SFB’s Drugstore Favorites

Posted on: August 22, 2018

This post is long overdue. I’m a beauty lover with a knack for getting more for your buck. I’m all skincare and all things beauty related. I also like finding affordable products that work just as well as the high-end products sometimes even better. Who doesn’t like saving money either…. Being the beauty enthusiast that I am, I do also have my favorite high-end products– but I also enjoy affordable brands too. But here’s a round up of all my favorite drugstore beauty products that’s great for all skin types. I’m all about affordable finds, giving you that high-end look at a fraction of the cost. 

Lash Paradise


Price: $7.49

Leaves you with a natural voluminous lashes that will last you all day and night, definitely worth the purchase!

Dove Beauty Finish Dry Spray Antiperspirant


Price: $5.99

Dries instantly, doesn’t leave any residue or stain. Last up to 48 hrs. Leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. Helps delicate underarm skin recover from shaving irritation

Neutrogena Hydraboost Water Gel/Creme Moisturizer


Price: $13.99

Keeps your skin hydrated and supple. Leaving you with a natural, fresh-faced glow. 

Neutrogena Build a Tan 


Price: $8.99

Looking for a tan without having to sit in the sun, well look no further. This gives you a gradual natural looking tan thats buildable.  Tan will develop within two to four hours after application. A tan that will last you up to a few day to two weeks. To deepen your tan apply regularly.

Maybelline Vivid Colors Matte Lip


Price: $8.99

Pure pigment with a creamy-liquidy base that will leave you with velvety soft luscious lips. It doesn’t dry matte but leaves you with the look of a matte lip. Long-lasting and wearable, comes in 20 shades.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint


Price: $16.99

This may be my absolute favorite drugstore tint foundation. Its light-weight and super hydrating. It moisturizes, plumps and last up to 24 hrs. With flawless smooth, natural coverage. Oil-free, definitely worth the try.

Milani Baked Blush 


Price: $10.29

Rich pigmented and highly build, beautiful matte shimmery blush. Giving you the dual effect of color and sheen. Perfect for the Summer to give you some color and glow for a soft, fresh summer look or even great for an all year round illuminating look. Crafted on Italian terracotta tiles, the finish adds a warmth and radiance that is the very essence of beauty. Shape, contour and highlight your best features with Baked Blush.

No7 Early Defence Glow Activating Serum


Price: $17.49

Looking for radiant, glowing skin in a snap? Here’s the product just for you. If you haven’t incorporated a serum into your skincare routine, nows the time to start. Keep your skin looking youthful and radiant with this product. Age is just a number but don’t let your skin divulge that number. Find your glow in 7 days with NEW Early Defence GLOW ACTIVATING Serum from the UK’s #1 skincare brand, No7.In one week, 87% of women saw a more radiant complexion. Early Defense GLOW ACTIVATING Serum, with Ginseng and Vitamin C boosts skin’s natural renewal process to clear and refine pores for a glowing complexion. This powerful formula also supports your skin’s natural defenses, calming skin’s reactivity to stress and protecting by neutralizing damaging free radicals caused by the sun & pollution.

No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Eye Cream


Price: $18.39 

Eye cream is essential for skincare. I learned at a very young age how to take care of my skin. Eye cream is key to reducing fine lines, and wrinkles. Leaving you with a bright-eyed lifted and luminated look. My go-to eye cream for my daytime skincare routine. Discover No7’s Lift and Luminate Triple Action Eye Cream, supercharged with technology from No7’s clinically proven Triple Action Serum to target three key signs of ageing in older skin: Wrinkles are visibly reduced, skin appears lifted and noticeably firmer and skin tone is more even. Created especially for the delicate skin around the eye. With continued use, the appearance of dark circles is reduced, and under eye puffiness and eye bags are less visible. After 8 weeks, 83% of women agreed their eyes looked brighter.

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence


Price; $15.12

When I was told Vitamin C isn’t just good for your body it’s does wonders for your skin. I needed to find the right product that was suitable for my skin type. Having sensitive-combination skin this gave me all the things I was looking for in a product and so much more. It’s a 2 week radiances treatment. So a little goes a long way. It leaves your skin looking a feeling soft, radiant, bright and refreshed. The No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence is a 2-week radiance treatment. It works by providing your skin with 5% pure Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant to support skin’s natural renewal. By freshly activating at home, you ensure the Vitamin C remains at its most powerful to provide maximum skincare benefits. After first use, skin feels softer and refreshed. After 2 weeks, 91% of women agreed their skin looked more radiant. This essence makes skin look brighter, promotes a more even skin tone and improves skin texture.

No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil


Price: $ 18.39

Who doesn’t want to look young forever? This may be the foundation of youth potion in the form of a facial oil. This is definitely my daily holy grail product. Once I discovered and tried it out it’s been incorporated into my routine and I’m so happy to have found this magical product. It as anti-aging agents, it’s non-greasy, and perfect for all skin-types. No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil leaves the face radiant and moisturized after each daily use. The all-natural formulation includes rosehip seed oil to nourish the skin and protect against the harsh drying effects of free radicals. In as little as four weeks, the signs of aging are reversed with a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The anti-wrinkle oil has a natural fresh scent and is free of sulfates and parabens. Apply the oil generously to the face and neck for optimal results.

