Thursday, 12 July 2018

A Birmingham World Duty Free Haul

If you saw my 24 Hours In Birmingham post, you'll know that this week I got to spend a night in the city with World Duty Free, and I'm well aware that most of you just want to see the goodies from the event and so here it is - the long awaited haul (it's been less than week, but you get my point). I wasn't entirely sure how it would work best when separating the products out, but I've opted for the way that gives the most transparency - and separated them into things that we got in the goodie bags, things that were gifted from brands on the night when we got the chance to speak to them, and then goodies that I bought with vouchers that we were kindly gifted.

Goodie Bags
When we got to the hotel rooms, our goodie bags were already waiting and it was probably the most exciting moment of the month for me. I posted this on instagram stories, but for those of you that missed it or want a further look, I'll go through it again on here.


I won't lie, I don't really understand the principle of this mascara, but I'm really, really excited to get it out and give it a go anyway. I believe that you squeeze the barrel of this and it helps to give more volume, so I'll definitely be doing a video on this to see whether it works, keep an eye out for that (plug; you can subscribe to my YouTube here).


I'm so excited about this - the smaller Urban Decay Naked palettes are much better for me; they're easier to carry, they're still fantastic quality, and this one in particular has five matte shades and only one demi matte, which better suits the looks I'm always planning to put together. I haven't bought this purely because the price tag seems so excessive, but I'm so, so excited to finally have it in my collection.


For those of you who know me in real you'll know that Viktor & Rolf Bonbon was one of my favourite perfumes of all time, and so I'm really excited to have these minatures in my life. Not only are they absolutely adorable replicas of the full sized bottles - but they're perfect for travelling with, which is of course, probably why they're exclusive to World Duty Free.


This is quite literally the best set of lipsticks I have ever received based on their packaging alone (hello? The packaging matches the actual shade colour!) From Velvet Teddy to the iconic Russian Red, there's a shade for just about every single person out there, and if you're looking to extend your lipstick collection (and who isn't) these minis are definitely something you need to pick up next time you're travelling through the airport.


This is honestly probably one of the best value sets that you can get in the airport at the minute in my opinion, and with it being a travel exclusive I can absolutely understand why this is currently sold out. If you love NARS, or if you're just trying them for the first time, this is a fantastic place to start - it'll set you back just over £50, but includes an Orgasm Blush, Dolce Vita Lip Pencil Crayon, a Radiant Creamy Concealer and a #20 Blush Brush, which is more than worth the dollar.

Brand Gifts
We were also so lucky on the night of the event that we got to speak to the counters within World Duty Free, they demonstrated their latest products, let us know what was airport or travel exclusive and so many of them were so kind and actually provided us with gifts to take away with us, so this is a quick rundown because some of them are really cool and the type of thing I would definitely pick up if I was going through an airport.


This is the Duo Fibre Face Brush with the shortened handle, and at first I was a bit confused about how to even use this brush, but I watched the girl on the MAC counter do foundation for Kirsty on the night using a similar brush, and so I'm actually really excited to give this one a go because if Kirsty's make-up is anything to go by, then the end results with this brush can actually be really natural and not cakey, which I'm having a bit of an issue with right now.


I wish you could buy these cologne sizes just on their own., but unfortunately I believe that they either come as samples or in sets of 5. You all know that I'm obsessed with travel sizes of anything, but having this version is going to be really handy and practical when it comes to travelling towards the end of the year. Super cute, and really practical.


This is actually one of my favourite things of the whole night because I didn't realise how much my face needed moisture until I got the chance to test this out and my face all but scooped it out of the jar by itself. The formula for this is cooling, it's refreshing and perfect for the Summer and the eye serum can even be put into the fridge prior to use which sounds like the absolute dream with this bloody heatwave that doesn't seem to be shifting at all.

Summer beauty was definitely high on the agenda for this event and so it was nice to see some form of SPF being promoted. I mean admittedly, SPF 10 is going to do absolutely nothing for me but for you beauties who aren't quite as fair in complexion as little old me, this is a really lovely sun cream that doesn't feel greasy and actually smells pretty good too - if SPF 10 is your jam, picking this up for the Summer comes highly recommended (additionally, they do have some options with higher SPF, so don't rule it out if you have a similar complexion to me either!)

What I Bought
Last but not least comes what I bought - and I was so lucky to receive vouchers from World Duty Free to allow me to treat myself in the airport. One of the best things about the event was actually seeing what everyone else who attended picked up (I won't ruin it by spilling on the others, but I can tell you that there was a LOT of Jo Malone...) and I'm sure I'll say it at the end of the post but I definitely want to take the time here to thank World Duty Free for putting on the event, and for spoiling each and every one of us rotten. With that all said and done, here's what I bought.

- Godiva Naopolitain Chocolates
Come on, I had to buy expensive chocolates - it would have been rude not to. These actually aren't on the website and so I can't link them for you, and also I ate them prior to this haul (Birmingham was hot, okay, they weren't going to make it home) so I don't have a picture, but basically these are tiny bars of milk, dark, milk hazelnut and milk pistachio chocolates. Expensive? Yes. Worth the money? Definitely, in my opinion.


I figured this was a go hard or go home sort of situation, and the fact is until now I've never been able to go hard when it comes to Jo Malone. The candles are so beautiful, but so expensive and so I whipped this up whilst I could - the Lime Basil and Mandarin scent is one of my favourites though I find it a little too sweet on my skin. In a candle though? It's a 100% s yes from me. I mean I'm almost definitely never going to light a candle that costs this much, but it really is beautiful even just to look at.


I absolutely fell in love with this when I saw it and it ended up in both mine and Kirsty's basket. This is, essentially, Fix+ but with a pink shift glimmer in it and it gives the perfect Summer skin all year round. This is going to be gone by approximately next Wednesday as I'm using it between every single layer of my makeup to get that Summer glow without any cakieness, but oh my god it'll be good whilst it lasts.


Come on, this perfume is iconic, and I am such a princess that it only seemed fitting to buy it, plus it was the exact amount I had left at the end of the night and so it really felt like an omen of some kind. It's sweeter than I'd normally opt for, but I am excited to wear it on nights out and the bottle is so pretty that really it doesn't matter what the perfume is like inside because I probably would have still bought it. This was one of the more affordable perfumes that the airport had to offer, and so it's definitely worth taking a spritz if you're on the hunt for something new next time you go on holiday, but you're not quite ready to break the bank.


This is such a beautiful palette (full review almost definitely coming soon) but it was also a really nostalgic palette for me. If anyone knows me, you'll know that probably one of the only makeup pieces I've ever held onto (I don't use it anymore, don't worry) is a Bobbi Brown palette that is basically an older version of this palette, and so I was definitely excited to snap this up. It's a really beautiful, pink toned nude palette and anybody who says they're not in love with the packaging on this is straight up lying.


This was a really really spendy purchase, and it was almost eyewatering to pick it up and put it in my basket but I already knew this was going to be my big purchase the minute I saw Jo Malone had a full counter. If you're heading to the sea, there's no reason you wouldn't want to smell like it every day even when you come back and this is the perfect, clean smell for that. Plus, now I have a full family including the little bottle mentioned above, and that's really, really satisfying to me.

So that's everything I picked up! If you've tried any of it hit me up and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to leave a comment below to tell me what to pick up next time! Thanks again, World Duty Free, I feel like a VERY lucky girl right now.

Sammy xo.
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies however all opinions are my own - please view my disclaimer for more information.

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