25 October 2012

Stimulating the European & Singaporean Economy

I'm going to start this post off with a disclaimer. I am not writing this post to brag, but more to inform you about brands that I've discovered overseas that I think/heard are AMAZING! It would be nearly impossible to list ALL the things I have bought in Europe and Singapore (ok so maybe not impossible, but it'll take a really long time). I have however tried to take photos of what I have splurged on makeup/hair care/skin care wise. Unfortunately, I don't remember how much I paid for everything, and will state the prices if I remember them.

1. Aussie - Miracle Moist Conditioner, 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment, Luscious Long Leave-In Conditioner
I find it so ironic that I cannot find Aussie products anywhere in Australia. I've heard about this brand through reviews (mostly on Makeupalley), and a whole lot of reviews rave about this brand. So when I was on the tube in London and saw an ad for Aussie, I was like "OMG I NEED TO FIND THIS!" I found it at Boots (for all you Aussies out there, Boots would be like the equivalent of Priceline), and it was going for buy 2 get 1 free! I've tried the Leave-in conditioner, and it was AMAZING. Before I chopped a whole heap of hair off in Singapore, I used it on my badly chemically damaged bleached hair ends after a shower, and it felt so amazing when it dried. Usually when I wake up the next morning, it'd be horribly frizzy and tangled, but after using this, I woke up to smooth, slight-tangled hair. I regret not buying backups... luggage was full :(

2. Bumble and bumble - Bb Alojoba conditioner
I bought this from T.K. Maxx, but I can't remember which country/city I bought it from. I went to a few T.K. Maxx over in Europe. This is the first Bumble & bumble product I've tried. I too have heard a lot about Bumble & bumble on Makeupalley, as well as other blog reviews, and when I saw this at T.K. Maxx I couldn't resist! I think I paid about £12.99 for it.

L-R: Soap & Glory Mascara; Kiko Foundation; Kiko Mascara; No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation; No 7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream; Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer; Kiko Summer Wipes

3. Soap & Glory - Thick & Fast Mascara, Kick Ass Concealer
Soap & Glory is a brand I've heard off but I've never really read many reviews on it. However, I was curious to try it out and have bought a couple of items. I have not tried these products out yet, as I'm still trying to finish using all (or most) of my opened mascaras and concealers. I got these from boots in London, and it was on promotion - buy 2, get 1 free.

4. Kiko Make Up Milano - Foundation, Ultra Tech Mascara, Summer Wipes
This brand I never heard of before my purchase. I was drawn to a Kiko shop in Florence, Italy because it looked so professional. It looked like a MAC shop... wish I wasn't so mesmerized by all that makeup and took some photos. I bought the mascara from the Florence shop. I just remembered that I bought two other mascaras... except I don't know where they've gone now :-s I also purchased a few nail polishes from the Florence shop (photo further down), as they were on sale and I can't pass up a good bargain. The foundation and summer wipes were purchased at their outlet shop just outside of Milan. Even though I don't need foundations, I couldn't pass it up as it was on special.

5. No 7 - Stay Perfect Foundation, Beautiful Skin Day Cream
Yet another foundation purchased that I don't need... But No 7 is a brand that I've learnt about through my sister, Priscilla, who brought back some from the UK where she was staying for 8 years or so. I've inherited her No 7 eye makeup remover, which is amazing. I especially love the packaging - it comes in a pump bottle thing. I wanted to stock up on more eye makeup remover, but the packaging it comes in now kind of sucks. It is just a regular bottle, which you have to pour out (well, thats what it looked like). I bought this foundation at one of the airports. I don't know why I bought it.. perhaps it was their buy 2 get 1 free offer? 

The day cream I purchased was because I was afraid that I would run out of my travel size Diorsnow White Reveal UV Shield moisturizer, as it was towards the end of my trip. So I purchased it, but never ended up using. This too was buy 2 get 1 free.

6. No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base

Another No 7 product! I got this at Boots (in fact, I purchased quite a lot from there) at buy 2 get 1 free. I was running out of my travel/sample size Benefit Porefessional primer, so I decided to get this base. I have used it and think it's an amazing product. I have used it in Singapore, where my skin usually turns shiny by the afternoon due to the weather. It really does stop shine, because I only have to blot my face in the evening, which by then I usually take my makeup off for a shower.

