We just recently returned from our trip and I brought home a few beauty-related goodies. I wanted to quickly show some of the things I picked up, and at the same time I can show a few photos of our trip! I found a few fun beauty, home, and fragrance things in Spain and Portugal, including both new cosmetics and more traditional products.
We spent a good chunk of time in Lisbon with one day trip to Sintra during that time, which is an easy train ride away. Lisbon makes for a really nice vacation, as it has plenty of fun things to see but is easy to navigate and has a great metro and train system, plus there’s loads of affordable food and old school gift shopping. Sintra is a smaller town that is known for its abundance of castles and historic monuments and provides tons of opportunities for terrific photos.
Here are some tidbits I picked up along the way (minus any gifts for others, which I’d rather not publish!).
My mascara started to run dry while in Portugal and I discovered that there was a Kiko Cosmetics location in Lisbon’s Vasco da Gama shopping center. This my first time trying Kiko’s products but I’ve heard such good things from European beauty enthusiasts, so I went ahead and purchased two. Kiko offers a ton of different mascaras, so I took a look at their wands and picked out the Ultra Tech and Unforgettable versions. I was excited that they were priced at only €7 each, because I’ve discovered that finding really affordable mascaras can be difficult outside of the US.
I’ll be working on reviews for these guys, for sure.
We stopped by a fragrance store in Lisbon, and it was really fun. The shelves in the store were packed with bottles of different Eau de Colognes and my boyfriend and I sniffed almost every bottle in the store. I picked out 4 colognes to take home with me, and the sales associate poured them into whatever size bottles we chose. These little glass bottles are about 4″ high (I don’t know how many ml they hold) and they were each €4, which felt very affordable. I have jasmine, wisteria, rosa mosqueta, and Crepe de Chine which is based on the 1925 Millot fragrance. We haven’t quite made it back home yet and the bottles are taped up, so I’ll break ’em open when I don’t have to worry about leakage during transit.
Portugal is apparently known for soaps, and have a ton of options wrapped up in beautiful vintage-styled paper. While shopping in Lisbon I actually realized I already owned a rose-scented bar that I had received as a gift while in Asia, which makes me feel like these are products that are pretty widely appreciated by those who enjoy nice home goods. In a Lisbon store called A Vida Portuguesa I took the time to sniff all of the offerings and picked out Wild Pansy soap, which I’m excited to use when I get back home.
Caza das Vellas Loreto is a candle store in Lisbon that’s been around since 1789. They make some beautiful things, and we bought a couple of candles for ourselves. The best part is that while everything is handmade, the prices really are quite reasonable. I think the standard long candlesticks were €2 each, and our shaped candles were somewhere around €6-7.
Both of these guys are around 6″ long, and I just thought they were so cute. The blackbird was my pick, while my boyfriend really liked the pear. They’re unscented, as are most of their candles. The store scents some of their more basic pillar-shaped candles, but are very careful and particular about the plant oils that they use, which I think reflects their traditional approach.
I actually didn’t do any real beauty shopping in Spain, so I thought I’d just include a few photos from our trip. We traveled through Madrid, Granada, Seville, Jerez, and Cádiz, and Spain is just fantastic. We’d definitely like to return in the future to explore some of the areas we didn’t get to this time around, particularly Galicia.
Here’s one cute little thing that we bought both for ourselves as well as for small gifts:
La Violeta is a small candy store in Madrid that basically sells two products, violet sucking candies and dark chocolate bars with candied violet petals. The candies are apparently gifts that are popular among locals, so we picked up a few small boxes and a bar of chocolate to try. The candies are delightful, and I loooove the chocolate bar.
We also stopped in Marrakech and bought some fun stuff, but it seemed like a lot to pack into one post so that’ll be my next post up.
I did start using Instagram for the first time during this trip, so if you’re curious about my life you can keep up with me here: