Friday, August 2, 2013

America Makeup Haul Part 1

On a lovely wintery day in Melbourne, what better to do than blog about my recent purchases! As you most likely know I have just returned from a month long trip to America and I LOVED the shopping!! The makeup is stupidly cheap as are the clothes and shoes! I'm going to split my makeup/skincare purchases into two posts and I may do another post later on the random bits and pieces I bought.

If you've been to the States you would know how great the shopping is at Sephora, Ulta and drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS. I mainly shopped at Sephora as they have a great loyalty program and just bought what I couldn't find there at the other stores.

I love Benefit and their pretty packaging seems to suck me in! I get my brows done at the Benefit Brow bar at Chadstone so I have had plenty of time to see what I was after!


 - The Feelin' Dandy pack is a great way to purchase lots of products to try without having to commit to the full size. This pack includes Posie Tint, High Beam, Dandelion blush and brush and Dandelion lipgloss. Perfect for lovers of pink like me! ($28 +tax US vs $59 AUS)

 - Fine One One is a three colour highlighter/blush that can be used on your cheeks, lips and lids. I love the peach and coral colours on this product. ($30 +tax US)
- The lovely ladies at Benefit Brow Bar used Fake Up on me one day and I fell in love. This is a beautifully creamy concealer that works perfectly at concealing my dark circles. ($24 +tax US vs $35 AUS)
- Part of Sephora's loyalty program is getting a free gift when you shop within a few weeks of your birthday. The current gift is a travel size version of the They're Real! mascara and Watts Up highlighter.

These are my first ever purchases from Nars and I love them!

- The Multiple in Portofino is a beautiful product that can be used on your lips, cheeks and lids. I love products that can be used for more than one purpose! ($39 +tax US vs $58 AUS)
- The Orgasm Blush is one that I was told that I had to buy so of course I did when I saw how pretty it is. I will get plenty of use out of it. ($29 +tax US vs $45 AUS)

Mac is another brand that I'm a newbie to but that doesn't mean I haven't been lusting over their products!

- Prep + Prime BB cream is another BB cream that I love (my BB collection is getting big!). This also highlights my skin really nicely ($28+tax US vs $48 AUS)
- I knew I had to get at least one lipstick from MAC and this one in Impassioned is so me! I managed to try a friend's one before I left and I knew it was the one! ($16 +tax US vs $36 AUS)


- I bought the Clinique Chubby Stick for lips in Plushest Punch as I knew a chubby stick was a must have in my makeup collection ($16+tax US vs $35 AUS)
- I had a makeover in Sephora one day and they used this Bobbi Brown eyeliner on me. It is violet which is not something I would normally try, but then again I wouldn't normally try eyeliner so I'm going to do lots of practice! ($26+tax US vs $35 AUS)
- The Urban Decay Naked Skin BB was something I saw on tv on The View and I knew I had to have it. There is just one shade that works on every skin tone and I love it. It does need to be blended in but once done it is flawless. ($14+tax)
- I bought the Make Up For Ever Pro Finish powder because I have never owned a powder! I can't believe it has taken me this long but I am glad I finally got one and a great quality one too!

Alright so there's the first lot of what I bought in America! My next post will feature plenty of nail polish, perfume and Philosophy!


  1. Argh so jealous of your Benefit haul!! Feelin' Dandy and Fine One One are both on my wish list, and omg a mini of Watts Up?? What a cool freebie! You did very well, fabulous haulage! Can't wait for part two :P

    1. Thanks Krissy! Benefit has such good products in the prettiest packaging so I couldn't resist!

    2. Guess what? After reading your post I waited approximately an hour before diving onto Adore Beauty and ordering Feelin' Dandy, lol, I just couldn't handle being without it :P

    3. You will love it! Posie tint is perfect as a lip colour or blush and high beam is the perfect highlighter! I haven't been on Adore Beauty so I'm to check it out-something that could be dangerous for my wallet!

  2. Love your benefit haul!! Have been wanting they're real for so long!!!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I was going to buy it but seeing as I already have so many mascaras and I got this one for free I didn't get a full size. I think I will swap in an old one at Benefit this week for another deluxe sample :)

  3. Omigosh, so jealous! Amazing haul! Loving the look of those Benefit products.

  4. Great purchases! And the price comparison really puts it into perspective. Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners are super smooth and long-lasting! I love them :)
    x Court