It's Rachel here from Twenty Something Beauty. Today I want to talk to you guys about a condition of mine that I'm pretty sure some of you share: Duty Free Shopping Madness. You know the feeling, you're walking through the airport casually minding your own business when suddenly the bright lights of duty free catch your attention, before you know you're in there with a basket full of pretty shiny things you had no intention of buying. There is something about the whole excitement of going on holiday that makes me think 'Yes, I deserve a treat, I will buy this thing that was far too expensive before! Because I AM ON HOLIDAY!'
Cue all my friends and family groaning in pain as they see me galloping off towards the MAC counter as fast as my little legs can carry me. I have one friend who has threatened to leave me in the airport this year if I disappear again...
So this year I have decided to write a Duty Free Lust List. A specific set of products that I know I want in advance and will hopefully stop me gallivanting round like a crazy woman swatching everything and its baby on my hands.
Here is my very pared down list: believe me it was the hardest thing to cut out the other 10 things I had on it!
1.YSL Rouge Volupte
I already have one on these in shade 1 (Nude Beige) from a previous Duty Free haul and I absolutely love it! Silky, soft and simply gorgeous looking on the lips, it is a sure contender for my favourite lipstick ever. I definitely want to pick up another shade in the airport this time, preferably a peach/coral like Tender Peach (13) or Fauborg Peach (30), and am open to suggestions of good colours!
2. Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation in 02
I had a makeover at Guerlain using this foundation and I absolutely loved it. Full coverage without looking cakey and the most beautiful matte finish make this foundation second top of my wish list. I did originally want the Lingerie de Peau but the SA recommend this one as it is slightly fuller coverage and I have to agree. Considering the state of my skin at the moment full coverage is most definitely needed!
3. Armani Code Summer
I guess you could say the original Armani Code is my signature scent. Dark and sensual its the perfect night time and winter perfume/ Usually I dislike 'summer' versions of my favourite perfumes but I really enjoy this one. It still has the uniqueness I associate with the original but is slightly lighter and more floral. A lovely summer scent.
4. MAC Lipsticks
I say this in plural because there are a few shades I want to pick up: Shy Girl, Creme d'Nude, Impassioned and Russian Red being the main ones. I've made a little list over the year from seeing swatches on some of my favourite blogs and these ones came up trumps. Will probably get an equal number of nudes and brights because although I am trying to get into wearing brighter lips I still have my 'nude days' where I just want a pale lip.
5. YSL Poudre Sur Mesure Semi Loose Powder
This has been on my lust list for an age! Ever since I read a glowing review of it I've wanted to get my hands on it. I find it really hard to find a powder I like, partly because my skin changes so much and partly because I'm so fussy. This one seems to meet all my requirements for creating a nice veil of radiance over the skin. Plus how can you not love the sheer luxurious packaging with its solidity and gold sheen?
So that's my Duty Free wish list girls! Please tell me I'm not the only beauty addict who plans in advance what they are going to haul. Anybody going on holiday who has much the same idea? And what have been your favourite Duty Free purchase?