29 June 2013

Mega Haul | Paris & London

After stressful exams followed by a relaxing break in London & Paris - a haul was definitely going to happen!  I've spent an obscene amount of money, and now will be surviving on air for the rest of the year :-|

Because I knew I was going to Paris, I've been saving up to stock up on skincare. And stock up I did!  Most of the products were recommendations from Lisa Eldridge and Caroline Hirons - big enablers.


London and Paris Haul - Beauty by Eff (UK Beauty Blog)
Paris and London haul

  • Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Solution
No introduction required, if you haven't heard of this - where have you been?!  Make-up remover, does its job superbly.  I have heard it's not very good at removing waterproof mascara, but I don't use waterproof  mascara, so I love this.  You can find it in the UK now, but hell of a lot cheaper in Paris!
  • Bioderma Hand Cream
This was an impulse buy near the counter, needed a hand cream so picked it up.  50ml for 1.50 euro, yes please!
  • L'Occitane Hand Cream (not pictured)
Another impulse buy, really liked the fragrance.  I'm a sucker for L'Occitane hand creams.
  • Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm
I think every blogger and their dog has raved about this.  I needed to know what the fuss was all about.  Again this can be bought in the UK, but at double the price.
  • Embryolisse Hydra Mask
This is not the 'cult' product from Embryolisse, but I wanted something that my skin needed. Once I've tried it a few times, I will review in full.
  • Phyto Botanical Leave-in Conditioner
A favourite of Lisa Eldridge's and dear God she can sell me anything! 
  • La Roche-Posay Serozinc
This is Mrs. Hirons' doing, and can't be bought in the UK.  This is part of her 2-step toning process.  Really keen to try it and see how it effects the hydration level of my skin.
  • Cattier Green Clay Mask
Again, Mrs. Hirons is to blame. This is amazingly cheap, 2.99 euro!! I would've bought more if I could carry! I got the green clay version for oily skin, there are 2 other variations for dry & sensitive skin.  Full review will follow.
  • Caudalie Shower Gel
Loved the fragrance, good deal.  What else can be said about shower gel?! Haha!


  • Origins Facial Treats Set (includes full size Drink-up Overnight Mask & travel size Microdermabrasion exfoliator)
This set is £28 and there was an extra 10% off so had to snap it up.  I've been meaning to purchase this mask for a while.  Full review will follow, **spolier alert** I've used it once and it's fab!

  • PIXI Glow Tonic
I needed to stock up on this bad boy, seeing as I can only get my hands on it at London.  I like this as a toner because it doesn't feel harsh on my skin i.e. there is no strong astringent-like smell (I'm looking at you Clinique!).  Although it must be noted, not a fan of the smell of this one either,  but definitely better than normal toners.  I have seen difference on the surface of my skin, it feels smoother to touch and my pores do not get clogged as much.  So definite winner for me.
  • Kiko Gel Top Coat
I haven;t tried anything from Kiko yet, but I remember Miss Budget Beauty mentioning how much she liked this, and it was on half price! I will be trying this soon, and let you know my thoughts.
  • Kiko Nail Lacquer in 391
This was also in the sale, can't go wrong with £2.50!! I have been looking for a bright green nail polish and this ticked the box.
  • Forever21 Necklaces
I do love F21 jewellery, their price is unbeatable.  Not much to say about these really, bargain price and I love them!


  1. I need that Pixi Glow Tonic in my life but I have no one in the UK that could get it for me! I hope they decide to stock it online.
    Great haul though. Look forward to the reviews :)

    1. Pixi Glow Tonic is definitely something special, an excuse to visit London maybe? ;-) x


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