Sunday 3 August 2014

Australia 2014 #4: Skincare Buys

So Priceline (the Australian alternative to the likes of Boots and Superdrug) had a two day flash sale very recently with 40% of all skincare products. Every single one of them - the full schbang. Understandably, this meant a visit to Lakeside Joondalup, arguably my favourite shopping centre in the entire world, was inevitable. Despite the brilliant deal I managed to show a surprising amount of restraint, to the extent that I left my Mum pleasantly surprised. All of the bits I picked up were small and light - perfect for my suitcase which is already 1.8 kilos overweight. 

La Roche-Posay is a brand I've always wanted to try but being me, I've never wanted to spend too much on anything...let alone what is essentially water in a pretty can with a handy spraying...thing. Effaclar Duo was the hugest thing of all huge things in the beauty world last year, and despite the influx of positive reviews I wasn't excited by the £13 price tag. However, when on sale and around the £7/8 mark, I felt a little more encouraged to dip my toes into the Effaclar Duo waters. Lucas' Papaw Ointment is perhaps the single most Australian beauty product of all time - I don't think I've ever come here and not seen it everywhere. The other day I instagrammed the pure joy that is this small red tube. This one is actually for my wonderful friend Nadine to pay back how she picked up an EOS lip balm for me when in Miami: apparently over there they are far cheaper in the US than in the UK, and far more accessible. The only place I've seen them is in Topshop (Oxford Circus flagship branch) and they were seven quid each - thanks, but no thanks to that.

Bioré nose pore strips have been on my to-buy list for what seems like eons now, but in a likewise manner to the La Roche-Posay bits, I didn't want to spend £6/7 on a product that could be replicated elsewhere, or essentially is something I'll use and then dispose of shortly after. I think they were around the £4 mark (baring in mind they were in Aussie dollars and then discounted, so this is an educated guess) considerably better than the price back home. I'll have to report back on these - I've been getting blackheads around my nose for a while now (lovely, I know) and the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel strips aren't quite cutting it when it comes to the reduction of those annoyances.

Anyway - I'm off now. It's past midnight here now (i.e. ideal time to publish posts for UK/US based audiences and the time when my brain is unfortunately buzzing with ideas) and I really should hop off to bed. It's my last night at my cousin's place before heading to my Mum's best friend's place, which reminds me that I've only got another five days here. The trip has gone so quickly but at the present moment I don't feel devastated at the thought of leaving. Obviously I'll be sad to leave the city that is my home away from home, but being back here has reduced the withdrawal feels big time, and seeing my family after way too long apart has made me happier than you could even imagine.


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