Best Buys from America


If I could set up shop and live forever in a Sephora I would be one happy happy gal. So far I have managed to go to three (each twice) and those include the one in the Beverly Centre, Hollywood Walk of Fame and 3rd Street Promenade. Some people come to America for outlet shopping, others have an obsession with clothes, but as I’m sure you have gathered my guilty pleasure is in the form of cosmetics. Apart from a Despicable Me Water Cup from Universal Studios (I’m impressed that with all the minion adorned goodies that’s all I left with) my holiday money has gone on the beauty counters. From what I have purchased so far, these are the stand out products that have impressed me the most.

One of the first items I bought was the Living Proof Prime Style Extender $20 and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium 1 Custard $28. I’m popping the US price to give you an idea of how much it is in the States, but bare in mind tax is always added on top. There are a number of things I want to try from the brand Living Proof but thanks to baggage allowance I’ve stuck with this pick, aimed at priming your hair so you can forgo the daily wash and helping your style to last longer, this helps my hair to hold it’s shape whilst preventing my roots from getting as greasy come the second day. I also snapped up the NARS Concealer as although I love my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I was getting a bit bored. Itching to try out something new I went for this and so far it has been working a treat.

Next up were the items that were on the want, but unnecessary purchase list. The Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray (in the smaller bottle for $14) has helped to keep my makeup in place throughout the California heat. I’ve noticed my makeup is less patchy after 6 hours and shine is reduced throughout the day. Next is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment which is lip balm luxury. Sitting at $22.50 a pop I put off buying this but then succumbed to the hype, it truly is amazing and if you can get your hands on this, do! Finally is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. At $45 again it sits in the luxury price point but oh my goodness does this do something extraordinary to your face. Dim Light is the neutral peach beige option and I find it just diffuses any fine lines on my face to make my complexion look super flawless.

Next up is rollerballs – why these are an impossibility in the UK I will never understand. At $20 each I picked up my staple Paco Rabanne Lady Million and a new addition in the form of Fresh Brown Sugar. Great at freshening up on the go I’m finding it hard not to get another four! Finally the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara $10, these are £11 at home so already they are a bargain. The only thing that prevents panda eyes this little wand is a life saviour.

I feel like I’m quickly buying up an entire new makeup bag whilst I am away – but boy is it fun to do ;)