7. Mascaras!
L-R: Collection Cosmetics UK Skylash Mascara; No 7 Lash Adapt; No 7 Extreme Length Waterproof; No 7 Extreme Length Waterproof; MUA Every Lash Mascara
I just realised how all-over-the-place I am with this post. Sorry!! I had cosmetics and nail polish in all three luggage wrapped up in clothing, unpacked in two separate houses.... which is probably where my other Kiko mascaras are.

Out of the 4 different mascaras in the photo above, I've only tried the No 7 Extreme Length Waterproof mascara, and I absolutely love it (which is why I purchased a spare). I have short eyelashes, and this mascara lengthens like crazy! Amazing stuff!

8. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers
My sister works for duty free, and gets 25% off. So when I went to Singapore, I got her to take me to the DFS Galleria Scottswalk to go shopping. I purchased the Shu Uemura limited edition duo set eyelash curler in gold for approx SGD$55 (before the 25% discount). On the way back home to Sydney, I stopped by duty free at Singapore airport, and found that I got ripped! They were going for about SGD$38, and the silver Shu Uemura eyelash curler in silver was going for SGD$17.90. It was approx SGD$3x at DFS Galleria, so of course I had to buy one...

9. Blushes!
L-R: The Body Shop Blush in Macaroon; MUA blush in Shade 2
I bought the Body Shop blush from Singapore and have used it throughout my trip in Europe. Absolutely love this blush! It's quite pigmented and the colour is peachy, which is different to the blushes that I currently own. As for the MUA blush, I purchased this in London (or was it Glasgow?). I have yet to try it, but I have high hopes!

10. MAC Brush Cleanser
Bought two bottles of MAC brush cleanser from the duty free at Singapore airport. I have a bottle of the Estee Lauder brush cleanser, and it works a treat. I read many reviews that the MAC and Estee Lauder brush cleanser are the same. Only differences are that the MAC one says MAC on the bottle and the Estee Lauder one says Estee Lauder, and the Estee Lauder one has a spray, whereas the MAC one doesn't. I paid about SGD$15 per bottle!

11. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
YAYAYAYAY!! I finally own a Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Bought this on a plane for £30... cheaper than beautybay and hqhair! Haven't used it yet though... I kind of don't want to because of it's price tag...

12. Lipsticks!
Just when I thought I was getting slightly better with my lipstick binge buying sprees....
L-R: MAC Creme Cup; MAC Plink!; MAC Pure Zen
Love all my MAC lipstick purchases. Got two from DFS Galleria and one from the airport. Can't remember the price differences, but I think they were similar. They are all nude-ish shades that are similar to my natural lip shade.

L-R: Soap & Glory in The Missing Pink; MUA in Shade 16 Nectar
Really happy about the soap & glory lipstick. Amazing colour, it looks like my lip colour but better, and it's not drying either. I'm slightly disappointed with the MUA lipstick in comparison because the colour doesn't really suit me :(

13. Nail stuff!
Everytime I go overseas, I seem to come back with polishes... Especially ones that I can't get in shops here in Australia.
L-R: Barry M mint green; Barry M Chameleon pink; Barry M Croc Effects in Black; Gelish in Pink Smoothie; Gelish in you're so sweet you're giving me a toothache
Obviously HAD to get Barry M polishes when I was in London... The Croc effects polish looks really nice. It's a nice change from the crackle effect. The Gelish soak-off gel polishes I got from Singapore. They look like similar colours but I really like Pink Smoothie, so I purchased a back up. I figured since I like Pink Smoothie so much, I'll probably like You're so sweet you're giving me a toothache too. They were 2 for SGD$48.

L-R: Nails Inc London Kensington Caviar Top Coat & Base Coat; OPI Cuckoo for this colour; OPI; MUA Nail Constellation Beads in Leo
I've stupidly left some of my polishes at the bf's and have no idea what some of the names of the polishes are. So I will update when I go back! Anyway, I bought the Nails Inc London from my fav store, boots. The OPIs are from T.K. Maxx. They came in a set of 4 (the other two are in the picture below) but I can't remember what I paid for them :-s The MUA constellation beads were from Superdrug in London.

L-R: Models Own Purple Grey; Models Own Hot Stuff; OPI The Color To Watch; OPI Just A Little Rosti At This
Models Own polishes were from boots and the two OPIs were part of the 4 pack mentioned above (from T.K. Maxx).

