Beauty ‘n Fashion: Drugstore beauty buys

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I usually buy my beauty products at the drugstore, which saves me a lot of money as opposed to the beauty products from a cosmetic store. I am often very satisfied with the result and if I’m not, than at least it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg!

Today I share with you my favourite drugstore beauty buys from the last couple of months.

L’Oréal – Pure clay mask


This mask, which can be used by all skintypes, is really good and really  cheap. At only 10 EUR a jar (and often in promotion so you can buy it even cheaper), it really is worth every cent.

When I re-read my review, I must say that I still agree with everything I wrote back then. I recently bought a second jar of this mask. I just love the smell and the way it smooths my skin and makes my pores smaller. The best thing about this mask however is, that it is multi-purpose. You leave it on for about 5 to 10 minutes and then you can scrub your face with it before rinsing it off.

These L’Oréal clay masks come in three different versions. I have bought a second one, which I am still testing out. You can expect a review in a couple of weeks time!

Corine de Farme – Micellar gel

I love micellar waters, but this product is just that bit different… it’s a gel. In my opinion it makes it even more economical in use. It took me several months to finish the 500 ml bottle! After this micellar gel, I tried another micellar water this time from Garnier (of which you can read a review soon). I must say that, even though I like this Garnier product, I will definitely buy the Corine de Farme micellar gel again! It’s refreshing, cleansing and it doesn’t dry out my skin.

The bottle of 500 ml only costs about 6 EUR (and you can often buy it cheaper when there’s a promotion) and has a handy pump system.

Thumbs up for this budget buy!!

Catrice – HD liquid coverage

I must say that at first I wasn’t too excited about this cheap foundation. I applied it with my hands and I just couldn’t ‘glide’ the product over my face if you know what I mean. After a couple of days I decided to use a foundation brush and this made all the difference… I could apply the foundation really well that way!

This foundation is the cheapest I have ever used in my entire life (7 EUR) and I must say that it really is an OK product! Of course no foundation beats the Estée Lauder Double Wear, but at a fraction of the price of the Double Wear foundation, this HD liquid coverage does a good job.

The bottle looks really chique and it has a handy pipette. It gives good coverage and is longlasting. It’s a pity it doesn’t have an SPF, so I will probably not use it in summer months.

People with dry skin won’t be too happy, but if you’ve got normal or oily skin, go for it!

Rimmel – Wake me up mascara

I have been using this mascara for quite some time now. I only bought one other mascara the last 2 years (of which you can expect a review soon), but then it was back to this one.

I like the big brush. The mascara doesn’t clump and there’s a waterproof version of it. It’s a long-lasting mascara which smells like… cucumber!

It is by far the best mascara that I have used the past couple of years, so why don’t you give it a try?

Coconut oil

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One of my very first beauty posts was about coconut oil. In the post I write ‘the best beauty budget buy I did in ages’ and I must say that I still agree. It also took me ages to finish that first jar, a little goes a very long way! Below I list a couple of ways on how to use this coconut oil in the bathroom:

  • use it as a bodylotion as it will really hydrate your skin
  • use it on your lips to avoid chapped lips
  • make a mask with it: use one part of oil with two parts of honey, mix, put it on your face and leave it for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water)
  • make a scrub with it: use one part of oil and 2 parts of fine granular sugar, mix and use it to scrub your face. You can mix it with coarse salt and use it as a body scrub.
  • use it as an eye make-up remover: put a bit of oil between two cotton pads, put the two cotton pads between your hands for a couple of seconds to let the oil melt a bit and then use it to remove all of your eye make-up. It is really soft for your eyes, ever so cheap and 100% natural… what’s not to love about this product?!
  • Do you know other ways on how to use coconut oil? Tell me in the comments!


And what are your drugstore beauty secrets? Do tell in the comments as I am always eager to get to know new products!

Love, Kathleen

4 thoughts on “Beauty ‘n Fashion: Drugstore beauty buys

  1. Leuk artikel! Ik gebruik die foundation van Catrice minder de laatste tijd omdat hij mijn droge huid nogal accentueert. Heb nog altijd geen foundation gevonden waarbij je het niet ziet…
    En kokosolie is de beste ontdekking ooit geweest voor mij. Gebruik het altijd voor mijn oogmakeup en het werkt zo makkelijk! Nog een kokosolie tip: werkt heel goed om je kwasten en makeup sponsjes uit te wassen!!

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    1. Ooooh… leuke tip van die kwasten 🙂 Dat test ik binnenkort eens uit… De foundation is idd niet goed voor een droge huid, maar bij mij gaat het goed, zeker als ik hem met een borsteltje aanbreng. Groetjes en een heel fijne dinsdagavond! Kathleen x

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  2. You’re so right, only because a beauty product is expensive doesn’t mean it has to be good. There are some amazing drugstore products out there, I love the masks you’re mentioning. They only thing I shy away from are the foundations, I just don’t have the best experience with them and am willing to pay more. I used the Estée Lauder Double Wear for years but switched to Lancome and Chanel last year which are amazing. Thanks so much for the recommendations, Love, Kirsten xx

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Kirsten! The double wear is so good… I used it several years ago. I will probably buy it again soon. It’s my sister’s wedding in a couple of months time and I want my make-up to be spot on… so I will buy it again for this occassion… chances are that once I use it again, I will keep on using it 😉 ! Have a lovely evening. Kathleen x


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