The New York Beauty Haul


It's here: my big New York beauty haul! I've pretty much been saving all year and also got money for my birthday (which is why we went away) so obviously there's a lot of stuff. Although it was what I'd been waiting for, I can't say I wasn't a little horrified watching the total rack up on my first trip to Sephora... Most of you guys wanted to see this as soon as possible so this is going to be more of a 'show' than a tell, as I've tried some of these products more than others and some haven't even had a look-in yet. However I will be doing full reviews of these over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Obviously I picked these products up in the States, though I will try to link to sites that ship to the UK or advise how you can get these products here where possible. I did try to stick to buying things not available in this country, however there were a few things I'd wanted for a while and was just feeling spendy about! I bought all the drugstore products from CVS, Walgreens and Duane Reade, most of the high-end stuff from Sephora and then I did a ColourPop order. Note that in the US, tax isn't included in the prices already. I'm not sure about the rest of the country but in New York that meant an extra 8-9% on the prices below at the till, so things aren't always as cheap as they seem however there are still a lot of savings to be had. 

The drugstores are really much of a muchness - they tend to carry the same brands with almost identical aisles and you only really need to visit more than one if you can't find stuff in stock. There are no testers at the drugstore, which was annoying (especially with foundations) but you can return things so if you go to the US I'd advise to check everything is the right shade before you leave. One thing I really noticed is that the drugstore isn't *that* cheap. I think the L'Oreal cushion foundation was $16-17 vs. £15 in the UK but then you have extra tax on top of it. I'm sure there are discount vouchers online and in magazines you can use but there aren't offers just there in store in the US. In the UK it's virtually impossible to pay full price because every brand will have discounts and special offers readily available (3 for 2, 2 for £10, introductory prices and so on) but in the US everything was full-price.

Sephora was obviously the main place I went wild in, as we've not had their stores in the UK for about 10 years (though there are always rumours it's coming back, nothing ever seems to come from them) and even when we did I'm pretty sure it was more like Sephora France so we wouldn't have been able to get all the US brands anyway. It's a little unusual because unlike in the UK there aren't counters for high-end brands. You just go up and serve yourself, which I personally prefer. Ironically I tend to spend more when I'm able to browse in peace than when there's someone hovering around me constantly.

I've only included the products I got for myself, not any gifts for other people but I did pick up a couple of bits to put in a giveaway, so keep your eye out for that...

Lips



One of the things I did in New York was to visit the Bite Beauty Lip Lab to make my very own custom lipsticks. Obviously the shades are unique to me but I thought I'd still show them in here (let me know if you'd enjoy a post on the experience and some swatch comparisons of the shades I made with ones you can get off the shelf). The formula is matte but it's really creamy and comfortable on the lips with a very slight sheen. I originally was only going to make one, however we mixed another shade 'for fun' and I really fell for that too! Both are nudes, one has pinky-mauve undertones and the other is more coral-coloured.



I have a couple of these and they're really pigmented, long-lasting and not as dry as some others I've tried. This is a very warm-toned brown nude. I like it for me, however I can see it might look a little orange on more neutral and cool skin tones.


I actually purchased this without seeing it based on the colour on the box as there wasn't a tester! Luckily it ended well because this is a beautiful medium pink-brown nude colour. I actually thought this was similar to Echo Park on first impressions but it dries quite a bit darker. On first impressions it's slightly drying on the lips but gives that completely matte finish that lasts for hours.


I actually picked this up in Urban Outfitters as they have a really great beauty department in the States. I vaguely remembered people praising these liquid lipsticks online so thought I'd have a look. I swatched this pinky-rust colour and just had to have it! It has a really sweet scent and the formula isn't too drying, though it does transfer a little bit.


I really wasn't sure if this was going to be for me, having Googled swatches, as in some pictures it looked really light but in others it seemed like something that might work for me. I really love the Ultra Satin finish so for $6 thought I'd give it a go and I'm very glad I did. If it was slightly lighter it would be a little bit 'concealer lips' on me but it's just the perfect peachy-brown nude. The Ultra Satin formula is really comfortable and non-drying but still so pigmented, which decent staying-power. I've shipped ColourPop to the UK three times (one time, when I spent over $30 I did get a customs fee though) and you can read about how I do it here.


I've heard so much about these liquid lipsticks that I just had to get some! You can pick these up in Sephora or Macy's but I didn't know for sure at the time and stocks did vary so I ordered them online to my hotel (with their permission, of course). I took a break from the nudes and picked up two bolder colours: Soft Lilac and Kathryn. Soft Lilac appealed to me as I really fancied trying something like MAC Snob, but that shade was just a bit too light for me and this is just that bit deeper and more vibrant. It's definitely a 'weekend' colour but I really like it! Kathryn is an evening shade for me; a deep rosy plum tone. I will definitely update you on how I get on with these but my first impression is that they're a little bit tricky to apply; they're very pigmented and have a slightly thicker formula so the standard doe foot applicator doesn't work very well. However hopefully they'll be worth the effort.



