AD – this blog post contains a collaboration with World Duty Free UK, whereby I was gifted products.
On Wednesday evening I was incredibly lucky to be invited to an event at Bristol airport, where I am a regular visitor, for a collaboration with World Duty Free. In recent years, World Duty Free at Bristol has really developed, and I absolutely love walking through and having a look around to see what bargains I can get. The two newest editions to the airport, which came in December 2018, were MAC and Jo Malone. For me, these are two very significant brands, as MAC is one of my favourites for makeup and Jo Malone for their one of a kind candles. There really is something for everyone, as well as lots of great products perfect for travel and your impending trip.
So, on the evening, 8 local bloggers including myself attended, and after the quick introductions and sweep through security we were all let loose to explore and fill our baskets. Luckily, I knew all the other bloggers there, so it made the experience even more enjoyable being able to have fun and enjoy spending time together whilst seeing what was on offer. Being the free spirits that we are, we knew exactly how to navigate ourselves around swiftly choose all the products we love. As I was there technically for blogging, and not just having fun, I wanted to be strategic about how I shopped. This meant that I chose pieces from each section of the shop, which included makeup, skincare, fragrance, fashion and homeware.
As you can imagine, I did pretty well and am so pleased with everything I managed to get. I thought to mix things up a little, I would share each thing I got individually, also sharing some price comparisons of what they cost on the high street, compared to duty free. I do think it is amazing how much less some things are. If you would rather watch this in video form, without the prices, I have also published a video on IGTV with everything you can see here. So, let’s get into it.
So, I purchased three makeup items during the trip, two from MAC and one from Benefit. From MAC I bought a lipstick from the new matte collection and a rosy pink liner, as the amazing makeup artist there did an Ombre lip on me in the colour tones I normally wear. I loved the look and had to buy it to recreate it at home. The new matte lipsticks are a huge step forward in my eyes as they go on a lot more easily than the last, feel comfortable on the lips and do not crack. It really is the perfect shade for me. Then, from Benefit I bought the newest item to them, the eyeliner. I love that it is easy to use and just swept on like a pen. I am really excited to see if this works for me as I have never used on before.
MAC Lipstick – shade ‘Sultriness’ | MAC Price £17.50 >> Duty Free Price £15.35
MAC Liner – shade ‘Rosy Rim’ | MAC Price £14.00 >> Duty Free Price £11.85
Benefit Roller Liner | Benefit Price £18.50 >> Duty Free Price £15.70
So, a new line of skincare that I have really enjoyed using recently is from Clarins, called My Clarins. It is an entry level range, perfect for skin my age. I have been using the cleansing milk and day cream. As I have been enjoying using this and my skin is feeling the benefits, I thought whilst I had the opportunity I would stock up and repurchase the cleaning milk. I definitely prefer this formula of a cleanser compared to a gel, as I find it just more of an enjoyable experience to use. The World Duty Free at Bristol Airport has got a huge variety of brands with excellent skincare ranges, such as Dior, Clinique and of course Clarins. There really is something for everyone and the service provided by the retail assistant is amazing.
My Clarins Cleansing Milk | Clarins Price £17.00 >> Duty Free Price £14.65
It seemed as if it would be a major regret of mine if I visited Duty Free with vouchers and not bring home a perfume. So, I did. However, instead of going for a new fragrance I decided to stick to what I know. For a few years now I have been using two perfumes, one in the day and one for evenings and special occasions. The day perfume is the now very famous Gucci Bloom. I absolutely adore this scent and for me nothing has really ever come close. I think we all have this when it comes to fragrance, and really what is the point of trying to change something when what you already have is so good. So, I stocked up, with the smaller bottle that sits so elegantly on my girly bedroom shelf.
Gucci Bloom 50ml | Gucci Price £75.00 >> Duty Free Price £59.60
So, it is probably pretty obvious that my homeware item within the goodies I purchased was from Jo Malone. To make it even worse, or well good for me, is that it is something I buy repeatedly. I tried a few of the other scents, but for me nothing is quite the same as ‘peony and blush suede’. I just absolutely adore it and it really has become a smell that makes my home feel like a home. It is bright and happy, whilst also being very girly and poignant in scent. To add, I went for the candle, not a diffuser. I adore everything Jo Malone has to offer, and really do want to explore more such as fragrance. Perhaps when I head back to the airport in a few weeks I can do just that!
Jo Malone Candle | John Lewis Price £47.00 >> Duty Free Price £39.15
So to finish off the trip, and explore the last range, I headed to the Pandora stand. The lovely lady there got a huge tray out with different goodies on and it was so nice to see everything laid out and try as I went. In the end I went with two items. The first being a small silver ring for my little finger. I have wanted one of these for a long time, so it was the perfect find for me. Simple and plain, that I can wear every day. The second was a pair of earrings with a cool twist, that I have actually been on the lookout for a while. They are sparkly and silver, and the back of them goes behind the ear to add great texture and just something a little bit different. In fact, I put them on as soon as I got home and still haven’t even take them off! A very good purchase in my eyes
Pandora Infinite Shine Ring | Pandora Price £35.00 >> Duty Free Price £29.15
Pandora Princess Wish Stud Earrings | Pandora Price £80.00 >> Duty Free Price £58.00
Total price on high street – £304
Total price at Duty Free – £243.45
Duty Free Saving – £60.55
This blog post was in collaboration with World Duty Free, however all views and opinions are my own, and I was not paid.
Thank you to Becky and Ema from World Duty Free for organising this event and allowing me to be part of it.