In case you haven’t picked up on the ever so subtle references in, like, ALL my recent posts – I’m going on holiday in a couple of weeks. I’m a complete plane nerd so I love airports and I reserve a special place in my heart for Duty Free! High end make-up with money off?? Yes please!

I’ve always been a ridiculously organised traveller. I plan out my outfits so I don’t overpack, have a killer in-flight routine and this organisation also extends to thinking about what I’d like to pick up in Duty Free. My make-up and skincare wishlist is about a mile long now so it’s nice to have a list to focus on so I don’t get too distracted whilst wandering through.

Here are five of the products making their way onto my list… Duty Free Wishlist

  1. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation, £31.50
    Cynthia from Beautylicious Style recommended this to me in the comments section of my post about my foundation staples. It sounds like something I’d love so I’m hoping to pick one up.
  2. MAC Powder Blush, £18.50
    I’m not totally sure which colour/s I’ll end up getting but I think Desert Rose looks like it would be beautiful with a tan. Let’s face it, there’s a strong possibility that I could end up with all the blushers from my dream MAC blusher palette post!
  3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Sycronized Recovery Complex II, £50
    As I mentioned in my skincare wishlist post a few weeks back, I’ve been wanting to try this for quite a while but it’s so expensive I couldn’t really justify it but, with a bit of a discount it seems a totaly justifiable purchase!
  4. MAC Lipstick, £15.50
    The list of MAC lipsticks I want to try is just ridiculously long so I’m not sure what I’ll end up picking up but at the moment Twig and Russian Red are high up on my list.
  5. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Perfume, £50
    I’ve heard so many people rave about this and describe it as just being summer in a bottle so I’m hoping to have a sniff in person and grab one if it’s as delicious as people say.

Watch out World Duty Free, I’m coming for you…

Anything else I should be keeping my eye out for at the airport?


To wrap up skincare week, I thought I’d make this Friday Five all about the skincare products I’m currently coveting…

Skincare Wishlist

  1. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, £27 from Cult Beauty
    This has been on my Must Try list for ages. I probably don’t need another clay mask but, I want one so… This one always gets great reviews so it’s only a matter of time before I cave in!
  2. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, £35 from Space NK
    I don’t actually want this to use as a cleanser, although I hear good things about it, rather to combine it with Good Genes to use as the Sunday Riley “Flash Facial”. Currently trying to justify spending the money on it to myself.
  3. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic, £33 from John Lewis
    I’ve only ever tried various sample sizes of products from Rodial and whilst I’ve loved everything the prices have always put my off. I’ve read a few really positive reviews about the Dragon’s Blood Tonic and was pleasantly surprised to see it wasn’t as extoritionately priced as I had expected – still pretty pricey though, but I suspect this will be my next treat for myself…
  4. NIOD Low-Viscoscity Cleaning Ester, £30 from Look Fantastic
    Again, I’ve read some rave reviews about this (and in face every.single.NIOD.product) so I’m definitely intrigued to try this. From reading descriptions of this it sounds like a magnet for make-up removal so it’s something I really want to try – I wear a LOT of make-up so anything that makes that process super quick and simple sounds like a winner to me!
  5. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Sycronized Recovery Complex II, £50 from Boots
    Another one that has been on my Must Try list for what feels like all eternity. I’m yet to find someone who has used this and not loved it. As I mentioned in my evening skincare post I’m a bit of a serum newbie so the price has been the only thing holding me back – I haven’t wanted to make a super expensive mistake – but I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for it in Duty Free next month in the hopes of saving a few pennies.

What do you have on your skincare wishlist at the moment?


I spent a fair bit of time this weekend organising and tidying my make-up stash and realised I’m getting to the stage of hoarding with MAC blushers that I could definitely justify getting myself a palette to hold them. This let to a spot of browsing on MAC’s website because, if I’m going to get a blush palette, I might as well think about getting a couple more blushers to fill it, right?!

Jump forward a couple of hours and I had a list of about twelve blushes that I’m convinced I absolutely, totally, 100% need in my collection. Someone needs to stage an intervention. Rapidly!

But it did made me think about creating my ideal MAC bush palette – so here’s what would be making it in to my dream MAC blush palette…

Dream MAC Blush Palette: Peachykeen, Well Dressed, Fleur Power, Melba, Desert Rose, Harmony

Peachykeen – Very baby peach [Sheertone Shimmer]
Well Dressed – Immaculate pink [Satin]
Fleur Power – Soft bright pinkish-coral [Satin]

Melba – Soft coral-peach [Matte]
Desert Rose – Soft reddish-burgundy [Matte]
Harmony – Muted rose-beige brown [Matte]

All in all, this seems like an excellent excuse for me to buy a few more blushers…

What would make your dream MAC blush palette? Any good ones I’ve missed out?



Travel bucket list - globeI’ve been doing a spot of online window browsing at holidays this week. I’m hoping to get away at some point next month – work schedules permitting. I’ll probably only be able to squeeze in a week away, maybe ten days if I’m lucky, and I’m not really looking for anything more than somewhere where I can get some sunshine and laze around reading a book with a cocktail in hand.

Sometimes you just want a holiday where you can be super lazy and relax, sometimes you want something with a lot more exploring and sightseeing so here are five of the places making my travel bucket list for when I’ve got a little more energy for some serious adventuring… Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: TRAVEL BUCKET LIST | SUNSHINE EDITION”