I looked in every single drugstore for these and completely gave up when none of them were in stock. By chance, on the way back to the hotel before our flight home, we popped into Duane Reade to get some sweets and chocolate and I couldn't resist having a peruse along the beauty aisles. There they were: every single shade I'd wanted! The formula, as the name suggests, is very creamy and comfortable whilst still giving you that matte finish. My only negative really is that they aren't as opaque and pigmented as I'd like. Clay Crush is a gorgeous warm-toned nude, Lust for Blush is a mid-toned lilac and Touch of Spice is a deep mauve-rosy-brown.


I actually picked this up after I gave up on the Creamy Mattes because I've never seen this shade in the UK. It's pigmented but has a sheen to it and the colour is a really pretty medium-toned wine.


I really wanted to try the new Bite Beauty lipstick formula as I've heard so many positive things. I wanted something a little different from my usual for summer so went for this coral shade. It's very creamy and although it's has that sheen, it's still opaque in colour.


I personally find the ColourPop Matte Lippie Stix to be more of a satin finish so I decided to pick up one of their new Matte X formula. This definitely has a more true matte colour however it still isn't overly drying. The shade itself is a pinky-mauve.


I've heard so many people talk about this lip liner that it was at the top of my wish list. Although the name says 'mauve', it definitely has rosy tones to it as well. The formula seems very creamy but I'm yet to try this out fully.


Eyes



I didn't even plan this as a quad to be honest, but I put it together and it was just my perfect plum-toned smoky eye palette. I've used these eyeshadows a couple of times and I'm so impressed with the formula. The pigmentation seriously gives that impact on the lids. They're also very easy to work with, long-lasting and the colours are beautiful. I'd say Makeup Geek is the closest formula I've tried to these. Glisten is like a deeper, more bronzed version of MAC's All That Glitters, Red Earth is this gorgeous browny-pink matte, Truffle is a deep brown-purple with a subtle shimmer and Deep Plum is a matte. You can order these directly to the UK from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website but I'd probably recommend Sephora because if you spend over £80 before tax you get flat rate shipping and no surprise customs fee (whereas you may have to pay one if you order from ABH). Read about my Sephora ordering experience here.



These aren't really all designed to go together, they're more just lots of warm shades that I like, however you get a free quad with every 4 eyeshadows you purchase (both in Sephora and directly through ABH). Topaz is a true antique gold colour, RTW is a really warm caramel tone with a subtle gold shimmer, Warm Taupe is a mid-toned greyish-brown matte and Cognac is a really rich red-brown shimmer.



MAC eyeshadows have fallen somewhat out of favour with me; in my personal opinion I think they've been overtaken in the quality stakes, often by products at a much cheaper price-point. I built my MAC 15x palette before Makeup Geek was available in the UK, however if they'd been in this country sooner I think realistically I'd probably only have 5 or 6 from MAC. However the $6 eyeshadow sale was just too good to pass up on and I could definitely justify picking up a few shades at that price. I had high hopes for Honey Lust, imagining it would be a more glitzy All That Glitters (I initially didn't want to get it as I couldn't remember if I had it in a pre-made palette or not!) however I did find the texture a little glittery and flaky. It works well enough and definitely does the job with some Fix+ but I can't say I'm fond of the Lustre finish. Saddle is one I knew I had in the Warm Neutral palette, however for some reason you can't get it individually in the UK and I use custom palettes so much that for $6 it was well worth getting this warm brown matte crease shade. Twinks is a gorgeous deep plummy-burgundy with a subtle shimmer. Finally I picked up Embark, a deep matte brown colour with a very slight reddish tone to it.



I actually picked up this warm mid-brown eyeshadow hoping it would be a crease colour, however it's definitely too light on me and not pigmented enough for that. I do think though that it works for me as a matte base for a brown-toned eye look. ColourPop eyeshadows are a kind of cream formula with a spongy texture so they aren't greasy at all and wear well without creasing.


I'd heard amazing things about the foiled cream eyeshadows so they were right at the top of my wish list! It took several trips to the drugstore for me to track down Amber Rush (I actually thought it might have been discontinued!) however my perseverance payed off.  It's a bit similar to ColourPop LaLa but I do still really love the rose gold shade. On our last night in New York I used this it as a base with the plum Anastasia Beverly Hills quad and I really love the look it created. Bronzed Taupe is that perfect not-too-cool tone and I'm glad I picked that shade up too. I will be giving these a go on their own to see how they wear but given the name, I have high hopes!


Obviously you can get this in the UK and it wasn't a purchase I actually wanted to make but I lost my Soap & Glory brow pencil somewhere in our hotel room! I couldn't find it anywhere and really didn't want to go out for a nice meal with bad eyebrows so grabbed this in Macy's in the shade Dark Brown. It's almost identical in every way to my Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Hot Chocolate - the only real difference is that the ABH spooly is a little larger and firmer. It has the thin twist-up pencil, allowing precise application and a texture that's the perfect balance between waxy and soft. I really like this for a natural look and am glad I finally tried it as it's so talked-about however I will be sticking to my cheaper alternative going forwards.


Cheeks



I couldn't go to the drugstore without picking up a cheek product from this brand and I just loved the pattern on this one. It does have a spray-over so my swatch is a little more shimmery than it actually is once that's gone. It's definitely more of a highlighter for me but it's a pretty, natural gold tone that looks really nice on the skin. I have to warn you though: the argan oil scent is very strong!


