Sunday, 27 January 2013

Huge New York Beauty Haul! (Drugstore, Sephora, Victoria Secret, Bath and Body Works)

 Hi Ladies! I went to New York before Christmas, I've been wanting to do this post for a while but just haven't got round to it, so it is a little late but I thought I would share with you the beauty bits I picked up when I was there! It was my first time visiting New York, I went for a week and it was amazing! So Christmassy and of course the shopping is amazing! There is quite a few things to go through so I wont do a big review on every product but they will be featured more later on my blog, do let me know if there is any particular products you would like to see.
Drugstore (Duane Reade,CVS) 
Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher Mascara - this is Covergirl's newest mascara I believe, I had heard great things about the original Covergirl mascara, so when I saw this one I thought I'd give it a try. The name clump crusher was mainly why I picked it up as I'm not a fan of clumpy lashes. It does a good job of giving volume without looking clumpy and lengthens my lashes ok, overall I like this mascara but it didn't wow me or anything!
L'oreal Felt Tip Liner 'Carbon Black' - I needed a liquid liner so I picked this up. It's a nice liner, the tip is fine so you can get a precise line and it is intense black which I like, also lasts all day and it hasn't dried up yet! So far so good.
Cutex Regular Nail Polish Remover - I needed some nail polish remover so picked this one up, it's like the Bourjois one everyone was talking about at one point. Not much to say about it but I like how quick and easy it is to remove nail polish using this!
Its a 10 Miracle Leave In Product - I've used this a few times now, you spray it into damp hair after washing, it isn't a liquid it sprays out more like a conditioner. It claims to repair dry/damaged hair, adds shine, detangles, controls frizz, seals & protects hair colour, prevents split ends, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, flat iron spray & thermal protector. I cant say that it does all of those things but I have noticed it helps to detangle my hair, adds shine, makes my hair silky and soft and it smells nice too.
 Milani Baked Blush - 'Luminoso', Wet'n'Wild Blush -'Mellow Wine'
Milani Baked Blush 'Luminoso' - I really wanted to try a Milani blush after hearing great things, I picked up the shade Luminous, which is a peachy shade with gold shimmer. I was very impressed with the quality it blends lovely, it isn't as pigmented as the Wet'n'Wild blush but still has good amount of pigment to it. I love the shade and how it looks on, it is a gorgeous blush I wish I got more shades!
Wet 'n' Wild Blush 'Mellow Wine' - we don't have Wet'n'Wild in the UK, so I really wanted to try something from the brand after hearing good things mainly about their blushes and eyeshadows. I picked up this blush in 'Mellow Wine' It is a warm pinky rose colour, not something I usually go for but it look really pretty on! I was so impressed with how pigmented this blush was! The texture is soft and silky and blends really well. I think they are around $3 so great value for money.
Wet 'n' Wild eyeshadow palette 'Comfort Zone' - this palette was another product I had heard good things about, so I really wanted to try it! I've have worn the four neutral shades on the left, the neutrals shades were the reason I bought this palette. lLke the blush the eyeshadows are really pigmented, blend well and wore well throughout the day, again I am really impressed!
Maybelline baby lips 'cherry me' - the Maybelline baby lips have been hyped up quite a lot, you can't get them in the UK so when I was in New York I had to try one! 'Cherry me' is a pinky cherry colour and smells like cherry too. It's hardly pigmented just gives a very subtle pink tint on the lips, which is ok as I wasn't expecting it to be that pigmented as I had read reviews I still wanted to try it though. It feels nice on the lips, moisturises ok, I don't get the hype though to me it just a averagely nice lip balm.
EOS Lip Balm 'Strawberry Sorbet' & 'Summer Fruit' - another famously hyped up product. I have to admit the packaging is what draw me to this product but I think that's the case for many, its just so cute! I've been using Strawberry Sorbet which of course smells like strawberry's, the balm itself is ok it does a decent job at moisturising the lips. I have quite dry lips so need something a bit more moisturising but I still like it and have been using it as well as my other lip balms, its so easy to quickly apply as well.
Left to Right: Essie 'Penny Talk', Essie 'Lapiz of Luxery', O.P.I 'Keeping up with Santa', O.P.I 'Sweet Heart', O.P.I 'Dulce De Leche', Revlon 'Moon Dust'
Essie Nail Polish ' Penny Talk' - is a beautiful rose gold metallic shade, I saw it and had to get it! On the nails though the shade didn't look as nice as I thought it would, I'm still undecided on this shade. I took a picture of me wearing it on Instagram @ Vanessalouisee which you can check out if you like! Essie polishes aren't the most long lasting but this one lasted longer on my nails than most of the others I've tried.
