Friday, 27 September 2013

It's my duty to do duty free

I love to travel!!! I love to travel for many reasons - visiting new places or old familiar ones, experiencing new cultures and adventures, tasting new food and meeting interesting people. Now this might be just me - but I also really like airports, particularly the bigger ones. It's such an exciting place - it's a crossroads with people coming and going, filled with anticipation and excitement, loved ones waiting and of course this shopping heaven on earth called - DUTY FREE!

When I was traveling to spend a few days with my family last week I went a little NUTS in the duty free. I take no responsibility for this at all - in fact I blame it on a few things; unfortunately Him Indoors couldn't come with me so I felt a little bit sorry for myself, and the other thing is that I don't exactly love flying. I'm what you might call a nervous flyer, and shopping may not calm my nerves but it does keep my mind of things! Because I got so much stuff, I thought I would do something I have never done before - and that is a haul post. 

Let's start with the scentsationals since a few of them happened to fall into my basket as I was walking by. I'm going to start with the DKNY Energizing EdT For Fall which is a very new fragrance - in fact I haven't been able to find a link to it yet online, but I was told that it should be released in the UK about now. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful, sleek golden bottle and it smells divine. It's a completely unexpected warm, spicy and fruity fragrance that's just intoxicating. It's a subtle mix of zesty mandarin and citrus, subtle white and delicate flowers like jasmin and magnolia, warm seductive musk, green vetiver and for me the best bit is the slightly oriental wintery cardamom. I just couldn't resist it!

The other scent I got is La Prairie's Midnight Rain. This is another warm, fruity and slightly woody scent - can you see a pattern here? It also starts as a mellow fruity perfume with guava and mandarin, then it transforms with white flowers like freesia and white lily from youthful to more womanly. Finally again we have musk, vetiver and a very subtle touch of patchouli that makes it slightly mysterious and sensual - yum, yum.

I knew all along that I would pick up something from Victoria's Secret although I hadn't decided exactly what to get. In the end I decided on the Hello Darling Fragrance Mist which is nothing like the other two fragrances. Like most of the VS Fantasies scents it's a very light and fun combination of white nectarine and fresh peony that I thought would go really well as a body spray, layered with my Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Cologne. It is delicious although the scent doesn't last very long, even the assistant had the good grace to say so, but having to re-apply it is a small price to pay to smell luscious.

The only skin care product I got was Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado which I have had on my list of things to try for a long time. I haven't opened it yet since I'm still working on my current eye cream, so I will do a more detailed review of this in a month or so when I've had a chance to test it properly. What I can tell you is that this is one of Kiehl's best sellers and it's supposed to be a very rich cream that adds intense moisture to the under eye area and that also protects the skin against all external stress factors. Well - we'll see about that!

So on to makeup - the first product I picked up was MAC's Lipstick in Vegas Volt. I'm still very much a novice when it comes to MAC, and in fact this was only my 2nd lipstick from them. I have a long list of shades that I want to try, but since I'm working my way through a lot of other products as well - it'll take a little while to get them all. I had done a lot of research on shades that I think I would like and Vegas Volt has always stood out for me as a gorgeous rich coral that packs a punch, and I can't wait to try it on and get back to you on what I think about it.

On my shopping list I also had a few YSL products and I picked up a mascara and a lip stain. I had heard so much about the Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara that I just had to get one, and after much discussion with the assistant I actually got it in Wheedler Brown rather than black. I haven't worn a brown mascara for a while and I wanted to see if there's any noticeable difference and I'm also excited to see if Baby Doll really does create that lash by lash volume effect and how it wears throughout the day. In general my experience of YSL products is excellent and my expectations of this little baby are sky high and I hope I wont be disappointed. 

The second YSL item I got was the Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in 12 Corail Fauve. This is another item that you probably have seen mentioned in other blogs and may already have tried yourself, so of course I have to try that as well to see for myself what everyone's talking about. It's a gorgeous pinky coral shade that should go with A/W looks too, and when I swatched it at the airport it looked like it had an amazing glossy finish. All the YSL products are so luxuriously packaged that it feels like a real treat to get them, and although I haven't tried them yet I don't think I'll be let down by any of them. 

