Tuesday, September 4, 2012

German Drugstore Haul!


Hey everyone! Happy to be back home safe & sound after a great trip to Germany! 
Tyler and I went for his brother's wedding and it was so fun. I have lots of video clips and pictures that I'll work into an upcoming Beauty Vlogcast video, but for now I wanted to show you the drugstore makeup I came up with! I've come down with a post-travel cold and my voice isn't so good... so blogging is a bit easier for me right now. 


We were staying in Idstein (a medium-sized town outside Frankfurt), and Sylvia (my sister-in-law) suggested we go to this drugstore called Rossmann. If I had more time (and space in my suitcase)- I would've shopped more! :) This store had around 5 brands in the cosmetics section, including some German brands I'd never heard of, as well as  L'oreal and Maybelline... however the displays weren't near as large as they are in the U.S. Another random observation- certain products- like eyeshadows- seemed a lot smaller than they are in the U.S.  I wanted to just get a little grab bag of random things...


I picked up this CD moisturizer (not sure if there's more to that brand name)- in a small size... Sylvia recommended it. The moisturizer I had packed was teeny tiny, so I figured I could use some more. This cream was great for nourishing my skin without getting greasy under my makeup. Tyler used some & liked it too. Gotta keep the skin hydrated after those long flights!


 I found a mousse foundation from a brand called Rival de Loop that I picked up. It's somewhere between the size of Maybelline Dream Mousse foundation and the Dream Mousse Concealer. The texture is similar to those, only a bit more fluffy and it blends out with a more powdery-feel. The shade I have is 02 Beige. I used a little of this when I did Sylvia's makeup for her wedding day :)


This eyeshadow is from a brand called Manhattan. I'd been wanting to do a peach & lavender eye look, so that's why I picked this one out of a special display. The shades are all rather sheer in these swatches, but pretty. And the purple is slightly iridescent. I'm excited to try these out on my eyes. I'm not totally sure what the shade name on this is... the back of the packaging says "Eyemazing Eyeshadow 3". 


Then I found this Perfect Stay stain/balm from a brand called Astor. I know Revlon makes something similar- with the marker-like lip stain on one end, and a clear balm on the other. This berry shade is called "Bols de Rose". I haven't used this yet, but Sylvia and I both thought it was worth a shot. 


With the brands like L'oreal that we're familiar with in the U.S., they have some of the same products- but they're often packaged differently. This Caress lipstick in 401 Rebel Red is an example of that... these lipsticks have different packaging in the U.S. and they're cut at an angle- unlike this one which is flat across the top- more like a balm. Another example of that- the Maybelline mascaras all had pointy caps in Germany, unlike ours in the U.S. Yes, I'm makeup obsessed, so these little things fascinate me.  As for this lipstick, it's a sheer, moisturizing red that became my go-to lip product for a couple days of the trip. Love it!


So there's my little haul! I'd never heard of several of these brands- so for those from Germany who're in the know-- I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on what I picked up! I'll have much more to come on this trip in a future vlog. Thanks for reading!

Daily Nuggets...
  • I am laying on the couch, exhausted, with cold-like symptoms. 
  • I had already planned to have the day off today for a little recovery from the jet lag. 
  • I felt like I had a full-blown cold about halfway through our flight home... it was odd how it set in so quickly. The super dry air on the plane didn't help. 
  • Cupcake missed me- she has followed me everywhere, sleeping on me, sitting in my makeup chair with me, even getting in the shower! LOL. My co-anchor Kevin made sure she was taken care of while I was away. 
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53 comments:

  1. Exciting, i love trying out products from other countries :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  2. Really nice things you picked out :)
    After living in the states for a year it was weird to get used to our small displays in Germany :D
    Sadly Rossmann has a small variety of make up (it depends on the stores size).
    If you go again in the future try to visit dm-drogeriemarkt or Mueller.
    At dm you find the same brands as in Rossmann (exept for Rival de loop) as well as essence, catrice or alverde.

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  3. Welcome back from Germany Emily! I'm glad you had a good time. Nice little haul but I have to say, my favorite part was the Cupcake picture! She's a show stealer. Good luck with the L'oreal lipbalm. I found the one I had earlier this year to be drying on my lips and it left a filmy feel.

