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…
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.
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?
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!
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.