The last item in this shopping bonanza is the Dior 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics in 864 Constellation from the A/W collection. I know it's another little palette of sorts but even though these shades are metallic they are also trend neutral, so I know I will be able to wear them even after the metallic craze has come and gone. Constellation contains 3 neutral shades (1 shimmery + 2 matte), and 2 shades in violet and silvery green - both shimmery metallic. It's such a pretty little mix and I'm looking forward to creating different looks combining the matte and the shimmery shades and I suspect the violet will be a new favourite of mine.

I hope you liked this post and as you know I welcome all feedback, so please let me know in the comments what you think, and if you'd like to see more of these haul type posts. 

63 comments:

  1. You got some lovely things. The palette is very pretty x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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    1. Hi Kate, thank you so much - I'm very excited about trying them out :o). Xx

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  2. You got some great things! I love shopping at a Duty Free also and I always have to pick up something!

    allthingsglitterandbeauty

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    1. Thanks a million - I could probably spend all day there :). Xx

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  3. Oh wow what an amazing haul! I soooooo want Vegas Volt, that's my very next shade on my wishlist xx

    Gem │ ♥ │ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Oh - thank you! I'm already looking forward to doing a review of it and I have high hopes for it :o). Xx

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  4. Duty Free shopping is so exciting, I never feel guilty picking up a few things! I love the sound of the Kiehl's eyecream.. I've been looking for a good eyecream for a while so I can't wait to hear your review on it to see if it's worth getting! :)

    overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm very excited to try it because I've heard wonderful things about it - so stay tuned :o). Xx

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  5. Lovely things!! Thanks for visiting my blog!! i follow you on GFC!
    xoxo
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    1. Thank you so much that's so nice of you! :o) Xx

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  6. Shopping is the best therapy! You bought some great stuff. You put me to shame the way you described the perfumes. I can almost smell them. I'll try them if they have them over here. Not the VS sadly we don't have the brand. The Dior eye palette looks marvelous. I was looking for shades like that too.

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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    1. Thanks a million - it's always exciting getting completely new products and I'm actually trying the Dior palette today - so far so great! Xx

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  7. Great post. I haven't tried any MAC lipsticks yet but they are on my list. Love the Dior palette.

    Love your blog - followed! :-)

    Rachael x

    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Hiya Rachael and thanks for visiting! Have just tried the Dior palette today and am completely in love with it, so will come with a more detailed review soon :o). Thanks a million - following you too. Xx

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  8. The purple shades look amazing!
    Pity it doesn't suit my skin tone :(

    http://www.iwantfashion.co.uk
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    1. They are really pretty and I'm so pleased with how they turn out on the eye. Thanks for visiting, hope you'll come back again soon! Xx

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  9. The DKNY perfumes sounds interesting... I might look out for that :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, hope to see you here again soon and have a great day! Xx

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  10. Great post! I love the midnight rain packaging *_*
    New follower!
    Head-full-of-flowers.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Lizzie and thanks a million for visiting and joining! It's a really lovely fragrance but I'll do a separate review of it at some point in the next few months or so. Following you as well :o). Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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    2. Hi Lizzie and thanks a million for visiting and joining! It's a really lovely fragrance but I'll do a separate review of it at some point in the next few months or so. Following you as well :o). Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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    3. oo that would be great! Thank you so much for the follow! :D xo

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  11. Oooh I'm so jealous that you've tried the VS body mists! I sooo want to try them! I'm looking forward to your review on the Keihl's eye cream, I seriously LOVE Keihl's! I get what you mean when you say you love airports, I agree they are very exciting! Thanks for the great post!

    Alice X

    http://brushofbeauty17.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely comment. Love your blog and follow you now :O). Don't be a stranger and please visit again soon :o). Xx

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    1. I'm so excited about trying all this wonderful stuff now :O). Xx

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  14. Brilliant blog, great posts and beautiful proprietress! What to want more ...
    I'd love to follow you (bloglovin + GTC) and welcome to visit my
    blog about fashion - KatherineUnique.blogspot.com .


