Duty Mind If I do...

Mitsis Blue Domes Hotel, Karadmena, Kos, Greece

Is it okay to be just as excited about the shopping potential in the duty free, as you are excited for the holiday? Well, once the holiday was booked, I started dreaming of Gatwick North Terminal and filling my basket! So once me and Ben had checked in, it didn’t take me long to do exactly that! In all honesty, I didn’t spend as much as I thought I would and although I went with a few things in mind, I didn’t pick any of them up, I was so overwhelmed by the beautifully lit counters that I didn’t know what to do with myself! So here is what I got my hands on instead.

Mitsis Blue Domes Hotel, Karadmena, Kos, Greece

RRP: £40.00 30ml | DUTY FREE: £32.00
There is just something about Jo Malone fragrances. They are hands down, like nothing else I own, or have ever tried before. This is my first Jo Malone fragrance and I’m certain it won’t be my last. The packaging alone makes me swoon! But the scent is divine it’s described as 'A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. Vibrant and verdant.’ If I’m honest that description doesn’t sell it. I say, get to a Jo Malone counter and give it a sniff for yourself.

RRP: £72.00 50ml | DUTY FREE: £57.60 
Ah! Tom Ford where have you been all my life! This fragrance is quite simply wonderful. I will attempt to describe it to you, but yet again, I feel this may be one you will need to try out for yourself! It’s a dramatic, spicy, sensual scent with a ‘blend of Black Truffle and Ylang mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable Black Currant.’ Its a very distinctive scent, unisex intact and when I wear it, I cant stop sniffing myself and thrusting my wrists into peoples faces. In fact, it changes on my skin, initially when I sprayed it in duty free I wasn’t all that impressed, walked away, spent some money, asked myself what that lovely smell was, realised it was Tom Ford black Orchid and consequently went back and bought it! It is a little on the pricey side and not something I will be spraying willy-nilly! I have worn it a couple of times since and cant get over how beautiful it smells. I would say this is an evening scent and not one for the faint hearted. I also must mention how gorgeous the bottle is, oh so sophisticated.

Mitsis Blue Domes Hotel, Karadmena, Kos, Greece

RRP: £17.00 | DUTY FREE:£14.15  
I have been meaning to buy a new bottle of MAC Fix+ for months. But it had been out of stock etc, etc. So, I headed into the MAC counter in duty free in the hope of buying a new bottle, but surprise, surprise, it was out of stock! So instead, I opted for the MAC Mineralize Charged Water. It is described as ‘a refreshing, hydrating mist that replenishes skin and enhances makeup application and wear. Spray before makeup to create a dewy canvas. Re-apply as needed to relish moisture or re-set makeup.’ This charged water is also infused with green tea and citrus scents, but it isn’t overpowering, it’s light and very refreshing. In terms of enhancing makeup application I haven’t quite tried it yet. So I will have to update you all.

RRP: £19.00 | DUTY FREE:£15.80  
The brush every eyeshadow lover needs, well so many beauty blogger and shadow lovers say! This brush is renowned to be the best of the best of the blending brushes and as an eyeshadow lover, I have forever wanted to put it to the test! The brush has fine, densely packed fibers, which are ever so soft to touch and all the MAC professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials (and so I should think for £19.00!). Someone pass me some eyeshadow.

Mitsis Blue Domes Hotel, Karadmena, Kos, Greece

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Oil Free
RRP: £34.00 | DUTY FREE: £27.50 
Laura Mercier bases crop up everywhere! I have read oodles of posts and over the last two years or so and read some rave reviews, so I opted for the Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It’s a sheer, lightweight foundation with SPF20. It’s meant to be really kind to sensitive or acne prone skin and I have moved on from my MAC Studio Fix and much prefer lighter bases for during the day. I have worn it a handful of times since returning home and I feel I may have a new favourite! So watch out for a full review soon.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado
RRP: £20.00 | DUTY FREE: £16.65 
For me, eye cream is essential. I may only be 22 (I actually typed 20... clearly it’s been a long day!), but your eyes are the first part of your face to show signs of ageing and your under eye area is also extremely delicate, so it is important to take care of it! Although this eye cream isn’t particularly focused on fine lines, my under eye area gets very dehydrated. So this creamy eye cream is exactly what I’m after for the colder months. This is the second product I now own from Kiehl’s, I also own their Midnight Recovery Oil which I love, so fingers crossed I love this eye cream just as much! 

What would you pick up from Duty free?
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