Hi my dearies, my darling bub is sleeping so I nabbed the chance to write up a post on my recent holiday haul. It’s funny how five weeks away and frequent contact with duty free shops can weasle its way into my wallet. I mean, who can resist 40% discounts at Singapore’s Changi Airport shops? Not me.
My haul has everything between high-end and budget, plus several things were gifts…
Tom Ford Black Orchid has been on my wish list for a few years now. I loved it (a random stranger complimented the scent on me in a ladies toilet in NYC) then hated it and then loved it again recently – my little perfume sample from Sephora aeons ago lasted me that long. You only really need two or three spritzes for this strong sexy perfume.
What got me to buy it in the end was when I used up the last dregs for a wedding near Canberra — the chameleon-like way the notes change with the first few sniffs was simply magical. Notes: Bergamot, Citrus, Mandarin, Black Gardenia, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Lotus Wood, Orchid, Spicy Floral Accord, Orchid (Tom Ford Black Accord), Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Vanilla.
Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Water Make-up Cleanser was an impulse buy after I used a travel-sized Bioderma – love the feel of my skin after cleansing but it’s so pricey in Japan. It’s also the type of product that gets used up very quickly so a cheaper alternative would be very welcome. I might do a comparison review soon.
philosophy Miracle Worker is an anti-aging night cream that I’ve been keen to try since I read about it in Liz’s post about it. She said it made her skin visibly better so I hope it has the same effect on me!
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray totally lives up to the hype and no regrets purchasing this. It truly kept my make up in place all day during my five-week tropical holiday.
Chanel Cream Blush in Revelation was a no-brainer once I swatched the cream to velvety powder finish on my hand. I struggled to make the decision between bold cool pink Chamade and Revelation but a pretty daily warm pink blush won out in the end. This has got to be one of my top buys in this haul.
Urban Decay Naked 3 was irresistible — I am a huge fan of the first two Naked palettes and this one has so many warm rose gold neutrals that I had to get it!
Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot and Sheer Lip Color Rosy have been on my wish list since I saw them in this Essiebutton video. They are so pretty – in combination, they give you a gorgeous fresh-faced flush with rose-bitten lips.
Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Insidious was a gift and I cannot wait to slick this light peachy coral shade on my lips.
Dove Pure Care Dry Oil was given to me by a relative who works at Unilever. This nourishing hair oil hasn’t officially launched in Australia yet I don’t think — I love the rich pillowy scent and I like it that it has macadamia oil in it.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black is said to be a perfect dupe for Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil – I haven’t tried the UD one but happy to try Rimmel first. I tend not to splurge on eyeliners since I’m spoiled by excellent ones at the Japanese drug store.
Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Chrome Kimono was a present and I don’t usually reach for this brand to be honest but will experiment with this lip gloss anyway. The shade is like a slightly cool pink with subtle shimmer.
Which of these have you tried? If so, do let me know what you think!