Without so much as batting an eyelash – painted deep black with Lancôme Hypnôse mascara, obviously – I swiped my credit card at Sephora in New York. The thing is, you see, that I’m quite the beauty buff at heart. I follow beauty bloggers and vloggers online – favorites are Lisa Eldrigde, In to the Gloss and The beauty Department – Temptalia for swatches and Charlotte Tilburry on Instagram – and then there’s my guilty pleasure of watching hauls by big YouTubers…
After gathering cosmetics all over the web, I carefully compose a lists of my wants and needs for whenever I come near a Sephora store. We still don’t have one in Amsterdam, so whenever I vent out to Paris or New York I seize the opportunity to test out and take home products that aren’t easy to find or are more affordable there. And I’m allowed to spend more because those beauty buys also double as souvenirs. (Something with two birds and a stone?) Anyway, since these are products I specifically searched for in New York, I figured it might be interesting to display them in a post and briefly address each product. Here we go:
1. Make Up Forever HD foundation. The brand is originally from Paris, so I read on the bottle. (YES, I READ – crime novels and make-up bottles have my preference). Which is closer to home than New York yet still it’s hard to get my hands on. So I stock up on it every time I’m in in Sephora – I think the tint I wear is 217.
2. Beauty Blender. I put off buying the ‘real deal’ because it seems outrageous spending twenty dollars on a foundation sponge. However. After empiric testing I can say the original Beauty Blender really has the best, specific shape and material to flawlessly apply foundation with a light, airbrushed effect.
3. MAC lipstick in Russian Red. The internet has given us many good things, and one of them is thousands and thousands of swatches of MAC make-up. By now, I’m an expert in distinguishing Ruby Woo, Lady Danger and Russian Red. I treated myself to the latter – because I lost my red lipstick and – always a plus – their products are more affordable in the States.
4. Wet ‘n Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink. Packed with pigmentation, so one swipe will do, and a pretty damn good dupe for NARS Deap Throat. Need I say more? I think not. PS. I purchase my Wet ‘n Wild (kind of a dubious name actually…) at 24 hour store Duane Reade.
5. Maybelline Super Stay 10 stain gloss. A subtle red shade that you can build up from subtle tint to super bright red by applying multiple layers. This slightly glossy stain stays on for any type of lip activities like hour long kissing sessions and hamburger devouring.
6. Hurraw! Tinted cinnamon lip balm. I fell for the name and spicy cinnamon fragrance – it reminds me of Fireball chewing gum so it shoots me straight back to childhood. I found mine at American Apparel for half the price I usually pay for it in Amsterdam.
7. Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone palette. Suited for almost all eye and skin tones, Wet ‘n Wild offers a set of shimmery warm shadows for under five bucks. That’s about as much as a large caramel frappuccino! The pigment is unbelievable but the one downside is that the shadows are soft so they break quite quickly. (I had an eyeshadow explosion in my make-up bag once because of this palette and it took me 3817410 hours to get everything clean).
8. Sephora angled liner brush. Kind of underwhelmed by this brush, to be honest. Somehow it doesn’t hold on to the powder as well. I was looking for a new angled brush to apply a thin eyeshadow liner but think I’ll stick with one with shorter bristles.
9. Urban Decay Primer Potion. If your quest is vibrant, ever lasting and never creasing eye color, stop here and now. You’ll need a teeny tiny amount of this primer on each eyelid to secure your shadow for the entire day. This is my third re-buy of the Primer Potion – Faced Eyeshadow also brings out a wonderful primer.
10. Make Up Forever HD foundation primer. Another super star by MUF. I believe in priming the skin with the right moisturizers and primers. It makes a huge difference for the way my foundation applies and stays on. I discovered this primer by coincidence and always have a back up bottle in my beauty cabinet.
photo by Karen van Duijvenbode