Sunday, 20 December 2015

NY Haul #2 : Ricky's NYC and Drugstore - Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade

The second instalment of my New York hauls are items I picked up in Ricky's and in the drugstore. I was very fortunate in that our hotel was only a stone's throw from two Ricky's stores and there were three different drugstores on the same block - Duane Reade, Walgreens and CVS. It was such a novelty to walk into a drugstore and see makeup brands that you've long time coveted but are not easily available here- I was giddy with excitement perusing the CoverGirl and Milani stands and checking out the Maybelline and Wet n Wild stands for products we cannot get here. I could easily have spent the day in Ricky's also just perusing the aisles looking at all the beauty looty and I was a very proud Irish gal to see the Cocoa Brown display in two different Ricky's stores. This haul might seem excessive but let me tell you, it would be a lot more hefty if we were not able to get Wet n Wild, Physician's Formula and NYX so easily here in Ireland. 
The first thing that I picked up in Ricky's was the Unite 7 Seconds Condition Leave in Detangler on the recommendation of Fleur de Force. This is a professional only product and as far as I know is only available in the US so when I saw it in Ricky's, I didn't hesitate. I've been absolutely loving this for helping to detangle my hair. It smells amazing, doesn't weigh down freshly washed hair and definitely helps me to get my Wet Brush through my hair. I love this and if there was any way of repurchasing this over on this side of the pond, I definitely would. I think it was about $26.
I also picked up three bottles of CND Shellac in Ricky's - not necessarily because they were any cheaper than they would be here but because they are not very easily accessible to me here. I'm not a nail pro but I have been dabbling in DIY Shellac manicures over the last few months and I wanted to add some more colours to my collection. 
I couldn't not pick up some NYX when I was over the in the US but I was a little disappointed with the selection of products available as most of the stands had been picked over already. I picked up a Stick Blush in the shade Tulip because I have longtime heard favourable things about these. I got another NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade 'Pops' and it's a gorgeous neutral colour- it reminds me of a less opaque, creamier version of MAC Whirl lipstick - a NYX Butter Gloss in Raspberry Tart and a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague. I also spotted a NYX Two Timer Eyeliner - a double-ended eyeliner with a kohl pencil on one end and a felt tip liner on the other side. Both swatched well but the real test is the longevity test so we will see how these fare on the eyes. 
One of the drugstore brands that I was most excited about raiding was the Milani Cosmetics stand. Anything from Milani that I have ever tried to date has always impressed me and I know it's easy enough to purchase Milani online but nothing beats getting up close and personal with the products in the flesh. 
From L-R:  Matte Naked, Matte Blissful, Matte Darling, Plumrose, Naturally Chic, Nude Creme, Uptown Mauve
I picked up a Color Statement Lipstick the first night - Naturally Chic - and I wore it the following day and was so impressed with the wear that I picked up a few more over the next few days. I love the packaging on these, it's definitely good quality, and the formula is smooth and comfortable but it stays put. The only thing I am not struck on is the scent/taste to these lipsticks but it does not last long and isn't too overbearing (I am really sensitive to highly fragranced lipsticks). 
Milani Luminoso is one of my favourite summer time powder blushes so I picked up three more blushes from the same Baked Blush line - Dolce Pink- a sheeny pink that reminds me of the MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle, Berry Amore, a mauvey pink and Corallina, a vibrant coral.
I picked up one single eyeshadow from the Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow line in the shade Bella Cappuccino- this is a satin matte light cool brown eyeshadow that I thought would look good in the crease to blend out a darker crease colour. It's quite an unusual colour and the only way I can describe it is it is to me what I hoped MAC Malt would be. The formula of these is great and I would definitely pick up more. 
I got three Milani Color Statement Lipliners in the shades All Natural, Haute Pink and Nude- these were cheap as chips and do what they say on the tin.
The award for the prettiest blushes ever has to go to the Milani Rose Powder Blushes. Not only are these beautiful in the pan but they are gorgeous on the skin too. I picked up one on my first night and loved it so much that I ended up picking the other two available shades. They apply so easily and sit on the skin like silk and wear incredibly well over the course of wear. You can apply with a light hand or easily build up the pigmentation and each of the three shades - Romantic Rose, Tea Rose and Coral Cove - are very wearable. I really want to use these but they are just so pretty that it will kill me to use these! 
Cherry Sue recommended this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Terra Coppa as she said that it is one of those perfect one coat wonder that you can throw on and go. I'm obsessed with all things rose gold so I duly picked one up- I haven't tested it out on my talons yet but I'm sure this nail polish will get me out of a bind in the not too distant future. As far as I know, this polish is not available in the Sally Hansen range that we can get here. 
My last few forays into Revlon lip products has been rather uninspiring but I was intrigued by the new Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in HD Seduction so I purchased. I'm not sure if they are available here yet and I have yet to try it out so I will duly report back when I have gotten a chance to put it through its paces. 
The L.A. Girl Pro.concealer is a cult beauty product that I have seen loads of Youtubers profess to be the best cream concealer so I picked up the lightest shade available just to see what the fuss was about. 
I'm not the biggest lover of EOS lip balms generally but I did read or see somewhere that the striped ones were more moisturising than the regular lines so I picked up the Coconut Milk variety- it's fine but it's nothing special. 
