Beauty Shopping in the States: What To Buy?

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When travelling stateside, my first thought is always my beauty shopping list. From Sephora to the good old drugstore, there really is so much going on for us beauty addicts. But what should a girl buy? 

I think the most obvious answer to that question, is things that you can't buy at home. Brands like Kat Von D, Tarte, and Kate Somerville still aren't available, so stock up while you can. These are of course just a few examples, but as you shop you'll come to see just how much more they have. In terms of drugstore make-up, you've got brands like Milani and Sonia Kashuk, so definitely hit up a CVS. For brands that you know already, you'll also find new releases land earlier in the States, so you get your very own sneaky peek! 

Building on that last point, pick up things that are available, but difficult to get hold of at home. While you might be able to order online, sometimes the full range isn't available or what you want isn't in stock. Two brands that stand out for this point are Ole Henriksen and Peter Thomas Roth. They have a presence in the UK but they're still quite difficult to get hold of (especially my beloved Pumpkin Enzyme Mask). 

Next is perhaps one of the best reasons for making a purchase. It's a product you love, and it's significantly cheaper. If you're a fan of MAC in particular, their products are significantly cheaper in the USA. Savings on big brands generally tend to be far and few between, but there are savings to be had for sure. I find that the best money saving goes on in the drugstore to be honest. If you're a fan of Max Factor, you'll be able to find your favourites so much cheaper under the CoverGirl brand. For example, the Max Factor Face Finity 3 in 1 costs £12.99 in the UK. In the US, the Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1, which is exactly the same as the Face Finity costs just $11.99, which is around the £8 mark. Throw a sale into the mix and you could walk away with a pretty sweet deal. 

This last one won't be everyones jam, but I like buying travel sizes in the US. Sephora's aisle of doom is where it all goes down. From cult classics to the newest items, you can find them all in miniature here. Whether you want to try something before buying the full size, or need a take away size of something you love, you'll find it. If you travel a lot, or want to try a wider variety of products, this is definitely the way to go. 

And I think that's about it. If I think of anymore I'll be sure to add them in. If you have any of your own, feel free to comment them down below too!

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