USA Haul – Beauty Bits

Ah, America, home of outlet malls and amazing brands you can only dream of getting in the UK! I couldn’t resist splurging on a few things while I was holiday in Orlando, and I couldn’t resist even more sharing them all with you.

First stop was Sephora (surprise, surprise!) and I actually took two trips there. I stocked up on a few essentials, like their skin care line, their own brand makeup brushes and beauty tools, and a few high end goodies.

Sephora have a huge selection of makeup brushes, I was in awe when trying to pick the ones I wanted. Eventually I ended up with the ‘Sephora Pro Blending Brush Large 27’ and the ‘Sephora Crease Shadow Brush 73’. I also picked up a Beauty Blender. Although I’m a devotee to my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I’ve heard good things about the Beauty Blender so I thought I’d give it a try seeing as it was a little bit cheaper in the US.

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I recently hit pan on my NARS Laguna Bronzer, and when I went to re-stock, so I decided to buy the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm and Laguna for the best of both. Sephora has the worst thing for when your queuing… the sample sized section! I threw the Benefit Roller Lash and the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask into my basket at the last moment. They are both really great products that I’d love to buy again in full size.

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I wanted to invest in a new eyeshadow palette. I picked up the Tarte 2 In Bloom.. Which actually smells delicious! This is the first (of many) Tarte products I’ve tried and I’m falling in love with the brand. The neutral palette has a mix of matte and shimmer shades, and is part of their Amazonian Clay Range. My favourite colours have to be Smarty Pants, Rocker, and Funny Girl.

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This next product I totally didn’t just buy it for it’s name… The BECCA ‘Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured’ in ‘Moonstone’. It is a super compact cream highlighter that blend so smoothly into your skin. It is quite subtle, but you can layer it up for a more intense effect. It’s quickly become part of my everyday makeup.

What are your Sephora favs? And what should I definitely pick up next time I’m across the pond?

Thanks for reading! X

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April Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m sorry this post is a little bit late… But here it is!

April was a busy month for me. It started off quiet and chilled as I was on a family holiday, but by the time I got back I had started working full time, which I know the majority of people do, but I am shattered! 😅 So I was definitely in need of the Monday bank holiday!

Now on to what I’ve been loving this month…

Adidas Los Angeles Grey Trainers 

These little beauties were on my ASOS wish list for a while, and when I saw that they were on sale, I had to pop them into my shopping basket. They’re unbelievably comfy and go with lots of outfits.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I wanted to try NYX products for a while. I believe they now stock their products in Boots, however I ordered a selection from ASOS. I got two of their Lip Cremes, in the shades Athens and Milan.

I find it leaves a gorgeous matte finish, that lists for ages! But I always make sure to moisturise my lips with my fave lip balm (Carmex) before application!

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Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair – Lush Shower Gel 

I’ll be honest, the name of this product may have influenced my decision to buy it just slightly 🎤… It’s a song from one of my favourite musicals, South Pacific! It smells very fresh and leaves you feeling super clean.

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Sephora Vitamin C Booster Serum 

As mentioned in my Prague Sephora Haul… I’ve been using this almost every morning. I just pop two to three drops into my palms and massage into my face. I find it leaves my skin dewy and glowing.


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Sephora Haul 

While I was in Prague I managed to squeeze in a trip to the beauty haven that is Sephora 🙌

As most of you know we don’t have Sephora in the UK, so whenever I’m in Canada or on a city break somewhere in Europe I need to scout one out.

I mainly go to pick up the makeup brands that you can’t buy directly in the UK (without the huge shipping fees) as well as Sephora’s own makeup and skincare line. I’m a huge lover of their fibre masks and blushes! ✨

For those of you who have been to Prague, I went to the Sephora store in the Palladium Shopping Centre in the City Centre. I was pretty lucky as they were having a 3 for 2 deal event at the time! (Who doesn’t want to save money?)

 

Here is what I picked up:

Makeup

Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20

Sephora Brilliant Jumbo Cheeks + Lips in Vintage Pink 

Sephora Smoothing and brightening powder in Colourless 

Sephora Collection Colourful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in Nude to Neutral 

Sephora Colourful Face Powders – Blush in 02 So Shy

Sephora Sharpener (very handy to have!)

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Skin Care 

Sephora Collection Vitamin C Luminising Booster

Sephora Ginseng Eye Mask

Sephora Avocado Hand Mask

Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask

Sephora Lotus Face Mask

Sephora Avocado Sleeping Mask

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Rome: Sephora and Kiko Haul

Since I didn’t have my blog back in July- when I bought these fabulous products in Italy- I didn’t do a post about it, so I guess there’s no better time than now!

I spent a few euros in Sephora, and I didn’t regret it, as I’m still using the products now:

NARS Laguna Bronzer: I wanted this bronzer for so long! There’s been so much hype surrounding it and I just gave in to it. It’s brilliant, it doesn’t give you that ‘muddy’ look and it’s slightly matt so it’s great to use all year round.

Sephora Pearl Fibre Mask: I’ve heard good things about these fibre masks, and I really wanted to give it a go. I chose the pearl one as it promised to brighten & perfect. You might look a bit mad when you’ve got it on (ask Dino!) but it makes your skin feel lovely and fresh. (I did pick up a few more when I was in Sephora in Toronto. They’re brilliant for a pamper evening and to give your skin a bit of a pick me up!).

Invisi Bobble: This was a last minute impulse buy at the checkout, as they have a stand with sample size products and beauty accessories. I thought they would be good as at work I need to have my hair up, and I hate taking it down to find that awful kink where your bobble was. These bobbles are super gentle on your hair, they are yes- invisible! because of their shape they blend into your hair so its great when you put your hair into a bun, and they don’t leave kinks!

Sephora Blush in ‘Rose Pop’: This was another impulse buy! I’m pretty sure it was only around €2 in the discount section. It’s highly pigmented so you only need a touch to brighten up your cheeks.

Sephora Double Duty Exfoliator and Mask: This was a mini size of the product, so I thought I’d give it a go. I have very sensitive skin and I have learned to accept that some products don’t agree with me. This product was OK. It exfoliated however I felt that it did dry out my skin a little bit.

Sephora Colourful Pouch in Pink: I needed a new small makeup bag to stick in my handbag, and this seemed ideal.

 I know that Kiko have a few outlets in the UK (including one at Glasgow Fort) but I tend not to visit there very often, but I really should! The products are such good quality for a not so big price tag: 

Kiko Luscious Cream lipstick in ‘Peach Rose’: This lipstick is also highly pigmented, and super creamy. It didn’t dry out my lips, and it gave a nice satin finish. I definitely would like to pick up some other shades to try out.

Kiko GLOW² Blush & Highlighter: This is a small solid blush and highlighter stick split into two halves. It is very creamy and blends really well either over foundation or just onto skin. I used it quite a lot when I was still in Rome as I wanted a glowy look for Summer. However you can tell I favour the highlighter side a bit more!

Kiko Essential Bronzer in ‘Sienna Melange’: I picked this up at the checkout as it was on special offer at the time. I really like the packaging, it comes in a wooden base with a magnetic wooden lid that has a mirror fitted on the inside. You get quite a lot of product, and it smells like a mix of chocolate & vanilla. I quite like using this for an all over bronzer as it gives an even tone and feels very silky.  Signature