After being so wowed by Bronze Me from ColourPop's range, I decided to try a slightly lighter colour with a true matte finish. Again, it's a cream formula and it applies so beautifully and smoothly to the skin with just the right amount of pigment to give my skin a natural warmth. It's non-patchy and wears really well throughout the day. It looks like I'm onto another ColourPop bronzer winner!



Obviously I knew this was available in the UK but I'd ummed and ahhed over buying it for a while. I totally love the blushes but was left a little underwhelmed by the famous powders. This is less of a setting powder and more of a proper highlighter, so I saw it in Sephora and decided to just go for it (#feelingspendy). Brilliant is a bright, light gold and was the obvious choice for me. It actually doesn't apply as glittery as it looks in the pan and is very natural on the skin (in comparison to something like the Becca highlighters) but still gives real radiance.


This actually came out as a Limited Edition product in the UK last year but sold out and I'd been kicking myself ever since for not picking it up when I had the chance. There are actually several shades available in the US and Addiction (the gold shade) had my name written all over it but something still drew me to the more champagne/rose gold tones of Indiscretion. It gives a beautiful natural, dewy finish to the skin so my first impressions of this are that it's a hit. It's also nice to have a different sort of colour in my collection.


Like almost all of ColourPop's products, this is another cream-based formula. You can just dab this on your cheekbones and it doesn't feel greasy in the slightest and has the perfect level of pigmentation. It also blends out really easily. What I love about this is the unique shade; it's gold in appearance but when it catches the light it has this really interesting peach-toned iridescence. 


I was pretty surprised at how dark this is, as it looks very much a gold colour online, however it's actually more bronze-toned in real life. I've not given it a go just yet, however I think I'm going to love the colour for summer.



I'd been eyeing this up before I went away, and even if you're in the UK I think £28 is a really reasonable price for it. I love that they do several shades in this for various skin tones. I haven't had a chance to try this one out yet but I love the Eyes Are the Window Palette in Soul, so I'm hoping it's going to be just as good as that. You get 5 eyeshadows: a matte off-white base, a medium-deep warm brown matte for the crease, a amber/rose gold shimmer for the lid colour and then a pop of colour with the plum-purple matte. There's a orange-gold shimmer blush and a matte pinky-mauve shade. Just from swatching, the texture of the amber shimmer eyeshadow (Daring) in particular is as pigmented and creamy as the ones in Soul so I think I'm going to love it. I was a little disappointed with the purple Magnetic, as it just didn't layer up properly (it seemed the more I applied when swatching it, the more the existing layers broke down). I was hoping it was going to be the show-stopper of the palette as that little pop of colour in the crease so my fingers are crossed that it'll work better on my eyes than it did swatching with my finger.



I looked in every single Sephora for this and it was always sold out, so I gave up and got a single. Then as soon as I did I saw it available in Macy's! This just looks like the perfect Spring/Summer blush palette and I love Tarte's formula; it's one of the very few matte blushes that applies to my skin evenly and lasts all day without going patchy. I was also intrigued as this contains a shimmer colour and I've never actually used one by Tarte before. I've tried two of the shades so far; the pink with gold shimmer called Laugh (which is nice but for me there are single shimmer blushers in similar colours that I prefer, however it's good to have it in the palette for variation and to layer on top of a matte) and Love, which I love! (I'm so funny!) In the pan it looked a bit like Exposed, which I already have, however once applied it's far more vibrant and bright. It's one of those shades that just lifts my face and I discovered it's the perfect pairing with ColourPop Echo Park on the lips. I look forward to trying out the rest of the shades - the cooler-toned matte pink Dream and the almost neon peachy-pink matte Live.



This is the single blush I picked up and personally I felt it was different enough to the shades in the palette to justify me keeping it too! It's a deeper, almost reddish pink matte. I haven't had a chance to play around with it yet but if it's anything like my other Tarte blushes then the formula is going to be amazing and I think the shade will be beautiful for the summer months.


I constantly rave about the formula of Clinique Ginger Pop, however that was the only blusher I ever owned in the range because despite a few tentative new additions to the line, we don't have as many shades in the UK. When I spotted Fig Pop it was an instant 'yaaaaas' - it's a deep mauvey-plum shade that could have been designed by me. The formula (it's kind of matte-look but has a very subtle sheen) is just as pigmented, easy to blend and long-lasting as Ginger Pop so I think this is well on its way to being an absolute favourite for me.


I actually didn't realise this was going to be a cream formula. Clearly the name of the product didn't encourage any brain activity! It's a really nice warm brown tone with a subtle shimmer, however I've not given it a go yet. From swatching it I'm not exactly excited by this blusher; the pigmentation is not very strong against my skin tone and it feels a little greasy to the touch, however I'll give it a fair go and report back. There are just so many products that I picked up and am more enthusiastic about trialling.


