Sephora is awesome and I wish we had them in the UK. Because basically when I walk around Sephora, THIS TUNE is playing in my head! One of my happy places, haha.
I went to 2 Sephoras while I was there; one opposite Macy's and one in Time Square. I was a little disappointed at the first one's selection. Although I still managed to spend 2/3 of my makeup budget there!
First thing I picked up was Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed, in Moonstone. I know everyone raves about Opal and it's beautiful, but for me and my pale skin, Moonstone was a better fit.
It's VERY similar to The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer, which I love. I will try to remember to do a side by side swatch of the two at some point to show you a comparison.
Then I hit Too Faced. My plan was to pick up the Born This Way Foundation and one of the Chocolate Soleil Bronzers. However, I couldn't find a match for the foundation, they all seemed too yellow and too dark for me. I didn't bother with the bronzer either, not sure why!
I did however pick up two of the Melted lipsticks, in Sugar and Berry. I also picked up the Better Than Sex Mascara, as everyone raves about it so I had to see for myself!
I was pretty excited to see the Josie Maran stuff. I couldn't remember exactly what was vegan but I knew the cheek Gelees were, so I got one of them in Poppy Paradise.
In the Times Square Sephora, I was looking for Anastasia Beverley Hills, as they didn't have what I wanted in the first one (the Brow Wiz). And although they did have them, they didn't have my colour (Ash Blonde). So the very lovely lady there suggested I look at something else, which is 'way better anyway'. Was worried what she was going to suggest but she suggested Hourglass. YAY I know they're cruelty free and have vegan options. She actually ended up redoing my foundation and face makeup for me with a load of Hourglass stuff and I really liked it all (that Ambient Lighting palette is now on my wishlist!)
Onto Kat Von D. Now I was a little unsure of buying anything from this brand as there are some parent company issues (read more about it here) but I think I am ok with it. So I had a look. The displays were super picked over and most of the liquid lipstick colours I was interested in were gone.
I did get a few bits though. I got the Lightning Liner in Ludwig, The Liquid Lipstick in Berlin and the Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Doce.
Onto drugstore makeup and I literally bought 1 thing from Milani, their Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar. It was the only drugstore item I really liked the look of.
I also got this from the drugstore, although I didn't think The Balm were a drugstore brand! I got the Overshadow in No Money No Honey. I can't find this listed on any of the vegan lists I have googled since buying it. However, there's nothing listed in the ingredients that looks animal based to me, so I've shot them an email to check. UPDATE: The Balm checked with their lab and confirmed that all the overshadows are vegan! YAY.
Oh yeah, I also grabbed a new beauty blender as I use mine every single day and it's starting to look very stained and a bit grim!
Hopefully some of these things will make it into my next favourites post! Also stay tuned for my food / trip details post at the weekend.