October Favorites – Drugstore Products Edition

October 31, 2011

I haven’t done a monthly favorite for a while. Reason being I use way too many products throughout a month that is impossible for me to consolidate a list of things into a short post. So I have decided to resume my favorite posts as of this month but will focus on one particular category. For the month of October I would like to do a Drugstore Products Edition! Surprise?! I just feel like I always talk about high end products, but in the mean time there are some really wonderful and affordable products that deserve a shout out!

Western Brands:

PANTENE AQUA LIGHT Lightweight Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment:

These are absolutely amazing!!!  I have been neglecting my high end shampoos and conditioners ever since I had them. They have made my hair feel soft, smooth, tangle free and most importantly as light as feather. The first few times I used them I literally could not stop swinging my hair (like the girl in the shampoo ad but in a clumsy way). It is the same feel as if you just had a hair cut – the hair just feels so healthy, manageable and light. I need to re-iterate, these are amazing 🙂


I wear nail polish everyday as a result my nail becomes yellow and dull. This product has completely rescued my nails and serves as a good base for nail polishes.

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

An oldie but a goodie. It separates, volumises, holds the curl and doesn’t budge. May not be the best mascara in the market but definitely best value for money!

SLEEK Blush in Rose Gold

Gifted by my sweet beauty pal Joyce! She always raves about it and I totally understand why she loves it more than the Nars 0rgasm blush the minute I opened it. The color is gorgeous. I will do a comparison post later in the future, for now please check out Joyce from Atelier Beauty’s review here.

Asian Brands:

LAVSHUCA Eyeshadow Palette

Newbies to Japanese drugstore brands? Lavshuca is the brand to go! It is a affordable line of Kanebo.  Though the packaging may not look as elegant Lunasol quads, the actual eye shadows are just as good – smooth, finely milled and great color payoff with a soft shimmery finish. If I only had 10 dollars as my budget for eyeshadow this will be the one.

K-Palette Liquid Eyebrow Pen

Big fan of liquid eyebrow pens because they last 24 hours on me.  If you love the Suqqu liquid eyebrow pen, you would love this one. Actually they are pretty identical to me and K-palette is only a fraction of the cost.

Etude House Cream blush

They are housed in a sterdy glass jar with an adorable packaging. These are very pigmented, cool tone pink blushes. They have a perfect texture of cream blush that is not too creamy nor too dry, and give a dewy finish that lasts all day. What more can I ask for?!


From LTR:

Dolly Wink 02 Sweet Girly: super long and dramatic, wore them in this post.

Dolly Wink 04 Feminine Style: these are cute corner lashes, very natural and suitable for daytime wear. Wore them in this post.

Dolly Wink 01 Sweet Dolly: the perfect style for a sweet and dolly looking eyes. Wore them in this post.


Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Extravaganza Waterproof Mascara (AUD$48)

Okay I am cheating… this is not a drugstore brand. I am just loving this one too much that I have to include it in this month’s favorite! HR Lash Queen Feline Extravaganza WP Mascara is my Holy Grail Mascara. I have tried tons and tons but nothing else beats this one! I always get a few backups whenever I get a chance to shop at DFS Galleria.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Quynh October 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

What is the shade of your LAVSHUCA Eyeshadow Palette? Is it Br-1? Thank you.


Reika November 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

Yes it’s BR-1! Do you have one as well?


Quynh November 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I just ordered one…are the colours pigmented? can’t wait to use it as every day palette 🙂


Reika November 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Japanese e/s are always less pigmented than westerns brands such as nars. But on fair complexions, they do show up really nicely and great for everyday use. I would say the pigmentation is about the same as lunasol quads.


Cafe Bellini October 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’ve never tried the HR mascara. I’m using Lancome at the moment. I’ll have to check it out!


Reika November 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

You should, HR mascara are the best! Especially the lash queen series.


Jamilla October 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I have the Sleek Rose Gold Blush and I love it too! And I picked up TWO HR Feline blacks this weekend, one regular and one waterproof! I love the stuff!


Reika November 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

I know Jamilla. HR Feline mascaras are the best 🙂 I always go for the waterproof as it holds my curl better.


Celia October 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Is the K-Palette eyebrow liquid the same both in color and texture to the Suqqu one (in the color 01)? Where is it available to purchase from the US?

I wanted to try the Suqqu one after Lisa Eldridge praised it as the perfect eye brow color for dark brows, not moss green as labeled, but a complex mix of brown, black and dark green… But Suqqu is just too hard to get and too expensive. If the K-Palette looks really the same, I’ll try to get that one instead 🙂

Great post! Happy Halloween!


Reika November 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Hi Celia, the K-Palette eyebrow liquid pen comes in 2 shades – dark brown and light brown. The one I am using is light brown and has a hint of ashy/green tone. If you have dark eyebrows you might want to stick with suqqu or try out the dark brown by k-palette.
BTW Stila has also recently released liquid eyebrow pens, might be easier for you to test it out.


Maria October 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm

will be waiting for your SLEEK blush review!


Reika November 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

coming soon!


Novia November 1, 2011 at 12:49 am

Dolly wink is expensive i wonder if it could be considered a drugstore product. especially here in Sydney, if you buy em at AKA cosmetic store they cost like more than 30 bucks which is insane D: where did you get them from?


Reika November 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hi Novia, I bought my Dollywink lashes from SASA. It’s only $12 for a packet of two pairs, and they are very well made and last about 5 uses.

Hope it helps!


Joyce September November 1, 2011 at 6:14 am

Happy to share such a great product; glad you love it 😉


Reika November 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

Thanks for the lovely gift Joyce!


Jess November 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I need to try out that HR mascara! 😉


mulberrytea November 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Reika, have you done photos or a review of your HR mascara?

I’ve always been interested in them, but I don’t know if they are for sale in the US and I can only find them online. I’m very interested to see how your HG looks on you!


Reika November 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

No not yet. I will do a review on HR mascaras soon, I have a few of them 🙂 HR lash queen out sells kiss me in japan!


whatlarryloves December 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Rose gold is at the top of my want list! 🙂


Maleo May 29, 2012 at 7:26 am

Dear Reika,
Please tell us the place where u get ur products from in ur product post..it would really help..u r really pretty and thank u for sharing with us 🙂


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