Dubai's Desperate Housewife

Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai

My London shopping list

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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.

Admit it – you know you want them!!

          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).


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  1. I can\t believe you can’t get some of this stuff in Dubai. Is it expensive there? 🙂


    July 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    • Yes, you can get some of it, but supply is erratic, stocks are old or the prices are high.


      July 25, 2012 at 12:35 am

      • PS You can;t get Wispa at all in Dubai. No idea why!


        July 25, 2012 at 12:35 am

  2. Do I need to bring a truck to pick you up from the airport??


    July 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

  3. Hehe at the previous comment, that one was sweet!

    Looking at your list, I MISS so many of those things too! Jammy dodgers and bitsa wispa and peanut butter cups! I know they are the same ones here but something about the ones in england make u feel good. My head screams : These are the real ones!!
    And weatherspoons! I wish weatherspoons and pret a manger just opened up here.. I don’t think I’ve ever had better sticky toffee pudding than weatherspoons! Oh and EAT. should open up here too! Why doesn’t Dubai have cooler breakfast to go spots! 😦

    Hope you are enjoying! 🙂


    July 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    • I am so with you on Pret – Pret would do so well in Dubai. In Arabian Ranches to be precise 🙂


      July 25, 2012 at 12:36 am

      • Pret would do great I agree! Can replace the whole Gloria Jeans crappy coffee line with the soups! gosh, somebody needs to start thinking about bringing them hear! 😀


        July 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  4. Oh god yes. Pret in Arabian Ranches – that would be a dream come true…and an IHOP (International House of Pancakes) with American staff for breakfast.

    Circles in the Sand

    July 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

  5. as I packed our cases this morning, wedging packets of fruit strings into shoes and filling the cups of my bra (not the one I’m wearing obviously) with yoghurt raisins, I momentary questioned my sanity – good to know that I am in such esteemed company xx


    July 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    • I didn’t get time to go back for more fruit strings. I wonder what the value of a fruit string is on the international market !!! Welcome back!

      Mrs Dubai

      July 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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