BEAUTY EDIT: My USA Beauty Haul!

Hi beauties! I picked up some new beauty products on my recent trip so I decided to write up a blog post and show you what I purchased. I really didn’t think I’d bought that much…until I got home and emptied out my makeup case. Most were products that I’d planned to purchase; some were spontaneous which you need to allow for when travelling, am I right? 

So here’s what I bought on my trip! 


Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette. This tiny palette holds nine unique shades; four matte, three shimmery and two glitter. The shades are warm toned and contain everything you’d need for a smoky eye look. I am really happy with this palette and have reached for it a few times since purchase. The shades are extremely pigmented and buttery smooth. 

Urban Decay Urban Vices Lip Kit. This was a discovery at Nordstrom Rack, which is a discounted version of the luxury Nordstrom stores. The kit contains four lipsticks and a lip brush and is the perfect size for a handbag or travel case. All of the shades are pigmented and offer a great colour payoff. My favourite would have to be ‘Backtalk’, a mauve/pink nude shade. It’s a great way to sample some of the shades before committing to a full sized version. 

Tarte Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer. I had wanted this bronzer since my 2011 New York trip but never got around to buying it until now. I am really happy I waited as this particular version is limited edition and comes housed in the most beautiful faux leather gold case. The bronzer itself is stunning. It is the perfect bronze shade with a slight shimmer and I can imagine it would suit the majority of skin tones. It can be applied for a subtle look or built up heavily for nighttime. I wore it in the below photo and it shows up so nicely on the skin! It’s quite pigmented so I find applying it in light layers helps. 

Please excuse my messy hair and old tshirt 🙂

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. This was an impulse buy after swatching the shades at Sephora. I went back to my hotel, slept on it and decided to buy it the next day. This palette follows Anastasia’s first palette Moon Child, which I originally wanted but ultimately decided on the Aurora instead. The palette holds six metallic shades which seem a bit scary in the palette, however when applied to the skin give the most beautiful glow. My favourite shade is Orion, a metallic blue which looks incredible on the skin! The shades can either be applied dry or with a wet brush to intensify the colour. So far I’ve only applied it to dry skin and although subtle, the colours show up really nicely. This is not your typical highlighting palette though, so if you prefer something a bit more natural I’d suggest the Moon Child palette instead! I found a great view on Temptalia’s website with in depth swatches which you can read here

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation. I was debating between this and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation, and after discussing it with the Sephora SA, decided on this one instead. As the name suggests, it is water based so the formula feels very light and clean on the skin. This is a medium coverage foundation which can be built up to a fuller coverage and leaves a very natural finish on the skin; somewhat between a matte and a satin. I was matched to the shade ‘Light Neutral’ which has both yellow and pink undertones and matches my natural skin colour very well. I find the longevity to be long, around 6-7 hours. It does contain spf 30+ so it’s probably more suitable for the daytime. I was instructed to pat it on, focussing in areas that needed more coverage so just an FYI there 🙂

Too Faced Royal Oil Coconut Oil Body Bronzer. This was also a purchase from Nordstrom Rack and I’ll admit its delicious coconut scent was the reason I bought it! As the name suggests, this is a liquid body bronzer that can be applied to the face and body for a shimmery, tropical glow. I plan to use this on my skin during summer and may even take it with me on my upcoming Europe trip. While it’s not a must have product, it’s a nice addition to my collection, especially because I’ve never seen it in Australia. 

EcoTools Wonder Cover Complexion brush. I’ve used a few EcoTools brushes and love their quality, so when I came across this foundation brush I decided to add it to my collection. The shape of this brush is designed to flawlessly apply foundation and cover up blemishes and skin problems. I am looking forward to seeing how this goes paired with my liquid foundations and will keep you updated! 


Sephora Favourites Skincare Routine: Dry Skin. This is one of Sephora’s limited edition collections which I wish they’d bring to Australia (if anyone from Sephora is reading, please take note!). It contains five deluxe samples of some of Sephora’s best products for dry skin, and includes the Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser, Origins Drink Up-Intensive, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil and the Fresh Lip Treatment. I really like trying out samples before purchase, so I can see what works for me and what doesn’t. My skin was extremely dry during my trip and I found using these products helped immensely. 


Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. This has been on my wish list for years but I wasn’t prepared to pay $20 for it in Australia. When I saw Essie at Walgreens I decided to pick this shade up. It’s a beautiful summery shade and perfect for adding colour to a plain outfit. 

O.P.I My Very First Knockwurst. I spotted this at Ross’s and am so glad I bought it as it’s the most perfect nude shade ever! It’s subtle, but not so subtle that you can’t see it (I’m looking at you, Essie’s Ballerina!). It has mauve undertones and looks awesome against lightly tanned skin. I’ve been wearing it all week and it goes well with every single outfit I’ve worn. 

So that rounds up my USA beauty haul! I suppose it’s not too much (it’s a lot less than I thought I’d bring back to be honest) and I’m happy to say that I’ve used almost all of them already. 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

xo Roxane. 

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