On the weekend I was really excited to do a drug store haul because Shoppers Drug Mart was having a Spend Your Points event and I had $200 worth of Shoppers Optimum Points. I only spent $85 worth of points but I was excited to buy a few new things to try out.
This morning when I woke up I decided to try a couple of the products I purchased and write about my first impressions. Here is how I felt about the products:
L’OREAL LASH PARADISE MASCARA ($12 CAD on sale)
I was especially excited to try the new L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara as I heard it was a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which I really like. The wand on this mascara is straight with lots of dense bristles to help hug every lash. This mascara has a thicker drier formula which I personally like. I could build this mascara up to three coats without it looking too spidery. This mascara gave my lashes a lot of volume and some length. I curled my eyelashes before applying it and it held the curl throughout the day. 8 hours after I did my makeup my lashes still looked great and there was no smudging or flaking.
My only complaint about this mascara is that because the applicator is quite large I got a lot of product on my eyelid when I applied it. This is not usually a problem for me and it was a bit frustrating having to touch up my eye makeup after I applied it.
Despite the product getting on my lid I would still definitely recommend this mascara. It keeps my eyelashes looking voluminous all day!
NYX PORE FILLER ($16.99)
This product claims to reduce the appearance of pores. It can be used underneath or on top of makeup. Today I used it as a makeup primer under my BB cream. I found it definitely minimized the look of my pores on my cheeks. Usually my pores are very visible and combined with the BB cream my skin looked really smooth.
I will have to see how the looks when I apply full coverage foundation on top as I find full coverage foundations tend to exaggerate my pores, but so far I really like this product. The price tag is quite expensive for a drug store product but I have yet to find a good drug store primer so if this continues to work I will consider it a great find!
RIMMEL LONDON BB CREAM ($6.99 CAD on sale)
I purchased this BB Cream because I was looking for a matte BB cream that provided decent coverage and was perfect for an everyday summer base for my makeup. I bought the color medium because I get quite tanned in the summer. The medium shade is quite orange but it blended well into my skin and was not too noticeable. It was light coverage but better than many other BB creams I have tried in the past. I put NYX Pore Filler as my primer underneath and I felt the primer and BB cream together gave my skin a smooth appearance. I could easily put bronzer and blush over top and set it with a powder.
I do not think this BB cream is anything mind blowing but it will still likely be one of my staples this summer!
MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL INTI-MATTE NUDES LIPSTICK ($5.99 CAD)
I picked up this lipstick in shade 565 Almond Rose because I was looking for a matte rosey nude lipstick for the summer. I have owned Maybelline lipsticks in the past and find they have a moisturizing formula. This lipstick was great! I applied it at 9 am and it lasted past lunch. It was really easy to apply without a liner so I could reapply it easily throughout the day. This lipstick also has a sugary scent which smells amazing! This lipstick is a perfect summer nude and I highly recommend it.
Here is a picture of these products in today’s makeup look. I really like how the mascara makes my lashes look!
I was really excited about these new products and can not wait to try the rest of my purchases from this weekend and review them in future posts!
Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and enjoyed them as well!