Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Must Have US Beauty Picks

Must have US beauty picks
LtoR: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Double Dare, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve, Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lumiere 2, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

As much as I love British beauty, I often find myself lusting after the latest Colourpop release or Sephora exclusive brands. I have to admit I love US beauty, from the feeling of getting your hands on a product that is not ready available in the UK to falling in love with these coveted products. Unless you're going on your jollies or have friends or family going overseas it can sometimes be difficult to get your hands on US releases. However thanks to Sephora's UK shipping and mail forwarding services it has made getting hold of US only products a lot easier, and I wanted to share with you my must have US beauty picks.

I've well and truly fallen head over heels for the liquid lipstick obsession and hands down my favourite shade comes in the form of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare. This is the most stunning muted mauve pink with warm undertones, and the colour is so opaque that you don't have to worry about layering too much causing flaky lips. I cannot recommend the formula enough, it dries down to a matte finish within seconds and this stuff does not budge lasting anywhere from 5-7 hours. If you are planning a Sephora order you definitely need to pick a few of these up!

If you're obsessed with a matte lip you need to get your hands on the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve - these lip stains definitely live up to the hype and work out such a bargain! This is probably the creamiest matte formula I have come across, just typing it seems like such a contradiction but these glide on so easily and then dry to a long-lasting matte formula. During wear this settles to the most beautiful stain on your lips that remains on your lips for pretty much the majority of the day. The colour selection of this range is fab also, meaning you can't resist just one!

If there was one brand I'd recommend using a forwarding service for it would definitely be Colourpop, since discovering their products I have fallen head over heels in love. A definite must have from their range is the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lumiere 2, a gorgeous dark muted mauve which forms part of the Kathleen Lights collection. The formula whilst being quite watery is so pigmented that a single swipe instantly colours the lips without the need to re-apply and once dry feels so lightweight on to the point where you wouldn't think you were wearing anything.

A bit of a cheat as Harrods now stock Marc Jacobs beauty, but it's definitely worth getting your hands on a couple of bits as the range is just so beautiful! I am usually such a fussy person when it comes to mascara so was pleasantly surprised by the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara*! I'm always looking for a mascara that will give both volume and length without venturing down the spidey route, and this definitely delivers on both of those. This gives the false lash appearance after a couple of coats and I cannot believe how defined my lashes look, they are instantly lengthened and volumised whilst remaining separated and no clumps in sight.

Another cheat as you can now get this from Space NK, but another must-have has to be Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop. This is the most gorgeous highlighter and one single swipe leaves you with a stunning golden glow to your complexions high points, whether, this is most definitely all about the pop. What I really like about this is that is never looks too shimmery or glittery but instead leaves your skin glistening and if you have oily skin like me you never have to worry about this making you appear even oilier as this never ventures down that route but rather leaving a healthy faux glow.

Last but not least I couldn't resist sharing another Kat Von D product - honestly if you have not tried her range yet I'd definitely recommend it! The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette is a must add product to your Sephora wishlist, especially if you are like me and fall into the lighter complexion scale. The shades are quite cool toned and unlike other contour palettes I can find a use for each shade in the kit - as that is the one thing I hate about palettes as you always have one or two shades that will remain untouched cause they don't suit. The formula is so buttery and blends like a dream sculpting out any non-existent cheekbones to leave a chiselled look.

I'd love to know what are your must have US beauty pick!

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