Glowing Beauty Favorites (From The Drugstore!)

Hey friends! The other day I posted a Boomerang of myself on Instagram after doing my makeup with a few new things I picked up from CVS + Target. I was honestly shocked at how blended and pretty my makeup looked! As you know Byron and I just moved from Texas to South Carolina! And boy oh boy is moving tough on the budget! So it’s safe to say I won’t be splurging at Sephora anytime soon! #ADULTING! However, every once and awhile I love grabbing a few special new items from the drugstore to try them out. I have to be honest I’ve been extremely impressed by drugstore beauty lately and find myself reaching for some of those beauty products more than my high-end products! Below are some of my holy-grail drugstore beauty items I’ve been using non-stop! I only recommend things I truly love so I hope you enjoy! (NONE of these items were gifted or sponsored! And each is linked by their name.)

Happy shopping ladies!

I have to warn you! I absolutely love to glow, so a lot of these products are to help you find a finish that makes you look like you’re glowing from within! If you’re into more of a matte finish, some of these products will still work for you! But as for me I love a dewy, glowy, “natural” glam!

Before anything we have to start with what’s underneath the makeup. I was one of those people who thought primer was a waste of money, time and effort. But as I got older my pores became a thing (who knew!) and so did the realization that my makeup faded throughout the day. I now can’t even think about applying makeup without primer. These are my favorites!

NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer $16 This primer minimizes pores, is oil free and leaves skin looking flawless.

L’Oréal Magic LUMI Light Infusing Primer $13  This is my current favorite – it makes my skin look so healthy and helps my makeup stay on throughout the day!

Now, the FACE, HONEY! I love a good base. Glowing skin starts with skincare – so let me know in comments or on Instagram if you’d like me to share my favorite skin care! But for now lets take a look at what I’ve been using on my face as a base.

Maybelline FIT ME Dewy + Smooth Foundation in 230 Natural Buff $8

I love this foundation for a few reasons. One, the color is gorgeous on my skin and that’s hard to find especially with drugstore foundations. Two, it really does make my skin glow – not in a sweaty way but in a way that makes me feel like my makeup just looks like my skin. Three, it has SPF 18! Which I really appreciate since I’m trying to take better care of my skin + prevent sun damage!

L’Oréal Infallible Pr0-Glow Concealer in 02 Creamy Natural $10

This concealer is newer to my collection and I have to say it’s pretty impressive. I absolutely cannot stand dry under-eyes and I love that this concealer gives me full, blendable coverage with a light, bright glowing finish.

L’Oréal True Match LUMI Glow Amour, Glow Boosting Drops in 508 Golden Hour $15

I absolutely LOVE THESE! I use these glow boosting drops in two different ways. Some days I mix a drop or two in with my foundation when I have a little tan. They add a very subtle and pretty glow to my skin! I also use them on the highlights of my cheeks and the tip of my nose. I apply little drops and dab them with a beauty blender.

Next for Face I wanted to show you my favorite liquid contours and a few of my favorite brushes from the drugstore.

Maybelline Master Counter Crayon $9

This contour crayon is super easy, chubby and blendable.

NYX Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo $12

I reach for this almost everyday. It’s basically like contouring with a really light concealer and a really dark concealer. I love the formula and most of all I love the shades on my skin tone!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush $9 

I love this brush for applying my foundation, blending my concealer and blending out my contour.

Elf Stipple Brush $3 

I can’t live without this brush, I use it for just about anything I need! A must have in your makeup bag.

Sonia Kashuk Highlighting Fan Brush $7 

I just picked up this brush from Target! It applies my highlight flawlessly. Speaking of highlight….

Let’s talk Bronzer, Highlight + Blush! Here are my current favorites!

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso $8 Between the gorgeous color, glowy formula with specks of gold and skin-like finish this blush is perfection.

NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium $9  This NYX Bronzer is matte but not dusty, the color is deep and a little goes a long way so you get bang for your buck!

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold $10  THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! THIS is the drugstore highlight I was talking about in my IG Story last week! I got record-beating messages about this highlight and it became the origin of the purpose of this post! I can’t say enough good things about this highlight. It’s not chunky, glittery and powdery. It’s buildable, glowy and it lasts all day. One of the best drugstore buys I’ve ever made.

For mascara I think I found my very favorite – ever. Drugstore or high-end this trumps them all! First I like to prime my eye-lashes with L’Oréal Voluminous Base $8 and then I coat my lashes one or two times with my all-time favorite mascara L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise $10I can’t suggest it enough!

Lastly, I have been loving this lipstick duo from Flower Beauty! Flower is Drew Barrymore’s

FLOWER Beauty Mix N’ Matte Lip Duo in Honey Nude $10 I love this lippie because it’s two in one! So if you’re in a glossy mood or a matte mood you have options at all times! I also love the quality, it truly feels like a high-end lipstick and lipgloss. I love that the matte lipstick isn’t dry and crusty but velvety and smooth. And the gloss ins’t glittery and uncomfortable but bright and juicy. I also don’t have to touch them up every two minutes which is nice! I want this duo in every color!


I hope you guys enjoyed this and try out some of these products! Please comment below your favorite drugstore beauty products! Also if there is a product you’d like for me to try and review for you let me know!

Love, Mariah! x

PS: My “R” Marble Tray is from Anthropologie! Click here to see if they have your letter!




Love it! Thanks for the recommendations. Will be sure to check them out. Would you please do a blog showing your fave skin care 🙂

krystal wanjiru


Amazing! 🙂

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