Beauty Edit | Sephora Splurge (again)

Upon landing in America, it never takes me long to sniff out a Sephora and as I find it I can almost hear the money falling out of my bank account.

My perception on beauty has changed since I have got older. Naturally enough. I’ve began to work out that no matter how much I conceal and powder over, nothing will help if your base isn’t in good condition. I’ve learnt a lot about skincare of the last year of so from countless YouTube videos and even more articles. Maybe my budget has changed as I’ve got older and I really won’t fall into the new products so easily and I’m more keen to spend a little more on a good cleanser and moisturiser than a foundation. First thing I purchased was the Clinique 3 step guide after I watched Leigh’s Instagram story on just how good it was…influencers alert…I’m easily persuaded. I started using it straight away and I can tell you Leigh knows exactly what she’s talking about it. I’ve since bought full sizes.

Keeping in the theme of skincare, I picked up a number of face masks to help with dehydrated skin when I got back. The Sephora face masks are super cheap but really good quality. I haven’t found a comparison in the UK yet so I’ll have to keep stocking up each time I go.

I also had to pick up another IT cosmetics your skin but better foundation. I bought a medium this time thinking that I’ll be a little more tanned throughout the summer. I find this foundation divine after I first purchased it back in January when I was in New York. I’m still not finished my first tube which I use every single day. With my increased use of retinol, each morning I use a factor 15 SPF and then add the CC cream which is of course a factor 50 SPF, perfect to help defy aging skin and reduce the number of freckles I start collecting throughout the summer. I’ve also just seen that we can now get IT cosmetics in the U.K. so I’m delighted that I don’t need to stock up when I’m in the US.

Although I absolutely love this foundation, I journeyed into the Make Up For Ever territory, Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. One of which I’m not as familiar with but seem to see on just about every YouTuber who then he beautifully flawless skin and has a much fuller coverage and I believe has a longer staying power (18 hours I’m told by the Sephora assistant however I’m sceptical but I’ll put it to the test). Of course no liquid foundation would be perfect without a setting powder which of course I bought. I’ll be keeping this for nights out as it’s a bit heavy for me everyday but I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

I bought another Tarte eyeliner which is my favourite. I don’t usually wear eyeliner everyday but I do have a go at the weekend at a flick. I first bought this is January, with my IT cosmetics CC cream, and again it’s not yet finished but I love that it has both a kohl pencil, perfect for tight lining, as well as the perfect liquid liner which slides on so easily and allows an easy flick, even for an amateur like me. Most of my lovely lash ladies will ask me about eyeliner and I do have to say when my lashes are about 1 week before infills I do tight line most days just to fill in gaps rather than using mascara.

Finally I love the section in Sephora around the checkout where you can pick up sample sizes to try products that you maybe don’t want to invest in right away. I picked up the tarte blush and lip stain, I haven’t tried them out yet but I’ll be giving them a go this weekend. I also picked up a Caudalie set of moisturiser and serum to try out since I love their beauty elixir spray so much.

A non Sephora purchase (!) but it kind of falls into the beauty category was this canvas bag I got from Sugarboo & Co. they have the most gorgeous slogans and it was so difficult to pick just one. Just go and have a look and imagine decorating your house with all of their lovely items.

Until next time Sephora.

Lashings of love,

K xo

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Shopping in New York | Beauty Edit

New York is amazing for sightseeing but we also did some shopping while I was there (it would be rude not too!). I did see the usual Zara and H&M but with limited space in my suitcase I reserved the room for brands that we cannot get in the UK, I’m going to make a statement that maybe won’t sit well with some people but I don’t really like the women’s clothes in the US, other than brands that we have at home, they just really aren’t for me. I had imagined Olivia Palermo fashionistas walking the streets but I didn’t see it, maybe because it was so frigging cold! Honestly I didn’t buy as much as I anticipated (I’m sure Chris is delighted), most things that I can get at home were much more expensive in New York and when the exchange rate isn’t in our favour that really doesn’t help either. In saying all this it didn’t stop me from heading to a few of my favourite shops!

