#tinetravels: She Shopped and Hauled!

Forgive the 3rd-person speak but oh yes she did. She shopped big!

My shopping haul for the 5 weeks I was away isn’t big but as you’ll see as you read on that I did end up spending a lot of money. Finally, after months of saving, it was time to splurge. This isn’t meant to be show-offy or to brag about what I bought during my holiday in Malaysia and Europe. You’ve been asking to see what I purchased so here it is! Trust me, by the time this post is done, I won’t be buying anything big for quite some time because I’m now pretty skint. Okay, make that very skint.

Before I show you what I bought, I thought I’d share a few photos with you of some of the designer stores I went to in Paris. As I stayed at Rue Saint-Honoré, it’s quite a long street and stretches to a lot of designer boutiques. Of course, finally being in Paris, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t visit the mothership.

And by the mothership, I meant the House of Chanel at 31 Rue Cambon. ;)

Chanel Paris 31 Rue Cambon

I didn’t get anything from Chanel. Boo! To tell you the truth, I wasn’t keen on anything but it was interesting checking out where Coco Chanel lived and worked. There was no access to her private apartment, of course, but just being there was good enough. Thankfully there wasn’t a line to go in but goodness me, the number of Asian customers in there was astounding. The way these customers were buying leather goods was as though they printed money. Some came with catalogues; they knew exactly what they wanted, pointed to the pages and said “I want this. And this. And this.“. Mind you, we’re talking about several thousand euros per piece here and these ladies were buying at least two bags each. Tim’s eyes grew bigger as we walked past each customer. :P

Hermes Paris 24 Faubourg Saint Honore

If you thought his eyes couldn’t get any bigger, you should have seen his reaction when we walked into Hermes at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré. “Holy crap, how much for a set of Hermes cutlery and crockery?!” Still, it was an eye-opening experience and the service was excellent. We even saw an exotic crocodile-skin Birkin behind a glass cabinet retailing at 204,000 euros! It was a bit of a jaw-dropping moment right there.

Louis Vuitton Paris Champ Elysees

Louis Vuitton on Champs-Élysées

My Shopping Haul

After rambling on about motherships, it’s time to get down to business and show you what I bought. :D

Asian Shopping Haul

This was what I bought in Malaysia. There wasn’t much I needed so I just stocked up on basics like my favourite Biore and Skin Aqua sunscreens (just in time for summer!), some wet tissues, a few facial masks and an eyebrow pencil from Shu Uemura. I wanted to save on luggage weigh allowance for what I could get in Europe, hence the modest haul here.

UK Shopping Haul

This was what I bought from Boots in the UK. It was painfully restrained haul, I tell ya. It was very difficult not buy almost everything in store but I had very limited luggage weight allowance on budget airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair, which we used to travel to Paris and Rome so I had to limit my haul. Collection’s Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer came highly recommended by British Youtubers Fleur de Force and Tanya Burr, and the Bourjois Bronzing Primer was highly raved by Essiebutton. I just had to give them a go. Soap & Glory in Australia doesn’t stock the makeup line so I picked up a blush and eyebrow pencil at Boots.

Paris and Rome Shopping Haul

My biggest beauty haul came from Paris and even so, again, it’s a very restrained one. I wanted to cry when I entered a French pharmacy because their beauty products were so cheap compared to Australia. Two huge 500ml bottles of Bioderma’s Crealine H20 sold at around 16 euros per pack. NUXE, Bioderma and Uriage products were sold in bulk and in very low prices. Again, no thanks to the stupid luggage weight limit, I only picked up an item from Caudalie (Vinoperfect Fluide Peau Parfaite SPF15), Bioderma (White Objective Lightening Serum and the Crealine H20 facial wipes) and Vichy (Aqualia Thermal UV and Idealia BB Creme) from the pharmacy near the apartment.

KIKO Water Shadows

KIKO Water Shadows. Gorgeous!

Tim and I stumbled upon Fragonard as we were heading to the Palais Garnier and I ended up picking up a couple of fragrances. I also went to Sephora in Rome and bought 2 items (only 2 from Sephora? What’s this atrocity?!), which was the Glamglow Youthmud and Sephora CC Eye Cream + Concealer. The KIKO makeup store in Rome was having some sort of sale going on, so I picked up a couple of their Water Shadows. I was blown away by how pigmented they were when I swatched them in store. Look at how pretty they are untouched!

Okay, now that I’ve showed you my beauty haul, it’s time to show you the big guns, i.e. the items I splurged on whilst in Paris and Rome. I came home with 2 bags, a scarf and a pair of shoes. Oh boy. :P

Repetto and Hermes

Repetto oxfords and the Hermes Sous l’Egide de Mars scarf. I just couldn’t resist!

Furla and Ferragamo Bags

The Furla crossbody satchel came from the Furla outlet store at Castel Romano Designer Outlets just outside of Rome. As for the Ferragamo Sofia, it’s a bag I’ve always lusted after every time I walked into a Ferragamo store in Australia. I finally bit the bullet and got it at Heathrow Airport just before we left for KL. I “saved” almost 400 pounds! Happy days. :)

I’m so pleased with what I got from my holidays and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them too. I can’t wait to dig into all of the beauty products and accessories. Of course, I’ll only be using the products after this post because I had to photograph them first. What can I say, I’m a blogger through and through. (except when it came to Sephora. Oh hush! :P)

Stay tuned to tomorrow for I have a little somethin’ somethin’ from my trip for you! :D



