This is a fun little post today. In the lead up to going home for Christmas I had got to thinking about the different things available over here compared to good ole Britain, I have written posts before about some of the things I miss and what I love about home, http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/02/britains-best.html but I thought it would be interesting to compare actual products and such. I love reading my friend Angie's blog, Chocolate and lipstick, http://www.chocolateandlipstick.com/2014/11/superdrugs-top-5-products-under-5.html#.VHnuzGAtDIU and it occurred to me that sometimes she posts makeup brands that I've never heard of before. So, I started asking her what brands we get at home now and what American brands she couldn't get. It was a fun little conversation and I realized that while Angie is quite the awesome makeup connoisseur, I am not! :p Who knew Maybelline and NYX were available in England! ;p
We decided that we would do a drugstore VS drugstore post and see what we could each come up with and with a budget of $5 or less for each product. I'm really interested to read Angie's post as with being away from home for so long I tend to lose track of what's going on over there and I get comfortable with American stores and products. In addition, this was cool to do as it made me step out of my comfort zone and try a few new products. After Angie told me that you could get most of my favourite drugstore brands in England, I searched to find and try out some of the brands I hadn't tried before. I liked this as it opened my eyes to things that were available and a lot cheaper than certain products I have been saving for and adding to my wishlist. :)
Walgreens sells: (This is my local Walgreens, so some stores may differ.)
Wet n Wild
Brands that are not available in Superdrug:
Wet n Wild
Now as I mentioned above, until I spoke to Angie I wasn't fully aware of what brands were and were not available in the UK, so when first thinking about this post I was all ready to talk about how much I love my Maybelline Instant Rewind concealer and NYX lip-glosses. :p And as those brands have been my go to as far as drugstore is concerned, I wasn't prepared and couldn't just whip out the non UK brands from my drawer, I had to go out and purchase them. This made it even more interesting when Angie and I agreed on a $5 or less budget. :)
I admit that I struggled picking things out at first as I love places like Sephora, even though makeup can be expensive there, I would prefer to save and get fantastic quality than buy stuff that just doesn't even compete. I mentioned in a previous post about the Loreal Tru Match and how it simply doesn't work for me, which lead me to feel skeptical on some of the cheaper products, id rather save up and spend $45 on the Nars Sheer Glow than re purchase the Tru Match. In saying that though, I can also appreciate that some people don't have that luxury of saving up. And this is why I'm so happy I did this post and am excited to show you the treats that I found!! :)
Wet N Wild!
This brand I have seen a few times in Walgreens and I knew that it would be my go to when Angie and I agreed on the $5 budget, as there stuff is really cheap. And I have to say, its awesome!! :) I chose the eyeliner pencil as I had been needing an eyeliner pen for a while (I prefer it to gel) and I'm so happy I picked this one up instead of spending lots on a Nars liner or Urban Decay. I got the Black Noir, number 651. When I got home and swatched it I was like 'wow', it's smooth and incredibly pigmented and it went on my eyes like a dream. The best bit... it cost 99c.
I had to get a Lipstick as if you read my previous post... you know that I have been slightly obsessed with Lipsticks lately. :p I settled on the colour 'Think Pink' as it's just a nice nude/pink and rather girlie and pretty. When I got home and unwrapped it I was slightly turned off my the smell as it has somewhat of a tangy smell, not the nice vanilla kind of smell that I've become accustomed to with the likes of Mac, however, again when I swatched it, it immediately got a thumbs up. And when I put it on my lips, it became my new favourite. It has great pigmentation and goes on incredibly smooth and the smell is not a problem at all when you put it on. This Lipstick usually costs $1.99 but at the time I purchased it, it was on sale for $1.49.
Next up I had been looking for a new bronzer and thought this would be a good opportunity to try out a new one. The CoverGirl Golden Tan bronzer caught my attention, it has a shimmer to it and just looked warm and not too orange or dark for me, as well as it only costing $3.99. :) I'm excited to experiment with this one, I wouldn't use it to contour but think it looks gorgeous to just add a touch of glow to the face! :) (Bottom right swatch)
I've been trying to get better at working with eye shadows lately, I used to do really black smokey eyes when I wrestled and since I stopped I never seem to do my eyes anymore and prefer a more natural look. But I have a long list of tutorials that I want to try out and am determined to get a nice statement everyday look that includes eye shadow. This palette I liked because of the purple colour. I think its a gorgeous colour for Fall/Winter. The shades are quite pigmented, though I did have to go over the swatches a few times so they came up on camera but I think they would look beautiful on the eye if maybe you wet the brush first. :) This little palette cost $4.79.
I really wanted to test out some Milani products, as I know Angie has been wanting to get her hands on this brand, and I thought it would be fun to see what I could recommend. However, I found it tricky to decide on what to get, as the only things that were within budget at my local Walgreens were the individual eye shadows and non of them were jumping out at me. So forgive me for breaking the rules a little bit but I thought I would just stick with a product of there's that I already had and love. The Lipstick in Enchanted Topaz I received as a gift from my friend Kacie and it has been one of my favourites since. It's beautifully pigmented and smooth and just 49c over budget, ($5.49) so not too bad! ;)
I hope you enjoyed this Collab! :) I want to say a huge thank you to Angie for taking the time to do this with me and for putting up with my gazillion questions! :p She is extremely awesome and kind and incredibly supportive and i'm so grateful that I found her in this blogging world. Please check out her blog here: http://www.chocolateandlipstick.com/2014/11/superdrugs-top-5-products-under-5.html#.VHnuzGAtDIU
If you have any drugstore recommendations, please feel free to share in the comments below! :)
Have a wonderful weekend! :)
Love Lulu xx