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Snaps and “Souvenirs” From Spain’s Spirited Capital

Last week Mr. Page and I went to Madrid to celebrate Mr. Page’s birthday and visit my brother who lives there (gotta love killing two birds with one stone!).

It was our first time visiting Spain’s capital city, so we obviously did all the touristy stuff, like going to museums (El Prado and Reina Sofia), renting a little rowing boat in the Buen Retiro Park, and just walking around and checking out the sights.

Oh, and we also did a little shopping!

Well, mainly I did. 😉

Our hotel was right next to a NYX store (a brand I don’t normally have offline access to), so I just had to buy my first Soft Matte Lip Cream, and obviously chose the shade Madrid (what’s a better souvenir than that, eh?). It’s a deep cool-toned red that I absolutely love, but unfortunately I don’t love the formula as much. I don’t like that I can really feel it on the lips the whole time and that it fades pretty quickly in the vertical lines. I was expecting it to perform similarly to the Sephora Cream Lip Stains, but was a little disappointed (the Sephora ones are much more comfortable and long-lasting).

At NYX, I also bought the Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie in Hibiscus Tea Punch, which is a browny nude with a shiny finish (I’ll make sure to use it in a look soon, so you can actually see what it’s like). I had been looking for a lipstick exactly like this and am very pleased with my purchase.

At the El Corte Ingles mall, I was happy to find a Jo Malone counter where I finally got a 30-ml bottle of their Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, a clean, salty fragrance I had fallen in love with last summer when I visited the only Italian counter in Milan.

AND, while I was at the Jo Malone counter, Mr. Page (who, despite being in a beauty hall, was in particularly good spirits since I had promised to take him to the Real Madrid stadium the next day) got me the Victoria Beckham Eye Palette from Estée Lauder!!! I had been lusting after it since I saw the previews months ago, but didn’t get it because of the high price tag (it’s €95 in Italy, €85 in Spain).

Well, it’s everything I thought it would be and more! The leather and gold packaging is just the best ever, the color selection is a little unusual but super wearable, and the shadows are very easy to work with. So… Thanks a lot, Mr. Page!

Fashion-wise, I was looking for a versatile black handbag, and settled on this beautiful suede model from Zara, which is just the perfect size and style to be used on many different occasions, both day and night (just know that black suede stains lighter fabrics, though). We do have Zara in Italy, but since it’s a Spanish company, everything is cheaper there (the purse was €49.95), so I may or may not have also gotten a red sateen dress, which I may or may not feature in another post…

That’s all for my little Madrid haul, folks! But before I go, I’ll leave you to a few shots I took around town…

Enjoy! 🙂

Madrid Spain Plaza Mayor

Madrid Spain Plaza MayorPlaza Mayor is a beautiful square in central Madrid


Madrid Spain Mercado de San MiguelThe Mercado de San Miguel is a gourmet tapas market just off Plaza Mayor


Madrid Spain Mercado de San MiguelJamon iberico


Madrid Spain Mercado de San Miguel

Madrid Spain Templo de DebodIn the 1960’s, Egypt donated the Temple of Debod to Spain as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the Abu Simbel temples during the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The 2nd-century BC temple was dismantled in Egypt and rebuilt in Madrid!


Madrid Spain Palacio RealThe Royal Palace


Madrid Spain Palacio Real

Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain Parque del Buen RetiroIf you go to Madrid, make sure you rent a little rowing boat at the Buen Retiro Park pond. It’s a lot of fun!


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15 Comments

  • Reply
    LindaLibraLoca
    November 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I have never been to Madrid either, but I will keep your recommendations in mind when I go. Rowing boat, NYX counter, all noted down 😉

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    Yiota
    November 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    The Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippies look awesome, I just googled them and they have some amazing shades! Glad you had fun, I always wanted to travel to Spain, hopefully next summer! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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      Carol in a
      November 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Spain is a very nice, hospitable country! I’ve also been to Barcelona and Sevilla, and I highly recommend both. Oh, and Canary and Baleari islands are beautiful, too!

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    Kiran
    November 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I would love to go to Madrid, I went to Barcelona just this June and it was incredible, love the look of that eye palette. Followed you on Bloglovin’, love your posts. Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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      Carol in a
      November 18, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Hi Kiran! In all honesty, I don’t think Madrid is as beautiful as Barcelona, but I guess that’s just down to personal preference. Nonetheless Madrid is still a nice city and definitely worth visiting.

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    Anika
    November 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Amazing photos, looks like such a beautiful place!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    Giulia
    November 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Stunning pics! I like your blog, would you like to follow each other?:)

    http://julesonthemoon.blogspot.it/

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    Claire Talks Beauty
    November 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    i visited spain once and i absoluely loved it ! this country is full of charm !
    Your photos are amazing! it makes me wanna visit it again :

    Claire From http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

  • Reply
    Agata
    November 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Your pictures look beautiful and it looks like you had a great time! I have never been to Spain before.

    Lovely souvenirs, too! That Zara bag is stunning. I miss having access to Zara!

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    Ela
    November 18, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Mr Page knows how to make you happy 😉 Some loves the soft matte formula some hates, I really like the mouse like texture but yeah it is not that long lasting. Madrid is a gorgeous seasonal colour, maybe you’d come up with a makeup look using VB palette and Madrid lip cream 😉

    Ela BellaWorld

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    Shireen L. Platt
    November 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    You got yourself some lovely goodies, Carol! And you’re right, there is no comparison between Sephora Cream Lip Stain and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream with the former being more long lasting and comfortable on the lips. NYX Soft Matte lip cream is a good budget option though. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    Zorica
    November 19, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Such a pretty photography…
    It sounds like you had an amazing time
    xx
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zn7IqrAY1I44bRuN6dH-Q
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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    whitney
    November 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

    The Wood Sage and Sea Salt is one of my favourites from Jo Malone, one that I would love to own one day! The architecture is so pretty; I love your photos and wish I can travel to Europe right now!

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    Pavithra
    November 23, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Love the way you’ve clicked all of the pictures! Truly stunning! xo

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