7 Weeks of Shopping – Sorry Bank Account

If you’re a regular reader then you’ll know that I (L) have been in America the past 7 weeks for a uni course.

I got back last night and spent 14 hours sleeping after completely missing a night of sleep due to the travelling.

I’ve spent the majority of today lazing around, sorting washing and unpacking my suitcase of all the treasures I bought.

So, sit down with a cup of tea (I’m slowly catching up on 7 weeks worth ha!) and I hope you enjoy looking at my vast range of purchases!!!

I’ve included the prices where I could and the pound equivalent so you’ll be able to see how much cheaper it was there, I was in heaven.

First up it’s the nail varnishes…I haven’t bought any new ones for a little while.

I might be lying to myself here but let’s go with it for now 😉

So when I saw these in the shops for a much cheaper price than at home I couldn’t resist stocking up!

Revlon nail polishes were $7 each, which is £4.50.

I bought the pink scented one called Raspberry Rapture along with their new range of nail treatments including (L-R) Fast dry drops, Post Trauma treatment and Calcium nail hardener which was great for my nails after spending 3 weeks of my time in the dirt digging.

I haven’t mentioned this before but the course I went to do was Forensic Anthropology, and so lots of my time was spent using my hands and trowels to dig up plastic bones, which FYI is not good for the nails!

I also bought the Barielle wedding collection which I have previously posted about here and have a NOTD from them coming up. This cost me $10 at TJ Maxx which was such a bargain!

Next up I took full advantage of Nicole by OPI being $7 in Walmart and picked up a normal glitter one with hearts in and 2 Kardashian colours (Wear Something Spar-Kylie review here and also Kimpletely in Love)

I also bought my first ever Essie nail polish in Sand Tropez which I wouldn’t have looked twice at but I’d read about it online and fell in love when I tested it! A review will certainly follow!

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in 540 Frutti Petutie $5 or £3.20

2 brand new China Glaze polishes were bought in a 3 for 2 deal with the Essie polish (I could have bought so many!!!) and were originally $7/8 each but were $16 for all three which is a bargainous £10.30.

The colours I bought were Turned up Turquoise and Pool Party. So looking forward to using these!

Lastly I’m a bit of a Hunger Games geek and when I noticed the Capitol Colours mini set for $13.95 (£9) I had to buy it!

I was quite reserved when I got to Mac, I knew what I wanted to buy and got exactly that and nothing else!

I could have easily gone mad but I had to be careful after wanting so many other things.

Pressed powder in medium ($22/£14.20)

Studio Fix Fluid ($27/£17.40)

Eye brow pencil ($14/£9)

I’ve wanted to try the Revlon Photoready products for a while but had loads of foundation and could never justify the price so was waiting for an offer to be on.

I bought the PhotoReady powder and the Colorstay foundation ($10 each or £6.50) and the PhotoReady Perfecting Primer ($12/£7.70), hence why I gave in as they were all at a reduced price.

Lastly I also bought the Almay Smart Shade primer which was $10/£6.50 and is green and purple to correct any kind of colour imperfection you have. As far as I know we don’t have Almay in the UK (I may be wrong) so this definitely intrigued me!

I’ve always wanted to buy Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream, and I found it in TJ Maxx for $7, a whopping £4.50! I was so excited I almost screamed! What a bargain for a 50g tube!

The L’oreal Magic Perfecting Base was a favourite of mine when it came out and was at it’s introductory price of £10, but at £14 for so little product I wouldn’t justify buying it again. For $10/£6.50 I certainly will!

My Benefit haul could have been so much bigger but I ran out of cash (on my last day I had $16 for all 3 meals…oops!)

Cha Cha tint was on my list for so long and I’ve fallen in love with it! $29/£18.70

Am yet to try ‘They’re Real’ but I’ve been told it’s really good for people with straight lashes who want them to curl, here’s hoping! $23/£14.80

I was surprised to see Real Techniques brushes over there, I have 2 already but just didn’t think they’d be there. I was even more surprised to see they were $17 (£11) for the core collection which is £18 in Boots!

I snapped that up so quickly they probably thought I was crazy!

I also rebought my Naked palette after mine went ‘missing’ at a friends house.

Won’t say any more about that but I was soooooooo pleased at having this back in my life!

After owning it for 6 weeks after Christmas and using it most days I felt like I’d lost a limb, now I can finally show you my smokey eye designs with it!

This was $50/£32 so not much cheaper than the £36 it costs in Debenhams but I needed it 😉

I think like most bloggers at the moment, Origins is my skin care of choice.

Their Eye Doctor (found here) has completely renewed the skin around my eyes and any lines I had have gone.

We’re big fans of products without chemicals on this blog so Origins are a big winner.

I snapped up lots of oily skin products which I cannot wait to use!

Out of Trouble mask: $22 (£14.20)

Zero Oil Instant Matte Finish: $13.50 (£8.70)

Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner: $19.50 (£12.50)

Ginzing Eye Cream: $29.50 (£19)

Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion: $26 (£16.70)

As you can see from this, I made a big saving on most of their products!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Daily Scrub is the best thing I found out there, my skin broke out really badly when I got there and this baby cleaned them up right away!

Both Tigi products were from TJ Maxx – Some Like it Hot humidity protector and Control Freak Conditioner. Can’t remember the prices but they were verrrrrrrrry cheap.

Lastly I know Nioxin has been doing the rounds recently, and if it wasn’t for that I would never have noticed this in TJ Maxx also.

For the shampoo, conditioner and scalp activating treatment in the full sizes of 500ml or 50ml for the treatment I paid…………………………..$10!

I couldn’t believe my eyes!

I’m always wanting my hair to be bigger and more voluminous and instead of paying the $37 for the kit online it was $10, amazing!

The only difference I can tell between this and the current kit is that the packaging has changed so that it fine by me.

What do you think of my buys??? I went completely overboard but I couldn’t stop myself with all of the bargains to be had!!

M is going to America in September and is already making a list….I’m also making one for her too ha!

This is not going to help with my beauty rehab posts at all!

I’m such an addict!

L xxx


  1. Beauty Bird
    July 8, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    Wowee, lots of amazing goodies 🙂 Most jealous of the Core Collection for only £11!!x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 8, 2012 / 3:08 pm

      hehe thanks, I'm so excited to start using them! xx

  2. Enchantress Enchantress
    July 8, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    For once I thought U emptied all the beauty shops in States 🙂

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 16, 2012 / 2:30 pm

      haha i certainly did my best 🙂

  3. Elle
    July 8, 2012 / 11:23 pm

    You got a ton of amazing products!Fashions on Top

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 16, 2012 / 2:31 pm

      thanks! so excited to use them all 🙂

  4. Melanie Jane
    July 15, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    Ahhh, I cannot even tell you how much this haul has made me want to go shopping right now, you got so many lovely things, many of which I have been after for a while!Can't believe the Eight Hour Cream was £4.50, how ridiculously bargainous! I need to go in TK Maxx more often! I recently bought Revlon Photoready and I think it's a really nice day-to-day foundation, would like to try the primer.Mel xhttp://melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 16, 2012 / 2:32 pm

      I couldn't believe it either! I've used the Revlon primer for the first time today and haven't needed to touch up my make up yet, super impressed!! x

  5. Enchantress Enchantress
    March 20, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    It's because an American Brush Company is producing Real Techniques, they were in the US Market way before UK market. Not so raved in the US as they are in here in the UK. http://www.makeuptemple.blogspot.com

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