Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Europe & Shopping

So i did do a lot of shopping in Europe. also, before i go on, let me say that the macarons that i spoke of the past two posts (i.e. Laudree and Pierre Herme), were both decent and in most cases, yummy. i'm just saying that it didn't blow me away like the one in Dubai did. i eat it and go. yes it is a macaron. it has a crunchy macaron cookie and a nice chewy interior... most of the time. Pierre Hereme is definitely better than Laudree though. in my opinion. but the Dubai one trumphs it all. 

Skincare
so the skincare in Paris was really cheap. we got this at a pharmacy which is apparently famous among koreans. it was flooded with Koreans. literally. people thought i was korean too. ^^v AND the French shopkeeper spoke korean. this is literally what happened when i was browsing the shelves

korean girl to friend: 이거 얼마에요? (how much is this?)
passing french shopkeeper: 십일 유로입니다 (11 Euros)
korean girls & i: *turn in shock*
me: 어머. omo. 0.0

*korean girls and i exchange bewildered looks* it was seriously quite funny hahahaha.

AND there are explanation description charts at the sides of the shelves in Korean and Chinese. the sunblock was mad cheap (i mean considering sunblock here in Singapore costs at least SGD$29.90 per tube) i got sunblock there for about 10 euros? most of the stuff here are below SGD15-20. very, very inexpensive. and we got a whole lot of those vichy sample tubes for free too.

all the sunblocks and sun protection cream that i got are non-comedogenic. i checked before approving them into the basket. (: and i also brought them to my derm to get them approved. but he did the same thing - by looking out for the non-comedogenic label. so i suppose it really is trial and error. as long as it is non-comedgoenic it should technically be okay.. i think.

Gifts
Dubai Airport, Forrey & Galland: Macarons
got these for the souls who don't eat chocolate/couldn't find any specific gifts for them. they weren't cheap and they are honestly mad yummy. Lynette the official macaron tester has testified that they are seriously really good. hehe.

 
Prague, Manufaktura Bath Salt: Rose Petals & Lavender. 
this was one of the more pricey gifts i got tbh. actually all my gifts are pricey.. because we are in Europe.. lol. i had wanted to get one for a friend. but the friend is picky about scents so i couldn't decide which was better. Lavender was de-stressing but i liked the Rose scent better. so i decided to get both.  ^^

Nottingham, Kenwood Spatula
i know this seems odd. hahaha. but i actually bought 3 of these to stock up. i have one when i bought my Kenwood Mixer and i super love it! it's a soft spatula that is really awesome for scraping the sides of the bowl. i use it for all my macaron baking and folding and it is really awesome. but i abused it and there's a slit in the middle of the one i currently have. couldn't find it in Singapore and not sure if it was sold separately so when i saw this in Nottingham at a very not expensive price i was like I HAVE TO GET IT. Gin asked me awhile ago if she should get a soft spatula and i was shocked she didn't have one. so when i bought this i picked up an extra for her (:

Prague: Mini Bombay
The most expensive gift i got i think. (besides the Sleek Palette mentioned below lol). 
For a friend who drinks Bombay. hahaha.

Nottingham, Superdrug: Sleek Blush Pomegranate and Rose Gold
a friend had specifically (and unabashedly) requested for a gift from Europe. lol. i love makeup. it was a good reason to get her some makeup. and i had previously wanted to get her something like that. i wanted to pick her a blush that super suits her skintone because i believe gold would really match her. so.. i got Rose Gold for her and Pomegranate for myself hehe.
P/S: if you realize, Rose Gold is very similar to NARS Orgasm. comparison picture below.

Top Left to Right: NARS Gilda, Sleek Rose Gold
Bottom Left to Right: NARS Orgasm, Sleek Pomegranate
P/S: if you look at it, NARS Gilda and Sleek Rose Gold is v similar in shade

i would love to review makeup actually.. but i'm not like a beauty blogger or anything. and this technically started out to be a food/baking blog hahahaha. so.. maybe if i do it'll be in a separate post. but can i just say that it is so bloody hard to open this blusher that i actually googled on how to open it and found out that everyone googles it too. but i've found the key to opening it without damaging any thing. pretty easy after you get a hang of it really.


Nottingham, Superdrug: Sleek Storm Palette
Sleek isn't available in Singapore in stores. they are available online. not expensive but it was definitely cheaper getting them directly from UK. i had intended to give this away as a gift to someone-undecided but i'm quite in love with the colours.. even though they are probably dupes for my Urban Decay Naked Palette and my Urban Decay Vice Palette. i am being greedy. lol.

since we're on the topic of makeup, i shall continue with other makeup related stuff that i got for myself. hehe.
Makeup
UK: Unii Palette
i actually ordered myself the Unii Palette to be shipped to my brother's place way before we got to Europe. so i just picked it up while i was there. the Unii Palette is actually just an empty palette for you to fill it up with shadows that you get like separately? maybe single shadows or wanting to depot and palette. i actually got this wanting to depot my Naked Palette cos i didn't really like the furry case.. it was getting kinda dirty and i didn't know how to clean it. so.. yup.

Nottingham, Superdrug: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara
£6.99 - SGD$14
i actually have the older version of this. calorie 2000 mascara which i bought in Japan years back. i actually asked the receptionist of the hotel we were staying in which mascara she was using because her lashes was super defined and mad gorgeous. so i got it and i loved it. my only problem was smudging ._. but it did make my lash super defined. saw Max Factor at Superdrug and saw that they had SO MANY MASCARAS and they aren't too cheap really. this was one of the more inexpensive ones. the rest were about £9.99 i believe.

Nottingham, Boots: 97% Natural Naked Detox, Smooth
i know it's odd to buy shampoo overseas hahahaha. but i really love this. especially the detox.. even though it isn't the best smelling shampoo but it seriously cleans really well. and my hair is mega smooth and light after using it. it also prevents the scalp from producing alot of oil and protects the hair from free radicals. initial wash may seem rough. but after a couple of washes it will foam more and be mega awesome! the scent was a little ._. initially but i'm quite used to it now. smells clean to me. hehe. my brother brought it back once during his holiday and i fell in love. so i bought two bottles back this time.

Yup that's it. i'm too lazy to edit this post so pardon the longness.

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