Yes you read that right, this is a USA haul! No I haven’t visited the United States – wouldn’t that be awesome! What I have done though is sent a little shopping list to Alexandra, a relative of mine who lives in the US and she’s brought them back for me! I’m so excited! Since I live in Europe but read American blogs I always get so envious when they’re showing products I can’t get. We only have a tiny handful of nice brands here but most of the better ones we do have (like OPI and Essie) cost more than twice what they do in America! Ouch.
So yeah after months and months of longing for these brands I’ve finally managed to get my hands on a few of them. All thanks to Alexandra! Thank you so much for doing this, I’m forever grateful!
Here’s what I got:
- China Glaze in: Flip Flop Fantasy, Re-Fresh Mint, Peachy Keen, Frostbite and Strong Adhesion Base Coat
- OPI in: Coney Island Cotton Candy, Bubble Bath and Tickle My France-y
- Sinful Colours in: Rise And Shine, Mint Apple and Unicorn
- Revlon Scented in: Grape Icy, Gum Drop, Peach Smoothie, Beach and Ocean Breeze
- Claire’s Mood Polish in: Confident/Peaceful, Earthy/Happy, Bored/Excited, Funky/Fabulous, Loved/Lonely and Relaxed/Hyper
- Orly – Galaxy Girl
- Essie – Van D’Go
- Sally Girl mini glitters
- Select-a-Style fimo wheels
- Nail Art steel balls
- EOS lipbalm in: Sweet Mint, Honeysuckle Honeydew and Lemon Drop
From left to right: Strong Adhesion Base Coat, Peachy Keen, Flip Flop Fantasy, Re-Fresh Mint, Frostbite
Ahhh Finally more polishes from the Up and Away collection! I still wish I had all of them but these two (Peachy Keen & Re-Fresh Mint) were my favourites. I’m rocking Re-Fresh Mint on my toes, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Flip Flop Fantasy is so pretty too, yay for neons! I asked for the Fast Forward Top Coat but Alexandra got me the Base Coat by accident. Not that big of an issue since I needed a new base coat anyway and I’ve read some rave reviews on this. Still on my wish list is For Audrey! One day…
From left to right: Tickle My France-y, Bubble Bath and Coney Island Cotton Candy
My first ever OPI’s! Can you believe it? I felt like such an inadequate blogger for not having OPI in my stash. Now I do! My favourite by far is Tickle My France-y. It’s such a gorgeous shade, not quite nude and not quite greige either. I love the finish of it, it’s super shiny. The other two are a bit on the sheer side, though still pretty. The OPI brush is a little too big for me, maybe because I’m not used to it but I prefer a slimmer brush. I know many people love it though!
From left to right: Peach Smoothie, Grape Icy, Gum Drop, Ocean Breeze and Beach
Since I didn’t own any scented polishes I was quite keen to try these. I’ve been having a lot of headaches lately so I haven’t exactly been excited about the smells of these but maybe once I feel better I might like them more. Some of the shades are extremely sheer which is a little disappointing. I thought Revlon polishes would be a lot better formulated!* My favourite so far is Peach Smoothie and my mum is head over heels in love with Ocean Breeze and Beach which I mostly got for her so that’s good!
*edit: someone kindly informed me the sheer formula is not the case with the rest of their polishes like their Fast Dry line. That’s a relief!
From left to right: Rise And Shine, Mint Apple and Unicorn
Sinful Colours is a brand we do get in Belgium albeit very scarcely. They are sold for €6 which is about 8 US dollar, they are 2 dollars or less in the United States. How criminal is that? Makes me so angry since these are great polishes! I know many bloggers love these since their range is good and they’re cheap but still good quality. They’re really nice and pigmented, I wish I had more of these! I really like the bottles too.
From left to right: Relaxed/Hyper, Loved/Lonely, Confident/Peaceful, Happy/Earthy, Bored/Excited and Funky/Fabulous
I was most looking forward to these, they’re called mood polishes. They change colour by temperature! So when you put your hands in either cold or hot water they will look different accordingly. The effect is strongest with the green polish, Happy/Earthy. The rest of them are very subtle and some don’t have any effect whatsoever (Loved/Lonely). Regardless of this effect all the colours are very pretty!
From left to right: Sally Girl Minis, Orly Galaxy Girl, Essie Van D’Go
In my list were the Jewel FX by Milani. I think she got the Sally Girls instead, they’re pretty (and so adorable!) but unfortunately the glitter effect is not the same. I’m really glad I finally own an Orly, and Galaxy Girl at that! It’s absolutely gorgeous! So is the Essie but I haven’t tried it yet so can’t comment any further.
Finally finally finally I own a nail polish thinner! I’ve been longing to try this for ages since I own many polishes that are too thick and goopy to work with. This is my holy grail seriously. I cannot live without it now! It’s honestly saved many polishes already. If you can get your hands on a nail polish thinner go buy it, it’s a must-have!
Since I sent my list before I knew Born Pretty Store I included fimo slices and steel balls. I now own both already but this wasn’t an issue since I don’t have many fruit fimo slices and she got me an entire wheel full of fruits! They’re very pretty so I’m really chuffed. Also I go through a ton of steel balls so these will be put to good use!
These will look familiar if you read blogs or watch youtube hauls. They’re the much raved about lip balms by EOS. I asked for three and I got Lemon Drop, Honeysuckle Honeydew and Sweet Mint. My favourite is Lemon Drop! I really like the packaging, it’s fun but a bit bulky so they don’t really fit that well in a small purse. Also the Sweet Mint burns your lips! It’s really strong, I can’t imagine there’s people that actually like this sensation. It’s definitely too strong for me though it smells really nice!
All in all I’m extremely pleased with my USA haul and I’m so grateful to Alexandra for going through all the trouble! Thank you so much!
Also I am happy to say I have found a new theme, I’m currently in the process of editing it to suit this blog, there will be a few elements you will recognize so it will feel familiar but be completely new as well! The pictures will be bigger (finally!) so once the new theme goes up it might take some time before all the old posts and pictures will be the appropriate size.