Drugstore Full Face Of Makeup Favourites


So my aim for this blog this year is to try and upload an awful lot more and write much more about the things I love. I have only done 2 makeup related posts before but I have gained such an obsession for makeup in the past year that I’d love to share with you what I find out about it. Now that my issues regarding having a broken laptop not allowing me to upload have stopped I wanna try and post multiple times each month in 2017 as a pose to once per month. However, this may not go to plan when I go back to college on Monday as I won’t have as much free time but I can at least try!

All of this was beside the point anyway. In this post I’m gonna be sharing my favourite drugstore products for each part of your face in order to make a full face of makeup. Some things e.g. eye primer I won’t include as I don’t have a drugstore one which I’ve found that I love and would want to recommend but if you know of one, let me know in the comments section down below and I’ll be sure to check it out. I’m also going to try and include images of all products mentioned and a link to where it’s sold.

Highlighter: I’m such a sucker for high end highlighters but theres one I have found which I feel is a great dupe for ‘Mary – Lou’ form The Balm. It’s called ‘Goddess of Love’ and it’s a triple baked highlighter by ‘I heart makeup’. It’s nice and subtle but also is build able for when you want a more intense glow. The shimmer is so pretty but isn’t like pure glitter that shines off your face…instead it’s more of a glowy look.



Blusher: There’s one blush which stands out to me as somebody who doesn’t wear blush very often. It’s the ‘Rose Gold’ blush by ‘Sleek’. I saw this in a youtube video back in May, went out and bought it and I haven’t looked back since. Plus for under £5 you can’t really go wrong. Theres also range of other shades if pinky blushes like this aren’t for you.



Powder: Before purchasing a high end powder in August, everyday I’d use ‘Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder’. Always tend to use a powder which isn’t translucent as I often wear it without foundation and using this in shade 10 (classic ivory) gave me the coverage I desired. I still use it now over my high end powders to set under eye concealer as it’s only £3.99.



Bronzer: Unfortunately this next product isn’t actually produced anymore but I thought I’d mention it anyway as it’s the only bronzer which I use from the drugstore. It’s ‘Accessorize’s Shimmering Powder’. As I have super light skin, this is one of the only bronzers I’ve ever found which doesn’t go orange and patchy on me.


Foundation: It’s not very often I wear foundation but when I do I love a matte one and it’s more than likely going to be a Maybelline one. My favourite is probably something most people would hate and it’s their ‘Dream Velvet Foundation’. It has such a thick texture that I love and as I have quite dry skin, it glides over so smoothly covering spots as a pose to a more watery foundation. The double water formula of the foundation also means I can wear it for multiple days in a row without breaking out which I cannot do with other foundations.



Eyeshadow: This is one of my favourite things to do in any makeup look and I almost never go a day without wearing it now that I’m at college and allowed to. I do use a different palette everyday and love both drugstore and high end eyeshades equally. If I had to pick just one though it’d be the ‘Makeup Revolution Iconic 3’ pallette. This is the perfect dupe for ‘Urban Decays’s Naked 3’ which I also own but I prefer this as it’s just so much more bendable. At just £4 you can’t really go wrong and that goes for any Revolution palette if pinky tones aren’t for you.



Primer: Only recently have I started using primer and I’ve tried a fair few. As I mentioned earlier, I love a matte look rather than a dewy one from my foundation. For this reason I love the ‘Collection Primed and Ready mattifying pore minimiser’. Basically it does exactly what it says and helps your makeup to stay on all the. The product within the tube is a clear silicone like texture, similar to that of ‘Baby Skin’ but only a fraction of the price at£4.99. You can also get different finishes if matte isn’t for you.IMG_1557.JPG


Mascara: When it comes to mascara I’ll choose drugstore every time and maybelline are like my holy grail. I could recommend their whole range but the 2 I’ve been loving most lately are ‘Lash Sensational luscious oil blend’ and ‘The Falsies volume express’. Both work wonderfully together and give such extreme results that if you don’t like ‘false lash effect mascara’ you probably won’t like these.

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Lash sensational– http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Lash-Sensational-Luscious-Mascara_1838593/

Falsies – http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Mascara-Falsies-Waterproof-Black-9ml_1416719/

Brows: Well this is probably one of my least favourite parts of doing my makeup which I see as more of a chore because my eyebrows are just such a awkward shape to work with. In August I found the best product to work so far for my brown shape, type and colour which is ‘Freedom Duo brow powder- Taupe’ It’s a dupe for the ‘Anastasia Bevely Hills’ brow powders and pomades but only a fraction of the price at £3. They also do a pomade version but the shade range isn’t as good meaning I can’t get taupe and have to opt for soft brown instead which is too dark. The product works really well for sparse eyebrows with a ‘Real Techniques Brow Brush’.


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Concealer: For somebody with spotty skin that breaks out at the sight of foundation like me, concealer is a staple in your everyday makeup routine. Recently I’ve started using high end ones but I’ve been using drugstore for around 4 years previous to this so I definitely have my favourites. For spot I’d recommend ‘Rimmel Wake Me Up’. The shade ranges are so diverse, it does the job although it only lasts around 8 hours and it’s only £6. I’m sure you’ve heard this before but for under-eye concealer, ‘Maybelline Eye Eraser’ is always my choice as it covers dark circles and my red cheeks so well. However, the shade ranges are very limited which can be a drawback.

