In terms of beauty, March has been an interesting month. I feel as if I have gone a little out of my comfort zone. But I still feel that I have much more to explore. Perhaps that is just how every beauty blogger feels when they’re first starting out. I hope that once I start getting into a rhythm with this blog that I will be able to be more strategic when it comes to finding and trying out new things. So if I were to sum up this March Beauty Favorites 2018 post, I’d say this: the drugstore might be becoming my new favorite place to shop.
Skincare is something that has become a part of my self-care routine.
Whenever I’m having a shitty mental health day, I find that cleaning my face can help lift up my mood. Unfortunately, my attraction to luxury items is tearing me and my bank apart. Which is mostly why I’ve decided to take up this search for more affordable skincare products.
In my search for finding more affordable skincare items, I have come across a site called Soko Glam. From what I could gather, Soko Glam is a website that provides you with a large number of skincare items that are popular in South Korea. The site even gives you what is called the The K-Beauty 10-Step Routine,
and after trying it out, I’m absolutely obsessed. Ten steps may sound like a lot, but for me, I find that it gives me plenty of room to experiment with different products and see which one works best for my needs. Here are just a few of the items I’ve tried out and enjoy.
Missha Green Tea Makeup Remover
As I said before in my January Favorites post, removing makeup is one of, if not the most important aspect of skincare. I’ve become so used to using items such as the Urban Decay Makeup Meltdown Remover Spray, but unfortunately, that costs a bit much for someone who is on a tight budget.
Thankfully, this item has come into my life to save the day.
The Missha Green Tea Makeup Remover does a fantastic job of removing makeup on my eyes and lips with little to no irritation. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. The only complaint that I have is that I wish there was a bit more product in the tube. People that don’t wear makeup often may find that 3.04 ounces will be enough for their needs. Personally, I think I’ll buy this in bulks from now on.
Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam Cleanser
According to the 10 Step Skincare Routine, after removing makeup with an oil-based cleanser, it is best to go in with a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining dirt and impurities.
I’ve used a few foam cleansers in my life, and so far, the Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam Cleanser might just replace all of my other ones.
The Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam Cleanser does a really lovely job of cleaning my pores and making my skin feel flawless. When used in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush, I really feel it dig deep into my pores and rid them of any gunk. This is especially true when using it on my nose. I’ve said this about many product before, but it does a really wonderful job of making my blackheads disappear. It always gives my skin a squeaky-clean feeling.
But the best part about it is that it’s only eleven dollars.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
The only thing that I can say is that this shit is absolutely fucking incredible.
I’m sorry for all the swearing, Mom and Dad.
But in all seriousness, these things are amazing and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of them until now.
Basically, you just put these patches over acne and leave them on overnight. After peeling them off in the morning, I immediately noticed that a pimple will be reduced to a third of its original size. It also doesn’t irritate my skin, unlike other acne products I’ve tried in the past.
Oh, and each set is worth five bucks.
Again, my only complaint is that there aren’t nearly enough patches, especially if you’re someone that gets a lot of bad breakouts (like myself). Other than that, I’m absolutely in love with these. If you want to purchase them for yourself, you can get them at Soko Glam or Amazon.
Elisha Coy Moist Up Super Hyalurone Cream
One of the reasons that the drugstore is slowly becoming my favorite place is because they’re apparently carrying Korean skincare products.
When I went into CVS the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to find a full stand of Korean brands. So naturally I decided to stock up on many of the items I came across. One of the items I tried out was the Elisha Coy Moist Up Super Hyalurone Cream, and so far, I think that I’ve found a great dupe for the Tatcha Water Cream.
I’ll be honest, I had never heard of this brand, but then again, there are probably a lot of Korean skincare brands that I’m unfamiliar with. But so far, I’m really in love with this product. A little goes a long way, and it leaves my skin feeling plump and well-moisturized. It also helps my skin feel very smooth, and when I use it as one of the last few steps in my skincare routine, it really helps me get that dewy, glowing effect. Granted, I feel like there could be more product, but it’s similar to the Water Cream in terms of how a little goes a long way. So I guess it’s just me that’s the problem, since I use too much.
It’s a bit on the pricier side when it comes to the usual drugstore price tag, but I can definitely see myself using this more in the future. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can get it at CVS for fourteen ninety-nine.
Bahi Cosmetics Sunflower Sweets Serum
One of my favorite pastimes is to browse Twitter and look up smaller businesses. Bahi Cosmetics appeared in my timeline when so many people were exclaiming that their Sunflower Sweets Serum miraculously cleared up their acne. Looking at the before and after pictures, I was impressed, but as always, a little suspicious at the same time.
However, after using this a few times, I do feel like this has helped my skin improve quite a bit.
It seems like every other day, someone is talking about a miracle product that makes one’s skin look like photoshop in real life. But since I’m someone that has struggled with acne their whole life, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try another acne solution. So now that I’ve tried it, I do like how a little goes a long way. It also does a nice job of moisturizing my skin. It also adds a nice healthy glow to my skin and seems to decrease the size of my pores.
Overall, I’d say that I’m pleased with my experience so far. Granted, this was expensive, since I bought the four ounce version, but I feel like the quality is worth it. So if you’re interested in getting the Bahi Cosmetics Sunflower Sweets Serum, check it out on Bahi Cosmetics’ official site.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
I’m not going to lie, I tried this product out because I saw a YouTube influencer use it.
I can honestly see why this person loved it.
This sleeping mask smells so good and it does an amazing job of making my skin feel smooth. It also makes my skin look dewy and fresh. Basically, I’m in love with this product and think it’s such a nice finishing touch to my skincare routine.
Ariul Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream
It’s safe to say that I’m addicted to moisturizers.
