15 Jun 2014

USA Haul Post, Part 2, Beauty Haul

Hello Beauties, so here it is, what you've all been waiting for, my USA beauty haul. I know there is no need to do a disclaimer as I have included one in the part one of this post but there is one little thing I would like to say.

I am a professional makeup artist and I am constantly building my kit so I have purchased a lot of makeup and will continue to buy makeup until I feel satisfied with my kit, in saying this I want you to know that there is absolutely NO NEED to spend ridiculous amounts of money on makeup or buy unnecessary products, buy makeup as you use it and not for the sake of having it because there is absolutely no point in wasting money on makeup your not going to use just because you saw it on someones blog or a blogger/beauty guru said it was good or your friend has more makeup than you.

Makeup is my career and is something i'm very passionate about, that is why I have the amount that I have but in writing this blog I am in no way claiming that everyone should have/buy this amount of makeup or spend ludicrous amounts of money on makeup there are wonderful brands on the high street and in the drugstores and you will ALWAYS be able to find a dupe for your favourite high end products.
Any way that's enough of all the serious talk it's time to get on with the haul.

Before I left the UK I made a makeup wishlist of some of the products I wanted to pick up and a list of shops I wanted to visit. First on my list were some of the most popular drugstores in the USA such as CVS, Walgreens and Dwain Reids and as ashamed as I am to say it I actually forced Cían to come with me to Walgreens on our very first night just for a mosey, I'm sure it was EXACTLY what the poor boy wanted, just off an 8 hour flight and is forced to go and look at makeup for an hour "sorry Cían if your reading this".
I didn't actually pick anything up in Walgreens as it was our first night and I didn't want to seem like a complete eager beaver even though I so was.

The next day Cían and I went to the Florida Mall and the first shop I saw when I walked in was CVS so obvioulsy I had to drag Cían in with me.

I picked up 3 Clump Crusher mascaras, two for my kit and one for myself, I actually picked up two different types without realizing. I have heard so many great things about this mascara and I knew I had to try it for myself and with it only being a couple of dollars each I figured I may as well pick some up for my kit as well.

Next I picked up two L'Oreal Infallible eye shadows, I already had a couple of these and knew I absolutely loved them and with them being so much cheaper in the USA I decided to pick up two more. I picked up the colours Iced Latte and Amber Rush.

Finally in CVS I picked up two Maybelline colour tattoos (review here), I absolutely love these bad boys and I knew they had a much larger variety of colours in the USA so I had to pick some up I picked up the colours Edgy Emerald and Barely Branded.

On evening two Cían and I hit The Mall at Mellenia and I hit up both MAC an Seophora, all the MAC stuff i bought is all together in the photos so it looks like a lot but I picked it up over a couple of days in the MAC Pro stores in both The Mall at Mellenia and the Florida Mall.

We will go through what I picked up for myself first and then go through what I picked up for my professional kit.

The first two items I will speak about are the two products from the Alluring Aquatics line because I didn't actually purchase these in the USA I picked them up in Hethrow airport before I even left.

I had my heart set on the bronzer from the range in the shade Golden but anywhere I looked it was sold out and I was worried that by the time I reached the USA it would be sold out there too so when I saw it in the airport I knew I had to pick it up, I was lucky to get it in the airport, it was the last one which makes me believe even more that it's meant for me.

The second item I picked up from the range is the frost finish lipstick in the shade Pet Me, Please, I know a lot of people are not fond of the frost finish lipsticks but they are my absolute favourite especially in the bronze/gold shades.

In the USA I picked up 7 new shades of lipstick for myself, as you may or may not know I am MAC lipstick obsessed (MAC lipstick collection post). I picked up the colours Frenzy, Brave, Velvet Teddy, Sweet and Sour, Viva Glam Rhianna, Flat out Fabulous and Rebel, I also picked up a tube of lipglass as I absolutely love it and ALWAYS use it.

L-R Pet Me, Please, Frenzy, Brave, Velvet Teddy, Sweet and Sour, Viva Glam Rhiana, Flat Out Fabulous,Rebel

I picked up 4 new eye shadows to add to my palettes I picked up the colours Phloof, Dazzle Light, Sable and Coppering, I had wanted these colours for a long time but decided to wait and get them in the USA.

Second Row L-R Phloof , Dazzle Light, Sable, Coppering

I picked up two new pigments one pressed and one loose, I picked up Blonde Streak pressed pigment and White gold loose pigment, I really wanted Pink Opal but they were sold out everywhere so it's still on my wishlist.

I also picked up a Paint Peinture, my very first one, these little beauty's are very like paint pots except for instead of being in a pot its in a little tube I picked up the shade Stilife and cannot wait to try it out, I'm very excited. 

Finally I picked up a tube of Strobe Cream I absolutely love this stuff and always have a tube of it in my makeup collection and if you haven't tried it I really recommend you do. 

Next we will move on to the MAC items I picked up for my kit.

Obviously when working as a professional makeup artist you need to have many different kinds of foundation in  your kit in a multiple of different shades and some of my favourites are MAC Studio Fix and MAC Face and body and obviously I couldn't leave without picking a few bottles up.

