2 Jul 2013

USA Beauty Purchases

I went to San Francisco with one mission – aside from enjoying what SF had to offer, I wanted to buy drugstore beauty items. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on things as I have so many unused items at home in my collection. So I wanted to hunt out some American Favourites & I landed quite lucky. San Francisco has the most amazing Walgreens. It’s on 2 levels and the makeup & beauty section is massive and very well stocked. This particular one was very close to my hotel so that made me very happy and I often found myself in there at 9pm browsing the aisles whilst it was fairly quiet.

The other drugstores I went into were CVS & Target, I wish there was an ULTA in San Francisco City but the closest one was quite far out so I was a little gutted but I still managed to buy quite a few exciting things and here they are.

USA Haul

USA Purchases

American Beauty

American Shopping Spree

San Francisco Purchases

I know a few things I bought are available in the UK, but American prices are so much better than ours. I am most excited to use the Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Duo in Diamond Life $7.29. This has one matt soft brown and shimmer cream colour so a great little duo.

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser $8.99 - I bought the brightening one. I know these are being released in the UK but I just couldn’t resist buying this. I have always wanted to try a Milani Baked Blush & I opted for the Rose D’Oro its a pretty peach pink with a hint of shimmer. Great for the summer.

I have also heard some great reviews of the Jordana line and products from this line are so affordable and seem to be always on offer. I bought a few things, first up Is their Fabu Liner Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Black $2.99 such a bargain, I love liquid liner and I’ve a few on the go & will do a comparison post soon. I also bought the Jordana FabuBrow Eyebrow Pencil in 03 Dark Brown $2.99 and the Jordana Metal Rocks Eyeliner in 01 Green Envy $2.99, this reminds me of the Stila Eyeliners will be interested to see how they compare. Last up from Jordana I bought a lipgloss it’s the Jordana LipShine Natural Glaze in 03 Raspberry $1.99.

The Wet n Wild stands were few & far between and no store seemed to carry the whole line, but I did manage to buy a few items. The ones I’m most excited for are the colour icon blushes in Pearlescent Pink and Heather Silk these cost £2.99 each. Also at the last minute I bought one of their creme shadow pencils in 130 Pixie and it is so creamy and has the nicest glossy sheen. I wish I bought a few more colours as it was only $1.99

I had such fun browsing all the American offerings and there was so much more I wanted but you can’t have it all and where is the fun in that. I’m sure I will be heading back State side in the near future and my wish list has started again. I have a few more bits so show you but will pop them in to a separate post.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I bought and link me if you have done a review on them.

11 Jan 2013

USA Swap

I’ve done a swap with the lovely Casey from Beauty 101 Blog she’s sent me a box full of lovely American products. We did another swap last year & I received some AMAZING things, It was a great success and we decided to do another one. I being the unprepared bad blogger haven’t mailed hers yet. But I promise that it’s jam-packed full of British Makeup Goodies & will be mailed really soon (sorry Casey). I’m hoping the things I’m sending arrive in one piece this time as all the MUA products smashed in transit. I’m going to pack it so well!

My box arrived the week before Christmas and I was good and waited until Christmas Day to open it. It was a lovely surprise. I thought you might be interested to see what I received. How exciting is a swap. I love doing them.

USA Swap

The light is a little off – when the sun came out I grabbed my camera & took some photos so it’s a little bright. Roll on summer & great light! I haven’t managed to use anything yet as I was being a good blogger and waiting to take photos. Keep an eye out for reviews and swatches over the next few weeks.

USA Swap

I will just list all the items in the box. I know that’s not hugely exciting but There was quite a lot.

e.l.f 3 piece nail polish set in glam bam / e.l.f lip stain in crimson crush / e.l.f baked eyeshadow in bark / e.l.f baked bronzer in maui / e.l.f baked blush in peachy cheeky / e.l.f baked eyeshadow in burnt plum / eos lip balm in strawberry sorbet.

USA Swap 2012

Wet n Wild trio in knock on wood / Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Mossy Green Limited Edition / Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barley Beige Limited Edition / e.l.f HD blush in diva / e.l.f jumbo eyeshadow stick in Rock Out.

USA Swap 2012

Maybelline Baby Lips in Coral Crush and Twinkle / e.l.f jumbo lip gloss stick in pink umbrellas & flirty and girly / Wet n Wild copper curve shimmer eye pencil, mega length mascara, mega eyeliner and glamour eyes quad/ eos lip balm spf 15 in lemon drop / e.l.f contouring blush & bronzing Powder in St Lucia

Phew I think that’s everything. I’m thrilled with my swap & can’t wait to try everything. The e.l.f baked eyeshadows, blush and bronzers look so pretty and I’m excited to use the eos lip balms. Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks Casey x

18 Jul 2012

EOS Summer fruit Lip balm

My lovely little brother recently went to NYC (lucky bugger) & i asked him to bring me a few things back. Not really thinking he would. So one of the things i asked for was the EOS Summer fruit Lip balm. I have seen these on lots of US beauty blogs & YouTube videos. I know there are a few websites that sell these in the UK, but i thought as he was these id get him to pick up one

This lip balm smells AMAZING! Oh my I can’t get over how nice it is. I keep getting it out my purse and smelling it. Getting alot of funny looks. I think half of why its so nice is its packaging, its in a sphere and it feels odd putting it on as we are so used to a tube when it comes to lip balm.

I’ve been using it underneath my Revlon Lip Stain to keep my lips nourished. This  little lip balm is great to throw in your handbag. The packaging is really robust and perfect for travelling / taking out & about. I just love it and I’m going to pick up a couple more when i can. If you can recommend any others let me know.

The good thing about these is that they’re 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free so thats good news for your lips.

I dont know what my brother paid for this (as it was a gift). I already have so many lip products but i just needed to try this and i’ve been pleasantly surprised its really lovely on the lips. It would be great for a holiday