Switzerland was basically a dry land for shopping and full of tourist crap and of course everything was just so, so expensive. Didn't buy a single thing there except for a souvenir pin and magnet which were also gone along with my backpack. At least I got one postcard out of that country and some meringue from Gruyeres Village. Oh oops, I forgot to mention the large amount of chocolate bars we exported including this large Toblerone bar which we have yet to dent!
|Large Toblerone bar in front of the Matterhorn|
Despite my underwhelming shopping experience in Paris, I didn't come back empty-handed.While aimlessly walking around in Paris one day, I Foursquared what was around the area and decided to check out a department store called 'Galeries Lafayette' which I have never heard of (but probably did). I had no idea it was THE shopping haven for locals and tourists. Tourists for sure. There were bus loads of tourists (mostly Chinese) and there were all lined up at all the luxury brand shops and I was so confused. There are Chanel, LV, Fendi, Longchamp stores basically everywhere in Paris but why are they all lined up here? I even asked the sales staff if the handbags were cheaper here but the simple answer was, these tourists shop where they are dropped off.
After three days in Paris doing no shopping at all, I was determined to buy something and take advantage of my 12% tax refunds on my purchases. Well, all I got that day was...nothing. That's nothing for myself only. I did get my mom a Longchamp Pliage bag ONLY because I saw all the lines in the stores and decided to be part of the action. When I found out the bag was only about $80 USD after tax refund compared to $145 in the USD, I decided to wait in line also. It went rather quickly. The staff moved so efficiently and knew a bit of Chinese too to help the tourists out. So I got my mom this damn bag she probably won't end up using. So why did I get it? I don't know why but I did and I "saved" some money doing it! Oh and it is her birthday coming up and I always get her something red anyway. I got a red bag like this one. I am actually not 100% sure what size I got.
When I started researching what to buy in Paris, there were a lot of posts about Paris' pharmacies and how great they are. I knew this from before and I knew that I would be dropping a lot of money in these pharmacies. I visited a few of them including City Pharma and Pharmacie de la Place Republique and spent over 200€ on pharmacy stuff...I did go a bit overboard. Sadly, all of these won't make me any prettier.
I knew essentially I wanted Argan oil, lotions and milk cleanser. Buuuut, I got just a tad more. Since I also had some of my daily essentials in my stolen backpack, I had a few things to replenish like my Clarins lipbalm which was a lot cheaper (Note: buy this at the Duty free shop for even cheaper! 13.50 € vs 17.50€). Most of the brands I got, I can also find here but essentially, everything is just a bit cheaper especially the Laroche Posay stuff. I got creams for my mommy too. I shipped her a care package including all the Paris goods the other day and spent over $40 on shipping. So in the end, all the savings balanced out :(
|Pretty Ballerinas 'Shirley' with chains|
Oh and lastly, I got me something from Chanel. Sadly, not a bag. Just this lip gloss I decided to pick up at the airport's Duty Free right before boarding our plane. Can't leave Paris without Chanel right? I actually like this gloss a lot. It stays on well and the color and shine is just right for me. I got No. 179 (Murmure).