Essie 'Lapiz of Luxery' - I haven't tried this on yet but it is a gorgeous blue shade, I think it will look lovely for summer time.
O.P.I 'Keeping Up With Santa' - it was Christmas time when I went to New York so I wanted a nice Christmas polish, I looked everywhere for this and every drug store I went to didn't have it in stock, But eventually I managed to get my hands on it, it is a gorgeous red shade with subtle shimmer, the shimmer is so fine it gives it more of a nice sheen look!
O.P.I 'Sweet Heart' - is a light milky pink, it is a pretty shade you need 2-3 coats for it to be opaque.
O.P.I 'Dulce De Leche' - is one of O.P.I's more famous shade, Lauren Conrad was supposed to of said it was one of her favourite polishes. It is a mauve pinky beige nude, I have worn this and I'm not a big fan I didn't find it very flattering on so i was disappointed with this, I'm sure it looks great on a lot of people but for me it didn't work.
Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy 'Moon Dust' - I mainly got this for the glitter polish which has holograpic glitter flakes in a clear base. I have wore both the shades, the black base with the glitter on top and I wasn't too keen on it, the glitter is more of a green/gold which I couldn't really tell by looking at the tube, I would of also liked for more there to be more glitter flakes as I had to keep applying to get enough glitter flakes on the nail. I like the idea of these nail polish duos I would of preferred a different shade though!
Physicians Formula Gel Creamliner 'Brown Eyes' - as you can see you get three gel creamliners, a brown shade, purple and a black with very subtle purple shimmer. They come in shades to enhance your eye colour so I got the one for brown eyes, I haven't tried these out properly yet, So I can't say to much about them I've swatched them though and they are very pigmented, it says 24 hour wear on the box so it will be interesting to see if they last all day!
 Miss Dior Perfume - my boyfriend got me this as a Christmas present while we were in Sephora, I'm no good with describing scents but it smells amazing, I love it!
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil - this was around the tills at Sephora where they have all the mini products you can purchase. Its a small 15ml bottle but I can see it lasting a long time as you only need the tiniest amount! The only ingredient is 100% organic argan oil. You can use it as a daily moisturiser, to treat split ends, to condition cuticles, as a body moisturiser, to soothe rough patches or as a bath oil. I've been using this at night after I've cleansed my face, in the morning the oil has completely sunk in and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and moisturised.
Sephora Sharpener - Not a very exciting purchase but I needed a one!
I got some little samples as well. The Clinique high impact mascara which I haven't tried yet but I'm excited to see what it's like. Kate Somerville Daily Deflevtor Moisturiser SPF 20, again haven't tried this but I've heard good things about Kate Somerville and lastly Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, I have only used this once so I can't say I noticed anything much, it is anti-ageing which I don't really need at my age but it did feel nice on the skin. It felt nice on the skin though.
 YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick 'Sensual silk' - YSL lipsticks are so silky and creamy, have a lovely scent and come on look at that packaging! Sensual silk is a gorgeous peachy dusty pink nude shade and I absolutely love it!
 Fresh Fragrance RollerballTrio - comes with three perfumes, 'Brown Sugar', 'Sugar Lemon' and 'Hesperides Grapefruit'. My favourite is Sugar Lemon then Brown Sugar, Hesperides Grapefruit is quite nice but it's my least favourite out of all of them. I wouldn't of thought that I would like sugar lemon because I'm not a fan of lemon scents but this is just lovely, I can't describe it but all of these scents are unique smelling, I really recommend trying them if you can.
Fresh Sugar Berry Merriment Set - I bought this as I wanted to try the Fresh Sugar lip treatment and the set worked out better value. It comes with a soy face cleanser which I haven't tried yet. The sugar lip polish which is lovely! Works great at exfoliating and conditioning the lips. The Sugar Lip Treatment in 'berry' which feels lovely on the lips and really is really moisturising, smells of sweet brown sugar like the lip polish and lastly a mascara which I haven't tried yet.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush 'Tipsy' - I wanted this blush for a long time! It's a coral-pink/peach blush with a slight shimmer, beautiful silky texture, very pigmented and lasts all day! I love this blush! I wish we had Tarte over here because I would defiantly picked up some more shades.

