Wednesday, 23 March 2016

USA Beauty Haul | January 2016

I have yet to finish typing all the words in this post, but because a friend of mine is heading the States tomorrow I want to get this published today.  I'll come back to edit/finish this soon.  *hopefully*

My sister visited USA last December-January and these are what I made her brought back for me.  There are still a few lippies with her which I'll for sure 'rob' from her once she has tried them out a bit.

1. Target & various drugstores

The largest issue with drugstore shopping is the varying price across different chains and then different branches.  Thankfully Jen is a bargain-hunter.  She not only hunted coupons and codes, but also compared prices between a lot of retailers before making purchases.

L'Oreal - Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation #101 Classic Ivory 30 ml US$10.99 + Tax
L'Oreal - Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation #102 Shell Beige 30 ml US$10.99 + Tax
Used each shade once, it really is a great foundation.  I think Classic Ivory matches me better currently and I'm super glad I have also got a darker shade for the coming months when my skin may possibly warms up with the weather.

Maybelline - Fit Me Concealer #10 Light 6.8 ml Made in USA US$5.49 + Tax
Maybelline - Fit Me Concealer #15 Fair 6.8 ml Made in USA US$5.49 + Tax
Maybelline - Fit Me Concealer #20 Sand 6.8 ml Made in USA US$5.49 + Tax
Maybelline - Fit Me Concealer #25 Medium 6.8 ml Made in USA US$5.49 + Tax
Tried them couple of times only.  Very impressive but I don't think they're are comparable to Nars Radiant Creamy.

Maybelline - Great Lash Waterproof Mascara #Very Black 12.7 ml Made in USA US$5.19 + Tax

Covergirl - The Super Sizer by Lashblast Waterproof Mascara #825 Very Black 12 ml Made in USA US$6.99 + Tax

Covergirl - Ultra Smooth Foundation + Applicator #832 Nude Beige 25 ml Made in USA US$6.99 + Tax
Covergirl - Ultra Smooth Foundation + Applicator #805 Ivory 25 ml Made in USA US$6.99 + Tax
The applicator is rubbish.  Haven't tried the foundation though. :P

Physician's Formula - Nude Glow Kit Light/Natural Glow Kit US$19.96 + Tax
This Glowing Nude Light Bronzer has been my go-to everyday bronzer.  I truly adore it.  I use a MAC 187 brush to dust it almost everywhere on my face and it gives a subtle, natural and very flattering healthy glow.

Touch of Glow #Nude Glow 4 g Made in USA Get it on iHerb
Nude Wear Glowing Nude Bronzer #Light Bronzer 7 g Made in Taiwan Get it on iHerb
Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush #Natural 5 g Made in Taiwan Get it on iHerb

Physician's Formula - Airbrushed Mineral Wear Light Complexion Kit US$8.89 + Tax Get this on iHerb 

Airbrushing Pressed Powder #Creamy Natural 7.5 g Made in USA
Airbrushing Bronzer #Light Bronzer 3 g Made in USA
Airbrushing Blush #Natural 3 g Made in USA

Sonia Kashuk - Eye Couture Palette 9.6 g Made in USA US$19.99 + Tax

Sonia Kashuk - Brush Couture US$16.99 + Tax


BareMinerals - Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm #Pink Passion 1 g Made in USA

A gift with purchase.  A very youthful bright pink in a pigmented lip butter-balm consistency.

BareMinerals - Lovely Lips Unlocked 2.25 ml x 10 US$23

There are five Marvelous Moxie (glistening, satiny-smooth) and five Marvelous Moxie Buttercream (decadent, ultra-creamy) lipglosses in this set.
My initial reaction to these is, they're less sticky than expected.  Compared to the Buxom lipgloss and lip cream - some of my all time favourite formula with the plumping minty feeling - these Marvelous Moxies are more hydrating, less minty, smoother, and has a strange medicinal scent.  I find the MM Buttercream more comfortable than MM or the Buxoms, with an even thinner texture and more colour pay-off.  *But I still prefer my Buxoms for the strong minty sensation, caramel flavour and plumping effect!*

Marvelous Moxie - Maverick, Daredevil, Wild One, Style Setter, Rock Star
Marvelous Moxie Buttercream - Cha-Ching Cherry, Forbidden Nude, Perky Peony, Tantalizing Honey, Punchy Melon

BareMinerals - Eye Brightener Broad Spectrum SPF20 #Well Rested 2 g US$18

This is technically obtainable here in HK but I have yet to visit a local counter or to make any purchase.  Wanted to try Well Rested for so long after many raves on youtube throughout the years.  I have used this multiple times, especially during Chinese New Year, when I had more time to spend on doing my make up, and so far, I'm really impressed.  I apply this with a slight fluffy brush, over my concealer, and it literally sets my concealer, adds a "Well Rested" effect and gives me a lively look all day long.

It Cosmetics - Bye Bye Under Eye #Neutral Medium 3.25 ml Made in China (!)
It Cosmetics - CC+ Cream #Light 12 ml Made in Korea

The country of origin sparks my interest.  I want to give these mini sizes a go before spending on the full size, which is available on Beautylish, which ships to HK.

