Save Your $$$! Drugstore Products I Swear By

Ciao bellas!


With the Sephora sale madness that’s been going on lately, it’s easier to justify spending money on expensive beauty products. BUT, many of my every day staple products are from the drugstore. Don’t get me wrong I adore luxury beauty, but sometimes you don’t need to spend $40-$50 on one item to have results. Below are my tried and true drugstore holy grails that I swear by.


L’oreal Infallible Pro Sweep n Lock Translucent Setting Powder

If you follow my social media, you’ve probably seen this on my instagram story a bunch of times. I hate hate hate hate spending money on setting powder. It’s just a boring item to spend money on, it gets messy, it doesn’t look cute, its whatever. I have dry skin and it’s hard for me to find honestly find a powder that doesn’t suck the moisture from my eye area and look crepey. I’ve tried luxury powders as well, but I find that this L’oreal powder is amazing and gets the job done.

NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil in ‘Taupe’.

This is one of my OG holy grail drugstore loves. It is literally a dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz right down to the ‘Taupe’ shade. I haven’t bought an ABH brow pencil since discovering this. Read my full review comparing both products here.

Wet n Wild Colour Icon Blush in ‘Mellow Wine’

You want a matte blush that has pigment but not too much pigment? Is buildable but doesn’t look chalky? Is a warm wash of colour to go with any look? This is the one. I find it similar to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush, just not $31. Read my review on this here.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

K, if you don’t know about this bronzer I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your time. It’s f***ing BOMB AS F***!!!! It’s literally butter, in a bronzer. You can mess this up and over apply it, then blend it to perfection. 1000% recommend.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in ’20 Sand’

A lot of people compare this to the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. This is more subtle and not as pigmented, but it’s an amazing creamy concealer for the face and works very well with full-coverage foundations without looking cakey. I do still prefer my Nars for under the eyes, but this is one of the best drugstore concealers I’ve tried and will continue to buy.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation in ‘Golden Beige’

I wrote a post comparing this as a dupe to Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (read here). For literally $7, this foundation performs as well as high end makeup and is similar to Double Wear. I’m a complexion product snob and usually don’t touch drugstore foundation, but this is legit.

Milani Cosmetics Colour Statement Lip Liner

I’m morally against spending money on lip liner. I feel like every time I do, I’m disappointed and go back to these from Milani. They are literally $4 each, have a creamy but matte formula, and the most beautiful range of nudes you could ever need. I routinely wear just the pencil on my lips and it lasts ages!!! Milani is a little harder to find in Canada, but Superstore carries it or you can get it from Amazon.

Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lip

Okay, when I first heard about this brand I was like $6 liquid lipsticks yeaaaa okay. But no. They are amazing. Just as good as a lot of high end brands imo. As you can see, I have quite a few of them!! The formula is ultra long lasting and on the matte side. I don’t love their Ultra Matte range as they are extremely drying, but the satin range is fab. The only trade off is the packaging starts to look like garbage after a few uses, but these are $6….


There we go! Have you guys tried any of these products? Let me know your drugstore faves too!


xo J


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  1. November 28, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    K I NEED that butter bronzer. I say that every time I see someone writing about it but I do actually need to go pick it up. I’m with you on those colourpop satin lipsticks! I wish the packaging didn’t fade so much, but I would rather them sacrifice packaging than quality.
    Great post! x

    • December 5, 2018 / 2:14 am

      It’s such a good bronzer omg!!! Yes it’s true, for the price they are so good. xoxo thank you for reading!!

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