I wouldn't say that I went on holiday just to go shopping but I won't lie and say that it wasn't a deciding factor when choosing my destination. I was on a rescue mission when it came to my skin so I didn't hold back. Here is what I bought, where I bought it and what has quickly become (along with a few old faves) my daily skin care routine.
I've long lusted after Sephora, famed for its mix of affordable and premium brands. It's kind of like the really posh Boots beauty halls but on a super sized scale. From their home brand (which is mostly what I stocked up on) to super premium ranges like La Mer (ha! I'll never be able to afford them) and everything in between. My favourite part was where they had dozens of Urban Decay Naked palettes stacked as if they weren't precious treasure to be kept locked away in a secure location as they are over here. They also had three Benefit Cosmetics counters. Three!
As for the pharmacy brands I've been using La Roche Posay and other French skincare brands for a few years and really wanted to stock up on a few items that are not available in NI yet, as well as a few that are. I don't know if it's the thermal spring water they use or just the decades of expertise but my skin loves it and so I tend to keep a large amount stock piled.
My pharmacy haul. Bioderma is crazy difficult to get in Northern Ireland so it was top of my list. I only know of one place that stocks it and that is a small pharmacy in south Belfast. It's only my to do list to head down and see just what they stock so I don't have to go such extremes to restock!
Also, I've mentioned this before, but despite their supposed mask qualities I use both the Hydraphase and the Hydreane masks from La Roche-Posay as normal moisturisers. They're light enough that they can be used without overloading your skin.
Sephora masks. These masks come in at €2 - €3 a pop and are so good. I focused on stocking up on the moisturising masks but there is every type you can think of and part of me wishes I had bought more. They even have glove masks for your hands!!
Sheet eye masks are usually crazy expensive. These are so not.
These little jelly type overnight masks can get two uses if you're clever with your application. Thrifty tip!
It's banana hand cream! I love this hand milk from TonyMoly, it leaves my hands so soft. Fun banana fact: the common banana scent and taste used in products is actually from an extinct species of banana. So if you wonder why bananas don't taste or smell like banana flavoured things it's because it doesn't exist anymore!
Those of you with a keen eye for Korean cosmetic trend will notice that TonyMoly is more famed for their sheet masks available on amazon. I'll make sure to leave links below.
And finally we have two lovely peach/coral blushes from the Sephora own brand. I should probably be ashamed that these are the only two pieces of actual make up I bought... But I'm not. I was in full skin care mode!
Also here's proof that these gorge blushes are definitely different shades.
Totally different colours!
Totally different colours!
As well as these new products I am also continuing to use my old favourites. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL, Cicaplast and Lipikaur ranges are pure lifesavers and I have been using the iconic Embryolisse for almost exactly four years since first purchasing it at IMATs London If you want read about my first experience with La Roche-Posay skincare products and see just how long I've been using them then click here.
All products available in the UK online listed below:
La Roche-Posay Anthelio XL Comfort Cream
Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm
La Roche Posay Hydreane Extra Rich Moisturizing Cream
La Roche Posay Hydraphase Mask
Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Cleansing Micelle Solution
Bioderma Atoderm Cream
Bioderma Hydrabio Eau De Soin Spf30
Embryolisse Concentrated Milk Cream
Tony Moly Panda´s Dream So Cool Eye Stick
Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk
TONYMOLY I'm real mask sheet
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