It is HARD being home and I am still definitely not in the swing of things just yet! However, I know some people are dying to know what I bought while I was away (and yes, I did splurge!) I knew we were coming straight home to start saving for a mortgage so I let myself go a little shopping crazy while I was over there to get it out of my system.
I decided to try something a little different and filmed a haul video which you can watch here which includes swatches and a little more detail but if that’s not you’re kind of thing, you can just read on to find out about what I bought.
I made two trips to Sephora – the one in the Miracle Mile Mall which was literally across the road from the Bellagio where we stayed in Vegas and the other was the one in the Venetian hotel, also in Vegas. I made Sephora VIB on my first trip which meant I got a 10% discount card that I used for my second trip! I passed Sephora stores in San Francisco and LA and did mean to call back into them when I had more time but never got around to it. To be honest, there were more things I intended to pick up but time flew and I didn’t realise that there was no Sephora in Cancun! So on the way home from Cancun, I had some dollars left over to spend which I ended up splashing at Mac in the airport.
Before I get into the haul, I just want to mention that a day or two before I went on holidays, I went to an event where I got to check out the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and even got to take one home.
I didn’t bring this with me to the States so I have only used it once or twice and can’t give an opinion yet. I did want to include it though because I am not going to review the products in-depth in this post and want to hear what products you are most interested in learning about first! So let me know what you want reviewed.
In Sephora, I focused mainly on buying things that I couldn’t get in Ireland because there isn’t a good exchange rate at the minute so things weren’t really any cheaper than here. But Mac prices in the USA and Mexico are much cheaper than here so they were practically bargains!
The first thing I made a beeline for in Sephora was the infamous Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette ($46). I had wanted this since its release so I knew I would be buying it straight away. It is a highlight and contour palette featuring six shades – three of each.
As with any of these types of palettes, there are shades I reach for daily and others that go untouched however I have used it every single day that I have worn makeup since – including for my wedding makeup so it was well worth the spend.
I also knew that the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette ($46) had to be mine. This contains twelve eyeshadows – three larger pans and nine smaller ones – all in wearable neutral shades. There are warm tones, cool tones and even some base shades light enough for my skin tone, which can be hard to come by!
Colourwise, I don’t think I could have chosen better shades if I had designed the palette myself. The shadows kick up quite a bit of dust in the pan but are very pigmented. My one issue is that they take a little longer than average to blend which is leaving me a little on the fence with this one. I need more play time with the palette before I reach my final verdict.
I had to pick up some of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks ($20 each) while I had the chance to. On my first Sephora visit, I picked up the much hailed about Lolita and on my second trip, purchased Double Dare. I had only worn Lolita once at that stage so didn’t realise how similar they were until I held them side-by-side back at the hotel. I didn’t even think to compare them in the shop! I love the formula though and am definitely regretting not picking up some more. I wore one of these almost every day that I was away.
Finally for that brand, I picked up the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($42). I had been contemplating picking up a few of the Studded Kiss Lipsticks but this worked out at exceptional value for money considering it contained seven mini lipsticks plus one full size limited edition shade.
From left to right, the colours are Noble, Halo, Sexer, Wolvesmouth, Bachelorette, Coven, NaYeon and in the back is the full sized Gold Blooded. I haven’t played around with these yet but think they deserve a post of their own anyway!
Anastasia Beverly Hills was another brand I was dying to get my hands on. I had to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks ($20) that are so highly praised. I had a wishlist of shades I wanted but sadly most were sold out so I only ended up with Vamp. This was another huge success that I wore quite a bit while I was away. I most definitely would have picked up some more colours given the chance but sadly, it was not to be.
I had heard mixed reviews about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadows (4 pans for $40 with free empty palette) so decided to swatch them in store before making the decision to purchase them. I fell for some of the shades instantly and found it so easy to choose four to try straight off the bat.
My quad is made up of Pink Champagne, Blazing, Red Earth and Deep Plum. I was weary about how they would perform but they were honestly one of my best buys. Even now that I am home and have my entire collection to work from, I still find myself reaching for these most days. Again, my only regret is that I didn’t buy more.
Foundation-wise, there was only really one on my radar and that was the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation ($55). I knew it was pricey but I had also seen enough demos of it on YouTube to know I was going to love it. This is full coverage so not for the faint of heart. I picked up the lightest shade 10 Ivory Light and it is a match made in heaven (although slightly too light for me currently because much to my dismay and my generous applications of SPF50, I got a little colour!). This was definitely worth the hype.
Technically cheating because it is available over here, the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($18) caught my eye in the travel section while I was waiting to pay. I know it is crazy pricey but I had heard many hailing this as a Holy Grail so I picked up the miniature. I tried it once or twice while I was away and it didn’t impress me but it was hard to give products a thorough test drive because the heat meant my face was just constantly melting. This is another product that deserves more time and attention now that I’m home before I make up my mind completely.
That was all of my Sephora purchases but during my second trip, the sales assistant notified me that I had a lot of points on my Sephora card. Unlike a Boots card, the points don’t have a cash value and can’t be used to get money off but instead you can choose gifts to the value of your points. I had over 1000 points but there weren’t too many gifts that appealed to me so I ended up just choosing two perks worth 100 points each.
The first was the Hourglass Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light which I have yet to try out and the other was the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace. I had heard quite a bit about the Bite Beauty brand but wasn’t too interested in checking them out while I was away. Much to my surprise, I absolutely fell for the lip crayon and definitely would have tried some more of their products if given the chance!
Then for my Mac haul. It isn’t as extensive as the Sephora one as we were in the airport and I found the staff quite unhelpful. I would have picked up some eyeshadows but they didn’t sell them in the pans, only in pots, so I wasn’t bothered.
Something that I had no intention of buying was the Mac Mineralize Blush in Petal Power. I had only walked into the store when this caught my eye. I mean, look at it!
It is a thing of beauty. The name sounds vaguely familiar to me but this definitely wasn’t something on my wish list. It was just a love-at-first-sight impulse buy although I can happily admit that I have been wearing this almost daily since buying it! Why are people not talking about this?!
I also picked up two new Mac 217 brushes. These are my ultimate favourite blending brushes of all time and although I own three, they are so incredibly old – probably seven or eight years old! – and finally starting to show it so when I had the opportunity to stock up for cheap, I really had no option but to do it. It is actually embarrassing to hold my new and old ones up side by side to show just how worn out my old ones were!
Finally I picked up three Mac Lipsticks. I didn’t do any swatching in store, I simply read the names and instantly knew which ones were on my wish list. From left to right, I bought Taupe, Diva and Heroine – which, unintentionally, are all mattes. I have worn all three at least once already and absolutely adore them so they were all good picks. After that I had to leg it because I had left Husband in Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and had to make sure he was in good enough shape to make it on to the plane!
Let me know what products you want me to review first and tell me;
What would be first on your USA wish list?
Disclaimer: The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation was sent to me as a PR sample. I am under no obligation to mention it on my blog and it does not affect my opinion of the product in any way.
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