Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My London Report

Hello, Big Ben!
I had a great time in London and I think that my previous post deserves a part 2, so here it is. Unfortunatelly, this time around there was no Johnny Depp anywhere close but there were plenty of other things to keep us interested.
We arrived at our hotel on Friday evening after a two and a half hour drive from London Stansted airport with a London Express (ha, express, the irony!) bus. As we were so late we didn't have much time to do anything except go for a quick dinner and stroll around the Thames.

The following days were packed with sightseeing - the British Museum and Courtauld Galleries on Saturday, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum on Sunday, St. Pauls and Greenwich on Monday (and yes, a Paramore concert and no, I am not 15 years old) and then the Imperial War Museum and shopping on Tuesday. I was pleasantly surprised by how the mood was already so christmasy, decorations were everywhere and one of the pros for visiting London is that so many museums/galleries are free.

St. Paul's Cathedral
Fortunatelly, the weather was very nice! It was cold and quite windy at times but we only had to open our umbrellas once. The only problem was that on Tuesday afternoon I left my voice somewhere around Piccadilly Circus - so up until yesterday I was voiceless and cough-full. But, let's pretend that the glass is half full and I'm happy that I got sick at the end of our trip and not before.

A sunny afternoon in Greenwich
As I said, the last day was mainly supposed to be dedicated to shopping - we braved the Oxford Street and I have to say I was quite shocked and overwhelmed by all the stores, from Serlfridges, House of Fraser... so overwhelmed actually that I didn't get anything (reverse psychology or something). But, fortunatelly I did bring something from Liberty, Ormonde Jayne and the old faithful Duty Free at the airport.
I have to say that I loved Liberty - we've only been to the ground floor which is filled with makeup, skincare, accessories and perfumes. Everyone there was absolutely delightful and helpful, but not in any way pushy.
Also, I had a very pleasant expirenece at the L'Artisan Parfumeur shop in Covent Garden - the lady was very kind and helpful even though I didn't buy anything. 

So, here is the candy that made its way into my bag:

Mmm, candy!
From the top clockwise we have:
- Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman EdP (very excited to finally get my hands on a full bottle!)
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2
- Bobbi Brown set of 2 gel eyeliners in Black Ink (matte black) and Sepia Ink (matte brown) plus a mini eyeliner brush
- Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink
- MAC Viva Glam Cyndi
- Clarins Rouge Prodige in Raspberry Sorbet
- Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler
- Laura Mercier Oil-free foundation in Warm Ivory
- and the book that you see there is The Essence of Perfume by Roja Dove.

A better photo of some of the products
So, looking back at my winter wishlist I guess I was pretty good and I didn't stray far from it. Also, a week later I don't feel the buyer's remorse (you know, when you buy that bright blue eyeshadow that you know you will probably never wear). You can definitely expect to see the reviews of these products in the following weeks.

All in all, London was great and I would love to visit it again, but in the meantime I have the shiny and hectic December to look forward to which isn't bad at all.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Klara,
    So glad you had a lovely time. I think next time I venture up to London I will try Liberty as non pushy, helpful service sounds just what I need! I love what you have chosen, I have been eyeing the Laura Mercier Eye Sampler palette for a few weeks now, so pretty. Can't wait to see reviews of your purchases, especially the perfume. I hope you like MAC Cyndi as much as me X

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  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I would definitelly recommend Liberty and I just wish I had more time to look at some other counters there as well.
    I will probably post some swatches or a review of the products this weekend.
    Klara

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