USA Beauty Buys

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Yup, I did it again. I found a way to convince myself that I needed new makeup when I was in the States. That being said, I was running out of my MAC foundation that I had been using for a long time and my NARS Creamy Concealer was drying out so I knew I would pick up products to replace those. However, that pep talk I had given myself on ONLY BUYING ESSENTIALS didn’t really work 😑

So…what did I end up getting and how do I like them?

First up: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer. I felt like this was too heavy on the skin, even when I used a Beauty Blender to apply it. It didn’t dry properly either which made me feel oily and sticky for ages. I might have to try this with a mattifying primer and see if that helps.
The other foundationey thing I got was the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream that I’ve heard tons about. I REALLY liked this! It’s a lot lighter than a lot of my foundations but evened out my skin tone a lot. This shade is a tad too light for me at the moment but I can’t wait to wear it in a few weeks when I get paler. I also got two different concealers- the Urban Decay Naked concealer and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer. The Naked concealer was to replace my NARS one and while it does the job, I’m not in love with it. It’s almost just a bit too thin, like I put it on and when I blend it out it disappears?! I’ll use it up and then probably go back to the NARS one tbh. The IT Cosmetics concealer is superduper thick and much lighter in color so I’ll use that one more in the winter I think. It’ll probably last me a lifetime too as you really do need the tiniest amount.
For cheeks I picked up two ombre blushes that I’ve been lusting after- the NYX ombre blush and Wet n Wild Ombre Blush. Both are really, really good! I’m so happy I got these! They remind me of the limited edition MAC ombre blushes that came out yeaaaaars ago. I remember the Ripe Peach one was such a favorite…until it smashed. From NYX I also picked up one of their soft matte lip creams, this one in shade Buenos Aires. I’ve been wanting to get it for ages but it’s always been sold out at my Boots in Edinburgh. It’s a very summery shade but I love it nonetheless. It looks great with the NYX ombre blush.
Finally, I got two skincare items- the Pixi Glow Peel Pads which I’m undecided about. I feel like I need to give these some time to see if my skin gets better. The only real bad thing I would say about this is that it smells really, really bad. I’m not usually overly sensitive with scents but I need to hold my nose when I use these! Yuck!!! The last thing I got was the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. I really like using this, especially now that the weather is a bit colder. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this once it’s empty.

That’s it! Now I’m on a shopping ban 👍


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