16 March 2018

Sephora Haul - San Diego Edition

Sephora US Haul
Whenever I have a trip to the US, a visit to Sephora is always on the cards — heck, it’s one of the first things I put into google maps, so I can find the nearest one to the hotel I’m staying at. 

I always, without fail go with a mental list, so I can plan my budget and not have to worry about getting a call from my bank asking me about abnormal activity on my account. Yes, it’s happened before and I don’t want to have to repeat that again. Try telling a guy back home, calling from your bank that, yes, that was me spending over $150 on skincare. 

As I hadn’t visited the US for nearly a year, my mental wishlist was a little on the large side.

I managed to visit my nearest store less than 24 hours after arriving (pretty impressive, right?) and as I had two colleagues with me, who had never set foot in a Sephora, I was pretty conscious that their first time may be a tad...daunting!

That and a mix of jet-lag led to a very frenzied, supermarket-sweep style, done-in-20-minutes shop.

I managed to get most of the things I wanted, plus a few more bits I certainly didn’t need (damn Sephora and their travel products at their tills whilst you wait to pay). 

So, without further ado, I give you my Sephora haul from San Diego Sephora US Haul
The majority of my haul is skincare. I'm OBSESSED with skincare products at the moment. Most of what I picked up can now be found over here. Although saying that, they're still quite difficult to find. For example Ceramidin by Dr Jart+ sells out in Selfridges as soon as it hits the shelves, and the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask can be found on Cult Beauty - I got the travel size version as I thought it would be a good one to use on long-haul flights. FYI, it smells AMAZING. 

Also on Cult Beauty is Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate (see what she did there) Cleanser. I’ve tried this out since being back, and I’m already thinking about ordering another one. More on that in a separate post though. 

Another product from Dr Jart+ is the item in the photo above that looks a tad...creepy. In all honesty, I blame the jetlag for this purchase. The Dr Jart+ Shake and Shot Rubber Mask...yep, we’ll see what this is like once I feel brave enough to try it out. 

Next up is skincare brand Drunk Elephant. Beauty editors and, most importantly, skincare queen, Caroline Hirons have said how much they love the products. Good news for us UK peeps is that it will be launching in Space NK stores sometime in the summer. The slightly bad news is that it’s bloody expensive, hence the Drunk Elephant travel sized products I picked up as I want to try them to see what the fuss is about. 
Sephora US Haul
Next up, and last in this haul, is the 30,000 Feet Volume Shampoo and Conditioner by IGK. This haircare brand has just launched over here in the UK at Space NK (in stores and online FYI) but it does work out a little cheaper in the US. I've been using the travel sized versions of these for the last few of weeks - review incoming...

So as you can see, I shopped hard in Sephora - all in 20 minutes as well. That's got to be some sort of record, right?

12 March 2018

24 Hours in...San Diego

San Diego City Guide
If you don’t follow me on Instagram, or the algorithm is truly living up to its total shiteness, then you may not know that I was in San Diego a couple of weeks ago for a work trip. 

It was my first time on the West Coast of the US, and after a long-ass journey (via Seattle) I landed, went straight to the hotel, and face planted on one of the beds in my hotel room. 

The next day, I was greeted by this view
The Westin San Diego
Sunshine, water, palm trees and heat that was basically the same as we get in the Summer here in the UK — hello California, if this is the weather you get in FEBRUARY, then I’m moving here straight away.

We had a day to explore, and whilst we were jet lagged up to our eyes, we weren’t going to stay in bed all day. 

So, without further ado, I bring to you my 24 hours in San Diego….
San Diego Palm trees
At The Westin San Diego - it’s downtown so really near to the harbour and Gaslamp Quarter. Plus, the beds are a dream! 
San Diego City Guide
Spike's San Diego
San Diego is full of great places to eat. As they’re right on the border of Mexico, you can’t visit without having mexican food. We ate at La Puerta, which is in the Gaslamp Quarter and one lunchtime visited Spike’s, a fresh fish bar. 

We also had takeout from a variety of places (hotel room service gets boring after a day) and I can highly recommend GrabbaGreen, Sushi 2 (some of the best sushi I’ve ever eaten - also a restaurant too) and Tender Greens. 
San Diego Harbour
24 Hours in...San Diego
24 Hours in...San Diego

There’s a lot to do and see in the city, and although I only managed to venture down to the harbour and walk along the bay to Seaport Village, some of the girls managed to visit La Jolla, which is about a 15 minute drive away and has the most gorgeous beaches. There’s also Petco Park, home to baseball team, The Padres and Balboa Park, which has the Natural History Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, and the San Diego Zoo. 
24 Hours in...San Diego

Latest Instagrams

© What Laura Did Next. Design by FCD.