Tomorrow afternoon I am heading to Barcelona (Did I mention that already? What? Well I am…) and I will be at the airport ridiculously early as normal, as I get the fear that I have forgotten my passport / will be flagged as an Al Qaeda wannabe / the train will break on the way there etc etc.
For this reason I like to get to the airport about two days too early, which proves a bit of a conundrum. What do you do in an airport for 48 hours (or 3 which is truer)? You either drink tea, or shop.
As we all know, drinking tea is one of my absolute favourite things to do, and so I like to pack myself into Starbucks with a book on grisly murders and drink bucket after bucket of the stuff until my flight is ready to go. Which is the problem. I am very suspicious of the toilets on aeroplanes, and try to avoid them as much as possible in a bid to not get sucked down the waste pipe and posed with an ad hoc skydive. It’s a serious worry people!
So my other alternative is to go shopping, an alternative that my bank balance is not fond of. I nose through the fragrances and mascaras like an alcoholic in a brewery, touching things and prodding and spraying to my heart’s content. Of course, I cannot afford to shell out on all the fancy lotions and potions that adorn the shelves, but for the sake of excitement I have put together a magical wish list of the three things I would buy, if I had mugged someone on the way in and was loose with their credit card.
1) Chloe perfume.
Ah, my signature scent. I get this for my birthday and Christmas from my dad and have to spritz it sparingly for the rest of the year for fear of running out. But if I had the money id stock up on it in duty-free, so I felt like I was saving.
2) Lancome Mascara.
When I worked in the cosmetics department, a friend of mine worked on Lancôme and used to pronounce all the funny French names with a really comical lisp. She would make the days go a lot quicker by pretending to customers that she actually had these lisps, and we all used to fall about laughing as she struggled to remember the lisp she had for each client. Simple pleasures definitely make the day go quicker!
3) Estee Lauder. Anything. I’m particularly coveting the Lauder and Tom Ford collaboration, as we know that I love anything gold or shiny.
Sadly I don’t have the money to spend so will have to be content with Boots and a book in the departure lounge, until my plane arrives and takes me off for an adventure. Oh well, a girl can dream!
If money was no object, what would your top three airport purchases be?