New York Beauty Buys

So, I promised I’d do a post on the bits I picked up in New York, so here they are and a little run down on what I chose and why!

I had a few bits on my list before I went that I really wanted to pick up, funnily enough there were loads of products from Maybelline… which I know is a brand we have here, but many on the products launch there first or may never even make it over the Atlantic.

The two things I picked up were one of the 24hour Color (colour) tattoo and a Dream Bouncy blush. I’ve heard mixed reports on if the Dream Bouncy blushers are making it over the pond – I really, really, really, really, really hope they do as I’m kicking myself for only buying one. I love the colour and texture, they really aren’t like anything I’ve tried before – creamy and light, when you stick your finger in it kinda dents/deflates! Very unusual, but a gorgeous colour for a creamy glowy blush – I really need more of these in my life.

The 24hour color tattoo on the other hand I’m a bit on the fence about, I like the shade but it wasn’t that pigmented and it felt too creamy to really last, but I haven’t given it a full test yet so will wait and see.

I had a couple of other bits on the US Maybelline list…including the Baby Lips lip balms, I hunted all over for these but couldn’t find them ANYWHERE! And of course now that means I want to try them even more than I did before.

I also heard many good things about the Revlon Lip Butters too, so picked one of these up – it was a tough call which colour but I went with Strawberry Shortcake. A fairly bright pink, that applies much sheerer than it looks.

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake
Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink

In Sephora I picked up a mini bottle of the Urban Decay All Nighter potion, another product I wanted to try for a while but don’t really need a huge bottle – so this mini sized (cost around $11) is ideal. So far, it works really well – setting make-up and making it last.

Urban Decay All Nighter Mini Spray

Another product that I have high hopes for coming more widely available over here is Sally Hansen colour products – in the US they really do have an amazing range. I love these Salon Effects, I tried a Zebra print one over Christmas and then fell in love with these bronzy animal print ones too. So I picked a set up.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Kitty Kitty

Another Sally Hansen purchase, a gorgeous neutral colour that’s good for Spring. I’ve already worn this for a recent nail of the day with the sparkly pink over the top…

Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect in Sorbet

More nail colours… yes, I have a problem.

Gorgeous pink from Wet-n-Wild which reminds me of Look Bling, but even cheaper. I think this was around $1.50 – so cheap. The Essie Lux Effect feels like a bargain as they are so much cheaper in the US at around $8 a bottle. I could have been tempted by so many, but held myself back.

Back to Sephora I indulged my weakness for Sephora OPI colours, with two full size glitter/flakie shades – a gorgeous blue and a copper. The coppery colour was reduced to $5… so I had to really!

L-R: Wet n Wild in Sparked, Essie Luxe Effect in Shine of the Times
OPI for Sephora in Indi-go with the flow (blue) and Don’t be eggnog-ious (copper)

Then I made a little bit of an error and picked up two almost identical colours, one from Wet-n-Wild and one from Revlon. I picked them up at different times, so basically forgot I had already purchased one (oops) and was drawn to them as they look like almost like the silver version of petrol.. when you see all those multiple colours, but with a metallic silver base. The Revlon also has a few pieces of glitter in it. I’ll either do a comparison or include one in my upcoming three year blogging giveaway.

L-R: Wet n Wild in Gray’s Anatomy and Revlon in Smoldering

And last but by no means least, I picked up this beauty… which I blogged about back when I confessed my slight addiction to mini nail polish HERE…where I actually described the collection as the ‘holy grail of all things mini’. I was a bit overexcited when I saw there were a couple of these available as thought they would have sold out at Christmas. This was a bit of an indulgence at $48, but totally worth it for a mini-addict.

The Sephora OPI holy grail of mini nail polish…

I’ll do a separate post with full reviews/swatches… but overall I’m really happy with the beauty bits I picked up in America. My only regret is maybe not getting another shade of the bouncy blush and that I couldn’t find the Baby Lips.

All bought by me.



  1. February 15, 2012 / 8:12 am

    I love your blog so far 🙂
    And you really did buy a LOT of nail polishes,
    Really appreciate you taking a look at mine xx

  2. February 15, 2012 / 9:07 am

    Like the look of the Wet N Wild in Sparked, have had something like that in my mind recently.

  3. February 15, 2012 / 9:56 am

    OMG ! love everything you got. The dream bouncy blush looks so fun. I hope they’ll release it soon over here…

  4. February 16, 2012 / 9:10 am

    The color from Wet n Wild looks really nice. Tomorrow I’ll go to make some shopping … you remind me that I need some new nail colors. ;))

  5. thalia
    February 20, 2012 / 9:58 am

    Love your recent buys – wish they had a Sephora in the UK! & the bouncy blush looks really fun to work with. Must say, you’ve definitely inspired a nail polish haul from my behalf!

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