US Beauty Must-Haves | High-End



This post has been sat in my drafts for a while but I finally feel like I’ve gathered my thoughts enough to give you the run-down of my favourite high-end US beauty products. I’ve kind of got a mix of products you can get in the UK (though not just by wandering into your local Boots), ones you can get shipped here and products you might want to get your hands on if you’re visiting the States. I’ve got something in most categories but haven’t forced it! Make sure you come back next week to check out my drugstore and affordable version of this too.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Correcting Fluid in Peach | £17.50 | This range will actually be launching in the UK next month – which is great timing because I’m a good 2/3s of the way through this! I picked it up from Sephora in New York so if you can't wait you can order it from their site (they do a great flat shipping rate if you spend over £80 with all duties calculated at the checkout). It’s slightly thicker in consistency than the original concealer but has amazing coverage and does a really great job of masking my dark circles. It is quite a light shade and they don’t do this in a darker peach sadly, however this is brightening on me without being too much (though it’s borderline!)

Sephora Pro Airbrushes in #55 and #57 | $24-34 | I will definitely be trying to grab some more of Sephora’s own brand brushes when I’m in Italy and Paris in a few weeks! Both of these synthetic face brushes rank amongst my all-time favourites. The #55 is multipurpose but personally I love it for a flawless, natural finish with a light-medium coverage base. It’s really hard to describe but it just blends the product in seamlessly with no brush strokes in just a few seconds! The #57 is like its concealer equivalent and has the perfect bristle density to work both under the eyes and on blemishes. Whether you want that cake-free coverage under the eyes or to really buff the product in over imperfections; this does the job. They wash really well and somehow still scrub up pretty much to what they looked like when they were new.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | £32 | I know Becca is an Australian brand before anyone tries to correct me but for a good while this was only available in the States due to it being a collaboration with American YouTuber Jaclyn Hill. It’s pretty much impossible to make a highlighter universally beautiful on everyone but I have to say that from the array of skintones that wear this well, it seems to come as close as we’re going to get! It’s a golden-champagne shade with peachy undertones. The formula is extremely smooth, blends out beautifully and has this incredible dewy look without any glitter. It isn’t one for the faint-hearted but you can always use a fan brush for a more natural everyday look.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed | $28 | This actually used to be stocked by QVC in the UK but they look to have discontinued the single blushes so your best bet is Sephora. Tarte’s blush formula is famous with very good reason; I only own mattes from them but they always apply evenly and last for hours. They have that perfect level of pigment; it’s nothing too insane but you still get colour payoff. Their shade range is pretty impressive but I have to say my favourite colour is the pinky-mauve of Exposed. It’s one of my favourite minimal blusher shades and just always seems to work. There’s enough warmth in it that it doesn’t look grey on the skin but it never takes over a makeup look.

Lorac Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette | $42 | UK Shipping | When my boyfriend couldn’t find this in stock anywhere in New York last year, I gave up hope of ever owning it! However luckily I found a cheap, quick, easy and legit way to get this to the UK (the details are in the post I’ve linked, along with an in-depth review of the palette) and I’m so glad I did! It’s just the most stunning array of golden, copper, brown, rose gold and bronze hues. The Lorac eyeshadow formula is on another level; the shimmers go on like foiled shadows because they’re so smooth, dewy and pigmented. The mattes have amazing payoff, aren’t at all chalky and have such an easy-to-blend texture. The colours in here really pack a punch on the lids and will last all day without creasing or fading away.








Anastasia Beverley Hills Eyeshadow Singles | $12 each | You can order these directly from the ABH website however I’d recommend Sephora due to their shipping deal. I absolutely love these shadows and if you buy 4 you get a free 4-well empty palette (which also fits Makeup Geek and MAC shadows). The quality is incredible; even just swatching them all in-store I didn’t come across any duds. They have several finishes available from full-on dewy shimmer to subtle sheen to completely matte. My favourites are Glisten (a coppery-nude shimmer), Red Earth (a muted pinky-brown matte), Cognac (a very warm red shimmer with brown tones), Truffle (a plummy-brown shimmer) and Dark Plum (a deep muted matte plum). I just find these so easy to work with; just one swipe with my brush gives amazing colour payoff and they blend out beautifully. The warm Autumnal shades I have here also work beautifully together.




Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper | $20 | This Sephora-owned brand will actually be stocked by Debenhams very soon! This is a very precise black liquid eyeliner with a really interesting brush-like applicator instead of your usual felt tip. There is definitely a knack to this but once you have it nailed, it gives you such an amazing thin, matte winged liner look that won’t budge all day or all night long. Whilst I do prefer my Stila liner these days, I will definitely repurchase this once it lands in Debenhams.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz | £15.50 | You can’t get this in-store in the UK but you can easily order it from BeautyBay or Cult Beauty. Although the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil is a pretty spot-on dupe, this does come in an incredible shade selection and of course it’s the original! On one end is a super-precise, not-too-soft, not-too-waxy brow pencil that just twists right up. On the other is a spooly to brush your brows out with. It just creates a really natural brow look that’s always guaranteed to last the day without smudging or wearing away.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare | $20 | Though I’ve discovered a load of liquid lipstick brands over the past few months, I always seem to come back to this muted strawberry shade. It’s a gorgeous warm-toned colour that always seems to work, whether it’s a weekday, weekend or I need something that will take me from day to night. The formula is very watery but also totally opaque and lasts a good 4 hours whilst eating and drinking once it has set down. It can sometimes be a little drying but it’s nothing a lip balm can’t fix.

Bite Beauty Custom Lipsticks | $45 each | I know it’s reeeeally mean of me to include these but I just couldn’t resist! I created two shades at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in New York on my birthday: a Pinky Mauve Nude and a Coral Nude. However in general I really recommend Bite lipsticks, especially the creamy (almost satin) matte finish of the ones I made. If you’re planning a trip to New York then I also totally recommend making an appointment at the Lip Lab to create your own perfect shade. I wear these two all the time so they were well worth the investment!



Formula X Nail Polish in Here Comes the Sun | $10.50 | I really wish I’d snapped up more shades in this nail polish formula because Sephora don’t ship it to the UK! It’s so opaque and fast-drying, plus can last me a good 4 days before chipping slightly. This is a really vibrant coral shade I’ve been wearing so much this summer.

What are your must-have high-end US beauty products?





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50 comments

  1. Champagne pop is absolutely gorgeous and I'm desperate to get my hands on it. I know it'll probably cost me a fortune but I think it'll be worth it. x

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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  2. Is it sad that I live in the US and don't have a lot of these products? haha! I definitely need to step up my game. I definitely agree about Becca Champagne Pop. It's such a gorgeous highlight!

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Haha I guess you don't always appreciate the products you can get your hands on any time! xx

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  3. double dare is stunning!! And you know how I feel about the unzipped palette. I bought the Violet Voss one instead, but now I'm thinking fuck it just get em both. haha, I am still champagne pop -less lol - need to be changed soon! I love your posts, and your layout and pictures are always so flawless :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  4. I do love that Tarte Blusher - I'd love to go over to the US and a big part of that is to get some beauty bits! x

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  5. I can't wait for Kat Von D to stock in Debenhams, I love Trooper and really want to try more from her including the lipsticks. Tarte Exposed has been on my wish list for so long, I really must go on holiday and visit Sephora soon!

    The Makeup Directory

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  6. Love the post. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Lorac Unzipped is the next palette I'm gonna add to my collection, the color selections are so pretty. I thought they're two of them, which one is you favorite, Jasmine?

    Selene Addicted

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    1. There's the Lorac Unzipped and the Lorac Unzipped Gold - I only have the Unzipped which is more of a copper/bronze tone than the Unzipped Gold xx

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  8. Ah Lorac palette, you shall be mine one day! Haha! Such a gorgeous shade selection! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  9. I'm o b s e s s e d with the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop highlighter! I also love the formula of the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks and I am soo excited that her brand is being launched in Debenhams soon! Your custom lip shades you created with the Bite Beauty Lab are gorgeous :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I've been lusting over the Lorac palette forever! It's so gorgeous, I swatch it every time I see it. Great post!
    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

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    1. It's one of my best ever beauty purchases! xx

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  11. Gorgeous!
    I want to try that custom lipstick stuff!!! OMG!!

    xoxo, Colli
    my beautyblog - tobeyoutiful

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  12. I had no idea Becca was Australian, the more you know!

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  13. That is more products added to my list for NY in November! I really want to pick up some Lorac picks whilst im there. I can't wait to try the new UD Concealers, do you think the peach one would also work on pale skin? Im quite pale and have really dark under eyes!

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    1. Sadly there isn't really anywhere to get Lorac in NY :( unless you have time to go quite far out of Manhattan. I honestly have no idea I'd suggest googling swatches or waiting until you can check them out in-store xx

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  14. The Coral Nude shade looks stunning - love a good coral for the summer.

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  15. I really want to get my hands on Champagne Pop! I love Jaclyn so much! Also, I really want to try Sephora brushes, I have heard so many amazing things about them!


    Chloe | CHLOEXO2015.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  16. I've been wanting to try out the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks and her Shade and Light Palette! They both look amazing!

