Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Abbijo: Sephora Haul in Madrid

In England we don’t actually have a Sephora shop, we can only order from the US site and even that does not mean that you can get everything, for instance, I believe that you cannot order Hourglass from the website.

I had not even thought about shopping in Sephora until I came out of Sol metro station and saw the shop staring at me; I knew then that I was going to spend a lot that day.

I would have really liked to have bought some Sephora own products and tested them out but it was all a bit difficult since my Spanish is practically non-existent. I walked round for a while and gave one of my friends a ring to see if she wanted anything while I was in Spain.

I was eventually approached by a beautiful woman who opened her mouth and streamed out a such quick Spanish that I could not even get the gist of what she was saying.

I looked at her awkwardly and said in my most apologetic tone ‘Habla usted ingles?’ (do you speak English). She beamed at me and said ‘Yes!’ and her English was amazing, the best I have come across in shops in Spain so far. She told me about how she works for Chanel mainly butsince it’s the same company she does Bourjois as well. I think she enjoyed using her English with me because I feel like I got a lot of attention from her when other people were just wondering around looking lost.
I ended up buying a lot of Bourjois products, they aren’t expensive and I don’t have any so I thought I might as well try them out. My only problem with it was that I had had a long day and so my makeup was dishevelled by this point and so she wanted me to have some things that I already have, but just hadn’t used that morning such as primers and better mascaras. I caved and bought the primer because she was just too nice.



Rouge Edition Velvet in 03 Hot Pepper & 06 Pink Pong (Matte finish red and pink liquid lipsticks) I am already in love with these so so much
Rouge Edition in 02 Beige Trench (Nude lipstick) Quite a nice neutral for my lips, which I didn’t already have
Shine Edition in 38 Sunset Peach (Peachy shiny lipstick) Peach colours go well with my skin so you can never have to many, especially coming into spring time
Flower Perfection (Translucent smoothing primer) Just because the lady was super lovely
Healthy Mix Serum in 53 Light Beige (Gel foundation) She put it on me, I thought it looked nice, smelt amazing and I don’t have a day time foundation
Healthy Mix in 1 Light Radiance (Concealer) Went well with the foundation
123 Perfect CC Eye Cream (Eye Concealer) Love a CC cream so any chance to try a new one
Effect Smoky in 71 Smoked Brown (Eyeliner) Needed a new brown eyeliner
Cotour Clubbing Waterproof in 49 Crazy about Brown (Eyeliner) Beautiful colour
Sourcil Precision in 07 Noisette (Eyebrow pencil) Nice match

Out of all these Bourjois products that I bought I absolutely love the Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipsticks, they have such a great staying power and really don’t show the crack in your lips too badly (great for me as I have chronically dry lips). I cannot stop raving about these lipsticks! Pink Pong is a one coat only colour but the Hot Pepper shade needs a couple of coats otherwise it comes out as more of an orange colour, which is actually quite nice too (2 colours for the price of 1!).



 I think the foundation may actually be a little bit dark for me and I was a tad self-conscious the first day I wore it, however when I saw myself in a mirror again it looked fine and hadn’t moved so I relaxed more towards it. And my other favourite product is the Contour Clubbing Waterproof eyeliner; its colour is simply stunning. For the waterproof eyeliner and the velvet edition I think an oil based makeup remover is best because the water based one I have with me in Madrid struggles a little to get these products off (but not too much).



I also bought some more high end makeup and beauty products that I was replacing or had just wanted for a while.



Nars Orgasm Illuminator, the lady did not want to sell to me, probably because I am so fair and this is quite a dark highlighter, but I find that when used lightly even on my skin tone this is a beautiful product.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette, which I have wanted for a long time, and even though the colours are nudes they are totally different from any of my Naked by Urban Decay Palettes. Plus is smells divine since they use cocoa powder in their products!
Benefit Moisture Prep, fantastic product that I was replacing.
Benefit Boo Boo Zap, I forgot this product and have started to break out due to the lack of sleep I am getting here in Madrid (literally working until midnight and then getting up at six!) so it was an essential repurchase.

So that concludes my first shopping experience in Sephora, I also bought a couple of lip products here that I am going to share in another post because lip treatments are such a major thing to me I think someone else must have as big a problem as I do that those posts are best on their own.

Adios
Abbijo

xxx   

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Abbijo: in Madrid

I arrived in Madrd, Spain on Friday and it is now Sunday so I have been here for a whole weekend and done as much touristy things that my feet would allow. I have already fallen for this beautiful city and all it has to offer from museum to food to the ease of getting around! I have so far visited the Museo Arqueologico Nacional (National Archaeology Museum), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia (Central National Art Museum of Queen Sophia), Parque del Retiro and the Temple Debod. I walked to all these places from where I am living for this month so it has been a very tiring few days, but definitely worth it.

I just thought I would post some pictures of my trip so far since it will probably be the most interesting of the whole time that I am here!





















It is 9.36pm Madrid time and I have class tomorrow so I need to get some beauty sleep before I roll into school tomorrow. 

Abbijo
xxx