Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Drugstore Haul

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to share with you my long overdue haul. I got these all to start my venture into drugstore makeup, which I have long ignored in favour of high-end products or Korean cosmetics with cute packaging (and equally cute advertisers. See The Saem for reference).

I also wanted to get more spring/summer appropriate makeup since all of my current lip products are more fall/winter appropriate. Never mind that the only seasons I get are extremely hot and dry and extremely rainy - its an opportunity for me to expand my collection and to try out new things! I've already put these to good use right after taking photos so expect to see these more on my blog from now on.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Make-up Remover 

I may or may not have put this in here just for the flower design, but you always need a makeup remover, right? I wasn't satisfied with the Bioderma I got from my last Impulse Haul, so I got this to remove my eye makeup. Being a person who wears waterproof mascara religiously, I know the pains of removing it and this makes it a breeze, I kid you not. I like that it isn't overly oily and heavily scented either. I also raved about this in my Make-Up Removers post and March Favourites.

NYX Powder Blush (Pinched)

I've been wanting to try this line of blushes since I was in high school, but Pinched more than others since it is famed as one of the top NARS Orgasm blush dupes. It's the standard pinky coral with a golden shimmer which screams Spring/Summer to me. I like how it makes me look much more awake and healthy, so I'm definitely going to be using blush more often!

Milani Baked Blush (Bella Rosa)

This was another product I got because of Essie Button, particularly in her Taylor Swift Inspired Drugstore Makeup Look. Colour-wise, reddish blushes seem to be more for Autumn/Winter, but because this one looks so bright in the pan and it has a bit of pink, I thought it was appropriate for Spring/Summer, too. I will say that you only need the tiniest amount due to the strong pigmentation, but the end result is a really pretty pinky red flush.

Happy Skin Angled Blush Brush

Happy Skin is a local brand that I honestly did not expect much from. I ignored it for a while whenever I saw it at Beauty Bar, until Alex told me about the brush set she got. I got this brush since it's the cheapest angled blush brush that I know of, and I'm surprised at the quality of it! The bristles are synthetic and very soft, and I like that they're white so I can tell how much pigment I have on my brush. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick (05)

I've been waiting for a long time to try this lipstick, especially after seeing Alex's review here. I wanted this particular shade because I knew I needed a lipstick that wasn't red. It definitely has a hint of berry in it, but its so brightening and makes me look so fresh and awake, which I think is something that one associates to Spring. Either way, I think this will be a great year-rounder lipstick for me. I need more from this range!

NYX Butter Gloss (Strawberry Parfait)

Who hasn't heard of these glosses? I knew I loved this as soon as I put it on because it applied well, smelled amazing (like cake batter), and left my lips moisturized. Even as it faded after about 2-3 hours, it didn't leave my lips icky and crusty at the edges which is what happens with me most of the time with most lip glosses. I got the shade Strawberry Parfait, which is a sheer fuchsia that leans more pink. I would have bought more but NYX stores locally haven't restocked in months.

That's it for now! I'm still looking for more Spring/Summer products to try so if you have any recommendations, please leave a comment below! Also let me know if you want a review on any of the products mentioned here and in my past posts!


  1. Great post, I'm definitely going to get my hands on that NYX blush! :)
    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food & Lifestyle Blog

  2. I really want to try products by the brand Milani, but they don't sell it in my place ...
    Nati xx

  3. Oh you didn't like Bioderma? I find it really effective, just need to hold it in place over makeup for a few seconds. The oil based dual phased removers leave my eyes greasy!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    1. Hi, Erin! I wasn't wowed, I guess? I found it okay for base make-up but not for eye make-up. That's sad to hear, because I find that dual phase removers are the only ones that can remove my eye make-up!

  4. Love new drogstore makeup!! :)<3

  5. We love the NYX cream blushes especially for spring because they leave you looking dewy and the colours are so bright!

    M + K

    1. I should definitely give them a swatch next time, then! :)

  6. So many new things~ cannot wait for your blush reviews~

    1. There are actually more on the way (_ _) drugstore products are so great! And yes I will review soon :)