Drugstore Beauty Products I've Been Loving

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Hey everyone, it’s me, your friendly neighbourhood university student, and I’m here to tell you that you are not alone, we are all suffering and we all have debt up to our noses thanks to this brilliant higher education that probably won’t help us get good jobs in the end cause the job market is a terrible place. Let’s get that out in the open, off our chests. Feels good to say it out loud, right? Not really but hey, at least we’re all suffering together!

All jokes aside, being in uni is rough. Being an adult in general is rough, especially when you don’t really have a stable income because either your part-time job doesn’t pay enough or you aren’t currently employed so that you can focus on your studies in order to get a good job (*raises hand* YUP). Whatever your spending money on, whether it’s schooling or accommodations or groceries, or maybe just saving every spare penny for the ~future~ then you might not have a lot of extra money to spend on make-up. Thankfully, there are a ton of really great affordable beauty products out there, if you know to look in the right places! I think of myself as a bit of a drugstore brand connoisseur and I’ve found some gems over time.

Today, I thought I’d share some of my favourite drugstore brand products that I’ve been using this summer to help y’all out with staying glam throughout the season on a budget!

E.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation [$6]

Hello, yes, it is I, continuing to champion e.l.f. cosmetics products. WHAT ELSE IS NEW. But seriously, what could be said against this brand? It’s inexpensive, the products are beautiful, and best of all, it’s cruelty-free! The product I love most by e.l.f. is their flawless finish foundation. It’s a mostly full-coverage formula that gives skin an even, beautiful glow without being shimmery or “wet” and it’s phenomenal when you take into consideration the pricetag (hello, $6 foundation!!). I’ve been using - and raving about - this foundation for a few years now and as long as my budget is tight (aka the foreseeable future) I will continue to do so. I find that it can be easily applied with either a foundation brush or blending sponge which makes it super versatile depending on your preference or if you’re like me, on your mood lol. Personally, I have very dry, sensitive skin and this product works amazingly for me. During the summer months, I’ve transitioned from the Snow shade for my sad Victorian-lady pale skin (although it is a tad too pale for me) to the Sand shade as I’m working on a tan, and I’ve loved both shades equally.

NYX Worth the Hype Waterproof Mascara [$8]

This one’s a new favourite of mine that I’ve been loving this summer. NYX in itself is an amazing brand. I find that it’s high-end quality for drugstore prices. While elf is my favourite drugstore brand, NYX might just take the cake for being better quality (albeit for slightly higher prices). The tapered tip of this mascara wand is to die for honestly. I picked this mascara up on a whim as I’d never tried an NYX mascara before and I was in the market for a new one so it seemed like perfect timing. I gotta say, I absolutely love this one. As I’ve already got long eyelashes, I’m not really too concerned about a product that lengthens my lashes, I much prefer something that separates and thickens. This totally does that. Like to an extent that I was not prepared for. It’s taken a lot of practice to not get this all over my upper eyelids lol but once I get the hang of it, I end up with big, fluttery lashes!! So lovely and the waterproof feature is an absolute god send in this Florida heat (and daily torrential rain storms!)

E.l.f. Cosmetics Blush in “Candid Coral” [$4]

Y’all let’s talk about peach tones for a sec ok? I’m game for anything in a pretty peachy shade. I think it’s girly and cute and fun, plus it goes perfectly with a tan. Perhaps my all-time favourite peach product is this e.l.f. blush. The colour is actually called “coral” but let’s not let semantics get in the way of our fun. This lovely little powder blush is my knight in shining armour. I pop a bit of this blush on my cheeks every damn day, especially now that it’s summertime. Remember when we thought blush was unnecessary or uncool or whatever and we walked around like boring, dull contoured weirdos? We all did it, let’s be honest. Blush has become absolutely essential to my everyday makeup look, I cannot imagine not wearing it now. This gives a really healthy, bright look to my face, which has been even more necessary this last week as I’ve been fighting off some weird cold/stomach bug and have looked like a dead girl walking!

E.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare Cheek Glow in “Soft Peach” [$4]

Oh look, another blush lol what a shocker. Seriously though, this was an actual surprise product for me!! It’s not the sort of product I’d typically reach for, mostly because it’s cream-based. Cream blushes remind me of my early makeup preteen years and kind of makes me shudder involuntarily. But this was actually a huge hit for me! It’s not just a cream blush, it actually is a cream-to-powder blush, so I don’t find it as clumpy as pure cream blushes typically are. Mind you I’m judging all cream blushes based on the formulas of the early 2010s so take that with a grain of salt haha. Of course, this is another peach shade. It looks very natural on the skin especially if you pat it down a bit with a blending sponge (there’s my little amateur tip for y’all). Although the product looks very orange-y in the pan, I promise it doesn’t come off so vibrant!

