Friday, April 29, 2011

Beauty Purchases from London!

If you read my last post, you'll know i spent the past eight days in England and Paris!  I feel like i have SO much to talk about, i just don't know where to begin really.  I had such an amazing time, England is absolutely beautiful, i don't know what i'll do if i don't get the chance to go back!  I'm in love really.  Paris was a bit... odd?  Gorgeous, but we'll get to that another day...
I figured i could start a bit smaller with a wee makeup & hair product haul.  I don't buy makeup too often, but i knew i'd go crazy once i got to London.  I had a mental list of products i wanted to try out & luckily, i found most of them!  I should say i was in a bit of a rush whilst there, so i didn't get to dabble around and really look at all the brands and products recommended to me unfortunately.  :/  I thought i'd stick to brands & products i can't get here in the States, since MAC, Lush, etc. brands i can get here are more expensive overseas anyways.
You may notice i didn't buy a single thing from Paris in this haul, i was running out of money by the time i got there and had to feed myself, haha.
Let us begin!

I popped into Boots on one of the last nights i was in London & got these products, as well as a few makeup bits & bobs.  From left to right: Charles Worthington Rough & Tousled Salt Spray - £6.29, Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle - £5.61, Tangle Teezer £10.20, James Brown London Photo Fabulous Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner - both £6.99.
It's fantastic that Boots has the 3 for 2 little deal on certain sections, i actually ended up getting the Salt Spray for free, as well as a Barry M Nail Paint.
The only products i've tried so far are the Tangle Teezer, which i'm not sure what my thoughts are on yet, and the James Brown shampoo & conditioner, which smell divine & i actually really like!  If you would like me to do a review on any of these, let me know. :)

The first day i was there, i actually had a bit of 'free time' to go shopping - to say i was pleased would be an understatement. ;D  The hotel i stayed at was just a little walk from King's Mall in Hammersmith (can you say shopping addict heaven?!), where there was a Primark, River Island, etc. as well as a Superdrug.  I made a quick stop in there and had a bit of a spree...
From left to right: Sleek iDivine Storm Palette - £6.49, Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Black Ink (free with purchase of eyeshadow palette), Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light - £6.50, Vaseline Lip Therapy "Rosy Lips" tin £1.73, and Gosh eyeshadow quad in "22 Driftwood" - £7.99.
I was so lucky to get the last Storm palette in stock, i've heard an incredible amount of raves about this, as well as the Contour Kit - so excited to try these two out!  Although they're so pretty, i don't know if i can get myself to mess with them... The Vaseline Rosy Lips was a bit of an impulse buy.  I didn't have it on my mental list, but i saw it & grabbed it!  It smells so lovely.  I haven't heard too much about the Gosh palettes, but i knew i had to get at least one Gosh thing - and it was awesome that the eyeliner came free!
 A little closer peek at the Sleek & Gosh palettes and the Contour Kit.
I totally spaced out as far as blushes and lipsticks go from these brands, i was in such a state of disbelief, all these products and brands i've heard mentioned so many times but didn't have access to, come to life!  It was quite the moment for me, haha.  I'm quite pathetic!

Now, i went a bit crazy when i got to the Barry M sections of Boots & Superdrug (as you may or may not be able to tell by the 'nails' section of this post!).  Again, i didn't get to look around too much while i was shopping, so i just grabbed what i thought i might like.
From left to right: Lip Gloss Wand shade 12 Strawberry Milkshake - £4.49 at Superdrug, Lip Paint in 100 Baby Pink - £4.49 at Boots, Dazzle Dust in 39 Tan - £4.59 from Superdrug, and Dazzle Dust in 53 Chocolate - £4.59 from Boots.
I just about fainted when i saw the Barry M stands, i wanted everything!  The packaging and the shades were all so lovely, and the brand just screams "England" to me, is this weird?  Haha.  I haven't tried these products out since i tried them, but i am SO excited to!  *sigh* Barry M, Y U NO IN UNITED STATES?!

I had a bit too much fun checking out all the Barry M Nail Paints at Superdrug, you have no idea!  I easily could have just cleared out the entire section, but i had to restrain myself.  I had to throw out quite a bit of stuff in my suitcase to fit all my purchases in.  (And the pathetic-ness continues!)
From left to right - all £2.99: 309 Strawberry Ice Cream, 264 Pink Iridescent Glitter, 318 Peach Melba, 304 Mint Green, 290 Spring Green (free with other purchases at Boots), 308 Berry Ice Cream, 312 Indigo, 293 Grey, 311 Nail Effects in Black.
These are just too cute, i can't even stand it!  They're all lined up/hidden in my desk/vanity drawer, so my sister doesn't steal them... I tried the Nail Effect nail paint over a lilac nail polish i already had on, and i'm in love!  It looks so awesome, i've gotten so many 'in awe' comments on them already.


