My London shopping list
I’d love to tell you that I’ve spent the past week stalking London’s swankiest shopping streets, burning up the credit card as I buy my new season’s wardrobe.
Sadly, shopping in London when you have two bored children hanging off your hemline is an entirely different experience to the one about which I dream, so my take-to-Dubai shopping has to be done very quickly. As trying things on is not really an option, I end up buying “other stuff”. Cosmetics feature highly, as you will see. Probably because they’re quick to buy and easy to carry.
Here’s what I’ll be packing for my return:
- L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew – serum, moisturiser, eye cream. Trying to wean myself off that ruinous Rodial.
- Rodial – Night cream, cleanser. Just in case the L’Oreal doesn’t work.
- Nanoblur Optical Skin Cream (have you tried this stuff? OMG it’s air-brushing in a tube though, sadly, it wears off after a couple of hours).
- Revlon Just Bitten Lip Balm Stain – A nice mix between gloss and lippie. I can’t wait for it to come to Dubai.
- Sure deodorant (Cotton). 10 cans. I know Dubai’s Rexona is supposed to be the same stuff, but it’s just not, is it?
- Tea Tree Oil – three bottles. I use it all the time, Superdrug’s one is so much cheaper than buying it in Dubai.
- Fruit Flakes – 25 packs. The children love them. Choitrams stocks them only intermittently.
- Fruit strings – 25. I’ve never seen them in Dubai. The kids love them.
- Mini Jammy Dodgers – Seven snack-packs for kiddie treats.
- Bitsa Wispa – Two bags of tiny little Wispa bars for adult treats. Have you tried them? Ohhhh…..
- BubbleBum car seat – A new one since our three-year-old one popped somewhere in Spain. Well, that’s a risk with inflatable car seats, I guess.
- Boden dress – I ordered a whole stack online so I could try them on at leisure at home. Sadly, only one fitted. I’m not even convinced about that one, but feel I should buy it just because it’s the best of the bunch. Still deliberating.
- Clark’s shoes – Not for me, for the children. School shoes x 2; school trainers x 2, measured and fitted.
- M&S school shorts, socks and pants – For the children, obviously.
- Books. Plenty of books. Too many books. I mean, they’re quick to choose and don’t involve trying on. Why wouldn’t you?
- Magazines – Easy Living, Good Housekeeping, Living Etc, Red.
- A partridge in a pear tree (just kidding).