I feel completely unorganised this year when it comes to my Christmas shopping. Normally I’m one of those people who starts picking up bits and bobs from September onwards, but this year, with having other things on and a few big work projects, I’ve just not had the time, so when World Duty Free asked me along to their bloggers’ Christmas beauty showcase event, I couldn’t wait to go along.
I love shopping in World Duty Free as it’s a great place to pick up makeup bits you’ve had your eye on, a lovely new fragrance or some new skincare; or if you’re going somewhere that’s a bit more expensive for alcohol, then a wise move to buy something there instead of when you land, which I tend to take full advantage of, especially when heading out of the EU.
To me, Christmas has come out of nowhere this year. I know everyone says that in some sort of manner every December, but it really feels as though this year has gone by in a flash. I think part of the reason is that I’ve been looking forward to 2019 so much (as it’s the year we get married) so in my head, the months have been going by even faster; but I for one am excited to start getting in the festive spirit.
I thought this post would be a good one to write at the start of the month as it may give you ideas of what to ask for, for Christmas, or if you’re a male reading this, it could be a bit of a gift guide for your other half. The products are available on the high street, but if you are heading on holiday before Christmas, then I would suggest you get them at World Duty Free. If you feel you might be in a rush too, you can always order online and click and collect in store, which I think is a great idea.
I went for a mixture of skincare and beauty bits, some that I had tried before, and some completely new. Something that I was really excited to pick up was the Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer (£13.15 for 12ml) which I had had a sample of earlier in the month and loved. This is a great product if you want a base to be able to build foundation onto, which isn’t greasy at all like other primers can be.
I’ve been looking for the perfect pinky nude lipstick for a while, and remember hearing that the staying power of Bobbi Brown lipsticks is really good, so I went for the shade Pink Cloud (£23.60) which is a gorgeous colour. I would also recommend the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (£37.45) which is a product I’ve loved for a while as my skin just drinks it up as it is quite dry.
If you’re after a new fragrance, you can’t really go wrong with the queen of all cologne, Jo Malone. I’ve been a fan of Red Roses for years and this was the perfect opportunity to get it cheaper than in the shops, so I went for the 30ml at £37.60. I’m a big fan of sweet fragrances, but the best thing about this brand is how many different scents they have ranging from more masculine, woody ones to fresh and fruity too, and you can layer them to make something even more special to you.
I also picked up the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm (£19.95) which is the best thing to take makeup off and melts into your skin. It starts off as a balm consistency, but once you rub your fingers together and massage it into the skin, it becomes so smooth and really does an amazing job of getting everything off your face.
I needed a new foundation and went for the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in shade 4, light sand (£33.65) which was a really good match for my skin. It has good coverage for one layer, but you can also build it up if you need more. I also wanted to try a couple of new eyeshadows and as I’d always been a fan of MAC ones, I went for the shades Grain and Corduroy (£12.35) which are both matte brown shades, and perfect stocking fillers.
As Benefit it one of the best makeup and skincare brands on the high street, with amazing products and packaging, I’m sure any girl would be happy to receive something from their extensive range. I would recommend the They’re Real Mascara (£17.90) or the Blush Bar Palette, which has some amazing shades of pink, bronzes and highlights, although it’s so beautiful you may never want to use it.
I wanted to say a huge thank you to World Duty Free for the opportunity to not only spend time with some amazing bloggers (a few familiar faces and new ones too) but also for the thought that went into creating such a memorable evening and one of the best blogging events I have ever been.
I hope this post has inspired you to shop with World Duty Free next time you are in the airport, or from the comfort of your own home online to pick up in store. They have such an extensive range of makeup, perfumes, skincare, and so much more meaning you will definitely be able to find your loved one a special present for Christmas.
The products listed were purchased with gift vouchers or gifted to me by World Duty Free. I am under no obligation to talk about them, but I think they’re all wonderful. All views are my own.