Beauty: What I Bought In Florida

It used to be when I visited another country I got very excited to go around the malls, but there are so many American brands that have come over to the UK now, that the pull isn’t the same. I can’t say the same, however, for makeup.

There are a whole heap of brands you can’t get in the UK, not to mention Sephora doesn’t sell here any more. So, needless to say I had a list (some of which was added to by my American friend Beckie!) and I got almost all of the things I wanted. The one thing I didn’t get was from the brand Ciate London (ironically I cannot find this brand here, easily, even in London). I wanted one of their Glitter Flip lipsticks, and the colour I wanted wasn’t in the Sephora I went to. Doh! So my search continues….

Anyhow, here’s what I picked up on my travels. This is purely cosmetics, but I did buy other things. They’ll be popping up on my instagram no doubt, over the next couple of months, so keep an eye over there.

Bath & Body Works Beach Range

We made a trip to Bath and Body Works, of course. I bought I couple of gifts for family and some car air fresheners, but aside from those I picked up some lovely skin care products. The At The Beach range does what it says on the tin. The website describes the scent as a refreshing, vacation-ready blend of white frangipani, toasted coconut & bergamot waters essenced with a cool, saltwater breeze. And I’d agree with that. I picked up a mini body cream, shower gel and perfume spray. All perfect travel sizes, and big enough for me to get sick of the scent but have long enough to use it!

lotions and sprays

I also picked up a body cream from their autumn range called A Latte Love, which is marshmallow pumpkin latte scented and made with pure honey. This smells INCREDIBLE and I’ve been using it daily. It’s super moisturising and the scent is so long-lasting. As it warms up on your skin it just smells like Main Street at Disney World and all good things to do with autumn. I’m so glad I bought it!. Then from their Christmas range, which was just launching (I’ve just realised I managed to buy something from their Summer, Autumn and Christmas ranges! Go me!) I bought a body spray called Snowflakes and Cashmere. Last time I was in Florida I bought two body sprays I ended up throwing away, mainly because the liquid was coloured (I hadn’t realised it wasn’t the bottle that was coloured when I bought them) so every time I sprayed them I was worried about staining my clothing. It looks as though they’ve stopped that funny business now, so I was pleased to pick one of their sprays up. This one is a warm blend of cashmere cream, shimmering vanilla & frosted clementine. I’ve worn it every day since I’ve been back and it’s really a lovely wintery but cosy smell. As it warms up throughout the day I just wafts of the lovely smell and it’s perfectly reminiscent of this time of year. I’m in love!

I also made sure I picked up some of the things I use on a regular basis, that I can’t easily get in the UK, to stock up! I bought another of my favourite Coconut Passion body spray (a vanilla coconut musk which isn’t too sweet or heavy) from Victoria’s Secret. VS is so so much cheaper in the states and they always have deals on so I picked this up for half the normal price, which is handy as I’m almost out of the one I currently use!

chapstick and face cream

I also bought 2 of the ELF Daily Hydration Moisturiser. I’m just about finishing the last of the 2 I bought a year ago, so these should sort me through to the end of next year, with any luck! And, weirdly, you can never buy cherry chapstick in the UK. I end up buying a bulk of them on Amazon when I need them, but as they’re aplenty in the states, I bought 2 multi packs. So if you’re from America and you think of sending me a care package, chuck in a couple of these would you please? 😀

Clump Crusher by CoverGirl & E.l.f Primer

I bought a backup of my backup of the CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara. I already have one in my backup drawer but as I was there, it made sense to get another one. You can’t get this for love nor money in the UK, so there you go! I also intended to buy another of my green primer from ELF but accidentally bought the blemish control primer instead (I was jet lagged and didn’t read the box properly). But I used it anyway and it wasn’t too bad. It says it’s got oil-controlling properties and I’m all for that, so ho hum!

From Physician’s Formula I picked up one of their Butter Blushes in the shade Natural Glow. I already have their plum shade and love it so wanted to try this. I’ve used this once, and it didn’t really show up, so I think I need to try it again. I’m wondering if it works more as a highlight or blush topper on my skin tone. And then I picked up a Wet N Wild bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana. This was recommended to me as a good all over face ‘lit from within’ bronzer. It’s honestly the lightest bronzer I’ve ever seen, and it’s got spf in it which I found really interesting. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m eager to give it a go!

3 lipsticks

Also drugstore purchases, I picked up some lip products. For the Halloween party I was attending as Snow White, I knew I wanted red lips so I brought about 5 different lipsticks away with me, but when I arrived I knew I wanted something light and not too bold. It’s too hot in Florida to worry about my lipstick! So I saw NYX had a range called Plump It Up and shade number 5 was this lovely jelly red. It was perfect. It wasn’t long-lasting, but long enough, and gave a cooling tingly feel to the lips.

