Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Huge French haul- MAC, Nuxe, Nars, Caudalie, Bioderma, La Roche Posay and L'Occitane

Hi all!

As you may or may not know, I went to Paris last weekend for a college reunion and I picked up a few bits and pieces that I have been eyeing up for a long time. I lived in France for a few months when I was in university and whilst there, I quickly discovered that French skincare or French cosmetics are cheaper than they would be to purchase here, significantly in some cases! I have been trying my hardest to restrain myself for the last few months in anticipation of my holidays so I went a little bit mad alright but it's all sensible (or so I tell myself to feel better!). I picked up some cosmetics, skincare and even a smidgeen of haircare to keep me ticking over.

Firstly, I called to the airport in Dublin armed with €30 in vouchers and I picked up some MAC goodies that I have been lusting over for ages. I will include prices for comparative purposes- I deliberately try to contain myself to buying MAC only in the airport a few times a year, and so I make lists and compare prices to get the best value. I spent a day in the new MAC store on Henry Street swatching and making lists last week before I left so if you have any flights booked soon and are looking to pick up some MAC, I suggest you do the same because there are definitely savings to be had.

MAC Paint Pots

I picked up three of these for €15.58 each in Dublin Airport- I think they are about €19 in BT. I have been long lusting after these colours and I just adore the paint pots as bases, primers or even lazy day eyeshadows! These last for ages too so I think of them as investments.

MAC Eyeshadows in Nylon and Phloof!

Usually I buy my MAC eyeshadows in pans and put them into palettes but at €11.70 each, these are cheaper than pans and I can depot to put them towards my MAC empties collection for a Back to MAC lippie. I love lighter colours eyeshadows with a flick of liner and a dark lip and again, I'd been eyeing these up for ages.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes

I picked up two Mineralize Skinfinishes also- a limited edition Glamour Daze one in 'Superb' and a MSF in 'Soft and Gentle' because Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter inspired me. Soft and Gentle was €23.35 and the limited edition Superb was €22.70 but I paid €21.09 and €17.70 respectively with vouchers.

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

I have been using Studio Fix on and off again for years but I said I would finally bite the bullet and picked up some Studio Sculpt because some of my friends and fellow bloggers prefer this to the heavier, cakier Studio Fix formula. This is €35 in BT, €30.50 or thereabouts in the airport but with my vouchers I printed online I got it for €25.35. I got it in the shade NW15.

MAC Cremesheen and Lipglass Lipglosses

As I mentioned, I spent pretty much a whole day swatching in the new MAC store on Henry Street and these two shades caught my eye so I added them to the list. I got a Cremesheen in the shade 'Fashion Whim' and a Lipglass in 'Nymphette'. I paid €15.62 for the Cremesheen (normally €17.30 in the airport) and €13.72 for the Lipglass (normally €15.20)

 MAC Lipsticks

I couldn't resist picking out a few new lippies to add to my collection, and I have been seriously lusting after these three for quite some time. I find it hard to justify spending €18 on a single lipstick but with the vouchers, these only cost €12.70 each or €15.20 without a voucher. I picked up a Cremesheen in 'Creme Cup' which I have wanted for ages but couldn't justify paying €18 when it is so similar to Angel which I also own), an Amplified formula in 'Girl About Town' and a Matte in 'Please Me'. I know I will get so much use out of these colours.

I didn't bother picking out any perfumes or anything whilst I was in the duty free because I usually get a few bottles for Christmas and there was none that I really had my eye on to be honest.

One of my best friends got me a Sephora voucher for my birthday (he knows me so well!) so I popped into the magical haven of all things lovely and shiny on the Champs Elysées to pick up a few bits from Nars that I have wanted for ages.

Nars Lip Gloss in 'Turkish Delight'

It was so hard to try to convey to the Nars lady in Sephora that I wanted to purchase this colour- it was only until i said it with a French accent "tour-keesh dee-lite" that she understood what I was looking for, but all the pain was worth it, and I am completely sucked in by this colour already! I have been wearing it over Creme Cup and I really like the combination- as far as glosses go, this formula has really impressed me! It cost €25.

Nars Blush in 'Deep Throat'

This is another blush that I have been lusting after for ages, and I love the beautiful light pink/peachy/coraly tones of this blush. I think it would pretty much go with anything and leaves a really nice natural flush of colour on the cheeks. This cost €29 in Sephora.

The rest of the products I got are all skin care or hair care products, and I haven't gotten a chance to try everything properly yet so I cannot yet comment on how I find them or how they work. I will eventually get around to reviewing everything! I include prices because I think it's interesting- for example, both of the La Roche Posay products I picked up retail for €18 here in Ireland and cost just €12.70 each in France. Again, I just think it's useful for comparative purposes.

Caudalie Eau de Beauté 30 mls - €8.00

Nuxe Eau de Mousse Micellaire 50 mls - €7.20

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 50 mls - €13.50


La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat 40 mls- €12.70

Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Nuit 50 mls- €24.20

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm 15 g - €11.10

La Roche Posay BB Cream in Light 40 mls- €12.70

Bioderma Créaline 500 ml- €11.00

L'Occitane Volumising Spray 100 mls - €17.05

So that's all my haul from France, I had an amazing few days with the bestest friends a girl could ask for and I picked up some treasures along the way. 

I hope this was useful for you and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate! 

Thanks for reading! x



  1. I am DROOLING over everything!! Enjoy your new goodies! :)

  2. You got amazing pieces, love it all!


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