May Favourites – Drugstore

After holidaying in India, and completely splurging on Mac in Mumbai duty free, I really did have to reign in my spending this month. This led me to Boots (or in the land of the internet, “the drugstore”) to pick up a few bargain beauty bits. I actually purchased more than featured in this post but these are my top 5 tried and tested drugstore buys.

L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

May Drugstore Favourites

Cushion foundations are big sellers in Korea and have been on my radar for a while now. I was not the only one who was intrigued by this new style of base; when L’Oreal launched it’s Magique Cushion in America a couple months ago my YouTube subscriptions box was flooded with rave reviews. With so much build up, when I saw it was now in the UK I practically ran to Boots to try it out.

This foundation is super lightweight, but buildable, and though I don’t like the plastic sponge it comes with it applies like a dream with my trusty beauty blender. I am usually all about the full coverage but I really like the natural skin finish this foundation gives and is my new go-to for good skin days, or to throw in my handbag and top up during a long day.

My only concern with this product is that due to the cushion I am not actually sure how much foundation is in there, but only time will tell…

NYX Wonder stick – highlight & contour

May Drugstore Favourites

I originally got the Wonder Stick for going to India as I like to pack light, but I now use it almost every day. I was all about the powder contour before picking this up but the stick makes it so easy just to swipe on, blend, and go on those days when I am in a rush.

As a side note, I am so happy that Boots stores have started stocking NYX so I can actually test swatch colours instead of going with the dodgy examples on the Boots website.

SEVENTEEN Skin Wow Primer

May Drugstore Favourites

Seventeen is a brand I have not even considered looking at in years but when I saw the Skin Wow Primer on Em Ford’s YouTube channel, MyPaleSkin, I was drawn in by her glowing skin.

Something strange has happen to me in the last month and instead of going for my usually demi-matte look I have been gravitating towards a dewy finish, which this product is brilliant for. I have been applying this under my foundation which illuminates my skin in a natural looking way. Not only is this a great primer but also multitasks as a cream highlighter to exaggerate those cheek bones.

Sleek Highlighter Palette Solstice

May Drugstore Favourites

After Jaclyn Hill swatched these highlighters on her snapchat the internet blew up, so of course I had to see what all they hype was about.

I have been looking for a high shine cool toned highlight that is not glittery for what seems like forever and finally I have found it. This palette comes with one cream and 3 powder highlighters, which give off a high pearlised shine without making you look like a sparkly fairy. If you are not into a metallic highlight that can be seen form space this is probably not a palette for you but I cannot get enough of that glow.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine

May Drugstore Favourites

I wasn’t lying when I said I was all about that shine – even my nails have moved from matte to gloss. Barry M is one of my favourite brands for nail polish: they are reasonably priced, have a great colour range and a hard wearing formula. The Gelly Hi Shine range dries quickly but give a gorgeous glossy look which lasts for days.

What have you guys been buying this month? Any drugstore products that you can’t live without?



  1. Sarah Smiles says:

    I’ve been wanting to try that Seventeen primer for a while, it looks gorgeous! 🙂 xxx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

    1. Emma says:

      I really like it , let me know if you do give it a go and what you think.

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