As excited as I was to get my booty over here to the good ole US of A and lay my hands on all of the country’s immense beauty-based goodness (among other things, of course), the thought of leaving my beloved British drugstores behind was really quite painful.
So, armed with a stash of Boots Advantage Card points, I paid one last speedy visit to the High Street Kensington shop (my ole local) in order to pick up some brand spanking new products, as well as a few old favourites, from some of Britain’s tip top beauty brands.
First into the basket went the Collection x Little Mix All About The Eyes Palette (£3.19), which I had been lusting after for bloody weeks only to find it sold out on every other occasion that I tried to pick it up. And while it’s not the best palette in the world, for such a low price, I have to say I’m pretty impressed. The shades are lovely, the shadows are fairly long-lasting and they apply with minimal fall-out. All in all not too bad.
Then I moved on to lips and finally managed to lay my hands on the incredible Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils (£4.99). I cannot explain quite how much I love these pencils – and I’m ruddy gutted that I didn’t pick up a few more because I haven’t been able to spot them anywhere here in the US. Essentially, these lip pencils are a (much) cheaper alternative to the NARS Matte Velvet offerings, but with an ever-so-slightly more glossy finish, meaning they don’t dry out my lips in the same way as the NARS pencils tend to. I’m planning a full review very soon, but for now let me just say – it’s love.
Similarly, my second lip-related purchase proved to be just as successful. The Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30, a beautifully deep berry tone that is ideal for this time of year.
The last lip purchase was a bit of a random one – a Barry M Lip Liner Pencil (£2.99) – which I threw into my basket mainly because I felt I should pick up something from the counter (you can’t buy Barry M in the US) and panicked slightly when it came to choosing. I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet but I will be sure and report back when I do!
Last but not least, I whizzed around picking up a few spares of some old favourites, the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) to keep my eye bags under control, the MaxFactor Facefinity All Day Primer (£10.99) which is a dream when it comes to ensuring my make up stays in place, and a Sleek Make-Up Blush in Rose Gold (£4.49) which is one of my all-time favourite blushes.
Then off to the airport I went, weighed down by all that beauty brilliance. Needless to say every single one of my bags was overweight…