30 January, 2015 London Beauty Shopping Spots
Today’s post is a little different, as I thought I’d enlighten you lovely people on a few of my favourite beauty haunts and the places I purchase most of my makeup in my hometown of London. Whether you’re a NW local like me or visiting for the first time, there’s something for everyone here, but I’ll start with the place closest to my heart: Brent Cross.
Brent Cross – This is where I became a woman. I bought my first eyeliner there (Claire’s Accessories, quickly caught an eye infection from a lack of sterilisation in-store), had my ears pierced (same shop, slightly better outcome), and discovered the wonder that is a Boots 3-for-2 offer. My ‘track’ around the building goes as follows: park in Fenwicks, quick trip to Boots armed with coupons, nip into Marks & Spencers (they’ve got a great REN section) then Kiehl’s for a cheeky sample and a chat with the lovely sales associates, across to John Lewis to swatch some NARS Audacious lipsticks, then back down to MAC, Benefit and Laura Mercier in the Fenwicks beauty department. The pharmacy at the back stock a great range of Essie and OPI nail polishes.
Sally’s – Sally’s on Golders Green highstreet is seriously underrated. They stock every Essie and OPI nail polish known to mankind, and they sell brilliant dressing table essentials like cotton pads and earbuds, makeup trays and dividers, spoolies for mascara (great for taming stray brows) and they also stock great salon haircare brands, like Wella, Biolage and Tigi.
Space NK – I’m always talking about Space NK on my blog. The stores on St. John’s Wood highstreet and Heath Street in Hampstead are my favourites, and they both stock luxury brands like Sarah Chapman, Sunday Riley, Tata Harper, Kevyn Aucoin, Laura Mercier, REN, By Terry, NUDE, NARS, Lipstick Queen and Hourglass – it’s a who’s who of the biggest names in beauty. The sales associates are so professional and helpful, and it’s probably my favourite high-end store in London.
Keats Pharmacy – Keats Pharmacy on Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead feels like a little trip to Paris every time I pop in. They’re a traditional chemist with a cosy, welcoming vibe, and they stock brands like NUXE, Weleda, Dr. Bronners and La Roche Posay. Check out their website here with a full list of brands that they stock, they also fill out NHS prescriptions!
Selfridges Beauty Hall – This is where things get fun. I often walk into Selfridges Beauty Hall and feel genuinely nervous at how much money I could blow in one spree. Charlotte Tilbury is the obvious attraction in terms of brand recognition and gorgeous, beautiful, luxurious packaging, but there are other brands that definitely deserve a mention: Illamasqua has a brilliant counter with a team who are a lot calmer and less bitchy than the MAC one (#sorrynotsorry), the Jo Malone counter is just divine and they even have a handy bench you can sit on if you get tired carrying all of your bags, Kiehl’s have their adorable apothecary-style set-up and the Origins section near the escalators is pure joy – all happy smiles and free samples. I rarely want to leave.
So there you have it – some well-loved beauty spots around central London. Where are your favourite beauty haunts? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a fabulous weekend,