Duty Free Beauty: My Paris Buys

When I was in Paris, I had one rule when it came to making purchases… “can I buy this at home?” I didn’t bring a lot of money with me so I wanted the purchase I did make to be good ones.

For the most part I did pretty well with my purchases when I had this rule in mind. I caved on one item in the Paris airport duty free shop that I could have purchased at home, Chanel’s new Aqualumiere Gloss in Glass Quartz. My friends will tell you that it’s such a “Carla color” so I had to have it right then and there. The rest of my purchases were truly things I could not find at home.

My first purchase in Paris was a perfume oil I had read about in August’s Lucky magazine. Bliss founder Marcia Kilgore went to Colette and picked up their Colette’s Black Musk Perfume Oil. Since I have a soft spot in my heart for perfume oils, this was the one thing I didn’t want to leave Paris without. I love the way perfume oils wear on the skin and how a little goes a very, very long way. This lovely perfume oil is no exception. It is a very soft, clean musk… it’s not overwhelming at all, it almost has a soap and water like scent to it. I’ve worn it a few times since being home and I’ve already managed to get a few compliments on the scent. You can order this perfume oil on Colette’s website, go to Eshop, Best and then Colette Plus.

My next purchase was this lovely Roger & Gallet The Vert Soap. We stopped at two Sephora’s while we were in Paris and at each one, I spent some quality time with the Roger and Gallet display. The packaging was charming and a little on the art deco side but the things I wanted were not in stock at each store. It wasn’t until I stopped in a pharmacy for some cough drops (I got sick over there!) that I saw the Roger & Gallet The Vert Soap that I wanted. Pharmacies in Paris and Europe in general often carry a small selection of beauty products so I scored when I found what I wanted right around the corner from our apartment and on sale. I’ve used it sparingly since being home but it lathers up nicely and makes a great base for when I wear what’s left of my bottle of Susanne Lang Green Tea perfume. You can find their products on Amazon.

Then I picked up the infamous Lancome Ombre Absolue Eyeshadow in G40 also known as “Erika F” in the Paris airport duty free shop. With all the running around I was doing in the days leading up to the trip, this eyeshadow had completely slippped my mind and didn’t go on my mental “things to buy in Paris” list. It wasn’t until Christine from 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic mentioned it was in stock that I even thought about it. I picked it up in an instant, all I remembered was what Annie at Blogdorf Goodman said about it no longer being available in the US and hard to find in Europe. This gorgeous eyeshadow is definitely worth picking up if you spot it somewhere. This highly shimmery grey-taupe eyeshadow is what dreamy smokey eyes are made of.

There are some truly great beauty buys available when you travel and we’ll be taking a look at some of the palettes I picked up throughout the week.

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