As soon as I knew I was going to Europe for my honeymoon, I started making a mental list of all the products I wanted to pick up during the trip. There were two brands I absolutely had to check out: Bourjois and Kiko. While it is possible to get Bourjois in the US through Asos and Amazon and probably other sites, I wanted to check out the products in store. And waiting years and years to finally get my hands on them made it all the more exciting :). Lucky for me, there was a Bourjois sale going on in Boots, so I picked up two foundations and two lip products. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is probably the most universally-loved foundation I’ve heard raved about by UK beauty bloggers since I started getting into makeup, so that was a no-brainer. I also picked up the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. The lip products I picked out were both from the Rouge Edition Velvet range. After quite a bit of indecision, I chose #11 So Hap’pink and #03 Hot Pepper. I had also heard lots of great things about these, especially Hot Pepper. Unfortunately, I haven’t been impressed by them so far. They are so crazy slippery on my lips! They also pretty much disappear after eating or drinking. Do you have any tips for getting the most out of these because I’m just not feeling them.
I also went all over London stopping into every Superdrug I saw to look for Tanya Burr’s lip glosses. These must still be super popular because they were completely out of stock everywhere except for one lonely little tube in Afternoon Tea. While the formula seems really nice, the color is lighter than I normally go for. I also wanted to pick up some things from the Zoella Beauty range, but I couldn’t take the body spray or lotion with me since we were only traveling with hand luggage. At least these ranges are available on Feel Unique if I ever feel like I HAVE to have them.
I had lots of fun perusing the Kiko shop in Venice. They have so many lipsticks it’s insane. In the end, I went for something completely unique – the Long Lasting Colour Lip Marker in 103 Peach Red. This is just what it sounds like, a marker for your lips. While I was excited to try it, it was a bit of a let down. It’s a very thin, watery consistency that goes on pretty streaky. It does last forever though. I think the swatches from testing it in store lasted three entire days. I also picked up a pretty eyeshadow quad. The Color Fever Eyeshadow Palette in 100 Unexpected Rosy Taupe is made up of three shimmery purples and a shimmery champagne. The formula isn’t up there with the likes of Urban Decay, but it’s still very impressive for the price. I also picked up a Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 Golden Brown, which is a really nice bronzy gold. I was happy with the color and staying power when I wore it the first time the other day. The last item I picked up was the Crystal Eyeliner in 03 Reflect Burgundy. This eyeliner is so insanely beautiful. I haven’t used it yet, but I really hope the formula lives up to the color.
I’m pretty happy with the makeup I picked up. While I wish I had been able to get a few more things, I was limited by the weight of our hand luggage, and all the souvenirs and gifts we got were already becoming really heavy within the first several days of the two week trip. There’s always next time though. Europe, I WILL be back!