So exams are over (yay) but unfortunately so is my holiday.
I spent 2 weeks in Portugal and as well as getting sunburnt I bought more make up than I know what to do with.
As well as relaxing at the pool/beach and eating, we went shopping, a lot. So I thought I’d share what I bought because, well, why not.
First up, DUTY FREE PURCHASES – or as I like to call them, guilt free😉
The first duty free purchase was the Benefit ‘They’re Real – Push-Up Liner’ in black. This was about £15-16, I can’t remember exactly. I had tested it in Debenhams a few days before I went abroad and knew it was something I wanted, so I chose to buy it at duty free as I knew it would be a couple of pounds cheaper than the retail price of £18.50. I’m certainly not the best at applying eyeliner, but this product does make it a lot easier as it has a flexible tip and as its gel it glides on really well. It lasts for ages, but the only downside of that is that because it is so long/hard wearing, its hard to remove if you make a mistake. (Unless you buy their own remover which is £14.50)
Second duty free purchase was a MAC lipstick in the shade ‘See Sheer’. Again, this was cheaper than normal at only £13.99, but not by much. It’s a really lovely colour and the lustre finish gives it a nice effect. I don’t really know how to describe this shade, so be prepared for the most unspecific description of all time: pinky/nude/looks coral on sometimes in some lights? ..Wahh, judge for yourself, I’ve included a picture;).
Moving on from Duty free, to purchases made in Portugal (basically all in Kiko). The shopping centres we visited all had Kiko Make Up Stores. I adore Kiko because it’s extremely reasonably priced and their products are such good quality, although the packaging is pretty basic the products inside are fabulous and I really rate them all. We do have a few Kiko stores in London which I have visited before and bought things from, but the ones in Portugal seemed SO MUCH BETTER, so I spent/bought lots.
During the first visit to Kiko (yes, there was more than one) I picked up 2 eyeshadows and 1 lipstick. The first eyeshadow was called Cream Crush lasting colour eyeshadow, and I got this in the shade 01, which on the website is called ‘Pearly Vintage Rose’. (SIDE NOTE: I find the swatches on the Kiko website to be very accurate so if you’re thinking about buying online, 95% of the time the swatches are true to colour). This eyeshadow was 6.90€ in Portugal, and in the UK it is £6.90 (therefore slightly cheaper abroad). This eyeshadow is quite long wearing, however I normally use it as a base to build on for a more vibrant colour rather than alone.
The second Kiko Eyeshadow I bought was in stick form. It is called Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow on the shade 07, which online is called ‘Golden Beige’ and it has ‘8 hour no-transfer performance’. Again, this was 6.90€ (£6.90). This is certainly easier to apply compared to the first eyeshadow as it takes very little time and you don’t need a brush for application. It also lasts so much longer. This is a very good dupe for the Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in the shade Warm Beige 13, and is much cheaper too. In my swatch it looks very golden, but in real life it does come out more like the colour looks in the stick.
The first lipstick I purchased was a Kiko Smart Lipstick in the shade 907 ‘Orange’. This was 3.90€ (£3.90), SO CHEAP, the quality is amazing, and to be honest it lasts longer on my lips than the MAC See Sheer I purchased in the duty free. I wore them both on holiday in such high temperatures, so it allowed me to see how long they last in heat, and this Kiko one was definitely the best.
During the second visit to Kiko I bought another 2 products, another lipstick and a lip liner. The lipstick I bought this time was the Ultra Glossy Stylo, which has SPF15 in the shade 806 ‘Tangerine’ can you sense an orange theme with the lipsticks?. This is much glossier than the smart lipstick, as the name suggests, but still lasts for quite a while without sliding off and provides a ‘healthy shine’. This was 4.90€ (£4.90). This one looks like more of a lipgloss when on, but is perfect for summer. This is a tad more pinky/coral compared to the smart lipstick 907.
Finally, the last Kiko purchase, the Smart Lip Pencil lip liner in 712 ‘Rose Mauve’. Apparently this is a dupe for MAC ‘Soar’ (according to a Youtuber who’s Kiko haul I was watching, I can’t remember who’s – sorry), but I have not compared the 2 myself as MAC completely out of stock of ‘Soar’ they didn’t even have a tester. But if you were looking to buy Soar and can’t find it – try this! Plus it was ridiculously cheap at 1.20€ (£1.20).
I did make one last purchase on the plane coming home, which I suppose counts as duty free and it was the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. This one was ridiculously cheap. We got a good exchange rate for our euros, therefore it worked out £2 cheaper to buy it with euros and on top of that it was 20% off, I can’t remember the price it was in euros at first etc, but I got it for about £12. Like I said..
duty guilt free;) As I’m sure most people know, the brush is simply amazing, and I would recommend this to ANYBODY.
So there you have it, the make up bought on holiday.
Thank you for reading and I hope I have inspired to you go and spend your money on lovely make up you don’t need ❤
Until next time,
*disclaimer: all views are my own*