My US Shopping List

My US Shopping list

I’m incredibly lucky and excited to be heading to New York in a week’s time for my birthday! As a surprise to no one, I’m definitely setting aside some time for shopping. Between shopping for my home and hauling beauty products I also hope to find some time to squeeze myself into some Old Navy jeans- this is the land of fast-food after all! So fingers crossed I find something that fits.

If you’re heading to US any time soon or can get your hands on a willing and able mule, you might consider adding some of these to your list. I’m hoping that by listing everything I won’t go overboard or forget to check something when overwhelmed on that side. If there is anything you think I’ll regret not getting, please holler at me in the comments below.

Also as a little disclaimer, I am a fairly frugal shopper and likely won’t be taking all of the below home with me but most of these do warrant a closer look and it is my birthday after all…

Skincare

I’ll start with skincare as that definitely makes up the bulk of things I’d like to take home. I’m trying to focus on items that aren’t available in SA, or at least not easily available. My skin is on the sensitive side and can sometimes be dry, but I’d like to play around with some acids as it is something I’ve never really explored and am really excited by. So the below is my starting point when staring down the aisles in Sephora.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser – I’m in New York, I can’t not go! To be honest I’m not that excited by most of their products. It feels like there are often cheaper dupes out there (hello Essence’s brow gel!) or slightly more expensive items that outperform them. Their cleanser seems to be the exception to the above as it sounds like the perfect second cleanse and possibly a dupe for the Oskia Renaissance.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – You can’t really go wrong with a HA, it is great for all skin types and at this amazing price point I’ll definitely stock up.

The Ordinary Retinoid – I’m so excited to try this and experience the results for myself. Honestly I don’t know how my skin will react, so I’ll likely get a fairly low dose.

The Ordinary Salicilic Acid – This seems to be the acid most frequently recommended for people with sensitive skin or rosacea, so without a doubt this will end up in my shopping basket.

Pixi Glow Tonic – I’m a little on the fence as to whether I should get this, but it is an iconic acid toner and I’m thinking that this would be a good all-rounder to graduate to when my skin has acclimatised to the salicilic.

Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask – I’m basically being sucked into all the blogger hype on this item, but as I mentioned my skin is quite dry and could do with some extra help on the plane.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intense Hydration – This is a straight-up moisturiser and I suspect will be perfect for fighting dehydration from travel and winter. The Dr Jart Ceramidin cream is also a contender, but I think price wise I’ll likely favour this one.

Makeup

I’m very minimal when it comes to my makeup, as I do it in about 5 minutes 6 out of 7 days a week (the 7th day I don’t wear makeup…shhh!) So my intended purchases are a little boring, but I’m toying with the idea of a liquid or cream highlighter like the RMS one or the Cover FX Glow Drops. I’ll see how my budget fares on the trip and swatch both in store.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Your Skin But Better – Longest name ever, but a firm favourite amongst beauty bloggers all around. The description sounds right up my alley – a dewy, moisturising foundation. It sounds a lot like my all-time fave, but sadly discontinued Clinique Moisture Surge Foundation. I’ll definitely see whether I can find myself a good colour match in store as their shade variety isn’t great. My bet is on fair though!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders – Fun fact, I’ve never bought a cheek colour! All mine have been gifts or gifts with purchase. I might have to change that for this blush in Mood Exposure. I’ll definitely swatch it in store first and will likely pick up one of the super cute mini versions as I’ve never finished a full-sized cheek product and it leaves more room in my budget. Win-win!

Sephora Lash Tash To Go Set – I’m nearing the end of my mascara’s life and am trying to decide whether to purchase something more affordable or splurge on this great set. If you’re feeling flush, this is a great way to get testers for some of the most popular mascaras and a voucher to purchase a full size of your favourite all at no extra cost to you (depending on which you choose it could be a minimal amount.) How amazing does that sound?

Fashion

I don’t really have a lot on this list as these items are obviously seasonable, but I do have a few things that are either part of permanent collections or things of which there are always great variations in store.

