12 July, 2016 Mykonos Beauty Haul: Sephora, Korres and More!
In the last month, you probably noticed a reduction in the number of posts on my blog. To put it simply, life got in the way, and I’ve not put in as much of an effort with my writing because of it. After a week’s break and a wonderful trip to Mykonos, I’m feeling really inspired to get back into the swing of things again, and I have so many posts I want to share this summer.
Another thing that has been on my mind recently, is how to find a balance between sharing reviews of products that have been sent to me, and more thoughtful recommendations and advice I want to give when it comes to beauty. I do feel incredibly lucky that I get sent products and am included on PR lists. In the last two years I have established relationships with great brands, but for me, the way readers respond to content is far more important than writing 300 words on another face mask.
I think that an increase in product reviews on my blog has lead to a slump in engagement, so going forward I’m incredibly conscious of keeping all my posts relevant to your life, and realistic to what you actually want to read. It would help so much if you let me know your favourite kinds of posts, and what you would like to see more of on my blog.
Now, back to why you’re here… Mykonos isn’t exactly known to be a beauty mecca, but they have some gorgeous pharmacies dotted around the town, and even a mini Sephora. It mostly stocks own-brand products, Make Up For Ever, and a few high-end perfume brands, but it’s still lovely.
Sephora Mykonos Picks
The first product I picked up is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 05 Infinite Rose (£11.45). I have two other shades in my collection (01 Always Red and 13 Marvellous Mauve) and I’ve always wanted to test out more of the softer, neutral colours. Infinite Rose is a gorgeous peachy-pink, and it has a hint of shimmer too. It’s gorgeous with a tan and surprisingly comfortable – maybe more so than the two fully matte shades I own. I never hear much about this one, so definitely give this a go if you’re after a nude-toned liquid lipstick.
I’ve wanted another Sephora ‘Lucky Penny’ eyeshadow for AGES, but it’s always sold out online. The Sephora Colourful Eyeshadow in Hawaiian Beach (£8.18) is a close dupe, although it isn’t as high-impact. It’s also a pretty exact colour match of MAC’s Honey Lust eyeshadow, which is always handy to know!
I picked up two Tonymoly products in Sephora: the Tonymoly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm (£8.14), and the Tonymoly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm (£8.04). These egg-shaped containers offer pore-purging and pore-smoothing benefits, although whether they actually work is another story.
The Blackhead Steam Balm is self-heating, and contains egg yolk, eggshell powder and charcoal. You’re meant to apply it to your t-zone (or any blackhead-prone areas) for 3-5 minutes, and then rinse away. To be perfectly honest, this is such a gimmick that I couldn’t really resist buying it! I’ve tested it out once and am mildly impressed – my skin definitely looked more refined and blackheads seemed to dislodge a little easier. However, for the price I paid in Mykonos (which was close to £15), I don’t think this is going to rock my world when it comes to managing blackheads and excessively large pores.
The Silky Smooth Balm is a dinky, sorbet-style primer that blurs over pores and keeps skin looking smooth and free from texture. It has a nice lemon-fresh scent and it doesn’t peel or kick up when I blend it in with my fingers – as a fair few silicone-based primers are known to do. The packaging isn’t the most travel-friendly, but it’s small enough to keep in your toiletry bag, and it’s definitely one I’ll be bringing with me on my next trip.
The Merci Handy Hello Sunshine Face Mist (€4.50) was a random spur-of-the-moment purchase, that is actually kind of amazing. Unlike most facial sprays, this creates a gentle and very light spritz of product that doesn’t leave you completely soaked. It’s very refreshing and uplifting, and the Hello Sunshine scent is pure orange goodness. Keep in the fridge for extra cooling bliss!
Korres Mykonos Picks
My sister Katie told me about this stuff, and she’s the queen of hidden beauty gems – so naturally, I couldn’t resist. The Korres Red Vine Hair Sun Protection (£10) smells divine, helps condition my hair (especially bleached bits) in the sun, and creates a subtle beachy, salty texture that even I can get on board with. Gorgeous stuff.
Katie also recommended the Korres Velvet Orris, Violet and White Pepper Shower Gel (£15.13), and as she wears the EDT from the range I knew I needed it. The scent is woody, sexy and sultry, and the perfect luxurious shower treat in the AM. I couldn’t find this shower gel at a reasonable price online, so I’ve linked to the cheapest I saw. Soz!
On my last trip to Mykonos I picked up a few mini Korres masks, but I couldn’t find the Korres Avocado Face Mask (£2.50). This time I have, although it literally smells of a ripe avocado, so I don’t know how I feel about it. That being said, it’s SO nourishing and great for dry, flaky skin, so maybe use this when you’ve got a slightly blocked nose and all will be well.
Last up is a gorgeous new summer scent – the Korres White Tea, Bergamot and Freesia Eau de Toilette (£29). It’s a beautiful fragrance, and packed with the green and woody notes I adore. It’s the perfect scent to wear to work, on the weekend, or whenever you want to smell lovely without it being overpowering or too sexy and provocative. Also, who knew white tea could smell so good?
So, that’s it. I know this post is over 1000 words but I just had so much to say! As before, PLEASE comment below with your recommendations of blog posts you’d like to see from me. Also, if you’ve been to Mykonos and have any pharmacy tips, get sharing!