2 April 2015

10 Under £10 #1

10 under £10 Drugstore Makeup Skincare Review - Aspiring Londoner

I don’t know what it is, but I’m loving drugstore products right now.  There’s nothing like going in to Boots/Superdrug and finding some gems that just work and don’t bankrupt you altogether!  I have a mixed bag of makeup and skincare in the first instalment of 10 under £10 post.  Let me know your favourites that I need to try out!

The Super Facialist range is a recent discovery for me.  I’ve tried the Super Facialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask previously (review here) too.  Being quite blemish prone, I do love a good clay mask.  This mask is particularly good as it contains salicylic acid and actively works to reduce the blemish.  The consistency is nice and doesn’t dry out the skin.  I’ve used this quite a lot recently when I’ve suffered from persistent blemishes and it has definitely helped to get rid of them quicker.  It does have a strong scent, so I’d suggest you try it out at store.  If you’re okay with the scent, it’s a great mask to have in your stash.

I’ve mentioned this in my repurchased post here before.  It’s fast become one of my favourite skincare products.  It’s a creamy face wash that you can rinse off or wipe off with a face cloth.  The face wash is really cooling on the skin and it leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh.  I use this s a second cleanser in the evening and as a morning cleanser to wake me up.  It is such a bargain at the price, especially when TBS has a lot off offers on, bringing the price down further!

10 under £10 Drugstore Skincare ft. Superfacialist & The Body Shop Review - Aspiring Londoner

When you swatch this concealer, you might be a bit shocked as it’s quite light.  I love to use this mixed with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to really brighten my under eye area.  The colour is light enough to really add brightness and your normal concealer will work to ensure you don’t look ashy/ghostly.  It blends well, doesn’t settle into any lines and you can use it to highlight if you’re not a fan of shimmery highlighters. 

I’ve mentioned this in my Best of Rimmel post.  After the L’oreal True Match (review here), this is the only other drugstore foundation that has been anywhere near my colour.  It doesn’t have the pink undertone and it has enough yellow to match my skin without being orange.  The formula is light and creamy without looking heavy on my oily/combination skin.  It has a pleasant scent, not at all overpowering and blends seamlessly into the skin.  If you have yellow undertones to your skin and struggle to find drugstore foundation match, give this a try.

I cannot rave enough about this Makeup Revolution Blush Palette (swatches here).  For £6, you get 8 blushes that will work for most seasons.  The powder blushes are well pigmented and applies really well on top of makeup.  You just don’t need much else in the blush department, if you own this palette. 

No7 Lip Pencils are by far my favourite.  They have a creamy formula but do not smudge.  Sit well under lip products and doesn’t make your lips feel dry.  The retractable function is always handy and the precise nib means you don’t have to rush around looking for a sharpener when you want to use it.  They colour range pretty much covers all types of lipstick you can wear.  Best of all, with Boots money off vouchers, the price is under £4, which is a real steal!

10 under £10 Drugstore Makeup Review ft Topshop, Bourjois, GOSH, Rimmel - Aspiring Londoner

I’ve previously mentioned that I think these are close dupe of the NARS Satin Lip Pencils.  You can see my favourite GOSH Forever Lip Shines swatches here.  They have the same creamy formula and excellent colour pay off.  They are the most effortless lip products that you can apply even on a bus!  So easy and the shade range caters for nude lip lovers and bright lip lovers alike.  One of my favourite lip product releases of the year so far!

These for me are the closest drugstore products have gotten to the By Terry Ombre Blackstar.  The Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow Crayons(swatches here) have almost a gel formula and apply smoothly on the lids, it gives you a few moments to blend and then sets to not smudge.  It’s not as long lasting as By Terry products, but certainly lasts a long time without much effort.  I love the mauve shade for day time and the brown shade for an evening look.

You can see the demo of the TopshopFalse Lash Intense Mascara here.  The wand is very unique to anything I’ve used before and gives the most fluttery effect to my lashes.  I love how it gives definition and volume without looking clumpy.  It’s easy to remove from the lashes as well but doesn’t smudge on my lower lashes.  I wanted to mention this as no-one seems to talk about Topshop mascaras and they’re seriously awesome!

This is the dinkiest eyeshadow palette I’ve ever owned!  I love the Maybelline Big Eyes Eyeshadow in shade Luminous Brown (swatches here).  It has the perfect tools for creating a neutral eye in the day and a more intense look in the evening.  The brighter orange shade adds vibrancy to the palette and lets you add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your makeup.  The powder eye shadows are highly pigmented, blends effortlessly and doesn’t have any fall out.  I adore this for keeping in my bag if I’m going straight out from work or even for travelling!

 What are your favourite drugstore products under £10?  Share some product suggestions I can try for the next post in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!

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Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.

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