NYX Matte Bronzer [$9]

I genuinely adore this bronzer. Mostly, I tend to reach for more shimmery bronzers, especially when it comes to summertime when I’ve got a tan and I just feel like it gives a really healthy glow. This matte bronzer by NYX totally surprised me. I picked it up because I wanted a daytime bronzer and with this unbelievable Floridian heat, I was already looking a little too glow-y for my own good and not in a nice way haha. So I finally gave in and bought a matte bronzer, and I don’t regret it in the slightest! This powder bronzer is so pretty and stays in place through rain or shine, and humidity or (yuck) sweat. I love it and could not recommend it enough.

E.l.f. Cosmetics Kabuki Face Brush [$6]

This brush is absolutely glorious. I had never really considered using a kabuki brush until I picked this up on a whim at Target. Kabuki brushes are particularly good at applying powder and I’ve been using this to apply bronzer, especially to my neck/chest area where I didn’t get as much sun as the other areas. The kabuki brush is large enough that it doesn’t require a lot of effort to apply the powder, even on a large surface like my neck/chest area. It applies the product really evenly and makes the bronzer look super natural and not like batches of makeup lol. Not to mention e.l.f.’s brush is way cheaper than other kabuki brushes, even from other drugstore brands (the NYX one is nearly $20!!). This is a must-have drugstore brand brush for sure.


And that’s all for now! What drugstore brand products have you been loving this summer?

Felicia x

April Favourites

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Happy May, everyone! I'm sure all of you have heard/seen the "It's Gonna Be May" meme a thousand times in the past few days so I'll spare you guys from having to hear it again. But do know that I'm definitely thinking it right now, haha.

I'm back with another favourites post for you guys!! I've been on a bit of a "no spend" trend this month as I dropped a small fortune on dresses other things the past couple months and now I'm broke af. Soo these are all products that I've already owned for a while, but they have found their way into my regular rotation as of late!

MARC JACOBS HONEY PERFUME - I love this perfume so so so much. I bought this last year while I was in NYC and have been utterly obsessed ever since. But with spring officially arriving this month, I've been getting a lot of use out of this pretty scent. It's described online as being a mix of "nectars of honeysuckle and peach, honey, vanilla, and smooth woods" - it's so lovely.

NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM IN "SAN PAULO" AND "ANTWERP" - These two have been the lipsticks I've reached for most this past month, as I've been loving bright, bold shades for this weather. San Paulo is described as a "plummy pink" whereas Antwerp is a "mid-tone yellow-toned pink"...which is pretty much just a bright pink. They're fairly long-lasting and not at all drying on the lips which makes them the perfect lightweight lippy for a nice spring day!

E.L.F. COSMETICS MAD FOR MATTE EYESHADOW PALETTE - I talked a bit about how much I've been loving this palette in my Spring Makeup Look post (x). This is by far my most used palette of April, followed closely behind by the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I feel like burnt orange and brown shades really go with brown eyes - am I crazy, haha?? Anyway, it's been getting a hell of a lot of use lately and I'm sure that'll probably be the case next month as well!!

E.L.F. COSMETICS MAKEUP BRUSHES - I've been really loving E.l.f. brushes this month! They're honestly great brushes, especially for how inexpensive and easily accessible they are. At least 9 times outta 10, when I pop into my local drugstore, I walk out with a new E.l.f. makeup brush haha. Some of my favourites are the Blending Brush, the Blush Brush, the Highlighting Brush, and the Eyeshadow "C" Brush.

What products have you guys been loving this month?! x

Felicia x

November Favourites

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Hello everybody! As it we are now in the first official week of December, I've got a November favourites post for you all today.

The very first thing that I've been loving this month, which is a very new addition to my beauty product collection, is the L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo. I've been loving this shampoo. In the winter time, my scalp gets very dried out, which gets only worse with product use. I've been on the hunt lately for scalp-friendly shampoos and came across this in the shop the other day. The idea here is that this shampoo deep-cleanses your roots so that your scalp doesn't get oily which as a result stops you from overwashing which dries out your hair. I did find that this shampoo kept its promises for me and my scalp definitely felt cleaner post-use than it did after using other shampoos. I'd also like to mention that this is the first shampoo that left my hair tangle-free post-wash, which I love.

I recently picked up the Essie "With the Band" Nail Polish at my local drugstore. I love a classic red nail but I wanted something that strayed a bit from the typical bright red shade I use. Which is exactly what "With the Band" is. It's hard for me to describe the shade exactly so I looked at the site and they describe it as a toasted spice burgundy, which I believe is the best description of it. I love this colour so so much. It's beautiful and personally, I think it compliments my skin tone nicely. The one thing I will say, which I find with all Essie nail polishes, is that it requires a top coat in order to keep it from chipping off. It does chip quite easily, so you'd need to be cautious of that.

The next item is one I mentioned in a Friday Thoughts post awhile back: the e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in "Rose Gold". I was kinda skeptical at first at how well this product would work but I was genuinely so amazed. It feels very strange to apply, as it's essentially a lip gloss tube and applicator that you put on your eyes.... But the result is lovely. It's a very shimmery, beautiful pinky shade. I find it looks particularly nice as a final touch to a pink/berry eye look. I look forward to experimenting more with this bad boy and seeing what other looks I can create with it.

