little bit of a massive delay, I thought I’d better do a post on my trip to NYC and share all my lovely beauty buys with you.
Warning: this is a mammoth post (as you’d expect!)
The first stop for any beauty lover on any trip to the US or Europe, decked out with all the cult brands we love and a chance to swipe and swatch all of the things. Especially, since they have stopped shipping to the UK from the US site which means lots of brands are off limits. My mission here was to take advantage of the Anastasia Beverley Hills ‘make your own’ eye shadow palette offer but after lots of sampling, the colours I wanted weren’t in stock. But, it did mean I can now buy online knowing they’re the right colours for me – perfect. I topped up on all the items that are cheaper over there (usually US/Canadian brands) and treated myself to some new products.
I bought: Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Light Beige, Becca Vanilla Quartz Highlighter (Sephora Exclusive!), Sephora Bronzer, Laura Mercier Blusher in Ginger, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and MiLK Matte Bronzer Stick plus my Glam Glow Birthday Gift.
Top Tip: Sign up for a Beauty Insider VIP card in store and earn points while you shop in store or online. You can also collect your birthday gift at the same time if you won’t be in the country on that date.
Although you can buy online I find that the stock levels vary wildly and the London store is always unbearably busy so I wanted to browse in peace and pick up some bits I’ve been after for ages.
Top Tip: The store on 5th Ave is opposite the New York Library so if that’s on your sightseeing list, you can do both in one shot.
In a penthouse apartment a stone’s throw away from Chinatown, you’ll find a very special beauty studio housing this cult brand. There’ll probably be a queue and after that you’ll be guided into a lift by an assistant wearing pale pink overalls. When the lift doors open you will see tables and stands full of gorgeous Glossier product. The deal is, you try it all out, with single use sample instruments and decide what you like best as you go around. At the end, you go up to the counter and let them know where they complete a checklist and then bring you your order bagged up in their cute pink bubble wrap packaging. Check out Rachel’s video tour on our Insta Highlights from when she visited.
Top Tip: They don’t take cash so make sure you have a card with you that you’re happy to use in the US. We got a Monzo card for the holiday as they don’t charge any fees to withdraw money abroad and you can’t overspend if you pay a set amount into the account.
The iconic department store has a beauty hall to die for with super helpful assistants who are happy to offer lots of samples. They are also eager to try out products, so wear minimal make up and head in before dinner so you can have the works!
My mum bought: Clinique All About Eyes Serum Roll-on (which they now only sell in the men’s range in the UK)
Top Tip: Even though you will see a lot of brands you can buy in the UK, take a closer look as you may find products that are discontinued or better value in larger sizes.
It’s also worth checking out drugstores as they sell brands you can’t get over here like Wet n Wild and Coty. I picked up my everyday primer Neutrogena Shine Control Primer from Walgreens that I usually have to buy via eBay.
If you’d like to know more, just get in touch and be sure to check out our Instagram for more pics of my haul!