3. MAC

MAC - Enchanted Eve Lip Bag /Nude US$29.63 + Tax
Cremesheen Lipstick #Creme Cup 3 g Made in Canada
Lipglass #Cherry Blossom 4.8 ml Made in Canada
Lip Pencil #Boldly Bare 1.45 g Made in Germany

MAC - Enchanted Eve Lip Bag /Pink US$29.63 + Tax
Amplified Creme Lipstick #Goodbye Kiss 3 g Made in Canada
Lipglass #Frozen Dreams 4.8 ml Made in Canada
Lip Pencil #Just Wonderful 1.45 g Made in Germany

MAC - Matte Lipstick #Kinda Sexy Made in Canada US$17 + Tax

Goodbye Kiss, Frozen Dreams, Creme Cup, Cherry Blossom, Kinda Sexy

4. Sephora

Bite Beauty - Discovery Set US$40 + Tax
1. Bite Mirror Made in Canada
2. Bite Beauty - Deluxe Agave Lip Mask 5 g Made in Canada
I really enjoy this as a night time treatment.  What mildly surprised me is that, this is in fact lanolin based.
3. Bite Beauty - Deluxe Line and Define Primer 0.87 g Made in Canada
4. Bite Beauty - Lush Lip Wipes x 5 Made in Canada
5. Bite Beauty - Luminous Creme Lipstick #Pepper 4.35 g Made in Canada
This is a full size which I'm planning on gifting to someone special ;)
6. - 8. see below

Bite Beauty - Best Bite Rewind 0.89 g x 4 Made in Canada US$25 + Tax
Matte Creme Lip Crayon: Cafe, Torte, Coulis, Aubergine

Bite Beauty - Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo #Mulberry/Scarlet 1.55 g x 2 Made in Canada US$10 + Tax

Perricone MD - No Foundation Foundation Serum #2 Light to Medium 10 ml Made in USA US$20 + Tax

Kate Somerville - ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment 15 ml Made in USA US$22 + Tax

Marc Jacobs - Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer #30 Invisible 30 ml Made in USA US$44 + Tax

Make Up Forever - Step 1 Skin Equalizer #2 Smoothing Primer 15 ml Made in Japan US$16 + Tax
Make Up Forever - Step 1 Skin Equalizer #3 Hydrating Primer 15 ml Made in Switzerland US$16 + Tax
Like both of these very much.  The pores on my cheeks are currently gigantic, partly due to the lack of sleep and the quality of sleep, and partly due to ageing, or the rapid loss of collagen - yes I can literally feel it day by day.  Therefore, the smoothing primer comes as a rescue.

Urban Decay - Naked Skin Concealer #Light Neutral 5 ml Made in Canada US$28 + Tax

Bobbi Brown - BBU Lip Palette 12.8 g US$60 + Tax
Lip Color: Salmon, Beige, Raisin, Brown, Rose, Pink, Orange, Blackberry, Burnt Red, Red (Made in USA)
Shimmer Lip Color: Beige Gold, Berry? (Made in Canada)
On the box the last shade is called Berry, but on the insert inside the box, it says it's Plum Shimmer.

Besame Cosmetics - Lipstick & Matchbook Set #Red Velvet Made in USA US$23 + Tax

The colour is described as a "mid-tone neutral red".  Very creamy and highly pigmented.  It feels smooth and comfortable on the lips although it doesn't particularly seem hydrating or nourishing.  The pigment level is superb, and I think the best way to apply it is not directly from the bullet, but with a lip brush, or smoothing out with a lip brush after directly from the bullet.  I don't see the colour bleeding without a lip liner, but lining will definitely help with keeping the lip shape under control.  Also, the longetivity is pretty amazing, there is minimal transfer on the cup after many sips of drinks.
Classic Color Lipstick 3.5 g (lip swatch)
Classic Color Lipstick Matches 1 g

Kat Von D - Everlasting Liquid Lipstick #Lolita II 6.6 ml Made in Italy US$20 + Tax

Amazingly non-drying and long-lasting.  A very trendy 90s browny nude colour.

Bite Beauty - Lush Lip Tint #Cherry 3.22 g Made in Canada US$24 + Tax

Watermelon - Juice - Cherry

Bite Beauty - Butter Cream Lipstick #Caramel 4.35 g Made in Canada US$28 + Tax

Caramel - Heather

From the Discovery Set
6. Bite Beauty - Deluxe Matte Creme Crayon #Glace 0.89 g Made in Canada
7. Bite Beauty - High Pigment Lip Pencil #Pomegranate 2.52 g Made in Canada
8. Bite Beauty - Lush Fruit Lip Gloss #Honey 3.27 g Made in Canada

Sephora - Cream Lip Stain #09 Watermelon Slice 5 ml Made in Italy US$14 + Tax

Too Faced - Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush #Baby Love 6 g Made in USA US$26 + Tax

My current favourite blusher.  <3 p="">

Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift
Marc Jacobs - Highliner Gel Eye Crayon #Blacquer 0.37 g Made in Korea
Marc Jacobs - Le Marc Lip Creme #Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 1 g Made in USA

Sephora Beauty Insider 500 Point Reward - Bobbi's Skincare Must Haves
Bobbi Brown - Hydrating Eye Cream 3 ml Made in USA
Bobbi Brown - Hydrating Face Cream 15 ml Made in UK
Bobbi Brown - Soothing Cleansing Oil 15 ml Made in Canada
Bobbi Brown - Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector Packette 1.5 ml Made in Belgium

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Lazy silly Jacq :")

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