If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (and if you don't you know what to do... ) you may know that at the end of last year just before Christmas I went to Hawaii for a few days. For us Aussies, visiting pretty much any other country (let's be honest, hellooo Duty Free), but especially the US means serious business for our beauty lovin' selves - and of course our poor wallets.
Fortunately in late 2014 and 2015 we were FINALLY blessed with Sephora and a whole bunch of other brands (I'm looking at you Urban Decay) that previously weren't available in Australia so there isn't so much we are missing out on anymore. However the price difference still makes my bank account cry. So a trip to the US still equates to a massive beauty haul.
Though I personally think my haul is quite tame this time round seeing as I went to mainland USA in the beginning of 2015 and our exchange rate is just a tad devastating at the moment. So if you're planing a trip to the US or just want to take a bit of a snoop to what I bought, read on ladies and gents, read on! Most of my purchases are from Sephora with a few drug store and MAC purchases as well.
If you know me personally (or if you are a long time reader of my blog) you may know that I have a bit of a love affair with skincare. Ever since having acne prone skin in high school, I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest in skincare. So I usually try to find brands or products that we don't have in Australia.
So it comes at no surprise really that the no.1 item I wanted from Sephora was the Sephora Favourites Skin Wonderland set. As far as I know we don't have these type of sets in Australia and I think they are such a great way to try out a bunch of products from a variety of brands, especially the pricier ones. This set retails for $68US and the products I am most excited to try are the Sunday Riley Good Genes, Kate Somervile Exfolikate, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and the NUDE Rescue Oil. A particular skincare brand that I really want to try is Boscia. I sampled a few of their face masks on my last trip and I really enjoyed them, so this time I picked up their Boscia Japanese Favourites Set which includes their Detoxifying Black Cleanser, Tsubaki Beauty Oil, Luminizing Black Mask and Exfoliating Peel Gel. I also picked a few of their Black Charcoal Blotting Linens and a full size Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel.
Continuing with the skincare trend I also purchased some good old favourites - the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (which seem to be permanently out of stock on Adore Beauty...) and the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (which also seems to be out of stock when I visit Sephora...). Some newbies that I am extremely excited try are the Peter Thomas Roth Masks - these are kinda like deluxe sample sizes exclusive to Sephora (again trying before I commit to the full size but I have heard such great things about them!), Clinique Oil-Control Cleansing Mask and the Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Face Tonic - any guesses to what skin type I have guys!??
Looking at what I bought now I realise I bought quite a number of highlighters (hehe no regrets though) including the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop which I have already been using and loving, and also mentioned it my Beauty Favourites of 2015 post. I also purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Stardust which is absolutely gorgeous might I add, the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion and the Milani Illumniating Face Powder in Amber Nectar - girl can never get enough glow right!
Other face products I bought include a back up of my fave foundation the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation, Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder, Cover FX Mattifying Primer and Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless liquid foundation and powder. All of these products are available in Australia but are marginally cheaper in the US including exchange rate and taxes, so they are no brainer purchases really! Plus, I have been meaning to try out a few of them and needed a replacement for the ones I have ran out of. I also received a sample of the Make Up Forever Microfinish Powder.
Yes, even more make up! Again I repurchased a few faves including the ABH Brow Wiz and Stila Stay All Day Liquid eye liner - also featured in my Beauty Faves of 2015. I honestly love these two products and consider them forever repurchases, however I have recently decided to try the Kat Von D eyeliner after many recommendations so let's so how that one goes. I picked up some more Maybelline goodies, a few of these I have yet to see in Australia and apparently the Smokes eyeshadow palette was exclusive to Walgreens so I just had to have it! Of course no haul would be complete without a lil bit of MAC. I got some lippies in the shades Honey Love and High Tea (more nudes for me - what's new really) and another Patisserie as I am about to run out of mine. I also got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood, Dior Addict Lip Maximizer and a cute lil pot of Vaseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter which I have never seen before so hopefully it is gooood!
AND LASTLY I bought the Marc Jacobs Mod Noir perfume. I had been meaning to buy this baby for awhile but always hesitated, but since my trusty Chanel Chance is about to finish I thought I better give this a go. Apparently I also spent enough (read: too much) and qualified for VIB Rouge status so I also received a few sample boxes including the Clinique and Lancome boxes. Being the skincare obsessive I am I quite excited to try the Clinique samples!
Phew! There we have my US Beauty Haul! I will most likely be trying these all out and reviewing them all in due course but let me know if there is a particular product you are most keen to hear me blab about!
What's on your beauty wishlist? Have you tried any of these products? Hopefully I have inspired you to get your spend on!