Europe Haul: Beauty
1. Real Techniques Core Collection brush set and Shading Brush 2. Bioderma Créaline H20 Solution and Caudalie Beauty Elixir from a French pharmacy, Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic toner from John Lewis, Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo and Urban Decay All Nighter spray from Sephora, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Melt-in Cream from an Italian pharmacy and Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo, conditioner and 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner from Boots 3. Liz Earle Try-Me Kit and Superskin Concentrate from John Lewis, Fragonard Étoile perfume from France and Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer from the ferry from England to France 4. Topshop nail polishes in Bad Habit, Cafe Au Lait, Ice Crush, Green Room, Chase and Lead from Topshop and John Lewis, Nails Inc. nail polish in Franklin's Row from John Lewis, Chanel nail polish in June and Sephora nail polish in It's Time To Rock! from Sephora and Essie nail polishes in Lapiz Of Luxury and Cascade Cool from Douglas in Munich 5. Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover, OPI Avoplex cuticle oil, Sephora 2-in-1 Cuticle Pusher & Nipper and Sephora Fresh Breath Spray 6. MAC Lip Pencils in Currant, Beet and Cherry, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara and Urban Decay eye shadow in ACDC from Sephora, Benefit Coralista blush from the ferry from England to France and Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in #52 Génie from Douglas in Munich
So I may have gone overboard with the shopping during my trip, but as long as you have accommodation and food to survive while you're travelling, it's the perfect excuse to not hold back, and that is exactly what I told myself. It's not everyday I get to shop in amazing cities like London and Paris and I'm a firm believer in making the most of it. Budget? What is the meaning of that word?
With the exception of La Roche-Posay sunscreen, two Essie nail polishes and a Chanel lipgloss, everything I bought was from London and Paris. Oh, I could've shopped on Oxford Street and the Champs-Élysées for days. My best friend and I dedicated one day each to shopping in the two cities, though we did spend hours in Sephora on two of the days we were in Paris. I can't wait to go to a store in the US one day! It's funny to look back on how hellish it was carrying shopping bags in the rain in London and again in the hot heat of Paris, but it was all part of the fun.
In London, the first stop on our shopping day was Boots, where we took advantage of the 3 for 2 offer. It's funny that a brand called Aussie don't actually sell their products in Australia, so I bought some minis as I've been curious to try the 3 Minute Miracle for a while. I also finally got my hands on the hyped up Real Techniques brushes! They were released in Australia just after I bought mine, but hey, at least I can say mine are from Boots in London! In John Lewis, I wanted to buy some Liz Earle products as it's the best skincare ever. At the moment, I'm absolutely loving the Superskin Concentrate. It has a lovely organic herbal aroma, which is so relaxing. One of the last main shops we went to was Topshop, which was just amazing! I couldn't get over how big it was. As you can tell, I went a little nail polish crazy, but the website unfortunately, doesn't ship nail polish.
While in Paris, we made two trips to Sephora, which was make up Heaven! We shopped in one which was around The Latin Quarter and the bigger one on the Champs-Élysées. I won't go into everything I bought as it was a lot, but a few of my favourites were my Sephora nail polish remover, Giorgio Armani mascara and Sephora nail polish. I've been dying to try the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover (they didn't have it in the Boots I went to), but unfortunately, it's not available in Australia, so I got super excited to see Sephora had their own version out. It absolutely works wonders! It's so much more convenient and hassle free as you don't get those annoying cotton fibres sticking to your nails. When it dries, I think it smells like Thierry Mugler's Angel too. When I first started using my Giorgio Armani mascara, I wasn't the biggest fan, however, I think most mascaras get better as you use them and now I absolutely adore it! It's definitely on par with my holy grail False Lash Effect by Max Factor and I'm not looking forward to the day it runs out because it's so expensive. Out of all the nail polish I bought, the Sephora branded one I bought is definitely one of my favourites. It's a dark grey colour with subtle hints of pink and blue glitter. The way it shimmers is just beautiful. Of course, I love everything I bought from Sephora, I just haven't had a chance to try it all out yet!
Lastly, I'm so happy to finally have my hands on the ever coveted Bioderma make up remover and Caudalie Beauty Elixir! I could've easily bought them online a long time ago, but I decided to wait until I was in Paris where not only did it make the purchase more special, but cheaper too. I simply adored the French pharmacies and in the bigger ones, I could've spent hours browsing through the skincare. I wanted to purchase some more skincare products, but I think the amount just overwhelmed me and in the end, I had no idea what to buy!
I still have my clothing/jewellery haul to post, so look out for that soon too!