It's kind of odd that I haven't mentioned this product already before, as I've been using it for a couple months now and I've even had to repurchase it already. It's the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. I've had a few bad experiences with cakey concealers prior to this one (I'm shuddering just thinking about them haha) so when I came across this one and tried it out, I was so relieved. It does an incredible job of hiding undereye circles, as well as masking the horrid acne scarring I've been trying to hide for a while now. It's very easy to blend and it doesn't come off looking very pale or cakey.

I know I've already mentioned this product in a post this month and I'm sure I'll mention it again after this, but I just had to include the Lush Sleepy Lotion in my favourites post. I know this is known to be a hit-or-miss product, but it was a definite hit for me. I have horrible re-occurring insomnia, especially lately - I'm talking staying up until three, four, even five o'clock in the morning because I can't sleep. I've tried a bunch of different things including Melatonin, different pillows, darker room, reading before bed, etc. Some have worked better than others, but this lotion has made a major improvement to the dilemma. On top of its magical sleep-inducing qualities, it has a lovely yet subtle scent and it is very hydrating on the skin which is an added bonus especially for the winter months upon us.

Another product I've mentioned recently that was worth re-mentioning is the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Room Spray. As you may or may not know, I do suffer from anxiety and that majorly impacts a lot of areas of my life but specifically my sleeping patterns. I've found that spritzing this spray in my room, above my bed where I'll definitely catch a whiff of it, has really helped my anxiety lately. It calms me down enough that I can actually have a chance at falling asleep (this is the part where the Sleepy lotion takes over!). At first, I was a bit iffy on the eucalyptus and spearmint scent, but I've actually come to really like it. I also have a candle of the same brand and scent that I love just as much as this spray.

Steering away from beauty-related favourites, the last thing I've been loving this month is the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. 500 Days of Summer has one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. It has songs by Hall and Oates, The Smiths, Simon and Garfunkel.... all some of my favourite bands. There's not one song on the soundtrack that I don't enjoy. I've been listening to it often this month and I've been loving it so much that I actually purchased it on vinyl this week! I cannot wait to receive the record in the mail :) My favourite song off the album has probably got to be "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths because it's one of my all-time favourite songs.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x

Friday Thoughts: Busy, Busy, Busy

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Happy (sorta) Friday everybody! I know, it's technically Saturday by the time I publish this post and I'm so sorry for it. I'm also terribly sorry for the lack of a post yesterday. Seems I've been far busier this week than I imagined I'd be. But, as they say, better late than never! Without further ado, here is my weekly update.

  • This week, I saw The Holiday for the very first time and I immediately wondered, "Why the hell have I not watched this before?!". I am a total sucker for young Jude Law and Kate Winslet is one of my fave actresses, so it was a perfect film for me. I will definitely be adding it to my Christmas film repertoire.
  • After many weeks of barely reading, I finally felt the first urge in a long time to dive into a novel and I read an entire novel in less than 24 hours. It felt soo good. The book in question was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, a beloved author of mine. It was so witty and spectacular and adorable. Just the thing to get me out of my reading funk.
  • I had never considered the idea of a liquid eyeshadow before, save for the creamy-liquid eyeshadow I owned when I was a young girl (I think it was Mary-Kate and Ashley brand?). But when I stumbled upon the e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow at the beginning of this week, I had to give it a go. Liquid eyeshadow? Bizarre, right? But I actually kind of love it? It is ridiculously easy to apply, cutting down my eyeshadow application time to a bare minimum which I love. Plus, the rose gold shade is gorgeous. And it's super inexpensive. Total win.
  • Finally, after a long time of disappointment, one of my favourite Christmas songs was re-released on Spotify and it was the greatest surprise ever. In case you're wondering, it's the Sleeping At Last cover of the Love Actually classic, "Christmas Is All Around". It's the kind of song that makes me want to drink peppermint hot cocoa in front of a fire, with the Christmas tree lit and garland hanging from all over.
  • NaNoWriMo is not going as planned... I'm desperately behind in terms of my daily word count goal and it doesn't appear that I'll be able to meet the deadline. But somehow I'm not disappointed? I feel like this challenge has given me the opportunity to really get serious with my writing, so at least something is coming out of it.
  • The holiday season is upon us! And with it, the busiest time of year for me. Starting Monday, I'm entering a crazy busy schedule. It seems that every few days, I've got plans. Town events, family activities, movies to see (more on that), company coming over, etcetera etcetera etcetera... I'll barely have time to catch my breath!
  • Speaking of movies, I have quite the line-up of movies to see in theatres during the next couple months. Murder on the Orient Express, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Love Actually, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I'm jam-packed with movies but I am sooooooo excited for it all. I love seeing films in the theatre. It's such a fun feeling.

Hopefully, despite my busy schedule next week, I'll be able to stick to my blog post and get out 3 proper posts. I wish you all a very lovely weekend and will see you back here on Tuesday :)

Song of the week: Midnight Train - Sam Smith

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