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Friday, January 31, 2014

America Hauling #1 - A few bits and bops


Hey guys! Sorry I haven't been around lately but if you saw some of my recent posts I am now in America! I am on vacation visiting my family in California and it is darn hard adjusting to a different country once you get used to living somewhere else. It feels really weird being back home and I keep waiting for myself to just wake up and for this all to just be some crazy dream. I am also suffering from severe jet lag. I'm so so tired and sore and nauseous so if any of you know how to get over jet lag quicker, please be sure to mention it and help me out! 

I have of course in the mere two and a half days of being here already done some beauty shopping and I've picked up honestly some amazing products that I am already loving after only one use. Most of these have been on my wish lists for quite some time so I'm stoked to finally be trying them out and adding these babies to my collection. To start off with, I wondered into a Rite Aid while going for a Starbucks run and found that the Rimmel Stay Matte collection had a coupon for $1 off any of their products in the collection. I love the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and although I haven't used  a drug store foundation for quite some time, I was definitely intrigued so I went ahead and picked it up. I chose the shade True Ivory and I have to admit, I am kinda in love with this foundation. I even have been picking it over my high end ones such as the Nars Sheer Glow and my YSL Youth Liberator. When I first tried it out, I realised it is a mouse like texture and that was a bit intimidating but it covers beautifully and you really only need a tiny amount for a full coverage look. My beauty blender makes this foundation finish perfectly and although it is very matte and a tad bit too light for me, adding bronzer creates the perfect look. It's lasting power is also outrageous, I've gone all day with it on and it still looks like I just put on my makeup. I would definitely recommend picking this product up and it is so super inexpensive that you really don't even have an excuse not to! 

The next day, I wandered into the mall with my mom which was so nice being able to spend some time together and I happened by a Mac Cosmetics counter where I finally purchased my first Mac Paint Pot. I was stuck between choosing Painterly and Soft Ochre but I was determined to find a base that would cancel out any darkness and really allow eyeshadows to be more pigmented. I found that the Painterly shade had more pink undertones and I even spoke to the girl at the counter who recommended Soft Ochre instead for my specific skin tone. It really is the perfect shade and creates such a beautiful clean canvas on the eyelids that my eye makeup has been far more striking simply due to the paint pot. Next, we went to a Lush store and I headed straight to this product because it is all anyone is raving over lately. Lush's Grease Lighting Tea Tree Cleanser contains one of my favourite acne fighting products - Tea Tree Oil and it literally has cleared my skin and spots in only a day. I tried this as soon as I took off my makeup and when I woke up in the morning, a spot that was growing on my jawline shrunk and disappeared by sunrise. I was so completely impressed and I even used it on just my acne scaring and it made quite a difference already. I can't wait to post a full review on this baby soon! Lastly, I bought myself an EOS Lipbalm in the flavour pomegranate raspberry and I wouldn't say that this stuff is amazing or anything too special compared to other lip balms but the packaging is definitely cute and nifty. I just feel like you need to own one of these at one point in time and I'm super stoked that my collection now has one. 

I told ya'll I would be doing some major America Hauling as soon as possible and I'm really thankful for your patience and support. I've been wandering into drugstores and Sephoras but to be completely honest, they are quite overwhelming. There's just so much to look at and I almost don't know what to get because I want it all. I'm still open for any suggestion on great products to pick up and review so be sure to leave those down bellow! 

Have any of you tried these products? How are they working for you? Let me know, down bellow!

Stefanie xx
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29 comments:

  1. I'm going to the US later in the year and cannot wait to get hauling! :) Hehe
    You got some amazing items!!
    I did a post on the strawberry sorbet EOS lip balm here: http://ellistuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/eos-strawberry-sorbet-smooth-sphere-lip.html#comment-form

    http://ellistuesday.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'll have a look, I am really enjoying mine so far so I might have to pick up another one before leaving (:

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  2. I really want to try that foundtion now! I hope you enjoy your time back home!

    
With A City Dream


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    1. thanks so much and I would really recommend it!

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  3. I've been wanting to try the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation for a while now but have just never got round to it! I will definitely be buying it now x
    thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Grease Lightning is seriously the best spot treatment! You got some great bits
    Živa from Nothin' Fancy. Really.

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    1. It is just working miracles lately, I am obsessed with it, can't believe I've waited this long to own it

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  5. Great haul! I love EOS lip balms they smell absolutely amazing :)

    anacelinelabod.blogspot.com

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  6. I enjoy using Soft Ochre as a base for my eyeshadows. I'm hoping to try some dark shades though because they're beautiful and I quite like the formula.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. I am loving the formula as well, it's super easy to use and doesn't crease horribly. If you have any recommendations for other Mac Paint Pots I would love to know!

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  7. I just bought MAC paint pot in painterly and LOVE it! I have featured it in my MAC haul over on my blog!


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    1. I'll have to come take a look, I might pick it up as well before I head home because I have fallen head over heels for the paint pots. I must admit the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are lovely but they simply don't compare.

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  8. need some more EOS in my life! used up my beloved sweet mint. :(

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  9. I've tried Stay Matte and I LOVE it! It's the only matte foundation i'd wear, honestly the best!

    Sharlotte // Sharlotte

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    1. I completely agree, it's so gorgeous and it really is absolutely matte!

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  10. The EOS balms are something I've wanted to try for ages but never gotten around to!

    http://champagnelambinibudget.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Great buys Id love to try the EOS balms because I keep seeing them everywhere

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  12. The Lush cleanser sounds amazing, definitely going to try it out!

    http://ciarapocket.blogspot.ie x

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  13. Soft ochre sounds beautiful. I hope you're having a lovely time x

    lamourjosie.com

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  14. Ah I only blogged about Grease Lightning this week - it's amazing! It's hand down the best spot treatment I've tried so far, and it doesn't hurt or sting one little bit! xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

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  15. I need to return to California soon. Make sure to visit an ULTA before you leave! Following your blog now ♥

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  16. Great haul! Mac is always good :)

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  17. So glad you've been enjoying the Stay Matte foundation because I love it just so much!! I think I have the same shade as you (too lazy to go check for sure!). I am really interested in Grease Lightning! I hope you do a review on it so that I can read about it!
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    Alexandra | The A Style | Beauty and lifestyle

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  18. Grease Lightning is one of my favorite acne fighting products and a life changer in terms of spot treatment. So glad to see a fellow Lush lover!

    xo, Rebecca

    wednesdaypress.blogspot.com

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  19. So jealous! I love America! Try make up forevers brow corrector if you can one day! Xx

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  20. Love EOS so much! Hope you have a lovely time in California! :)

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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