Friday, 2 January 2015

Drugstore Gems of 2014!

As much as I love trying high-end luxurious products, I strongly believe good quality makeup and skin care products shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Here are a couple of excellent products that I enjoyed in 2014 – all of them are extremely affordable and works brilliantly!


Luscious Cosmetics HIGH DEFINITION MINERAL FOUNDATION – [$14.37, PKR 1425]

This buddy is an essential part of my university makeup. Provides a feather light coverage and an even skin tone. Nobody can detect you’re wearing makeup.

Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin – [ $9.98 PKR 1600] 

As much as I hate the packaging of this foundation, I found myself reaching for it the most whenever I required heavier coverage. I love the flawless finish it provides and the formula is just perfect for oily skin.

Luscious Cosmetics VELVET MATTE OIL CONTROL POWDER – [$ 10.59 PKR 1050]

If Luscious Cosmetic’s ever plan to discontinue this product, I’ll plan a dharna in front of their office and go on a hunger strike. Nothing, nothing controls my crazy oily skin better than this powder in summers, maybe the MAC powder plus foundation, but I paid some 3850 bucks for that! For the price, this is the best!


Sleek  MakeUP  I-DIVINE IN OH SO SPECIAL – [$11.99, PKR 1450]
If I remember correctly, I got this palette actually in 2013, but have been using it the most in 2014. Consists of 12 extremely gorgeous and wearable shades this palette is perfect for any occasion – be it a night time formal party or daily work/college makeup. You get your brown and black matte shadows for eye contouring and brow defining, a cream/beige matte for highlighting under the brows and a few sparkling/shimmer colours to add a bit of drama. It doesn’t get better than this, does it? A complete review coming soon.

Luscious Cosmetics CURL ADDICT MASCARA – [$ 9.58, PKR 950]

From the cute packaging to the innovative wand, I like everything about this mascara. Read details in the in-depth review.


I love the kind of dramatic volume this provides to my lashes. Perfect for night functions.

Essence Cosmetics Multi Action Waterproof Mascara – [$3 PKR 430]

This is your best bet if you’re extremely low on budget and want something that will provide your lashes a decent volume and length.

e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer – [$1.00 PKR 350]

I have tried Urban Decay Primer Potion and this too. Trust me this stuff is equally good if not better. I’m not going back to UD anytime soon babes!

Luscious Cosmetics Eyebrow Definer Pencil [$3.53 PKR 350]

I love defined bold brows. This brow definer matches my natural colour perfectly. At one end there is a spooli that helps in managing the shape of your brows.

Dazz Matazz Define & Design Double Black Eyeliner [$4 PKR 390]

I’ve tried millions of eyeliner pencil and this is the one I liked best in 2014. I like its intensity, longevity and creamy formula. 


Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain – [ $6.89 PKR 1400]

This is the stuff dreams are made of! You eat, drink, jabber blabber, this isn’t going anywhere from your lips. Extremely long-lasting and comfortable to wear formula. I love these! Review.

 Luscious Cosmetics Ultra Smooth Lip Liner – [$3.18 PKR 315]

The best thing to wear under your lipstick to increase its weartime. Find the details here.


It’s the perfect hybrid of a lip gloss and a lip balm! It provides an instant sheen to my lips with the added bonus of hydration. Review here.

Skin Care

Essence Pure Skin Anti-spot Toner & Powder [$4 PKR 590]

The best drugstore toner to purify your skin pores and keep all those nasty zits and pimples at bay. Review coming soon!

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub [$3 PKR 390]

This is a God-sent-gift for the people with oily skin. Strips off all the dirt and impurities without feeling harsh on skin.

St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer [$5 PKR 545]

This product has completely transformed the way my skin looks. Use it regularly and see the difference. Review here.

Olay Pro X Advanced Cleansing System [$29.9 PKR 3500]

The best 3K bucks I ever spent on myself. Enough said. Review coming real soon.

Which products did you find the best in 2014? Would love to read your feedback! :)

Much Love,
Zubia Rizvi


  1. I didn't know the St. Ives moisturizer was that good. Need to give it a try!

    1. It's really good JayBee specially if you have oily skin, do give it a try, you'll like it. xx

  2. You really seem to love Luscious. I am also all for drugstore goodness (lack of money speaking aka student issues). My collection has grown considerable in the past year. My top picks are:
    1. Boujois Healthy Mix Foundation
    2. Essence All about Matt Fixing Loose Powder (You need to try this!)
    3. Essence Silky Touch Blush in "Life's a Cherry"
    4. Essence Maximum Definition Mascara
    (I love me some Essence)
    5. Coastal Scents Hot-Pots
    6. Milani Liquid-Eye Pencil in "Brown"
    7. Burt's Bees Radiance Cleanser
    8. Freeman Pineapple Enzyme Mask
    9. Olay Double Action Night Cream
    10. St. Ives Mineral Replenishing Body Lotion

    1. Hey Naqsh, happy new year sweetie. ^_^

      Oh yea, I really admire Luscious Cosmetics, it's nice having a Pakistani cosmetics brand around, plus their products usually work for me. I loved reading your favourites. I'm going to try all of them one by one haha specially the Essence Matt Fixing Loose Powder and Burt's Bees Radianace Cleanser. How's the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation? I'm on a hunt for a new foundation! :D

    2. Happy New Year to you too! :D
      It is medium-light coverage. Undetectable on the face hence perfect for university but it is sort of semi-matte so I'm not sure how it will sit on your super oily skin (mine's combination) but do do try the Essence powder, it is like top notch super awesome stuff for keeping oil at bay. & I'm going to try more Luscious now. I own a blush by them (Pomegranate) and I actually really like it.
      P.S. I really enjoy reading your blog. You should post more regularly. :)

    3. I'll definitely pick up both products as soon as I get a chance! :)

      Your encouraging words mean a lot to me Naqsh, I'll definitely be more regular on the blog this year. xx

  3. Loved your picks and i loved the logo of yours ....

    1. Thank you Filza, that's very sweet of you love! xx

  4. Great picks, i would love to try Luscious HD foundation :)

    1. Give it a go, if you like light coverage. xx

  5. Great pick u select things v sensibility :)


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