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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

NYC Haul: Part 3 - Beauty

Hi all.

So here's the last and final instalment of my NYC haul. I can't remember how much I paid for each product but I will include where I got the products from. Also, I'll include a little review of the products I've used to far and let you know what I think of them.

Here goes:

The loot:


I first saw Essence of Beauty brushes in Michelle Phan's Youtube videos so when I came across them in a CVS Pharmacy I threw them into my basket without thinking twice. I think I paid about $15 for the set and for that price, they are very good quality. The double ended aspect is quite handy as it eliminates having to look for the next brush you'd need in your getting ready process.

Nail polish:

(L-R) Sephora by OPI 'Metro Chic', OPI 'Gargantuan Green Grape', OPI 'Coney Island Cotton Candy', OPI 'You Don't Know Jaques', Essie 'Guilty Pleasures' and Seche Vite 'Fast Dry Top Coat'.
I'm a big fan of OPI nailpolishes so can't really fault any of these. This is my second bottle of Metro Chic so there's definetly no fault there and I love Seche Vite!!

Mally concealer and setting powder.
I came across this product while perusing through the beauty counters in Henri Bendel and got suckered in to being a test case for it. The concealer is fairly sheer so would need to be built up but I do like the setting powder that it comes with. I found that if I don't use the powder, the concealer creases a little but when I do use the powder, I'm crease free and stay looking fresh through the day with no touch ups.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in Nip Slip.

You only need the teeniest tiniest touch of product as it is so pigmented so any more than a pinch will be overkill on your cheeks. It blends really well and lasts a long time before disappearing into your skin.

I have to admit that before this NARS 'Laguna' bronzer, I had never purchased any NARS products. I've heard nothing but good things about the blushers, bronzers and eyeshadows but I always ended up walking straight past the NARS counter in John Lewis. Having just started using this product I think it is safe to say that I have now been converted. I love the consistency and the softness of the product. It matches almost any skin tone and doesn't look too chalky on either.

Another product that has had people singing it's praises for a while is this Creamy Eye Treatment by Kiehls. I've been using it for a week and have yet to see a difference in my under eye area so I'll keep you posted on any changes I come across.

(L-R) Covergirl 'Last Blast Length', Bare Escentuals 'Buxom Lash' and Maybelline 'Full & Soft'.
I haven't yet tried these 3 mascaras properly but so far I'm liking the Bare Escentuals 'Buxom Lash' when paired with Urban Decay's 'Eyelash Primer Potion'.

Having only used a gel/cream liner once before I thought it was about time that I bought one and started playing around with one. I mean, practice makes perfect after all.
I'm still learning how to use this product and apply it effortlessly because I'm so used to the swift and easy application of a liquid liner. I've tried using the little brush it came with but prefer using the MAC 266 because of the longer handle.


I haven't even taken the packaging off these Victoria Secret lipglosses because I actually forgot that I'd purchased them until I unpacked my suitcase. I might do a seperate post on these if they're as good as the sales girl made them out to be. If not, I'll probably give them away to someone.
From L-R: Crosswires (Cremesheen), Lustering (Lustre) and Show Orchid (Amplified)
I've been after Show Orchid for a while now so was overjoyed when I picked it up in NY. It looks amazing on and is the perfect alternative to red lips. Crosswires and Lustering were impulse buys and I'm so happy that they were. Both are buildable colours that can be worn subtle for a daytime look or applied heavily for the evening.

These EOS lip balms first caught my eye in Michelle Phan's Youtube videos so through those in to my basket when browsing around Duane Reade (U.S version of Boots/Superdrug)

Random Carmex lip balms. My lips dried out with the weather change over in NY so I picked up a couple of these just to keep in my bag and car. Out of all the lip balms that I've tried, nothing has beaten some good old Carmex!

Whew!! Finally!! I was beginning to think that these NYC haul posts weren't going to end any time soon but woohoo, they're finally done and dusted :)
Hope you all enjoyed nosing around my buys. If there's anything you would like fully reviewed or swatched then drop a comment or email me and let me know.

Take care all and remember to

Walk tall with a swivel in your hips whenever you're wearing your


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6 stiletto lovers had something to say::

  1. big fan of michelle phan hey? :)
    i am jealous of those brushes, want them xx

  2. Nice haulage. The Beauty Rush lipglosses taste/smell nice. I have a banana one that smells amazing, the gloss is ok, it's pretty.

    Essence of Beauty brushes - I love 'em! I use my foundation brush all the time.

    How much were those EOS lipbalms (in $) if you can remember?

  3. Victoria glosses r super shiney. But super sticky :S

  4. Liloo, I enjoy watching her videos and can happily admit that I've learnt a thing or two from her. Lol. The brushes are great!! I'm sure you can get hold of them on Ebay :) xx

    Vex, I think the EOS lip balms were about $4 or something. First I thought they were in CVS but they weren't. Duane Reade definetly has them though. Oh and the EOB brushes are great, aren't they!?! They have another set of mini eye brushes that I wish I had picked up when I saw them!


  5. i love your haul! i would have picked up similar things as well.. like the eos lipbalms, the victorias secret glosses, the OPIs, the mac and definitely the brushes =D i want to go to nyc now =D

  6. "Nip Slip"? For real? Hehe.

    I have a drawer full of the Beauty Rush glosses. They smell gorgeous but are a bit sticky.


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