Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm back! Paris, Rome, Singapore Part 1 + award

I'm back! All I can say is, I'm so tired from all the walking I did for the past 11 days. It was insane! Anyway, before I go to serious travel talk, let me start with my haul from Singapore first (although it was the last stop on my vacation) just because I'm quite excited with my goodies. But before anything else, here's a picture of Sephora in Singapore.

Okay, it's not as tiny as what I expected from everyone else's comments, but it is much smaller than the other Sephoras I've seen in Europe.

Here's a picture of Sasa in Singapore:

Now this is what I call tiny! It's really small, unlike its counterparts in Hong Kong, which is Sasa land! I was hoping it would be bigger. Oh well.

My sister and I bought an epilator in Singapore. This is a shared purchase. I tested it and it was nice. Quite expensive though.

Here is my haul from Singapore:

Here's a rundown of the stuff I bought: I bought 3 eye brushes from Sasa. The brand is Arezia (never heard of it actually) and they were cheap. They were less than P120 pesos (around USD2.5) and they looked soft so I decided to try them. I got a sample of Clinique Turnaround Visible Concentrate because I've read a lot of good reviews. I got a sheet of nail stickers from a nail art stall I saw, a pack of Biore black pore strips since I've read a lot of good reviews, an e/s quad from Coffret D'Or (since Kanebo is cheaper in Singapore than in the Philippines), and Legere Water Drop BB cream. Thank you everyone for you input, BTW. I tried some of the BB creams I saw. I also really liked Legere Multi White BB cream (the purple one) but the petrolatum scared me since I'm really oily and I might breakout from continuous usage so I got the oil-free one instead.

I also forgot to add these:

I bought some stuff from MAC Duty Free since it was cheaper than retail price. I bought the Summer Rose Beauty Powder from A Rose Romance Collection. I'm loving this! It gives me a very natural blush. I also got a Layin' Low paintpot. This was the only neutral paintpot they had, since the Duty Free stores don't have all the MAC items.

Here is my happiest beauty purchase:

This is a pack of 5 Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils with a free extra brightening oil in the rightmost! I've been really curious about Shu oils (since they're supposed to be really fab) for the longest time but I didn't want to invest in a big bottle until I'm sure which one worked for me. So now, here comes a set of the oils in 50 ml sizes! Perfect for sampling since I need to sample one product for at least 3-5 days each. I can't remember the exact price I paid for it but it costed less than P2500 for sure. It still doesn't come out cheap but since they are Shu oils the price is reasonable. I haven't seen them outside Duty Free Singapore, though.

Anyway, that's it for my hauls! Stay tune for Part 2 of this post.

Let's move on. I'd like to say thank you for the love you've given me while I was away. I even got this lovely award from Shatz, Pammy and Vonnie:

Terms & Conditions For the Award Recipient:
1. Paste the Award Logo in your blog
2. Give out the award to 10 Blogs that you feels the most inspired and most friendly
.3. Make sure u back linked the recipients' blogs to your blog.
4. Inform the recipients about the award by leaving them comments on their blog
5. Give some love to the person who give you this award.

I'm not sure who's received this award while I was gone but I'm passing it to these people:


Askmewhats said...

great hauls! WOW and welcome home!!!! Arezia is actually a Japanese Brand (as they say) and so far....I have the Arezia e/s and blush palette and it's not the greatest but it's not that bad :)

can't wait to read more about your adventure! thanks for the award :D

Blair said...

Nice haul! Can't wait to see what you hauled in the other countries!

mszcheysser said...

Wow! Now I know what to expect when I go to Singapore. Wooo! :) Great Haul. Looks like you had a happy purchasing =)

ning * star said...

now days s'pore has sales everywhere
do u go to the lil John shop?

~tHiAmErE~ said...

welcome back,sweetie!
you've been missed!
nice haul

donnarence said...

welcome home crystal.. i was about to greet you when i saw your comment on my post but i witheld thinking you might be still in some other country.. great hauls.. i think you had loads of good finds in the country you have visited..

Soapaholic said...

Welcome back!!!^_^ Omg I ordered a small size (50 ml? or 30?) of Shu Uemura cleansing oil a few days ago too!!:D Let me know about the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate, I'm eyeing that as well.:D Wahh now I wanna go back to SG; the last time I was there I was still too naive to check out all the skin care havens, hehe. I hope you can post some pics of the nice sights in Europe, too as I've never been there! You're so lucky!:D Love your haul and I look forward to the rest of it!!!^_^

Chrissy said...

Nice haul!! And welcome home. Wow naman, I can't wait to hear about your trip!!

Crystal said...

nikki, thanks for enlightening me :)

blair, i didn't haul anything from other countries. everything i shopped was from singapore :P

mszcheysser, expect it to be hot in singapore.

Crystal said...

ning*star, yes i went to the john little shop. that's where i bought the legere.

thiamere, thank you dear!

donnarence, hehe yes i commented on your post before posting :P

Crystal said...

soapaholic, haha did you order it from girltalk? because i saw someone selling small sizes of the shu oils. sure i'll let you know about the turnaround concentrate.

chrissy, i'll be posting more pictures in a few days.

my_makeup_mania said...

Nice haul! Soooo cool stuffies!

Soapaholic said...

Haha yeah I ordered it from GT! I got the pink one. I want to try the brightening variant next, if this one's okay on me.:) By the way, thank you so much for the award.:D

Crystal said...

anastacia, thank you!

soapaholic, i'm using the pink one right now. and so far it hasn't given me any breakouts. yey! i hope it goes well for me. regarding the award, you deserve it dear!

Sarah said...

Ooooh what fun goodies!!!! Love the photos of Sephora, oh how I wish...

September said...

welcome back!

luscious haul, I should say :p

Pammy said...

welcome back, sis! your hauls are making me drool! i hope you had fun on your trip. ^_^

Crystal said...

sarah, where do you live? is there no sephora there?

september and pammy, haha i'm happy with the things i got, although i wish i had more money so i could have bought more! hahaha...

Steph said...

oh wow great hauls! i love the shu uemura cleansing oil. i've only tried one. hope you can make a review of all the oils ;p

Crystal said...

steph, i'm actually planning on reviewing the oils one by one. stay tune for that :)


ACKK!!!! I'm loving your haul. :) my Shu Uemura cleanser (yellow) is the same size as your cleanser pack. :)

OMG, Where's Sephora in Singapore??? I didn't know.. I've been dying to visit Sephora...Meron pala sa Singapore..I just went to Sasa in Bugis Mall. :)

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