A Huge US Beauty Haul

Sunday 13 August 2017

This year I made the dangerous mistake of not writing myself a Sephora shopping list, but thankfully fate led me to meet up with the beautiful (and very talented) Amelia in Las Vegas, and together we created the Sephora basket of dreams. Here's what I picked up. 

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - I had been lusting over this so-called miracle cream for such a long time, so I was super happy when Amelia told me it was at the top of her list too! We searched the whole store, which was a mission because the Caesar's Palace Sephora is HUGE, before finally finding a small sized pot in the travel section. The little pot still contains 75ml of product, which is more than enough for me to properly test it out, and if I love it I can always order a backup from Cult Beauty. I've been applying this for about a week now, and though my bum is far from perfectly smooth and peachy, it does smell incredible, and it leaves my skin feeling so soft.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma- I think I may have found the most beautiful eyeshadow in the world. As soon as I swatched this gorgeous champagne shade I knew I had to have it, there's just something about the way that the little specks of glitter reflect the light that makes my heart flutter like a butterfly. I'm so smitten with this shadow that I can't imagine myself reaching for another shimmery eye shadow ever again (well, let's see), and I immediately want to buy it in every shade they sell.

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Skin Twinkle Palette Vol 2 - I had planned to repurchase Tarte's Pro Glow To Go palette, since I've now hit pan on two of the shades, but then the Skin Twinkle palette caught my eye and there was no going back. The shades are quite similar to those in the Pro Glow palette, but the pans are much bigger and there are four of them, so it actually works out to be great value for money, plus the packaging is so beautiful! 

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight - It's a very close call, but I would have to say that these drops are my favourite pick of the haul. The expression "good skin in a bottle" has never applied to a product more, if by "good" you mean glowy/dewy skin of course. You can use these drops in a ton of ways, which I will show you in a
dedicated blog post soon, but I've been loving mixing them with my foundation for an all over radiant look. 

Origins Ginzing Peel Off Mask - By the time we made it to the skincare section we were almost giddy with the joy of beauty hauling, so finding a rose gold face mask pretty much sent us into hysteria. This is actually the only purchase that I feel a bit guilty about, because I could have easily picked it up in Boots at home, and because it's such a gimmicky product, but I am still super excited to try it! The description claims that this peel off mask will tighten pores and brighten skin, so it might turn out to be a great spur of the moment purchase, I'll keep you updated. 

Sephora Contouring Brush Set - I've never yet managed to walk out of a Sephora store without a set of their brushes, I'm a sucker for them! I always find them to be great quality, super soft and fluffy, plus this set comes with a pretty rose gold bag to store them in. 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer and Touch Of Blur Concealer - I actually picked up these bits from a Walgreens in San Francisco. I had wanted to track down the Butter Bronzer because I've read so many great reviews from American bloggers, but it was actually sold out everywhere! I'm so glad I managed to find it on my 5th attempt, and I can't wait to let you guys know if it's worth the hype. I spotted this concealer on Caitlin's blog, and the adorable packaging had me swooning. I picked up the lightest shade because it wasn't possible to swatch it, but it actually looks quite dark. Luckily I have a bit of a tan from all of the time spent by the pool, so it should be a good match for the next couple of months, I'll let you know how I get on. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - I have been lusting after this palette since it came out, so I am so incredibly happy to finally have it in my collection. Having seen so many great reviews and creative tutorials, I can't wait to use this for the first time, and to review it for you. 

Congratulations if you made it to the end of that huge list! I spent a little more than I had planned to (totally blaming Amelia for that - don't forget to check out her blog!) so now I'm on a spending ban for the foreseeable future. Let me know what you thought of my picks, and what is on your Sephora list.


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