Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NYC Beauty Haul



Because I missed out on buying liquid beauty products last time around in NYC, I really stocked up this time.

At the airport in Seattle, killing time before our flight ultimately got cancelled, I rediscovered an old favourite, The Body Shop's hemp hand cream. My hands were seriously suffering and I forgot to pack hand cream. The airport store had a whole bunch of holiday sets left over at 50% off, so I picked up three small sized hand creams (Hemp, Rose and Almond) for $12. On the way to our gate, I noticed that Sea-tac has a Butter London boutique. I was really surprised, and wish I wandered a little further instead of sitting in the food court for an hour! I was looking for Black Knight, which was sold out, so I picked up the colour-shifting Knackered instead.

I heard about Intelligent Nutrients through Into The Gloss, and wanted to try out some of their products. I bought mine at Barney's, but I also saw them at ABC Carpet and Home. My face mist by Caudalie and shampoo and conditioner from Kérastase is almost empty, so I bought the Anti-Aging Mist and the Harmonic shampoo and conditioner from Intelligent Nutrients.

Two other things I got at Barney's were from the Japanese makeup and skincare line Koh Gen Do. Another Into The Gloss recommendation! I got the Moisture Concealer palette and the Maifanshi Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

A few weeks ago Koh Gen Do's website was having a 20% off sale, so I decided to order a foundation sight unseen, which as you could imagine is quite dangerous. I just took a wild guess that I would be the lightest shade, and I was right! I got the Aqua Foundation in PK-0 and also the Maifanshi Face Powder, which is basically a loose translucent setting powder. To say I was impressed with the formula of this foundation is an understatement. I wanted to test the colour, so I spread a little bit over my dried-up scaly hand skin and it immediately smoothed out and became incredibly soft. It's my new favourite foundation and I highly recommend you try it out if you can!

I'm loving Koh Gen Do so much that I picked up the Maifanshi Moisture Foundation at Sephora in the Meat Packing District, and plan to order their Fresh Face cheek colour and Maifanshi lip gloss soon.

At Aesop in Nolita, I picked up the Geranium Leaf Body Scrub and the Tuberose Lip Heal. I previously used Origin's Incredible Spreadable Ginger Scrub (it smells amazing!) but that ran out and I wanted to try something new. Also, my lips have been seriously dry and I've therefore been obsessed with curing them with all sorts of products. The Rosehip Seed Lip Treatment is a blend of oils that you apply morning and night with a little roller-ball applicator to condition and heal dry lips.

Two other things I bought were the Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase detangling milk. I really love this product and mine had about two sprays left. It's expensive, but mine lasted me an entire year. Last but not least, as I blogged previously, I picked up Chanel's new June varnish, perfect for spring.

I must say, New York is ideal for stocking up on hard-to-find beauty products. I don't think there are many brands you can't find in that city!


Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

so fun to stumble across the body shop in an airport. product heaven!

looks like you found some great products in NYC. the butter nail color is intriguing.

L.L. said...

Shopping in new yorkis hard to beat plus everything is cheaper than canada. I saw the bay dt is now carrying butter london

Stephanie said...

steph- I'm not sure about the US, but we have Body Shop's all over the place in Canada, but I forgot all about their hemp hand cream. I used it in college and as soon as I smelled it I remembered I used to use it.

LL- I saw the little stand too! I checked for Black Knight there first, but I think it was limited edition or something. I just remembered the BeautyMark in Yaletown also carries Butter London.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

there are body shops around the US (of course, none where i live - it figures!) i always look for them in airports. :)

christine said...

love love love this post. it's the voyeur in me i suppose that loves to see personal beauty products people use. i was looking through old archives and remembered how much i loved your blog. i'm so happy to see you're still keeping up with it and hope to reconnect! xo