January 10, 2014

Drugstore/Inexpensive Makeup Haul and Review

Hello, my friends! I hope you're all enjoying the New Year! Today's post is all about inexpensive, drugstore makeup you can find in virtually any of your local shops. Drugstore makeup is easy to get your hands on and super affordable. It's perfect for people who don't wish to spend money on high-end makeup brands and products when they could purchase something for cheap that works just as wonderfully!

Below, I've listed all of the products purchased, what they do and how well they work. Everything listed below runs for only $10 (£6) or under, which means your face looks flawless and you still have money to spare! How exciting!

Some of these products I didn't purchase in store, but either bought them online or got them as a gift. I'll still write reviews give links for each product, don't you worry!

Warning: This haul is very heavy on products from Rimmel. It's my favourite makeup brand!

Whenever I get the chance, I like to roam around the isles of the shops and have a look at their makeup collections; what's new, what looks interesting and what items are actually worth purchasing.

The first product I picked up was the Rimmel Match Perfection FoundationMy skin has a very distinct, yellow undertone and for a while now, I've been on the hunt for a foundation which compliments that instead of making it a point of insecurity. Most of the foundations I've tried have had pinkish bases to them, which doesn't always work well for people with warm skin tones like myself.

 This foundation comes in a total of 11 shades, ranging from Light Porcelain to Bronze. There's a variety of different colours for all different skin tones and undertones, even yellow! This medium coverage foundation blends in beautifully with the skin, leaving you with a gorgeous, natural-looking finish. 

I chose my foundation in the shade 120 Ivory (Shade 100 in the UK) and I love it. Rimmel has about three variations of this colour itself, available in Ivory, Classic Ivory and True Ivory. The other two shades had more of a pinkish base to them, which didn't suit my skin very well. Ivory was the only colour out of the trio with a more yellowy to neutral base.

Click here to find your skin undertone!

As far as the product works, I think it's brilliant. It has a great, semi-liquid formulation that really does leave a traceless, undetectable finish on the skin. It's fantastic for any makeup look, day or night. If I were to wear this at night, I would do a bit more contouring/bronzing than in the daytime, simply because you'd want to give a more edgy look to your makeup.

I only have one problem when it comes to this foundation. The Rimmel London company is obviously based in the UK, and since the majority of the population in the UK is Caucasian, I think they must have forgotten to make darker shades for people of other ethnic groups as well. For that reason, if I were able to change one thing about this product, it would the colours it comes in. I would make a few darker shades of the foundation for people with darker complexions, so everyone can enjoy this brilliant product!

Try on the Match Perfection Foundation here!

I actually bought this Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm (more of a lip gloss) as a present for my friend in Australia. I was searching for an American makeup brand to buy something from as a little 'thank you' gift for the Christmas package she sent me. They didn't have the makeup brand Almay in Australia and I've never bought anything from them before, but I thought I'd give them try anyways. I thought this vibrant, fuchsia lip gloss in shade Just Plum Good (It doesn't come across very well on camera but it's absolutely gorgeous!) would suit her brilliantly.

I'm sure their whole brand isn't like this, but this product sure was a let-down. I have to admit, they did warn me on the package that the gloss was sheer, but I didn't expect it to be that unnoticeable; even the boldest fuchsia colour (The most vibrant one there, I might add) was barely even visible on the lips. The formulation of this product is very sticky and unpleasant which made me very sad. If the consistency of the gloss was better, I would be able to look over the colour - or lack there of - and use it as a very natural-looking gloss with a hint of shimmer. This was a massive disappointment.

The next item I picked up on my trip to the shops was the Rimmel London Stay Matte Press Powder. I wanted something to carry around with me throughout the day for easy touch-ups when I start to look a bit shiny. I don't use it very much as I don't get too oily, but it's a live saver when I do!

I bought the press powder in the shade 001 Transparent. I chose this shade simply because I couldn't be bothered to find one that perfectly matched my skin or foundation.

Translucent powder is kind of a phenomenon. It looks extremely light in the packaging, but it is 100% invisible on the skin. Because of its transparent qualities, this could easily be used on any skin tone imaginable.

