This is not really a post about beauty and makeup, it’s just a little post to briefly share with you my recent holiday trip to France, with my motorbike, my boyfriend and my new Hakuhodo J Series freshly arrived – of course I could not leave home for 7 days and not take these brushes with me – I am that crazy.
My boyfriend’s mum just bought a little countryside house in France near Limoges and we wanted to see what this area looked like, it was supposed to be really charming, surrounded by lakes and castles. It is indeed.
I wasn’t looking forward to covering that many kilometers on two wheels, I only usually take it to work since it’s easier to park. I actually find it exhausting and stressful to travel long distance on motorbikes. You have to be extremely careful at all times, anticipate even more than you would with a car, pay attention to any type of road otherwise you will be washed out in a blink of an eye (been there) and when you have to do that for hours, it gets very difficult for me, moreover when it rains.
We left on a Friday, it was pouring with rain, it was cold, windy… the most terrible weather we could fear for. But he still wanted to leave that day… Honestly I was scared to death.
My boyfriend bought me new clothing gear as a present (or should I say – leverage – ) since I really needed something serious to wear and to protect me. My last clothing gear was ripped off in a motorbike accident I had some time ago, it can save your life, it’s expensive but worth it, believe me.
With my old motorbike I was never afraid of the rain, it was fantastic under bad weather conditions, unfortunately my current motorbike tends to easily slide sideways on the wet road, I have experienced that a few times already and therefore I wasn’t jumping with joy. Besides, I was extremely tired, we worked so many hours this summer that I wasn’t sure I still had enough energy left to undergo the trip, so I made a deal with my boyfriend. “I’ll go with you to France but you are not questioning my next holiday”.
After the first 50 kilometers we were already soaking wet (waterproof to a certain point…), my boots were entirely filled with water and I could not feel my fingers or my toes anymore. I was deep purple. I had left my windproof layer at home since I thought I wouldn’t be needing it. It was 5° C but with the wind and the speed, that felt like hardcore hell. We had to stop to put on some more clothes, I was literally quivering and could barely manage the corners safely. It was a busy mountain pass, very curvy narrow nasty roads, flooded with rain. I could feel my tears running down – don’t know if they were anger or pain tears – but I was doing my best to keep calm and carry on … I have heated handles on my motorbike but I can tell you that I couldn’t even feel their heat at all.
It continued to rain for hours, we couldn’t even stop to have our picnic. It was 5pm and we hadn’t had lunch. So, what can be worst than that at that point ? More wind. Wind that was pushing me away from the road. And then, traffic jams. And then, long detours and more nasty roads…
We stopped for the night at 8pm in Montluçon, a beautiful medieval town … with a Sephora ! I didn’t get anything at that point, but that happened later on during the week.
The day after we still had a long distance to cover and even more small nasty roads, it was very windy but at least we had sunshine. The dynamic was better. We could communicate with the helmet intercom and sometimes we were even laughing. His birthday is very soon and he was pointing at every single castle repeating “Please darling for my birthday… ?”
A man can hope.
We finally reached our destination later that day. Exhausted. It was also exhausting for him because he was checking that I was reappearing in his mirror after each corner… I appreciate he was concerned 🙂
We were staying in a beautiful countryside house in the middle of nowhere, with no internet connection and not even the possibility to have a french sim card working.
The problem when you are in the middle of nowhere is that every time you want to go anywhere, you have to take the motorbike. Or you can also walk, we did that one day and our small walk involved 20km…
As a treat, he took me to the Sephora and the beauty shops in Limoges, of course I had to get a few things to cheer me up !
We also visited the whole area, beautiful lakes, views and many many donkeys… I LOVE donkeys, I was thrilled to be able to spend some time with them.
We have discovered the area around the house, the Vassivière lake is huge and we will even be able to sail on it.
The house is also quite close to Limoges for shopping, good for me…
We had french crepes of course, I was drinking wine every night and I loved that !
I taught him how to make braids on my hair, since we had no hairdryer that helped to give my hair some dimension… his first try 😀
The next Friday, after 7 days, we finally left the countryside.
I packed all the Hakuhodo J Series that I had received before departure in order to try them and be able to do reviews as soon as possible. I was carrying all the brushes in my beauty bag, safely packed in my heavy but well-behaved passenger…
We had very beautiful weather at the destination and I can now say that I have traveled long distance with my motorbike. On the way back I was more comfortable, I was easily overtaking the traffic, we even had fun, I could follow him easily and he was warning me via the intercom of any obstacle or dead animals on the road and there were hundreds! We even saw a dead chicken totally crushed and I heard him saying the well-known question “So… why did the chicken cross the road ?? ” I replied : “I don’t know but that wasn’t its brightest idea… ” Hilarious…
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Onto the makeup purchases… I bought a few things that I wanted to try, for example the Bioderma.
My friend Dena had sent me an Embryolisse sample from the UK and I wanted to get the full size, I finally found it in Limoges.
Sometimes I buy products even if I don’t need them, for review purposes but I will not buy something that I don’t intend to use!
Since I had to take the motorbike nearly everyday I wasn’t wearing much makeup at all but I can already say that I enjoyed absolutely ALL the J Series, they are amazing brushes, good value and top quality. I will upload reviews of them and tell you more in detail why I selected these and what I love about them.
These are my J Series “eyes”, since some new brushes were waiting for me when I came back, I have included them in the pictures below. Let’s say it’s a sneak peek of the brushes that will be shortly reviewed … 😉
And these are the face brushes :
I cannot say that I had very relaxing holidays but it was a great experience, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, definitely …
I missed you, I was thinking of you and it honestly helped me during my trip. I am so happy to be back 🙂
Talk soon !