My Top 3 Drugstore Cosmetics/Skincare Purchases This Month

In the past I’ve spent way too much money on skincare and cosmetics. Yes, sometimes it’s good to splurge and some high end products are worth the hype, but I’m on a budget and determined to stick to it.  Luckily my new office is above a Duane Reade, so I basically live there now. Here are my top 3 purchases from this month:

  1. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
c/o Maybelline

I have a combination skin, so in the winter I have trouble finding a foundation. For some reason I seem to get a dry patch right between my eyebrows. This is a gel-whipped foundation so it feels very light on, but covers beautifully. I would say it’s medium to full coverage, stays on all day, and I’m happy to report no dry patches.


     2.  Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Simple Micellar Water
c/o Simple

I’ll admit, I’m late to the game with the whole micellar water trend, but I’m glad I finally arrived. I’m using this as a toner and it gets every last bit of makeup off, and I’ve already noticed a difference in the size of my pores. I hear micellar water will be in shampoos now, so I can’t wait to try those, too!


3. Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Magenta Rush

Burt's Bees Magenta Rush
c/o Burt’s Bees

Even though I love my Nars lip pencils, I have no control when it comes to lipstick. I must try every and all brands. I picked up Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Magenta Rush, and this has to be one of my top five lipsticks. It is so moisturizing and the color is so beautiful. I was a little worried about the name, Magenta Rush, thinking it would be too harsh, but it’s a good mix of hot pink and purple and I feel it would suit a lot of skin tones.

What are some of your favorite drugstore buys?

The Only Lip Color You Need


I LOVE beauty products! It’s a borderline obsession. I can’t walk by a Sephora without going in, and I count down the days until my monthly Birchbox arrives. That doesn’t mean I’m a beauty snob. I do not discriminate against the drugstore brands at all. They allow me to try some of the trendier shades minus the guilt from overspending.

I’ve always been on the hunt for the perfect lipstick, and I believe I’ve found it in NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Yes, they are a bit pricey at $27.00, but for the quality, color, and durability they are absolutely worth it. These pencils are highly pigmented. A little goes a long way. Even though they have a matte finish, the application feels smooth and doesn’t dry out your lips like most matte lipsticks. The color stays put all morning even after drinking coffee. By afternoon it does fade, but instead of reapplying I put on some lip balm and it leaves a nice stain on my lips.

I have dark hair and fair skin with cool undertones, so I tend to go for the bolder, blue-toned shades. Right now I am currently rotating Let’s Go Crazy, which is a bright pink with a little purple mixed in, and Famous Red, which is a bright pink/coral shade. Since I’m very pale, they definitely brighten my complexion, and make me look like I’m among the living.

Don’t believe me? Go to your local Sephora and try them on for yourselves. You won’t be disappointed. They even have miniature sets if you want to test out 2 for $20.00. They also makes great stocking stuffers!