As you will have already read, I went to Paris recently for my birthday. Birthday.. Paris.. Holiday… what more of an excuse is there to do a bit of shopping! I had been saving all my pennies in a little piggy bank as my shopping money for when I went away – it worked very well but I have to say that it is a pain to get coins converted into Euros, it took a long time of packaging coins into bags as the coinstar charges 7% which is ridiculous!
As we wandered around Paris on my birthday we did pop into Sephora and I had a quick look around but decided that I would sleep on it and head back on Sunday. The next day we headed to the Champs Elysee and I headed into quite possibly the biggest and busiest sephora I have ever seen! I meandered down the aisles, dodging people like I was on Oxford Street and even though I saw so many lovely products and things which I have read reviews and seen featured on so many blogs, Chanel, Dior, Lancome, Benefit.. and I just couldn’t buy any! I do love seeing and lusting over these products, and I comment on so many blogs saying I wished I had them but then when it came down to it, faced with the actual cost of these things I just couldn’t justify it. It was almost 30-40 euros per product, and although it isn’t a huge amount, 3-4 of those products can almost pay for a whole hotel stay in Paris for a couple of days.
I have tried some high end products before, some do live up to the prices – my naked palettes are by far my most used make up product and definitely worth the 38 pound price tag, but things such as the Benefit Fake Up concealer which I paid 25 pounds for doesn’t really wow me more than any of my other concealers.. I think that I will stick to my drugstore products and save my pennies for more trips and travel – and continue to lust and read others reviews of high end beauty!
Anyway I did still buy a couple of things at Sephora – I have one of their jumbo eyeliners, so I picked up one off their normal eyeliners in this gorgeous gold shade. These are only 7 euros and are such good quality, don’t budge all day! I love wearing gold on my eyes too, feel as though it really brightens the face. I then picked up a mini Clinique daily moisturiser for only 6 euros – although I am currently doing a no skincare experiment (expect an update on this in December!), I need a better daily moisturiser as the Simple one has run out, so thought I would give this a go. I then got a couple of perfume samples as well.
I headed to a French Pharmacie as when I was passing (to buy indigestion tablets, as of course I had eaten way too much on my birthday) and noticed they had some amazing brands in there for some really good prices. First I grabbed the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm – I know I have just had a little rant on expensive products, but this was only 7 euro so was really affordable compared to 12 pounds in the UK. Not only is it a big tub but it is amazing! I have had the worst dry lips lately, been peeling like mad and this has been really good to soothe and help stop that happening.
I also picked up the Caudalie Beauty Elixir – this is something I have again seen so many people rave about, but I thought it was all hype and that it was overpriced. I sprayed it when I was in Fortnum and Masons the other week and it actually felt lovely – a real pick me up for my face and skin, so when I saw it for 9 euros I grabbed it! Not only that, but the sales lady must have felt that I was a blogger as she gave me so many samples!! I was very excited when I opened my bag later in the day and saw lots of little goodies in there to try.
Have you tried any of the above? What do you think about High End Beauty? Is it worth the price?
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