As you might be able to see from the picture, this powder is very finely-milled which gives a very natural look to your skin, if used the right way. The number #1 mistake made when using press powder, or any type of powder for that matter is over-powdering. You wouldn't want to put too much powder on, as this causes a cakey, dry, unflattering look to the face.

I've been looking for another vibrant, eye-catching lip colour ever since I buying my first ever red lipstick. There's just something about that one cheeky, dangerous element of your makeup that has the power to completely transform your look. For some it's false eyelashes or winged liner, but for me it's lipstick! Kate Moss' lipstick collection by Rimmel is an all-time favourite of mine.

I purchased my Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in shade 06; you can already tell from the label just how bright it is! Sadly they don't have this exact shade in the UK, but a cross between shades 20 and 22 could make a close match! 

It's a shame this colour doesn't come off well on camera, but in real life it's the most vibrant, blue-based hot pink you will ever see. It has a very highly-pigmented formulation, so I would mainly wear this at nighttime. This isn't necessarily an everyday lipstick, but it's great for a special occasion!

The texture of this lipstick is very smooth and buttery. If feels very moisturizing whilst at the same time, having a bit of a matte feeling to it. It leaves a satiny-smooth finish on your lips that lasts all of 2 to 8 hours, depending on what you do in those hours. I tend to eat a lot. and I'm always finding myself reapplying lip products throughout the day. In spite of the possible reapplications, this is still my go-to, inexpensive lipstick brand.

I actually got this mascara as a gift from my mum. She had gotten it for free in a package from Ulta and didn't really have a need for it; she was already sorted with her current mascara. It was one of those 'I don't want it, do you?' ordeals. I decided to give it a go and now it's my most-loved makeup product, possibly ever!

The mascara wand itself is fairly the same width all the way through, with a tapered point to it. The bristles are very short and just like the wand, they're more or less the same length all the way through. They get shorter towards the top, for the shorter lashes towards the inner corner of your eyes.

These are my lashes after going a day with the ULTA Amped Lashes Mascara. It leaves minimal fall out and dramatically lengthens your lashes. It's extremely easy to apply and build up, as long as it's still wet! It's not the greatest mascara to touch up with later on in the day as it starts to get clumpy and fake-looking. It's a perfect mascara for those 'no makeup' makeup looks! You really only need one coat to create gorgeous, dark, natural-looking lashes.

Get your very own Ulta Amped Lashes mascara here!

I bought the NYX Concealer Wand if the shade Fair. I actually purchased this off of my Luvocracy Page for $5 (£3). They have colours for everyone, even lavender, green and yellow for colour correcting! 

The is concealer is very thin but has an amazingly full coverage. It's a little lighter than my natural skin tone, so I like to use it under my eyes to brighten them up a bit. When blending this this into your skin, you want to work fast; it's dries super quickly to an almost matte finish.

Order your NYX Concealer Wand here!

The final purchase I made during my trip to the shops was a repurchase of one of my favourite lip products, the Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner from Rimmel London.

I bought the lip liner in shade 063, Eastend Snob. Just the name of it makes me excited! This is the most perfect, natural, your-lips-but-better colour and I absolutely love it. This is my second time repurchasing and I have a feeling it won't be my last!

It gets the 'automatic' in its name from its ability to resharpen itself. Whenever you run out of product, simply twist to the left and voilà! It's extremely convenient for on-the-go use, no sharpener needed!

(Ignore the previous lipstick swatch!) The colour of this lip liner is a very natural pink with slight gold undertones. This makes it the perfect base for really any lipstick or lacquer; since it's so close to your natural lip colour, you can literally do anything your little heart desires! Before I had a red lip liner, I would always use this to create a gorgeous red lip. You could use it under any extremely vibrant or very neutral lipsticks. It's one of the most versatile colours out there!

That's it for today's post! Once again, thank you so much for stopping by and giving my posts a gander. I really appreciate you spending your time reading what I have to say. I hope I can help some of you out in one way or another!

If you have any questions about these products or ideas for my next posts, leave them in the comments tab below. I love hearing what you have to say! Plus I could use a little inspiration.

Have a wonderful January and always remember how important you are.
Jordan x