If you have been following my blog, its no news to you that I was recently in Spain for vacation. I have already posted a few pictures from the trip to Barcelona here, and more will follow in future posts. A lot of you have been curious about what I shopped so I thought it was time I shared with you the first lot of beauty purchases, yes, the first of many! Its not much given my beauty blogger status and whatever follows that reputation, nevertheless!
I have been a lot less enthusiastic about makeup these past couple of weeks, so much so that I decided not to carry much makeup with me on the trip. You can read about it here. With all the new launches and makeup hoarding on display on Instagram and several blogs, I have started to feel a slight aversion for makeup in general. Looking at my own stash, I have now started to lament investing so much of my hard earned into something which has a limited shelf life and does nothing but give me vain pleasures from time to time.
Well, that thought process aside, I did have a long list of things that I wanted to get before this introspection struck me. My first stop was the Duty Free aisles which I visited on both legs of my travel. I tried a lot of new things which haven’t reached my home grounds, and while I was excited about a few I wasn’t very impressed with a lot of things which have otherwise earned a lot of hype these past months. We’ll talk about those in a bit, but lets first look at what I actually ended up buying.
I was hoping to find a good price difference at the duty free as compared to the local prices in India, but was disappointed. Although, I realized after reaching Spain that the prices at the stores in Barcelona and other cities were much higher, which made duty free look reasonable, so I decided to buy a few things on my way back.
Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm €28: My regular readers are familiar with my desperation to get hold of this beauty! It wasn’t any trouble getting this as it was available everywhere. Its a staple that I will keep repurchasing and can only pray they never discontinue it as that would be a very sad day!
Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Rieuse €29: Now this was at the top of the wishlist! It hasn’t yet launched in India, atleast the time I checked it wasn’t, so I was quite excited to try them in person. I didn’t try too many colors in this but whatever I did was impressive! I am a huge fan of Dior lipsticks and this was no exception. I picked a beautiful pinky coral Rieuse, and the formula of this is very comfortable and looks really pretty on. My pigmented lips make it look a bit pinker than it actually is, but still a color which I am a fan of.
Clinique cheek pop in Ginger €24: These blushes have a following of their own already and I couldn’t help but give into the hype. I spotted them just before boarding the flight and almost dived to the counter to pay for these! phew! Things that makeup can make you do! 😛 I got Ginger, a dusty subdued coral, which looked like a color I’d get most use out of. More on this later!
Clarins Bronzing Compact €24: This is one XL-sized bronzer compact! It looks hefty and weighty but is quite the contrary. I am yet to start using this so cannot comment on the actual product, but when I tried it at the counter the powder was really soft! The beautiful pattern on it did help in snagging it quickly!
Loccitane Rose Shower Gel 500ml €16: A Mummy bottle of my favorite shower gel at an incredible price? Sold! I couldn’t hold back on this one. No excuses!
Now for the misses. I tried the newly launched YSL Kiss and Blushes and was let down. The colors were streaky and no where as impressive as their Glossy Stains or even the New Dior Liquid lipsticks. The prices in general were nearly the same as what they are back home, so that deferred me from picking up anything which is available here. Besides, as you can see I didn’t buy any skin care products, even though that made up the majority of the stock in duty free.The reason being, I am quite happy with my current routine and in no mood to alter it! Let me know if you’d like to see a detailed post on it.
This was all my duty free purchase, and there are a few things I picked up at Sephora and Nars which will be up shortly after this.
Thank you so much for reading! What are your thoughts on these items? Let me know in the comments!
Hope you have a great week ahead.