Friday afternoon budget shopping in Haifa

Hi girls, I’d like to share a bit more about my personal life – as a new immigrant- in Haifa (Israel). As I think I might have told you before, I moved to Haifa (Israel) not because I needed a better job nor because I am Jewish, but simply for my great boyfriend. Not easy at all when you take into account the significant salary drop, and how everything just seems a bit less luxurious than it did in your home country, the Netherlands.


I often find myself complaining and I really try not to. I want to remain convinced of my choice and try to move forward, as I know that every beginning is hard. I have lived here now for 2 years and I still find it hard to progress. But I accepted that progress is slow and I try to be happy and learn from challenges along the way. The most important thing I learn here is not to feel sorry for yourself too often and not to linger on the obstacles that are on my way.

You have to reinvent yourself if your university degree has a different value here than it does at home. Most people from abroad choose to do something else with their degree. Blogging helps me to express myself, since I don’t always like my current job. I like to write and share. It feels I can express my creativity and I am learning a lot about websites and social media marketing.

The weekend days here are Fridays and Saturdays. On Sunday people start their working week again.

This Friday my two friends and I went to the mall. We love to browse a bit and give each other tips such as where to get good yet cheap stuff. When it comes to cosmetic-related products I found a good alternative for low budget cosmetics. The shop is called WoW. I would not necessarily buy make up there, but do buy make up remover, nail polish and nail polish remover as well as other beauty-related accessories. For a few shekels you can get yourself relatively good quality products.

Israeli women care about their looks. As people have far less to spend here compared to the west a lot of people are looking for low budget alternatives. The brand WoW is one of these low budget chain shops here where women can find good low-priced alternatives for daily cosmetics.

Meet Lilach, my new friend. Lilach immigrated not long ago from South Africa. She has lived here for 9 months. Lilach buys nail stickes to clean around the cuticles when putting on nail polish.

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This brush below makes my hair smooth. Excellent for blow drying. The wipes cost only a few shekels and are excellent for daily make up removing.

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I love this nail polish! It has an excellent spreadability and holds for a long time. The price is the equivalent of EUR 1,70 (Shekel 7)

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Useful budget products for everyone.



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5 Comments on Friday afternoon budget shopping in Haifa

  1. Nilou
    16 July 2015 at 14:08 (5 years ago)

    ahwww keep it up, in the end it’s all worth it being with the one you love <3

    • vgoerdat
      16 July 2015 at 18:31 (5 years ago)

      Thank you soo much Nilou for this sweet reaction!

  2. kiran
    16 July 2015 at 18:51 (5 years ago)

    Like like like this so much! Cool to get to know you better and why you love to blog! Thanks for sharing Van, keep up the good work!! XXXK.

  3. Resh
    16 July 2015 at 22:29 (5 years ago)

    I love how you express yourself. Open and honest. Some parts of your article are very recognisable, especially the part about reinventing yourself.

    • vgoerdat
      17 July 2015 at 11:21 (5 years ago)

      Thanks Resh! Yes… I know that you share some of the experiences.


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