I've tried a few blushes from ColourPop because although they're a cream formula, they're almost cream-to-powder and have quite a matte finish. This was another 'try something different for summer' colour choice! Fox is pretty much a hot pink shade with more of a sheen than the others I own from this brand. I haven't had a chance to give it a go yet (I only have one face!) but from swatching it, it's definitely not as scary as it looks in the pan so I hope to enjoy using this.


Base



A version of this foundation was actually launched in the UK a month or two ago, however the shade range was pretty poor and I was lukewarm on the formula so it went on my 'nope' pile. Having tried both the UK and US versions of another L'Oreal foundation, I found the formulas and shade ranges to be completely different between the countries so thought the same might be the case here. The US version comes in a wide array of shades and I picked N5.5 at random because the little colour image looked most like my skin tone and as I mentioned they don't have testers for drugstore products in the US. The shade looks a bit light when I swatch it but seems to dry slightly darker so it's a pretty decent match and despite the neutral name, it's warm in tone. I definitely need to give it more of a go but I do feel like the formula is a little more to my taste; it's a very healthy-looking, light-coverage finish. 


For some bizarre reason the shade W6 doesn't exist in the UK and for me W7 and W6.5 were never quite right, nor was W5 so I was stuck! I decided to finally see if W6 was the perfect shade I'd been looking for. When I swatched it in my (admittedly poorly-lit) hotel room, it seemed an ok match but now I've tried it at home I have to say it's way too neutral in tone, despite the name. I think the formula is more akin to the old UK True Match as there's no shimmer to it. I've linked to Vitamin Grocer for this version of the foundation and most of these drugstore products in this post, as I've ordered with before and had no issues. You can read about my shipping experience here.


I picked up this foundation in the shade 104 earlier this year and was amazed at how easy it was to get a match in the US range and how much better the formula was! Honestly, it's like a completely different product and now I can finally see what all the hype from across the pond was about. It's matte but not drying and is a medium coverage with a flawless finish that's insanely long-lasting. If I could liken it to anything then it would be a more matte version of Nars Sheer Glow. I grabbed the colour 106 and it's the perfect shade for my summer skin tone.


I've heard so much about this new range of correctors and, whilst I'm sure they will make their way over to the UK eventually, as a huge fan of the concealer I couldn't resist trying this for myself. It's definitely quite light on my skin tone, however on first impressions this has a very similar formula to the concealer and it does mask some of that darkness under my eyes so I only have to go over it with a more skin-toned shade before I'm good to go.


From a really light under-eye corrector to a really dark, scary, pigmented one! You can get this on BeautyBay but I've never caught it in stock and I was in Ricky's on 5th Avenue and this was just there so I decided to grab it whilst I could. Whilst I appreciate the shade range at such a low price with their skin-toned concealers; the jury is still out on the formula. However I'd heard so many people go on about the correctors that I wanted to see what all the hype was about. You really only need the *tiniest* amount ever but this really does work at masking my dark circles and I definitely notice the difference when I put my concealer on top of this. I think deeper skin tones will love it too as it's so hard to find correctors that are dark enough, however if you're fair to light you'd be better with something like the Urban Decay.


Skincare, Haircare, Tools, Bodycare & Everything Else



I picked this up in Ricky's as a bit of an impulse purchase as it looked good for highlighter. So far I do really like it just to blend out the product for a very natural look, as my other highlighter brushes are all much more precise than this one.


I regularly bang on about how much I love the Pro Airbrush #55 for applying light bases, so I decided to pick up the concealer version. The bristles are more tightly packed than my Real Techniques Setting Brush but a little looser than my Zoeva Concealer Buffer, which make it perfect both for blending out concealer naturally under my eyes and on blemishes. So far this is another amazing brush from this collection and my only regret is not getting more of them.


I have mixed feelings on the BeautyBlender in all honesty. It's good but I think for the hype, I was expecting it to change my life and it just didn't! However recently I've been liking it more and more for concealer whilst I've been away, because you can just pack this and do most of your base with it. Mine had seen better days so I decided to grab a new one as it's a little cheaper in the States. I'd seen it in Sephora for $16 but just forgotten to grab one. When I was in Macy's they had them at the till and though there was no price, I assumed it would be the same and grabbed one. But when it was scanned it went through at $20, which I was so annoyed about! I'd definitely recommend getting this in Sephora instead.


This is one of those products I've been meaning to try for a while so I decided to finally pick it up. It's a multipurpose spray and I'm still in the process of playing around with it and discovering its uses. However my first impressions are good; I've used it a couple of times to finish off my makeup and it makes everything look more natural, blended and just better overall.


I picked this up to see if it was any different to the one release in the UK like the foundations. I quite like the UK version and have used about half of it already so even if it was the same I wasn't going to be any worse off, really. I'll report back properly soon but on first impressions, this seems to have a bit more of a matte finish whereas the UK one is very 'healthy' and almost dewy.


I can't believe the price difference with this one! It cost me $13-16 from Urban Outfitters. I've been seeing this one around on US beauty blogs for a while and really wanted to try something from Herbivore. I actually didn't realise you could get the brand in the UK at all! I've used it a couple of times and found it very refreshing and hydrating - I will report back in a few weeks on its skincare benefits.


