So firstly...I'm back! Yes, I am back to the world of blogging after my short, but much needed, break. I now feel completely out of the loop, like I'm starting from scratch again (gah!) but never mind.
Anyway, I haven't just been sitting staring at the walls while I've been on my blog-hol, I've been off in Florida, panic-shopping my way through the outlet malls, stopping every once in a while to scoff massive burgers or look for 'gators. (There weren't many to be found in the malls, admittedly, but we did see some in the Everglades which was freakin' awesome). So, as is my usual way whenever I visit the US, I spent almost 2 hours floating around Sephora, testing just about every product they stock(and this was a small store). I was actually quite restrained with my purchasing in this occasion, since I'd pretty much blown all my money earlier that day on the cutest Kate Spade bag, plus two Coach bags. Oh, and a purse. And some jeans. You get the idea.
Meet Your Match Kit
I was lusting over this little beauty online a couple of weeks ago so when I spotted it instore I whipped it into my basket immediately. I love, Love, LOVE the favourites kits Sephora do so well; they contain mini versions of some of their best selling cosmetic brands which is perfect for a tight arse like me who doesn't want to spend a fortune on a product I'm not sure will work for me. This kit contains lip products from Bite, Tarte and Hourglass, along with matching Deborah Lippman, Formula X and Nails Inc nail polishes. So cute, and only $25. Bargain!
Boscia Blotting Sheets
I can't find these exact ones on Sephora's site, so the above link is a similar product. I love blotting sheets, ever since my teenage Body Shop papier poudre years I have been obsessed with them. Particularly when I'm somewhere hot (usually not in the UK, obvs) as they are the perfect way to get rid of shine on my t-zone without having to cake on powder. These were $10 and the 100 sheets in here will last me all summer.
Urban Decay De Slick
This is a smaller version of the fabulous setting spray, which I've actually become a little bit obsessed with. Before I used this I always wondered whether a setting spray would actually make any difference to the longevity of my slap. Well, I can wholeheartedly confirm that it does. When I use De Slick over my makeup, I find that it lasts right until the end of the day without going patchy or sliding off, which can sometimes happen. This small sized version is $14 and perfectly handbag sized.
I have wanted to try this for SO LONG. I've read loads and loads of amazing reviews but couldn't bear to part with fifty quid for a face mask. Even this small, trial sized version is £25 in M&S (eeek!). Luckily Sephora had this for $19, which is way more reasonable. I've used it once so far, and I do like it; it certainly tightens and brightens, but I'm not completely sold yet. I'm going to keep trying it for a bit longer then I'll do a proper review.
Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Moody Margot
There are two reasons I bought this: 1) the tube has a really cool magnet lid which I could fiddle with for ages, and 2) it's THE MOST PERFECT NUDE LIPSTICK EVER.
The lip gel goes on like a dream - smooth, almost like a lip butter but really highly pigmented, and has amazing staying power. And did I mention I love the packaging? Oh, I did. This was a fairly expensive (but so worth it): $30.
Precision Pore Cleansing Pad
I'm always looking for gadgets and gizmos that claim to help clean deep down into the pores, at a reasonable cost (I just can't bring myself to fork out for a Clarisonic). I've tried facial brushes (too harsh), and muslin cloths (no real effect), so thought I'd give this little rubbery contraption a whirl. It's actually really good! I use my trusty Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser and massage it into my face using this pad. When I've rinsed, it really does feel like I've had a good, deep ( but not harsh) cleanse. And this was only $6! Brilliant.
Sephora Brush Shampoo
I dropped this into my basket while waiting in line to pay (darn you, little treat-y things littered around the tills designed to make us spend more money! Grrr). I'm not sure why, as I have a perfectly good brush cleanser already. Anyway, this works well, removing even DoubleWear easily. It's not amazing, but as brush shampoos go, it's ok. This was $7.
Cute little samples.
I love this about Sephora. I really wanted to try Hourglass Immaculate Foundation so got a sample of that, as well as a moisturizer and my favourite Chanel Allure perfume. Yay!
So, in addition to my Sephora goodies, I also picked up a couple of Victoria's Secret lipsticks. The shades I got are Risk Taker (a bright pinky-red) and True, a nude-pink shade. Both are gorgeous, so moisturizing and last really well. Best of all, these were $3 each. I only wish I'd bought more!!
I also bought this gorgeous Michael Kors trio from a Cosmetic Company Store outlet. I love the colours and since I haven't seen these anywhere else I thought I'd grab one. This was $20.
I did buy a couple of other bits from Walgreen's including a Covergirl foundation, but I'm trialling that right now so a full review will follow soon.
What do you think of my US beauty purchases? :)