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?