Budget Beauty Buys

by Joyce in


To the dismay of my wallet, I'm all for shopping at Sephora and other luxury retailers. There is just something about luxury beauty that gets me - that hefty Guerlain lipstick bullet, that smooth Burberry plaid... I can't escape the call of those brilliant high end products. 

Surprisingly, I have gathered a few favorites from the drugstore. Aside from Real Techniques brushes, these are my drugstore beauty favorites. Read on to find out more!  

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First off, Rimmel Scandaleyes pencils are just brilliant. While I love the chunky shadow pencil too, these liners are more up my alley and come in a variety of shades. I have black, dark blue, taupe and nude, and I love them all. They're super creamy and long-lasting, and this is a waterproof formula that doesn't irritate my eyes. 

Another almost forgotten product is the lovely CoverGirl LipPerfection lipsticks. I have the shade Spellbound here, and it is the most gorgeous opaque hot pink. Not drying, and wears quite a long time - a perfect choice for those of you who don't get along with my sheer favorite, Maybelline Color Whisper.  

Now on to the eyes - of course I would pick the creamy options! Though the L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows are actually pressed powders, in my mind they are just like creams. So soft and easy to swipe on, I have a number of shades. I think Bronzed Taupe is my favorite! On the other hand, Maybelline Color Tattoos are an affordable pick, and said to be dupes for MAC Paint Pots. I wasn't initially impressed with these, but really their neutral shades are quite good. I love Bad to the Bronze, and their LE shades Barely Beige and Rich Mahogany were definite favorites this time last year.  

Last but not least, every girl needs an affordable drugstore bronzer. I prefer mine matte, and this little Revlon Photoready Bronzer in Bronzed & Chic is a total winner. A potential dupe for the Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons bronzer (see my post here), this bronzer has a decent texture and wears quite well. It takes a bit more blending than Guerlain, but I firmly believe nothing can beat Guerlain when it comes to powder bronzer. However, Revlon lands on the top of my list for a girl on a budget!  

So there you have it, all of my drugstore favorites! Do you have any of these products or have any stellar drugstore items that I must try?  

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