Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Must-buy drugstore cosmetics in the UK or Europe

I've just came back from my UK and Europe tour which lasted about 2 months with my luggage almost exploding from all those crazy shopping.

Before I flew there, I've spent quite a lot of time 'researching' on the must-buy drugstore cosmetics in UK/Europe, from reading numerous blogs and even youtube videos.

Today, I believe this post would be very useful to the girls out there if you're planning to go to the UK or Europe and wish to get CHEAP and FANTASTIC drugstore cosmetics ! (or any of your friends that are going who you can ask them to help you get )

Let's get started. I can't wait already !

Rimmel London: Stay Matte Primer in 003

Why buy it: I've seen how some Youtubers raved about this Primer. They are so freaking right about it. It's simply the BEST PRIMER in the whole wide world.  It's like a white liquid (feels like a moisturizer) which you apply it either alone, under or over your make up (so it says on the packaging). It really helps your skin to stay matte so much longer than without it ! People with oily skin like me, you need to buy this, no joke. 

How much: £7 (approx RM39). So much cheaper than tones of other expensive yet not-so-great primer out there.

Rimmel London: Wake me up Foundation

Why buy it: Because it's such a nice bottle of semi-coverage foundation with very pretty nice glitters in it but not too obvious or exaggerating to show on the skin, only slightly visible when under the sun. It makes your skin glows ! Yes that's the word. I love it especially for night occasions. It matches my skin tone very much. The only downside is that it can be slightly oily after long hours so make sure you use a primer prior to applying it. 

How much: About £10 (approx RM55). I got it during a promo at Superdrug and it was like any two Rimmel products for £10 only. So it was super worth it !

Bourjois Paris: Healthy Mix Serum

Why buy it: This thing here IS THE BOMB my friend ! Try googling "the best drugstore foundation" and tell me what you see. THIS !!!!! I've tried looking for it in UK but sadly it has been discontinued. However, I was lucky enough to came across it while I was roaming around Paris and I was like omgogmomgomgogomgomg! First of all, it smells soooooooo nice. I never knew a foundation could smell this nice, like really really nice. For coverage wise it's also a semi-coverage only but I wouldn't mind because it looks very natural on me. Not oily on me and it just feels wonderful the moment you apply it. I. L. O. V. E. I. T !! 

How much: 15 euro (approx RM68). Worth every penny. 

Makeup Academy: Eyeshadow Palette in Undress Me Too.

Why buy it: People say it's a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette. For the price you're paying, oh boy, this palette should be in every girl's makeup collection. Despite it being so cheap, the quality IS there, no joke.  I love all the neutral shades and it's super pigmented ! I don't even know what to say. It's just fantastic. So so so impressed. 

How much: £4 (approx RM22). I have the urge to go back to UK just to grab 10 more of this.

Makeup Academy: Pro-Brow (Ultimate Eyebrow Kit)

Why buy it: An eyebrow kit that comes with a tweezer, a brush, 2 shades of browns, a highlighter and a wax to help your brows stays in place. Why not? The powder is extremely pigmented so you might want to be extra careful when applying it. My brows stayed on the entire day even without the wax. Perfect !

How much: £3.5 (approx RM20). 

Sleek blush in Pomegranate

Why buy it: I just love this so much as well. One of the best blush I've ever used. Super pigmented with tiny little glitter in it in this shade named Pomegranate, a very gorgeous pink which will look very natural on any skin colour I believe. Also, the package is so pretty and chic. I just adore it !

How much: £4.5 (approx RM25). 

Vaseline: Rosy Lips.

Why buy it: Sorry if I kept repeating how much I love it and it's like the best thing ever. But it really is. The Vaseline Lip balm in Rosy Lips is just incredible. Love the scent, love how it heals my very dry lips almost instantly, love how it acts as a base before I apply some lipsticks that are quite drying to the lips.Oh yeah it is colourless on the lips if that's what you're thinking. Love the tiny tint too ! I did not see it selling in Malaysia/Singapore. Or they do? Hmm I don't know. I just bought like 3 of them back hahah.

How much: £1.32 (approx RM7.50). 

Makeup Academy Lipstick

Why buy it: This should be the first thing that you run to when you step into a drugstore because it runs out extremely fast ! It's like the most popular stuff in a drugstore??? It's very creamy and pigmented, what more do you want in a £1 lipstick?! Fortunately for me, I got all the colours that I wanted. A very sexy red in shade 13, a neon-ish peach in shade 14 (Juicy), and a gorgeous nude beigh in shade 15 (Bare).Unfortunately, they have this mild old-lipstick-scent. So I would wear a coat of lipgloss to cover the smell. Other than that, it's perfect!

How much: £1 each (approx RM5.50). 

Me using the MUA lipstick in shade 13. 

Rimmel London: Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 101 Celestial

Why buy it:  You see how bloggers raved about the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in this exact shade, Celestial. First of all, it smells incredible, no joke too. It's the kind of pink that will never go wrong !  It feels like a lipgloss but much much more pigmented than a lipgloss. It's has a glossy finishing. So so gorgeous. One downside is that the lasting power isn't that great but I wouldn't mind touching up after meals ! It has a wide variety of shades to choose from but I personally love Celestial very much. You need to at least own one of it in your lipstick collection if you're a lipstick vampire like me.

How much: I think it's about £7 (approx RM39).

The Collection: Cream Puff in Fairy Cake 3

Why buy it: Lip creams are my favourite! This cream puff in Fairy Cake 3 looks a lot like my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, but only a little brighter / peachier and more neon-looking (and cheaper) ! It sits so nice and natural on the lips. The kind of pink that every girl needs. Definitely a must-buy if you don't owe any lip cream yet! 

How much: £3 (approx RM16.50).

Swatch; Left (The Collection : Cream Puff in Fairy Cake 3), Right (Rimmel London: Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 101 Celestial) 

I've purchased all of these drugstore cosmetics either from Superdrug or Boots in the UK. 
Only the Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum I got it from a departmental store in Paris which I totally forgot the name of it already :/
*Ps: I believe you can get some of these cosmetics online in Singapore/Malaysia too if you're not planning to go overseas but still wish to purchase it ! Only that it might be slightly/ more expensive.

I hope this post of mine would be a great help to you girls out there ! Leave me a comment if you have any questions. Thanks for reading ! 

Good luck, keep calm and start buying !

Me using the The Collection : Cream Puff in Fairy Cake 3.


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