    Regards,
    Katherine Unique


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    1. Hiya Katherine - that's the nicest thing ever, thank you so much! Follow you now and hope you'll visit again soon! Have a great weekend :o). Xx

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    1. LOL - completely, it's the best part of the whole flying experience :o). Xx

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  16. Lovely products you picked there, I adore the name of that post so clevver and so true! Haha !
    You gained a new follower here, nice blog :)

    http://misunderstoodprincesses.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much - I LOVE getting new followers. Joined your blog too and hope you'll be back to visit again soon :o) Xx

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  17. The Glossy Stains are lovely, I have a really nice peachy shade and the formula is just like nothing else I have tried! That palette from Dior looks stunning too! You gotta love duty free :)

    www.makingmeblushblog.wordpress.com

    xx

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    1. I've been very pleased with the Dior palette when I tried today. It gives a subtle color, but I'm definitely done experimenting with it before doing a separate review on it. Oh yes - Duty free is too good to pass up :o). Xx

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  18. great products :)

    http://itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much. I've only tried the Dior palette so far, but I love it :o). Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  19. I like haul posts cause it's fun to see what you've thought was worth buying and what we can expect to see on the blog in the future. These are awesome! I am doing some travel over Christmas and I'll definitely have to check out the duty free :)

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. How exciting - have you started making your shopping list yet? I must admit I'm not usually so organised to have a list, but there was so much I wanted I had to prioritise :o). Xx

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  20. What a fab haul. I'm totes jealous!!xx

    Anoushka
    Anoushkaloves.com

    xxxx

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  21. Vegas Volt has been on my wishlist for the longest time! I know you'll fall in love with that color! I was just on the plane last week and could've picked up a few things, but you know when you suddenly have a whole catalogue in your hand and you can get anything and you suddenly don't know what to get? Yeah, that happened to me. Totally should've picked up the Clinque CC cream :( x

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. LOL - I call that shopping catatonia and I know exactly what you mean! I Oh, I hope you'll do a review of it soon :) Xx

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  22. You are so hilarious! I have such a hard time staying out of the duty free shops though so I know what you mean!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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    1. I've always loved it and Him Indoors is the same - so you can imagine the amount of stuff we carry around LOL. Xx

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  23. You got some awesome things, I love a cheeky duty free shop, I can never resist!

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think it would almost be rude to resist :O). Xx

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  24. I wish I could spend that much in duty free! You've got loads! Great haul. I love the sparkly black box for the perfume!

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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    1. I think I did go overboard a little - but at least I'll have some fun stuff to review for the blog :o). Thanks a million! Xx

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  25. You have great blog, follow you, I hope for reciprocity!!! :)
    muuuuuuuuaaaaksss
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    1. Thank you so much, that's really nice of you. Follow you too and hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  26. Such an awesome post! This is the first post i've ever read from you and I loved it. Followed you!

    http://evithefashionista.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hiya Evi, thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments! Follow your blog as well and hope to see you back again soon! Xx

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  27. Who can say no to duty free? Love the Babydoll mascara! It's so amazing.

    The Purse Snatcher

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    1. My point exactly LOL! I've heard such great things about it so very excited about trying it! Xx

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  28. Anything YSL is always a hit with me! Great picks!!

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    Lauren at adorn la femme

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    1. Hello Lauren and thank you for visiting and your lovely comment. I'm a big fan of YSL and I haven't had any product that's disappointed me yet. Joined your blog and I hope you'll visit again! Xx

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  29. That pallet looks amazing!
    Awesome post :)

    Kendra
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    Blog: Stolen Inspiration
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    1. Hi Kendra! Thank you so much, that's really nice of you. Your blog looks amazing and have joined you. I hope you'll visit me again soon :o). Xx

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  30. What a great haul! The dior palette is absolutely stunning. I would love to read more of these posts in the future..
    New follower now! (:

    www.chermaineho.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Chermaine - that's so sweet of you, thank you very much for following - following you too :o). Have a great weekend and hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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