I picked up the Cashmere glow body lotion and fragrance mist, I love the smell of it! And the Pink Chiffon Shower gel which also smells amazing! I love Bath and Body works.
I went a little bit hand sanitiser crazy! I don't think I'll any more hand sanitiser for a while! They smell so nice though!
 I love Bath and Body works candles, I would of got sooo many of them if I could bring them all back! I picked up these four, all winter scents. Frosted Cranberry and 'Tis The Season are Christmas scents, Christmas is obviously over I didn't get round to using these as I was using up my other Christmas candles so I might save these for next year or just use them anyway! Frosted Cranberry is my favourite It smells amazing!! I have been burning 'Winter' which is my least favourite so I thought I would use that one first it has a pine scent which I'm not keen on. 'Marshmellow Fireside' is my other favourite I love the smell of this! Amazing!
Next I thought I would show you a couple things I picked up from Victoria Secret, I did pick up some other bits like underwear but I didn't think I would include that! haha. Anyway I picked up the Victoria Secret Pink Scent 'Wild and Breezy' I absolutely love the smell of this! And a huge water bottle to help make me drink more water!
This isn't really beauty related but I thought I would include it anyway as I love it so much! I have wanted a Michael Kors watch for a ages now so I'm so happy I finally got round to getting one!
I was going to Include the make-up I got from MAC as well but this post would be too long if I included that as well so I will do a part two MAC haul next!
Thanks so much for reading!  I Would love for you to let me know if there is any products you would like to see a more detailed review of on my blog!



  1. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW this is probably the most incredible amazing haul I have ever seen!!!! :O jealous doesnt even come into it, my, you are super lucky. That looks like heaven to me! :D

  2. You got so much! I love the EOS and Baby Lips lipbalm, I have a small stock pile of them to do me until my next trip :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes hand sanitiser crazy. I literally have a Bath & Body Works bag full of them in my room!x

    1. I love them too wish I got a couple more! haha I'm glad I'm not the only one either! xx

  3. ahhh so jealous of your purchases!! Defo will follow!! If you get chance will you check out my beauty blog please?! Fi x

    1. Thank you! will check your blog out :) xx

  4. love this haul.
    i went a bit crazy shopping in USA too!
    love all the purchases!! jel of the MK!! <3 xxx

  5. I have the EOS lipbalm in Strawberry Sorbet too and I'm absolutely addicted, its smell is intoxicating and I find myself reaching for it really often! I have a Milani blush called Luminoso which looks similar to Luminous... weird!

  6. Wowzers you spent some dollar babe, well jel of your MK watch :P

  7. Wow! Love everything you bought! I was the same with the hand sanitiser when I was over in the US. They smell amazing so completely understand!

    Love your MK watch. I have one very similar and wear mine everyday :)

    Pauline @

  8. Wow amazing haul! I'm super jealous!
    Can't wait to see some reviews!

  9. WOW! You got some amazing things!! Jealous!! :)

  10. Love this - I look forward to seeing part 2 :)

  11. GREAT haul!!! I need to go shopping with you! :) I love my luminoso..I need another. AND I've been trying to find that eos summer fruit and it's always sold out. boo! Crossing my fingers that I get lucky to find it soon!

  12. oh wow! I pretty big haul that is amazing!


  13. Wowee I am unbelieveably jealous right now haha :) great haul - so many amazing goodies!! Xx.

  14. You couldn't picked better things! Wonderful haul!!;)

  15. Great haul! This was exactly what I was like when I came back from New York last year. There is just too much to buy! Loveeee the candles. Bath and Bodyworks do THE best candles ever. xx


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