One of the great perks of any trip to America (aside from all you can eat frozen yogurt) is of course a visit to Sephora.
In the UK we have a variety of beauty shops such as Boots and Superdrug, but nothing quite lives up to Sephora – the makeup, skincare and haircare dedicated metropolis.
Here are some of the things I picked up on a recent trip where I spent Christmas and New Year in California visiting my boyfriend Isaak.
Sunday Riley Good Genes
Towards the end of last year, the original lactic acid version of Sunday Riley Good Genes was discontinued in Europe.
Our version was replaced with a glycolic substitute, which is fine but for me the original lactic was something very special.
I was lucky enough to receive this bottle from Isaak for Christmas. Boy does he pick a good gift! Maybe that’s because I haven’t stopped complaining I can’t buy it anymore in my country yet he is just a short walk away from being able to buy as much as he wants? Hmm.
On my next visit I am heading straight to Sephora for another bottle!
Sunday Riley Multivitamins CEO + Luna
You may have guessed by now I’m a huge Sunday Riley fan. In Sephora they have a variety of gift sets which work out as better value than buying the items on their own, as well as these mini sets for just $25.
I picked up the CEO + Luna set, as it’s been a while since I’ve used Luna and I’m completely new to CEO, so wanted to try out a smaller size before committing.
I think these mini sets would also be perfect for travel. Lord knows after the 16 hour redeye flight from Los Angeles via Nashville allllll the way back to London I could have done with some of this.
Natasha Denona Eye Shadow Palette 5 (02)
I hadn’t come across Natasha Denona before, and that’s exactly what I was looking for in the makeup I wanted to buy whilst in America.
Natasha’s palettes are extremely pigmented, and something just that little bit different than your standard Urban Decay naked palette which every beauty blogger and their dog owns.
I tried the palette out with its extremely wearable shades for an Instagram post which you can see here….
I’m really pleased with it, which is good seen as I’ve found it retails in cult beauty for £41…hardly my usual bargain! But, when in America you can get some really special makeup so I’m more likely to splurge.
Tarte eye must haves
Another brand which isn’t easy to find in the UK is Tarte, which is a shame as it’s readily available in the USA.
I picked up the mini eye must haves at the till, which includes Lights Camera Lashes mascara as well as a brightening eye cream and eye makeup remover. Again, these sizes are perfect for flights and those especially tiny plastic liquids bags.
I always bring the wrong sized plastic bag and when they hand me a new one, they wait for me not to be able to fit all my beauty items in it. They haven’t met me before though. I manage it. Every single time. With room for a 3rd Carmex to spare.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo
The following story contains content which you might find distressing: I once went to have my brows threaded and she left them almost completely bald. This was after specifically requesting she leave them thick just add in some shape as I cannot stand ultra thin brows.
Horrific. Needless to say they never grew back the same and I’ve hated them ever since. HD brows in a vain attempt to fix the situation left me looking like Captain Jack’s understudy, so what’s a girl to do?
I had a Sephora ‘mini’ which is your own personal tutorial to help you discover new looks and skills, and I chose to work on my brows. This was one of the products used on me, and it was colour matched to suit my brows and pale skin. I can’t wait to use it!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Stencils
On that same note, given my brows are uneven and completely different shapes, I enlisted the help of the brow stencils from the same range.
These were definitely expensive for what they are, but they come from the original brow expert which given what my brows have been through, can most certainly be justified.
Sephora lipstick (Shade 21)
At just $8 it was impossible to resist trying one of Sephora’s own brand lipsticks, which are available in a number of different shades and formulas.
Shade 21 is a dark, dusky pink and is incredibly pigmented. I’m really happy with this purchase as I detest how expensive lipstick is, when in reality you are usually paying for the brand name and over exuberant packaging.
Sephora keeps it cheap yet chic with this lipstick, which is one of my favourite combinations.