drugstore beauty

November 17, 2015

Not many things bring us more joy than discovering a drugstore beauty product works really well – now we have a product in our regimes we can actually count on to work, and it comes cheap so we don’t have to make every drop last. Plus, drugstores are conveniently located so they’re easy to restock. Here are the products that have become mainstays in our daily routines, and the ones we can’t wait to recommend to everyone.


L’Oreal Superliner Black Lacquer


So many liquid liners promise to stay smudge-free the entire day, but so far none has matched up to that claim as well as this – for us, anyway, because it’s true that eyeliners can be a bit subjective; something that works brilliantly on one person might become a smudgy mess on another. The slightly thicker felt tip feels easier to control than a super-thin one, and leaves behind a glossy jet black that won’t flake as well. This is already in our daily regimes, and we truly feel lost without it.

$20.90, available at Watsons and Guardian stores.


Gosh Xtreme Liquid Gel Eyeliner


If you dare to go bright with your liquid eyeliner, boy, this one sure is bright. We tried shade 008 Royal Blue, and it’s an almost-pastel sky blue that goes on completely opaque, isn’t too watery (we guess it’s the liquid-gel formula), and doesn’t flake or smudge. The range includes purples, silver and bronze alongside the regular black – this is definitely another reliable liquid liner you can add to your collection, though we’ll admit we didn’t expect it to be.

$21.90, available at Sasa stores.


Maybelline Lashionista Waterproof


When it comes to mascara, we find that it’s the drugstore varieties that tend to outperform their more expensive, department store cousins. Maybelline has always done good mascaras, and the Lashionista has gotten rave reviews from regular girls and pro makeup artists alike for its ability to seriously lengthen lashes. We always for the waterproof version if possible, since the waxier formula helps lashes to stay up better.

$22.90, available at Watsons and Guardian stores.


Hada Labo UV Perfect Gel

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Hada Labo has always been one of those brands that’s really good yet really affordable. We’re already fans of the Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, so we were extra stoked to discover that this UV Perfect Gel, which already promises to be a super multi-tasker (essence, moisturiser and sheet mask), also made our skin feel really, really soft. That kind of soft that you can’t help but keep touching. The SPF50+/PA++++ protection is a real bonus, making it technically a 4-in-one product: essence, moisturiser, sheet mask and sunscreen.

$35.90, available at Watsons and Guardian stores.


Ma Chérie Hair Gelée Mist (Airy Mush)

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We use this hair mist to lift the roots before blowdrying, and yes, it really does make our hairstyle a little bit more “airy”. What we like most about this product is really the fruity scent, which is sweet without being too overpowering.

$17.90, available at selected Watsons stores.


Faith In Face Hydrogel Masks

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Apparently, this brand makes South Korea’s top-ranking hydrogel masks. The brief explanation of hydrogel masks and how they work is that they’re a lot denser than the more conventional paper or cotton masks, and therefore can create a thick layer between the skin and the environment, and the skin better absorbs the mask’s ingredients since it’s hard for anything to get in or out. Faith In Face has some really cute packaging, and what we like about their masks is that although they come in two pieces (one for the top half of the face, the other for the bottom half), they adhere really well to the skin. After leaving them on for 30 minutes, our faces feel soaked in moisturising ingredients and significantly softer.

$14.50 for a pack of 3 sheets, available at Watsons stores.