The American Make-Up List

The time of year has come again where I’m leaving England and heading off on holiday – I booked up in January and have waited 8 long months for it to come round! This year me and my boyfriend are doing a mini west-coast tour of America. Starting in Anaheim (Disneyland!), moving on to Hollywood with a stop in Santa Monica and a final 3 day visit to Las Vegas.

Of couse a trip to America isn’t complete without my annual jaunts to Sephora/CVS/Walgreens and more, which involves me running up and down the aisles scoping out all the awesome American make-up that we don’t have the pleasure of being able to buy in the UK. So I’ve put together a list of all the lovely stuff I intend to be throwing into my basket.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain

Described as a ‘zero-texture’ lip stain with no sticky residue. I love the range of colours that this product comes in, and i’ve seen loads of great swatches and reviews. I can see myself going slightly crazy and buying a whole collection of these.

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes

Less than $5 for an 8 pan eyeshadow palette?! I bought one of the 3 pan palettes from Wet n Wild last year and love it, I only paid $2.99 and thought it probably wouldn’t be up to much judging by the price – however I was pleasantly surprised, the lasting power and pigmentation of these shadows is brilliant.

Bath and Body Works Pocket Bac

Where else can you buy hand sanitisers that smell like Vanilla Berry Sorbet and Graham Cracker Marshmallow?! BBW have an offer where you can buy 5 hand sanitisers for $5 so I will definitely be stocking up!

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop

One of the main things that draws me to Marc Jacobs and his make-up line is the amazing packaging, these kiss pops are pricy at $28, but I think they’re too pretty for to me say no!

Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor

The Color Whispers unfortunately haven’t made their way to UK shores yet, but they’ve been on the American make-up scene for quite some time, they are marketed as a ‘translucent gel color’, so more like a sheer balm than a proper lipstick.


It’s very rare to see rollerball and travel sized perfume sold in the UK. Sephora have a massive collection of rollerballs in loads of different popular fragrances. I really love buying these as they are ideal for throwing in a handbag or taking away with you when you don’t fancy carying a hefty perfume bottle around.

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte can do no wrong – their blushes are long lasting, pigmented and come in an array of flattering colours, it also looks like they’ve released some newer shades since the last time I looked! Matte blushers are my favourite and Tarte are always my go to brand for cheek colour.

Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal

All the benefits of the original baby lips, but with added sparkle! I can’t wait to swatch these to have a look at colour payoff – hopefully they’ll be as much of a winner as the original baby lips.

So that’s my list – I’d love to know if there were any make-up items you sought out while in America? Or maybe there are products that Americans can only buy in the UK?