out they are so pigmented and I love so many of the colours especially the bolder ones. x

  • The Sunday Mode

    I love essie polishes, they’re probably my favourite nail polish brand in general. My best drugstore find is the covergirl clump crusher mascara, it’s my everyday go to!

    • Essie are great aren’t they? The colour selection is just so vast. This mascara sounds interesting xx