  • Sezane Boyfriend Silk Shirt – I was seriously gutted when I couldn’t visit their store in Paris earlier this year, so will definitely head to their NY location as soon as possible this time. With more time to spare, I hope to finally check out their silk shirts among other things. Their new collection also launches on the 2nd of May, so hopefully there will be a lot to shop.
  • Everlane – I’m cheating here, as there is nothing in particular that jumped out at me but I definitely want to check out what they have in store. I love their simple aesthetic and have a serious crush on their Modern Loafers and their Boss Boot.
  • The Daily Edited Mini Black Cross Body Bag – They had me at monogrammed leather items. Need I say more? Well this bag might be a good dupe for the Gucci Soho Disco I’ve been dreaming of and they have a great colour selection.
  • Old Navy Jeans – I’ve only heard good things about their jeans and as I am on the hunt for a mid to dark tone high-waisted jean I think it can’t hurt to look. Plus at about 30 dollars a pop it also won’t hurt my bank account!

Home

Finally I’ll also be bringing home a few smaller things for my home. Trying to steer clear of breakables is going to be challenge! I mean just look at Anthropologie’s mugs…

  • West Elm Agate Bookends – I’ve wanted agate bookends for almost as long as I’ve wanted a massive bookcase. I think these would look wonderful in mine and also isn’t as pricey as others I’ve seen in SA (from R800 and up!). I will definitely be taking a closer look in store.
  • Anthropologie Door Handles – I’m hoping that one day soon we’ll get new bedside tables and then I can switch out the drawer handles with these pretties. These hex ones look good online, but I’ll see what jumps out at me in store. Maybe these will be on sale? A girl can dream!
  • Anthropologie Coaster – They do some pretty amazing coasters and you can’t really go wrong with these. Poetry also had some a while ago and I so regret not buying some.
  • Target and CB2 get honourable mentions as I’m sure I’ll find a few things I love in store.

Not included above are all the American sweets I’ll bring back with me, if they survive the journey! We’re also hauling home a DJ Roomba, or a more cost-effective alternative, to help us fight the good fight against all the cat crystals. So much for maintaining the image of glitz and glam.

I’d love to hear what you’d bring back in the comments below.

 

 

 

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Notes on At Home Dermaplaning

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If you are even remotely interested in the beauty industry, chances are you’ve heard of dermaplaning. It is is one of the latest beauty techniques that involves a trained aesthetician shaving your face with scalpel, which of course sounds so appealing (NOT!). Basically it removes all peach fuzz and dead skin cells and it is not invasive at all, comparable to a more extreme microdermabrasion. I’ve heard a tonne of international beauty bloggers talking about it but haven’t really heard anything about it from our local scene. So when I spotted these face razors (called Brow Razors) in Dischem I jumped at the chance of trying the treatment at home.

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Velvet Teddy On A Budget

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In a recent conversation with friends we wondered why so many beauty products names’ could double as porno’s (here is looking at you Nars!). Wet & Wild is an affordable range available at Clicks that I haven’t taken seriously until now. Shout out to Cara Fay for this discovery- Bare it All is a peachy-brown shade and almost straight-up dupe for MAC’s famous Velvet Teddy.

As with most popular drugstore finds, it was a little hard to track down but Tygervalley has recently been restocked.

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LA Girl Pro BB Cream Review

DSC_4045So I finally broke down of six months (yup, that was half a year!) and started wearing foundation again. I blame the cold winter air for drying out my skin and making it look extra blotchy and red. I remember looking into the bathroom mirror one day at work and rushing over to the MAC counter during lunch just to get something on my face, I was that embarrassed!

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Wishlist & What I Have Been Loving

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By now you should know me as a very considerate shopper – I rarely make impulse buys – but sometimes I just feel overwhelmed with a whole sea of things I’d like to home. This happenned to me on a recent visit to H&M, where I felt overwhelmed with things I want. I know it is not realistic for me to want them as I don’t need most of it, but as a nice theme evolved I thought I might as well share my beautiful wishlist with you! These would also make nice gifts, which is something to consider with wedding season approaching.

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Review Catrice Glamour Doll Waterproof Mascara

Catrice Glam and Doll Waterproof mascara wandWhen Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup mentions a product she loves, I take notice. I think it is because she isn’t a fickle beauty blogger and likes to stick to what is tried ans trusted, just like I do. So when she recently mentioned a new contender for favourite mascara, the Catrice Glamour Doll Waterproof mascara, I took note! Not only is this brand available in South Africa, it is also super affordable and waterproof.

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The Christmas beauty edition

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The festive season is such an easy time to go overboard with your beauty look, and if you want to you certainly should! But over the years I’ve often found myself feeling slightly OTT. Family dinners, braais with friends or a board games evening rarely justify a perfect red pout and golden eyes. This time around I feel less certainly is more.

