a little bit of everything and a whole lot of film

4 Jun 2014

Beauty haul | Boots and Debenhams

I will unabashedly say that I am a product junkie and a shopaholic.

There I said it. 

I was in the UK last week and even if it was a business trip, I had managed to squeeze in a little bit of shopping. Ok, ok fine, a lot of shopping.

I need to do separate posts for bits and bobs I got at little boutiques in Warwick but this is like the beauty haul. I can't say though that you can't find everything here in Dubai, you probably can find some stuff but the rest I have never ever seen before and trust me, I know, 'coz my spare time is spent hunting down hard to find products here in Dubai (I am failing miserably in my hunts might I add, I would always end up ordering online!) A good example would be is that we do have Boots pharmacies here but Boots in the UK is like drugstore heaven, they even sell designer perfumes whereas here is sort of... meh. Same as Debenhams, same products but not really. So here we go...

Boots UK Glycerin and Rosewater Toner and Cold Cream ... very vintage inspired
Boots UK Traditional Skin Cream
Vaseline Lip Therapy Petroleum Jelly with Rose and Almond Oil ... leaves lips glossy and subtly tinted
lashes lashes lashes
Carmex and Burts Bess lipbalms are very difficult to come by in Dubai so I got a couple for me and a couple for my friends :)
Real Techniques Duo Fibre brushes
A girl can never have too many eyelash curlers. As you can probably tell, I was kind of on a vintage kick at that time
Barry M nail polishes ... Now, we do get Barry M in Dubai but I don't think I ever saw these colours
Dead Sea salts for my soaks
UK Mascara Haul ... Benefit's They're Real in travel sizes ( sooo cute), Maybelline's Falsies Duo, Bourjois Dark Khol
Lip Haul consists of Too Faced Melted lipstick in Melted Peony (lovely soft matte pink), MAC Fabby (finally found you, all sold out in Dubai) and 2 of MAC's new Alluring Aquatic Collection in Pet me Please (a light shimmering mauve; Frost) and Goddess of the Sea (a dark vibrant violet; Cremesheen)
Cargo Blu Ray HD powder and Rimmel Stay Matte (We sadly do not get Cargo in Dubai, Sephora used to stock them but I don't know what has happened)
Bumble and Bumble travel sized cuties of their famous Blow dry straight Serum and Thickening spray
Bourjois Healthy mix Foundation (first time to try, love it) and L'oreal's True Match Foundation in W4 which is always sold out in Dubai
Cargo Catalina blush (A Hollywood cult favorite and I only just got my grubby hands on them now as Cargo is sadly unavailable in Dubai...why???)
Revlon Nail Polishes ... Now I do know we get Revlon nail polishes in the UAE but I just could not resist these colours... Look at them! love!
Sinful Colors, Sally Hansen in  A Mermaid's Tail (my first ever Sally Hansen btw) and L'oreal's
Rosewater handcream from Crabtree and Evelyn, and cute hand balms from Lanolips (no lambs harmed in the making of these balms, please don't worry)
V05 hair serum, V05 hot oil treatments and John Frieda Sheer Blonde deep conditioner
What trip would be complete without a fragrance haul? From left to right:  Ted Baker's floral cologne spray, LouLou by Cacharel and Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice ( I had wanted to get this other Vivienne Westwood perfume as well and I am kicking myself for not buying it when I had the chance but the next time I go back to the UK, I am definitely snapping that baby right up!)
Possibly the best shower gel brand I have ever tried, (my better half loves their Tea Tree and Mint - I got him TONS ) : Vegan, Organic and comes in totally luscious scents, I am also in love with the Lavender oil one
And of course, I had to haul back some Starburst and Skittles right? :)

Needless to say I had to buy another suitcase to fit all my purchases in and I had to pay for excess baggage on my flight back home but it was all worth it.

Shopping always is. 

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