Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A Weekend in London Part 3: A Beauty Spending Spree ft. Lush, Kiko, Mac and Urban Decay

This is the last of my posts about our recent weekend in London, you can read parts one and part two if you want to catch up.

Our last day in London was spent doing my favourite thing in the world, shopping! I took the opportunity to go a little bit crazy and picked up a load of beauty treats. As it's been a while since our trip (Valentine's weekend), I've now had chance to use some of the bits I bought too so I can give you a bit of a review.

Monday: A Beauty Shopping Spree

So, with two 'excuses' ready (payday and my impending birthday), by the Monday of our trip, I was definitely ready to do some shopping. 

We headed to Oxford Street first as I wanted to experience the Lush store having heard on the blogging grapevine that they stock some exclusives.

We had quite a leisurely stroll up and back down Oxford Street, it being Monday meant it was very quiet so we didn't get swept up in the hustle and bustle you experience on a weekend.

Okay, I may've made my husband wait for me to pose in Cinderella's carriage in the Disney store. I wasn't embarrassed. Not even when two little girls tried to push in and their mum told them to wait because "this lady is first" (for the record, I let the under fives go first).

Lush Spree

When I eventually got to Lush I fell completely in love. The shop is just fabulous. There are multiple floors (three I think?!) and there is so much to look at and smell. My lovely husband was so patient bless him, following me around.

One of the things I absolutely loved about the shop was the fact that the products are spread out around the floors and the building, so instead of the bath bombs all being in one place, shower gels in another, etc. each floor has areas with a bit of everything (if that makes sense). It meant you could find the things you wanted to look at without having to battle through a crowd of eager shoppers trying to get at one set of products.

I admit, I went completely crazy and filled my basket. And my lovely hubby paid for it all as a birthday gift (he's a good 'un!) I wanted to get a selection of things I'd never tried before. I am a bubble bar girl most of the time, but I wanted to give some new bath bombs a try. I just chose things based on whether I liked the smell of them really, and some because I'd read good reviews. This is what I went for:

Karma Bubble Bar

As mentioned, I love a good bubble bar! I'd read so much love for this one that I had to pick it up. It smells delightful and I love the colours. I normally break up my bubble bars into pieces to get plenty of use out of them but I'm not sure that would work well with this, so when I use it I might pop it under the running water in a sieve. I'll let you know how I like it!

Ladybird Bubble Bar

How cute is this little guy?! I believe this was in this year's Mother's Day range. I couldn't resist this little bar. Again I think this one will need to be used with a sieve.

Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb

I've wanted the Dragon's egg for a while so I popped it in my basket. The citrusy scent mixed with jasmine is right up my street so I'm looking forward to using this one.

Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb

I hadn't heard of this one before and I think it may be an Oxford Street exclusive or limited edition as I can't now find it on Lush's website. I can't even now remember what is smells like or what its features were, and I've thrown the packaging and label away! So this one will be a surprise for me when I get round to popping it in my bath.

Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

Not gonna lie, it was the popping candy inside this one which made me reach for this! That coupled with the lure of the cinnamon scent. I have used the fizzbanger now and I wasn't disappointed. The scent was really lovely and it lingered a long time after the bath bomb had dissolved. The bathwater went a beautiful golden, glittery colour and it was really nice to relax in. Downside was that it caused a yellow stain around the bath where the top of the water had been, but it soon cleaned off after a couple of scrubs. It was totally worth the elbow grease.

Blackberry Bath Bomb

The Blackberry bath bomb drew me in with its scent. I used this in my bath at the weekend and it was gorgeous. The water made my skin really soft and I could've got away without moisturiser after my bath (I didn't, I was having a pamper). The only thing to note was the scent didn't last as long as the Fizzbanger one did. I think I would repurchase this though as I did really like it.

