Beauty Hauls: Lost Luggage Edition

Lately I’ve seen many beauty bloggers talk about what beauty products they would immediately repurchase if their collection would disappear overnight. Most of the time those posts are totally hypothetical and it’s a fun thought experiment to come up with a shopping list. Unfortunately, I actually ended up in this situation the other day.

This past weekend I traveled to Germany to attend a friend’s wedding and my luggage got delayed for two days. The first day my bag wasn’t checked through all the way and stayed at my first layover in Toronto while I continued on to Germany. The second day my suitcase was sent to Cancun, Mexico, instead of Frankfurt.

The wedding was the day after my arrival so I had almost nothing I needed. I usually travel with my foundation and mascara in my carry on, as well as moisturizer, eye cream, and deodorant. Everything else was in my suitcase: blush, makeup brushes, eye shadow, eye and face primers, nail polish, razor, shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion, as well as my dress and shoes. Needless to say I had to purchase all of that stuff in order to look presentable for the wedding.

On the upside, I was staying with my parents so they had a few things that I could use like body wash, tooth paste, face primer (of all things), and a hair dryer. Last time I visited I had also left my German hair straightener because I had purchased another one in the US.

The day after my arrival I went to the mall to purchase everything I needed. Luckily the wedding wasn’t until later in the day so I had some time to get replacements for everything. I couldn’t really afford to repurchase my favorite high-end products so I had to make do with drugstore dupes. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to research products to get. In addition, there are a lot of German brands that don’t exist in the US and I’m not as familiar with. Lastly, I wasn’t able to swatch some of the products to match them to my skin tone. Basically, I just had to grab what looked good and hope for the best.

This is what I ended up with:

Beauty Hauls - Lost Luggage Edition

1. bebe Young Care 3in 1 Pflegende Reinigungstücher (Nourishing Facial Towelettes)

These facial towelettes do a pretty good job. They do remove waterproof makeup although it takes quite a few swipes to remove waterproof mascara. I also wish that the cloth was softer. Overall, I like the Yes to wipes better but these were an ok replacement.

2. L’Oréal EverRich Nährpflege & Reparatur Shampoo and Conditioner (similar here and here)

I’ve heard many good things about this shampoo and conditioner from the beauty blogger world. This set is very moisturizing which I like and makes my hair super soft. It even smells nourishing, like shea butter or something similar, even though it doesn’t contain any. I love this scent while applying but for some reason I’m not a huge fan of it lingering in my hair. The shampoo has a very thick consistency and lathers extremely well for not containing any sulfates. Overall, I really like how nourishing these two products are but I wouldn’t want to use them exclusively as they make my hair fall a bit flat.

3. Catrice Cosmetics Powder Brush and Smokey Eyes Brush

I’m not a fan of the brushes and applicators that come with most compact makeup products so I decided to buy some brushes as well. These two looked the best out of the limited selection. The brushes are dense and soft. The eye shadow brush is dual-ended with a crease brush and a tapered eyeliner brush. They’re not the best brushes out there but for the price they work well enough.

4. Wilkinson/Schick Intuition Naturals Razor

I usually buy the Venus Breeze razor, the one with the shaving foam in the blade and I really like it. This one was a lot cheaper than the Venus razor. I like the amount of “foam” you get but the whole thing is really big so it makes it a bit harder to hit every spot. It does a decent enough job though.

5. L’Oréal Color Rich Quad Eye Shadow in Beige Trench (similar here)

In the store I was intrigued by the look of this product. It just looked very pretty. I like how the shape mimics the eyelid so there is no doubt about where to apply which color. Unfortunately, it turned out to be very sparkly which wasn’t too bad for the occasion but isn’t really suited for everyday use. Also, I didn’t like the crease color on myself because it turned out too orange. Beside that the color payoff and staying power were really good, even without a lid primer. I’d consider buying this again but probably not in this color.

6. Astor Cosmetics Skin Match Trio Blush in Rosy Pink

This was another product where I really liked the look of it. I like that it’s three colors in one and depending on how you use it you can achieve different results. It reminds me of the discontinued Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour that made it on my last favorites list. The color payoff isn’t the greatest but it can be layered.

7. L’Oréal Prefect Match Powder in Golden Beige (similar here)

I really like this powder. It’s very finely milled, mattifies nicely, and isn’t cakey. I wish I had gotten this one color lighter. It’s not too noticeable though since it blends very well – no mask effect. I only use a light dusting to set my makeup but you can also layer it for more coverage.

8. Labello Hydro Care (similar here)

This is one of my favorite lip balms and I like to buy one whenever I visit Germany. It’s sold by NIVEA in the US but I’m not sure which one is the exact dupe to this one. It’s very moisturizing and leaves my lips super smooth.

By now my suitcase made it to Germany and it’s nice to have all of my favorite products with me again. Nevertheless, I’m happy about my purchases and some of these products will be used regularly in the future.


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