I love my LA Girl The Nudes palette as all the colours are right up my street. I rarely go for the extreme eye looks preferring to use one or two shades at a time. This time around I just blended the golden shimmer close to my lashes, loaded up on tonnes of mascara and added a little bit of festive colour to my pout with a Revlon Super lustrious lipgloss.

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Nails is where I go all out. I love the Essence Gel Nailpolish in Nr 14 Do you speak love? It is a lovely vampy red, probably not summer appropriate but I love it anyways! I then covered it in one layer of Wet n Wild’s Waiting for my solo. It is a warm golden-coppery glitter that has both small and chunky pieces. I applied this combo in the car a week ago for my husband’s year end work function and although it wasn’t perfect it lasted a whole week with minimal tip wear! I was so impressed that I repeated the look today. DSC_1923

What is your go-to beauty look for Christmas parties? Do you go all out or prefer a more relaxed approach?

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My Favourite Essence “The Nudes” Nailpolish

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If you’re a fan of Vivianna Does Makeup you’ve likely heard her bleating on about her favourite lacquer, Porchester Square by Nails Inc. Of course I’ve Googled the shade a million times and developed a serious crush on it! I might be wrong but I think Edgars no longer stocks the brand as I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. My search for the perfect greige nailpolish finally ended when I stumbled upon this bargain from Essence.

Their Nude Trends collection includes a number of delectable shades, but Crunchy Cake (weird name, I’ll chalk it up to a bad German translation!?) one instantly drew my attention. The colour is best described as a greigy-lilac and is the perfect year-round colour (it looks darker in the picture). It also happens to be the best dupe for the afforementioned shade that I’ve come across.

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Pre-wedding Skincare Routine

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I guess we all want the perfect skin always, but the pressure is really on when you’ve invested in an expensive photographer to capture multiple shots of you on your wedding day (or any other day for that matter)!

In general I haven’t got serious problems with my skin, but that being said my skin is far from perfect and I wanted to inch it a little closer to that if possible. Generally my skin is dry and sensitive and lately it has also been lacking in the glow department (thanks to fewer zzz’s) and on the whole it was looking a little dull. Whilst I’ve decided to leave my redness (possible rosacea) to the makeup artist to deal with, I knew I could tackle the previously mentioned concerns.

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Current & New Beauty Favourites

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I think I’ll jump right into it by telling you how much I love Vaseline’s Healthy Hand & Nail. This product is a cult classic for a reason. It absorbes within minutes, leaves no residue and softens your hands and cuticles whislt at it. I will admit to using a heavier hand lotion in the evenigs simply because its winter and my hands can’t behave, but this product is still the one I reach for most. It isn’t heavily perfumed, yet smells pleasant and it definitely beats all its prettier sisters.

Next up is the Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil from The Body Shop. I still had a bottle of their old Vitamin E oil left when this launched, so I only got around to trying this recently. And I am a total convert. I love how it leaves my skin feeling and the fact that it is so light means I can apply it day and night as it absorbes quickly. It also smells divine!

As I always left nailpolish remover shopping until I couldn’t wait any more, I always ended up grabbing the same thing from PnP’s shelf. On a recent stroll through Clicks (as you do) I however stumbled upon the Sorbet Nail Polish Remover and it features a salon style pump. I don’t think I have to explain the convenience of the pump except to say no more spills. It really is worth it!

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Next up on my list is something I’ve wanted for a while- the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. If you watch any Youtube beauty channels (Lilly and Anna, I blame you!), this would’ve been on your list too. Now I’m not a fan of online shopping, so I never had one before Foschini started stocking it. I was lucky in that my local Foschini (Tygervalley) had stock when it opened after refurbishment, so I grabbed one.

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For a R160 you can get the softest, densest brush imaginable! I use it on a daily basis to apply my foundation. I simply dot my foundation where needed and then start spreading and buffing it into my face with the brush. It makes my foundation application look flawless. I even use it for concealer on my chin and it works like a dream. No fingerprints! You can also use it for bronzer and blusher, but in my experience those thousands of bristles just picked up too much product. Plus, if I only it for one thing, I can wait longer inbetween washes. Which brings me to the only two downsides of the brush. It takes forever to dry and the thick handle means it isn’t travel friendly and won’t fit into my makeup brush holder. But it is still so worth it!

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