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  4. Rossmann isn't necessarily the drugstore with the largest make up displays. Depending on the size of the store in general some of them are indeed very tiny!
    There are bigger displays, don't worry. ^^

    However, the brands you picked out for me are not necessarily the best quality ones. CD is a regular cream that I like to use sometimes, too. I'm not too fond of Manhattan or Rival de Loop (which is a very cheap brand) at all.
    I'm not sure if it's true that German eyeshadows come in smaller sizes than the US. It's up to the brand, I guess; I don't see a general difference.
    However, I would have probably recommended different products for you to try... but most of them are sold in a different drugstore, kind of the German Walgreens. ^^

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  5. these are lovely! I am glad you're back, get well soon sweetheart! :) XOXO


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  6. I love the colors of the eyeshadows! Very pretty! I'd love to see you do a "most worn" tag post/video :)
    -Amber
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  7. Awww!! Cupcake missed her mama!! That's adorable. :)

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  8. Rose de bois lipint is great! I've been using it since it came out And i've repurchased it oftenly. I wouldn't recomend Manhatan as a make up brand because i think it has a pretty cheap finish

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  9. Hope you get well soon :)

    I always find it interesting to see the packaging you have in the US.
    The thing that annoys me is that all products seems to be released in the US waaaay before Norway. So when you rave about a product it could take a year until it's released in Norway. Off course Ebay is my friend ;)

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  10. That L'Oreal lipstick looks exactly like the ones they sell in Canada. Also Revlon sells the Balm Stains like the one you showed above, we don't have the ones that look like the Clinique Chubby Sticks :(.

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  12. Aww! I miss Rossmann so much! Did you get the chance to go to a Douglas store? They have great make up as well :)

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  13. Welcome back :)

    We have Manhattan in our country and it's good drugstore brand, some product are lot better then some high end stuff. Their foundations are really good and cheap. Powder mat makeup is great mattifying liquid full coverage foundation. I specially love their pressed powder foundation (Soft compact powder). Goes on really smooth, and gives medium to full coverage (depends on how much is applied and how; wet or dry) without been cakey. Pencil liners are also very nice. Eyeshadows vary, some are good some not so much.

    If you visit Germany again, try brand called Art Deco, they are something in between drugstore and HE. Their eyeshadows are specially good with excellent color selection and pigmentation. And they have good mascaras.

    Europian versions of some drugstore brands( Loreal, Maybelline, Rimmel, Revlon)in general tend to be lot different from US, in pacakage, names and somethimes in formulations. And we rarely get the entire assortment.

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  14. Sorry to hear about your cold. When traveling I always take an Airborne before the flight and after the flight. It really seems to help by giving a burst of vitamins.

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  15. Guten tag! Nice to to see you back home safe with a haul no less!

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  16. What an interesting post! I wish I could go travel the world and see what type of different products they have to offer! Haha.

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  17. I like trying products from other places too. It's a refreshing idea. Awwww. Your kitty is so cute!
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  18. It's really interesting hearing about the differences between the makeup in other places in the world!
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  19. My cat does that as well. He tries to get in the shower with me when he doesn't see me for awhile! Ha!!

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  20. i must be makeup obsessed too cuz everything you say fascinates me!! haha feel better soon!

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  21. I don't know about the Rival de Loop foundation, but their eyeshadow primer is a HG product for a lot of German bloggers!

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  22. Hi didn't you get the brand Lacura from Aldi? Suppose to awesome.

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  23. Hi didn't you get the brand Lacura from Aldi? Suppose to awesome.

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  24. Hi didn't you get the brand Lacura from Aldi? Suppose to awesome.

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  25. Thanks for sharing. I kind of want to try out the Revlon version of the lip stain you found :)

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  26. Nice haul! I like the look of the mousse foundation.

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  27. Yeah! German/European mascaras and pointier and bulkier. My friend brought me the falsies from Austria and the packaging was so odd compared to the falsies here in the US.

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  28. i love everything! especially the lipstick :) awesome haul! XO

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  29. Emily, I've been watching your videos for months now and really enjoy them. This post was a great read as well, but I'm curious: what in the world is the red logo on the drugstore bag???

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  30. Emily, I've been watching your videos for months now and really enjoy them. This post was a great read as well, but I'm curious: what in the world is the red logo on the drugstore bag???

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  31. Emily, I've been watching your videos for months now and really enjoy them. This post was a great read as well, but I'm curious: what in the world is the red logo on the drugstore bag???

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  32. Welcome back! I've been excited waiting to see what goodies you'd get in Germany!!

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  33. I hope you'll get well soon! Maybe the Cupcake snuggles will help ^^

    I have the same Rouge Caresse lipstick from L'Oréal and really like it. It's so smooth and doesn't feel drying, plus the color is nicely subtly.

