Friday, 26 February 2016

US Product Haul

Before we all get too excited, I haven’t been to the States (yet!). I used a company called GoSend to import all of these products to the UK for a cheaper price. A full post about GoSend and how to use it will be up in a few days time!

I absolutely love getting my hands on products that are hard to come by. I mainly got beauty products in this haul but I’ve included my non-beauty items at the bottom of this post.

The first place I shopped at was Ulta, and from there I bought 2 items from NYX. I know you can buy NYX in the UK now through the Boots website but it’s still cheaper in America.  And at the time, ULTA had a buy-one-get-one –half-price offer on all NYX products so it worked out even cheaper.

I got the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro palette which I’ve been lusting over for a long time for $24.99 (£16.77). I’ve seen so many YouTubers and bloggers raving about this, and it works out much cheaper than the coveted Anastasia contour palette.  You get a huge amount of product for the price you pay, so I can see this palette lasting a very long time. Even if you do run out of your favourite shade, the pans in this palette can be popped in and out, so  they're all replaceable. So far I’m loving this, the pale shade in the top left is a great highlight and the banana colour is perfect for setting my concealer under my eyes.  At the moment I’m using the bottom left for contouring my own face, but the three other ones I’m going to use for doing other people’s make-up so I’ll have a use for them all.

I also got the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade “Milk”. I’ve seen lots of people use this as a base for eyeshadow and it really does make colours "pop" and appear more pigmented. These retail at $5.99 (around £4.19) but as I said, I got it as part of a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal so I got it for $3.00.

The next place I shopped at was Beauty Joint. They sell products by lots of well-known drugstore and not-quite-high –end brands.

The first thing I got from Beauty Joint is the LA Girl Concealer in Porcelain. One of my favourite YouTubers, DramaticMAC uses this concealer and loves it so I wanted to give it a go myself.  I got it for $2.99. If anyone knows where I can get this in the UK, please let me know. I’m an official convert. As I've said before, I love really light under-eyes and this is as light as it gets!

I also got this 12-piece Morphe Brushes Travel Kit for $24.99. I am always on the go and spend most of my weekends gallivanting elsewhere so the fact that these brushes come in a case is so handy. I’m really impressed with the quality of these brushes and would definitely consider buying more from Morphe. 

The next thing I got was on the recommendation of another YouTuber I love, SophDoesNails.  She listed the NYC Loose Translucent Powder as one of her holy grail products in one of her recent videos and I'm really looking forward to trying this out.

My final beauty stop is COLORPOP! I couldn't do a US haul without checking these folk out because they're all over YouTube and Instagram. I got a "Lippie Stick" in the shade "Tootsi" with the matching lip pencil. I also got one of their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks in the shade "LAX". Their website recommended the "Creature" lip pencil to match it, and I think it's a pretty good combination. Finally I got this beautiful eyeshadow "Porter". 

As you can see from my swatches, all of these products are hyper-pigmented and they're SO cheap. I really hope they start shipping to the UK soon because I want the whole collection!

The lovely folk at Colorpop also sent me this adorable thank-you card and a little booklet showing you how best to use all of their best-selling products, which I think is a really great idea, especially for beginners.

At Victoria’s Secret I got this beautiful stripy jumper. I ordered this in their Semi-Annual Sale and thanks to GoSend, I also had a further 20% off coupon to use, so I managed to get this reduced from RRP and even further with my coupon. It looks massive in the photo, and that's because it's the baggiest slumpiest jumper I own and I'm totally in love with it.

Finally I got a three-wick candle from Bath and Body Works. I’ve heard so much about that shop that I just HAD to get something. My favourite Yankee Candles are Pink Dragonfruit and Mango-Peach Salsa, so when I saw this Mango and Dragonfruit candle, I couldn’t not buy it. As soon as I took it out of the box, before I even lit it, my whole room smelled like this candle. It's amazing.

Let me know what your favourite international products are by tweeting @MsMegan91 or leaving a comment below!

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