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Thursday, August 28, 2014

US Products to Try

US Products to Try

A few days ago I shared which can only be described as the beauty wishlist to end all wish lists but as someone who has raided Sephora and the US "drugstore" (sorry as a Brit it will always be a Chemist to me) beauty halls in the past I thought it was only fair to share my must have brands and products to investigate should you go state side any time soon.

Sephora Own Brand
Think of Sephora's own beauty line in the same way you would Boots No.7 products only Sephora have their finger on the pulse when it comes to make-up trends. Each piece that I have tried over the years is so well formulated, comes in flattering shades and their brushes are on par with the likes of MAC when it comes to quality. My top picks include Sephora Cream Lip Stains, the baked eyeshadows and blushes and if you purchase one brush let it be the Sephora Pro Visionary Modelling Foundation Brush.

The Beauty Blender
In the States the cult beauty sponge that is The Beauty Blender costs around half the price that it does here in the UK. Which is rather annoying, the likes of Sephora also do value packs which again cost less and give you two sponges. I will be stocking up later this year and will be investigating the new mini size which looks to be perfect for the under eye area.

US Products to Try

Milani
You need to purchase at least one of the Milani Baked Blushes. They are cheap, cheerful and so well formulated. Unlike typical baked blushes they aren't prone to shattering, looking powdery or worse overly shimmer based nor do they contain an abundance of glitter. If you like your blush to give a hit of colour as well as radiance this is the formulation for you. I personally swear by the shade Luminoso which is a light, almost peachy pink. I will be stocking up on a good few pans that is for sure.

Wet n Wild
Yeah the brand name is a little questionable but for a "drugstore" brand the quality is there...well when it comes to certain products. In my opinion the eyeshadow palettes are top notch and come in lots of different shades. The lipsticks are as cheap as chips and although a little dry in texture they wear really well and come in beautiful shades. I forever stock up on the shade Bare it All - a light, cool toned nude.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush
Yep you can purchase L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in most countries but here in the UK we do not get the shade Amber Rush and yet it is easily my favourite from the collection. L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush is a light, golden yet pink based copper that just dazzles on blue eyes (it looks great on everyone though!). The formula as you can imagine is great, it is truly metallic, gel based and wears so well (even on the oiliest of lids).

US Products to Try

Tarte Cosmetics
Again a small smattering of products are available via QVC UK but if you want the full line up you will have to visit either a Sephora or Ulta store. My advice is go straight for the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes as they are phenomenal and if you can snag a few brushes, again the quality is nothing short of wonderful.

MAC - mainly MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow
First of all MAC is so, so much cheaper in the US (lipsticks work out to be £9.60 opposed to £15.50 and they are even cheaper should you pick them up in the US end of duty free) but some shades seem to be US/Canada only? If you like neutrals and/or need a good blending shade MAC Soft Brown is the eyeshadow you should seek out, it also doubles up as a good contour shade. Annoyingly I have shattered mine while travelling.

Ardell False Eyelashes
The best quality eyelashes I have found that don't cost the earth, especially the whispies. In the States the cost half the price of what you will pay here in the UK. I always purchase a few pairs to stash away for special occasions.

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks
I have no idea why the Maybelline Color Whispers have not yet made it to the UK but if you like sheer lip colours with a balm like texture definitely pick one of these up. I bought a few shades last year and never reviewed as I know how frustrating it is to hear about a great product but not be able to actually source it with ease.

C.C.O (Cosmetic Company Outlets)
Yes, yes we have C.C.O stores here in the UK but in all honesty they are pale in comparison to those in America. Not only is the make-up super cheap but it is in shades you will actually want to wear.

Expect this list to grow in the coming months. Whoops!










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32 comments:

  1. I too love american stuff we can't get here and I send off for mine through ebay. A great find was mac brown script eyeshadow, it's lovely in the crease over mac blanc type which is my all time most used eyeshadow.xx

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  2. Tarte products have always been something I'd like to try!

