USA Drugstore Beauty Wishlist


Guys, I’m SO excited. I’m off to the States in a few weeks and while I’m really looking forward to visiting Sephora, I’m apoplectic at the thought of the big US drugstores filled with bargainous treats!

This will be the theme of the holiday

I’ll be trying to find products in one of three categories: things I need, things that are stupidly cheap or things that I’m guaranteed to get lots of use out of. What I’m hoping to avoid is buying things that are basically dupes for existing products in my stash although a certain amount of that is inevitable as I always get overexcited when I’m standing in the aisle. We’ll see how it goes but for now, these are the items on my radar – let me know if you have any other suggestions!

1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer

This concealer is available in the UK but for some reason not in the “Brightener” shade which is the one I want. The texture seems creamy and blendable with a good amount of coverage, and the pink tones are great for counteracting under-eye darkness. I use a combination of corrector (Benefit Erase Paste) and light-reflecting concealer (Clinique Airbrush or Rimmel Wake Me Up) under my eyes so it will be interesting to see if this product does the job of both.

2. L’Oréal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

I love makeup setting sprays but they tend to be really expensive and until now haven’t been available at the drugstore. The last one I bought (Urban Decay Deslick) was $30 for 118ml and this new one from L’Oréal is $17 for 100ml, so much cheaper. Setting sprays not only help your makeup to last longer but they also pull double duty as primers if you use them under foundation. Tati raves about this version so I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs. And, in true Tati style, I plan to go coupon crazy and save some bucks on this and my other drugstore purchases!

3. L’Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

I’ve wanted this eyeshadow for YEARS. It’s another L’Oréal range that is available here and in the UK but not in this shade, which is a gorgeous metallic rose gold. These pressed pigments are super shiny and high-impact, and go full on liquid metal when used wet. The formula is so smooth it feels like a cream (but it’s not) plus it’s waterproof, crease resistant and fade free. See Temptalia’s review and swatches here.

4. Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

This looks like the cleanser version of my Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask which is incredible at calming inflammation and drawing impurities from my pores. This purifying, foaming cleanser (sorry Caroline) is oil free and super gentle, and the added menthol leaves skin feeling tingly and fresh although probably not so good for sensitive skin. I’ve enjoyed clay cleansers in the past (REN ClearCalm 3 and Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser) so I’d be interested to see if this is as effective.

5. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects

The last (and only) time I had my teeth whitened was about 18 months ago when my braces came off. It worked brilliantly but the process is extremely expensive so I’m keen to give these whitening strips a go. They aren’t cheap either (around $55) but still half the price of the professional route, and by all accounts, just as effective. Supposedly they work by using “the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredients dentists use” and results last up to a year.

6. Jergens BB Body

Another Tati-inspired item, this “skin perfecting cream” is like a tinted moisturiser for your body. It sounds a bit strange but essentially it smooths, firms and hydrates the skin while blurring imperfections and evening out skin tone. As someone who’s skin plummets from Jennifer Lopez to Nicole Kidman in winter, I thought this would be a great product to get me through those bare-legged cold weather moments.

7. Peanut Butter M&Ms

Stuffing a bag of these in my face will make me insanely happy and, as we all know, happiness makes you beautiful. These are therefore a beauty purchase.

Let me know if you guys want to see a Sephora wishlist and don’t forget to leave me your recommendations!

12 comments on USA Drugstore Beauty Wishlist

  • Siobhan Hughes

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer. Everytime I watch Essie Button use it, my heart yearns for it!

    I actually managed to get my hands on the Jergens BB Body cream – my aunt brought me 3 tubes from Oz when she came to visit at the end of last year. I’ve been using it sparingly and I already only have 1 tube left *cue sobbing*. It smells delicious and while it doesn’t give much in the way of colour, it is still so so good! Make this a must have!

    Also – a friend brought me BIRTHDAY CAKE M n M’s from the States last time she came out. You need these.

    • Jules (author)

      WHAT. Birthday Cake M&Ms?! I’m gonna be so fat when I come back

      • Shané

        Orange Street Engen has the Birthday Cake M&M’s – really don’t taste too different to normal ones in my opinion – but the peanut butter ones sound amazing!! 🙂 I’m off the to the States in August and am busy trying to work on my wish list – Maybeline concealer, L’oreal setting spray are already on mine. Im just trying to decide before I get there how much to get from Sephora or the drugstore – the struggle is real and one Sephora item is almost a little shop at the drugstore. #feelingspendy haha. Enjoy Jules!

        • Jules (author)

          Thanks for tip on the Birthday Cake M&Ms! And I feel you on the whole Sephora vs. drugstore thing. To be honest, I think half the fun of going to Sephora is the actual experience of browsing the aisles but I’m far more likely to buy 5 drugstore items instead of splurging on one high-end product. Camilla is the opposite!

  • erica

    Hi. I would love to hear your sephora list. My drugstore item that I lust after is the loreal visible lift blur blush. My luxury lust is the tata harper cleansers recommended by Caroline Hirons.

  • Tracey

    Love this list! I bought the setting spray after Tati recommended it and just despise it- so drying on my already dry skin and makes me break out in millions of tiny bumps boohoo. Back to the beloved fix+! Will be keen to see how you get on with it!

  • Leigh van den Berg

    I had laser teeth whitening years ago and it’s pretty good but have been using Crest Whitestrips ever since and they work like a bomb. You usually get the best deals on eBay but every now and again sites like takealot etc will surprise you. As for those M&Ms, I spotted them at the Woolies Engen in Gardens and was mucho disappointed – Birthday Cakes tastes like dark chocolate and the Peanutbutter variant is a poor man’s Reese’s Pieces ;-P

  • Erica

    Hi. I am super keen to try the L’oreal visible lift blur blush. My luxury item that I lust after are the Tata Harper cleansers recommended by Caroline Hirons. Enjoy your trip

    • Jules (author)

      Oooh me too – those Tata Harper cleansers look amazing!

  • Shaelyn

    Peanut Butter M&M’s are the best. My Aunty brought me these when she went to New York…I have seen them on ebay as well!

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