I don’t know about you, but when I’m travelling and going through airports, I find it so hard to resist all the gorgeous makeup and beauty products in Duty Free. My trip to London over the weekend was no different, especially as I arrived to the airport early meaning I had plenty of time to have a browse before my flight.
I needed to pick up some of my staples, including my favourite Benefit primer and my go-to brow pencil from MAC. But aside from that, I also wanted to pick up a few other bits to try out. So here’s a look at my airport beauty haul:
Benefit That Gal Primer
This brightening primer from Benefit is my favourite of all the primers on the market, simply because it does exactly what it claims to do. I’ve been wearing this for about three years now and it never fails to let me down.
The light creamy formula is pinkish in colour, and contains light reflecting pigments meaning it has a very soft sheen to it. But rather than make your face look shiny, it gives the skin the most amazing dewy glow whilst also really lifting the face. The brightening power on this is just so good, and I find it particularly great on days where my skin is looking tired and dull.
You don’t need to apply it all over the face but I do, I love the glow it gives my skin, plus it also smells A-MA-ZING! You could literally sit and smell the bottle for hours! To apply, I just twist the nozzle-y thing at the bottom of the bottle to push up the formula and using my fingers gently rub it into my skin. This blends quickly and easily, and dries well into the skin meaning you can apply your makeup straight after. I really hate when primers make your skin feel sticky or wet after application so the drying time on this another major plus for me.
The formula on this is so light I think it would be good for all skin types. My skin is slightly on the dry side, but I am prone to the odd oily breakout around my T-Zone and this primer works great regardless. I have a few friends who wear this too and they all love it so it’s definitely one I would recommend.
Price is €32 and the bottle will last about a month depending on how often you use it.
MAC Brow Pencil
Those of you reading my blog for a while now will already know that the MAC brow pencil is my go-to brow product. My eyebrows aren’t the worst, but due to a very bad scar on one of them, they are a lot thinner than I ideally would like to have them. Because hair doesn’t grow on the brow with the scar, I have to keep the other one thin to match so I don’t look completely ridiculous!
But that’s where the MAC brow pencil comes in. It is a very fine pencil that allows you to colour in your brows by following their natural lines of hair growth. Some brow products I’ve tried are either too thick in size or formula to allow a natural looking brow which means they can end up looking too dark or too big for the face.
The pencil is so easy to use however, again you just twist the nozzle at the bottom of the pencil to reveal the pencil and you’re on your way. This has been my brow product of choice for longer than I can even remember now and it would take something pretty miraculous for me to change. When it comes to brows I like to know what I’m getting!
I use shade Spiked which is a dark brown and the price is €18.
Clarins Lip Oil
I’ve read a lot of great reviews about the Clarins Lip Oil but have yet to try it. So when I spotted them at the Clarins counter I had to buy one and give it a go. I didn’t realise at the time that they were flavoured oils or that there were three different options in the range: 01 Honey, 02 Raspberry and 03 Cherry.
Because I love a bit of colour, I decided on shade 02 Raspberry, and although I’m yet to try it out, I can’t wait to see what it’s like. I had a quick smell and it is a little sweeter than I would normally like, but really it’s the formula and finish that I’m most excited about.
Clarins describe it as a non-sticky oil which plumps up the lips and leaves them feeling nourished. With a statement like that, how could I resist?!
The price on the lip oil is €21, but I got it for the bargain price of €16 in the airport. So if you’re travelling anytime soon then that’s the time to pick it up.
I’ll keep you all posted what I think so be sure to keep an eye on the blog if this is one you’re interested in trying out.
Benefit Dew The Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer
There has been a lot of hype over the past few months on Benefit’s new Dew The Hoola bronzing and tanning range so it’s been on my list to try out for a while now.
I’m not a big fake tan wearer, I mean I’ll get the odd spray tan if I’m going to a wedding or event, but apart from that I don’t tend to use it much. So instead of choosing the tanning products, I opted for the matte liquid face bronzer instead.
I do love a good bronzer, particularly when contouring the face for a night out on the town. I have tried so many powder bronzers over the years but only a few liquid bronzers so I’m excited to give this a go. I’ve read some great reviews on other blogger’s sites, and the best thing about this product apart from the pigment, appears to be its blending power.
Again I haven’t had a chance to give this a try yet but as soon as I do, I’ll be posting a review to let you all know how I got on. The price on this is €31, so maybe slightly on the pricey side but I’ll know more once I put it to the test!
MAC Fine Eyeliner Brush 210
I love a good makeup brush, like most beauty lovers, I have way more than I use or even know what to do with. But I can’t seem to ever resist buying more! My current eyeliner brush has lasted me a good six or seven years at this stage but is finally on its last legs now so it was time to purchase another one.
The one I use is a MAC brush, code is 210, and it is a very fine brush meaning it’s great for applying thin lines of eyeliner to the eyes as well as creating a good wing. This brush makes eyeliner application so much easier particularly if using an eyeliner paint pot.
It costs €22 so is one of the more expensive options on the market, but it will definitely last a long time.
So there you go. I love when I have new products to try, don’t you?! I’m going to start trying out the lip oil and matte bronzer over the next few days so I will keep you posted. Also just because I love it so much, I’ll be doing a ‘My Faves’ post on the That Gal primer later this week so stay tuned…