Hi, I'm Elizabeth. And I'm a beauty junkie. Guys, what is it about beauty products and services that makes me forget about budgets, savings accounts and credit card bills? Really! I recently returned from a heavenly week-long vacation in Palm Springs and L.A., and (sigh) I did some mayjah damage to said savings account.
I've always loved trips across the border to scope out all the prodz we don't get in Canada, and this time was no different. With temps reaching 43°C in Palm Springs most days, I had a lot of time to shop—trust me, you don't want to be sitting out in the sun at 12 o'clock in the desert. (Though I did still manage to achieve a golden tan. Don't tell Michelle, but I've never been big on sunscreen. Gasp! I didn't even have an antioxidant serum! But that's next on my Splurge list, I promise!)
Back to my spending problems, though. We started our trip off in Palm Springs, and if you've never been, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret: outlet malls. The one on the way to Palm Springs is pretty much every girl's shop-til-you-drop dream. Not only did I score a pair of $850 boots for $300 at the Barney’s outlet (NBD!), I also got my hands on loads of amaze beauty buys—both at the outlets and elsewhere. After Palm Springs, we headed to L.A,. where I checked out all the best beauty stores and spent my last penny on a perfume worth being broke for.
If you wanna live vicariously and share in the joy of my beauty buys (minus having to deal with my bills), clickety click right here!
My South-of-the-Border Beauty Buys
1. Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Perfume
I love me some coconut, and after reading the reviews of this perfume, I knew I had to have it. Because I couldn’t find it anywhere in Vancouver, I hit up the Sephora in Palm Desert to finally get my hands on the elusive scent. I love it—I just wish it had more staying power. (Bummer.) Pacifica perfumes are all-natural though, and I found these tips from the company’s co-founder about how to make your natural scent last longer. (They also have handy little solid perfumes that Michelle talked about here—the Tahitian Gardenia is beautiful.)
UPDATE: Thanks to commenter Maddy for pointing out that Well.ca carries Pacifica. (Free shipping in Canada and no minimum order!)
2. Clarisonic Mia
Exciting news! I’m now a proud new owner of this genius little gadget. After reading your rave reviews, I knew I had to get one, so I searched out a rock-bottom deal on Amazon.com and had it sent to Palm Springs. Easy peasy. But can someone tell me why the U.S. version of Amazon is so much better than Canada's?!
3. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
My Clarisonic is amaze, but even more spectacular (if you can believe it) is this ultra-fab clay mask I found. The reviews for it online are insane, and while I love whipping up my own face masks, this one is truly to die for and perfect for when you're short on time—trust me when I say it’s an extremely thorough deep-pore cleanse. I haven’t been able to find it in Vancouver either, but you can purchase it at select Whole Foods stores in the States.
4. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream(s)
The L'Occitane store is among hundreds of other fabulously discounted boutiques at the outlet mall in Palm Springs, and when I visited, it was rammed with people (total claustrophobia). My thrifty ways won out though, and I pushed my way through the crowds to load up on this ultra-moisturizing hand cream for myself, and to use as stocking stuffers and thank you gifts.
5. A Mani/Pedi (or two)
I tweeted about this while I was there, but WHY must Vancouver salons charge upwards of $50 for this service, yet in Palm Springs and L.A., you can get a mani/pedi for between $18 and $30? I went straight to the salon when I arrived to get some fun, bright colours painted on my digits, and went again on our way to the airport leaving L.A. Totally justified, right?
6. Dr. Lancer Body Smooth Lotion
I saw Dr. Lancer once when I lived in L.A. for a skin issue I was having, but kind of forgot about him until I saw an Oprah show about looking and feeling 20 years younger. When I visited my cousin's house on this trip (she lives in L.A. and sees him, too), I used some of her body lotion and liked it so much that I had to get some for myself. It contains 15% glycolic acid, which helps give you glowy skin. And who doesn't want that?
7. Le Labo Perfume
The perfume that rendered me broke? This one. Our hotel was right across the street from the niche perfume brand’s L.A. boutique, so I got to learn all about the exclusive perfumes. Each one is built around a natural essence, and they’re made to order right in the shop and personalized with your name! They also come packaged in the most gorgeous, simplistic bottles. Love. My faves were Neroli and Rose, but I ended up deciding on Rose. It's both sweet and spicy, and can be worn by males and females. You can also purchase Le Labo scents in Toronto at 6 by Gee Beauty. Yay!
Elizabeth Oborne is a Vancouver-based writer and holistic nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter: @elizabethedits.
What beauty purchases have you made lately?
Do you have any favourite prodz you can only buy in the States?
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