Last week, I was extremely lucky to head on a fantastic trip to Manchester Airport with the fantastic team at Biza – World Duty Free. The trip collaborates with Manchester Airport – which of course is my local airport – and the Radisson Blu Manchester Airport Hotel, in which I stayed over at after the lovely event.
It comes at the most perfect timing. Splat bang at the end of November just before the Christmas run up, before everyone has done all their Christmas shopping (well if anyone has completed it by November, I am definitely not apart of them).
As most of you will be aware, World Duty Free offers beauty and lifestyle shopping at the best prices. They endeavour to bring you the best shopping experience before or after jetting away, with the latest products at the most affordable prices – duty free.
Usually premium brands and products, the ranges include cosmetics to confectionery, fragrances to fashion accessories, spirits to souvenirs, skincare to sunglasses, fine foods to fine wines, and champagne to cigars and duty free cigarettes.
On my particular trip this side of Christmas, I made sure I stocked up on beauty gifts for presents for family and friends, and of course, treats for myself! In fact, most of them were treats for myself come to think of it… ooops!
I’m starting off by sharing with you some items from Estee Lauder that I picked up. I used to use Estee Lauder Double Wear for years, and over the years I’ve just got carried away by experimenting with other brands. When I last visited World Duty Free, I experienced the YSL All Hours Foundation for the first time – a luxury foundation I was tempted to choose but wasn’t sure it was worth the price (you can watch my tutorial here).
It indeed was worth the price, and I’ve been using the brand ever since – thanks to World Duty Free for introducing it to me at a slightly more affordable price. However, during this recent trip, I decided to stock up on an old favourite – Estee Lauder Double Wear.
More so because I was also intrigued to try out an Estee Lauder primer I’ve heard lots of positive reviews about. The Illuminator is a radiance perfection primer great for skin that is starting to age (like my 33 year old self!), therefore I felt it was a great time to try it out. And if I’m going to experience a new primer, I may as well opt for a foundation designed to work with it – right?
Another plus point of picking up these two products from Estee Lauder at World Duty Free is because of the fabulous Gift With Purchase that was available. Just look at that brilliant set! How adorable is the gift bag?
Estee Lauder Double Wear comes in at just over £28 from World Duty Free, saving over £5 per bottle. To me, that’s a biggie saving!
So I’m hoping my Dad and my boyfriend don’t read this blog post, because I did get some little gifts for them during my visit.
The Ralph Lauren 1 aftershave was less than £20! A winner for my Dad who loves trying new men’s fragrances every Christmas. For Martin, he had asked for a quality mens moisturiser for Christmas this year, so the kind staff at World Duty Free led me to the Molton Brown counter to have a chat about their ranges.
After having the most wonderful hand and arm massage by the staff (bliss…) I learnt about The Hydrator – Ultra-Light Bai Ji Hydrator – a light yet nourishing moisturiser for men. I’m a bit of a packaging snob at times, and I loved the look of this, thinking it will look nice on our bathroom shelf! Plus, it comes in at £22.40 when you shop it at Duty Free.
Now I got totally sucked in at Urban Decay, but it was completely worth it. Huge shout out to the fantastic makeup artist who works at Urban Decay at Manchester Airport – she was just brilliant. She taught me a trick that by using a dark shade of warm brown concealer blended into my eyelids is a fabulous take on eyeshadow, without using powder. And as my eyes are blue, the warm brown makes the blue pop – I was so impressed when she tried this out on me!
Of course, it led me to make a purchase of the concealer, along with one that matches my skin tone for my under eyes, and the amazing Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, which is a product I always swear by.
The concealers are just over £24, saving £4.95, and the eyeshadow primer is £15.80, saving £3.20.
We all know a trip to World Duty Free isn’t really done right without indulging in fragrance! I normally stock up on my all time favourite fragrance Si by Giorgio Armani, but this time decided to see what all the Jo Malone hype is about.
I went for the best-selling fragrance by Jo Malone (which the staff kindly shown me) – no other than Pomegranate Noir. Now this scent was boxed up and gift wrapped all lovely, so I’m actually putting this under the tree as a little gift for myself. So, I haven’t worn it yet to properly explore how much I love it, but from sampling it in store, I just know I will.
A full size fragrance bottle at Jo Malone at Manchester Airport costs £72.50 for 100ml, which means that some fragrances can save you £20 from what they would be in stores!
I was kindly gifted the beautiful Replica by Maison Margiela ‘By The Fireplace’ fragrance too to try out. Honestly, these fragrances are so so unique and make wonderful gifts if you really want to ‘wow’ someone this Christmas.
Again, the packaging of the Replica scents look so premium and luxury, therefore get my thumbs up!
I honestly look forward to shopping at World Duty Free whenever I can get there as it really is incredible how much you can save. From all the top brands like Molton Brown, La Mer, Urban Decay and MAC, it works out the most affordable beauty shop I make when it comes to luxury beauty.
Thank you so much to World Duty Free, Manchester Airport and the Radisson Blu Manchester Airport hotel for a wonderful, magical trip.