In Europe at the end of last year, my friends and I became Yes Men about every possible opportunity that flitted our way. YOLO and 'no regerts' were the unofficial mottos of our far-away adventure. This was, of course, after we'd regretfully decided not to enter Christ Church College in Oxford when it was the only attraction my friends and I had on our itinerary for our lovely day there.
Yes was my answer for everything else that followed.500 steps to get to the top of the cupola/dome? No problem. Gelato four days in a row? Yes, I do quite enjoy the taste of calorie-laden heaven. So I think you can guess what happened when I encountered makeup and skincare brands not easily accessible back home. Aw, yiss.
London was our first stop. The drugstore Boots became a running joke because I wanted to enter the chain so often; my best friends would eventually start pointing them out to me every time they spotted one. I dropped Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover and Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet into my Boots basket, releases that aren't available in Australia yet. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium 03, Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Cherry Me and Real TechniquesMiracle Complexion Sponge also made its way with me home from the UK. A Glamour magazine I purchased came with a 3 pound gift card for The Body Shop which made The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm in Passionberry free.
I calmed down in Amsterdam and France and only picked up the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer at Sephora. It also came with a mini Clarins Instant Definition mascara in a small makeup bag. I went a bit crazy at City Pharma in Paris but I think I will save that for another post...
The only thing I intended to buy in Italy was something from Kiko, an Italian makeup brand that is lauded for both its affordability and quality. I purchased Kiko's Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 Golden Brown after reading Lena's review of it. On our last day in Rome we travelled to a massive open-air market that had an abundance of repetitive flea-market gear. I came across a stall that sold brand new cosmetics for 3 euro each so bought a few things (y'know, to spend leftover euro on the last day of our holiday :P). I picked out KorresPowder Blush in Orange Brown, Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Tartufo, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 15 Pink and BourjoisEffet 3D Max Lip Gloss in 067.
Spending 7 hours in transit at Doha airport without buying anything from duty-free would be a form of divine intervention. That did not occur. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in 20 Beige and Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte in 30 Naturel (Translucent 2) were bought for significantly cheaper than Australian RRP. I swear there was nothing to do in Doha airport besides to shop. ;)