The holiday haul

A holiday's not a holiday without a little haul, right? Along with about 3kg of Turkish Delight, I managed to squeeze a few beauty products into my suitcase on my recent holiday to Turkey.

Like a lot of holiday hauls, mine started in the Duty Free area of the airport, where I met up with Sukhi, the World Duty Free personal shopper. Sukhi showed me around all of the counters, helping me to find lots of travel exclusives and pointing me in the right direction for my favourite brands.

In the end, I went for a travel exclusive Lancome palette which contains a mixture of eye shadows, lip products and bronzer/highlighters and cost about £40. I also picked up their new Grandiose mascara which has an unusual looking wand and I'm hoping it delivers in terms of volume and length! On my way to the till I spotted the new OPI Nordic collection mini polish set, so decided to grab a set of these, although the discount wasn't particularly massive.

the holiday haul

Sukhi very kindly left me with a massive bag of samples from across the World Duty Free beauty brands, so I left laden down with my purchases and lots of little travel sizes to play with on the plane.

I'd never really looked into Turkish beauty brands, however there were a few little pharmacies near my hotel, so I spent some time having a browse and ended up with a variety of nail polishes from different brands and a lipstick from a brand called Florimar. I haven't tested any of the nail polishes out yet, but at just under £1 each, they were a bit of a bargain! The lipstick cost approximately £5, so falls into the Rimmel price range. It's a bright pink, semi matte shade - they had so many to choose from I ended up going for a safe choice as there weren't proper testers available.

I also picked up some olive oil soap from the local market one day - this is great for pretty much everything and the olive oil leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft. At £1 per bar, it's also pretty cheap!

I'm really pleased with all my purchases - if I go back again I'd like to spend some more time looking up Turkish brands and try a few more things out. I did spot a few Maybelline and Max Factor counters while I was there but the prices were pretty much the same so I didn't worry about picking anything up from them.

Have you tried any of these products before? Would you like to see a full review on anything from this haul?


  1. Erm want it all! Nicely played indeed! Welcome back too!

  2. Woo samples! When I went to America, I bought so many things from Walgreens - they have some amazing products at such cheap prices. I've never been much of an airport shopper though.

    Corinne x

  3. Tell us how you get on with the Grandiose, would love to try it! x

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