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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 30a 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…


6 thoughts on “My final British beauty haul (for a wee while at least)

  1. I bet you won’t miss the English drugstore! I am lusting after going to america just so I can go beauty shopping!

    1. Haha I miss some things but I’m very grateful for all the great stuff that they have here! Xx

  2. How is the Wake me up? Have you tried it yet? xx

    1. It’s good! Nice and brightening for the under eye area but I don’t think it’s that amazing at covering up blemishes etc xx

  3. nyrmirez says:

    I love the Sleek blushes and I am kicking my booty for not picking more Sleek blushes while I was in London this summer. I wish they were available in the US. Enjoy your time in the U.S.

    1. Thank you so much! I think I’m going to have to find someone who is willing to send me some! X

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