Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Larah’s European Makeup Haul

I recently had an amazing trip to Holland and Italy, and one of the many joys of a European holiday is the opportunity to shop… This is my makeup-related haul from my European adventure!


On an overseas holiday I’m definitely a bit partial to a spot of shopping. This is particularly magnified when I’m faced with Sephora, H&M and any of the other fantastic stores that we don’t have here in the merry old land of Oz. It’s made worse when those that we do have (ahem Zara) just don’t seem to be on par with their overseas counterparts.

Needless to say when I checked my baggage for the flight home from Amsterdam, it weighed 10kg more than when I left Sydney.

This was just a small part of that extra 10kg:
European Makeup Haul

First stop on our trip was a little town called Leiden, about 30 minutes south of Amsterdam where we discovered a dutch skin-care and makeup brand called Rituals. This is a beautiful little chain stocked full of luscious moisturisers and exfoliants that left our skin feeling beautifully smooth. They also stock a range of beauty products including this nail varnish:

Rituals Nail Polish

The polish is called Blue Veil and it is a lovely dark gray-blue colour. Coverage is really good, and glides on thick and smooth, however I have found that it chips quite easily.

After our brief stop in Leiden we headed to Italy where we spent a bit of time exploring Rome and the Cinque Terre before heading to Lucca for a week in Tuscany. Lucca is a centuries old Roman city which is completely enclosed by tall stone walls. The history of the town is visible on every street, so I hope you’re picturing cobble stoned streets and gorgeous old buildings. It was here to our absolute delight and excitement that we stumbled upon Italian Sephora.

Sephora Lucca

Understandably, I stocked up on a few things. Firstly, brushes:

Sephora Brushes_0

I’ve been wanting to buy a few extra brushes ever since reading Lizzie’s article on dirty makeup brushes, so that I can have multiples in rotation and properly wash them each time I use them. The blush brush: I love, love, love this brush, it’s angled and super easy to use and holds up beautifully after washing. The foundation brush is a little bit flimsy and the result is a bit streaky but will be good a back up. The eyeliner brush is a definite winner for me, it’s very defined and makes a really nice neat line along the lash.

Then I saw this Mascara and just couldn’t resist… I’m a total sucker for cool packaging:

Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara

Sephora Mascara

I’m a bit of a mascara fiend and I have to say, I absolutely ADORE this mascara. It really defines and separates the lashes. In the below image the eye on the left is mascara-free and the eye on the right has one coat of Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara.

Sephora Mascara Swatch

Next I picked up a couple of waterproof eyeliners in Flashy Blue and Flashy Silver. The blue is gorgeous and creamy and glides on so easily in a nice neat line but the formula of the silver is a bit too soft and is harder to create defined line.

Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner
Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner Swatch

You’ll notice from the first image that I also bought a Shiseido lipstick in a bright fuschia, which I’m loving so much that I think it deserves its own post, and some glitter nail art stickers, which I’m saving for a special occasion. I also stocked up on a few of my favourite MAC products; Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation in NW20 and Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Light. Disappointingly, I asked for MAC Opulash Mascara (my favourite MAC mascara so far) but when I got home the sales assistant had given me Zoom Fast Black Lash. I haven’t tried it yet so hopefully it’s a winner.

Are you a Sephora fan? What are your favourite overseas makeup brands?

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