No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes Value Pack


Price: $8.79

Gentle and fragrance free. Takes off even the most stubborn make up. Deep cleans pores and removes impurities. No time for your full skincare routine? Refresh and nourish your skin quickly and easily with No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking facial cleansing wipes. These gentle, fragrance-free wipes deep clean pores, remove impurities, eliminate makeup (even waterproof mascara!) and moisturize skin all in one easy step. No7 Quick Thinking Wipes contain vitamin pro B5, extracts of witch hazel and fennel to help cleanse and hydrate. Leaving skin feeling smooth, clean and fresh. Ideal for all skin types.

Nivea Essentially Enriched Lotion 


Price: $9.99

My go-to body lotion since I was a teenager.  Keeps my skin moisturized and hydrated. Leaving my skin looking healthy, smooth and soft. Indulge in rich, nourishing moisture. Specifically formulated for very dry to rough skin, Essentially Enriched Lotion gives your skin the intensive moisture it needs. Within two weeks, Essentially Enriched Lotion transforms very dry skin into healthier, more nourished, hydrated skin. Enriched with natural sea minerals, Vitamin E and Almond Oil, this unique formula dramatically improves the skin’s condition for touchably soft skin every day.NIVEA’s exclusive Hydra IQ technology supports skin’s own hydration network to unleash deep, non-stop moisture that lasts more than 24 hours.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Face Sunscreen – SPF 50


Price: $33.99

Dermatologist recommended. I always make sure never to leave the house without applying SPF even on gloomy, rainy days. It’s always important to protect your skin at all cost. This is a great brand and product. Great for sensitive skin.

Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Loose Powder


Price: $19.99

Very much comparable to Laura Merciers Translucent loose powder. This is my my go-to for setting powders for a more affordable price. It gives you that matte look, and keeps my whole face looking flawless all day long, even through my longer days. If your looking for a powder that similar to a high-end brand this is it. 

Honest Beauty Gentle Clean Facial Cleanser


Price: $12.99

Gentle on the skin, foams up when applied to the face. Leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer 


Price: $ 7.99

This has been my go-to drugstore conceal for so many years now. Great coverage and it’s long lasting. It doesn’t crack or crease.

Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens Powder- Coconut Vanilla Powder-10.2


Price: $21.99

I absolutely love this product. I mix it into my protein shakes and I’ve noticed a difference in my overall digestion, energy, hair skin and nails. An added plus is that it taste great too!!  Vital Proteins’ Collagen Beauty Greens™ Coconut Vanilla helps improve digestion using collagen peptides. Who knew greens could be so good? With several blends of organic fruits and vegetables, collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid and probiotics, covering your nutritional needs is delicious and convenient.**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Stay tuned for an updated skincare routine for day and night coming SOON!

I’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite drugstore beauty products? Please do share by commenting below or better yet write to me.

As always, thanks for sharing, reading, following along and supporting my journey!!

Beauty+Skin Healthy: Update Skincare Routine

Posted on: October 11, 2016

It’s been some time since my last post on my skincare routine. Here is my updated routine with some of my beauty + skincare tips and tricks that are beneficial for your skin and overall health. Sit back, relax and grab a come of coffee or water. This will be a long post, but an honest account on all my beauty, healthy and skincare tips and tricks. Enjoy!

 I try to make it a daily routine to pamper my skin.  Over the years, I’ve used products that contained anti-aging components. But in the last few years, I’ve began to incorporate more anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I want to keep my skin, youthful, glowing and radiant. I want to prevent early signs of aging and age gracefully through the years. Research has shown that it’s best to start preventative measures sooner rather than later. When you stick to a daily routines, a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting a good nights rest and listening to your skin the results will amaze you.

Lately, I’ve learned a great deal about many anti-aging products and have been experimenting with products that best suit my skin. For this post, I’m sharing my updated skincare routine, along with my healthy + beauty secrets for anti-aging and much more.

First things first, in order for us to look healthy on the outside we need to be healthy on the inside as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle is vital and important in getting great skin. Fruits, Veggies and healthy proteins contain many health benefits along with acting skin solutions. Skincare products are great for our skin, but we can also find active ingredients within our foods that are beneficial to our health and skin. Below are a few staples in my diet that are also great for your skin too. Health is wealth in my opinion. We only have one body, so we need to make sure to treat it right in all aspects.


