Be Beautiful Not Broke: My Favorites From the Drugstore #1

Yes, it is possible to look fabulous while still saving money for that pair of Choos. Here are my top picks for cheap but awesome makeup.

Product

Price

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Description

ELF Blush in Blushing Rose $3

Found on ELF website

Found on ELF website

This color is freaking amazing. It is a gorgeous plummy rose color, and I think it could look amazing on so many skin tones. The packaging feels really nice, and guess what? It’s $3. Three. Bucks. Yeah. Target’s that-a-way, ladies.
Catrice Eyeshadows  3-4€

Found on Catrice website

Great pigmentation, great shade selection, great texture- if you can’t get your hands on some Wet n Wild these would do great as well. Also some great dupes for MAC shadows!
Real Techniques Brushes $5-9 ea/Some brushes come in sets that are like $20, though

Found on Real Techniques site

These brushes were designed by YouTube’s Samantha Chapman, and boy did she know exactly what she was doing. They are soft. They feel like they might outlive me AND my cowboy boots (that’s a big deal y’all). They apply product like nobody’s business. My absolute favorite is the buffing brush, with the contour brush a close second.
Hildegard Braukmann Honey-Lecithin Mask 2€

Found on Hildegard Braukmann website

Found on Hildegard Braukmann website

This made my face feel like baby ass. Seriously. Plus it seriously lasts for like 4 applications. Read my full blog post here.
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Lilla’s Box of Treasures (LBD): September 2012

Well I haven’t done one of these in a while, and it is Wednesday (my day for random posts), and I have a lab report for Biology due Friday that I’d rather not do, so I decided to do my monthly favesies!

Beauty Favorites:

A+D

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahh trusty A+D, how I do love you. I use this for just about everything, but this has been instrumental, along with another product that I will mention shortly, in keeping my hands from being chopped off for a snakeskin handbag. I wrote a rather glowing post about it last week comparing it to the famous Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (if you would like to read that, click here), so I will not go into a ton of detail. Anyway, it is fabulous… and cheap, too! When I go back to the States in October I will probably pick up some back-ups.

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream SPF 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was given to me a fairly short amount of time ago by a very good friend (hey Marie, thanks schmexy lady!), and I wish I had it for longer because it is AWESOME. Now, you may say that 4 days is not enough time to test out a product. Believe me, for this product this is not the case: I have used it enough times to know it is just amazing! I will wait a little longer to write a full review though. Anyway, it smells gorgeous, exactly like roses. It sinks in really quickly and doesn’t leave your hands feeling nasty, which is great. It is extremely moisturizing (this was the other key player in Mission Prevent The World From Experiencing The Horror That Is Lilla’s Hands In The Winter/Fall), and I like that this has SPF in it to protect my hands from the unrelenting German sun. Just kidding, there is no sun here, especially as we get towards fall. It is supposed to be for mature skin, but whatever. I think I am a very mature 15 year old, and can therefore handle the cream with wisdom and grace.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, I have to confess that this is only a sample size, but for this a little goes a long way and I have been testing this out for a good long while. I really really REALLY like this face cream, it is really moisturizing, has a gorgeous texture, and smells really nice. It is actually a real bummer that I like it so much, because I cannot see myself purchasing the full-size product for a very long time. Why? Because I checked on FeelUnique.com and it’s like 70 quid. Now that may be fine when I am older and looking into higher caliber anti-aging products (not to mention when I actually earn a proper salary), but for now I think as much as I like it, I don’t think I can justify spending 70 pounds at this stage in my life.

The Body Shop Eye Definer in Blue Smoke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the products that I carry around in my Emergency Kit, because it is an easy, one-step look that looks nice and doesn’t need tools. This is an interesting color, it is a non-shimmery grey with just a slight overcast of blue, it adds a really pretty smokiness without looking too harsh or stark. When I finish this, which probably won’t be long now!, I will be buying another.

Lilla Brand Tinted Lipbalm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah ok, I am pretty proud of myself. Maybe a bit too proud. But I don’t care. I really like this color, it is really easy to apply, you don’t need a mirror, and it looks gorgeous whilst still moisturizing. That seems to be a theme for this month, I guess that’s fair enough because we are moving into Fall and Winter. This product also gets bonus points for doubling as an emergency blush!

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Tone-Revealing Hydration Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly I was a bit skeptical about the tone-revealing properties of this conditioner, but I think it really did work. My hair is not only softer and more hydrated, it does look quite a bit shinier and… well, richer, I guess. It’s nice!

Real Techniques Detailer Brush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brush is from the Core Collection, and I am really enjoying it! It can be used for a lot of different things, but this month I pretty much used it for lipstick. At first I thought it was going to be a bit big for my lips, but it turned out to do a really good job. It gives nice clean lines, and gives you a lot of control. I love how all the brushes from this set feel, they are super soft and feel really well constructed.

Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea Pocket Bac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This thing is such a lifesaver! I use this nearly every day because I take the tram to school, so it keeps me from dying. Yes. It smells divine, and the little blue beads that just disappear never fail to amaze me. I am easily amused, I know. Anyway, this product is the bomb and I would not be here without it!

The Body Shop Neroli Jasmine Eau de Toilette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one that I have commandeered from my mom (well she never wears it… :D). It is a pretty sweet smell, and very warm. This may be a bit sweet for some people but I have gotten some compliments on it so I am obviously not alone in loving it. I am also pretty impressed with the staying power of it, considering it is an EDT.


Random Favorites

Primandonna by Marina and the Diamonds

I have liked this song since camp, but just recently I went to see Coldplay when they came to my city (it was AWESOME), and Marina and the Diamonds played backup. I actually have developed a bit of a girl crush on her, she is gorgeous, has the most amazing figure, and has a great voice! From what I saw at the concert it seemed like she has a really sweet personality too. She was wearing a really pretty outfiit at the concert, nothing that I could ever pull off but look fabulous on her.

As Long as You Love Me by Justin Bieber Ft. Big Sean

Ok, this is kind of my guilty pleasure song… Ordinarily I’m not fond of Justin Bieber, but this song is just so irresistible!

Same by Snow Patrol

I have just recently discovered this song, it is so relaxing and sweet, it is just so calming.

My Awesome Typewriter Notebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I picked this notebook up from T.K. Maxx.for 6 euros (!). I haven’t written in it yet, I haven’t decided what I will use it for, but it is just so perfect!

My Gina Tricot Sweater

Courtesy of Gina Tricot

This is one of my most recent clothing purchases. I think it is so pretty and delicate and perfect for the upcoming months!

My Rain Boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not sure what brand these are because my mom got me them from Costco, but please tell me these are not the awesomest wellies in the history of the world. Just try.