Beauty: how to bring the best of the States back home

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Beauty: how to bring the best of the States back home” was written by Sali Hughes, for The Guardian on Saturday 30th December 2017 08.00 UTC

‘Do you want anything from Sephora?” used to be the most exciting question you could ask a British beauty enthusiast. I never flew to America without a long shopping list of exotic hair, skin and makeup products that my friends were hooked on or had seen in magazines. Nowadays, thanks to cult beauty websites, QVC and pop-ups, few brands are unavailable in the UK (though there are some commendable exceptions, at least for now).

First, Drunk Elephant. This brand combines hi-tech active ingredients with luxurious marula oil. I recently stocked up on C-Firma ($80), a non-greasy vitamin C day serum that brightens dullness and provides extra protection from harsh weather; and TLC Sukari Babyfacial ($80), an effective, high-concentration AHA and BHA cream exfoliating mask that de-flakes and enlivens the complexion in 20 minutes (I use it before a night out, or on the mornings when I look half dead).

There are few brands more cheering than Milk Make Up, an innovative range of mid-price cosmetics with a focus on fun and originality. I snapped up a Supernova Holographic Stick, ($14), a space-age, silver lavender highlighter that strokes on wherever you’d like a little ethereal glow, and Tattoo Stamp ($12), an eyeliner pen with a star-shaped nib that deposits a satisfyingly sharp temporary tattoo wherever you want it. But there’s more to Milk than gimmick. My favourite buys were the Hydrating Oil Stick ($24), a push-up moisturiser that melts on skin-contact, to be kept in your handbag and deployed whenever face, hair, cuticles or lips feel parched; and Matcha Cleanser ($26), another airport-friendly solid stick, to remove dirt and light makeup.

I’ll need a heavier duty cleanser to shift my new IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer ($24), a brighter, better and currently US-only version of the brand’s original full coverage concealer, as well as Josie Maran’s wonderful Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid ($45): this achieves the almost impossible, in providing both full coverage and a dewy glow – ideal if you find that traditional foundation cakes, flakes and blotches (caution: the shades come up a little dark). Delighted with both, I plan to replenish my supplies via Sephora’s newish international shipping service (duties and tax included). Incidentally, everything above is cruelty-free, and much of it’s vegan, too.

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