Because money spent in duty free doesn’t count.


Good afternoon errybody! I’m back from my travels, with a bit of a tan and lovely big bag full of new cosmetic goodies to share and review! My holiday was based around three main aims: to spend time with my sister (who’s been living in Spain since June), to luxuriate by the pool, and to scoop up as much Duty Free and Kiko shopping as possible. And, safe to say, I met each of these objectives head-on.

While I’ll delve into my Kiko haul another time, I think it’s only appropriate to share the contents of my shopping bag from The Loop at Dublin Airport. Duty Free shopping in Dublin is fantastic; you can pick up bits and bobs from a whole range of brands, such as Smashbox, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, YSL, Armani, L’Occitane, Jo Malone, and dozens more. And, of course, the prices tend to be far more reasonable than they would be in a regular store or online. I had saved up for my holiday in the weeks preceding it, partially with the intention of treating myself to some products from my beauty wishlist before the poverty of college life became a reality once again.

My first stop was MAC, where I got stuck in swatching various powders and lipsticks. I’d had my eye on the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural face powder for some time, owing to its reputed complexion-refining powers. I chose the shade Light Plus as I was rocking a ‘base tan’ already, and Light would probably be more suitable for me in the depths of winter.

The Mineralise Skinfinish powders appear to have been repackaged, and I love the new matte, almost retro compacts. Is it just me or do they feel that bit more expensive?

ight Plus (€25.50) is a lovely warm-toned powder that doesn’t hint at orange or pink. I definitely think it’ll become a base essential.

Following in the same vein, I picked up the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish face powder in Lightscapade (€25.50).

ightscapade is just stunning; a ‘candlelit’ beige with blue, peach and champagne veining. I was torn between this and Soft and Gentle, which is also gorgeous, but I felt that Lightscapade would be a more versatile highlighter whether my skin is tanned, pale or in that awkward in-between phase. Review definitely pending on this little beauty.

Then I took a trip to Smashbox and repurchased my Smashbox Photofinish Foundaton Primer Light.
We’ve had a love-hate relationship in the past, but nothing preps my skin for foundation like this little miracle worker. It can cost anywhere up to €40 usually, but I always stock up at the airport because it practically sells itself at €26. And I’m not complaining at all!

Then I took a wander over to Bobbi Brown and her Rich Lip Colour lipstick in Plum Rose caught my eye (€22.10).

While the above photograph, doesn’t really do Plum Rose justice, it’s one of those shades that’s far more than a deep nude, but more subtle than an in-your-face plum. This is a lipstick that I can predict will work beautifully in wintertime.

And lastly, I detoured into Boots and found the Soap & Glory make-up stand. The struggle to find a decent liquid eyeliner is very real, but I’m willing to take a punt on the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen, €8.
‘ve high hopes for this one. I’ll keep you posted.

Are you a Duty Free addict like me, or are you more of a ‘dash to the gate, clutching your purse in fear’ kind of girl?


Em X


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  1. Pingback: Well it wouldn’t be a holiday without a trip to Kiko… | ilyanarose

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