    I also noticed that the packaging in the US and Germany (maybe even Europe) is quite different and I find that very interesting.

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  34. Hope you get well soon. Fresh pineapple juice does wonders. ((hugs))

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  35. Hope you get well soon. Fresh pineapple juice does wonders. ((hugs))

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  36. I like your little haul from Rossmann. Although dm or Müller have a much larger variety of brands to choose from. It's funny how you noticed all the little differences in packaging etc. I often find it hard to tell whether a product really is the same as in Germany whenever I visit the U.S. and go to a Walgreens,Target or CVS. I just love browsing the aisles at American drugstores with their huge cosmetics displays.

    Hope you get well soon.

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  37. And now you see, why are we all in Europe crazy about USA stores with cosmetics! Isn't it weird, how less variety we get? :-(
    Anyways, I hope you enjoyed your time and that you got the chance to go to Douglas.
    Manhatten is very good drugstore brand, as well as Astor. You should have tried Dermacol too.

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  38. Love getting products from other countries that you can't get here! Great post

    Lauren,
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    xx

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  39. Egno and Others,

    I'm traveling to Germany in a month for a 2-week vacation (Bamberg).

    What products would you recommend picking up that I can't get in the States? That comment about Rival de Loop's eyeshadow primer got my attention.

    Thanks!

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  40. Love your videos and blogs. Can't wait to see the video from your shopping adventure:•D

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  41. You should have gone to a DM and try Alverde products - organic, but own brand, so quite cheap. :-)

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  42. I live in the Uk and we have the pointy lids on Maybelline mascara's too - I found it really strange when I went to the US and they weren't! Love Rossmann too :) Used to go there all the time when I lived in Germany :) Great post!

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  43. I'm going to Germany in three weeks. I've heard of the brands P2 and Catrice. Did you see any of that?

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  45. I'm from Austria, but we have the same brands like in Germany. It's a pity that you did not buy anything from CATRICE, because it's one of the best brands here in middle europe. many beuty blogger and vlogger love this brand!

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  46. I've watched you videos for years and this is super helpful to me! We're moving to Germany in a few months so it's great to have a heads up on the make-up scene there from the only lady I trust! Thanks Emily!

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  47. Hi, I didn't try any of the things you bought (only the lipstick but in another shade) but I think you should try more things from brands like essence (I now from your videos that ulta sells essence, but I don't now if they are really the same products), catrice, alverde or maybe Rival de loop (the eyeshadow base is awsome for 3€).

    Nail Polish from Catrice is my Favorite right after the essie ones. My favorite Mascara is also from Catrice (Lashes to Kill Ultra Black). And the eyeshadows are also great qualtiy (and they have some really great dupes for high end eyeshadows and Nail Polishes.)

    Like Egno said I also would recommend some diffrent products and brands to you to try (maybe next time you visit germany) because there are really great things in german drugstores too!

    maya

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  48. Let us know how you like the Astor lip stain. I got one a while ago and find it comes off extremely quickly, definitely won't stay on longer than 2 or 3 hours:/

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  49. If you get a chance, next time try DM stores, especially their Alverde line. And you must try Art Deco eyeshadows and their lid primer, absolutely amazing! Also, whenever in Europe, I buy Bourjois cosmetics. Their Healthy Serum foundation is great. I believe you can get some of their products on asos.com. Hope you feel better soon.

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  50. It's a shame you didn't try ArtDeco.. Dita Von Teese worked with them...
    http://www.artdeco.de/en/novelties/dita-von-teese-classics.html
    Also there's Make Up Factory, Catrice and also there's Bourjois (not a German brand, it's French..Channel owns Bourjois and I think their Healthy Mix foundations are one of the best)...

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  51. i love that your kitty is named cupcake!! :) i gave mine people names, olivia and jasper.. jasper not such a common person name hehe.. but i'm obsessed with the name cupcake! i used to have a dream of getting a puppy and naming him pepperoni...

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  52. I would recommend to go to Frankfurt next time and do some makeup shopping there.
    Douglas has some nice display for higher end makeup and for drugstore you definately should go to dm. The bigger the store, the bigger the makeup display.
    Rival de Loop is a brand from the drugstore you got it from and it´s a cheap one. From Manhattan you should try the nailpolishes. For eyeshadows I would recommend catrice, they are absolutely great. Hope you will visit germany again soon.

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