Next I picked up a Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit, again recommended to me. I picked up the shade Pink Really Hard, which is actually a little too pink for me, but it was the closest to something I would wear from the selection at the time. I did see, in another store, a better and warmer pink shade, but I’m sure I’ll still get use out of this. It’s quite comfortable and I’m interested to see how long it lasts when I do get around to wearing it.

Last from the drugstore products, I saw Flower Beauty in Walmart (Drew Barrymore’s cosmetic line) and I wanted to try one product from the range. So after browsing for a little bit, I settled on this Hydrasilk Ultimate Lip Butter in Rose Petal. It’s a lovely pink nude shade and I’ve worn it a lot since coming home (and I’ve been harping on about it on instagram too!). It’s incredibly comfortable, long-lasting and pigmented. I’m very impressed!

So now we come to my Sephora purchases. As mentioned, I was only unable to pick up the Ciate item I wanted, and the rest of these were on my list.

I’ll start with the items I picked up from Too Faced’s new peach range.

Too Faced Primed & Peachy Primer

As someone who is constantly battling a shiny oily t-zone, I was excited to pick this cooling matte primer up. Primed & Peachy comes in a tube with a pump, and the product is peach toned. I’ve used this a lot since I bought it and can confirm it’s both cooling and matte. I wouldn’t say it’s skin perfecting. It’s a sticky primer so it definitely works best if you press it onto the face. The times in which I’ve smoothed it over my skin, I’m oily again later in the day, but when I press it on, it adheres my foundation a lot better and I stay relatively matte throughout the whole day. My face also smells like peaches for some time afterwards, which is pleasant.

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette

As a matte eyeshadow fan, I knew I wanted this Just Peachy palette. I already have the Sweet Peach Too Faced palette, but this one was all mattes. As you’ll already know, these shadows don’t have the same peach scent as it’s earlier counterpart, but they still smell peachy. I’ve used this once, and found the shadows a little hard to blend but I persevered, and they blended enough in the end. I’m excited to use this more as we go through Autumn and Winter, since I don’t really wear eye shadow in the Summer.

Sephora Nude Lipstick Set

My last purchase from Sephora was this Sephora Favorites ‘Give Me Some Nude Lip’ lip kit. I’m going to post a full first impressions on this kit with swatches, so look out for that in the next few posts, but basically it includes 6 nude shades from Sephora brands and one of them is full-sized.

I love the Sephora Favorites boxes because you get to try out brands without paying the full price, and they sometimes come with vouchers inside to exchange for one full-sized product once you’ve tried them (I know the perfume boxes usually do). I’m excited to try these lippies out. The colours look amazing, and there’s a good range of finishes and shades.

Since I bought some bits at Sephora and already had some points on my card, I was able to exchange my points for a sample sized product.

Sunday Riley C.E.O

I chose this sample sized C.E.O moisuriser by Sunday Riley. Everyone harps on about this brand, and even though I have no idea what this does, I decided this was my chance to see what the fuss was about! If you’ve tried this, please let me know what you think!

So those are the beauty products I picked up on my recent trip to Florida. It’s amazing just how inexpensive the drugstore products are, which mean I was able to splurge a little when Sephora came around!

If you’ve tried any of these products I’d love to hear what you think of them, and how you used them!

A Beauty Blog? Yup…..

My regular readers will have noticed that this is not a beauty blog. In fact I’m just not a beauty person. I have no skin regime, hate putting on makeup and wouldn’t know what to do with most of the stuff I see people blogging about. I’m a fan of the natural look (not the one created with slapping on tons of make-up, I mean the actual natural look). If I put on any kind of foundation I feel like I’m caked and my skin sweats because it’s trying to breathe. That being said, I do have some products that I just can’t do without and I thought I’d share them, because if I need them, you might too! So here goes!

beauty prods

Let’s start with the nail stuff, because this is the only area I really really take a lot of effort.

Nails Inc Glass Nail File: I got this file about 11 years ago and it was about £25. Yes that seems excessive for a nail file, but like I said I’ve had it 11 years ago and it’s still perfect. Sometimes called crystal nail files, glass files will not rip or tear your nails. They glide silently across your nail and create a lovely smooth edge to your nail. You just run it under cool water to clean it and it’s back to its original self. I even use this file when I’m wearing nail varnish if I need to reshape, and it never makes the polish crack or peel, so I’m still left with a flawless manicure. The only reason I’ll need to replace this is if I drop it and smash it. I have a friend who has a mini one in a little case she keeps in her handbag. I might need to investigate one of those…..

