Wednesday, 24 June 2015

So I Bought Some Things in NYC...

Hi, everyone! Believe it or not, shopping was not a primary objective of my recent trip to NYC. Especially after the trip got cut short (thanks, Mother Nature), introducing my parents to the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city was my main goal. And that we did! Luckily, I'd constructed a carefully crafted shopping list before heading to the Big Apple, so although my shopping opportunities were brief, I could be super efficient. And the result was this lot of amazing goodies! 


Throughout my trip, I stopped in at Sak's, Barney's, Duane Reade, Space NK, and Sephora, all of which offer an incredible range of brands. Here's what I picked up at each stop:

From Sak's 5th Avenue:


Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner in Glamorous
I'd heard nothing but good things about these, with particularly convincing raves from Stacey and from Sam at Pixiwoo. I opted for Glamorous, a stunning shimmery ruby shade. It is gorgeous and really wears all day!
Gucci Gucci Eye Magnetic Eye Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper
I hadn't planned on picking up any Gucci on my trip, but as soon as I peeked at the counter, I was curious. After swatching the eye shadows, I was sold. I chose eye shadow quad in Crystal Copper, a stunning blend of warm and cool metallic neutrals. 




From Barney's:


Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Bloodroses
I was intrigued by the Bloodroses range from the brand (inspired by Aucoin's favourite classic '90s universal burgundy red shade) and the gloss was particularly compelling. It's a gorgeous brick that feels slick and comfortable on the lips. 
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo in #1 Nuelle/Bloodroses
I'd been wanting to try KA's cream blushes, and this duo is quite the stunner. It offers a neutral beige for a touch of bronze or contour and a burgundy rose shade for a natural flush. 
Beauty is Life Lipstick in Rose Natural
I had never heard of this German brand when I stumbled across it at Barney's, but the sales associate was ultra lovely and the products were gorgeous and quite affordable (at least as Barney's options go!). I selected a pretty everyday rose shade that I'm sure will be a work day staple. 




From Duane Reade:


Milani Rose Powder Blush in Bright Coral
Milani can be found in TO, but just not easily. We had a Duane Reade right next to our hotel, so I quickly raided the brand's display. This blush has a gorgeous design, but also offers the most beautiful matte coral flush!
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadow in Bella Violet and Bella Teal
I was super eager to try these shadows, as the pigmentation looked amazing! I snagged two of the most vibrant shades, as summertime is the time to rock turquoise and violet lids!




From Space NK:


By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock
I have been lusting after these cult favourite shadow sticks forever. Although By Terry is a bit cheaper to snag via UK-based beauty sites, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to snag one. I have to say that Misty Rock lives up to the hype- the shade is unique, the shimmer is beautiful, and it wears all day! 
Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss in Free Ride
While the brand's lipsticks are its wheelhouse, it was this multitasking cream product that stole my heart. It's a gorgeous muted coral that looks lovely on both lips and cheeks. It applies effortlessly, then sets to a luminous matte finish. Pretty stuff! And that packaging!
R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray
I'd seen this brand raved about by Kate from Gh0stparties several times, and the line's cruelty-free stance and colourful packaging sealed the deal. This salt spray smells fresh and fruity and really adds wave and texture to my hair. 




From Sephora:


Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (mini)
One of my BFFs (who I actually got to see while in NYC) gave me a US Sephora gift card for my birthday, so I sought out brands we cannot snag here in Canada. I gravitated towards Tatcha, a luxury skin care line from Japan. Their exfoliating powders are ultra popular (and expensive!), so I opted for a mini size. 
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers
Blotting papers that are speckled with gold leaf and inspired by geishas? Sign me up! 


So yeah, I really treated myself while in the Big Apple. But it's not everyday I'm in NYC to celebrate my PhD, right?! I can't wait to delve into all of these goodies- look out for slews of reviews on the way! 

Have you tried any of the products I picked up? Have I piqued your interest in anything? Which brands do you always check out when you're in the US?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

26 comments:

  1. Whoa, that's a great haul! Misty Rock is a lovely colour, I'm really impressed with the Blackstars.
    I want to try Tatcha too, especially the cleansing oil.

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    1. I was definitely tempted by several Tatcha goodies!

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  2. That's a great haul!! haven't been shopping cosmetics for Ages!

    I've just come across your blog! <3

    enjoy your day!

    Vicky // The Golden Bun

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  3. You're giving me awesome ideas of what I should buy on my trip to the States soon :)

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Glad to inspire some makeup lemmings! xo

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  4. You have some absolutely stunning picks! That Kevyn A. lipgloss!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, the gloss is amazing :)

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  5. Brilliant! I love shopping with a list when on holiday as otherwise it can be so overwhelming. I did something similar and made a list for shopping in the UK, and also included a few other treats for myself. Made picking up goodies way less stressful! Can't wait to see you use these products. I get a bit of a heart attack when I think of the price point of these but I'm also dying of excitement for you! :D

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    1. Yes, my shopping list definitely kept me focused and organized, which was extra helpful as the trip was cut short. And yeah, I was pretty spendy! ;)

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  6. Love the colors! I want to go to NYC to shop now!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks! I highly recommend it :)

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  7. Sooo many things I love!

    I made the mistake of depotting my Milani shadows and now they don't really fit in my Z palette (they're too "high") and I don't reach for them. What a dumbass mistake...

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    1. Aww, that's too bad! But I'll definitely keep that in mind if I ever decide to go depot crazy :)

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  8. Love the products you got! The Milani products look so vibrant :)

    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! The Milani shades are truly vibrant :)

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  9. Haven't tried any of them but lovely eye shadow colors.

    I blog here:
    www.lovelifepearls.com
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  10. Loved reading this post, it's fun to see what other people bought on their trips away!

    Jessica Grace

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  11. BEAUTIFUL picks, Jen! Now I think I might need Misty Rock. I wasn't so sure when I swatched it, but you're not my first blog buddy to rave about the shade recently so I am wavering now :)

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    1. It really is a gorgeous, unique shade. Think you need it! xo

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  12. Haha I love it! You really got some great stuff!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  13. Wow, amazing products. *__*
    New post is online...

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    1. Thanks! Hope your weekend has been great :)

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  15. What a great haul! I've been trying to rein in my beauty spending so I've tried to not let myself get away with too much shopping! can't wait to see your thoughts on these products!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I definitely need to rein in my spending after this haul and my recent splurges at the Charlotte Tilbury counter ;)

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