I feel like all my upcoming posts are going to be about England & France - i have yet to show you all what i picked up clothes-wise, as well as photos from my actual trip!  I think i'll do my trip photos first, since i'm going to try and film my clothes haul, as trying to take photos of all the clothes may actually be disastrous!  I took an insane amount of photos whilst traveling, over 1000, and they took me about 20 minutes to load them to the computer!  Really excited to share everything with you lovelies though, i really did have the time of my life *tear*. ♥♥
Thanks for reading & stay tuned everyone!

P.S. Congratulations William & Catherine!  You two are beautiful together.


  1. Do you have Vaseline in the USA? It is like my LIFESAVER when I have dry lips!
    I'm so glad you had a good time, and I can't WAIT to see your future posts and see your views on London :D

  2. Glad you had a good time and picked up loads of goodies! Can't wait to see your post on England as I love seeing other people's view on where I'm from! xxx

  3. Wow great haul, love Barry M & Sleek you ot some great things, makes me feel lucky to have all theses brands available to me :-) x

  4. you picked up some of my favourite things - I'm sure you'll loe the rosy lips and sleek storm palette :)
    Loving the colours you picked from barry m too!! x

  5. I bought a tangle teezer the other day, the hot pink one you have, and I love it! definitely a must for me now, my hair tangles so easily. I love barry m nail paints, amazing colour range and the staying power is great. Looking forward to the upcoming posts lovely :) xxx

  6. Can't wait to see what you think of everything doll! I was like that when I went to New York last Christmas, shopping heaven!! xx

  7. I'm so jealous of your Barrmy M collection! x

  8. WOWWWWW, major barry m haul haha! I live in England i dont think even i have that many nail polishes from Barry M haha!!
    I adore the sleek palette, im sure you will love them!
    So glad you had a lovely trip! Cant wait to see photos :) xx

  9. I loved reading this! I am SO jealous of all the Barry M nail paints you got, I need to try some of those colours! Peach Melba looks gorgeous! And I love the look of the Barry M lipstick! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I look forward to the clothes and photos! xxx

  10. Yay so so glad you enjoyed England, it really is an amazing country although I am very biassed (;! Fab haul, that barrym lipstick looks amazing!xx

  11. @Anonymous - We do, but we don't have the little tins for some reason! :/ Aww, thank you! xxx

    @Megan - Thank you :) xo

    @Catherine - You are lucky, i'm so jealous! xx

    @Radiant.MakeUp - Ooh, i'm glad to hear you like them, so excited to give them a go!

    @Katy - Obsessed with Barry M already! Thank you <3 xo

    @Nicola - Maybe we can switch countries for a bit like Holiday-style? Haha ;) xx

    @Tess - My bank account totally hates me now! Haha xx

    @Hannah - I went a bit mad! Oh my goodness, i'm slightly ashamed bahaha. It looks gorgeous! Thanks so much lovely :) xox

    @Hannah - Aw thank you! I know, i saw Peach Melba & just had to have it! Thanks again sweetie <3 xoxo

    @Holly - It really is an amazing country, it's a necessity that i live there for a little while! Loved everything about London. Thanks lovely xxx

  12. I'm really excited to hear what you thought of England :) I think some of us English people really take our country for granted sometimes! Looks like you picked up a lot of good stuff.

  13. Wow great haul. I love reading about people visiting the UK :) I just found your blog and followed. I like the way you write. Feel free to stop by mine someday and say 'hi'! Glad you enjoyed your trip :)
    Emma x

  14. Aaah you definitely chose the best items Laura! I have all of those Barry M nail colours too (: And I bet you'll love the Storm palette, its my go-to palette on most days! xx

  15. I'm very glad you had a great time. Everything you got looks lovely! I can see why you'd be overwhelmed by all the makeup they have in the UK!
    Can't wait to see some of your photos and the clothes you got! xx

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  17. Barry M is my favourite, good choice! :)

    love the layout of your blog too

  18. Your blog is aamazing! :)

    I love the third from left Barry M nailpolish!