Until you’ve been to American Sephora you don’t know what make up heaven looks like. I laugh whenever I hear someone who’s been to the French/Italian/Singaporean iteration talk in raptures about it – bitch, you ain’t seen nothing. And to complement the US’s abundant charms when it comes to cosmetics, they’re also home to some of the best drug stores in the world. CVS, Walgreens, Duane Read and Rite Aid have all taken their fair share of my hard earned.
Don’t even get me started on US Target.
Hawaii has it all and more – Sephora, drug stores, department stores and massive retailers such as Target and Walmart that carry an equally massive array of wonderful things. I’m not kidding nor overstating when I say I spent probably close to $1000 on make up, skin care and hair products during my 11 days away. From $2 lipsticks to high end fragrances, I was in my element. There’s nothing I wouldn’t try or buy. Sephora even upped me from a Beauty Insider to a VIP Beauty Insider because I spent so much time and money there (admittedly though there were presents and quite a few things bought for other people on request there).
I did go a bit mental and it was all a bit over the top really. There was definitely panic when I realised how much it all weighed and I would have to bring it back! I took care of my pre-prepared wish list on the first day and after that it was just carte blanche. I would definitely be more concerned about prices and budgeting etc if I was at home but let me tell you, that holiday mentality kicked in and I was throwing stuff in baskets like I was a contestant on a supermarket spree. That never happens at home – every purchase is generally carefully assessed and researched.
I still haven’t figured out an appropriate way to post on everything and part of me is reluctant to until ‘ve actually tried stuff out, but then I’d be posting until Christmas. So what I’m going to start with is just writing it all down and if there’s anything that catches your eye and you want to know more about, just ask.
Almay Color and Care Liquid Lip Balm in Pink Pout / Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara / Benefit The Big Easy in Medium Light / Benefit Gimme Brow / Blinc Mascara in Black / Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Berry Pop / Cover Girl Bombshell Shine Shadow in Copper Fling / Cover Girl Tru Blend Fix Stick Concealer in Medium Light / elf HD Blush in Headliner / elf Lip Stain in Berry Blush / elf Long Lasting Lustrous Eye Shadow in Purple / Hard Candy Shadowholic Pencil in Blondie / Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Lighting / Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Boundless Berry / Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise / Lancôme Hypnose Mascara / L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Heavenly Berry / L’Oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color in Orange Tempo, Rose Melody, Rouge Allegro, Ruby Opera and Scarlet Concerto / L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara / L’Oreal Nail Polish in Sexy in Sequins / MAC Lipstick in Impassioned / MAC Paint Pot in Painterly / Make Up For Ever Aqua-Matic Pencil in M 50 / Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser / Maybelline Color Show Street Art Nail Polish in Blue Beats / Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Nail Polish in Pretty in Polka / Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss in Radiant Raspberry / Maybelline Master Hi Light Highlighting Blush in Nude / Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amour, Rose d’Oro, Red Vino / NARS Lip Gloss in Salamanca / NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg / NYC City proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in Ballroom Blush / NYX Cream Blush in Red Cheeks / OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss in New Wave / Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara / Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow / Revlon Lipstick in Carnival Spirit / Revlon Shadowlinks in Cocoa / Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Water-Melon / Sephora 12HR Eye Pencil in Cappuccino / Sephora Luster Matte Lip Color in Magenta Luster / Sephora Rouge Shine in French Kiss / Sonia Kashiuk Highlighter Stick in Persian Sunset / Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara / Wet n Wild Lipstick in Purty Persimmon
Bonne Belle Lip Smacker in Dr Pepper / Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black EDP / Elizabeth and James Nirvana White EDP roll on / EOS lip balm in Honeydew / Freeman Blue Agave Paper Mask / Jergens BB Body Cream / Jovan Musk Oil / Kate Somerville Exfolikate / Laneige Water Sleeping Mask / L’Oreal Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser / Vaseline Rosy Lips / Victoria’s Secret Pink Lost in Love Body Spray
Alterna Bamboo 48-Hour Volume Spray / Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder / L’Oreal TXT It Tousle Waves Spray / L’Oreal Volume Filler Fiber Amplifying Concentrate / Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme