There's no doubt that the best part about travelling overseas is experiencing a new culture and taking in the surroundings of a place you've never been, but as a self-confessed shopaholic, a bit of frivolous spending definitely comes a close second for me. I managed to score myself a pretty hefty tax return this year (oh, how I love you, end of financial year), so while some of that will be going into my savings account, the rest will be my spending money for my holiday to Hong Kong and stopover in Singapore. I am going to China too, but according to my research, luxury brands are more expensive there. There are so many brands and shops us poor Australians are deprived of and especially for me, being from Perth and all, shopping in Topshop and drinking Starbucks are still novelties for me! Obviously, while I'm overseas, I have to take advantage of the amazing (and cheap!) shopping and I'm definitely glad I have those extra ten kilos for my check-in luggage on my return home.
Let's get straight into it and start with the big daddy of purchases I want to make. I've been wanting to invest in a designer handbag for a couple of years now and I've had my heart set on the Mulberry Alexa for over a year. I'm really picky when it comes to handbags - I only buy black because it goes with everything and I won't get bored of it, and I only buy handbags with silver hardware too. The Mulberry Alexa Black Polished Buffalo with Nickel is just perfect and it's going to be a present to myself for finally getting my driver's licence and a real full time job. The latter hasn't actually happened yet, so I'm not allowed to use it until I do! This is obviously a really expensive purchase, so I want it to be meaningful and feel deserving of it. I'm so excited to invest in my first expensive handbag and have something that will actually last a really long time too.
In Australia, Urban Decay and Tarte aren't sold here and while you can buy them online, it's just not as fun as buying them in real life! As I experienced when I travelled around Europe two years ago, it's so exciting seeing those brands you can't get a hold of in your country in the flesh. When the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette came out, I passed it off as something I didn't need as I already own the original Naked Palette, but when swatches of all three palettes started circulating the blogosphere with the release of the Naked 3, I couldn't help but then add it to my wishlist. Cool toned eyeshadows are just my favourite. I've never tried anything from Tarte before and I have my heart set on the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in Tipsy and Exposed. Another blush on my wishlist comes in the form of Benefit's Rockateur Blush. Excessive? Yes, but blush is just my one true beauty weakness. Another Sephora brand I'm eager to try is Marc Jacobs and the Remedy Concealer Pen with its cool metal tip has caught my eye so far. I'm so excited to go shopping in Sephora! My mum thinks I'm ridiculous for only wanting to go to one shop in Singapore and I don't disagree with her. There are Sephora stores in China, though they don't stock a lot of brands due to their animal testing regulations, so shopping in China doesn't seem very promising so far!
In other beauty things, there are a few Chanel bits I have my eye on. After reading really amazing reviews on Makeup Alley of the Chanel Resynchronising Skincare, I'm really eager to try these three serums, and the packaging? Oh, my! When I was at the Chanel counter a few months ago, I tried out the Hydra Beauty Essence Mist while waiting to speak to someone, which I just knew I shouldn't have done because I had a gut feeling I would end up liking it and wanting to buy it. Needless to say, it found its way on my wishlist. I'm interested in the #9 Rose Epicuren shade of the YSL Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks. I haven't seen this particular shade at my local YSL counter and I don't know if it's even available in Australia, so I'll try my luck overseas. It looks really gorgeous from swatches I've seen online, though it's not a set in stone purchase I'd like to make as I want to try it out first. Lastly, there's the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. For an Australian brand, it's surprisingly hard to get here unless you buy it online. I've heard great things about this liquid highlighter and I love dewy, glow-y skin.
I have to give Rebecca credit here for the final item on my wishlist. I originally wanted the black Nike Frees 5.0, but after she talked about the Nike Roshe Runs on Twitter and then seeing them in her 'Getting back into exercise' blog post, I think I like these even more! What can I say, the girl's got taste. Not only would these shoes be great for working out in, but they make really nice casual shoes for those days you want to be comfy, but not too undone at the same time. I also want to pick up some workout wear from Nike too because y'know, what's a better way to get motivated into working out than nice clothes?
No doubt I'll probably make a few more purchases than this. I'm eager to hit up Topshop, Zara (specifically Home), H&M, American Apparel and Muji too. Do you see why I want to get out of Perth?! Watch this space for a future epic haul!