L-R: Kiko 372; Kiko 389; Kiko 375; Barry M Prickly Pear
Kiko Make Up Milano polishes were purchased from Kiko in Florence... I don't remember the price but it was a bargain! The Barry M polishes was purchased from Boots!

That's the end of my shopping spree for makeup. There are a few more items that I have forgotten haven't take photos off, but this post is getting too long. The bulk of my expenditure has been both on makeup and clothes. However, it's a bit too hard to take photos of the clothes I've bought... I've bought a fair few. Most of which are jumpers and jackets, perfect for the summery Sydney weather... Not.

I also purchased my first prada bag! Got it from the outlet centre just outside of Milan. The bf wanted me to buy the "genuine" ones stuffed with newspapers that some guys were selling in throughout Italy for 35 a bag... Pffft... What a rip.. Maybe for €3.50, I might consider.
 I paid €345 (I think) for it, which I think is a steal. I went to Singapore and saw this bag at a shop. It was going for approx SGD$1,700, which equates to €1,260 (according to xe).

Anyway, that's my shopping spree in a post. I hope you enjoyed reading about my splurges. If you're from the UK and would like some Australian cosmetics, please let me know, as I'm interested in a blog swap sometime in the near future... when I'm not in debt.


  1. Wow, Abz, you got some great deals here, I especially loved the Prada bag! It's stunning! Thanks for sharing, I loved shopping vicariously through you!

    I ordered an MUA lipstick in #3 and some glosses, which arrived last week, I'm totally in love. Waiting on my nail constellation, which somehow did not arrive with the rest of the order. -_-

    1. Thanks! Which nail constellation did you get? I was meaning to try it, but I don't know where it went since I took the photo. :-s

  2. Wow that's quite a haul there. Really loving the bag :) I've fallen for Prada bags recently as they're so versatile!

    1. Thanks! I love Prada bags too... except they're so bloody expensive! Would love to own a louis vuitton one someday :)

  3. This is incredible! And how much do you love Kiko!? I stock up every time I'm in Italy.


    1. Kiko is definitely amazing! Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be going to Italy anytime soon :( should have stocked up more...

  4. Wow amazing haul! I love opis polishes and Kiko is AMAZING! the bag is very nice :)

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  5. That bag is beautiful :D what a fantastic haul! Sounds like you had an awesome holiday.

    1. Thanks Mishelle! I did have a pretty awesome holiday. Was thinking about putting some pics up, but I will need to retrieve it from the camera... except, I don't know where that went :-s

  6. this looks like an amazing haul!
    the bag is amazing <3
    great post x
    looking forward to your next one!
    Natali x


  7. Oh my god i love that bag, what a bargain!!
    The Naked 2 palette is amazing, i use it everyday without fail!

    1. Thanks! I guess I should break the seal and use it!

  8. Wow, what an amazing haul!! I also saw the Aussie shampoo range both in the shops and advertised in the mags, when I was in Europe last month, but had never heard of it before, and didnt know it wasnt available here in OZ!
    And I so want a Naked Palette too!!

    Btw - I have a small giveaway on my new blog, feel free to enter:

    1. Thank you! I'm pretty sure it's not available here, as I can't find it anywhere :( But amazon sells some that ship to australia!

  9. That's a whole lot of mascaras!
    Love your bag <3
    I've been meaning to give MUA products a try, I think it is about time!


    1. I love my bag too! :D

      Definitely give MUA a try!

  10. That's quite a haul! :) I really want to try the Aussie hair products. Love your Prada bag!

    1. Thanks! eBay and Amazon are selling Aussie products if you want to try some :)

  11. Wow great Haul! How did you find the Aussie products?

    1. Thanks! Not sure if you meant how did I find the products location wise or quality wise...

      Location wise, I googled and found that it's available in Boots and Superdrug (most convenient shops as they're EVERYWHERE in UK).

      Quality wise, I have only used the leave-in conditioner spray, and it's amazing! I wish I bought more.

  12. Awesome Haul! I just did one on my blog too. Also if you are interested, I am doing giveaway on my blog for a Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish! head over to http://lj1224.blogspot.com.au! Please spread the word! XOXOX

  13. The bag is to die for!!!! I hope you had an amazing holiday babes. Looks like you had alot of fun :)


  14. that PRADA purse is so gorgeous !
    xx Liyana
    PS : I'm having a MAC giveaway on my blog to celebrate my 1 month of blogging