First stop Sephora, as we were staying in Time Square, where there was a huge Sephora and there is a beautiful older building which Sephora is in on 5th Avenue, the options are endless. Having been to the US a few times in the last 6 months, initially I went mad but this time I was very specific in what I was looking for. Thanks to the Anna Edit I had to try the It Cosmetics, your skin but better, a creamy full coverage with my favourite feature, a pump, to dispense the product. So far so good! Of course I bought it on the first day and couldn’t wait to try it on the second. It didn’t feel heavy but covered my pigmentation and give a glowy finish, something I’m not used to with full coverage foundations.

While in Sephora I also picked up the Becca Highlighter. I haven’t really got on to highlighters, I spent a small fortune on the Anastia Beverley Hills contour and highlighter kits and although I love the powder and the cream contour, unfortunately I have yet to use the highlighter more than a few times. My highlight doubts changed after Simone said it was the holy grail of highlighters so I most certainly had to give it a whirl. I love the consistency of the product and have started to use it differently to other highlighters -if I’m not wearing much make up I will put it under my skin to fake a natural glow…it works a treat!

The last thing I bought in Sephora was their face masks, I just love the dry skin mosturising face masks so I made sure I stocked up on them while I was away. Now I have my next few Sunday night facials sorted! I also picked up some Bumble&Bumble sea salt strap and a tangle teaser, silly me, I completely forgot to pack them but another one won’t hurt.

With the weather being so cold outside and inside being so hot with heaters my skin has really felt the consequences. It has been so dry, flaky and altogether gross! While I was in Woodbury Common shopping outlet I called in to the Elizabeth Arden to get some 8 hour cream. At only $10 I bought two, for that price it was well worth it!

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Last beauty stop, Aesop. This was a definite on my list as the last time I stopped by, the shop was closed for lunch and I was devastated. Someone had told me how amazing this brand of skincare was but with a higher price bracket, I didn’t mind, I had read such good reviews I had to give it a go. Plus seeing it around Rebecca from Roses & Rolltops house and it just looked so beautiful, it was the perfect edition to my bathroom, packaging really does mean a lot. We wandered up Madison Avenue and eventually we found it, a quaint store with no fuss, from the moment mum and I walked through the door we were in love before we had even said hello to the girl who helped us. The industrial walls with an old mismatched tiled floor, dark wooden shelves and black rails with an old sink, it was to die for. This was the first shop that I didn’t feel pressured to buy something. The girl asked what we were looking for and I told her about my very dry skin and she picked out a few items and tested them on my hands. No harsh chemicals or alcohols insight. I decided to get the Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil and the Damascan Rose Facial Treatment. They left my skin feeling clean, soft and most importantly hydrated. Since I have started used the oil every couple of days for the last couple of weeks, I have seen a huge change in my skin with no flaking and it seems to be less inflamed. The last thing I bought was the mouth wash, an unnecessary purchase I know, but I just loved the bottle, it looks so medicinal, I doubt it will be used very much just because I really just like the look of it but maybe when I start using it, I may just love it.

Not at all beauty related but I did make a stop in Antropologie *PLEASE COME TO BELFAST*. I easily could have decorated our home with the gorgeous items in store but I kept it to a minimum with very little room in my case, buying a gold initial mug and one of their candlefish candles, it’s official I’m a candle fiend! Anthropologie candles are without a doubt my favourite in terms of burning and smell, I think they burn so evenly throughout and the smell is divine around the house, I can easily smell it upstairs when it is burning in the living room (no offense Jo Malone or Diptyque, I still love you too!). I did spot a ‘Hello Lovely’ marble chopping board but it was easily 3 kilograms so it would definitely have put me over weight…I’ll maybe order it online now I’m home!

Lashings of Love,

Kerrie xo