I've been wanting to try this for ages but it's always out of stock on BeautyBay and it was slightly cheaper in Urban Outfitters. On first impressions this actually seems very similar to the Jurlique rosewater mist I have so if you've been looking at that one, I'd recommend trying this. Again, I will do a post once I've had a proper go of it.


You can actually get Tony Moly in the UK but your options are spending £6 on just one through Cult Beauty or ordering from abroad and waiting several weeks for them to arrive. So when I saw then for $2-3 each in Urban Outfitters and the Tony Moly boutique in Koreatown, I decided to try a few. I'm going to test all of these and probably order the full set from the above link to do a post on them in a few weeks' time.


There's always one that gets away from the photo in one of these huge posts! This is a brand we can't get in the UK so I picked up a little mini of one of their cleansers, as I'd heard a lot about them. I've only used it once but my first impression is that this isn't as gentle or effective as the ones I have from DHC and the Body Shop so I probably wouldn't recommend going out of your way to order it from the States. However I will keep you posted on how I get on with it.


These are something that almost everyone recommends if you're going Stateside! However it took us ages to actually find a Bath & Body Works. My mum actually wanted a few things from them because they used to have stores in the UK and she was a big fan back then. The hand gels are so cheap and come in so many flavours, plus I think they're perfect for just throwing in your bag. I picked up some fruitier scents as well as some that are a bit sweeter. My favourites are Pretty in Pink, which has a cupcake fragrance, and the super-fruity Watermelon Lemonade.


I'm pretty into my pamper evenings so I made a beeline for the Aromatherapy range of products. I love lotions with a pump for hectic mornings and this is a really nice, invigorating fragrance. The formula is light but still nourishes my dry patches.


I've not tried this yet but I really love the fragrance; it's just so relaxing! I'm hoping it will help me get off to sleep more easily.


I picked this up in Urban Outfitters and it turns out their UK site also stocks the brand. It's slightly more expensive in the UK but still extremely good value. So far I really like this; it's very nourishing without being greasy or heavy and my hair looks and feels much healthier.


I picked this up in Duty Free at Gatwick Airport as I've wanted it for ages! It's a gorgeous sort of floral, powdery scent but there's something really fresh about it so it doesn't seem dated at all. I don't find these to be the longest-lasting fragrances but they're always really lovely.


This has been one of those scents I've always been familiar with but haven't ever actually bought myself, so again I got it in Duty Free. It just smells of summer to me; containing warm amber, coconut and vanilla notes.


These are on the Sephora website but unfortunately you can't ship nail polishes to the UK - sorry! I've heard amazing things about this formula and the vibrant pink-coral shade is going to be perfect for summer, I think.


I don't think I've ever actually seen this shade anywhere in-store in the UK but I've found it online for you. I really like Essie nail polishes and this looks like a lovely everyday pinky-grey shade.


There you have it: every beauty product I bought in New York! I will be reviewing the products properly over the coming weeks but it would be really helpful if you guys let me know in the comments which products you're most interested in reading about and I'll make sure to post on them first!

What's on your US wish list? What are your favourite products you've picked up from the States?



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  1. Those flatlays are gorgeous! Sounds like you had an amazing makeup time, so lucky to visit the lip labs.

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    1. Haha I definitely did and thank you! xx

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  2. Holy McMoly Jasmine this is a gigantic haul! Although I thoroughly enjoy that you've gone all out and properly splurged, rather than just 'pick up a few bits'. Favourites for me are Amber Rush (so jealous this is still in the US), the custom lippies, the Herbivore toner (you'll have to feature this in a feature post with updates!) and Indiscretion - although I believe Laura Mercier are bringing out 4 shades with this design at the end of July? So that'll be exciting. Thanks for showing us all the swatches!

    www.Barely There Beauty.com | British Beauty & Lifestyle blog

    xx

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    1. Perhaps they are - it would be good if that's true as then I'll be able to talk about it on my blog without feeling bad :') xx

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  3. Hi Jasmine!
    Seems like you went back with a whole suitcase full of this stuff! Great picks, we do have Sephora in Italy but it's like the French one so we don't have many of the brands available in the US. I hate counters for the same reason!! I always want to feel free to touch, see and just spend all the time I want in a store without feeling watched the whole time.
    I will talk about skincare, as that's the section I'm more interested in...I had seen that rose toner all over Instagram but actually never tried to look for it in the internet to see where you can get it. £25 seems a bit too much for a toner, but the Mario Badescu one was on Paula's blog (13thoughts) just some time ago and it's also very affordable so i'll try to see if I can get it on beautybay. To answer your final question, if I had had the chance to go to Sephora in the Us I would have liked to try brands like Tatcha (their Camelia Cleansing Oil!), Fresh (one of their masks) and Tata Harper which happens to be cheaper because of the exchange rate (I thinks so...).

    Have a great day!
    Silvia
    www.theskincabinet.com

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    1. Yeah I was amazed at the price difference with the rose mist! If you're ever in London you can always get Fresh products in the Marylebone store (or online!) :) xx

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  4. Wow so many great products! All the lipsticks look amazing I wish I could get them all!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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  5. I feel like this post is everything an American haul should be, way too much money, way too much stuff, but you saved and earned that haul. I would have done EXACTLY the same. I am currently obsessing over your custom lip colours though they are just so so beautiful! Its just so overwhelming I want to do the same lol! love it :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Definitely do if you ever hit New York! :) xx

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  6. That's a big haul :) I recently bought beauty blender and I hope it is worth the hype, it is definitely not the cheapest. Your custom made lipsticks are pretty, have you saved the ratio just in case you want to remake later on?:) MAC products are so cheap in the US, why can't they do the same it everywhere? x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Yeah you get it on a card what the recipe was and I think it's also on their system, which is handy :) xx

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  7. Woweee this is a lot of beauty products! All of the blushers look gorgeous and I am so tempted by the Clinique Cheek Pops - their Chubby Blush is my all time favourite!x

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    1. Definitely one of my favourite blusher formulas ever! xx

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  8. Omg you picked so many amazing goodies Jasmine. I thought of reading about this post during night time reading hours but couldnt resist..lol. Re lipsticks, KVD Lolita II has been on my list for so long, its my kinda orange based nude which looks flattering on my skin tone. I really like your BIte Beauty custom lipstick shades, very flattering for our skin tone. Abh Soft Lilac , Kathryn and Crush are on my list..infact Ashton is a pretty shade too but its really hard depending upon online swatches as most pictures can be edited and filters are applied. These lipsticks are not cheap to take chances..lol So, seriously very tough to decide what shades i like most from Abh. I like Too faced melted matte shade which u picked..and i havent even tried their original ones ..melted chocolate milkshake is on my list from the original formula and now looking at your swatch i might pick this one up from matte line. Maybelline Touch of spice is that lipstick that i have been trying to find online on amazon and ebay for more than 3 yrs and the price and shipping is super costly for this. I like the other shade 'coral clove' as well, never heard of this before but its looking pretty. Coming on to blushes, Tarte amazonian clay Blushing bride is what I would like to try for my skintone. Abh Glisten eye shadow looks so pretty..its one of the famous shades i think. Colourpop glo up, carry on and Physicians formula Argan wear look stunning. Also i will be picking up Clinique Fig pop as i really like clinique cheek pop blush in Ginger pop.. Seeing and reading about this post has definitely increased my wishlist. Loved this post.
    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Yeah I almost got Ashton but wasn't too sure - I even swatched it in store and still couldn't decide if it'd work for me haha. I'm sure I've seen Touch of Spice in stock on Vitamin Grocer before, maybe try them? Really glad you enjoyed the post, lovely! xx

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  9. WOW! What a haul! Is it sad that I've been looking forward to seeing what you bought?!
    So many beautiful lip products. I didn't realise they don't do testers in the drugstores, that's a shame. I'm going to Orlando in September so I've got a pretty hefty wishlist already so I'll have to do some serious swatch research before I go to make sure I can pick up some suitable goodies from the drugstore.
    Hope you had a fantastic time!

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  10. Oh my life!! This haul is the DREAM!!! Beautiful choices! I'm in the market for some Bite Beauty lipsticks on my next Sephora order, and the KVD shade and light eye palette is a priority too. Oooh man, those Anastasia shadows tho... I'm all heart eye emoji over here!!

    Beekeyper - Latest - Nuxe Rêve de Miel - in a stick!

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  11. Wow that is some beauty haul, you picked up so many amazing bits! How cool that you got to create your perfect lipstick shade in Bite Beauty Lab. Can't wait to hear more about the Tony Moly sheet masks as I've been eyeing them up for a while now x

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  12. These products are absolutely beautiful, this is my dream haul... I love the look of the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows, I've just ordered a couple of Anastasia products myself and cannot wait to try them, can't believe it's taken me this long to get some! Hope you enjoyed your trip, thanks for posting all the links to the products too, super helpful :)

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    1. The eyeshadows are just amazing! And we had such a fantastic time - thank you :) really glad you enjoyed this post! xx

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  13. Great picks! It's hard not to go a little crazy when you see so many products we don't get at home! I didn't go to any drugstores when I was in the U.S. & it's probably just as well because I went crazy in Sephora! That Tarte blush palette is gorgeous! I'm dying to try that Herbivore spray! xx

    Beautylymin| Bobbi Brown Define & Glow Palette Gift Set Giveaway

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  14. Just... wow. I can't even begin to describe how jealous I am of this haul! I've wanted to try ColorPop, Kat Von D and MAC's Prep + Prime for so long now. I can't wait to read about how you get on with them.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

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  15. You bought so much stuff! My dad was in America recently so I kindly asked him to purchase three of the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks (shades: Lolita, Lolita II and Noble!) because I've heard such great reviews on them and I'm so excited to receive them from him today!! I also completely forgot that we're not able to get Tarte over here in the UK so when my mum goes to New York in a couple of months I'll be asking for a few bits and bobs from there too haha! I also love the look of the ABH liquid lipsticks and the ones yoou bought look super pretty :) Such a great haul xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Giiiiiiiirl you went wild! I'm so jealous, I went to Sephora in Paris and they just don't sell all the brands they do in the US it's so annoying. I feel like I might have to make an online order after seeing all these lovely things! x

