Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sephora Paris Haul


Ever since I heard Sephora is in Paris, I've always wanted to see how different the Sephora France is to the American Sephora. I found a cheap flight to Paris, so I took advantage of it and headed to Paris for the day. 

Sephora was the first shop I stopped at in Paris, so I was excited to see how different it was to visiting the American stores. Staff were coming up to me speaking French. I said sorry I don't speak French and carried on looking around the store. There was the usual Sephora branded makeup and skincare, some brands the same as in America and French brands. I was in a rush and limited to liquids I could take on the plane back home, so I ended up grabbing the Sephora favourites - Girly look selection, a couple of the Sephora lip stories lipsticks and a Too Faced palette. I headed to the till and the woman started speaking French. I knew I was going to have a problem, as I wanted to get one of the Sephora France loyalty cards to show I've been to a Sephora France. I spotted a photo of the Sephora loyalty card on the checkout desk, so I pointed and she spoke in French. I said English ? I read on the Sephora website, different countries have a different loyalty card because different currencies and exchange rates and anyone can have the ad even if you don't live in the country. I then showed her my Sephora beauty insider card I got from Sephora in America. The woman just kept replying "French no no". I have no idea if she was saying she only speaks French or she was telling me you have to live in France for the card. I gave up realising with the language barrier, I was getting no where.

Products I bought :

Sephora Favourites Girly Look Collection
Too Faced Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette 
Becca Glow On The Go Highlighter Set 
Sephora Lip Stories Lipsticks: City Beat and Golden Gate

I did however notice when I got home, the Sephora Favorutes Girly looks set was reduced from €29.90 down to €17.90 and it's went through full price on the receipt. I checked the Sephora France website and it's showing at €17.90 online aswell. I looked on twitter and Sephora seem to direct everyone who bought from Sephora France to the French website, however it's all in French. I filled out the contact form nearly a month ago and no reply. 

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Planning A Trip to Australia

Image from Google

This year I turn 30 after visiting New York 6 times over the past few years. It's time for a change. I will be heading to Australia over April and May, with my parents. We will be visiting, Melbourne, Sydney, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane. It's been a dream to climb the Sydney bridge and visit Bondi beach, ever since I watched Mary-Kate and Ashley's movie "Our Lips Are Sealed". I've never been to Australia before, so I don't know what to expect. What else should I see ? How much money do I need for a month in Australia ? Is the shopping good in Australia ?.

Am looking forward to meeting distant family from Australia, who I found online a few years ago. I read a story online, which mentioned names I knew of. I emailed saying, I think we might be related ?. It turned out my great gran and her gran were first Cousins, so we are kind of 4th or 5th Cousins.   

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Boots Sale Haul


I try not get to buy from sales, unless I really need the thing. Boots do Soap and Glory promotions all year round, so my bathroom cupboard is always well stocked. I do however like that Soap and Glory do limited edition Christmas products, so buy them half price after Christmas. I've also wanted to try the brand GlamGlow, which have a few sets in the sale. 

These are the things I picked up at the Boots sale.

Products :
Soap and Glory : The Lime Life £5
Soap and Glory : Wish Upon A Star £4
GlamGlow : Thirstymud Set £24
Krispy Kreme nail varnish £5

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Duty Free Haul


I feel really mixed about Duty Free sometimes with drink and perfume, shops on the high street have a better deal. Duty Free isn't the same as it used to be, you have to compare prices online. Jo Malone don't do offers, or not that I have heard of. I love Jo Malone, so I always try buy something at Duty Free at the airport. 

As I headed to Paris for the day, I flew from Edinburgh Airport and managed to do abit shopping at Duty Free. Edinburgh Airport does Shop and click, which is a bonus to save taking everything to Paris. The shop and collect helped a lot especially, as I was traveling hand luggage only and being limited to the amount of liquid.

Products :

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Manderin Exfoliating Shower Gel 
Mac Volcanic Ash Exfoliator 
Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation : NC30
Mac Upward Lash Mascara : Black 
Kinder Surprise Airbus Collection

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Day In Paris

New York has became a place I've become comfortable to travel solo to, but after 6 trips I wanted to see somewhere different. After spotting a cheap flight to Paris, I decided to head to Paris for the day with my Mum.

We got an early flight from Edinburgh Airport, heading to Charles De Gaulle Airport. The second I arrived in Paris Airport the signs were all in French, some had in English below. I started to panic, not known what to look for. One of my friends suggested to get the train into the City. Once I spotted a picture of a train, I followed the sign. We went to the ticket machine and clicked English, but the English translation wasn't full English. I ended up clicking what I thought was a return and hoped for the best. Then my Mum questioned me, how I manage the trains in New York. I said well New York trains are easy. 

We got the train to Champs Elysees and walked up looking at the shops. I always wanted to see a French Sephora, to see how different they are to the American Sephora. Sephora was one of the first shops I spotted that I wanted to go in, so I headed in and the security asked to see in my bag. Known I was only in Paris for the day, I rushed round the shop picking up things I liked. A few staff stopped me and started speaking in French. I assume they were asking if I was finding everything ok, like they say in the American Sephora. I said sorry ? Then she spoke again in French. I said sorry I don't speak French and smiled at them. As I have an American Sephora Beauty Insider card, I really wanted the French Sephora card to say I'd been. I read online the France Sephora have a different card, as it's a different currency and anyone can have the card. I pointed to the picture of the card at the till and the woman goes card ? I said can I have the Sephora card ? She replied French ? I said English ? So I showed her the American Sephora card and she looked confused and said the amount I had to pay in Euros. Sadly I never go my France Sephora card, to show I've been. Every shop after that, I had to open my bag I took for the plane and my Sephora bag to security and some shops even wanted to body search you with their scanner.  

We then headed to the Arc De Triomphe and then to the Effel Tower.  

It was fun seeing Paris in a day

Photos : 

Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas Day


Every year when I decorate my Christmas tree, my Mum always asks if I have any New York Christmas decorations. I always say no. Am just never in New York during Christmas season. Then in January while visiting the Empire State Building, I was one of these fools buying a Christmas decoration. I may add it wasn't on sale or anything. I paid full price $15, but then they know tourists will buy it.

Today it suddenly came to my mind that I bought the decoration, so it's finally hanging on my tree. (It's got a switch and lights up, but it's kind of hard to photo with the lights flashing)

I headed with my family to Westgate Farm for Christmas dinner. The worker came over and said "hi my name is bla bla, am your therapist, I mean server for today. We were like therapist ? She explained she has 2 jobs and she mixed up haha.

It was a three course meal and you had the option to take your dessert home, so we took the cake home.

Starter : Prawn cocktail 
Main : Carvery 
Dessert : Chocolate fudge cake


Merry Christmas 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Jo Malone London Pine and Eucalyptus Candle


I always dreamed of owning a Jo Malone candle, but i was toing and froing about spending £45 on a candle. My parents headed to Jamaica last year, so they bought me one at dutyfree. I loved it that much, I have ended up buying another Jo Malone Christmas candle this year. I always believe you get what you pay for. Jo Malone is a luxury brand and their products, always come in a ribbon tied box.

Pine and eucalyptus candle, has that Christmas smell to it. The smell would make a good alternative, if you didn't want a real Christmas tree.