July 30, 2014

Lisbon Skincare Haul

Aside from sore feet, 758 pictures and awkward tan lines I rather not discuss, I also left Lisbon with a suitcase filled with some beauty purchases that aren't that easy to get hold off back home. I dashed in and out Duty Free, took a quick sprint in a nearby pharmacy and took a good look in an all natural/organic mini-mart. The result? I came, I saw, I bought it all...

First stop: Duty Free. I realised that shopping when you just had 5 hours of sleep the night before isn't the best formula to great purchases, but when I discovered they stocked Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, it was the first thing that went into my basket. I also picked up the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (not pictured), which is amazing for my dehydrated skin.

After having heard so many great things about Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion, I had to try it myself. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm hoping it'd cure my severely dehydrated skin. My last airport buy, Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, I picked up in Lisbon DF on my way back home. I never thought I'd buy this, ever. But the temptation of tax-free shopping, the blurring effect and simply the time pressure made me buy it. Tried it on the back of my hand and was utterly stunned. Can't say much more than that, but I will definitely report back!

It could be due to the plane ride, but my skin was super dry and patchy, hence I picked up La Roche-Posay Cicaplast, which is specifically designed for people with chapped skin or have had chemical peeling treatments. I personally find it a tad sticky for me to wear during the daytime, but miraculously the patches on my chin slowly disappeared after a few days of using this.

Cattier masks were something I have been meaning to try for years, but kinda forgot about them as I haven't spotted them anywhere —despite me having lived in Paris for quite a few months. When I spotted them in a little organic supermarket in Lisbon, I immediately picked up two Cattier masks —one for oily skin and one for dry skin. I've tried the yellow variant last night (for dry skin) and I love how gentle and effective it is. Expect a full report soon, watch this space...




  1. I¨d love to hear what you think about the Clinique over night mask to see if it's a contender with my beloved Origins Drink Up Intensive :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  2. Hey Weng! such a good haul but no makeup? :-) I haven't heard of Cattier before would love to hear how it fares! I tried a sample of the Micro blur in Barcelona weather and it was brilliant!! Its a bit drying and mattifying so I wouldn't need it in fall or winter.. but summer this is definitely coming home! :-)


  3. hmm i wanted to try the clinique CC but i hear it leans too pink so haven't gotten it. i know there are more yellow varieties in asia? and i /think/ they started selling those colors in N. America but i haven't bothered to really look.

    ooo there was a khiels at the airport?

    man i love airport/duty free shopping. i wish there were more info on the net about which stores are in airports so i know how to plan my purchases.


    A Beautiful Zen

  4. It was a re-purchase, the mask is amazing – I love it more than the Origins one, which broke me out. I'll try to do a more detailed review on it soon!

  5. Haha, right. What was I thinking? I've tried the yellow Cattier mask and I loved what I saw. A review will definitely pop up in the coming weeks. I've got combination-oily skin (all four seasons sadly) so the Micro Blur will be a great addition to my routine. Have yet to really use it though – I just keep forgetting haha!

  6. Hmm, I'm not at home right now but I'll check what my shade is. I agree that there are quite some pink tones, but the one I got is definitely yellow toned. Actually the shade match would be spot-on for my regular skin tone (it's a tad too light now I've got a slight tan). And yes, I always get so excited when I see Kiehl's at DF. I know that many Asian airports have the better brands such as Jurlique, Kiehl's, Origins, etc.

    Not sure how it's in the States/Canada, but most airports to have a small shop directory which then have a website where you can check the available brands. And you can always send an email to the terminal you'll be going to, just to be (mentally or financially) prepared ;-).

  7. I've got the shade Natural Fair by the way.


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