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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sephora New York | Haul

So after 2 cancelled flights and a 48 hour delay, I finally made it to New York! Yep, turns out the day I was due to fly coincided with the worst storm the East Coast has seen in over 100 years- to say I was slightly annoyed is an understatement! Looking at the positives, however, missing out on 2 days shopping meant I did save some spending money (every cloud, and all that!) After dropping my bags off at the hotel, the first place I headed to was Sephora and I filled my basket with lots of lovely new things...
As a fan of the ABH dipbrow pomade, I couldn't wait to pick up their latest brow product and try it out. This retractable pencil took 2 years (!) to perfect and has a triangular shaped tip that can be used in 3 different ways to create different looks. I use the thinnest part to mimic individual hairs, particularly at the inner front part of the brow, and the thicker mid and end sections to fill in my sparse brows. When I first tried it I did expect it to be more waxy and blendable and found it a little 'draggy,' however after using it for the past 10 days I have realised that it's consistency is what is so great about it. It doesn't smudge, move or budge once it's on, and I find that you can get your desired brow in a lot less time than traditional pencils due to it's precise nature. It is double ended and has a brow brush on the other end which is handy for keeping them tidy, but my one criticism is the size of it. You would expect the product to be the same size as the packing however it is infact only about 3cm long. I can see myself getting through this product very quickly, but will be buying it again when it runs out. I prefer it to the dipbrow pomade as it is easier to use and is much more convenient as you do not need to use a brush. Perfect for on the go touch ups! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in 'Light/ Medium'
Also by ABH, I bought the powder contour kit in light/ medium. I opted for powder rather than cream as I find it is easier and quicker to use on a daily basis, although I did end up buying a cream contour kit from another store as well (keep your eyes peeled for my 'Rickys' haul.) The palette has 6 sculpting and highlighting powders, perfect for use on the cheekbones and along the chin, forehead and nose. I was concerned that I would end up using only a couple of the powders and leave the rest untouched, but all of them are re-fillable which is a real bonus. I have fair skin, and all of the shades are perfect for me- even the darkest blends well into my skin, and I'm not left with any 'dirty streaks' like I have had from other contour products. My one criticism is that the packing is a thick cardboard material and there is no mirror in it- for the price, and considering the palette is re-fillable, I would expect slightly more durability from the packaging. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
I only started using makeup setting spray a couple of years ago, and since then have been hooked! Most brands, high street and high end, offer one, but with the main ingredient in all of them being water, I often stay away from the more expensive brands. My favourite high street one is only £5 by Makeup Revolution and works a treat, but I have been on the lookout for a handbag sized one for a while, so snapped up this 30ml 'All Nighter' one by Urban Decay. I must admit, apart from being slightly more fragranced than my MUR one, I haven't noticed that much difference between the 2, so I think you are perhaps paying for a name with Urban Decay. Just hold the bottle 20cm away from your face, spritz lightly and wait for the water to evaporate for up to 16 hours of 'just applied' freshness.

Urban Decay Anti Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion 
This is a product that I have been dying to try for so long, so I quickly added it to my basket when I spotted it in store. I opted for the anti aging one (it also comes in original formula, and also 'minor sin' which is champagne coloured) and it claims to keep eyeshadow crease free and vibrant. I am all for using products that will prolong the shelf life of my makeup so this has been a great addition to my makeup bag. The consistency of it is a lot lighter than I expected, and when you apply it to your eyelids it almost feels like it isn't doing anything, but it definitely makes my eyeshadow 'stick' to it and last a lot longer. If I am doing a smoky eye I tend to apply it to the moveable part of the lid only, as I do find it makes shadow more difficult to blend, and with a smoky eye I always blend above the crease line. 

I'd heard much hype about the Kat Von D range before arriving in New York, and this lipstick shade is the best seller that I HAD to have. It's a liquid lipstick that goes on like a gloss, but dries matte, and has amazing staying power. The great thing about this is that it contains Vitamin E so unlike other matte lipsticks, it moisturises rather than dries the lips out. Lolita is a pinky brown shade which is so on trend right now. Think a slightly darker Velvet Teddy!

Nudestix Lip & Cheek Dual Pencil in 'Whisper/ Mystic' 
I couldn't decide which colour of Nudestix to buy, but then discovered this dual ended one by the tillpoint. Each one comes in a handy little mirrored tin with a sharpener, and the product is multi use as it can be used on the lips and cheeks. Whisper and Mystic are 2 of the best selling shades, with the first being a pink based nude and the latter a slightly deeper, dusky pink. I love the fact that these work as a lip pencil and lipstick in one- just line the lips with the tip of the crayon and then fill them in using the wider part.

Peter Thomas Roth- Retinol Fusion PM
After finishing my first bottle of this shortly before my trip (half of it got tipped away by accident, but that's another story), this was one of the first things I picked up in the store. This nighttime serum contains retinol, which is amazing for fine lines and wrinkles, and also helps with the skin's renewal process. I simply apply just 2 drops to the face and neck (avoiding the eye area) before bed, then wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvinated. In the few months I have been using this I definitely have noticed an improvement to my skin- it feels softer and smoother, and my I do think the fine lines I have don't look as deep. At $65 (around £45), this is slightly expensive for a night cream, but I don't mind paying that if it will keep me looking youthful!

Sephora FaceEye & Sleeping Masks
The last thing I picked up in store were these own brand masks. I chose an anti aging sheet mask, anti- fatigue and energizing under eye mask and a brightening sleep mask. I have previously tried the sleep mask which left me with gorgeously dewy, moisturised skin, so cannot wait to try the sheet and eye mask. These are so affordable as retail between $4-6 (around £2.50- £4) and each contain a different active ingredient, such as aloe vera leaf and even broccoli extract! 

What are your favourite recent makeup & skincare purchases?

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  1. Love reading your blog! Looks like you had a great time in NYC after your airport-related disaster haha! I definitely want to try some of the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks so I'll definitely have to buy some when I'm in America! Also love the fact it has the Vitamin E.. such a cool concept! Great post xx

    Ciara Rose | www.ciara-rose.com

    1. Hi Ciara, thank you for your comment, I'm glad you're enjoying my blog :) Yes you need some of the Kat Von K lipsticks in your life! Can't wait to see what you buy when you're in NYC! XXX

  2. Oh so many products! I've always wanted to try the Sephora masks but they're quite a bit more expensive than asian sheet masks. I might give one of them a try and see what they're like though. The Kate Von D Lipstick looks and sounds amazing!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    1. Hi Sally! Yes you should try them, I really recommend them. The Kat Von D lipstick is so good, you need it in your life! x


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