So I am back from America with new found hope, inspiration and an eagerness to adventure more. To balance that out I also bought back a mother load of American make up and beauty items. Gotta keep my spiritual and materialistic sides balanced you know.
I'm actually going to split this into 2 posts and in this post I thought I would share all the drugstore make up and beauty items I got. Tomorrow I will share my Sephora purchases!
We spent an awful lot of time in Walgreens! I was really excited about trying out all the new drugstore makeup that's not available in the UK yet. It was a little overwhelming how much makeup they had in there, not like my local Sainsburys where there's a Rimmel and a Max Factor stand, always half empty and with the same three lipsticks that have been there since 2004.
Have you ever seen such beautifully stocked shelves?
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Warm - I actually found this in Rite Aid on my last day as Walgreens didn't stock Physicians Formula. This was on my list to get before I left and I was so happy to find it. It boosts my happiness just looking at it!
EOS Lip Balm - These lip balms are a must have if you are visiting America from the UK. They are so handy as you don't have to get your finger messy applying them. Side note I did actually see these on Selfridges UK website the other day so looks like they are finally being released in the UK, but they were £5.00 (not including delivery) bare in mind these are about 2-3 dollars in the US!
L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation - One of my favourite things I bought, I love this foundation. I was slightly apprehensive that it would have a very powdery finish but it doesn't at all. The finish is very natural, not dewy or matte, just very skin like.
Yes to Grapefruit Correct and Repair Daily Facial Scrub - I am so jealous of all the different Yes to ranges you guys have in America. We don't have the grapefruit range over here so I had to try this mini one out.
Maybelline Colour Whisper Lipstick in "Cherry on Top" - Another must have. These are more of a lipstick balm (which I personally prefer) but the colours are really bright and nicely pigmented. The staying power of these is also really impressive and they stay glossy. Kind of wish I had got more!
Pop Nail Polish in "Mint Magic" and "Baby Blue" - The one thing that really disappointed me beauty wise was the serious lack of nice nail colours anywhere! These colours were the exception, great formula as well, opaque after one coat!
Jordana Lipliner in "Tawny" - One of those YouTube made me do it purchases. I love watching Carli Bybel's videos and she is always using this lipliner.
Maybelline Great Lash Limited Edition "So Very Berry" - These had just come out and although I'm not a massive fan of the mascara I loved the colour, reminded me of my By Terry one which was hideously expensive!
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara - If I said this was purchased purely because of the packaging I wouldn't be lying!
Milani Illuminating Face Powder in "03 Beauty's Touch" - Again suckered in by the packaging but this is actually a really lovely blush. It doubles as a highlight too and comes in 2 shades, this pinky colour and a more bronzey peach version. This would be another of my recommendations if you are going to the US anytime soon.
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover - Haven't tried this yet, but have heard great things.
L'oreal Infallible Shadow in Amber Rush - Another one on my list before I went. You can get these shadows in the UK but the infamous Amber Rush is not available over here. Its a really beautiful gold colour, really compliments blue/green eyes. Plus it has all the sparkliness of a loose pigment eyeshadow, without the mess!
Ardell Brow Trim and Shape Grooming Tool - This is another must have. I bought a pack of these little eyebrow razors 2 years ago in New York and I have used them to death. They are perfect for getting all those little fine blonde hairs in between your brows and along the edges.
I treat EOS like Pokemon!
Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner - These were just released as well and when I saw an advert for them in a magazine I knew I had to track them down. You really cant go wrong with Herbal Essences and I cant wait to try these.
Its a 10 Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin - I managed to track this down on one of my last days in CVS in LA. This is a leave in conditioner but you cant buy 'Its a 10' in the UK. I used this for the first time this morning so its too early to give this a full review but I sprayed it though my hair when it was wet and it was so much easier and smoother to brush through. Even with a tangle teezer my hair takes a good few brushes to get the knots out but this really made a difference.
As I use more things I will include more reviews on my blog.