This long distance shizzle is bloody hard work at times! I hate airports and I hate goodbyes. I really thought I'd get through the gate without crying this time but as we walked towards it and I saw everybody saying their goodbyes to loved ones, I crumbled and started bawling! When I cry, it's not pretty. My face resembles a pumpkin in a matter of seconds.
Anyway I digress, I'm back in Blighty surrounded by lots of new goodies to add to the collection and thought I'd share my buys with you.
I've already done a post on the few MAC bits I bought along with the first part of my NYX order In typical fashion, the 2nd part arrived the day after I left *rolls eyes* and the third part is being packed at the warehouse as I type. On a brighter note, at least I have things to look forward to in the post now :-)
So onto the haulage! First up ...
Estee Lauder Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Sand & Sea eyeshadow palette. I'm really glad I bought this as I'd ummed and ahhhed over it when my MU partner in crime Miss Virtue told me the colour pay off wasn't that great. The tester had been STOLEN (why would you want to steal a palette that's had everybody's manky, swine-flu infected fingers all over it?!! Anyway ...) from the EL counter in Macys when I went to get it so I only had YT videos and photos I'd seen online to go by.
The colours are really pigmented. I swatched them using UDPP underneath and my Macro Focus doesn't capture half the vibrancy I can see with the naked eye.
I've been 'collecting' Revlon Super Lustrous lipglosses for the past couple of months now and I think I've got all the shades I want. I picked up Shine City, Life's A Peach (which I've been looking for, forever) and Le Chic Peach.
Milani nail lacquer - Lemongello. A nice sunny shimmery yellow which will look nice when Summer's in full effect (are we getting a Summer this year btw??).
I found this cheap neon yellow nail polish in a beauty supply store (what my friends and I call 'a hair shop' over here). It disappointingly dried matte but I'm hoping that'll change when I use CND's Super Shiney top coat over it.
Another pair of Tweezermans. I never get round to sending them off to be resharpened!
Palmer's dark chocolate & peppermint lip butter (can't wait to eat, I mean try this!)
Burt's Bees honey lip balm and the regular version.
Black Radiance sheer blush in Ruby Treasures
Black Radiance mosaic bronzer
Black Radiance sheer blush in Plum Sorbet.
Black Radiance mosaic bronzer
Black Radiance sheer blush in Plum Sorbet.
I placed an order with www.transdesign.com before I left and it was waiting for me when I arrived.
Top row: Essie Clutch Me If You Can, Sexy Dive, Shorty Pants (LOVE this), GreenPort (LOVE this), Protein base coat
Bottom row: China Glaze Who's Wearing What, Fairy Dust, Orly Country Club Khaki (LOVE this) and Creative Super Shiney.
Duo eyelash glue in black
Ardell lash growth accelerator - cheap as chips and I wanted to see if it worked. Talika Lipocils has defintely worked for me so far.
Finally from Transdesign I also bought Healthy Hoof protein treatment. I decided to get this instead of Solarbalm as I've read a lot about it and it's been used for years to strengthen and condition horses hooves and has been found to do the same on human nails. My nails could do with strengthening so I'm looking forward to testing this out.
(oh it's that pesky neon polish making an appearance again)
Revlon Colorstay foundation. For some reason Revlon UK seem to think all black people come in one shade so finding Caramel is near impossible to find over here! How odd is it that the same shade comes in different tones for different skin types - yet they both match me. Weird. weird. weird!
L'oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black
Vitamin E oil (70,ooo i.u) - I currently use this. so bought another bottle. The higher the i.u, the more effective the oil.
Wet n Wild Ultimate Minerals bronzer - 167 Amber Glow
Sephora perfume atomiser - I don't like carrying large bottles of perfume around with me so thought this would be handy to have.
Sephora professional flat brush #42 - fab for precise highlighter/blusher application. It's super duper soft too.
I needed a new double sharpener so that came home with me too.
Nars Albatross (Finally! Been wanting to get this for aaaaaaaaaages!)
Sephora lash placement kit - helps you fix your falsies in place.
Neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser - started using it out there and was impressed so bought a couple more bottles.
Cetaphil moisturiser - wanted to see what all the fuss was about. It's a nice moisturiser for dry skin, nothing earth-stopping about it but it's nice and does the job without making your skin feel really greasy which I do like. Again I started using it out there in case it turned out be crap so I could take it back.
Elasta QP mango butter moisturiser - I use this all the time for my hair whenever it's relaxed, the smell is gorgeous.
Pantene for women of color. Breakage defense deep conditioning mask. I've read a lot about this so when I spotted it in a beauty supply store (or 'hair shop' as they're referred to over here) , I snapped it up.
Benefit Gilded Tangerine Gold highlighter pencil (forgot to snap this and I can't be assed to dig everything out again so a promo pic will have to do).
Thanks to the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Milan Rouge who recc'ed this and also the Black Radiance Plum Sorbet blush. I'm looking forward to using this.
These tops from Urban Outfitters
Some more 'I luv NY' fitted tees to add to the ones I already have. I've become a bit obsessed with picking them up in every colour ever made!
Somebody posted on Specktra that Ashley Stewart was selling the 'Style Warrior' earrings. I didn't need to be told twice to go and get them as I was still kicking myself for not picking them up in Chinatown last Summer. They're huuuuuuge! Love 'em.
I bought the 'coin' earrings from Forever 21.
I love Chinatown/Canal Street for the costume jewellery that can be found. I don't appreciate paying hiked up prices in Topshop or Miss Selfridge so always raid C-Town before flying home.
I LOVE my new rings - love 'em!! The black, white and green one - I've never seen anything like it on my travels so am super pleased about that one. The flash on my camera has made the coral cocktail ring look orange - nevermind!
The lady I bought them from recognised me from buying from her in January and gave me a really good price after we haggled a bit.
I always make Richaud haggle for me now cos I'm convinced some sellers take the pee when they hear a foreign accent and raise the price to something ridiculous that they wouldn't offer an American citizen. It worked cos I got the lot for £21! B.A.R.G.A.I.N! Topshop would charge you £10-£15 per ring! Tsk!
I'm really pleased with the bits I bought. I don't think I did too badly considering how crap the exchange rate is now. I made sure everything I bought was stuff I really wanted so there's no chance of them gathering dust.
I wish I could say that this'll be my last beauty splurge for a while, but I'd be lying to myself. I already have a list of approx 15 'must have' products to buy that'll be popping up in future posts ;-)