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14 Jan 2014

Duty free haulage

Here are some questions that I ask myself when I am in an airport scenario:

* Why do I always feel so guilty at passport control?

* Why do people stand on the moving walkway and more often than not in the middle of it so nobody can pass? 

* Why does it always feel like you are not spending real money when you go shopping in duty free?

The latter question always hits me after I tornado round the makeup section. I don't have any answer. All I know is that there is something absolutely delicious about hauling makeup in that environment.

I struck gold when I travelled on Thursday. I meandered past the MAC counter and spotted the new Huggable lipstick collection along with Magnetic Nude. And nothing was sold out.

So I hauled. And then walked away full of glee. These are the things that made me happy...

Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious and Superb

I tried to be good. I really did. I almost resisted using them until they were photographed but then I gave in. The imprint is lovely and the finish is also equally well appreciated. It's sheeny in all the right ways and the frosty factor is kept reasonably low.

Superb is a warm nude shade and Fairly Precious is described as a peach with pearl green. (Just to be clear I see no green. None. Niente) Honestly, they look fairly similar once applied but Fairly Precious has a teeny more of an iced peach glow about it.

Extra Dimension eyeshadow in Amorous Alloy and A Natural Flirt

First of all, I regret not getting Sweet Heat. What a gorgeous colour that is. I especially regret it because the consistency of these shadows is so smooth and silky.

Amorous Alloy was a must for me. For years I have been storing Glamour Check from the ancient Starflash collection, resisting usage because that warm deep copper brown is hard to replicate in other products.

But here we have a dupe and it's even more gorgeous than Glamour Check - warmer and more flattering. I wear it all over with A Natural Flirt as the inner corner colour.

A Natural Flirt would also make a great cheek highlighter. It's got that Vanilla pigment vibe - a pretty, warm pearl finish.

MAC Candy Yum Yum

This is a colour that I have stalked for months. It's a VIBRANT matte pink that calls for a confident wearer. Just looking at it in the bullet makes me smile.

I am a bit hesitant to say this but I think that the anticipation may have been better than the reality. I just haven't got to grips with it yet and feel like it makes my teeth yellow.

I do have Maybelline's Fuschia Flash and erm....dare I say it, I prefer this. It's a little lighter/brighter and the sheen of the finish is probably easier for me to carry off.

This is not case closed. After wanting Candy Yum Yum for such a long time I am not going to give up until I find the right way to wear it!

MAC Huggable in Love Beam

This is a limited edition formula but I hope MAC will bring this back as permanent. It's a lovely finish - like a Cremesheen but longer-lasting. Love Beam is bright mid-tone pink, kind of like a wimp's Candy Yum Yum. I think that's why I like it :)

I'll try and do a post where I am actually wearing these goods so you can get a better idea of what they actually look like on. So look forward to a gurning face post very soon :)

Hope you had a great Tuesday!


  1. Looks so nice, I love the look of Amorous Alley!


  2. I know how you feel, I feel like it's not real money in Duty Free!
    Gorgeous purchases though :)
    I'm quite eager to try MAC's Candy Yum Yum.
    alicekatex ♥

  3. I love duty free!
    Lovely haul, can't wait to hear your thoughts on that huggable lip colour.

  4. These are gorgeous. I love a MAC purchase!

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  5. I was recently in duty free and very nearly bought some mac stuff but I stopped myself and realised I REALLY didn't have the money!
    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  6. I got a blush and a liptstick from this collection (I have a post on them) and I loved the look of the skin finishes but just found them a little too much!

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

  7. I love your make up posts <3 Can`t wait to see more of them. xx

  8. I love duty free! Its the only time I allow myself to get carried away without feeling guilty haha! How about using the Candy Yum yum lipstick as a tint?
    Keeley's Wardrobe

  9. I was so close to buying those MAC Skinfinishes! They're absolutely gorgeous, wish I'd got one now!


  10. oh my, the gold, bronzy make up and bright red lip colours look super stunning! love.

    Check out my latest outfit post featuring Scuba Bomber jacket! :)
    AL xx
    RASSP blog

  11. Omg mac superb is to diiiiieeee for its pretty similar to soft and gentle but I love it! Great haul girl! Your making me want to go to a mac counter now.


  12. So pretty! Need MAC in my country. ❇♥ Blog written by two friends: http://teenagewastelandbyhd.blogspot.com/ ♥❇

  13. Great haul, shopping on foreign soil in general feels like its not real money to me! C x


  14. I also always shop way too much in the airport shopping section!! =P I love the lipstick though, it's really cute =D =D

    Rosie's Life

  15. I've been looking at those skinfinishes as alternatives to the Lauder Gelee blushers. Haven't had a chance to feel 'em in person yet, but I'm hoping they're similar. Still regret not shelling out the fifty quid for Tease.

  16. I love your intro! :) I feel the same way haha! You picked us some amazing products! x


  17. ha... I'm going for vacation on this coming April, even I'm not in the duty free section now, I've already do my duty free to buy list. it just a happy activity to involve in.

  18. I can't wait to get my little paws on the MSF! 'Superb' is right up my alley!
    You are right Laura... there is something delicious about duty free shopping...
    Thanks for sharing with us! Have a lovely day! xx

  19. The Extra Dimension products by MAC are so beautiful! I saw them the other day in stores and I wanted everything!
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  20. Have you tried out any of The Balm products? I love MaryLoumanizer. I definitely recommend. I haven't bought much in MAC lately as I feel the quality slipped for a while. My birthday is coming up so no better time for a look again!

  21. I've just been to my local MAC to find these - especially love the look of Candy Yum Yum, but nada! I love Duty Free spending, it's so guilt free!
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  22. Oh gosh all of these things are gorgeous!


  23. I bought Candy Yum Yum over the summer and while I think it's an amazing color, it did end up being a bit bold for me. I wore it quite a lot but just by dabbing the bullet haphazardly on my lips and then blending it in with my finger. It worked better for me that way. :)

  24. wooow what amazing colours of all these products, i love them all

    Jess x

  25. That is honestly like beauty porn! I love the look of all those products! Especially that red MAC lipstick! x
    Accidental Sunshine

  26. Love Beam looks amazing. Have enjoyed your recent beauty related posts :)


  27. I wanna get a few things from that collection
    Afeeyah xo

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  28. Some great bits, makes me want a splurge!

    Also,still do so miss your videos! Wahh!


    1. I recently did a cheeky splurge in the body shop- found some pretty good things, if you wanted to check my haul out! http://freyandfrey.blogspot.co.uk/

  29. Love it!!!


  30. I'm the same at duty free, just spend away as if it's not real money! haha I love those MAC highligters, even if just for the fabulous embossing on the powder! xx


  31. Ooh I love a duty free bargain, but never thought of buying duty free make up! I just uploaded my body shop haul - found a lot of goodies to tempt my purse! http://freyandfrey.blogspot.co.uk/

  32. Don't worry about sweet heat as superb is exactly the same colour.

  33. I really do miss your make posts Laura! I love those eyeshadows so much. They are absolutely gorgeous. Especially Amorous alloy! It really reminds me of antiqued eyeshadow. I'm trying to see how similar they are, or if I need amorous alloy.. Thank you for this lovely post :)

  34. Oh love beam looks gorgeous! I hope I can find it here.

  35. Love beam looks so pretty! i think i need that one!

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