I get very over excited in duty free. I think it is a combination of having lots of free time and knowing that you are not paying tax on what you are buying (although sometimes I am sure you end up paying the same as in the shops...has anyone else noticed this?)
Anyway I thought I would share with you some of the products that I bought and how I am finding them so far.
Number one and my favourite:
I have a lot of bright red shades of lipstick that are great for evening wear but I had have wanted soft pink tone for a while- something that I could wear in the daytime and would go well with a smokier eye. I tried quite a few and eventually settled for this pretty one from the Body Shop. It is their Colour Crush lipstick in Peachy Pink (200).
The price was good at just under £10 and the packaging plain but functional. What I like about the lipstick is that it is lightly pigmented and glides on really smoothly so it almost feels like a mix of lipstick and moisturiser. It gives a lovely subtle pink glow to my lips and worked really well as a daytime lip colour for the week of my holiday.
Next I picked up a new Barry M lipgloss. I have about a million of these but I love them as a basic everyday lipgloss that you can layer on over lipstick to add some shine. At £4.49 they are super affordable (this is shade no.2) and I always carry one in my bag and swipe some on when I feel I need a bit of a boost.
Then I picked up this Body Shop eyeshadow. This was again from their Colour Crush range and I wanted to use it as a highlighter as the shade I normally use in my Urban Decay Naked pallette is pretty worn out! Now this did work ok as a highlighter but it needed a lot of blending and was a little bit too white for my skin tone. I would definitely recommend this as a highlighter if you have quite pale skin but for myself I think I will have to go back to the drawing board so if anyone has any recommendations please help me!:)
Then I decided to check out the Benefit counter. I have never used a Benefit product before and they are certainly pricier than you average drugstore products but I had heard good things about this bronzer so I thought I would give it a go. This shade of bronze is called Hoopla and the make-up lady recommended this for my skin tone especially because I wanted a bronzer that didn't look orange.
I found that I had to be really careful when I applied this as it is highly pigmented and so too much of it does look orange. However, if you only take a little on your brush and make sure to tap off any excess really carefully then it definitely is a bronzer that was worth spending the extra money on. You only need a little bit and I have had loads of fun with it playing around with contouring tricks inspired by new YouTube videos.
Finally I bought this L'Oreal SKINPERFECTION duo kit containing a moisturised and facial serum. I want to do a full review on this a bit later when I have had a chance to use it for a bit longer but what I will say is that I put some of the facial serum on my very tired hungover skin this morning and it literally felt like cooling manna from heaven.