Final Haul in the UK

We’re finally at the end of my posts about my trip to the UK. Wow, I’ve been posting about this trip for nearly a month!  This is my last haul, I promise!!

Barry M Nail Paint in Mushroom
This is a MUCH hyped product in the UK blogger world, where it is considered a dupe for the Chanel Particuliere nail polish.  I picked up two of these, one to give as a gift.  It is really a wonderful, work-appropriate color and I’m really glad I got it!


Topshop Nail Polish in Gypsy Night
Topshop recently came out with a line of beauty products.  Although the picture makes it look like this is a black polish with silver glitter, it actually has a multi-colored shimmer.  I also got two of these and sent one to Sarah for her birthday.  She calls the polish “OMGWTF”!
  Collection 2000 Hot Looks nail polishes


Gosh Darling Lipstick
Another hyped product.  It was SUPER hard to find this!
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smooth Resurfacing Primer
During our meetup, Jess enabled me to buy this.
Yinnie enabled me to buy this:
Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Facial Peel
And Jamilla enabled me to buy this:
MUA nail polishes (only 1 GBP each!)
Shopping with beauty bloggers is dangerous!!
I also got these Home Fragrance Oils from the Body Shop

Whew, thanks for tagging along through my month of shopping and sightseeing!  Back to regular blogging now!!

xoxo, K

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Lush Haul

While in London, I hauled a LOT from Lush. Lush is a UK brand and is much more affordable there. Reviews of each product are coming up!

Turkish Delight Body Polish
BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask

Sandstone Soap
The unwrapped soap looks like this:

Top of the Blocks Soap (Karma Soap and Honey I Washed The Kids Soap)
The Olive Branch Shower Gel

Buffy Body Butter
Godiva Solid Shampoo

Tuca Tuca massage bar

T for Toes foot powder
I also received a sample of Coal Face cleanser.  I love it!

Unwrapped, it looks like this:

I’ve already started using some of the products.  Please let me know if there is a product you’d like a review on!
xoxo, K
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London Day 4 – Museums

Day 4 was my last day in London. I spent it at a few museums that I love.

This is a random side street on a Sunday morning.  Shops in London open only at 12 noon on Sundays, so the streets are quite bare in the mornings.
No stores on Sunday mornings probably sounds terrible to Americans.  Actually, in much of Europe, stores don’t open AT ALL on Sundays!  (Yes, this includes grocery stores!!!)

Here we are at Trafalgar Square.
The building that you see in this picture houses the National Portrait Gallery, a major museum.
Nelson’s Column, in the center of the square

The fourth plinth.  The other three plinths hold statues, while this one is bare. 
This is a picture of the current artwork, “Nelson’s Ship.”
When I was here last year, this plinth contained One & Other.  Do click this link; I think the concept is really cool.

The obligatory food picture.  I had a lot of light food while I was in London.

This is a picture of Regent Street, one of the major shopping areas. 

Later that day, I made my way to the British Museum
This is where the Rosetta Stone is housed.  
Remember it from your Social Studies class in Elementary School?

The amazing thing about London is that both the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, among other museums, are publicly funded (= free).  Compare this with the $20 “recommended” fee for the Metropolitan Museum in New York! 

Next up, my trip to Manchester!

xoxo, K

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London Day 3 – Bicester Village

On Day 3 of my London visit, Jamilla kindly took me to Bicester Village.  Bicester Village (pronounced “Biss-ter”) is an outlet shopping center, with many high end brands.  For more on Bicester Village, read Jamilla’s hilarious blog post here.

Take a good look at this tube map… I love British humor!

The highlight of the trip was getting to visit the Cosmetic Company Store, the UK’s version of CCOs!  As expected, I did a lot of damage.  The stock was pretty good, if old.  Much of the stuff was from 2009, or earlier.

(From the Emanuel Ungaro collection, Sept 2008)

 Of Summer
(From A Rose Romance collection, April 2009)

 Bright Future
(From the Style Warrior collection, May 2009)

Night Maneuvers
(From the Style Warrior collection, May 2009)
(From Love that Look Collection, July 2009)

 Style Snob
(From Love That Look Collection, July 2009)

(From the Magic, Mirth, and Mischief collection, October 2009)

Intriguing Scarlet: 6 Warm Eyes
(From the Passions of Red collection, October 2008) 
There were pro pans as well, which surprised me.
Are these colors being discontinued?

Beautiful Iris

 Sushi Flower


Naked Honey Body Wash
(from the Naked Honey collection, June 2009)

Volcanic Ash Exfoliant
(from the Style Black collection, September 2009)
I got some non-MAC items as well…

Clinique Happy

Clinique Happy Body Lotion

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector

Sorry for the black tape in some of the pictures.  I sealed the bottles to bring them back to Japan, and plan to keep them sealed during my move!

My shopping adventures continue!

xoxo, K

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London Day 2 – Bike tours

On my last trip to London, I went on a bike tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours.  As I said in my post last year, I think bike tours are a great way to explore London.   I was so happy to see that Fat Tire Bike Tours is now offering a new tour called the River Thames Tour.  I was lucky enough to get beautiful weather!

The London Eye
This is the world’s largest Ferris Wheel that is only supported on one side.

Near Embankment

South Bank

Shakespeare’s Globe

London Bridge
(Yes, as in the children’s song…)
We had lunch at Borough Market
This meat pie was delicious!

Fish & Chips

We crossed over the Tower Bridge to the Tower of London
I got a much better picture on this day!
Later that night, I met up with Yinnie, Jamilla, Eve, and Jess who was in town!
I don’t have any pictures of us together, but I do have pictures of the wonderful food we had!!

Red Velvet cupcakes that Eve made!  Delicious!!

We went to eat Malaysian food.  Very good!

Thanks for a great evening!

xoxo, K

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