EXPLORING SHANGHAI WITH LANCÔME

6th Jul 2017 - Beauty, Places, Style

A couple of weeks ago I hopped on a plane with my Lancôme family for a whistle stop trip to beautiful Shanghai! Lancôme asked me to go along to check out their incredible ‘Declaring Happiness’ exhibition which was curated in celebration of their brand new Lancôme store which is opening in Shanghai. I was joined by the lovely Victoria from In The Frow as well as tons of other beautiful bloggers from around the world. Until this trip I’d actually never visited China before, and since it was one of the countries that I’ve been dying to visit since FOREVER I was so excited to join the team and spend a few days exploring some of what it had to offer.

We arrived into Shanghai airport on Tuesday evening and I had a few hours to recover from my 12 hour flight (yes, 12 hours!!) before we headed off first thing Wednesday morning to get our first taste of the country’s culture. As soon as we stepped out of the hotel doors Victoria and I were whisked off in one of the super cool Lancôme sidecars (make sure you watch the vlog to see me getting way too excited whizzing around Shanghai) for a quick tour of the city before being dropped off at our first destination – Yong Foo Elite.

HERE'S MY OUTFIT!

  • Re-Worked 'Hanes' Tee

    I could wear this every single day

  • Mango Sequin Sandals

    Some glitz in my life

  • CROCHET MIDI DRESS

    Cool and comfy

  • DITA CAT EYE SUNGLASSES

    The ultimate cat eye sunnies

  • Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

    Super duper roomy!

As soon as I stepped out of the sidecar I just COULD NOT believe my eyes! Yong Foo Elite is housed in the most incredible 1930’s villa and is surrounded by one of the most gorgeous gardens I’ve ever laid my eyes on! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side, but even with the rumbling clouds and drizzle the garden was truly magical. The house was surrounded by giant magnolia trees and streams filled with lily pads. I’m such a plant lady so of course the garden had me all heart eyed.

Lancôme had so many activities planned for us to try which meant that I actually got to try Tai Chi! If you follow me on Insta stories you would have seen me trying my hardest to nail the moves and keep up with the instructor while looking as ‘zen’ as I possibly could. Tai Chi is actually waaaay harder than it looks but I actually really enjoyed it! I also got to keep the outfit (score!!) so you can bet I’m going to be lounging around the house looking like a Tai Chi pro very soon…

After exploring the gardens we were whisked off to a secret location within the grounds. We arrived in this teeny tiny room where the Lancôme team unveiled the incredible Lancôme Advanced Génefique Sensitive and told us all about what makes this serum is so magical. It feels super special, from the moment you open your bottle the whole experience is incredibly dramatic. To activate your serum you basically twist the cap which releases this beautiful blue liquid into the bottle. You then shake it up and voila! Once activated, you should use your serum everyday on a cleansed face as the first step of your skincare routine. It feels incredibly luxurious to apply and is great for sensitive skin, troubled skin and skin that just needs a bit of a boost! It was such an experience to witness how the serum works it’s magic, you have to try this stuff. Oh and once you activate the serum you have to use it up within 2 months as the ingredients are fresh and active!

That evening we got the chance to take a peek around the incredible ‘Declaring Happiness’ exhibition which was organised by the Lancôme team. You guys know that even before I started working with the brand, I’ve always been such a Lancôme fan, so it was amazing to wander around the exhibition and see all of my favourite products in such a beautiful setting. Luckily for us we were allowed a sneak preview of the space before the event started, but later on that night we got all glammed up and returned to join in on the party. Make sure you watch the vlog to see what we got up to!

We spent our last day in the city exploring some of Shanghai’s best tourist destinations. Our first day was so busy that it was nice to take things a bit slower and really get an idea of what Shanghai is all about. We started our day at the top of the Shanghai tower which was absolutely INSANE!! I’ll insert a photo of the view down below but unfortunately it was so cloudy that we couldn’t really see much through the windows. Hopefully you get the gist though! On a sunny day I bet the view is breath taking.

After leaving the Shanghai tower we headed to the place that I was most excited for – the Yu Garden. Call me crazy but gardens are one of my favourite places to explore when I’m in another country, I just love to see how the plants and trees differ from what we have here in the UK and back home in Canada – it’s fascinating to me! The Yu Garden was absolutely beautiful and definitely fulfilled all my fantasies about traditional Chinese gardens! The whole place felt so atmospheric and it was such an incredible experience to be walking through an area which has so much history behind it. If you’re visiting Shanghai definitely make sure you make time in your schedule to visit the Yu Garden.

THIS IS WHAT I WORE!

  • HUNTER YELLOW UMBRELLA

    Cuuuute!

  • FLORAL WRAP DRESS

    Into the dress & tee look lately

  • BASIC WHITE TEE

    The perfect staple piece

  • JIMMY CHOO STUDDED MULES

    I'm in love

  • CULT GAIA GAIAS ARK BAG

    Love this Mother of Pearl style

Although we were only in Shanghai for a matter of days, I had the most incredible time and it’s definitely one of my favourite memories from this year so far. Thanks so much to my Lancôme family for putting so much hard work into organising not only the trip, but the Declaring Happiness exhibition. Don’t forget to catch up on my vlog from the trip if you haven’t already, I had an absolute blast!

ALSO FEATURED IN THE POST:

  • MORPHO & LUNA PYJAMA SET

    I wish I could wear these 24/7

  • Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick

    I love the formula of these lipsticks

  • Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum

    You need to try this

  • Lancôme Rénergie Multi Lift Ultra Fluid

    A light and silky fluid

  • Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Crème Riche

    A rich firming day cream

  • Shanghai looks so beautiful! I never have thought of going here as a travel destination, but after your photos, I am sold. How fun that you did Tai Chi too? You probably felt the Shangai vibes so hard doing that!

    xoxo Mollie
    http://www.molliebellezza.com

  • Lancome is one of the brands I need to explore more. Sounds like you had a great trip. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

  • beautiful trip! and that wall of flowers!! omg so insane!

    xx from Italy
    Cate // 35mminstyle.com

  • Lisa Autumn

    Totally loved the video.. you looked so happy and glowy 🙂 Love seeing you like this!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Thoroughly enjoyed the video. So happy to see you exploring the world! I’ve never been to Shanghai but it’s on my list, for sure!

    http://www.ticketforadventure.com

  • The pictures are great and I loved the video as well. Shame that a bunch of bloggers/vloggers were too scared to go on the side carts. Riding on a motorcycle is a great thrill and although scary for the first time, it’s super exhilarating!

    https://thedianaedition.com

  • This place is unbelievable 🙂
    Miki xx
    littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it

    https://goo.gl/arADu3

  • These pictures are fantastic! I’m so glad you liked Shanghai, I loved visiting it last year (went for Disneyland) and would love to go back and explore a little bit more.
    -Kathryn xx
    http://hellokathryn.com/