The ‘When I Was on Holiday’ Haul

This summer has been absolutely madness, and I can’t believe it’s almost coming to an end. Actually, this whole year has been crazy, and I just can’t believe I’m 10 days away from sending off my dissertation to the printers and… graduate. Amidst the dissertation madness, I flew back home for a week and managed to have a short trip to Ghent, Bruges and Lille and I thought it was about time what I brought back. OK, OK. The lot of cheese, vin rouge and crates of Belgian (dark!) beer went back with us as well. The advantages of driving there, eh?

Ghent was lovely and upon arrival I discovered the & Other Stories store, which ended up in me walking out with a big paper tote and a new outfit. Bruges was where we ended up eating way too much fries, chocolate, waffles and chocolate waffles… And yes, I had at least one different beer for every meal. It had to be done! There I picked up these muted Essie shades in Urban Jungle and Truth or Flare, a greyish blue and a pale nude. Great for all seasons, but definitely great transition shades to prep for Autumn.

The damage magic happened in Lille though, where my first stop was the pharmacy of course! As Lille was not really on the itinerary, I didn’t have an exact game plan what to buy and try. I settled for SkinCeutical’s Blemish + AGE Solution, as I’ve been wanting to try something from them for absolutely ages, but the price is just not in my current budget. The Blemish + AGE Solution was something I could afford, and something I needed in my routine. It’s a clarifying/exfoliating toner, which contains Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid to target blemishes, whilst not drying the skin out. I’ve only used it for a week, but did notice that my blemishes disappeared faster since I was using it. I’ll keep you posted on this!

The following things were just complete impulse buys and things I literally did not need in my life. Erborian’s Sleeping BB Mask may sound weird, but it’s nothing like a BB cream —which is what my initial thought was. Basically it’s an overnight treatment that should leave your skin looking so flawless and amazing that you’ll wake up like you’re wearing BB cream. Well, it doesn’t. I’ve only used this once, and whereas most overnight masks break me out, this didn’t. It left my skin really hydrated and no residue was left, meaning that it was all absorbed by my skin. Erborian is basically my dream brand, it combines my love for Korean and French skincare in one brand. I’m definitely thinking about trying their CC/DD creams, which have getting quite a bit of buzz in the blogosphere.

Also, La Roche Posay’s Pigmentclar Eyes was not really a necessary purchase. Eye cream is the skincare item I’m least fussed about and I’ve yet to discover an eye cream that actually diminishes the look of dark circles. I’ve been using this on most days (when I remember) and although I really like the consistency – not too thick or runny, sinks in real fast – I can’t say I’ve noticed any difference yet.

The biggest splurge that happened during my trip was my Coach Mini Borough Bag. I’ve got a crazy bag obsession and they’re my kind of investments. I fell in love with The Borough Bag since it launched a few years back, and when I saw the Mini, I knew it was meant to be. It’s the perfect day-bag and whilst it looks tiny, it fits a lot, and the pebbled leather is just perfect for me. I’m so clumsy/bump into things (and people) and smooth leather is simply a horror to look after. Though I’ve said this many times this year already, but I think I’ve made enough ‘investments’ for the year. And hey, you know what they say, when in Lille… buy bags? OK, I just made that up…