Last week, I took a break to visit my grandma who turned 91. If I was half as strong and vivacious at her age, I would be amazingly happy. Other than visiting my grandma, of course, it was the perfect opportunity for me to splurge on items I couldn’t easily purchase in Canada. I can’t say I did much research before I left, but I watch so much Youtube, I based most of my purchases on what I remembered was raved the most. So here are some items I purchased based on the U. S. “exclusive” calling and just some items I purchased in “I have to buy something in Duty Free” mode.
It seems like I never hear a bad review about this CC Cream, so I just had to try it. It is often deemed as the CC Cream with the best coverage, and I totally agree with that. For some reason, I assumed it would be almost like a full coverage foundation, and be thicker in consistency. However, I have used it a few times and it is pretty light-weight. This is not like a Korean super glowy CC Cream that I have used to. Instead, as the name indicates, it looks like your skin, but better. I have really been enjoying quickly applying this in the morning as it also has quite a high SPF.
Of course, I also had to get the other it Cosmetics cult product, which is their Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer. Before purchasing their products, I didn’t know the products were created by a group of plastic surgeons with an emphasis on cutting-edge anti-aging technology. This really perked my interest as I definitely in that category where I need anti-aging. This is a thick concealer and you really need to only apply a tiny bit. I learned the hard way the first time I used it when I glopped way too much on my undereyes. The coverage is excellent. However, most importantly, I really want to find out if the anti-aging claims are true. I will update later on my blog.
Buying this blush really needs no justification as it is so beautiful and affordable as well. I just don’t understand how anyone even uses it because it would totally destroy the rose pattern. As of now, I can’t tell you about the pigmentation, longevity, or application because I simply can’t bear to use it yet. From what I have garnered from reviews, this blush is supposed to quite pigmented and have great staying powder. Oh no, I can tell you one thing and that is it doesn’t really have much of a scent. That is about it for now until I can bare to use it.
I stumbled onto this brand in a Sephora and I didn’t know too much about it. However, the clean and minimal packaging caught my attention. I decided to get the Coverage Duo which includes a rollerball liquid concealer on one end and a cream concealer on the other end. I thought it was quite an innovative design and would be great for travel. I have since done more research on the brand and found out that they are into using natural ingredients with minimal preservatives, which I am totally into. I am excited to give this concealer a try and report back.
The last two products I purchased are more readily in Canada, but the duty free store at the airport was calling my name so I had to purchase them. Very few mascaras are smudgeproof for me, and if you put smudgeproof on the packaging front and centre, I have to try it. I am talking about the Lancôme Grandiôse Smudgeproof Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara. Can’t wait to break it open when I can wear makeup again after I recover completely from my ocular shingles. Next, of course, from the influence of Lisa Eldridge who is the current creative director at Lancôme, I had to try the Juicy Shaker. So far, it is has been so fun to use and the finish is beautiful and moisturizing.
Do you have brands which are a must-buy when you are in the States? My only regret is that I wish I had the chance to make a stop at an Honest Beauty Store. Maybe, next time.