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Wake me up: http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-Wake-Me-Up-Concealer_1253837/

Eye eraser: http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Eraser-Eye-Concealer_1321843/

Brow Gel: This is one of those things that I’ll use if I’m doing a full face of makeup and I’ll usually opt for a high-end option like ‘benefits gimme brow’. Although I haven’t tried many  drugstore brow gels, a stand out to me is the ‘Maybelline brow drama’.I tend to use this in medium brown but theres a range of colour options, including transparent and for under £5 you can’t really go wrong.



Lips: I’m the type of person that sticks to nudes when it comes to lip products because I struggle to pull out there colours off as I’m so pale. Most of my lipsticks I own are from MAC but I get along so well with the ‘NYX Lip Lingerie’ collection. I own 3 and my favourite is ’04 Exotic’.  They dry completely matte and have a nice liquid texture when applying. Their also long lasting and tend to last for most of they day. To be fair for £6.50 I don’t think you could want much more from a liquid lip product.



Contour: I’m not a big fan of contouring or very good at it…instead I see it as a opportunity to add some colour to my pale skin tone. A product I’ve been loving is ‘Collection’s contour sticks’ for only £3!!! They blend like a dream and give a perfect colour to your face. I use mine in taupe and this works really well but there are other darker shades available.



So that’s all the products I have to mention in this post. Never when I started writing this did I realise it’d take 3 days to complete!

If you’d like a high-end version of this, be sure to let me know/leave a like on this post as I’ve really enjoyed writing this. Apologies for any spelling mistakes, I do not have the energy to proof read the whole thing right now! haha.

Be back soon,

Katie xoxo




Looking Back On 2016 Month By Month


It’s now officially 2017 and there sure are some things I’m happy to leave behind in 2016 and some things I want to bring forward with me into this year. The main point of this post is that I wanted to take the time to reflect upon my year month by month and basically sum up how it was. Yes, some months are definitely going to be much more action packed and exciting than others but having constant ups just isn’t reality.


Well January was just how it is for most people really, dull and a little bit boring but a few things did happen throughout the month. Of course I was in my final year at school and that meant undertaking 2 weeks of mocks just after the Christmas break which I wasn’t exactly a fan of even though nobody really likes exams do they?! I got through them fairly well and didn’t let it get me down too much. This month also involved having a interview to get into sixth form which may not sound like much but for a shy person like me, it was quite a big deal and I was so happy I did it in the end and ended up with a place. On the brighter side, I started to get my room the way I wanted it which was a progressing project throughout the year which has now been complete. (I’ll put a image below of what we did.)



Not much happened at all in this month. I got my results for my mocks (3 A’s 3B’S C) which I was quite shocked and very pleased with. Half term also happened so I spent a to of time in Liverpool as it’s one of my favourite places. We also had our year 11 photos done and were just getting closer in the build up to GCSE’s.


The most exciting thing which happened in March was most likely the snow day! It’s not often that it snows in England and actually sticks so when it does, it’s kinda a big deal. We even got a day off school because it was so deep. Easter also came around which meant just over 2 weeks off school before the term when GCSE’s actually started for real.



Despite the fact GCSE’s were now under a month away, I had the most exciting month I could. This was mainly due to the fact that I was off for half of the month with the easter break. I travelled to places like Leeds, Liverpool, Media City and so on. The days were getting longer and warmer and school was so close to ending which for me was the best news ever. I even managed to meet the vamps in this month, something I’ve been trying to do for many years.


GCSE exams started and the end was finally within sight. Despite being ill for a number of my exams, I tried my best and that was all I could’ve done. After each exam I’d take my books and set them on fire, something which provided me with great motivation to get through each day! After the English lit exam on may 27 I got the best news ever that we were going on study leave and SCHOOL WAS OVER!!


Most likely my favourite month of the year, it just was the best and I didn’t stop for the entire month. Now I was just going to school for a few hours each day on odd days to do exams. June 16th flew around which meant it was finally my 16th birthday. I spent the day in Liverpool (of course) with friends and then had a Hawaiian themed party at the night time. The following day was also my last exam (physics) and I left school forever!! 2 days later I went on holiday to Dorset for 2 weeks and it was honestly so much fun.

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The main point of this month was to unwind and that’s exactly what I did. At the start of the month I went on a sixth form taster day to helming decide which subjects I’d want to take in September which wasn’t actually too bad. There were also some hot days which involved sun bathing and of course Pokemon Go came out…how could I forget?!


The highlight without a doubt was going to London for the day although the trip was cut short due to it being 32 DEGREES!!!! M&M world is where I want to live when I’m older. I also got my GCSE results (A 4B’s 5c’S) which were lower than predicted but considering I’d been so ill when taking the exams, I was happy with this and I got everything I needed to enrol at college later in the month.

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The month started out great with a weekend in Yorkshire as a treat for my GCSE results. I visited Filey, Scarborough and Bridlington. I also started college 2 days after coming back which was such a anticipated thing for me although it all went smoothly. My final choices of subjects were IT, business and health and social care(how I regret taking that). It took a while for me to settle in but I got there in the end and now it’s all good.

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Nothing special happened in October, I travelled around a little to the Peak District and seemed to spend an awful lot more time shopping in my free periods at college.


The main highlight of the month would’ve been going to Blackpool illuminations which was FREEZING. I made a vlog all about the day over on my youtube channel (ThatGirlKatieVlogs). Christmas was getting closer and I spent more time shopping an at the Christmas markets in Manchester.

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Christmas and the new year were just around the corner. Everything was getting calmer as we began the unwind to Christmas Day. When Christmas Day came, I got everything I could’ve wished for and before we knew it 2017 was upon us.

Congratulations if you made it to this point!! I hope y’all have the most amazing 2017 and I’ll be back very soon.

Katie xoxo