Going on holiday is the perfect justification for shopping. When I go overseas, I work really hard to save my money so I don't have to travel on a budget, and while I do try to be more conscious of my spending during interstate holidays, I'm going to be honest here, it never ends up happening. I believe in making the most out of your travels and a big part of the travel experience for me is the shopping. Without further ado, here are all the goodies I picked up during my five day holiday in Sydney.
As the Myer and David Jones stores in Perth don't have all the beauty concessions of their eastern state counterparts, I took it as an opportunity to buy some products I am deprived of here in this "city". I had an $80 Myer One Rewards voucher to spend, which I saved to use in Sydney and with it, I bought the Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose and from the Mecca Cosmetica concession (we have the separate stores in Perth, but no Myer concessions), the NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush. All together, it only cost me another $20, which was such a bargain! I haven't tried these out yet, but I'm really excited to do so. I've been really getting into pinks lately and as I own a ridiculous amount of blush and am far too lazy to wash my brushes on a more regular basis, buying a new brush was just so much easier. In all seriousness though, I've been really curious to try this brush out and as I was looking for a new blush brush, this fits the bill perfectly.
I purposely brought with me to Sydney six empty MAC containers so I could Back 2 MAC for a new lipstick. I could've easily done this at home, but shopping is just so much more fun when you're travelling! I originally wanted Diva, but it seems to be quite popular as it was sold out in Sydney and I've even tried to get it here with no luck. In the end, I went with Snob, which is totally not my colour, but I'm trying to experiment with different looks and lipstick colours just for the fun of it. I love the way pinky/lilac nail polish colours look against my skin, so I figure I can make this Barbie colour work on my lips. Plus, it just looks so damn cool on SianShutterbug and her style is so amaze.
As you may have seen on my skincare wishlist, I wanted to buy the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++, but as I was informed by the sales assistant at Kiehl's, it isn't stocked in Australia, which I was bummed out about as you can't find SPF 50 sunscreen here. When I told Katrina this when her, Brodie and I met up, however, she said that SPF is different in Australia and that the Australian SPF 30 is equivalent to 50. I obviously didn't do my research with that one and this where it pays to have friends who work in the beauty industry! Here I was thinking that Australia has a hot climate with the harshest UV Rays, yet we have measly SPF! Silly me. Anyway, after Katrina imparted her wisdom onto me, I decided to stick to my original sunscreen of choice and repurchase the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30+ Facial Sunscreen. I've used this for years now and I really love the formula. Mecca has recently rebranded its in-house brand and I absolutely love their new sleek, minimal black and white packaging.
Burberry is another one of those beauty brands you can't get in Perth and while I really did not need yet another shimmery brown eyeshadow, I allowed myself to buy this because I was on holiday. I've heard many bloggers talk about the Sheer Eye Shadows and they applied like a dream when I tested them out at the counter in David Jones. Don't let the name fool you, these apply opaquely and are so soft and velvety. I bought the shade Midnight Brown and they have a magnetic closure, which is so fancy. I'm curious to try their lipsticks next.
No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to Ladurée. If it's sweet, girly and French, I'll be all over it. As well as a usual box of macarons, I also bought a candle in the scent Délice Ladurée, which smells like soap. I guess that doesn't really sound appealing, but I love the freshness of it. I've had a Ladurée candle in the past and they burn really well, although a little bit faster than Diptyque, I think. I don't really mind though as I can't wait to use clean this gorgeous little jar out and use it to store my pens!
Last, but not least, Topshop! I definitely lived in Europe in my past life. Perth is finally getting Topshop in November, even though I am hoping to be living over east by then. I was pretty restrained during my visit to Topshop and as you can see, I only bought two things, which is a far cry from last year when I was living in Sydney and I spent over $300 in one transaction. I wasn't really impressed with what was in store, but I did come out with the Fisherman Crop Jumper in the gorgeous Mulberry colour and the Bobble Lace Crop Tee. I bought the Bobble Lace Tee in a size 12 as I think it would look really nice worn oversized. It's also semi-see-through and I'm hoping to gain the confidence to wear just a plain black bra underneath, which I think would look so sleek. If not, a plain black singlet will do too.
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