Drugstore Beauty Favourites From 2016

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year! Despite loving 2016 and the memories created last year, I have somewhat looked forward to the arrival of 2017 so I could write and reflect about some pretty outstanding beauty products. Surprisingly, narrowing down my drugstore favourites was easy! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Wet N Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray

When a product is given its very own feature post on Beauty by Birdy, it’s a good sign I like it! Do you remember when I wrote this ‘Long-Lasting Impression‘ post and swore the Wet N Wild setting spray saved my face from melting off during a hectic work event? It has been a staple in my collection ever since. It really does a great job of holding makeup in place and getting rid of any excess powders. With aloe as an added ingredient, it’s also super hydrating and kind to my skin.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water

I’ve raved about this product numerous times now, so I’ll keep it pretty brief. The Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water works – period. It gets rid of makeup and is easy to use. What more could a girl ask for? I pretty much can’t live without it and even carry a pint-sized bottle in my purse wherever I go for makeup emergencies or surprise sleepovers.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I’ll admit, the fact that this bronzer smells like a tropical vacation is a huge reason I love and can’t stop using it. The coconut scent seems to put a smile on my face every morning. Yumminess aside, it’s also a beautiful tone and blends easily onto the skin, creating a natural looking, sun-kissed effect.

NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder

I really only use this under my eyes to set concealer, but I absolutely love the finish!! I have fairly dry skin so rather than ‘baking’, I prefer to press it directly into my under eye area with a damp beauty sponge. It’s super fine – like flour – and seems to vanish fine lines or pores, but it’s translucent and doesn’t alter the tone of my concealer. Orange triangles under the eyes = not cute. I do wish the packaging were a little more sturdy or travel-friendly, but I did manage to get it safely to and from Jamaica last year (somehow).

L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask

I’ve made basically everyone I know try this face mask! You’d be surprised at the number of men who have willingly agreed to be my guinea pigs…and not one person has been disappointed. It’s a total hit! The thick, mud-like texture glides evenly onto the face and feels quite cooling. It tingles ever so slightly as it dries and washes away with ease, leaving behind fresh, luminous skin. It’s super comparable to high-end brands and smells similar too! A little also goes a long way, therefore the generous size packaging has lasted me quite a while.

ColourPop Creme Gel Pot in Get Paid

If I had to pick a stand-out brand from 2016, ColourPop wins the golden medal! Although their products are not available in a physical store, they are certainly sold at drugstore prices! I am so happy I gave this affordable, online brand a try!

Their eyeliner formulas are wicked! My obsession with the colour Get Paid is strong and ongoing. It’s the most beautiful rose gold that seems to draw out the green in my eyes when worn along the waterline, creates an interesting cat eye when worn as winged liner and works as a base on the lid for a super shimmery look. It also stays put pretty much all day long.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

Is it green? Is it purple? I don’t know and I don’t care…it’s gorgeous and that’s all that matters to me. Unique colour aside, the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are such an interesting texture. They’re a powder-cream hybrid and pack powerful pigment. The wide range of colours and finishes available is nearly overwhelming, but oh so enticing at the same time! I can’t wait to place another order and add even more of these shadows to my collection.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Frick N’ Frack

I have worn the crap out of this liquid lippie over the past five months or so. I love the dark, rosy-brown shade and it’s also super comfortable to wear. It’s not exactly matte, and it’s not completely kiss-proof, but IT IS super long-wearing. I definitely want to try more of these in the future.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I gave the Miracle Complexion Sponge a try back in February and managed to extend its life for basically the entire year. I’m in desperate need of a new one, and the only reason I haven’t bought another is purely due to laziness. Who really wants to hit up Walmart around the holidays if they don’t HAVE to anyways? Not me, no thank you…

I personally enjoy it most for blending out concealer, but it’s a great tool for ‘baking’ or setting as well. Its soft, squishy texture seems to hold onto product without absorbing too much and distributes it evenly onto the skin.

I can’t wait to see what the drugstore releases this year! I have a feeling there will be some really great product launches.

Ps. Keep an eye out for my high-end faves later this week.


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