Wednesday, August 9, 2017

USA Haul | Target, Thrifting, J.Crew & More

USA Haul

In May of this year I visited Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head South Carolina with my family. It was a great getaway from a busy quarter at work, and I loved the warm, comfortable weather in the south. Here are a few things I picked up while shopping in the US.

Target Haul

One of my first stops was at Target. A.k.a. my happy place. 
I think the most exciting purchase was the Sonia Kashuk dual-ended  retractable makeup brush that I forgot to include in these photos. It's a staple in my makeup bag, with a synthetic foundation/concealer brush on one side and a fluffy powder brush on the other. You can buy it here.

Along with that came a little container of Aquaphor, and a whole host of beauty products since Target was running a $5 gift card promo with any $20+ beauty purchase in-store. Heavenly.



Another makeup bag game-changer is the Pixi Natural Brow Duo in Natural Brown. At $16 it is a good option for those seeking a cooler toned, taupe brown shade that comes in a slanted twist-up pencil, very Tom Ford. The tinted brow gel is phenomenal, so even though this pencil is a bit too hard and dry for my liking, I recommend. (swatched below)


I really went off at the Pixi section because I knew I wasn't going to go hunting for these items at home. Besides, $5 back on $20!

Ulta finds: 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream- Holy Grail status! This is a very highly pigmented makeup base with an SPF of 50+. Fair is a super light shade, perfect for winter and it feels incredibly moisturizing on my combo skin. It wears beautifully throughout the day and comes in an easy-to-use pump tube. IT Cosmetics will be sold in Canadian Sephora stores this month.

Free Birthday Gifts! Ulta is amazing with birthdays and even let me pick a gift a bit early. I received a small Urban Decay Original Primer Potion and Urban Decay's eyeshadow single in Sideline. This stunning greeny-gold-peach duochrome shadow is something I would have never purchased on my own, but I love it. You can see it on my eyes below.

Warm Summer Makeup Look
Wearing the IT CC cream, Pixi under eye corrector, Pixi brow duo, Pixi eyeliner, Urban Decay eyeliner, Vita Liberata Bronzers as face contour and eyeshadow in the crease

Anthropologie ear Jackets
Stunning ear jackets from Anthropologie (on sale)

I've been on an under-eye corrector binge so here are a few of my favourites, swatched:

Under Eye Corrector Reviews

  • Tarte CC $30 at Sephora - Lightweight, easy to apply and more of a concealer shade once blended
  • Essence All I Need Concealer Palette $6.99 at Shoppers - Very pink and waxy, best for deep blue eye bags
  • Pixi Brightening Peach $16 cad at Shoppers (or Target) - Great glass pot packaging, thick and pigmented, darker shade
  • Vasanti Wonders of the World A2 Peach $26 online or Rexall - My HG, more dry but so long wearing, crease-proof and ideal for layering with a more hydrating concealer. Comes with a fantastic concealer shade for the dace
 True Lemon

Here you'll see a cute felt pouch that came with my Anthropologie earrings (love that place) paired with one of my best discoveries yet. At our hotel they had a little coffee and tea bar with these packets of True Lemon - Crystallized citrus. I am obsessed with pouring one packet of this lemon powder into a glass of cold ice water. It is the most authentic lemon flavour I've found in a shelf-stable powder or liquid. I've even added it into oil and vinegar to make a salad dressing! Can't wait to pick up some more. (Store Locator)

Dollar Tree Nail Decals

My sister and I popped into a Dollar Tree one afternoon and I came across these ah-dorable polymer clay fruit nail decals. They aren't the most comfortable since they come up a bit at the corners, but I love how they looked in my manicure featured below.


Vest with Patches

You're totally allowed to judge me for this, but I sometimes venture into the girls section of Target since an L or XL fits me like a glove. I fell hard for the Girls' Patches Vest by their art Class brand. At $30, this is a steal! Buy it here, and see it styled for Canada Day:

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Vintage Pins

We stopped by the cutest community garage sale type shop where they were selling used items to raise money. I picked up a handful of vintage pins for 25 cents each. They even had a Canadian flag!

J.Crew Belts

The J.Crew belt on the left was purchased in-store off the clearance rack, and the brown and navy one was a great find from the second-hand sale.

Vintage Silk Scarves

I'm a big collector of vintage scarves and jewellery, so the three pieces above were definite highlights. I also found a little gold leaf dish that will be perfect for catching rings or earrings.

Not yet mentioned: A pen from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and some Orbit gum - pretty good!

Now that's a wrap! What kinds of things do you look for when shopping across the border? 

xx
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