    Just Little Things

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  17. Wow, just wow! LOL! I'm a bit overwhelmed with your haul, haha! Love all the lipsticks you bought, they're my kind of shades :) Looking forward to your future reviews! x

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  18. OMG i'm so jealous of this haul! You picked up so many products that I'm dying to get my hands on (that Laura Mercier highlighter is no. 1!!) I'm hoping to head back to NY next year and can't wait to buy lots of makeup haha! One great little place I found for drug store was near the flat iron building and all the drugstore makeup was slightly discounted! xo

    Samantha’s Beauty Loves

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  19. This really is the haul that dreams are made of! I cannot get over how many amazing products you picked up. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  20. Great picks, I love that another person can relate to going wild when it comes to beauty must haves hahaha, can't wait to read your reviews.

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.com

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  21. Wow! You got so many nice things! Looking forward to all of the reviews :)


    xo, Liz
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  22. Omg I cannot get over how many amazing things you purchased!! This haul is what dreams are made of haha. In love with all of those pretty swatches. Can't wait to read more in depth reviews about the products :)xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. So many pretty things! I will definitely be stocking up on the US L'Oreal Infallible Foundation as I much prefer it over the UK one. I also want to try the US Fixing Spray as I love the UK one but we will see. When I go to NY in November I definitely have some Kat Von D products on my list, I also want to try a few things from Sephora's own line. Did you see any IT Cosmetic products in any stores? I really want to try that brand.

    Emmy | EmmysBeautyCave | Bloglovin

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  24. This is one hell of a haul! I basically need everything, I can't pick a favourite! Great post.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  25. What an amazing haul! Sophie x

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  26. Loved this! The Tarte blush palette is gorgeous! I am kicking myself for not getting the one they had here at Christmas! I just got the Stila palette too in light/medium and I'm really liking it!

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    1. I love Tarte blushes and this palette is definitely a winner - so glad I managed to find it in the end! xx

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  27. So many products!! I feel like I've seen Lady Like in my local boots before. I need to get my hands on the ABH liquid lipsticks and tarte blushes. I'm actually tempted to my a sephora order after reading this haha. xx

    LPage Beauty

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  28. I live in the US and this haul is making me jealous! You got amazing stuff! I agree, some of the drugstore stuff IS NOT CHEAP. The bet advice I can give is do the drugstore shopping at Ulta because they always have coupons. Also stores like CVS, Walgreens and Duane Reed raise the prices on all makeup, and it's much cheaper at Target or Ulta.

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    1. Sadly I looked it up before we went over and the closest Ulta was in Queens, miles away from where we were staying :( I really wanted some bits from Lorac but it just wasn't really worth spending so much time out of the trip to get to a store. Weirdly I never saw a Target where we went either! xx

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  29. I've been so excited for this haul! I love how much detail you've put into this post, thank you Jasmine! Too Faced Sell Out and Essie's polish in Ladylike look gorgeous! You've bought such great-sounding products, can't wait to hear more about them in the future. Hope you had the most amazing time in NYC Jasmine :)

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  30. you got some great products! when i went to new york i didn't get much from the drugstores apart from brands like wet n wild which you can't get in the uk, i hate not being able to swatch things! i really want to try the urban decay correctors, cant wait for them to hit the uk!!
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  31. oomg what an insane haul, these products look amazing xx

    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. You got a lot of great things! The ABH eyeshadows look so pretty. I love seeing hauls and you seriously got such good products, now I need to do some shopping haha.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

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    1. I've realised I love their eyeshadows, which is sad as we have to import them in the UK :( xx

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  33. wow what a haul!! I love literally everything you picked, can't wait to see your favourites pop up again in your future posts :)

    Aliya x | www.aliyasabrina.com | https://www.bloglovin.com/people/aliyasabrina-10150959

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  34. *Stands while giving a strong round of applause* YES! You did US makeup shopping the right way! I am always envious that the UK drugstores have testers, but the ability to return things does seem better. Can't I have it all? haha I love the shades of shadow you picked up and I have had my eye on that Laura Mercier highlighter and now I think I just need it after seeing that swatch! Glad you had such a fab time!
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  35. Jasmine you did not disappoint me with this haul! It was everything I expected and more. I think it has taken me about an hour to read this post as I keep going back making mental notes of everything I need from Sephora this summer. I can't wait to start reading the individual posts, you've definitely got a lot of content for the next few months.

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  36. Omg! This is a haul and half! I've always wanted to go to New York to enjoy the Sephora's, Ulta's and Macy's of the world, and I'm sure just like you, my haul would be massive too! I also been eyeing up a lot of the products that are featured here. I wish Colour Pop would hurry up and come to the UK! I don't really want to get stung with the shipping fees and custom taxes. Xx
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    1. To be honest I think ColourPop is worth it if your order is around the $30 mark as shipping isn't too pricey and if you get a customs fee it's about £12, which still makes each product cheaper than UK drugstore for much better quality xx

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  37. Jasmine you're my hero! That's what I would do in the States too! Infaillible matte 24H was a total hit since the first time I tried it. I'm very curious about the setting sprays/face mists and the Tony Moly masks. Looking forward to your review! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

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  38. DAMN girl you did some damage.. I can't blame you though. If I went to the UK I would buy a lot of stuff!! The tax thing is pretty crazy here, it actually varies from state/county so some states you don't have to pay. The highest is in Santa Monica, California, you pay an extra 11%!!! It is crazy.

