Haul: Nordstrom, Sephora and NARS

When I was bored I used to shop to console myself. Then I started shopping when I was feeling down to make myself feel better. Now I'm not sure why I shop anymore, but I really enjoy waiting for Mr. Postman or Mr. DHL, for unraveling what's hiding inside bubble wrap and cardboard, and to behold the beauties unveiled. Yep, I'm a classic shopaholic. Although it might sound quite materialistic.. my stuff really makes me happy, and I need this kind of happiness in my life as long as my body keeps pulling all kinds of nasty tricks on me.

Now it's time to share another haul, a collective one, which Mr. DHL brought me in mid-October. If you don't care much for haul posts or the likes of it, you might as well stop your reading here. As I've done earlier I've decided to break this haul into two parts, where this post is the first one out. Please note that this is indeed a collective haul, which means that everything has been purchased over a certain period of time - in this case, about four months.


Paris Haul #3: Facials

Here's the third and final part of my "Paris Haul" series, and this time I've added just about everything else. I did also buy four pair of jeans, three t-shirts, a skirt, a hoodie and a jacket, but I didn't bother photographing any of those. Maybe some other time. Probably not. Anyway, below you'll find everything facial, a few tools and a couple of fragrances.

Since I'm very aware of having readers who couldn't care less about makeup and shopping, those of you who are interested will have to click "continue reading" for the juicy details, including pictures. And with this I conclude my haul. Grin


La Gueuze, Confit de Canard

My dad always told me that I'd turn into a potato if I kept on scoffing them down like I did as a kid, but if that is the case I'm about to turn into a duck. Yep, you read correctly, a duck. Quack! I've found my favorite "restaurant" of all times, with the nicest staff ever, and I've fallen deeply in love with one of their dishes: preserved duck with sauteed potatoes. Oh Em Gee. La Gueuze is the name of the place, and if you're ever in Paris I recommend stopping by for a bit to eat, and maybe a beer - as they offer a nice selection.

Apart from dreaming about the 'Confit de Canard' of La Gueuze, I have to admit I've been shopping a little more. OK, maybe a lot. I decided to visit the local Sephora again, since I love Sephora, and naturally it got expensive. As usual. Well, at least I bought a new fragrance for my fiancé, which happened to be the most expensive item in my cart. In addition to my goodies, that is. The first three items on my list wasn't acquired during my Sephora Shopping Spree. Amira had bought a Chanel palette and a NARS Lip Lacquer for me before I traveled to Paris, but instead of sending it by mail she brought it to me when we first met - and I forgot to add it to the relevant post.

Let's see, what else? Oh! I wanted to look for a pair of jeans, as the ones I have are a bit tight around the waist, so I ventured into a clothing store close to the hotel. I started flipping through jeans, and I suddenly came across a pair of skinny ones with patches on the thighs. I instantly wanted it, I'm a sucker for special designs on jeans, and it felt really soft and nice. And I couldn't help but grin when I saw the price tag: €5. For a pair of jeans! And if that wasn't enough it was the last pair, and the size turned out to be a perfect fit. I also picked up a burgundy "varsity" jacket (with PU sleeves) and a black 'leather' skirt, which might just be too short for me - but it just looked amazingly cool. Did I mention how much I love the pair of jeans? I will definitely go back to see if I can find me another pair.

So today we were supposed to meet up with Amira again, but I couldn't seem to reach her. It was a bummer, so we went to back to Galeries Lafayette alone to kill some time. I also wanted to stop by Hard Rock Cafe to buy a t-shirt or.. four, two shot glasses and a keychain (a nice addition to my ever-growing collection). After buying my very first Dior Vernis nail polish I could not stop thinking about the limited edition "St. Tropez", which the sales woman was wearing when I was at Galeries Lafayette the first time. Yes, I noticed. I started looking for it online without any luck, found that it was sold out from the US Dior and so I wanted to go back to Galeries Lafayette to see if they might still have it - and they did! I was so happy when I found it that my heart actually started racing. A little pathetic, I know - but at least now it's mine.

I do realize that I write a lot about shopping, but none of us are overly interested in arts and culture, so our vacations consists of taking it easy, living life to the fullest, enjoying good food, and shopping. I've also had days where I've felt the need to stay close to the hotel, days where we haven't been doing much at all.


Hurry up, Mr. DHL!

I absolutely hate waiting for Mr. Postman or Mr. DHL when I'm expecting something to arrive. Like now, when I'm "patiently" waiting for Mr. DHL to arrive with a package for me from MyUS containing another collective haul, and I'm pretty anxious to find out whether or not it'll reach me before Christmas. Not that it really matters, the box is filled with goodies for me, myself and I. I'm constantly refreshing DHL's online tracking, and depressingly enough it spent 14 hours just sitting in Ohio, US before it finally started moving towards Leipzig, Germany. Hopefully the Germans are working today!

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary 24/7 Glide-On Eye PencilsSo what have I hauled this time? Well, not so long ago I got a newsletter from Urban Decay giving me the opportunity to get my paws on the unreleased limited edition 15th Anniversary set of 24/7 Glide-On pencils. I know I have a million of these pencils from before, but with this set six new colors are introduced: Stray Dog (shimmery brown taupe), Corrupt (dark metallic brown with silver sparkle), Midnight Cowboy (beige with gold sparkle), Perversion (blackest carbon black), Asphyxia (pinky iridescent purple) and Uzi (gunmetal grey with sparkle) plus the double-barrel sharpener.

If you're not among the lucky ones who actually managed to snatch up this set before it sold out, it'll be available from Urban Decay in January.

I also did some damage during the Stila Cyber Monday Warehouse Sale which I wrote about here, and later a little more at Sephora. I ended up getting four of their six exclusive Urban Decay eyeshadows: Woodstock (bright pink with slight shimmer), Haight (dark teal with shimmer), Dashiki (bright blue with shimmer) and Psychedelic Sister (bright purple). I had a couple of discount coupon codes I could use online, and it would be sad to let them go to waste. I also picked up the Bare Escentuals Tutorials: Eye Lining set I wrote about here, in addition of the newest four limited edition Travel Palettes from Stila. Lastly I added a Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Smoky (sultry deep gray) to my basket, because I though it would be nice to use as a primer/base for a smoky eye. On Facebook I picked up another coupon code which entitled me to receive a free limited edition Tokidoki tote bag - totally useless, but what the hell.

At least I know I'm gonna have me a Merry (colorful) Christmas! Wink

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