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Monday, 15 September 2014

USA Beauty Haul

Hi Everyone,

I recently posted about my trip to San Francisco and Vegas here. I love shopping, especially for beauty related items so I picked up a few things along the way. Since I am moving to Canada in a few weeks (more here), I didn't buy a huge amount of stuff as I knew most of it could be bought in Canada.
L-R: Loreal 'Sexy in Sequins', Sephora X 'Naughty Newton', Pop 'Poetic Peacock', OPI 'Glitter Off', DIY Hard ails 'Pink Frost
I think I must have been in quite a wintery mood when I was buying nail polishes! I do have a lot of neons so I suppose I was looking for some different colours.

The Loreal and pop came from Walgreens, the Sephora X from Sephora, the OPI from a beauty supply store and the DIY Hard Nails from Amazon USA.

The DIY Hard Nails is a special type of gel polish - one which is heat sensitive. I am going to feature this in its own post later. I haven't tried any of the rest yet but I'm looking forward to trying the OPI as it's supposed to help get glitter polishes off. You do not know hassle until you try removing a glitter polish!

I also picked up this Marc Jacobs beauty in the nude greige 'Baby Jane'. I have been obsessed with owning a Marc Jacobs colour so I'm really excited about trying it! I got this in Sephora. Note that the large lid comes off and a smaller, easier to handle lid is used for application.

L-R: Top Row: Mac 'Candy Yum Yum', Mac 'Pink Lemonade', Mac 'Melon' Pigment, Estee Lauder Idealist, Sephora brudhe, Mac Strobe Cream
Bottom Row: Mac 'Shock Value'
In terms of make up, I got a few bits and pieces too. I picked up the Estee Lauder Idealist at the airport using a €10 off coupon. The Mac items came from the Mac store at the Forum Shops, Las Vegas and the leopard kabuki brush came from Sephora.

I love Idealist, I've been using it for years on and off. It's officially a 'Pore Minimising Skin Refinisher' but I just find it good as a primer.

I really wanted a peach lip colour so I thought Mac's 'Pink Lemonade' would be a great pick. I've also been dying to try out a hot pink lip so I got Mac's 'Candy Yum Yum' and the matching lipliner of 'Shock Value'. There's a photo of me above with Candy Yum Yum and Shock Value.

When I was at the till in Mac I spotted the cute minis of Strobe Cream, which I have wanted to try for a while, and various pigments. I chose Melon as I'd heard great things about it. The minis are actually perfect as you are unlikely to use up all the pigment anyway.

Finally, I bought that cute leopard print kabuki brush pretty much just because it was leopard and would look great on my dresser! :)

Just before I went away, I was given a birthday present from my friend (it was my birthday during the trip). It was a set of Gelish polishes.

L-R; Vegas Nights, Pink Smoothie and Need a Tan
I like to do my own gel nails, it's not that difficult if you have a steady hand. I haven't tried these before myself but I have had them on my nails after getting them done at a salon.

Need a Tan
'Need a Tan' is an opaque creamy tan colour. This would look great for a subtle look, especially with a glitter top coat.

Vegas Nights
'Vegas Nights' is a glitter polish and is very much a topcoat rather than a colour on its own. The glitter is not dense enough to fully cover the nail. It will be great for brightening up other colours though.

'Pink Smoothie' is another creamy opaque colour but this time in light pink. What I like about this is how thick the formulas is. It reminds me of OPI's Mod About You. This looks great paired with Gelish's 'Make you Blink Pink'.

Anyway, that's it, I hope you enjoyed my haul!



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