There was an ELF Cosmetics stand in CVS and all items were $3 and on a 3 for 2 deal so I picked up a few bits - the Lip Exfoliator seems like a ridiculously cheaty option but as a chapped lipped sufferer on the regular, I said I would pick one up. I also got the Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose (because I am obsessed with mauve lips) and the Hydrating Under Eye Primer because I'm all about keeping those undereyes hydrated, particularly where I have to treat dark circles with extra concealer. 
I also got a few brushes from the ELF Studio Line because I always remember these being quite good and I use the Complexion Brush on a daily basis anyway for bronzer so I got a back up. I forgot how much I rate the Powder Brush for applying foundation and buffing it out, and I appreciate the small heads on both the Blush Brush and Concealer Brush. The Angled Blush Brush looked like it would be quite good for applying contour right into the hollows of the cheeks so I got that too.
Even though you can get the Physician's Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner and Serum here, I got one in Duane Reade because there was a $4 dollar manufacturer coupon which brought the price down to about $8, which I think is about half of what it is here. Handy to have a back up even though this eyeliner is an absolute beast for not drying out. I love this stuff.
In CVS, I got a few Jordana Lipliners in a variety of shades - again, these were cheap as chips and do what is says on the tin. 
I am not a fan of the L'Oreal True Match foundations but the shade of this L'Oreal True Match blush in Tender Rose appealed to my cool toned heart- it reminds me of MAC Dame only I think I actually prefer this which is a big statement because Dame is the only MAC blush that I have ever repurchased. 
These Wet n Wild Fergie Centrestage Collection Shimmer Palettes were on my wishlist since before I even got to the States after Kathleen Lights gave them a glowing endorsement. I can't quite contain my excitement about how beautiful these are both in the pan and on the skin. They were hard to track down but they were so worth it. The shade on the left is Rosé Champagne Glow and the shade on the right is Hollywood Boulevard. These are gorgeous and the pans are huge so hopefully these will last a lifetime. I so very much wish we could get these in Wet n Wild stands here because I would definitely buy back ups. They are limited edition in the US also and I found them difficult to find so they might be phasing them out already. 
This purchase was inspired by two of my most trusted blogging ladies - Sinead from the Beautiful Truth and Orla from MakeupOverMind - when either of these girls recommend a product, I sit up and listen and mentally catalogue on my ever expanding wishlist. Both Sinead and Orla are big fans of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles, and as I suffer from dark circles myself far more regularly than I would care to admit, I had to pick these up. I got one of each of the Fair, Brightener and Neutralizer varieties and I have to say, out of the three, I am most impressed by the Brightener. I have been using this daily and I just love the brightening effect it gives even on my most tired or sick days. I love it so much that I picked up some backups!
My Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze had dried out before I left so I took the opportunity to pick up a Bad to the Bronze when in the US. I also picked up the white shade Too Cool because I thought this might be a good eyeshadow base for brighter colours or greater colour opacity. 
I also have Orla from MakeupOverMind to thank for getting me hooked on the Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara - this is a pretty epic mascara by anyone's standard and it baffles me as to why the powers that be in Maybelline don't allow this to be sold in this neck of the woods. Great colour, great definition, nice volume, waterproof but easily removable. 
The CoverGirl Ready Steady Gorgeous Foundation was also on my wishlist going over to the States and I liked it so much that I picked it up in two shades - 105 Classic Ivory which was a perfect match for my winter skin and 110 Creamy Natural which I hope will be a good match for my summer skin or when my fake tan has faded. I also got the CoverGirl Stay Luminous Foundation in the lightest shade Classic Ivory and I can confirm that it is the exact same as the Max Factor Miracle Match foundation, which I really like and reviewed already on the blog. 
I also picked up a handful of CoverGirl mascaras to try out over the next few months because I have heard so much about CoverGirl mascaras through the years and only tried a handful. I got the Lashblast Volume, Clump Crusher Extensions and Full Lash Bloom varieties to try.
I was delighted to see that they had a The Balm stand in the Walgreens in the Empire State Building and happier again when I saw that they had the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in the shade Charming - a shade I have been hunting for months now both online and instores.
Last but not least, not technically makeup but still from the drugstore, are the Crest 3D Luxe Whitestrips. These were about $70 and I definitely noticed a difference after one treatment. These are always very highly rated so I look forward to finishing the pack and hope to have some lovely pearly white gnashers at the end of it!

That concludes my drugstore haul which I hope you will agree was a little more refined and sensible than my Sephora haul! As I mentioned at the beginning, we are very lucky in Ireland to be able to get so much amazing drugstore US makeup brands in Ireland now so I didn't have to pick up as much when I was over in the US, very helpful indeed! I'm looking forward to trialling out all of these products so if there is anything you would like to know more about or have a more detailed look at in the next few months, let me know and I will try to prioritise. 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more NY hauling!

1 comment

  1. Another great haul! You can get Unite products from Urban Retreat via the Parcel Motel & a hair salon local to me sells them too! xx



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