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Drugstore Beauty Haul

drugstore beauty haul

I’m not quite sure 4 items can be classed as  a “haul”, really.  Or, indeed that the word “haul” should ever be used, under any circumstances, for that matter. 

(And actually, it was technically just three things, because the two nail polishes were part of the same deal. I’m not making this sound any better, am I?)

Still, “Three Random Things I Bought In CVS, Walgreens and the Target Beauty Aisle” wasn’t quite as good a title, so don’t be hatin’ on my haulin’. Or something. Anyway, Sephora may be my bae (And with the use of THAT word, I now officially hate myself. Seriously, what’s WRONG with me today?), but I’m also a huge fan of American drugstores, specifically CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens, both of which just so happened to be within walking distance of the house we rented in California this year.

Well, naturally I had to pay them both a visit or 20, and to be honest, it all got a bit out of hand with the visiting. As in, one day when I’m old and forgetful, I’ll probably look back on that trip and be all, “Oh yeah, 2015 – that was the year we went on holiday to CVS Pharmacy, wasn’t it?”

(For those of you in the UK who are unfamiliar with these stores, they’re basically the US equivalent of the likes of Boots or Superdrug, only with a ton of other stuff too. Like beer, for instance. God, I love them.)

Anyway, because I’d already maxed-out most of my budget in Sephora, I wasn’t able to indulge nearly as much as I wanted to, but I did pick up the items you see above, which are…

Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara

review of Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

review of Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama review

I actually bought this in Target, and I bought it for four main reasons:

01. It has the word “falsies” in the name.

02. Also the word “drama”.

03. I’m physically incapable of walking into Target and not buying something.

04. It was the last day of the holiday, and I was doing that, “If I HAVE to go home, I may as well spend all my remaining money first,” thing. Don’t try to pretend you haven’t done it.

It was mostly the whole “DRAMA” thing, though, because, as I’m sure you know by now, I am ALL about the drama when it comes to everything mascara, and if a product tries to claim it’s going to make me look like I’m wearing false lashes, then I’m probably going to buy it, you know? Now, there was a time when I used to shun all Maybelline mascaras, on account of the extreme hatred I have for their best-selling Great Lash Mascara, which I will never understand the appeal of, as long as I live.

A couple of years ago, though, I bought a tube of their Illegal Length Mascara, which I love, and still use fairly regularly, so I figured I’d give this one a go, too. This isn’t as good as Illegal Length – by which I mean it’s not as dramatic, despite the name – but it IS better than most mascaras I’ve tried in this price range, so I’m not unhappy with it. I went for the waterproof version, which I always do, because I find that waterproof formulas are better at locking in the curl, and making the lashes look longer. It has one of those rubbery brushes, which is quite good at preventing clumping, and while it totally fails in its mission to make me look like I’m wearing false eyelashes, I think it’s pretty good for the price.

(Note: this isn’t the same product as Maybelline’s ‘The Falsies’, which is available in the UK. This one seems to be US-only at the moment, but honestly, if you’re buying a Maybelline mascara, I’d go for Illegal Length over this one, if I were you…)

Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour Lipstick in ‘Ravishing Rouge’ 

review of Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick in Ravishing Rouge

review of Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick in Ravishing Rouge

Another Maybelline product, this is their Super Stay Lipstick, which I bought in the shade ‘Ravishing Rogue’, and which claims to last for 14 hours. OK then, Maybelline, whatever you say…

I bought this because, although I’d been impressed with the staying power of the Rimmel Provocalips lipstick which I reviewed earlier this year, I was less impressed with the application, which is so gloopy I find it always looks really messy on me. This product is more like a traditional lipstick, though, so I figured it might be easier to apply, and I was right – although it does feel quite sticky when you first put it on, it’s easy enough to apply, and not nearly as drying on the lips as some longwear lipsticks can be.

The colour is great, though, and it smells nice, too: unfortunately the staying power doesn’t strike me as being much better than any other lipstick, and as that was the main reason I bought it, I probably won’t re-purchase it, although I don’t have anything particularly negative to say about it.

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat and Forever Yummy Polish

Essie Gel Setter review

Essie 'Forever Yummy' nail polish

I did my usual gel polish on my toes before I went on holiday, but I didn’t bother with my fingernails, because I knew the re-growth would start to bug me after a couple of weeks, and I wouldn’t want to be bothered with the faff of removing it while I was away.  Essie’s Gel Setter Top Coat, however, claims to provide “all the cushy, rock-hard shine of a gel, in a foolproof formula for at home manis and pedis”, so when I saw it at CVS, I naturally had to get it. And I ALSO had to get a bottle of their ‘Forever Yummy’ polish, because CVS had sold out of Gel Setter on its own, and all they had left was some ‘polish + topcoat’ packs, of which this was the only colour I vaguely liked. (So it wasn’t so much a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal as it was a ‘buy one, and you’ll have to buy the other one, too’ deal. Weird.)

The polish is a deep red, which is a bit darker than I’d usually go for, but I really wanted the top coat, so I just sucked up it. (Not literally, obviously. That would’ve been stupid.) It’s not a shade I’ll wear very often, purely because I find darker colours tend to emphasise my dry cuticles, but it’s a nice shade for autumn nevertheless, and as with most of the Essie polishes I’ve used, it applies really well, with no streaks, and just one coat required for full coverage.

As for the Gel Setter topcoat, I have mixed feelings about it. I’ve mostly been using it over Essie’s Sugar Daddy, and I get about a week’s wear before it chips, which is pretty good, because without it I’d only get a couple of days, max. When I tried it over Forever Yummy, however, it had chipped by the end of the day, so I’m not sure what the deal is with that. Overall, I’d say it’s good (especially over pale colours) but not amazing, so take from that what you will.

And NOW I’m done talking about my holiday, I promise.

Drugstore beauty products, reviewed

  • Fun!

    I always “have” to buy random things when I’m on vacation… 🙂

    I loved reading about your vacation (partially because I’ve been living in California for 20+ years and haven’t ever seen all the cool places you visited…).

    October 30, 2015
  • Karlie


    I thought I was the only one who dislikes Great Lash Mascara. I have never understood why it is always listed as the best cheap mascara. I wouldn’t use it no matter how cheap it is.

    October 30, 2015
  • I love the glazes Essie, this beautiful shade! 🙂

    October 30, 2015