Thursday, 10 October 2013

A USA Beauty Haul

If it is one place beauty dreams are made of it's the US of A. The choice is extensive and let's face it, a hell of a lot cheaper than good ol' Blighty. I was lucky enough to jet off for a little VaCa in Florida last week and in between sprinting around Universal Studios away from zombies (see Instagram) and eating my bodyweight in Peanut Butter Cheesecake, I got to spend a few $$$.

Now, whilst I didn't go as crazy as wanted as I do need to eat still, I picked up a few gems on my travels. Quality verses quantity, right? So whip out your notepads and scribble down these must have imports from 'murrrica.

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment- After this making an appearence on my dashboard numerous times I spotted this in a Cosmetic Company Store, I had to grab it. It is aimed for oily/combo skins (that's moi) and injects hydration deep into the skin via gel form. It's a clever little product and I am holding off to write a full review to tell you just how good this is. In a nutshell, slather this on AM/PM and watch that skin glow. 

Origins Never A Dull Moment Cleanser- If I told you I didn't buy this purely on the name, I'd be lying. I was running low on my current cleanser and at $17.00 in CCS why wouldn't I buy it? It's claims are to melt away make up, unclog pores and brighten skin using fruit extracts. It's doesn't strip the skin, foams up nicely but as for results the jury is still out on this one, it's early days. Maybe my love is made for oil cleansers instead?

Ojon Rare Blend Oil- As a chemically treated blonde lady, I am a sucker for an intensive treatment. I've always wanted this but found it hard to justify spending that much money on a hair product. Am I the worst Beauty Blogger ever? Anyway, I tripped and fell and ended up with it in my possession. It looks and smells like a cocktail and does boast of it's hair restoring properties. It aims to tame frizz, protect from heat, boots moisture and repair. I do like this product, however I really haven't got the whole applying of it down yet. I'm a little cack handed and have been applying too much, I can't feel it in my hair but I can see it, weird. So if anyone has a trick to popping this on, help a sister out.

Mac x RiRi Liptick in Who's That Chick- This collection has been on my mind since working for MAC. I already have RiRi Woo and desperately wanted Talk That Talk lipstick to no avail. This really was one of those "it has Rihanna on, I need to buy it" sort of situations in the middle of Duty Free. But, as not many impulse buys turn out, this is bloomin' wonderful. A beautiful, burnt orange with a gold frost running through, blue eyes ladies, you NEED this. Buff it out with fingers and add a soft gloss for an extreme pout.

NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard- I finally discovered a Sephora in Mall at Millennia and quite frankly, it was a euphoric experience. Make Up Mavens everywhere, go to one in your lifetime, it will not disappoint. After I finally regulated my breathing, I grabbed this sought after product. Luckily, this Sephora had just opened and had plenty in stock. This concealer is the holy grail. Amazing coverage, no caking and luminous without your mascara sliding against it. The hype is real, this stuff is magic.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer- If it's good enough for Vivianna Does Makeup it's good enough for VLB. This stuff is seriously luxe, $52 worth of luxe. I played it safe a bought the teeny 10ml travel size at $18 and I am wowed. Containing a broad spectrum SPF 15, it's water-resistant and smoothes the skin out perfectly. This held up in the Floridian humidity and shrunk those crater size pores on my cheeks. I want to use this every day, but it's sacred and is being kept for weekends/special occasions. I may have to claim insanity and buy the eye watering full size version.

Real Techniques Powder Brush- This is avaliable all over the UK but I had to buy it anyway. I'm loving this brand of brushes and needed to add to my collection. This brush is huge, but picks up the perfect amount of product. This brush is ideal for bronzer, absolutely no streaks and definitely no caked patches.

Arm & Hammer Advanced Whitening/Extreme Whitening Toothpaste- So not the most glamorous of buys but this toothpaste kicks ass. Arm & Hammer is the best brand when it comes to toothpaste in my opinion and this tube of goodness is not exception. Ok, so it contains peroxide, I don't know how good that is for your teeth but if it was going to kill you, we would've heard by now. Peroxide and Baking Soda are known for brightening and whitening teeth effectively and after a couple of uses my teeth and noticeably whiter and stains are reduced. I wouldn't recommend substituting a trip to your dentist for it but if it is going to give me that Ross-from-Friends smile, I'll give it a go. Not quite, but you get my drift...



  1. I am so jealous of your trip to America. Anything with the words peanut butter and cake and I am totally sold. I am definitely looking forward to reading your review on the Origins Never a Dull Moment Cleanser. I would love to know how you get on with it. Glad your back! xx

  2. Amazing haul! It's easy to go overboard with the Ojon Rare Oil Treatment. Add just a bit, otherwise you'll end up with your hair looking and feeling greasy.

  3. I really wish Id pick up the Hourglass Mineral Valle when I was in Florida in May, dam. I really like the Ojon Rare Oil, you do have to be careful and only use a small amount, but it works for me:)

  4. Oh I do need to try the origins treatment-I also have oily skin so this sounds like an absolute miracle :) I've used Arm and Hammer for years!

  5. I love the Ojon Rare Blend Oil, I can't live without it; it makes me hair feel amazing :))


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