Staples for me are:


Green Juices:

  • Gives you Energy
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Great mix of both fruits and vegetables
  • Aids immunity
  • Aids in digestions
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Keeps you fuller longer
  • Aids in giving you radiant, glowing skin

Fave Fruits: Apples, Pitaya, Strawberries, Mango, Lemons, Watermelon, Bananas, blueberries, Avocados, Tomatos, Pears and Tropical Fruits

  • Diets rich in fruit can help reduce your risks of: stroke, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain optimum health due to the phytochemical many fruits contain
  • 2-1/2 cups are recommended daily
  • Most fruits contain Vitamin C helps defend your skin from damaging free radicals
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant
  • Eating tropical fruits and many others can help restore and replenish your skin stores and helps to give you glowing, radiant skin
  • Helps synthesize the Collagen Cells in your skin
  • Beauty Booster
  • Helps fight and Prevent Acne
  • Anti-aging components
  • Tightens Pores


Veggies: Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beets, and Zucchini

  • Helps to give you glowing skin
  • Improves and fights wrinkles
  • You’ll have healthy Skin when you eat your veggies
  • Beauty Booster
  • Controls skin tone and oil control
  • Strengthens your skin tissue
  • Spinach contains anti-inflammatory agents that flush out toxins
  • Clears your skin of bacteria
  • Fights Acne (Both Fruits and Veggies)
  • Helps heals acne scars


Healthy Protein: Lean Meats– Chicken, Beef and Turkey

Fish+Seafood: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp, Tuna, Flounder

  • Important nutrients like protein and vitamin D.
  • Best source for omega-3 fatty acids which is important for your body and brain health.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Aid in increasing grey matter in the brain that protects in brain deterioration.
  • Studies show it helps and treats depression.
  • Linked to help reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes.
  • Helps protect your vision in old age.
  • Signs show that if you eat a healthy amount of fish it helps the quality of your sleep.
  • Delicious and easy to prepare.
  • Aids in giving you firmer skin


Healthy Snacks:

  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Edamame
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Protein Bars
  • Kale Chips
  • Smoothie drinks

First things first, always stay hydrated. Hydration is key. A great way to keep hydrated is drinking water, at least 11 cups daily. There was a time where I too, struggled with this but it’s become like second nature to me. It’s best to maintain the habit of drinking water. I like to make it a habit to start first thing in the morning, during the day at various intervals and before I go to bed. It’s so important to stay hydrated, great for your overall health and skin too. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s great to load up on good healthy snacks throughout the day. Almonds are a great go to snack for me. They contain the healthy fatty acids you need and want for healthy skin and body. They also help to slow down the aging process.


Now, aside from a healthy diet is my skincare routine. I like to stick to a routine, and staying consistent. Consistency is key in maintaining healthy looking skin. Although, I’ve changed my products here and there I still stick to my routine for both day and night. For me, I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. Here’s what I do:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Toner
  3. Facial Oil (both day and night) 
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream 
  6. Moisturizer + SPF (Daytime) 

Morning Skincare Routine: 

Cleanse: Sephora Collections : Total Purify & Cleanse Gel or Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel

Facial Oil: On days when my skin just needs extra hydration and moisture (Fall/Winter Months can be used both day and night) Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil 

Toner: Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner Spray , Caudalie’s Grape Water and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I also use Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir to set my makeup)

Serum:     Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Eye Cream:  Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream

Moisturizer: No 7 Early Defence Day Cream with SPF 30 Every now and then, I’ll use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Oil Free in the shade 3C1 Fawn

SPF: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel With Sunscreen for extra protection

Night-Time Routine: 

For the night-time I use products that are richer and can absorb into my skin while I sleep. The majority of my products for the night-time have a lot of Anti-aging agents to help keep my skin youthful, hydrated, firm, and rejuvenated. So, while i’m sleeping they can work their magic. So that when I wake in the morning my skin feels nourished, youthful and well rested.


Cleanse: (For the Fall/Winter Months when my skin needs extra hydration and moisture) No7 Beautiful Skin Age Defense Cleanser  or No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser (Main Cleanser)

Elixir: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Elixir ( Can be used for the daytime as well)

Facial Oil: Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, for an added boost I use: Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Serum: No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advance Serum

Eye Cream: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Yeux Firming Anti-Wrinkle/Aging Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Rich Firming Anti-Aging/Wrinkle Cream

For Extra TLC Skincare Needs: 


For extra hydration and moisture,  I’ll often use various hydrating mask and sheet mask. My favorite hydrating sheet mask are:  Nature’s Republic Aqua Collagen Solution Ceramide Hydro Gel Mask, Nature’s Republic Real Green Tea Aqua Gel Mask , SKII Facial Treatment Mask , and Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration.

If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and I wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles— I’ll use some under eye gel mask. They’re great for depuffing, replenishing and reducing the appearance of any dark circles for your tired eyes.  My favorite go to under eye masks are: Tarte’s Pack your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches and Que Bella Professional Moisturizing Gel Eye Mask.

In the event my skin is going thru either hormonal spells or the occasional flair up. A great mask that I’ve tried and recommend is Ballerina Botanicals Detox Mask to find out more about the product click here. Another favorite of mine is Glam Glow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. If my skin needs a little lift and brightening I use Glam Glow’s FlashMud Brightening treatment.

Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. My favorite exfoliator at the moment is: First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish. I also love : Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliant.

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If you missed my skincare routine and the products I used click here to read all about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it will be beneficial for you. It’s best to always listen to your skin, and give it the TLC it deserves.  Please do share your beauty tips and tricks. I love learning, experimenting and hearing from you. Feel free to comment below and share your photos using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.

What are some of your beauty tips?

What product(s) would you use?

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.