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Drugstore Collective Beauty Haul

Yesterday I did a post about a drugstore item I bought. I also commented on how I rarely buy makeup from the drugstore which got me thinking about the very short list of things I’ve bought. I thought I’d share them and tell you what I thought!

These are all the beauty related items I’ve ever purchased from a CVS/Walgreens/Walmart.

1. Covergirl/Maybelline/Loreal Mascara

I’ve done a whole Mascara post with these guys included, please see that post for more info

2. Maybelline BB Cream

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I bought the wrong color. I tried to work with the wrong color. I learned that you cannot work with a shade that is far too light for you. I didn’t care for the consistency either. Its very thin and runny and I’m aware of it on my face.

3. Hard Candy Concealer

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This was really cakey. Like super duper caked. But that was on my skin, which is combination. I tried it on a friend and it looked really good on her. I think the thickness wasn’t ideal for my face. It came in a duo with a tube and a pencil. I gave away the tube but kept the pencil because it serves a nice lip enhancer.

4. Neutrogena Tinted Moisturizer

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I heard this was supposed to be good but it made me so oily!!! It was darker than expected too. I was aware I had makeup on my face and I couldn’t touch it. I wasn’t a fan.

5. Alba Botanica Skin Line

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My first skin care line when I was in high school!! I had the cleanser, moisturizer, and pineapple scrub. I really liked the moisturizer! It was the sea moss kind, which I actually think they discontinued because I can’t find it anymore!

6. Essie Nail Polish

Favorite. Nail. Polish. Brand. EVER. They are such good quality and the color variety is to die for. My nails don’t feel like they want to fall off after applying this brand on them. My manicure lasts really long too!

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7. Maybelline Baby Lips

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I have these in abouttttttt 7 different colors. Needless to say, I freakin love these. I bought them originally because when I had braces, my lips were swollen and chapped. NOTHING I would put on them helped until I bought one of these babies. I’m in love! They are sheer but go on so naturally and look so pretty! My favorite shade is “Cherry Me”. I haven’t bought any of the neon colors yet but I want to try them all!

8. Maybelline Color Tattoo

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I bought this in orange to do some under eye concealing. Orange is supposed to cancel out blues so it made sense. Little did I know that this stuff sticks to your skin like no other. I have orange fingers every time I try to use it. It also has a ton of shimmer in it so I veto this product.

9. Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

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I don’t know why everyone says this eyeliner is amazing. I find it to smudge so incredibly bad. You get a ton in the pot and it never seems to dwindle away so unfortunately I’m stuck with for a while. I bought this because I lost the lid of my smashbox gel eyeliner and a friend had told me this was the best alternative. Within an hour of putting it on my lid, I get really greasy, black lids for the smudging. I don’t care for this and cannot wait to go back to smashbox. The brush sucks too.

10. Revlon Lip Butters

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Everyone talks about these. I actually really like them too! I find that lip colors are really hard to pick out for me. I’ve bought 4 of them and gave 3 away to my sister and mom. But I have one left that is almost my exact lip color. My lips look really pretty and nice after application. They are kind of expensive though…

11. Eos Lip balm

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FREAKIN LOVE THESE SO MUCH OMGAHHH. SO SO SO MUCH. They are the best lip balm ever! They are so fun haha!

12. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

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Bought this on recommendation from Negin Mirsalehi’s blog. She notes that it doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for me! Its a gentle acne treatment.

13. CVS Brand Makeup Remover

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My favorite brand/type of makeup removing wipes. They are so perfect and do the job so well. And they are CHEAP. I’ve tried more expensive brands and I always go back to these.

14. Physicians Formula Nude Highlighting Pen

See post from yesterday. Not a fan. It doesn’t sit well on my face and it gives me more of a white than a gold highlight. Not a good impulse buy.

15. Terminator10 Acne Treatment

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Guys, if you suffer from acne and have tried it all but this… TRY THIS. Its amazing. It’s cheap but works wonders. It has such a high percentage of the active ingredient so it really penetrates into the pimple. Careful though, you can burn your skin if you use too much..

 

This is all I can think of for now. I’m sure theres more but I’m not able to think of any.

Personally, the reason why I don’t enjoy drug store makeup is because I feel like there isn’t much consistency with the product. Higher end brands are tested more than the things you get from the drug store. I feel like when you sell something for 40 or 50 dollars, theres more emphasis on quality. Plus I’d rather spend that money once and get something that will last me a long time versus buying something for half that but run out quickly.

But I could overlook all that if I was able to sample them. I wouldn’t be afraid of wasting money if I could swatch these items or sample them!

Ulta is good in this regard because they give you more opportunities to see the lower end items outside of the containers. So thumbs up to them.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK!!!

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