Here I am after my second ever trip to the USA for some beauty and clothing shopping. Last year, I wasn’t blogging when I went but let me assure you, I came back with quite a few goodies which I still am loving now (and some that I haven’t opened yet…). This weekend, my plan was to try some new things: brands I haven’t used before, products that are difficult to get a hold of in Canada and some pretty things that I was just drooling over. Let’s start with some skin care.
Most of these are from Sephora though I didn’t do nearly as much shopping there as I would have liked. I had seen the Peter Thomas Roth mini mask set online and it looked like it was no longer available in Canada, so I really wanted to pick it up. I have never tried anything from the brand before but I love masks, I love trying new things and I really love mini/travel sized products. Speaking of which, I picked up a travel Sized Glamglow Supercleanse cleanser which I also believe isn’t available in Canada (not as a mini). I love the mask so I decided to give the cleanser a try. I have used it once and liked it so far, but I am not sure I will ever take the $43 plunge to buy the 5oz bottle of it. For my darling fiance, I picked up the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream which she recently discovered and really likes. I also picked up a few things which were not from Sephora: the L’Oreal Hydrafresh Toner and the Equate Pink Grapefruit Foaming Acne Scrub. I do NOT like this exfoliator at all, but I had picked it up after realizing that I didn’t bring any face wash with me to our hotel. The L’Oreal Toner is nice so far, after using it twice but we shall see!
For make up, I really tried to stick to getting powder products because I am really lacking. My blushes, highlighter, setting powder and powder foundations are pretty small compared to everything else in my collection of products. With that in mind, I grabbed 4 blushes: the Milani Rose Blushes in Coral Love and Tea Rose, the Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink and the Too Faced Love Flushed Blush in How Deep Is Your Love? I have only swatched these so far but they are all beautiful and very exciting. I also was on the hunt for the Real Techniques Blush Brush so when I saw it at Ulta, it went right into my basket.
The many other face powders I picked up were the Elf Tone Correcting powder, the Elf Under Eye setting powder, the Bare Minerals Well Rested Undereye setting powder, the Essence All About Matt powder and the L’Oreal True Match powder foundation in W1. I have tried a few of these and have to play around with them a bit more before giving my opinion.
Before we move on, I wanted to show you the star of the show for me and that is the Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlighter I picked up at Sephora. Words cannot describe how beautiful it is. It is shimmery but not glittery, it is creamy and soft, it is simply the most beautiful glow I have ever seen. I can’t get over how gorgeous it is. It makes me want to give the Too Faced eye shadows a try because if they are just as perfectly textured as this, I will just lose it. My money that is. And buy it all.
A few more products I picked up that I didn’t exactly need, but are harder to get a hold of in Canada. Here is the Elf Highlight and conceal concealer, the Elf Under Eye Hydrating Primer, the Wet n’ Wild Megaslicks balm stain in See If I Carrot and the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Athens. I really like the Wet n’ Wild Megaslicks balms but there was no selection where I was or I would have picked up many more. They taste awful but are pigmented and very balmy. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is my current favourite colour: a nude brown red kind of shade that hopefully suites me. I think it does anyway!
Finally, I went and did some damage with eye shadow. L’Oreal seemed really inexpensive in the US so I picked up a L’Oreal Infallable shadow in Always Pearly Pink which is disco ball pink so I love it. A similar product I saw was the Hard Candy Fierce Effects eye shadow in Lost & Found. Though similar, these are much messier than the L’Oreal shadows but still quite beautiful.
Lastly, what I wanted to visit Ulta for in the first place is the Lorac Pro 2 eye shadow palette. I was having a hard time picking between the two palettes but Cora from Vintage or Tacky did a whole video on the Lorac Pro 2 when it came out and I simply fell in love. It is beautiful. The texture is fantastic for most of the shades, they are also so easy to blend and the colour selection is beautiful too. I can see me making many different looks with this. I also really enjoy the texture of the primer more so than the Urban Decay Primer Potion I am currently using.
We’re at the end of the haul! Let me know if there is something you want to see more of or know more about. I am extremely excited about 99% of my purchases here. Let me know if you want to see what clothing I picked up and if you like hauls as much as I do!
Til next time, ttfn x