32 comments… add one

  1. LeGeeque

    OEI! OPEN UP THE SCARF! Can you wear it this Saturday? :D :D :D

    1. Tine

      If it’s not hot, I might ;)

  2. Rebecca

    Airline luggage weight limits are the WORST. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a trip and had to restrain myself from buying heavy stuff so I wouldn’t get hit with a crazy excess baggage fee. Very nice haul in any case!
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    1. Tine

      I know, right?? Ugh, it’s such a pain in the backside. Every time I want to get something, I have to think “ah too heavy!”. On the other hand, the husband was very pleased with the luggage weight limit. HMPH. :P

  3. xin

    awesome haul!!!! I couldn’t buy much due to the luggage weight limit on easyjet and also due to the skinny wallet :P we took a quick tour at Rue Saint-Honoré, and had major wow moments! felt like stuart little :P
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha it’s a pretty street all right. Staying there was almost worth every issue we had with the apartment. It’s so near everything!
      What I found so weird about Easyjet is that they’re so stringent about your checked in luggage to be a max of 20kg but the weight for your carry-on is UNLIMITED. Ehh? Also, they only allow one hand-carry, which includes your handbag! I had to squish my bag in my duffel bag. Pfft.

      1. xin

        yeahhhhhhhhhhhh thts the weird part of easyjet. but i guess they assume there’s nothing TOO heavy you can put in your handcarry anyway. thankgoodness i was traveling with only le sportsac sling bag…so i make sure i had the ‘extra space’ in my backpack to stuff my slingbag in. but with that, also i could barely zip the bag >< the best thing that i brought on tour with me was my portable weighing scale
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        1. Tine

          OMG me too! When I saw that we were going to take a number of budget airline flights like Easyjet and Ryanair (the latter was even stricter), the first thing I bought on eBay for the holiday was a portable weighing scale. Best thing EVER.

  4. Michelle Beh

    Wow!! There is quite some beauty items that you bought from your trip! Happy to see that and thanks for sharing the items! I love reading haul post:)

    1. Tine

      Thanks Michelle. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. MissCarole

    When I moved here from the UK, I almost fell when I saw the prices of Bioderma here!
    But love your haul. I inherited a Hermes scarf from my grandmother. I’ll treasure it forever (luckily the colors suit me). Will you be wearing often? I’m always worried it look out of place somehow (a bit too much?).
    I need to find out more on these Skin Aqua sunscreen!
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    1. Tine

      I KNOW RIGHT? I knew the prices of Bioderma were lower in Europe compared to Australia but when I actually saw how low with my own eyes, my jaw dropped.

      Haha being a Melburnian, I wear a lot of black so the pop of colours from my very colourful scarves aren’t too much at all. In fact, I need the pop of colours so that I don’t look like I’m just top-to-toe in black!

      Skin Aqua sunscreens? Check out eBay! :)

      1. MissCarole

        I’m a fellow Melbournian too! I’ll hve to keep an eye out for how you tie you scarves then ;-)
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        1. Tine

          Huzzah! :D

          PS: If you have an iPad, get the Hermes scarf knotting app. It works for other sorts of scarves too ;)

  6. Anusha

    I think we should share a closet and vanity of course ….I want all of this. We have incredibly similar taste Tine

    1. Tine

      Hahaha high five Anusha! x

  7. Paris B

    I love the Sofia too! Good choice, Tine!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Peebs! :D

  8. SharonC

    Thanks for sharing! Love your post and seeing you beauty hauls and love love even more your bags! Welcome home!

    1. Tine

      ‘Twas my pleasure, Sharon! I’m loving my bags big time *stroke them lovingly* :P

  9. Victoria

    I love your haul especially the one from Paris. 16 Euros for two huge 500ml bottles of Bioderma’s Crealine H20 is bloody cheap! I am currently using the micellar water and my skin really likes it. Guess I can only get mine from Singapore for now :-)

    1. Tine

      I know, right?? When I saw the price on the pharmacy window, I was like WHAAATTTT???

  10. gio

    Great haul Tine! I hate airline luggage weight limits. I always have to restrain myself when I travel aboard. It’s so frustrating. But I guess it’s good for the wallet. :)
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Gio! And thanks for introducing me to KIKO. I swatched some products at the KIKO store in Rome and they’re gorgeous. :)

  11. giddy tigress

    *shrieks* The scarf!! I wanna see!!!!
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    1. Tine

      Keep a lookout on Facebook! :D

  12. Issa

    wow! this is a big haul! i love everything especially the bags…. and scarf! :)

    1. Tine

      Thanks Issa! x

  13. Jennifer

    Wow, the motherships are majestic! It is amazing to see how people spend like there’s no tomorrow :) Love the Ferragamo Sofia that you got.

    1. Tine

      It certainly was an eye-opening experience all right :P

  14. hilary

    Probably not a good idea to tell you this tippet….but….I use the excess baggage services at the airport or just ship via that country’s mail service back home….its not that bad to ship grom the uk to oz for eg and you get to send loads of goodies back e home to wait your arrival. ..makes coming home not as bad and you still save heaps on all the goodies as they are just so stupidly cheap over there compared to here :)
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    1. Tine

      Hahahaha good one Hilary! My cousin does that whenever she comes to Melbourne (from Malaysia) for a holiday. The day before she leaves, she packs her shopping into a large box and mails it off to herself! Cheaper than buying excess baggage and an extra ticket. And she’ll have more space for last minute shopping. :P I didn’t want to do that in Rome because I wasn’t entirely sure of their postal service. But rest assured that when I do travel and shop like this again, I’ll be sure to ship stuff home to myself :D

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