Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Paris + London Haul 2017

It's time for another haul! I know, I know.. This might be a little boring because I didn't really buy that much when I was in Europe, but I was saving my money to spend more in Korea next week ;) Which is understandable, right? I originally wanted to shop for clothes but my haul ended up being mostly beauty products, clearly..

When I was in Paris, I planned to pick up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette but unfortunately it was sold out everywhere.. I went to at least four separate Sephoras while I was there but no luck! I was so sad T_T

Anyway, the story behind these Chanel Healthy Glow Foundation and Chanel No 5 perfume samples is that when my mom and I were at the Champs-Elysées Sephora store, the shop assistant in charge of the Chanel counter came up to me asking if I could speak Chinese, because there were some Chinese tourists buying products for their wives but they couldn't understand the shop assistants at all. Me being the hopeless banana that I am, I pushed the job onto my mom instead, and thankfully she managed to help them out :') The shop assistants gave us a whole bunch of samples as thanks (even though I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING....). Nevertheless, it was really nice of them to, and I'm really excited to try the foundation!

I also picked up a few souvenirs from the gift shop at the Eiffel Tower. Honestly, most of the stuff is pretty.. tacky, to say the least, but I did want to get a few things as gifts. These are Eiffel Tower postcards and chocolates - I also got macarons but I ate them and they tasted pretty bad :( Luckily the chocolates turned out to be really good! Each piece has a different artwork of famous locations in Paris, which is super cute and would probably make for a good gift to someone.. if I hadn't eaten them already.. :-)

The postcards are also slightly holographic, which I thought was really neat! I tried to show it as best as I could in these photos..

The last thing I got in Paris was this 120ml bottle of Belle Chérie perfume from FragonardFragonard is a perfume brand originating from the South of France. Founded by Eugene Fuchs in 1926, it was named in honour of the French painter Jean-Honore Fragonard. As far as I know, there are only Fragonard physical stores located in France, but you can get them online here! One bottle costs €85, but since they were having a special promotion I got it for cheaper in a 5 bottle set of different perfume scents (my mom got the other 4).

Here's a description of Belle Chérie that I pulled from the website:
A bouquet of flowers, fruits, and wood to celebrate this carefree fragrance: A top note of tangerine and star fruit, a middle note of jasmine, heliotrope and lily-of-the-valley and a back note of sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla.
It's a really sweet scent (the vanilla smell is actually pretty prominent) and I'm in love with it - it's quickly becoming my favourite perfume! It might be a little too sickly sweet for some people, but it all depends on your preference, of course. I'm That Bitch™ who enjoys spraying herself with Victoria's Secret perfume from head to toe so I definitely like it :B

Next up is the stuff I got from London! I stopped by at Lush but I wasn't too interested in most of the products, so I only got these two - the Hot Oil Treatment in Yuge (£6.50) and the Eye Jewel in Hope (£10). The Hot Oil Treatment seemed really interesting to me - basically you melt the treatment into a mug of boiling water and then apply it to your hair before washing it out. The shop assistant said that it's really good for dry and/or curly hair, and since my hair's been bleached I'm hoping it will make it a little bit softer. It also smells really nice and minty!

I wasn't going to get this Eye Jewel, but after swatching it on my hand and walking around the store, I couldn't stop thinking about it because the glitter was just so beautiful! Essentially, it's a sort of creamy, sparkly eyeshadow that you can apply all over your lid or on top of other shadows. I thought it might be useful as a highlighter or maybe even on top of your lipstick as a sort of soft glitter lip (or is that too 'editorial' for daily use?), so I'm excited to try this one out.

Seems like the glitter doesn't show up very well on camera T_T But trust me, it's there!

Finally, I went to Boots and got a few beauty products. Honestly, I spent ages in Boots and Superdrug because they have such a huge variety of drugstore brands that you can't get here in Malaysia, and I was pretty much overwhelmed by the choices lol. I know you can get NYX in Sephora here but the selection was way bigger in Boots (brushes, single shadows, bigger variety of lip products and eyeshadow palettes.. I was in heaven).

I got the Matte Finish Setting Spray (£7) to try, since I never owned any setting sprays before. It's pretty nice and refreshing, but I've been using it recently and I haven't noticed any huge differences in the lasting power of my makeup.. Besides the foundation around my nose, my makeup usually stays put anyway, so maybe that's why lol. Or maybe I need to literally drench my face with setting spray like the Youtube beauty gurus do.

Next are the lip products! I picked up another Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Ibiza (£6) because I LOVE the lip cream formula (and it smells like cake! Seriously.), and I got the Lip Lingerie in Exotic (£7) to try, which I ended up not liking as much because I discovered that I seriously dislike super matte liquid lip products.. The lip creams I can deal with, but the Lip Lingerie is just.. no. I can't help it! It makes my lips look all dry and gross (even though I wear lip balm daily and do lip scrubs often) and it just feels.. weird.. I definitely love traditional bullet lipsticks way more, even if they do rub off more easily. I'm still going to wear it though, just not as frequently. This is a sign that I shouldn't buy any Colourpop or Kylie matte lip products, no matter how pretty they look..

Ibiza on the top, Exotic on the bottom.

I also went ahead and got the Pro Brushes in 05 (£11) and 16 (£9). Pro Brush 05 (the bigger one) is for contour and Pro Brush 16 (smaller) is for eyeshadow blending. I'm really liking how soft yet sturdy they are, they're definitely a good addition to my growing brush collection.

Lastly, I got three Real Techniques tools! Boots was having a promotion where you could get a free Miracle Complexion Sponge with any two brush purchases, so I decided to get the Sculpting Brush (£9.99) and the Expert Concealer Brush (£7.99).

These are my first RT brushes, and the quality is amazing! I definitely don't regret picking these up. The only contour brush I owned before this one is the angled brush from The Saem, and it's absolutely horrible and sheds all over my face when I try to apply bronzer/contour -_- I put up with that for almost two years for some reason.. I'm really loving the Sculpting Brush, it's a fantastic upgrade.

That's about it for my haul this time around! Any special UK/France-only products you want to recommend so that I can go and buy them and have an excuse to go back? :-)

You can check out my other hauls here, and read about my Paris & London trip here coming soon!

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