Nail Envy by OPI: Anyone who knows me or follows me on twitter will know how much I love this product and recommend it to anyone who has problem nails. It saved mine. I had soft, brittle, peeling nails that I couldn’t keep long because they broke all the time. The weakness of my nails would mean that my nails would bend and by bending would chip my nail varnish. My manicure wouldn’t last more than a day. I started using this a few years back. You start off with a week-long treatment, where you just put a layer on each day for 7 days, one on top of the other, and at the end of the week take it all off and just replace it with one layer. Some people say that they notice a difference straight away. I certainly felt that my nails were stronger. There are different types of Nail Envy for different nail problems and I’m sure there’s now a pink shade with treatment in it. I started with the weak nails version, but now I use the Original and Matte. I like the matte one because I don’t like the look of clear nail polish on bare nails – it looks greasy to me. They recommend the matte option for men but it does come out more pearlescent than matte. Nail Envy isn’t cheap but it lasts a while and it works. I use it instead of base coat so I get a treatment every time I paint my nails. You can paint it on top of your manicure if you need an extra treatment. But be warned, if you stop using it, your nails will go back to how they were! I’m converted. I love the stuff and can’t see myself ever wanting to stop using it.

Seche Vite: Working in retail, opening boxes, counting out money, ripping off plastic, my manicure never used to last more than a few days. Sometimes I would spend ages on some nail art only to have it wrecked within 20 mins of starting work. So I was after a top coat that would make it last. I’d heard about Seche Vite mainly from nail art fans, because they claimed it doesn’t drag the design when you’re sealing it. This was a big plus for me – spending ages on a design only to have it ruined by the top coat was a huge deal. I was sold. I bought mine from amazon marketplace, as it’s the cheapest I found. I’ve been so happy with it and have bought and re bought as I’ve worked my way through each bottle. It’s got a nice thick texture, and all you need to do is let a bead of polish form on the end of the brush before you paint and it’ll seal your colour with a nice even layer. It dries pretty quickly too. My only issue is that it does tend to shrink the colour at the ends of the nail so you can be left with a millimetre of bare nail at the tip. I’ve been trying different painting techniques to see if I can prevent this but not come up with anything. Sometimes I just file the ends the next day. Other people have said that after a while the texture of their polish changes and they get white bits but I always just turn the bottle upside down once I’ve capped it, and wait for two (sometimes three) air bubbles to rise to the top. Then I turn it right side up again. I think taking the air out of the polish makes a difference.

Frizz Ease Secret Agent: This stuff is my one must have hair product. I started using this because for some reason when I was about 16 I started to get really long flyaways along my parting and hairline. Hairdressers say it’s regrowth, but I always disagree. 15cm long regrowth? I don’t think so. Without this stuff I look like I have a mohawk growing along the centre of my head. My Mum had this product in the bathroom and so I started to use it, and it’s still my hair saviour. It’s the only think that works! When I get my hair done at the salon, I always take this with my in my bag and go to the bathroom afterwards to fix it.

Chapstick: I was always a Vaseline girl, but my Mum always swore by cherry Chapstick and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Turns out she was right!

Touche Eclat: I’ve been using Touche Eclat for about 13 years. It’s light, reflective, easy to use and covers my massive dark circles. It’s been perfect. But 13 years ago my skin was a lot different. And now I have fine lines around my eyes which this stuff settles into. Benefit have just launched something called FakeUp which claims to solve this problem. So I bought some. I’ll do a comparison review on the two once I’ve had a chance to play.

Rimmel Blusher: in Smoked Oyster. I’ve used this blusher since I was in my teens. I used it through the cream blusher phase, I used it through the bronzer phase. This is my colour. What can I say?

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter: by Lush. Feel what you like about Lush at the moment, I love this stuff. It’s a big pot of lemon scented butter. I use it on my cuticles (perfect for recovering my weather wrecked fingers) but I also use it on my heels, elbows, knees – anywhere dry and chapped. The pot is massive and it expires after about a year. I’ve never finished a pot. But it’s not really expensive and it works so I don’t really mind!

Light Blue by D&G: This is my perfume, my scent. Given to me by a friend for my birthday just after I met Gary (this very bottle actually!) it reminds me of that time every time I smell it. I wore it on my wedding day and save it only for special occasions because I don’t want to lose the memories associated with the scent. Which is why this bottle has lasted me 11 years!

Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Blades: As someone who suffers with folliculitis, I have spent a lot of time working through different products to find the most comfortable way to deal with hair removal on my legs. These razor blade cartridges have shaving gel already on them and I have found them to be the best. They shave well but leave my legs moisturised and comfortable. Each blade will last a week. They’re not cheap but they work!

Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush: After using this toothbrush I can only compare using a manual toothbrush to brushing my teeth using a blunt stick. I couldn’t believe the difference this toothbrush made to my mouth! After using it for the first time my teeth felt SO clean and my mouth felt so fresh. I’ll never use a manual brush again – there doesn’t seem much point!

So those are my beauty staples! Let me know if you try any of these, because I’d love to know what you think!
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