Ahh, Milan – where do I start with declaring my love for the beautiful city and even more beautiful Lake Como… I never wanted to come home I felt so relaxed there! As I suspected I didn’t have much time for shopping and I loved exploring the city so much I really didn’t want to start trying to find all the makeup!
So it was a one stop shopping trip for me, Sephora. I actually was half expecting not to encounter a Sephora during our trip, I’d looked and they seemed to be scattered around the outskirts of the central area and I had no plans on dragging Ben across town with the precious little time we had to find Sephora! However when we went up to Lake Como for the day, I spotted one just off the platforms after you’d been through the ticket gate, an odd position as you couldn’t access if if you weren’t going somewhere on a train… we were so late for our train (literally within 30 seconds of getting on it, it left!) and on a Sunday I didn’t think it would still be open when we arrived home in the evening. IT WAS. I asked Ben’s permission promising I’d be quick and it was a relatively quick experience.
The brand’s Sephora carried in Milan weren’t too exciting for me, Benefit and Makeup Forever were the main bulk of the brands carried other than Sephora’s own line which was where my interests lied. There was very little there in terms of skincare brands at all. By this point I’d realised that Milan/Italy was expensive and I didn’t have much money to go crazy – so I kept myself restrained. I wanted the Gel Concealer from their own line badly, I’ve heard and seen so many good reviews on it, but sadly it wasn’t available in that store/Italy, so I’ll have to keep it on the list for a future purchase online from Sephora (probably Black Friday!).
Apologies that the photography in this post isn’t the best, I was desperate to play with my new goodies, so this was taken in sunset on the hotel bed, the lighting isn’t the best!
I had a bad cold and very sore lips whilst out there and the lipsticks took were a waste of time, I couldn’t bare wearing them. I picked up a lip balm as I didn’t take one with me and opted for their own Sephora Collection Super Nourishing Lip Balm which was around 3 Euros. I’ve almost finished this already – it did the job for me whilst there, but was a lip balm which wore away quite quickly – not worth reviewing separately so just a quick mention here will do.
I also realised I forgot to take any cotton pads with me, so picked up the cheapest ones I could find in Sephora, which yet again came from Sephora’s Own Collection – these were 2.50 Euros. Not my favourite as they’re slightly fluffier finish which I find has a tendency to pull off a little around the eye area, but they’re not the worst. Again, they did the job in an emergency situation without!
The single eyeshadows from their own line was something that I had on my list to get, I’d heard good things about them in reviews, and seen one in particular in a tutorial I wanted to get my hands on them. At one point I had 7 in my hands and I decided to put some down. I picked up Midnight Madness a deep off black charcoal shimmer with rainbow sparkles, this is the one I’d seen used in a tutorial by Lustrelux and was on my list. I also picked up Hawaiian Beach a mid-champagne gold with silver glitter. Both of these were 11 Euros each.
Then spotted the sale section, and saw a boat load of discontinued single eyeshadows for 5 Euros. I picked up Provocative, a silver shimmer – which has a grey lace design on the packaging and overlay I presume this was from a limited edition collection, but I’m struggling to see which one! And finally from the singles was the shade Cookie Crunch, a mid brown shimmer with a bronze fleck.
Lastly I spotted something special in the Sale section again. The Sephora Collection Shourouk Eyeshadow Palette was only 5 Euros and I couldn’t resist picking it up having swatched the other SC eyeshadows for myself. This was from a limited edition collection launched with Jewellery designer Shourouk last year, and is in an impractical, bulky jewellery box design with jewel toned shades in which I think are going to be both awkward and glorious to use – especially that shade in the middle!
I’m planning on doing a travel post on my Milan/Lake Como highlights and tips whilst we discovered whilst there – I have about 600 photos to go through so it might take me this week to filter through them, I’m aiming to do that over the week so keep your eyes peeled for early next week at the latest!