Europe Haul, Makeup Shopping Differences, and Why London Rocks

Sorry it’s taken me so long to show you the stuff I got on my trip. I’m blaming jet lag. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Truthfully, I haven’t really moved much since I got back. I am so TIRED!

London:

I’m especially excited to try my two new Illamasqua blushes and pigments, the Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes, and the Sleek Palettte! I had loads of fun shopping at Boots, and the girls at the Illamasqua counter in Selfridges were super sweet! But boy, there are a lot of girls working at makeup counters in London! There is always someone ready to help you and they know all about their brand. Here sometimes there is no one working at a counter and another girl has to help you and she of course knows nothing about that particular brand. I hate that so much. And man, high end brands are super expensive in the UK when you do the conversion. Oh, and Heathrow Duty Free? Holy geez it is INSANE. I’ve never seen a duty free like that before in my entire life. It was better stocked and bigger than my Holt Renfrew!

 Paris:

Paris was all about skin care. Sure, it’s the birthplace of Sephora, but skin care is EVERYWHERE. In downtown Paris there are these little Pharmacies everywhere and when I say little, I mean little. Like about the size of a hotel room not including the bathroom. And the main thing they stock is skin care but Lierac, La Roche Posay, Vichy, Darphin, Nuxe, Bioderma-I could go on. And most have them have no makeup whatsoever. If they do, it’s by T. LeClerc or La Roche Posay, which I had no idea produced makeup. There was another makeup store besides Sephora that I visited in a mall that was around Disneyland Paris, but I can’t remember what it was called. That’s where I found the Embryolisse Cream I’ve always wanted to try. The other thing I found interesting was that in Paris at Sephora and the other makeup store, everything was out on the shelf. For example their Chanel skincare-out in the open on the shelf. You’d never find that here in Canada. It would be hidden under lock and key!

Rome:

Now this is a little bit of cheating because the Kiko products I actually found in that mall around Disneyland Paris. They had a Kiko store which was really fun! The girls were so sweet. It reminds me of a MAC/Inglot store in that there are a ton of products to choose from. But Kiko is an Italian brand and there are stores in Rome, so I thought I’d just put them in my Rome pic. I really wanted to go see Inglot and thought there was an actual Inglot store in Rome, but it was just a small counter at a department store. And she had no more cases to put the two eyeshadows I picked up into either. Rather disappointing. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to go to Montreal someday to get the Inglot experience! Actually, more like California probably, as I’m going there in November and I think there’s one there.

I actually think I wasn’t too bad of a girl-I could have done so much more damage! Most of the stuff was drugstore and the few expensive things I did get are things I’d never have been able to get here. As I try out things, I’ll be sure to post my reviews and thoughts on them!

I will say that doing the three cities in 2 weeks was way too much for us. London was so much fun that we could have spent much longer there. We had loads of fun on a Jack The Ripper Tour. The expert was a dead ringer for Hugh Grant. He even had the same mannerisms! Our best day was our last day in London when we first passed Eric Idle in the street not far from our hotel in Picadilly. He’s our favourite Python. We thought that was  exciting, until later that night while we were walking around trying to find a place to eat, there was a man standing outside a flat with some friends lighting a cigarette. We politely said hello and he smiled and said hello back to us.

IT WAS GARY OLDMAN. GARY FREAKIN’ OLDMAN.

Yeah, we loved London!

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