Pumice Power Foot Soap

I was planning on buying the Volcanic foot mask but then remembered I have some foot cream to use up, so decided on this pumice instead. My feet get dry and the skin hardens, because of all the dancing I do, so they need regularly pampering. I'd tried a foot scrub from Lush previously so went for something different. I've used this a number of times and I really like it. It has a nice citrusy scent and it can be rubbed directly onto the feet; it is quite sturdy and doesn't fall apart when you apply a bit of pressure.

Ultrabland Cleanser

I decided to give this a go after reading good reviews. I'm having a bit of a 'moment' with cleansers recently and trying out different types so I thought I'd give Lush a go. I've nearly finished this tub and I am really happy with it. I am getting used to using cleansers that require massaging into the skin then removing with a hot cloth, and I am really enjoying that method.  

Ultrabland leaves my skin really soft and it is great at removing makeup, including mascara (though I like to use an eye makeup remover first generally). I don't know if I'd repurchase straight away as I'm liking trying different ones, but I would use it again in future.

Covent Garden: Kiko, Mac and Urban Decay

After Oxford Street we moved onto Covent Garden. At this point, my poor hubby had endured as much as he could, so we separated off for a while and I headed into Charlotte Tilbury, Kiko and Mac. I also bobbed to Urban Decay a bit later in the day. 

I lusted over CT products for a while but decided there wasn't anything that I wanted enough to justify the prices. I was very proud of my logic and reason so thought I'd best move on before I changed my mind and bought all the stuff because of pretty...!

I did get a few bits in Kiko - how amazing is this shop please? Everything is so lovely and there are so many different products to try, but it's also so affordable.

Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation

I was going to try the Liquid Silk Foundation but on testing it I wasn't keen on the texture and/or colour choices. I opted for this hydrating option instead as I had been having issues with dry skin. I've used it a couple of times and it's really nice. It is quite sheer so not heavy coverage, and great for everyday.

Face Brush No. 109

I thought I'd see what this was like after seeing some similar on blogs. It has a well in the middle of the bristles, to put your liquid foundation in before buffing into your skin.

Unfortunately, I really dislike it! It is so stiff and uncomfortable to use. I'm not too upset as it was cheap. I definitely wouldn't recommend.

Metallic Shine Cream Eyeshadow

I already have a champagne toned shade in this, so I picked up another colour as I really like the one I've got. The pigmentation and consistency is lovely. I went for a khaki green as I fancied something different. I've only swatched it so far but I'm looking forward to trying it on my eyes.

Glowing Pearl Cushion Highlighter

This is a little gimmicky but again it didn't cost a lot, and I'm highlighter obsessed, so I thought I'd give it a go. It's a lovely champagne colour; it's quite glittery but I don't mind that too much. It's a twist-style bottle/pen with a spongy applicator, which is soft on the skin. I dab the product on then use a stippling brush to blend.

Mac: Lipsticks

I picked up two lipsticks for my Mac collection; their lipsticks are my weakness. I wanted a dark, but not too dark, pinkish brown and this is why I opted for Verve.  I then picked up Plum Dandy just because it caught my eye and it was pretty. I don't have any Satin or Frost finish in my collection so these are a nice change. I've worn both quite a lot since I got them and I really like them. Both are great everyday shades and finishes.

Urban Decay: Eye Primer Potion

Last but not least in this mega spree, I picked up a new tube of the Urban Decay Eye Primer whilst passing. I have almost finished my first, which has lasted absolutely ages, so I thought I may as well get another whilst I was splurging. This is the best eyelid primer I've ever used and I don't think I'd be without it now.

Happy little posing selfie in London!
Thank you!

All that remains to say is, thanks! For bearing with me and making it to the end of this post. I don't normally have so much to share but this was a fabulous day of splashing a bit of cash! I'm actually now on a bit of a curb and trying to be a bit more sensible about what I need versus what I want.

Let me know what you think of the products and brands featured. I'd love to hear about your spending sprees!


  1. Nice London haul !


    1. Thanks lovely! I've had lots of fun using it all.

      Love, Siobhan


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