I picked up 4 bottles of Studio Fix in the shades NW1O, NW15, NW20 and NW40.

L-R NW10, NW15, NW2O, NW40 

I picked up two bottles of face and body in the shades C4 and C5, these are perfect for use alone or for mixing with other foundations, I have a multiple of different colours in my kit now (I have built quite a collection).

L-R C4, C5

I also picked up a tube of Prep and Prime face and a tube of Strobe Cream, these are a must have for any professional kit in my opinion, I use them on a daily basis and clients seem to love them.

I picked up a number of different palettes in MAC as they are so much cheaper in the USA and it I always enjoy building palettes for my professional kit (and my personal makeup kit but we won't mention that).

The first palette I picked up was a large palette with two blush inserts to go with it, I have found it SO difficult to purchase blush inserts in both the UK and Ireland so I knew it was one of the main things I wanted to pick up the USA, turns out I didn't even get to as there was a mess up and I was sold the wrong thing so had to purchase the inserts off the MAC website when I got home, but that's a story for another day.

I already had one blush insert so I picked up 5 more so one side of my palette would be complete, i'm quite OCD about things like this which can be a real pain sometimes. 

I picked up the shades Love Cloud, Peaches, Margin, Cubic and Tenderling.

Top Row L-R Love Cloud, Peaches, Margin
Bottom Row L-R Cubic, Tenderling

 I also picked up a large palette and two inserts for my lipsticks, I decided on the 12 lipstick inserts rather than the 24 inserts as the 12 fits the whole lipstick in it rather than only half in the 24 which means being able to get rid of the empty bullets straight away rather than having both the lipstick bullets and palette in my kit.

I picked up 3 new lipsticks for my kit in the shades New York Apple, Flat Out Fabulous and Rebel. I have now melted all my lipsticks into my palette and absolutely love it.

L-R New York Apple, Flat Out Fabulous, Rebel, Russian Red, Morange, Plum Pink
L-R Jazz, Frou, Pattisserie, Angel, Behave Yourself, Up The Amp

The Final Palete I picked up was another large palette with 2 15 eye shadow inserts, I already had a 15 eye shadow palette but it was one of the old palettes and it was getting a bit grubby looking so I decided to replace it and what better way to replace it than with one double it's size.

I picked up 3 new eye shadows to go in my new palette in the shades Yogurt, Phloof and All that glitters, I already had 15 MAC eye shadows and I plan on filling the rest of my pallets with purchases from the IMATS. 

L-R Yogurt, Phloof, All That Glitters

I also picked up two paint pots for my kit I already have plenty of these little posts of heaven in my personal makeup (MAC paint pots collection post) collection but I didn't have any in my professional kit, I picked up the shades Painterly and Ground Work. 

L-R Painterly, Groundwork
I know it may seem like I bough a lot in MAC and I did but if you have been reading my blog a while you will know that MAC is one of my all time favourite makeup brands and it makes up the foundation of my professional kit as well so with it being so much cheaper in the USA I knew I would pick some up and I also get a % discount off each purchase because of my pro card so it was actually much cheaper than I ever imagined it to be, it almost seems sinful buying MAC in the UK and Ireland when you realize just how much cheaper it is in the USA. 

The next shop we visited was Seophora, and like any other beauty blogger I am obsessed with Seophora, when I heard they had started shipping to the UK my online shopping bag grew seriously fast but I restrained myself and decided I would wait until we were in the USA which I am very proud of if I do say so myself.

The main thing I went in for was the Tarte Amazonia Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation as I had heard so many beauty bloggers and beauty gurus raving about it but unfortunately when the colour IQ matched me to a shade it was actually out of stock, I tried too other Seophora stores before we left and they were also out of stock so obviously my skin tone is a very popular shade. My cousin is in Canada at the minute though so I may ask her to pick me up a tube before she comes home.  In saying this I definitely didn't walk out of Seophora empty handed, in all honesty, who could? 

The first thing I picked up was the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation and Lock It Tattoo concealer, the woman In the shop knew I was looking for a full coverage foundation and recommended these, I had never tried anything from the Kat Von D range so was very excited to try them, I have been using them since I got home and O WOW , they are honestly incredible, full coverage, easy to apply and blend and last absolutely all day with no need for a touch up, I really wish I had picked up another bottle of this as I absolutely love it, it will definitely be added to my online shopping bag.

The next thing I picked up was also from the Kat Von D range and it is one of the Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick and it is in the shade Armageddon, I haven't actually had a chance to wear this yet but when I swatched it on my hand it was so pigmented and creamy I knew I had to have it. 


The next few items I picked up were from Tarte, I was disappointed that they didn't have the foundation I wanted but I knew I wanted to try out a couple of there other products as well, I had heard great things about there Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushers so I picked up one in the shade exposed, The other item I picked up was the Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder, the woman in the shop had used this on my while testing foundations and I absolutely loved the finish it gave so I knew I had to have it.