    Batty4Beauty.com

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  39. Woah what a splurge! You must've had a lot of room in your suitcase! The orange and ginger aromatherapy scent is my favorite, and I'm glad you got to try out Amber Rush! In Michigan where I live the tax is only 6% x

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  40. Ohhhh girl you went ham!!! I'm so glad haha and so impressed! I knew you wold get a lot and was hoping you would so you could show us all but you've done great haha. I love Anastasia shadows! I did a huge splurge when she first debuted them, and since then I've used them nonstop and basically own like I would say 80-90% of the whole collection she has (minus new ones she's come out with, I've only got a few of those!).

    It's true about the tax as it's added at the check-out, it's not included in the price. In California, our "base" sales tax is about 7.50% but they add on extra taxes due to the local municipalities, which raises it etc. California has the highest state level sales tax, so things get extra pricy here too. NY I believe is about less than 5% base state sales tax but their local municipalities hike it up like I think to 8% for NYC or even higher I've heard, so crazy.

    I'm not sure about the pound to dollar conversion and whether you make or lose money when you're here (as I lose money when I spend dollars converting to pounds), but I hope you enjoyed your trip nonetheless! I'm looking forward to your Spain trip you're gonna be doing and your pics :)

    xoxo
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    1. It's really odd to me to have to calculate it myself - I never really think about tax because it's always included in the price already here! Overall the cost of living in the States seems to be much cheaper so even in an expensive place like New York it's well worth buying stuff! $1 is approximately £0.70 however a lot of brands just charge £1 against $1 in the UK so you're saving 1/3!
      And thank you, lovely :) xx

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  41. I do this often, I save up for months and then induldge myself with a big ass hauls because giant makeup hauls are fun. x

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  42. I need a trip to the US purely to shop!! Everything looks amazing!


    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  43. I really want to go to the US, purely so I can shop in Sephora! Great post!

    Beth x

    www.ohthatsbethany.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. Wow! You picked up a lot of good stuff! It was interesting to read the differences between shopping here in the states and over where you are! I had no idea you guys didn't have a Sephora! That's awful!! Drugstore prices at cvs, Walgreens, and Duane reade are the most expensive. Target and Walmart seem to have lower prices on the same items. I've never seen a target or Walmart in New York though. You can use mobile coupons on the Walgreens and CVS apps. They usually have a decent selection of beauty deals, although it changes weekly. I'm jealous you guys have testers! They should do that here. I can't wait to hear you're reviews on everything! :-)


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    1. Personally I'd kind of prefer just to be able to return stuff when it comes to foundations, though I guess for colour products testers are better! Yeah, we walked a LOT and never saw one of either of them and it probably wasn't worth hunting one down specifically when we were only there for 4 days xx

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  45. This beauty haul is EPIC!! I believe you got (beautiful!) products from probably every brand I'd look for too when shopping in the US. My favourites in this haul are the Tarte blush in Achiote (looks so special!), ABH quads, L'Oréal Amber Rush and pretty much all products you got from Colourpop haha. I'm going to New York in October and I think I'll be going crazy for eyeshadow mainly - a MAC quad and the Tarte In Bloom palette are on top of my wishlist! Besides that, I really hope I can have a Colourpop order sent in to the hotel too if that's possible.

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    1. Yeah it's well worth picking up some MAC shadows at the lower price, even if you can get them where you are! xx

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  46. OMG!!! So much makeup!!! I love this post! <3

    Amelia | http://amelia-g.blogspot.com.au/

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  47. Lovely picks, you really took advantage of everything NYC has to offer! I deeply regret not having done my own lipstick at Bite Beauty when I was in NYC a year ago, the experience sounds so interesting (I would love to see a full blog post about it indeed)! It was also very clever of you to make a ColourPop order!

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    1. I'm so glad I did as I love ColourPop :) and definitely recommend the Bite Lip Lab next time you go! xx

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  48. This is actually phenomenal haha I'm so envious of the KVD Lolita! I'm dying to try it x
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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  49. all these lipstick shades are so gorgeous <3

    Would love if you follow me back :)

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  50. Wow, what a haul!
    I am seriously so jealous right now!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  51. Thank you for your comments - I hope the haul lived up to expectations haha xx

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  52. Such an incredible haul! Thanks for going into so much detail with the photos and swatches :) x

    Katina Lindaa | www.katinalindaa.com

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  53. So many products!! gorgeous <3

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  54. Awesome haul. It's so difficult to get international brands here in India!

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  55. You did some serious shopping! I spent 3 weeks in America last summer and thought I bought a lot, but you were obviously prepared for this trip knowing what to buy. I have a few of the L'Oreal Infallible shadows and I love them so much, but I'm so jealous of you having Amber Rush. I've seen so many people wear it and it's so beautiful.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

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