From skin care to self tanning lotion, cologne to alcohol, I’ve hand picked 10 travel buys for airport shopping online or in-store.
Are you missing the scents and sounds of the airport? Can’t wait to get on a plane again? I miss the whole experience, from airport shopping to pre flight drinks, and that belt of heat that surrounds me when I step out on to the aircraft steps!
With international travel set to resume shortly, now might be a good time to plan your journey. It is expected that we will need to allow extra time for security checks and social distancing measures, but what about the all important airport shopping? I love spending time at The Loop, browsing the cosmetic counters and trying the latest perfumes – but samples and testers may not be as readily available during these times.
Did you know that The Loop guarantee that fragrances are 20% cheaper than downtown prices, and skincare and make up products are 15% cheaper than downtown prices. These savings apply to all passengers, regardless of whether you are flying to a duty free destination.
To ensure you avail of the discounted prices when travelling, why not purchase your favourite items by using the Click and Collect service online before you go? This is a free service available to all passengers travelling within the EU – note it isn’t available to passengers travelling to non-EU destinations.
Simply order 12 hours before departing from or arriving to Dublin or Cork Airport, and your products will be ready for you to pick up at the Airport Shopping Collection points. You will need to have photo ID with you, as well as proof of purchase, when collecting your goods. See all collection points here.
To give you some shopping inspiration I have selected some travel exclusives currently available at The Loop that I think you should watch out for when airport shopping, as well as some of my personal favourites beauty buys below.
1. Jo Malone London Fragrances, Candles and Diffusers
No visit to the airport would be complete without a trip to the Jo Malone London counter. Jo Malone candles are the perfect gift, and I love their complimentary hand massages – although we may need to wait a while longer for these to return.
To ensure you get your favourite cologne, or one of the signature candles or diffusers, it might be best shop online before you go. I was given a gift of English Pear & Freesia Cologne recently and I love its fresh scent.
2. M.A.C. Cosmetics
I use M.A.C products daily, and I always make a point of purchasing something at the M.A.C counter when I am in The Loop. My staples are Strobe Cream, the Extended Play mascara, and the Mineralize Skin Finish. I loved the Constructivist paint pots, (please bring it back), but have managed to settle for their regular eye shadows now.
M.A.C currently has travel exclusives available for airport shopping. A Warm Look In A Box (above) is priced at just €43, and includes In extreme dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara, a Twin Eye Shadow set, Blusher, and a Satin Lipstick.
3. Hendricks Gin Gift
This great travel exclusive gift set can be used to start off your holiday celebrations in style, or as a return gift for the Gin lover in your life. For just €12 you can enjoy this delightful gift pack with two 5 cl bottles of Hendricks Gin. Remember, always drink responsibly.
4. Estée Lauder Skincare
Estée Lauder’s signature serum has been one of my favourite skincare products for many years. It is not cheap, but I find it excellent and that my skin looks less lined when I use it. I usually treat myself to this when I’m travelling. According to Estée Lauder the ‘multi-dimensional technology delivers fast visible renewal’, and I can not argue with that!
The 75 ml bottle is priced at €120 in many retailers, but the 100ml bottle is available for €130 at The Loop.
Estée Lauder have many travel exclusives available at The Loop. You can see them all here, however this Nutritious Overnight Radiance Collection caught my eye. It contains a lotion to detoxify and prepare the skin, a nutritious foam cleanser, and a Super-Pomegranate Night Cream / Mask – all for just €119.
5. Tom Ford Beauty and Fragrance
Tom Ford is renowned for his sensual fragrances, and I must confess I am a fan of Black Orchid, but I also love his lipsticks. I like to treat myself to one periodically, especially if I’m travelling to a sun destination. They are full of moisture, and Lip Colour Sheer Paradiso compliments sun-kissed skin perfectly!
Clinque was one of the first brands I used when I decided to get serious about my skincare. I used the 3-Step Skin Care system and I always found this travel exclusive great value. It includes travel sizes of Liquid Facial Soap Mild, Clarifying Lotion 2. and a full size Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, all for just €35.50Shop here
I have changed brands many times over the years, but Clinique has some stand out products that I still love to use. My favourite is the moisture surge face spray. This is a Godsend when travelling, I love to spray it on the plane or at the beach. It is a fine mist spray that contains moisture and active aloe, but no oil, and can be used over or under make up.
I also like Clinique’s eye make up remover – Take the Day off Lids Lashes and Lips. This is very handy to have on holidays, especially is you are wearing more eye make up than you would normally wear. It normally retails for €23, but it is available at The Loop for just €15!
7. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Tin and Hand Cream
I love both of these products, and to get both for just €15.50 is an absolute bargain. My hands and lips are always dry when travelling and I love to be able to reach for these inside by hand bag – they are both less than 100 ml, so I am able to keep them with me on the plane.
This set is part of a wider promotion that is currently available at The Loop, whereby if you buy one item, you will save 20% on an other selected beauty item – see participating brands here.
8. Vita Liberata Self Tanning Mousse.
Vita Liberata is my favourite self tanning brand. I have tried many different tanning brands and I don’t think any others compare. I have tried most of their products, but prefer the Fabulous Medium Self Tanning Mousse. I like the natural colour, the way it wears off, and also how there is little or no scent.
I have noticed Vita Liberata also have a travel exclusive, which would be very handy for travelling. I haven’t purchased this yet, but at €20.50, I intend to! Vita Liberata is one of the brands involved in a promotion at The Loop, whereby if you buy one item, you will save 20% on an other selected beauty item – see participating brands here.
9. Clarins Body-Smoothing Moisture Milk
I was a little late to the party on this one, but when my travel buddies told me about this body lotion a few years ago, I have been hooked ever since. This non-greasy body lotion melts onto your skin and dries in immediately, without any residue. The floral fragrance is delicate and fresh, and according to Clarins, it hydrates your skin for 48 hours.
At a mere €20 for a 400ml bottle, this is a steal, and one of my must-haves when airport shopping in The Loop.
10. Tommy Hilfiger Fragrance
Tommy Hilfiger fragrances offer great value. Priced at only €20 for Tommy and Tommy Girl, they are an ideal gift for teens or young adults. I have bought Tommy Girl for my niece over the years, and may purchase for my own kids now – considering they are a little older since my last overseas trip!
I hope you enjoyed my top travel buys for airport shopping and that it allows you some extra precious time to enjoy the airport experience.
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