Sunday, 7 April 2013

Drugstore Mini Haul - All on Sale!

I wasn't supposed to go out and spend money on cosmetics this weekend. But, I couldn't resist. Basically, I can't walk by a Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall without going in for a quick peek. When I travel to the USA, the FIRST place I head to is Walgreens and CVS and their cosmetic's aisles.

I had recently redeemed Optimum points at Murale, the high end cosmetics and skin care boutique owned by Shoppers Drug Mart, so I felt the need to BUILD up my Optimum points Shoppers Drug Mart. Doesn't that make sense?

At Shoppers, I found several items on my wish list ON SALE: the much-talked-about Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. And Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, in the HARD TO FIND ultra fair shade of 110! Up until yesterday, I have only been able to find Fit Me Foundation in shade 110 in the USA. That's right, Florida, land of bronzed beach babes stocks the ultra pale 110. Pale Canadians rejoice - 110 has arrived!

It's alway wise to "shop around", so I headed over to Rexall to see what might be new on their shelves. What's new? How about the AMAZING Ardell Color Impact Demi Wispies in colours like PLUM and BLUE and GREEN? Wow! These are not cheesy Halloween colours, these fabulous false lashes come in soft, flattering shades such as plum - to enhance green, brown, and hazel eyes. I really wanted to buy the lashes in every colour, but I only bought the "Plum" shade as it will enhance my green eyes. 

Also at Rexall, I picked up YET ANOTHER eyebrow pencil - but it was on SALE and has been on my radar for at least a year: the Skinny Brow Liner by Annabelle in "Universal Medium".  It features a retractable skinny pencil and I love the neon pink brush at the other end. It is a total dupe for Christian Dior's Universal brow liner, and I highly recommend choosing the "Universal Medium" shade as it will work on almost anyone.

Another product that I have been searching for ever since I saw how GORGEOUS Katy Perry looked wearing it at the Grammy Awards: Rimmel's Glam Eyes shadow trio in "Orion". These soft, neutral shades work beautifully to define and contour your eye shape. I love that Katy wore MEGA lashes to resemble (in her words) her style inspiration: Priscilla Presley in the late sixties. I love this look, and you could basically recreate much of this look with everything I bought: the pale foundation and concealer, the brow pencil and shadows and especially the false lashes to add that fluttery late sixties glamour. Just add a nude lip. Katy wore Rimmel's Lasting Finish lipstick from the Kate Moss collection in shade 003, but just about any nude will do.

So now you know why I can't resist drugstore makeup - how GLAM and GORGEOUS does Katy Perry look? And all created from makeup from the drugstore! You don't need to spend a fortune on makeup to look fabulous. Take your time in the cosmetic's aisles. Use the testers to find what suits your skin tone. Try something new, like a winged-out eyeliner, or using a matte bronzer to contour your cheekbones. If you can find these gems on sale - what a bonus! Take the money you saved and do what Katy Perry would do - Wake up in Vegas!


  1. Wish we had the Wake Me Up concealer in Australia! Want to try it out so bad :) xx

    1. I like the Wake Me Up foundation as well. I try to use very little concealer under my eyes - and I like to make sure my under-eye area is hydrated before applying concealer. I don't like a cakey look anywhere on the face, but especially under the eyes. Hope you get some good products in Australia soon!