The next thing I picked up was two Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tars, as a complete lip product junkie I am not quite sure why I had never tried these little beauties before my god am I happy I have tried them now, So pigmented and easy to wear, these two are my new "go to" lip products. I picked up the shades Interlacelt and Femme.

L-R Interlacelt, Femme 

Next Thing I picked up was two eyeliners from Makeup Forever, we do actually have a Makeup Forever shop in Dublin but I never go in there and I'm really not quite sure why. I picked up two Aqua eyes in the shades 23L and 2L, I have actually lost the swatch photos for these but I will be doing a full review of them soon.

I then picked up two Seophora own brand brushes, I had never tried any of the Seophora makeup brushes so I actually asked on Twitter what ones you guys would recommend so I picked up the Miner Powder Brush which I have actually been using for foundation and I absolutely love it and the Precision Foundation which is PERFECT for under eye concealer. 

Last but by no means least in Seophora I picked up the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Duo for my kit, we recently had Amy Conway from Bobbi Brown come in and do a demo for  us in college and ever since seeing her use these I knew I had to have them.

Next place we went to was Victoria Secrets and along with the other things I got I picked up 3 of there lip-glosses I have been using and loving Victoria Secret lip-glosses since I was in secondary school so I knew I had to pick up a few more, I picked up the shades Melonrageous, Citrus Kissed and Candy Baby, they smell and taste absolutely incredible.

L-R Melonrageous, Citrus Kissed, Candy Baby

The second to last shop we visited was Target and to say I did some damage in Target would be the understatement of the century, when the sales assistant had finished scanning everything through and told us how much it was I am pretty sure I saw Cían shed a tear. 

The first things I picked up were EOS Lip Balms, who doesn't love EOS, I couldn't actually pick what flavors I wanted so I picked up one of each of the flavors the had there. Summer Fruits, Sweet Mint, Lemon Drop, Strawberry Sorbet, Honey Suckle/ Honey Due and Pomegranate Raspberry.

Next I picked up some Baby Lips, I absolutely LOVE the Baby Lips Lip Balms and have the complete collection of the flavors we have at home so I figured I would pick up two of the flavors we can't actually get at home and these are from the ELECTRO Range, I picked up the flavors Berry Bomb and Minty Sheen. Excuse the photo below as it includes my Victoria Secrets Glosses and my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream which I picked up in one of the outlet malls.

Finally in Target I picked up some bits from NYX this is the main reason I dragged Cíán to target as I really wanted to pick up some butter glosses and repurchase some of my other favourite NYX products.

Obviously the first thing I picked up was the butter glosses, I have heard so many people rave about them that I just knew I had to try them, I picked up the shades Tiramisu, Vanilla Cream Pie, Merengue, Peaches and Cream and Maple Blondie. 

L-R Tiramisu, Vanilla Cream Pie, Merengue, Peaches and Cream, Maple Blondie

Next thing I picked up was three of there blushes I picked up the shades Terra Cotta, Peach and Pinched, I absolutely LOVE the NYX blushes as they are so pigmented but so creamy and easy to blend and wear.

L-R Terra Cotta, Peach, Pinched

Next I picked up 4 of the Jumbo Eye Pencils, I picked up two in the shade Milk, Milk is such a cult product in the Beauty world and this is a repurchase for me also it's perfect for highlighting or even wearing under eye shadows as a primer/base as it really makes the colours pop, the other two shades I picked up were Mocha and Yogurt.

Finally the last thing I picked up from NYX was there HD Eye shadow Primer, this is also a re-purchase I have tried so many different eye shadow primers and honestly nothing compares to this little beauty. 

Finally we have reached the end of my haul and the very last shop I visited Bath and Body works for one reason and one reason only hand sanatizers, The deal in Bath and body works is 5 for $5 so I picked up 10 7 for myself and 3 as part of my giveaway prizes if you haven't entered do so RIGHT NOW (Here), and I also picked up a cute little holder for them to clip onto my brush belt.

If you have made it to the end CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for sticking with it all the way to the end as I know this is a really long post, I could have done it in three parts but I really wanted to get it up in to, I hope you have enjoyed it and maybe it has given you some inspiration on products you want to pick up in the future, leave me a comment telling me what is your favourite product in my Haul or what your favourite USA drugstore products are. 


  1. You picked up some amazing things, I have the Kat Von D foundation but it's a little to dark for me :/
    I also love the hand sanitizer holder (: so cute!

    Ash xx

    1. Thank you sweetie I really spoiled myself but it would have been a sin not to, everything was so cheap. :)

  2. I'm so jealous of everything you bought! There's so many things on my America beauty wish list now x


    1. No don't be jealous that's not what I meant to happy, there's a great website called beauty joint that has some great American drugstore brands at great prices. xxx

  3. Wow! I was in New York last summer and only bought three items of makeup. Brilliant haul!

    1. Wow only 3 things that's some serious self control and will power something I do not posses at all when it comes to shopping. :P Xxx

  4. Well I am not jealous of you right now at all! Some many beautiful products!

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty

    1. Don't be jealous, just go shopping :) Xxx

  5. Look like a lovely trip!! :D

    1. It was such a good trip I wish I could go back this summer. :(