This is another moisturizer from the Korean skincare section of my CVS. Although it’s much thicker in consistency compared to the Moist Up, it doesn’t seem to clog up my pores nor does it feel greasy. It also has a slight fruity smell to it, which I always appreciate.
Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sunscreen
I’ll be honest, I’m not someone who goes out much. The introvert life chose me. Therefore, I never really saw much of a reason to wear sunscreen. But since I’ve started this ten step routine, I’ve definitely started incorporating sunscreen into my skincare routine.
The Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero sunscreen has convinced me that not all sunscreens are equal, though, that’s for sure.
The first thing that I love about this sunscreen is how it turns into a lovely lilac when you rub it into the skin. Purple is my favorite color, and honestly, I wouldn’t mind if my skin color was lilac. It might make darker skin tones look ashy, but on me, it doesn’t take long for the product to melt into my skin. Also, I can’t quite explain it, but it seems as if this sunscreen makes my skin matte, while still retaining a little bit of a healthy glow. This is a pretty huge deal to me because most sunscreens I’ve tried feel greasy and make me feel like I just dove into a bucket of oil.
With this item selling for fourteen dollars, I think I would purchase this again. But I will be keeping an eye out to see if there’s anything just as good at an even lower price. For those of you who want to try it, you can check it out at Soko Glam or at Missha’s US site.
While I feel I have explored a fair amount of drugstore skincare products, I still feel I haven’t devoted nearly as much time to drugstore makeup. With that being said, I think I found some products that I will definitely be sneaking into my makeup looks more often.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation
This is another product recommended by a beauty influencer. By many beauty influencers, as a matter of fact.
I’ll be honest, I’ve only tried it a couple of times, but I’m really impressed by its performance.
This foundation does a splendid job of hiding my pores, and is pretty full coverage. I’m definitely glad I took a chance on this foundation, because it basically does what high-end foundations do, but for seven ninety-nine dollars. You can purchase it at CVS, Walmart, basically anywhere that sells cosmetics, for the most part.
E.L.F. Gel and Powder Brow Kit
As someone who is an avid user of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomades, this was a product that really surprised me.
E.L.F. is a brand that I appreciate for a few things. Obviously, they’re affordable, but they’re also cruelty-free. Most of the time, I find that I have to pay extra money to get makeup that performs well and doesn’t test on animals. But it seems that E.L.F. is one of those companies that makes it possible to get cruelty-free beauty on a budget.
But aside from the three twenty price tag, the formula seems to work almost as well as the ABH Dipbrow Pomade. The only difference is that this small kit allows you to choose from a gel or a powder. I haven’t used the powder yet, but so far the gel is really easy to blend in with my brow hairs. Basically, I’d definitely recommend it for anybody that’s a beginner with eyebrow makeup, or any makeup artist that’s on a strict budget. You can get it at CVS, Target, again, basically anywhere they sell makeup.
Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara
I think the one takeaway from this post is that Maybelline is really stepping up their game.
I’m always hesitant to try out drugstore mascaras. So many of them claim to be non-clumping, volumizing, etc. But in reality, my eye lashes always end up looking like I’ve got bird shit on them. Thankfully, the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara came through on its promises. It doesn’t make my eyes feel itchy, it doesn’t feel clumpy, and the wand applicator is pretty easy to work with. I definitely think this is a nice affordable alternative to high-end mascaras on the market. But if you’d like to try this out for yourself, you can get it anywhere that sells makeup.
Colourpop No Filter Concealer
If you read my January Favorites post, you’d know how much I adore the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. Seriously, that concealer is amazing. However, it is a bit pricey, and I’ve been feeling the need to explore more concealers on the market. Plus, you never know when these companies are going to discontinue products, so I wanted to find a dupe just in case.
That’s when the Colourpop No Filter Concealer came into my life.
I swear, this is pretty much an exact dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape. It’s full coverage, doesn’t seem to crease, and works amazingly well as an eyeshadow primer. I’m super glad that I found this product, and would highly recommend it to anybody who likes full coverage at an affordable price. You can get the Colourpop No Filter Concealer at Colourpop’s official site for six dollars.
Coty Airspun Translucent Loose Setting Powder
I’d only seen this powder in two places: Patrick Starr’s face and my grandmother’s makeup cabinet.
This is a setting powder that I feel is a great alternative for those who can’t afford the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. While the Laura Mercier powder is great and all, I feel that there isn’t nearly enough product for the price. However, with this Coty Airspun Translucent Loose Setting Powder, I feel like you’re getting so much more product for its five ninety-seven price. It is available for purchase at Walmart or Amazon.
BH Cosmetics Blacklight Highlighter Palette
There’s really not much I can say except this god damn highlighter palette is EVERYTHING!
As someone who is a fan of unconventional highlighters, this palette is a godsend. The colors are so beautiful and blend so nicely on the skin.
They also pack on hell of a punch, so if you’re someone that is looking for a more natural highlight, the Blacklight palette might not be for you. But if you don’t mind looking extraterrestrial, then I’d absolutely recommend this palette. It’s got a wide selection of colors, all of which are absolutely beautiful to look at and make one glow (almost) brighter than the sun. Seriously, for thirteen fifty, this is an absolute steal.
It can be purchased off of BH Cosmetics’ official site.
That concludes my March Beauty Favorites 2018 post!
I have to say that exploring more drugstore options has been a lot of fun. It has also helped put me at ease, knowing that I don’t have to sped hundreds and hundreds of dollars to obtain quality skincare and makeup.
Now I must ask you: what other drugstore beauty items have you tried out? Have you tried out any of the items I’ve listed? If so, do you feel that they performed well or not? Comment your answers down below!
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