London Shopping Part 1

Shopping in London is so much fun – it’s exciting to have access to products that we can’t get in Canada. But I have to be careful not to buy TOO much…since we brought a lot of luggage with us. Although I would like every single thing in this picture from NEXT, I had to content myself with a cupcake themed cloth bag!

I think I’m especially drawn to cheerful prints at the moment, as it helps to detract from the gloomy weather outside (sorry – but the stereotype is true – it is very grey and drizzly here!)

Here’s the cupcake-printed shopping bag I picked up at NEXT. I also picked up some bracelets and a cupcake phone charm from Accessorize – I thought I outgrew my love for “cutesy” things, but I was wrong…I blame it on the weather!

I picked up this gift set at Sainsburys (a supermarket chain). The bath items look and smell quite similar to Soap & Glory products – to be honest, I’m not really interested in them – I only purchased it for the lovely tote bag. It’s the perfect place to stash all my make-up and brushes.

Here’s all the make-up I’ve bought so far:
Me Me Me Blush in Rouge – this resembles Benefit’s Coralista in packaging and colour. It’s not as chalky as Coralista – and much cheaper too. It has been on my wishlist ever since I read this review by Lollipop26.
Me Me Me Shimmy Shimmers Bronzer in Gold – this was an impulse buy – it is very pigmented and seems like it would be a great highlighter.
Barry M Lip Paint in Royal Raspberry (141) – another impulse buy – I love the current trend for berry lips – and was attracted to this gorgeous shade. I’ve already worn it – and I’m in LOVE – the formula is long-lasting, non-drying and VERY pigmented. Also, it wears off evenly and doesn’t leave any scary rings around your mouth (unlike my Revlon colourburst lipstick!). I might try out a few more shades in this range.
Dermablend foundation cream stick and setting powder – These products were on my wishlist after watching Lisa Eldridge’s “Acne Covering Make Up” video. I haven’t tried them out yet, but apparently they provide professional-strength coverage and are suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Simple Eye Make Up Remover – I’d been using Cetaphil moisturiser to remove my eye make up but it was getting too messy. I found this to be very gentle and effective.

Here’s a closer look at the Me Me Me blush, bronzer, and the Barry M lipstick.

Do you have any other recommendations for must-have London products?


  1. Anonymous
    November 12, 2010 / 1:18 am

    So exciting to get in some foreign shopping :)Love your haul, can't wait to see more!!

  2. Cosmetics Aficionado
    November 12, 2010 / 2:14 am

    Nice haul! Love the blusher.

  3. Lindy May
    November 12, 2010 / 9:47 pm

    Your new buys are so cute!! I bought a raspberry lipstain that I love but don't wear it too often since my skin is so light. Usually just for dress up for me. I bet it is beautiful with your skin tone. I love the cutesie cupcake themed stuff. I don't think you should ever out grow it, lol. It's always nice to have that little pick me up even when you surround yourself with more sophisticated things.I can't wait to here how the cover up and powder work for you. 🙂 Glad to hear you are having a good time.

  4. Ella Pretty
    November 12, 2010 / 10:17 pm

    Thanks Andi and Cosmetics Aficionado! Hopefully I'll get some clothes next…although in this drizzly weather, I don't really feel like trying anything on LOL!Lindy May – I'm not a lipstick person at all…but I was amazed at how comfortable I felt with such a bright colour on my lip – although I did feel a little self-conscious at first.

  5. Ofra Cosmetics
    November 16, 2010 / 7:06 pm

    Great pics. Love it!

  6. BeautyParler
    November 19, 2010 / 1:17 am

    Wow! Great haul. I'm surprised no Sleek makeup? Other loves are Jemma Kidd makeup at Space NK, Neal Yards, and Liz Earle.

  7. Ella Pretty
    November 19, 2010 / 1:24 am

    Thanks for the suggestions Monica! I have the Sleek storm palette (when hubby last went to London)…and this time I NEARLY picked up the Sleek contour kit…but I don't know if I'd really use it. What are other good Sleek products? I love Liz Earle – I own a zillion of her muslin washcloths, and use it with my ceptahil soap 🙂

  8. Tali
    November 24, 2010 / 10:49 pm

    That is the beest blush. I use the coral more than the peach but the peach is also lovely!Other London suggestions? hmmm… A Barry M lipgloss! They taste amazing! Sleek contour I never use (i thought i would but nope) but they have a new blush i think its 'sunset' which is a great nars orgasm dupe only better. I really have to get out of bed and get one!Also if you ever go to topshop in oxford circus.. the accesorise are pretty affordable and cute! xox

  9. Ella Pretty
    November 25, 2010 / 12:21 am

    Thanks for the suggestions Tali…I've discovered a recent love for Barry M lip paints – I picked up a new one today – they are the only lipstick I've tried that actually show up on my pigmented lips! Good to know that their glosses are worth checking out too…I wish they'd branch out to Canada already – I like their products a lot!

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