So regular readers may know that with my day job I have responsibility for all of the clients in Egypt and I travel there every 3 weeks for five days at a time.
I'm a self confessed workaholic-I am either on 100% full speed and can't sit still, needing to keep my mind occupied all the time or I am running at 0% and just want to sleep for days.
My last two trips to Cairo have been particularly manic and this Thursday I was unbelievably tired. That's the only way I can justify what I did which was lose my wallet on Thursday.
I had finished all my meetings and stopped at a hotel on the way to the airport to grab something to eat. When I came to pay I was panic striken to discover I couldn't find my wallet which had my corporate credit card, my Emirates ID card and my e-gate card which is a fast track card that Dubai residents use to entry the country quickly at immigration.
I wasn't worried about anything except for my corporate card because I was so worried it would be used fraudulently. Luckily, I am well known in the hotel I was having supper in because I was halfway through a pizza with no way to pay for it!
I realised I must have left it in another hotel I had been in earlier in the day-it was the only option unless it had fallen out of my bag. The hotel I was in rang the other hotel and they said nothing had been found. I was so upset I burst into tears and my poor driver didn't know what to do with himself.
If you have ever been to Cairo you will know that the traffic is unbelievably crazy 24 hours a day. My driver and I debated going back to the other hotel to look for it and set off, but soon realised I had no chance of getting there and getting to the airport on time to catch my flight back to Dubai. I couldn't believe I had been so careless.
I then burst into tears again when I realised I couldn't even tip Mohamed my driver-Mohamed has been driving for me for almost 3 years now in Cairo and is worth his weight in gold. He often works 18 hours a day driving me around Cairo and still comes back smiling the next day.
I have always tipped him generously because wages are low in Cairo and with the downturn in tourism, holiday makers tipping has dropped significantly. I know my tips make a difference so there I was, a sniffling mess saying 'I'm so sorry' to poor Mohamed.
After dropping me at the airport Mohamed went back to the hotel I thought I had left it in and by some miracle they had found my wallet and the hotel duty manager has given it to Mohamed for him to give it to me when I go back in a couple of weeks. When he called me and told me he had it the relief was immense.
But there's more. When I got back to Dubai yesterday I realised I had left my mini iPad charging in my hotel room. I am more than 100% sure I left it there and I know exactly where it was. I contacted the hotel and they are adamant it isn't there but I know it was. It leads me to the very sad conclusion that it has been stolen internally by one of the staff who went into my room after I left. I have asked the hotel to check again and am waiting to hear back.
Mike would hit the roof if he knew that in one day I lost my wallet and left my iPad in the hotel room so I will be going to replace the iPad tomorrow before he realises how stupid I have been.
However, what you're really here for is to see what I picked up at Dubai airport before I flew out to Cairo so here it is.
I've been reading about the new London Rain collection for a while now so was excited to see them at the airport. I definitely didn't need any more perfume but I guess hauling isn't about needing-it's about wanting!
Rain and Angelica is quite an aquatic, crisp, fresh fragrance which I really like. The shop assistant was fab and we had a good discussion about fragrance combining and this fragrance goes well with any of the citrus scents from Jo Malone. I like it mixed with Earl Gray and Cucumber.
I was drawn to Wisteria and Violet because my niece is called Violet! This one is more flowery but still quite light. This one is beautiful when layered with Peony and Blush Suede or Nectarine Blossom and Honey.
To be honest I will be asking my mum if she would like one of them when she comes to Dubai next week because they are massive bottles and I'll never get through them. But they look very pretty on the dressing table!
Next up, and enabled by the beautiful Sarah at And Beauty Or Something, I picked up this Clarins cleanser which she blogged about here. Sarah is a fairly new blogger whose blog I started reading after she left a comment on one of my posts and I absolutely adore it. I love her style of writing and the blog layout is clean and fresh. She's super lovely too.
Clarins just can't do wrong by me at the moment. I am loving using their eye make up remover, cleanser and facial oil every day at the moment so I am excited to try this reformulated cream cleanser.
I stocked up on some MAC brushes and these are all repurchases. I picked up another 208 brush which I use to fill my eyebrows with along with MAC Omega eyeshadow which is the perfect shade for me. The small, stiff head of the 208 means precise application is easy.
I also picked up two more 168 brushes which are perfect for applying blush. I already have two of these brushes but I seem to have misplaced one of them. They have a slightly angled head and work really well with very pigmented blushes as they allow for a light hand. They also wash up really well with baby shampoo.
Finally I picked up two more of the new YSL Gloss Volupte's. I love the formula of these gloss, the brush fits nicely to the lips and they're not sticky at all. They last a long time on the lips and aren't drying.
At the moment I am loving that very high shine, wet look with gloss. That kind of 'I've been sucking a lollipop' glassy look.
Shade 204 Corail Trapeze is perfect for this look. I saw these glosses on Memoiselle which is one of my all time favourite blogs, written by the always adorable Meryl and Monica. They are so friendly and have the most beautiful blog and instagram.
As soon as I saw the shade 206 on their blog I ran out and bought it and reviewed here. It's a beautiful deep rose pink.
Corail Trapeze is going to get a LOT of love from me this summer as it is a beautiful, coral infused gloss-light and glossy. As you can see the colour is fairly sheer and my natural lip freckles shown through along my lip line but I adore it!!
#3 Rose Fusion has a similar underlying base colour but is shot with a lot of golden glitter. It looks gorgeous on but the problem with this shade is it is definitely too glittery for daytime and the glitter really sticks to the lips-it's like it's welded on.
I love the formula though so I want to find another one with the similar glass like shine to it as Corail Trapeze.
I picked up one more Rouge Volupte Shine in the shade 4 Rouge in Danger to add to my collection.
This is a true strawberry red colour with a slight blue undertone (instant teeth whitening).
The 'shine' version of the YSL Rouge Volupte range has a glossy, high shine but less opaque finish to it than the standard Rouge Volupte's but as you can see 'Rouge in Danger' is very pigmented from my swatch below. I really like the colour but the formula has a tendency to slide so a lip liner is essential. The packaging....possibly the most beautifully packaged lipsticks on the market.
I've been on a little spending spree over the past week so will soon have another haul post-but I am going to wait until it all arrives before sharing my spree!