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  17. I need that eyeshadow palette in my life, the shades look perfect! I'll just have to add all of these to my shopping list ;) Is it a bad sad that I want to visit the States just so I can go shopping? (Yeah, probably.)

    alicered.co.uk

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    1. Haha not at all - so many people go to NY just to shop! xx

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  18. I'm so excited to hear that Kat Von D is coming to Debenhams, as I love that eyeliner I'm so glad I will be able to but it in the Uk X
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  19. I so wish I was into beauty when I visited the USA a while ago I would literally go crazy haha <3 I love this list though, hopefully I'll get to go again soon and pick up some of these! :) xx

    Daisy | www.weardaisywent.com

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  20. I wish the ABH single shadows were available in the UK, dying to get my hands on them! Literally counting down the days to the KVD launch!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  21. The only hope I have is the Kat Von D liquid lipstick, since they are launching in the UK! I will definitely grab some of their lipsticks on my next trip!
    Katerina xx
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  22. I'm heading to U.S in a few weeks so this was perfect for me because I'm just starting to formulate my wish list! I definitely want to pick up that LORAC palette.

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  24. As an American, I love reading English beauty blogs! It feels like English girls are just that much classier and cooler than us Americans. Anywho, loved the photo because of the beautiful color coordination. The Lorac palette really stands out! What do you think of the ABH shadows compared with MAC and Makeup Geek? I'm thinking about ordering some shadows but not sure which company to try.

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    1. They're definitely more like MUG than MAC - MUG isn't super-buttery but is much softer and easier to work with than MAC. I prefer ABH and MUG for mattes too xx

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  25. I live in the US and haven't tried most of these lol! Love the Becca highlighters and Tarte blushes x

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  26. Gorgeous selection of products here. I agree with you on the Lorac eyeshadow quality, I only have the Pro palette but think it's fantastic and would definitely want to get my hands on more x

    Beauty with charm

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  27. I love so many of these too! I would love to go to the Bite Beauty Lab & create some lipsticks. I seriously need that Lorac palette in my life! xx

    Beautylymin| Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Giveaway

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  28. I want to go to the Lip Lab so badly, though I am not sure why they have it in New York when they are a Canadian brand.
    I personally dislike the Formula X nail polishes. On me, I don't get more than a couple of hours worth of wear before they start to chip. While I might give them another go, I don't see myself liking them in the future either.

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  29. I've been really wanting to try some Kat Von D products but because they're launching over here now I'm just going to make myself wait that little bit longer :') The Lorac palette shades are absolutely stunning! x

    Jordan || Darling Jordan

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    1. Fingers crossed they stock the full range! xx

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  30. I absolutely LOVE this selection of high end goodies, Jasmine! So many beautiful products I have tried & most have been on my wishlist (next trip to the US will mean my suitcase will probably be filled with new clothes & makeup on the way back; will travel half empty lol).
    I love Formula X nail polishes, they are nothing like any other lacquers I tried. Very unique shades, textures and great quality. I think I included one in my favourite fall polishes last year. Lorac is that one brand that I really CRAVE to explore more <3
    xox Nadia
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  31. Wow! these shades are just too cute. love them.

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  32. I got SUPER excited reading this because 6 of the products you mentioned are products I would absolutely recommend (okay, more like demand) people get -- especially if similar to my skin tone. I remember picking up Double Dare because Lolita out of stock and thought this would come somewhat close. I ended up loving it more than Lolita. It's such a beautiful neutral with a pop of color.

    Also, can we talk about your custom lipsticks?! Those shades are GORGEOUS and totally something I would grab.

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    1. I totally agree - everyone hypes over Lolita but personally Double Dare suits me so much more! xx

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  33. That Laroc palette is stunning! One for the wishlist for sure.

    Lexie
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  34. I love Champagne pop and Becca in general, its such a great brand. I'm a huge fan of ABH as well. I really want to try the single shadows. I need to try the Tarte Blushes and Lorac shadows, they sound amazing xx

    LPage Beauty

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  35. Thank you for your comments - I hope this post helped you discover something new :) xx

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  36. They look so amazing! Love it ^^ Great review x

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  37. That Lorac Unzipped palette needs to be in my life!! Champagne Pop is pretty much a staple in my household now! haha

    Tahana
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  38. So many gorgeous products! I have to agree, Exposed is my favourite Tarte blush. Can't go past a mauve nude blush :) I need to pick up Double Dare, I say this every time you swatch it or talk about it haha! x

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

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  39. I've been wondering whether or not to try those bite beauty lipsticks, maybe I will now! I love the marble background!

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