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I was kindly invited to do this tag by the lovely Alessia waaaay too long ago. So I thought it would be nice to actually sit at my desk and write this post already!!!

I admit it! This article is a challenge for me to write because I am a makeup snob and I buy high end – and above – makeup products and there are only a few cheap makeup items in my collection that I barely use! Keep in mind that the cheap makeup brands were the ones I started with, feels like ages ago!, so I will only talk about products I used at a certain point in my life or that I currently have in my collection. So for all the products I will mention which I do not own anymore, I will insert pictures. 

Do not expect great things though!

This being said let’s start with the first question…

1. What is your favourite drugstore/cheap makeup brand overall?

IMG_0362 copy– some of my favourite brushes

Definitely not the kind of answer you would expect but Real Thechniques. They have great brushes that cover all your needs and they are gloriously ( if that is even a word! ) affordable.

2. What are your favourite face, cheek and lips products?

Face the Real Technique brushes.

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Cheek favourite: the NYX Taupe Blush. Amazing for contouring, which I am mostly useing it for but also for a touch of colour on the cheeks, especially on the colder months.

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And lips the NYX Butter Glosses which in my opinion are a cheaper, decent alternative to the new mind blowing Dior Fluid Sticks 9 previously reviewed here ). Plus the Soft Mattes which are also amazing!

3. Least favourite product?

Bourjois eyeshadows. Great colours in the pan, not pigmented at all unfortunatelly, chalky – I tried them on once and I felt as if I had sand in my eyes, and the fall out is insane!

IMG_0363 copy – Bourjois the pink one is called #05 and the purple one is #13. Great names, Bourjois!?!?!!! LOL And check out that fall out?!?!?!!??!!!!!

4. What is the best makeup bargain?

Those buy one get one free or buy one and another one half price Boots always comes up with. For the short time I lived in London, those used to rock my world all the time. I was particularly interested in mascaras: L’Oreal, Rimmel

5. What is your favourite underdog product? ( Something you love but often gets overlooked )

It is actually an eyeshadow from an Avon eye palette which does wonders for my brows. So easy to use and colourwise it is a perfect match. I forgot about that one when I bought the brow kit from Guerlain, which btw it is absolutely fabulous! Now I finally got myself some Anastasia Beverly Hills brow stuff which I am beyond excited to try.

Would you like a post about how I groom my brows? Please tell me in the Comments section below!

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced!

I have no idea what to answer to this question since I have not tried that many lately! The one that popped into my head was Bioderma Sensibio Micellaire Water. But then again, it is not the cheapest… So, is that drugstore, high street or high end? Tell me what you think about both Bioderma and the product you think is overpriced in the comments below… I really need to be educated! LOL


7. Show your best drugstore dupes!

They would definitely have to be the L’Oreal Infaillibles eyeshadows, the ones that are always considered dupes for the Chanel Illusion d’Ombres or the Dior Backstage eyeshadows, or even for the amazing Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadows. They are not as good as the high end ones but pretty comparable. Great colours, great colour range, not that much fall out and easy to apply. My favourite has to be Bronzed Taupe ( which I did own at some point ); great dupe for Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre in Mirage.

Loreal Iced Latte Bronzed Taupe Swatch – photo credits makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com

8. A drugstore product that is not worth the hype?

Definitely the Maybelline Baby Lips something, something… I really do not get all the fuss around this product! A chapstick with a bit of tint, not hydrating, not moisturizing at all, not good as a treatment sits on the lips without doing anything… Big fail for me!


I hope you enjoyed this post! My apologies to Alessia for doing it this late! Feel free to join the fun, beautiful, and do this tag yourself!

See you soon!

xx, Annie