The Drugstore Beauty Edit


Over the past few months I've made a few beauty discoveries from the drugstore and, given it's January and everyone's bank balance is probably looking a bit worse for wear, I thought now was the perfect time to share these with you.


Skincare

Superdrug We Love Face Masks in Coconut, Blueberry Jam & Kale* | £4.99 each | Ok, so these all-natural masks lean more towards being 'fun' products than true skincare, but they're pretty cute and left my skin feeling nice, so are definitely worth checking out if you're going to have a pamper night in. The Coconut mask has a really hydrating formula, as well as really coconut shavings in there to gently exfoliate, the Blueberry Jam leaves my skin fresh and cleansed and the Kale is nice and softening. You also get a good few uses out of each pot.

Sukin Purifying Facial Masque* | £10.15 | Oddly, I think I was sent this mask with the incorrect lid on it, because it says 'Purifying' on the side (and the product inside matches the description of that mask!) so just ignore the picture... That aside, once I realised it was a cleansing mask and not supposed to be hydrating, I really enjoyed using it. If you're familiar with high-end masks such as Niod's Flavanone Mud and Aesop's Parsley Seed then this is the perfect alternative for just a tenner! It's a clay mask (kaolin), so does harden on the skin, however it doesn't suck out all the moisture or strip it. It just leaves the skin so fresh, clean and clear after use!

Superdrug Calm Skin De-Stress Balancing Facial Oil* | £2.99 | This facial oil contains Vitamin E and apricot - as the name promises, it's just a nice, gentle overnight option. It isn't anything too greasy or slippery and doesn't sit on top of the surface of the skin. The fast-absorbing formula is suitable for most skin types in need of a bit of extra hydration during the winter months. It smooths and plumps the skin, as well as getting rid of dry patches.

Superdrug Calm Skin De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz* | £2.99 | This product is packed full of some really amazing ingredients for its price-point! I haven't really come across skincare at the drugstore that contains niacinamide and this also has hyaluronic acid and chamomile. The combination soothes redness, plumps the skin and adds some light moisture without the stickiness. My only negative is that the spray is so heavy and direct! I recommend spraying this onto a cotton wool pad and applying it like a toner instead of misting it, because otherwise it's just too much. 

Superdrug Calm Skin Hydrating 2-in-1 Serum & Moisturiser* | £2.99 | This is the winner from the Calm Skin collection for me! If you're oilier, then this will do the job as an all-in-one for you, however on dry skin I think it's best used as a serum. It has a lovely, lightweight gel-cream formula that absorbs easily without any tackiness. It really calms the skin and makes it feel soft and look healthy.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre* | £13 | I know this is on the higher end of the drugstore, however I love this product so had to sneak it in here! This is a product that can be use as a moisturiser, primer or night cream (or all three when you're travelling). It's a lightweight whipped cream that smooths and hydrates my skin without being at all heavy or greasy. It gets rid of any dry patches and just ensures my skin looks fresh and healthy.

Makeup

B Souffle Face Primer* | £9.99 | I'm not sure why this product doesn't get more hype because it really is a great budget find! It has a lovely smoothing effect and really helps the appearance of pores. It gives the skin a soft satin finish and ensures foundation applies smoothly and evenly over it.

Cyo Turn on the Light Illuminating Mixing Cream in Into the Shadows | £6 | Apologies - the name of the shade is actually Into the Shadows and the product is Turn on the Light. I'd never heard of this brand before but noticed it was featured on Boots so added this product to my cart. I've never tried a liquid highlighting product specifically meant for mixing in with your base and I've not come across such a natural one from the drugstore. It has a cream-like formula and the golden sheen it gives is so natural and pearly. It gives your skin a natural glow and just makes it look fresh and healthy.

Elf Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow | £5 | This is a slightly older product in my collection than some of the others in this post, however it's just so good I had to give it a shout out. These highlighters do have a little bit of an overspray, however once you get past that the formula has a lovely soft, smooth texture. It sits naturally on the skin and gives an amazing highlight. This colour is a warm golden peach - I couldn't find it on the Superdrug website but they do stock this collection.

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter | £7.99 | I was a bit surprised by this product -  I expected it to be quite an intense highlight from seeing US beauty gurus use it, however it's actually a very soft, subtle formula. It actually wouldn't surprise me if they changed the formula, as Maybelline love to make pointless changes when releasing products in different locations! However ignoring that, it is a nice product in its own right; it's nothing glittery, this bronzed gold colour just adds a natural bit of warmth and glow to the skin.

Natural Collection Powder Blusher in Peach Melba | £1.99 | I am SO glad that Natural Collection have re-lauched their eyeshadow and blusher singles in packaging that isn't cheap and annoying at no extra cost! I actually think this colour might be slightly lighter than the original Peach Melba I had, however it's still a natural, muted pinky-peach in a soft matte formula. It's a great everyday option and isn't chalky or patchy in the slightest.

Natural Collection Mono Eyeshadows in Milk Chocolate & Crushed Walnut | £1.99 each | Luckily the matte eyeshadows remain unaltered, otherwise we may have had a problem! This is such a lovely, easy-to-use formula; it blends out effortlessly and smoothly. The pigmentation is spot on - nothing too intense but still definitely there. Milk Chocolate is a taupe-brown and crushed walnut is a dark cool brown.

Real Techniques MultiTech Brushes in Large and Extra Large | £11.99 & £13.49 | I use these brushes every single day and they've totally replaced my other (admittedly still Real Techniques!) cheek brushes. They're both tapered synthetic brushes that apply product so evenly to the skin. The Large is perfect for blusher and the Extra Large is amazing with bronzer.


Haircare

Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shampoo* | £6.99 | This is a lovely shampoo if you have dry or damaged hair. Shampoo is a process that can strip the hair however it's obviously an essential in your haircare routine - this option still cleanses but just leaves my hair soft and healthy.

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner* | £6.99 | I was recently sent a ton of products from Hask and I'm still kind of making my way through them, however this instantly stood out as a winner. It's one of my favourite haircare products at the moment - it's a miracle-worker and the fact it comes in at under a tenner is just a bonus! It has this amazing smoothing, nourishing effect and leaves my hair looking so silky and healthy.

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate Shea Butter Conditioner | £8.99 | Before I discovered the Hask conditioner, this was my go-to, and it still has a place in my collection. This is more of an intensely nourishing product for damaged hair to make it look and feel healthier. It isn't anything overly heavy or greasy, which is why I love it.

Hask Kalahari Melon Oil* | £2.49 | I didn't actually realise when I started using this that it was meant for coloured hair, so I was already enjoying it but I have since dyed it. These oils aren't greasy or sticky in the slightest and this just really helps keep things nice and nourished.

Body

Kind Natured Ultra Gentle Oatmeal & Aloe Body Wash* | £4.99 | This is a really great product for the winter months because it's nice and foaming but, true to its name, it doesn't strip sensitive skin and helps it stay soft and moisturised. It contains 97% natural ingredients and has a soft, pleasant fragrance.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk* | £10 | This has been a bit of a rediscovery for me because it was a favourite of mine a couple of years back. The fragrance is lush! It contains almond, brown sugar and oats, which are all perfect scents for this time of year. The lotion comes in handy pump packaging and has a lightweight but really nourishing texture.

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Peanut Butter | £3.99 | Although I'm a bit of a convert to gel manicures, if you're looking for a similar look at home, I LOVE this collection from Barry M. I've tried much more expensive nail polishes that don't last as long and aren't as opaque as this! Peanut Butter is a gorgeous warm pinky-brown nude.


Which products have you picked up from the drugstore lately and fallen for?


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