New York haulage

Friday, May 22, 2009

I'm back from visiting the boy in New York and I'm still in a bit of a gloomy daze. I'm always like this for about 2 weeks after I get back - a combination of jetlag (I've been falling asleep at 4am all week!) and missing him terribly.

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.


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 Luster
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 ;-)

22 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Sarah said...

Oh my gawshhhhh I wanna come shopping with you!!!!! That is some serious haulage, good job :D I love it all!!!!! Btw, thankyou so much for your MUFE comment :)

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

LOL you make me laugh! Thank you hun. No worries re: MUFE. Anytime :-)

Saskia the Salsa Fairy said...

hoooolllllyyyy shh****!!!! that is some serious haulin'! All amazing! Love all your jewellery and t-shirts! The blue in the estee lauder pallette looks ace against your skin, so gorgeous!
Is Black Radiance an American brand, i've never heard of it or seen it here, colours look gorgeous! UK make up sucks for darker skin tones. And that is so weird about the colourstay - in the bottles they look so different too xx

Louise said...

Very impressed as per usual with your haulage missy you put the rest of us to shame! - thumbs up on the Ardell stuff from me ! I got some off ebay about a month ago and I am really impressed considering the price I can see a real difference on my lower lashes especially, I really wish I had taken some pics :)

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

Saskia - Thanks hon. You can usually find Black Radiance in most afro hair shops over here, but yeah it's an American brand and they usually won't have the entire range.

Trust me, I thought one of the Specktra girls was exaggerating when she said the Colorstay Caramel 'combination' looks different to the 'normal'. All the high st brands have shades for black skin in American, its just the norm in the drugstores out there. UK offices really need to step up their game.

Louise - Cheers me dears. I've actually bought less this trip! LOL oh that's good to hear about the Ardell lash thingy. My camera's close for lash close-ups or I'd do a before/after when I start using it.

I'm coveting your lipstick keyring btw!! Waiting for you to put it on your blog so I can ogle it again!

Patience said...

Hahaha Partner in Crime! LOVE it! - I enable you and you enable me! It's a BEAUTIFUL friendship!!

That Estee Lauder palette shall be mine today *evil laugh* if not for the blues alone! - As you know, I'm not a fan of the lighter colours in it, but hey it's a limited edition palette, and you know what I'm like with LE stuff! =D

I shall be round this weekend to pick up the rings! I WANT THEM ALL!! LOL

...Oh and you know now I NEED that Black Radiance Ruby Treasures blush in my life!

Love, love, LOVE the haul! (",)

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

Hahaha! We're so bad for one another, we're good!

Swatch that EL pencil when you go and get the palette and take a pic if you can.

The rings are illegal! Too cool for school!

Oh check out ACE for Ruby Treasures, or that shop down East Street market. Someone (I can't remember who - was it you???) told me that Yinka's has been shut down for good now *gasp*

Lolly said...

Healthy hoof LOL!! Think my "hooves" need some of that!! Great haul missy, love the look of those Revlon lipglosses, will look out for those when I go to states in a few weeks (or do they have em over here??!)

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

Hahaha! The name just isn't sexy is it?

You can get the Revlon glosses over here, they're about £7 but I got all mine off Ebay for like £1-£3 each. Before you go check the drugstore weekly circulars to see what's gonna be 50% or BOGOF when you're out there.

www.duanereade.com
www.cvs.com
www.riteaid.com

Lolly said...

Thanks angel, thats really helpful. x

Rai said...

WHOA! This is an awesome haul!!!

Those earrings are actually Fergie inspired earrings, not Style Warriors. I've been wanting since her "Glamorous" video.
I waited to the last minute and missed out. =[
But I found a site that sells them, but it's like $11, which they ARE NOT WORTH! lol

Yinka (VexInThecity) said...

- No probs Lols

- Thanks Rai. Did Fergie have them on in Glamorous? I need to watch the vid again. I've seen that Style Warriors promo pic probably more times than I have my own mother which is why I associate them with SW! LOL

The Makeup Snob said...

omg! I love what you got! Amazing haul! I love that " I love new shit " t shirt! I want one!! The Estee Bronze Goddess stuff is fantastic! I got the liquid bronzer and its a HG item for me for real... Enjoy all your new stuff!!

♥ Sadie ♥ said...

Fab haul, i'm impressed!! Love the huge coral stone cocktail ring x

em said...

wow awesome haulage!! the EL palette looks forgeous, and I love the bronze packaging! albatross is my fave highlghter, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Mrs Jones said...

wowza! That is a true haul. Show em how its done girl! Enjoy your stuff!

lipstickrules123 said...

What a haul or my new favorite term from youtube - Beauty Spree! Congrats - enjoy it all :-)

Girl With The Golden Touch said...

Thanks Yinka, now I'm bidding on Revlon's on eBay that I really don't need...

Sirvinya said...

Fabulous haul! The make up shopping in the US is so much better than over here!

theglosspost said...

I REALLY like that "I <3 new shit" tee. Very "cheeky" as you brits would say :)

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Niki said...

Hey, how did the Benefit Gilded stick thingy work out?

resham said...

Those rings are to die for...If this picture were 3 dimensional I would have wore one on each finger and ran away...ha!

 

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