Years ago I was exploring as much of Soho as I could fit after work (yipeee for retail therapy!) and before having to go home to start dinner… my first of many Manhattan shopping adventures… I found their cute little boutique sandwiched in-between Anya Hindmarch’s and Anna Sui’s. I fell in love with their eyeshadows and one of their nude lipsticks (named Nouveau?) and for the first time did a continuous repurchase of that same color every time I ran out because the formula was so satiny smooth and this particular color was so flattering on me… Totally unprecedented! Since I feel that they are a great company largely overshadowed by some other cosmetic brands but well-deserving of special recognition, I’m featuring them on my blog today.
Before venturing to the United Kingdom, I fantasized about what cosmetic brands I wanted to buy. Besides learning about a country or culture through its food & drink, I learn via its cosmetics. The obvious choices were brands that were not readily available in the U.S. I had narrowed the list down to Sleek, Gosh, Me Me Me, and Barry M.
It was off to London’s shopping district! First stop, Boots =) I ended up buying a cute owl necklace and hair scrunchy; surprising not one makeup item. A few Boots associates were kind enough to point me to the right direction. It was really SuperDrug that I wanted. The next morning I happily trotted into Holborn’s SuperDrug and shopped to my heart’s content. This was what I bought…
I’ve been really interested in this cosmetics brand ever since my trip to Italy and Germany. They have been described as a fusion of whimsical and gothic (reminding me of Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Hard Candy). I wish I had bought even one thing to try from RBR but at the time, I was trying to go on a makeup collection “diet” and had already added Art Deco shadows (Frankfort, Germany) to my list of must-haves. Several months ago I glanced their website and was disappointed to find that they still had no stockists in the U.S. =(. Most recently I heard that Zuneta.com was carrying RBR. The one big problem is the outrageous international shipping costs. I’d rather wait to travel overseas to splurge on RBR but for those of you in the U.S. who can’t wait, you may order the nearly complete line of RBR via Zuneta.
I purchased a magnetic compact by Art Deco from a German Douglas store. It holds a blush color, seven eyeshadow and base pans, plus 2 eyeshadow applicators on the side. You can customize any way you like =)! More companies should come out with magnetic compacts such as this one. The Beauty Box System Mosaic reminds me a little of the palettes by Japonesque. Guerlain Cosmetics, many seasons back, also sold a Mozais Compact which they later sadly discontinued. These compacts are great for travel. I love Art Deco’s eyeshadows, eyeshadow base, and blush powder refills =). I also purchased eyeshadow palettes by Beyu and love them too- lots of glitter within each color pan. I received a compliment from my husband on the day I wore colors from the blue palette. I wish I had bought something from Rouge Bunny but didn’t because I felt guilty of the already over-excess in make-up purchases. Usually when I’m in a foreign country, I like to purchase a well-regarded brand(s) the natives are wearing… When in Germany, Do as the German Gals Do =)…..