My Last Minute US Airport Beauty Treats

velvet teddy

Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy: £15.50

It was a just under three weeks ago that I returned from my trip to the States (boo!) and after flying into JFK in New York we came back from Washington Dulles and I was surprised at how small it seemed. I know this is me comparing it to Heathrow and the size of their duty free, but this site didn’t seem that big.

I love wandering around airports and seeing what exciting tax free items I can get, especially make up, although my first stop was a newsagents as I needed a book. I picked up the new Mindy Kaling book which I had no idea existed until then – perhaps it’s just in the US – who knows. I then spotted some drug store style make up and on a whim bought this Elf nude lipstick pencil because it was the equivalent of about £4.

This may well have been the best £4 that I spent on my whole holiday (and that includes all the times I bought cookies with reese’s peanut butter cream!) This lipstick in short terms is amazing! I am obsessed with nude colours at the moment as I can wear them pretty easily at work, and while this one is nude, the colour is gorgeous.

mac and elf lipstick

It glides on really smoothly and has a lasting power which beats pretty much most of the high end lipsticks that I own. As I have a trip to New York already in the pipeline for next summer i’m definitely going to be picking up a bunch of these products, especially as they’re so cheap.

It wouldn’t be an airport without a Mac concession and most girls (me included) are a sucker for Mac. I don’t use their products anywhere near as much as I used to but what I do use is great. About half an hour before my plane was due to board I went for a wander and decided that I needed to make one last purchase. I seem to have a slight obsession with lipsticks at the moment so made a beeline to the matt collection in the Mac concession. The shade I picked ‘Velvet Teddy’ is so similar to a bunch of nude shades I already own but it looked lovely and I didn’t want to make a quick rash decision and end up with something I didn’t know if I would use.

Playing it safe worked this time and I now have another nude lipstick which is built for perfect everyday application. Much like most mac lipsticks it is well pigmented, had a smooth application and with the aid of some lip primer lasted a large chunk of my working day.

These were the two products I bought at the airport, but I did make a massive Sephora binge while in the states (my bank balance still hasn’t quite recovered!) so keep an eye out for posts about some of the products that I picked up.

October 7, 2015
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  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    I love the duty free shops at Heathrow. There is some amazing shopping there!
    Last time I ended up buying Clinique make up.

    October 7, 2015 at 9:30 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      When I next go away I am definitely going to be raiding duty free again! x

      October 7, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply This Guy Can

    I love duty free! I have to be careful to make sure I don't spend all my money before I actually leave the country for holiday though. haha

    October 7, 2015 at 9:53 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I have to set myself a separate budget for the airport so I don't spend my spending money ha! It's easy to do. x

      October 7, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Celia Chalice

    Love the color of the mac lipstick, looks quite similar with mine from mac called "kind of sexy" its a matte one and so good. I also look for tax free products to take home when I am traveling, I am obsessed with MAC and always comes home with something new, hah x

    The elf lip pencil is quite a bargain, looks good for that price!

    Wish you a fabulous day xx

    October 7, 2015 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Yeah the elf pencil is amazing, I am going to look at the full collection before I head back next year. See what bargains I can pick up! x

      October 8, 2015 at 8:18 am
  • Reply MissPond

    I love going shopping in Duty Free! I'm massively in to their matte lipsticks, my favourite is Faux, but I think I may have to try Velvet Teddy next time!

    October 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I love their matte lipsticks especially for everyday wear. I'll have to have a nosy at what Faux is like! x

      October 8, 2015 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Laura Ferry

    You picked so well! I love duty free shopping.. its like its not real xxxx

    October 8, 2015 at 8:46 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, totally agree it doesn't count as holiday shopping! x

      October 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Rachel Simpson

    I do love Duty Free, I've just been to Florida and the Duty Free in Manchester was so good! Not so good in Orlando airport though! I really like Velvet Teddy, It's such a gorgeous shade! xo

    October 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, it comes out really nice. That's a shame about Orlando airport, you'd have thought with so many people going through it that it would be good! x

      October 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Angela Kate Webster

    I was amazed at how small the airports were around NY too. I expected something bigger than Heathrow!

    I love the lipstick shade. £4! What a bargain. I didn't try the peanut butter cream -_- I have to go back soon!

    October 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Yeah i've flown from and to both JFK and Newark and both are reasonably small! I bet i'm going to come out with every shade of this lipstick next year! x

      October 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Hannah Renton

    There's nothing wrong with a bit of airport shopping 😉 I'm going to NY in Feb (JFK) so will have to remember to make the most of Heathrow if it's not as big!
    Hannah x

    October 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Strangely I don't think the NY airports are as big. But you'll be able to take advantage of Sephora! I'll be going in July and already making my list! x

      October 9, 2015 at 8:36 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I'm obsessed with getting something from the Duty Free when I travel. Love that bargain lipstick.

    October 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It's almost a ritual, you have to buy something! I am definitely going to stock up on them next year! x

      October 9, 2015 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I always skip the cosmetics and head straight to the chocolate in the duty free! I picked up a gorgeous bag of Fleur de sel in Paris as I was leaving the city recently!

    October 9, 2015 at 8:49 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      My problem with the chocolate is they're in such large bags i'd end up eating far too much myself! haha x

      October 9, 2015 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Amy Elliott

    Oh my word Sephora. They will be the death of me! It is probably a good job that they are not in the UK or I will be bankrupt! That Mac lipstick looks wonderful, I have heard lots of rave reviews about that particular shade. Very tempted by it!


    October 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I did spend a silly amount in Sephora when I went but I think that's because brands were cheaper than in the UK. I'm happy to keep it to an annual binge when I go to the States! You should definitely give that shade a go! x

      October 9, 2015 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Lauren Hay

    Nothing better than getting a few good deals at the airport! I've not been able to do one in years which is kinda gutting tbh!
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!

    October 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It gets you in the holiday spirit, or if it's the way home prevents you from feeling like you're coming home. x

      October 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply ana de jesus

    I love duty free I always end up buying heaps of makeup especially MAC I love it. I have never tried E.L.F before will have to try it out!

    October 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Mac is like a girls best friend isn't it?! 🙂 x

      October 9, 2015 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Don't Cramp My Style

    Oh that mac lipstic! Love it! I want it badly! Like soo much! 😀 I have few already but nothing stop me to get new one right?

    October 10, 2015 at 8:46 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Nope nothing stopping you. Until you have every single one there's no such thing as not enough! x

      October 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

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