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28 Jul 2014

Mini haul



I have already mumbled on about how the time I spent in the UK was focussed more on family and less on consumerism but even under challenging time-constraints I managed to squeeze in some mini acquisitions. ;)


Target number one: Superdrug. I sped-shopped through here. It was done under pressurised circumstances where your husband and Dad are waiting outside. This requires focus and to GTFO as soon as possible.

So I went for the essentials: polish and tanner...

These three colours from Barry M have been on my hit list after reading your recommendations. Huckleberry (an incredible dupe for Essie's Borrowed and Blue), Coconut and Almond are my newest favourite colours.

If I had to single out one shade for special treatment it would Coconut. It's that perfect soft white that I have been looking for. I admired it on my nails all the way back to Dubai.



Now the tanner, well gradual tanner - Dove Summer Glow.



I have been informed that this is possible to get in Dubai (Lulu's supermarket) but seeing as it was right in front of me and half price I decided to pick up two bottles of the stuff. I like the concept of gradual tanner - a product that does just enough to take the edge of super pale office tans.

I did also get another tube of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in my frenzied spree but that stuff is not blogworthy - it's just a life essential.

Now onto duty free. I bought a 40mm lens for my camera (AMAZING) and a lipstick. I really tried to find something else worth buying but there was nothing that got me going. The lipstick is a little bit special though - formulation wise. It's from Estee Lauder and is a Pure Color Envy in the shade Rebellious Rose. This is one of those sophisticated hues that makes me feel "together" when I wear it. I slicked it on just now and this is definitely FOTD worthy :)



Now I am back home in Dubai. It's bittersweet - I think this is the first visit back to the UK where I have actually felt a deep longing to relocate back there. The UAE is such a transient place and you can't help but think where your next move will be. Asia, America, the UK? Who knows, maybe in a year or so Superdrug hauls will become a weekly occurrence :)

See you all tomorrow!

43 comments

  1. Completely agree about the Collection concealer being a life essential - it is just so darn good!

    Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  2. I made the mistake of buying three new nail varnishes last week (all from the BM Gel range I hasten to add!) and I can't try any of them yet as I'm currently using a nail treatment on my nails for four weeks to make them less of a mess! I'm in my last week at the moment and it's like the worst torture!! I keep looking at the lovely bottles of colour and Coconut is one of them! It looks great on your nails! :)

    Lis xx

    www.elisabethrilatt.com

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  3. Nice products. I love those nail polishes.

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  4. The lipstick shade looks amazing... I have vengeful red (amazing name), and they're very nice!

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

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  5. Those polishes are high on my list of things to get on my next UK trip. I always have a bottle of Dove gradual tanner in my bathroom it's one of my essentials :-)
    p.s. Know exactly what you mean about UAE being such a transient place...

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  6. Those nail polishes are gorgeous. I used to use the Dove gradual tanner, but the scent was too funky for my taste :) x

    www.noergaardliving.blogspot.dk

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  7. I love that tea cup and your writing! And the polishes ain't half bad. Shame, no duty free Chanel this time :)?

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  8. I really want to try that Dove gradual tanner!

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  9. love the colour of that nail vanish!!
    http://geordiefashionista.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I already bought Barry M Rose Hip because it looked so good on your nails... now I obviously need Coconut as well! I have the Pure Color Envy in Impassioned and I really love it, interested to see how you get on with this one. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  11. I need those three barry m's, why haven't I picked them up yet!

    Hannah Heartss x

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  12. I'm loving white nails this Summer and the 'Coconut' shade is right up my alley. x

    Nerve Wires

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  13. I love the Dove Summer Glow but I always get a bit carried away with it in summer and the new Barry M colour range is great too, I'm currently using Rosehip on my toes and it's such a gorgeous colour.

