As you know I’m in Chicago at the moment. Thought I would post a little update on my trip so far…that being the shopping really :)
Firstly, I am quite proud of myself. I went to Aurora yesterday to visit the outlet. Yes, I hear you. Amy in an outlet? Surely that is catastrophic. Rather surprisingly, I behaved myself. The highlight of the visit was definitely the CCO. I swatched every single MAC product from collections gone by, got super excited and then left empty handed. I shouldn’t be too proud of myself – I suspect that there will be some serious damage done in Ulta and Sephora.
I did buy some warm boots in the Aeropostale outlet and a handbag in Aldo (which is a gift for someone for Christmas). These boots were a necessity. The rather Christmassy and weather appropriate Guess boots I brought with me (yes, only one pair!) were murdering my feet… there were tears. I was looking for something cheap, cheerful and most of all warm to get me through the rest of my trip. I also bought a very festive scarf ($20 I think!)
The boots were marked as $49 I paid only $15 for them. I do love a bargain.
More on shopping and what I have bought at the bottom of the post.
Excited about Ulta
I am an Ulta virgin. Despite numerous visits to the US over the past few years, I have never seen an Ulta. That being said, I suppose I wasn’t really looking. This time around I googled the address! For those of you who have never heard of Ulta, it is basically a make-up and beauty Mecca. I love Sephora but I have a feeling I won’t want to leave Ulta. Product recommendations welcome! :)
It’s so friggin’ cold!
Who knew Chicago would be colder than the Alps! It would appear that I was spoiled here in Chicago last year weather wise. It was cold but comfortable. Comfort is out the window this time around. Last night I popped around to the Cheesecake Factory for some dinner wearing 5 layers, a giant coat, gloves, snow hat, thermal socks and vest, wind-breaker for my face and earmuffs and still the cold was a killer.
I also got lost yesterday near the lake (the closer to the water the more the worse it is) and the subzero ice wind took my breath away, my legs even seized up. I had to have a bath to warm my skin back up when after 2 hours in the warm hotel room my skin still felt like an ice-cube. Thin, delicate Irish skin is not made to withstand these kind of temperatures. Speaking of the weather, this leads nicely in to skincare…
My poor skin is in bits! The freezing winds have made my face look and feel like a crisp packet. I look about five years older in this weather, not happy. Products wise, I packed a PHYT’s Cleanser, Keraskin gel scrub, Liz Earle Moisturising mask, PHYT’s Creme Ylang Moisturising for thin skin and some Kerakin Youth Drops for very dry skin. I have needed them all! I have been using the scrub in the morning to gently buff off the chunks of dry skin, I follow with the mask for a moisture injection. I then smear on some youthdrops as a pre moisturiser and finish with not one, but two layers of Creme Ylang. This is the third day of this routine and my skin is finally starting to look human again. I will be in need of facial upon my return. Winter weather really does hate your skin.
Sightseeing is hard in such cold weather but I have powered through. So far I have visited Navy Pier, Ice skating at Millenium Park and the Kriskindle Market. I’m also planning a visit to the Field Museum, the Aquarium and the Planetarium. I hear the Zoo lights are also fantastic.
Me at the Kriskindle Market :)
I jumped on the Metra on Thursday and headed to Target. I had never been before, man that place is gigantic. Cosmetics wise, I picked up some Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock, Tresemmé hair spray (I need volume!) and Milani Easyliner in Blue Eyes.
I also popped into Walgreens and picked up a new bottle of Revlon Photoready. I bought it in 004 which is too light and pink based which looks ridiculous on me – I need yellow toned foundation to suit my undertones. On the upside Photoready is only $9 (€6.80) – a third of the price of a bottle at home in Ireland.
I also picked up Sally Hansen Mega Shine. Again this cost one third of the price at home. I needed some face wipes for eye make-up removal and chose the Walgreens brand. They are brilliant! A visit to this side of the Atlantic is not complete without buying at least three tubes of Walgreens Chapaid!
I finally picked up Covergril Lashblast Mascara which is often raved about. I got mine in CVS for $8. Loving it so far!
It’s 10am now so I’m off to West Egg for some pancakes and strawberries then I will be hitting the Water Tower Mall. I will pop back later and show you my purchases! I will also be posting photos of my new haircut since so many of you have asked to see :)
Hope that you are all well!