If you follow me on social media, you’ll know instead of giving big gifts this year myself and my family went to Spain for the week of Christmas. We had a really great time. The weather was so good to us and we spent most of Christmas day in the ocean, so I ain’t complaining 🙂 I did by myself some goodies throughout the week though so I thought I would compile them into a holiday haul if you fancy a rummage.
Time ran away with me in the airport and I was gutted I didn’t get to shop in the Loop, I’ll just have to be sure I make up for it next time I fly.
We went to Lanzarote which is a tax free Canary Island. There’s not a whole load to be buying there, it’s a very holiday orientated town, so lots of tourist shops and the likes. Perfume is a good chunk cheaper there though, so I made sure to stock up on a few.
Don’t laugh, but I bought Britney Spears Fantasy.
This is the only celebrity perfume that I’ve ever really bothered with throughout the years. It smells like sweets, I was feeling nostalgic and it was only €15 🙂
My brother and John (the other half) know I love Lady Million from Paco Rabanne, so I got a couple of bottles to keep me going ha!
I bought another nostalgic perfume for myself. I use to wear this so much when I was younger. It’s Gucci Rush.
Luckily it was cheap, because I think I’ve grown out of the scent now…typical.
My fanciest pressie to myself was a bottle of Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. Well in Dublin this would be the fanciest, this set me back less than 40 euro over there which I don’t think is bad at all.
This is a cologne. And it would be classed as a unisex fragrance. John has Black Orchid, and I adore it, Velvet Orchid would be a ever so slightly sweeter version in my opinion, but still a very musky night time fragrance.
Of course there’s a big Zara where we were, it’s a Spanish company, so I had to have a look. I ended up only picking up two things. A dark green faux leather over the shoulder handbag, with gold hardware. Very Chloe-esque I thought?
And a long sleeved wool jumper of all things! I couldn’t leave this behind though 🙂
From one of the little boutique shops on the strip, I bought this really cute delicate rose gold plated bracelet.
If you’ve been to Lanzarote, you will know they have a stand alone Flormar store there, which is pretty cool. The brand has just been reintroduced here in Ireland, so I had to take a look and pick up a few bits. On a side note, they had different more seasonal products within the store, but the price point was the same as Ireland.
I got their Matte Velvet Mattifying Foundation. This is in Vanilla, but it’s a good bit darker than my skin tone (my fault), so I’ll have to keep it for when I have tan on.
I got one of their nail polishes, this colour is just unusual and caught my eye. it has a duochrome effect.
I get searches everyday here on beautynook for the Flormar Lip Primer, so I had to pick one up and give it a try.
I bought one of their eye primers too.
I liked this one because it has a concealing effect on the eyelid, so it will cover imperfections.
This eyeshadow stick was from their Christmas collection and I just thought the colour was so pretty. The formula is really nice too.
This twist up lipstick in the colour raspberry and I have 20 lippies in the same colour but I couldn’t resist. Love the packaging too.
The last thing I bought was a baked eyeshadow which they call a Diamonds Terracotta Eyeshadow.
Upon swatching it, I see it as more of glitter to apply over other shadows to add a bit of sparkle. I’d like to mix it with a bit of Inglot’s Duraline too and see what happens (I have a review of Duraline here 🙂
I bought a couple of random things on the strip too which we can get here easily, but sure I was on a spending roll so I just kept going 🙂
I had just run out of primer so I thought I would give the Catrice Prime and Fine one a trial.
I also got a Catrice Beautyifying Lip Smoother. This is really similar to the Clarins Lip Perfector and a quarter of the price. There’s a few shades to choose from too.
The one I picked up is in the shade Coffee To Go.
I got a couple of Essence Longlasting Lipliners in the same place. The formula of these is actually pretty great!
The pink shade is called Sweetheart and the peachy one is called Peach Beauty.
The last thing I got is from a brand I’ve never used before. This is the Palladio Crushed Metallic Eyeshadow.
I swatched all the colours of these and I really regret now not picking up more, but I settled on this burnt bronze colour in Eclipse.
There you have it, my holiday haul. All of the goodies I crammed into my suitcase and brought home to Ireland 🙂
Hope you had a brilliant Christmas (and new year). Hope 2016 is the most exciting year yet 🙂
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