My favorite store in England, you ask? Harrods? Selfridges? Cool vintage shops?
No. Boots. Hands down.
I know. I have a problem. Whenever I go, it’s a toss up of wether I’m more excited to see my boyfriend, or go to Boots.
I’m half joking.
I kinda know what I’m looking for when I go now, so this time it was mostly stocking up on things I had run out of, but there are a few new finds.
I always stock up on Soap and Glory stuff when I visit England. I feel like it’s cheaper there even though I don’t even know what I pay for it here when I get it from Sephora (if they still carry it. I’m not sure). I’m probably crazy, but the fact that it’s always on sale at Boots helps me justify why I buy so much of it. I usually buy a lot more of their products, but I only bought three things this time. THREE. If my Dad is reading this, I’m sure he’s very proud of me. The scrub and the body wash smell amazing. However, I do think I prefer the Smoothie Star body cream that comes in the tub over the Body Milk I bought. It’s still rich and moisturizing, but my skin has been pretty dry lately so I prefer the thicker creams.
I bought lots of Colab dry shampoo. I really love the extreme volume line, especially when I’m wearing a hair piece or doing an updo. My hair is so slippery and hard to style that the Extreme Volume spray gives it a lot of extra grip and…volume. Imagine that. My favorite scent is the London one, but the Paris floral scent might just take over that place in my heart. I’m not an avid dry shampoo user. Mostly because I’m weird about showering and I have to wash my hair all the time. Germs are everywhere, people. Take showers. As a styling product though, I think it’s awesome. The Luxe Shine spray is worth checking out, although it hasn’t totally won me over yet. I’m not crazy about the smell, but it definitely does make your hair really shiny.
I’m in love with the Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. It’s so gentle and moisturizing– great for sensitive skin. I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but it was weirdly cheap. So was the serum above it in the picture. It’s just a simple moisturizing serum. It was only about two pounds if I remember correctly. I chose this serum because the one Sali Hughes recommended was still sold out. This one does have an odd, almost licorice scent to it, but that doesn’t bother me. It does what it says on the label which is always a good thing.
The little tube in the picture is just a basic Boots brand cucumber eye gel. I thought it’d be useful to stick in the fridge when my eyes are all swollen and puffy from allergies. Which is seemingly all the time now. Ugh.
This nail polish…I wasn’t impressed. I liked the concept; Nail polish IN A CAN, but ehhh. I’m really picky about my nails. If they aren’t perfect and shiny, I’ll just pick at them and it gets ugly REALLY QUICKLY. If you’re a perfectionist like me, this probably isn’t worth the money; I think it’s about $15 USD. I’m going to mess around with it more (literally-this stuff is messy) to see if I can figure out a better, more perfectionist/OCD-friendly way to use it. Stay tuned.
YOU GUYS. The cookie shortage in England. It hit me hard, man. This must be what living through the Great Depression was like. I went to the store looking for my favorite Bourbons, AND THERE WEREN’T ANY. Tragic. Pretty sure I compensated with enough junk though. I’m gonna make it.
I bought a golden shimmery highlighter from Makeup Academy. I’m not sure if I like it as a highlight. I have a beef with highlighters–which I know in todays IG world is sacrilege. But I’ve yet to find one that actually shows up on my skin without looking like a big frosty nightmare. I usually just stick to my white eyeshadow. This product just sits on top my skin and makes my pores look bigger than they are. I do like it for an inner corner highlight or even as a wash of shimmer on my lids.
I picked up the Chanel CC Cream in the shade “beige 10” since they don’t sell a shade that pale here in the US. It’s a little bit thicker than I anticipated, but I love the fact that it has an SPF of 50. It’ll really come in handy this summer.
The Bourjois foundation is an old favorite that I needed to stock up on. It’s so blend-able, light, and comfortable on the skin. I’m shade 51 Vanille. I repurchased my Bourjois bronzer as well. I think it’s a pretty decent dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate bronzer. They’re a great choice for us pale girls. Super affordable as well. I practically glow in the dark, so I’m not one to spend a lot of money on bronzer. I’ve just accepted the fact that I will never be tan in any way. This light bronzy shade is good for adding warmth to the skin, without necessarily making you look dark- which is what I like about it.
As for the palette, I think I’ll do a full review of it later. I need to mess around with it some more and try out a few different looks. I got it for five pounds at Superdrug. It’s by House of Glamdolls and it’s the “Vintage Doll” palette. For the price, it’s surprisingly good. The blushes are especially lovely and pigmented.
Technically…I didn’t buy this when I was in England. I bought it on sale from Asos a few months ago and had it shipped to my boyfriend’s apartment in Brighton since they wouldn’t ship this specific coat to America. I was glad I had a wool coat when I got there because I went in only a leather jacket (a long wintery, faux leather one lined in shearling…I’m from Chicago so I’m no n00b when it comes to cold weather). As soon as I got to England, the weather turned shitty, cold, and insanely windy. So shout out to past me– Good call on the spending money on a coat thing.
Anyone who says it’s ever warm in England is a LIAR. I’ve been there in all seasons now. You’d think I’d catch on.
Last but not least, I got these cool old books for five pounds. The Tower of London is for me, and the short story collection is for a cool book chain thing I’m doing. I’m not sure when the Ainsworth book I have was printed, I know the original was published in the seventeenth century, but the short story book has a library stamp from 1956, which I thought was neat. I’m really into history, especially anything to do with the Tower of London (or anything else morbid and weird). Can’t wait to read it. I know it’s not beauty related- I just thought they were too cool to pass up.
That’s about it for my purchases from this trip. Keep checking back for some in depth reviews!