The only saving grace about me being home from my holiday in Morocco is that the weather is beautiful up here in the North East. The British summertime is in full swing and I've been able to top up my tan driving around with the roof off on my car. Its so hot and I'm loving it!
I do miss being away though as I love to travel and seeing all of your updates on social media as you're getting ready to jet off on your hols is making me wish I was going away sooner! I've just booked a special trip with Mr WLL for the beginning of next year to celebrate his 30th birthday and I'm already planning what I'm going to take with me!
|Plus Size Airport Travelling Outfit|
I really place an importance on getting away and having that chill out time. It is as good for the soul as it is for the body. If you read that post then you'll also know that, for me, my holiday begins on the day of my trip, not when I get to my destination.
|World Exclusive: Gucci Bamboo|
|Gucci Bamboo Fragrance|
By the time I get to the airport, I'm always filled with anticipation of whats to come and excited to get through security into my favourite part of the airport; World Duty Free.
|Fragrances on special offer in Biza|
We flew to Morocco from Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport where their tax and duty free shopping area is known as Biza, which also comes under the World Duty Free umbrella.
Biza have stores at T1 and T2 at Manchester Airport and also at Newcastle Airport which is the nearest airport to me.
|MAC store in Biza|
|MAC Wash and Dry Collection|
From there I tend to hop on over to the Biza website, or World Duty Free depending on which airport and terminal I'm flying from, to check out their latest deals and to get an idea of costs. I also like to see what facilities they offer within the duty free store, for example, at Manchester T1, they have a complimentry bar right at the entrance which is sure to get your holiday off to a great start. In Manchester T2, there is a free personal shopping experience to help you with your purchases through the store as well as complimentry express beauty treatments at some of the beauty stands.
|Newly Launched Perfumes and Aftershaves|
|Biza Store at Manchester Terminal 2|
Other times, I like to browse and pick up something purely for the enjoyment of it. I'll see something on impulse, love it and get it while I'm there. Little treats like that get my holiday off to a great start and give me something new to try out and play around with while I'm on holiday.
|Travel Exclusive Gift Sets from Lancôme|
|Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Hermés Fragrance Stands|
Gucci Bamboo is a fresh floral fragrance with a citrus twist that my friend was instantly drawn to as it is perfectly light for summer. Their display stand looked absolutely gorgeous with the baby pink and silver colour scheme reflecting the design of the perfume bottle and all of the products were together in one place which made shopping the range of perfume, deodorant, body lotion and shower gel so easy.
|Biza have a wide selection of every fragrance you could dream of!|
|Jo Malone mini boutique within Biza|
|Chanel makeup, fragrance and skincare|
The different beauty brands are organised by brand to make everything quick and easy to find. Some brands have their own sections of the store, kind of like their own mini boutique.
|Biza Collect On Return Service|
|Benefit makeup section|
|Molton Brown concession in Biza|
Not only are you making a saving by the items being duty free but you can also make other savings as Biza tend to have special offers on certain products, particularly perfume. These are always clearly displayed and often in their own sections.
|See By Chloé Si Belle*|
As far as I am aware, See By Chloé Si Belle is one such perfume as I cannot find it online in UK stores for love nor money!
I bought the original See By Chloé perfume in Biza last summer, you can read my review of it here and it quickly became a scent that I would reach for on a very regular basis. When I saw Si Belle, I with its big 'New' and 'Exclusive' sticker on it, I knew that I had to give it a sniff.
Si Belle smells absolutely gorgeous. It is stronger than the original scent with more of a floral punch which makes it more suitable for night use than the original is which is quite light. The base note is my absolute favourite, white musk, which sealed the deal for me! I have been wearing this fragrance ever since I got back from my holidays and can't wait to feature it in a full review on my blog very soon.
|Duty Free Haul|
|Lancôme Travel Chic Make-Up Clutch Edition*|
Containing six easy to wear, springtime eyeshadows, a face powder, blush, lipgloss and lipstick alongside a mascara and three mini brushes to apply the products with, this is a fabulous palette for on the go use and funnily enough, it is perfect for travel! I love that it has a super huge mirror in the lid and that the tray with the makeup set into it can be removed so that it can be used as a pale gold sparkly clutch.
This is definitely a palette with a difference and now that I'm home from my trip, I'll be trying this out and will post a full review soon including the looks that I create with it!
|Duty Free Shopping Purchases|
It is worth keeping in mind that after you have passed through security, you can purchase one shopping bag full of duty free to take with you onto the aeroplane but on the way back, many of those items, especially if they're over 100ml will need to go in your suitcase. If you don't have an ample luggage allowance or space in your suitcase then your shopping will take up extra space and extra weight that you might end up getting charged for off the airline, which will offset any savings you've made in duty free!
The Collect On Return service is a ideal service for so many people and one that I have utilised on many occasions, particularly when we travel around Christmas time as I buy lots of gifts in duty free. I'd definitely suggest taking advantage of this service, particularly if you're purchasing products that you're not going to need on holiday. I like to pick up the Molton Brown hand wash and hand cream sets for our bathroom and candles, diffusers and room sprays from Jo Malone that I'm just not going to need when I'm away on holiday so I think that it is pointless taking them to another country just to bring them back again unopened!
|Duty Free Purchases- Fragrance and Beauty|
I'd love to know, what is your favourite thing about shopping in duty free? What purchases have you made recently?