Because of its £3.50 (~$7) price tag and the tacky-looking display, I swear I must have walked past Concealer by Barbara Daly for Tesco (£3.50) at least a million times without even noticing its existence. Thank God I read the last issue of Marie Claire in which a beauty editor RAVED about this because believe it or not, this is definitely one of the best and cheapest concealers out there!

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Good news to all you Bourjois fans out there! Mini Bourjois, a pocket make-up range by Bourjois, has been launched. Currently, the entire line is available only in certain countries like Spain, France and Japan. Hopefully, it will come to London soon.




These mini eyeshadows come in 28 shades and are the same size as the regular pot eyeshadows. The only difference is that they come in little pans and you can put them in palettes that come with either 2 or 3 slots just like the MAC 4-pans. Also, the applicator that comes with the pot eyeshadows is not included.




This is a mini version of Bourjois’ best-selling lip gloss, Effet 3D. It comes with a charm that attaches to any cell phone giving it a chic look and giving you more room in your purse. This is also available at Sephora in the US for $9.




These mini nail polishes come in 30 yummy shades under 5 different collections -Breakfast a Londres, Emplettes a New York, Cocktails a Barcelone, Diner a Paris and Club a Miami.

For more details, check out www.minibourjois.com.

We all know picking a mascara with the right brush is very crucial to getting long, lush lashes. And lately, companies like CoverGirl and Max Factor have all been coming out with mascaras with “advanced, flexible brushes” that claim to reach out to every single little lash, base to tip, corner to corner.

To see if this claim is true, I testdrove CoverGirl Lash Exact. I have been using the mascara for almost 2 weeks now and guess what? I really liked it. The plastic bristles picked up every single little lash that I didn’t know existed. Plus unlike traditional brushes, this one does not make my lashes clumpy and I do not have to comb them. It also did not flake on me nor smear onto my undereye area. I will definitely stock up on this during my next trip to the drugstore.

Read more Mascara Reviews!

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So someone requested knockoff versions of some of the products I used. Generally,

Lancome products = L’oreal products
Chanel products = Bourjois products
MAC eyeshadows = Milani eyeshadows
MAC pigments = NYX Loose pigments
Stila eyeshadows = Prestige eyeshadows

And here is a list of great drugstore finds I compiled from different sources found on Makeupalley that are similar to products from higher end lines:

Jane Blushing CheeksWhile I love my NARS Orgasm Blush, Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Plum is a great and affordable alternative. Despite the word “plum”, there is nothing plummy about it. Instead, the color is a gorgeous peach with fine shimmer that applies smoothly and with good pigmentation. The little black pot it comes in does look a little tacky but hey, at $3 a pop, I really can’t complain.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind FoundationI have always been skeptical about drugstore foundations but I have to say I really liked Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation ($6), a gem I discovered when I was in college.

The foundation contains caffeine to perk up your skin and micro-pearls to give your skin a more radiant look. It felt very moisturizing on my dry skin and has a super creamy, blendable texture. Coverage is medium to heavy and the SPF 18 is also a huge plus.

The only downside is the color range. While the foundation comes in 12 shades, I have to mix Classic Ivory and Sandy Beige to get the right shade for my NC30 skin. Despite that, I would still repurchase.