High End vs. Drugstore Products

Back when I was a teenager and had no concept of bills and responsibilities, I was quite the snob when it came to skincare and makeup. Anything from the drugstore was like taboo for me. Back then makeup and skincare were the only high end things I could afford and it made me feel super glam. A couple years later rolled around and I find my self broke AF and now where my money used to go to glamorous beauty products, it now goes to rent and groceries. Needless to say I had to downgrade my beauty routine, or at least what I thought was a downgrade.

Once I tried a few foundations and concealers from Maybelline (it helps that they made their packaging more chic btw) I was actually hooked! The Maybelline Fit me line works just as well if not better than some foundations you will find at Sephora, and for a fraction of the price!

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Another item I like to buy at the drugstore is lip products. I don’t see the value in spending 40$ on a YSL tinted lip balm when I can get a similar product for 10$.

A few things I still find myself getting at high end places is blushers, bronzers. I am just a sucker for cute packaging and I just don’t think the drug store has nailed it in that department yet… It’s definitely no Too Faced or Benefit! (check out this post https://livelifeintheflorallane.com/2019/04/06/makeup-collection-blushes-bronzers/ to see my whole blush and bronzer collection!)

And finally, with skincare I can go either way. I’ve used both drugstore and high end stuff but it depends on the product. Eye cream and moisturizer I am okay with getting at the drugstore since the Neutrogena hydro boost line is really good. But when it comes to serums and special treatments, I prefer to leave to the high end brands. My favourite right now is the Kiehls Cannabis Sativa Oil, but I will leave that for another post!

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When it comes to Masks, I always thought the more expensive the better, however I have found my holy grail mask… and it’s from the drugstore! I tried a similar mask from a higher end brand (PTR), and the L’oreal one was just so much better for me! It felt like it got more of the gunk out (sorry for the visual lol).

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That’s it for me for now 🙂

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