Updated US Beauty Shopping List

Hands up who remembers my ‘USA Beauty Shopping List’ post? +1 reader point for you then. Well thanks to some lovely gifts from Amelia and my recent Sephora Haul I’ve got a few more suggestions to add to your list next time you’re US bound. Though with Sephora’s new UK shipping policy you don’t even have to get on a plane these days, just press the purchase button. Awesome, huh? Though a trip to New York does sound really nice right about now…

Formula X for Sephora in Uber – from Sephora. Unfortunately this is the one product from the four that you will have to trek to America for as Sephora are unable to ship nail polish – boo. Released to a tidal wave of raves last year, Formula X is Sephora’s new nail lacquer baby and boy are they good. Now I’ve only tried one, so I’ll try not to get too ravey but I was seriously impressed. One coat layered up my nail with a high-shine, gel-like, opaque wash of colour that didn’t even warrant a second or a top coat. Next time I’m there I’m stocking up.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in The Lolita – from Sephora. If there was a prize for most aesthetically pleasing palette then this one would be up there. Seven colours: three mattes, four shimmers.Β The shades do run pretty light, so if you’re into super smokey things then this probably isn’t the one for you; but if you like to keep it light and fresh on the eyes then say hello to your new everyday palette. Big love to the one on the far right – that’s my summer bronzey eye jam all ready and waiting there.

Sephora Classic Mineral Brush #45 – from Sephora. Sephora’s answer to the Real Techniques Buffing Brush that works for liquid foundation, mineral powders, cream blushers, concealer, whatever – you name it. I’d actually say it’s a little softer than the R.T one and it gets bonus points for the fact that it can be purchased on its own. One to throw in your basket if you need to raise your spend over the Β£75 threshold for the Β£10 flat shipping rate.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Rioja – from Sephora. If you like the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils but were in the mood for something a little creamier, then here’s your guy. Sitting somewhere between those and the Hourglass Rouge Opaques, Bite Beauty’s offering has a touch more slip that instantly dries down to a powder and does not move. Like, seriously. The colour is a deep wine red that would look kick-ass paired with brushed up brows and lashings of mascara; though I must admit that there are a few other shades in the range that I’ve got my eye on…

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  • Carina Stewart

    My parents are going to the US next month, I’ve written a huge list of things for my Mum to pick up!

    Carina |

  • Jess Seymour

    With cosmetics so expensive in Australia it is always thrilling to have a friend going to America to bring you back some goodies.

    I have heard great things about the Sephora polishes so will be adding them to my list, and the Marc Jacobs eye shadows will always hold a place in my heart (and hopefully one day in my hands!)

  • I really want to try the Formula X polishes since the colour range is so good so I’m definitely waiting for a mate to go to the US to bring me back some, damn postal restrictions πŸ™

  • Those polishes sound so nice! xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  • Jasmine

    That Marc Jacobs palette is so gorgeous xx

  • Next time you are in the States and are stocking up on Formula X, get the starter system, it takes the nails to a whole nother level of amazing πŸ˜‰

  • Gillian

    I actually had a dream about the Lolita palette last night. I ordered it and all the shadows were broken. It was traumatizing.

  • Joycelyn Steib

    Thanks for sharing your love for all things Sephora style!!!!!

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    That Marc Jacobs palette… woaaah

  • That mineral brush looks fantastic! There’s so many Sephora branded products that I’d love to try.

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  • That Sephora brush looks amaze. It actually looks pretty sturdy and I like to really get to work with my make up brushes without worrying if the brush is going to come apart!

    Shel x

  • Chelsea Leigh

    Ugh the MJ palettes are so lovely!

  • Emma and Emily

    The bite beauty lipstick sounds right up my street! I love the hourglass liquid lipsticks, but mine has dried up now. I am off to New York this summer, so this will no doubt be on my list!

  • Ella

    Can you do a France (specifically Paris) version, pleeease? I’m going in June, which is miles off, but I don’t want to regret not buying stuff in Sephora (who am I kidding, I’ll probably regret BUYING most of the things I get, but oh well…)

  • Ellen Findley

    I absolutely adore Bite Beauty, and I’ve got my eye on their Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerreβ€”such a sumptuous raspberry! I haven’t tried Formula X yet, but they do have some awesome-looking shades.

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  • Marnie McAdam

    Those eyeshadows look so pretty and perfect for spring! If only I was going to America..

  • Anne-Dorthe Andersen

    I need the eyeshadows from Marc Jacobs so bad haha πŸ˜€

  • Harriet

    I have been trying to keep myself away from Sephora but their makeup brushes look da bomb!! x

  • Iso Bean

    I’ve had my eye on the Marc Jacobs palette for far too long!

  • Cassie

    The Marc Jacobs palette looks absolutely amazing!

  • Peggy Wang

    bite’s lip cream is superb! Glad to see you try this!

  • Beauty in Your Thirties

    So pleased to find this post! Have been searching for a list of must-have US buys for ages…off to New York in Autumn! πŸ™‚

  • Keely

    Thank you for this post! I’m going to NYC early next year and I’m concerned I’m going to come home with a suitcase full of makeup :/

  • Zazie Bibi

    Really want to try lolita, looks stunning! xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • This is a great post, and will definitely be my go to for when I go to America… one day haha πŸ™‚ x

  • sofika
  • You should get the marc jacobs under eye highlight pen and tell us how you like it, I’d love a review before I get it myself! And a product that you’ll love is the josie maran lipstick, the nude one is great!

    The Beauty Break

  • I need the Lolita palette in my life! the packaging is so beautiful and the colours look stunning.. Need.

  • dannii ofe

    Definitely going to be making a sephora order at some point, slowly building up a rather long wish list!

  • Jillian

    Anna, if you need more lip colors in your life….Check out Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil from sephora. They are very similar to the nars matte pencils but have a much wider color selection (21 to 14) and are crazy pigmented. My favorite of the moment is Corvina. (: