American Beauty

IMG_0608It’s so close to holiday time I can ALMOST taste it.. in 48hours we’ll be at the airport so today we’re putting the finishing touches to our rough itinerary (I always have one but since we’re taking the kids it’s a little less rigid this trip) and I’m making my final shopping list and thought I’d put out this post to see if you guys have any last minute recommendations .. Of course In return I will be sharing some of my own gems I’ve discovered over the years..

LORAC Pro Palette

It’s a standard oldie but goodie, I know but REALLY.. Lorac eyeshadows are LUSH! Once upon a time nothing could beat Urban Decay for me but these days if I’m reaching for something ‘nice’ over my more affordable palettes this is IT! I’d be tempted by more matte formulas from the brand.. they’re just buttery!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

A great selection of super blendable shades in packaging that, get this.. corresponds to the colour of the PRODUCT. So simple but beyond useful if you have more than a couple of blushers from one brand in your collection! The only issue with these is that I’ve found they can dry out over time.. not ideal for this collector!

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee

A product I’ve had for about 2 years but only used last month for the first time. It literally sat in its box that entire time because I assumed it would be really difficult to apply/wear but for the purpose of this post (which is why it’s pristine in the above picture) I bust it out and I’m SO glad I did cause I’ll be picking up another while I’m in New York! It’s a bit like a tinted cheek balm, so easy to blend out and really subtle.. I totally get the hype.. there was about 2 years ago.

Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener

We can still get the original of this, I believe but the Brightener version I’ve only ever seen in the states. I picked it up thinking I was repurchasing the regular light concealer and still haven’t used this up in the 3 years I’ve had it (don’t tell the makeup expiry police) but it’s a great pick me up on those days when I haven’t had as much sleep as I’d like.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

This is love hate.. I LOVE how easy it is to apply and the quick cat eye I can create with it.. but I HATE the formula! It’s not black enough, it transfers and it just DOESN’T last. So many people rave about this but I believe there is another version so I’ll be looking that up on my trip to see if maybe I picked up the wrong one. I really wish the liquid itself was better because or that the nib was something i could dip in to something else because it feels like such a waste of an almost good thing.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

These are EXCELLENT! I have 4 now but am still looking for a couple of elusive shades I’ve been unable to track down. TIP: apply a very thing layer for the most long wearing, comfortable finish! only gripe with this one is that the wand is so long I find it really awkward to apply which often leads to less than perfect lines.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I was given this in a free gift from Sephora, TIP: if you’re visiting sign up for a beauty card and enter your birthday as that day or soon after to receive a free gift! It was ACTUALLY my birthday but they didn’t check and a friend I was with did the same thing and got the gift, SCORE! I loved the cleanser and was later sent a full size to trial by the brand in the UK which led to a wave of both nostalgia and good skin! It’s my favourite ‘second cleanse’ after removing my makeup with something balmy and it’s been stolen by both by husband and my daughter on more than on occasion. Gentle but effective.

Fresh Brown Sugar Fragrance

As previously mentioned the brand is now in the UK but it’s much easier to get hold of in the US and still cheaper.. even with the current exchange rate *sobs*. My favourite thing from Fresh is still their Brown Sugar fragrance, it’s fresh and citrusy while actually smelling of SUGAR. It’s definitely not for everyone.. I know this because friends have told me but I can’t get enough and reminds me of holidays!! Yum!

That’s just a handful of items I could lay my hands on to mention but once I’m back with a bunch of new stuff I might just have to write up a part two. Fresh has a store in the UK now, Kat Von D is coming very soon and Tarte dabbles with sales on QVC but there’s still so much they have over there that I wish was more readily available here. What’s on your current American beauty lust list? 



  1. Victoria
    17 August, 2016 / 7:54 am

    I love the Kat von D liner, but need to ‘set’ it with a black eyeshadow. But find I have to do this with with all pen style liners.
    My husband went last year to the US and I gave him a shopping list of that liner, Tarte Exposed blush and a Sephora matte lip cream. You might like those?
    I’m dying to try the Kat von D liquid lipsticks, maybe when they arrive here.

  2. 17 August, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    With so much American beauty available in the UK now as well as Sephora being able to ship I try and seek out the drugstore products that aren’t available to us, such as the Maybelline Brightener or at least ones that I can get ahead of their UK release.

    My friend lives in the US so I’m lucky to get my hands on bits and pieces and the L’Oreal Revitalift range is a good one. She’s just been to visit and brought the exfoliating pads back for me as they weren’t even able to ship to the UK and as far as I’m aware they’re not due for UK release.

    Wet n Wild is always a good choice as it’s so affordable and I believe their Autumn collections are just hitting stores. I’m sure you’re aware but there’s a fantastic Duane Reade between Macy’s and Victoria Secrets which I love to visit in NYC.

    Victoria x

  3. Gillian Gallacher
    17 August, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Try the Barry M liquid eyeliner in waterproof, its no way waterproof but the nib is very similar to kat von d and it doesnt transfer on my very hooded eyes and is jet black..underrated

  4. 17 August, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    These are such great picks! I’ve definitely been wanting to try the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks from Kat Von D. They look amazing!

    Abby Talks

  5. Niki
    18 August, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I got that fresh face wash in the birthday freebie this month and find that it really dries out my skin, I wonder if there’s some way I should be using it for it to work better. Also just bought some NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick that seems pretty nice so far. Something you may like is Sephora has their own range of masks, I particularly like the Rose Lip Mask. Have an awesome trip!

  6. 19 August, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I have been wanting a Lorac palette for so long! That one is so pretty.

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