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Love this post! That Milani blush in Luminoso is my go-to when I'm in a hurry (aka always), and I don't want to apply bronzer, blush, and highlighter separately. It's such a good all-in-one!

    Melissa | M is for Melissa

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  4. Definitely agree with you on Milani blushes, so lovely!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  5. I'll be in Florida in October too, for 3 weeks - will say hi if I see you in Sephora! ;)

    Much like when British people use words like "liquor" and "faucet", it irritates me when they say "drugstore"! Its Boots, Superdrug or the pharmacy. Or chemist. Damn 'Muricans!

    http://beckyalyssasbeautybox.wordpress.com

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    1. Hahaha when do you go? If you see a small, scottish blonde that will be me ;) YES or Mom! No you are British please stop ;)

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  6. i need all of that stuff in my life, and I'm not even kidding! I'm planning to pick a lot of stuff up when I'm over the next year! :)

    Celine // http://mybloggreeneyedgirl.blogspot.be/µ

    xx

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  7. all these sound great :) might to grab some when i go to the us!

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. It's so unfair they pay less for almost everything! I really need to try Milani!
    sophielfarrell.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  9. Every time I go to America I practically run into Sephora before I do anything else. Sephora's own brand is incredible. I wish they'd open up a few stores in the UK.

    Raise The Waves

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  10. Great post, I would like to try some of the Sephora own brand and Josie Maran.
    http://alittlebitofjenn.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Great roundup of products! Milani just began carrying single pot eyeshadows which are super pigmented and definitely worth a try!

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  12. (revised) I am in the USA and am always willing to get stuff and send it over! There is always something from the UK I am after too. My mail is TRCasteel at yahoo.

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  13. I love l'oreal amber rush. it is gorgeous. I just reviewed it last week on the blog. I tried the milani blush and did not really care for it. I loved the color though.

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  14. I can't wait to get my hands on Milani blushes, read so many rave reviews about it!

    Reflection of Sanity

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  15. I got a beauty blender in a birch box and its amazing! I love it, but really sad that its so expensive in england :(

    rosabelleblogspot.blogspot.com x

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  16. I've heard nothing but good things about Milani's Luminoso! I must own it!

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  17. I agree with you on Milani and Wet n Wild. They have some of the best drugstore beauty products I know.

    http://girlbehindglasses.wordpress.com

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  18. awesome haul!!!

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  19. Tarte, Wet N Wild and Milani have some incredible products! The Wet N Wild eyeshadow palettes are amazing, as are the lipsticks (and they are super cheap!)

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  20. I love the milani blushes and anything wet and wild! Their lipsticks and eye shadows are amazing.

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  21. I do love a Milani Blush and a WnW lippie! Soft Brown from Mac is tentatively on my list and I've yet to try the Beauty Blender so I think it's time to make the purchase.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  22. I love Sephora' s own brand and Bobbi Brown! Great tips:-)
    XX
    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

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  23. I want to try everything in this post. Especially the Milani blushes.

    Kah-Feh Yen

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  24. I need to buy that sponge! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

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  25. I'm obsessed with Sephora! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com/

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  26. I've been dying to try some Tarte and Wet 'n Wild products. Wish we'd get them in the UK. The Sephora baked blush is also gorgeous! Shame I didn't see anything like it when I went to Sephora in Barcelona this week. X

    speakingbeautyuk.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. This post definitely makes me appreciate living in the states! Luminoso is one of my favorite drugstore blush finds as well. Such a beautiful shade.

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  28. These are all on my list, especially the beauty blender and Milani blushes!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  29. I hope I get another trip to the States when you are there, we can go crazy in CVS and Sephora!

    http://www.Anoushkaloves.com

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  30. Does anyone know the shade of that Tarte lipstick?! It looks amazing!

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  31. So many great things! I don't even know what I would like to try more)
    xo
    Stacy

    http://tastyrumors.blogspot.com/

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