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Budget Beauty Heroes

I realised that sometimes it may seem like I don’t reach for drugstore makeup very often but that’s not true. However, the reasons why it looks like this are mainly two. First one being the fact that there aren’t many drugstore brands on the Norwegian beauty market and second, the prices of drugstore and high-end makeup in the country can be very similar. That’s why I tend to go for the high-end option most of the time but I love browsing through the drugstore aisles whenever I travel. You can find amazing jems like my favourite blush, for example, or a really good eyebrow pencil.

One of the best affordable makeup products has to be the L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation. It’s very difficult for me to find a base that I really like (not only at the drugstore but in general) and I’m happy this product is another budget option because I’ve been using Bourjois 123 CC Cream for years now and nothing else came close to it. They are totally different products when it comes to consistency and finish but they both earned my love. L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation has a great coverage and hides my redness really well, it does last very long on me although I still need to blot during the day which means it doesn’t stay totally matte. Actually, I like that it doesn’t sit too flat and heavy, it’s quite comfortable to wear, it’s easy to apply, I use a makeup sponge but on weekends I tend to mix this foundation with my moisturiser and apply it with fingers.

I’ve mentioned Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade 10 Nude Mauve so many times that I even included it in my 2016 favourites. It’s the perfect blush for me, the whole range is brilliant but this shade in particular doubles up as a bronzer, gives a healthy glow thanks to the beautiful and subtle sheen (there’s no sparkle or glitter) and there is no way to overdo it even if you’re heavy-handed like me.

As you may see, I need a new pot of the Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. I’ve been using this powder for over 3 years now and this is probably my 6th one of it, I simply love how finely-milled it is and how it keeps me shine-free for hours but gives my face radiance at the same time. Years ago it was really hard to find a good drugstore powder, there are now much more budget face powders that are pretty good but this one remains the best one for me along with Rimmel Stay Matte.

The beauty product that I almost never change is definitely my eyebrow pencil. As if I stopped looking for brow pencils after I found the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil. It’s really precise and easy to work with, so you can form a defined brow or you can make it look natural and undone which, in my opinion, is very difficult to achieve with brow pencils.

There are a ton of amazing affordable lipsticks out there and it’s really hard for me to pick just one and say it’s the best drugstore choice. But there is one lipstick I wear so often that it somehow isn’t mentioned enough. Essence Longlasting Lipstick in the shade 05 Cool Nude (you can see a swatch in my Love for Nude Lipsticks post) may seem a bit boring in the bullet but once it’s applied on the lips it transforms into the most beautiful muted rosy shade that would suit many skin tones. It doesn’t last that long but it’s really comfortable to wear, I don’t even need a mirror to apply it, it’s not drying and the brand has such a wide range of lipstick shades and finishes that you would grab more than one.

These are some of my budget makeup stars and perhaps, it would be interesting to do a skincare version of this post. What do you think?

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Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum

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This product got really popular, thanks to Sali Hughes and her love for it and years later, it’s still sold out most of the time. It’s a bit of a unicorn, actually, plus it always sits on the bottom shelf in Superdrug. Back in April, when me and my boyfriend were in London, I managed to get 5 bottles of the Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum and I’ve been using it ever since. The expectations were really high, so I wanted to wait at least 3 months to form an opinion.

This serum is from Superdrug‘s own brand and honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of the ingredients lists of their products. However, this one has an amazing blend of soothing, anti-inflammatory and moisturising ingredients for less than £3! I really don’t know how they’ve done this. Simply Pure Hydrating Serum is designed to replenish and nourish sensitive skin, to improve skin’s natural elasticity and to make the complexion smoother and more radiant.

The texture is more of a lotion rather than a serum which actually turns it into the perfect summer moisturiser for oily/combination skin. I have combination skin with oily T-zone but it’s also dehydrated which means my skin produces excess oil but lacks water. In the autumn/winter, I like to layer the serum with my creams and oils and the combination provides a great base for make-up. It sinks into the skin really well without leaving a sticky residue and feels very calming. The Simply Pure Hydrating Serum makes my skin soft, nourished, glowing and plump, it’s a real gem and I hope they never discontinue it.

Another great thing about it is that it comes with a pump and the formula is fragrance-free which is always a plus. I’m happy this serum doesn’t break me out. I use it day and night, applying it all over my face and neck and I’m surprised how long one bottle lasts.

Many of my friends and family are now using the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum, as well, we all have different skin types and we all love it.
I’m glad I have a backup of this product, as it’s a great basic face serum. Of course, there are no anti-ageing ingredients in it for this price but if your skin is a bit lackluster or dehydrated, I’d recommend getting a bottle or two from your local Superdrug or in case you’re travelling to the UK.

Two Affordable Body Lotions to Try

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When I was browsing through the body moisturiser aisle at the drugstore some days ago, I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the affordable brands are having body lotions with pumps. For me, it’s the most comfortable way to dispense the product and to control the amount of it, so I picked out two body lotions and decided to share my first impressions with you.

I keep the Ziaja Goat’s Milk Body Lotion (400 ml) by the sink because I really like using it as a hand moisturiser after washing my hands. It just absorbs so quickly although it has pretty thick texture and leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth. It has a delicate scent that would be appropriate for men, too and this random purchase became one of my favourites. I even got their Orange Butter Body Lotion the other day and can’t wait to smell it.

If you’re looking for a sweet-smelling body moisturiser, I’d recommend checking out the Cottage Caramel Body Lotion. I almost feel like I could eat it, it smells sweet and warm at the same time and the aroma lasts pretty long time on the skin. The bottle is very slim, so it’s actually travel-friendly even if it’s 250 ml. The texture is lighter than the Ziaja one but it needs a bit more time to absorb. However, it still doesn’t leave any greasy feel to the skin and just makes it soft and nourished while you can continue with your work.

I’m really impressed by these affordable body lotions and I hope this post was helpful now that the weather is getting colder and colder.