Duty Free Shopping Haul

I love to travel and will jump at every chance I get to do so. Of course throwing a baby into the mix does mean that the opportunities to travel might be a tad more complicated… but I still plan to make every effort to travel as much as possible. One of the bits I love about travel is that jetting-off excitement. The journey to the airport (when organised and not a mad rush…), checking in, ditching the bags and heading through security. An airport breakfast. Whilst it isn’t usually the best food ever… the feeling of ‘We’re off’ is second to none. Plus of course the all important Duty Free Shopping. I love a Duty Free Shopping Haul. Buying at airports doesn’t count as real spending after all…

Having said that, this Duty Free Shopping haul is actually largely brought to you thanks to a voucher kindly gifted to me last year. I was invited to an event with Duty Free which unfortunately had to be postponed but they generously still sent some great travel beauty bits along with a voucher to spend next time I travelled… Well, having a baby has indeed put a slight hold on any travel for me but Ollie did a pretty incredible thing and ran a sub-3 hour marathon pace at the 2017 London marathon, which meant he had a time to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The timing could have been better as it was when Eleanor was under a month old, but it was also potentially a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity so off Ollie jetted… along with my voucher and a list of requests from me to pick up on his journey. So I wanted to share my picks with you now along with a couple of tips for shopping World Duty Free…

When it comes to shopping with vouchers I tend to be a little bit obsessive with making the most of them. I sometimes find spending voucher money harder than spending actual cash and have been known to obsess over what to buy with vouchers for many months (cough – years – cough). However with these World Duty Free vouchers I had a couple of items very clearly in mind.

Tom Ford Honeymoon Eyeshadow Palette

I can’t remember where or why the obsession with this palette started. But for me the magic words to create an obsession are the words ‘limited edition’, ‘discontinued’ or ‘going to sell out’. Tell me this and my need to buy rating immediately jumps from a 6 to a 9. I heard somewhere that this was being discontinued. So I looked it up and decided of course that I needed it in my life. At £66 full price, this eyeshadow quad is by no means an impulse purchase. Hence why buying at Duty Free is the perfect place – discounted pricing and the ‘holiday’ spending mentality and this was top of my list.

The shades are just gorgeous, it’s definitely one of those ‘is this too nice to use’ situations. But I am getting better at getting stuck in and using things. I can see this becoming my favourite ‘special’ eye palette.

Jo Malone English Fields Collection Primrose and Rye

I can’t think of a limited edition collection I’ve been as obsessed with as this one from Jo Malone. I already had the Oat & Cornflower one from the press launch but couldn’t stop thinking about the others. If I could justify it I would happily have bought them all. On my list was this one or the Poppy & Barley one. Which was unfortunately sold out. Which (as above) makes me want it even more…  I am so happy I added this to the list as it’s such a lovely perfume.

There’s something about the way the Duty Free Jo Malone price goes from £45 to £36.50 that feels like such a bargain. Maybe it’s just me and the way my brain works but it feels like such a drop?! I’m really tempted by the new Hot Blossom fragrance in the 30ml size when I head off on holiday in a few weeks time.

MAC Lipstick in MEHR

Lets be honest now, a new MAC lipstick from Duty Free is almost as essential as a Toblerone. I feel like I need it as much as I need a boarding pass and passport when I travel. The latest addition being the shade MEHR. It was a tough call between that and Chatterbox or Girl About Town. Both of which are now front of mind for my next trip. MEHR is a classic ‘easy to wear’ sort of mauve-nude, 90’s ish shade.

I’m so delighted with these three items I picked out for my World Duty Free haul. I think in total the choices I went for went just over the voucher amount. Let me know if you want to see future hauls as I have two trips away in the next few months so no doubt.. duty free shopping will be happening.

My Tips for shopping in Duty Free

  • Take a list – if time is tight between getting through security you can also ask one of the shop floor staff to help you locate items rather than going around on your own trying to round them up.
  • Research prices in advance – A big of a google can help so you can plan and budget before hand. The World Duty Free website has most prices on there to help too: worlddutyfree.com
  • Reserve and collect – You can plan and order in advance, which is especially good if there’s an item you want that is limited edition or you just have your heart set on. Not just for beauty too – applies to all World Duty Free products. More info on that on the link above too!

Voucher provided by World Duty Free.



  1. June 24, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    I haven’t shopped in duty free for ages… that eyeshadow palette is gorgeous!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

  2. July 3, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I’m heading to the airport again in August and have that Tom Ford palette on my ‘things I neeeeeeeed’ list. I can spend hours drifting around duty free trying all the gorgeous products.

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