    RosalieJayne

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  14. Love the look of the lipstick! You got some lovely things! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  15. ooh nice!

    http://munchmecat.blogspot.ch

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  16. I love those Estee Launder lipsticks ~ definitely worth the price .. so far, I have two :-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  17. Barry M have incredible ranges, and price! The quality is great, too! Have yet to try the three you bought but my favourite would seem to be the Almond shade!
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.com | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 

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  18. I still have yet to try Barry M... those polishes are gorgeous, Laura. Hope you do end up making it back to the UK one day :)

    xo, alison*elle

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  19. I really want to get a barry m nail polish but sadly I can't find any here :( Love the colors and that lipstick looks amazing!

    Sophia
    http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  20. I love the polishes you've picked, such gorgeous colours!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

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  21. Loving the coconut colour!
    TAKE ME T DUBAI! miss that place! although it will be sweltering temps! Get ready for steamed up sunglasses and frizzy hair!

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  22. Wow those really are the best three shades of nail varnish...I love the Barry M gelly range as it makes my nails look as though they have been done professionally...and who doesn't want some estee lauder lippie:)

    thechinadolldiaries.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and pay Barry M's massive shipping fees to the States. I have wanted to try Barry M for so long and coconut is about to toss me over the edge!
    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  24. I adore the little Barry M nail varnishes! I have the almond one it's definitely my favourite colour for the summer so far! :) I'm tempted by the other two colours now though! They make such a cute trio :) Steph x

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  25. I think I need that nail polish but I'm a little worried I'm too pale!
    Imogen's Typewriter. <3 

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  26. Move to Australia but then we don't have superdrug :)
    my mum told me once, you'll always find yourself where you need to be no matter what :)

    wish we have barryM here.. maybe we do but who knows haha

    xx
    Mschikee
    www.mschikee.com

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  27. i felt that way in london, too, but i also thought i'd be back in no time (perhaps as a permanent resident at some point... we can all dream!)

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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  28. Love the nail shades, I've never tried Barry M, whats the longevity like on the nail - does it chip?
    Hugs xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  29. the nails look fab and so does that Estee Lauder lippie!

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  30. Those nail polishes are stunning! Barry M nail polishes are at the top of my shopping list for when I visit the UK one day.

    Hannah | A Lovely Look

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  31. totally know what you mean about the whole GTFO shopping under pressure thing, I travelled Europe with my fiancé and his brother. So many Sephora trips under pressure, always harder when you don't speak their language! I love the polish colours you picked I think i'm in love with the almond, mainly because you can get yourself through any season with it, especially teamed with the coconut.

    Jacqueline xx

    https://the-prettylittlethings.blogspot.com.au

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  32. I'm glad you tried that range of lippies, I knew you'd love them. I only have one, it's called Desirable, and it's just amaaaaaaazing xxx

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  33. Laura I might just faint if you move back to the UK!

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  34. Nail colours are gorgeous!

    ♡ Heidi || www.thebritishteen.blogspot.com/ ♡

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  35. I love the Barry M Gellys, will have to check out those shades next time!

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  36. Love your Superdrug hauls! If only we had that Collection concealer here in the US. :( I always hear raves about it.

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  37. I know it was just to decorate this post but those radios are EVERYWHERE! Everytime I see one it makes me want it more!
    Your nails look so lovely! Im not a massive fan of Barry M nail polishes but these shades look amazing :)

    Emma Louise xx

    theemmalouise.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. love the colour of the nail varnishes together, so nice! the gelly nail varnishes by BarryM are so much better than their normal range!
    alice x

    http://alicelester.blogspot.com/

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  39. I want to try those nail polishes!
    I am enjoying so much your blog, thank you Laura :)

    Distrito Belleza

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  40. I wish I could work in Dubai for a couple of years - seems like it would be such an interesting experience. But opportunities to do so are very rare for a Canadian :(

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  41. I just fell completely in love with the Berry M nail polishes!!
    I love all those colors and i would pair them with a matte finish..
    I would never change my nails!! <3
    Thank you!

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