Hello Guys,

So I'm back from my four day stay in L.A. and I wanted to share my makeup purchases with you.

First up, the duty free shops at Narita Airport. I love Helena Rubinstein Cosmetics, shame that the brand is no longer available in the states.  Helena Rubinstein mascara's retail in Tokyo for 4,410 yen ($57.30) and the palette's 7,350 yen ($ 95.49); but since it's duty free, the mascara's were 3,200 yen ($41.57) and the palette's 5,600 yen ($72.76). So with this substantial savings, I picked up two mascara's and an eye shadow palette.

Here are my purchases while I was in California. I visited the Sephora at Hollywood & Highland and I was not impressed with the customer service. All the sales associates were either too busy doing their own makeup or conversing with one another to greet or assist anyone ( not that I need it, but it would have been nice to have my presence acknowledged in the store). I only purchased one time from that store and I only bought the item there because it was on sale and I didn't know if it would be available at another Sephora. If you're ever in the Los Angeles area, avoid shopping at the Sephora on Hollywood & Highland.
Then I went to the Cosmetics Company Store at the Premium Outlets in Camarillo, and purchased a few items. After the Outlet store, I went to Target, CVS, and Rite Aid to get some of my drug store goodies :)
On the last leg of the trip, we went back to Santa Monica for some more shopping. I stopped in the mac for a few lipsticks.
Finally (and twice visited), the Sephora on third street at the third street promenade in Santa Monica. This is were I did most of my damage. The staff at this store were amazing!!!! Very friendly, talkative and helpful. I'd like to thank Mayra, Staci and John in aiding me as I drive myself to the poor house :P

But wait there's more! This is what happens when I get to the Airport a bit to early. I stopped at the duty free shop one last time and purchased a Chanel Rouge Allure before boarding the plane. Now, who said the shopping has to stop when you're in flight????? My last purchase of this trip was a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick from the in-flight service.

I will be doing posts on all these items.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time


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